Today on St. Louis on the Air, we got a little peek at what Ira Glass fans can expect this weekend at Powell Hall. The voice behind PRI’s This American Life will recreate moments from the show live on stage with the distinctive sounds, voices, and music TAL fans have come to know-- but there won’t be any fancy mixing console or many recognizable radio props on stage. Glass says, “I’ll run it all from my iPad."
This morning as the National Weather Service upgraded the tornado risk to "high" for the St. Louis area this afternoon, meteorologist and severe weather expert Mike Smith joined us for St. Louis on the Air. Smith called this the "worst tornado season" since the 1950's and cautioned that complacency about risk can be one of the deadliest factors during any storm.
Forty years to the month after a paralyzing tornado struck Joplin, MO in 1971, rescue workers carefully search the again devastated city for survivors of last night's storm. KCUR's Dan Verbeck joined us from Joplin during today's St. Louis on the Air. 90 people are now confirmed dead due to the tornado, but one fire official told Verbeck they expect the toll to rise to at least 100.