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St. Louis Arches circus troupe returns from trip to Puerto Rico

Jessica Hentoff and Ari Maayan talked about Circus Harmony's trip to Puerto Rico from which they returned earlier this week.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Lions, tigers and … unicyclists, oh my! Circus performers are known for juggling many acts, but the St. Louis Arches can add humanitarian efforts to their repertoire as well.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, Jessica Hentoff, the artistic and executive director of Circus Harmony, joined host Don Marsh for a discussion about the St. Louis Arches' trip to Puerto Rico, where the effects of Hurricane Maria are still felt. The trip was part of the Peace Through Pyramids program, which aims to use circus as a way to unite children throughout the world.

Ari Maayan also joined the conversation. He is a unicyclist who’s been with the troupe for several years.

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Caitlin Lally is thrilled to join St. Louis Public Radio as the summer production intern for "St. Louis on the Air." With a bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Caitlin also freelances for area publications like Sauce Magazine and the Belleville News-Democrat. In her career, she's covered topics such as Trump's travel ban, political protests and community activism. When she's not producing audio segments or transcribing interviews, Caitlin enjoys practicing yoga, seeing live music, and cooking plant-based meals.

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