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1:44 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square District & Healdsburg

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Correspondent, Tom Wilmer reports from The Hotel La Rose, located in the heart of Santa Rosa. The La Rose, located in the heart of the old town historic Railroad District, has been welcoming guests since 1907. Jeff Whitehead, general manager, shares insider tips about nearby activities, and the historic hotels architectural charms. Wilmer then heads over to the Hand Fan Museum in downtown Healdsburg. It’s the only hand fan museum in America and one of only three in the world.

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6:06 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Amador County: California's Gold Country

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Join Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he discovers cool things to do and see in Amador County in the heart of California’s Gold Country. We’ll visit with Annette Reiser at the historic circa-1852 National Hotel in Jackson CA. And then we’ll meet Maureen Funk, Executive Director of the Amador Council of Tourism for an insiders look at cool things to do and see, from dining and antiquing to wine tasting in the county with the State’s oldest Zinfandel plantings, dating from the 1860s.

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10:26 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Montserrat W.I.’s Irish Legacy & Dublin’s St. Paddy’s Fest

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The only country outside of Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday is the petite isle of Montserrat in the midst of the Eastern Caribbean. The British Overseas Territory’s flag is emblazoned with the Irish Harp and the words Erin, with an obligatory Union Jack in a corner. Pass through customs and your passport is stamped with a green Irish Clover.

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1:09 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

The key to survival

Broadcast date: 2/24/2015

How is the quality of life for women key to the survival of the planet and its inhabitants? 

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11:08 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Exploring the Heartland of America: North Platte Nebraska

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Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer reports from the Heartland of America, where he explores cool things to do and see in North Platte, Nebraska. In my opinion, the heartland of America is Nebraska and the heart of the heartland is the town of North Platte. 

Visits include Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park with Superintendent Jason Tonsfelt. David Fudge, NEBRSAKAland Days’ Executive Director shares a taste of the annual event that includes live music big-stage performances, and the legendary Buffalo Bill Rodeo, proclaimed as America’s oldest rodeo.

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3:15 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

The Happiness of Pursuit

Broadcast date: 12/22/2014

Compulsive goal seeker and best-selling author, Chris Guillebeau, follows the lives of dozens of passionate goal seekers in his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit.

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3:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Sphinx restoration nearly complete for Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes excavation project

Restoration artists work on a recently-excavated portion of a sphinx statue dating back to a 1920s Hollywood film set.
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A major restoration project is underway behind a nondescript garage door at a home on the Nipomo Mesa. The large space was donated to the nearby Dunes Center as a location to work on a big chunk of a sphinx statue, buried along with other Hollywood set pieces under the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes for the better part of a century.

Restoration artist Amy Higgins travels up the coast from her home in Los Angeles to do this highly detailed work.

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2:25 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Pacific Grove's inns invite in the public during the holidays

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Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, takes us to Pacific Grove to visit the Victorian inns open to the public this season.

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9:19 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes in God

Broadcast date: 12/1/14

Film director turned best-selling author, Frank Schaeffer, provides a paradox with his latest book: Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes in God.

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11:12 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Solvang: Time Magazine’s “Most Christmassy Town”

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Founded as a Danish colony more than 100 years ago, Solvang has been a popular year round destination for tourists who come to experience a taste of Denmark right here on the California Central Coast. 

When the Marissa Waddell, the program manager at NPR affiliate, KCBX, told me that Solvang was recently named by Time Magazine as one America’s Most Christmassy towns, well I just had to find out for myself just why this quaint Danish village is in close company with other Most Christmassy contenders such as Santa Claus, Indiana, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. 

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1:46 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Bob Jones Trail expansion still a few years off, but plans are moving forward

A portion of the completed Bob Jones Trail near Avila Beach.
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A long-awaited addition to the Bob Jones Trail, also called the “City to the Sea Trail,” finished another round of public review on Monday.

The popular San Luis Obispo County trail was first envisioned more than two decades ago, as an eight-mile-long, stand-alone, multi-use path connecting San Luis Obispo with Avila Beach. But to date, only a portion of that dream has been realized. 

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1:23 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

What it takes to grow those cranberries your serving this Thanksgiving

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Listen to Tom's story here.

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5:56 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving travel predicted to be busiest in years, especially in California

Travelers file onto the tarmac to board a flight at San Luis Obispo County Municipal Airport (SBP).
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Two of the busiest airports in the nation are expected to be right here in California during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Some experts predict this year will be the busiest for air travel since the start of the recession.

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4:01 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

The Power of Words

Broadcast date: 11/3/2014

Every day we use analogies to express our thoughts, convince others, and share stories.  Most of the time, we’re not even aware of what we’re doing − taking shortcuts.

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2:45 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

WWII Veteran 'Honor Flights' to Washington D.C.

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Honor Flight’s primary mission is to escort WWII veterans from around the country to visit the iconic war memorials in Washington D.C. The first Honor Flight occurred in May, 2005 when a group of private pilots, at their own expense, flew a handful of Vets to Washington D.C. 

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