Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Tom Wilmer's award-winning shows travel from the Arctic to African safaris, in the wheelhouse of the Rainbow Warrior II, flying in WWII bombers, navigating a micro light above Victoria Falls, sailing around Grenada, hiking through the wilds of Malaysian jungles and exploring remote atolls and isles throughout the South Pacific.
Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

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Tom Wilmer's award-winning shows travel from the Arctic to African safaris, in the wheelhouse of the Rainbow Warrior II, flying in WWII bombers, navigating a micro light above Victoria Falls, sailing around Grenada, hiking through the wilds of Malaysian jungles and exploring remote atolls and isles throughout the South Pacific.

Most Recent Episodes

Journeys of Discovery: Cal Poly prof's year on the road with minor league baseball teams

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Katya Cengel , adjunct professor at San Luis Obispo's Cal Poly about her passion for baseball, specifically minor league teams. While working as a reporter at the Louisville Courier, Cengel spent over a year traveling with regional minor league teams. Her baseball odyssey is chronicled in her book, Bluegrass Baseball—A Year in the Minor League Life . This show was originally broadcast July 18, 2018 and is reposted as a "best-of-the-best" podcast in

Journeys of Discovery: Cal Poly prof's year on the road with minor league baseball teams

Journeys of Discovery: An emissary of peace via the art of storytelling

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a conversation with Kiran Singh Sirah, president of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Sirah shares tales of how he manifests the art and craft of storytelling to propel conversations about peace and reconciliation around the world, and close to home in Tennessee.

Journeys of Discovery: A conversation with Memphis music legend Booker T. Jones

Memphis, Tennessee, native Booker T. Jones started playing the piano as a toddler, and began singing in his church choir as a six year-old. With the release of "Green Onions" in 1962, Booker T. & the M.G.'s organ-infused Memphis soul sound became a number-one hit on Billboard's R&B chart. Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Jones at the North Carolina Folk Festival, where he recalls growing up in Memphis, playing as a studio musician at Stax Recording Studio while still in high school,

Journeys of Discovery: A conversation with Memphis music legend Booker T. Jones

Journeys of Discovery: Exploring the realm of Buffalo Bill in North Platte, Nebraska

Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer reports from the Heartland of America, where he explores cool things to do and see in Nebraska with Lisa Burke, Executive Director of Visit North Platte Nebraska . This show was originally broadcast January 7. 2015 and is reposted as a "best-of-the-best" podcast in celebration of Journeys of Discovery's 30th anniversary producing on-air and digital media podcasts featured on KCBX and NPR One.

Journeys of Discovery: Exploring the realm of Buffalo Bill in North Platte, Nebraska

Journeys of Discovery: What happens when smoke gets on your grapes

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with grape grower Vic Roberts, owner of Victor Hugo Winery in Templeton, about the effects of smoke particles from recent Central Coast fires on grapes. Roberts shares industry recommendations to mitigate effects of smoke and ash on grapes.

Journeys of Discovery: How the city of Fort Wayne saved itself

Journeys associate producer Rebecca Nolan reports from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she learns about how the city is returning to its rivers and revitalizing downtown. The St. Joseph, St. Marys and Maumee rivers are the reason the city was founded. The place where Fort Wayne sits today used to be called Kekionga, the Miami tribe's largest village. When Europeans came to the area in the 17th century, the place where the three rivers met became an important trading post. This show was originally

Journeys of Discovery: Zac Brown's historic Nashville recording studio

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Zac Brown 's Southern Ground Studio in the heart of Nashville's historic Music Row. Matt Mangano , studio director and bass player in the Zac Brown Band, talks about the facility's history and present day operations in the former church. This show was originally broadcast September 24, 2019 and is reposted as a "best-of-the-best" podcast in celebration of Journeys of Discovery's 30th anniversary producing on-air and digital media podcasts featured on KCBX

Journeys of Discovery: Cal Poly professor's journey to the invisible Republic of Trans-Dniester

With travel adventures limited due to COVID-19, Cal Poly adjunct journalism professor Katya Cengel takes us on a different sort of trip – to a country that does not technically exist. Reality may seem surreal at present, but in the former Soviet Union where Cengel lived earlier this century there were enclaves such as Trans-Dniester—and even though the little country was complete with its very own president, according to the surrounding countries, the little country does not exist.

Journeys of Discovery: Cal Poly professor's journey to the invisible Republic of Trans-Dniester

Journeys of Discovery: Newfoundland women fishing for success

Associate Producer Rebekah Nolan explores " Girls Who Fish " a program designed to attract girls and women to become involved in Newfoundland's commercial fishery. Nolan says, "fishing is the thing that brought the first settlers from England and Ireland about 400 years ago, and it continues to be a vital part of the province's economy." This show was originally broadcast May 17, 2017 and is reposted as a "best-of-the-best" podcast in celebration of Journeys of Discovery's 31st anniversary

Journeys of Discovery: Door County, Wisconsin's Cherryland USA legacy

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with 87 year-old Dale Seaquist who's great grandfather emigrated from Sweden to Door County , Wisconsin 150 years ago. Patriarch, Anders Seaquist was among the first settlers in the county to plant apple and cherry trees in the 1890s. Neighboring farmers quickly followed suit. Before long the legend of the farmers' tangy, tart cherries became the rage nationwide and the Door County peninsula was dubbed Cherryland USA. According to Dale Seaquist, at the height of

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