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.

To call in during the noon broadcast call (314) 382-TALK (8255) or email talk@stlpublicradio.org.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:10 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

SLU Researchers Working Toward Finding New TB Vaccine

Dr. Daniel Hoft working on equipment used for clinical trials
(Courtesy: Saint Louis University Medical Center)

The World Health Organization has declared tuberculosis a global health emergency.

There is already a TB vaccine given to infants in countries other than the United States  but it was developed more than sixty years ago.  That vaccine protects babies from the worst forms of TB but it does not protect adolescents and adults from a type of tuberculosis which accounts for most cases of the disease.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:47 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Unique Exhibit Honoring The Holocaust Opens In St. Louis

Holocaust Remembrance Candle
(via Flickr/slgckgc)

The St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center debuts a new interactive exhibit called “Change Begins With Me: Confronting Hate, Discrimination and Ethnic Conflict” this week on the premise that “the lessons of the Holocaust are not yet learned.”

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St. Louis on the Air
3:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Conservative Columnist George Will On Climate Change, Immigration And Baseball

Guest host Jim Kirchherr talking with columnist George Will
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

George Will is a Pulitzer Prize-winning political journalist and author.  He is perhaps most well-known for his conservative columns in the Washington Post, which have appeared in the paper since 1974.

Will is scheduled to deliver the fall 2012 keynote speech for the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Author David Nasaw On Myth-Busting The 'Womanizing, Nazi-Sympathizing, Vilified' Kennedy Patriarch

Author David Nasaw

When the Kennedy family approached author David Nasaw asking him to write a biography of Joseph P. Kennedy, father of the nine Kennedy children, he tried to say no.

“I said over and over and over again: you don’t want me to write this book. I’m a crazy-obsessive researcher - I’m going to find something the family doesn’t like,” Nasaw told “St. Louis on the Air” guest host Jim Kirchherr. “[But] they said, ‘Anything that you write is going to be better than the garbage that’s out there.’"

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St. Louis on the Air
3:52 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

First Amendment Champion John Seigenthaler In St. Louis

John Seigenthaler
(Courtesy Photo)

John Seigenthaler is a journalist and champion of the First Amendment.  He was previously an editor and publisher of The Tennessean in Nashville and was the founding editorial director of USA Today.  Prior, he served as a special assistant to Robert F. Kennedy during the 1960s, when Kennedy served as U.S. Attorney General. 

During his time as a special assistant, Seigenthaler was involved and injured while trying to protect some of the freedom riders in Alabama.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:31 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Calvin Trillin Analyzes The 2012 Election In Verse; We Promise You Our Poetry Is Worse

Author and Kansas City native Calvin Trillin
(Photo By: Richard Stamelman / Provided By: Random House)

The guest on today’s program was Calvin Trillin.  He’s a guest of top billin’.

He talked with host Don Marsh.  It was an interview, which despite the political climate, was not harsh.

Trillin is a journalist, humorist, and author of “Dog Fight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.”  It’s a volume of poetry, concise but not terse.

Trillin was born and raised in Kansas City.  Discussion of politics is witty, and focuses less on Obama than it does on Mitty.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:15 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Increasing Our Understanding Of The Brain

Brain Sculpture in Bloomington, IN
(via Flickr / Ali Eminov)

While it may be well established that our brains command our actions, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we can have greater control over the message.

Increasingly, research shows people can take steps to protect the health of their brain and as one aspect of that, may be able to sidetrack compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders.

The Missouri Eating Disorders Association is one agency which provides education, resources and advocacy to bring understanding and support to those treating or affected by the disease.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:26 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Legal Roundtable: St. Louis Firefighters, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Etc.

Saint Louis Historical Old Courthouse
(via Flickr/mike matney)

A group called Missourians for Equality is interested in gathering petition signatures for a ballot measure which would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

Plus, St. Louis firefighters won a big decision in the Missouri Supreme Court.  The ruling allows them to live outside city limits if they’ve been with the department for at least seven years.

Those are just a couple of the topics for our monthly legal roundtable.  Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts including:

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St. Louis on the Air
12:16 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Holidays Present Opportunities To Preserve And Share Family Memories

Published Grannie Annie authors and artists who attended the annual author reading / art show / book signing at Left Bank Books this past June.
(Courtesy: The Grannie Annie)

Public radio listeners are familiar with weekly Friday segments from StoryCorps in which family members and close friends talk with one another, sharing memorable stories.


And as we head into the holiday season and families begin to gather, we’re reminded of opportunities to take full advantage of documenting and preserving family histories and stories.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:09 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Missouri Ranks Among Worst States For Widening Income Inequality

(via Flickr/SodanieChea)

Within approximately the last twenty years, Missouri ranks among the worst states in which the gap between rich and middle-income households has widened.  That’s according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we also take note of the report’s finding in which the gap between the very richest and the poor is even larger with the top 5 percent of Missouri households having an average income 11.7 times that of the bottom fifth.

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