Journeys of Discovery: Caribbean isle of Montserrat's Irish connection

The only country outside of Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick's Day as a national holiday is the petite isle of Montserrat in the midst of the Eastern Caribbean. The British Overseas Territory's flag is emblazoned with the Irish Harp and the words Erin along with a Union Jack in a corner. Pass through customs and your passport is stamped with a green Irish Clover. How Did the Irish Get There? Emigration from Ireland to the lush green Caribbean commenced in earnest on the heels of the defeat at

Journeys of Discovery: The island of Palau—home of world's first Shark Sanctuary

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, most travel destinations are closed to tourism, but don't let that stop you from dreaming about the day when we can once again explore exotic destinations around the world. Join us on a time trip back to the fall of 2011 on the exotic island of Palau for a visit with Dermot Keane founder of the Palau Shark Sanctuary . We'll then visit with dive masters aboard a Sam's Tours dive boat en route to one of the world's most legendary dive spots. The Palau travel

Journeys of Discovery: The island of Palau—home of world's first Shark Sanctuary

Journeys of Discovery: Hot Spring's legendary Deluca's Pizzaria and McClard's timeless Barbeque

Tucked away on a side street in downtown Hot Springs , Deluca's Pizzeria repeatedly wins rave reviews for their homemade pizzas. Chef and owner, Anthony Valinoti regularly wins accolades including one of Arkansas's ten best Pizzas and consistently number one in Hot Springs. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at Deluca's for a visit with chef Valinoti. Back in 1928 Alex and Alice McClard opened a Hot Springs motor court where they served goat with a killer barbeque sauce. Goat is no longer on the menu

Journeys of Discovery: Hot Spring's legendary Deluca's Pizzaria and McClard's timeless Barbeque

Journeys of Discovery: A visit to Mount Emei—one of China's sacred Mountains

A two-hour drive from the buzzing metropolis of Chengdu in Southeastern China is Mount Emei , one of the country's four sacred Buddhist Mountains. Mount Emei is home to 11 Taoist Temple complexes dating back more than 1,600 years, with a total of more than 30 Buddhist Temple complexes. China's first sacred temple was built atop Mount Emei in the 1st Century C.E. Come along and join correspondent Tom Wilmer and his Chinese guide Miu Mei as they explore Mount Emei. As a visitor from America it is

Journeys of Discovery: A visit to Mount Emei—one of China's sacred Mountains

Journeys of Discovery: Carnival in Mobile Alabama--birthplace of America's Mardi Gras celebrations

Judi Gulledge, Executive Director of the Mobile Carnival Association talks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about the past and present of Mobile's Carnival events and takes us on a tour of the Mobile Carnival Museum . Mobile, Alabama celebrated its first Mardi Gras carnival back in 1703, years before New Orleans. Today the two-week annual affair generates more than 12,000 year round jobs supporting the Carnival--from hair dressers to float builders. Carnival is such a big deal it's a State and

Journeys of Discovery: Carnival in Mobile Alabama--birthplace of America's Mardi Gras celebrations

Journeys of Discovery: Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee's distinctive, unique characteristics

In conjunction with the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival , correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Dave Bateman, Kona coffee industry expert, lecturer and owner of Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farms on the Island of Hawaii . Located high on a mountainside above Kailua-Kona, Bateman farms estate-grown beans, operates the popular Konalani Coffee Bar and an enticing vacation rental. This show was originally broadcast December 28, 2019 and is reposted as a "best-of-the-best" podcast in celebration of

Journeys of Discovery: Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee's distinctive, unique characteristics

Journeys of Discovery: Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City , Missouri . Back in the latter 19th century, African American athletes often played on baseball teams alongside whites. But segregation took an ugly turn in the dawning days of the 20th century and black players were barred through Jim Crow laws. Undaunted, black teams were formed across America. The first organized league structure was conceived in Kansas City in 1920, and

Journeys of Discovery: Loraine Motel in Memphis lives on as National Civil Rights Museum

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Faith Morris, chief marketing and external affairs officer at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis , Tennessee. Morris shares insights about America's 400-year history of racism and the evolution of the civil rights movement. She also shares insights about the era of slavery, Jim Crow laws, the Green Book, civil rights leaders from Harriet Tubman to Martin Luther King, and how institutional racism continues as a part of American culture today. March 3,

Journeys of Discovery: Loraine Motel in Memphis lives on as National Civil Rights Museum

Journeys of Discovery: A Texas State Trooper shares insights learned during 17-year career

The day-to-day job of law enforcement officers goes largely unappreciated and unnoticed. I recently met and became friends with a Texas State Trooper and his wife while they were on vacation. I asked if he might talk from the heart about his seventeen-year journey as a peace officer stationed in the North Texas Panhandle region. We both agreed that he would feel more comfortable if we did not mention his name. Come along and join Trooper "Mike" as he shares fascinating insights about his life as

Journeys of Discovery: A Texas State Trooper shares insights learned during 17-year career

Journeys of Discovery: Environmentalists see a light at the end of Trump's border wall

Environmental activist Laiken Jordahl is a borderlands campaigner with the Tuscon, Arizona based Center for Biological Diversity . Jordahl has painfully followed the building of the border wall with Mexico and its attendent ecological damage. This past December, President-elect Joe Biden nominated Deb Haaland , a first-term New Mexico congresswoman and a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). Environmental activists are hopeful that Haaland will be

Journeys of Discovery: Environmentalists see a light at the end of Trump's border wall

Journeys of Discovery: Exploring Milwaukee's Harley-Davidson Museum & history

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Join Jim Fricke, Curatorial Director at the 130,000 square-foot Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee , Wisconsin as he shares highlights of the legendary motorcycle's 117-year history. The first Harley was introduced in 1903. By 1920 Harley-Davidson was the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer with dealers in 67 countries. Discover how the motorcycle's role in WWI and WWII propelled the legend of the Harley. This show was originally broadcast August, 3.

Journeys of Discovery: Exploring Milwaukee's Harley-Davidson Museum & history

Journeys of Discovery: Belly Dancing's cultural nuances & Contemporary Swing explored

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. Next up, Wilmer talks with swing dance instructor Marcus Coker based in Fort Smith, Arkansas about the art of swing and the Tango. This show was originally broadcast November 13, 2018 and is reposted as a "best-of-the-best" podcast in celebration of Journeys of Discovery's 31st anniversary producing on-air and digital media podcasts

Journeys of Discovery: Belly Dancing's cultural nuances & Contemporary Swing explored

Journeys of Discovery: Hopi artists share timeless cultural metaphors

In the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, most of the places we love to visit are off limits. It is an especially painful time for those of us who depend on immersing in to distinctive travel destinations. What gives my life meaning more than anything else as a travel journalist is helping to shine a light on deserving communities. Personally, a cherished experience was being invited by the Hopi Nation back in 2012 to do a series of radio shows about their plans to start a Hopi Arts Trail .

Journeys of Discovery: Complexities of cultural integrity in Hopi Land

COVID-19 has brought day-to-day interactions and retail commerce to a virtual standstill around the world. The Hopi and Navajo reservations have been particularly hard hit, with tribal villages and businesses shuttered. The world keeps spinning and the tribal communities continue to function and interact via online and remote vehicles of communications. Hopefully before too long the tribal communities will return to normal and once again welcome visitors and tourists from around the world.

Journeys of Discovery: Mike Wolfe's life--from baby dumpster-diver to American Pickers stardom

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a fascinating conversation with Mike Wolfe, host of American Pickers on the History Channel. Wilmer met up with Wolfe at his home in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee. Wolfe shares engaging tales of growing up in Eau Claire, Iowa where he started picking treasures found in dumpsters as a six year-old, his quest to create the television show and how the proud denizens of the heartland of America continue to touch his heart. You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell

Journeys of Discovery: Mike Wolfe's life--from baby dumpster-diver to American Pickers stardom

Journeys of Discovery: Puckett's Grocery store rocks with live music

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Rob Robinson, musician and owner of Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee. Puckett's has been a community center of sorts in town since 1953. It's much more than a grocery and eatery—it's also a rocking live music venue. Come along and join Robinson for the rest of the story and learn why Puckett's is an anchor in the Nashville's Big Back Yard economic, tourism destination initiative—the brainchild of Leiper's Fork based visionary,

Journeys of Discovery: Full STEAM ahead for purposeful learning

Principal Dr. Ryan Jackson shares with correspondent Tom Wilmer how Tennessee's Mt Pleasant Arts Innovation Zone preK-12 educational model benefits student's educational goals by infusing Art into S.T.E.M. Learning comes alive, as students passionately work on curricular projects ranging from creating NASA-mentored self-sustaining habitats on Mars, to building/selling tiny houses that can result in various trade certifications at completion. Gone is the "sit and listen" drudgery, replaced by the

Journeys of Discovery: Exploring blended Scotch whisky & Northern Ireland's Bushmills Distillery

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Edinburgh, Scotland where he visits with Richard Paterson , regarded as one of the world's foremost blenders of Scotch Whisky. Afterwards Wilmer talks with Daryl McNally at Old Bushmills Distillery , the world's oldest licensed distillery, located along Northern Ireland 's Antrim Coast, just a wee drive from Belfast. This show is a repost "best-of-the-best" travel show in celebration of Journeys of Discovery's 31st anniversary producing on-air and digital

Journeys of Discovery: Exploring blended Scotch whisky & Northern Ireland's Bushmills Distillery

Journeys of Discovery: Hohenwald, Tennessee's legendary 1970's counter-culture "Farm" still rocks

Tom Reed came to Hohenwald, Tennessee back in 1971 as a vanguard member of a commune dubbed "The Farm" . Hundreds of hippies arrived in their vans and more than 80 school busses adorned with banners proclaiming "Out to Save the World". They purchased 1,750 acres and settled in, and the Farm is still thriving in the Hohenwald, Tennessee countryside. Reed eventually left the commune but he and his wife returned to Hohenwald toward the end of their careers in the health care field. Today they are

Journeys of Discovery: Hohenwald, Tennessee's legendary 1970's counter-culture "Farm" still rocks

Journeys of Discovery: Leiper's Fork Distillery--homage to spirit of Natchez Trace pioneers

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Lee Kennedy, owner of Leiper's Fork Distillery located on the outskirts of uptown Leiper's Fork, Tennessee. Kennedy shares insights about producing Tennessee whiskey and bourbon, events at the distillery and the process of growing his elixir's market distribution. Kennedy noted that his philosophy is predicated on honoring the spirit of pioneer regional whisky-distillers and utilizing locally grown ingredients. The Leiper's Fork Distillery show is

Journeys of Discovery: Leiper's Fork Distillery--homage to spirit of Natchez Trace pioneers