Current Conversations with our community and their connections to the river. Hosted by Natali Zollinger. Our mission is to "Give the River a Voice." We hope you enjoy.
Chandra Brown -- Writer, Educator, River Guide & Founder of Free Flow Institute
Meet Chandra Brown. A River Guide, Writer, Former High School Art and Spanish Teacher & Founder of Free Flow Institute & Foundation. I wanted to get Chandra on the podcast to talk about her story, her river experiences, her mission with Free Flow & what’s her greater plans for the future. I loved this conversation and know you will too! Enjoy!
Teal Lehto (@westernwatergirl) -- Water Rights Activist, Digital Content Creator & Founder/Captain of the US JR Women's Raft Racing Team
Meet Teal Lehto aka @westernwatergirl on TikTok. A water rights activist and digital content creator that is fighting for sustainable and equitable solutions to the current water crisis in the Colorado River Basin. I wanted to get Teal on the podcast to talk about her story, what drives her, who supports her, what’s been her biggest challenges and what’s her greater plans for the future.
I loved this conversation and know you will too! Enjoy!
Grand Salmon Source To Sea -- Brooke Hess, Alia Payne & Hailey Thompson
Natali sat down and chatted with Brooke Hess, Alia Payne & Hailey Thompson. 3 of the 4 women (with Libby Tobey) paddling the Salmon River 1,000 miles from the source to sea as a conservation campaign promoting the removal of the 4 Lower Snake River Dams, in an effort to save the rapidly dwindling Snake River Basin salmon populations from extinction.
It’s one of the most motivating and inspiring episodes she's ever done. Their Stories. Their Drive. Their Mission. Their Purpose. These ladies are wise beyond their years and all share the same love and passion for the river. We loved this conversation and know you will too. ENJOY!
Jeffe Aronson -- Retired Dory Boatman, Australian Waterman & Friends of the Mitta River
Meet Jeffe Aronson. A Retired Dory Boatman, Story Teller, World Traveler, Mentor, Australian Waterman, Advocate & Steward of the River. I wanted to get Jeffe on the podcast to talk about his story, his life on the river and what it means to be a Retired Boatman
Megan Maiolo-Heath -- Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed & Poudre River Fest!
Megan Maiolo-Heath is the Communications Outreach and Marketing Manager for Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW). She sat down with me to talk about the CPRW Non Profit and their involvement with the Poudre River Fest August 21st at New Belgium Brewery!
Kate Aitchison -- Grand Canyon River Guide, Designer/Owner of Terra Flags, Artist and Professor at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) & Colorado College
Meet Kate. She's a badass and now good friend. Kate is one of the most amazing humans I've ever met. She has such a big heart, loves the river and loves to teach. Listen to her story.
Feels Like Hanging Out With The Coolest People Ever
Before listening I imagined this podcast would be neat because it showcased a world that I was unfamiliar with, which is the world of rafting. Not only did it create a strong desire within me to pursue more river sports, but also inspired me to fill my life with more of the kind of wonder that is on such grand display in this podcast. The guests and host are the kind of people that feel really cool because of their passion for their work and listening to these episodes makes you feel like you’re in the room with the coolest people you’ll ever meet. You don’t need to know anything about rivers to know that this podcast is awesome!
This is a great podcast! I just got into rafting and love hearing the stories from other people. Great format and very fun to listen to.
A must-add to your favorite podcasts
If you’re someone who’s drawn to water, you HAVE to subscribe to this podcast. Natali invites incredibly interesting river people onto the show. Their conversations remind me a lot of the wonderful conversations you get to have with people when immersed in the energy of the river. You’ll learn a bit about the river community, feel some nostalgic moments as you recall your own river experiences, and even connect deeper with how others fell in love with being on the water and what lessons they’ve found there.