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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

Last Build Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 23:07:33 +0000


Marina del Rey sunset dinner cruises—an LA experience with a twist

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:24:00 +0000

Marina del Rey is in some respects a Southland best-kept-secret, as it’s often overshadowed by the glitz of Hollywood and the buzz of Disneyland.

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The story of Soulsville and Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis

Sun, 21 May 2017 14:55:29 +0000

Back in the 1960s Stax Records served as an incubator of the Memphis , Tennessee Soul Music genre. Join Tim Sampson Communications Director for the Soulsville Foundation where he talks about the Stax Museum of American Soul Music , the genesis of “Soulsville”, the astounding Stax Music Academy, and Soulsville Charter School.

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Getting dumped at the altar leads to New York Times best selling book

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:25:00 +0000

Cayucos resident Franz Wisner got dumped at the altar…then turned it into a career. Author of the New York Times bestselling book Honeymoon with My Brother and How the World Makes Love , Wisner has shared his stories on Oprah , the Today Show, NPR, Vanity Fair, USA Today , and media outlets worldwide.

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Anakeesta—getting above it all in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:53:00 +0000

Anakeesta marks a new dimension in Gatlinburg, Tennessee -- a popular base camp for vacationers who have come to these parts to experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park since the 1930s. The Anakeesta adventure begins with a high-tech combination gondola, chairlift base station in the heart of town. Atop the mountain is Firefly Village, a zip line course, and treetop canopy walk 40 to 60 feet above the forest floor. Join visionary partners Karen and Bob Bentz.

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Sun Studio Memphis-- birthplace of Rock & Roll

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:10:00 +0000

Known fondly as the birthplace of Rock & Roll, Sun Studio opened its doors as Memphis Recording Service in 1950. It was Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats’ “Rocket 88” Sun Records recording in 1951 that goes down in history as the first Rock & Roll single. A litany of legends came to Sun Studio to record and make music history—cats like Howlin’ Wolf, James Cotton, B.B. King and Johnny Cash. This is the place where Elvis recorded his first single “That’s All Right” in 1954. And Sun is still recording music, in the same location today, in the same studio, using lots of the original tube-technology equipment.

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Making a way out of no way--the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:01:00 +0000

March 3 rd 1968 Martin Luther King delivered his last speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. 6:01 p.m., April 4 th 1968--Martin Luther King was assassinated at the Loraine Motel in Memphis. Twenty three years later, the National Civil Rights Museum was unveiled and it has continued unabated to showcase and teach the history and legacy of civil rights--from the arrival of the first slaves on the shores of America to lynchings, sit-ins, the Freedom Riders, Rosa Parks in Birmingham, Brown Vs. Board of Education, and the perpetuation of Jim Crow today. Join Faith Morris, Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis , Tennessee .

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Tennessee Safari Park: From a Sears-catalog-ordered monkey to 80 exotic species and 200K visitors

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:08:00 +0000

Tennessee Safari Park receives 200,000 visitors annually. It’s a family affair in more ways than one, as owner John Conley’s grandfather birthed the park in 1958. What started with a monkey ordered from Sears has grown to include a lexicon of wild, exotic animals from African warthogs to Giraffe, Bison, and White Bearded Wildebeests. Join John Conley as he shares his passion for the family run Safari Park, located on the Music Highway route between Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee .

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

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:13:00 +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: iTunes NPR.ORG Podcast Directory NPR One (APP) Follow Tom on Social Media Twitter: TomCWilmer Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer Facebook Linkedin

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

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:19:00 +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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Mitigating gridlock via high-speed ferry service & the Morro Bay legacy of the yacht M.V. Mojo

Wed, 10 May 2017 09:12:00 +0000

When Terry MacRae was a student at Cal Poly State University back in the early 1970’s he had no clue that the University’s learn by doing model would lead him on a life journey where he would eventually become the CEO of Hornblower Cruises . Considered the greenest fleet in America, Hornblower employs wind and solar technology and operates the largest small passenger-vessel operation in the country. MacRae shares his passion for the untapped potential of waterborne ferry transportation as a viable commuting option for not only San Francisco Bay but around America.

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Exploring Graceland, Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex, and Guest House

Mon, 08 May 2017 09:03:00 +0000

A journey of discovery at the brand new Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex and 400-room Guest House with Gary Hahn, Vice President of Marketing and Media for Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis, Tennessee .

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Tina Turner and blues legend Sleepy John Estes' roots in Brownsville, Tennessee

Sat, 06 May 2017 10:27:00 +0000

Come along for a stop-off along the Music Highway in Brownsville , midway between Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee . We’ll visit with the town's first elected African-American Mayor, Bill Rawls. Sonia Outlaw-Clark Executive Director of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center takes us on a walking tour of the Tina Turner Museum, and adjacent, fabled bluesman, Sleepy John Estes’s cottage where he was rediscovered in the 1970s. 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) (Germany) ivoox (Spain) myTuner Follow Tom on Social Media Twitter: TomCWilmer Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer Facebook Linkedin Website +

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From medical missionary in Thailand jungles to creating historic Green Frog Farm in Alamo, Tennessee

Thu, 04 May 2017 09:09:00 +0000

As a young man, Dr. John Freeman spent 10 years as a medical missionary in Thailand. He even helped build a new Bridge over the River Kwai. Freeman subsequently settled in Alamo, Tennessee . In addition to working as an ER doc, he dedicated the next two decades relocating and reconstructing pioneer log cabins, an old church and more than 18 other historic structures--including a circa-1910 cotton gin and moonshiner’s shed--on his farm. Today 83 year-old Doc Freeman’s historic village, dubbed Green Frog Farm is a popular B&B destination in the heart of the fabled “Music Highway” midway between Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. 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) (Germany) ivoox (Spain) myTuner Follow Tom on Social Media Twitter: TomCWilmer Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer Facebook Linkedin Website

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Cancer fundraiser cruises aboard John Wayne’s yacht in Newport Beach

Wed, 03 May 2017 14:22:12 +0000

If Hollywood icon, John Wayne were still alive he’d be 110 years old this month--but the revered yacht the Wild Goose a converted WWII minesweeper lives on, home ported in Newport Beach, California. Join Tom Wilmer for a journey of discovery aboard the yacht Wild Goose. In celebration of John Wayne’s birthday there’s an assortment of festivities and special cruises offered to the public. And there’s a greater good component, as many of the festivities are actually fundraisers for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation . We’ll meet Wayne’s former skipper, 83 year-old Bert Minshall as well as one of the current skippers, Captain Lars Berg.

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Fishing for Success: making the girls of Newfoundland the future of the fishery

Tue, 02 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000

Associate Producer Rebekah Nolan says, Newfoundland’s identity has always been tied to the fishery. It is the thing that brought the first settlers from England and Ireland about 400 years ago, and it continues to be a vital part of the province’s economy. What was initially a local and sustainable industry, transformed to an industrialized megalith that was feeding people all over the world. This change, along with other environmental and political factors, eventually led to the Cod Moratorium in 1992. The moratorium was a tragedy for both the Newfoundland economy, and way of life. The fishery used to be accessible to everyone, and it formed a vital part of the Newfoundlander identity. Today, most people are only allowed to fish a few weeks out of the year, during what is known locally as the Food Fishery. The heavy regulations have made it hard to pass on the traditional fishing practices of Newfoundland to the Province’s youth. Kimberley Orren, of The Island Rooms of Petty Harbour,

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Jackson, Tennessee--musical soul of the South

Mon, 01 May 2017 16:50:05 +0000

Judy Ranne says that Music is the soul of the South . West Tennessee produced an abundance of legendary iconic musicians, and tunes such as Carl Perkin’s “Blue Suede Shoes”. Ranne shares the region's musical tradition that was long intertwined with gospel, and of course the Grand Ole Opry radio show. Come along and join Ms. Ranne as she talks about life as a farmer’s daughter back in the 1950s and how sharecroppers and spiritual music helped to propel the evolution of Tennessee ’s heartland music.

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Memphis Music Hall of Fame showcases the birthplace of Rock & Roll, Soul, and Blues

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:41:00 +0000

A visit at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Museum with Executive Director John Doyle in downtown Memphis , Tennessee . The museum showcases the story of Memphis Music and its century long legacy as a multicultural birthplace of American Music. 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) (Germany) ivoox (Spain) myTuner Follow Tom on Social Media Twitter: TomCWilmer Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer Facebook Linkedin Website

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U.S. Indian boarding schools--a tragic episode in American history

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:39:00 +0000

The Genoa, Nebraska U.S. Industrial Indian School opened in 1884 and operated continuously through the Great Depression. A conversation with Curator, Nancy Carlson.

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Mobile, Alabama—300-year legacy as birthplace of Cajun cooking and Mardi Gras

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:27:00 +0000

The History Museum of Mobile chronicles the region’s 300-year history of French and Spanish occupation through via artifacts and engaging interpretive displays. Equally enticing are the displays of indigenous Native American life, and the American era that commenced in the dawning days of the 1800's. Join tour guide Brandi Agnew for an insightful tour of the history museum in Mobile, Alabama .

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April 19th 1995 Oklahoma Bombing transformed America

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:37:00 +0000

A visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum --Executive Director Kari Watkins talks about the deadliest attack in America until 9-11. In addition to destroying one third of the Murrah Federal Building and killing 168 people, more than 325 buildings in a 16 block radius were damaged. The Oklahoma bombing remains as the deadliest domestic terrorism attack in America’s history.

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