6 episodes

Jump on board the big muddy with your guide Mark "River" Peoples and feel the powerful, storied currents of the Mighty Mississippi River pull at your feet and open your imagination. "May The River Be With You" focuses on how the largest river in the U.S. influences and impacts our culture, from arts and education to ecology and commerce. In each episode, we discuss how the river affects us all in unexpected ways while also featuring music, poetry, tales and myths inspired by the river itself.

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Jump on board the big muddy with your guide Mark "River" Peoples and feel the powerful, storied currents of the Mighty Mississippi River pull at your feet and open your imagination. "May The River Be With You" focuses on how the largest river in the U.S. influences and impacts our culture, from arts and education to ecology and commerce. In each episode, we discuss how the river affects us all in unexpected ways while also featuring music, poetry, tales and myths inspired by the river itself.

    Species of the River

    Species of the River

    Mark River and John Ruskey discuss how current environmental changes are effecting plant and animal species along the Mississippi River.

    • 37 min
    River Music

    River Music

    Includes performances and interviews with Mississippi blues music upstart Lucious Spiller and folk singer Meghan Maike, also featuring "Reflections" by Mark River and "River Time" by John Ruskey.

    • 37 min
    Recreation

    Recreation

    Come hear about an 82 year-old Guinness World Record-holding paddler/hiker and his encounter with a lake monster, also a college professor who introduces underprivileged students to life in the great outdoors.

    • 39 min
    Micro Plastics

    Micro Plastics

    How are "Micro Plastics" affecting the Mississippi River? Take a listen to find out...

    • 39 min
    Education and the River

    Education and the River

    In this episode, we speak to educators Shannon McMulkin and Scott Shirey about why the Mississippi River is no longer an official part of the curriculum for the children who live near it and what we can do to change it.

    • 39 min
    Nutrient Pollution

    Nutrient Pollution

    Features interviews with Mississippi Delta farmer John McKee and blues musician Ron Parks about agricultural runoff and nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Delta.

    • 40 min

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