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
5:49 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Discussion: Why Is Overall Crime In St. Louis Down But Violent Crimes Up?

St. Louis Public Radio

The 2013 crime statistics for the city of St. Louis were released last week, with mostly positive results. The city continued its five-year downward trend in both violent crime and property crime, but there was a 6 percent increase in homicides. And, a jump in the number of rapes is attributed to a change in classification of what constitutes rape.

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Missouri History Museum
10:18 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Exclusive Interview: Frances Levine Will Head Missouri History Museum

Frances Levine
Credit Blair Clark | Museum of New Mexico

The Missouri History Museum has named Frances Levine, director of the New Mexico History Museum, as as its new president and CEO.

Levine, 63, will become not only the first woman to lead the museum but the first woman to head any institution of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District. Her contract was approved this morning in a meeting of the museum's board of trustees and members of the ZMD museum subdistrict.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:27 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Encore: Missour-ee Or Missour-uh? Talking About Talking In St. Louis And Beyond

Originally aired Feb. 13, 2013

Is it Missour-ee or Missour-uh?

Those two pronunciations of the state, according to linguist John Baugh of Washington University in St. Louis, peacefully co-exist and are “indicative of all of the linguistic collisions from the rest of the country that happen in our wonderful city.”

Baugh and linguist Cindy Brantmeier of Washington University joined host Don Marsh to talk about how language forms, evolves, and is spoken differently throughout the United States.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:09 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Update: Month One Of Health Coverage Under The Affordable Care Act

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

As of January 1st, the first Americans enrolled in health insurance via the Affordable Care Act began receiving coverage.

According to Professor Sidney Watson of the Saint Louis University Health Law Policy Center, a little more than 33,000 Missourians have signed up for plans through the federal Marketplace so far, leaving another 467,000 Missourians eligible to enroll. Almost 26,000 Missourians have enrolled in Medicaid.

“We think most of them are children,” Watson said. “Parents were going to the Marketplace and realizing their children were eligible.”  

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St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Eyewitness Of The Emmett Till Kidnapping Shares Story, Honors Martin Luther King Jr. In St. Louis

A 1955 rally in New York City protesting the murder of Emmett Till.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Before Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech, before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Emmett Till — a young, black Chicagoan — was murdered for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Emmett Till’s cousin, Simeon Wright, is in St. Louis to give a presentation about the Civil Rights Movement and share the personal story that led to his participation in it.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

140-Year-Old Millstadt Murder Mystery Gets New Life In “The Ax Murders Of Saxtown’

This barn sits on the property where the ax murdered occured in 1874. The original house is no longer there.
(Credit: Nicholas Pistor)

Growing up as a boy in Millstadt, Ill. Nicholas Pistor heard ghost stories about an ax murderer who killed an entire family in nearby Saxtown more than a century ago.

As a student at Saint Louis University, a conversation with Father Francis Cleary turned his childhood fears into curiosity about the truth behind the story. He began to track down newspaper articles written at the time of the murders, later returning to his research when he became a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Update: Can St. Louis Capitalize On Bitcoin?

Vance Crowe of Articulate Ventures (left) and Michael Huber of Paradigm New Media complete a Bitcoin transaction on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Rachel Gibbens

Last month we spoke with two St. Louis businessmen who completed a Bitcoin transaction worth $3,000; Michael Huber of Paradigm New Media and Vance Crowe of Articulate Ventures. Crowe is a proponent of the digital currency, and wants to see St. Louis emerge as a forerunner in the field.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Answering Your Questions About The St. Louis Region's Flu Outbreak

Judy Schmidt, James Gathany, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the past few weeks, the St. Louis region has seen a dramatic increase in the number of flu cases. The dangerous H1N1 strand that appeared in 2009 is back, and nine people have already died of the illness at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  

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St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

The Past Decade Shows Progress In The Battle Against Chronic Diseases, St. Louis Researchers Say

(Courtesy National Cancer Institute via Wikimedia Commons)

Fifth Brief: For the Sake of All

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St. Louis on the Air
5:24 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

St. Louis Municipalities Look To 'RainScaping' To Prevent Runoff

(KOMU via Flickr)

With a large percentage of land paved over, St. Louis City and many other area municipalities have encountered problems with water runoff. In addition to the nuisance of standing water on streets, water runoff can cause health and environmental concerns.

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, the City of Frontenac and the Missouri Botanical Garden are all looking to one solution to the problem - RainScaping.

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