Flyover: Down the Mississippi River
Special Live Radio Series Airing July 16-20, 12:00 noon

Louisiana can feel worlds away from the rest of the country, but the truth is, many of the challenges we face in the Mississippi River Delta are connected to challenges upstream. It was the power of the Mississippi River that created our coast, and the River has defined the commerce and culture of Mid-America.

Tune in next week, July 16-20, for “Flyover: Down the Mississippi River,” a special weeklong series, broadcast live from Minnesota, Iowa, and WWNO, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. We’ll explore Mississippi River connections, challenges and solutions, starting at the headwaters in Minnesota, and ending on the Louisiana coast. A day-by-day description of the series follows.

Flyover is a live listener-call-in program produced by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) that focuses on American life “between the coasts.” This special series about the Mississippi River is produced with the Water Main, a project of American Public Media, in collaboration with WWNO and Iowa Public Radio. Flyover will air live on public radio stations up and down the river, including KTLN 90.5 FM (Houma-Thibodaux) and WRKF 89.3 FM (Baton Rouge).

Listeners can call in during the show with questions and comments; dial 1-83-FLYOVER-1 or 1-833-596-8371 to share your opinions about Mississippi River challenges and solutions. Tune in for details about participating by e-mail or social media.

We invite you to join us at “Voices on the Bayou,” a town hall discussion on Thursday July 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Larose Civic Center in Lafourche Parish (307 East 5th Street, Larose, 70373). This event will be recorded for broadcast next day, Friday July 20, as the final broadcast in the Flyover series. The event includes a casual Cajun dinner at 6:00pm; guests move to their seats at 6:45 p.m.; recording begins at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is free and open to all, but space is limited; reserve your seats online at this link:

Meanwhile, share your thoughts about the Mississippi River with The Water Main, a project of American Public Media.  Your comments and questions will be incorporated into the Flyover series.  Complete the online survey at

Local broadcast of “Flyover: Down the Mississippi River” is supported by Canal Barge Company and the Tulane University ByWater Institute.

WWNO’s Coastal Desk is supported by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Foundation for Louisiana, and the Walton Family Foundation.

Flyover: Down the Mississippi River ― Day by Day

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

Day Two: 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: We’ll take the show on the road and broadcast LIVE with our partners at Iowa Public Radio. We talk about the importance of agriculture in the Mississippi watershed and how land use and runoff affect the River’s water quality and its watershed.

Day Four: 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: All this week we’ve been looking at problems facing the Mississippi River—such as runoff, climate change, regulation, access and equity. Our program started at the Mississippi’s origins in Minnesota and moved on down the river. On this last day of our week-long tour, 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 scientists, shrimpers, and many others about their ideas, programs and progress to maintain or improve business and economic conditions, local cultures, the environment, and quality of life in the Mississippi River watershed.