Reports focusing on the latest lifestyle news and trends along California's Central Coast.

A Spirit Ed Journey

Oct 19, 2016
Vodka & Moonshine
Fr Ian M Delinger

On today's "Playing With Food" for "Issues & Ideas", the emerging craft spirits industry leads to an educational adventure along the Central Coast, and some exploration in the kitchen as with vodka and moonshine. 

elegant historic homes abound in Little Rock's Quapaw Quarter
Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with John Mayner Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mayner talks about Little Rock’s economic development and vitality. Cliff Fannin Baker founder and interim producing director of the Little Rock Repertory Theater talks about the town's live theater history and evolution.

Oaks at Ojai entry
Thomas Wilmer

Modern Aerobic exercise was the brainchild of Sheila Cluff back in 1959. Ms. Cluff was teaching middle school P.E. in Ottawa, Canada when she devised a plan to enthuse her students by putting skating routines to music.

St. Ignas, Michigan harborfront
Thomas Wilmer

St. Ignace, one of North America’s oldest communities, settled by the French in 1671, is situated in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The town of 2,400 overlooks the Straits of Mackanac. Discover why the midst of winter is an amazingly popular time to visit St. Ignas.

Arnis Robbins at Evie Mae's Pit Barbecue
Thomas Wilmer

Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque on the outskirts of Lubbock, Texas specializes in slow cooked Brisket. It used to be that the main place you’d find brisket was in Central Texas at legendary diners like Clem Mickeska’s in Temple and Belton, and Johnny’s in Salado. Out here in West Texas it’s been the capital of killer steaks, but the playing field is expanding and owner Arnis Robbins is leading the charge with delicious BBQ brisket. 

Chocolate: Uncovered!

Sep 29, 2016
Chocolate Bacon Cheeseburger
Fr Ian M Delinger

The debut of "Playing With Food" for "Issues & Ideas" explores the world of chocolate and uncovers its surprising diversity that can be played with in your own kitchen...if you are adventurous enough.

Bill Boyd, Boyd Gaming Group
Boyd Gaming Group

Bill Boyd, chairman of Boyd Gaming Group in Las Vegas, shares his family’s intimate involvement in the gaming industry Bill Boyd's father, Sam Boyd (born in 1910), moved the family to Oahu when Bill was in first and second grade.

Honolulu is where Sam Boyd became intimately involved in the local, under-the-radar Hawaiian gambling scene—and this relationship would play a critical role in Boyd Gaming Group’s success decades later.

Quynh and David Rathkamp
Thomas Wilmer

Quynh and David Rathkamp made a dramatic transition in their lives. They both gave up successful medical practices to save the world one beer at a time. 

They started the Save the World Brewing Company in Marble Falls, Texas and their business became the first 100 percent philanthropic production brewery in America with all net profits earmarked for worthy causes such as Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels. 

Wesley Keegan Tailgate Beer
Tailgate Beer

Wesley Keegan distributes a wide array of craft beers around the state of Tennessee, while the overseas market is clamoring for his brews to the point that they are rationed and sold only by the single can in England.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit at Tailgate Brewery in Nashville with owner Wesley Keegan. Tailgate averages 30 beers on tap, and rolls out at least two new beers every week.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Nashville, Tennessee at the Black Abbey Brewing Company for a visit with founder, Carl Meier as he share’s the brewery’s signature beers, and connection with 16th Century Martin Luther, his wife Catherine, and modern day Frothy Monkey coffee.

Courtesy of Confused Girl In the City

 When Giovanna Silvestre was 27, she was a bit lost in life. She had moved to Los Angeles from San Luis Obispo to work in the entertainment industry. And she decided that wasn’t what she wanted to do with her life.

Austin Smith & Tom Wilmer talk hot chicken
Joe McGhee

It’s hot chicken, big brews, and frozen craft-cocktails at Party Fowl in Nashville, Tennessee

At Party Fowl restaurant in Nashville Tennessee, hot is an understatement, as they have refined the art of serving “Nashville Hot” southern fried chicken to a fine art. 

James Hudec and John Russ
Melissa Corbin

Eat.Drink.Give. That's the mission of Culinaria San Antonio where Associate Producer, Melissa Corbin of Corbin In The Dell, meets some of the finest San Antonio folks who make the city a premier culinary destination in this episode of Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer.     

Whiskey pot still at Corsair Distillery
Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Darek Bell, owner and visionary at Corsair Distillery.

Corsair is the second oldest craft distillery in Tennessee, and was the very first to set up shop in Nashville.  

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KCBX News, Randol White

A new list of the nation's best college towns puts San Luis Obispo in the No. 1 spot. 

Fat Bottom Brewing warehouse
Thomas Wilmer

Ben Bredesen, owner and founder of Fat Bottom Brewing in East Nashville Tennessee, turned in his high-tech employment badge and decided to follow his passion for crafting beer, and he’s never looked back.

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Ben Bredesen at his brewery where he talks passionately about Fat Bottom’s litany of beers. 

owners Andy and Charlie at Green Brier Distillery
Green Brier Distillery

 Charlie and Andy Nelson could easily serve as poster-children of the new generation of young Tennessee entrepreneurs who have a vision and act on it, in spite of obstacles and naysayers.

By pure happenstance the Nelson brothers stumbled upon a historical marker in the rural Tennessee village of Green Brier that transformed their lives.

Thomas Wilmer

Kansas City style, hickory smoked barbeque is the stuff of legend. Down home fare includes white bread, beans, onion rings, fries, and the local delicacy Burnt ends.

The incredibly delectable burnt ends could easily make a meat eater out of an ardent vegan.

Strip mall and tiny storefront barbeque joints are dotted across the city.

Some of the legends are utterly unpretentious but it’s standing room only at lunchtime and for sure when the Chiefs or Royals are playing home games.

The city’s love affair with barbeque joints has been going on for decades.

Melissa Corbin

While exploring the culinary landscape of San Antonio, Texas Associate Producer-Melissa Corbin meets with Alamo Beer Brewmaster James Hudec to discuss his career and what it takes to make a pure and honest beer. Come along as Melissa reveals the craft behind this Texas icon. Music underbed by Two Tons of Steel

Ritz Carlton

Sometimes, even though a chef has earned their place among the world's finest culinary artists, a handful remain humble, with an innocence and unflagging sense of discovery. And this is exactly the case with Michael Rotondo, Chef de Cuisine at San Francisco’s Parrallel 37, the Ritz Carlton’s award-winning restaurant.

Karen Garcia

This Friday is National Bike-to-Work Day, and local organizations are pushing hard to get you to consider using pedal power that day.

Tom Wilmer

Japantown in the heart of downtown San Jose has been a vital part of Santa Clara Valley’s history since the 1890s. 

Jessica Paterson

A new law increases the amount of compensation California workers can receive during disability or paid family leave. 

The Food Archivist: Facebook Page

Based on the California Central Coast, Ann-Terese Barket is on a mission to preserve family recipes. She developed the Food Archivist to assist families save and preserve ancestral recipes that historically have been passed down through the oral tradition. 

Broadcast date: 02/02/2016

We spend our lives pursuing love. 

This week Elizabeth asks, is love worth it? Tune in for a conversation about our desire to love and be loved.

Ken Pfeiffer Photography

A new year seems like a logical time for making a fresh start. Lisa Osborn speaks with Suzanne Marlow a Santa Barbara area marriage and family therapist who offers some practical ideas for weaving mindful rituals into daily life, such as expressing gratitude.


One of the Channel Islands is temporarily closed to the public following damage caused by heavy surf this past weekend. 

Santa Barbara Island's landing dock and access ladders were destroyed according to the National Park Service. Its the only access point for the public to visit the island. 

Santa Barbara Island is the smallest and one of the least visited islands within the park.

Randol White, KCBX

San Luis Obispo’s iconic downtown Thursday night farmers' market (officially called the Downtown SLO Farmers' Market) is undergoing some changes in an effort to bring it up to date and attract more locals to the weekly event. 

Madrone Landscapes

Our drought-inspired live landscaping and gardening show (the second one of the year) included a panel of experts who took calls from listeners, and a conversation with San Luis Obispo's Utilities Services Manager Ron Munds.

Mr. Munds explained how the city's anonymous "Report an Issue" tip line works.

Host: Randol White

In-studio guests:

Correspondent Tom Wilmer talks with Michael Govan, director of the L.A. County Museum of Art, one of America’s largest encyclopedic art museums.