Mississippi River

In October 2011, Kyle Rouse and three friends set off on a Mark Twain-esque adventure: a pontoon boat ride from Cincinnati to New Orleans via the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. He’s published a book about this journey, Cincinnati to New Orleans, and he’s with Lee Hay to discuss the inspiration for the trip and his use of a good old-fashioned film camera to capture the images in the book.

Paul Scheider

Drought conditions in the upper Midwest are causing major concerns for companies that ship goods and materials on the Mississippi River.

Local carriers are keeping an eye on how low water levels between Saint Louis and Cairo, Illinois (where the Ohio and Mississippi meet) could affect their supply routes.

Mike Toohey is president of the Waterways Council, a carrier trade and policy organization.