Jeff St. Clair

All Things Considered host, Exploradio

A career in radio was a surprising turn for me seeing that my first love was science. I studied chemistry at the University of Akron and for 13 years lived the quiet life of an analytical chemist in the Akron area,listening to WKSU all the while in the lab.

A few small explosions and chemical spills helped me decide that it was time to look for a new career. In 1998 I landed a part-time position at WKSU and began hosting the Sunday local performance show, In Performance. The magic of radio did its work on me, and in December 2000 I permanently shed the lab-coat to join WKSU full-time and have never looked back.

As the local host of NPR's All Things Considered, I love connecting with listeners as they’re heading home.  It’s a privilege to introduce listeners to the fascinating guests, artists, experts, and news makers that are heard each day on NPR.  It’s a conversation that enriches us all.

I’m also thrilled to share my love of science with listeners through Exploradio, along with reporting on the environment, business, and politics.

Reporting the news is perfect for someone like me because I’m intensely curious ( i.e. nosy)  and have a very short attention span! I'm grateful to have found my niche.

WKSU is one of those rare places where creativity and technology come together to create a product that touches your intellect and your soul—it makes you laugh and carries you through times of reflection.

I sometimes imagine that a young person listening today will be inspired to make the world a better place because of something he or she heard on WKSU. I'm extremely proud to be part of one of the best stations in the public radio system.

I live in Kent with my wife and my three wonderful children.

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This election cycle, WKSU is teaming with nearly a dozen newspapers, radio and TV stations across Ohio to help re-engage citizens in the political process.

The project YourVoteOhio officially launched on Sunday and included a piece from Toledo Blade political reporter Tom Troy looking at the dynamics of political advertising.

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UPDATE:  A city spokeswoman says they haven't been served with the lawsuit and declined to comment.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio made good this week on its promise to sue the City of Akron if changes were not made to its law restricting panhandling.  

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Kent State University’s May 4th Center is highlighting this week the tragic period of history in Southeast Asia that followed America’s involvement in Vietnam, the Cambodian Genocide.

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that a survivor of one Cambodia’s most notorious prisons will share his remarkable story tonight.

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It’s no longer the headline- grabbing epidemic that swept through gay communities a generation ago. But today, 1.2 million Americans are still living with AIDS.

In Cleveland, a pair of researchers launched their careers at the dawn of the AIDS era, and in this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair finds that 35 years later they’re still working to improve the lives of people with HIV.

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Large parts of Ohio were under air quality warnings this week, and Columbus issued its first ever smog alert in April as temperatures spiked on Monday.

But a report released today shows that overall, air quality in Northeast Ohio is improving.

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A local cyber security expert is advising parents to take an active role in monitoring their children’s online activity. 

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that kids need help learning to safely navigate our increasingly wired world.

Brian Kelley is Chief Information Officer for Portage County, and teaches computer and information security at The University of Akron and Kent State University.

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Two Akron winners have been announced in the Knight Cities Challenge, a contest held in the 26 communities once served by Knight-owned newspapers that recognizes ideas to improve their cities.

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports both Akron projects engage residents in exploring the landscape.

The first winning idea will help Akron residents explore the urban landscape in a new way. Designer Johnathon Morschl will receive $120,000 to develop a bike park in downtown Akron.

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Influenza is peaking later than normal this year, with a surge of cases across Northeast Ohio in the past couple of weeks.

But WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports, if you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, don’t bother.

Summit County Medical Director Dr. Marguerite Erme says the health department has seen a later than normal increase in influenza activity, but she’s not too worried.

“While it’s unusual, if you look at the trends, I don’t think it’s too alarming,” says Erme.

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Massive blooms of toxic algae are becoming a yearly occurrence in western Lake Erie.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week doubled its spending on programs to reduce the flow of nutrients that feed the outbreaks.

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that Ohio farmers say they are onboard with efforts to save the lake.

Winds blowing across Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, can turn calm water into a frothing chop in a matter of minutes.

They're the kind of conditions that keep most people on shore, but inspire one Canadian photographer to head into the water.

The results are breathtaking images of Lake Erie as few have seen it.

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Life today can be stressful.  But researchers are finding that a simple version of an ancient practice can alleviate a long list of modern ailments.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at how mindfulness affects your brain and your body.

University Hospitals mindfulness trainer Suzanne Rusnak is giving me lesson in meditation at the public library where we decided to meet.

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Cleveland Clinic

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic gathered Monday to answer questions about the first uterus transplant in the U.S.  They say while similar to other organ transplants, it’s a life-enhancing rather than life-saving procedure. 

Jeff St. Clair’s ‘All Things Considered’ newscast from November 10, 2015, includes breaking news about a small plane crash in the Ellet neighborhood in Akron and a sound-rich spot from reporter Kevin Niedermier about a Cleveland rally supporting an increase in the minimum wage. The newscast covers stories in communities throughout WKSU’s listening area and audio was captured by staff reporters. St. Clair’s daily newscasts bring local and statewide breaking and long-form news to NPR’s national feed.
 

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President Barack Obama has renewed his pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, but as WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports, a northeast Ohio lawyer says he doubts his clients at Guantanamo will taste freedom anytime soon.

  Carlos Warner is a federal public defender for Northern Ohio who represents nine of the 91 inmates still being held at the base in Cuba.

He says none of his clients are facing charges or likely to be charged, but he doesn’t believe President Obama has the political will to release them.

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Having a diverse workforce is a priority for many companies, but researchers have found that just putting people with diverse backgrounds together doesn’t always improve outcomes. They have to actually engage with each other, and that can be a complicated process.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks out how the company you keep impacts diversity at your company.

Diversity can remain an untapped resource for a company when the connections aren’t clicking among diverse team members. 

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A new push to expand trade relations with Cuba was launched Wednesday in Cleveland.  The group includes farmers, educators and business leaders who want Congress to repeal the trade embargo and allow free travel to the island nation.

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports it’s an effort to include the Midwest in the conversation about Cuba policy.

James Williams is president of the Engage Cuba Coalition.  He’s brought together a wide-ranging group of Ohioans to join him in lobbying Congress to allow trade and travel with Cuba.

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The Zika virus is rapidly spreading across South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  It may soon spread to the U.S.  

It's carried by a mosquito native to Africa called Aedes aegypti, and by its cousin, Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, which has been found as far north as Ohio.

Scientists are amping up efforts to fight our oldest foes. One Wooster researcher thinks the key to controlling mosquitoes can be found by unlocking the secrets of their reproduction.

Gov. John Kasich came in a strong second in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary with about 16 percent of the overall Republican vote.

Donald Trump was the first place winner, but Kasich gave what sounded like a victory speech…

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The leaders of the Cleveland Clinic and Akron General came together Tuesday to give a status report on the health of the now-combined systems.

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that both say last summer’s takeover has benefitted both organizations.

 

Akron General CEO Tim Stover told the audience at the Akron Press cClub that without the cash infusion from the Cleveland Clinic, the century-old hospital would have gone under. 

But, he says, money was not the only factor in his decision to merge.

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Lead in the drinking water in the village of Sebring, Ohio, may not be an isolated incident, according to an Ohio EPA spokeswoman.

Heidi Griesmer says the agency is monitoring water systems throughout the state.

Griesmer acknowledges that the Ohio EPA could have been more aggressive in pushing Sebring water officials to notify customers of lead issues earlier.

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A lot has changed about how we view people with autism since the term first emerged a generation ago. Acceptance and inclusion are improving, and people like animal behaviorist Temple Grandin have shown that being on the autism spectrum doesn’t preclude a rewarding career.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair sits down with Grandin to talk about autism in the workplace and he looks at a local effort to help autistic kids transition to independent adulthood.

 

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Not all dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. In fact, they’re still all around us. Birds are dinosaurs, and evidence for that toothy ancestry is growing.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair explores local efforts to understand the dino/avian connection, and a plan to engineer a very early bird.

In the first Jurassic Park movie, a flock of ostrich-like dinosaurs race past when suddenly a giant T-Rex leaps out and snags one.

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President Barack Obama has signed a ban on products containing microbeads. The tiny pieces of plastic found in facial scrubs and other products have been found in high concentrations in Lake Erie and other waterways.

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  A coalition of black activist groups is promising more demonstrations in Cleveland following a grand jury’s decision this week not to indict the two white officers involving in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

WKYC-TV reports that activists met Wednesday at the Cleveland NAACP branch to outline a set of demands and to warn of more protests over the November 2014 killing.

WESTERN RESERVE HOSPITAL

The days of the solo family practice are fading in modern healthcare.

More primary care doctors are opting to work for hospitals instead of going it alone.

But in this installment of WKSU’s The Business of Health, Jeff St.Clair looks at how some Ohio physicians are banding together to stay independent.

 

Gary Pinta is a busy primary-care doctor in Cuyahoga Falls. He’s gotten to know his patients pretty well over the past two decades.

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