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St. Louis on the Air
4:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, right, talks to "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh, left, and producer Alex Heuer before Tuesday's show.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

This story was updated following St. Louis on the Air.

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is back, and he’s not sorry.

Two years after losing a contest for U.S. Senate and igniting a “war on women” debate with a comment about rape, Akin has written a book that offers behind-the-scenes details about how he, his campaign and his family coped.

In an August 2012 interview with Charles Jaco on KTVI (Channel 2), Akin was asked about abortion and rape. Akin, who is staunchly anti-abortion, said that a pregnancy from rape “is really rare.”

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St. Louis On The Air
4:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Twenty-Four Things To Do In St. Louis This Summer

Credit Romondo Davis

Summer in the city. There’s nothing like it, and no shortage of things to see, do and experience in St. Louis. From parks to concerts and festivals, frozen custard to marionettes, farmers markets to museums, there’s an event (or 20) for everyone.

Author Amanda Doyle has written a second St. Louis guidebook. She said being an outsider affects her view of St. Louis.

“You can’t be born in a place and appreciate everything about it,” she said.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:36 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

'Alex's Wake' Author Shares Story Of Ill-Fated MS St. Louis

"Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance" by Martin Goldsmith
Credit Da Capo Press

Author Martin Goldsmith is no stranger to St. Louis: Not only was he born here, but his mother was a longtime violinist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. But it was a different St. Louis and a different family connection that recently caught his attention.

In “Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and Journey of Remembrance,” Goldsmith traces the journey of his grandfather, Alex Goldschmidt, and uncle, Helmut Goldschmidt, Jewish refugees who tried to escape Nazi Germany aboard the MS St. Louis. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:12 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

St. Louis Author Ridley Pearson On Poaching, Publishing And His New Book 'The Red Room'

St. Louisan and best-selling author Ridley Pearson.
Credit Sarah Crowder / courtesy photo

St. Louis author Ridley Pearson is no stranger to the New York Times Bestseller List. But in writing his books (of which there are many) he aspires to more than popularity.

“I try to always put a social issue under my novels without getting on a soap box so that when you end my novel there’s also something you want to go Google or go learn about,” said Pearson. By introducing his readers to social issues such as poaching or the illegal art trade, he hopes he inspires his readers to get involved, talk to their senators or donate money to a good cause.

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Author Appearance
11:12 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Author Brings Story Of Disney Characters Saving His Autistic Son To STL

Owen Suskind with his parents, Ron Suskind and Cornelia Kennedy
Credit Disney Publishing Worldwide

Washington, D.C. author Ron Suskind and his wife Cornelia Kennedy were devastated when 2-year-old Owen stopped talking and began walking with a drunken gait.

When, how did their son’s regression begin? “It’s like reviewing clues to a kidnapping,” Suskind writes in “Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism.”

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Henry Gerecke
9:43 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Reflection On A Pastor Who Ministered To Nazis

Credit Wm Morrow

When I saw that Tim Townsend had written a book centered on the Lutheran chaplain at the Nuremberg trials, I knew I would read it.

The Rev. Henry Gerecke ended his career in Chester, Ill. There he was assistant pastor of St. John Lutheran Church and the chaplain at the state prison and mental hospital. I graduated from the church’s grade school and relatives work at that prison.

But I have no personal memory of Gerecke. He died the year before we moved from the farm into town. And when we lived on the farm, we went another direction to church.

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Children's Book Showcase
9:59 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Poetry's Magic Sparked St. Louis Author's Return To Writing

Credit Courtesy Susan Grigsby

Local children’s authors, who explore topics ranging from Thomas Jefferson to tattletales, will be on hand to discuss and sign their books at two sessions this month at the St. Louis Central Library.

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Cityscape
3:55 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Folklorist Publishes Book On St. Louis Christmas Traditions

Ribbon around the planetarium
Mark S. Abeln

St. Louis folklorist John Oldani has published a new book on the region's folklore and traditions, this time about the Christmas holiday.

The book, Christmas in St. Louis, includes more than 200 iconic St. Louis Christmas photographs by Mark S. Abeln, as well as historic photos from the archives of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Among the book's highlights are:

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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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Shots - Health Blog
1:31 am
Tue October 9, 2012

A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen

Matt Langione, a subject in the study, reads Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Results from the study suggest that blood flow in the brain differs during leisurely and critical reading activities.
L.A. Cicero Stanford University

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 9:35 am

At a recent academic conference, Michigan State University professor Natalie Phillips stole a glance around the room. A speaker was talking but the audience was fidgety. Some people were conferring among themselves, or reading notes. One person had dozed off.

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