A 2015 graduate of Washington University, Nahuel Fefer met with DJ Wilson at the end of his undergraduate career. The Collateral Damage host encouraged the bright young man to get a look at how policy is made in the sausage factory of City Hall rather than going straight to graduate school. After two years of following DJ's advice, Fefer is headed to Law School at NYU.
DJ and Nahuel talk about the minimum wage, public transportation, the mayoral election, economic policy, and regionalism -- they even find a few moments to discuss India and Nepal, too.
See if you can count how many times Fefer uses the word "Externalities."
Here's how the conversation went -- roughly:
3:00-11:30 - StL Minimum Wage: Why Fefer likes this policy and what state politics have to say about it.
12:00-19:00 - Props 1 & 2: Slay's big initiatives in his final year in office
19:00-25:00 - Metrics: What tools should we use to make decisions in City Hall?
25:00-27:00 - A New Mayor: Is there reason for hope?
29:00-39:00 - Looking Ahead: Opportunities and threats for StL
39:00-45:00 - What's Next for Nahuel: Law school, international travel, "Cultural Whiplash"
Doug Moore has spent 17 years with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Moore recently interviewed the new St. Louis City mayor, Lyda Krewson, in an article titled, "New St. Louis mayor on her to-do list, political foes and getting 'remarried' to the county."
Here's a quick, approximate breakdown of the interview if you'd like to skip around:
2:30-8:00 - Regional Flooding: The newsroom's responsibility
8:10-25:00 - New Mayor Lyda Krewson: The race, her team, and her prospects
25:00-33:30 - Homelessness in St. Louis: Closing the NLEC, opening of the Biddle House, and how we got here
33:45-38:15 - NGA: What it took to move the spy agency to the North Side
38:20-50:30 - The Newsroom: Changes at hand and headlines on the horizon
Jenna Bauer is an artist, arts educator, and breath of fresh air in St Louis. She talks this week about her work with the Colorbridge Arts Collective, a "grassroots arts collective dedicated to providing inspired thematic curricula and studio art education opportunities for individuals, schools, families and community groups."
Colorbridge Arts is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Colorbridge Studio at 5832 Macklind Ave, 63109.
Jenna helped found SCOSaG, now known as Artscope, which is based in Tower Grove Park.
Ms Bauer's work isn't limited to visual arts and arts education, she is an artist in residence at Cherokee Street's Yaquis restaurant and bar, where she sings jazz standards on Tuesday evenings.
Former SLU Urban Affairs Professor George Otte along with his wife, Françoise Otte, who worked in St Louis City Hall before joining Southwestern Bell and then IBM, return for their annual conversation with Collateral Damage to discuss the recent French presidential elections, the present state of Europe, and how Trump is viewed abroad.
Jason Rosenbaum of St. Louis Public Radio and Maria Keena of KMOX join DJ in studio to discuss the latest election, the failed soccer stadium, safety concerns on the metro and the state of radio.
Virvus Jones, former comptroller and alderman as well as father of recent mayoral candidate Tishaura Jones, joins DJ in studio to talk about national, state and local news. He also discusses the recent city election.
Tim O'Neil, recently retired from the Post Dispatch, talks about his time at the paper, where journalism could be headed and something about losing a bit of his finger.
Matthew Carroll-Schmidt, with Team TIF, talks the downside of Proposition 2, the April 4th ballot proposal, which supports a soccer stadium and why he thinks St. Louis shouldn't use public money for the stadium.
Former mayoral Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford explains the upside of Proposition 2, the April 4th ballot proposal, which supports a soccer stadium and why he thinks its passage would be good for the city and the region. Tom Michler of New Dimensions Soccer talks about how his non-profit is bringing the game to underserved urban youth and how it helps them both on and off the field.
Andrew Jones, Republican candidate for mayor of St. Louis, joins DJ in studio to talk about why he decided to run, his plans to combat crime in the city and updating the city's way of creating economic development.
Stacy Ross and Alvin Willis of Neighbors4StableSTL.org join DJ in studio to talk about Prop NS (neighborhood stabilization) and how it can help St. Louis take care of its vacant building problem. Funds from the bond issue, up to $6 million per year, would be used to stabilize vacant residential buildings and increase the chances that they would be rehabbed and re-used.
City Treasurer Tishaura Jones talks about her school days in the desegregation program, her two terms in Jefferson City as a state representative, taking over for Larry Williams as city treasurer....and her decision to run for mayor -- why she's doing it, what she wants to do and how she hopes to pull it off.
Ald. Antonio French discusses why he's running for mayor of St. Louis in the March 7 primary and what he thinks needs to be done to improve public safety, neighborhoods, and economic opportunities in disadvantaged neighborhoods. And he talks about Fergustan, yes.
Jeffrey Boyd has been alderman from the 22nd Ward for 14 years. The father of three spent 23 years in the Army, retiring as a Master Sergeant. He is running to be mayor of the city of St. Louis and is a candidate in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, March 7.
Gloria Muhammad, aldermanic candidate in St. Louis's Third Ward, and Megan Betts, aldermanic candidate in the 5th Ward discuss their campaigns and the issues in preparation for the upcoming elections.
Aldermanic candidates, Dan Guenther of the 9th Ward and Lindsay Pattan of the 19th, discuss their campaigns leading up to the March 7 election.
local bon vivants Byron Kerman and Toby Weiss join DJ in studio to take a look at the past year and what we have in store for us in 2017. Crikey.
Molly Metzger and Nay'Chelle Harris of Team TIF (Tax Increment Financing) join DJ in studio to talk about tax incentives in St. Louis and moving towards more equitable outcomes for all parts of St. Louis. Team TIF emphasizes the need for transparency and racial equity.
Two of the mayoral candidates, Pastor Jimmie Matthews and Bill Haas, join DJ in studio to discuss their campaigns.
DJ is joined by Mark Kasen and Charlie "Tuna" Edwards (KFNS 590 AM) to talk about the life of St. Louis radio personality, Richard "Onion" Horton, who was on local AM radio for decades bringing his pungent and insightful views on race, politics, and sports, in that order. Horton died the week before this episode.
Mickey Cohen discusses his ongoing struggle against a Walgreens effort to move across Southwest Avenue in the city to open a new store behind the old Southwest Bank building at Kingshighway and Southwest. the city Preservation Board meeets Nov. 28 to consider the issue.
Hank Thompson, long time African-American radio host and political consultant, joins DJ in studio to analyze and empathize about the recent national and local elections.
Paul Schankman joins d.j. in studio to discuss his 33 years on local TV at KTVI, exploring how electronic media has changed over that time and what (gasp) the future holds. He also describes being attacked by a llama while on camera.
Virvus Jones, former city comptroller and alderman and longtime political raconteur and campaign manager, joins DJ to talk about the upcoming election and what will be on the ballot.
Montague Simmons of the AFL-CIO joins DJ in studio to discuss Amendment 6, and its impact on voters. This amendment would create stricter requirements on what types of identification would be needed to vote in Missouri, disproportionately affecting the poor and elderly.