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Update: NPR River Story
tonight at 5:20pm EST

The story about the Lower Mississippi River has been moved up to 5:20 pm EST tonight on NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered.

PS: If you missed the story about Red's Juke Joint, you can hear it online at

Our Land is a project from special correspondent Melissa Block. She's spending the next few months traveling the country, capturing how people's identity is shaped by where they live. The series is produced by Elissa Nadworny.

Note: You can help Melissa decide where to go and who to spend time with by going to the Our Land web page:

Rivergator News Splash:

The Mississippi River
and Red’s Juke Joint

on NPR’s All Things Considered

Airs Tonight - Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

Melissa Block: Our Land

Featured tonight (Sunday Feb 26th) on the Weekend Edition of NPR’s All Things Considered:

1) Morning Edition: Red’s Juke Joint in Clarksdale: Lready ran. But you can still hear online! Go to to hear podcast.

2) Evening Edition: Mississippi River Canoe Trip from Helena to Friars Point. tonight at 5:20pm on the Weekend Edition of All Things Considered.

NPR Special Series: Our Land

Veteran radio reporter Melissa Block and producer Elissa Nadworny slipped into the Mississippi & Arkansas Deltas a couple of weeks ago, absorbing stories from this unique landscape and its peoples. Melissa is hosting an ongoing NPR special series called Our Land, with episodes from the heartland of America, capturing how people's identity is shaped by where they live. Previous stories aired from Kansas, Texas and Iowa. The Mighty Quapaws guided Melissa and Elissa on a brisk winter day trip from Helena, AR to Friars Point, MS, with a picnic on West Montezuma Island (the island that was created by the wreckage of the Montezuma in the early 1800s).

Tune into your local NPR station tonight at 5:20pm for the Mississippi River story. Both audio clips will be available at NPR online. Great exposure for the river, for Helena, and for Clarksdale... the river connects us all!

More links from Melissa’s visit:

NPR Special Series: Our Land

by Melissa Block, Feb 25, 2017

River Guide Wants People To Paddle

The Mighty Mississippi, Not Fear It

Facebook Videos:

NPR’s Melissa Block: Paddle down the lower Mississippi River

Facebook Live Video:

Re-broadcast on Truer Vine: