Correspondent, Tom Wilmer visits with Dave Jones, the East Tennessee Regional Manager for Tennessee Department of Tourist Development about cool things to do and see in the region www.visitTn.com A visit with Dr. Jessica Turner, Director and Chief Curator at the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Tennessee. The facility, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is scheduled to open in August, 2014 www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.com
Jonesborough, Tennessee, the oldest town in the state www.historicjonesboruogh.com is known as the Storytelling Capital of the World www.storytellingcenter.net We’ll discover the National Storytelling Center. And then it’s a walking tour of the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville www.nps.gov/anjo/ followed by a stop at the Rocky Mount Museum in Piney Flats www.rockymountmuseum.com
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Cindy Dupree, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s Public Relations Director offers an insiders’ overview of the Volunteer State’s not to be missed destinations including, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, the Smokey Mountains and more. And then it’s off to the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway, a visit to Bays Mountain Park and planetarium on the outskirts of Kingsport. A visit to the Fossil Site in Gray, TN reveals a much different world 7 million years ago when elephants and rhinos were the local residents. Listen to the in-depth Discover Tennessee audio feature on Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer: Check out this episode
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This show is a classic example of an “Evergreen” feature that remains timely and current for an indefinite amount of time. In 1998, correspondent Tom Wilmer interviewed Media Relations liaison, Bob Porter at the 6th Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas. Porter was working for a Dallas Newspaper when JFK was assassinated and he shares his recollections of that fateful day. Additionally, the archival sound-bites of Kennedy’s speeches, along with actuality sound bites from Dallas Police radio transmissions makes the show a powerful audio experience.
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National Steinbeck Center, Elkhorn Slough kayaking and whale watching on Monterey Bay– “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer” NPR.ORG Podcast, produced by NPR affiliate KCBX– Correspondent, Tom Wilmer visits with Colleen Finegan Bailey, Executive Director of the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California. He then reports from Moss Landing where he reports about kayaking on Elkhorn slough–a premier West Coast destination for bird watching and its amazing diversity of marine life. And then he reports from onboard a Sanctuary Cruises whale watching expedition on Monterey Bay in pursuit of humpback whales. Photos–Thomas Wilmer
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Discover Nebraska with focus on Lincoln, the Capital City
Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits Nebraska and explores cool things to do and see in Lincoln… including the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum, the Museum of American Speed, Licorice International, the National Roller Skating Museum, and the Great Plains Art Museum. For further information, visit Lincoln.org and VisitNebraska.gov
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David Holt featured on NPR.ORG podcast “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer”
A summer of ‘69 road trip through Southern Appalachia struck a cord with musician David Holt and determined his future as a passionate advocate for Traditional American folk music and the rural story telling tradition.
Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a conversation with David Holt along with some of his music, and a sampler of his craft as a story-teller. Holt, nominated for nine Grammies, and winner of four is a sought after performer at live concerts throughout the Southeast. You might know Holt as the host of the syndicated Public radio show Riverwalk from San Antonio TX, numerous Nashville Network TTN shows, his nine years as a regular on Hee Haw from 1980 through 1989, and since 2004, the host of the Great Scenic Railways series airing over PBS stations across the country.
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The 1,000 year-old Taos Pueblo, is regarded as North Americas longest continuously inhabited community
Situated a mile from the small town of Taos, New Mexico, The Pueblo is the only Native American Community designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and a National Historic Landmark.The Pueblo’s two multi-story residential complexes, separated by the languid Red Willow creek that courses through the midst of the walled town, is likely the most photographed setting in the entire American Southwest. Join me at Taos Pueblo for an illuminating walkabout with Ms. Spruce, the Pueblo’s Tourism Director and her assistant. Then we’ll join Taos Pueblo War Chief, Samuel Gomez in his pickup truck as we check on the tribe’s herd of buffalo and he talks about his War Chief responsibilities and obligations.
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Join me in McAllen, Texas for a fascinating conversation with Kika del la Garza and his wife Lucille. Kika de la garza served for 14 years as a Texas State Representative followed by 32 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. When he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives he was the sole Hispanic member. Following six consecutive terms in Austin, de la Garza was elected as a democrat to the US House of representatives from the 15th District. His congressional career spanned 32 years, from 1965 through 1997 serving the 89th through the 104th congressional sessions In 1976 del La Garza became a founding member of the Hispanic Congressional Cuacus where he served as chairman from 1989 to 1991. He became the first Hispanic since 1917 to chair a standing committee in the House when he was elected chairman of the committee on Agriculture—serving from 1981 to 1994. Close to home in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, de la garza is revered as being instrumental in Securing Federal Funding for the Valley wildlife refuges that have become world-renowned destinations nautralists and avid bird watchers. For further information: www.mcallenchamber.com Click on the Media Player below to listen to the “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer” NPR.ORG Podcast interview with Kika de la Garza.
Join me for a visit with retired Republican Senator, Ben Knighthorse Campbell. The audio interview is a featured Podcast on my NPR.ORG Podcast site: “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer” (Media Player at bottom of this post). Campbell was the first Native American elected to the U.S. Senate in more than 60 years, serving from 1993 to 2005. Campbell’s tenure as both a congressman and senator was etched with an unflagging advocacy for Native American causes and a strong belief in cultural self-determination. Some of his noted accomplishments include establishment of tribal operated schools, a law requiring museums and the Federal Government to return all human remains and sacred objects taken from tribes without their consent, and passage of the religious freedom Restoration Act that guaranteed the right of Native Americans to practice their traditional religion without state interference.
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