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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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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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Discovering Hog Heaven—Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:45:00 +0000

Join Jim Fricke, Curatorial Director at the 130,000 square-foot Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee , Wisconsin as he shares highlights of the legendary motorcycle’s 117-year history.

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Green Bay Wisconsin’s re-imagined riverfront "City Deck" spurred urban renaissance

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:55:00 +0000

Jeff Mirkes, Executive Director of Downtown Green Bay Inc., explains how the town’s waterfront City Deck redeveloped riverfront attracted an influx of new business ventures and urban dwellers into the heart of downtown.

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Racine Wisconsin--one of America’s most inventive towns since the 1840s

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:07:00 +0000

Racine Wisconsin has been home to many iconic American manufacturers since the Civil War. Case New Holland has been based in Racine since the 1840s. Racine is home to Oster, Hamilton-Beach, and Massey Ferguson. Malted milk was birthed here in 1887. The garbage disposal was invented here in 1927--and it remains as the home of Insinkerator today. S.C. Johnson, an integral part of Racine since 1886, produces Raid, Glade, Johnson Wax, and Windex and a litany of cleaning products. Join Chris Paulson, Racine Heritage Museum ’s Executive Director as he shares tales of Racine’s incredible history.

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Wisconsin's ice-breaker ferry ride through Death's Door

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:03:00 +0000

It’s just a two and a half hour drive from Green Bay, Wisconsin to the tip of the Door Peninsula where the family owned Washington Island Ferry awaits to take you on a five mile, thirty minute boat ride to another world.

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Morro Bay stand-up paddling with a Twist and paddling with your doggie

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:39:00 +0000

A visit with Sandi Twist, owner of The Paddleboard Company , fittingly located on the waterfront in Morro Bay . Twist walks about the explosive popularity of stand-up paddling (SUP) for both the curious and serious.

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A conversation with Colonel Kerry Norman, Commander U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:27:00 +0000

A mere taste of Colonel Norman’s diverse background with the U.S. Army includes service as Operations Officer 82 nd Airborne, Provost Marshall Military Reserve Command, and the Military Intelligence Readiness Command. She also served as Professor of Military Science at Seattle University.

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A tale of two cities—a far cry from the best of times for Los Angeles County’s 60,000 homeless

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:47:00 +0000

Skid Row in Los Angeles is home to more than 2,000 homeless who sleep on the streets, in doorways, alleys, under bridges, and on streetcars. Skid Row is just a slice of a larger population of homeless in Los Angeles County with a total homeless population of around 60,000. And this does not include the cities of Glendale, Pasadena, and Long Beach—three of the County’s larger towns.

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Madison Wisconsin’s award-winning Children’s Museum

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:31:00 +0000

Join Gabriella Gerhardt, Development Officer at the Madison Children’s Museum in Wisconsin . It’s a hands-on engaging place where free-play is the operative. Discover why NPR ranked one of the exhibits among the top ten in America, and learn about the live chickens, the human hamster cage, the engaging Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit, and more—just for kids.

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Thrifting for greater good at Saint Vincent de Paul downtown Los Angeles

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:16:00 +0000

Saint Vincent de Paul’s downtown Los Angeles Thrift Store , the largest in Los Angeles County and one of the largest thrift stores in America, provides quality merchandise to those in need as well as a burgeoning trade with millennials and Gen Z. The secret is out that that this is the place to score a great bargain—and it’s a win-win as all proceeds go to support Saint Vincent de Paul’s various programs including the Cardinal Manning Center in the heart of Skid Row.

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