W_Hannibal17Jim Kramper, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in St. Louis, talks with Don Corrigan about what a day in the life of a weather warning coordinator is like, weather safety, weather pattern myths, and what can be learned from Missouri’s past severe weather events.

To hear the podcast interview CLICK HERE.

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St. Louis faces issues right now, like Westlake Landfill, which deserves a little outrage from Missourians. My new column is out in the West End Word!

“By far, my favorite era of media history is the Age of Muckraking, when writers like Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair and Lincoln Steffens took on monopoly oil companies, noxious meat packers and gouging public utilities. Missouri could use some angry muckrakers to express a little outrage right now.”

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Pictured: Jason Knouft. Photo provided by Jason Knouft.

Pictured: Jason Knouft. Photo provided by Jason Knouft.

Associate Professor of Biology at Saint Louis University, Jason Knouft, talks with Don Corrigan about possible issues from raw sewage being pumped into the Meramec River because of the damaged Fenton Sewage Treatment Plant.

To hear the interview CLICK HERE.

Pictured: Kim Visintine.

Pictured: Kim Visintine.

Kim Visintine, one of the founding members of the organization, “Cold Water Creek: Just the Facts Please,” is the guest on this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan.

Visintine shares the story of how radioactive waste from Cold Water Creek has been spread throughout North County over the decades. She and a group of childhood friends, who grew up in the Cold Water Creek area in the 1970s and 80s, reconnected years later through social media. After a short time, they discovered rare health issues plagued almost everyone they knew, including the passing on of some of those health issues genetically to their children.

To hear this informational and stirring interview CLICK HERE.

MeDetroitCarolyn Finney, Ph.D., is the guest on this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan. Finney is the author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors.”

Speaking about the absence of African-Americans engaging in outdoor activities portrayed in popular culture, such as in movies and magazines:

“Just because we don’t see any (African-Americans) doesn’t mean there aren’t any. That’s myth number one,” Finney said. “Actually, black people, like everybody else, have been around doing everything like everybody else since the beginning of the time. You have black mariners, you have black hikers, you have black people camping – I mean black people have been doing it too.”

For more information and to hear the interview CLICK HERE.

Photo provided by Bob Wyss.

Photo provided by Bob Wyss.

“The parents and grandparents of the people in St. Louis are the big heroes,” Bob Wyss said. “They looked at a problem and they resolved it, and they should be credited for what they did.”

Bob Wyss, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut, created a blog called, “A Coal Black Sky.” The blog is the story of how St. Louis overcame an air pollution problem in the late 1930s and early 1940s that was so intense the street lights had to be lit during the day due to coal smoke.

Wyss spoke wtih Don Corrigan about his blog on this edition of “Behind The Editor’s Curtain.” For more information and to hear the podcast interview with Bob Wyss CLICK HERE.

nicholas-1062539_1920 PixabayJust days before Santa Claus launches his sleigh for the 2015 worldwide, whirlwind Christmas gift tour, the less-than jolly fat man blasted man-made global warming. He said climate change threatens the future of his work at the holidays and he predicted that Christmas as we know it could end before 2020.

To read the rest of what Santa has to say about climate change CLICK HERE.