St. Louis on the Air

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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
10:21 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Why ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’ Still Means So Much, 70 Years After Its Debut

Fans of the film "Meet Me In St. Louis" gathered for a sing-a-long and screening on May 2.
(Amanda Honigfort/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Judy Garland classic Meet Me In St. Louis had its world premiere in St. Louis on Nov. 22, 1944, but it still draws a crowd. On May 2, the Missouri History Museum hosted a Meet Me in St. Louis film screening and sing-a-long in conjunction with the film’s 70th anniversary and their 250 in 250 exhibit. 

Listen to what the film means to some of the fans attending the sing-a-long:

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St. Louis on the Air
5:06 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Prohibition Era St. Louis, From Dance To Drink

A group of drinkers from the American Spirits Exhibit.
Courtesy Missouri History Museum

From 1920 until 1933, it was illegal to manufacture, transport and sell alcohol in the United States. In response, an underground culture of speakeasies and bootleggers sprang up, where covert groups met in unmarked locations to drink homemade gin, listened to jazz and danced the Charleston.

In St. Louis, those looking for a drink met in cellars and caves, said Tracy Lauer, an archivist at Anheuser-Busch.  Saloons and taverns shut down across the city, many to never reopen.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:19 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

The Struggle For Young People To Reach The American Dream: A Conversation With St. Louis Researchers

As the United States economy returns to a healthier state, one generation in particular is lagging behind in returning to pre-recession levels of wealth: millennials.

Young people in their 20s and 30s have taken a greater hit from the recession than any other age group, bringing into question whether the American dream of upward mobility is obtainable for them.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:17 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Computers In The Brain? Not So Science Fiction, Says St. Louis Neuroscientist

Eric Leuthardt, neuroscientist, author and biomedical engineer.
Credit Washington University School of Medicine

In the not-so-distant future, it will be possible, perhaps even common place, to have computers implanted in our brains, says St. Louis neurosurgeon Eric Leuthardt.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:05 am
Tue May 6, 2014

More Illinois Farmers Are Embracing High Tech Ag ― But Is 'Big Data' Too Much Like 'Big Brother?'

A farmer uses Monsanto's FieldScripts program to plant his field.
Credit Via Monsanto

Farmers have been collecting data about their farms for decades.

Now all those data are going high tech. Major agricultural companies like Monsanto, John Deere and DuPont have been developing more ways to mine that than ever before – all in the name of helping farmers make better decisions about when to plant, what to plant and how much.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:42 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Residents Of Missouri's Arcadia Valley Hope TV Show Will Boost The Region's Tourist Economy

Author Jason Mott.
Credit Michael Becker

Some rural Missouri fans of the ABC television show “Resurrection” had a special viewing party of last night's season finale. Residents of Arcadia, Pilot Knob and Ironton (which make up the Arcadia Valley) watched the season finale with actor Kevin Sizemore and Jason Mott, the author of the book on which the show is based.

“It was a terrific crowd,” said Mott. “The whole weekend I got to interact with everyone in the town, and they were just as warm and welcoming as I could have ever hoped for.”

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St. Louis on the Air
6:08 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Sexual Assault Policies, State Funding And More: A Conversation With UM System President Tim Wolfe

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe.
Credit University of Missouri website

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe was our guest today on St. Louis on the Air. He oversees the management of the four institutions within the system: University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri University of Science and Technology, and has held the position since February 2012.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:49 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

What's The Deal With Ride-Share Service Lyft?

Credit Courtesy of Lyft

In February of this year, the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission approved a license for Carmel Car and Limo to operate their cab-hailing smartphone app in St. Louis. But the commission has not been so welcoming to ride-share service Lyft, which also wants to enter the St. Louis market.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Two Veto Overrides Possible In The Final Weeks Of The Missouri Legislative Session

Credit (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

With a little more than two weeks left in the current Missouri legislative session, the focus of the state legislature will be on two possible veto overrides, said St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jo Mannies.

She and education reporter Dale Singer appeared on St. Louis on the Air today to give an update on key bills moving through the state legislature right now.

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St. Louis On the Air
2:20 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

What If Teddy Roosevelt Were President Now? A Conversation With Doris Kearns Goodwin

Historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin

How would Theodore Roosevelt govern if he were president today? Who better to ask than Doris Kearns Goodwin - a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian who has studied and written about Lyndon Johnson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and now Theodore Roosevelt.

In The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism she documents the friendship between Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft, as well as their relationship with the journalists who covered them.  

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