Flyover from MPR News

This summer the Water Main is partnering with MPR host Kerri Miller, MPR News, New Orleans Public Radio, and Iowa Public Radio to produce a special week of live call-in shows under the Flyover banner. The week-long special will look at the Mississippi River and how it influences the economy, culture and environment of the communities along its path.
Listen to the podcast at flyoverradio.org.

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On-Air Schedule

Series Kickoff: Thursday, July 12th, 11-12pm CT
Start Date and Time:  Monday, July 16th 12-1pm CT
End Date and Time:  Friday, July 20th 12-1pm CT
The show will feed live each day at 12pm CT

Series Kickoff, July 12th

We kick off the series at the U.S. Water Alliance annual conference, exploring how water divides and unites rural and urban America. While water issues may seem very different between cities and the countryside, urban and rural America also share common ground: preserving water quality, ensuring a reliable water supply, infrastructure needs, affordability, and more. Listen to the recording >>

Day One, July 16th

We start this conversation in the same state the river begins: Minnesota. Host Kerri Miller will set the tone for the week by discussing the history and culture of the Mighty Mississippi and how it has shaped our identity in the heart of the country.

Day Two, July 17th

Now that we’ve established the river’s past we talk about its future. Today we focus on the issue being debated up and down the Mississippi: Who gets to decide how the river is managed?

Day Three, July 18th

We’ll take the show on the road and broadcast LIVE with our partners at Iowa Public Radio in Iowa City. We talk about the importance of agriculture in the Mississippi watershed and how land use and runoff affect the river.

Day Four, July 19th

Today the conversation flows down to New Orleans. Broadcasting LIVE from WWNO, we’ll hear how this city and other municipalities across the country are grappling with climate change while also working to improve equity and opportunity along the river.

Day Five, July 20th

We’ll broadcast a live-to-tape townhall from deep in Louisiana’s Mississippi River delta, called “Voices from the Bayou.”  On the last day of our week-long special, we wrap up our journey with a community conversation on solutions to the problems faced by people in the river’s watershed. From the Larose Civic Center in Louisiana, Kerri Miller speaks to a gathering of engineers, educators, shrimpers and others about their ideas, programs and progress for improving quality life along the Mississippi River watershed.

Live Events

One Water Summit – Can Water Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide in America?

In Partnership with the U.S. Water Alliance – Listen to the recording
July 12, 2018 from 9am – 10:15am
Of all the growing divides in America, none is sharper than between city and country. From economics, to politics, to way of life, it can seem at times that we are pulling apart as a nation. During this hour-long panel, taped at the U.S. Water Alliance annual conference, we will explore how water divides and unites rural and urban America. While water issues may seem very different between cities and the countryside, urban and rural America also share common ground: preserving water quality, ensuring a reliable water supply, infrastructure needs, affordability, and more.

Public Radio on Tap: A Conversation on Water Quality

In Partnership with Iowa Public Radio
Tuesday, July 17 at 5pm – 8pm
Iowa Public Radio host and reporter Clay Masters will dive into a conversation with Eastern Iowa farmers, a New Orleans shrimper, and other stakeholders from the field of water resources in Iowa, and then open the floor to questions from the audience at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City.

Voices from the Bayou

In collaboration with WWNO New Orleans Public Radio
Thursday, July 19th from 6:00pm – 8:30pm
We’ll broadcast a live-to-tape townhall from deep in Louisiana’s Mississippi River delta. From the Larose Civic Center in Louisiana, Kerri Miller speaks to a gathering of engineers, educators, shrimpers and others about their ideas, programs and progress for improving quality life along the Mississippi River watershed.

Know More

MPR News

Live at the Fair: Explorer Ann Bancroft on her plans to travel the Mississippi

Seven continents in ten years, that’s explorer and educator Ann Bancroft’s plan. She and her team of international women are working on events across the globe to bring to light the importance of rivers. Her first trip was down the Ganges River in India, next was the Mississippi in 2018. (Photo by Jeffrey Thompson | MPR News)

Marketplace

Midwestern farmers are tied to a Gulf dead zone

A massive dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico grew to the largest size on record this year, expanding to an area as big as the state of New Jersey. Rivers and streams across a huge swath of middle America drain into the Mississippi River and then down into the Gulf, and the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus accumulate in that water as it washes down, too. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Washington Post

Taming the Mighty Mississippi

A picaresque tour of infrastructure reveals a struggle for control all along America’s great river, full of questions about what it once was, doubts about what it will become and who will pay for any of it. The Mississippi runs the spine of America, touching 10 states and draining waters from 21 more, a vast waterway with a rich mythology, a sometimes powerful beauty and an always alarming propensity to flood. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post).


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