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Exploring Oakland California’s art, zoo, cannibis trail, cuisine and more

Dramatic vistas across the Bay from the Claremont Hotel in the Oakland Hills.
Tom Wilmer
Dramatic vistas across the Bay from the Claremont Hotel in the Oakland Hills.

Come along and join correspondent Tom Wilmer for an exploration of Oakland, California. In the first installment of the multi-part podcast series we’ll visit with Renee Roberts, public relations and communications specialist with Visit Oakland.

Roberts shares highlights of the diverse and alluring array of things to do in Oakland.

Be sure to stay tuned for upcoming segments featuring a visit with Nik Dehejia, President and CEO of the Oakland Zoo, and cool animal insights by Dr. Herman, VP of Veterinary Services.

Dr. Herman and vet techs perform surgery at Oakland Zoo.
Oakland Zoo
Dr. Herman and vet techs perform surgery at Oakland Zoo.

Exploring the Chabot Space and Science Center with Executive Director, Adam Tobin.

Circa 1880s telescope at Chabot Space and Science Center
Tom Wilmer
Circa 1880s telescope at Chabot Space and Science Center

A special segment focused on Oakland’s new Cannabis Trail includes stops atHarborside’s cannabis concierge experience with Anna Lloyd, followed by an exploration of ECO Cannabis with Samuel in downtown Oakland.

Anna Loyd, Cannabis Concierge at Harborside in Oakland, California
Anna Loyd, Cannabis Concierge at Harborside in Oakland, California

We’ll also visit with Dale Sky Jones, the Executive Chancellor at Oaksterdam University—America’s first cannabis college offering certifications in cannabis horticulture, business, extraction and bud tending.

Chris Pastena, owner and founder of uptown Oakland’s Calavera restaurant shares tales of his culinary journey.

Even though this postcard depicts the classic Claremont Hotel a century ago, the grand dame still looks much the same today.
Courtesy Claremont Club & Spa
Even though this postcard depicts the classic Claremont Hotel a century ago, the grand dame still looks much the same today.

Michelle Heston shares fascinating insights about the historic 107 year-old Claremont Club and Spa--fondly dubbed “the white castle” situated skyward in the Oakland Hills.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) Director and CEO Lori Fogarty shares cool insights about the multidisciplinary museum.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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