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This is a river podcast, and a great story, boating, science, adventure and conservation podcast.

The River Radius Podcast Sam Carter

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 50 Ratings

This is a river podcast, and a great story, boating, science, adventure and conservation podcast.



    As the 2022 podcast season for The River Radius begins, this episode introduces the new season, explains a change in the publishing style to support listening to numerous episodes back to back and it provides short explanations of the stories to come for the year. And, to introduce a new advertising sponsor, this episode has a short story of canoeing in Clipper Canoes on the Mississippi River with Big Muddy Adventures.

    • 24 min
    Autopsy of a Post Reservoir River

    Autopsy of a Post Reservoir River

    Is it a reservoir in crisis or a river recovering?  In October of 2021 a crew of river scientist and river runners and this podcast traveled down Cataract Canyon to examine a retreating reservoir and a recovering river.  As Lake Powell dips below 30% of full, the Colorado River is cutting through the decades of reservoir sediment. What is in the sediment? On top of it? What is next?

    • 55 min
    The Gila: river, place, family

    The Gila: river, place, family

    The Gila River and Gila Mountains of New Mexico have been home for Indigenous people for thousands of years, for colonial Spanish and Mexican people for hundreds of years, and now for all of those folks under the United States since 1912.  This river along with The San Francisco River and The Mimbres River were just nominated for Wild and Scenic River protection.  This is a river of families, lineages and gathering. 

    • 52 min
    The New Film "River's End"

    The New Film "River's End"

    Dry rivers and deserts full of irrigated nut trees. Jacob Morrison's new film, “The River's End: California’s New Water War” leans into the questions about agriculture and how rivers can be maintained. In this interview, we delve into some of the topics in the film.

    • 33 min
    The Dream Planter: Rafael Gallo

    The Dream Planter: Rafael Gallo

    Rafael Gallo began kayaking at the University of Tennessee in the 1970s, founded Rios Tropicales in Costa Rica in the 1985, prevented the Rio Pacuare from being dammed, was inducted into the International Whitewater Hall of Fame in 2009, taught ex-Columbian FARC soldiers to become river guides in 2018, was known and respected across the globe for his river work, and during his life helped plant nearly 31,000 trees, all to protect and support rivers.  In March of 2021, he passed away.  This episode is a conversation with his son, and his personal assistant/biographer about his life and his way. 

    • 48 min
    Sh!%%y Shuttles

    Sh!%%y Shuttles

    River shuttles are as important to a river trip as the boat. And sometimes shuttles are easy and when they aren’t easy, they can be horrible. This episode is a set of four stories from The River Radius listeners about their sh!%%y shuttle experiences.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

River Conservation ,

Best River Podcast Hands Down

Sam Carter's curiosity, interview rapport, good nature, and voice really make this podcast stand out, balancing river culture with cutting edge policy and science.

Boater Marc ,

Best Podcast for Whitewater Boaters

Kudos to Sam Carter for providing the most insightful and engaging podcast out there for folks that love rivers and river running.

Honeybeemeadows ,

Loving every part of this

I like to save your episodes for my two am bakery mornings. The ghosts appreciate it too, they don’t bang around as much when we’re floating the rivers together. Thank you for keeping me awake and missing the riverbanks in the twilight hours.

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