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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.

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, MO

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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.

Twitter:

@STLonAir

Language:

English

Contact:

3651 Olive St. St. Louis, MO 63108 (314) 382-8255


Episodes

Encore: Why You’re Paid What You’re Paid (It’s Not What You Think)

7/30/2021
Washington University Sociology Professor Jake Rosenfeld discusses why you're paid what you're paid -- and the answers may surprise you. This conversation first aired in April 2021.

Duration:00:23:35

Encore: Under Dan Martin’s Steady Hand, 120-Year-Old Weatherbird Still Lands In Post-Dispatch Daily

7/30/2021
We listen back to this conversation from April 2021 with Dan Martin about his daily doodling of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Weatherbird.

Duration:00:28:41

Jay Farrar On The Questions, ‘Reverie’ And Gratitude That Mark Son Volt’s ‘Electro Melodier’

7/29/2021
Fourteen songs comprise Son Volt’s 10th studio album, which drops Friday. Its title comes from the names of vintage amplifiers — and also points to the album's blend of genres and return to “more melodic, uptempo, upbeat type songs,” Farrar tells host Sarah Fenske.

Duration:00:21:56

Mayor Tishaura Jones On Her First 100 Days

7/29/2021
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones discusses why she went around the Board of Aldermen to kickstart eviction relief, highlighted actions in her first few months as mayor and shared her next priorities

Duration:00:31:12

What Will It Take To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy In Rural Missouri?

7/28/2021
Public health experts believe vaccine hesitancy and refusal are largely to blame for the proliferance of the delta variant and that coronavirus infection rates will continue to increase if vaccination rates remain stagnant.

Duration:00:27:43

‘I Don’t Believe In Writer’s Block’: Scott Alexander Hess On Writing Fiction

7/28/2021
The St. Louis native, who just published two new novellas, specializes in LGBTQ-themed fiction. He discusses the craft of writing and his new book's St. Louis roots

Duration:00:19:21

AG’s Lawsuit Against St. Louis Mask Mandates Has Difficult Road, Experts Say

7/27/2021
The Legal Roundtable discusses why the MO Attorney General's bid to block mask mandates in St. Louis is likely doomed -- and also digs into problems at the office of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner

Duration:00:51:55

‘We All Need A Dose’ Of Sugar: Cheryl Strayed On ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ At The Grandel

7/26/2021
In this episode of the talk show, both Strayed and local actor Michelle Hand join us to discuss the upcoming St. Louis premiere and its particular resonances during the challenging COVID-19 era.

Duration:00:23:57

Missouri Didn’t ‘Win The Lottery’ With $450 Million Opioid Settlement — But It Helps

7/26/2021
St. Louis University Sociology Professor Elizabeth Chiarello outlines ways the state should spend the $450 million it will get from a lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of addictive opioid painkillers.

Duration:00:27:59

Celebrating The Way Out Club’s 27-Year Run As ‘Birthing Ground’ For St. Louis Art

7/23/2021
The cherished community gathering place and watering hole is closing at the end of this month, with husband-and-wife owners Sherri Lucas and Bob Putnam convinced it’s time to begin a new chapter in their lives.

Duration:00:29:58

New NCAA Rules Offer Opportunity For Local College Athletes

7/23/2021
Recent changes to NCAA's regulation on name, image and likeness has allowed for athletes across the nation to capitalize on the new publicity. One Mizzou football player shares how he has made a name for himself.

Duration:00:21:29

Chuck Berry’s Life — From The Ville To The Duck Walk — Featured In PBS Documentary

7/22/2021
The new hour-long episode of "In Their Words," set to premiere on Nine PBS at 7 p.m. July 27, features everyone from Berry's widow and children to musician Keith Richards St. Louis developer Joe Edwards.

Duration:00:21:56

At 19, Fiona Scott Will Take The Solo Cabaret Stage At Blue Strawberry

7/22/2021
Fresh off her first year as an undergrad at Oklahoma City University, Scott impressed Blue Strawberry owner Jim Dolan with her performance at an open mic night earlier this summer. On July 29, she's putting on a full show.

Duration:00:14:53

‘A Troubling Reality’: Problems At Circuit Attorney’s Office Stall Reform Agenda

7/22/2021
Matthew Mahaffey, St. Louis district defender for the Missouri State Public Defender, explains how problems at the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office are affecting his clients — and harming Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's reform agenda.

Duration:00:17:38

Missouri-Born Civil Rights ‘Warrior’ C.T. Vivian Tells His Story In Posthumous Memoir

7/21/2021
The Rev. C.T. Vivian was a confidant of Martin Luther King Jr. and a man who played a pivotal role in desegregating lunch counters, buses and beaches. In this encore presentation of our March 2021 conversation with him, co-author Steve Fiffer discusses Vivian's legacy and his early years in Boonville, Missouri, and Macomb, Illinois.

Duration:00:21:47

Elijah Lovejoy’s Life And Tumultuous Times Get Their Due In ‘First To Fall’

7/21/2021
Abolitionist newspaper editor Elijah Lovejoy became the first American journalist slain for his work when he was murdered by a pro-slavery mob in 1837 Alton. In this encore presentation of an April 2021 conversation, we talk with journalist Ken Ellingwood about Lovejoy's life and times.

Duration:00:26:08

As Illinois Phases Out Eviction Moratorium, Housing Advocates Gear Up

7/20/2021
Illinois begins winding down its eviction moratorium on Aug. 1. Bob Palmer, policy director for Housing Action Illinois, shares resources residents can tap into for financial and housing assistance.

Duration:00:15:51

Missouri Explorers Program Challenges You To Explore City And State

7/20/2021
The Missouri Explorers program was crafted to celebrate the Show Me State's bicentennial — and encourages residents and tourists alike to travel by offering a series of challenges. Karen Meirink of Explore St. Louis shares some highlights.

Duration:00:18:47

2 Touring History Exhibits To Explore In The Metro East

7/20/2021
Matt Meacham of Illinois Humanities delves into two exhibitions currently touring the state: the Smithsonian's “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” and the “Illinois Freedom Project.”

Duration:00:19:56

How St. Louis Shaped Tennessee Williams’ Life And Work

7/19/2021
Tennessee Williams lived in St. Louis longer than anywhere else -- and the city exerted a powerful hold on his imagination. Washington University professor Henry I. Schvey discusses that sometimes toxic relationship and his new book about Williams, "Blue Song"

Duration:00:28:02