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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.

Most Recent Episodes

15 years in the making, St. Louis band Thor Axe releases debut album

Guitarists Phil Ring and Ryan Wasoba share the secrets of Thor Axe, a long-running side project for members of indie rock band So Many Dynamos that brings humor (and influences of Nintendo video game soundtrack) to the St. Louis band scene.

How a surprising MoBot discovery is saving Mead's milkweed

Beloved by Monarch butterflies, Mead's milkweed has become threatened as prairie habitats disappear. Now researchers at the Missouri Botanical Garden have made a surprising discovery that is giving the species a fighting chance at survival. MoBot scientist Christy Edwards discusses how her research changed conservation practices.

How a fuel specialist fights fire with fire in Missouri's Mark Twain forest

Bennie Terrell has worked for 22 years as a fuel specialist in Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest. He describes how prescribed burns help restore ecosystems — while also addressing an ongoing controversy over a prescribed burn gone terribly awry in New Mexico.

How a fuel specialist fights fire with fire in Missouri's Mark Twain forest

Afghan refugees now have permanent housing in St. Louis. Next up: classes, grants and new careers

Seven months after landing in St. Louis, nearly 600 Afghan refugees are living in permanent housing. But the International Institute has higher aims: to turn St. Louis into a destination for more Afghan refugees. CEO Arrey Obenson and Moji Sidiqi, who manages the Afghan Support Program, discuss what's on tap.

Afghan refugees now have permanent housing in St. Louis. Next up: classes, grants and new careers

Bilingual International's senior center reunites after two years of separation

Missouri's only senior center devoted to immigrants and refugees resumed its popular senior groups in April. Producer Kayla Drake went to the Macklind International Senior Center's picnic in Tower Grove Park — their first since the pandemic started.

Bilingual International's senior center reunites after two years of separation

Campbell House tells the story of Eliza Rone and slavery in the 19th century

Up until about a decade ago, it was believed that prominent 19th-century St. Louisans Robert and Virginia Campbell had never enslaved people at the St. Louis mansion that bears their name. A small detail in a St. Louis census changed that understanding, and now the story of an enslaved woman, Eliza Rone, is told in the new exhibit, "The Back of the House: Servants and Slavery at Campbell House."

Campbell House tells the story of Eliza Rone and slavery in the 19th century

After his 'little brother' was murdered in Kinloch, author Ben Westhoff sought answers

Ben Westhoff discusses his relationship with Jorell Cleveland, with whom he was paired by Big Brothers Big Sisters — and his quest for the truth about Cleveland's life and death after the 19-year-old was murdered in north St. Louis County.

After his 'little brother' was murdered in Kinloch, author Ben Westhoff sought answers

Post-Dispatch Editor Alan Achkar: Changes are coming

Former Post-Dispatch metro editor Alan Achkar recently returned to lead the daily as its editor-in-chief. He discusses what got him into journalism, what brought him back to St. Louis, and why he's axing arts reviews. He also takes questions from callers.

How a biologist will become the fourth generation to lead Heffern jewelry in Clayton

Kit and Webster Heffern are keeping a 109-year history alive with their jewelry business, Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers. The father and son discuss their unusual paths to the family business, as both pursued careers in science and engineering before embracing their roles, and heritage, as purveyors of luxury.

How a biologist will become the fourth generation to lead Heffern jewelry in Clayton

Kroenke and NFL worked hand in hand to hide Rams' relocation plans, Post-Dispatch finds

A new investigation by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reveals how Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the NFL worked hand-in-hand to secure the team's relocation to Los Angeles. Business reporter Austin Huguelet gives an overview of the saga.

Kroenke and NFL worked hand in hand to hide Rams' relocation plans, Post-Dispatch finds