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

From Capital Public Radio

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

E8: Final Episode - Answering Your Questions

In this final episode of YosemiteLand, Ezra answers listener questions! He follows up with characters from previous episodes, and talks about everything from rock-climbing safety to remedies for parking and congestion.

E8: Final Episode - Answering Your Questions

E7: The Air Up There

Like many major U.S. tourist destinations, Yosemite is dealing with a housing-affordability problem and the arrival of short-term rentals like Airbnb. Many people are turning their homes into vacation rentals. It's good for tourism. But some neighbors aren't happy, and area residents say it's often difficult to find a place to rent. Potential employees aren't taking jobs in the park, and many existing employees face long commutes. In this episode, Ezra speaks with residents who are dealing with the housing issue in the Yosemite area.

We Want To Hear From You

We won't have an episode on Labor Day, but we want to hear from you! Why? For our final episode, which will drop in a couple weeks. Is there a issue we neglected to discuss? Or did you want to hear more about a particular topic? Any creative ideas about how to remedy an issue like traffic or overcrowding? If so, shoot Ezra a voice memo or a note at ezra.romero@capradio.org.

E6: Green Dragon

We've explored Yosemite Valley a lot — for good reason. It's an outdoor wonderland where people raft, hike and climb cliffs. In this episode, Ezra tours Yosemite Valley on a "green dragon" — an open-air tour bus — and also learns about rock falls and why historic places in the park have been renamed. He also visits what people call Yosemite Valley's "twin sister." It's a place that John Muir fought to preserve — but he lost that battle.

Coming Soon: YosemiteLand Episode 6

Hey everyone, Episode 6 will be out Tuesday. In the meantime, here's a taste.

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.

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