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Life on America's rivers

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst May 10, 2019
"They hate her when they're with her and they miss her when they're gone" said Melody Golding, author of a new book about America's riverboat pilots.
Cannelton Locks on the Ohio River
Courtesy of Melody Golding
Trade showdown

What its like to ship all the goods slapped with tariffs

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Aug 8, 2018
At the intersection of trade and tariffs ... the Mississippi River has seen it all.
A loaded barge is seen near the Mississippi River port of Memphis, Tennessee, on Aug. 15, 2012.
Robert MacPherson/AFP/GettyImages

Midwestern farmers are tied to a Gulf dead zone

by Annie Baxter Oct 9, 2017
Minnesota is trying to limit runoff carried by the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.
Soybeans are harvested near Worthington, Minnesota.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Mississippi River floods could have a major impact on shipping

by Molly Wood Dec 31, 2015
Record rainfall and floods have already taken lives and damaged communities.

Mississippi River basin gets D+ grade

by Kai Ryssdal Nov 2, 2015
The report cited failing infrastructure and concerns about water security.

Barge owner talks oil and taxes

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 11, 2014
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal checks in with barge owner Austin Golding.

Barge lines not fazed by high waters on the Mississippi River

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 26, 2013
For one barge line operator, the high waters of the Mississippi mean business as usual (though with a more watchful eye).

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Mississippi River mayors call for more dam, lock funding

by Adam Allington Mar 22, 2013
Mayors along the Mississippi River say more funding is needed to shore up aging infrastructure.
The confluence of the St. Croix (TOP) and Mississippi Rivers (BOTTOM) is seen from the air on May 31, 2012.
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Drought lowers Mississippi, holding up barge traffic

by Eve Troeh Dec 28, 2012
One stretch of the river is closed during the day so Army Corps of Engineers can blast away rock just below the low water.

Barge lines on the Mississippi expect a waiting game

by Sarah Gardner Dec 19, 2012
Continued drought along the Mississippi River is creating problems for barge lines and the goods they ship.