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
4:52 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Women In Politics: Why Hillary Clinton Is Unlikely To Become President

Hillary Clinton in 2007.
Credit via Flickr/MarcNozell

If Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, will she win? According to political science professor Farida Jalalzai, the odds are not in Clinton’s favor. Jalalzai recently wrote an article for the Washington Post elaborating on that thought.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:42 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

High School To College Transition Center Opens For A Second Summer In St. Louis

A scene from the St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center in the summer of 2013.
Credit via Flickr/STLGraduates

There’s a lot more to going to college than getting an acceptance letter. There’s finding financial aid and housing. There’s paying the first tuition bill and turning in immunization records. And then there is the big picture question of what college makes the most financial sense for your family.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:51 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Encore: Historians Elaborate On Significance Of French Colonial St. Louis

A map of St. Louis from 1796.
Credit Courtesy Missouri History Museum

Holiday encore broadcast.

On Friday, February 14, 2014, The Missouri History Museum hosted “A Great City from the Start,” a one-day symposium commemorating the founding of St. Louis. The foremost experts on early St. Louis history spoke before an audience that included representatives from Quebec, France, Spain and the Osage Nation.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:33 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Facts And Myths Of Living With ADD

Wes Crenshaw, a psychologist from Lawrence, Kansas who specializes in ADD and ADHD.
Credit courtesy photo

Difficulty focusing. Impulsiveness. Restlessness. These are general characteristics that at one time or another can be attributed to most people. But when these traits are habitual and interfere with everyday activities and tasks, they can be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADD or ADHD.

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw prefers the term ADD because most people diagnosed with the disorder don’t have hyperactivity.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:00 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

What Are The Legal Issues With Lyft, Missouri Executions And Francine Katz?

Credit (via Flickr/James Cridland)

Wednesday marked the fourth day of the Lyft hearing in downtown St. Louis. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (MTC) sees the ride-sharing app as a taxi service, and wants Lyft to comply with existing regulations. But Lyft says it is a “friend with a car,” not a taxi. Who has the stronger legal argument?

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St. Louis on the Air
4:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

St. Louis Public Speaking Coach Fred Miller On The Elements Of A Good Elevator Speech

Fred Miller

St. Louisan Fred Miller makes his living by telling other people how to talk. He coaches people through public speaking and is the author of two books on the topic: “No Sweat Public Speaking” and “No Sweat Elevator Speech: How to Craft Your Elevator Speech Floor to Floor with No Sweat.”

An elevator speech, said Miller, is “that little infomercial that tells people who you are and why you are here,” and  "a way to let people know what you do so that hopefully they will want to engage your services.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:30 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Is Time Running Out To Address The World’s Population Explosion?

Alan Weisman, author of Countdown.
Credit media photo

In “Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth,” author Alan Weisman explored what it would take to bring the world’s population down to a sustainable level. The book is a sequel of sorts to Weisman’s bestselling “The World Without Us.”

The idea of “The World Without Us,” said Weisman, was to see how nature could recover from the effects of climate change without humans around to get in the way. But his hope in writing the book was to inspire the discovery of a way to add humans back into the equation.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:03 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

2014 Missouri Legislative Session Recap Discussion

With the 2014 Missouri legislative session at an end, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jo Mannies, Dale Singer and Marshall Griffin discussed the results with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor Terry Jones.

The first topic of discussion was the tax cut bill. Nixon vetoed the bill, but was overridden by the Republican-led state house and senate.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Arch Grounds Improvement Project Update From CityArchRiver

Credit The CityArchRiver Foundation

Vice President Biden visited St. Louis earlier this week to view the improvement project underway on the grounds of the Gateway Arch. He said the project was a model of public-private partnership.

But how is the project coming along? CityArchRiver Communications Director Ryan McClure appeared on St. Louis on the Air today to give an update on the project’s progress.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

A Conversation With Thomas Jefferson's Modern Editor

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson painted while he was secretary of state.
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

From his commission of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, to the name of the city’s most recognizable landmark, St. Louis has particularly strong ties to Thomas Jefferson.

As the editor of “Light and Liberty: Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness,” a collection of Jefferson's writing organized into 34 essays, Eric Petersen has spent years reading Jefferson's letters and state papers.

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