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Experience the voices of small-town America, one story at a time. Smithsonian's Stories from Main Street is a podcast from Museum on Main Street, a program of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service that brings Smithsonian exhibitions to small-town America. Each episode is a curated journey through the stories gathered through Museum on Main Street programs. Season 1 explores stories about water inspired by the Water/Ways exhibition.

Curated and hosted by podcaster Hannah Hethmon and produced by Better Lemon Creative Audio, Smithsonian's Stories from Main Street is a chance to slow down, hear from everyday Americans living in small towns, and think more deeply about one of our most precious shared resources.

Nov 13, 2020

Our waterways are one of our most precious shared resources. But in some places, we risk losing them to pollution, climate change, or overuse. In this episode, we hear from folks around the country talk about why their local waterways matter and why they believe in protecting them.

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Oct 30, 2020

We sometimes take for granted that we humans have figured out how to swim and dive, and travel across great bodies of water on boats. But it is really quite amazing when you think about it. In this episode, we soak in stories about swimming, diving, and boating ... and think about leaving our natural habitat behind...

Oct 16, 2020

What is it about water that can instantly improve our mood, stir up joy, or awaken our inner child? In episode 4, we dive into the joy of playing in the water as we listen to stories of swimming in summer, splashing in puddles, and letting the waves lick our toes.

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Oct 1, 2020

Simply add water and watch it grow! In episode 3, we dig into the ways water contributes to almost everything we need to survive, and drink in stories from the people who grow our food and tend to our gardens. How does water help sustain you and your community?

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Sep 17, 2020

These things are certain: the passage of time, the flow of water, and the labor of humankind. In episode 2, we navigate stories of work and the water, stories that highlight the wide range of livelihoods that exist for the water and because of the water.

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Waterways