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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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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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My favorite St. Louis public radio podcast!

By Robert "Bob" Loblaw - Jul 24 2011
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I always look forward to listening to this podcast because I love learning about what's going on in St. Louis. I never knew I was interested in half the topics featured on the show! Don Marsh is a great host and asks great and challenging questions. A real gem!

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40 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
4
2
2
1

My favorite St. Louis public radio podcast!

By Robert "Bob" Loblaw - Jul 24 2011
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I always look forward to listening to this podcast because I love learning about what's going on in St. Louis. I never knew I was interested in half the topics featured on the show! Don Marsh is a great host and asks great and challenging questions. A real gem!

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St. Louis on the Air

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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.

Not a ‘charter versus district’ issue: A discussion with several leaders of local charter schools

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Where some school districts lack, charter schools provide. Host Don Marsh talked with Engin Blackstone, Christie Huck and Stella Erondu about what charter schools have to offer local communities.

Sep 18 2018

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St. Louis Author Ben Westhoff Tackles 'Fentanyl, Inc.'

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Fentanyl has become an international scourge. It’s been blamed for a spike in drug overdose deaths in Missouri as well as around the world. It’s both contaminated many recreational drugs and become a substitute for heroin in many American cities. And yet the Chinese factory responsible for manufacturing most of its precursors has received funding and lucrative tax breaks from the Chinese government. Through years of research, St. Louis journalist Ben Westhoff has become one of the foremost experts into the international fentanyl trade. In this episode, he discusses his new book, “Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic.” Westhoff talks about how his investigation followed the drug from its manufacture in China to the streets of St. Louis – and the terrible impact that synthetic, laboratory-made drugs are having on communities around the world.

Aug 29 2019

32mins

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‘You Can’t Just Be Sad-Sad’: Local Hip-Hop Artists Share Inspirations Behind ‘Sad-Happy’ Tunes

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St. Louis-based rapper pinkcaravan! and her frequent collaborator Namesake, a Kansas City-based producer, share their inspiration behind their "sad-happy" tunes — what Namesake describes as "colorful … vibrant … upbeat, fun. A hard-bop life.” 

Feb 06 2019

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Hit List: New St. Louis restaurants to try this February

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Host Don Marsh talks up some of the latest additions to the St. Louis region’s food-and-beverage community. Joining Marsh for the Hit List segment are Sauce Magazine managing editor Heather Hughes and staff writer Adam Rothbarth.

Feb 08 2019

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O’Fallon, Missouri-Based Author Of ‘American Hemp’ Sees Big Potential For The Newly Legalized Crop

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Jen Hobbs' just-released book is titled “American Hemp: How Growing Our Newest Cash Crop Can Improve Our Health, Clean Our Environment, And Slow Climate Change.”

Apr 16 2019

24mins

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Recognizing Indigenous People's Day With a Native Storyteller

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Host Sarah Fenske talks with Suzanne Michelle White of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma, a descendant of Cherokee, Delaware, and Lumbee nation/tribes, about Indigenous People's Day and how people may observe it.

Oct 14 2019

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Author Meaghan Winter Examines How Democrats Lost Missouri In "All Politics Is Local"

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Host Sarah Fenske talks with New York-based journalist Meaghan Winter about her book: “All Politics Is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight For The States.” It examines how Missouri, once a purple state, had become solidly red — with GOP representatives handily passing legislation that just years before might have felt too extreme.

Oct 01 2019

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UMSL’s Terry Jones Reviews History Of St. Louis’ ‘Great Divorce’ And Various Attempts To Reunite

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Terry Jones, who is a professor emeritus of political science at UMSL and the author of “Fragmented by Design: Why St. Louis Has So Many Governments," offers his take on the latest talk of a city-county merger.

Jan 11 2019

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'Queer Eye' Style Expert Tan France Goes Beyond Love For Fashion In 'Naturally Tan' Memoir

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Tan France is best known for his role as fashion expert on the hit Netflix series “Queer Eye,” where he and the rest of “the Fab 5” transform people’s lives – and bridge social divides – with inspiring lifestyle makeovers. Now France has a brand-new memoir out titled “Naturally Tan.” St. Louis Public Radio’s Kae Petrin discusses it with France ahead of his sold-out event this weekend at St. Louis County Library headquarters.

Jun 04 2019

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Why Are So Many St. Louisans Terrible Winter-Weather Drivers?

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Snow, ice, streets and St. Louis – it all tends to make for a tricky wintry mix, as was evident last weekend when a major snowstorm hit the region. With the potential for additional winter weather now imminent, this episode focuses on why some St. Louisans drive poorly in such conditions – and how residents can better prepare for and deal with future weather events. Joining the discussion are Kent Flake, commissioner of streets for the City of St. Louis, and Mike Right, vice president of public affairs for AAA of Missouri.

Jan 19 2019

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Wash U Sociologist's New Book Explores How Women Navigate Work And Family In US, Elsewhere

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Host Don Marsh talks with Caitlyn Collins, author of "Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving." The newly released book looks at working mothers' daily lives and the revolution in public policy and culture needed to improve them.

Feb 18 2019

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How The Mississippi River Shaped St. Louis

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The Mississippi River has been integral to life in the St. Louis region for hundreds of years — from Native Americans who occupied areas in and around Cahokia Mounds to the later arrival of European settlers. In this segment, Sarah Fenske talks with Andrew Wanko, public historian for the Missouri Historical Society and author of the new book, “Great River City: How the Mississippi Shaped St. Louis.” Also joining the conversation is David Lobbig, curator of environmental life at the Missouri Historical Society. He is the content lead on the Missouri History Museum’s newest exhibit “Mighty Mississippi,” which opened November 23.

Dec 06 2019

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Local author expands, updates illustrated timeline of St. Louis' 250 years and counting

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About four years ago, Carol Shepley was busy putting the final touches on her visually oriented history of St. Louis as the city celebrated 250 years. But there was still much more St. Louis history yet to be told, including about the tragedy and unrest that rocked the region that same month that she finished her book.

Nov 13 2018

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Legal Roundtable Looks At Implications Of Abortion Ban And Other Local, National Developments

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St. Louis Public Radio executive editor Shula Neuman discusses current issues pertaining to the law with a panel of legal experts. Topics include the recent wave of anti-abortion bills passed in Missouri, Alabama and other states; last week's espionage indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; and the legal implications involving the indictment of former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

May 29 2019

49mins

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'Segregation by Design' Puts St. Louisans In Conversation With Harris-Stowe, Wash U Scholars

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A new volume co-edited by Harris-Stowe State University's Mark Abbott and Washington University's Catalina Freixas features a variety of locally based conversations, as well as essays by current and former St. Louisans in response to those conversations, reflecting on the experience of segregation in America and ways to address it.

Feb 26 2019

26mins

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WashU linguist analyzes American dialects, discrimination

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Cultural anthropologist, linguist and psychologist John Baugh discusses the variety in American dialects of English and how that plays into discrimination.

Sep 04 2018

34mins

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EHOC's New Intramarket Report Shows Rising St. Louis Rents

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St. Louis’ relatively low cost of living is an oft-touted point of pride for the region. But a newly released report by the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council, or EHOC, suggests that life in the Gateway City isn’t so affordable for everyone — especially when it comes to paying rent. Compiled by the organization’s community engagement specialist, the report aims to fill an information gap when it comes to understanding local rent costs. And one of the key takeaways from Glenn Burleigh’s ZIP-code-level analysis is that perceptions of gentrification are rooted in reality: Across the city of St. Louis, rents are rising faster than in the metropolitan region as a whole, and twice as fast in the central corridor and south St. Louis. In this episode, Burleigh joins host Sarah Fenske to discuss the implications of EHOC’s recent findings as well as related topics.

Nov 08 2019

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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner answers questions from Don Marsh, listeners

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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has been on the job for a little over a year and a half and her office has been the subject of some controversy and criticism, as highlighted in an in-depth piece in the Riverfront Times. Gardner agreed to join Don Marsh to respond to the recent attention.

Sep 14 2018

30mins

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‘Start business before you start business’: St. Louis organization aids micro-businesses, entrepreneurs

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Alyce Herndon and Reona Wise discuss resources provided by Grace Hill Women’s Business Center to aid entrepreneurs and micro-business owners.

Aug 28 2018

27mins

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Hit List: Sauce Magazine's Top Picks For New Local Restaurants To Try During The Month Of April

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Sauce Magazine managing editors Catherine Klene and Heather Hughes talk up some of the latest additions to the St. Louis region’s food-and-beverage community.

Apr 02 2019

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Humans of St. Louis Opens New Lambert Airport Exhibit

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Since 2014, the photo blog Humans of St. Louis has featured more than 2,400 stories online. Each post includes a photo and short description, giving the world an intimate look into the lives and struggles of the people who live in St. Louis. The organization has expanded its showcase to the St. Louis Lambert International Airport with a new exhibit, “Humans of St. Louis: The People of St. Louis, One Photo & Story at a Time.” In this segment, host Sarah Fenske talks with Humans of St. Louis co-founder and lead storyteller, Lindy Drew, as well as exhibit curator Brandelle Manini.

Dec 11 2019

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Nicole Galloway Discusses Ongoing St. Louis Audit

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St. Louis has the highest sales tax rates in the state of Missouri. Some parts of the city see rates as high as 11.679%. But the revenue doesn’t all go to the government. The areas with the highest tax rates may be as small as a few blocks — with extra taxes incurred by special taxing districts that operate largely without oversight from City Hall.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway took on the city’s poor oversight of these districts in an audit last month. She also criticized the city for the lack of a comprehensive economic development plan to govern their formation.

In this segment, Galloway talks with Sarah Fenske about what she learned, how the city responded to her findings and what comes next in her ongoing comprehensive audit of city operations.

Dec 11 2019

22mins

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Wash U's Dr. Joshua Swamidass Builds Bridge Between Science And Creation Myths In New Book

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Bring up Adam and Eve in contemporary conversation, and you’ll likely be met with either total skepticism or deep confidence, depending on one’s audience. Diametrically opposed views of the biblical origin story come with the territory of ongoing cultural battles between creationists and evolutionists and the typical right and left. But Washington University’s Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass, who describes himself as “a scientist in the Church and a Christian in science,” is hoping to shift the conversation. In his forthcoming book “The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry,” he hopes to reach secular and religious readers alike. “What if the traditional account is somehow true, with the origins of Adam and Eve taking place alongside evolution?” he asks.

Dec 10 2019

23mins

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Raised in St. Louis, 4 Circus Harmony Alums Now Tour The World With Cirque Du Soleil

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Jessica Hentoff is quick to insist that the primary focus of Circus Harmony, the St. Louis-based organization she heads up, isn’t to turn kids into top-notch circus professionals. And yet the program has a track record of doing just that — even as it changes lives in other ways, too. This fall, a total of four Circus Harmony alumni are touring with Cirque du Soleil, the largest circus company in the world. They include St. Louis natives Melvin Diggs, Sidney ‘Iking’ Bateman, Terrance ‘T-Roc’ Robinson and Chauncey Kroner. Hentoff couldn’t be more proud of them — and just returned from travels to Vancouver and Chicago this past weekend where she watched them perform. In this segment, Hentoff talks with host Sarah Fenske will talk with Hentoff about the success the program and its participants have seen. The conversation also includes comments from Bateman and Diggs.

Dec 10 2019

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Sauce Magazine Names Its Picks For St. Louis' Best New Restaurants Of 2019

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As the end of the year approaches, our partners at Sauce Magazine join "St. Louis on the Air" to reflect on the best new local restaurants serving up deliciousness in 2019.

Dec 10 2019

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SLU Professor Argues Generational Labels Like ‘Boomer’ And ‘Millennial’ Are Misguided

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While “the cyclical nature of generational denigration is embedded in our history,” generational labels like “Baby Boomer” and “Millennial” are artificial and wrong, says St. Louis University associate professor Cort Rudolph.

Rudolph recently wrote about the topic in his campus editorial “OK Boomer Not OK, Nor Backed by Research.” In this discussion, Sarah Fenske talks with Rudolph about use of the recent phrase “OK Boomer” and what the research tells us about whether there are major differences between the Silent Generation, baby boomers, Generation X, millennials and the most recent category, Generation Z. Paul Taylor, author of “The Next America” and former vice president of the Pew Research Center, also joins the conversation.

Dec 09 2019

22mins

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Attorney Mark Pedroli Discusses Lawsuit Related to Airport Working Group's Many Closed Meetings

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A lawsuit filed Friday aims to open closed-door meetings and obtain documents held by a city working group considering leasing St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The plaintiffs allege members of the Airport Advisory Working Group knowingly violated the Missouri Sunshine Act in eight instances. Host Sarah Fenske talks with Mark Pedroli, founder of the Sunshine and Government Accountability Project.

Dec 09 2019

11mins

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How The Mississippi River Shaped St. Louis

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The Mississippi River has been integral to life in the St. Louis region for hundreds of years — from Native Americans who occupied areas in and around Cahokia Mounds to the later arrival of European settlers. In this segment, Sarah Fenske talks with Andrew Wanko, public historian for the Missouri Historical Society and author of the new book, “Great River City: How the Mississippi Shaped St. Louis.” Also joining the conversation is David Lobbig, curator of environmental life at the Missouri Historical Society. He is the content lead on the Missouri History Museum’s newest exhibit “Mighty Mississippi,” which opened November 23.

Dec 06 2019

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Remembering Longtime Urban League Leader James H. Buford, 75

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The late James Buford had a philosophy for effecting change — one he put into practice for 28 years as CEO of the area’s Urban League. We'll hear from moments during his appearances on "St. Louis on the Air" and hear from those who worked closely with him.

Dec 06 2019

10mins

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Schupp Jumps Into Missouri 2nd Congressional District Race Against Wagner

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For voters in some St. Louis suburbs, the 2020 ballot just potentially got a lot more interesting. State Senator Jill Schupp announced that she will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District, which covers most of St. Louis County, part of St. Charles County and even a bit of Jefferson County. The district favors Republicans. But Schupp is expected to mount a formidable challenge. In this segment, Sarah Fenske talks with political correspondent Jason Rosenbaum about Schupp’s announcement.

Dec 06 2019

10mins

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What You Need To Know As 2020 Affordable Care Act Deadline Approaches

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The deadline to enroll in a health care plan via the Affordable Care Act marketplace is Dec. 15. Are plans more or less affordable than in previous years? What should people be aware of while searching for plans outside of the ACA marketplace? In this conversation, Sarah Fenske puts these questions to Timothy McBride of Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to talking about the health and future of the ACA marketplace, McBride, the co-director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy, also discusses what Medicaid expansion could look like in Missouri.

Dec 05 2019

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Ethical Society Of St. Louis Considers Evolving Notions Of The Hero Ahead Of Star Wars Release

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As another Star Wars movie speeds toward the galaxy this month, fans are eagerly anticipating its arrival — while non-fans may be yawning over the premiere of yet one more big-budget action flick. But regardless of one’s feelings about Star Wars, Marvel or other modern myths that dominate pop culture, self-described “superfan but also a critical fan” James Croft argues that these persistent hero narratives overlap with the real world in powerful ways. “We can learn so much about ourselves and about our culture,” Croft has said, “by exploring how heroism is portrayed in movies like ‘Star Wars’ – including how notions of what heroism is, and who can be considered a hero, have developed over time.” As the outreach director for the Ethical Society of St. Louis, Croft plans to dig into this topic at a free event Thursday evening at the society. In this episode of the talk show, he joins Sarah Fenske in studio alongside Martin Casas, owner of Apotheosis Comics & Lounge, which is sponsoring the hero-focused event.

Dec 05 2019

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Photojournalism Prize Contest Showcases Teen Talent

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The St. Louis Public Radio digital team crafted its first Photojournalism Prize photography contest last month. Host Sarah Fenske talks bout the results and impact of the station's first photo competition for teens. Joining the conversation are St. Louis Public Radio’s visual communications specialist David Kovaluk, McCluer North student Mya Davis and Roosevelt High School teacher Sara Haag.

Dec 05 2019

11mins

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'High Low' Aims To Become A Literary Hub In Grand Center

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A newly renovated building is now open Grand Center. It’s called the High Low. And like many other buildings in Grand Center, it’s focused on the arts. But unlike many of the others, it’s not a theater or a performance space. Instead, it calls itself a “venue for freedom of expression through spoken and written word.” In other words, it aims to be a literary hub for a city that’s long had an outsized impact on the world of letters.

Dec 04 2019

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Where Did The Moon's Water Come From? WashU Researchers Search For Answers

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Astrophysicists at Washington University in St. Louis are teaming up to find some answers. The research team has been chosen as one of NASA’s eight new Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institutes. They are part of a five-year cooperative agreement valued at more than $7 million.

Dec 04 2019

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NAACP St. Louis Chapter President Makes Case For Airport Privatization

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The City of St. Louis is considering leasing St. Louis Lambert International Airport to a private company. If such a deal goes through it would bring a cash windfall to the city. Host Sarah Fenske talks with Adolphus Pruitt, president of the NAACP’s St. Louis chapter. Despite skepticism and opposition from others, Pruitt is a vocal supporter of the idea to lease the airport.

Dec 04 2019

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Omnimax Theater Undergoes $3.5 Million Renovation, Switches To Digital Projection

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The Omnimax Theater at the St. Louis Science Center reopened last week after a $3.5 million renovation. Chief among the changes is a switch from film to digital projection. While most theaters have made that transition, the complexities of the Imax format on a domed screen presented challenges.

Dec 03 2019

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How Webster University's Nuns Charmed Hotel Magnate Conrad Hilton Into A Big Gift

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By the mid-1960s, Conrad Hilton’s brief marriage to Zsa Zsa Gabor was decades behind him.
The hotel magnate was worth an estimated $100 million. But he was also notoriously cheap — with both his ex-wives and his children. So how did a pair of St. Louis nuns persuade Hilton to give them more than $1.5 million? As Webster University professor emeritus Allen Carl Larson discovered, it took three years of correspondence, a shared faith and a deep mutual respect.

Dec 03 2019

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Mo Rocca In Conversation At County Library

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Host Sarah Fenske talked with Rocca before a sold-out crowd at the library about his new book, “Mobituaries.”

Dec 02 2019

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Legal Roundtable Tackles Kroenke’s Phone Records, More

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Host Sarah Fenske will talk with our Legal Roundtable panelists about several current issues pertaining to the law.

Nov 27 2019

48mins

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