Jeff St. Clair
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.
Scientists thought that humans with stone weapons may have caused the disappearance of Ice Age beasts like woolly mammoths. New research shows that stones were no match for mammoths' hair and hide.
Across the country, efforts are underway to change the names of birds that commemorate a colonial and racist past. It's part of an effort to move birdwatching away from being a mainly white activity.
As America tries to come to terms with its complicated racial past, efforts are underway to remove all eponymous bird names and to "decolonize the birding experience" to include more Black people.
Fifty years ago, National Guard troops opened fire on protesting students at Kent State University killing four and wounding nine — changing the perception of the Vietnam War in the U.S.
Some civic leaders in Cleveland want the local economy to embrace blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin. It will only work if the average citizen grasps what this new cryptocurrency is all about.
That war gave us our national anthem and a stable border with Canada, but otherwise, not much is remembered about that conflict nowadays. This changed over Labor Day when the largest sailing re-enactment ever attempted in the U.S. marked the anniversary of a remarkable victory in that war.
A compatible medical-legal partnership may sound like an oxymoron. But in hospitals and clinics across the country, doctors are welcoming lawyers into their practices. They say a lawyer may be just the prescription for some patients with intractable legal needs.