Genoa Industrial Indian School students
U.S. Indian School Interpretive Center Genoa, Nebrsaska

The Genoa, Nebraska U.S. Industrial Indian School opened in 1884 and operated continuously through the Great Depression. A conversation with Curator, Nancy Carlson.

History Museum of Mobile front entry
Tom Wilmer

The History Museum of Mobile chronicles the region’s 300-year history of French and Spanish occupation through via artifacts and engaging interpretive displays. Equally enticing are the displays of indigenous Native American life, and the American era that commenced in the dawning days of the 1800's. Join tour guide Brandi Agnew for an insightful tour of the history museum in Mobile, Alabama.

Mobile, Alabama's Carnival Museum
Tom Wilmer

Mobile, Alabama celebrated its first Mardi Gras carnival back in 1703, years before New Orleans. Today the two-week annual affair generates more than 12,000 year round jobs supporting the Carnival, from hair dressers to float builders. Carnival is such a big deal, it's a State and local holiday. Join Judi Gulledge, Executive Director of the Mobile Carnival Association at the Mobile Carnival Museum.

Alabama’s inland delta is the second largest in America behind the Mississippi. Two thirds of the state of Alabama and portions of Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi drain to a common point in the Mobile Delta. The State of Alabama ranks fifth, nationwide in biodiversity and richness of plant and animal species. Join 5 Rivers Resource Center Director Hank Burch as he shares his passion and insights about this unique ecosystem environment.

The 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is located just off the Mobile causeway in Spanish Fort, Alabama midway between Mobile and Pensacola. 

John Serda owner of Serda's Coffee Company in downtown Mobile, Alabama
Tom Wilmer

A visit with John Serda, founder of Serda’s Coffee Company in downtown Mobile, Alabama. John talks about sourcing Costa Rican organic coffee and his current project, Serda Brewing. John also talks about Mobile’s renaissance with a litany of new locally owned restaurants that have added a new vibrancy to downtown and the nightlife scene.

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Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
Tom Wilmer

A sampler of how MMofA operates out of the box--the museum reaches out to the community via a pop up storefront showcase of art located right in the heart of downtown Mobile.

In collaboration with other art, history, and related organizations MMofA also coordinates special pedestal art displays at the airport.

Carnival character in downtown park, Mobile, Alabame
Tom Wilmer

Mobile, Alabama is steeped in history with living legacy of the French colonial era to the Civil War. Today its vibrant economy is palpable, from a hopping nightlife to a burgeoning fine dining scene. The economy is strong, with players like Airbus Industries, shipbuilding and an embarkation port for Carnival Cruise Lines. Join David Clark, President and CEO of Visit Mobile Alabama as he shares his insights and recommendations.

Amy Hoogasian
Tom Wilmer

Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in San Francisco for a conversation with Amy Hoogasian, as she talks about the Armenian Genocide in Turkey, 1915-1918. Her passionate quest for Turkey to acknowledge their genocidal policies and actions against the Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire a century ago was inculcated as a child when her grandparents shared horrific memories of abuse and mass murder at the hands of the Turks.

Elephants in the Coffee documentary promo
Clic Abroad Foundation

Did you enjoy a cup of coffee this morning? Most people know that coffee is the world’s most popular beverage, but few realize that farmers in India may have actually given their lives for that morning cuppa Joe. Laurie McAndish King talks via Skype with the producers of the documentary film, Elephants in the Coffee: The God that became a “Menace.” DK Bhaskar and Dr. Thomas Grant explain that people tend to idealize elephants; some Indians even worship them as gods. 

Abalone live in the tanks with fresh seawater and seaweed for sustainance
Thomas Wilmer

Join Brad Buckley manager of the Abalone Farm for an insider’s look at the world of abalone aquaculture. The Abalone Farm, located on a bluff top above the Pacific Ocean six miles north of Cayucos, California produces approximately 50 percent of the abalone served in restaurants and sold in fresh fish shops around America. From seed to market is a patient four-year process, which partly explains why abalone is often sold by the ounce.  

Pacific Wildlife Care

Pacific Wildlife Care is situated in a non-descript building behind the old PG&E power plant in Morro Bay, California. But, anywhere wounded or endangered wildlife are found on the Central Coast they are just a phone call away from rescue and rehabilitation. The organization rescues more than 3,000 wild animals, representing more than 200 different species annually.

Acoma Catholic Church where Native American ceremonies are conducted along with traditional Catholic services
Thomas Wilmer

Sky City is located atop a 367 foot-tall sandstone monolith. Continuously inhabited since 1150 A.D., there is no running water or electricity at Acoma in New Mexico. Located off interstate 40 an hour and a half west of Albuquerque, tours are offered to the public daily. Acoma’s Sky City Cultural Center/Haak’u Museum includes fascinating interpretive displays and is the meeting spot for joining guided tours of the pueblo—a National Trust for Historic Preservation registered historic site.

Sandhill Cranes flying over Nebraska en route to Canada for the summer
Thomas Wilmer

Sandhill Cranes migrate north every spring and make a stop in Central Nebraska. Shows such as CBS Sunday Morning have covered their flight in previous seasons. Join Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Associate Producer, Melissa Corbin as she shares her take on this fascinating rite of spring during her visit to Rowe Sanctuary on the banks of the Platte River. 

Quebec City skyline
Office du tourisme de Québec

A conversation with Richard Séguin representing Quebec City Tourism. Séguin shares insights about Quebec City's past and present in the Canadian city with a definite French Flair. Quebec City' modern roots date from French exploration in the 15th century--and the  establishment of Quebec City in 1608.  


Tall Ship Jeanie Johnston in port

The famine ship Jeanie Johnston was built in  1848 In Quebec as a freighter. She made 16 trans-Atlantic passages carrying more than 2,500 passengers. The ship is revered in the annals of the Irish Potato famine, as not one life was lost throughout her career—while many famine ships lost more than 30 percent of her manifest to disease, lack of fresh water, rotton food and more. Today, a recreated (2003), and fully seaworthy Jeannie Johnston graces the Liffey River in downtown Dublin, Ireland.

Chef Shelly Cooper
Shelly Cooper

The majesty and beauty of The Appalachian Mountains are unparalleled and the stories of its people are as inspiring as its views. Associate Producer, Melissa Corbin, recently shared a few such stories with Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine.

Famine cottage en route to Slea Head, County Kerry along the fabled Wild Atlantic Way
Thomas Wilmer

Naill Gibbons Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland based in Dublin, shares his passion for Ireland and exploring the Wild Atlantic Way--one of the world’s longest coastal routes covers the dramatic Irish west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula in the north down to Kinsale, County Cork, in the south.

San Francisco's hospitality industry generates tons of reusable materials, furnishings and more that are shared with the non-profit community
Thomas Wilmer

  Ms. Jo Licata spends full-time working with San Francisco’s non-profit organizations in partnerships with the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and numerous other SF hospitality enterprises.

Licata's mission as Hilton's Community Projects Manager is to provide non-profits with essential goods and supplies from food to furniture, mini-fridges and so much more. Items that otherwise might have headed to the landfill.

Scotts Bluff interpretive center and Park Ranger headquarters
Thomas Wilmer / Thomas Wilmer

Scotts Bluff served as landmark for pioneers traveling through Nebraska on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trail—a visit with National Park Ranger at Scotts Bluff National Landmark in Western Nebraska. 

On February 19th 1942 FDR signed Executive order 9066 requiring the relocation and internment of all California coastal residents of Japanese descent. Historian Jim Gregory, author of WWII Arroyo Grande shares the sorrows and triumphs of the dramatic period in Arroyo Grande history—a time when more than forty percent of the high school student body was of Japanese ancestry.

Fremont Theater downtown San Luis Obispo anchor venue for 2017 SLO FILM FEST
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

A conversation with San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Director, Wendy Eidson. A teaser of the March 14-19 festival events includes Josh Brolin recipient of the 2017 King Vidor Award; St. Patrick’s Day Surf Night featuring the premier of Between Land and Sea—a year in the life of an Irish surf town, and a tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher includes a conversation with Todd Fisher.


The Great Platte Archway freespans above Interstate 80 in Kearney, Nebraska
Thomas Wilmer

Every spring 80 percent of the world’s Sandhill Cranes descend on the Platte River Valley for a refueling stop before continuing their annual northward migration to Canada and the Arctic. A visit with Roger Jasnoch, Director of the Kearney Visitors Bureau about experiencing the crane migration and other Kearney attractions.

Krecik Ranch buffalo Niobrara, Nebraska
Thomas Wilmer

Buffalo meet has approximately 35 percent more protein and half the calories of beef, and there’s only 1.8 grams of fat per 3 oz serving, compared to 8.7 grams in beef. We'll visit with Stacy Krecik Miller at the Krecik Elk and Buffalo Ranch in Niobrara. Then we'll meet Dave Hutchinson who's been raising organic grass-fed buffalo in the Sandhills near Rose, Nebraska for more than 30 years. 

Engine room telegraphs at Door County Maritime Museum
Jason Lopez

Boat building has been a part of Sturgeon Bay’s fabric since the 1830s. During the first and second World Wars, hundreds of Naval and support vessels, including the legendary PT Boat were built here. In addition to boat building and repair, Sturgeon Bay is also a safe harbor during the midst of winter for the 1,000 foot-long lake freighters. The Door County Maritime Museum chronicles and showcases the region’s nautical history. In addition to engaging displays and artifacts, the museum also maintains the fully restored 100 year-old MV John Purvis tugboat.

Join Adam Gronke the Maritime Museum’s Curator.

Ice shanties at Wendt's on Lake Winnebago
Julie Henning

Join correspondent Julie Henning in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin for the opening weekend of the 2014 sturgeon-spearing season. Replacing buffalo hides with propane-heated ice shanties and modern conveniences, the thrill of the hunt is the same. 

Winemaker and grape grower Vic Roberts at his Templeton Gap Victor Hugo Winery
Thomas Wilmer


Vic Roberts has been producing wine since shortly after graduating from U.C. Davis in 1979. He started his winemaking career on the Central Coast at Creston Cellars in 1982. While still working for Creston Cellars, Roberts started growing grapes on his own land in the heart of the legendary Paso Robles AVA in 1985--and the Victor Hugo Winery brand was born. The lexicon of Victor Hugo varietals include Chardonnay, Viogner, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and the five Bordeaux Classic reds—Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Come along and join the conversation with Vic Roberts as he shares his passion for crafting award-winning wines.

Electric Vehicle charging station in Door County, Wisconsin
Door County CVB

Jack Moneypenny, President of the Door County Visitors Bureau came up with a brilliant but simple plan that stimulates tourism while simultaneously minimizing the carbon footprint. Join Moneypenny as he shares his electric charging station vision that now serves as a model showcase for the future of ecologically sustainable regional tourism.      

Vicki Wilson teaches Coffee 1-A in her Coffee College at Door County Coffee and Tea Company
Thomas Wilmer

A visit with Vicki Wilson, founder of Wisconsin’s Door County Coffee and Tea Company. Ms. Wilson’s business, in addition to serving more than 100 distinctive freshly roasted coffees in her café, also does a thriving internet business across America, along with private label distribution to businesses such as Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Country Music Hall of Fame entry
Thomas Wilmer

The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee is the Mother Ship where the entire history of country music, from the 1800s to present, is showcased and revered in the 360,000 square-foot multi-story facility.

Come along and discover the magic of this massive facility with guide and music aficionado George Daeger who knows his stuff as he plays in John Carter Cash’s band as well as his own with his brother, The Early Evening.