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BBC Slow Radio – Life on a shanty boat

A 20-minute watery odyssey - idling down the Tennessee River…

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BBC Outlook – Building my own ‘shanty boat’ [AUDIO]

Wes Modes has spent the last few summers sailing along…

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BBC Between The Ears – The Shanty Boat [AUDIO]

In a rich tapestry of watery atmosphere, frustration, intimacy, fear…

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We’re Headed to New York

The Hudson River: Environmental fights. Mahican, Munsee and Wappinger removals.…

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The Mysteries of America’s Only Town Built By and For Chinese

We explore various delta towns, including a rare Chinese rural…

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Busy Busy Busy in the State Capitol

Exhibits, new friends, interviews, party boats, and beachcombing in Sacramento

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Beautiful Places Between This and That

After Colusa, the character of the river changed. The levees…

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Tell Us About Shantyboat Communities

Everywhere we go, we keep hearing that once upon a…

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Closest Thing to Civilization Between Red Bluff and Sac

We’d been looking forward to our arrival in Colusa. Not…

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A Wild River

A treacherous adventure down a hazard-choked river - Rides from…

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Fits and Starts

I’m struggling with how to describe our strange fits-and-starts launch…

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Okay, we’re off

After months of prep, a month-long fundraiser, weeks of long…

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Are We Going To Die on the Sacramento River?

There are a few things that worry me. Because of…

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What River is Next?

People ask us all the time, "What river will we…

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Working Working Working

Less than two weeks before we launch. We've been doing…

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Secret History Trailer [VIDEO]

After 3 years of fieldwork, 1000 river miles, 15,000 road…

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A River Playlist [AUDIO]

A music playlist that you can use as the moody…

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Secret History Lyrical Trailer [VIDEO]

The Secret History lyrical trailer from the talented Lauren Kincaid-Filbey…

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Great rewards – Check out the Kickstarter

The work we do with the Secret History of American…

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How shantyboats helped build a culture [VIDEO]

A great video about the project by Kirsten Dirksen “I…

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Fair Companies: How shantyboats down the Mississippi helped build a culture

Long before Wes Modes began planning a journey down the…

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Outfit the Shantyboat

As part of our upcoming fundraiser to support our summer…

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Ask Me Anything!

We did a Reddit AMA. We've done AMAs in 2014…

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Looking Back at the War Against the Dakota People in Minnesota [AUDIO]

I was reminded of these interviews recently, and how little…

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People ask all the time about how the shantyboat was built

Now, all of the shantyboat build process is available on…

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Freddie’s Dead

You may remember that our 1978 20 hp Mercury outboard…

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This Summer’s Expedition on the Sacramento River

In previous years, Modes has exhibited the project in the…

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A Journey Home

Two weeks in Paducah and then a hellbent journey across…

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Oh no! Freddie’s transmission died in the middle of Lake Kentucky

Oh no! We lost the rest of Freddie's transmission in…

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Secret History is largely a donation supported project and your…

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Gene Davidson owner of the Clifton Marina

We talked to Gene Davidson who owns the Clifton Marina.…

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