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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Coming up this week:

Monday: A discussion about building a sense of community within neighborhoods. What works? What doesn't?

Tuesday: A discussion about climate change just after a UN panel released a new report saying major action is needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. We’ll also hear the personal stories of some St. Louis residents and their interaction with climate change, including that of a local seasonal park ranger at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.

Wednesday: A discussion about the ongoing volatile situation in Ukraine.

Thursday: A conversation with Missouri native, actor and activist Ed Asner, who will be in St. Louis later this month. Among other things, he’ll be performing his one-man show, a tribute to FDR, presented by New Jewish Theatre.

And a discussion with Mayor Francis Slay and local architect Dan Jay about a ‘thought experiment’ of what it would take to raise St. Louis’ population to 500,000.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:49 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

New Research In Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease
US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

Finding effective treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is elusive.  While most of what we hear about the disease is depressing, we may be on the threshold of some exciting discoveries concerning prevention.  Washington University’s School of Medicine is in the middle of this new research and this hour, host Don Marsh is joined by Dr. John Morris, Director of Washington University’s Alzheimer’s Research Center, to talk about clinical trials aimed at preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:22 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Poverty and Homelessness in St. Louis

Credit (via Flickr/Jim Belford)

There is good and bad news when it comes to the latest government figures on poverty in America.  The good news is that the poverty rate has more or less stabilized for the first time in three years, while the bad news is that the number of people living in poverty in the St. Louis area is well above the national average.  Join host Don Marsh for a discussion about poverty and its ripple effects in the region. 

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St. Louis on the Air
1:43 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

City Museum co-founder Gail Cassilly & Exploration Day

Neil Armstrong on the moon
NASA/courtesy of nasaimages.org

The City Museum is a popular tourist destination in St. Louis and its co-founder, Gail Cassilly, says founding it along with her late ex-husband was one of her life’s highlights though it was also a life that had “crushing sorrows.”  Host Don Marsh talks with sculptor and writer Gail Cassilly about her new memoir, Saltwater.  Then, Don talks with a couple of St. Louisans who are mounting a national effort to officially change the name of Columbus Day to Exploration Day.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:52 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Empty Nest Syndrome

(via Flickr/butterfingers laura)

It can be emotional when children leave home to start life on their own.  Parents are often saddened by the new arrangement but can also relish returning to life as they lived before children.  Host Don Marsh talks with guests this hour about coping with the empty nest.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:01 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Legal Roundtable

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

Some legal rulings leave us scratching our head but for widely different reasons.  Don Marsh hosts our monthly legal roundtable.  We wonder what a judge was thinking when she left important court decisions to her clerks, why a judge approved a sex change operation for a convicted murderer serving a life sentence, and other legal issues. 

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