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A Haunted Hike in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:53:18 +0000

Newfoundland has a long and rich supernatural history. This island, suspended in the North Atlantic is said to be home to ghosts, fairies and the occasional witch. The St. John’s Haunted Hike, run by storyteller, and folklorist Dale Jarvis celebrates the supernatural tradition of the city.

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USS Missouri Memorial Association's CEO Michael Carr talks Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary & Mighty Mo

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +0000

The legendary Battleship USS Missouri, fondly nicknamed “The Mighty Mo”, saw action in WWII. It was on the deck of the Missouri that the Japanese government formally surrendered on September 2nd 1945. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer on Oahu at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii aboard the Mighty Mo.

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Little Rock Arkansas rocks big time with arts and culture

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +0000

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with John Mayner Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mayner talks about Little Rock’s economic development and vitality. Cliff Fannin Baker founder and interim producing director of the Little Rock Repertory Theater talks about the town's live theater history and evolution.

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Fondly dubbed “the Soo” Michigan’s Sault Ste Marie is year-round paradise

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +0000

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan is situated just about as far north as you can go before bumping in to the Canadian province of Ontario. Actually if you’re paddling your canoe and the wind blows you off course you’ll make landfall in the sister city of Sault Ste Marie, Canada. Join Correspondent Tom Wilmer in Sault Ste Marie. Linda Hoath, Executive Director of the local Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Michigan's--Tahquamenon Falls’ Raspberry Brew and Les Cheneaux Culinary School

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +0000

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, not far from Lake Huron. Our journey starts at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Master Brewster and owner of Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub at Camp 33, Lark Ludlow’s beers are so popular she can’t keep up with demand, and some of seasonal brews are now brewed year round, like her delicious Raspberry Wheat Ale. We’ll then head over to Les Cheneaux Culinary School in the lakeside village of Hessel, situated on the shores of Lake Huron.

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Arkansas’s Buffalo River--America’s first National Park Service “National River”

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +0000

The Buffalo National River, situated in Northern Arkansas is free flowing for more than 135 miles. It’s one of North America’s last remaining undammed rivers. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer on the banks of the Buffalo River for a conversation with National Park Ranger, Joyce Umbach, and Ben Milburn the owner and operator of Buffalo River Outfitters.

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Ojai's Sheila Cluff is known as the grandmother of aerobics

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +0000

Modern Aerobic exercise was the brainchild of Sheila Cluff back in 1959. Ms. Cluff was teaching middle school P.E. in Ottawa, Canada when she devised a plan to enthuse her students by putting skating routines to music.

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Exploring Michigan from Detroit to the “True North” Upper Peninsula

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +0000

A conversation with Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan talks about Detroit’s renaissance, and visiting towns like Ann Arbor, Frankenmuth, and Traverse City. Lorenz also shares his passion for Michigan’s “True North” destinations such as Sault Ste Marie, one of North America’s oldest towns, fondly dubbed “The Soo”, in the heart of Michigan’s legendary Upper Peninsula.

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Minor league baseball, major league adventures

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 02:32:52 +0000

From tying up teammates on buses to sleeping on the side of the road, life in baseball's minor leagues isn't easy. Join NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer associate producer Katya Cengel in a conversation with San Luis Obispo Blues' coach Dan Marple.

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St. Ignace, Upper Peninsula Michigan thrives in wintertime with pond hockey, ice biking, ice golf

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 05:17:20 +0000

St. Ignace, one of North America’s oldest communities, settled by the French in 1671, is situated in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The town of 2,400 overlooks the Straits of Mackanac. Discover why the midst of winter is an amazingly popular time to visit St. Ignas.

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The Company She Keeps—the life story of Georgia Durante—from super model to Mob getaway driver

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:23:00 +0000

Host of the NPR Podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer met up with Georgia Durante, at of all places, a summer camp for kids run by St. Vincent de Paul in the hills above Santa Barbara, California where she talks about her best selling book, The Company She Keeps chronicling her amazing life journey. Georgia Durante grew up in Rochester, New York, and her modeling career commenced when she was just 13 years old. Before long her stunning looks propelled her to cover-girl stardom as the most photographed young woman in America. If you’re old enough, you might remember her as “The Kodak Girl”. All too soon, by happenstance, she became involved with the mob, and taken under the wings by legendary mobsters like Carlos Gambino and Sammy Giancana. Married to a mobster, her life took an ugly turn when she realized too late her husband was, to be very kind, an abusive person who’d think nothing of holding a pistol to Durante’s head and play a game of Russian Roulette. Durante

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Making waves at KUHS radio Hot Springs Arkansas—a conversation with Cheryl Roorda and Zac Smith

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +0000

NPR podcast host Tom Wilmer reports from Hot Springs, Arkansas at KUHS L.P. 97.9--KUHS is a trend setter as the station is Arkansas’s first solar powered radio station. Come along and join the founders of Hot Spring's community radio, Cheryl Roorda and Zac Smith.

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Central Texas legendary Pit BBQ brisket now the rage in West Texas

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +0000

Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque on the outskirts of Lubbock, Texas specializes in slow cooked Brisket. It used to be that the main place you’d find brisket was in Central Texas at legendary diners like Clem Mickeska’s in Temple and Belton, and Johnny’s in Salado. Out here in West Texas it’s been the capital of killer steaks, but the playing field is expanding and owner Arnis Robbins is leading the charge with delicious BBQ brisket.

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Silent Wings over Normandy—the U.S. Army Air Corps glider program honored in Lubbock, Texas

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +0000

Close to 14,000 glider aircraft were manufactured for combat roles in the European theater of WWII. The gliders first saw duty in Italy and subsequently played a vital role in delivering troops and material during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Only five glider aircraft remain in the world and one is showcased at the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock.

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A conversation--Dr. Carl Andersen, Executive Director of the National Ranching Heritage Center

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +0000

From his roots in Sweetwater, Texas Dr. Carl Andersen went on to become a Methodist Minister, and a subsequent career as a college professor at Texas Tech. An addiction to alcohol led to his contemplating suicide, and a month at Hazelden treatment center in Minnesota in 1982 utterly transformed his life.

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How Las Vegas became the 9th Hawaiian Island

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +0000

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. Honolulu is where Sam Boyd became intimately involved in the local, under-the-radar Hawaiian gambling scene—and this relationship would play a critical role in Boyd Gaming Group’s success decades later.

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

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +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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Feeding the homeless feeds the soul at Frying Pan Restaurant in Lubbock, Texas

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +0000

Teresa Stephens, owner of the Lubbock, Texas Cast Iron Grill recounts her fear of the homeless. She confronted her phobia and wound up embracing the homeless and made major sacrifices to feed those in need. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at the Cast Iron Grill in downtown Lubbock as Teresa shares her poignant tale of personal sacrifice that ultimately enriched and transformed her life through serving the homeless.

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Lubbock’s Museum of Agriculture—The Smithsonian of all things AG

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +0000

The Bayer Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock, Texas is the Smithsonian of all things Ag from primitive McCormick Reapers to state of the art computer assisted John Deere Cotton Strippers. Correspondent, Tom Wilmer visits with Lacee Hoelting, Executive Director. Join them for a tour of the ag museum with its vast array of not only tractors, but all things related to life in agrarian America, past and present. You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR Podcast travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer via: iTunesNPR.ORG Podcast DirectoryNPR One (APP)Stitcher.comFollow Tom on Social Media: Twitter: @TomCWilmer Instagram: thomas.wilmer Facebook:

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How the Windmill Won the American West

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +0000

The iconic windmill has been a part of western landscape since the mid 1800s. Tanya Meadows at the American Wind and Power Center in Lubbock, Texas, and Jim Stark at the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum in Nebraska City, Nebraska share their passion for the iconic windmill that transformed the American West.

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