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Journeys of Discovery: Parading ducks, dressing Elvis and blues in Memphis

The Peabody Hotel in downtown MemphisTennessee, first opened its doors in 1869.  An integral part of the grand Peabody since the 1930s is the Mallard ducks who live on the roof and parade twice daily through the hotel’s lobby. The Peabody is where Elvis went for his senior prom, and it’s where Mr. Lansky, tailor to the stars, dressed Elvis in pink for his first live performance and continued to select his wardrobe for the next two decades. 

<--break->Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at the Peabody for a visit with Duckmaster Doug Weatherford. Afterward we’ll stop in at the nearby International Blues Society and the Blues Hall of Fame for a visit with docent and local radio host, Reed Malkin.

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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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