Evie Hemphill

Evie Hemphill joined the St. Louis on the Air team in February 2018. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 2005, she started her career as a reporter for the Westminster Window in Colorado. Several years later she went on to pursue graduate work in creative writing at the University of Wyoming and moved to St. Louis upon earning an MFA in the spring of 2010. She worked as writer and editor for Washington University Libraries until 2014 and then spent several more years in public relations for the University of Missouri–St. Louis before making the shift to St. Louis Public Radio.

When she’s not helping to produce the talk show, Evie can typically be found navigating the city sans car, volunteering for St. Louis BWorks or trying to get the majority of the dance steps correct as a member of the Thunder & Lightning Cloggers of Southern Illinois. She’s married to Joe, cat-mom to Dash and rather obsessive about doubt, certitude and the places where refuge and risk intersect.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will lead a discussion about the St. Louis region's vibrant writing community, the long journey that accompanies many a first novel – and the Central West End's upcoming Bookfest St. Louis.

Featuring dozens of writers from near and far, the second annual event is set for Sept. 22, with an ambitious lineup of author presentations, panels, book signings and family-friendly activities scheduled throughout the day.

Joining the on-air conversation will be Kathleen Finneran, senior writer-in-residence at Washington University; Kris Kleindienst, co-owner of Left Bank Books; and Michael Nye, author of the new book "All the Castles Burned."

This interview will be on St. Louis on the Air at noon Friday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

It’s been less than two years since Kim Gardner began serving as St. Louis circuit attorney, and her tenure as the city’s top prosecutor was the focus of an in-depth piece by Doyle Murphy in this week’s Riverfront Times.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, Gardner will join host Don Marsh for a conversation in light of the recent news coverage.

Have a question or comment for Gardner? Tweet us (@STLonAir) or send an email to talk@stlpublicradio.org, and help inform our coverage.

From New York to Los Angeles, people everywhere develop speech patterns unique to their region; however, these varied dialects are discriminated against at times. While this phenomenon is nothing new, two recent films explore the cultural responses to dialects with a racial perspective: Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You.”

“From a linguistic point of view, the dialect that’s distinctive to slave descendants in the United States is the result of racial isolation and also the fact that slavery was legal in the South, so the black dialect has been strongly influenced by white Southern speech,” John Baugh said on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air. “And then once blacks migrated to other parts of the country, they were still racially isolated in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, so the distinctive character of the dialect prevailed.”

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" over the noon hour Friday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

For 44 years, Mary Edwards has been a driving force and treasured colleague at St. Louis Public Radio. Her impact also extends across the St. Louis region, with her work reaching listeners on a daily basis during the many thousands of days that have transpired in that time.

Friday’s St. Louis on the Air will mark her final broadcast as she puts in her last day of full-time work and embarks on a well-deserved retirement.

To celebrate the occasion, she’ll join host Don Marsh for a live conversation – putting her right behind the microphone just this once instead of behind the scenes.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon Friday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh and listeners will have the opportunity to gather some solid book recommendations based on their individual reading interests.

Joining the conversation will be bookish experts Holland Saltsman, owner of the Novel Neighbor in Webster Groves, and Anne Bogel, the person behind the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog and the podcast What Should I Read Next.

Looking for a good read yourself? Tweet us (@STLonAir) or send an email to talk@stlpublicradio.org with your first name plus the titles of three books you like, one book you didn’t like and one book you are currently reading.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon Wednesday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

Ever felt stuck in a problematic job situation? You’re not alone.

The #MeToo movement has led to increased awareness and empowerment around troubling issues of sexual harassment and assault in all sorts of industries. But other forms of mistreatment and even cruelty in the workplace often crop up as well, and many employees end up feeling trapped in difficult environments.

Why does this happen – and what can workers do to cope? Are there ways to significantly improve such settings for everyone involved?

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will discuss how to deal with behaviors such as workplace bullying along with misunderstandings and other issues that can contribute to a toxic job situation.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" over the noon hour Tuesday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will talk with celebrated jazz vocalist Denise Thimes.

Thimes will share her experiences interacting with “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, who passed away earlier this month and is widely considered to have been one of the greatest singers of all time.

Have a question or comment about Aretha Franklin’s legacy? Tweet us (@STLonAir) or send an email to talk@stlpublicradio.org, and help inform our coverage.

“Considerable” is the word that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses to describe the racial disparities that currently surround pregnancy-related mortality rates in the U.S. With African-American women roughly three times more likely to die in childbirth than their white peers, “startling” might be another fitting descriptor.

And the difference “all boils down to systematic racism in varying degrees,” according to Tru Kellman, executive director of Jamaa Birth Village, a nonprofit pregnancy resource center that has served more than 300 women over the past three years.

Early Tuesday morning, the Belleville News-Democrat published an in-depth investigation into just how safe the St. Louis region’s MetroLink light-rail system is, ultimately concluding that it “isn’t as dangerous as you think” and that crime rates have declined.

Hours later, a man was shot and killed at the South Grand Boulevard Metro station during an argument between two other people. He was an innocent bystander waiting for a bus.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh led an on-air discussion prompted by this juxtaposition.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Tuesday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will discuss the state of the Delmar Loop as it welcomes new leadership, awaits an operating trolley and evolves along its eastern end.

Joining him for the conversation will be Rachelle L’Ecuyer, the newly named executive director for the district, and developer Joe Edwards, chairman of the East Loop Community Improvement District.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" over the noon hour on Monday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will discuss the potential privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Joining him for the conversation will be Melody Walker, St. Louis Public Radio’s economic development reporter.

Walker has been following the story for months, from delays related to contracting with a team to explore privatization, to the exploration process itself, to those challenging the efforts.

The digital age has ushered in many advancements and fresh possibilities – and also new concerns. One of those has to do with the need to protect vital scientific and public data resources from disappearing or even being intentionally suppressed.

While many libraries in the U.S. have long served as repositories in an effort to back up and preserve government information, that work has new urgency under a presidential administration that has expunged certain information related to topics such as climate change.

“These things [removing data] have gone on for a long time,” Washington University’s Aaron Addison said on Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, offering the missing Cook County, Illinois, data from the 1960 U.S. Census as one example. “[But] here we have a case where it’s not happening in a vacuum – it’s in concert with all these other decisions that the administration is making. And so it adds, certainly, to the concern.”

Contrary to any stuffy misconceptions, opera isn’t something one simply observes or sits through – especially not an opera like “Lost in the Stars.” That’s according to American theater director Tazewell Thompson, who is guiding Union Avenue Opera’s upcoming production of the still-timely masterwork.

“Opera in general, and this opera in particular, is a living, breathing organism, and … it packs an emotional wallop,” Thompson said this week on St. Louis on the Air. “And I think the audience will walk away transformed and changed … they’ll find that this is an opera of great hope – reconciliation, man’s capacity for change, man’s capacity to forgive. And the music will not be washed over the audience. The music will actually penetrate the hearts of those who watch ‘Lost in the Stars.’”

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Tuesday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

Conspiracy theories are nothing new – but they are in the news a lot these days, and they seem to particularly plague the internet age.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will discuss why conspiracy theories persist and consider factors that may contribute to a propensity to endorse such theories and cling to them tenaciously.

Joining him for the conversation will be Alan Lambert, who is an associate professor of psychology at Washington University.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Monday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will talk with former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who is also the founder and president of Let America Vote.

The conversation will take place just ahead of Kander’s visit to St. Louis to discuss his new book “Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I’ve Learned in Everyday Courage” Monday evening at the Ethical Society of St. Louis.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" over the noon hour on Thursday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will talk with Wesley Bell.

Bell is set to become St. Louis County’s first African-American prosecutor following his victory Tuesday in the Democratic primary, as St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann reported earlier this week.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" over the noon hour on Thursday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

Four years ago this week, Ferguson teenager Michael Brown was killed by a local police officer.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will mark the anniversary by talking with three people from Forward Through Ferguson.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" over the noon hour on Tuesday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will talk about the hundreds of electric scooters that have recently appeared around St. Louis.

Joining him for the conversation will be Daniel Hill, music editor for the Riverfront Times. Hill recently ran a sizeable sample of the new Lime scooters through “extensive tests,” as described in his newly published investigation.

The journalist also published a follow-up report noting that the new scooters’ wheels are “the exact same width” as the trolley tracks along the Delmar Loop – tracks that Hill has had some previous and unfortunate experience navigating via moped.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay (D-University City) joined host Don Marsh to discuss his campaign to serve another term in Congress. St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jason Rosenbaum also participated in the conversation.

Clay, who was first elected to national office in 2000, currently faces a primary challenge from Cori Bush to represent Missouri’s 1st Congressional District. Both Bush and Clay’s names will appear on next week’s Democratic primary ballot.

Clay fielded a wide variety of questions from Marsh, Rosenbaum and listeners during the show. Here are 10 of those exchanges.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" over the noon hour on Friday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

“Do the people of the state of Missouri want to adopt Senate Bill 19 ("Right-to-Work") … ?”

So begins Proposition A, which if passed would make Missouri the 28th right-to-work state in the country, prohibiting labor organizations from mandating union membership or union fees as a condition of employment.

Voters will decide the hotly contested matter during the Aug. 7 primary election. On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will examine both sides of the ballot issue.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" over the noon hour on Wednesday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

Back in January of this year, St. Louis-area resident Jane Beckman came across a newspaper article about a man in need of a new kidney – and another man who came to his aid.

“I could do that,” Beckman thought to herself. And soon, she did. At the end of May, she donated her left kidney “to a complete stranger.”

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will discuss how living organ donors, along with those who care for both donors and recipients, are changing and saving lives.

MetroLink riders along the central corridor will soon have a new spot to hop aboard both red- and blue-line trains.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed what the new Cortex MetroLink Station and other plans in the works could mean for the future of transit in the region.

Joining him to talk about it were Jessica Mefford-Miller, interim executive director of Metro Transit, and June McAllister Fowler, the newly announced board chair for Citizens for Modern Transit.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Monday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will discuss the history and science behind vaccination.

Joining him for the conversation will be Michael Kinch, author of "Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity."

Kinch is an associate vice chancellor and professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Washington University and director of the Centers for Research Innovation in Biotechnology and Drug Discovery.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Wednesday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

Last week, University of Missouri System President Mun Choi sent a message to members of the four campus communities across the state reaffirming a “commitment to institutional accountability, transparency and the protection of our students, employees, patients and visitors.”

“The issues of sexual assault, harassment, bullying, discrimination and workplace misconduct are at the top of our collective consciousness,” Choi’s email read in part, “and academic institutions have often minimized such occurrences in an attempt to protect the university’s reputation … We will never place concerns for our reputation above the welfare of the people we serve, and we will not tolerate misconduct.”

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will discuss ways in which area institutions are responding to renewed focus on such issues.

A few weeks after the #MeToo movement first gained traction in October 2017, a related hashtag also began appearing on social media: #ChurchToo. It quickly caught the attention of Marie Griffith, a faculty member at Washington University who was raised Southern Baptist.

For Griffith, who leads the university’s John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, the idea that sexual harassment and assault occur within Christian faith communities wasn’t new. What was different was the growing spotlight on the problem. In some cases, the outcry led to the resignation of powerful pastors who had abused victims for decades.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh got an update from St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jo Mannies on the latest news concerning former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Mannies reported Tuesday that state Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) had filed a formal complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission. It accuses Greitens of intentionally skirting election laws.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Wednesday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

A treasure trove of St. Louis-based filmmaking talent will be in the spotlight throughout the next two weekends as Cinema St. Louis’ annual Filmmakers Showcase gets underway at Washington University on Friday.

One of the locally driven films set to screen Saturday is “Gateway Sound,” which was produced and directed by Justin Fisher, an audio engineer and educator. The documentary explores the state of the recording industry in St. Louis and beyond.

Fisher will join St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh on Wednesday for a conversation about the project and how recording professionals are adapting in an age of music streaming, slumping record sales and easily accessible recording technology.

Many are familiar with “Little Boy Blue,” a poem by Eugene Field that paints the sad picture of the little toy dog and the little toy soldier waiting decades for the toddler who had kissed them goodnight to return.

The death of children in the late 1800 and early 1900s was not uncommon, even in middle class families such as Field’s, due to lack of knowledge about contagious diseases and certain kinds of infections, historian Bonnie Stepenoff told host Don Marsh on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air.

Two hundred forty-two years ago this week, the American colonies formally declared their independence from Great Britain. But the Continental Congress’ adoption of the handwritten document – and the accompanying revolution – would not be televised or tweeted.

Instead, printed versions of the Declaration of Independence were quickly posted on courthouse doors throughout the colonies, where people gathered to read and discuss what had occurred.

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a significant legal blow to public-sector unions earlier this week with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME, an Illinois union-dues case. The ruling comes as Missouri voters gear up to decide Aug. 7 whether to pass a right-to-work referendum, Proposition A, that would impact collective bargaining in the private sector.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh went Behind the Headlines with a discussion about the state of organized labor in the bi-state region in light of the ruling. Joining him for the conversation was the president of the St. Louis Labor Council, Pat White, who described the court decision as “another attack on working men and women.”

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