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S.C. Johnson & Son Research tower built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1951
Thomas Wilmer

   Racine Wisconsin has been home to many iconic American manufacturers since the Civil War. 

Case New Holland has been based in Racine since the 1840s. Racine is home to Oster, Hamilton-Beach, and Massey Ferguson.

Malted milk was birthed here in 1887. The garbage disposal was invented here in 1927--and it remains as the home of Insinkerator today.

S.C. Johnson, an integral part of Racine since 1886, produces Raid, Glade, Johnson Wax, and Windex and a litany of cleaning products.

Join Chris Paulson, Racine Heritage Museum’s Executive Director as he shares tales of Racine’s incredible history. 

Road to the tip of the Door Peninsula in Wisconsin
Thomas Wilmer

It’s just a two and a half hour drive from Green Bay, Wisconsin to the tip of the Door Peninsula where the family owned Washington Island Ferry awaits to take you on a five mile, thirty minute boat ride to another world. 

Sandi Twist talks SUP with correspondent Tom Wilmer on the docks in Morro Bay, California
Jennifer Little

A visit with Sandi Twist, owner of The Paddleboard Company, fittingly located on the waterfront in Morro Bay. Twist walks about the explosive popularity of stand-up paddling (SUP) for both the curious and serious.

The heart of Skid Row in the heart of Los Angeles
Thomas Wilmer

Skid Row in Los Angeles is home to more than 2,000 homeless who sleep on the streets, in doorways, alleys, under bridges, and on streetcars. Skid Row is just a slice of a larger population of homeless in Los Angeles County with a total homeless population of around 60,000. And this does not include the cities of Glendale, Pasadena, and Long Beach—three of the County’s larger towns.

Carla Contreras, Deputy Director of Store Operations at Saint Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store
Saint Vincent de Paul Los Angeles

Saint Vincent de Paul’s downtown Los Angeles Thrift Store, the largest in Los Angeles County and one of the largest thrift stores in America, provides quality merchandise to those in need as well as a burgeoning trade with millennials and Gen Z.

The secret is out that that this is the place to score a great bargain—and it’s a win-win as all proceeds go to support Saint Vincent de Paul’s various programs including the Cardinal Manning Center in the heart of Skid Row.

Inside Paladar Los Mercaderes, a family-owned farm-to-table restaurant in Old Havana, Cuba
Laurie McAndish King

Why is Cuban pork so delectable? To find out, Laurie McAndish King follows a trail of rose petals up a candle-lit marble staircase to Paladar Los Mercaderes in Old Havana. 

Dr. Charles Price (right), President of the Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Roanoke, VA visits with  correspondent Tom Wilmer
Harrison Museum

Situated in the Center in the Square in the heart of downtown Roanoke, Virginia, The Harrison Museum of African American Culture deftly showcases the African American experience with a focus on Western Virginia and the Blue Ridge Roanoke region

Stax Museum in Memphis, Tennessee
Thomas Wilmer

Tim Sampson Communications Director for the Soulsville Foundation talks about the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the genesis of “Soulsville”, the astounding Stax Music Academy, and Soulsville Charter School. Tiffany Harmon shares the story of Rock & Roll birthplace at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Festival time in downtown Independence, Missouri
Thomas Wilmer

The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library honors one of the town's most legendary citizens. We'll also stop in for visits at lesser known but fascinating places such as the Puppetry Arts Institute-with one of the world's largest collections of Pinocchio ephemera, and the one of a kind Leila's Hair Museum.

Guest host, Steve Koch reports from Little Rock, Arkansas about the life and music of Conway Twitty. Conway Twitty was born Harold Jenkins in Friar's Point, Miss., where his dad ran the ferry to the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River. When Jenkins was a boy, the family moved to Helena, Arkansas, where Jenkins got into music and started his first band. 

Grownups love the trout farm experience as much as the kids at English Mountain Trout Farm near Sevierville, Tennessee in the Great Smokey Mountains
Tom Wilmer

For more than a century family vacations in the mountains of America often included a trip to a trout farm. Join Charlie Ford at English Mountain Trout Farm just down the road a spell from Forbidden Caverns on the outskirts of Sevierville, Tennessee in the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains for the rest of the story.

Tom Wilmer (left) with Mo Mao at symposium in Chengdu, China
David Laing

Correspondent Tom Wilmer met Mo Mao at a symposium in Chengdu, China a year ago. After returning home Mo and Tom kept up their friendship via Instagram—and that’s how Mo came to America to visit with Wilmer in Morro Bay. Mo serves as the Municipal Foreign Exchange Project Manager for the city of Chengdu (population 16M) in the Southwestern province of Sichuan adjacent to Tibet.

M.V. Zumbrota companionway
Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Captain Chuck Myers aboard the historic M.V. Zumbrota, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018 and home ported today in Marina del Rey Harbor.

Kika de la Garza serving on Ag Committee in Congress
Jose R. Lopez New York Times

  

Watching congressmen and senators stubbornly refuse to engage in cross-aisle politics reminded me of conversations with retired Republican Senator Ben Knighthorse Campbell, and retired Democratic Congressman Kika de la Garza back in 2013.

Both touted their numerous friendships and partnerships with representatives from the opposite side of the isle.   

  

The Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee--frozen in time
Thomas Wilmer

The Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 serves today as the powerful anchor of the National Civil Rights Museum in MemphisTennessee.

Faith Morris, External Affairs Officer visits with correspondent Tom Wilmer.

Barbara Barrielle (left) with her daughter (and actress in Break Night) Charlotte Barielle on the film location set
Courtesy Barbara Barrielle

BREAK NIGHT is a police thriller movie made for less than $50,000 in eight days (with on-location filming in Oakland, California). A conversation with Producer, Barbara Barrielle.

Dan Hicks
Danhicks.net

Steve Koch reports from Arkansas about the legendary musician Dan Hicks:

Dan Hicks was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, but his family moved to Santa Rosa, California when he was five.

Hicks spent most of his life in northern California, where he honed his chops and became a ground breaking folk jazz bandleader. 

Promo photo for George Hamilton's performance in the 1964 Hollywood Movie, Your Cheatin' Heart
popentertainment.com

Join Steve Koch, host of "Arkansongs" for a look at Hollywood actor George Hamilton’s early career as a singer.

Hamilton’s short-lived singing career was boosted by his onscreen portrayal of Hank Williams in the 1964 film Your Cheatin’ Heart.

William Scripps Jr., pulls a fresh draft of his Altstadt Beer at his Fredericksburg, Texas brewery
Tom Wilmer

What happens when you have ample funding to realize your dreams, combined with a tenacious quest to recreate classic German-style beer in the heart of Texas?

In the case of William Scripps, Jr., it was the creation of Altstadt Brewery in Fredericksburg, Texas.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson's home in the Texas Hill Country that also served as the Texas White House
Thomas Wilmer

Join Mike Ryan, National Park Ranger at LBJ’s Texas White House, located 14 miles west of Johnson City in the fabled Texas Hill Country.

Ryan shares insights about President Lyndon Baines Johnson's accomplishments, and life on his ranch. 

Luckenbach, Texas General Store and Saloon
Tom Wilmer

A mid winter night’s visit at Luckenbach, Texas—where we chat with Dan who tends the store and saloon, and Bo Porter who’s spent more than 40 years as a traveling troubadour. 

Arkansongs talks blues legend Grace Brim

Dec 24, 2017
Blues musician Grace Brim
Amy O'Neal

Join Stephen Koch, host of Arkansongs, a production of KUAR in Little Rock, Arkansas as he shares the story of Arkansawyer Grace Brim.

The historic adobe at Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande Valley
Tom Wilmer

Brian Talley’s grandfather started farming in the Arroyo Grande Valley back in 1948. It was Brian’s dad who planted grapes in the early 1980s and eventually started producing wine as well, and as they say, the rest is history. 

Back in 1946 five year-old Jimmy Hawkins played the role of Tommy in It’s a Wonderful Life. Decades later the film was voted the most inspirational movie of all time by the American Film Institute. When it hit silver screen for Christmas season in 1946, it was a box-office flop and lost $500,000 even though it was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Lim Family Luau at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel pays homage to old Hawaii
Thomas Wilmer

The Lim family Luau has been performing at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel since Laurance Rockefeller opened the resort back in the mid-1960s. Today the luau is the oldest, continuously operating show on the Big Island of Hawaii. Lorna Lim talks story about her family’s passion for performing authentic song, hula dance, and tales of old Hawaii. 

Manta Restaurant Executive Sous Chef Rio Miceli (Left) and Wendle Lesher (Center) Director of Food and Beverage at Mauna Kea Resort talk with correspondent Tom Wilmer
Mauna Kea Resort

Executive Sous Chef Rio Miceli and Wendle Lesher Director of Food & Beverage at the Mauna Kea Resort’s Manta Restaurant talk story about honoring and showcasing Hawaii’s multi-ethnic cuisine. 

Rolinda Bean teacher of Hawaiian history and culture
Thomas Wilmer

Hawaiian culture and history teacher Rolinda Bean talks story about her personal journey of teaching Hawaiian history and cultural mores that have been passed along generation after generation through genetic imprinting and story. Ms. Bean teaches Hawaiian culture and history on the Big Island of Hawaii and works at the Sheraton Kona Resort.

Executive Chef George Gomes at the Sheraton Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii
Sheraton Kona

George Gomes, the Executive Chef at the  Sheraton Kona Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii has been a passionate chef since he was a teenager. His first big break was a stint as a chef at the legendary Mauna Kea Resort on the Kona Coast. Gomes shares his culinary passions and lessons learned from stints around the world and close to home.

Jarrett Daniel Frith tends his oyster boat, Fort Morgan, Alabama
Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at Shellbank Selects Oyster Farm on the waterfront in Fort Morgan, Alabama for a chat with partners, Jarrett Daniel Frith and Lew Childre as they share their story and passion for raising delectable Gulf Coast Oysters.

Fresh delectable oysters served at Hangout Oyster Cook-off in Gulf Shores, Alabama
Thomas Wilmer

The 10th annual Hangout Oyster Cook-Off Gulf Shores Alabama, the first weekend in November 2017 revisited. Join Kay Morgan with Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism for a walkabout visit with some of America’s top oyster producers. 

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