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Riverhistory.com Podcast

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from United States river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds. Enjoy this journey of discovery through the fascinating stories, remarkable people, and amazing significance of the rivers of America both then and now.
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Mar 1, 2017

In this episode I share some inspiring tips from the Friends of the Mississippi River and the National Park Service about how we can all make a difference in the quality of our precious rivers.

Nov 23, 2016

Mark Twain and I share our expressions of gratitude and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving weekend! All the best, Bill

Nov 18, 2016

RHP023 The Gettysburg Address anniversary

Tomorrow, November 19, is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech. Learn about the event and hear the incredible speech.

Nov 18, 2016

RHP022 New Mississippi River Pedestrian Bridge

In this episode, learn about how an old bridge crossing the Mississippi River at Memphis, TN recently reopened as the longest pedestrian bridge across the river.

Nov 4, 2016

RHP021 Easing Your Election Stress
This episode soothes raw nerves about the U.S. election by sharing a selection that celebrates what is beautiful about our nation. These selections from Walt Whitman’s “American Feuillage” celebrate what is diverse and wonderful about our country. It’s the perfect antidote to this toxic election. And it’s got plenty of river references. Enjoy!

Oct 31, 2016

RHP020 Special Halloween River Ghost Story
For this special Halloween episode, I’ve got a wonderful riverboat ghost story written by a listener to this podcast – a wonderful author named Laurence MacDonald. Enjoy this thriller!

Oct 28, 2016

RHP019 West Florida Rebellion
The startling story of an independent country that existed along the Mississippi River for only 74 days. This 1811 event shaped the boundaries of the young United States. The tale also includes the first appearance of a unique flag that will reappear time and again throughout history.

Oct 24, 2016

RHP018 Guest Experts Discuss Wine and the Columbia River
Today’s episode welcomes wine experts Donna Moyer and Harry Moen to discuss the impact of the Columbia River on the amazing vineyards and wineries along the river valley. Learn the factors of river history that influence the variety and quality of the regions wines.

Oct 21, 2016

RHP017 The Journey of the Steamboat “New Orleans”
On October 20, 1811 the first steamboat built for the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers -- called the “New Orleans” – departed from Pittsburgh on a 2200-mile journey to New Orleans. Along the way it seemed that everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The travelers struggled through fires, floods, rapids, threats of violence, and the worst earthquake ever to hit North America. It is one of the greatest adventure stories in American history. Enjoy!

Oct 18, 2016

RHP016 Mark Twain's Boyhood Days.mp3

This episode highlights the influence of the Mississippi River on the development of Samuel Clemens who later adopted the pen-name Mark Twain.

Enjoy!

Oct 14, 2016

RHP015: Amazing Astoria
This episode highlights the amazing exploration, development, and significance of the first settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy!

Oct 10, 2016

RHP014 The Death of Meriwether Lewis

This episode memorializes the death of Meriwether Lewis on October 11, 1809 and discusses some of the factors that might have contributed to his suicide. We also look at some of the theories that he might have been murdered. Lewis' correspondence and the reactions of Thomas Jefferson and William Clark are considered.

Enjoy!

Oct 7, 2016

RHP013: King of the Riverboat Gamblers

 

This episode shares samples of our new audiobook “King of the Riverboat Gamblers” and the adventures of George Devol, one of the most infamous gamblers of the 19th century.

 

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from U.S. river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds.

 

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

Oct 3, 2016

RHP012: The Oregon Trail

 

This episode discusses the reasons why Americans began to journey across the continent to the Willamette and Columbia River valleys. Why go? How did they prepare?

 

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from U.S. river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds.

 

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

Oct 1, 2016

RHP011: The Impact of the Rivers Today

 

This episode discusses the amazing ways that rivers impact our lives and economy. Hydroelectric, irrigation, navigation, recreation, and much more.

 

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from U.S. river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds.

 

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

Sep 26, 2016

RHP010: The Incredible Characters of River History

This episode highlights some of the fascinating historical characters we will discusses in more detail in future episodes. Steamboat pilots, engineers, politicians, and artists such as author Mark Twain.

 

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from U.S. river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds.

 

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

Sep 23, 2016

RHP009: Humankind versus The Rivers

 

This episode discusses the unending struggle to harness the rivers to benefit navigation and commerce, to generate power, control flooding and erosion, and provide benefits such as drinking, irrigation, and recreation.

 

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from U.S. river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds.

 

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

 

Sep 19, 2016

RHP008: The Civil War and the Western Rivers

To Control the Rivers was to Control the West.

This episode examines why the Mississippi River and its tributaries were so important to both sides during the Civil War. 

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from U.S. river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds.

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

Sep 16, 2016

RHP007: Steamboats Changed America

This episode explores the development of steam-powered boats and the impact that mechanized travel had on river transportation, commerce, and the westward development of the United States.

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from U.S. river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds.

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

Sep 12, 2016

RHP006: Challenges of Early River Travel

This episode highlights the challenges of the century of river travel before the development of steamboats. Arduous journeys down the Ohio and Mississippi and then the challenge to return. This period of western development pulled the country westward slowly and set the stage for the invention of the steamboat.

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from U.S. river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds.

The rivers of America have long been thoroughfares of migration, transportation, and commerce. Here we explore the fascinating stories, remarkable people, and amazing significance of the rivers of America both then and now.

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

Sep 9, 2016

005: The Lewis and Clark Expedition – A Journey of Discovery

This episode highlights the drama, adventure, and impact of the 1804-06 expedition across the continent (and back) led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This is one of the great adventure stories in American History, documented in great detail by the journals of those on the journey.

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from U.S. river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds.

The rivers of America have long been thoroughfares of migration, transportation, and commerce. Here we explore the fascinating stories, remarkable people, and amazing significance of the rivers of America both then and now.

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

Sep 5, 2016

004: The Louisiana Purchase – The role of the Mississippi River in the United States doubling in size.

Today’s story is filled with international intrigue and secret deals, slave rebellion and global conquest, and the desire for the United States to control the Mississippi River and the all-important port of New Orleans.

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from U.S. river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds.

The rivers of America have long been thoroughfares of migration, transportation, and commerce. Here we explore the fascinating stories, remarkable people, and amazing significance of the rivers of America both then and now.

My name is Bill Wiemuth and I am your host and guide. I have been fortunate over the last two decades to study, write, produce and share about River History. I have shared my dynamic and entertaining presentations in more than 2,000 performances aboard more than 400 cruises and for organizations and corporate events across the U.S. and internationally.

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

Aug 30, 2016

RHP003 RiverHistory.com Podcast - The Early River Explorers

 This episode introduces the people and nations that explored and developed the rivers. Who was there first? How did they get there? What countries claimed what areas? How did the United States acquire the areas? Tune in to meet the characters of river history.

 The early river explorers expanded knowledge and territorial claims. For ambitious nations with skilled sailors and explorers, the world was open for the picking. Just explore an area, assess its values, bring colonists. Start farms and villages and towns. Build forts and bring soldiers for security. Sink your roots in. Then that land and all its valuable commodities is yours. All yours.

 These wild and brave and visionary travelers start the chess pieces moving on a global game of conquest. These events also all lay the pathway toward the United States opportunity to purchase a vast tract of land stretching from the Mississippi River to the wild western mountains.

 This podcast shares fascinating stories from United States river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds. Enjoy this journey of discovery through the incredible stories, remarkable people, and amazing significance of the rivers of America both then and now.

 My name is Bill Wiemuth and I am your host and guide. I have been fortunate over the last two decades to study, write, produce and share about River History. I have shared my dynamic and entertaining presentations in more than 2,000 performances aboard more than 400 cruises and for organizations and corporate events across the U.S. and internationally.

 Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

Aug 30, 2016

002 The Significance of the Rivers - An overview of the importance of the rivers in history and today.

For thousands of years, the rivers of America have served as transportation routes and carried the growth of the United States westward. This episode gives a broad overview of the impact the rivers on early U.S. development and in today's economy, culture, and environment.

Host Bill Wiemuth has studied and written about the history of America's rivers for the past 15 years. He is a dynamic speaker and has delighted audiences aboard hundreds of cruises and delivered more than 1,000 presentations on cruises and for organizations and corporate events across the U.S. and internationally.

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

Aug 29, 2016

Welcome to the RiverHistory.com podcast, sharing fascinating stories from United States river history to enlighten, enrich, and entertain curious minds. Enjoy this journey of discovery through the fascinating stories, remarkable people, and amazing significance of the rivers of America both then and now.

For thousands of years, the rivers of America have served as transportation routes and carried the growth of the United States westward. This episode gives a broad overview of the impact the rivers on early U.S. development and in today's economy, culture, and environment.

Host Bill Wiemuth has studied and written about the history of America's rivers for the past 15 years. He is a dynamic speaker and has delighted audiences aboard hundreds of cruises and delivered more than 1,000 presentations on cruises and for organizations and corporate events across the U.S. and internationally.

Explore additional learning opportunities at www.riverhistory.com

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