America's National Parks Podcast
By RV Miles Network
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This weekly story-based show takes you behind the events, people, and nature that have shaped our National Parks, and the 417 units managed by the National Park Service.
||CleanFour Voices, Four Missions||The Alamo is certainly San Antonio’s most famous landmark, perhaps even the most famous building in Texas, because of its pivotal role in the 1836 Texas Revolution. But the Alamo was built over a century prior as Mission San Antonio de Valero, by Span||2/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Great Obelisk||In 1833, a small organization formed with the purpose to fund and build a monument "unparalleled in the world," in honor of once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States. Its completion, and its history, no||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFighting on Arrival, Fighting for Survival||During the Indian conflicts on the western plains after the Civil War, Native Americans gave Black regiments of the U.S. Army the name Buffalo Soldiers, after their short, curly hair, which to them, looked like a bison. The soldiers took a liking to th||2/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Chestnut Blight||At the turn of the 20th century, the eastern half of the American landscape looked very different than it does today. It was blanketed in 4 billion towering American Chestnut trees. Over the course of 50 years, they all vanished. Today on America’s Na||2/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Great Smoky Homestead||Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, where ancient mountains, covered in pine, glow in purple, pink and blue hues, as a smoky mist rises from their thick cloak of trees. World-renowned for its diversity o||1/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRangers Make the Difference II||As we release this episode, the longest government shutdown in American history is still underway, and 800,000 government workers are on furlough, including rangers and other protectors of our wildlife and national treasures. Those that remain on the jo||1/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA White House Burns||One of the very symbols of our nation is a residence for our highest elected official, designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in the neoclassical style, using sandstone painted white. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he and arch||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Rocky Mountain Tragedy||There are a million conspiracy theories about people missing or turning up dead in National Parks and other public lands. But really, when you break down the numbers, the number of disappearances, murders, and accidental deaths are on par with the rest||1/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Gift from Tokyo||Each spring, an abundance of winter-weary locals and tourists flock to our nation's capital, hoping to see the blossoming beauty of the famed Japanese cherry trees. You may know that the original trees were a gift from Japan in 1912 symbolizing internat||12/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKitty Hawk||Otto Lilienthal was a German pioneer of aviation who became known as the "flying man." He was the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful flights with gliders. Photographs of his attempts were published worldwide, sparking a fever ove||12/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Impossible Climb||In July of 1982, 5 men set out to conquer the highest peak in Texas, Guadalupe Peak at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Every day, many people take the 8.5-mile trip that summits the 8,749' peak, but this party was different—they were all in wheelc||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean77 Years Ago||The day this episode is released, December 7th, 2018, marks the 77th anniversary of the event that would send the United States into World War II, the devastating surprise attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor. The U.S.S. Arizona, a Pennsylvania class battles||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Solitude of Self||On July 11, 1848, a local newspaper ran an advertisement announcing a meeting that would happen a week later at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York — the first American Women’s Rights Convention. Today on America's National Parks - The Wom||12/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Yellowstone Christmas||What could be more magical than Christmas at a National Park lodge? Grand log-beamed lobbies, decked out in real pine trimmings, the crackling of massive stone fireplaces, and decadent holiday feasts, while far away from civilization with the glories of||11/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lost Horse Mine||Even before the California Gold Rush of 1849, prospectors were finding gold in Southern California. As the rewards from the mines in the Sierras began to wither, miners headed toward the deserts, where hot summers, scarce water, limited wood sources, an||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFour Men on a Mountain||In the Black Hills of South Dakota, majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are said to tell the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. But how much do you know||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSwitchbacks||Before dawn on what would become a perfect October day in Utah, I set out to attempt a solo hike. It wasn't the type of hike that would have been a big deal to an avid hiker, but for me, it was bound to be. On this episode of America's National Parks, h||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHell, with the Fires Out||It’s that time of year. You’re getting pelted with the supernatural from every direction - on TV, at the Movie Theater, in the grocery store. Far be it from us to miss an opportunity for a themed episode. On today’s episode of America’s National||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow National Parks Stop Thieves||If you listened to The Curse of the Petrified Forest, our episode on the strange happenings surrounding people who stole rocks from Petrified Forest National Park, you know that the park faced a major identity crisis - people thought all the petrified w||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAt Home with Harry and Bess||On this episode of America's National Parks, At Home With Harry & Bess, the multigenerational story of a home that would come to be known as the Summer White House, now a part of the Harry S Truman National Historic Site.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wonderful Wind Cave||In 1881, Jesse and Tom Bingham heard a whistling noise coming from a beach-ball-sized hole in a rock formation near Hot Springs, South Dakota. Wind was blowing out of the hole, just as it does today, with such force that it blew off Tom's hat. As the st||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCorps of Discovery Part 2||When we left off last time Meriwether Lewis had just looked over the crest of the largest mountain range he had ever seen (or summited), hoping to see the Columbia River, and an easy path to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, there were mountains as far as the||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCorps of Discovery||In 2018, America is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act as well as the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The 1968 National Trails System Act created and protected trails that celebrate outdoor adventure, such as the Appalachian||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHis Name Was Mudd||On a Sunday in November of 1864, John Wilkes Booth first made the acquaintance of Dr. Samuel Mudd. The men discussed a horse sale, and Booth was invited to spend the night at Mudd's home. On December 23, the two men met again, by accident, on a street i||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStories from the Sands||One of the world's great natural wonders rises from the heart of New Mexico's Tularosa basin. Great wave-like dunes of baby powder-like gypsum sand engulf 275 square miles of desert. Towering mountains ring the spectacular white dunes, crowned with elec||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Strenuous Holiday||In 1914, four influential men — Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs — loaded their automobiles with camping gear and embarked on the first of several historic road trips. They called themselves the “Vagabonds,” and th||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerica's Spa||In the mountains of western Arkansas, there's a place where rain waters are absorbed through crevices in the earth's surface, then warmed and enriched with minerals, percolating deep underground. The water then flows back to the surface in steaming hot||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sleeping Volcano||On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted — it was the "deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States," according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, generating “about 500 times th||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBallads of Big Bend||The shape of the southwestern edge of Texas is carved by The Rio Grande river, as it tranquilly flows bringing life to some of the most remote regions of the country. Here, the Rio takes a giant turn north, a Big Bend creating the heel in Texas's shape.||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRangers Make the Difference||July 31st of each year is set aside by the International Ranger Foundation as World Ranger Day to honor park rangers around the globe who are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. It's also an opportunity to pay tribute to rang||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 14th Colony||Everyone knows America's legendary origins — 13 colonies fighting off the tyranny of the British Empire to form our Union — but did you know there was, if only for a brief time, an extra-legal 14th colony? If that blows your mind, you'll be even mor||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Land That Made a President||On his 22nd birthday, in 1880, Theodore Roosevelt married Alice Hathaway Lee. Their daughter, Alice Lee Roosevelt, was born on February 12, 1884. Two days after his daughter was born, his wife and mother died on the same day in the same house. Distraugh||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnleashing a Tamed River||Over the past century, the United States has led the world in dam construction. There are at least 90,000 dams over six-feet tall in this country and over 2 million shorter than six feet. More than a quarter have passed their 50-year average life expect||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAcadia National Park and the Year Maine Burned||Strange weather patterns set in 1947 in the state of Maine, as a quick and early spring thaw preceded months of endless rain. Finally, at the end of June, the sun broke through the clouds as temperatures climbed bringing about a warm summer. Mother natu||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Gateway to Arizona||If there's one place in our travels that has seemed a nearly hidden gem -- a place where hardly anyone goes, yet is full of incredible beauty -- it's the confluence of the northern tip of Grand Canyon National Park, where miles of the Colorado River are||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlcatraz and the Civil War||In the late 1840s, the U.S. government seized control of California from the Republic of Mexico and immediately went to work on protecting the new land. Located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, an island called Alcatraz was identified as a place||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Curse of the Petrified Forest||In a small section of the painted desert of Arizona, you can find forests of crumbled trees, preserved as stone. Over 200 million years ago, these large conifers were uprooted by floods, then washed down from the highlands and buried by silt. Water seep||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrunken Subterranian Terrorism||Elevators might seem like a strange topic for a National Park Podcast, but today we're going to talk about a special elevator. In 1931, the National Park constructed what was then the second highest (or shall we say deepest) elevator shaft in the world||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDred and Harriet Scott||On April 6th, 1846, Dred and Harriet Scott walked into the unfinished St. Louis Courthouse in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri, and in an act of bravery, filed separate petitions against Irene Emerson for their freedom.On that day, one of the most importa||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLegends of Denali||In 1896, the highest summit in America was named by a gold prospector in support for then-presidential candidate William McKinley, who became president the following year. Of course, for centuries before, it had gone by a different name. On this week's||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLady Liberty||The Statue of Liberty stands out in New York Harbor, bearing her torch, welcoming tourists and immigrants with the American spirit of Liberty. Her story is complicated, and many apocryphal tales abound of her sitting disassembled for years while America||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDelicate Arch, and the Strange 1950s Schemes to Reinforce It||There's one natural rock arch that's known better than all others in the US, in fact, it's on the state of Utah's license plate. It had its own postage stamp, and the 2002 Winter Olympics torch relay passed through it. On this episode of America's Natio||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMuir, Roosevelt, and Yosemite: A Camping Trip That Changed the World||In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt ditched his secret service detail to go camping in the woods of Yosemite with celebrated naturalist John Muir. Through his writings, Muir taught the importance of experiencing and protecting our natural world. That||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCalifornia Condors||How do you save a species of bird with a population of 22 living? A controversial plan hatched nearly three decades ago has condors soaring over Pinnacles National Park again. How they did it, and why there is still trouble ahead, on this episode of Ame||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Island Prison||If you only know the name Geronimo from the call that paratroopers in old war movies and Bugs Bunny cartoons shout, it's a nickname bestowed upon a Native American hero by Mexican soldiers. During repeated conflicts, The Apache warrior attacked them wit||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Voyageurs||On the northern shores of Minnesota lies a remote waterscape steeped in history, nature, and tradition. Named for the wild men who paddled its waterways in the Canadian fur trade, Voyageurs National Park is home to nesting bald eagles, moose, grey wolve||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPirates and Parks||Piracy, the act of seizing a ship or its cargo from its lawful owners, has been a plague since people first set sail on the high seas. By the Elizabethan Era, English piracy entered a Golden Age, as pirates plundered its coastal waters unchallenged. As||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean37 Days in Yellowstone||Two years before the creation of our first National Park, Truman Everts got lost in Yellowstone. He lost not one, but two horses. He set not one, but two forest fires. He waited out a mountain lion in a tree. He slept in a bear's den. He fell through th||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Grand Dame of the Everglades||At the southern tip of Florida lie the Everglades, a crucial ecosystem to America and the world. Everglades National Park has spent its entire life under siege, with Marjory Stoneman Douglas out front as its chief warrior. Show notes, a full transcrip||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrand, Gloomy, and Peculiar||Deep within Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park, one can find so much more than rock formations. The shale-capped mass of 400 known miles of caverns holds the history of America, told by the Black enslaved cave guides that made it one of the country's||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf Stream Waters||Welcome to the America's National Parks Podcast. In the coming weeks, we'll begin to explore our nation's treasures, their history, their people, and their stories. Until then, listen to this, our "episode zero," a preview of sorts. Find America's Nati||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I’m going to ALL the National Parks Now!!
Jason and Abigail tell fascinating little known stories about America’s National Parks and The Parks system. I am someone who never gave these parts of our country a second thought until listening to these interesting stories.
I started with the RV Miles Podcast and when they started The National Parks Podcast, I couldn’t wait to here more. They have visited a lot of the places they speak of and that personal touch really brings you in! I appreciate the story, but also the commentary before and after. Jason sets the stage for Abigail’s story telling and wraps it up nicely by giving listeners a view of what the NP looks like now.
I recommend this podcast to all my friends who are looking to travel!
I look forward to these new podcasts. Keep up the great work!
Highlighting America’s treasures
We have been visiting and camping in our National Parks for over 40 years. We have watched helplessly as they have become more crowded without the infrastructure to support those crowds. It does my heart good to hear this podcast full of practical advise peppered with inspiration and history lessons.