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Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

Tom Wilmer’s Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast, recorded live on-location across America and around the world- showcases the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine and spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts. We cover nouns and verb

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April 19th 1995 Oklahoma Bombing transformed America

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:49:00 +0000

A visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum --Executive Director Kari Watkins talks about the deadliest attack in America until 9-11.

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Ford--envisioning and implementing “farm-to-car” green initiatives with dandelions, agave, eggshells

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:18:00 +0000

Your new Ford might just come equipped with repurposed U.S. currency, flax, wheat, agave fibers, and a litany of organic auto parts.

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FDR’s “Floating White House” USS Potomac berthed in Oakland California

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:45:00 +0000

The USS Potomac served as the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Floating White House” from 1936 until his death in 1945. How the USS Potomac came to reside in Oakland , California is a fascinating journey. Following a ten year stint as a Coast Guard patrol boat, the Potomac saw duty as a Caribbean ferry, Elvis Presley private yacht, and a stint as a drug smuggler that ultimately led to its sinking while tied up on Treasure Island.

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From Darkness to Light—Costa Rica’s Museo de los Niños shines in former prison

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:43:00 +0000

Gloria Calderón is the Director of the Museo de los Niños in San Jose, Costa Rica . Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Gloria as she talks about the engaging hands-on children’s museum, her passion for the country, and the work-in-progress to create an adjunct museum showcasing the former prison’s story. The Children’s Museum opened in 1994 in a long abandoned former prison with an evil history rivaling the world’s worst hell-holes of incarceration. The idea to re-purpose the prison as a place of light for children was conceived and shepherded by the former first Lady of the Republic of Costa Rica, Mrs. Gloria Bejarano de Calderón, Gloria’s mother. chilren's museum facebook page You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR Podcast travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer via: iTunes NPR.ORG Podcast Directory NPR One (APP)

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The life of Country Hall of Famer Jim Ed Brown

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:17:00 +0000

Guest host, Steve Koch, is the producer of the syndicated show "Arkansongs" a celebration of Arkansas music. Koch shares insights about Arkansawyer Jim Ed Brown who was born in Sparkman in Dallas County, Arkansas, and grew up in Pine Bluff, Ark. “J.E.” achieved fame singing with his sisters as The Browns before he went solo in the mid-1960s. Brown charted more than fifty singles, but was nearly as famous for his TV appearances, including being longtime spokesman for Dollar General Stores.

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Bill Clinton’s musical side with Arkansongs host Steve Koch reporting from Little Rock

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 11:52:00 +0000

Associate Producer for Journeys of Discovery, Steve Koch is host of the syndicated show Arkansongs in Little Rock. Koch shares insights about Bill Clinton's passion for music and his life in Arkansas.

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Rising wages, food costs and labor shortages transforming how SLO restaurants do business

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 11:26:00 +0000

The San Luis Obispo restaurant industry is facing increasing costs on multiple fronts. Current and impending issues include a rise in minimum wage to $15 per hour, a regional labor shortage, mandated health care, sick leave, along with rising food costs. Restaurant owners are brainstorming ways to modify their business models, including instituting a service charge or surcharge.

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Mission College Prep student making his mark as a singer/songwriter

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:33:00 +0000

Cayden Wemple is a passionate indie-folk singer/songwriter and a senior at Mission College Prep in San Luis Obispo. Wemple describes his songwriting techniques and practices. He also shares insights about how he draws inspiration for his songs from the political world around him.

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Dispatch from America’s Heartland—shooting guns as a character building competitive school sport

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:41:00 +0000

I spent some time at the Heartland Public Shooting Park , located on the outskirts of Grand Island , Nebraska to visit with Tim O’Connor, a shooting-sport coach at the local Catholic high school.

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Empowering Memphis inner-city youth and kids from St. Jude at Bass Pro Shops

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:02:00 +0000

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee is a more than just a megastore. The Memphis facility works year round empowering inner-city youth and instilling outdoor conservation awareness. The facility also hosts hands-on field trip experiences for kids from the nearby St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital .

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How Las Vegas became the 9th Hawaiian Island

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:32:00 +0000

The story of how Las Vegas became the 9th Hawaiian Island. Bill Boyd, chairman of Boyd Gaming Group in Las Vegas, shares his family’s intimate involvement in the gaming industry Bill Boyd's father, Sam Boyd (born in 1910), moved the family to Oahu when Bill was in first and second grade.

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A viable alternative to African Big Game hunting

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:40:00 +0000

The Trump administration's support of Big Game hunts and recalling the tragic death of Cecil the Lion demanded a repost of the interview Tom Wilmer conducted with two big game, photographic safari guides recorded on location in Botswana.

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Schlitterbahn: Texan for water park family fun

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:28:19 +0000

Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts is a trendsetter in the world of family vacations. Management philosophy is 100 percent predicated on creating experiences for kids of all ages, from literally six months old to octogenarians.

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San Luis Obispo International Film Fest a showcase of cinematic creativity

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 00:28:12 +0000

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Director, Wendy Eidson shares insights about the SLO Film Fest, March 13-18.

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Tackling air pollution in Mongolia--“land of the eternal blue sky”

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:17:00 +0000

Cal Poly Adjunct Professor, Katya Cengel reports from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia--long known as the land of the eternal blue sky, but rapid urban migration is changing that. The once nomadic population increasingly now lives in cities with approximately 45 percent of the population, or one million people, living in the capital of Ulaanbaatar.

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Schlitterbahn—World’s first family affair waterpark from inception in 1966

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:49:00 +0000

The world’s first family destination water park started with a dream and vision back in 1966 when Bob and Billye Henry fell in love with Landa Resort, a small 12-acre riverfront property on the outskirts of New Braunfels, Texas. Years of sweat equity with the three Henry children slinging mud and wielding welders turned a small family resort in to the family friendly Schlitterbahn encompassing more than 70 acres.

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Discovering magical Madison, Wisconsin from arts, culture, and cuisine to cool things to do and see

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:18:00 +0000

Tom Wilmer and his associate, Annita Thoma s from Atlanta, Georgia visit with Diane Morganthaler, Executive Vice President of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau . Diane shares a litany of cool things to do and see for the entire family.

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Empowering Detroit’s Graffiti/Calligraphic Art Movement

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:44:00 +0000

Correspondent, Tom Wilmer reports from Detroit, Michigan for an exploration of street murals and graffiti/calligraphic art.

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Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame with George Daeger

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:19:00 +0000

The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville , Tennessee is the Mother Ship where the entire history of country music from the 1800's to present is showcased and revered in the 360,000 square-foot multi-story facility.

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Pietro’s Trattoria a Lodi, California favorite

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:40:00 +0000

Pietro’s has been a favorite with Lodi, California locals since the Italian eatery for three decades. Family owned by Jim and Annette Murdaca, I stopped in for a visit with their son, Chef Pete who spent a year and a half learning the craft as an stagiaire (intern) in Calabria and Parma Southern Italy.

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