Finally, I’m on NPR

Robert Siegel and me outside the Coffee Cartel.

Good things come to those who wait, or so the saying goes.  It’s true with me. In a few days, a 2-1/2-year-old interview of me will air on NPR.

In June of 2014, NPR’s All Things Considered Senior Host Robert Siegel interviewed me about Beer, Brats, and Baseball: German-Americans in St. Louis and my work with the German American Heritage Society of St. Louis to get recognition for the six German streets in St. Louis whose names were changed during World War I. The idea was to use the interview at the Coffee Cartel in the Central West End in programs airing in August or September, around the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, on the anti-German hysteria during the war. But not long after that, Siegel’s producer Art Silverman e-mailed me apologetically to say NPR had decided against running those programs and my interview.

Then a couple of days ago, I heard again from Siegel’s producer. “It’s been a while, but we’re finally airing the interview with you,” Silverman wrote in an e-mail.  “We’re using your interview (finally!) next week to mark the 100th anniversary of the US entry into the First World War.”

The interview will run some time during All Things Considered on April 7. In St. Louis, it airs at 3 p.m. and basically repeats at 5 p.m. on KWMU, 90.7. If you’re outside of St. Louis, check when All Things Considered runs on your local NPR station. Art Silverman said he’d get back to me about the time within the program. I’ll let you know specifics of the time when I get them. If you miss it, I’ll post a link to the interview afterward.


Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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