The Gateway

St. Louis Public Radio

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

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Teachers starting their careers this fall are dealing with more challenges than expected. A couple of them share their thoughts on being a new educator during a pandemic.

Sep 22

9 min

Renters who can’t pay are receiving some help during the coronavirus outbreak. There are state and national orders preventing evictions during the pandemic. But they are causing problems for landlords who are concerned about not being able to keep up with mortgage payments.

Sep 21

9 min

An illustrator and Washington University professor has composed an anti-Trump project in the form of an ABC book for young readers. D.W. Dowd says he developed the idea after coming across a 1946 booklet that included a guide to proper behavior for children.

Sep 18

9 min

Doctors say the upcoming cold weather will put more people at risk of catching the coronavirus. They say it will likely spread more easily as people move to poorly ventilated indoor spaces to socialize.

Sep 17

9 min

The pandemic is causing a backlog of thousands of cases in municipal courts. They haven’t convened in-person for six months. Now, the courts are finding ways to operate virtually in the era of COVID-19.

Sep 16

9 min

Local producers have competed in a battle of songs in front of a crowd of hip-hop fans for a decade. This year the beat battle is online because of the pandemic. But producers will still have a platform to share music and connect with other musicians.

Sep 15

10 min

There is a national moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 outbreak. That means people facing evictions have until December 31 to find rental or housing assistance. But African American and Latino neighborhoods in the St. Louis region are expected to be hardest hit if the ban is lifted at the end of the year.

Sep 14

10 min

Two of playwright Melda Beaty’s plays will be streamed this month by The Black Rep. Both focus on the experiences of older Black Americans. Also, we remember the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Sep 11

10 min

How people speak, and how other people react to it is a major cause of racism and sexism, according to an English professor at Missouri S&T. Sarah Hercula has written a book advocating for English teachers, people who study linguistics and others to tear down stereotypes of language as part of the overall effort to combat systemic racism and sexism.

Sep 10

11 min

Midwest states rely on private insurance companies to provide healthcare to people on Medicaid. Now in Illinois, thousands of foster children are being switched into this new system.

Sep 9

9 min

Many students are more than a week into remote learning because of the pandemic. It’s been chaotic for many families, but there are some success stories. Also, we remember one of the greatest Cardinals of all time.

Sep 8

10 min

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page just won the Democratic primary and is facing minimal opposition in November. But he is also being heavily criticized on a number of fronts.

Sep 4

10 min

The Mount Pleasant Homing Pigeon Club has been racing pigeons in St. Louis for more than a century. Members release their pigeons hundreds of miles from St. Louis and then track how long it takes them to make it home. The brawny birds are bred to fly long distances and can be worth thousands of dollars.

Sep 3

11 min

African Americans have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus and its economic impact. Black families in the St. Louis region are facing unprecedented hurdles as the virus worsens already stark disparities.

Sep 2

9 min

A group of stakeholders is gathering input on ideas to solve problems in the city's core. Members are planning to deal with several issues including, infrastructure, property maintenance, and safety.

Sep 1

9 min

Businesses featuring live music in the St. Louis region have been hit hard by the pandemic. Regulations allow those locations to open their doors with new guidelines. Now, many owners are deciding if the timing is right to reopen.

Aug 31

10 min

Craft brewers thrive on being local. That has prompted the University of Missouri to study the feasibility of growing certain varieties of hops in the state. And in southern Illinois, the owners of a microbrewery are using unusual ingredients to flavor their beer.

Aug 28

10 min

Stray Rescue is calling the last few months, "the summer of violence." The no-kill animal rescue organization in St. Louis says it's receiving more requests for help with cases of abuse than usual, and those cases are more severe.

Aug 27

11 min

There is excitement in the birdwatching community about a rare sighting in Missouri. Officials say a bird usually found in other areas has been spotted in the state for the first time.

Aug 26

9 min

Researchers at the University of Illinois are figuring out how to expand a new saliva-based COVID-19 test to other colleges and universities throughout the state. The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency authorization to the technology developed on the Urbana campus.

Aug 25

9 min

The school year is starting remotely for many students after pushback from parents and teachers. Online learning during the pandemic could be a different experience now, compared to the spring.

Aug 24

9 min

MBz Live has been blending rapping and melody to make party music for years. But the south St. Louis rapper’s latest work is focused on police brutality. He says living in a region plagued by inequality and racial divisions has inspired his new music.

Aug 21

10 min

There is confusion among many Missouri voters about mail-in and absentee voting. That includes how to make sure those votes will count in November's election.

Aug 20

11 min

A public art installation in St. Louis is raising awareness about the needs of those with cancer. Painters have decorated "42 doors of hope" to offer inspirational messages to patients and their loved ones.

Aug 19

9 min

Illinois has been selling legal marijuana for more than six months and the industry is flourishing. The pandemic is delaying the next round of cannabis-related licenses. There is also a question about the social equity portion of the regulations designed to bring minorities into a business dominated by white men.

Aug 18

10 min

A Rolla business owner used the coronavirus shutdown to fix up an old steam engine and passenger car. The 1923 steam engine has been on display in a city park for more than 60 years.

Aug 17

10 min

St. Louis has very few environmental activists of color. They have felt isolated in their work, deal with more microaggressions than white colleagues and have proposed ideas that end up getting dismissed.

Aug 14

10 min

Earlier this summer, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, the Missouri chapter of the Sierra Club and other St. Louis environmental groups issued anti-racism statements in solidarity with the George Floyd protests. But these groups are almost entirely staffed by white people and do minimal outreach in communities of color.

Aug 13

10 min

The Mark Twain National Forest is deploying a herd of goats to eat non-native plants. It's a natural and cheap alternative to using herbicides and mowing.

Aug 12

10 min

More than 60,000 people in Missouri who have served time in prison are unable to vote because they are on probation or parole. Tracy Stanton with EX-incarcerated People Organizing-MO, or EXPO-MO, is working to change that.

Aug 11

10 min

Black therapists have been in high demand since the killing of George Floyd. They offer a space for Black people to feel heard and valued. Many patients are using sessions to discuss police brutality, racial trauma, and other anxieties.

Aug 10

10 min

Some are against wearing masks during the pandemic. Doctors and public health experts insist face coverings could slow the spread of coronavirus by keeping it from traveling out of a person's mouth.

Aug 7

9 min

Farms have been slow to use solar power because of start-up costs and other issues. But the technology appears to be catching on with more farmers in Missouri thanks to a USDA grant program.

Aug 6

8 min

In an upset, activist Cori Bush has unseated longtime Congressman Lacy Clay in Missouri's 1st Congressional District. The surprise result in yesterday's Democratic primary also ends a family political dynasty. Also, we examine how small colleges in Missouri and Illinois plan to make it through the pandemic.

Aug 5

10 min

Monument Lab recently gathered 750 crowdsourced maps of St. Louis monuments, both real and imagined. A Washington University professor of African and African American History says those maps reflect the city’s lingering divides.

Aug 4

10 min

Horse racing has resumed without fans at Fairmount Park. It had been delayed for months because of the pandemic. Online betting is helping to generate some revenue but is likely not enough for the track to survive.

Aug 3

11 min

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner faces one of her former top assistants, Mary Pat Carl, in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. Gardner beat Carl in 2016. Both have visions for using the criminal justice system as a tool for second chances.

Jul 31

9 min

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department collects a lot of information on how it uses force. But it doesn’t release most of the data. Researchers say those details are crucial for understanding how officers interact with the public.

Jul 30

10 min

Curators from the Missouri Historical Society are keeping track of how St. Louisans are coping with the coronavirus pandemic. The project includes photos, videos and journal entries.

Jul 29

10 min

Longtime Congressman Lacy Clay faces progressive Cori Bush in the Aug. 4 Democratic primary. Clay easily defeated Bush two years ago. He’s favored again. We also examine the Democratic primary for St. Louis treasurer.

Jul 28

10 min

Most hospitals have severely limited visitor access to the Intensive Care Unit to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Not being able to see sick loved ones, especially those who are terminally ill, can take a psychological toll on families and make it more difficult to make decisions about care.

Jul 27

12 min

People without formal journalism training are filling the trust gap between Black communities and mainstream media, especially within the Black Lives Matter movement. Citizen journalists have become a central source for information on civil unrest in the St. Louis region as they livestream protests.

Jul 24

11 min

After years of debating whether to expand Medicaid in Missouri, voters will finally get the chance to decide in next month's primary election. Supporters say it will save millions of dollars while opponents say it will cost the state millions.

Jul 23

10 min

Can you travel safely during the coronavirus pandemic? Are certain forms of travel safer than others? And what kinds of precautions should you take? We get answers from a University of Missouri epidemiologist.

Jul 22

10 min

The pandemic prompted the St. Louis County Executive to take unprecedented action. Sam Page says his administration’s response is worthy of praise. His opponents in the four-way Democratic primary for county executive disagree.

Jul 21

10 min

Nearly five weeks before school is scheduled to begin, many teachers have conflicting feelings about returning to the classroom and being able to stay healthy during the pandemic.

Jul 20

11 min

Aloni Benson started out protesting the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson. He would later become a St. Louis County Police officer. Benson talks about his decision and his experience on both frontlines.

Jul 17

10 min

Nearly 2,000 people attended a George Floyd protest in O'Fallon, Mo., recently. That would have been unheard of just a few years ago. St. Charles County is still 90% white. Diversity has been increasing but protest organizers say the turnout has more to do with the video of Floyd's death.

Jul 16

9 min

An infectious disease doctor at Washington University had to make a tough choice at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis was about 7 months pregnant and worried about being exposed to the virus. She decided to dial back on work and eventually gave birth to a healthy boy.

Jul 15

10 min

Three Black teenagers who are aspiring police officers share their thoughts on the national conversation about the role of police and their relationship with the Black community.

Jul 14

9 min

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