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1:13 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Police Department Chaplain: Uniform And Race Bias ‘Part Of The Tragedy’

Rabbi Mark Shook
Credit Courtesy of Mark Shook

Members of the clergy have taken on important roles since the August shooting death of an unarmed black man by a police officer in Ferguson. That’s also true within the St. Louis County Police Department.

The department has 23 volunteer chaplains from 11 denominations who have focused on the needs of police officers and their families, program coordinator Rabbi Mark Shook told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Wednesday. The chaplains often have an opportunity to talk with officers during breaks.

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St. Louis On The Air
1:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Startup Wants To Help Diversify Us

DiversifyUs

You can use an app to order a pizza, find a date, talk to the world and check nearby gas prices. Can an app affect diversity? Local software developer Daniel McFarland hopes to find out.

McFarland’s DiversifyUs app won November’s Startup Weekend competition, but McFarland almost didn’t pitch the project.

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St. Louis On The Air
1:42 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

How Long Do We Remember A President's Legacy?

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, seen from the viewing plaza on June 4, 2003.
Credit deanfranklin / via Flickr

Quick: How many presidents can you name?

From the start, there was George Washington. Then John Adams. Thomas Jefferson. Then ... 

Two Washington University researchers have found that most presidents are forgotten 50 to 100 years after leaving office, “unless something really, really important happened in their regime, or they’re one of the early presidents,” said Henry “Roddy” Roediger, a Washington University psychology professor.

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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
1:12 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Health Law Professor Answers Questions About Affordable Care Act

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Less than a month into the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period, there are some questions, but nowhere near the problems that were seen a year ago at this time.

“Compared to last year, it is going much smoother. The first day, about 500,000 people logged on and 100,000 people actually signed up for coverage, compared to last year when it took us over a month to get the website working,” said Sidney Watson, a Saint Louis University Health Law Policy Center professor.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:09 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Former Ferguson Mayor Will Seek City Council Seat

Committee chairman and former mayor Brian Fletcher talks with a resident and a volunteer about the "I Love Ferguson" store that sells items including the logo-bearing T-shirts.
Credit Stephanie Lecci / St. Louis Public Radio

Former two-term Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher said Thursday that he’s seeking a City Council seat in April's election.

“I do plan on coming back. I plan to run for 2nd Ward in City Council, and I would be proud to serve the people in Ferguson if they’ll have me again,” Fletcher told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh.

Fletcher served as the city’s mayor from 2005 to 2011. He spent 16 years as a Democratic committeeman, and served on the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s board.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Students To Unveil New Plans For Railway Exchange Building

Brett Loehmann, a graduate student in the Sam Fox Design and Visual Arts program at Washington University, photographs the Railway Exchange Building on Sept. 17, 2014.
Credit Sid Hastings / Washington University Photos

A graduate architecture class wants to change the Railway Exchange Building.

The 1.2 million-square-foot, 100-year-old building at Locust and Sixth streets in downtown St. Louis was once home to the Famous-Barr flagship store and its parent company’s headquarters. It was converted to a Macy’s store in 2006, but that closed last year.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:17 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

After The Ferguson Commission's First Meeting, What's Next?

Credit Screen capture from official Ferguson Commission website, stlpositivechange.org

The 16-member Ferguson Commission, created by Gov. Jay Nixon, met for the first time Monday in Ferguson.  

“It’s a long meeting, but we needed to listen carefully and we needed to get the administrative processes of the commission in place,” commission chairman Rich McClure said of Monday’s six-hour meeting. McClure shares leadership responsibilities with chairman The Rev. Starsky Wilson.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:28 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Ferguson Mayor Says He Considered Resigning, Is Now Working To Unite Community

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles talks to 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh on Tuesday at St. Louis Public Radio.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

Since August, many people have been asking who’s in charge in Ferguson. Add James Knowles, the city’s mayor, to that list.

In an interview Tuesday with “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh, Knowles said he was kept out of the loop on state and regional efforts, including security and leadership decisions.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:14 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Church Leader: Ferguson Is About All Of Us

The Very Rev. Mike Kinman prepares for an interview Tuesday with 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh at St. Louis Public Radio.
Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Religious leaders have actively addressed Ferguson issues and participated in Ferguson demonstrations since August. For the Very Rev. Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, getting involved comes down to one word: Listen.

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