River Radio

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River Radio is a frequent audio webcast production hosted by Marine residents Jim Maher and Gayle Knutson with technical direction by Matt Quast. The show is presented by the Marine Community Library. It focuses on providing information about your community and your world. In each episode, conversation is conducted with notable figures from Minnesota and nationwide as well as local leaders. Each program includes updates on area news.

The show airs live on Saturday mornings, but is also available as a podcast on your favorite podcast app.

upcoming shows

River Radio is back for its 4th season! Listen live at 9:00 a.m. on program dates listed below (find the link on the show page for each date). Or listen via podcast or replays listed on this site.

Show dates for Season 4 in 2022 are:

September 17

October 1

October 22

November 8 – live election night coverage from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

November 19

December 3

December 17

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Season 4, the most recent shows:


Season 3, Sept 2021 to May 2022
Links to Show Pages, which include access to recordings:

  • May 7, 2022 – Being good stewards of our land and water; combating library book bans
  • April 23, 2022 – Life coach Richard Leider on finding purpose; Cameron Hewitt of Rick Steves’ Europe
  • April 9, 2022 – Where the Russia-Ukraine conflict is headed with Prof. Nick Hayes; Poets-of-Place Heidi Barr and Rosie Peters
  • March 26, 2022 –   Jane Brody on her long career as New York Times Personal Health Columnist, Katie Sickmann of Wild Rivers Conservancy on invasive species.
  • March 12, 2022– Journalist Casey Michel on Oligarchs, Dirty Money and the War in Ukraine; Polar Explorer Ann Bancroft
  • February 26, 2022 – What makes Olympic champion Jessie Diggins tick; how the “infodemic” of misinformation harms society.
  • February 12, 2022 – Public affairs roundtable with Lori Sturdevant, Fred de Sam Lazaro and Brian Gruis; The Minnesota-based history of Reader’s Digest
  • January 29, 2022 – Previewing Jessie Diggins Olympic prospects with NBC Sport analyst Chad Salmela; Dana Vannen Anderson on making her gender transformation
  • January 15, 2022 – A discussion of the courts today with Federal Judge John Tunheim; what’s the latest in the red-hot real estate market
  • December 18, 2021 – Mining near the Boundary Waters; what’s new on the St. Croix River
  • December 4, 2021 – Chris Farrell and Ross Levin on today’s unusual economy; making the right choices when you recycle
  • November 20. 2021 – Where do we go from here with COVID-19; preparing for your Thanksgiving feast
  • November 5, 2021 – The state of the world’s water supply; the new Washington County Heritage Center
  • October 21, 2021 – Stillwater Schools Levy Referendum; The World of Giant Vegetable Growing
  • October 9, 2021 – Line 3 Oil Pipeline; Stillwater’s Zephyr Theatre
  • September 25, 2021 – Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Woman’s Health on the new Texas abortion law; the Franconia Sculpture Park


Season 2
, September 2020 to May 2021
Links to Show Pages, which include access to recordings:

  • September 12th – Secretary of State Steve Simon, COVID-19 Vaccines, Marine Film Society
  • September 26th – Remembering RBG with Judge John Tunheim, Charles Franklin on polling, Black Visions in Minneapolis, Rustic Roots Winery
  • October 10th – Gov. Tim Walz, Mary Divine, Lori Sturdevant
  • October 24th – Conflicting Information on COVID-19, the new Marine Garage, Election Night Preview
  • Nov 3rd Election Night Coverage Show Page
  • November 7th – Pat Kessler of WCCO-TV, O’Brien State Park, Election Recap, New Marine Gift Shop
  • November 21st – The Parade of Local Authors
  • December 5th – The War on Science, Feeding the Hungry, Dark Sky Project
  • December 19th – Dr. Michael Osterholm, Ross Levin, life of a high school senior
  • January 23rd -Rep. Tom Emmer, Travel Challenges, Right Wing Extremism
  • February 6th -Neel Kashkari of the Minneapolis Fed, crazy days in the stock market, Marine resident’s upcoming military deployment
  • February 20th – UNICEF USA and COVID vaccine distribution worldwide, Political Roundtable with Lori Sturdevant, Fred de Sam Lazaro and Brian Gruis
  • March 6th – The Latest on COVID-19, “Please Raise My Taxes”, Plans for a St. Croix Heritage Area
  • March 20th – Emily Bazelon on Voting Laws, Pollinator Friendly Alliance
  • April 3rd – Emily Ford of Duluth, who just completed a 1,200 mile hike of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail; Cameron Hewitt, a top travel writer with Rick Steves Europe, Inc; and Sally Wingert, veteran Twin Cities theater, film and TV actor
  • April 17th – Sen. Tina Smith on the filibuster and infrastructure; the new Marine charter school; Earth Day and the local environment
  • May 1st – Peter Gove on the St. Croix River legacy of Walter Mondale; factory farms in the St. Croix Valley; coping with hunger issues locally
  • May 15th – Fred de Sam Lazaro of PBS Newshour; new Marine Mayor Kevin Nyenhuis; Greg Seitz of St. Croix 360


Season 1, March to May 2020
Links to Show Pages, which include access to recordings:

  • March 28th – Our Introductory Program
  • April 4th – Musician John Gorka, a Marine on St. Croix City Update, Elementary School Life, the New Marine Mills Folk School, Life in Hard Hit Spain
  • April 11th – Life Coach Richard Leider, Financial Professional Ross Levin, What’s Happening in Scandia, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
  • April 18th – Chief U.S. Federal Judge John Tunheim, National Park Service Superintendent Julie Galonska, local restaurant owners
  • April 25th – Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune, Washington County Library, the new realities of travel, landscape improvements in Marine on St. Croix
  • May 2nd – A Hospital Perspective on COVID-19, the economy with Chris Farrell, Marine on St. Croix Road and Restoration Projects
  • May 9th – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Substance Abuse Issues with Hazelden Betty Ford Clinic, Local Real Estate Market, European COVID Update
  • May 16th – Dr. Michael Osterhom on COVID-19, the latest on the St. Croix River, the local banking scene
  • May 23rd – Food security during the pandemic, the economic outlook from a different perspective, Washington County Commissioner Fran Miron, St. Croix 360