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Everybody has a story to tell. The Smithsonian’s Stories from Main Street podcast shares the authentic voices and stories of people from small towns and rural communities across the United States. Gathered by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street program, the stories featured in these curated episodes are raw, and real, and provide a unique window into the ever-changing, multi-faceted and diverse nature of America. Join the Smithsonian for a look at stories and issues that have an impact on rural communities. Listen in and hear the patterns and connections in the stories—there may be differences between the miles, but there are probably a lot of similarities, too.

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Everybody has a story to tell. The Smithsonian’s Stories from Main Street podcast shares the authentic voices and stories of people from small towns and rural communities across the United States. Gathered by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street program, the stories featured in these curated episodes are raw, and real, and provide a unique window into the ever-changing, multi-faceted and diverse nature of America. Join the Smithsonian for a look at stories and issues that have an impact on rural communities. Listen in and hear the patterns and connections in the stories—there may be differences between the miles, but there are probably a lot of similarities, too.

    Worth Saving (S1, Ep 6)

    Worth Saving (S1, Ep 6)

    Our waterways are one of our most precious shared resources. But in some places, we risk losing them to pollution, climate change, or overuse. In this episode, we hear from folks around the country talk about why their local waterways matter and why they believe in protecting them.
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    Stories used in this episode:
    Violet Spolarich on fighting pipelines and protecting water in her rural community
    Climate Change at the White Earth Reservation
    The Singing River Has the Blues
    Why Are There So Many Weeds
    Grandpa Bill's Big Lake Mistake
    Visit the Museum on Main Street website's story portal to share your own water story!
    Explore the Women Mind the Water project.
    Thanks to our storytelling partners at the Peale Center! Visit their website, The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture.
    This episode was produced for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service by Better Lemon Creative Audio. Produced, written, narrated, and edited by Hannah Hethmon.
     

    • 24 min
    Over and Under (S1, Episode 5)

    Over and Under (S1, Episode 5)

    We sometimes take for granted that we humans have figured out how to swim and dive, and travel across great bodies of water on boats. But it is really quite amazing when you think about it. In this episode, we soak in stories about swimming, diving, and boating ... and think about leaving our natural habitat behind to explore.
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    Stories used in this episode:
    Hok-Si-La Municipal Park, Minnesota
    Swimming with a Horse in Minnesota
    Diving in Minnesota Lakes
    Diving Beyond the Cliff, Caribbean Sea
    Kayaking with Seals, Maine
    Mississippi Gulf Coast Waterways
    The Green Dean and Hurricane Gloria, Rhode Island
    The Ocean as a Retreat, California
    Canoeing Adventures in Minnesota
    Visit the Museum on Main Street website's story portal to share your own water story!
    Explore the Women Mind the Water project.
    Thanks to our storytelling partners at the Peale Center! Visit their website, The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture.
    This episode was produced for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service by Better Lemon Creative Audio. Produced, written, narrated, and edited by Hannah Hethmon.
     

    • 24 min
    An Invitation to Play (S1, Ep 4)

    An Invitation to Play (S1, Ep 4)

    What is it about water that can instantly improve our mood, stir up joy, or awaken our inner child? In episode 4, we dive into the joy of playing in the water as we listen to stories of swimming in summer, splashing in puddles, and letting the waves lick our toes.
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    Stories featured in this episode:
    One Dock at a Time, Maine to Florida
    Summers at the River in South Georgia
    A River Girl and Her Fly Fishing and Outdoor Business in Todd, North Carolina
    Learning to Swim
    Trout Fishing and the Love for Water
    Building the Fish Pond with Dad, Hawaii
    Camping on the Blue Earth River, Minnesota
    Playing in the Mud, Virginia Beach
    Catching Fish in Mud Puddles, Missouri
    Baptisms at Games Lake
     
    Visit the Museum on Main Street website's story portal to share your own water story!
    Explore the Women Mind the Water project.
    Thanks to our storytelling partners at the Peale Center! Visit their website, The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture.
    This episode was produced for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service by Better Lemon Creative Audio. Produced, written, narrated, and edited by Hannah Hethmon.
     

    • 25 min
    How We Grow (Season 1, Episode 3)

    How We Grow (Season 1, Episode 3)

    Simply add water and watch it grow! In episode 3, we dig into the ways water contributes to almost everything we need to survive, and drink in stories from the people who grow our food and tend to our gardens. How does water help sustain you and your community?
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    Stories used in this episode:
    How Chester Worked: Cotton, Hogs and Dairy
    DeKalb County Community Gardens, Illinois
    Colonial Farming Practices
    Seaweed Farming in Connecticut
    Farming Near the Cobb River, Minnesota
    Rhubarb Farming in Minnesota
    Minnesota Fish Hatcheries
     

    • 28 min
    Work and the Water (Season 1, Episode 2)

    Work and the Water (Season 1, Episode 2)

    These things are certain: the passage of time, the flow of water, and the labor of humankind. In episode 2, we navigate stories of work and the water, stories that highlight the wide range of livelihoods that exist for the water and because of the water.
    Stories used in this episode:
    Mississippi Gulf Coast Waterways
    The Ancient Warren River Valley and the Vetter Stone Company, Minnesota-Donn Vetter
    A Winding Career Path Leads to Water, Florida
    A River Girl and her Fly Fishing and Outdoor Business in Todd, North Carolina-Kelly McCoy
    Watermen Community of Crisfield, Maryland
    Watermen: Observers of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
    History, Recreation and Preservation--Bruce Conmy Talks about Minnesota Lakes
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    Visit the Museum on Main Street Stories from Main Street to share your own water story!
    Explore the Women Mind the Water project.
    Thanks to our storytelling partners at the Peale Center in Baltimore, Maryland
    This episode was produced for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service by Better Lemon Creative Audio. Produced, written, narrated and edited by Hannah Hethmon.
     

    • 24 min
    Take Me to the Water (Season 1, Episode 1)

    Take Me to the Water (Season 1, Episode 1)

    Welcome to the water. In episode 1, join host and producer Hannah Hethmon as she explores stories that highlight the many ways water connects and defines us.
    Stories used in this episode:
    Take Me to the Water
    Seaweed Farming in Connecticut
    Violet Spolarich on fighting pipelines and protecting water in her rural community
    History, Recreation, and Preservation--Bruce Conmy Talks about Minnesota Lakes
    Baptisms at Games Lake--Carolyn Lange Hatlestad
    From Bulgaria to Boston: A Water Journey
    Angela's Memorable Encounter with the Dead Sea
    Connections to Water in Greece
    The Magic of Water
    Spirit of the Water, New York
    Water as Spirit in Minnesota--Mike Swan
    The Need for Wetlands Restoration--Scott Glup
    A Magical Encounter with Whales in Hawaii
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    Visit the Museum on Main Street website's story portal to share your own water story!
    Explore the Women Mind the Water project.
    Thanks to our storytelling partners at the Peale Center! Visit their website, The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture.
    This episode was produced for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service by Better Lemon Creative Audio. Produced, written, narrated, and edited by Hannah Hethmon.
     

    • 23 min

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