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What is ‘Curious Louis’ and why should you join in?

Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio
Nancy Fowler and Kimberly Springer

Have you ever wondered why that ‘Maplewood’ sign on Manchester is backwards? Rick Jackoway did—and he asked the question of St. Louis Public Radio’s newest project: “Curious Louis.” What happened next? Storytelling magic.

On Tuesday’s “St. Louis on the Air,” St. Louis Public Radio’s Engagement Producer Kimberly Springer and Arts and Culture Reporter Nancy Fowler joined host Don Marsh to discuss “Curious Louis” and what they found when they investigated the Maplewood sign in question.

"Curious Louis is a way for us to get to know our audience better," Springer said. "Journalism has changed and it is no longer just a one-way, we-tell-you-what's-happening-and-what-to-think industry anymore. Instead it has become a two-way thing, with social media and the internet. What Curious Louis does is it asks questions of the audience. The main question is: What are you curious about?"

Here are ways you can get involved:

1)      Ask a question. What have you always wondered about STL, the people here, or your community?

2)      Answer a question. Do you know the answer to one of the questions asked? Do you have a tip or a direction for St. Louis Public Radio’s reporters to search in? Comment on the questions and let us know.

3)      Vote on which question you think should be answered first.


"St. Louis on the Air" discusses issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. The show is produced by Mary EdwardsAlex Heuer and Kelly Moffitt and hosted by veteran journalist Don Marsh. Follow us on Twitter and join the conversation at @STLonAir.

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Kelly Moffitt joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2015 as an online producer for St. Louis Public Radio's talk shows St. Louis on the Air.

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