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.
Flooding and Infrastructure
In this episode, Mark River interviews John Ruskey about the worsening flood events along the Mississippi River and what might be to blame.
Species of the River
Mark River and John Ruskey discuss how current environmental changes are effecting plant and animal species along the Mississippi River.
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.
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.
How are "Micro Plastics" affecting the Mississippi River? Take a listen to find out...
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.