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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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On a Mission with Maggie Espinsosa

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:00:26 +0000

Inspired by hikers on Spain's El Camino trail, travel journalist, Maggie Espinosa was inspired to walk over 800 miles along California's El Camino Real. Over a year of hiking in 80 mile chunks, she visited every one of the 21 Missions, meeting other hikers, sharing meals with new friends and wrote up the experiences each night. The pictures and her journal entries became her book: On a Mission, an 800 mile walk to discover California's El Camino Real.

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Acquiesce Winery Lodi CA—Sue Tipton raises the bar with world-class white wines

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:00:00 +0000

Sue Tipton tipped the scales in the world of white wines. Tipton did not start her wine making journey until she was 50 years old. Ten years later, she’s an industry star in the world of white wines—that’s all she produces, and her focus might partially explain why her Viognier was awarded “Best in the State of California” at the 2016 California State Fair.

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WWII life in Hawaii—a conversation with Bishop Museum Historian, Desoto Brown

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:24:00 +0000

Life in America and most poignantly in the Hawaiian Islands was jarringly transformed in one day, the day of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war by President Roosevelt. Marshall Law was declared and remained in effect throughout the war. Come along and join Bishop Museum Historian Desoto Brown as he recalls his 30 years of research about life on the island of Oahu during WWII.

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Tommy child-star from Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” recalls 1946 film classic

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:00:00 +0000

Back in 1946 five year-old Jimmy Hawkins played the role of Tommy in It’s a Wonderful Life. Decades later the film was voted the most inspirational movie of all time by the American Film Institute. When it hit silver screen for Christmas season in 1946, it was a box-office flop and lost $500,000 even though it was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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Macchia Winery's ancient winemaking methods create award-winning wines

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:05:00 +0000

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Lodi winemaker Tim Holdener, owner of Macchai Wines. Tim exemplifies the true hands-on grape producer and winemaker. Tim joined a handful of other Lodi producers who started Lodi Native—the group made a commitment to process their wine using ancient, truly hands-off approach which starts with using only native yeast, and letting the wine basically make itself.

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Union Square’s new skyscraping Cityscape Bar and Urban Tavern

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:00:00 +0000

Cityscape Bar & lounge is perched on the top of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square--46th floors high in the sky. Cityscape is enveloped with a 360-degree panorama of the City and far beyond, with soaring 14 foot-tall glass window-walls—It’s the next best thing to floating in a balloon high above the City-by-the-Bay. We’ll stop in for a visit with Cityscape Bar & Lounge General Manager Lenny Gumm, and Gerald Miller General Manager at Urban Tavern gastro pub. 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.complayer.fmFollow Tom on Social Media Twitter: TomCWilmer Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer Facebook Linkedin

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Organic 100 year-old Lodi, California Zinfandel vines at solar-powered Lucas Winery

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:23:33 +0000

When David and his wife, Heather Pyle-Lucas started their commercial Lucas Winery 38 years ago Lodi’s Zins were known as high-alcohol rocket-fuel concoctions. That’s all history today and David and Heather were pioneers in the evolution of Lodi, California wines by crafting extraordinarily well-balanced and complex estate-grown Zinfandel and locally sourced Chardonnay. Come along and join the conversation as Heather and David share their incredible journey as Lodi growers and producers.

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Rocking the Gospel in Little Rock with Saint Mark Baptist Church Choir

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:00:00 +0000

Saint Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas raised the roof when their gospel choir recently performed at Little Rock's Wildwood Park. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Darius Nelson, Pastor of Music and Arts, followed by 20 minutes of some powerfully awesome gospel singing. Saint Mark's choir has performed at the White House as well as around Arkansas. 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.complayer.fmFollow Tom on Social Media Twitter: TomCWilmer Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer Facebook Linkedin

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How Seven Deadly Zins transformed the Lodi, California wine industry

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:00:00 +0000

The wine label, Seven Deadly Zins, produced by Michael David Winery was instrumental in putting Lodi, California on the map as a world-class producer of fine wines. Join Mike Phillips and daughter Melissa at their Lodi winery for a fascinating conversation with Tom Wilmer that proves that a catchy label is just as important as the wine inside the bottle. 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) (Germany)blubrry.comFollow Tom on Social Media Twitter: TomCWilmer Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer Facebook Linkedin

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Alcatraz Ex-con Recalls a “Whiff of Fresh Mown Grass”

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:55:40 +0000

Robert Luke, assigned prisoner number 1118AZ, arrived at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on April 14th 1954 and was paroled on April 29th 1959. It was the smell of fresh mown grass wafting across the island from somewhere in San Francisco that spurred him to go the straight and narrow path.

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Arkansas Fort Smith National Historic Site and Clayton House Victorian

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:00:00 +0000

Fort Smith, Arkansas, the state’s second largest city, started as a military outpost on the western frontier back in 1817. Join National Park Ranger Cody Faber at Fort Smith National Historic Site and Julie Woods Moncrief at the historic Clayton House.

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Rejuvenating the body and soul at lakefront Hot Springs Arkansas Lookout Point Inn

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:00:00 +0000

Situated bluff top, the Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is worth the stay just for the pleasure of strolling the sprawling lush garden grounds overlooking Lake Hamilton. But the rooms and the gourmet meals would be tempting enough without the vistas or gardens. Come along and join innkeeper, Kristie Rosset, who came to the hospitality industry from her previous life as a Methodist minister in Dallas.

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Terry MacRae CEO of North America’s only Hybrid Vessel Fleet

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:17:42 +0000

An innovator in the passenger vessel industry, Terry MacRae, is the Chairman and CEO of Hornblower Cruises and Events. In addition to crafting the only fleet of hybrid vessels in North America, MacRae has built an empire of more than 70 yachts in the last 35 years.

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Alcatraz–a Conversation with NPS Public Affairs Officer Alexandra Picavet

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:35:38 +0000

Even though Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary has been closed since 1963, the myth, legend, and lore of the infamous Rock that housed prisoners such as Al “Scarface” Capone, the “Birdman of Alcatraz”, and “Machine Gun” Kelly has grown exponentially over the past half century.

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Former Guard Returns to Alcatraz

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:33:03 +0000

Retired Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary guard, George DeVincenzi served on “The Rock” from 1950 to 1958, departing just five years before the infamous island prison closed forever in 1963.

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Alcatraz Clergyman Father Bush Recalls Time on “The Rock”

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:28:04 +0000

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary opened in 1934 and when it closed its cell doors for the last time in 1963 more than fifteen hundred prisoners had served time on the Rock.

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Chris Lehnertz NPS Superintendent

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:24:24 +0000

There are 29 National Recreation Areas across America. One of the most distinctive is the Golden Gate National Recreation Area that includes 80,000 acres of ecologically and historically significant destinations around the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Lodi, California’s Wayne Craig, Visit Lodi Tourism Board member talks about the town’s many allures

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:00:00 +0000

Lodi is America’s largest grape growing region, along with approximately 91 family owned boutique wineries. The town of 60,000 residents offers a small town feel. Join Craig for a local’s insight about Lodi attractions, including upscale dining.

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Hot Springs National Park Brewster Rose Schweikhart talks yeast and “Hank the Tank” fermenter

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:49:00 +0000

Rose Schweikhart turned a personal passion for beer in to a driving and thriving brewery and culinary business. It’s the Superior Bathhouse Brewery in the heart of downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Rose’s enterprise is the only brewery situated within a National Park, and it is the only brewery in the world utilizing thermal spring water.

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Lodi, California growing grapes and tourism—a conversation with Mayor Mark Chandler

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:00:00 +0000

Lodi, California’s Mayor Mark Chandler talks about Lodi’s 150-year history as a premier grape growing region. Chandler shares insights on “Lodi Rules” pioneering sustainable grape growing practices that became a national model, his roots at Cal Poly, water conservation and re-use, and moderating development.

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