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Behind the Headlines — Looking back at the RNC and ahead to the DNC

In our weekly "Behind the Headlines" segment, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh looked back on this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland and ahead to next week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. We were joined by: Jo Mannies, political reporter, St. Louis Public RadioJason Rosenbaum, political reporter, St. Louis Public Radio St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer and Kelly Moffitt give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region.

Listen: St. Louis vocalist Erin Bode reimagines classic songs in new album

In her recently-released seventh album "Here and Now," St. Louis vocalist Erin Bode decided to try to something a little different. "We've been getting requests for a few years now to do another record of standards, which goes back to the first album that I made," she explained to St. Louis on the Air contributor Steve Potter. For "Here and Now," Bode's group recorded songs originally written by artists such as Frank Loesser, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin. While some of them could be classified as love songs, Bode said she wanted to go deeper with this album by singing about more than just romance. "They talk about the other parts of life," she said. "Like just wishing you had more time to be with the ones you love and thinking about some of your regrets and the things that you wish you'd done differently." While she enjoys singing about these deeper issues, Bode is not one to look back regretfully on earlier days. "I've always been kind of grateful for getting a little bit older,

Listen: St. Louis vocalist Erin Bode reimagines classic songs in new album

Sound Bites: St. Louis restaurateurs Gerard Craft and Dave Bailey discuss latest projects

What makes us choose favorite restaurants? On the latest edition of Sound Bites, Sauce Magazine's art director Meera Nagarajan explained that diners look for consistency. In other words, we want to know that when we go to a restaurant, we're going to have a positive, delicious experience. In Sauce Magazine's annual Reader's Choice Poll, St. Louisans identified the top four restaurateurs in the area: Gerard CraftNick LueddeKevin NashanDave BaileyCraft and Bailey joined St. Louis on the Air contributor Steve Potter to discuss their most recent projects. Craft, who won the James Beard Award for best chef in the Midwest last year, is close to opening Sardella, which he said is a modern take on Italian food. This new restaurant is in the same location as his previous restaurant, Niche, and will employ the same team members. "Sardella is an old world sauce that is often found in southern Italy," said Craft. "It's taking things that are very old and kind of bringing something kind of fresh

Sound Bites: St. Louis restaurateurs Gerard Craft and Dave Bailey discuss latest projects

Legal Roundtable — Should Supreme Court justices be able to make political comments?

On Thursday, St. Louis on the Air's Legal Roundtable returned to discuss pressing legal issues of the day. We were joined in studio by: William Freivogel, J.D., Professor, School of Journalism, Southern Illinois University – CarbondaleMarcia McCormick, J.D., Professor, Saint Louis UniversityMark Smith, J.D., Associate Vice Chancellor of Students, Washington University Here are some of the issues they discussed: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's comments on Donald TrumpMissouri Supreme Court tobacco caseMissouri abortion lawsNixon signs police video shield legislationSuit calls race-based restrictions on school transfers 'flat-out unconstitutional'St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer and Kelly Moffitt give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region.

Legal Roundtable — Should Supreme Court justices be able to make political comments?

Missouri congressman says Trump knows the power of KISS — Keep It Simple, Stupid

CLEVELAND — Missouri U.S. Rep. Billy Long is arguably the state's version of Donald Trump. Long was a well-known auctioneer and radio talk-show host in Springfield, Mo., who emerged from a seven-person GOP field in 2010 to win the congressional seat that had been held by fellow Republican Roy Blunt until Blunt opted to make his successful shot for the U.S. Senate. Long says he was impressed with Trump when he first met him in 2011, just months after Long arrived in Washington. The occasion was a charity event, and Long approached the billionaire businessman to thank him for his charity support.

Missouri congressman says Trump knows the power of KISS — Keep It Simple, Stupid

Everyone has that one, poignant song. St. Louisan, former MTV host Dave Holmes has a book of them.

Everybody has that one song — that one song that immediately takes you back to a time, a place, a friend, a poignant memory. Now, try to imagine your life as told by a whole series of such important songs. That's exactly what St. Louisan Dave Holmes, the runner-up in MTV's inaugural "Wanna Be a VJ" contest in 1998, has done. Holmes worked as an MTV host for years after that formative experience and now serves as Esquire magazine's L.A.-based "writer-at-large." A graduate of Saint Louis' Priory School, Holmes recently wrote the book "Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs." In the book, Holmes delves into his misfit childhood in St. Louis, where he grappled with his sexuality while growing up. Since that time, Holmes has also worked as a host for Bravo, FX, contributed to a video project called "It Gets Better" and said he is currently working on a television adaptation of the early chapters of his book. "Sometimes the song moves the action forward, sometimes it is just the title of the

Everyone has that one, poignant song. St. Louisan, former MTV host Dave Holmes has a book of them.

Jacquelyne Craig, director of Blaq Séance, discusses St. Louis' arts community

Jacquelyne Craig's company, Blaq Séance, is known for producing fashion shows that feature up-and-coming St. Louis designers. She is also the organizer of First Friday Art Walks in North St. Louis. On Tuesday's St. Louis on the Air, Craig joined host Don Marsh to discuss her role in St. Louis' fashion and arts community. "I see life through art," Craig said. "I see everything through art. I think it can relate to anything, even radio." Through her shows, she seeks to elevate craft and creativity by creating a space where the unique gifts and talents of her fellow St. Louisans are allowed to shine. Although she knows that St. Louis is not usually recognized as a "fashion city," Craig believes that this will change within the next five years This weekend, Craig's company is producing a fashion show featuring all local fashion designers at the Old Post Office in downtown St. Louis. More information on the event here. St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people

Jacquelyne Craig, director of Blaq Séance, discusses St. Louis' arts community

Nuns on the Bus left St. Louis on July 14 and has since taken message on to the RNC, DNC

St. Louis was the fifth stop on a 21-stop tour for Nuns on the Bus, a program started by the NETWORK lobby, which has nuns and their allies riding on a bus advocating for social justice across the country. Now, the sisters find themselves at the Republican National Convention serving lemonade to attendees in hopes of enticing Republicans participating in the convention to answer three questions about the 2016 election and the future of the United States. The theme of this trip, which is the group's sixth, is "mend the gaps." The sisters are calling for attention to economic and social divides in the country. "The bottom 24 percent of earners in the nation have lost almost nine percent of their income," said Sr. Simone Campbell, who founded Nuns on the Bus and is executive director of NETWORK. "Wages are flat and the cost of living going up, they're losing ground. That worried us. What is happening? It didn't used to be this way. Between 1949 and 1979 it wasn't this way. We did a study

Nuns on the Bus left St. Louis on July 14 and has since taken message on to the RNC, DNC

Money may determine whether possible Trump victory in Missouri has trickle-down effect

CLEVELAND – Missouri Republicans are increasingly optimistic that presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump could offer a boon, not a bust, for the GOP's entire statewide ticket in November. "The worst poll I've seen has him eight points up in Missouri,'' said U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, as she mingled Monday with Missouri delegates. "The best poll has him up 12." That's among the reasons Wagner dismisses the last-minute effort by some anti-Trump delegates — mainly in other states — who are seeking a rules change to allow them to vote for somebody else.

Money may determine whether possible Trump victory in Missouri has trickle-down effect

Mountain lions, armadillos, and black bears ... oh my! St. Louis' changing wildlife

Have you noticed the millions of armadillos wandering around the St. Louis area this summer? Okay, maybe not millions, but they're there and that's weird, right? We're going to find out on Monday's St. Louis on the Air when guests from the Missouri Department of Conservation join host Don Marsh to discuss wildlife in the St. Louis area and how it has changed over time. Our guests: Tom Meister, Wildlife Damage Biologist, Missouri Department of ConservationDan Zarlenga, Metro Media Specialist, Missouri Department of Conservation St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer and Kelly Moffitt give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region.

Mountain lions, armadillos, and black bears ... oh my! St. Louis' changing wildlife

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