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St. Louis on the Air creates a unique space where guests and listeners can share ideas and opinions with respect and honesty. Whether exploring issues and challenges confronting our region, discussing the latest innovations in science and technology, taking a closer look at our history or talking with authors, artists and musicians, St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region.

St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary EdwardsAlex Heuer, and Kelly Moffitt give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region.

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The show is sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.

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It’s Election Day and while we won’t know the results until this evening, we take the beginning of our program to check in with reporters at several polling locations to see how the voting process is moving along.

Host Don Marsh talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach and Tri States Public Radio’s Jason Parrott about voting in St. Louis, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois.

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The race for U.S. Senate in Missouri between Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican Congressman Todd Akin is close and has garnered national attention.

Recent polling data shows Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney leads in Missouri, as does McCaskill over Akin, by a slim margin.

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The Drug Policy Alliance bills itself as the “nation’s leading organization promoting alternatives to current drug policy that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.”

The organization believes the war on drugs is doing more harm than good and among other things, the DPA supports the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Host Don Marsh talks with Ethan Nadelmann, the founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance

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In the last of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Amendment 3, concerning proposed changes to the way some judges are selected in Missouri.

Host Don Marsh talks with Republican state Senator Jim Lembke of St. Louis County and former Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court William Ray Price, Jr.  Lembke says Amendment 3 is a step in the right direction while Price opposes it.

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In the third of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition B, concerning a tobacco tax increase.

Host Don Marsh talks with Dudley McCarter, an attorney and board member of Missourians for Health and Education, and Ron Leone, the Executive Director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association. 

McCarter supports Proposition B and Leone opposes it.

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In the second of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition E, concerning the implementation of health insurance exchanges.

Host Don Marsh talks with Republican state Senator Jim Lembke of St. Louis County and Jennifer Bersdale, Board Member for Missouri Healthcare for All.  Lembke supports Proposition E while Bersdale opposes it.

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In the first of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition A, concerning local control of the City of St. Louis police department.

Host Don Marsh talks with Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay’s Chief of Staff for the City of St. Louis, and John Chasnoff, Program Director for the ACLU of Eastern Missouri.  Rainford supports Proposition A while Chasnoff opposes it.

Official Ballot Title: (source: Missouri Secretary of State website)

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Ongoing media coverage of Hurricane Sandy has highlighted the importance of media literacy.

Some news outlets incorrectly reported the New York Stock Exchange floor was flooded and numerous images have been doctored or a misrepresentation of current events.

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Missourians have an opportunity to elect a new governor next Tuesday. 

Host Don Marsh talks with Dave Spence, the Republican candidate for Governor.  Spence is a businessman from St. Louis.  He faces Democratic incumbent Governor Jay Nixon and Libertarian candidate Jim Higgins.

Programming Notes:

At this time, Jay Nixon’s campaign has not made the Governor available for an interview.

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is one the country’s most recognizable landmarks.  Its construction was completed this month, 47 years ago, in 1965.

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The recent death of Senator George McGovern revived memories of his unsuccessful 1972 Presidential bid.  There are several reasons he lost and one of them was the fallout of the brief vice presidential candidacy of U.S. Senator Tom Eagleton of Missouri. 

Eagleton was dropped from the ticket after eighteen days because of controversy concerning his medical history.

Host Don Marsh talks with author Joshua Glasser whose new book, The Eighteen-Day Running Mate: McGovern, Eagleton, and a Campaign in Crisis, documents the controversy and its causes during that time.

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The next Attorney General of Missouri will be one of three men: Democratic incumbent Chris Koster, Libertarian Dave Browning, or Republican Ed Martin.  Host Don Marsh talks with Ed Martin.  He is an attorney and former Chief of Staff to Governor Matt Blunt.

Prior to running for Attorney General, Martin was vying for the U.S. Senate and the Second Congressional District.

Libertarian candidate Dave Browning was also a guest on this program.

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Longtime U.S. Democratic Representative Jerry Costello is not seeking another term and that leaves three candidates vying for the 12th Congressional District in Illinois. 

The candidates are lumber businessman, Republican Jason Plummer, emergency room nurse and Green Party candidate, Paula Bradshaw, and former Illinois National Guard Adjutant General Bill Enyart.

Host Don Marsh talks with Bill Enyart about his candidacy and some of the major issues this election.

Programming Note:

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Earlier this year the Corporation for Public Broadcasting awarded NPR a $1.5 million grant to launch a major journalism initiative to deepen coverage of race, ethnicity and culture, and to capture the issues that define an increasingly diverse America.

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The U.S. Senate race in Missouri has drawn national attention with Republican Congressman Todd Akin vying to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. Most recently, Akin garnered national ire for saying McCaskill is like a dog that fetches taxes and regulations from D.C. and brings them back to Missouri.

Akin defended that analogy on Monday.

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Host Don Marsh talks with Jason Plummer, a lumber businessman from O'Fallon. Plummer is the Republican candidate for Illinois’ 12th Congressional.  The race pits Jason Plummer against Democrat Bill Enyart and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw. One of the candidates will replace U.S. Representative Jerry Costello, who is retiring after 24 years in office.

The final debate between the three candidates was last Friday at 7:00 p.m. at O’Fallon Township High School.

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Host Don Marsh talks with Paula Bradshaw, an emergency room nurse from Carbondale.  Bradshaw is the Green Party candidate for Illinois’ 12th Congressional.  The race pits Paula Bradshaw against Republican Jason Plummer and Democrat Bill Enyart.  One of the candidates will replace U.S. Representative Jerry Costello, who is retiring after 24 years in office.

The final debate between the three candidates is this Friday at 7:00 p.m. at O’Fallon Township High School.

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Host Don Marsh talks with Jim Higgins, a computer systems analyst from Creve Coeur.  Higgins is the Libertarian candidate for Missouri Governor.  He faces incumbent Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican Dave Spence.

Programming Note: Republican Dave Spence will be a guest on “St. Louis on the Air” on Monday, October 29. Governor Jay Nixon has not yet confirmed a date.

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Every other year, senior citizens compete in the National Senior Olympics.  In Age of Champions, director Christopher Rufo shares the story of five athletes including sprinters, jumpers, and swimmers.

Host Don Marsh talks with Rufo and Bill Cannon, an 82-year-old swimmer from the St. Louis area who has earned more than 2,000 medals at the Senior Olympics.  Age of Champions is set to make its debut on PBS in 2013.

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Some of America’s newest voters in November will be people who were not born in this country but are newly naturalized citizens.  Host Don Marsh talks with guests from the International Institute of St. Louis about the path to citizenship and with former students about the process.

Guests include:

  • Anita Barker, Vice-President and Director of Education at the International Institute of St. Louis
  • Elina Fernandez, naturalized citizen and former student at the International Institute
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Host Don Marsh talks with the Libertarian candidate for Missouri Attorney General Dave Browning.

Dave Browning said incumbent Chris Koster has done a decent job “but is an unrepentant liberal.”  He said Republican challenger Ed Martin doesn’t know what he’s doing.  “I think the voters of Missouri need to have a chance to vote for someone who is conservative but not insane,” said Browning.

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The path to victory is rarely easy for political candidates and it’s even more difficult for third party candidates.  Host Don Marsh talks with Libertarian Jonathan Dine, candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.

Show Highlights

“I think it’s possible to win this race if a few more Democrats and Republicans would come my way,”
said Jonathan Dine.

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Host Don Marsh talks with a panel of legal experts for our monthly legal roundtable.  Among other things, they’ll talk about a Missouri drunk driving case making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, an upcoming ballot proposal which would change the way judges are selected for the Missouri Supreme Court, and Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder suffering a setback in his attempt to derail President Obama’s health care law.

Guests include:

Susan Block, J.D., attorney at Paul, Camazine and Blumenthal, P.C. and retired St. Louis County Circuit Judge

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Clinical depression is called the world’s number one mental disorder and ranks only behind heart disease as the country’s most disabling condition.  It is also dangerous because it can all too often lead to suicide.  Andrew and Barbara Taylor and the Crawford Taylor Foundation have committed $20 million to Washington University to fund research on mental illness, with a sharp focus on depression.

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The general election is less than one month away and candidates are making the final push for votes.  Over the past 2,000 years, advances in technology have drastically changed the method of campaigning though, according to an ancient Roman text of campaign advice given to Marcus Cicero, Rome’s greatest orator, advice given then is just as applicable now.

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Author and psychologist Steven Pinker argues that violence is on the decline.  In, "The Better Angels of Our Nature,” Pinker says despite ongoing news about war, terrorism, and other crimes, violence is declining.  Pinker also examines why people are pulled toward violence and debunks myths about violence.

Host Don Marsh talks with Steven Pinker about his book and thought provoking studies and analysis.  Pinker spoke recently at the St. Louis County Library.

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In April 2013, Clayton, Missouri will celebrate 100 years as a municipality.  Host Don Marsh talks with author Mary Delach Leonard, who also writes for the St. Louis Beacon, about her new book, Clayton, Missouri: An Urban Story. Leonard traces the beginning of the community from a rural outpost to a progressive metropolitan hub.  Mary Delach Leonard also highlights important city leaders who shaped Clayton and includes historic and contemporary photos of the community.

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A recently released report shows there is a disparity in health care among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians.  The study by the Missouri Foundation for Health shows LGBT individuals have less access to health care and tend to be less healthy than the general population.

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Host Don Marsh talks with Dr. David Ansell about his proposal to reform healthcare by fixing Medicare and providing it to all Americans.  Dr. Ansell is the Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  He is also the author of “County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital." 

Physicians for a National Health Program in St. Louis are sponsoring talks by Dr. Ansell:

Go! St. Louis

Childhood obesity is an epidemic which has tripled in the last three decades.  Host Don Marsh talks with experts about the disease and ways to prevent it.  Host Don Marsh talks with Amy Moore, a nutrition and dietetics instructor at Saint Louis University and Nancy Lieberman, President and Founder of GO! St. Louis.

Go! St. Louis is a local nonprofit organization which encourages individuals and families in the St. Louis region to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle year round.

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