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St. Louis on the Air

English, Public affairs, 1 season, 3374 episodes, 2 days, 3 hours, 11 minutes
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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.
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Trailnet report finds traffic violence on the rise in St. Louis — and offers solutions

Nearly 650 people were injured or killed while walking or biking in St. Louis and St. Louis County in 2023. That statistic signifies a lot of trauma that stems from traffic violence, according to Trailnet CEO Cindy Mense. She shares information and stories from Trailnet’s 2023 Crash Report and suggests measures that regional leaders can take to protect all roadway users.
4/16/202420 minutes, 11 seconds
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How STL Cannamoms is fighting back against the stigma of legal cannabis use

Missouri legalized recreational cannabis in December 2022, but stigma surrounding its use is especially isolating for mothers who use marijuana. Jessica Carroll and Kimberlee Kesterson, founders of STL Cannamoms, share the inspiration behind their online community, which has over 3,600 members, and how they support one another in ways that go beyond cannabis consumption.
4/16/202431 minutes, 57 seconds
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A paralyzed man was left on a jail floor for days. St Louis officials are trading blame

A disturbing photo of a paralyzed detainee in the St. Louis City Justice Center has triggered calls for accountability and improvement in the city’s main jail. Now the attorney who took that photo says she’s facing retaliation. Sue McGraugh, director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Saint Louis University, discusses becoming a whistleblower, facing the blowback from Sheriff Vernon Betts, and the impact of new jail policy banning phones.
4/15/202426 minutes, 51 seconds
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How a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship turned into a 20-year friendship

Kristen Slaughter and Kiara Brown have an unconventional friendship. They’re 22 years apart in age and their relationship was only slated to last one year. Matched through a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri mentorship program, the two have now been friends for more than 20 years. In this encore episode, we listen back to Slaughter and Brown talk about their enduring friendship. Last year, Slaughter was named CEO of the nonprofit organization, and Brown now has her own career and is the mother of two children.
4/15/202424 minutes, 27 seconds
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R&R Marketplace in Dellwood started as a prayer. Now it’s ‘a miracle’

What was once an empty strip mall in Dellwood reopened in September as a $20 million economic hub serving north St. Louis County. The R&R Marketplace came after more than a decade of work by married pastors Beverly and Ken Jenkins. Beverly and Ken tell the story of its creation, from praying at an empty parking lot, to the Ferguson protests, to seeing the grand opening.
4/12/202418 minutes, 46 seconds
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Rent in St. Louis has gotten out of control. Here’s why and what's being done about it

It’s a familiar rule: people should not spend more than 30% of their income on housing. But for many who rent in St. Louis, that percentage has long been higher. And it’s moving very quickly in the wrong direction. In 2022, the local nonprofit Action St. Louis put out a survey to capture data on city renter experiences and created a report called “The Rental Landscape of St. Louis 2023,” and the picture it paints has much more shadow than light.
4/12/202430 minutes, 22 seconds
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Almost-famous St. Louis band the Aerovons finally sees 1969 recordings released on vinyl

Pop rock band the Aerovons was formed in St. Louis in 1966 by 16-year-old Tom Hartman and his bandmates. Their work never made it to vinyl — until now. A remastered version of their album "Resurrection," recorded 55 years ago at EMI Recording Studios in London, will be released by Euclid Records on April 20. Band leader Tom Hartman recalls meeting Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1969, the Aerovons’ decades-long road to this achievement and what it means to have their work recognized now.
4/11/202422 minutes, 28 seconds
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Musician Michael B. Whit welcomes the attention ‘Cowboy Carter’ brings to Black country musicians

Country music is in public discourse after international superstar Beyoncé released “Cowboy Carter.” The album also has listeners discovering unsung Black country artists, and the attention has brought attention to unsung Black country artists. Singer-songwriter Michael B. Whit shares his perspective as a Black man with rural roots and as a country musician, and reflects on the impact of Black musicians in the genre.
4/11/202429 minutes, 1 second
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Facing angry tenants, VineBrook is ditching St. Louis rental properties

VineBrook homes spent the last few years buying thousands of homes in St. Louis and other cities. Instead of maintaining the homes, tenants say the company is turning to evictions and allowing the homes to fall into disrepair. There’s more: Facing debt, VineBrook is starting to sell its vast stock of properties. Midwest Newsroom investigative reporter Kavaugn Mansuri breaks down the evidence and explores what might happen if the company folds.
4/10/202420 minutes, 1 second
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Meet the architect behind Brentwood’s enormous new playground

Brentwood Destination Park has finally opened after months of reimaging and building, turning what was once a quarry into a child’s — and parents’ — dreamland. Park architect Ted Spaid shares how nature, community engagement, and trends around accessibility made the project a success.
4/10/202423 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why this year’s Ramadan felt different for some St. Louis-area Muslims

While the holy month of Ramadan is typically marked by fasting, celebratory feasts and charity, some Muslims in the St. Louis area said this year felt more somber. Producer Ulaa Kuziez takes us to a prayer service at Daar Ul-Islam Masjid in St. Louis County and a pre-dawn breakfast meal at Golden Chicken in St. Peters.
4/10/20247 minutes, 11 seconds
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The sound of an eclipse — How STLPR’s journalists covered the celestial spectacle

Millions of people yesterday were treated to a total solar eclipse. STLPR had a team of reporters in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. In this episode, we listen to their coverage and talk about what it was like to be in the path of totality.
4/9/202420 minutes, 55 seconds
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A leading conservationist says the Midwest plays a key role in ocean health

Ocean conservationist Julie Packard has led the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California for 40 years. During that time she’s played a leading role educating people about the benefits and harms they bring to the unique ecosystem. Packard has also helped shape state, national, and global policies around ocean conservation. In this episode, she discusses the key role the Midwest plays in ocean health in advance of her receiving an award given by the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
4/9/202429 minutes, 23 seconds
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To be 'for' St. Louis, a new Wash U. initiative is now housed in the Delmar DivINe

To demonstrate its commitment to St. Louis, Washington University has a new office in the Delmar Divine to engage local partners. Lisa Weingarth, inaugural senior advisor for St. Louis initiatives at Washington University, shares how the institution will engage with the St. Louis community. Wash U chancellor Andrew Martin also shares his vision for ensuring the university isn’t just “in” St. Louis, but “for” it.
4/8/202419 minutes, 13 seconds
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Understanding how solar eclipses have shaped civilizations — and how STLPR journalists are covering the one on April 8

For millennia, humans have looked to the sky to check out a total solar eclipse. In this episode, we listen back to our conversation with Manel Errando, an assistant professor of physics at Washington University, about how humans have kept track of and tried to understand what solar eclipses mean. Then, we checked in with STLPR journalists in Illinois, Missouri — and on a Southwest Airlines flight — about how they’re taking in the April 8 eclipse.
4/8/202431 minutes, 19 seconds
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Fashion icon Karlie Kloss emphasizes Missouri's role in national abortion rights fight

Webster Groves native Karlie Kloss took the modeling world by storm in the 2010s before launching a highly successful effort to connect young women with computer coding and, more recently, helping relaunch Life magazine. On this episode of the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, she discusses another passion: her advocacy for abortion rights in Missouri and around the Midwest.
4/5/20249 minutes, 11 seconds
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Missouri Rep. Tony Lovasco pushes to commute Brian Dorsey’s death sentence

Missouri is slated to execute Brian Dorsey on April 9 for the murder of his cousin and her husband. While there’s no question about his guilt, a number of Republican lawmakers are calling on Gov. Mike Parson to reduce his sentence to life without parole — pointing to his sterling record in prison and questions about his legal representation. On the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, STLPR’s Jason Rosenbaum talks with state Rep. Tony Lovasco about why Parson should spare Dorsey’s life.
4/5/202419 minutes, 26 seconds
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Eligible voters are done with politics. Why voter apathy threatens democracy

While the 2020 election brought out a record number of voters to the polls across the country, the United States lags behind other countries when it comes to voter turnout. Whether from news fatigue or dissatisfaction with bipartisan politics, low voter turnout threatens democracy. That’s according to Ken Warren, professor of political science at St. Louis University, who joined the most recent edition of the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air.
4/5/202422 minutes, 58 seconds
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How St. Louis neighborhoods are transforming – one grant at a time

The City of St. Louis has awarded $20 million in grants from the American Rescue Plan Act to individuals and nonprofit organizations. The goal is to help with things like home repairs and construction and even developing gardens or parks on vacant land. One such grant awardee seeks to rehab a home on North Kingshighway Blvd. into a four-family home. In this episode, we discuss what Neighborhood Transformation Grants seek to do and talk with people who are working to improve the quality of life in their communities.
4/4/202450 minutes, 26 seconds
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Kids and adults are putting the buzz in St. Louis spelling bees

A local 8th grader is bound for the Scripps National Spelling Bee for her second year in a row. Meet orthographic whiz Sonia Kulkarni, as well as adults prepping for a local fundraising spelling bee — and how some of them are hoping to avenge their own childhood spelling bee trauma.
4/3/202433 minutes, 2 seconds
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A brewer defends beer’s unsung first impression: Its foam

Sauce Magazine’s Meera Nagarajan presents a sampler of new restaurants and spots for great bites and sips around town. Jonathan Moxey, head brewer at Rockwell Beer Company, joins the discussion to offer a spirited defense of beer foam, and we explore how more drinkers are learning to appreciate beer foam’s heady flavors and aromas.
4/3/20247 minutes, 35 seconds
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Beloved St. Louis music festival Lo-Fi Cherokee to play its grand finale

For 12 years, Lo-Fi Cherokee has delighted music lovers with its one-day music festival format and one-take music video production before live audiences at multiple businesses along Cherokee Street. Filmmaker and Lo-Fi St. Louis founder Bill Streeter shares why 2024’s Lo-Fi Cherokee will be the last, and how his love for the local music scene and video production will continue. Singer/songwriter Beth Bombara, who performed at the very first Lo-Fi Cherokee in 2012 and is on this year’s bill as the event’s closing act Saturday, April 6, describes how Lo-Fi has added to her own music and the local music community.
4/2/202421 minutes, 11 seconds
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Paris Woods wants to help Black women take control of their labor and their funds

Paris Woods grew up watching her mother navigate her own finances while caring for seven children on a secretary's salary. Drawing from a lifetime of observations, her own financial challenges, and professional experience in the “college access” industry, Woods authored her book, “The Black Girl’s Guide to Financial Freedom,” to encourage fellow Black women as they take control of their finances and build confidence when dealing with money.
4/2/202429 minutes, 10 seconds
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How Tiger-Lily the 2-headed snake is an ambassador for her species

Two-headed snakes don’t live long in the wild, but in captivity, they can live for decades. Tiger-Lily the western rat snake is lucky to be in the latter category. Found in southwest Missouri in 2017, Tiger-Lily is now a species ambassador with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Naturalist Lauren Baker talks about best practices for feeding two hungry snake heads at once (Tiger and Lily share a stomach) and what she’s witnessed providing care to a snake with one body and two independent brains — and temperaments.
4/2/202415 minutes, 30 seconds
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Brian Dorsey is set to be Missouri’s first 2024 execution. A former judge wants to stop it

In 2008, Brian Dorsey was sentenced to death for two counts of murder. On April 9, he’ll become the first person executed by the state of Missouri in 2024 — unless Governor Mike Parson grants him clemency. Retired Missouri Supreme Court Judge Michael A. Wolff, who upheld Dorsey’s sentence in 2010, shares why he now supports Dorsey’s case for clemency and reflects on the factors that affect outcomes in death penalty cases. And Michelle Smith, founder of the Missouri Justice Coalition, talks about the movement to abolish the death penalty in Missouri.
4/1/202434 minutes, 51 seconds
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The 1904 World's Fair was grand — and ugly. A museum will soon exhibit that side, too

First opened in 2004, the Missouri History Museum closed their long-running running exhibit on the 1904 World’s Fair last April to reimagine the experience. Next month the museum will unveil its work over the last year of confronting the many hard truths that hid behind the grandeur of the World’s Fair hosted in St. Louis. Sam Moore, managing director of public history and Sharon Smith, curator of civic and personal identity at the Missouri History Museum share the additions and new perspectives in the exhibit and upcoming events when the exhibit reopens on April 27.
3/29/202430 minutes, 46 seconds
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Local artists, activists reflect on Michael Brown Jr’s killing in new exhibition

On August 9, 2014, the killing of Michael Brown, Jr. by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson saw the birth of a social movement. A new Webster University exhibition titled, “Ferguson and Beyond: Artistic Responses to a Decade of Social Upheaval 2014-2024,” features art created as a means to process Brown’s death and bring about healing.
3/29/202421 minutes, 47 seconds
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Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden on why he left the secretary of state race

How bad does party infighting have to get for a frontrunner to leave a political race? Republican Senator Caleb Rowden knows first-hand. In this “Politically Speaking” interview, he shares his reasons for dropping out of the contest for Missouri Secretary of State — a decision prompted by discord within his party and other issues.
3/28/202421 minutes, 56 seconds
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A St. Louis seaplane pilot aims to be the first woman to circumnavigate Australia

St. Louis resident and pilot Cathy Babis has been flying for more than 50 years. Starting this Saturday, she’ll attempt to do something that no woman has done before — circumnavigate mainland Australia in a seaplane. The journey marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force’s circumnavigation of the continent. Babis talks with producer Alex Heuer about the trip and its goals of encouraging people from diverse backgrounds in STEM fields and raising awareness around suicide prevention.
3/28/202430 minutes, 18 seconds
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Police used an AirPod tracking app to find carjackers. It led them to an innocent family

A St. Louis County SWAT team used a battering ram to burst into a home in Ferguson. Officers had used the Find My app to trace a pair of stolen AirPods linked to a carjacking to that address. The only problem? The AirPods had been tossed into the street. The family inside had nothing to do with the carjacking and never had the AirPods. This month’s Legal Roundtable convenes to discuss the raid. Attorneys Eric Banks, Dave Roland and Nicole Gorovsky also discuss a white professor suing St. Louis’ historically Black university for racial discrimination, whether the Republican Party has a legal basis to stop an “honorary” Ku Klux Klan member from running as a GOP candidate for governor, and more.
3/27/202448 minutes, 38 seconds
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New cartoon-style book highlights what makes Missouri weird and wonderful

“Missouri Weird & Wonderful” presents readers of all ages with a kid-friendly tour through the Show Me State. Author Amanda E. Doyle and illustrator Dan Zettwoch, two longtime St. Louisans, discuss highlights from the book, which closes with a scavenger hunt for famous Missouri people and things.
3/25/202428 minutes, 51 seconds
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Like watching storms roll in? Consider volunteer storm spotting with the NWS

Are you the sort of Midwesterner who goes outside when tornado sirens go off to watch Mother Nature get crazy? Then you might be exactly who the National Weather Service - St. Louis wants to train to be a storm spotter. Meteorologist Matt Beitcher shares details on upcoming classes and how storm spotters can help save lives by collecting and sharing real-time weather data.
3/25/202420 minutes, 51 seconds
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Breaking down IL primary results: Bost holds off Bailey, Slusser emerges in Madison County

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, won the GOP nomination in Illinois' 12th Congressional District for a sixth time earlier this week, warding off a challenge by former Illinois legislator Darren Bailey, R-Xenia. In the Madison County Republican primary for board chairman, treasurer Chris Slusser defeated the embattled incumbent, Kurt Prenzler. STLPR journalists Will Bauer and Brian Munoz discuss the results on the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air.
3/22/202410 minutes, 8 seconds
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SLU/YouGov poll shows room to grow for abortion legalization in Missouri

Missouri isn’t the competitive swing state that it was during the 20th century — or even in the 2000s and 2010s. But even though the state’s voters may continue to back GOP candidates for governor and other statewide posts, they may be amenable to backing a ballot initiative that legalizes abortion. On the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, SLU associate political science professor Steve Rogers and STLPR senior political reporter Jo Mannies discuss what the SLU/YouGov poll results mean for the 2024 election.
3/22/202430 minutes, 55 seconds
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A modern history of meth starts in Missouri

A new podcast is taking up the past and present of meth. "Home Cooked: A 50-Year History of Meth in America” begins with a Missouri-heavy exploration of meth use and manufacture as it grew in the 2000s. We talk with its host Olivia Weeks, and Prevent Ed executive director Nichole Dawsey, about how Missouri became known as the "meth capital of America,” and how use of the drug has changed today.
3/21/202439 minutes, 58 seconds
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You’ve got (too much) email. Is it time to let it go?

Washington University Professor Ian Bogost says checking email is a source of daily torment. In this episode, he makes the case for why it’s time to give up on email entirely. He also digs into the history of email, its evolution, and how we can better use text communication tools in ways that benefit our lives.
3/20/202440 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ethics are difficult on Earth. In outer space, the questions are even harder

Humans have gotten a lot wrong when it comes to living on Earth. And while it wouldn’t be possible to entirely leave earthly problems behind, when humans settle outer space there will be a host of ethical questions with which to grapple. At an event presented by Missouri Humanities and recorded at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, Elaine Cha spoke with astrophysicist and author Erika Nesvold. Nesvold is the author of “Off-Earth. Ethical Questions and Quandaries for Living in Outer Space.”
3/19/202442 minutes, 32 seconds
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The complicated, charitable life of Bryan Mullanphy, St. Louis’ 10th mayor

St. Louis streets transformed this weekend into a sea of green as thousands of revelers celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. The city’s Irish community has a long history, which includes St. Louis’ 10th mayor, Bryan Mullanphy: Mullanphy’s contributions to the city go far beyond the street named for him. “Unseen St. Louis” writer and history buff Jackie Dana shares her findings from researching Mullaphy’s life, including his then-scandalous decision to leave one-third of his estate to the City of St. Louis, specifically to help poor immigrants and travelers.
3/18/202425 minutes, 22 seconds
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Prosecutors wield vast power in St. Louis. A coalition is putting them under scrutiny

A coalition of racial justice groups has released the first of a slew of reports aimed at holding prosecutors in St. Louis and St. Louis County accountable. The group is tackling big questions: What should a prosecutor’s office be doing? What would it mean for those policies to be progressive — not just in name, but in reality? Mike Milton, founder and executive director of the Freedom Community Center in St. Louis, digs into the report and talks about the leadership of former St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, the promises of St. Louis’ new top prosecutor Gabe Gore, and the work of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell.
3/18/202415 minutes, 49 seconds
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Celebrating 26 years of Tionól and St. Louis’ Irish music scene

For 26 years, musicians of all levels have gathered for the annual St. Louis Tionól — not just to perform traditional Irish music, but to bask in the companionship of fellow performers and attendees. As festival co-founder Mike Mullins puts it, “The heart of Irish music is a social event.”
3/15/20248 minutes, 46 seconds
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Painted streets and the ‘killing’ of rubber snakes — Rolla goes big for St. Patrick’s Day

Rolla, Missouri, boasts one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the Midwest. In this 2023 conversation, STLPR correspondent Jonathan Ahl and Missouri S&T historian Larry Gragg dig into Rolla St. Patrick’s Day history and the unique traditions that still continue today.
3/15/202415 minutes, 40 seconds
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Eimear Arkins on connecting with your Irish heritage

While St. Louis doesn’t have as many first-generation Irish immigrants as it used to, there are still strong cultural ties in the city. Eimear Arkins, a St. Louis transplant from County Clare, Ireland, is working to strengthen those ties. In this encore episode, she shares her thoughts on local holiday customs and how Americans can engage with Irish culture in meaningful ways.
3/15/202417 minutes, 17 seconds
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Showing love for the Lou means holding each other accountable for a better region

St. Louis on the Air celebrated 314 Day with recording artist and arts ambassador Muhammad “Mvstermind” Austin, For the Culture STL’s founder Ohun Ashe, and co-owner of Strange Donuts and Up Late Jason Bockman. The trio discussed all things 3-1-4 — from St. Louis’ claim to have the best Chinese food in America to the steps towards progress since the Ferguson uprising nearly 10 years ago.
3/14/202440 minutes, 48 seconds
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Fontbonne University closure indicative of threats facing colleges nationwide

Fontbonne University leaders announced earlier this week that the school would close in 2025. Fontbonne President Nancy Blattner talks about why, and we talk with other guests who discuss the state of colleges and universities throughout St. Louis — and across the country.
3/13/202434 minutes, 21 seconds
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German paintings found an unlikely home in St. Louis. Science is revealing their secrets

A new St. Louis Art Museum exhibit (opening March 15) is highlighting the museum’s world-class collection of German Expressionism paintings. It's not just the paintings in focus, but the process of conservation, and the scientific analyses that have uncovered hidden layers, doodles, and even full paintings unknown until now. The exhibit’s two curators Courtney Books, associate paintings conservator, and Melissa Venator, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator of Modern Art, discuss the exhibit, and how German Expressionism found a home in St. Louis after World War II.
3/13/202415 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Gold Giraffe brings island vibes to 314 Day celebrations

St. Louis’ vast musical range includes reggae and native son Tevin Rice, aka the Gold Giraffe, is putting the genre’s sun-splashed vibes front and center just in time for 314 Day celebrations by hosting “If St. Louis Had A Beach” on March 15.
3/12/202420 minutes, 55 seconds
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‘Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me’ host Peter Sagal returns to St. Louis for solo show

Peter Sagal is no stranger to St. Louis. The host of NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” has hosted the show here — and he’s also run through the streets of downtown St. Louis in his underwear and feathered wings while holding a bow and arrow. Sagal returns to St. Louis this Friday for a solo show at the Sheldon. In this episode, he discusses his experiences as the longtime host of “Wait Wait,” what his solo show entails and how he’s come to love St. Louis.
3/12/202430 minutes, 2 seconds
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Missouri lawmakers try again to repeal ‘luxury tax’ on diapers and period products

It's not a sign of a lavish lifestyle to have diapers and period products, but Missouri taxes those necessities at the same rate as jewelry and sports cars. The impact of that tax falls on the poorest families. St. Louis Diaper Bank executive director Muriel Smith discusses legislative efforts to lower the tax rate and how the Diaper Bank works with a coalition of partners across the state to help families and parents in need. We also get an update on efforts to combat period poverty.
3/11/202426 minutes, 34 seconds
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Most Missouri voters are tired of changing clocks every spring and fall

Results from recent polling suggest that there’s enough political will to end the practice of switching between daylight saving time and standard time every spring and fall. But Americans remain divided on which schedule to stick with. Washington University biologist Erik Herzog believes that permanent standard time is more beneficial to human health. Alongside St. Louis University political scientist Steven Rogers, Herzog discusses the effects of the current system, the history of daylight saving time, and how the daylight saving time/standard time debate has the golf lobby and scientists at odds.
3/11/202423 minutes, 1 second
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Missouri Senate Majority Leader O’Laughlin navigates a session filled with rancor

As Missouri Senate Majority Leader, Cindy O’Laughlin has a front row seat to the factionalism of the General Assembly’s upper chamber. During a wide-ranging interview on The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, O’Laughlin discusses the brunt of criticism from the Missouri Freedom Caucus, the need to reauthorize the Federal Reimbursement Allowance, initiative petition reform and more. St. Louis Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Sarah Kellogg also discusses what’s ahead in the second half of this year’s legislative session.
3/8/202429 minutes, 43 seconds
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Alderwoman Alisha Sonnier wants to make it easier to open homeless shelters in St. Louis

Last year, St. Louis Alderwoman Alisha Sonnier unveiled legislation known as an Unhoused Bill of Rights. The bill included a lot of different ideas — including the creation of intentional encampments and restrictions on when city officials can break up encampments. But the legislation faced a rash of criticism, including from St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones. Sonnier shelved that legislation, and on The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air discusses how she’s going back to the drawing board to overhaul how shelters are approved.
3/8/202421 minutes, 39 seconds
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Wash U’s co-founder has a complicated past. A new board could take up his legacy

For many years, Washington University has portrayed one of its founders, William Greenleaf Eliot, as an abolitionist. But, in 2021, a group of students and faculty released findings that disproved that notion and even showed Eliot was vehemently opposed to abolitionism. Three years later, the university has now established a Naming Review Board that gives people the opportunity to challenge the names of buildings, professorships, and scholarships that are named after people with problematic legacies.
3/7/202438 minutes, 41 seconds
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Remembering Bob Heil, Metro East innovator who changed how music is made, and sounds

Metro East sound engineer Bob Heil built sound systems and equipment that influenced the development of live concert sound in the 1970s and ‘80s, and show up in music produced across genres through today. Heil died on February 28, 2024. We talk with Peter Palermo, executive director of the Sheldon Arts Foundation, about Heil’s legacy.
3/7/202411 minutes, 48 seconds
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Two STL prosecutors say Christopher Dunn is innocent. He’s still in prison.

On Feb. 7, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Gabe Gore filed a motion to vacate Chris Dunn’s murder conviction. “The eyewitness recantations alone are enough to show clear and convincing evidence of actual innocence in this case,” Gore said. In an interview from prison, Dunn reflects on what this development means in his decades-long effort to prove his innocence. Also joining the conversation are Dunn's wife, Kira, and Rachel Weston, managing attorney at the Midwest Innocence Project.
3/6/202427 minutes, 7 seconds
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Most domestic violence victims face court alone. A retired judge aims to change that

Only 10% of domestic violence victims report their abuser, and of those who do file for orders of protection, only 20-25% are granted the order. Mike Burton knows the real-life implications of these statistics well. As a retired St. Louis County Circuit Judge, he oversaw countless domestic violence cases — and in doing so, he became aware of the many flaws in the system that lead to abusers not being held accountable. Alongside domestic abuse survivor Monique Green, Burton launched St. Louis Survivors Legal Support to secure adequate legal representation for victims of domestic violence.
3/6/202422 minutes, 43 seconds
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How drug monitoring programs route patients out of health care and into the legal system

Since the early 2000s, healthcare systems have used technology originally made for law enforcement to combat misuse of prescription meds — yet the opioid epidemic continues to worsen. SLU Associate Professor Liz Chiarello discusses how prescription drug monitoring programs lead to an increase in overdose rates and how such surveillance systems threaten patient privacy.
3/5/202422 minutes, 5 seconds
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Remembering Colin Murphy, journalist, mentor and LGBTQ activist

Colin Murphy, co-founder of Boom Magazine — a queer publication focusing on the bi-state region — has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 53 years old. He is remembered for his positivity and mentorship despite the adversity he faced as a gay man with HIV as well as his passion for providing a news platform by and for queer people in the bi-state region.
3/5/202428 minutes, 25 seconds
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Abuse at Kanakuk goes back decades. A new bill would help only some of the victims

In 2009, revelations of sexual abuse at one of the largest Christian camps in the country rocked the Branson-based Kanakuk camp. Now, a community of survivors and their supporters are building a path to change — including backing a proposed bill to expand the state’s statute of limitations. To discuss the ongoing legacy, and reckoning, around Kanakuk and Missouri law, we talk with journalist Nancy French, who investigated the camp, and attorney Bobby Thrasher, who represents a former camper who was abused there.
3/4/202426 minutes, 23 seconds
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How an expat and a transplant found community through the St. Louis Mosaic Project

Moving to a new place comes with a great deal more than an address change. For those who pack up their lives to move to an entirely new country, adjusting to language, systems, and culture that’s very different from what they’ve known can be difficult and lonely. The St. Louis Mosaic Project’s International Mentoring Program pairs immigrants with St. Louisans in order to promote networking opportunities, build friendships and help people new to the U.S. navigate life in the region.
3/1/202429 minutes, 41 seconds
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Hundreds compete for $75k Arch Grants. Mentors can make the difference

Hundreds of entrepreneurs from St. Louis and beyond apply for the Arch Grants Startup Competition each year, in the hopes of securing a $75,000 grant. The stakes are high, but a free mentorship program at the Olin Business School at Washington University is giving founders valuable feedback to help take their application to the next level.
3/1/202421 minutes, 33 seconds
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Legal Roundtable covers Alito criticism, hazing at Eureka HS, Webster University problems, more

A case that began with a Missouri prison guard suing the state for workplace discrimination has “concerned” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. The problem: The possibility that religious people who view homosexuality as a sin will be “labeled as bigots and treated as such.” Attorneys Erin Lueker, Connie McFarland-Butler and Bill Freivogel dive into Alito’s concerns, as well as the art of jury selection. The panel also discusses a case of donors suing Webster University, hazing at Eureka High School, and a Missouri lawyer using AI to write legal briefs.
2/29/202450 minutes
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How a SLU professor honors his family’s civil rights legacy

Dr. Travis Threats is a professor and chair of St. Louis University’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. He’s also the grandson of Mae Bertha and Matthew Carter, parents who dared to force Mississippi to recognize the injustice of the state’s “freedom of choice” in 1965 — one year after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. He shares how his grandparents’ fight inspires his work today including his efforts to diversify the field of speech pathology.
2/28/202420 minutes, 35 seconds
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My co-worker wrote a memoir about dogs that helped me grieve

STLPR politics editor Fred Ehrlich, in 2022, wrote a memoir about his life with dogs. A few weeks ago, he gifted that book to producer Aaron Doerr, who was grieving the loss of his dog, Tallis. In this episode of “St Louis on the Air,” we talk about the close bonds we have with our pets and the healing that comes with saying goodbye.
2/28/202430 minutes, 39 seconds
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Disbanded Girl Scout troop vows to continue support for child war victims in Gaza

A Girl Scout troop in St. Louis County made bracelets to raise funds for child war victims in Gaza. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri told them to stop — or face legal action. The troop’s co-leaders, and one of the scouts, discuss what happened next, why they’ve decided to disband from the organization to create their own group, and their continued efforts to fundraise for the Palestine Children's Relief Fund.
2/27/202420 minutes, 56 seconds
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‘My dream came true’: How KSHE-95’s John Ulett became a mainstay at the classic rock station

John Ulett started as a DJ at KSHE-95 in 1976 when he was just 19 years old. He’s never left, and he’s about to begin his 40th full season as the Cardinals’ PA announcer at Busch Stadium. Ulett reflects on his long career in his hometown in advance of Thursday evening's event at the Sheldon, “Life, Death & Other Scary Things: An Evening with KSHE-95's John Ulett.”
2/27/202429 minutes, 56 seconds
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How Missouri became a national trendsetter for anti-trans bans and laws

In the Missouri legislature, 2023 was the year of bills targeting trans people. But there is a bigger picture here: For observers of the national picture, Missouri is a bellwether and a trendsetter. We sit down with two trans journalists to talk about what they’re seeing in Missouri in this movement, and this moment. Joining the discussion is Erin Reed, the author of the newsletter Erin in the Morning; and Evan Urquhart, founder of Assigned Media.
2/26/202440 minutes, 4 seconds
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St. Louis' police chief is paid $100k a year by local foundation, raising concerns about loyalties

With a high violent crime rate and claims of inequitable policing in St. Louis, local leaders are questioning the $100,000 per year Chief Robert Tracy receives from local business owners. “Can the criminals get together and pay the chief?” asked one alderwoman. ProPublica reporter Jeremy Kohler talks about his story on the topic.
2/26/202410 minutes, 31 seconds
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How Illinois Gov. Pritzker plans to balance policy dreams with fiscal reality

Earlier this week, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered his annual budget address that outlined his priorities. Among the priorities in the $52.7 billion state spending plan are more money to address the migrant crisis and education, and tax hikes for businesses and for sports bettors. STLPR Metro East reporter Will Bauer discusses Pritzker’s speech, and we include Pritzker’s address in this episode of the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air.
2/24/202458 minutes, 42 seconds
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St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones wants to bank some of the Rams settlement

St. Louis is in an unusual position of having a lot of extra money — primarily from a settlement from the departure of the St. Louis Rams. City leaders also got more positive news last year with a drop in violent crime. Even with the good news, policymakers still have a lot of work to do to fully address some long-standing problems. In a wide-ranging interview on the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones discusses those issues and addresses homelessness, the cause of bad police driving and more.
2/23/202430 minutes, 44 seconds
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GOP state Sen. Jil Tracy of Quincy is unimpressed with Pritzker's budget proposal

Like most Illinois Republicans in Springfield, Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, said she’s largely skeptical of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s $52.7 billion proposed budget. And, Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly are limited in what they can do because they are in the super minority in both chambers. STLPR’s Jason Rosenbaum and Will Bauer talk with Sen. Tracy on the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air.
2/22/202415 minutes, 29 seconds
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David Sanborn, jazz great from Kirkwood, says the St. Louis scene shaped his style

Jazz great David Sanborn, a Kirkwood native, got his start playing teen hangouts and clubs around St. Louis. Known for his warm sound on alto saxophone, Sanborn has won acclaim as a solo artist and as a collaborator with a long list of stars in the worlds of jazz, rock and pop. He joins STLPR senior reporter Jeremy D. Goodwin to discuss the lively, mid-century St. Louis jazz scene, the magic of genre-bending in music, and ways the music industry has evolved throughout his storied career.
2/22/202415 minutes, 24 seconds
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Is romance dead? How dating apps, societal norms and pandemic isolation changed relationships

Relationships look differently than they did 50, even 25 years ago. Millennials aren’t getting married at the same ages and rates compared to older generations. And while most people desire companionship, relationships today often vary from the traditional romantic relationships seen in classic films. Dr. Dixie Meyer, professor at St. Louis University and director of SLU’s relationships and brain sciences research laboratory, shares why romance is taking a back seat and how it impacts individuals, families and society.
2/22/202434 minutes, 22 seconds
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WerQfest to honor the intersection of Blackness and queerness during Black History Month

What do Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, and Bayard Rustin have in common? They are all Black American trailblazers that have had their queerness understated or erased from their identities or in the retelling of their influence in pivotal historic moments — and they are far from the only ones. Tre’von Griffith co-founded werQfest with his husband, Shelton Boyd-Griffith, to uplift Black, queer artists in St. Louis. For this year’s Black History Month, their mission has expanded with the introduction of the digital campaign, “Black, But Make It Queer.”
2/20/202419 minutes, 39 seconds
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Missouri Children’s Division head sees progress on St. Louis abuse and neglect case backlog

Missouri Children's Division Director Darrell Missey talks about where the massive backlog of child abuse and neglect case investigations stands, and other issues affecting children in the state. Last year, St. Louis Public Radio reported that the division's office serving St. Louis and St. Louis County had a backlog of 6,124 cases that remained open after 45 days. Missey describes the division's improvements since then, and where things stand now.
2/20/202431 minutes, 45 seconds
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Missouri program teaching prosocial skills expands to more classrooms and states

A Missouri researcher’s study of “prosocial” behavior in classrooms is getting a big boost of federal money — but it’s already made a difference in hundreds of classrooms. Now in its fifth year, the program emphasizes kindness, compassion, empathy and respect. University of Missouri researcher Christi Bergin and program director Jen Foster discuss how prosocial behavior can help teachers and students support each other through empathy.
2/16/202429 minutes, 7 seconds
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King of ‘Swagtime’ Royce Martin keeps Scott Joplin’s legacy alive

Ragtime evokes images of old-timey saloons and the beginning of the 20th century. The “King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin lived in St. Louis from 1900 to 1902 — during which he published his most popular rags, including “Maple Leaf Rag” and “The Entertainer.” Fast forward to the 21st century: Musician and composer Royce Martin has picked up where Joplin left off with the album, “Memories on Morgan Street.” Royce joins the show to talk about Joplin’s influence on his music and how he ties ragtime and hip-hop together to make a new genre he calls “swagtime.”
2/16/202421 minutes, 59 seconds
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With 'HBCU Made,' NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe celebrates the Black college experience

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have long cemented their legacy in higher education across the country. A new book edited by NPR Weekend Edition Sunday host Ayesha Rascoe now celebrates that legacy. "HBCU Made” is a collection of personal essays of Black figures including authors, journalists and political figures. Rascoe spoke with STLPR's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson at the Ethical Society of St. Louis on Feb. 8 — an event sponsored by Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis County Library and STLPR.
2/15/202449 minutes, 56 seconds
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Hopeless romantics can still find love in St. Louis. All it takes is leaving the house

Dating is messy, nerve wrecking and oftentimes discouraging. Single St. Louisans have taken to social media to inquire — and vent — about how dating is difficult because of St. Louis being a “small big city.” Brittany Forrest and Simonne Kimble started a community and online platform called Relationship.ish to have open conversations about relationships and create opportunities to network. The duo shared their strategies to finding “the one,” even in a small dating pool.
2/14/202424 minutes, 58 seconds
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A St. Louis company designs destinations at home — and worldwide

Though not a household name, a company headquartered in downtown St. Louis is behind some of the most popular local and international destinations. PGAV architects Mike Konzen and Emily Howard discuss what it takes to design buildings including the St. Louis Aquarium, the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum and the world’s largest aquarium that opened last year — SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.
2/14/202424 minutes, 43 seconds
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How solar eclipses shaped civilizations throughout history

Throughout most of human history, lunar and solar eclipses were considered to be bad omens, and the fates of many have been determined by the celestial phenomenon. Washington University physicist Manel Errando shares details about the most notable solar eclipses in history, including one that ended a six-year war in Anatolia (present-day Turkey) and another that is credited for propelling Albert Einstein to fame.
2/13/202420 minutes, 56 seconds
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MoBot scientist is the world’s top female botanist naming plants today

Missouri Botanical Garden scientist Charlotte Taylor has named 500 new species of plants. That makes her the most prolific living female botanist — an accomplishment only revealed last year by researchers from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the University of Cambridge. The researchers found Taylor is the third most prolific female botanist in the field — ever. Taylor discusses her contributions to the field of botany and takes us inside the world of a world-class taxonomist.
2/13/202429 minutes, 42 seconds
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How a commissary kitchen puts compassion and love first to make a healthier St. Louis

Propel Kitchens in Pagedale gives people a second chance by combining career training with care that goes beyond a traditional food industry job. Executive director Kisha Lee and trainee Chavi Jackson share how the program has been able to uplift St. Louisans in vulnerable situations and put them on a path toward success.
2/12/202423 minutes, 24 seconds
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Roz and Ralph grew up in St. Louis — and found love decades later, living 1,500 miles apart

"I had this thought that if anything comes of this, it's the perfect script for a Hallmark Hall of Fame geriatric romance." In this encore episode, Roz Lewy and Ralph Insinger discuss their book, "Beyond Beyond: A Chance Encounter, an Online Courtship and the Language of Love," which details how the couple fell in love late in life via the exchange of hundreds of emails.
2/12/202427 minutes, 24 seconds
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How Missouri's abortion ballot initiative plans to gather 170,000 signatures by May

The leaders of a ballot item to legalize abortion in Missouri have a tight time frame to gather more than 171,000 signatures by May. STLPR politics correspondent Jason Rosenbaum sits down with Mallory Schwarz of Missourians for Constitutional Freedom, as well as Lisa Williams, one of thousands of Missourians who signed up to gather signatures.
2/9/202422 minutes, 40 seconds
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Where did you learn civics? Missourians share stories from classrooms and beyond

Three K-12 educators who’ve taught in different U.S. states discuss Missouri social studies standards and challenges around teaching civics, and the practical benefits of focusing on civic participation amid today’s polarized political climate. Then, STLPR’s Jason Rosenbaum talks with Elaine Cha about why we’re tackling this issue and what we’re hearing from listeners.
2/9/202435 minutes, 11 seconds
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Missouri political parties grudgingly organize contests to select presidential delegates

Missouri’s political parties are in charge of organizing and executing the contests that will choose 2024 presidential delegates. And both Republicans and Democrats have expressed profound irritation that election officials aren’t running the show. The Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air host Jason Rosenbaum talks with Republican Chris Grahn-Howard and Democrat Matthew Patterson about how we got here — and how the selection processes will work.
2/9/202420 minutes, 28 seconds
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How Transform 314 empowers Black St. Louisans to engage with local government

After decades of disinvestment and a lack of engagement by city leadership, many Black St. Louisans report feelings of hopelessness, unsure of what to do or who to turn to. When problems like crumbling infrastructure and food deserts remain unresolved, people become less interested in local government, and in turn, the work of elected officials goes unchecked. Kelly McGowan believes that civics education is the answer to solving many problems the city faces, and that’s what she aims to provide via her nonprofit Transform 314.
2/8/202420 minutes, 49 seconds
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Inspired by his grandfather, Michael Vines details a Jewish immigrant’s story in St. Louis

Michael Vines’ grandfather, Harry Beckerman, arrived in St. Louis in 1919. The Jewish immigrant from Poland was escaping violence and oppression and, in north St. Louis, he set up a shoe repair shop. That true story serves as the inspiration for, “Harry Gets Wise,” a new novel deeply rooted in St. Louis history and culture.
2/7/202428 minutes, 10 seconds
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NAACP groups launch effort to raise St. Louis-area literacy rates by 2030

Seven out of 10 Missouri students are not reading at fourth grade proficiency, and only one in 10 Black students reads at proficiency expected by that grade. With the “Right to Read” campaign, St. Louis and St. Louis County NAACP chapters aim to boost literacy in the region and raise Black student performance to meet state academic standards. St. Louis NAACP education chair Ian Buchanan and former teacher and literacy advocate Kareem Weaver discuss the importance of implementing educational techniques rooted in the science of reading and promoting collaboration between communities, parents and teachers.
2/7/202422 minutes, 6 seconds
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A familiar STLPR voice lifts others during Black History Month

During Black History Month, St. Louis Public Radio is participating in the “Lift Every Voice” initiative, which highlights the lives and accomplishments of more than 50 Black Americans throughout history. The project was created by a familiar voice in St. Louis: Geri Mitchell, who hosted Morning Edition on STLPR from 2013 to 2017. Now the midday host at WAMU in Washington D.C., Mitchell joined St. Louis on the Air to discuss the project, and its goal to call attention to “the countless contributions of African Americans, many of whom were and are still obscured in history.”
2/6/202418 minutes, 51 seconds
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To step up St. Louis’ film industry, diversify its set and production crews

Film and TV award season means increased attention to diversity of talent in front of and behind the lens. Critiques about lack of diversity in media production apply to St. Louis, where Black people are the largest non-white population – yet less than 2% of staff in local commercial video production houses. Kyle Montgomery and Quinsonta Boyd of Continuity, a nonprofit that helps more St. Louis creatives from marginalized communities prepare for and start careers in media, share ways they make getting a foot in the door possible.
2/6/202429 minutes, 10 seconds
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These Missouri landlords made bank on COVID relief funds. Their tenants were forgotten

A majority of the top ten recipients of federal COVID-19 relief funds via Missouri’s State Assistance For Housing Relief program are privately owned property managers or landlords located in St. Louis. Despite receiving up to six and seven figures in aid, many of these companies failed to provide basic maintenance or upkeep of their apartment complexes. Journalist Mike Fitzgerald discusses his latest report on the SAFHR program and the problems that stemmed from the funds being awarded with little accountability.
2/5/202412 minutes, 50 seconds
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Violence hits the heart of St. Louis residents — some say police aren’t doing enough

While elected leaders are celebrating a decline in crime in the region, community members — especially those who've lost loved ones to violent crime — think the celebration is premature and unwarranted. STLPR reporter Lacretia Wimbley discusses her reporting on the topic, including a conversation with Precious Jones, a mother whose son was killed in the summer of 2022.
2/5/202414 minutes, 2 seconds
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Vietnamese St. Louisans celebrate Lunar New Year their own way. Here's how, and where

Celebrating Lunar New Year is a longstanding tradition for Vietnamese St. Louisans. Kris Le and Tila Nguyen speak to the history of the nonprofit St. Louis Vietnamese Community, its place among other AANHPI organizations in the region, and what’s planned for two Vietnamese Lunar New Year events happening this February.
2/5/202424 minutes, 42 seconds
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After House passage of tax bill, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith looks to the Senate for action

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, a Republican from Salem, withstood bipartisan scorn of legislation that boosts the Child Tax Credit and provides business tax incentives. STLPR political correspondent Jason Rosenbaum talked with Smith about the legislation and the road ahead it now faces in the U.S. Senate.
2/3/202410 minutes, 24 seconds
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Missouri destroyed 87% of its wetlands. What remains is still in danger

Each year, an estimated 60,000 acres of wetlands are lost in the United States. They are the most threatened ecosystem in the country. Shaw Nature Reserve's restoration and land stewardship manager Mike Saxton talks about current threats to wetlands and makes the case for why we should preserve and build upon the few, but critically important, wetlands that remain.
2/2/202424 minutes, 3 seconds
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Nominations for 2023’s best local theater unveiled by St. Louis Theater Circle

St. Louis’ best theater performances and productions of the year are being honored once again. On Friday, the St. Louis Theater Circle announced its award nominations, covering approximately 100 shows from 2023. Theater critics Michelle Kenyon and James Lindhorst join the show.
2/2/202416 minutes, 33 seconds
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The search for a secret audit of SLMPD’s Force Investigative Unit

A special SLMPD police unit, created to investigate police shootings, was the subject of a damning audit in 2018. Six years later, only portions of that audit have found their way to the public eye. St. Louis Post-Dispatch metro columnist Tony Messenger obtained portions of the audit, which found problems in all 50 of the unit’s investigations between 2014 and 2018. Messenger shares his findings and insights into the ongoing efforts to obtain the full audit.
2/1/202425 minutes, 4 seconds
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For ‘Hairspray’ lead Caroline Eiseman, STL show is a homecoming

Caroline Eiseman has donned the big hair of teen dance phenom Tracy Turnblat in more than 100 performances of “Hairspray.” The St. Louis native shares her insights into the role, what it took to land the part and what it will mean when she performs in her hometown later this month.
2/1/202424 minutes, 36 seconds
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St. Louis Starbucks workers stopped a robbery. Then Starbucks fired them — is that legal?

Was it legal for Starbucks to fire two baristas who fought back against a robbery? This month’s Legal Roundtable convenes to discuss the legal merits behind a wrongful termination suit by a St. Louis Starbacks employee. Attorneys Sarah Swatosh, Eric Banks and Bevis Schock also discuss what’s next for Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s lawsuit against the People’s Republic of China and a purported class action lawsuit over the city's aborted curbside recycling program.
1/31/202449 minutes
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Why America’s ‘unhealthy population’ is at greater risk for the next pandemic

According to Dr. Alex Garza, the best way to prepare for a future pandemic is to improve social resources, such as food access, education and transportation. Garza, who serves as Chief Community Health Officer at SSM Health, shares major takeaways from the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, how pandemics and wars have a “tremendous amount in common,” and the extent to which institutions — and the general public — are ready for future disease outbreaks.
1/30/202427 minutes, 43 seconds
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Southwest Airlines to carry naloxone after push from St. Louis-area advocate

Southwest Airlines will now carry naloxone on flights — that’s in part due to the efforts of Ballwin resident John Gaal who has lobbied the airline to include the opioid overdose-reversal drug in its emergency kits. Gaal witnessed the medication’s ability to save lives first-hand when he stepped in to administer naloxone to a fellow passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight in October 2022. He reflects on that moment, the importance of greater access to the drug and what needs to happen next for flight crews to better respond to overdoses while in the air.
1/30/202413 minutes, 15 seconds
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STLPR's Wayne Pratt reflects on anchoring morning newscasts for nearly a decade

Wayne Pratt joined St. Louis Public Radio in June 2014. For nearly a decade he anchored morning newscasts at the station and later, became host of the station's weekday morning podcast "The Gateway." After a national search, Wayne was selected and promoted to the position of Broadcast Operations Manager. He joins us to talk about his experiences of being on the air in St. Louis for about 10 years.
1/30/202411 minutes, 6 seconds
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STLPR's Wayne Pratt reflects on anchoring morning newscasts for nearly a decade.

Wayne Pratt joined St. Louis Public Radio in June 2014. For nearly a decade he anchored morning newscasts at the station and later, became host of the station's weekday morning podcast "The Gateway." After a national search, Wayne was selected and promoted to the position of Broadcast Operations Manager. He joins us to talk about his experiences of being on the air in St. Louis for about 10 years.
1/30/202411 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why a bounty hunter got 10 years in prison for capturing a woman in Missouri

On January 24, Louisiana bounty hunter Wayne Lozier was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. St. Louis on the Air featured his case in October, exploring the dramatic story of bounty hunters, bail, and body cameras. In this rebroadcast, Katie Kull, courts reporter for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, describes her experience covering Lozier’s trial from the courtroom. She discusses the bounty hunter industry, Lozier’s defense, and the trial’s dramatic verdict. We also provide an update on Lozier’s sentencing last week.
1/29/202427 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Global Foods Market Cookbook shares dishes from St. Louisans’ kitchens

After months of crowdsourcing recipes that reflect the cultural and culinary diversity of St. Louis, the Global Foods Market Cookbook is published and available for purchase at the grocer’s storefront in Kirkwood. Shayn Prapaisilp, chief operating officer of Global Foods Market, Inc. shares a sample of the recipes featured in the Global Foods Market Cookbook, as well as personal stories from the chefs themselves.
1/29/202422 minutes, 59 seconds
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As Gov. Parson reflects on legacy, MO Dems navigate a troubled legislature

Earlier this week, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivered his final State of the State speech. In this episode of the “Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air” from the Missouri State Capitol, Parson talks with STLPR reporters Jason Rosenbaum and Sarah Kellogg about his priorities and legacy. We also hear analysis of his speech, and hear the Democratic reaction from Rep. Ashley Aune.
1/26/202450 minutes, 35 seconds
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Lawsuit shines light on massive illegal rooming house operation in south St. Louis

The city of St. Louis has brought a lawsuit against six Missouri residents who the city says are running a massive illegal rooming house operation in nearly every neighborhood in south city. Riverfront Times staff writer Ryan Krull shares how the operation may have been heavily subsidized by taxpayers through pandemic relief funding, why it took so long for the city to take action, and the effect the lawsuit may have on other problem landlords operating in St. Louis. Tower Grove East resident Joe Goodman, who lives near two of the defendant’s properties, also joins the conversation.
1/25/202417 minutes, 42 seconds
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Stopping workplace bullying can save lives — especially for marginalized people

The untimely death of Antoinette “Bonnie” Candia-Bailey and allegations of mistreatment while serving as Lincoln University’s vice president of student affairs has sparked conversation about hostile work environments and bullying across industries — particularly with employees that are part of marginalized communities. Wash U sociology professor Adia Harvey-Wingfield discusses research on who’s most likely to face such situations and how to avoid further tragedy.
1/25/202432 minutes, 53 seconds
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Special Coverage: Gov. Parson touts reshaping transportation policy and crisis response in last State of the State

In his final State of the State Address, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson outlined his priorities for the year and reflected upon his legacy. In edition to the Governor's speech, this episode includes pre- and post-analysis from STLPR journalists Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum.
1/25/20241 hour, 29 minutes, 3 seconds
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How a St. Louis neighborhood sued Paul McKee, and won

The historic, four-story building at 3509 Page Boulevard is an example of abandonment. Built in 1927, the former ABC Auto Sales and Investment Company building’s roof is crumbling onto the sidewalk, and it’s been broken into, boarded up, and broken into again. St. Louis developer Paul McKee has been ordered to repair the building in a first-time ruling on one of hundreds of properties he owns under his NorthSide Regeneration project. Attorney Peter Hoffman discusses the ruling and what it may mean for other neighborhoods where McKee owns property.
1/24/202432 minutes, 21 seconds
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Mullets are so back. Take these St. Louisans' word for it

There are few hairstyles more divisive than the mullet. The hairdo has historically been scoffed at by the mainstream yet has thrived in its fringes. The mullet — known by some as "the Missouri Compromise" — has been associated with professional or aspiring hockey stars, 80s pro wrestlers and hair metal rockers. Barber Sir Carrawell and hairstylist Onawa Brown share their thoughts on the retro hairdo and why they think it’s made it from the fringe back into pop culture.
1/24/202418 minutes, 34 seconds
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‘It is hurting us’: Trans kids and parents in Missouri speak out

Trans kids and their families are being targeted by dozens of proposed bills in the Missouri legislature. But deciding how, when, and why to transition is actually a conversation parents and kids have been having for years — without lawmakers. In this rebroadcast from March 2023, three sets of parents, as well as their children, each trans boys between the ages of 9 and 11, discuss what it’s like to grow up trans in Missouri, from how they chose their own names, to their thoughts on why so many adults in the state legislature don’t accept them the way they are.
1/24/202449 minutes, 20 seconds
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Catching up with St Louis’ newly extended Reparations Commission

The St. Louis Reparations Commission has been extended until September 9. In this encore broadcast of St. Louis Public Radio, we listen back to a July conversation with commission members Gwen Moore and Kayla Reed.
1/19/202427 minutes, 36 seconds
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Big Brothers Big Sisters wants more Black men to become mentors to Black boys

While Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri is happy to accept volunteer mentors from all walks of life, they are seeking more Black men to “step up” to mentor the Black boys enrolled in their program. Ericka Sanders, Vice President of Volunteer Recruitment and mentor Andre Walker share their experiences along with data behind the importance of mentoring and representation.
1/18/202423 minutes, 31 seconds
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SLU rebrands speech-language pathology program to help meet growing demand

This fall, St. Louis University will launch a program that will allow students to graduate with a B.S. and M.S. in speech-language pathology in five years, one year sooner than a traditional six-year track. The effort comes after projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that the profession is expected to grow 19% by 2032. Dr. Travis Threats, professor and chair of St. Louis University’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and graduate student Lucy Heller join the show.
1/18/202427 minutes, 3 seconds
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Why road rage is so common in St. Louis and how you can try to avoid it

Road rage is very commonplace, and it can also be very scary. St. Louis clinical psychologist Dr. Helen Friedman breaks down the reasons why road rage is so prevalent, how we can curb it, and ways to stay safe and avoid confrontation with others on the road.
1/18/202431 minutes, 21 seconds
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Sessions of St. Louis gives a Tiny Desk vibe with an authentic STL sound

Tiny Desk-inspired “Sessions of St. Louis” features local musicians performing one-take, no-audience concerts in intimate settings. St. Louis Gram creative director Natalia Parr describes the origin and goals of the series, and singer/songwriter Alexia Simone talks about her experience with “Sessions” as an artist.
1/17/202419 minutes, 45 seconds
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Eimear Arkins celebrates Ireland and St. Louis in new album

Irish musician Eimear Arkins travels all over the world, but calls two places home: St. Louis, Missouri, and County Clare, Ireland. She shares how her new album “Here & There” celebrates her connections to both places, how to practice the Irish tradition of lilting, and the significance of singing in the Irish language.
1/16/202414 minutes, 14 seconds
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‘Word in Black’ becomes a corporation. It could bring more resources to Black newspapers

Word In Black — a digital news collaborative that includes 10 Black newspapers across the U.S., including the St. Louis American — has moved from pilot to public benefit corporation. STLPR race, identity, and culture reporter Andrea Henderson speaks to what the change means for local Black publishers, and for Black journalists serving African American communities across the country.
1/16/202417 minutes, 8 seconds
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Diving into STL winter soups, and sweets, with Sauce Magazine

The latest Sauce Magazine issue is a treat for fans of soups and sweets. Sauce writer Ileana Martinez runs down her favorite winter soups, including Doenjang Jjigae at Joo Joo Restaurant & Karaoke, and the Sopa de Pollo (chicken soup) at Merendero Las Catrachitas. Then, we meet chocolate maker Flynn Edgerton, featured on Sauce’s list of “Ones to Watch,” who has found a home for his passion at Sump Coffee.
1/16/202420 minutes, 10 seconds
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Councilwoman Dunaway says COVID-19 turmoil played a role in not running again

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway has announced that she will not seek another term in office. The Chesterfield Democrat represents the council’s 2nd District and says that political turmoil during the COVID-19 pandemic played a significant role in her decision not to run again. On the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, she also discusses rifts that developed between Democrats on the council.
1/13/202419 minutes, 30 seconds
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U.S. Rep. Luetkemeyer is retiring. He wants his successor to rise above D.C. melodrama

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer is opting to retire in 2024, bringing an end to a congressional career in which he became a major figure on financial services issues. The St. Elizabeth Republican’s decision will likely prompt a sizable GOP primary to represent the state’s 3rd District, which takes in portions of the St. Louis area. On this episode of the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, Luetkemeyer reflects on his career and the future of the district.
1/13/20248 minutes, 43 seconds
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Sen. Schmitt says Congress needs to change spending mentality as another budget fight looms

U.S. Sen. Eric Schmitt has more experience as a Missouri state senator than a U.S. senator, but after his first year in Washington he says he’s seen a big difference with how Congress handles funding for the federal government. In this wide-ranging interview on the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, Schmitt discusses the latest budget standoff, funding for Ukraine, support for Israel and more.
1/12/202423 minutes, 10 seconds
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Like watching storms roll in? Consider volunteer storm spotting with the NWS

Are you the sort of Midwesterner who goes outside when tornado sirens go off to watch Mother Nature get crazy? Then you might be exactly who the National Weather Service - St. Louis wants to train to be a storm spotter. Meteorologist Matt Beitcher shares details on upcoming classes and how storm spotters can help save lives by collecting and sharing real-time weather data.
1/11/202423 minutes, 49 seconds
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A Missouri man vanished in 2013. A YouTuber tracked him to the bottom of a pond

On December 29, 2013, Donnie Erwin drove off from his home in Camden County, Missouri. It was the last time the 59-year-old Army veteran was seen alive. His fate became a mystery that persisted for the next decade — and ended last month, when police announced they had recovered Erwin’s vehicle and remains from the bottom of a pond within miles of his home. James Hinkle, a freelance videographer and operator of the Echo Divers YouTube channel, located Erwin’s car. Hinkle takes us behind the scenes of his search; and Erwin’s sister, Yvonne Erwin-Bowen, shares her reflections about her brother’s life.
1/11/202427 minutes, 39 seconds
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Aid groups say immigrants need more resources and language assistance

The show explores the groups and people working to meet the needs of the foreign-born people who building new lives here in St. Louis. We examine first the stories of two asylum seekers, Karla Mera and Juan Carlos Lopez, who fled their home country of Belize. Next, we get to know three local groups working with these populations, and who share their hopes/concerns about a plan to bring migrants from Chicago to St. Louis. The panel includes Carlos Ruiz Martinez, Director of Client Support Services at the MICA Project, Sarah Caldera Wimmer, Director of Emotional and Physical Wellness at LifeWise STL, and Kris Walentik, an immigration attorney with St. Francis Community Services, a ministry of Catholic Charities.
1/10/202448 minutes, 36 seconds
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Missouri Emancipation Day recalls efforts to free enslaved people during the Civil War

While the U.S. was on the brink of Civil War, a secret organization of Black men convened in St. Louis to plot an insurrection. We take a look at that clandestine plan and how an insubordinate war hero ticked off President Lincoln with his antics to free enslaved Missourians with Cicely Hunter of the Missouri Historical Society and Cathy Hart from the Friends of Father Dickson Cemetery.
1/9/202430 minutes, 6 seconds
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How the Song Society empowers kids with life-altering medical conditions

Music therapy can reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory, elevate mood, and contribute to pain management and physical rehabilitation. For kids who live with life-altering medical conditions, and find themselves in and out of the hospital for procedures and treatments, music therapy might be one of the only places they can truly let loose to speak, or sing, their truth. The St. Louis nonprofit the Song Society facilitates songwriting sessions, as well as recording and performance opportunities, to offer outlet to such kids, teens and their families.
1/9/202421 minutes, 5 seconds
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Sun, moon and planets, oh my! The history and culture of astrology

It seems that, nowadays, you can’t open a social media app without seeing zodiac content about specific sun signs or having folks worried about Mercury going into retrograde. But for millennia, the practice of astrology was more than pop culture fodder to consume. Astrologer Jade Moore tracks the cosmos personally and professionally at her store Sincerely, the Craft in Midtown. She joins the show to give a crash course on astrology’s history, culture and practice.
1/8/202429 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ancient Roman imperial cult temple unearthed by SLU-led international team

A newly unearthed ancient temple in Italy complicates the history of paganism and Christianity in the Roman Empire. Douglas Boin, a history professor at Saint Louis University, talks about his team’s discovery of an imperial cult temple that dates back to the fourth century.
1/8/202421 minutes, 14 seconds
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Missouri lawmakers open 2024 session hoping to avoid low election year expectations

Missouri lawmakers opened the 2024 session this week with GOP majority leaders of the House and Senate expressing optimism that they can accomplish major policy initiatives. That's despite election year pressures and a softening budgetary picture that may make it challenging to have a productive session. STLPR statehouse reporter Sarah Kellogg discusses what's ahead for this year's term in Jefferson City.
1/5/202415 minutes, 41 seconds
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SLPS board paused its College Kids Savings Account partnership. What’s next for the program?

A recent vote by St. Louis Public Schools board members means fewer kids will have a St. Louis College Kids Savings account through the City of St. Louis’ College Kids program. Our guests dive into the origin of the program, and why it's drawn scrutiny from journalists and critics. They also explore how children’s savings accounts can help kids see higher education as an option, not just a possibility.
1/5/202434 minutes, 59 seconds
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How politics and lawsuits could shape Missouri’s cannabis industry in 2024

Since legal sales of medical marijuana started in Missouri in 2020 and adult recreational cannabis in 2023, business around all things marijuana has become a billion-dollar business. Missouri Independent journalist Rebecca Rivas talks about her recent coverage of Missouri’s cannabis industry, including a 60,000-product recall – and how lawsuits and politics could shape the industry in 2024.
1/4/202432 minutes, 50 seconds
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Book ban efforts threaten ‘the heart of our democracy,’ says Wentzville lead librarian

In the fall of 2022, a Missouri law went into effect that opened school officials to possible criminal charges if they provide “explicit sexual content” to students. That has had a chilling effect on librarians, and it resulted in Missouri removing the third highest number of books from library shelves, following Florida and Texas. STLPR reporter Kate Grumke talks with Mernie Maestas, the lead librarian for the Wentzville School District in St. Charles County.
1/4/202417 minutes, 38 seconds
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CVPA grad reflects on St. Louis Teen Talent Competition win and future endeavors

When Central Visual and Performing Arts High School student Ray Strickland performed his original song “Time for Change” at the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition in 2023, he sang in recognition of his cousin who he lost to gun violence, of George Floyd, who was murdered shortly after Strickland wrote the song, and in reflection of the mass shooting at his school months earlier. He shares what he is up to now and his belief in the power of the “universal language” of music.
1/3/202419 minutes, 56 seconds
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How DB Cooper inspired a St Louis hijacker

D.B. Cooper’s 1971 airplane hijacking did more than just create an American crime legend: He inspired copycats, including in St. Louis in 1972. The St. Louis caper forms the core of University of Missouri history professor John Wigger's new book, “The Hijacking of American Flight 119: How D.B. Cooper Inspired a Skyjacking Craze and the FBI’s Battle to Stop It." Wigger interviewed McNally, who was released from federal prison in 2010, and more than a dozen retired FBI agents. Wigger spoke with St. Louis on the Air producer Danny Wicentowski.
1/3/202430 minutes, 34 seconds
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Sam Goodwin’s forthcoming book shares the ways coincidence and connections led to his release from Syrian prisons

Sam Goodwin was just thirteen countries away from reaching his goal of visiting every country when he traveled to Syria. His visit took a wrong turn when he was wrongfully accused of espionage and held in the country’s notorious prison system. Goodwin’s forthcoming book about his captivity shares the ways coincidence and connection led to his release.
1/2/202428 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Endangered Species Act is 50. Here's how MoBot is helping plants survive

50 years after the Endangered Species Act was passed, the Missouri Botanical Garden continues their plant conservation efforts within the garden grounds and in the wild. Matthew Albrecht, director of Missouri Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, and Becky Sucher, senior manager of the garden’s Living Collections share the successes in plant conservation and how the noticeably changing weather patterns affects their work at the garden and in the field.
1/2/202421 minutes, 39 seconds
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The top stories that shaped St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois politics in 2023

2023 was a year of change in St. Louis politics as Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner resigned from an office in turmoil and the Board of Aldermen was cut in half. STLPR journalists Jason Rosenbaum, Brian Munoz, Will Bauer, Rachel Lippmann and Sarah Kellogg break down the top political stories of the year.
12/22/202331 minutes, 57 seconds
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STL Aldermanic President says workers’ rights and traffic safety are 2024 priorities

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen went through a major political and structural transformation in 2023. St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Megan Green discusses some of the highlights of the past year and what to expect from her aldermanic colleagues in 2024.
12/22/202319 minutes, 46 seconds
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Legal questions remain after St. Louis cop drives into bar, arrests owner

On Monday morning, a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer drove his SUV through the front wall of a local gay bar. The incident ended with Bar:PM co-owner Chad Morris in handcuffs, under arrest and charged with felony assault. Attorneys Mark Smith, Kalila Jackson and Dave Roland discuss this case, and others, in this Legal Roundtable episode.
12/21/202349 minutes, 32 seconds
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Meet the STLPR photojournalists who tell stories one frame at a time

Yes, radio stations have photojournalists — and they’re vital to the stories St. Louis Public Radio produces. Interim Digital Editor Brian Munoz and photojournalist Tristen Rouse have wrapped up collecting STLPR’s “Year in Photos.” They join the show to discuss what happens behind the lens, and how it’s led to some of their favorite images among the thousands they’ve captured in 2023.
12/21/202319 minutes, 26 seconds
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From Christopher Columbus to Ferguson, Michael Harriot delivers history that is ‘Black AF’

In this encore, listen back to our September interview with columnist and commentator Michael Harriot. Harriot's debut book, “Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America,” offers a compelling retelling of American history. Harriot discusses why he tackled a sweeping retelling of American history, and also shares his experiences from covering protests in Ferguson in 2014 and St. Louis in 2017.
12/20/202331 minutes, 54 seconds
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Food writers dish on St. Louis dining trends, highlights in 2023 and 2024

St. Louis-based dining critics & food writers dish on STL’s 2023 trends and highlights, and talk about what’s to come in 2024. Guests include Meera Nagarajan (Sauce Magazine), Ian Froeb (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), and Holly Fann (Eater, St. Louis Magazine).
12/19/202328 minutes, 11 seconds
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‘They’re buried in a mass grave’: How a St. Louis writer is grappling with loss and resilience in Gaza

On Oct. 25, more than a dozen of Fatima Elkabti’s family members were killed in Gaza City in a single Israeli airstrike. The war is taking a toll on the Palestinian American, wife and mother. And, it comes at a time when the Washington University creative writing grad is writing a book that’s preserving her family’s history of displacement — and drawing parallels to today.
12/19/202323 minutes, 16 seconds
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A tribute to St. Louisans who passed away in 2023

In 2023, we said goodbye to a number of remarkable people who lived and worked in the St. Louis region. In this episode, we honor those we lost this year by listening back to conversations with them or by hearing from those who knew them well.
12/18/202349 minutes, 52 seconds
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Linda Bardran brought a child from Gaza to St. Louis for healing. Now she doesn’t know if she’s alive

When war erupted in the Gaza Strip, Linda Badran decided it was time to co-found a local chapter of the non-profit aid group Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. She wants to rally fellow St. Louisans who want to see an end to the war and contribute to the healing, and recovery, of the thousands of children being harmed by violence.
12/15/202324 minutes, 10 seconds
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The St. Louis Chamber Chorus will premiere a new centerpiece to its holiday program

In its 68th season, the St. Louis Chamber Chorus is taking a musical tour around the globe. This Sunday’s concert at the Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End adds to that theme and will feature the premiere of “Seeking You,” a new Christmas song composed by Kerensa Briggs that uses text from a poem of the same name by Charles Anthony Silvestri. Briggs and St. Louis Chamber Chorus Artistic Director Philip Barnes join the show.
12/15/202317 minutes, 24 seconds
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New book highlights 250 years of Black St. Louis’ rich history

The new book “Black St. Louis” explores the life of Black people, from the founding of the city to the start of the 21st century. Through colorful imagery and detailed documentation, co-authors Calvin Riley and NiNi Harris tell the stories of enslaved people, night-club owners, soldiers and everyday Black St. Louisans.
12/15/202340 minutes, 44 seconds
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How a Wash U research team is using spider silk to combat plastic waste

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are using nature as inspiration to combat the growing problem of plastic pollution. In this encore episode, we learn how they’re using a $3.6 million grant to develop sustainably sourced plastics by mimicking natural materials like spider silk fibers.
12/13/202316 minutes, 3 seconds
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Missouri’s glades are trapped under trees. Botanists are freeing them by logging

In 2018, writer Robert Langellier and botanist Neal Humke cut down every tree across 19 acres in Pioneer Forest. Their aim was to restore one of the Ozarks' rarest ecosystems: a glade. While it may seem counterintuitive to cut down trees in a time of climate change, restoring glades helps ensure biodiversity. In this encore episode, Langellier talks about the conservation effort. Humke, land stewardship coordinator for the L-A-D Foundation (which privately owns the land in the Pioneer Forest) discusses the non-profits’ work there and the importance of glades.
12/13/202326 minutes, 25 seconds
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Radiation exposure funding isn’t in the final defense bill. Here’s why U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley voted ‘no’

Congress is poised to give final approval to the National Defense Authorization Act, a customarily popular and bipartisan bill. But, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley voted “no” and he’s accusing congressional leadership of abandoning St. Louis-area victims poisoned by nuclear contamination from the Manhattan Project. Hawley talks with STLPR senior environmental reporter Kate Grumke about his opposition to the bill.
12/12/202312 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Southern Illinoisan was sold. The new owner eliminated its entire news staff

December 8 was the last day for the staff of The Southern Illinoisan. Its new owner, Paxton Media Group, eliminated the entire staff of unionized workers. The decision blindsided its longtime workers, and marks the end of an era. Former editor-in-chief Jackson Brandhorst discusses what happened at The Southern, what's been lost, and where the paper's former journalists and staff go from here.
12/12/202314 minutes, 13 seconds
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Hollywood filmmaker Reginald Hudlin credits East St. Louis upbringing for his unapologetic storytelling

Hollywood film producer and director Reginald Hudlin is the mind and energy behind cult classics “House Party” and “Boomerang” as well as “Marshall,” starring the late Chadwick Boseman. He also has producing credits on the Quentin Taratino film “Django Unchained.” Hudlin credits his interests in the arts to his upbringing in East St. Louis, Illinois. STLPR arts and culture senior reporter Jeremy D. Goodwin sat down with Hudlin to talk about his childhood heroes, his take on how Hollywood’s reception of Black stories have evolved overtime, and his new movie “Candy Cane Lane,” starring Eddie Murphy.
12/12/202316 minutes, 31 seconds
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How immigrant families preserve history, culture and familial bonds through language

Children of immigrants often face heritage language loss. St. Louis parents and community members are taking practical steps to maintain linguistic and cultural connection across generations.
12/12/202342 minutes, 2 seconds
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How immigrant families preserve history, culture and familial bonds through language

Children of immigrants often face heritage language loss. St. Louis parents and community members are taking practical steps to maintain linguistic and cultural connection across generations.
12/12/202351 minutes, 39 seconds
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John Goodman loves live theater and St. Louis. He's coming home to support both

John Goodman has worked in Hollywood for nearly 50 years, but he’s always kept St. Louis close to his heart. The Affton native will be in town on Dec.17 for the Repertory Theater of St. Louis' “Rally for The Rep.” The benefit show’s proceeds will help the theater raise $2.5M to make up for its current budget shortfall. In this episode, Goodman reflects on the power of theater performance, his career highlights, and how growing up in St. Louis has informed many of his movie and television roles over the years.
12/8/202324 minutes, 56 seconds
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How a St. Louis double Dutch club jumps for joy, friendship and community

Ki Chapman was searching for a way to get active and found her way back to a favorite childhood pastime — jumping double Dutch. Since discovering the 40+ Double Dutch Club, she’s become the captain of the St. Louis chapter double Dutch is more than just a game. For Chapman, it’s shown her new ways to give back to her community and connected her with jumpers across the country.
12/8/202317 minutes, 15 seconds
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A report found St. Louis is one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly cities. But another found it’s one of the worst

In October, the City of St. Louis made two national rankings for LBGTQ+ friendliness, but each list told a different story. One list named it among the most friendly to the queer community. The other list named St. Louis as one of the most unfriendly. We explore what’s behind that discrepancy with panelists Avi Ivaturi, peer support organizer at St. Louis Queer Support Helpline; Midwest Rainbow Research Institute Executive Director Inoru Morris; and Nick Dunne, LGBTQIA+ and Arts Liaison for the City of St. Louis.
12/7/202340 minutes, 20 seconds
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Isaiah Maxi found nature in Missouri parks — and made more than 100 new friends

Isaiah Maxi has been hiking all over Missouri’s state parks — and he's not doing it alone. He documents his journeys on his Facebook group, “The Journey to 100 Hiking Friends,” charting his connections across the state. We talked with him in March when he was about one-third of the way to his goal. This past weekend, he accomplished (and surpassed) his mission by meeting 113 new friends — and a total of six dogs.
12/6/202313 minutes, 59 seconds
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Israel-Hamas war hits close to home for St. Louis’ Jewish Community

Hamas' October 7 attack and the ongoing war in Israel is impacting St. Louis' Jewish community in different ways. Galit Lev-Harir was in Israel on October 7. She experienced the aftermath of Hamas’ campaign of massacres and kidnapping, and says supporting Israel has never been more important. Hineni founder Tasha Kaminsky and others have joined their voices with Palestinians in demanding a ceasefire, and an end to Israel's military response.
12/6/202338 minutes, 14 seconds
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Missouri auditor stands firm on his abortion ballot cost fight with the attorney general

Missouri Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick recently got into a high-profile dispute with fellow Republican statewide — Attorney General Andrew Bailey. It was over a fiscal note the auditor’s office wrote about several initiative petitions that would legalize abortion. The Missouri Supreme Court sided with Fitzpatrick. In this excerpt of the Politically Speaking podcast with STLPR’s Sarah Kellogg and Jason Rosenbaum, Fitzpatrick defends his actions, reflects on one year in office and more.
12/6/202329 minutes, 33 seconds
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Research on women’s health has stalled for decades. A WashU bioengineer wants that to change

Research on women’s health has been underfunded for decades. As central as it is to human life, the reproductive process is especially poorly understood by scientists. Washington University bioengineer Michelle Oyen argues that it’s critical for scientists to study women’s health, and she hopes her research will contribute to improved maternal and fetal health outcomes.
12/5/202320 minutes, 23 seconds
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Nostalgia reigns supreme in new edition of ‘Lost Treasures of St. Louis’

There are about 415 St. Louis area restaurants, entertainment venues, stores and more highlighted in the second edition of “Lost Treasures of St. Louis.” Among other gone-but-not-forgotten entries, the coffee table book features the Floating McDonalds, St. Louis Arena and Famous-Barr. Stories about the Millennium Hotel, Casa Gallardo, and the Admiral are also shared. Co-author Cameron Collins — and listeners — share their memories.
12/5/202349 minutes, 38 seconds
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Father-son duo combines love, life lessons and soul in ‘Duets With Dad’ stage show

Brian Owens and his father, Thomas, became internet darlings 10 years ago with a YouTube video of them performing a rendition of “A Change is Gonna Come.” That video has gained more than 107 million views and landed them on the Today Show in June. Now, the Owenses are hitting the stage as a supporting act for jazz sensation Samara Joy. Brian and Thomas Owens preview their “Duets With Dad” show and upcoming album set to release on Father’s Day 2024.
12/1/202324 minutes, 29 seconds
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Madison County program helps students with disabilities build skills for work — and life

In Madison County, Illinois, an apprenticeship program helps students with disabilities build skills for work – and life – after they graduate. The program has shown success, and now leaders hope their model gets implemented elsewhere. The coordinator of the program at Collinsville High School, a parent whose son went through the program, and STLPR reporter Will Bauer join the show.
12/1/202326 minutes, 5 seconds
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How conflicting state and federal laws on gender-affirming care puts ‘hospitals in a bind’

A new lawsuit against the University of Missouri claims the university’s healthcare system violated disability law by refusing to provide certain gender-affirming care to two transgender boys. Attorneys Nicole Gorovsky, Patti Williams and Arindam Kar discuss this case in this November 2023 edition of the Legal Roundtable. They also tackle other legal questions, including whether the city of St. Louis owes compensation to a man it accidentally held in jail for eight months after the charges against him were dropped.
11/30/202349 minutes, 48 seconds
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Innocent St. Louis man flagged as ‘wanted’ sues Chesterfield police

The “wanted” policy in the St. Louis region allows police to make an arrest without a warrant or knowledge about the person they're arresting. Tim Reinhardt experienced that first-hand, and is now suing the Chesterfield Police Department. Reinhardt’s attorney, Jack Waldron, calls the wanted system a “substitute for doing police work.” Maureen Hanlon of ArchCity Defenders provides an update on what changed a year after a federal appeals court found the wanted policy legal but “fraught with the risk of violating the Constitution.”
11/29/202321 minutes, 37 seconds
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Arch Grants’ investment in startups makes way for new tech to debut in St. Louis

This year alone Arch Grants has awarded over $1.8 million to local startups and small businesses. Since 2012, the organization has backed and mentored hundreds of companies to attract and retain promising businesses — and to breathe new life into St. Louis’ economy. Arch Grants Executive Director Gabe Angieri and 2023 Arch Grants recipient Pierre Paul, the CEO and founder of We Hear You, share how these investments can benefit the entire region.
11/29/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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Best books of 2023, chosen by St. Louis librarians

With the end of 2023 approaching and cold weather keeping us indoors, what better time to dig into some of the best books of the year? Jennifer Alexander of St. Louis County Library and Ted Reidy of St. Louis Public Library share their top picks.
11/28/202348 minutes, 48 seconds
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With legal victory, Missouri abortion rights supporters gear up for legalization effort

Abortion rights supporters scored a legal victory last week when the Missouri Supreme Court declined to take up cases regarding ballot summaries and costs for initiative petitions that would put making abortion legal in front of Missouri voters. STLPR Politics Correspondent Jason Rosenbaum discusses recent developments and a timeline for when voters may be able to cast a ballot on this issue.
11/27/202317 minutes, 59 seconds
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New cartoon-style book highlights what makes Missouri weird and wonderful

“Missouri Weird & Wonderful” presents readers of all ages with a kid-friendly tour through the Show Me State. Author Amanda E. Doyle and illustrator Dan Zettwoch, two longtime St. Louisans, discuss highlights from the book, which closes with a scavenger hunt for famous Missouri people and things.
11/27/202332 minutes, 28 seconds
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Listen to highlights from StoryCorps’ St. Louis visit — and learn how to record your own stories

StoryCorps’ Great Thanksgiving Listen encourages people to talk and listen to one another over the holiday break. These conversations can be between any two people and they help build an oral history of what life is like today. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl and Miya Norfleet shared some of the conversations recorded in the StoryCorps’ Airstream trailer this fall in St. Louis.
11/22/202321 minutes, 20 seconds
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Fear over brown recluse spiders is overblown and unnecessary. Here’s why

Brown recluse spiders are infamous for their necrotic venom. But how dangerous are they, really? Missouri Botanical Garden senior entomologist Tad Yankoski says the arachnids get an unnecessarily bad wrap. He shares why you should stop worrying about brown recluses and learn to appreciate the spider.
11/22/202321 minutes, 26 seconds
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Shop local at Delmar Main Street’s Small Business Saturday expo

Holiday shopping is here, and trying to figure out what to get, and where, can be overwhelming. Black Friday deals traditionally draw shoppers to big box stores and massive e-commerce sites, but small business owners want consumers to consider shopping local for their gift giving needs. Lisa Potts, vice-president of Delmar Main Street, and serial entrepreneur Dallas Holland join the show to share the benefits of shopping local and keeping dollars close to community.
11/21/202319 minutes, 59 seconds
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Michelle Smith experienced life in a Missouri prison. Now she’s arguing for change

At least 105 people have died behind Missouri prison bars this year, and that's just one sign that things are not right in the state's prisons. The Missouri Justice Coalition is holding a series of statewide town halls, with its most recent stop in St. Louis. The nonprofit’s founder and director Michelle Smith discusses what she's learned at the town halls, and shares her thoughts on the group's goals for legislation and what has to change in the state’s 21 prison
11/21/202330 minutes, 2 seconds
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After 28 years at KMOX, Carol Daniel is still St. Louis’ voice

When Carol Daniel announced her retirement from KMOX in April, it signaled the end of a 40-year, award-filled career in media. But Daniel is back behind the mic as senior producer and host at Nine PBS. Carol Daniel’s new podcast, "Listen, St. Louis" premiered this month, with a focus on the region's complex challenges and the people working to address them. Carol reflects on her new role and what audiences can expect from her post-KMOX.
11/20/202324 minutes, 8 seconds
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Missouri landlords took millions in federal pandemic aid. Now they're kicking tenants out

In the St. Louis region, eviction filings are happening at a faster rate than before the coronavirus pandemic. An in-depth report by journalist Mike Fitzgerald explores the reasons why. Fitzgerald discusses the current eviction crisis alongside Kennard Williams, organizing manager with the group Action St. Louis.
11/20/202327 minutes, 39 seconds
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Lisa Clancy says St. Louis County is facing tough budget decisions with a $40 million deficit

St. Louis County is going through a period of relative government tranquility, especially compared to past years. But county officials are still dealing with steep challenges, including a budgetary gap and lingering questions about collaborating with the City of St. Louis. On the latest episode of the “Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air,” St. Louis County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy talks about the county’s big challenges.
11/17/202320 minutes, 16 seconds
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Mailbag: Will St. Louis and St. Louis County ever merge?

It’s been about five years since a serious proposal to combine St. Louis and St. Louis County was on the table. But interest in ending the so-called “Great Divorce” remains high, even though there are a lot of details to work out. We open our mailbag with St. Louis Public Radio reporter Chad Davis to discuss some of the opportunities and challenges for a city-county reunion.
11/17/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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Crystal City taught Bill Bradley key lessons for his journey through sports and politics

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey will return to the St. Louis area this weekend to receive the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship. On the “Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air,” the Crystal City, Missouri, native and two-time NBA champion discusses his Jefferson County upbringing, his long-standing push for racial equity and whether he thinks the NBA will ever return to St. Louis.
11/17/202320 minutes, 8 seconds
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Sauce editor dishes on savory cocktails and Gramophone sandwiches

New restaurants in the St. Louis region are enticing customers with a bevy of savory cocktails and fresh flavor combinations. Sauce Magazine Executive Editor Meera Nagarajan runs down her favorite new spots to eat and drink and shares how she and her team tackled the daunting task of tasting and ranking all 40 sandwiches at the Gramophone.
11/16/202318 minutes, 48 seconds
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How to prepare for complex family dynamics and divisive issues at holiday gatherings

Clinical psychologist Dr. Marva Robinson discusses how to navigate complex family dynamics and divisive topics that may come up during gatherings this holiday season.
11/16/202324 minutes, 14 seconds
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Strikers shut down St. Louis in 1877. A new play tells their story

The St. Louis General Strike of 1877 was a pivotal moment in labor history. It involved hundreds of railroad, factory and transit workers who were able to grind commerce to a halt. A new play, “1877,” shares that story and premieres this week at the Missouri History Museum. Playwright Colin McLaughlin and actors Josh Mayfield and Courtnei Morris join the show.
11/15/202330 minutes, 28 seconds
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International Institute works to welcome Latino immigrants, despite criticism from St. Charles County

The International Institute of St. Louis recently launched an effort to attract Latin American immigrants to the region. Their plans have garnered criticism from St. Charles County officials this week. Karlos Ramirez, vice president of the institute's Latino Outreach Program, talks about how immigrants can boost the city’s population and contribute to its workforce. International Institute President and CEO Arrey Obenson discusses how the St. Charles proposal hurts their efforts at creating a welcoming region.
11/15/202319 minutes, 58 seconds
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New film follows Black St. Louisans who’ve run a marathon in every U.S. state and all 7 continents

The marathon hat trick is a goal that some committed distance runners aim for but few have achieved. To accomplish this feat runners must complete 100 marathons, a marathon in all 50 U.S. states, and a marathon on all seven continents. Fewer than 60 runners have completed the marathon hat trick and only three of them are Black. Two of those three are from St. Louis: Tony Reed and Lisa Davis. A documentary, “We Are Distance Runners: The Marathon Hat Trick,” is about their story and it screens Wednesday evening as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival.
11/14/202337 minutes, 1 second
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Missouri has a mixed record on fighting lung cancer, report finds

Missouri shows little progress in cutting rates of new cancer cases, according to the latest American Lung Association report. The ALA also found the state ranked fourth in the nation for lung cancer patients receiving no treatment after diagnosis. Kavahn Mansouri, investigative reporter with the NPR Midwest Newsroom, and Laura Turner, advocacy director for the American Lung Association in Missouri, dig into these statistics and other takeaways from the report.
11/14/202313 minutes, 18 seconds
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Cinema St. Louis' International Film Festival to offer more Black American stories

In marathon running, the hat trick entails three accomplishments: doing at least 100 races… running in each of the U.S.’s 50 states… and completing a marathon on all 7 continents — which means marathoning in Antarctica. Among the fewer-than-60 runners worldwide who’ve achieved that feat, only 3 are Black. And two of those three are St. Louis natives. They’re also alumni of the same grade school – a decade apart, but the very same building! Lisa Davis and Tony Reed are the focus of the documentary, “We Are Distance Runners: The Marathon Hat Trick,” which screens at the Alamo Drafthouse as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival
11/14/202315 minutes, 21 seconds
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Efforts to restore Belleville’s most historically significant house pick up steam

In 1833, Gustave Koerner fled his homeland of Germany and came to the United States. He settled in Belleville, Illinois and became an attorney, served on the Illinois Supreme Court and was lieutenant governor. He was also a confidant of Abraham Lincoln. The 170 year old home where Koerner lived still stands and there are renewed efforts to restore and preserve it. In an interview recorded on location, producer Alex Heuer talks with two people behind the effort.
11/13/202345 minutes, 56 seconds
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In 1973, a fire in St. Louis changed American history — by destroying it

On July 12, 1973, a fire in the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis destroyed 80% of U.S. Army records between 1912 and 1960. It was one of the largest destructions of federal records in the history of the county. To explore the legacy of the fire, producer Danny Wicentowski goes searching for his grandfather’s records, which were burned in the fire. He also talks to firefighter Captain David Dubowski, archives specialist Eric Kilgore, and Jessie Kratz, historian of the National Archives.
11/10/202350 minutes, 32 seconds
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How a St. Louis sound healer fosters community and healing within the LGBTQ+ community

St. Louis sound healer Aria Thome knows how devastating it is to experience rejection from a traditional faith community. She was raised Roman Catholic and worked as a choir director in the Catholic Church for many years. When she came out as transgender, she lost her job, her community and some family members. By offering a series of free, monthly sound healing and breathwork sessions for those who have experienced religious trauma, Thome hopes to help people heal and build a supportive, welcoming community for people of all backgrounds.
11/9/202334 minutes, 39 seconds
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U.S. Rep. Cori Bush’s Israel criticism draws attention and a primary challenge

St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell last week dropped his bid for U.S. Senate to challenge U.S. Rep. Cori Bush in the upcoming Democratic primary for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District. He said he’s entering the race, in part, because of Bush’s comments that are critical of Israel. STLPR Political Correspondent Jason Rosenbaum talks with Bell, and later we get analysis from Jason and hear from Rep. Bush.
11/9/202327 minutes, 48 seconds
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Nikki Giovanni wants St. Louis to know she loves you, and that you’re great

Nikki Giovanni has challenged and inspired people of all ages as an acclaimed poet, writer, and activist. Her life, lived with insistent fidelity to who she is as a Black American woman, reflects insights and wit that reach across the miles she’s traveled and the experiences she’s been through. She’s coming back to St. Louis on November 9 to deliver the keynote address for the 2023 St. Louis Racial Equity Summit.
11/8/202322 minutes, 52 seconds
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Urban flower farms bloom in St. Louis

More than 400 flower farmers converge in St. Louis this week for the first-ever Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers conference, which is focused on urban flower farming. Miranda Duschack and Mimo Davis of Urban Buds, a flower farm located in Dutchtown, discuss the booming (and blooming) world of urban flower farming.
11/7/202325 minutes, 44 seconds
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STL Food Challenge puts restaurants to the test on reducing food waste

Are you guilty of bringing home leftovers only to pitch them in the trash days later? If so, you're not alone. The amount of food waste overall in our region equals the weight on nearly 1,000 adult blue whales. — 667,000 tons each year. The Green Dining Alliance and Missouri Botanical Garden partnered to see how much food could avoid landfills with specific techniques and strategies in local restaurants. We talk with people involved with the effort and with the chef/owner of a local restaurant.
11/7/202325 minutes, 2 seconds
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Descendants of people enslaved by SLU’s Jesuits want their ancestors honored

Jesuits relied on enslaved labor for their missions in Missouri, including for the founding and sustaining of Saint Louis University. A three year research project uncovered this history. Now, Robin Proudie, a direct descendant, is working to preserve her ancestors' heritage and advocate for their commemoration. Christopher Tinson, chair of SLU’s African American Studies Department, talks about what it’s like to teach this history to his students.
11/6/202323 minutes, 22 seconds
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How Bobby Bostic used his story to teach writing to incarcerated kids

It's been almost a full year since Bobby Bostic walked out of prison on November 9, 2022, overcoming a 241-year sentence for a robbery he committed at 16 in 1995. Bostic has spent his first year free teaching writing classes in three juvenile offender facilities in St. Louis, a mission he wrote about in a Marshall Project essay titled, "Here’s How I Use My Story to Teach Incarcerated Kids That Writing Matters." Bostic was also recently named as one the Kranzberg Arts Foundation 2024 Artists in Residence.
11/6/202327 minutes, 31 seconds
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Exploring Black history, its sources and who gets to tell it

For centuries history has primarily been told from the perspective of white men. What was traditionally considered a “reliable source” has not included the voices of Black people and other people of color. Over the last decade tables have started to turn, and more historians are recognizing there is a lot of work to be done in addressing the interpretation of Black history. Cicely Hunter of the African American History Initiative at the Missouri Historical Society, Pam Sanfilippio of Gateway Arch National Park’s museum services, and Vivian Gibson, author of “The Last Children of Mill Creek” discuss the difficulties faced when attempting to provide inclusive interpretation of American history that spotlights the unique experiences of Black Americans.
11/3/202329 minutes, 41 seconds
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How early German immigrants helped shape Missouri and St. Louis

German immigrants helped shape Missouri’s culture in myriad ways, as detailed in the book “Explore Missouri's German Heritage” and the documentary it inspired. Author W. Arthur Mehrhoff details the people, places and ideas that influenced the Show-Me State’s cultural heritage.
11/3/202320 minutes, 37 seconds
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St. Louis-area school district aggressively audits student housing, citing ‘educational larceny’

Since the 2018-2019 school year Hazelwood School District’s investigations into student residency have jumped 8-fold over the last five years. These investigations disrupt students – especially those who face unstable housing – and affect their access to a range of educational and other services mandated by federal law. A joint investigation by the Midwest Newsroom and St. Louis Public Radio published today examines that trend, and its consequences.
11/2/202323 minutes, 49 seconds
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Post-Dispatch columnist finds self-dealing drained Taum Sauk fund

Missouri gave Iron County more than $3 million to recover after the devastating December 14, 2005 flood triggered by the bursting of the Taum Sauk reservoir. Today, the money is nearly gone. Its funded projects included a coffee shop and bike park, but they made little impact to repair the damage. Tony Messenger, a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, investigated the fund and found that most of the money has gone to insiders. Whistleblower Erich Jett, who worked for the board overseeing the fund, reveals what he saw as early as 2015 that led him to raise an alarm.
11/2/202326 minutes, 33 seconds
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North St. Louis native Sexyy Red heats up her hometown with 'Hood Hottest Princess Tour'

The fastest rising hip hop star from St. Louis is arguably Sexyy Red. The northside native is currently on the road performing the “Hood Hottest Princess Tour.” Arts reporter Chad Davis and “St. Louis on the Air” producer Miya Norfleet share their reflections on the rapper’s hometown stop at Chaifetz Arena on October 30.
11/1/202319 minutes, 5 seconds
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Lincoln’s political savvy highlighted in ‘Differ We Must,’ by NPR’s Steve Inskeep

Abraham Lincoln had political ambitions from a very early age. NPR Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep’s new book, “Differ We Must: How Lincoln Succeeded in a Divided America,” details sixteen interactions with people who differed from him — and who helped him become a savvy politician. The book contains several St. Louis-area connections, including Lincoln’s interactions with Owen Lovejoy of Alton, Joseph Gillespie of Edwardsville, and Jessie Benton Frémont who was in St. Louis at the start of the Civil War.
11/1/202331 minutes, 4 seconds
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How engineering and roadway design can create safer St. Louis streets

St. Louis drivers routinely blast through intersections. Is the problem the drivers or is it the infrastructure? We talk about speed humps and other measures being proposed to calm traffic with panelists: St. Louis Community Mobility Committee Co-Chair Liz Kramer; CBB Principal and Transportation Engineer Shawn Leight; and St. Louis Complete Streets Program Manager Scott Ogilvie.
10/31/202339 minutes, 29 seconds
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The case for watching horror this Halloween and year-round

An increased interest in all things spooky means Halloween is right around the corner. Horror films are a perfect way to get into scary mode, but there is room for the genre all times of the year. Alex Rafi, associate professor of media production at St. Louis University, shares what makes horror an important storytelling genre.
10/30/202313 minutes, 35 seconds
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SLU student hangs onto words from mother in Gaza: 'I don't know if we are going to stay alive'

Palestinian graduate student Intimaa Abuhelou came to St. Louis University last year to pursue her master's degree. When she last heard from her family in Gaza, they were sheltering at a United Nations Relief and Works Agency school. Intimaa shares what she’s heard from her family in Gaza and what it’s like to be in St. Louis during the most recent Israel-Hamas war. (Editor’s note: No one story can capture all perspectives, experiences, or emotions connected to this conflict. If you have a personal connection to what's happening in Israel, the Gaza Strip, or the West Bank — and you want to share your experience — send an email to: [email protected].)
10/30/202336 minutes, 26 seconds
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Missouri House Speaker-to-be Jon Patterson took unusual pathway to power

Missouri House Majority Leader Jon Patterson is slated to become speaker in 2025 — and he’s receiving more attention this week after current House Speaker Dean Plocher became embroiled in a controversy over his expense reimbursements. In the debut episode of the Politically Speaking Hour on St. Louis on the Air, STLPR Political Correspondent Jason Rosenbaum talks with Plocher. STLPR statehouse and politics reporter Sarah Kellogg for analysis, and we open up the mailbag to answer listener questions about local government and politics.
10/27/202350 minutes, 36 seconds
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St. Ann spent years jailing people who couldn’t pay bond. Now it’s paying them $3.1 million

More than 35,000 people will be eligible to receive a portion of a $3.1 settlement in St. Ann, a result of litigation filed by civil rights law firm Arch City Defenders. Quentin Thomas describes what it was like to be trapped in a cycle of fines and jail in St. Ann. Maureen Hanlon, a civil litigation staff attorney with Arch City, discusses how St. Ann jailed people solely because they didn't have money to pay for their freedom, and what this settlement means for Arch City's years-long legal campaign against cities with similar practices.
10/26/202325 minutes, 45 seconds
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With regular season success, St. Louis City SC looks to score again with a deep MLS playoff run

Executives with St. Louis’s Major League Soccer expansion team are hoping the success of a record-setting regular season carries over into the playoffs. St. Louis City SC plays its inaugural postseason match Sunday night at home. STLPR’s Wayne Pratt talks with team President and General Manager Diego Gigliani and Chief Experience Officer Matt Sebek.
10/26/202324 minutes, 35 seconds
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Missouri law restricts sex offenders on Halloween. Now a Hazelwood man is suing

Every year, by law, sex offenders in Missouri must post a sign on Halloween that says “no candy or treats at this residence.” But can a law compel someone to erect a sign against their wishes? That question and others are taken up in this month’s edition of St. Louis on the Air’s Legal Roundtable, featuring attorneys Bevis Schock, Connie McFarland-Butler, and Sarah Swatosh. The attorneys also discuss a lawsuit filed against St. Louis-based Mission Taco Joint by the Mission brand of tortillas, a controversial $50,000 campaign donation to Attorney General Andrew Bailey, and the latest news coming from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.
10/25/202349 minutes, 12 seconds
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Collegiate families deal with 'mixed bag of feelings' on school shooting anniversary

The deadly shooting one year ago at Central Visual Performing Arts High School left many students and teachers to deal with immeasurable grief. STLPR’s Kate Grumke shares how Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience students are processing difficult emotions as they reflect on the upcoming anniversary of the deadly shooting in the school building they share with CVPA. Also, STLPR’s Chad Davis highlights how CVPA artists and alumni have spent the year using art to work through trauma.
10/24/202319 minutes, 35 seconds
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Life after a school shooting: CVPA and Collegiate graduates reflect on healing and trauma

In the year since the school shooting on the Central Visual Performing Arts High School and Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience campus, students are finding ways to process their grief, anger and guilt. CVPA alum Raniyah Taylor and Collegiate alumni Axel Cortes and Mikayla Sanders talk about their experience of that tragedy, how they worked to process their trauma as seniors finishing high school, and what they wish people would better understand about their experience.
10/24/202330 minutes, 32 seconds
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An Ameren worker’s competitive pole climbing raises $107K for St. Jude’s

Electrical lineman Jason Novak was one of 8 teams sent by Ameren Illinois to compete in the International Lineman's Rodeo earlier this month. Novak and his team didn’t just crush much of the competition, they also raised more than $107,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
10/23/202316 minutes, 6 seconds
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'Do it because she can't': Relatives of victims killed at CVPA reflect and mourn

Keisha Acres’ daughter Alexzandria Bell was killed in the Oct. 24 shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. Abbey Kuczka’s mother, CVPA teacher Jean Kuczka, was also killed in the shooting. Keisha and Abbey share their reflections on grief, trauma and hopes for the future, including their wish for people to take the country’s growing mental health crisis more seriously.
10/23/202335 minutes, 36 seconds
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STL Welcome Kit is a one-stop shop for newcomers to the St. Louis region

St. Louis Public Radio’s new STL Welcome Kit is a digital guide to help you understand the history, culture and ins and outs of the St. Louis region. It answers questions like: What are those stone towers throughout the city? What’s the deal with paying property taxes on vehicles? How can you take advantage of the city’s vibrant music scene? STLPR engagement editor Lara Hamdan and interim news director Brian Heffernan share the details.
10/19/202314 minutes, 11 seconds
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Workplaces are failing at racial equity. A Wash U sociologist offers solutions

Washington University sociologist Adia Harvey Wingfield’s new book, "Gray Areas: How the Way We Work Perpetuates Racism & What We Can Do to Fix it," examines racial biases that impact the hiring, pay, advancement, and sociocultural experience of Black workers in the U.S. Wingfield shares what she learned from seven Black interviewees, who all work in different sectors, and offers practical suggestions for movement toward equitable practices and workplaces.
10/19/202336 minutes, 49 seconds
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Missouri ballot initiatives to legalize abortion don’t go far enough, says Planned Parenthood’s Dr. McNicholas

There are 17 proposed ballot items in Missouri that would legalize abortion. They’re a response to the fall of Roe v. Wade, which led to the ban of most abortions. Dr. Colleen McNicholas of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri contends that only one of the 17 initiatives would push abortion access “beyond Roe.” McNicholas discusses how she believes abortion-rights activists should approach the initiative petition process.
10/18/202321 minutes, 3 seconds
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How a bee sting inspired a new Bosnian-owned tattoo shop in St. Louis

Azra Selimovic, owner of the new luxury tattoo parlor Azra Tattoos, describes how Bosnian culture is connected to tattoo art and her journey to opening one of Missouri's first Bosnian-owned tattoo parlors. She also shares the story of how a bee helped her family escape from war-torn Bosnia in 1993 — and inspired her new business.
10/18/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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Why a St. Louis alderwoman wants to create an Unhoused Bill of Rights

Earlier this month, St. Louis city workers cleared a homeless encampment outside City Hall. The forced removal of the people who lived there highlighted a yearslong struggle to craft policies that assist homeless people. St. Louis Alderwoman Alisha Sonnier has proposed an “Unhoused Bill of Rights.” Sonnier discusses the legislation that would, among other things, change the process for approving shelters, require 30 days notice to break up encampments, and provide space for what’s known as intentional encampments
10/18/202318 minutes, 45 seconds
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Missouri sommelier traces her path from horse expert to wine pro

Alisha Blackwell-Calvert didn’t plan on becoming an expert in wine. Now she’s a sommelier at Cinder House in St. Louis. She discusses her picks for favorite Missouri wines, and explains how the state’s climate gives many local wines a distinctive “musky” flavor. She also pours from her deep knowledge of wine varietals, and reveals what makes a good non-alcoholic wine work.
10/18/202319 minutes, 5 seconds
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‘Wild Kingdom,’ the beloved nature show with St. Louis ties, is back on NBC

“Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” is back on NBC this month. The TV program has deep St. Louis ties. Longtime former co-host Marlin Perkins was director of the St. Louis Zoo for eight years, and he co-founded the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Mo. Perkins’ daughter Marguerite Garrick talks about her father’s legacy. Peter Gros, who co-hosts today’s “Wild Kingdom,” talks about the show’s focus on conservation success stories.
10/17/202321 minutes, 56 seconds
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Classical musician Tona Brown shares her story with St. Louis’ Chris King in ‘Tonacity’

Violinist and mezzo-soprano Tona Brown lives life on her own terms. That determination is the subject of a new memoir narrated by St. Louis-based writer Chris King, “Tonacity: The Tona Brown Story.” Brown has toured the country, taught and released music, and later became the first openly transgender person to perform in front of a sitting U.S. president, President Barack Obama, in 2011.
10/17/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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Inequality at the bathroom door: How public restrooms ‘make mapmakers of all of us’

Not only have public restrooms never been truly public, they’ve disappeared from America’s major metro areas, says historian Bryant Simon. In this encore episode first shared in April, we explore the rise and fall of America’s public restroom campaign and meet the woman behind the “Bathrooms In St. Louis” Instagram page.
10/16/202332 minutes, 8 seconds
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Celebrating DJing with St. Louis' DJ Whiz during hip-hop's 50th anniversary

In 50 years, hip-hop has become one of the most popular music genres in the world. In its early days, the recipe for a hip-hop duo or group was simple: two turntables for the disc jockey and a microphone for the emcee. In this encore episode first shared in April, Darian Wigfall, who DJs under the moniker DJ Whiz, shares the fundamentals of DJing — and why he feels vinyl is the best way to get into the craft.
10/16/202319 minutes, 48 seconds
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How one St. Louisan shares her Nigerian culture in ‘Jollof Rice with Grandma’

Vanessa Okwuraiwe was born in the United Kingdom, went to school in Nigeria, and moved to St. Louis several years ago for work in the financial services industry. She’s now the author of the new children’s book “Jollof Rice with Grandma,” which focuses on 6-year-old Ada, who learns to make a classic West African dish when her grandparents visit from Nigeria. Okwuraiwe talks about the book, its characters and the diversity among Nigerians in St. Louis.
10/13/202317 minutes, 26 seconds
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Disability rights advocates decry Metro Transit’s Call-A-Ride as unreliable

People with disabilities in the St. Louis area say recent disruptions to Call-A-Ride service reflect ongoing issues with the transportation service. Etefia Umana, a member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Alliance for Reliable Transit, talks about the challenges he faces using Call-A-Ride. Jeanette Mott Oxford of Paraquad, a local nonprofit dedicated to disability advocacy, discusses the changes advocates want to see put in place.
10/13/202332 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Women’s Safe House aims to help abuse victims stay safe by welcoming their pets

Seventy-one percent of women in domestic violence shelters report that their abuser threatened, injured or killed a pet. The fear of violence against a beloved animal can make survivors feel trapped. The Women’s Safe House in St. Louis is working to remove that deterrent. The domestic violence shelter is about to become one of only a few in Missouri — and the only emergency shelter in the greater St. Louis area — to welcome pets.
10/12/202327 minutes, 6 seconds
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This weekend brings a partial solar eclipse, but the 2024 total eclipse is the real banger

Missouri and Illinois residents will be able to witness a partial solar eclipse Saturday morning, October 14 at 10:26 a.m. While this is a must-see celestial event, astronomers, space fanatics and umbraphiles alike say that this is just a warm up to the big show: A total solar eclipse that will cross over parts of Missouri and Illinois on April 8, 2024. Author and eclipse chaser David Baron shares just how special total solar eclipses are.
10/12/202322 minutes, 50 seconds
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Introducing ‘A CRISPR Bite’: How gene-editing technology is changing our food

The new podcast “A CRISPR Bite” explores how and why biotech companies are looking to use CRISPR technology to change our food. The five-part series was produced by journalist — and former St. Louis Public Radio reporter — Corinne Ruff. It’s hosted by food anthropologist Lauren Crossland-Marr. In its third episode, the St. Louis company Benson Hill takes center stage.
10/11/202322 minutes, 32 seconds
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A detective sabotaged his own cases because he didn’t like Kim Gardner. No one stopped him

Across the U.S., reform-minded prosecutors have faced pushback from police departments. In St. Louis, issues around police accountability and racial bias were thrown in sharp relief after Michael Brown, Jr. was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer in 2014. ProPublica reporter Jeremy Kohler is co-writer of the new piece, “A Detective Sabotaged His Own Cases Because He Didn’t Like the Prosecutor. The Police Department Did Nothing to Stop Him.” Kohler talks about that story, which focuses on local figures whose conflict reflects what’s happening in other parts of the country.
10/11/202327 minutes, 13 seconds
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Musical comedy about breast cancer — ‘All Wigged Out’ — comes to a St. Louis theater

About 300,000 Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2023. Despite its commonality, the process of fighting the disease is difficult for patients and their loved ones. Musicians and life partners Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink can attest to this. Both of them experienced receiving breast cancer diagnoses and becoming each other's primary caregiver. Marxer, Fink and Dr. Jovita Oruwari of SSM Health Medical Group discuss the musical “All Wigged Out” in advance of its St. Louis showing.
10/10/202332 minutes, 6 seconds
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How competing origin stories of St. Louis’ pork steak tangled Schnucks, Google and Wikipedia

It’s undeniable that pork steak was popularized in St. Louis, but the identity of its inventor is sizzling with debate. The local supermarket chain Schnucks claims it deserves the title. Robert Moss, contributing barbecue editor for Southern Living, and restaurant critic for the Post & Courier, says that claim needs to be sent back to the kitchen. Moss investigated the controversy over the origin of the humble pork steak, and he shares why the pork steak is special, where it came from, and why Schnuck's, Google, and Wikipedia struggle to get the history right.
10/10/202319 minutes, 34 seconds
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Urban composting is a growing business — but cities like St. Louis are unprepared

More than a third of food grown in the U.S. goes uneaten. Food waste takes up space in landfills and produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Harvest Public Media Reporter Eva Tesfaye digs into current zoning laws in places like St. Louis, where urban composting sites are beginning to pop up. The owners of New Earth Farm, John and Stacey Cline, share why they started their composting business in 2020.
10/10/202326 minutes, 22 seconds
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Valley Park doubles down on rejecting lynching monument

A mob lynched a 24-year-old Black man named John Buckner in 1894. That's not disputed. But it's the location of Buckner's lynching that's creating controversy in Valley Park. Geoff Ward, a professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University and a member of the Reparative Justice Coalition, discusses the killing of John Buckner and how the record shows he was killed in Valley Park. Elizabeth Simons, community program manager for Great Rivers Greenway, describes the group’s plan to install a plaque on the Meramec Greenway.
10/9/202325 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why Missouri’s 8-month backlog for mental health services in jails is ‘good news’ for officials trying to fix it

More than 250 people are languishing in Missouri jails as they await mental health treatment. That's an improvement from this summer, when the wait was 11 months. Missouri Independent reporter Clara Bates discusses the state's long struggle to treat people who have entered the criminal justice system. She also provides an update on Missouri’s Medicaid program, and why 40,000 kids have been removed from the program this summer.
10/6/202323 minutes, 1 second
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Souls of Liberty’s ‘20,000 Hours’ marks a milestone in brotherhood, music and career

Life-long friendships are truly special. Growing up with someone who’s not blood-related but family just the same — someone who holds you accountable and supports you through good and bad — is a rare gift. And even rarer? Creating art together and navigating multiple career paths while becoming closer than ever. That’s the story of hip-hop duo Souls of Liberty. Tenelle Winmore and Ryan “Big Esco” Brown share their story and what inspired their latest album, “20,000 Hours Vol. 1: Return of the Gods.”
10/6/202327 minutes, 35 seconds
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Animal shelters in St. Louis are in crisis. Here’s how to help

In addition to shelters being overcrowded, the number of stray dogs and cats on the streets continues to grow. Shelter leaders Weng Horak of CARE STL and Alisha Vianello of Gateway Pet Guardians share what animal shelters are going through and what you can do to help.
10/5/202323 minutes, 55 seconds
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Essay: 'I made peace with my dad's record — by changing my name'

Washington University sophomore Julian Trejo was 15 years old when his mother helped him change his surname. He was ashamed to be the son of a felon, but now feels free. In this personal and sound-rich essay, Julian reflects on his upbringing and his quest to "not become a statistic — not just another brown kid with an absent dad who went down the wrong path.” Julian is a fellow with the River City Journalism Fund and a soccer journalist in St. Louis.
10/5/202324 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hispanic Heritage Month finally has a flag — and it was designed in St. Louis

Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the U.S. since 1988, but unlike Black History Month, the culturally commemorative month has never had a flag to fly. That is, until St. Louis-based artist Jose Garza was approached by the Regional Arts Commission to come up with a flag design.
10/4/202324 minutes, 17 seconds
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How two misdemeanors in Louisiana sent bounty hunters after a woman in Missouri

A dramatic case of bounty hunters, bail, and body cameras concluded last week in a federal courtroom in St. Louis. After deliberating for less than two hours, a jury found Wayne Lozier, owner of Bayou Boyz Fugitive Recovery, guilty of kidnapping and conspiracy. Katie Kull, courts reporter for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, covered the trial from the courtroom. She discusses the bounty hunter industry, Lozier’s defense, and the trial’s dramatic verdict.
10/4/202326 minutes, 11 seconds
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Missouri sommelier traces her path from horse expert to wine pro

Alisha Blackwell-Calvert didn’t plan on becoming an expert in wine. Now she’s a sommelier at Cinder House in St. Louis. She discusses her picks for favorite Missouri wines, and explains how the state’s climate gives many local wines a distinctive “musky” flavor. She also pours from her deep knowledge of wine varietals, and reveals what makes a good non-alcoholic wine work.
10/3/202319 minutes, 5 seconds
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Attempt to clear homeless encampment at St. Louis City Hall fails

St. Louis officials attempted to clear a homeless encampment just outside St. Louis City Hall on Monday night. The city called off those plans after being met with resistance from residents, advocates and some city aldermen, but a spokesperson for Mayor Tishaura Jones said they would try again today. STLPR interim digital editor Brian Munoz explains what happened, why the city wants to remove the encampment, and what he heard from residents.
10/3/202311 minutes
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The Grand Motel, once a hotbed of crime, will become a center for abuse survivors

2534 North Grand has a reputation, and it’s not a good one. That’s the address of what was once the Grand Motel, a place notorious as a hotspot for crime, illicit drugs, and prostitution. And for decades, residents of surrounding neighborhoods have voiced their desire to see the nuisance property taken care of. Realtor Monique Buchanan shares her plans to transform the location into a center for survivors of domestic violence.
10/3/202321 minutes, 49 seconds
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Want a healthy gut? Exposures in first year of life have long-lasting effects

The gut microbiome you develop early in life can have a lasting effect on your health. Poor gut health leaves people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, severe asthma or other lung illnesses. Washington University researcher Liz Mallott digs into what we know about gut health and what we can do to shape its development.
10/2/202318 minutes, 24 seconds
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A St. Louis mediation program is a promising solution for landlord and tenant disputes

Eviction hearings are often tipped in favor of the landlord. A mediation program aims to balance the power dynamic by offering a free, non-legal route for problem solving. Cat Straubinger and Sheila Webster of the Conflict Resolution Center- St. Louis discuss how mediation works, and Isaiah Di Lorenzo, a landlord who has used the mediation service, talks about why it’s a compelling option for landlords.
10/2/202332 minutes, 28 seconds
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Tony Award-winner, St. Louis native Norbert Leo Butz celebrates new album at the Sheldon

St. Louis native Norbert Leo Butz’s latest album is a conversation with his eldest daughter. He celebrates the release of “King of Hearts” with a homecoming concert Friday night at the Sheldon. Butz has won two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his roles in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Catch Me If You Can.” He’s also appeared in TV shows and films.
9/29/202320 minutes, 20 seconds
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A trip to the prairie connects young Black artists to nature

Every year, Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective goes on an immersive trip to a Missouri’s prairie land. For many of the teens, this is their first chance to engage with the outdoors. Young participants and mentors share why the trip is meaningful and how it inspires their artistry.
9/29/202313 minutes, 24 seconds
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Dred Scott's great-great-granddaughter erects new monument fitting of his legacy

In the mid-1800s, an enslaved man named Dred Scott sued for his freedom in St. Louis. Scott’s yearslong legal battle culminated in an infamous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that helped push the country closer to civil war. Today, Dred Scott and his wife, Harriett Scott, are celebrated, and there’s a new monument that befits that legacy in Calvary Cemetery in north St. Louis. STLPR’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson talked with the Scotts’ great-great-granddaughter Lynne Jackson about that legacy in front of the newly erected monument.
9/29/202312 minutes, 59 seconds
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Legal Roundtable: Missouri Supreme Court struck down red light cameras. Can St. Louis bring them back?

Concern over a rise in traffic violence has led St. Louis officials to consider an option the city first tried in 2007: Installing automated cameras to catch traffic violators and deter others. Missouri's Supreme Court ruled the ordinance unconstitutional in 2015, but the city is looking to try again. The Legal Roundtable’s Brenda Talent, Bill Freivogel and Eric Banks tackle that issue, as well as a $745 million verdict against the company that manufactures Whip-Its and a squabble between KMOV and KSDK on who owns the right to say “First Alert Weather.”
9/28/202350 minutes, 36 seconds
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'Heartbroken' at KDHX: DJs, listeners react after station fires 10 volunteers

The unfolding controversy at KDHX on September 22 when the station fired 10 volunteer DJs. To understand what led to mass firings, how the beloved station got to this point, and the response from its fans and supporters, STLPR reporter Jeremy Goodwin shares insights from his recent coverage of the issue. Former KDHX DJ Ital K, who resigned from his show in solidarity on September 23, reveals what it’s like for longtime volunteers and supporters now watching the controversy unfold.
9/27/202330 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ethics concerns a ‘thorn in their sides’ at U.S. Supreme Court, says NPR’s Nina Totenberg

NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for about 50 years. As she gears up for a new court session that begins Monday, Totenberg discusses the cases she’s watching. She also talks about the headline-grabbing ethics concerns swirling around the high court, breaking the Anita Hill story in 1991, and her recent memoir, “Dinners with Ruth.”
9/27/202320 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ethics concerns a ‘thorn in their sides’ at U.S. Supreme Court, says NPR’s Nina Totenberg

NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for about 50 years. As she gears up for a new court session that begins Monday, Totenberg discusses the cases she’s watching. She also talks about the headline-grabbing ethics concerns swirling around the high court, breaking the Anita Hill story in 1991, and her recent memoir, “Dinners with Ruth.”
9/27/202320 minutes, 6 seconds
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Through the cemetery gates of Jefferson County goes Dennis Bentley, gravefinder

Dennis Bentley, St. Louis Public Radio systems specialist, has a notable hobby: He finds graves. As a volunteer for FindAGrave.com, he has submitted more than 5,000 pictures of gravestones: the small bejeweled ones, the wealthy towering ones and the just plain ol' regular ones. In this encore episode initially aired this January, Bentley discusses finding meaning as he visits cemeteries in Jefferson County.
9/26/202321 minutes, 23 seconds
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Jon-Paul Wheatley’s handmade soccer balls were a TikTok sensation. Then FIFA called

UK-born, St. Louis resident Jon-Paul Wheatley turned his fascination with crafting soccer balls into more than a half million followers on TikTok. In this encore presentation that initially aired in July, Wheatley discusses how he turned a pandemic hobby into trips to Qatar, the World Cup, and crafting soccer balls for the likes of superstar Lionel Messi and FIFA.
9/26/202330 minutes, 33 seconds
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Pulitzer exhibition celebrates the lost artifacts of St. Louis' rich architectural history

A new exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation showcases the city’s architectural salvage that was left in the wake of urban renewal. Pulitzer Arts Foundation curator Stephanie Weissberg and Michael Allen, director of the National Building Arts Center, discuss their collaboration on “Urban Archaeology: Lost Buildings of St. Louis.”
9/26/202324 minutes, 27 seconds
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Missouri places top 3 in book bans, while lawmakers brandish flamethrowers

A video of two Missouri elected officials blasting flamethrowers got a lot of attention online last week. While the display was symbolic, Missouri’s record on book bans is very real: A new report from PEN America shows Missouri had the 3rd highest number of book ban cases in the country last year. Lisa Gilbert, an instructor at Washington University (and who teaches future teachers) discusses the ongoing impact of book bans, and reflects on the importance of giving students access to knowledge, even when the content is difficult.
9/25/202320 minutes, 58 seconds
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New coalition aims to curb opioid deaths among St. Louis immigrants and refugees

Refugee and immigrant communities in the U.S. are losing loved ones to opioids — and often, people in these communities have a hard time talking about it openly. St. Louis-based coalition ECORN is working to build in-language, culturally appropriate resources and data to help.
9/22/202340 minutes, 34 seconds
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‘Tens Across the Board’ puts St. Louis’ ballroom scene and culture on the big screen

Ballroom culture, now a mainstay in popular culture. Not to be confused with waltzing, swinging or doing the two-step — ballroom scene has become a global phenomena. It’s championed by Black and brown LGBTQ artists in dance, music and fashion. Filmmaker Bobby Best captured St. Louis’ ballroom scene in his latest documentary film, “Tens Across the Board,” which was produced by the founder of Tens Ballroom, Maven Lee.
9/22/202310 minutes, 8 seconds
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How early childhood educators are preparing for financial loss as ARPA funding dries up

Early childhood educators are bracing for September 30. That’s when the Child Care Stabilization Program — funding allocated as part of the American Rescue Plan Act — will end, leaving hundreds of St. Louis and Metro East facilities in a lurch. Providers Aimee Washington-Hart, Paula-Breonne Vickers and Shona Lamond share what it will take to get early childhood education and the support and funding necessary to keep facilities open.
9/21/202350 minutes, 30 seconds
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Why one Missouri Republican is leading the push to scale back the state's abortion law

Jamie Corley founded the Missouri Women and Family Research Fund in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs decision, which led to Missouri’s ban on most abortions. Corley, a Republican who has worked for several high-profile GOP lawmakers, has put forth six ballot initiative petitions that would chip away at the state’s ban. She shares the details of her proposals and makes the case that the current abortion law is too extreme for most Missouri conservatives.
9/21/202323 minutes, 29 seconds
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Danny Jacobs left St. Louis and escaped his father. He’s come back for the truth

Danny Jacobs thought he knew his father Richard Jacobs. But after his father’s death, Danny began to discover that the man he knew as a manipulator, liar and fabricator had even more layers. Danny and his childhood best friend Darren Grodsky returned to St. Louis to search for the truth behind Richard Jacobs’ life, which is the subject of the new podcast “How to Destroy Everything.”
9/20/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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STL Assessor welcomes regulations on short-term rentals, Airbnb

St. Louis is among the few cities that don't regulate short-term rentals. That’s left the city’s Assessor Michael Dauphin to investigate units to see if they’re being operated as a business, or if they’re being controlled by absentee landlords or LLCs. City legislators are working on a bill that could change how people use platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo. Ward 4 Alderman Bret Narayan adds his insight on the challenge of regulating short-term rentals, and shares updates on the bill’s status.
9/19/202319 minutes, 42 seconds
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Menya Rui’s Steve Pursley named ‘Best New Chef’ by Food & Wine

Since it opened in April 2022, St. Louis ramen shop Menya Rui has received plenty of local acclaim, and the long lines of diners waiting to experience the delicious house-made noodles are about to get longer. Food & Wine has named chef-owner Steven Pursley one of this year's 11 “Best New Chefs.” In this encore episode, Pursley discusses his experience connecting with his roots in Japan and what he learned about the different types of ramen during his time there.
9/19/202322 minutes, 11 seconds
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The future of the Midwest includes hazardous heat and most of our homes aren't ready

It’s no question that St. Louis is heating up. The region is part of a “heat belt” that is forming across the Midwest and parts of the South, which will face heat indexes of 125 degrees or higher in about 30 years. As we unpack our sweaters in anticipation of cooler, autumnal temps, you may want to consider whether your home can take the heat. Holly Edgell, managing editor of the Midwest Newsroom at NPR shares her recent reporting on the personal and environmental dangers of “hot houses.”
9/19/202310 minutes, 56 seconds
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United Auto Workers experiences ‘overwhelming’ public support on Day 4 of its strike

GM workers in Wentzville were among the first United Auto Workers in the nation to strike for higher pay. Sonya Wagner, who has worked at General Motors Co.'s Wentzville Assembly plant for 10 years, shares why she is on the picket line and what she and her colleagues demand. Also, Washington University sociologist Jason Rosenfeld provides insight on how this strike fits into the larger labor movement in the U.S.
9/18/202329 minutes, 17 seconds
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Powell Hall renovation has St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on the road this season

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra begins its 144th season this week with one big change — the orchestra is not performing in Powell Hall. SLSO Music Director Stéphane Denève and President and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard discuss the ongoing renovation and expansion of Powell Hall and the highlights of the upcoming 2023-24 season.
9/18/202320 minutes, 23 seconds
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From Christopher Columbus to Ferguson, Michael Harriot delivers history that is ‘Black AF’

Columnist and commentator Michael Harriot’s debut book, “Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America,” offers a compelling retelling of American history. Harriot discusses how his upbringing in the “middle room” of his grandfather’s home in South Carolina informed his self-education. He also talks about his experience covering protests in Ferguson in 2014 and St. Louis in 2017.
9/15/202340 minutes, 36 seconds
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Sorry, ladies. Forest Park’s famous great horned owl, Charles, has found a new mate

Charles the great horned owl lost both his mate and their eggs in December. It was tough news for Mark H. X. Glenshaw, the naturalist who has documented Charles’ life for 17 years. However, things are now looking up for Charles. Glenshaw shares the details in this encore “owl prowl” edition of the show.
9/14/202342 minutes, 17 seconds
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Photos: St. Louis kids turned this abandoned building into art at riverfront graffiti fest

Each September, hundreds of professional artists participate in Paint Louis. The annual music and graffiti festival brings people to the riverfront to pick and paint a two-mile section of the downtown St. Louis floodwall — also known as the Mural Mile. Part of the Paint Louis festival is “Paint Littles,” an area expressly for kids where they get to spray their masterpieces on the walls of an abandoned weigh station building. STLPR audio engineer Aaron Doerr brings us the scene.
9/14/202312 minutes, 31 seconds
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Food insecurity leaves some college students to rely on campus food pantries in St. Louis

Food pantries at local St. Louis Colleges are reporting an increase in student visits. Shannon Quinn, case manager at UMSL's Advocacy and Care Center, and Jo Britt-Rankin discuss changes to federal food assistance programs and how University Missouri campuses are helping students secure their basic needs.
9/13/202321 minutes, 14 seconds
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Vivian Gibson opposes SLU's plan to demolish Mill Creek buildings

The fate of two buildings along the Mill Creek Valley footprint — the historic, predominantly Black neighborhood that was raised in 1959 to make way for “urban renewal” in downtown St. Louis — has sparked calls for protest this week after t St. Louis University submitted a proposal for demolition to the city of St. Louis. Vivian Gibson, author of “The Last Children of Mill Creek, shares her thoughts and experiences with attempts to preserve and honor her childhood neighborhood.
9/13/202310 minutes, 10 seconds
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‘Journalism is not in decline’: U of Illinois professor cites surge in nonprofit newsrooms

In his new book, "Changing Models for Journalism: Reinventing the Newsroom," Global Investigative Journalism Network co-founder Brant Houston explores the deep transformation that journalism has undergone in the last decade, including the decimation of traditional newsrooms, changing revenue streams, corporate ownership and investors, and the surge in nonprofit newsrooms and collaborations.
9/12/202325 minutes, 11 seconds
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Researchers see new salmonella sensors shaking up the entire chicken supply chain

Visit any grocery store and you can expect that the produce, meat and other products that line the shelves are not contaminated. But sometimes that’s not the case. STLPR economic development reporter Eric Schmid discusses how locally-based researchers are part of a team developing ways to more quickly identify salmonella in the chicken supply chain. Salmonella is one of the top pathogens that cause foodborne illness.
9/12/202316 minutes, 31 seconds
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Washington University replaces undergraduate federal loans with scholarships and grants

Washington University has unveiled a new policy that removes federal student loans from their undergraduate financial aid packages. The policy takes effect fall 2024, but it has already garnered attention across the nation as a way to make a path to higher education less burdensome. Ronné Turner, Wash U’s vice provost for admissions and financial aid, shares the benefits for students and how the no-loan policy can impact generational wealth.
9/11/202319 minutes, 26 seconds
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2023 Music at the Intersection festival brings the sounds of soul to St. Louis

12,000 people gathered in Grand Center this past weekend for the 3rd annual Music at the Intersection festival. The lineup included big names like Herbie Hancock, Smino, Taj Mahal, and Thundercat, as well as local talents like Sir Eddie C, Renee Smith, and the Marquise Knox Band featuring the Funky Butt Horns. Producers Miya Norfleet and Emily Woodbury spoke with festival-goers about why they came out — and what they think of St. Louis’ music scene.
9/11/20235 minutes, 56 seconds
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A sports columnist finds shared goals in Shakespeare and soccer

A world-premiere is hitting St. Louis theater for the the 10th anniversary of the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare in the Streets.” Rather than Shakespeare, the bard of this particular play, “The Game’s Afoot,” is St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Benjamin Hochman. Hochman spent months interviewing dozens of people in St. Louis’ soccer community, and he discusses what it means to combine St. Louis, soccer and Shakespeare.
9/11/202318 minutes
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How the Webster-Kirkwood Times maintains its print edition amid a changing media landscape

Where do you get your news, and how does it get to you? We dive into the current state, value and future of print media in the St. Louis area, including how the Webster-Kirkwood Times survived near-closure the year the coronavirus pandemic hit — because its journalists got together to purchase the paper themselves.
9/8/202342 minutes, 29 seconds
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Advocates raise alarm as Missouri prisons restrict access to books

A new Missouri law prohibits friends and families from buying books for loved ones serving time in prison. Michelle Smith, the founder of the Missouri Justice Coalition, discusses what the ban means for people in prison, and how access to books is just the latest battleground in Missouri prisons that pits security concerns against the wellbeing and rehabilitation of offenders.
9/7/202324 minutes, 3 seconds
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A Kirkwood native is relishing the opportunity to drive the iconic Wienermobile

Oscar Mayer’s iconic Weinermobile has a new name and Kirkwood native Mary Clare Kammer is spreading word like mustard on a bun. Before Kammer drives the Frankmobile to a few stops in St. Louis and Warren County she shares her Oscar Mayer origin story from childhood to college student at Mizzou, and special moments on her travels so far.
9/7/202317 minutes, 13 seconds
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STL, Tennessee Williams’ ‘Static City' celebrates his legacy for 8th year

Tennessee Williams wrote about St. Louis with unconcealed disdain, but it’s undeniable the city played a major role in his life. For the 8th year running, the Tennessee Williams Festival is staging performances and events honoring the legacy of the legendary playwright. Williams scholar Tom Mitchell discusses the festival’s focus this year, his own discovery of seven Williams short stories, and how mental health factored into Williams’ most famous plays like “Suddenly, Last Summer.” (Editor's Note: The on-air version of this conversation incorrectly identified the dates of the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis. The festival runs September 7-17.)
9/6/202317 minutes, 4 seconds
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Over 6,000 St. Louis-area child abuse and neglect cases remain open due to staff shortages

Podcast Description: The Children’s Division of Missouri’s Department of Social Services is severely understaffed. In St. Louis and St. Louis County, there should be 60 investigators total. Instead, there are 16. That shortage has led to a backlog of over 6,000 cases involving child abuse or neglect. And, those backlogged cases have remained open beyond 45 days --- far longer than in other regions in Missouri. STLPR Politics correspondent Jason Rosenbaum has been following this story, and shared his reporting done in partnership with NPR’s Midwest Newsroom.
9/6/202330 minutes, 53 seconds
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Northside Trap Run returns to the Ville with more DJs to get the body moving

The Ville neighborhood in St. Louis’ northside has birthed heroes from librarian Julia Davis to queen of rock ‘n’ roll Tina Turner. But even the Ville couldn’t avoid higher vacancy, empty land and crime — due in large part to disinvestment in the once bustling community. The Northside Trap Run seeks to bring the neighborhood back to its heyday and remind the community how much it has to be proud of. In this episode, race ambassador and St. Louis Run Crew founder Ricky Hughes talks about this Saturday’s race.
9/5/202326 minutes, 34 seconds
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Hidden bee rocks turn St. Louis greenways into an outdoor scavenger hunt

Greenway Quest is an outdoor scavenger hunt created to get folks of all ages to seek hand-painted bee rocks hidden along the greenways of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Dallas Adams, communications manager at Great Rivers Greenway, shares fun facts about the event and how their recent projects center community engagement.
9/5/202322 minutes, 42 seconds
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How Missouri made the Lake of the Ozarks: Crimes, sunken homes and dreams of a Midwest oasis

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer vacation season. On this holiday, we bring you a special from KCUR Studios that highlights the Lake of the Ozarks, a popular tourist destination in Missouri that’s just a three-hour drive west of St. Louis. Senior producer Suzanne Hogan looks at the story of how this man-made body of water came to be – a story that includes corruption, jail time, communities torn apart and displaced families.
9/4/202332 minutes, 33 seconds
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Alonzo Townsend takes lessons from his legendary parents to spotlight St. Louis music

Alonzo Townsend is not just a champion for St. Louis music — he was born into it. The St. Louis native founded the Townsendx3 Agency to support local artists by managing them and putting power behind their brands — something he learned to do as a child from his parents, blues legend Henry ‘Mule’ Townsend and gospel and blues singer Vernell Townsend.
9/1/202329 minutes, 40 seconds
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StoryCorps returns to St. Louis this month. Learn how to get involved and listen to memorable stories

StoryCorps is visiting St. Louis for the first time in nearly a decade. From Sept. 14 - Oct. 20, the nonprofit’s signature Airstream will be in the Public Media Commons just outside STLPR’s studios. In this episode, we talk with Lea Zikmund, director of StoryCorps’ Mobile Tour, and we listen to past, memorable stories with St. Louis ties.
9/1/202323 minutes, 12 seconds
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Civic boards and commissions in Missouri lack diversity, new report shows

The membership of boards and commissions in Missouri does not reflect the racial, ethnic and gender composition of the state. These boards are important not only for the immediate impact they have on communities; they often serve as a launching pad for individuals seeking public office. UMSL political scientist Anita Manion shares the details of her latest report.
8/31/202317 minutes, 47 seconds
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Aaron Fowler makes his own big shoes to fill by creating art that embodies hip-hop

For St. Louis-born artist Aaron Fowler, hip-hop is woven into his art. The influence is evident in his nine-foot long, five-foot tall sculpture “Live Culture Force 1’s” which is now displayed at the St. Louis Art Museum’s “The Culture: Hip-Hop and Contemporary Art the 21st Century” through the end of the year.
8/30/202321 minutes, 12 seconds
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Legislative sports betting stalemate could lead to an appearance on 2024 ballot

Next week, the NFL kicks off its season in Kansas City. Meanwhile, college football started this week. It's a big deal for sports -- and sports gambling. People in Missouri really really want to gamble, but if they want to bet on their favorite teams, they'll have to cross state lines. Missouri lawmakers are getting ready to try, for the third consecutive year, to legalize sports betting. St. Louis Public Radio's Statehouse and Politics Reporter Sarah Kellogg, breaks down the supporters and opponents, where gambling revenue goes, and what might change with the involvement of the state's biggest sports teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals.
8/30/202330 minutes, 15 seconds
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Michael Sack becomes the latest example of white officers suing St. Louis for racism

The Legal Roundtable dives into local and regional lawsuits and litigation. This month that includes a lawsuit filed by Lt. Col. Michael Sack, a white officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Sack alleges that St. Louis discriminated against him when it hired another white candidate as the new chief of police. This edition of the Legal Roundtable features attorneys Javad Khazaeli, a former prosecutor and founding member with the St. Louis firm Khazaeli Wyrsch; Dave Roland, the director of litigation at the Freedom Center of Missouri; and Susan McGraugh, director of the criminal defense legal clinic at St. Louis University School of Law.
8/29/202350 minutes, 44 seconds
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At Ritenour High, the teacher pipeline starts in the classroom

The number of U.S. college students pursuing education degrees has dropped dramatically in the past few decades. The Teach & Lead program at Ritenour High School aims to reverse that trend by providing education training and mentorship to high schoolers. In return, participants are expected to return to their local school district as teachers after college graduation. That’s what happened to Christina Andrade Melly, 2023’s Missouri Teacher of the Year. Andrade Melly grew up in the Ritenour School District, and she shares why she returned to teach English and Language Arts.
8/28/202327 minutes, 57 seconds
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Transitioning to college can be hard. A new WashU course aims to make it easier

The transition to college is filled with complex personal and academic changes. A new Washington University course “Bearprints for Success” aims to guide students through their first few months of college. Tim Bono, a lecturer in psychology studies and assistant dean at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, talks about how the course prepares students for the inevitable challenges of college life.
8/28/202323 minutes, 28 seconds
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‘Ink Tributes’ pay homage to victims of police brutality, civil rights heroes

University City native and Disney special effects supervisor Marlon West watched protests across the country after the deaths of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor in 2020. West was compelled to “pay tribute” to slain Black Americans and civil rights icons. What started as a four illustration project ended in over forty images and a project titled “Ink Tributes,” many of which are on display at St. Louis University Museum of Art.
8/25/202320 minutes, 7 seconds
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How ‘giving Black’ can close funding gaps for Black nonprofits

St. Louis is known for its philanthropic generosity. For many Black-led and Black-serving nonprofits in the region, donors generally don’t fund them at the same level as they fund white-led organizations. Fundraising professionals Rachel D’Souza, Shelly Williams and MK Stallings discuss how funding gaps prevent non-profits from growth and how efforts like Giving Black Day can help.
8/25/202332 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dangerous heat pushes St. Louis-area schools to close buildings and dismiss early

For the fifth day in a row, the St. Louis region is experiencing dangerous heat that is near record-breaking levels. It’s also the first week of school for many students in the region. STLPR senior education reporter Kate Grumke discusses issues with bus transportation and athletics as well as what schools are doing to cope with the heat including early dismissals and virtual learning.
8/24/202321 minutes, 57 seconds
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No longer just a rural problem, ticks have become a serious problem in urban communities too

The combination of warmth and humidity in Missouri make it a fantastic place … for ticks. We learn what makes the state even more hospitable to these bloodsucking insects and how we can protect ourselves from tick-borne maladies like alpha-gal syndrome, which makes people allergic to red meat. We also get an update on the nearly 100 illegally transported Antilles pinktoe tarantulas that’ve been living at the Missouri Botanical Gardens Butterfly House since they were seized by federal agents in February.
8/24/202327 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why 30% of Missouri school districts have transitioned to a 4-day school week

The four-day school week first became an option for Missouri schools 14 years ago. Now, more than 30% of the state’s districts have implemented shorter school weeks. Missouri State University Associate Professor Jon Turner and Warren County School District Superintendent Gregg Klinginsmith discuss how the practice helps recruit and retain teachers, and its effect on student learning.
8/23/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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Illinois passes updated law to repatriate Native American remains after years of neglect

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill this month intended to improve the process of returning native remains and cultural artifacts to their nations of origin. It’s part of a yearslong, statewide effort to improve the state’s poor track record with repatriation. Producer Danny Wicentowski talked with ProPublica reporter Logan Jaffe about her reporting on “The Repatriation Project.”
8/23/202326 minutes, 11 seconds
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The world is built for people with perfect hearing — but 83% of people don't have it

Despite the fact that nearly 83% of the population does not have perfect hearing, most of our spaces are designed to cater, auditorily, to a select few. That’s a problem, according to researchers in the growing field of aural diversity. In this encore edition of the show, former STLPR producer Avery Rogers takes us through the various ways we perceive sound and how understanding these differences can help us better approach hearing accessibility.
8/22/202351 minutes, 30 seconds
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Early treatment of Alzheimer’s is key — but diagnosis is too often delayed

An estimated 6.7 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's disease, and more than 11 million provide them with unpaid care. On this encore episode, we explore what it means to live with Alzheimer's, to care for those who have it, and the need for early diagnosis.
8/21/202350 minutes, 43 seconds
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Illinois could get a new flag for the first time in over a century

There's a wave of state and city flag redesigns sweeping the country — and Illinois may be next. Ted Kaye, author of “‘Good’ Flag, ‘Bad’ Flag,” says that trend reflects a deeper understanding of the opportunity a great state or city flag presents. He shares the basic principles of flag design and the role flags play in cultivating civic pride.
8/18/202326 minutes, 48 seconds
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Missouri has yet to pass the CROWN Act. What’s at stake?

Hair discrimination disproportionately targets Black women, and lawmakers have sought to ban the practice with the CROWN Act. CROWN stands for “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair,” and the first act of its kind was passed in California in 2019. Since then, other states and municipalities have adopted their own measures, including the City of St. Louis in 2021. A statewide measure took effect in Illinois this past January. Missouri has yet to pass a similar law. PBS NewsHour correspondent and vice president of the St. Louis chapter of NABJ Gabrielle Hays and founder and CEO of Frizzy by Nature Leslie Hughes talk about local and statewide efforts to pass the CROWN Act and ways Black women are relearning how to embrace their curls.
8/18/202323 minutes, 47 seconds
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Metro Transit seeks 200 mechanics and operators to help restore bus services

MetroBus continues to operate at reduced capacity, hampering the needs of St. Louis bus riders eager to get to work, school and appointments. Bi-State Development CEO Taulby Roach says recent hiring events and a new worker contract give him hope that bus and MetroLink services can be restored.
8/17/202331 minutes, 39 seconds
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STL Fringe Fest sees uptick in sales for hyper local, inclusive stage performances

Regional live theater venues are struggling to attract audiences back to the theater since COVID-19 restrictions shut down productions for nearly two years. STL Fringe Fest have weathered the storm and this year’s festival features 42 acts and organizers are seeing an uptick in sales. In this episode, Matthew Kerns, president and artistic director of St. Lou Fringe, joins Lindy Drew of Humans of St. Louis and burlesque performer Sara Howard aka Dizzy Tunt to talk about what audiences can expect in this years STL Fringe Fest.
8/17/202320 minutes, 26 seconds
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Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ tour lands in St. Louis on Monday and the ‘Bey hive’ is buzzing

International superstar Beyoncé will be in St. Louis on August 21 for the Renaissance tour at the Dome in Downtown. Local members of the “Bey Hive” are buzzing about Queen Bey’s arrival as viral videos of her past performances are shared across the web. DJ Nico Marie will host a Beyoncé-themed party with fellow DJ Makeda Kravitz at Sophie’s Artist Lounge prior to Renaissance’s arrival.
8/16/202313 minutes, 26 seconds
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Missouri AG Bailey details why a wall should exist between ‘tech and state’

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey is at the center of a landmark dispute over how the federal government can interact with social media platforms. In Missouri v. Biden, the state contends an appeals court should keep in place a lower court’s injunction that restricts federal employees from trying to get social media companies to take down content. STLPR political correspondent Jason Rosenbaum talks with Bailey.
8/16/202317 minutes, 35 seconds
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Fashion and hip-hop on display at St. Louis Art Museum’s ‘The Culture’ exhibition

The St. Louis Art Museum's new exhibition, “The Culture,” honors the 50th anniversary of hip-hop and how it influenced art, including how it shaped fashion styles. Exhibit curator Hannah Klemm and former curatorial research fellow Rikki Byrd discuss the exhibit with a focus on aesthetics and how fashion is central in hip-hop culture.
8/16/202321 minutes, 36 seconds
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How chef Juwan Rice aims to push the boundaries of St. Louis' culinary scene

With his first brick-and-mortar restaurant, St. Louis chef Juwan Rice wants to invite diners into an intimate space — one that has the feel of a private dinner party. Rated Test Kitchen’s seven-course menu will change on a monthly basis, it will be experimental (crystal-clear bread, anyone?) and guests are invited to share their feedback on each course. Rice hopes to provide a space where both locals and tourists will flock to in downtown St. Louis.
8/15/202320 minutes, 23 seconds
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Vincentians to dedicate new St. Louis mission house to help recruit more Catholic clergy

The Vincentians will dedicate a new mission house on Lafayette near the intersection of I-44 and Grand Blvd. in St. Louis this Saturday. The Catholic community arrived in St. Louis in 1818 and is refocusing its efforts on the city. Named after St. Vincent de Paul, Vincentians are known for their work serving poor people and marginalized communities. The Rev. Patrick McDevitt discusses the new mission house and how he hopes its presence will help the community and recruit more Catholic clergy.
8/15/202333 minutes, 45 seconds
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Black Business Expo bridges gap between Black and white with green along Delmar Divide

Delmar Main Street aims to counter the effects of the “Delmar Divide.” The organization focuses on the business corridor between Skinker Blvd. and Taylor Ave., and they are the host of the Black Business Expo being held August 26 at Delmar Blvd. and Hamilton Ave. West End resident and Delmar Main Street Vice President Lisa Potts shares what folks can expect at the expo and how “buying Black” helps communities across the region. Marcus Howard, founder and CEO of GreaterHealth Pharmacy and Wellness, also joins the discussion.
8/14/202327 minutes, 36 seconds
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Amazon workers ask OSHA to investigate STL8 warehouse

At the STL8 Amazon warehouse in St. Peters, workers say their bodies are being broken by a management system that monitors their actions down to the second. Amazon warehouse employee Wendy Taylor is one of 14 workers who submitted a federal complaint to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) earlier this month. She describes what it’s like to be injured on the job, and the pressure to package thousands of items while being monitored by Amazon.
8/14/202324 minutes, 21 seconds
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Nursing home staffing shortage in St. Louis mirrors statewide problem

Residents of Missouri nursing homes average just three hours, each day, of care. Nursing homes across the state are also facing serious shortages in staffing. Three guests, including a local CNA working to improve worker pay and professional advancement, discuss what needs to be done to change the situation.
8/11/202330 minutes, 41 seconds
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First Black incorporated town in U.S. placed on Illinois ‘endangered’ list

Brooklyn, Illinois was the first Black town to be incorporated, but its rich history is at risk of being lost. Roberta Rogers, former president of the Historical Society of Brooklyn, and Quinn Adamowski of Landmarks Illinois talk about the town’s history and efforts to support its continued existence.
8/11/202321 minutes, 41 seconds
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An elk secretly survived Army hunters in the 1950s. It inspired St. Louis and created a park

In 1959, the U.S. Army eradicated the entire elk population in a park in St. Louis County — or at least, they thought they did. A single elk’s remarkable survival changed the course of that park’s history, and gave it its name, Lone Elk Park. “Unseel St. Louis” writer Jackie Dana discusses the fascinating history of the park, and St. Louis County Park Ranger Sgt. Cheryl Fechter shares her insight into how the park’s people and animals have learned to co-exist.
8/10/202328 minutes, 11 seconds
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Pickleball, America's fastest-growing sport, brings hundreds to Forest Park

More than 400 pickleball players are competing in a national tournament hosted in Forest Park this week. The tournament highlights the growth of the sport in the area that includes permanent courts in seven south St. Louis parks. A former Bed Bath & Beyond in Lake St. Louis is among the area’s newest pickleball venues and two more are expected to open this year. Mike Chapin, who runs St.LouisPickleball.com, discusses the St. Louis area’s pickleball explosion.
8/10/202322 minutes, 4 seconds
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The heat is on, but the grass is greener at Busch Stadium and CityPark

Keeping St. Louis' outdoor professional sports fields in tiptop shape is a big job when the weather is nice, and a more challenging task during sweltering St. Louis summers. STLPR senior correspondent and morning newscaster Wayne Pratt gets to the root of how these two fields stay fresh, even when the temperatures are soaring.
8/10/202314 minutes, 37 seconds
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With new album ‘Aqua Phonic,’ Marko Polo dives deep into an oceanic wonderland

Mark Pagano is on a mission to keep the St. Louis kindie music scene on the map. The kids indie musician known as Marko Polo will release his second solo album, “Aqua Phonic,” this Sunday. This episode features Pagano talking about his passion for creating fun and informative music, and we feature songs from the new album.
8/9/202321 minutes, 26 seconds
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How Midwestern shrimp farms raise seafood far from an ocean

A group of Midwestern shrimp farmers is on a mission to provide Americans with better-tasting, sustainable shrimp. The industry struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, but reporter Lilley Halloran found that farmers are hopeful the industry will come back stronger than ever.
8/9/202313 minutes, 53 seconds
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Missouri librarians express confusion over ‘vague’ language in new state rule

A new statewide rule has Missouri librarians concerned for their ability to curate their collections in a way that serves the entire community. Missouri Library Association President-Elect Kimberly Moeller talks about how the rule comes at a time of increased attention and scrutiny toward Missouri’s public libraries — and what concerned community members can do to support the public library system.
8/8/202325 minutes, 19 seconds
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Muhammad Mvstermind Austin created Mvstercamp to train local artists on stage presence, guerilla marketing and industry standards — all lessons that he had to learn the hard way.

Many people dream of becoming a star, but most can barely perform without losing their breath after one song, let alone get through a proper soundcheck. For those folks, Muhammad Mvstermind Austin created Mvstercamp — a six-day bootcamp to teach up and coming artists the lessons he learned the hard way.
8/8/202325 minutes, 2 seconds
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Buckminster Fuller’s dome at SIUE faces a (mini) global climate crisis

The Fuller Dome on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville represents the legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller. Designed as a miniature globe, the structure is experiencing its own kind of climate crisis, as its heating and air conditioning system are failing. Benjamin Lowder, director of the Fuller Dome Center for Spirituality and Sustainability, discusses the effort to raise funds to preserve the dome and the impact of Fuller's legacy on the St. Louis region.
8/7/202327 minutes, 2 seconds
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WashU professor digs into the fizzy history of 7UP, a St. Louis invention

In his recent piece for the Atlantic, Washington University Professor Ian Bogost argues that “all soda is lemon-lime soda.” He shares why he came to that conclusion and the little-known-facts that he learned about 7UP, including its St. Louis origins and one of its original ingredients (a prescription drug by today’s standards).
8/7/202325 minutes, 20 seconds
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Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon helps No Labels group eyeing a third-party presidential ticket

Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon dove back into the political fray last week when he announced his involvement with No Labels, a group of centrist politicians pushing back against what they see as the extremes of both the Republican and Democratic Parties. The group is rankling some Democrats who think its actions could create an avenue for Donald Trump to return to the White House. STLPR political correspondent Jason Rosenbaum talks with Jay Nixon on this episode that first aired on the station’s Politically Speaking podcast.
8/4/202320 minutes, 42 seconds
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Salt of the Earth celebrates 20 years of making music in St. Louis

The St. Louis roots quartet Salt of the Earth prizes simplicity. The group has released six albums and on Saturday celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert at the Focal Point in Maplewood. Band members Lynne Reif and Mike Schrand talk about the band and this episode samples Salt of the Earth’s music.
8/4/20238 minutes, 4 seconds
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How accessible playgrounds foster independence for kids with disabilities

Local non-profit Unlimited Play designed and built dozens of accessible playgrounds in the St. Louis area and many more across the country. Founder Natalie Mackay talks about what makes playgrounds truly inclusive and fun for all kids.
8/4/202322 minutes, 40 seconds
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How a local video game studio gave Atari its first new cartridge release since 1990

Video games were once synonymous with cartridges. A St. Louis game developer, Graphite Lab, is turning back the clock with its release of “Mr. Run and Jump.” Out on modern consoles from Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo, a version of the game is also being released for the Atari 2600 — and, for the first time since 1990, Atari is releasing the new game on a cartridge. Graphite Lab developer John Mikula reveals how he created “Mr. Run and Jump” as a passion project and what happened after Atari took notice.
8/3/202323 minutes, 10 seconds
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Traveling art exhibit recognizes St. Louis founder of Black People Who Hike

Debbie Njai, the St. Louis-based founder of Black People Who Hike, is being honored with a portrait that’s part of a national art exhibition focused on Americans who are improving their communities. In this episode, Njai and her portraitist discuss the healing aspects of nature and the ways art can be used as a vehicle for inspiration and education.
8/3/202324 minutes, 5 seconds
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Sitcom-inspired Shakespeare brings its laugh track to 24 parks

The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival is hitting the road, with its production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Performers Christina Yancy and Joel Moses discuss performing in a different park every night, and how they put on a production (complete with laugh track) while playing multiple characters in a 90-minute, sitcom-inspired version of Shakespeare’s legendary comedy.
8/3/202327 minutes, 16 seconds
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How a St. Louis queer support helpline is building community

The St. Louis Queer Support Helpline — or SQSH — has experienced an increase in calls for help finding resources and community. Executive Director Luka Cai shares how SQSH’s goals are shaped by the needs of the local queer community — and how infrastructural changes as well as cultural shifts would make for a more welcoming and healthy St. Louis.
8/3/202328 minutes, 6 seconds
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How a local video game studio gave Atari its first new cartridge release since 1990

Video games were once synonymous with cartridges. A St. Louis game developer, Graphite Lab, is turning back the clock with its release of “Mr. Run and Jump.” Out on modern consoles from Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo, a version of the game is also being released for the Atari 2600 — and, for the first time since 1990, Atari is releasing the new game on a cartridge. Graphite Lab developer John Mikula reveals how he created “Mr. Run and Jump” as a passion project and what happened after Atari took notice.
8/3/202323 minutes, 10 seconds
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A deep collection of modern Indigenous American art now open at St. Louis Art Museum

For the first time in its history, the St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM) has curated an exhibition of work by modern Indigenous American artists. “Action-Abstraction Redefined” showcases 20th-century pieces paired with an audio guide featuring their creators. Alex Marr, the museum’s associate curator of Native American Art, talks with STLPR senior reporter Jeremy D. Goodwin about SLAM’s history of collecting, and not showing, Native American art — and how this exhibition aims to bring visibility to Native histories.
8/1/202313 minutes, 22 seconds
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A dormant Illinois volcano has rare Earth metals. Scientists want to know why

The Hicks Dome volcano sits dormant in southern Illinois. While there’s no chance it will erupt anytime soon, geologist Daniel Hummer says researchers are interested in the site because it’s concentrated with rare Earth minerals and radioactive materials.
8/1/202320 minutes, 38 seconds
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A dormant Illinois volcano has rare earth metals. Scientists want to know why

The Hicks Dome volcano sits dormant in southern Illinois. While there’s no chance it will erupt anytime soon, geologist Daniel Hummer says researchers are interested in the site because it’s concentrated with rare Earth minerals and radioactive materials.
8/1/202320 minutes, 38 seconds
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New restaurants bring cocktails, juices and Chinese hamburgers to St. Louis

Several new restaurants and bars have opened their doors this summer, with offerings ranging from high-minded cocktail combinations to Chinese street food. Sauce Magazine Executive Editor Meera Nagarajan breaks down her picks for what to try at three newly opened eateries and bars: Maryland House by Brennan’s, Dumplings & Tea, and B Juiced.
7/31/202313 minutes, 42 seconds
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Legal Roundtable tackles St. Louis’ 911 woes: ‘They’re not running it’

St. Louis on the Air’s Legal Roundtable convenes to address a lawsuit targeting St. Louis’ ailing 911 system, a $6.1 million settlement issued to a former guidance counselor, a major ruling in the ongoing defamation lawsuit against The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft, and more. Joining the discussion is attorney Mark Smith, a former associate vice chancellor and dean at Washington University; Attorney Eric Banks, a former city counselor for the city of St. Louis; and attorney Sarah Swatosh, who specializes in labor and employment law.
7/28/202350 minutes, 52 seconds
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Transracial adoptees take “Joy Ride” as avenue to talk identity, family and belonging

Against the backdrop of the new feature film “Joy Ride,” three St. Louis residents who grew up in Metro St. Louis and near Kansas City, Missouri, talk about their personal experiences as Asian American transracial adoptees navigating identity, family and belonging.
7/27/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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How Missouri's abortion law has affected OB-GYN care

Health care facilities in states with abortion bans, like Missouri, find that fewer doctors consider coming to these states to complete their OB-GYN residencies. Washington University physicians Dr. David Eisenberg and Dr. Jeannie Kelly have witnessed this firsthand. In this episode, they also discuss the effects of Missouri’s abortion ban on maternal health outcomes.
7/27/202327 minutes, 41 seconds
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Homes in St. Louis' floodplains need to be bought out to avoid future damage, advocates say

The St. Louis region experienced historic flooding one year ago, with effects that continue today. We discuss what’s been learned and done since then to prevent a repeat of such damage.
7/26/202328 minutes, 33 seconds
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“Eliza” imagines life of woman enslaved, and freed, by prominent St. Louis family

“Eliza” is a new historical short film about Eliza Rone, a woman enslaved – and eventually freed – by a prominent 19th century family in St. Louis. Co-writers and co-directors Delisa Richardson and Dan Steadman discuss their use of historical documents and imagination to craft the story and characters in the film.
7/26/202321 minutes, 38 seconds
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Mosaic Pothole Project makes art out of the city's pothole problem

Artist Lu Ray Waldemer has first hand experience dealing with and witnessing blown tires due to raggedy St. Louis streets. Waldemer would complain to friends and family until she decided to do something about it by starting the “Mosaic Pothole Project.”
7/25/202321 minutes, 58 seconds
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Black residents were denied wealth in STL. A reparations commission is tackling that history

St. Louis’ commission on reparations began meeting monthly this summer to confront the vast and layered damage of slavery, segregation and discrimination. Commission members Gwen Moore and Kayla Reed discuss the need for reparations, the challenges presented by historic injustice, and their thoughts on what form reparations may ultimately take in St. Louis.
7/25/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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This local running club invites all to run through the 314

In this encore conversation, Ricky Hughes talks about how he founded St. Louis Run Crew with inclusion in mind — specifically to introduce Black and brown people to running and to create a space where they can be comfortable. While most running clubs are inherently inclusive, Hughes would often find himself the only person of color in local running groups. He says the crew — which meets in Kiener Plaza Park — is “open to all faces, paces and laces.”
7/25/202316 minutes, 35 seconds
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Rolla residents pack city council meeting over proposed obscenity ordinance

After a Rolla Pride event in June that included a drag performance, people packed a city council meeting wanting to weigh in on a proposed ordinance that would limit public performance content. STLPR Rolla correspondent Jonathan Ahl shares notes about that meeting and the obscenities ordinance under consideration.
7/24/202316 minutes, 32 seconds
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Two corpse flowers are expected to bring the funk at Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden has drawn crowds wanting to revel in the smell of the aptly named corpse flower, the amorphophallus titanum, since it first bloomed there in 2012. Its offensive odor has been likened to rotting garbage, dirty diapers and, yes… a dead body. Horticulturist Emily Colletti has cared for the garden's collection of corpse flowers for 21 years. She shared what makes the odoriferous plants happy, and how she can predict when this year’s blooming flower Octavia will dazzle and stink.
7/24/202318 minutes, 52 seconds
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Missouri’s glades are trapped under trees. Botanists are freeing them by logging

Podcast Description: In 2018, writer Robert Langellier and botanist Neal Humke cut down every tree across 19 acres in the Ozarks in Pioneer Forest. Their aim was to restore one of the Ozarks' rarest ecosystems: a glade. While it may seem counterintuitive to cut down trees in a time of climate change, restoring glades helps ensure biodiversity. Langellier discusses his opinion piece in the New York Times about the conservation effort. Humke, Land Stewardship Coordinator for the L-A-D Foundation — which privately owns the land in the Pioneer Forest — discusses the non-profits’ work there and the importance of glades.
7/21/202328 minutes, 9 seconds
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St. Louis film festival has a supernatural Western and a story of aliens in Forest Park

Cinema St. Louis has curated films with a local connection since 2000. Now in its twenty-third iteration, the showcase has grown to include documentary and narrative shorts as well as feature-length films, experimental film and animations, and master classes for anyone interested in filmmaking in the region. Chris Clark, Cinema St. Louis' artistic director, breaks down the upcoming showcase, and discusses what he’s most looking forward to.
7/21/202323 minutes, 41 seconds
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Illinois has two months to end cash bail. A judge compares it to ‘turning the Titanic’

A ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court this week opened a path for courts to eliminate the use of cash bail as a condition for release before trial. The decision gives courts two months to prepare for the shift to end cash bail in mid-September. Chief Circuit Court Judge Andrew Gleeson says the time frame is akin to “turning the Titanic,” but he’s also hopeful the change may lead to greater equity in the courts. Community organizer Marie Franklin feels the justice system is “finally moving in a direction that we should be moving in.” Alexa Van Brunt, director of the MacArthur Justice Center’s Illinois office, also joins the discussion to share the challenges this new law may bring, as well as the potential positive effects for public safety and community well being.
7/20/202320 minutes, 19 seconds
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Six weeks in, Gabe Gore says St. Louis circuit attorney’s office has stabilized

Appointed by Gov. Mike Parson, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Gabe Gore has been on the job as the city’s top prosecutor since May 30. He took over after Kim Gardner resigned earlier than expected. In his first six weeks on the job, Gore has increased staffing levels and begun to deal with a backlog of cases. In this extended interview, he discusses that and much more, including how he’s appointed outside counsel to handle the Christopher Dunn innocence case.
7/20/202330 minutes, 46 seconds
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Breaking down silos to curb violence and create safe spaces for young St. Louisans

St. Louis’ Office of Violence Prevention partners with several non-profits that tackle the systemic causes behind violence. Among other resources, organizations provide quality mental health services, supportive re-entry for former offenders and harm reduction. Director Wil Pinkney shares how St. Louisans can get involved.
7/19/202328 minutes, 35 seconds
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How St. Louis maintains ‘sister city’ relationships across the world

St. Louis has 16 sister city relationships. The oldest was formed more than six decades ago with Stuttgart, Germany; the most recent, with Rosario, Argentina. We talk with the people who maintain St. Louis’ connection with Rosario and a city called St. Louis in Senegal, and discuss the umbrella organization that houses all 16 sister city relationships.
7/19/202322 minutes, 39 seconds
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Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’ lifts a St. Charles barbershop chorus to its 5th championship

On July 8, 113 costumed singers belted out the melody to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” in a choreographed, frenetic performance that ultimately won gold at the International Barbershop Harmony Society Convention — the fifth championship for the St. Charles-based Ambassadors of Harmony barbershop chorus. The chorus’ co-directors, Jim Henry and Jonny Moroni, recount how they planned and pulled together for the competition, and the enduring popularity of barbershop chorus.
7/18/202326 minutes, 39 seconds
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Government downplayed risks of radioactive contamination in St. Louis for 75 years

Thousands of previously unreleased documents reveal the federal government knew about the dangers of radioactive waste in the St. Louis area but consistently downplayed them. Reporter Allison Kite talks about government negligence and advocate Dawn Chapman shares how the revelations could put needed pressure on federal agencies to finally clean up.
7/18/202324 minutes, 47 seconds
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In ‘Wannabe,’ NPR’s Aisha Harris reckons with the pop culture that shapes us

In her new book, “Pop Culture Happy Hour” co-host Aisha Harris shares her experiences as a Black, suburban 90s-kid turned-30-something, city-dwelling journalist while digging into the shifting ways we interact with pop culture — and how it touches us in ways we may not even realize.
7/17/202349 minutes, 49 seconds
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Evans Howard Place gets a memorial — in the Brentwood shopping center that replaced it

Before it was a shopping center, the area occupied by the Promenade at Brentwood was known as Evans Howard Place. On July 8, a new memorial was unveiled in the shopping center. Former resident Allison Reed shares her experience growing up there, and writer and researcher Beth Miller discusses the history of Evans Howard Place, and why a previous memorial was seen as an insufficient way to honor the neighborhood that had existed there for 90 years.
7/14/202328 minutes, 28 seconds
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Sk8 Liborius leaders plan next steps after a devastating fire at the St. Louis skate park

In late June, a four-alarm fire destroyed the converted church that housed Sk8 Liborious, a beloved indoor skate park and gathering place in north St. Louis. The picture of long term recovery for Sk8 Liborius is still unclear. Its leaders had put together a nonprofit organization hoping to become a community center and provide opportunities for teens to gain technical career skills and discover artistic talent. Now Sk8 Liborious has to answer the question: What’s next?
7/14/202322 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Cardinals are on track for their worst season in nearly a century. Can they turn it around?

At the All-Star break the St. Louis Cardinals are in last place in the NL Central and are on track for their worst finish in nearly a century. MLB.com columnist Will Leitch discusses the Cardinals’ woes and how the second half may unfold. Leitch is also a contributing editor for New York Magazine and the founding editor of Deadspin.
7/13/202323 minutes, 52 seconds
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Lowering the voting age in Missouri will strengthen civic education, students say

Young students with Vote16MO are working to lower the voting age to 16 years in Missouri for local elections. They want a say in school board decisions that impact their lives.
7/13/202327 minutes, 52 seconds
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Quality child care is hard to find — and it impacts families, the child, and economy

The need for child care is putting pressure on families, the economy, and care centers themselves. According to recent research by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, families are forced to make tough decisions between paying hundreds of dollars a month for a child care center — which often means a substantial portion of a family’s monthly income — or leaving the workforce all together to be with their children full-time. Senior economist at the St. Louis Fed Chuck Gascon and Shona Lamond, executive director of Downtown Children’s Center discuss the worrying trend with data, anecdotes, and ideas on fixing it.
7/12/202321 minutes, 13 seconds
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Cori Bush fights to maintain access to key abortion drug mifepristone

U.S. Rep. Cori Bush isn’t waiting for the courts to determine whether the commonly used and safe abortion drug mifepristone should remain legal in the U.S. She and the Rev. Love Holt, an abortion doula and community engagement manager with Pro-Choice Missouri, say that protecting medication abortion access is a public health and racial justice issue.
7/12/202330 minutes, 36 seconds
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911 in St. Louis performs below national standards. Here’s why

Two recent storm-related deaths call attention to delayed 911 response times in St. Louis and St. Louis County. Researcher Karishma Furtado shares what data reveals about the region’s overwhelmed emergency response network.
7/11/202320 minutes, 22 seconds
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Teens say they need more than expanded rec center hours to feel safe in St. Louis

On June 18th, a shooting at an unsanctioned party at an empty office building in downtown St. Louis left 11 teens injured and one 17-year-old dead, sparking outrage and calls for action to address youth violence. Two St. Louis teens, Justin Boyle and Jeremiah Miller, say they need more than extended hours at recreation centers to feel safe, and they share their lived experiences as young Black men as they offer ideas on ways local leaders can better engage young people about preventing violence.
7/11/202330 minutes, 31 seconds
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Free speech cases with Missouri connections make waves in federal courts

Two recent, major legal rulings in federal court involving the First Amendment have Missouri connections. Greg Magarian, a law professor and First Amendment scholar at Washington University, breaks down the implications of cases involving whether a business owner can discriminate against gay customers, and whether the government is allowed to ask social media companies to remove content spreading misinformation.
7/10/202321 minutes, 38 seconds
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Steve Ehlmann has led St. Charles County's growth since 2006. He says its future is tied to St. Louis

St. Charles County’s population has jumped about 35% since 2000, to 410,000 people, and overseeing that growth has been St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann. He recently announced he would not seek a sixth term. In this excerpt from STLPR’s Politically Speaking podcast, Ehlmann discusses his career and his concerns about how the county’s growth is tied to the perception among some that St. Louis is a dangerous place.
7/10/202330 minutes, 36 seconds
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The air quality you experience in St. Louis depends on your zip code

Why are certain areas in St. Louis more susceptible to poor air quality? A researcher and an environmental advocate discuss the history of environmental injustice in St. Louis when it comes to the air we breathe and highlight solutions that can be achieved both on an individual and systemic level. We also hear from a meteorologist about how St. Louis’ air quality has changed over time.
7/7/202326 minutes, 12 seconds
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Meet the man who designed St. Louis’ best greenspaces

Landscape architect Ted Spaid, founding partner of SWT Design, has designed over 1,000 parks in the St. Louis region. Two of his most talked-about projects are the new basketball courts coming to Tower Grove Park and Forest Park. Spaid shares how he creates green spaces that are welcoming and satisfies the needs of people that compliments the flow of nature.
7/7/202324 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jon-Paul Wheatley’s handmade soccer balls were a TikTok sensation. Then FIFA called

UK-born, St. Louis resident Jon-Paul Wheatley turned his fascination with crafting soccer balls into more than a half million followers on TikTok. Wheatley discusses how he turned a pandemic hobby into trips to Qatar, the World Cup, and crafting soccer balls for the likes of superstar Lionel Messi and FIFA.
7/6/202330 minutes, 27 seconds
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St. Louis City SC is defying expectations. Aggressive play and response to injuries are key

Before the Major League Soccer season even started, 13 experts for MLS.com predicted that St. Louis City SC would either finish last or second-to-last in the Western Conference. Sports journalist Julian Trejo explains the keys to the team's success just past the midway point of the season.
7/6/202314 minutes, 28 seconds
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How T-Rav Man became a celebrity that only St. Louis could love

Nick Lammering achieved St. Louis celebrity status after he was spotted on the Apple broadcast of a St. Louis City SC game in mid-March wearing toasted ravioli headgear. The fame has turned into a side-hustle of selling t-rav merch and dreaming up even more ways to share his passion for St. Louis, soccer and toasted ravioli.
7/6/20237 minutes, 42 seconds
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How grants are helping local artists overcome the hustle

Forbes arts and travel contributor Chadd Scott discusses how large arts institutions support the arts and artists in St. Louis — and how those support systems compare with other cities in the Midwest. Two recent recipients of regional artist grants, musician Kasimu Taylor and video and performance artist Carlos Salazar-Lermont, discuss realities around funding specific projects and sustaining themselves as artists.
7/5/202326 minutes, 13 seconds
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Artist Brock Seals serves up local talent and good eats at ‘Art, Mimosas and Pancakes’

While St. Louis’ artist communities and art districts are nationally recognized— and homegrown foundations have uplifted the arts for decades — there are still artists that fall through the cracks and struggle to connect with the greater St. Louis art scene. Instead of waiting for a seat at the table, multidisciplinary artist and St. Louis native Brock Seals decided to build his own with his event, “Art, Mimosas and Pancakes.”
7/5/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Legal Roundtable: A Missouri judge put two kids in jail. Now, the law is after him

In a ruling issued last week, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a southwest Missouri judge improperly jailed two kids as part of a bitter child custody dispute. The case involves two children who were semi-finalists on the reality show “America's Got Talent.” That case and more were discussed on the Legal Roundtable edition of the show with attorneys Bevis Schock, Connie McFarland-Butler and Jim Wyrsch.
6/30/202350 minutes, 43 seconds
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106 years later, historical societies dedicate new marker for East St. Louis race massacre

On July 2, the East St. Louis Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society will dedicate a new historical marker commemorating the 1917 East St. Louis Race Massacre. The new marker is significant, and Will Shannon, executive director of the St. Clair County Historical Society, and Jaye Willis, of the East St. Louis Historical Society, discuss the continuing efforts to educate people on the terrible events that took place there 106 years ago.
6/29/202328 minutes, 2 seconds
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How a local research team is using spider silk to combat plastic waste

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are using nature as inspiration to combat the growing problem of plastic pollution. With a new $3.6 million grant, the team is working to develop sustainably sourced plastics by mimicking natural materials like spider silk fibers.
6/29/202317 minutes, 50 seconds
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Chris Dunn was on a path to freedom in St. Louis. Then he wasn't

Chris Dunn has spent more than 30 years in prison for a crime that witnesses now say he did not commit. Shortly before resigning from office, St. Louis’ top prosecutor, Kim Gardner, filed a motion to vacate Dunn’s conviction. But new Circuit Attorney Gabriel Gore withdrew the motion explaining that he needed to review the details himself. We listen back a conversation about Dunn’s case and get a new update from Dunn’s wife, Kira Dunn.
6/28/202331 minutes
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How art in St. Louis hopes to inspire the return of Sugarloaf Mound to the Osage Nation

This year, Counterpublic’s art exhibition deals with the tragic histories of St. Louis and the country. The displacement of Indigenous people and loss of their land is showcased through billboards, films and other art installations. Beyond sparking reflection and conversation through art, Counterpublic is working with the Osage Nation to help return the entirety of the sacred Sugarloaf Mound to tribal control.
6/28/202320 minutes, 26 seconds
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A game about hot dogs became a Jeopardy! clue, and then a hit, for its St. Louis creators

On May 16th, Jeopardy! contestants faced a clue for "A recipe completion card game in which you try to build the perfect hot dog is called 'turn for' this." None of the competitors got it — but in St. Louis, the brother-and-brother team of Phill and Jake Wamser, creators of the rummy-style card game “Turn for the Wurst,” knew their fortunes had taken a turn for the better. Phil Wamser discusses what it felt like to have his game featured on the show, his love of game-making, and the new Kickstarter-backed game, “Shiner,” which is generating its own interest.
6/27/202319 minutes, 55 seconds
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Art installation near CityPark featured in New York Times’ ‘Walks Around the World’ series

The New York Times recently featured St. Louis in its “Walks Around the World” series. That St. Louis walk starts at “Pillars of the Valley,” the art installation that memorializes the lost neighborhood of Mill Creek Valley, just outside CityPark. We listen back to a February conversation with artist Damon Davis and former Mill Creek Valley resident Vivian Gibson about “Pillars of the Valley.”
6/27/202315 minutes, 59 seconds
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Why employees at a St. Louis region Starbucks participated in 7 strikes in the last year

Starbucks workers at four unionized stores in the St. Louis region walked off the job Monday, joining a nationwide strike over reports that some Starbucks stores have not allowed LGBTQ+ Pride displays this year. St. Louis region barista Alex Barge shares why she joined the strike and what’s changed since her store joined Starbucks Workers United last year.
6/27/202316 minutes, 26 seconds
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Tiny House of Benton Park West gets a growth spurt

Dwayne Tiggs and Rikki Watts have shared the progress of their 420 square foot house since last year. Despite a few setbacks and a citywide plumber shortage, the house is taking shape with walls, a deck, and a roof in place. While building their own home, they are teaching others how to do the same all with reclaimed and recycled materials and a lot of help from neighbors and friends.
6/26/202310 minutes, 29 seconds
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Kranzberg Arts Foundation is on the hunt for a new round of resident artists in St. Louis

Supporting local artists sounds good in theory, but what does it look like in practice? Kranzberg Arts Foundation has put out a call for artist residencies for years, but this year they are expanding the reach in the ways to get involved. Director of artist residencies Larry Morris shares how supporting artists and creating sustainable communities around the arts benefit the region as a whole.
6/26/202322 minutes, 50 seconds
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Black Rodeo celebrates decade of uplifting cowboy way of life

For 10 years, the the Southeastern Rodeo Association has proudly celebrated the contributions of Black cowboys, including St. Louis cowboy Reggie “Sauce Boss” Smith. St. Louis Public Radio photojournalist Brian Munoz interviewed Smith, and other participants, while experiencing the St. Louis Open Black Rodeo on June 25.
6/26/202316 minutes, 31 seconds
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Eisner-nominated horror story ‘The Atonement Bell’ draws inspiration from St. Louis

Graphic novel “The Atonement Bell” has a number of direct references to St. Louis. Co-creators Jim Ousley and Tyler B. Ruff took inspiration for both the plot and art of the horror story from their personal experiences in the region. The story has been nominated for an Eisner Award for Best New Series.
6/23/202321 minutes, 47 seconds
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Teachers changing jobs in Missouri face possible suspensions and $10,000 penalties

On June 6, Missouri’s State Board of Education suspended the teaching license of a Hazelwood preschool teacher. It’s an action that school districts are increasingly seeking: Under a 2016 law, districts are empowered to file for financial penalties as high as $10,000, and to suspend a teacher’s license, if a teacher decides to break their contract. Mark Jones, the communications director of the Missouri National Education Association, says this policy is bad for both teachers and school districts.
6/22/202318 minutes, 12 seconds
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Local librarians share their top summer reads for 2023

Dive into a good beach read this summer with recommendations from two St. Louis librarians, Tammy Albohaire and Maryann Brickey.
6/22/202332 minutes, 53 seconds
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SLU nurses demand help with abusive patients, better overall working conditions

Registered nurses Marchelle Vernell and Hadas Becker are sounding the alarm on what they say is a lack of safe staffing levels at SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital. They say patients are waiting too long for care — and that patient frustration can pose a security risk to staff and other patients.
6/21/202327 minutes, 26 seconds
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Extreme heat is coming. What is St. Louis doing about 'the silent killer' of climate change?

You’ve likely heard a St. Louisan say, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” when jokingly — or apologetically — talking about the high temps in the region during summertime. However, climate change experts take both the heat and moisture very seriously. Freelance environmental reporter Kelly Smits shared her reporting on the constant rising temperatures and why St. Louis’ history of red-lining neighborhoods, inequity in greenspaces and urban design, and how ‘urban heat islands’ impact predominantly Black neighborhoods most.
6/21/202323 minutes, 42 seconds
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A St. Louis food writer wants us to rethink what makes ethnic food ‘authentic’

St. Louis food writer and trained chef Holly Fann talks about what inspired her TEDxStLouis talk about the illusion of “authentic” ethnic food, and how candid conversation about it can make us better, more informed diners.
6/20/202323 minutes, 34 seconds
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Missouri courts expunged thousands of cannabis crimes, but more remain

More than 44,000 marijuana cases, including over 10,000 felony convictions, were expunged in Missouri before a June 8 deadline. However, many remain unresolved. Attorney Dan Viets, Missouri coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and public defender Matt Schmidt discuss where that effort has fallen short.
6/20/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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How West End residents took control of their community's future development

With St. Louis’ population in decline and property being affordable, neglected land parcels are desirable to developers. Some might see the attention as a positive — addressing blight which would ideally lead to decreased crime and higher property values. West End residents April Walker and Lisa Potts along with their neighbors and support from Invest STL led by executive director Dara Eskridge created a neighborhood plan that was approved by the city of St. Louis.
6/16/202331 minutes, 9 seconds
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With his dog and dobro, Mikey Wehling's new album captures the sounds of summer

For lovers of dogs, nature and music, St. Louis musician Mikey Wehling’s forthcoming album, Camp Scout Vol. 2, captures the sounds of summer. Wehling discusses how the album traces his adventures with his dog, Scout, to the Cumberland River in Tennessee and the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri, both of which inspired the instrumental album.
6/16/202313 minutes, 46 seconds
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How LEAN-STL helps St. Louis laborers fight addiction

Construction workers have nearly twice the rate of substance abuse as the national average, and the rate of suicide for men working in construction is about four times higher than the general population. A newly formed St. Louis-based peer support system aims to improve outcomes for St. Louis construction workers who struggle with addiction and/or mental health issues.
6/16/202350 minutes, 5 seconds
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Telling St. Louis’ LGBTQ history as it unfolds in ‘real time’

The status of being publicly queer or trans has become increasingly fraught in Missouri in 2023. Historian Steven Louis Brawely and artist Steve Willits reflect on commemorating Pride month, and LGBTQ history, at a time when events are playing out, as Brawley says, in “real time.”
6/14/202316 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Missouri man who drove 4,300+ miles to see 115 courthouses

It wasn’t a single destination that spurred Jack Snelling to spend 10 days driving more than 4,300 miles around Missouri. His route, inspired by Missouri’s original highway system, led to 115 historic courthouses. Along the way, he learned to appreciate the state’s many communities, as well as the legacy of a now little-known highway system.
6/13/202312 minutes, 51 seconds
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St. Louis aldermen consider 40% water rate hike, warned of crisis if the vote fails

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen could vote as soon as this week to raise water rates by 40% over the next 2 ½ years. Future increases would be tied to the cost of inflation. Curt Skouby, Director of the City of St. Louis’ Department of Public Utilities and Water Commissioner, explains ongoing issues with rising prices and aging infrastructure, as well as why he supports the rate increase.
6/13/202316 minutes, 46 seconds
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Tyler Small takes photos for a living. Being a dad gives him life

Tyler Small, a 27-year-old self-taught photographer and queer Black dad in St. Louis, is commemorating Father’s Day in a special way. He’s taking pictures of fellow Black fathers for a local nonprofit’s event that raises funds for free mental health services and he’s sharing his own story of becoming a father.
6/13/202323 minutes, 35 seconds