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Alexis Moore

“St. Louis On The Air” Production Intern

Alexis Moore was St. Louis Public Radio's production intern with St. Louis on the Air during the summer of 2019. Alexis completed her undergraduate education at Arizona State University, emphasizing in History and Film/Media Production. While there, she served as a writing tutor within Barrett, The Honors College and studied abroad at the University of Ghana.

For African Americans and people from Africa and the African diaspora, the 2020 census is already raising questions.

Growing up in the 1960s, Carolyn Kidd Royal experienced racist incidents that, combined with the way African American history was taught in schools, affected her sense of identity for the worse. 

“In that mid-’60s timeframe ... you weren’t happy that your skin was brown, that your hair was a little different; and overall, we did not have a sense of pride in our race and in our individual selves. At least, I didn’t,” she said.

But, as the civil rights movement gave way to the Black Power movement, shifts in culture made a difference. Specifically, the 1969 James Brown classic “Say It Loud.”

Michael Kupstas is president and CEO of regional fast-food chain Lion's Choice, which has been around for more than five decades.
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Several years ago, restaurant industry veteran Michael “Kup” Kupstas was happily enjoying retirement when the appeal of Lion’s Choice prompted a change of plans. He wound up reentering the workforce in 2017 as the regional fast-food chain’s president and CEO.

“It was really the similarity of an experience I had early on [in a previous role] with Panera, to be honest,” Kupstas said on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, explaining what impressed him about Lion’s Choice. “I think what makes certain brands stand out is that they are able to differentiate dramatically in a really crowded field.”

Kupstas told host Sarah Fenske that he was also drawn to the “loyal, fanatic fans” and the employees of Lion’s Choice, which Food & Wine magazine recently deemed Missouri’s best fast food.

Richard Ivey (Left), and Bailey Gettemeier (Right) wearing shirts that say Darkness Saint Louis.
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Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, and it’s the first time the full moon will be visible in the U.S. on Friday the 13th since the year 2000. It’s also the opening date of The Darkness, the St. Louis haunted house celebrating its 26th year in business.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske was joined by Richard Ivey and Bailey Gettemeier, the actor managers of The Darkness and Creepyworld, respectively. They talked about running haunted houses, getting punched in the face on the job, and what it means to work as a scare actor. 

“It’s an honor for us to make somebody soil themselves,” says Ivey. He says it in jest, but it’s a commitment the actors take seriously.

“We always tell people to check their embarrassment at the door,” said Gettemeier. “You just have to kind of embrace it. If you’re confident in whatever you do, it’ll translate well.”

Two pictures next to each other: Anthony Anderson and Kayla Thompson in front of a gray wall.
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A lot has been said about music streaming, from its power to shift consumer habits to its role in shaping how artists get paid. For better or worse, it’s completely disrupted the music industry.

GF Music Group, a local company founded by Anthony Anderson, focuses on aiding independent artists taking advantage of this disruption. Joining the ranks of services like DistroKid and TuneCore, the new digital distribution company connects artists with streaming services like Spotify, AppleMusic and Tidal.

Local artist KVTheWriter (aka Kayla Thompson) distributed “The Ratchet Tape” using GF. On the heels of “hot girl summer," a term coined by Houston Rapper Megan Thee Stallion, "The Ratchet Tape" integrates sex positivity, early 2000s nostalgia, and a reclamation of the word “ratchet.” It’s a project that’s primed for the zeitgeist, and it's her first with GF after switching from DistroKid.

Photos of Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Bethany Collins and Stephanie Syjuco side by side.
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The Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis is using art to engage with history and contextualize the present. Chief curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi joined St. Louis on the Air with artists Stephanie Syjuco and Bethany Collins to discuss CAM’s fall exhibitions. 

Vanilla, Chocolate, Pink and Yellow Conchas; cookies.
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For an hour and a half every Wednesday, the International Institute of St. Louis transforms into a restaurant. By partnering with a rotating list of local immigrant caterers, the institute continues its legacy of supporting immigrant and refugee populations. 

On July 24, La Fuente, a Mexican food caterer, was at the helm, featuring staples such as tamales and pan dulce. Common wisdom says come early, and it was clear why: One line formed, and then another, until much was sold out. 

From left, Jessica Meyers and Poli Rijos joined Monday's talk show.
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On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, guest host Jim Kirchherr of the Nine Network discussed ongoing violence in the region, as well as solutions which aim to address it as a public health issue.

Poli Rijos of Washington University’s Gun Violence Initiative and Jessica Meyers of the St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission joined the conversation.

Comments from Marcus McAllister of Cure Violence, an organization which treats violence as an epidemic, were included in the discussion. Cure Violence has visited St. Louis recently as one of the violence prevention programs in contention for $500,000 appropriated in the city’s budget for the 2020 fiscal year. The city has not yet announced who will receive this funding. 

Kristen and Alex Gillette dance in University City's Farmers Market Plaza
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During St. Louis’ Make Music Day last Friday, people gathered in places around the St. Louis area to do just that.

And on what was meant to be the longest, sunniest day of the year, it began to rain. While it halted some outdoor performances, many, like those inside Evangeline’s Bistro and Music House, went on. 

The piano outside the restaurant, however, was not so lucky. Joe Jackson, owner of Jackson Pianos, and his team worked feverishly in the rain, trying to preserve the integrity of the instrument. This was the case in several locations around the St. Louis area, where pianos were scattered in celebration of Make Music Day.

From left, Metro Trans Umbrella Group's Sayer Johnson and Pride St. Louis' Jordan Braxton joined Wednesday's talk show.
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The executive director of the Metro Trans Umbrella Group announced Wednesday on St. Louis on the Air that the organization will not be participating in this Sunday’s Pride parade.

“The Metro Trans Umbrella Group is removing ourselves as grand marshal of the St. Louis Pride parade,” Sayer Johnson told St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann. He said the group’s members are disappointed that PrideFest will allow uniformed police officers to march in the parade.