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
11:58 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Author Discussion: 'Mission at Nuremberg'

Credit Wm Morrow

At the close of World War II, Adolph Hitler committed suicide rather than face a world not shaped to his liking. So too did high-ranking Nazi officials Joseph Goebbel and Heinrich Himmler. But 23 of the leaders of the Third Reich remained alive to face justice for their crimes.

From November 1945 to October 1946, the world watched as the Allied forces tried 21 of those leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the background, unnoticed by most, was an army chaplain from St. Louis named Henry Gerecke.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:01 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Got Tax Questions? CPA Lance Weiss Has Answers.

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It’s that time of year again. Tax time. With just a week and a day to go before April 15, today’s St. Louis on the Air was dedicated to answering questions about filing taxes. CPA Lance Weiss returned to the show to help listeners make sense of the tax code. He’s with the St. Louis tax and accounting firm SFW Partners, LLC.

Over the course of the hour, Weiss answered questions about a range of topics, from health insurance deductions to claiming back taxes, including:

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St. Louis on the Air
12:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Jackie Joyner-Kersee On Her Work To Improve The Fitness Of Young People

Jackie Joyner-Kersee at Wait, Wait....Don't Tell Me in 2013.
Credit Jamie Heuer

East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one of the nation’s premier athletes, with 6 Olympic medals to her name. Sports Illustrated named her the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century and tomorrow she will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:54 am
Thu April 3, 2014

When Children Are Exposed To Gun Violence, It Becomes A Public Health Issue, Say St. Louis Doctors

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The Newtown massacre has been seared in our collective memory. Gun violence involving teens in St. Louis, especially teens of color, is among the highest in the country.  The emotion in Roxana, Ill., after an April Fool’s prank this week put local focus on the issue. 

 

From school shootings to drive-bys to suicide, the level of exposure children in America today have to gun violence is in the news and on the minds of many. Because of this prevalence, some health care professionals contend that it has become a public health issue.  Among them:

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St. Louis on the Air
11:56 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Author Lee Sandlin On The History Of Tornado Chasing

Lee Sandlin, author of "Storm Kings."
Credit Frank Blau Photography

This is the time of year when we begin to worry about severe weather. From thunderstorms to hail, high winds to tornados, we get more than our share. 

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STL250
7:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

First Evidence Of French Colonial Homes Discovered Under Poplar Street Bridge

A piece of tin enameled ceramic from the colonial period found in the archeological dig below site below the Poplar Street Bridge. It is likely a Spanish ceramic of polychrome majolica.
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Archeologists from the Missouri Department of Transportation are ecstatic over a discovery beneath the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis. They’ve uncovered the first physical evidence dating to when the French founded St. Louis in 1764.

The findings help confirm written documentation of St. Louis’ earliest European settlers and shed new light on the people who live here.

Michael Meyer is an archeologist with MoDOT and the principal investigator of the department’s work in St. Louis.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:55 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Discussion: What Are The Characteristics Of A Good School Board Member?

Normany School District is one of several districts in the region that is holding school board member elections April 8.
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On Tuesday, April 8, voters will take to the polls to elect board members for their local school districts. April elections, with their focus on local issues such as schools and municipalities, traditionally have a low turnout. However, the results of these elections have a big impact on people’s day-to-day lives, including the policies implemented in their children’s schools.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:05 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Saint Louis Zoo Works To Protect Endangered Species In Africa

John Newby feeding an ostrich
courtesy photo

What does the Saint Louis Zoo have to do with Africa? More than you might think. It is a founding member of the Sahara Conservation Fund, which works to protect endangered species in Africa.

“The zoo was already involved in captive breeding of these species and was really keen to get involved in the preservation of these species in the wild,” said John Newby, a conservation fellow with the Saint Louis Zoo and the CEO of the Sahara Conservation Fund.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Discussion: Muslim Women In The Islamic World

Mehnaz Afridi, assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College.
Credit courtesy photo

In Western media, we hear reports that Muslim women are relegated to a second class, largely powerless status and are denied education, independence and employment. We hear stories of women brutalized and abused.  

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St. Louis on the Air
12:05 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

How Do We Prevent Hate Crimes? A Discussion With Not In Our Town Producer Patrice O'Neill

One year after the hate attack, the Oak Creek, WI community comes together at The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin to remember the victims and support their families.
Courtesy Not In Our Town

Documentary filmmaker Patrice O’Neill has been working to prevent hate crimes for almost 20 years. The tools of her trade: films and community outreach. When her nonprofit The Working Group produced “Not in Our Town” for PBS in 1995, the response sparked a movement that continues to expand today.

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