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The flu season and severe winter weather forced the cancellation of more than 150 blood drives and resulted in 28,000 fewer donations of life-saving platelets and blood for patients in hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. To meet immediate needs, the American Red Cross must collect 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day.

This Sunday, January 7, NPR’s It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders will replace The Tavis Smiley Show from 8 to 9 p.m.

Friday is the journalist's last day.

Journalist. Host. Newscaster. Editor. Juggler. Leader. Mentor. Friend. Gracious. Witty. Humble. Nurturing. Patient. Unflappable. Words that describe Bill Raack from those who have worked with him over 23 years at St. Louis Public Radio.

David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Every day through January 1, St. Louis Public Radio will offer listeners special holiday programming and music. There are several ways to listen – on your radio, smartphone, computer or smart speaker.

Hany Hawasly

In early September, the Online News Association (ONA) named Kelly Moffitt one of three recipients of the MJ Bear Fellowship, which recognizes digital journalists under 30 whose work “represents the best in new media.” Moffitt is one of two North Americans to win a fellowship. A third was reserved for an international recipient.

Courtesy Car Talk

Whether their favorite episode was about poor Wobblebutt, that time Tommy went to the darkside, odometer dreams, or the flaming Winnebago, 2.6 million fans of Car Talk agree on one thing: Saturdays will never be the same.

On Saturday, September 30, Car Talk producers dedicated the show’s last broadcast to celebrating “30 Years of Wasting Perfectly Good Hours.” The show was created in 1977 by Boston brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack, aka The Tappet Brothers. NPR began running the show in 1987.

For 30 years, the brothers provided listeners with car advice and roadside philosophy delivered with hilarity, good-natured (and well-deserved) ridicule, and inspiration. Last year, NPR announced the end of the road for the show. Fortunately, listeners can access over 450 archived broadcasts of the show online or download the Car Talk podcast.

To celebrate the legacy of Car Talk, we asked St. Louis Public Radio followers to tweet or share their favorite memories of the show and reactions to the news. 

Wayne bledoe in radio studio with mic
B.A. Rupert / Missouri S&T

Wayne Bledsoe taught at the Missouri University of Science and Technology for 32 years and retired as chair and professor of history and political science in 2002. He later served as general manager of KMST, retiring from that position in 2014. But for nearly 40 years, Bledsoe has been both producer and host of the popular radio show Bluegrass for a Saturday Night. On August 26, Bledsoe will host the show for the last time.

St. Louis Public Radio’s guide to the eclipse

Aug 14, 2017
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Don Marsh to Host Two-Hour St. Louis on the Air on August 21

The 2017 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, brought St. Louis Public Radio many reasons to celebrate.  Among them, an expansion of our service to public radio fans in south-central Missouri, award-winning journalism and double-digit percent increases in listeners, donors and corporate sponsors.

Astrophysicist Angela Speck, pediatrician Ken Haller and science reporter Eli Chen performed at The Story Collider podcast’s debut in St. Louis this past May.
St. Louis Storytelling Festival

Everyone has a personal connection to science.  

Maybe you were  reaching for a Nobel Prize with your high school science fair project until an unforeseeable error caused it to go down in flames. Or, perhaps you’ve been  a researcher on an expedition thousands of miles from home, surrounded by people who don’t understand what you’re doing there. Or, you’ve listened to your doctor diagnose you with a condition that you’ve never heard of before.

St. Louis Public Radio to assume operations of KMST

Jun 14, 2017

 Expanding on the success of St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU and Quincy Public Radio | WQUB 90.3, the University of Missouri–St. Louis will assume the operational and programming duties of Missouri S&T’s public radio station KMST 88.5 FM in Rolla, Missouri effective July 1, 2017.

We Live Here returns June 21

Jun 7, 2017

St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU and PRX announce the third season of the awarding-winning podcast We Live Here, highlighted by a relaunch party Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 7-9 p.m.

Special coverage: Comey hearing to air on June 8

Jun 7, 2017
Former FBI Director James Comey
FBI

St. Louis Public Radio will carry special NPR coverage of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday, June 8, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m.

Comey will be questioned about his conversations with President Donald Trump and the FBI's investigation of possible Trump campaign connections to Russia. NPR News will provide live anchored coverage of the Senate hearing hosted by NPR's Lynn Neary. She will be joined in studio by the following NPR reporting team:

Program changes effective May 1, 2017

Apr 27, 2017

St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU and Quincy Public Radio | 90.3 WQUB will be making the following program changes effective Monday, May 1, 2017.

 

St. Louis Public Radio honored with three Edward R. Murrow Awards

Apr 25, 2017
RTDNA

St. Louis Public Radio is the recipient of three 2017 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The Awards, which recognize excellence in radio production for large market stations in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri, were given out in the following categories:  

Kelly Moffitt / St. Louis Public Radio

On Saturday, April 15, St. Louis Public Radio Senior Producer Mary Edwards was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall Of Fame, surrounded by her peers and media colleagues. Mary came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has played an integral role in shaping the programming that St. Louis Public Radio offers today, serving the station in a number of capacities over the years — primarily as producer of  St. Louis Public Radio’s local talk/call-in show, St. Louis on the Air, and producer of the live Saturday night broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony.  

Paul Ryan and Charlie Sykes
Credit: NPR

Tonight's Indivisible will center around Charlie Sykes' 1:1 interview with House Speaker Paul Ryan. The two Wisconsin conservatives have known each other for decades and we expect a nuanced, probing and potentially news-making conversation. The interview will begin at 7 p.m.; you can listen live online through KWMU-1 or tune to 90.7 KWMU-FM. 

Today, the President released a "skinny budget," which recommended defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

The skinny budget is an outline of the administration's discretionary funding priorities. It is not law. Instead, the President's submission of this document to Congress marks the beginning of the annual budget and appropriations process.

STLPR Newscast on Amazon Alexa devices

Owners of Amazon Alexa devices can enjoy hands-free listening to St. Louis Public Radio in a few different ways.

St. Louis Public Radio Newscast:

We've released a "flash briefing" that allows you to listen to the St. Louis Public Radio regional newscast each day or hour by simply saying, "Alexa, what's in the news?"

Curious Louis: How do newsrooms decide the news?

Jan 19, 2017

What makes something news? It’s a question journalists ask themselves every day.

Whether it’s a breaking story or a scheduled event, news editors and managers have to decide whether or not to cover it.

After months and months of election coverage, Don Crozier was frustrated by what he saw as sensationalism and bias in the media. He worried that news had become too focused on entertainment or shock in the hunt for clicks and shares.

Crozier wanted to learn more about how news directors make decisions, so he turned to St. Louis Public Radio’s Curious Louis.

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