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St. Louis on the Air
4:54 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

St. Louis Public Radio Leaders Share Merger Insights

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Seven months ago, the St. Louis Beacon and St. Louis Public Radio officially merged. What’s happened? And what’s next? St. Louis Public Radio general manager, Tim Eby, and news editor Margaret Wolf Freivogel joined host Don Marsh to talk about where the organization is today.  

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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
4:27 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Should Marijuana Be Legal In Missouri, For Medical Or Recreational Use?

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Should marijuana be legalized? More than 50 percent of Americans think it should, according to a 2013 Gallup poll, but the issue is far from settled.  

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St. Louis On The Air
5:07 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Harry Truman: The 'Senator From Pendergast' Got His Start With Missouri Political Machine

President Harry S. Truman
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On July 15, 1948, President Harry S. Truman received the Democratic nomination for president – hardly an upset as he was already president. He took his first oath of office on April 12, 1945, following the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Truman’s entrance to politics, however, hardly suggested a rise to the presidency. He grew up on a farm, worked as bank clerk and ran a men’s clothing business that failed. After that, politics looked like the only good career option.

At that point, political boss Tom Pendergast largely ran Kansas City politics.

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History
11:41 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Listen To Why You're Probably Pronouncing Sacagawea Wrong

A Sacagawea $1 coin.
Credit (U.S. Mint)

Look at this woman's face. If you recognize her, think about how you'd say her name, then read on:

Got it? 

Well, you might be wrong.

She's Sacagawea, the Native American woman best known for her role in the renowned westward expedition of Lewis & Clark, and for her likeness imprinted on that special edition piece of U.S. currency.

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from St. Louis on the Air
3:06 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Slay condemns plans for new homeless camp

New Life Evangelistic Center workers erect a sign and crucifix on a two-acre plot in Botanical Heights where Rev. Larry Rice plans to host a homeless camp.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slays says Rev. Larry Rice’s plan to host a homeless camp on Vandeventer Ave.  north of Interstate 44 is a bad idea. 

Speaking today on "St. Louis on the Air," Slay said he’s concerned about the same safety and health problems that plagued the tent cities by the Mississippi riverfront.

“If they’re on the property without the proper permits – the occupancy permits and other things under the zoning laws – they will be asked to leave and if they continue to violate the law people will be moved,” he said.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:31 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

President Timothy Wolfe outlines challenges to UM System

University of Missouri website

On the job since February, University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe leads an institution with four campuses, more than 74,000 students, and over 13,000 employees. He joined Don Marsh on St. Louis on the Air today from the Columbia studios of KBIA. You can hear their entire conversation in the St.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:31 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

NPR's Michele Norris on race, dialogue and walking on eggshells

Photo courtesy of The Race Card Project

“I’m afraid to say something wrong. ”

“I hate hearing “the neighborhood changed. ””

“I’m so tired of this subject. ”

These "six word essays" are about race. They were written on the backs of three different postcards, by three different people, from three different parts of the country. They represent the thousands of responses NPR’s Michele Norris has gotten in response to her request: Race, your thoughts, six words, please send.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:02 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Jonathan Franzen on freedom, fiction, and finding meaning

writer Jonathan Franzen (photo by David Shankbone)

Today we got the chance to visit with Webster Groves native and acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen about his latest novel Freedom, his inspirations, and his methods.  You can hear the whole conversation in the St. Louis on the Air archives, but here are some highlights:

On whether or not he's working on a new book

It takes me a long time to write a book. They’re years in development before I get any pages I can believe in.  I have some vague thoughts.  Usually the vague thoughts I have at this stage, they turn out to be completely wrong headed.

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Sept. 11: a decade later
5:04 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Remembering September 11th: conversations about then and now

St. Louis City Hall on Sunday, September 11, 2011. (photo by Libby Franklin)

Over the past couple of weeks on St. Louis on the Air, we've had a handful of conversations about the impact of September 11th on the people of this region.  Though we in St. Louis were hundreds of miles away from Ground Zero, the events of that day have changed all of us.

Here's a quick roundup of the conversations you can find in our archives:

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