St. Louis on the Air

Monday - Thursday, noon - 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. - 11 p.m. (repeat)

St. Louis on the Air provides discussion about issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. The show is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and hosted by veteran journalist Don Marsh.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:17 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Seeing Sounds, Hearing Colors: UMSL Professor Researches Rare Condition

Some synesthetes see letters and numbers as colors
(via Flickr/jtbrennan)

Synesthesia is a complex and rare condition in which input from one sense is perceived through another sense.

The abilities of people to see what they hear or hear what they see are just two examples.

A significant amount of research into the condition is being conducted at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Host Don Marsh spoke with Professor of Philosophy Brit Brogaard of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and with Kristian Marlow, a graduate student of philosophy at UMSL who participates in the research.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:06 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Exclusive: Rally St. Louis Announces Next Steps

Rally St. Louis
(Courtesy: Rally St. Louis)

Today on St. Louis on the Air at 11:00 a.m. Updated 11:28 a.m.

Rally St. Louis is a unique crowdsourcing and crowd-funding project designed as a grassroots movement to improve and better market the region.

In mid-November the Rally St. Louis platform launched, allowing people to submit their idea.  In December, the public voted for their favorite idea among the hundreds submitted.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:37 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

East St. Louis: Once Poised For Greatness, But Struggles Persist

East St. Louis historical postcard
(Courtesy: Andrew Theising / Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

The citizens of East St. Louis once believed their town was destined for greatness.  They thought the town was poised to outdistance Chicago as the premier industrial giant and railroad freight node of the Midwest.

According to Andrew Theising, political scientist at the Institute for Urban Research at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and series editor of the East St. Louis Sesquicentennial series, “In the 19th century residents really did think it would be the new Pittsburgh. (Early) documents are just gushing with civic pride.”

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St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Analysis Of Gov. Nixon’s State Of The State, Upcoming Legislative Session

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Governor Jay Nixon, on Monday night, delivered the first State of the State Address of his second term.

He discussed a broad range of topics which included education, Medicaid, mental health and domestic violence.  An in-depth breakdown of his speech as well as reaction from House Speaker Tim Jones is available here.

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St. Louis on the Air / Coal Protest
11:37 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Miners Protest In St. Louis Over Effects Of Patriot Coal Bankruptcy

Miners from across the country marching down Market St. in downtown St. Louis. They are protesting a Peabody Energy/Patriot Coal plan to cut pension and health care programs following Patriot's bankruptcy.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Hundreds of miners from across the country protested outside of St. Louis-based Peabody Energy on Tuesday.

The miners are accusing Peabody of orchestrating a bankruptcy in order to skip out on pension and healthcare benefits owed to some 10,000 retirees and their dependents.

At the heart of the dispute is Patriot Coal Corp., which was created by Peabody as a stand-alone company in 2007.  In creating Patriot, Peabody also transferred a hefty chunk of Peabody’s outstanding pension obligations onto Patriot’s books.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:49 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

St. Louis City Prosecutor: We Must Avoid Another ‘George Allen’

St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce
(Courtesy: St. Louis City Circuit Attorney's Office)

In the early 1980s, University City resident George Allen was charged with and convicted of raping and murdering court reporter Mary Bell.

Last year, after serving 30 years in prison, Allen was released from prison as new evidence came to light which could have helped Allen’s defense and which a judge ruled made his trial unfair.

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Other News
7:52 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Good News In St. Louis Crime Statistics

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

When the 2012 crime statistics were reported last week, there was good news in both St. Louis City and the portion of St. Louis County patrolled by St. Louis County Police. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:11 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

What Was It Like To Be Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker?

Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

In the mid-1800s Elizabeth Keckley was a slave living in St. Louis.

As a highly skilled dressmaker, she was eventually able to earn the money to buy her freedom.

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of a new book about Elizabeth Keckley.  She writes about Keckley moving from St. Louis to Washington D.C. and becoming First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal dressmaker.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Erin Williams talked with Chiaverini about her new book, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:44 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Challenges, Opportunities For Increasing Access To Mental Health Care

(Flickr/neil conway)

Earlier this week, prompted by the mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama announced a series of measures aimed at curbing gun violence.

Among the proposals is increasing access to mental health care.

All too often access to mental health care is scarce.  Sometimes, the only place people can get care is if they are arrested and charged with a crime.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:51 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Candid With The Carnahans: End Of A Political Dynasty?

Robin Carnahan and Russ Carnahan
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

For the first time in a long time, no member of the Carnahan family is holding public office in Missouri.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan left office earlier this week after deciding not to seek re-election last November.  Her brother, Congressman Russ Carnahan (MO – 3), served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.  After re-districting, he challenged Congressman Lacy Clay in the Democratic primary and was unsuccessful.

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