Series airs Fridays, July 21-October 13 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sundays July 23-October 15 at 9pm (KOAC only)

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UNFINISHED JOURNEY: THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION is an innovative, 13-part radio series commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Host Peter Coyote guides listeners through the profound impact the expedition has had on American history - and most interestingly, how it greatly affects our lives even today. Each one-hour program is fresh, entertaining and thought-provoking - ideal for public radio's curious, smart audience. Presented by Oregon Public Broadcasting and Lewis & Clark College and distributed by Public Radio International (PRI), UNFINISHED JOURNEY will also feature a DVD containing the complete series, along with additional audio and video and educational materials. Aaron Meyer and Bill Lamb composed the original soundtrack for the series.

Each episode of UNFINISHED JOURNEY explores a different subject related to the expedition. Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacagawea are each the focus of a program that examines in-depth their roles in the expedition and how history has judged them in the ensuing 200 years. Longstanding controversies over America's post-independence expansion and the effect on the sovereignty of American Indian tribes are debated in another program. We also look at the events and achievements of daily life in the Corps and among the tribes they met. You'll hear the jokes and music expedition members may have shared, and you'll learn how the scientific observations Lewis and Clark made contributed to the intellectual resources of a young nation.

  1. Meriwether Lewis: A Complex Captain Download transcript
    Friday, July 21 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, July 23 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    President Thomas Jefferson handpicked Meriwether Lewis to lead the Corps of Discovery into the western reaches of the young United States. Jefferson instructed Lewis to make the journey one of scientific discovery as well as diplomatic contact. The journals Lewis kept reveal the inquiring mind of an Enlightenment-era thinker, but they also hint at the troubling and premature death of Meriwether Lewis. Victoria Murden, a modern-day explorer and the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, will discuss the psychological effects on people who have gone beyond the limits of common human experience and then tried to return to a so-called normal life.
  2. William Clark: An American Hero? Download transcript
    Friday, July 28 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, July 30 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    William Clark always gets second billing when the Corps of Discovery is mentioned. But Clark was much more than a "faithful sidekick," an able assistant. His wilderness skills and military background contributed greatly to the success of the expedition. Clark was also a father, slaveholder and Indian re-locator. What lessons can modern-day Americans learn from a man who engaged in both heroic and historically troubling actions?
  3. Sacagawea's Story: An American Mythology Download transcript
    Friday, August 4 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, August 6 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    From only a handful of written references, Sacagawea has become an icon in American history and culture. But what do we really know about her? Do we even know how she pronounced her own name? Sacagawea's story explores the perspective of the young woman who made the 7,689-mile trek across the country with a baby on her back and why statues, parks and even a newly minted coin have been created in her image.
  4. Law and Sovereignty: The Political Agenda in the American West Download transcript
    Friday, August 11 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, August 13 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    Lewis and Clark may have been recording scientific data and mapping the West, but their journey was a clear extension of the power and influence of the new United States government into territory that the British, Spanish and Russians were also very interested in occupying. But what rights do aboriginal peoples have when an invading power arrives? That question is as relevant today as it was in the imperialist era of the early 19th century. Lessons from the outcome of Lewis and Clark's expedition are relevant to today's debates about the relationship between the government of the United States and the sovereign tribes living within its borders. And those lessons may signal the dawn of a new era of tribal rights in many nations.
  5. Getting Along on the Lewis and Clark Trail Download transcript
    Friday, August 18 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, August 20 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    The 30-plus members of the expedition provide a kind of laboratory for interpersonal relationships. How did they get along with each other? What did they do when they weren't making their way through the landscapes of the West? And how did they interact with Indians they encountered? You'll hear about music and games along the trail, find out how Indians lived and learn what it was like to travel thousands of miles on foot with a 19th-century military expedition.
  6. Science in the Age of Discovery Download transcript
    Friday, August 25 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, August 27 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    The Enlightenment's scientific imperative to catalog the world played a major role in defining the expedition. President Jefferson specifically instructed the expedition leaders to add to the nation's scientific knowledge in the course of their journey. At the same time, the Indians who lived in the West already had a significant store of information about their environment. We'll dig into what the two groups learned from each other, and find out how the expedition's scientific achievements advanced America's intellectual movement.
  7. Encounters of the Expedition: Landscapes, People and Self Download transcript
    Friday, September 1 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, September 3 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    The Lewis and Clark expedition provides a fascinating case study of the psychology of encounters between peoples, with landscapes and with the inner person. Encounters require processing new information, unfamiliar terrain and culture and potentially disturbing self-revelations. This program examines how the Lewis and Clark expedition handled its encounters. And we'll learn about how the tribes they met responded to these visitors who seemed determined to impose a new way of life on the land and people of the West.
  8. Unsolved Mysteries of Lewis and Clark Download transcript
    Friday, September 8 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, September 10 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    Two hundred years have passed since the expedition. Millions of pages have been written about it. Yet significant questions remain unanswered. There are three big mysteries: why President Jefferson apparently lost interest in the expedition after their return in 1806, what drove Meriwether Lewis to commit suicide shortly after his return, and what is actually known about Sacagawea. In addition to those, there are hundreds of little mysteries not addressed in recorded history. So, when we can't tell the whole story with certainty, how should we interpret the gaps? Will all of the mysteries ever be solved?
  9. The First Space Race Download transcript
    Friday, September 15 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, September 17 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    The mix of science and militarism at work in the Corps of Discovery reflected a carefully calculated geopolitical strategy on President Thomas Jefferson's part. Lewis and Clark were racing against British, Spanish and Russian explorers who also had designs on the rich resources of the Northwest. Jefferson's strategy for success has been replicated several times in American history, most recently in the race to the moon. This program compares the Lewis and Clark expedition to the 20th-century space race. And as we examine the subject of exploration, we'll remind listeners that discovery works in both directions... the people who were being "discovered" were also discovering the explorers.
  10. Traditions of Medicine Meet in the American West Download transcript
    Friday, September 22 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, September 24 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    We'll compare the European medical knowledge carried by expedition members with the tribal medicine the Corps encountered on its trek across the continent. The expedition offers a useful perspective on the relative merits of distinct medical traditions.
  11. The Journals of Lewis and Clark - An American Epic? Download transcript
    Friday, September 29 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, October 1 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    We view the story of the expedition's journey through a literary lens. Like The Odyssey and other great epics, the journals of Lewis and Clark fit a model that permeates Western culture. The story is filled with heroic characters and tension-filled encounters with the unknown. It's based on a written record that cries out for a saga-length movie. We'll examine how the expedition journals relate to the classic epic form and imagine it as a modern-day epic.
  12. The World of Lewis and Clark Download transcript
    Friday, October 6 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, October 8 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    The history of the expedition has lured hundreds of thousands of Americans to significant sites along the Corps of Discovery's trail, and to books and events digging into every element of the expedition. Many have become academic and armchair experts on the subject. We'll meet a number of them and find out why they've chosen to enter the world of Lewis and Clark and how they share their enthusiasm for the story.
  13. Legacies of the Corps of Discovery Download transcript
    Friday, October 13 at 2pm & 8pm on OPB Radio (all stations), rebroadcasts Sunday, October 15 at 9pm (KOAC only)

    Some two hundred years after the expedition, we are still examining the consequences of Jefferson's decision to send the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific Ocean. We conclude our series by exploring the immediate aftermath of the expedition and its influence on native cultures that Lewis and Clark encountered. We ask what lasting legacies the expedition has had on culture, geography, the environment and politics. Sculptor Maya Lin talks about how she is meeting the challenge of preserving the legacies of Lewis and Clark in a historic project stretching across hundreds of miles of the expedition's trail. And in the end, we learn that Lewis and Clark left an indelible mark on the West and set American history on a new course.
Series credits:
Host: Peter Coyote
Producer: Eve Epstein
Associate Producer: Sherry Manning
Audio Engineer/Editor: Steven Vaughn Kray
Production Assistants: Jeremy Skinner, Micah Gordon, Sierra Jenkins, Janie Guill, Nancy Franke
Executive Producers: Clay Jenkinson, Morgan Holm
Original music composed and performed by Aaron Meyer and Bill Lamb
Historical Voices:
Meriwether Lewis: Tim True
William Clark, Teddy Roosevelt: Sam Mowry
President Thomas Jefferson: Bill Barker
Alexander Mackenzie, Patrick Gass, Antoine LeMaire, John Luttig: Brian Rooney
Charles McKenzie: David Ritchie
Eva Emery Dye: Shirley Howard
Joseph Whitehouse, Henry Brackenridge: Bill Dubey
Alexander Hamilton: Steven Holloway
Benjamin Rush: Robert Projansky
Alexis de Tocqueville: Steve Amen (English), Max Hounza (French)
John Ordway: Scott Coopwood (also American literature passages, Episode 11)
Special Thanks to:
Dan Agent (Trail of Tears passage, Episode 2); Beth Hyams (Place names referring to Sacagawea, Episode 3); Jordan Garnett (Sacagawea poem, Episode 3); P.J. O'Rourke, Garrison Keillor (List of Indian tribal names, Episode 7); Ira Glass (John Quincy Adams, Episode 11); Juan Carlos Toledano Redondo (Spanish Ambassador's letter, Episode 9), Doug Erickson, Roger Wendlick, Gerald Torres, Joseph Mussulman, Coralie Hughes, Adrienne Wilson, James WilderHancock, John Frazee, Jacob Ganz, Stasia DeMarco, Jill Kaufman, Dave Swenson, Karen Weitzel, Kate Gustafson and Katrina Cicala
And the following organizations: PRI, CBC, Cimeron Sound Lab, Colonial Williamsburg, C-SPAN, Eastern Oregon University, Florentine Films, Harper- Collins Publishing, Hawkstone Productions, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, The Library of Congress, NASA, Makoche Studio, Palatine Recordings, Stanford University, Tinfoil.com, The Argot Network, KAKM, KAZU, KBYU, KGNU, KISU, KNPR, KUAF, KUNC, KUOW, KWGS, KWMU, KXLY Broadcast Group, Montana Public Radio, MPR, Public Radio Partnerships, WAMU, WQED, WKPN, WRMC, WUCF, Wyoming Public Radio, Wild Bill Productions, William J. Clinton Foundation, Horizon Air, State Historical Society of North Dakota-Densmore Collection, Oregon National Guard, and Broadway Video & NBC.
"The Gift Outright" from THE POETRY OF ROBERT FROST edited by Edward Connery Lathem.
Copyright 1969 by Henry Holt and Company. Copyright 1942 by Robert Frost, copyright 1970 by Lesley Frost Ballantine.
Recorded by permission of Henry Holt and Company, LLC
Major funding for this series was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by the National Park Service, the Jonsson Family Foundation and the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in Oregon (LCBO).
Advisory Board Members:
John Logan Allen, Professor and Chair of Geography, University of Wyoming; Stephen Dow Beckham, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Professor of History, Lewis & Clark College; Gwyneth Gamble Booth, PGE Foundation Chair; Stephanie Fowler, volunteer counselor, former news analyst for Oregon Public Broadcasting and host of the political affairs program "Seven Days"; Quentin Hope, Executive Director, High Plains Public Radio; Charles Hudson, Public Information Manager, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission; Patricia Nelson Limerick, Professor of History, University of Colorado at Boulder; Clay Scott, journalist, author, linguist; Stephen Tufte, Assistant Professor of Physics, Lewis & Clark College; and JJ Yore, Executive Producer, Marketplace and Sound Money.