Icon for Post #768

The End Of a Lead-Laced Era

A small town on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, Herculaneum, Missouri, was always a company town. The company, Doe Run, is the largest lead producer in North America, trucking in lead from Missouri’s rich mines to a 120-year-old smelter on the river. For 25 years, the smelter didn’t meet federal air standards for lead, and now, after decades of battling government regulators and angry parents, Doe Run is leaving town at the end of next year.

Icon for Post #755

Stories From Prison: Roar!

In Missouri state prisons, about 60 percent of inmates have kids. That’s 18,000 moms and dads behind bars – and tens of thousands of kids on the other side. To help those parents and kids connect, volunteers make their way through the metal detectors each month with big tubs of blank tapes and CDs, stamped envelopes, and lots of children’s books.

Icon for Post #739

Credit Option or Debt Trap?

Missouri is fertile ground for payday lenders. With some of the loosest regulations in the nation, it’s among the states with the most payday lending stores per capita. Now, the payday lending industry in Missouri is fighting for its life, as activists aim for the November ballot to try to rein in these lenders they say trap the working poor in a cycle of debt.

Icon for Post #747

Mormons Returning After Extermination Order

Ever since Mormon prophet and founder Joseph Smith revealed the Book of Mormon in 1830, his followers have struggled for acceptance. If you want to understand the “why” behind this rocky relationship, the rolling farmland of northwest Missouri might be the best place to start — the birthplace of the human race, according to Joseph Smith, and the place where Christ will first step down in the second coming.

Icon for Post #719

Marathon Gets Joplin Back On Its Feet

In Joplin, Missouri, runners are gearing up for the city’s second annual marathon tomorrow. Some local runners say having a goal to shoot for helped them carry on, after they lost everything in last May’s devastating tornado.

Icon for Post #46

My T-Shirt Says it All

The T-shirt is a staple of the American wardrobe, worn by pretty much everyone at one time or another. It’s a sort of common denominator in a culture marked by differences. On this edition, we’ll hear how three T-shirt designers use the garments as a way to fight racism, communicate cultural identity, and mourn friends who’ve passed away.