A podcast to help you keep up with the St. Louis region’s news. Every weekday you can get informed about what’s going on in the area. In about 8 to 10 minutes you can learn about the top stories of the day, while also hearing longer stories that explore issues in context or that introduce you to new ideas and people that make the St. Louis area special. Music by Ryan McNeely of Adult Fur.
Local singer Katarra Parson had an eventful year with a new album, an award for best St. Louis R&B artist and a being selected to join the Kranzberg Music Artists in Residence program. Her Neo-Soul music has taken her across the country where she's worked with artists and activists to create socially conscious music.
State Representative Steve Lynch wants to give professional license reciprocity to military spouses. The Waynesville Republican says it's a hardship when a member of the armed services is deployed to Missouri and a spouse's professional license does not transfer from another state.
Patients need certification before they can receive medical cannabis in Missouri. Some St. Louis doctors are refusing to certify patients because of a lack of clinical trials and evidence-based studies. Other physicians say medical cannabis can help people who need treatment.
Draft horses are intertwined with the history of St. Louis … from the 1904 World's Fair to the first Budweiser Clydesdales.
But nowadays, you're more likely to see these horses pulling carriages downtown.
One listener asked our Curious Louis series about the lives of the city's carriage horses.
The National Park Service designated parts of Ste. Genevieve as a National Historic site in 2018. Now, it has its first superintendent who talks about the French vertical-style construction of several Colonial-era homes in the area.
A panel that could suggest big changes to St. Louis city and county government was formed four months ago but hasn't done anything. That's primarily because of a deadlock in appointing members from the city. The stalemate is leading to frustration among local officials.
Historically, black churches have been on the receiving end of violence in the U.S. Recent acts of violence against religious groups have led one local black church to take safety precautions. New Northside Missionary Baptist Church has beefed up security by adding armed security guards.
Under Illinois' new cannabis legalization law, thousands of people will see their criminal records cleared of some pot convictions and arrests. But not everyone with a cannabis conviction will get a clean slate automatically.
The Missouri Senate's conservative caucus formed just last year but the six senators have already shaped legislation. They were among the staunchest supporters of one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country and they broke with their party to oppose a workforce development bill. We examine their priorities for this session.
Middle school students from across Missouri are designing cities of the future with an emphasis on how they use water. The winner of the state competition in Rolla is receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to the nationals in Washington, D.C. The goal is to bring awareness to water issues and increase interest in STEM fields.
As Republicans in the state legislature look to repeal Clean Missouri over its redistricting plan we ask what really constitutes fair redistricting? What would that look like and how might it affect political power in the state?
The Fly North Music theater company is presenting the musical, Madam at .Zack. It is based on the life of St. Louisan Eliza Haycraft. She was a 19th brothel manager and one of the richest women in the city. The writer of the musical describes how Haycraft ran her business during the passage of the social evil act which legalized prostitution in St. Louis.
Bread and Roses Missouri is presenting an original compilation of sketches and songs that address issues faced by workers. The participants are not professional performers, and most are members of a trade union. Topics include the importance of participating in the upcoming census and the intricacies of applying for Medicaid.
The National Hockey League's All-Star festivities this weekend in St. Louis mark another chapter in what has been an unprecedented year for professional hockey in the region. The Blues captured the Stanley Cup and are among the league's leaders this season. Former Blue and St. Louis-native Cam Janssen talks about the impact the team's success is having on his hometown.
Sham support animals: In Missouri, having a pet certified as an emotional support animal is as easy as filling out a form online and paying a fee. And that fee is less than the pet deposit for most rental properties. And the law says you don’t have to pay a pet deposit for a service animal. Especially in college towns, like Rolla, some landlords are getting tired of it.
St. Louis salvage nonprofit Refab has been taking apart or "deconstructing" a building in the Vandeventer neighborhood for six months. It is part of a recent push to deconstruct, rather than demolish, buildings. The alternative costs more in labor, but has more environmental benefits for the surrounding community, saves valuable architectural materials and could create new jobs.
East St. Louis native Nichole McHenry is the head of diversity initiatives for the National Park Service in the Midwest. She worked her way up from park ranger. Now based in St. Louis, McHenry advocates for people of color to engage with national parks in urban and park settings.
In the past two years, gunmen have killed dozens of people inside U.S. churches and synagogues. In response, some religious leaders in St. Louis have fortified their buildings, hired armed security guards and even encouraged congregants to bring guns to services. Others say guns have no place inside houses of worship.
The St. Louis County Council has a new chairwoman. Lisa Clancy moves into the role as the County faces significant challenges. That includes a $20 million verdict awarded to a gay police officer for employment discrimination.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, St. Louis was America's second fashion capital behind New York City. Today, the city is revitalizing its historic garment district by expanding manufacturing and building a diverse and inclusive community through incubators like the St. Louis Fashion Fund.
Ashland Elementary School is surrounded by some of the worst gun violence in St. Louis. Students bring the toxic stress and trauma of crime into the classroom. The school has become a safe space in the community that includes the Penrose and O'Fallon neighborhoods.
Mental health first aid is gaining popularity throughout the United States. Like traditional first aid, it teaches people how to recognize problems and help people having a crisis. Local courses aim to help people understand mental health issues and offer empathy and care, not judgment and stigma.
Missouri has collected more than 2,000 applications for medical marijuana business licenses - but who will bank those businesses? Many are not willing to take on the risk for something that is illegal at the federal level.
Ten years ago today, a disgruntled ABB Power employee walked into the St. Louis business and killed three coworkers and wounded five more before killing himself. We look back on how that day changed many lives.
Business owners of color have historically faced barriers in access to affordable loans. It's another hurdle for owners, but some have been able to run their businesses with the odds stacked against them.
Gun control and sports betting are some of the big issues Missouri lawmakers are expected to tackle when they convene next week in Jefferson City. The 2020 legislative session is also expected to feature an intense debate on redistricting.
Mobile payment company Square's upcoming move into the old home of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch could mark the start of an effort to attract more companies downtown. The group behind the building's renovation has filed paperwork with the state for the North of Washington Innovation District.
A Belleville-based organization trains volunteers to describe live events for the blind and visually impaired. MindsEye recently signed an agreement with the Enterprise Center to provide the service for selected events, including St. Louis Blues games.
Missouri and Illinois will have legal cannabis in some capacity starting in January. That complicates workplace drug testing policies. We examine how some employers are dealing with the upcoming changes in marijuana laws.
Missouri has a backlog of 3,500 people awaiting a clemency decision. So far, Gov. Mike Parson has done little on this front. The parole board says he has made one clemency decision since taking office. With Christmas fast approaching, some are making a push for him to consider pardons and sentence commutations in time for the holidays.
Local filmmaker David Kirkman is working on his next project following the release of his short "Static Shock" last year. That landed him a screening at Netflix. His most recent short film is "ICON," a black superhero film based on the DC Comics series. His films focus on racial inclusivity and feature primarily black casts.
Research shows that teens' internal clocks make them much more likely to go to bed later and sleep later. California recently passed a law requiring middle and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. What are St. Louis school districts doing?
Researchers at St. Louis University and the St. Louis Zoo have been studying Missouri's native box turtles in Forest Park and at a wild habitat near Washington University's Tyson Research Center in Eureka for seven years. Zoo scientists have recently found the turtles survive better in the wild than in urban parks.
A Washington University music professor and composer is exploring the intersection of science and art through his new work "Seasonal Music." The 30-minute string quartet, which draws inspiration from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, focuses on the ways we interact with our environment and how humans are changing it.
The head of the Cortex Innovation Community is stepping down at the end of the year after nearly a decade in the role. Dennis Lower talks about the district's impact on the startup business community in St. Louis and what’s next.
As funding for higher education continues to be slashed, HBCUs may be disproportionately affected. Harris-Stowe State University and Lincoln University often serve the underrepresented, meaning tuition must be kept low. As recently as several years ago $750,000 was appropriated for infrastructure purposes at Harris-Stowe, but was withheld due to "budget concerns." What solutions are in the works in order to keep these institutions viable?
The success of the Maplewood Richmond Heights school district has led to a growing student population. The area also has a popular housing market as young, wealthier families move into the district. That demand means more property taxes for the district but also has the superintendent worried about losing racial and socioeconomic diversity.
The new director of St. Louis County Justice Services is bringing more than 30-years of experience as a corrections officer to the job.
Raul Banasco was hired last month. The New York native is now in charge of managing the county jail, which has come under scrutiny after several inmates died.
Phelps Health Hospital in Rolla, Missouri S&T, and Fort Leonard Wood are teaming up to research traumatic brain injury. The intent is to find ways to more quickly diagnose serious problems so treatment can start right away. They are testing a cell phone-sized device that can read brainwaves and diagnosing injury through a urinalysis.
Alderman Sam Moore touched a racial fault line recently when he argued against Asian representation from north St. Louis on the Board of Freeholders. Members of the Asian community have called his comments insensitive. Moore contends St. Louis has a long way to go to deliver equality to African Americans who have long suffered discrimination. He says he meant no disrespect.
Barbecue and cookout traditions run deep in many communities, but more people are considering how meat production contributes to harmful emissions. Many environmental activists and advocates who say you don't have to go vegan to help cut those emissions.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is coming to St. Louis tomorrow for a Christmas-themed program at Powell Hall. Musician Wynton Marsalis is enthused about the Swing Symphony, which his orchestra recorded with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and released this year.
The Dutchtown neighborhood, in southeast St. Louis, has seen anti-violence initiatives come and go over the years. Now, it is one of three neighborhoods selected for a nationally-known program called Cure Violence. The effort is being met with cautious optimism.
New gaming machines are all over Missouri in places like bars, gas stations, and lodges. Now opponents, backed by the casino industry, are fighting to get them removed. Some advocates want to keep them for tax revenue.
Sukanya Mani earned a degree in chemistry in her native India before resettling in St. Louis 21 years ago. She puts her fascination with the sciences to work in her art, cutting and shaping paper into sculptures that reflect scientific concepts. Her new pieces are being shown at the Kranzberg Arts Center through the end of the year.
With Missouri set to begin medicinal cannabis sales in the spring and recreational marijuana coming to Illinois on Jan. 1, what do we know about research into the drug? A scientist at the forefront of the issue talks about the myths and misconceptions of cannabis.
Missouri lawmakers were motivated in the spring of 1989 to figure out how climate change would affect the state. A commission was formed to study the issue and come up with solutions. The result was more than 100 policy suggestions, covering everything from the use of solar and wind energy to transportation and teaching about climate change.
A recent presentation to the Crestwood Board of Alderman is leaving questions about the redevelopment plan for the old Crestwood Mall site. Developer Kent Evans discusses the project and when he hopes work on the property can begin.
It's been roughly 18 months since Mike Parson became Missouri Governor. The Republican is assessing accomplishments over that time and responding to critics. Parson spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum about what he expects during the upcoming legislative session and whether big goals can be accomplished during an election year.
Missouri has combined its higher education and workforce development departments. But some liberal arts students and professors question whether public universities should steer students toward high-demand professions.
Many community college workforce development programs are supposed to prepare residents to fill vacancies in the local job market. There are questions about whether they are helping close the skills gap noted by employers. St. Louis Community College is expanding some programs in the hopes of filling that gap.
When St. Louis resident Elsie McGrath became an ordained female priest in 2007, her defiance angered local Catholic officials. Though she was later excommunicated by a St. Louis archbishop, McGrath has continued to lead a small Roman Catholic congregation. She's now feeling hopeful that the church may eventually allow women to join the ministry.
A documentary about Prison Performing Arts will be shown this weekend at the Missouri History Museum. Director Lisa Rhoden Boyd talks about her experience documenting a group of prisoners at the women's prison in Vandalia, Missouri as they developed the St. Louis-based organization's first commissioned play.
There is no legal place in Missouri to buy medical marijuana, even though more than 17-hundred patients are already in the state's medical cannabis program. That number indicates greater access in Missouri compared to Illinois, where an initiative has been in place for almost five years.
Increasing tuition is putting pressure on students throughout the country. Many state universities in Missouri are relying on it for more than half of their budgets. We examine how the rising cost of higher education is affecting students at Missouri's flagship university.
The internationally renowned political dissident and artist Ai Weiwei is presenting a major exhibition at the Kemper Art Museum. The artworks examine questions related to the horrors of war and various forms of violence. Many of the pieces are being presented in the United States for the first time.
St. Louis County police officials are dealing with the impact of a nearly $20 million verdict against the department for discrimination against a gay officer. There are questions about the culture of one of the state's largest police departments and how Missouri handles discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
Every few months, artist Allana Ross gives public tours of the Weldon Spring, Times Beach and West Lake Landfill sites. By allowing people to visit those locations and learn about their history, Ross hopes many will see that people have repeatedly dealt with toxic waste by dumping it and contaminating the soil for future generations.
Charter schools opened in St. Louis two decades ago. But it was not a warm reception all around. Now a once adversarial relationship between traditional public school backers and charters is showing signs of warmth.
African swine fever has been infecting its way through the pig herds of Asia. The disease, which took officials in China by surprise, could kill up to a quarter of the world’s pig population. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports that while the disease isn’t here, the U.S. pork industry is preparing for a possible crisis.
Most of the houses in downtown Belleville are more than 80 years old, according to the US Census. And many of them were built decades earlier -- in the 1800s.
These older homes are attracting a new crop of residents to the neighborhood, for personal and practical reasons.
State funding per student at Missouri's colleges and universities has dropped by almost half since 2000. That is leaving people throughout the state trying to figure out how to pay for their higher education.
The former president of the National Bar Association and the civil rights attorney for Michael Brown Jr. is on tour promoting his new book "Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People." Benjamin Crump talks about race and the criminal justice system, and violence in St. Louis.
Three St. Louis-area House seats will be filled in special elections on November 5th. Only one is competitive. It's Jean Evans' former seat in West County where Republican Lee Ann Pittman is facing Democrat Trish Gunby.
Nonprofit immigrant health clinic Casas De Salud President Jorge Riopedre will leave the job on Friday, November 1st. Even though he's moving on, Riopedre says he has set plans in motion to make the clinic more includes for all non-English speakers in the St. Louis Region.
For 20 years, Gerry Marian has played the organ before movie showings at the Chase Park Plaza Cinema. He is one of a few people who still hold a job that dates back to the days of silent films. Marian will enter the spotlight this weekend to debut his newly written score for the 1925 silent film "The Phantom of the Opera."
Every week, thousands of people across the U.S. head to dance studios and clubs to move to Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican beats. Some of the most dedicated will arrive in St. Louis this week for the 10th Annual St. Louis International Salsa Congress, which starts today.
The mayor of Woodson Terrace is sending a letter to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson asking for a say in whether the city privatizes the Lambert International Airport. Also, the mayor of Bridgeton and others involved in the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis are spearheading an impact study to discover how they could be affected if a private operator leases the airport.
East St. Louis has a rich history but much of it is at risk of being lost. East St. Louis native Reginald Petty has helped launch a society to preserve the city's history. He has written a book about major people who have come from East St. Louis and is concerned younger residents are disconnected from the community's history and culture.
Florissant native Kevin Cox Jr. is a post-doctoral associate at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and one of 15 Hanna H. Gray Fellows named by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The more than one-million-dollar fellowship specifically seeks out scientists from underrepresented groups early in their careers. Cox is African American.
St. Louis–based LGBTQ advocacy organizations are taking steps to anticipate the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case that could overturn municipal laws protecting transgender and gender-nonconforming employees in Missouri and Illinois. Legal experts say the case outcome could leave LGBTQ workers with just a "patchwork" of protections, opening them up to legal discrimination.
Unlike some Mississippi River-adjacent states that have set limits on nutrient pollution, Missouri has addressed nutrient pollution by providing funds for farmers to use conservation practices that reduce nutrients from the waterways. But environmentalists say that the state needs to vastly improve how it monitors nutrients that enter waterways and set limits in order to make a substantial progress on water quality in Missouri and reducing the dead zone in the Gulf
Missouri has thousands of untested rape kits sitting on shelves in police stations and hospitals — some containing DNA evidence that could put rapists behind bars. The state is getting closer to finishing an inventory of those untested kits, but there's still a lot of work to be done.
Gov. Mike Parson pledged not to restart a state program that creates low-income housing unless the legislature made big changes. That didn't happen, and now he's facing pressure to end a nearly two-year freeze of the controversial incentive.
Judy Gladney graduated from University City High School in 1969. She and her husband were among the first African-Americans to attend the school. She was hesitant about attending her 50th reunion but has decided to go. Gladney reflects on her high school experience in a conversation with St. Louis Public Radio's Holly Edgell.
St. Louisan Ronald Ollie is displaying the works of black abstract artists, who are often under-represented in art galleries. We explore what “abstract" means for many African Americans artists and what messages and themes are typically conveyed.
Washington University's Kemper Art Museum has re-opened after a major expansion. Exhibition space has increased by 50 percent, and a new facade of polished stainless steel heightens the museum's presence on campus and in the neighborhood.
Many are familiar with the fact that women make up the majority of the ownership group for St. Louis’ new pro-soccer franchise. Plenty of fans in the area also know that Georgia Frontiere owned the NFL’s Rams when the team moved to the region. But they might not be aware that the first female owner in Major League Baseball history was in St. Louis.
Children from Emerson Academy Therapeutic School in the Greater Ville neighborhood of St. Louis are talking about how they cope with gun violence. The area has a high crime rate with little to no resources to change the culture.
Michael Plisco is a pulmonologist in the intensive care unit at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis who treated the man who died from vaping-related lung injury last month. While medical experts still don’t know exactly what causes death and severe illness in some people who vape, Dr. Plisco says the St. Louis patient offers clues into the little-understood dangers of vaping.
Fort Leonard Wood is huge, and a lot of it is undeveloped natural areas. That means some of Missouri’s threatened species, such as bats, have a safe home among the soldiers. And the Army is working to keep it that way.
A mural project in Belleville is bringing public art to the city's downtown streets. It's funded through donations from individuals and area businesses. Artists and organizers believe the effort will have a lasting impact on the Metro East city.
Leaders of Native American tribes say they support proposed legislation to make Cahokia Mounds a national park as a way to preserve a place that is sacred to their people. Many tribes who live in the Midwest trace their heritage to those who built the ancient city 1,000 years ago.
When people are shot and killed, the pain can linger for families left behind. Sharon Williams’s 19-year-old son was killed on a street corner in the Mark Twain neighborhood 10 years ago. She says losing a child to gun violence has left her with years of traumatic grief and an enormous sense of guilt.
Denver International Airport recently fired Ferrorvial Airports, the developer involved in a nearly $2 billion public-private partnership. The same company likely will bid for a lease to operate St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
When it comes to gun violence, many seem to think children are excluded from being harmed. But more children in St. Louis have been killed by guns since Memorial Day, compared to all of last year. Experts, police, and people in the neighborhoods discuss the "norms" when it comes to not harming or killing children, and why things have shifted.
Queer Puerto Rican author Gabby Rivera is coming to St. Louis to talk about her novel 'Juliet Takes a Breath.' The book was originally published by an extremely small press, to a limited audience. But it resonated with LGBTQ and Latinx readers nationally, and now, three years after its initial publication it’s being re-released in hardback and translated into Spanish.
The new Major League Soccer stadium in St. Louis is expected to be built near other sports and entertainment venues including Enterprise Center, Busch Stadium and Union Station. Washington University Sports Business Program Director Patrick Rishe talks about how other cities have set up similar districts to help boost economic development.
The group Mixed Feelings offers opportunities for people who identify as multiracial to share their struggles in defining racial identity. Members say it's time to reassess the nation's traditional black and white cultural dichotomy and to make room for those with roots in more than one group who want to embrace their varied identities.
Stéphane Denève makes his much-anticipated debut this weekend as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s new musical director. He is a self-described people person, who fell in love with music as a young child in a small town in northern France. We get to know a bit more about the person behind the artistry.
Every September, many residents of Troy, Illinois, turn out to remember Airman Bradley R. Smith. He died in Afghanistan in January 2010. They honor him with an annual 5K run. Smith's parents started the event as a way to remember their son, who was awarded the Silver Star for saving members of his unit while under fire. But Smith's father says the event has become bigger than his family's loss.
After the failure of Better Together, city and county leaders are planning to put their heads together to decide whether St. Louis and St. Louis County should merge. But even people amenable to a merger aren’t super optimistic this process will lead to systemic change.
The Stanley Cup’s summer tour included five countries over three continents as it made its way to each Blues player, coach, executive, trainer, and equipment manager. The trophy will be back in St. Louis for the start of the new NHL season, before returning to its home at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The "Keeper of the Cup" Phil Pritchard talks about the busy summer with the Stanley Cup champions.