St. Louis on the Air

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

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
2:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Priest Silenced By Vatican Shares His Story, Views On The Catholic Church

Tony Flannery
Credit Courtesy of Call to Action

In 2012, Tony Flannery, an Irish priest and religious writer, found out the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s watchdog group, was displeased with some of his writings about the church.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:05 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NPR Host Shares His Trans-Siberian Journey, Views On Russia

David Greene
Credit NPR

Before joining “Morning Edition” in 2012, David Greene was a foreign correspondent for NPR in Moscow. While there, he took the 6,000 mile Trans-Siberian Railway, writing about the second trip in his new book “Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia.”

In October, Greene returned to Russia and Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia seized from Ukraine earlier this year.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Inauguration Poet In St. Louis To Talk About Growing Up, Home And Poetry

Poet and author Richard Blanco
Credit Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Poet Richard Blanco is best known for “One Today,” the poem he wrote and read at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013. Blanco was the first Latino, first immigrant and first openly gay writer to be commissioned as an inaugural poet.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:40 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

St. Louis Seeking Its First Poet Laureate

St. Louis Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed
Credit Provided by Lewis Reed

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed is spearheading an effort to establish a poet laureate position in St. Louis.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:24 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Writers Define Poetry's Role In Today's Society

Credit via Flickr/Brenda Clarke

Poetry is misunderstood.

“Poetry does have this reputation among the general public as being this highbrow kind of communication that’s only suitable for academic people and people of the intellectual elite, and is not relevant or needed for anybody else,” Missouri poet laureate Bill Trowbridge told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Monday.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:24 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Educators Address Racial Inequality

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Sixty years ago, Brown v. Board of Education outlawed segregated schools. Now, race and another Brown family are in the news: 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson in August.

On Saturday, Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis and United Congregations of Metro East are sponsoring a daylong education symposium that will look at those events and racism.

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Politics & Issues
2:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Former U.S. Senator Addresses Political Dysfunction

Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine
Credit Courtesy of Olympia Snowe

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe cited partisanship when she announced her retirement in 2012.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:20 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Gender Wage Gap Persists In Missouri

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While the gender wage gap has narrowed over the last 50 years, the improvement has not been significant, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

In Missouri, the median earnings for a woman working full-time is $32,000 while the median earnings for a man working full-time is $43,000, said lawyer Donna Harper, a partner at Sedey Harper P.C., which specializes in employment law.

“Women make about three-fourths of what men make when they’re both employed full time, at least in Missouri,” Harper told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Wednesday.

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Politics & Issues
10:36 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Arthur Lieber: Democratic Candidate For Missouri's 2nd Congressional District

Arthur Lieber (D- Creve Coeur)
Credit Rebecca Smith

“I’m taking donations of only $10.10 - that being the proposed new minimum wage by President Obama,” Arthur Lieber explained to “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh.  “If elected, every voter in the 2nd district will have my equal attention because no one has given me more than $10.10”

Arthur Lieber (D-Creve Coeur) is running for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District against incumbent Ann Wagner (R-Ballwin) and Bill Slantz, a Libertarian from St. Charles.   

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Local History
10:32 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Louisiana Purchase Treaty Makes Rare Appearance At History Museum Exhibit

Map by T. Stackhouse, publisher 1783, prior to Louisiana Purchase.
Credit Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

The Louisiana Purchase is much more complicated than most history textbooks portray.

That’s the message behind the Missouri History Museum’s new exhibition “The Louisiana Purchase: Making St. Louis, Remaking America.” Adam Kloppe, 30, is a writing and research fellow at the museum and took the lead in determining the content for the exhibit. He said the story of the Louisiana Purchase is a one of many doubts and tough decisions.

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