Swimming America's Rivers

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Akiko Busch was facing milestones and loss and change. She walked down to the nearest river and jumped in, and swam across. And just kept swimming across American rivers — the Hudson, the Delaware, the Monongahela, the Susquehanna, the Mississippi, and more.

She just keeps swimming, for herself, her peace of mind, and for the rivers. Most Americans fear their rivers - too dirty, too murky. But if we don't swim them, she says, we don't know them, and if we don't know them, we won't save them or ourselves.

This hour On Point: nine ways to cross a river with Akiko Busch.


Akiko Busch, author of "Nine Ways to Cross A River: Midstream Reflectons on Swimming and Getting There From Here"

Alex Matthiessen, Hudson Riverkeeper and President

This program aired on July 18, 2007.


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