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St. Louis on the Air
1:44 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

From Fingerprints To Beer Distribution, Exploring St. Louis' Firsts

'Famous Firsts of St. Louis'

First use of fingerprinting. First drive-up bank teller. First cocktail party. First nighttime Major League Baseball season opener.

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St. Louis On The Air
1:28 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Former DEA Agent Details Undercover Career

'The Dark Art: My Undercover Life in Global Narco-Terrorism' by Edward Follis

As Mark Twain said, truth is stranger than fiction. Ed Follis, a former Drug Enforcement Administration undercover agent has shared some true but larger-than-life stories in his book, “The Dark Art: Inside the World’s Most Dangerous Narco-Terrorist Organization.”

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St. Louis on the Air
2:51 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Author Discusses Race In America Following Death of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown

"Suspicion Nation" by Lisa Bloom

A few months after the jury announced George Zimmerman was not guilty in the Florida shooting death of Trayvon Martin, NBC News legal analyst Lisa Bloom published a book examining the case, “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.”

In “Suspicion Nation,” Bloom looks at what happened behind the scenes and why similar shootings continue to take place, including the August death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

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Cityscape
1:49 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Authors, Readers Prepare For Lit In The Lou

Lit in the Lou

“St. Louis is kind of underappreciated as a literary city,” St. Louis author Ann Leckie said. “There’s the long history, but there’s also plenty of writers who are here now.”

That history, including authors like Maya Angelou and Tennessee Williams, and award-winning authors like Leckie are fueling next weekend’s Lit in the Lou festival.

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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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St. Louis on the Air
4:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

In Writing His Memoir, Bosnian War Survivor Found Perspective

A house destroyed by Serbian militants outside Kenan Trebinčević's hometown of Brcko in 1996.
U.S. Department of Defense via Wikimedia Commons

Kenan Trebinčević was 11 years old when the Bosnian War arrived in his hometown of Brcko on May 1, 1992. He remembers going to buy bread at the store and being told by a neighbor not to come back because “pretty soon you Turks won’t need to be eating anymore.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:58 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Young People Develop Writing Skills, Preserve Family History

Illustration by Autumn Caito for "Remember Me" by Miles Bassett.
(Courtesy The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration)

When families gather for the holidays, it can be an opportunity to tell stories and pass on memories. For the St. Louis-based Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, that provides a possible treasure trove for young people to build writing skills and forge strong family bonds.

Every year, The Grannie Annie publishes a volume of family stories written by students in the fourth to the eighth grade.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New Novel by 'Joy Luck Club' Author Amy Tan Explores Love And Abandonment

The picture of Amy Tan's grandmother that led Tan to wonder if her grandmother was a courtesan, circa 1910.
(Courtesy Amy Tan)

Recorded Saturday, November 16 at the St. Louis County Library.

Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club and other novels centered on the mother-daughter relationship, visited St. Louis as part of a tour for her new book, The Valley of Amazement.

In front of an audience of several hundred fans, she spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh about the novel, her writing, her life, and her belief in ghosts.

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Cityscape
4:36 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

St. Louis Native Tells Comedy Of Errors In Memoir About Move To Rural Vermont

Ellen Stimson with Mabel the chicken.
Kevin O'Connor Rutland Herald

After years of going on vacations and dreaming of living in the places they visited, St. Louis native Ellen Stimson and her family decided to move to rural Vermont to be close to the mountains.

They bought a country store, decided to homeschool their youngest son, and began raising chickens. And soon learned that vacationing in Vermont is much different than living there.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:52 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Author Sue Grafton Swings By St. Louis On Book Tour For 'W Is For Wasted'

Sue Grafton, author of the alphabet mystery series featuring private eye Kinsey Millhone.
Laurie Roberts Porter (Courtesy Penguin Group)

Thirty-one years after bestselling author Sue Grafton introduced the world to the fictional private eye Kinsey Millhone in A is for Alibi, fans of her books still eagerly await the next book in the series. W is for Wasted was published earlier this month, marking the 23rd letter in the alphabet and the 23rd book in the series.

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