Listen to John Steinbeck scholar, Dr. Susan Shillinglaw, professor of English at San Jose State University and Scholar in Residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California www.steinbeck.org on Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer—a weekly featured podcast on NPR.ORG Check out this episode!
For eighteen years Shillinglaw was Director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State. She is the author of Carol and John Steinbeck—Portrait of a Marriage, and A journey into Steinbeck’s California. She has edited numerous Steinbeck volumes and Penguin just released her latest book, On Reading The Grapes of Wrath in concert with the 75th anniversary of the Steinbeck classic. Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Carmel Valley, California for a visit with Shillinglaw as she shares her insights in to Steinbeck’s life in Monterey County and the upcoming Steinbeck Festival in Salinas where she will be leading the first public tour to the old Steinbeck family ranch near King City, California—the actual setting for many of the scenes in the book East of Eden.
Come along and listen to key players in Healdsburg, California on the NPR.ORG podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Check out this episode!
First up is Carla Howell, Executive Director at the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. We’ll then stop in for visit at the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society, located in the former Carnegie Library. Built in 1910 it’s just to blocks off the town square. A not to be missed experience is the Hand Fan Museum—the only one in America, and one of three in the world. It’s located right in the heart of downtown. Julie with Wine Country Bikes shares her insiders’ tips for day tours and multi-day self guided bike-touring options. And then we’ll stop in at Thumbprint Cellars, located on the town square, where regional artist’s creations are showcased alongside locally produced boutique wines. For further information about Healdsburg exploration options log on to: www.healdsburg.com
Join correspondent at Arbor Day Foundation’s lied Lodge & Conference Center and Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Arbor Day www.arborday.org was born in Nebraska back in the 1870s and has grown to become a national and international annual celebration of trees. In America Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. Come along for a visit with Carol Crook with Arbor Day Foundation, Karen Houser the General Manager at Arbor Foundation’s 144-room Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City, and Adam Howard, the Foundation’s Director of Production & Shipping. For further information about the State of Nebraska log on to www.visitnebraska.com
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Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in San Jose, California reporting for the weekly NPR.ORG podcast “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer” Check out this episode! for an exploration of the acclaimed Tech Museum of Innovation www.thetech.org The Tech is a hands-on experience for people of all ages, located in the heart of downtown. Afterwards we’ll join archeologist, Megan Coleman at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum www.egyptianmuseum.org for a walking tour where the ancient age of Egyptian Pharos comes alive. The Rosicrucian Museum’s collection, with more than 4,000 rare artifact and mummies, dating from the more recent Roman & Coptic period to six thousand years ago is the most extensive west of the Mississippi and regarded as one of the top three collections in North America. For more information about visiting San Jose, California log on to: www.sanjose.org
Listen to the NPR.ORG Podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Check out this episode! featuring Award-Winning New York City photographer, Peter Guttman who never thought he’d put his life at risk when he set out on a casual sunrise trail ride at Angel Fire http://www.rtours.com/ in Northern New Mexico. But when a swarm of bees stung his horse, pandemonium struck and riders were flung from their steeds and things went downhill from there. Join Guttman and fellow rider, former Marine Sergeant Rick Presley as they recall their nightmare on horseback moments after returning to camp.Guttman was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Travel Writers Society, and will soon be awarded a “Power of the Image Award” as one of “20 of the world’s finest photographers http://www.poweroftheimage.com . Guttman also produced the number one best-selling iPad travel app Beautiful PlanetHD, which NBC News called one of "eight outstanding educational apps http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beautiful-planet-hd-for-ipad/id363660568?.%C2%A0 Check out Guttman’s appearance at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY www.eastmanhouse.org/events/detail.php?title=wywh_guttman www.peterguttman.com
Then it’s off to Chaco Canyon National Historical Park in Northern New Mexico near Farmington. www.nps.gov/chcu for a walking tour with archeologist Larry Baker who talks about the once thriving community of as many as 20,000 residents. Occupied from around 800AD to the 1,200s when environmental changes led the residents to abandon their community and migrate to healthier environments. Chacotours.com Salmonruins.com
Listen to Julie Henning’s report featured on the NPR.ORG Podcast site, “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer” Check out this episode! Marrakesh is one of the busiest cities in Morocco. Located in North Africa, the country embodies a marriage of old-world traditions and modern-day lifestyle in a pulsing chaos of people, animals, and vehicles all intertwining in a culture uniquely its own. Earlier this month Ms. Henning took her third-grade daughter on a one-week trip to Marrakesh. They stayed with their multi-cultural friends Amanda and Youssef Moutakki (http://marocmama.com/) in their third-floor apartment just one mile from the international airport. Visiting both the popular tourist destinations, staying with “the locals” gave Henning an inside glimpse into the ways of the Moroccan culture. Join Ms. Henning she visits the medina, the Arabic word for the fortified “old world” part of the City.
She meets snake charmers, musicians, food vendors and has henna tattoos emblazoned on their hands. The journey includes a visit to the hamam, the traditional Moroccan bathhouse and into the High Atlas Mountains for lunch in the Berber village of Ourika. Henning’s daughter played soccer with neighborhood children and posed for a souvenir photo while a monkey sat on her head. Culinary excursions included cotton candy wrapped around a bamboo twig and shared nightly meals cooked on the stove in an earthenware clay pot called a tajine. Ms. Henning also accompanies her friend, Amanda, to the Center for Language and Culture for twice weekly language classes with the intent of becoming a fluent speaker of Moroccan Arabic.
Listen to the NPR.ORG podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Check out this episode! Come along for an exploration of the annual four-day St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, Ireland. Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a visit with Susan Kirby, St. Patrick’s Festival Director, and Simon O’Connor, Curator of the Little Dublin Museum who talks about the St. Patrick’s Parade, past and present.
Next up, we’ll visit with Christina Walsh and her Irish National Tourist Board associates as they share their “locals” insight about cool things to do and see in Dublin throughout the four-day affair.
Keelan McCluskey, and his partner Catherine Mullarkey, founders of Dublin based JIG.IE a showcase of traditional Irish Dance. jig.ie performs at Powerscourt Center, downtown Dublin, Ireland. Trevor White, Director of the City of a 1,000 Welcomes describes the award-winning tourism program that introduces visitors to locals who take them out for a pint and new found friendship. We’ll board The Famine ship Jeanie Johnson for a visit with skipper John O’neil, who talks about the legendary vessel moored on the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin.
Next stop of a visit with Jane Chu serves as the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts http://www.kauffmancenter.org/ in Kansas City, Missouri. As the performance home of the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kauffman Center hosts community presentations from classical to contemporary dance, Broadway, children’s theater with local, national and international artists.
And then we’ll join Kathleen Leighton, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The museum is recognized internationally as one of the finest encyclopedic art museums in the US the museum currently maintains collections of more than 33,500 works of Art. http://www.nelson-atkins.org/
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Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he visits with Country music talent rep Ken McMeans, who’s going against the grain and running his major country agency from the Central Coast of California. Ken McMeans Presents is now based in beautiful Morro Bay and Ken talks about how and why he’s able to work successfully outside of Nashville with artists like Meghan Linsey (Steel Magnolia), Michael Peterson, Bryan White, Herrick and Jesse Keith Whitley.
He also discusses how the ocean community he lives in is benefitting from his relocation to paradise. Ken McMeans Presents, represents National Country Artists & Tours, Grandstand/Main Stage/Secondary Stage events at Fairs/Festivals/Casinos/PACs/Clubs across the country.
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