YosemiteLand YosemiteLand is a new, limited-series podcast from Capital Public Radio. Hosted by Ezra David Romero, it explores how Yosemite and the surrounding area is impacted by the more than 4 million annual visitors — a number that's growing rapidly by the year. In each episode, Ezra unpacks challenges Yosemite faces and explores how to remedy problems such as over-visitiation, congestion and traffic, a lack of affordable housing and more. YosemiteLand isn't a podcast about top-10 hiking destinations or park secrets, but Ezra will also introduce you to world famous rock climbers, bear biologists, Native Americans born in the park, realtors trying to sell homes in a flooded market, and many others. Look for new episodes on Monday mornings.
YosemiteLand

YosemiteLand

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YosemiteLand is a new, limited-series podcast from Capital Public Radio. Hosted by Ezra David Romero, it explores how Yosemite and the surrounding area is impacted by the more than 4 million annual visitors — a number that's growing rapidly by the year. In each episode, Ezra unpacks challenges Yosemite faces and explores how to remedy problems such as over-visitiation, congestion and traffic, a lack of affordable housing and more. YosemiteLand isn't a podcast about top-10 hiking destinations or park secrets, but Ezra will also introduce you to world famous rock climbers, bear biologists, Native Americans born in the park, realtors trying to sell homes in a flooded market, and many others. Look for new episodes on Monday mornings.

Most Recent Episodes

E5: Wahhoga

For more than four decades, the Ahwahneechee people — the Native Americans with ties to Yosemite Valley — had no place to call home. Now, one of their villages is being resurrected. In this episode, Ezra meets with elders who say park service workers burned down their homes. They also discuss how they hope to preserve their heritage for future generations. During his reporting, Ezra realizes Yosemite is more than a cool hiking destination: It's a very spiritual place.

Coming Soon: YosemiteLand Episode 5

Hey listeners, we're still hustling away on Episode 5. In the meantime, check out this teaser.

Yosemite On Fire

It's peak tourist season, but the most popular spot in Yosemite is eerily quiet. There are no hikers on trails or climbers on cliffs in the Valley. For the first time in nearly 30 years, a wildfire has closed major portions of the park due to heavy smoke. Yosemite Valley will remain shut indefinitely. In this episode, Ezra looks at the future of fire in Yosemite. He hikes with a scientist studying how climate change could drastically transform its landscape, talks with the park's first female fire chief, and learns about life growing up in a fire zone.

E3: On The Rock

A new culture of rock climbers is overtaking Yosemite, including rock stars like Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell, who are pushing the sport to the edge by climbing with no ropes. In this episode, Ezra chats with rock climbing legends, explores how gyms are diversifying who climbs, and gets out on the rock near Glacier Point. He also talks with women climbers who are leading the way.

E2: Take Me Away

Traffic in Yosemite during peak tourist months is often compared to rush hour in Los Angeles. Some visitors will often drive around for hours and never find a parking spot. The bottleneck is so bad, it's now part of Yosemite's identity. That's why we're dedicating our second episode of YosemiteLand to the seemingly intractable problem of gridlock. Join Ezra as he sits in a snarl-up of tourists and learns how all these cars put wildlife at risk. He'll also explore solutions that could make your future visits less miserable — and help sustain the park.

E1: Selfie Trap

As tourism increases in Yosemite, how is the park's identity — its sense of place — changing? In YosemiteLand's debut episode, Ezra orders Starbucks while taking in majestic waterfalls, meets researchers studying how people experience the park, and looks at how Yosemite's planners are rethinking popular destinations to make them more sustainable. You'll encounter a bear up close, and Ezra will visit some of Yosemite's oldest inhabitants: giant sequoias.

Welcome To Yosemiteland!

Yosemiteland is about how decisions made today in Yosemite National Park will impact millions of visitors in the years to come. It's a region learning how to deal with a changing environment and increased tourism. Listen for a preview of this new podcast from Capital Public Radio. We'll release our first episodes July 16.

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