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The Mississippi River is the American story

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Ever since the first person set eyes on the Mississippi River, the power of the river has helped to build and destroy settlements and cities. It has served as a source of life and food and a highway from north to south.

It has also gripped imaginations, launched amazing journeys, and inspired music, art and literature. Paul Schneider is one of the writers to fall under the thrall of the Mississippi. Schneider is the author of the book “Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History.”

This episode was originally produced in September 2013.


  • Paul Schneider, author, “Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History”
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River