St. Louis on the Air 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.

Most Recent Episodes

Legal Roundtable Tackles Dicamba Verdict, Public Defender Workloads, Pot Pardons, More

In this month's Legal Roundtable discussion, panelists offer their insight on a federal judge's refusal to approve a deal reducing Missouri public defender workloads, a Kansas City initiative to clear marijuana convictions more easily, and the huge verdict regarding Monsanto's weed killer Roundup.

Legal Roundtable Tackles Dicamba Verdict, Public Defender Workloads, Pot Pardons, More

Court-Ordered Electronic Monitoring Triggers Pushback In St. Louis

Host Sarah Fenske hosts a conversation about the role of electronic monitoring services during the pretrial stages and what implications they can have for defendants.

'Lawyers Without Rights' Details How Nazis Targeted Jewish Attorneys

What happened to Jewish lawyers after Hitler took power in Germany? The truth is a painful one. They were stripped of their licenses, driven from their homeland and, in many cases, murdered, even as their gentile colleagues stood silent. Those horrifying details are at the center of an exhibit that has now been shown all over the world. "Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich" makes its St. Louis debut next month.

Lent, Self-Control And Some Tips For More Successful Attempts At Lifestyle Changes

'Tis the season for attempted lifestyle changes and vice-forsaking of all sorts. For the more resolute, perhaps a new 2020 goal has really started to stick after two months of hard-fought discipline. Others, particularly many Christians, are just beginning to give something up for Lent, a 40-day period leading up to the celebration of Easter. Or at least they'll try to give it up, whether it be a substance such as alcohol or sugar or, say, a digital denial of the self — like completely staying off of Facebook. Many people fail at these attempts, giving in before the 40 days are up. Why does this happen? The quick answer is that it's due to a lack of self-control. But if you ask Washington University faculty member Leonard Green, he'll insist it's not so simple. In fact he avoids using the term "self-control" at all.

Lent, Self-Control And Some Tips For More Successful Attempts At Lifestyle Changes

How The Modern Widows Club Helps Women Turn Grief Into Hope

Cyndi Williams and Destiny Klimaszewski are the co-leaders of St. Louis' Modern Widows Club. They both lost their husbands when they were still young. Turns out, they were far from alone. Now the club they started has swelled to more than 100 members. They join host Sarah Fenske and share how the organization helps foster friendships and connections between widows of all ages through regular meetings, community education, service and outreach.

St. Louis Uber Driver Shares Stories of How His Riders Got Through Tough Times

Donald Bouton started moonlighting as an Uber driver almost five years ago. That's not so unusual. A lot of St. Louisans took up ride-sharing as a second job — or even a first one — after it debuted in St. Louis in 2015. It's the project Bouton launched while he was driving that's unusual. Beginning in April 2016, he began keeping pen and paper in the backseat of his car. He asked his passengers to share what inspired them and helped them pull through adversity. And what he found was a serious dose of inspiration — and, ultimately, a book. "Backseat Inklings: Driving Positivity into the World, One Rider at a Time" is Bouton's self-published account of his guests' responses, unexpurgated and in their own handwriting. Bouton talks about the project in this conversation with host Sarah Fenske.

St. Louis Uber Driver Shares Stories of How His Riders Got Through Tough Times

Actor In Metro Theater's Adaptation Of 'Ghost' Aims To Change Perceptions Of Albinism

As an actor, Ernest Emmanuel Peeples has portrayed a real range of characters — from Hamlet to the Ghost of Christmas Present. But in recent months, one particular theatrical role stands out from the rest: the opportunity to portray Lu, one of the adolescents at the center of Jason Reynolds' wildly popular young adult novels, one of which is now also a play. Like Peeples, the character Lu has albinism, a genetic condition involving a lack of pigment that affects one's skin, hair and eyes. Having this in common with a character is a first for Peeples, and a meaningful one. In this episode of St. Louis on the Air, he talks with host Sarah Fenske about his role in Metro Theater Company's "Ghost," which runs now through March 1 at the Grandel Theatre. The production is directed by Jacqueline Thompson, who also participates in the discussion.

Actor In Metro Theater's Adaptation Of 'Ghost' Aims To Change Perceptions Of Albinism

Author Of 'The Suspect' — Detailing 1996 Olympic Bombing — To Speak In St. Louis

Kevin Salwen is the co-author of a book about the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. The book — "The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle" — was, in part, the inspiration for a controversial film about the bombing and the man who was falsely accused for it. In this segment, host Sarah Fenske talks with Salwen ahead of his presentation at Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis.

Author Of 'The Suspect' — Detailing 1996 Olympic Bombing — To Speak In St. Louis

How Community Support Saved 3 Local Businesses

Earlier this year, Steve's Hot Dogs announced it was calling it quits after an 11-year run. But the outpouring that followed its closure announcement led directly to a new day for the eatery. As Ewing explains in this episode of St. Louis on the Air, the massive crowds in what he'd intended as the restaurant's final week gave him a change of heart, and investment from Ewing's longtime friend Danni Eickenhorst turned his idea to a reality. Steve's Hot Dogs now plans to reopen. It's not the only local business to experience a remarkable reversal of fortune. And in Belleville, after Memorial Hospital announced it would close Belleville Health and Sports Center, members formed a not-for-profit organization to take over the fitness center and keep it open. Host Sarah Fenske talks with guests from each of these businesses.

Criminologist, Prosecutor And St. Louis County Executive Talk Jail Reform

St. Louis County's jail population has dropped significantly over the past couple years, from an over-capacity total of 1,242 in the summer of 2018 to 930 inmates as of last week. The sustained decrease has been touted as one positive outcome among the justice reform efforts that followed protests in Ferguson. Much work remains — and thanks to five years of research led by University of Missouri-St. Louis Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Beth Huebner and funded by the John and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, collaboration continues between the researchers and the county, its circuit court and service providers. During this year's Pierre Laclede Society Community Confluence donor event at UMSL Feb. 20, St. Louis on the Air host Sarah Fenske talks about ongoing efforts in the county, and addressed lingering challenges. She is joined by Huebner, St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page and Julia Fogelberg, director of diversion and special programs for the St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office.

Criminologist, Prosecutor And St. Louis County Executive Talk Jail Reform

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