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Flyover: Down the Mississippi River

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Host Kerri Miller returns with a special edition of Flyover from MPR News. For one week – from July 16-20 at 1 p.m. ET – audiences in Middle America will hear a dynamic, live discussion about life along the Mississippi River, and how it influences the economy, culture and environment of the cities along its path.

Flyover: Down the Mississippi River gives audiences who live and work along the river an opportunity to share their unique stories and the ways they're intimately bound to cities both upstream and down.

Each of the five midday call-in shows will shine a spotlight on the Mississippi:

  • Monday, July 16: Kerri starts the conversation in the same state the river begins: Minnesota. She discusses the river's history and culture and how it has shaped our Midwestern identity.
  • Tuesday, July 17: Focus on the future: Who gets to decide how the river is managed?
  • Wednesday, July 18: Live broadcast from Iowa Public Radio, with a discussion about the importance of agriculture in the Mississippi watershed and how land use and runoff affect the river's environment.
  • Thursday, July 19: Down the river 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 working to improve equity and opportunity along the river.
  • Friday, July 20: Throughout this series we'll hear a lot about the problems facing those who live near the Mississippi River: runoff, climate change, regulation and access and equity. In this program, we wrap up our journey down the river with a community conversation on solutions. Stationed at the Larose Civic Center in Louisiana, Kerri Miller speaks to a crowd of engineers, educators, shrimpers and others about their ideas, programs and progress for improving the quality of life along the Mississippi River watershed. (This will be a live-to-tape broadcast, not a live call-in.)

Flyover: Down the Mississippi River is a special collaboration between Flyover from MPR News and APM's The Water Main.

Flyover from MPR News is an occasional live, national call-in show focused on issues of American identity and the changing American dream as they are lived and experienced in the cities, towns, and rural areas that lie beyond the media spotlights in New York, D.C., and L.A. These are candid conversations full of life experiences and viewpoints from people across the aisle and between the coasts. Flyover from MPR News provides a platform for both your listeners and your journalists to be heard, to help us all broaden our understanding of one another and bridge the divides we face as a nation.

The Water Main is an effort from American Public Media to make sense of the central and complex role that water plays in our lives – from our economy, to our well-being, to our food, and even to our cultural and spiritual identities. The Water Main serves as a hub for reporting, research, personal stories, and community engagement. We aim to bring people together across political, cultural, social and economic divides for meaningful connections around water, with a goal of securing clean, abundant water for all.

These hour-long live call-in programs are available at no additional charge. Flyover from MPR News is included in your affiliation fee.


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One hour.

Number of Programs/Frequency

5 live episodes at 1 p.m. ET, from Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20, 2018.

Broadcast Times

This is a live call-in show. We want your listeners to join the conversation. See Program Feeds for details.

Program Feeds

Flyover: Down the Mississippi River is available via ContentDepot via live feeds with subsequent file uploads.

Rundowns will be available by 4 p.m. ET the day prior to each show.

Files will be available for download by 3:30 p.m. ET for stations wishing to air the conversation later. The call-in number will not be removed, but a voicemail message will direct callers on other ways to contribute to the conversation.


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ContentDepot File Transfers

Preview audio available: June 15, 2018
Promo spots available: July 1, 2018
0:30 generic spot; 5 0:30 tune-in spots, one for each daily episode.

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Program Clock

1:00:00 Billboard
1:01:00 Music (news hole)
1:06:30 A segment
1:19:00 Music break
1:20:00 B segment
1:39:00 Music break
1:40:00 C segment
1:59:00 Music break


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Kerri Miller, Host

Kerri Miller is host of Minnesota Public Radio's daily news call-in program MPR News with Kerri Miller as well as the literary conversations series "Talking Volumes". She was the political reporter for KARE 11 television in Minneapolis-St. Paul before coming to MPR in 2004. Kerri also hosts the national call-in show Flyover from MPR News, which returns for a second season in September.

Available through July 20, 2018. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative. Flyover is available exclusively to APM stations.

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