Essential news for the St. Louis region. Every weekday, in about 8 to 10 minutes, you can learn about the top stories of the day, while also hearing longer stories that bring context and humanity to the issues and ideas that affect life in the region. Music by Ryan McNeely of Adult Fur.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - How wealth inequality shapes life in the St. Louis region
The pandemic has exacerbated the growing gap between people with extreme wealth and those struggling to make ends meet. What does wealth inequality mean and what does it look like in St. Louis?
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - SLU historian: Politicians ignore Martin Luther King’s fight for poor people
The director of African American Studies at St. Louis University says the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s calls for economic equality and workers’ rights have been diluted around the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Christopher Tinson discusses why politicians ignore King’s call for economic rights.
Monday, January 24, 2022 - Public transit users are adjusting to a driver shortage
A shortage of MetroBus drivers has prompted the suspension of six routes and changes to dozens of others. As a result, riders are waiting longer at bus stops in the often bitter cold or missing work when buses don’t show up.
Friday, January 21, 2022 - Examining what makes coyotes so resilient
Coyotes have become fixtures of American life, from the biggest cities to the open range. The number of coyotes in Kansas has nearly tripled since the 1980s and they're unwelcome around ranches, farms and homes. One response is to hunt them, but the canine still finds ways to survive.
Listener note: This story includes the sound of gunfire and depictions of hunting animals.
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - Gaining a Better Understanding of Wolves
Workers at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka are working to educate people about the animals. The operation includes some American Red Wolves, which are the most endangered in the world.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - New Leadership at the Muny
The new president and CEO of one of the oldest arts organizations in St. Louis want to make sure the Muny is welcoming to people of all backgrounds. Kwofe Coleman is the first Black person to lead the 103-year-old theater in Forest Park.
We need more from you right now than this
St. Louis is under attack. Your daily sound bites aren’t enough. The circuit attorney St. Louis and elected is being attacked and the Trump appointed US attorney is being given $1 million and 50 federal police to oppress us. How is this not a headline?
Great way to get an overview of St Louis news. Responsible reporting is crucial in these times.
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This is a great addition to my rotation of playlists I listen to on my long commute to work. I used to only get my morning news update with NPR’s Up First, but that didn’t have the local news I love from STLPR. Now I have my fix and don’t even have leave the app.