Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer
By KCBX Central Coast Public Radio
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Tom Wilmer’s Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast, recorded live on-location across America and around the world- showcases the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine and spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts. We cover nouns and verbs—people, places, things, and action—everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls, and interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic. His feature, recorded live at Harland & Wolfe Shipyards in Belfast Northern Ireland, celebrating the centenary of the launch of the Titanic was the recipient of a Best Travel award from Outdoor Writers Association of California.
||CleanVirginia's Booker T. Washington National Monument||The Booker T. Washington National Monument near Hardy, Virginia (20 miles from Roanoke) is situated on the long vanished tobacco farm where Washington was born as a slave in 1856. The site features replicas of the log frame buildings and gardens from the||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNebraska's Organic Buffalo--America's original meat||Buffalo meet has approximately 35 percent more protein and half the calories of beef, and there’s only 1.8 grams of fat per 3 oz serving, compared to 8.7 grams in beef. We'll visit with Stacy Krecik Miller at the Krecik Elk and Buffalo Ranch in Niobrara||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChattanooga’s Bessie Smith Cultural Center-- a showcase of black culture and history||Willy Mays, Jackie Robinson, Bessie Smith—"The Empress of the Blues", Dr. Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta, Samuel L. Jackson, Dr. Emma Wheeler, and pro football player Reggie White—they all have one thing in common, and that’s their connecti||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExploring Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin's maritime history||Boat building has been a part of Sturgeon Bay’s fabric since the 1830s. During the first and second World Wars, hundreds of Naval and support vessels, including the legendary PT Boat were built here. In addition to boat building and repair, Sturgeon Bay||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSanta Maria Valley’s Qupé Vineyards--a Rhône pioneer||When winemaker Bob Lindquist started Qupé Vineyards 35 years ago, there were only four California wineries producing Syrah. Today there are more than 75 wineries in Santa Barbara County alone producing Syrah. Join Lindquist as he shares his passion as a||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Mexico’s Taos Pueblo, inhabited for 1,000 years||Situated a mile from the village of Taos, New Mexico , The Taos Pueblo is the only Native American community designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and a National Historic Landmark. The Pueblo’s two multi-story residential complexes are likely the||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA trip to Arkansas results in an emotional conversation about racism in America||When I stopped in to visit with Robin White, Superintendent at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site , our conversation quickly led to tears. When I interviewed Ms. White a couple years ago , the focus was on the September 1957 events at||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Detroit Institute of Art—turning a museum inside out||The Detroit Institute of Art has been an integral part of Motor City ’s fabric since 1885. Today the world-class museum has turned itself inside out by bringing art to the neighborhoods. DIA also provides free school busses for classroom museum visits.||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSturgeon spearing on frozen Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin||Join correspondent Julie Henning in Fond du Lac , Wisconsin for the opening weekend of the 2014 sturgeon-spearing season. Replacing buffalo hides with propane-heated ice shanties and modern conveniences, the thrill of the hunt is the same.||2/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChinese poet Du Fu’s 8th century thatched cottage in downtown Chengdu China||In the heart of the Chengdu metropolis of 14 million souls--one step through an archway just off a main arterial and the urban cacophony is silenced inside the tranquil Du Fu Cao Tang 24-acre park. Lush bamboo forests, towering trees and ponds serve as||2/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe art of grape growing and winemaking at Templeton’s Victor Hugo Winery||Vic Roberts has been producing wine since shortly after graduating from U.C. Davis in 1979. He started his winemaking career on the Central Coast at Creston Cellars in 1982. While still working for Creston Cellars, Roberts started growing grapes on his||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Whale Trail—from B.C. to Baja—great whale watching spots identified||A conversation with Donna Sandstrom Executive Director of Seattle based The Whale Trail . The organization’s primary mission is identifying outstanding land based whale and orca viewing spots. More than 60 educational signs have been installed along the||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Negro Leagues Baseball Museum--Kansas City Missouri||Back in the latter 18 th century, black players often played on baseball teams alongside whites. But segregation took an ugly turn in the dawning days of the 20 th century and blacks were barred through Jim Crow laws.||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDriving green-tourism via electric charging stations in Door County, Wisconsin||Jack Moneypenny, President of the Door County Visitors Bureau came up with a brilliant but simple plan that stimulates tourism while simultaneously minimizing the carbon footprint. Join Moneypenny as he shares his electric charging station vision that now||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAl Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay, Wisconsin—a community affair||Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant has been a family affair for more than 65 years. Scandinavian faire, from Swedish pancakes, to limpa bread, lingnonberries, and meatballs are house specialties. The structure is classic Old-World Norwegian design. Pre-bui||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom mine closure to reinvention: A story of Bell Island Newfoundland||Bell Island is located in Conception Bay, Newfoundland . It has a real outport feel to it--sleepy and intimate. It’s the kind of place that still has radio bingo, and where people know each other by name. From 1895 to 1966 Bell Island was one of the wor||2/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRural Wisconsin coffee company crafts nationwide presence||A visit with Vicki Wilson, founder of Wisconsin’s Door County Coffee and Tea Company . Ms. Wilson’s business, in addition to serving more than 100 distinctive freshly roasted coffees in her café, also does a thriving internet business across America,||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIce fishing on Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin||Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with JJ Malvitz, the owner of JJ’s Guide Service for an exploration of the culture of Sturgeon Bay ice fishing on Sturgeon Bay in Door County , Wisconsin.||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNashville’s best-kept-secret Parthenon graces Centennial Park||Nashville is known far and wide as Music City, but it’s also the home to a full-size exact replica of the Parthenon in Athens. How this incredible architectural gem came to be dates back to the pioneer days when Nashville was dubbed the Athens of the||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPebble Beach receives water reclamation/solar energy sustainability award||The name Pebble Beach conjures rolling greens, Cypress trees leaning towards a teal surf and a bucket list golf course. The legendary resort's water, energy, and materials programs have just received the 2017 International Association of Golf Tour||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Amazing, Informative, and Utterly Unpredictable
Tom's podcasts are incredible. He somehow gets the most unique scoops on his various travels, and always posts a great story. When I can't catch them on NPR, I always make sure to download his latest podcasts here. Don't take my word for it, though; listen for yourself!
A must listen
Absolutely fascinating interviews. I highly recommend listening to this podcasts. Insightful interviews I learned so much About dynamic people a crossed America and around the world.
Love this show!
Tom's recording style feels so authentic—it makes you feel like you are right there with him and interviewee!