Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

Segments air during Issues & Ideas (Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m.)

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 & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts.

We cover nouns and verbs—people, places, things, and action—everything from baseball, to exploring South Pacific atolls, to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic. Come along!

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Shaanxi Province in Northwestern China, just south of Inner Mongolia. Wilmer visits with Paul Su and Simon Zhang, talking about China’s relationship with countries around the world; the quest to mitigate pollution via solar, wind, and nuclear power; and the country’s mandate to transition to hybrid and electric vehicles.

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Annette McGivney, author of "Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth." McGivney is Southwest Editor for Backpacker Magazine and professor of journalism at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Fort Hunter Liggett

Recently, correspondent Tom Wilmer covered a combat training exercise at an Army base in Monterey County. In this segment, Wilmer visits with Brigadier General Shane Buzza, commander of the 91st Training Division at Fort Hunter Liggett, followed by insights from two of the troops.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Shaanxi Province, China and visits with 24-year-old Dan Wang, a graduate student at Xi’an International Studies University. 

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Join correspondent Tom Wilmer as he embeds with Army Reserve troops during a training exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County. Wilmer observes and visits with soldiers during training operations to clear a minefield, remove an anti-tank ditch and build a bridge, with Stryker combat vehicles providing cover.   

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Katya Cengel, adjunct professor at San Luis Obispo's Cal Poly about her passion for baseball, specifically minor league teams. While working as a reporter at the Louisville Courier, Cengel spent over a year traveling with regional minor league teams. Her baseball odyssey is chronicled in her book, Bluegrass Baseball—A Year in the Minor League Life.

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The Big Island's Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, an iconic destination on the Kohala Coast since 1994, is presently completing a $50 million dollar renovation. The resort's public relations director, Vicky Kometani, talks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about the resort and its historic connection with developer and environmentalist Laurence Rockefeller. 

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Dolphin Quest at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Kohala Coast serves as a memorable educational experience for resort guests. But Dolphin Quest’s unsung program is educational field trips for Hawaii’s school children. 

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The reason the 4,000-square-mile island of Hawaii is fondly dubbed the 'Big Island' is because it’s the size of Connecticut—it’s so big, all of the other Hawaiian Islands would fit within the boundary of the island. 

Simon Amos Hotel Manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii visits with correspondent Tom Wilmer
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Join Simon Amos as he shares tales of his early career path in London and Paris, and international career with Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Equally fascinating is his mission to source fresh, local culinary offerings on the Big Island of Hawaii and his ongoing quest for environmental solutions and initiatives at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Rosita Worl President of Sealaska Heritage Institute
Sealaska Heritage Institute

  In July 2017, correspondent Christine Gordon traveled to Juneau, Alaska to find out what’s happened in the state since advocates and local officials succeeded in their campaign to make 20 Native Alaskan languages official state languages along with English.

Oakfire Pizzeria and Bar
Oakfire Pizzeria and Bar

Join Paul Meckler, Operations Manager at Oakfire Napoletana & Bar in downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Meckler talks about Oakfire’s popular Neapolitan-style pizzas—cooked in 90 seconds at 800 degrees in special ovens imported from Italy. 

Dan Koehler operates the world's largest Refracting telescope, built in 1897 at Yerkes Observatory
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Join Dan Koehler, Director of Tours and Programs at Yerkes Observatory. The 40” refracting telescope is the largest ever built in the world. Amazingly Yerkes Observatory’s stunning Gothic Romanesque architecturally significant structure and telescope first opened in 1897.  

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Will King, design engineer at bicycle part manufacturer SRAM’s San Luis Obispo R&D high-tech facility. King talks with Tom about SRAM’s open house on July 20 and its involvement with World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization mobilizing people through "The Power of Bicycles."

Urban Tavern culinary offering
Urban Tavern San Francisco Union Square

Join Chef Michael Vaughn at Urban Tavern in Union Square San Francisco. Chef Vaughn shares his passionate quest to push the envelope of sustainable sourcing and kitchen practices.

Pacifica on highway 1 just south of San Francisco is so close to the Bay Area that one can see both SFO and the town of Seaside from the window of an airplane
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The seaside town of Pacifica, California is just 14 miles from San Francisco but it’s a world apart. Join Jamie Monozon, CEO of Pacifaca Chamber of Commerce for an insider’s look at the town's many attractions. 

Lake Geneva Cruise Line vessels ready to take people out on lake adventures
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A conversation with Bill Gage, third-generation steward of Gage Marine and the iconic Lake Geneva Cruise line that’s been delivering the daily mail via boat for 102 years.

Outward Bound participants rapelling off the 46th floor of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Outward Bound California

Join the leaders of Outward Bound California, based in San Francisco as they share their passion for their outdoor adventure programs that include expeditionary-style backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering. Urban adventure challenges include the breathtaking fundraiser--rapelling off the 46th floor of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square (October 12th and 13th 2018).

Fernando Pujals (left) takes correspondent Tom Wilmer on a walk through a Tenderloin neighborhood park that has evolved from a congregating place for hookers and drug dealers to a welcoming place for kids. The palpable transformation evolved in less than
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Join Fernando Pujals, Director of Communications with San Francisco's Tenderloin Community Benefit District (TLCBD) and discover the numerous ways Tenderloin residents have come together to create safe environments for kids. 

The Hilton Hotel Union Square San Francisco's Cityscape bar on the 46th floor offers panoramic vistas of the City
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  Hilton Hotel San Francisco Union Square promotes their surgical location in the heart of the City, the 46th-floor sky high Cityscape bar, and extensive meeting facilities--but the Hilton’s longtime engagement with community non-profit organizations most often goes on unnoticed. 

Panoramic San Francisco vistas from the Parc 55 Hotel in Union Square
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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Frank Manchen, Area Director of Sales & Marketing for the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and the neighboring Parc 55 Hotel about Hilton’s value-added California Road Trip summer packages up and down the California Coast from San Diego to San Francisco.

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Quaint sidestreets in downtown Lake Geneva harken to simpler time in America
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Join the conversation with correspondent Tom Wilmer and Ed Svitak, President of Visit Lake Geneva in the heart of Wisconsin. 

Belinda Jones and Bodie her companion road tripping along the West Coast
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Belinda Jones, best selling British author visits with Tom Wilmer in Morro Bay where she talks about her new book Bodie On The Road--Travels with a Rescue Pup in Dogged Pursuit of Happiness.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin a year-round playground and vacation destination
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Kathleen Seeberg, Executive Director of Walworth County Visitors Bureau shares insights about the four seasons attractions of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Karin Kei Nagano (left) and her father Kent Nagano
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A conversation with Grammy Award-winning conductor, Kent Nagano and his daughter Karin Kei Nagano. Nagano grew up in Morro Bay, California and graduated from U.C. Berkeley. 

Spring tulips in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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Join Stephanie Klett, Cabinet Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and correspondent Tom Wilmer in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin as they share their passion for the state’s welcoming people and distinctive travel destinations.

Dan Wang (left) with her friend Ana Mitrović
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Join guest host Dan Wang, who just graduated from Xi’an International Studies University in June 2018 and has been serving as an intern with China Radio International Online. Dan is joined in conversation with her friend Ana Mitrović from Belgrade, Serbia. Ana is a Archeology doctoral candidate at Northwest University in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province. 

Tom Londsway co-owner Stone Arch Brew House, Appleton, Wisconsin
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Join correspondent Tom Wilmer and Mary Rhode, Marketing & Communications Manager at Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau as they visit Wisconsin’s oldest brewpub Stone Arch Brewpub and Angels Forever—Windows of Light on College Avenue.

LA County's WaterBus in Marina del Rey
Hornblower Cruises

LA County’s WaterBus is and ideal way to experience Marina del Rey harbor—the second largest man-  made yacht harbor in the world. 

Terry Lensmire, Master Cheese Maker at Simon's Specialty Cheese in Little Chute, Wisconsin
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A conversation with Wisconsin Master Cheese Maker Terry Lensmire at Simon's Specialty Cheese in Little Chute, Wisconsin, in the heart of the Fox Cities region.

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