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    Missouri was the nation's ‘puppy mill capital' — but advocates fought back

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 31:26

    For years, Missouri was for its problem dog breeders. Advocates explain what changed after legislation cracked down on the industry — and where they still see room for improvement in the Show Me State.

    Clayton native Jo Firestone on ‘Joe Pera Talks With You,' teaching comedy to seniors and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 19:48

    After attending Clayton High School, comedian Jo Firestone went to college and then to New York City, where she's lived for more than a decade. But one of her current gigs, as a writer, producer and co-star in a hit TV show, puts her back in the Midwest in a fictional version of Marquette, Michigan.

    CAM commemorates World AIDS Day and St. Louis' history with the disease

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 21:47

    It's been 40 years since the first official HIV/AIDS case was diagnosed in the U.S. But researchers now know the 40-year mark is likely an incomplete understanding of the disease's beginnings.

    St. Louis eyes MetroLink expansion even as bus service contracts

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 30:01

    St. Louis has $41 million in sales tax revenue that could be used to build a north-south MetroLink expansion. But is that what the city's public transit system needs? Transit scholar Kate Lowe and community members weigh in.

    How shopping local turns small purchases into a big deal for St. Louis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 25:17

    Shopping local can make a big difference for the region, as the Federal Reserve's Bill Rodgers explains. He's joined by Debra Hunter, co-owner of Provisions St. Louis, and St. Louisans sharing their favorite local spots.

    Families facing tax foreclosure in St. Louis would see relief via new fund

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 14:05

    Approximately 50 St. Louis families lose their homes to tax foreclosure each year, even though they owe on average just a few thousand dollars. Abdul Abdullah talks about a new fund that aims to help those families stay in their homes and keep the tax collector at bay.

    Beth Bacon's book teaches kids that getting vaccinated may hurt a little, but it helps a lot

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 14:15

    St. Louis author Beth Bacon discusses her new book “Helping Our World Get Well: COVID Vaccines,” the art of a good children's book and how to talk to kids about complicated topics.

    Hedge fund known for gutting newspapers makes play for St. Louis Post-Dispatch owner

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 19:09

    Alden Global Capital wants to buy the company that owns the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. An investigative reporter and the president of the union that represents Post-Dispatch staffers discuss what that could mean for the daily — and St. Louis.

    Entertainer and St. Louis native Josephine Baker to be inducted into the Panthéon

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 15:35

    More than 45 years after her death, St. Louis native and entertainer Josephine Baker is receiving France's highest honor: induction into the Panthéon. We talk with Lionel Cuillé of Washington University and Lois Conley of the Griot Museum of Black History about Baker's life and legacy.

    For Christine Brewer, cabaret's intimacy is something new

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 17:48

    Opera star Christine Brewer discusses the cabaret show she debuts this weekend in St. Louis, how she was pushed to become a performer and what makes her nervous even after all these years singing in public.

    'The National Road' explores 'a changing America' from the ground

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 21:00

    Tom Zoellner's new book, "The National Road: Dispatches from a Changing America," is a journey into the uneasy soul of the nation: What unites us, what divides us, and what lies in the middle of the cities of the coasts.

    These 2 St. Louisans are bringing new life to crossword puzzles

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 20:50

    Matthew Stock and Sid Sivakumar started out talking crossword puzzles and became fast friends. Now, a puzzle they co-wrote has been published in the New York Times. They discuss the joy of puzzle making with host Sarah Fenske.

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    How Eureka's Endangered Wolf Center is fighting to bring red wolves back from the brink

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 15:40

    Fewer than 20 American red wolves live in the wild throughout the U.S., all in a refuge in North Carolina. Two Missouri-born wolves were flown there last month to join the population, providing a critical source of new genetic diversity.

    In ‘My Fugitive,' a lawyer's daughter trains her eye on the FBI's excesses

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 51:56


    In this one-hour special edition, Nina Gilden Seavey discusses her podcast "My Fugitive," which connects the story of anti-war activist Howard Mechanic with that of another fugitive who spent time in St. Louis: James Earl Ray, who was convicted of killing Martin Luther King Jr.


    Kroenke vs. the NFL? Legal Roundtable tackles the latest in Rams' litigation, and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 51:03

    The Legal Roundtable discusses the latest in the litigation over the Rams' departure from St. Louis, the Missouri Democratic Party's attempt to fight unionization of its employees and the surprisingly short sentence given to a former police officer accused of beating an undercover colleague.

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    Sk8 Liborius was an underground draw for a decade. Now St. Louis' skate church is going legit

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 27:22

    The building that began as St. Liborius Catholic Church has housed one of St. Louis' coolest underground spots: Sk8 Liborious. Two of its owners discuss how they turned the deconsecrated church into a skate haven — and their plans to turn it into an official arts center.

    Why public radio journalists filed suit against St. Louis police

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 11:17

    Minnesota Public Radio is suing St. Louis police over their refusal to release clearance status information for homicides, information sought by St. Louis Public Radio in collaboration with APM Reports. STLPR Justice Correspondent Rachel Lippmann discusses the suit — and what families of crime victims say about getting information from the department.

    Food Outreach expands to help veterans with uncontrolled diabetes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 13:34

    Food Outreach provides nutritious meals to people living with cancer or HIV. Now the nonprofit is piloting a project to help veterans with uncontrolled diabetes. Executive Director Julie Lock explains the impetus.

    After 29 years, the Midwest Avengers are still innovating with ‘Vengadores Del Medio Oeste'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 21:18

    Two members of Midwest Avengers explain what's kept the hip-hop rock band together for nearly 30 years — and how they navigated a world that wasn't quite ready for their music.

    How St. Louis-based Stonemaier is changing the (board) game

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 19:30

    Jamey Stegmaier, co-founder of St. Louis-based Stonemaier Games, discusses the art of designing a hit board game and while tabletop games will never go out of style in a digital age.

    A 3-wheel car from 1933? Buckminster Fuller's invention was ahead of its time

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 9:46

    The futuristic, sustainability-focused legacy of the late American architect Buckminster Fuller lives on, including in the St. Louis region. Hundreds of people stopped by SIUE's Fuller Dome last week to take a spin in a replica of Fuller's 1933-built Dymaxion Car.

    Pocketparks aims to beautify St. Louis, one vacant lot at a time

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 16:27

    A new nonprofit is doing big things in small spaces. Pocketparks' founder explains how, and why, she's taking vacant lots in St. Louis and transforming them into community spaces.

    With $19 million, Brickline Greenway moves closer to construction

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 13:07

    The Brickline Greenway aims to connect the Gateway Arch to Forest Park and Fairground Park to Tower Grove Park with pedestrian and bike paths. Great Rivers Greenway discusses how two recent federal grants will fuel the ambitious plan to connect 17 city neighborhoods.

    How thousands of racial covenants helped shape segregation in St. Louis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 21:32

    More than 30,000 property deeds in St. Louis include language that excludes Black people and those of certain religions from buying the homes. STLPR reporter Corinne Ruff and historian Colin Gordon talk about the two-part investigation on the topic.

    Too little sleep — or too much — is linked with cognitive decline, Wash U study finds

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 24:20

    Washington University researchers find cognitive decline is linked to having too little or too much sleep. Dr. Brendan Lucey discusses how the data untangles the complicated relationship between sleep, Alzheimer's and cognitive function and gives advice on better sleep.

    Brutal assaults on St. Louis County corrections officers prompt changes at the jail

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 27:29

    Two St. Louis County corrections officers were brutally attacked by inmates in recent weeks. Attorney Elad Gross describes the attacks as acting jail director Scott Anders explains what he's doing to prevent them from happening again.

    A St. Louis man went viral looking for love — and may have found it

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 19:39

    Colin O'Brien's quest for a date made him an internet sensation earlier this year. And now, he has some news, as he explains in this episode.

    Lisa Napoli on how ‘Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie' made NPR a powerhouse

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 30:14


    Author Lisa Napoli discusses her book “Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie” and the early days of NPR with Sarah Fenske before a live audience at St. Louis Jewish Book Festival.


    How lawyers are helping north St. Louis advocates deal with their neighborhoods' biggest problems

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 23:53

    North St. Louis neighborhoods get help tackling big problems with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative. Attorney Peter Hoffman and neighborhood advocate Tonnie Glispie-Smith discuss the progress they've seen and the grant that will allow program expansion.

    Born in St. Louis, Airly is the world's first ‘climate-friendly snack cracker'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 27:28

    The co-founders of Airly Foods explain how they invented a snack cracker that actually takes carbon out of the air, how they're already seeing demand from grocers across the U.S., and how they hope to be a “lighthouse brand.”

    Parents and school districts weary of two-week quarantines, consider test-to-stay

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 23:48

    Missouri is a local control state, so COVID policies in schools vary statewide. Margie Vandeven, commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, discusses the options available to schools and how to keep kids in the classroom.

    How to combat vaccine hesitancy? Take a cue from psychology

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 22:20

    The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Molly Wilson to seek a deeper understanding of vaccine hesitancy — and the possibilities for breaking through it. She discusses how public health officials might persuade parents as they weigh vaccinating their kids.

    Analysis: Assessing Cori Bush's infrastructure "no" vote

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 11:46

    Cori Bush's "no" vote on the infrastructure bill went against the votes of many of her democratic colleagues. St. Louis Public Radio political correspondent Jason Rosenbaum digests the vote and its implications.

    For veterans with PTSD, Illinois nonprofit's service dogs are a game changer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 20:49

    Service dogs can make a big difference for veterans suffering from PTSD. Nicole Lanahan of Got Your Six Support Dogs discusses her organization's work, and Navy veteran Andy Canning shares how his dog Arkum helps him and his family.

    UMSL economist and St. Louis heating vendor weigh in on Spire's STL Pipeline snafu

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 19:15

    Spire's Nov. 4 email about its STL Pipeline sparked alarm. UMSL economist Lea Kosnik says higher energy bills are a concern for this winter but residents shouldn't be too concerned about the pipeline closing. Carondelet Mechanical owner Jesse Irwin, whose phone has been blowing up with people hoping to switch to electric heat, also joins the conversation.

    For Clifton Daniel, playing Truman in ‘Give 'em Hell, Harry!' is all in the family

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 13:55

    Harry Truman's grandson, Clifton Daniel, portrays the late president in a one-man show, “Give 'em Hell, Harry!” Daniel talks about his grandfather and this weekend's performance in Rolla.

    Bus drivers and riders alike are frustrated amid Metro Transit worker shortage

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 21:49

    Metro Transit plans to suspend six MetroBus routes and reduce the frequency of service along 31 others later this month in response to an ongoing operator shortage. Local Metro operator union rep Catina Wilson and rider Mitch Eagles join the talk show to share their concerns and ideas for a way forward.

    No, St. Louis is not arriving later at peak fall foliage. A biologist explains why

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 14:11

    Conventional wisdom holds that leaves are changing colors later than they used to due to climate change. But Susanne Renner, an honorary professor of biology at Washington University, says that's not true — and explains what her research shows about fall foliage.

    Military historian John McManus explores the Army's Pacific War in new book

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 22:28

    Military historian John C. McManus of Missouri S&T is the author of the new book “Island Infernos.” It explores the U.S. Army's Pacific War during World War II. McManus joins guest host Jeremy D. Goodwin.

    Areva Martin wants to shift the ‘Lean In' paradigm: ‘You can't lean into a closed door'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 28:29

    Lawyer and author Areva Martin discussed her book “Awakening: Ladies, Leadership, and the Lies We've Been Told” before a live audience. The St. Louis native explained the lies told to women and why society needs an overhaul, not a tweak.

    Like St. Louis, Quincy has a rich history as a gateway city

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 17:01

    We'll listen back to when Rob Mellon, executive director of the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, guided us through SeeQuincy's new self-driving tour. It highlights 20 historically significant sites and stories in Quincy, Illinois.

    Fish Use Dramatic Pauses Too, Wash U Professor Finds

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 17:50

    Biologist Bruce Carlson joined our program in June to talk about the evolution of communication in the animal world. In this encore discussion, he explained how fish use electric pulses as they signal their peers.

    ‘Down Along With That Devil's Bones' Reckons With Monuments To Nathan Bedford Forrest

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 20:10

    In this encore discussion, journalist Connor Towne O'Neill delves into his new book, “Down Along With That Devil's Bones," which explores monuments to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest in four Southern cities — and the people seeking to take them down.

    Proposed St. Louis ward map tries to keep neighborhoods together

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 17:38

    In 2012, St. Louis residents voted to cut the number of wards in half – 28 to 14. STLPR reporter Rachel Lippmann talks about how this process is playing out now that the Board of Aldermen has released its first draft of a map.

    What ‘first responder' status means for 911 dispatchers in St. Louis County

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 29:13

    A dispatcher explains how the St. Louis County Police Department is paving the way for centers across the region to formally recognize 911 dispatchers as first responders.

    In ‘Ferguson Rises,' Michael Brown Sr. finds resilience after tragedy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 18:35

    The documentary film "Ferguson Rises" focuses on Michael Brown Sr. in the five years after the death of his son. Filmmaker Mobolaji Olambiwonnu discusses the film ahead of its showing at the St. Louis International Film Festival.

    How the quest to make Augusta the next Napa has left some residents uneasy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 13:48

    Augusta is seeing a big increase in economic development. While it seems like a positive change for the small St. Charles County town, some residents worry that too much is happening too quickly.

    While the world shouts, Zadie Smith wants to whisper in your ear

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 19:42


    British-born writer Zadie Smith comes to town this week as the 54th recipient of the St. Louis Literary Award. She discusses everything from death, anger and the COVID-19 pandemic to her first foray into writing a historical novel.


    Teens seeking abortions in Illinois won't need parental notification in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 23:01

    The Illinois legislature has repealed parental notification laws for abortion — one of the state's last abortion restrictions. An abortion provider discusses why she pushed for the repeal, and how it will affect her practice.

    How a Clayton-raised filmmaker landed Scorsese for her feature debut ‘The Oratorio'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 14:06

    After growing up in the St. Louis area, Mary Anne Rothberg wound up in New York City, in the advertising industry. But in recent years, she's shifted to documentary films — and her very first feature-length one features Martin Scorsese on camera.

    For 54 years, SLU's literary award has connected big-name writers and St. Louis audiences

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 16:30


    Since 1967, the St. Louis Literary Award has brought heavy hitters to town, including Shelby Foote, Eudora Welty and Chinua Achebe. Executive director Ted Ibur discusses the award's history and what it's like to deal with writers such as Margaret Atwood and Stephen Sondheim.


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