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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 host Sarah Fenske 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 host Sarah Fenske brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region.

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By IDecantEven - Jan 29 2020
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With the addition of host Sarah Fenske, the show has taken on an exciting new tone and pace. It now masterfully mixes meaningful discussions on issues crucial to the region with news that has the context you want to better understand what's going on. Absolutely love Sarah as the host and the work the station is doing on this program. Whatever they changed is working. Keep it up.

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!

iTunes Ratings

49 Ratings
Average Ratings
39
5
2
2
1

Discussions and News

By IDecantEven - Jan 29 2020
Read more
With the addition of host Sarah Fenske, the show has taken on an exciting new tone and pace. It now masterfully mixes meaningful discussions on issues crucial to the region with news that has the context you want to better understand what's going on. Absolutely love Sarah as the host and the work the station is doing on this program. Whatever they changed is working. Keep it up.

My favorite St. Louis public radio podcast!

By Robert "Bob" Loblaw - Jul 24 2011
Read more
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

Latest release on Oct 26, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 25 days ago

Rank #1: ‘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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Rank #2: Chris Bolyard Of Bolyard's Meat And Provisions Talks Skill, Meat Industry Ahead Of 'The Butcher'

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Many years ago, St. Louisan Chris Bolyard made the decision to switch careers and go from working in restaurants to becoming head butcher and owner of Bolyard’s Meat and Provisions located in Maplewood. Now the local face will soon be familiar to many across the nation after his appearance on a new History Channel television series called "The Butcher." The goal of the show is to help educate the public on the skills that it takes to butcher whole animals.

Jun 19 2019

21mins

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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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

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Rank #5: 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

11mins

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Rank #6: Legal Roundtable Tackles Tuition Reimbursement, Businesses And More

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Legal Roundtable: Can students sue their universities for not refunding tuition and fees after they were forced to study from home because of the pandemic? Can St. Louis County force the House of Pain gyms to close? What about churches? Legal experts Bill Freivogel, Nicole Gorovsky, and Dave Roland talk with host Sarah Fenske about these issues and more.

May 28 2020

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Rank #7: '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

13mins

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Rank #8: Bathtub Gin and Bootleggers: St. Louis' Wild Prohibition Years

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The 18th Amendment of the United States Constitution established the prohibition of alcohol in the U.S. Enforcement of the new law started on January 17, 1920. In this episode, our panelists dive into St. Louis' rich Prohibition-era history.

They describe the time robbers siphoned off 3,000 barrels of whiskey from the Jack Daniels distillery, how Anheuser-Busch survived more than a decade of a nationwide ban on alcoholic beverages, and they recall the tale of a 1922 New Year’s Eve party at the Chase Hotel when an enforcement raid led to plates being thrown, shots being fired and pandemonium spilling out onto Lindell Boulevard.

Feb 14 2020

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Rank #9: 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

22mins

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Rank #10: The Intersection Of Politics, Policy And Car-Centric Culture At Regional Trouble Spots

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Every city has its nightmare intersections, and many residents could likely cite a personal nemesis or two. In the greater St. Louis area, the crossroads of North Grand Boulevard and Interstate 64 in Grand Center, and Eager and Hanley in Brentwood, may well come to mind among other notoriously tricky traffic spots. Frequently stressful for drivers and non-drivers alike, these sections of public infrastructure can seem like a permanent fixture of civic life, along with the honking, confusion and rage they trigger. But change can sometimes happen. In this episode, host Sarah Fenske takes a closer look at some of the region’s worst intersections – and discusses how planners work to address trouble spots in an age of crumbling infrastructure across the U.S. The conversation also touches on what residents can do to help address problematic roads and contribute to smoother, safer streets for all. Joining the discussion are Scott Ogilvie, who is a transportation policy planner for the City of St. Louis, and Kea Wilson, a St. Louis-based communications manager for Strong Towns.

Aug 27 2019

30mins

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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: The State Of St. Louis Print Media

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It’s been a tough decade for the media business, particularly for outlets focused on disseminating the written word. Publications have closed across the U.S. Many newspapers no longer offer daily editions. And many of the online news outlets vying to replace (or at least supplement) them have seen layoffs of their own. But despite a host of challenges to the advertising-based business model, St. Louis finds itself with a surprisingly robust print-media landscape. In this segment we discuss St. Louis’ media history and the current media landscape with Frank Absher, a radio veteran and the executive director of the St. Louis Media History Foundation; Gilbert Bailon, the editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; longtime local writer Jeannette Cooperman, who is an inductee in this year’s St. Louis Media Hall of Fame; and Antonio French, a former alderman and mayoral candidate who became adept at using Twitter and Vine to chronicle the Ferguson protests in real time. French also recently started a pair of weekly newspapers.

Mar 13 2020

47mins

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Rank #14: '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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Rank #15: 'Mrs. America,' The Story of Phyllis Schlafly And The Equal Rights Amendment

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Host Sarah Fenske talks to "Mrs. America" showrunner Davi Waller on Thursday's "St. Louis on the Air" about the FX on Hulu drama miniseries, which tells the true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, played by Cate Blanchett. The conversation also touches on the decades of political history Schlafly and her political adversaries helped shape — and how Waller went about bringing this story to the screen.

Apr 09 2020

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Rank #16: Answering Your Questions About First Coronavirus Case In Missouri

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Host Sarah Fenske talks to experts about the Coronavirus. It’s now here in St. Louis County. What precautions should you take? The family of the first presumed case here has already broken its voluntary quarantine. Do officials see any hope for containing the disease Coronavirus spreads?

Mar 09 2020

23mins

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Rank #17: Better Together’s Dave Leipholtz and Marius Johnson-Malone discuss nuts and bolts of newly released proposal

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Host Don Marsh and St. Louis Public Radio listeners talk with two staff members from Better Together, the organization that earlier this week formally unveiled a much-anticipated proposal for a reunification of St. Louis and St. Louis County.

Jan 30 2019

33mins

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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: Sound Bites: What All Goes Into Making Sugarfire Smoke House's Award-Winning Barbecue?

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This year, Sugarfire Smoke House won three Sauce Magazine Readers’ Choice awards: Favorite Restaurant, Favorite Barbecue and Chef of the Year – which went to Matt Glickert, catering and events chef for Sugarfire 44 in Valley Park, Missouri. Glickert talks about his award, Sugarfire’s success, statistics on the thousands of pounds of meat the restaurant goes through each month and more. Sauce Magazine art director Meera Nagarajan also joins the conversation to talk about other notable winners from this year’s Readers’ Choice, and the magazine’s food tasting Saucy Soiree event at Union Station.

Jun 21 2019

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Rank #20: Talking ‘Ghoul School’ With Local Scare Actors

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On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske was joined by Richard Ivey and Bailey Gettemeier, the actor managers of The Darkness and Creepyworld, respectively. They talked about running haunted houses, getting punched in the face on the job, and what it means to work as a scare actor.

Sep 12 2019

19mins

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