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.
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: From ancient belly dance to contemporary swing||Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Oklahoma City-based belly dance instructor Heide Brandes who shares insights about the cultural nuances of the ancient art form. Wilmer also talks with swing dance instructor Marcus Coker based in Fort Smith, Arkansa||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Public broadcasting affiliate provides vital services in rural Tennessee||Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Becky Magura, CEO of PBS affiliate WCTE in the Appalachian town of Cookeville in central Tennessee.||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: A conversation with WW1 hero Sergeant Alvin York’s family||Join correspondent Tom Wilmer as he reports from Pall Mall, Tennessee. There he visits with World War I U.S. Army hero Sergeant Alvin York ’s daughter, 85 year-old Betsy Ross York-Lowery, and great-granddaughter, Deborah York, at the family’s farmho||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Biking, kayaking and wine tasting in Lodi||Correspondent Tom Wilmer discovers why USA Today and the Wine Enthusiast both ranked Lodi, California as a world-class wine destination where food, kayaking, and biking are equal allures.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Fort Hunter Liggett honors namesake and WW1 Armistice||Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, where he visits with Deputy Commander Lt. Colonel Jason McKenzie.||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Lodi’s organic Zinfandel artisans||Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Lodi wine pioneers, Heather Pyle-Lucas and David Lucas, at their historic ZinStar Vineyards . The Lucas’ have been crafting award-winning Zinfandel since 1978, when their winery was one of three in the entire Lodi||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Exploring Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin||Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits Elkhart Lake , Wisconsin, exploring the Road America racetrack and the lakefront Victorian Village Resort , dating from the 1880s. You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel show podcast,||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Tennessee moonshiner reportedly invented Long Island Iced Tea||Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Jamie Cyphers, the great-great-granddaughter of Kingsport, Tennessee moonshiner Charles “Old Man" Bishop, who reportedly first concocted Long Island Iced Tea back in the 1920s. Wilmer also stops in for a visit with||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Eastern Tennessee moonshiners and how they helped distill NASCAR||Correspondent Tom Wilmer continues his reporting from Bristol, Tennessee. He visits with Tim Nichols , whose family has been making Appalachian moonshine for more than six generations. At Bristol Motor Speedway , General Manager Jerry Caldwell tells the||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Exploring East Tennessee state parks||Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from eastern Tennessee, where he explores Roan Mountain and Rocky Fork State Parks. He then visits with innkeepers at the state’s oldest inn in historic Jonesborough, and discovers how community engagement drives busin||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: From rust belt to renaissance in Kingsport, Tennessee||Join correspondent Tom Wilmer reporting from Kingsport, Tennessee —in the shadows of the Great Smokey Mountains—for an exploration of the town’s vibrant economy and fascinating educational opportunities for the upcoming generation. Back in the lat||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Fort Hunter Liggett—U.S. Army Reserve’s largest training base||The United States Army’s Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County is larger than all of the other Army Reserve’s training installations combined, and the U.S. Army’s seventh largest training facility in geographic area.||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Bristol, Tennessee, birthplace of country music||Country music leapt from the front porches of Appalachia to the living rooms of the world back in 1927. The Victor Talking Machine Company’s producer Ralph Peer came to Bristol, Tennessee in the summer of 1927 to record regional Appalachian balladeers||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: More exploring on America’s scenic River Road||Correspondent Tom Wilmer traverses the Great River Road in Wisconsin—from Praire du Chien in the southwest to the hip university town of La Crosse .||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: The women who saved baseball during World War II||Correspondent Katya Cengel reports from Rockford, Illinois, where she visits with two women who played baseball for the Rockford Peaches during WW II—chronicled in the Hollywood hit "A League of Their Own."||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Locals inspire the arts, culture, and cuisine in Eau Claire, Wisconsin||Correspondent Tom Wilmer explores Eau Claire , Wisconsin, a city of 68,000 that has rapidly evolved to become a trend-setting cultural attraction.||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Exploring culturally dynamic villages along Wisconsin's Great River Road||Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with locals, discussing life in Wisconsin ’s historic villages dotting the Great River Road , a network of state and local byways following the route of the mighty Mississippi for over 2,000 miles.||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Rescued dogs and cats find a home for life in Wisconsin||There are two standard options for dogs and cats that arrive at shelters and pounds: adoption or euthanasia. Lisa LaVerdia decided to create another option that she dubbed The Third Door, providing a home for unadoptable dogs and cats.||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: SLO author chronicles Cambodian family stories||Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Cal Poly journalism lecturer Katya Cengel to talk about her new book, “Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back. " Cengel shares the stories of four Cambodian families as they "confront||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourneys of Discovery: Exploring Shaanxi province & driving to Tibet||Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in China for an exploration of the northwest province of Shaanxi , and the numerous benefits of traveling to Tibet by automobile versus aircraft or train.||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
This is a great show. I love how Tom is so genuine and gets his guests to open up and share their stories.
Wonderful Guy !
Randomly ran into met and have some really good and interesting conversation in LA with Mr. Tom. I'll be listening into the podcasts now ! Take care on your journey and hope to run into you again !!
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Great story. Specially like the quote about how the pandas only marry for a short time in the Spring.