Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

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Is This the Future of Public Radio? NPR Thinks So

The Delivery methods for NPR content are evolving with recent changes in technology. Hourly news, network shows, podcasts, and much more can now be heard through the NPR ONE App on most smart phones. Some believe this is how the majority of people will receive NPR content while still giving a home to community station's content. Correspondent, Tom Wilmer sat down with one of the Apps biggest champion's, Sara Sarasohn, at National Public Radio headquarters in Washington D.C. Subscribe to the Lowell Thomas Award winning Podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer produced byNPR affiliate KCBX and featured on NPR ONE, iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm tunein.com podbay.fm connect.pure.com

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Washington D.C. Cabbie Stories

When I travel, I often learn more about the pulse beat of a place--an unfiltered, from the heart perspective--from the cabbies than I do from the local tourism officials. I'm in Washington D.C. now, and a bonus of visiting with cabbies here, is that I hear cool tales about where they grew up, and it's often a far off, exotic land, as was the case when I hung out with Samuel Issac who was raised in Ethiopia. Samuel and I had so much fun talking about his life in America, that he refused to accept payment for the cross-town cab ride from Dupont Circle to the Capital Mall. Regretfully, I was so engrossed in living in the moment with Samuel that it didn't occur to me to record Samuel's tales until moments after he pulled away from the curb. The next afternoon, Alexander Berko picked me up in front of NPR headquarters for a cab ride out to National Airport. This time I was locked and loaded, and Berko agreed to let me record his D.C. Cabbie stories, including the dark days of the 1980s when DC was known as the Murder Capital, about former Mayor Marion Barry, and the struggles that traditional cabbies face by brutal competition from Uber and Lyft, and most importantly his passionate pride for D.C. I'm Tom Wilmer, come along and join me in Berko's cab as he talks story about his life in D.C., since emigrating from Ghana 38 years ago. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel Podcast, featured on NPR.ORG's Podcast site is funded by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes player.fm (UK Featured "Best Travel Podcast" stitcher.com podcast.de (Germany) tunein.com podcast.co.no (Norway)

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Discovering the Smithsonian with Becky Haberacker

Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Washington D.C. for a visit with Becky Haberacker, spokesperson at The Smithsonian Institution. Becky shares her insights in to The Smithsonian experience that includes 19 museums and galleries, and the National Zoo. In addition to more than 6,000employees, more than 9,000 volunteers keep the Smithsonian humming. We'll visit with one of the volunteers, Sandra Blake, who tends the Smithsonian's outdoor gardens.

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Oakland California's Amazing Renaissance

Gertrude Stein grew up in Oakland California, but moved to Baltimore as a 17 year old. Following a return visit 45 years later, in 1935, she wrote about Oakland in her autobiography that included the oft quoted and frequently misinterpreted phrase, "There's no there there". Actually, Ms. Stein forever held a fond spot in her heart for Oakland, it was just that the small town of 40,000 residents she knew as a teenager back in 1891 had dramatically grown and transformed into a vibrant city of 300,000 by the mid-1930s. Today the city is in the midst of an amazing renaissance, and is fast becoming an alluring destination, not only for tourists from around the country and around the world, but a permanent destination for young techies, high tech corporations such as Pandora, and the soon to be completed headquarters for Sunset Magazine. The city is also a leader in the trend setting culinary scene, with Oakland recently proclaimed one of USA Today's 2015 reader's choice "Top Ten Best local Food Scenes", beating out Napa and San Francisco. Join Tom Wilmer in the heart of Jack London Square for an illuminating conversation with Kim Bardakian, Director of PR and Community Relations for Visit Oakland. Listen to the interview on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a regularly featured NPR Podcast. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm (UK) A featured Best Travel Podcast podcast.de (Germany) podcast.co.no (Norway) tunein.com pure.com

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Door County, Wisconsin, Inns, Best Breakfast in America, and Nature

Come along and join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer and John Jarosh for an exploration of cool things to do and see in Door County, Wisconsin. We'll visit with Andy Coulson, owner of the historic White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. The inn has been welcoming guests since 1896. Its restaurant recently received the acclaim as America's Best Breakfast by the ABC television show Good Morning America. Next up is the classic Rowley's Bay Resort and Restaurant where they put on a classic Wisconsin-style fish boil four nights a week throughout the summer. Jarosh also shares insights about Sate Parks and preserves within Door County, and the water world of Green Bay and Lake Michigan that surrounds the Door County Peninsula. Funding for Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes player.fm (UK) a Best Featured Podcast stitcher.com tunein.com podcast.de (Germany) connect.pure.com

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Door County, Wisconsin--rural discoveries & fresh cherries

Door County is the nation's fourth largest producer of cherries. While visiting the Orchard Country Winery and Market in Fish Creek, Wisconsin there were numerous families weaving through the orchards, having a festive time hand-picking cherries, We took a walk through the orchards with the Lautenbach family who've been growing cherries and apples on their 100-acre farm since the 1950s. In the 1980s Bob Lautenbach branched out in to the world of wine making, using their cherries and carefully tended grapes. www.doorcounty.com Listen to the show on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Funding for Journeys is Provided by Hawaaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscibe to the Podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com Pure.com player.fm (UK) Voted a Best Travel Podcast

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Native Trails--empowering Central American Craftspeople

When Naomi Neilson Howard was a student at Cal Poly State University in the 1990s, she would make family forays to Central America. It was in the midst of one of her sojourns to Mexico when she had a transformative moment, which led her to create a business that would empower local artisans through the creation of an import business in 1996. Naomi's little start up was launched from her small cottage on Walnut Street in San Luis Obispo while still working on her undergraduate degree at Cal Poly. Today her pocket-sized business has grown to become an incredibly successful operation, specializing in high-end, hand-crafted kitchen and bath products, from sinks to tubs and more, with sales to the trade around the world, from Hong Kong to Dubai. Native Trails' offices and warehouse remain headquartered in San Luis Obispo in a non-descript commercial complex just off South Higuera Street. Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a fascinating conversation with Ms. Howard, as we discover how she has created a greater good company, specializing in sustainable products, much of it from recycled materials. Today her finely crafted products are made from reclaimed barn wood, wine staves and barrels, bamboo, and recycled copper. Howard's extraordinarily successful business offers incredible economic opportunities for artisans from throughout Central America to right here on the Central Coast. Listen to the Podcast on the Lowell Thomas Award Winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Funding is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation InitiativeSubscribe to the Podcast on iTunes player.fm (UK) a Featured Best Travel Podcast stitcher.com Podcast.de (Germany) tunein.com

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NASA Scientist Tom Nolan's "Pay it Forward" Mission

"Pay it Forward"—"Give Back"—those are two phrases that are central to NASA-JPL scientist, Tom Nolan's life. Tom's life journey was propelled, and jelled, when he was a kid, attending St. Vincent de Paul's summer camp back in the early 1960s. This is where the self described poor kid from the big city of LA first experienced nature at its finest. Enamored with the stars, trees, and wildlife, his camp experience propelled his quest to study science and to eventually earn a degree in marine biology from the University of Southern California in 1977. His never flagging enthusiasm, and love of nature led him to study whales, train dolphins, and engage in shipboard marine research from French Polynesia, to Mexico, Hawaii, and the Aleutian Islands. His passion for satellite oceanography brought him to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California in 1998. His current projects include being a "satellite jockey" mapping lunar landing sites. Utilizing the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's hi-resolution ASTER camera Nolan also monitors earth's volcanoes, earthquakes, droughts, floods, tornadoes, glacier ice melt and more. But a parallel quest in Nolan's life is to give back and share his faith and incredible enthusiasm and love of life with kids. And that's why Nolan returned to the St. Vincent de Paul Circle V Ranch Camp in the hills above Santa Barbara, California. He brought along eight of his scientist cohorts to lead hands-on Space Camp demonstrations and projects that included piloting underwater robots and launching rockets built by the kids themselves. I had the absolute honor to meet and visit the amazing Tom Nolan at Circle V Ranch Camp. Come along and join us as Nolan shares his spirit driven life, his love of science, and his mission to inoculate kids with a never flagging curiosity about life. Nolan refers to himself as a "wondering wanderer".

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Santa Maria California's Amazing History Revealed

Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer for an illuminating conversation with Cindy Ransik and Mike Farris with the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society's Museum. We'll discover how Santa Maria was for more than 100 years prime diary country. We'll learn about how the real Zorro was based on two real life Santa Maria Valley characters from the days of Mexican rule. Santa Maria was the birthplace of the frozen-food industry, it has been a Hollywood hotspot since the Silent film era when Cecil B. DeMille filmed the Ten Commandments on the Guadalupe sand dunes. Stars who lived in or got their first gigs on stage in Santa Maria's PCPA include Cathy Bates and Robin Williams, and Silver Screen Star, Jane Russell who was a longtime Santa Maria Resident. We'll learn about the incredible life of Captain Allen Hancock, the specific requisite ingredients in "Santa Maria Style Barbeque", and much more...The historical Society has just published a book chronicling the dairy industry, entitled the Purple Cow, so that's where will start our Valley journey. Listen to the Lowell Thomas Award-winning, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer travel show featured weekly on NPR's digital media site. Funding for Journeys is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative. Subscribe to Journeys on iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm (UK) a "Best Featured Travel Podcast podcast.de (Germany)

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Nasa Touchdown at Circle V Ranch Camp

Correspondent, Tom Wilmer went to summer camp at The Circle V Ranch Camp. Founded in 1945 by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles, the camp is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. Since 1990, the camp has been tucked in a dreamy canyon just a mile up a winding gravel road just off Highway 145, close to the Lake Cachuma Park entrance in Santa Barbara County. The camp adventure coincided with a special "Lost in Space Week". NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories scientist, Tom Nolan was a camper at Circle V back in the early 1960s and he was on hand the day of our visit along with seven of his research-associates from JPL, USC, California Science Center, and Huntington High Science Department. The scientists shared their scientific research and exploration of the universe with the campers—who engaged in hands-on-science where they took the controls of remotely operated vehicles to plumb the aquatic depths of the swimming pool...They learned about the Mars rovers and robots, and built and launched their own rockets. Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a most memorable day at Circle V's Camp--Space Camp that is. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured as a weekly NPR Podcast is funded by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative. Subscribe to the Journeys podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com player.com (UK) a featured "Best Travel Podcast" podcast.de (Germany)

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