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St. Louis on the Air
Noon-1 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. (repeat) Monday-Friday

St. Louis on the Air creates a unique space where guests and listeners can share ideas and opinions with respect and honesty. Whether exploring issues and challenges confronting our region, discussing the latest innovations in science and technology, taking a closer look at our history or talking with authors, artists and musicians, St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region.

The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily WoodburyEvie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan. The engineer is Aaron Doerr.

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  • Missouri’s Aug. 4 primary has sneaked up fast against a backdrop of the U.S. presidential election and a global pandemic. But plenty of key local races will be decided in the heavily Democratic St. Louis region — and voters throughout the state will determine whether Missouri expands Medicaid coverage, joining the 37 other states that have opted to do so in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act.
  • Contemporary citizen journalists can find a lot of common ground with a trailblazer who was active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Ida B. Wells. Motivated by false narratives and the downplaying of abuse of Black Americans of her own day, Wells chronicled the stories of those impacted by lynchings and riots. Wells’ quantitative work pioneered the way for data journalism and inspired her great-granddaughter Michelle Duster to dedicate her life to continue countering false narratives.
  • All too often, artistic expression proves inaccessible to everyday people, a kind of luxury out of reach for those struggling to make ends meet. Katherine Dunham understood this reality when she first turned her attention to East St. Louis in the 1960s. And so does Leverne Backstrom, one of a handful of dedicated community members still carrying on the world-renowned dancer and choreographer’s legacy there today.
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    In “Ordinarily Extraordinary: Love and Anger, Life and Death, Hope and Inspiration,” Rock Hill resident Patrick P. Long reflects on the moments of doubt, stress and anxiety that come with a spouse’s cancer battle. Thursday on St. Louis on the Air, he'll discuss his book and how despite a devastating loss, he developed the belief that nothing in life is insurmountable.
  • The Muny's artistic director and executive producer shares highlights for this summer's virtual season — a star-studded mix of never-before-aired clips from past Muny shows, cast reunion sing-alongs, and song and dance performances by Muny artists.
  • St. Louis native and comedian Nikki Glaser explains how her living situation, which involved a move back home to stay with her parents, is actually fueling her creativity.
  • For Jaylon Muchison, speech has paid off in a big way. The Belleville West High School graduate recently netted $22,500 from Optimist International’s 2020 Oratorical World Championship — winning his regional and state rounds before claiming the international title.That money will make a huge difference as the 18-year-old heads to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this fall. He plans to pursue a double major in acting and communications.
  • Our Legal Roundtable dives into the case against St. Louis attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who became a cause célèbre after brandishing guns at protesters marching past their Midwestern palazzo. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has charged them with unlawful use of weapon, a felony, even as Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is attempting to intervene in the case, seeking to have the charges dropped. Attorneys Dave Roland, Mark Smith and Nicole Gorovsky also discussed a controversy in St. Louis County. Attorneys for the county have accused of lawyer Jerome Dobson of "effectively extorting" St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, to the tune of $3.5 million.
  • An increase of COVID-19 cases in the region has caused the St. Louis Sports Medicine COVID-19 Task Force, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and the City of St. Louis Department of Health to initiate a hold on all youth sport games and scrimmages. The move has some pediatricians frustrated that the focus has been on youth sports, rather than congregations in bars and restaurants.
  • Aircraft hijackings have been rare in recent years. But a half century ago, they were a frequent occurrence. Between 1967 and 1972, 130 commercial airplanes were hijacked in the U.S. alone. That’s according to a newly launched podcast that dives deep into a hijacking in which St. Louis Lambert International Airport plays a starring role. The 10-part series, “American Skyjacker: The Final Flight of Martin McNally," is hosted and co-produced by St. Louis-based journalist Danny Wicentowski. In this segment, host Sarah Fenske talks with Wicentowski about the drama that took place that day, and what went into turning the saga into a podcast series.