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The Gateway

A podcast to help you keep up with the St. Louis region’s news.

Every weekday you can get informed about what’s going on in the area. In about 8 to 10 minutes you can learn about the top stories of the day, while also hearing longer stories that explore issues in context or that introduce you to new ideas and people that make the St. Louis area special.

Music by Ryan McNeely of Adult Fur. 

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  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - Preparing graves for children who die from gun violence
    Groundskeepers at a cemetery in St. Clair County have built an area just for children. Many of those resting in Baby Land were victims of gun violence.
  • Monday, February 6, 2023 - Labeling Foods "Bioengineered"
    Next time you go to your kitchen, check the labels on your food. You might find a small statement or symbol that says “bioengineered.” A year ago, the U.S. began to mandate that food manufacturers, importers and retailers make that disclosure if a food or substantial ingredient has been genetically modified. Rod Milam hosts for Wayne Pratt.
  • Friday, February 3, 2023 - St. Louis City Public Schools' New Superintendent ALSO Legal Marijuana Sales Start in Missouri
    The next superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools, Keisha Scarlett, says she wants to celebrate victories that are happening in the district. ALSO Missouri’s Department of Health will start approving recreational marijuana licenses today. What does that mean for Illinois sales? Rod Milam hosting for Wayne Pratt.
  • Thursday, February 2, 2023 - Black doulas want Black mothers in St. Louis to have a voice
    Some Black doulas and midwives in the region are seeing more requests for help. Birth workers say Black women seek out their services because many have dealt with medical abuse or discrimination.
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - Missouri Congressman Sam Graves is taking the helm of the House Transportation Committee
    Graves is outlining his goals as he becomes chairman of the powerful committee. He will have to find bipartisan consensus in a divided house.
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - Surviving abuse and drawing on literary giants to find success
    Goldie Taylor faced many obstacles while growing up in East St. Louis and St. Ann, but followed a thirst for learning to a successful career as a writer. She describes the journey in her memoir, "The Love You Save."
  • Monday, January 30, 2023 - The EPA, Waters of the United States, and Wetland Protection
    The Environmental Protection Agency recently released new rules regarding the Waters of the United States that decides which bodies of water fall under federal protection. But a case the U-S Supreme Court is expected to rule on soon throws those rules into question… and could mean less protection for wetlands.
  • Friday, January 27, 2023 - A Cahokia-inspired premiere at the St. Louis Symphony
    Old film footage of indigenous dancers inspired composer James Lee III's "Visions of Cahokia," premiering this weekend at Powell Hall. The piece references Cahokia Mounds, the historic site of one of the largest Native American settlements in North America, in what is now Collinsville.
  • Thursday, January 26, 2023 - Missouri towns wrestle with the meaning of reparations
    The United Nations says five conditions need to be met for actions to be considered reparations. But many of the requirements can be relative according to past wrongs and how those affected feel after a reparation attempt.
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - Saxophonist Kendrick Smith wants to give jazz artists a bigger stage
    The East St. Louis instructor is expanding opportunities for local jazz musicians with a new organization. Build a Yes foundation aims to better promote acts while also providing opportunities to record music and new places to perform.