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Watch this Louisvillian’s documentary about the Ohio River

“This is the Ohio” will air throughout the month on KET.

A rusty, industrial bridge crosses a wide river, with a modern city skyline in the background.

The 981-mile long-river flows from the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers near Pittsburgh to the Mississippi River.

Photo by Louisville Tourism

After this weekend, it’s clear why Louisville is often referred to as Derby City, but the inspiration of one of its other nicknames — River City — is the subject of a new documentary that debuts Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. on KET.

“This is the Ohio; Life Death Rebirth of the Beautiful River” will explore the 981 miles of the Ohio River, from Pennsylvania to Illinois, by examining its natural beauty, industrial history, and cultural impact — including how it influenced music — while assessing its future.

The one-hour documentary was written and produced by Morgan Atkinson, a Louisvillian documentary filmmaker who has covered many Derby City subjects throughout his career, including:

In a trailer for the film, Atkinson calls the Ohio, “the most engineered river in America.”

If you miss the premiere tonight, don’t sweat it — the film will air 11 more times over the next two weeks. See the full schedule.

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