Special Broadcasts
  • Hosted by Kerri Miller

Flyover with host Kerri Miller is a live call-in special from between the coasts and across the aisle. July 16-20, we're taking a trip down the Mississippi River to reach all of those who are affected by the river – from soybean farmers of the plains to “farmers of the sea” on shrimp boats on the coasts.

Flyover focuses on issues of American identity and the changing American dream as they are lived and experienced in the cities, towns and rural areas that lie beyond the media spotlights in New York, D.C. and L.A.

  In the weeks following the 2016 presidential election, WNYC, MPR News and The Economist joined forces to create Indivisible, a national conversation about America in a time of change that aired on NPR Illinois. The show convened a nightly gathering for Americans to debate and find common ground in the first 100 days of the new administration. Award-winning MPR News host Kerri Miller hosted Indivisible on Thursdays and found there was a deep need for people to talk through their differences and understand one another’s perspectives.

With Flyover, we are continuing that conversation. Kerri grounds each week’s topic in a specific place, inviting a public radio journalist from a partner station to discuss how the week’s topic is playing out on the ground in the city where they live and work. Some of the nation’s top thinkers will join in to address the topic in a broader context. Throughout the show, Kerri will take calls and social media comments from listeners around the country for perspectives that transcend the daily news feed and root the topic in genuine experience.

These are candid conversations full of life experiences and viewpoints from people across the aisle and between the coasts. Flyover from MPR News provides a platform for listeners across the country to be heard, to contribute to the dialogue and help us all broaden our understanding of one another and bridge the divides we face as a nation.

Flyover: Voices from the Bayou

Jul 20, 2018

We close our week-long series of conversations about the Mississippi River with a townhall event from deep in Louisiana's Mississippi River delta. 

Flyover: How the River Divides Us

Jul 19, 2015

This episode brings us to New Orleans to explore the way the river divides people and the way a changing climate exacerbates that problem. 

Flyover: Balancing Agriculture and Water Health

Jul 18, 2015

What happens here in the fields and farms of Illinois, Iowa, and the rest of the Midwest has an effect on the Mississippi River and its watershed all way down to the Gulf of Mexico. But the country needs the crops that Iowa produces. How do we find the right balance?

Flyover: Who Controls the Mississippi?

Jul 17, 2015

In many towns and cities along the river, there are clashes over levees, diversion plans. dredging drainage and development. Are we listening to more than just the interests with the loudest voices and most money? 

The Mississippi River snakes over 2,000 miles from the United States' northern border, along the entire Illinois western border, to the Gulf coast. But the waterway's imprint is felt far beyond its shores.