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
5:27 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Local Community College Leaders Respond To State Of The Union, Prepare Students For Workforce

The Liberal Arts Building at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois
(Courtesy: Southwestern Illinois College)

During the State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama called on community colleges to build stronger partnerships with local businesses.  And according to St. Louis-area community college leaders, many of those initiatives are already in place on their campuses.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:18 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Missourian Dale Carnegie, Father Of Modern Self-Help Culture

Book cover of Steven Watt's biography on Dale Carnegie.
Credit courtesy Other Press

Nowadays, book stores and libraries have whole sections dedicated to self-help. But back in 1936, when Missouri native Dale Carnegie wrote “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” it wasn’t so commonplace.

According to author Steven Watts, Carnegie shifted the conversation about how to achieve success away from moral character, in essence creating the modern self-help genre in the process.

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Illinois State of the State Address
4:54 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered the annual State of the State speech at the state capitol in Springfield Wednesday.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A hike in the minimum wage, sending more children to preschool and more grants for low-income college students are all part of the agenda Governor Pat Quinn laid out Wednesday in his State of the State address.

Five years to the day after he first became governor, Pat Quinn tried to make the case that Illinois is "making a comeback." It's also the anniversary of when lawmakers removed his predecessor from office. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now serving a federal prison sentence for corruption.

Quinn says he's helped restore integrity to state government.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:28 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Remembering The Battleship USS Missouri

The USS Missouri
From "The Second Decommissioning," a history provided by Tim Raines.

On January 29, 1944, the USS Missouri (BB-63) launched into the sea for the first time, the last battleship of her kind ever built. Harry S. Truman was a senator at the time, and his daughter Margaret christened the ship.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Missouri, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh spoke with Michael Carr, president and COO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association and two St. Louis area residents who served aboard the ship. He also spoke with former U.S. Senator and First Lady of Missouri Jean Carnahan about the historic ship's silver.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:38 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

New Mavis Staples Bio Gives Unprecedented Insight Into The Singer And Her Family

Mavis Staples performing at the Chicago Blues Fest in 2012.
Credit Adam Bielawski / via Wikimedia Commons

Despite a musical career that has spanned decades and provided inspiration for the civil rights movement, until recently the only information available about the Staple Singers was from interviews, articles and songs.

A new biography by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot changes all that by providing the back story of the musical family in book form for the first time. With a nod to two hit songs, the book is titled “I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway.”

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mobilltracker.org
12:04 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Missouri Legislative Tracker Launched To Follow Key Bills

A screenshot of the Missouri Legislative Tracker

Almost 300 bills were prefiled in the Missouri Senate and Missouri House before the legislative session even opened. Now that the legislative session is underway, some of those bills will fade away, others will move through the legislative process and even more new ones will be introduced.

No wonder it's hard to keep up with what's going on in the legislature.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:20 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Legal Roundtable: Death Penalty, Right To Work, Navigator Licensing, Etc.

(via Flickr/James Cridland)

The law continues to play a central role in the controversy over Missouri’s execution methods. On Friday, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state is not required to reveal the name of the pharmacy supplying it with execution drugs.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:49 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Group Seeking To Revitalize MLK Drive Looks To Hydroponics For Economic Push

Proposed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Park aerial view illustration, to be placed at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Lauer Architecture

If all goes according to plan, a hydroponics factory could soon be located on Martin Luther King Drive. It’s the newest effort by St. Louis nonprofit Beloved Streets of America to revitalize the street.

At first the factory would be located at 5901 MLK, in the back of Beloved Streets headquarters.

“It’s a big building that can be used for multiple purposes,” Beloved Streets president Melvin White said.

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Politics & Issues
5:24 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Discussion: The Role Of Civic Engagement In Missouri

Credit (via Facebook/The Bridge St. Louis)

Original article published Saturday, January 18, 2013

Missourians are more likely to volunteer and to do favors for a neighbor than the average American. But their level of civic engagement depends greatly on their circumstances.

A new report on the state’s civic health, issued by six Missouri universities and the National Conference on Citizenship, found that Missouri largely aligns with the rest of the nation on community involvement.

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State of the state speech
7:42 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Nixon Proposes To Restore State Spending Lost Since 2008

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon at 2011 state of the state speech.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing a budget that would set state government spending at roughly what it was seven years ago, before the nation’s economy – and the state’s budgets -- took a nose dive.

And that’s a huge difference from the frugal budgets the state has seen for years.

The biggest beneficiary of the increased spending, should the General Assembly agree, will be public education.

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