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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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from St. Louis on the Air
4:59 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Ira Glass explains his decision to sound different

Ira Glass onstage.
(Courtesy This American Life)

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."

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From St. Louis on the Air
2:08 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Cold winter, strong jet stream combine for an unusual tornado season

National Weather Service risk map
(Mike Smith)

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. 

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from St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Rescue workers search for survivors in Joplin

This is a screen capture of the scene in Joplin, Mo. following the tornado that struck the town on May 22.
(Screen capture via YouTube user aarondurall85)

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.

From St. Louis on the Air
1:23 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Elie Wiesel on St. Louis on the Air

Elie Wiesel addressing the U.S. Congress. Today Wiesel joined us on St. Louis on the Air.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Today St. Louis on the Air spoke with renowned author Elie Wiesel, who is also in St. Louis to serve as Washington University's commencement speaker tomorrow.

Wiesel's interview was preempted on the air today by President Obama's speech to the U.S. State Department on the events in the Middle East and North Africa and U.S. policy in the region.

We have today's full interview with Wiesel available for you here.

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From St. Louis on the Air
6:21 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

A discussion on the ramifications of Bin Laden's death

(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

On today's St. Louis on the Air, our guests shared their unique perspectives on the death of Osama bin Laden, and what it means for the war on terror.

You can listen to the full show here, but here are a few highlights:

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Right-to-Work
4:56 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Ridgeway, Finklestein on right-to-work debate

Missouri State Sen. Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville).
(Missouri Senate Website)

Missouri lawmakers are expected to debate controversial right-to-work legislation this week.

One bill would prohibit closed-union shops, in which all employees must pay fees for union representation. The Senate sponsor is Republican Luann Ridgeway of Smithville.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:17 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Two kids. One name. Many choices.

Wes Moore, Author of "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates"

In the introduction to his book, The Other Wes Moore, author Wes Moore says:

This is the story of two boys living in Baltimore with similar histories and an identical name: Wes Moore.  One of us is free and has experienced things he never even knew to dream about as a kid.  The other will spend every day until his death behind bars for an armed robbery that left a police officer and father of five dead.  The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine.  The tragedy is that my story could have been his.

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