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Frank Lloyd Wright's Madison Unitarian Meeting House designed in 1946 and completed in 1951
Thomas Wilmer

March Schweitzer talks about the First Unitarian Society’s Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin. Designed by parishioner Frank Lloyd Wright in 1946 and completed in 1951, his radical design served to transform 20th Century Church architecture. Schweitzer also talks about Frank Lloyd Wrong—a moniker earned via a heartless side of Wright’s personality.

Dave Lohrentz at Madison Sourdough
Thomas Wilmer

 Dave Lohrentz, co-owner of Madison Sourdough Bakery & Café talks about the passionate quest to source healthy ingredients locally, from Amish eggs, to wheat, rye, and cream. Madison Sourdough is ranked among Madison, Wisconsin's top three locally sourcing facilities. Come along and join the conversation with Dave Lohrentz.

Old Sugar Distillery's distinctive copper pot stills
Old Sugar Distillery

Nathan Greenawalt’s Old Sugar Distillery in downtown Madison, Wisconsin pays homage to the state’s history as a sugar beat producer.

Come along and join Greenawalt in his Madison tasting room as he talks about his passion for producing handcrafted Old Sugar whiskey. Find out what Old Sugar Distillery is up to on Facebook.

Otto Dilba at Ale Asylum in Madison, Wisconsin
Thomas Wilmer

Join Otto Dilba at the Ale Asylum in Madison, Wisconsin where they brew award-winning beer in sanity.  Ale Asylum takes the purest approach, just water, malt, hops and yeast—no spices, no fruit, no chocolate— As a testimonial to their craft, Bedlam brew was rated among the world’s top ten Belgian Style IPA’s by RateBeer.com

Tony and Julie Hook at their Mineral Point, Wisconsin cheese factory
Hook's Cheese Company

From their non-descript cheese factory in Mineral Point, Wisconsin Tony and Julie Hook have carved an enviable slice in the world of Wisconsin cheese crafting, and have earned the formal title as “World Champion Cheese Makers”. Come along and discover why Hook’s Cheese Company makes some of Wisconsin’s finest, why the French now import Wisconsin cheese, and why the process of becoming a Certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker is equivalent to earning a PhD. 

Elizabeth Eckford runs a gauntlet of hate to attend high school in Little Rock. The young white woman just over her shoulder with her mouth open, yelling at her is Hazel Bryan-- Arkansas September 1957
Will Counts

September 4th, 1957 was the first day of school in Little Rock Arkansas. Nine black children attempted to start classes at the all white Central High school. Their entry was blocked by hundreds of Arkansas national Guardsmen who had been sent on direct orders issued by Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus to block the entry of the nine black students who will forever live on in history as the Little Rock Nine.

Colleen Bos at her Bos Meadery in Madison, Wisconsin
Thomas Wilmer

Mead, made from honey is the most ancient of wines with archeological evidence dating back 9,000 years. Mead got lost in the shuffle with the proliferation of grape wines over the centuries, but it’s definitely making stellar comeback today. Bos Meadery celebrating its 5th anniversary, is a shining star in Madison, Wisconsin with a growing base of ardent fans. Join mead-maven Colleen Bos, as she shares her passion for mead.

Host Tom Wilmer visits with Cal Poly Intern Randy Hair (Left) Virginia Scripps (Center) and Kain Tietzel, CEO of StartVR (Right) in the KCBX NPR affiliate studio in San Luis Obispo, California
KCBX

  

Kain Tietzel, CEO and founder of Sydney, Australia based Start VR talks about the newly released Atlas Obscura VR (virtual reality) hi-fidelity virtual travel experience.

Join Tietzel, Virginia Scripps with Los Angeles based Press Kitchen PR, and Cal Poly intern Randi Hair as we explore the new frontier of virtual world travel via a smart phone and headset.

Madison, Wisconsin's weekly Farmer's Market attacks more than 20,000 people every week throughout the summer season
Thomas Wilmer

Dane County’s weekly Farmers Market attracts more than 20,000 people during the height of the summer season, but it’s a year-round affair. With more than 275 vendors, more than 150 set up shop weekly. The market is much more than just a place to shop for fresh Wisconsin produce, it’s an epic place to socialize and bring the entire family. Tom Wilmer visits with Market Manager Sarah Elliott  at the Wisconsin State Capital Square in downtown Madison, Wisconsin  for the inside scoop.

The lakefront dock at The Edegwater Hotel in Madison where boaters tie up for free
Thomas Wilmer

It’s no accident that The Edgewater is Madison, Wisconsin's only Four Diamond hotel. Come along and discover why The Edgewater is a bellwether and trendsetter for America’s hospitality industry. 

FranK Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace in downtown Madison, Wisconsin
Thomas Wilmer

Tom Wilmer and his associate, Annita Thomas from Atlanta Georgia visit with Diane Morganthaler, Executive Vice President of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. Diane shares a litany of cool things to do and see for the entire family. 

Wisconsin Brewing

Brothers Mark and Carl Nolan, and Brewmaster Kirby Nelson started Wisconsin Brewing in 2013—and they never looked back. Join the conversation with Carl Nolan and Kirby Nelson and discover how their brew differs from the craft beer craze. They also talk about the industry-wide momentum across the country to modernize the industry through start-up/business friendly legislation proposals.

Wisconsin brewing is located less than 20 minutes from Madison, Wisconsin.

Iconic Ragged Point sign has pointed the way for decades
Thomas Wilmer

A massive landslide this past spring sealed off Highway 1 nine miles north of the San Luis Obispo/Monterey County line. Fortunately the dramatic realm of Big Sur Country south of the slide is still open and accessible. Tom Wilmer visits with Rory Cosma at the family-owned Ragged Point Inn and Resort, located 24-miles north of Cambria. 

Trump & Obama figurines in shop window
Thomas Wilmer

Over the course of the past few months I’ve covered the breadth of Tennessee on assignments for my digital media podcast show. When time allowed, at the conclusion of an interview, when the subject had made mention of Trump, I’d ask if they might share their feelings about why they support Trump.

amazing museum on a side street in downtown Gatlingburg, Tennessee--the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum
Salt & Pepper Museum Gatlinburg, Tennessee

America’s only Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the culmination of a lifelong passion of owner and curator Andrea Ludden. Join Andrea’s son, Alex for a tour of the amazing little museum and its collection of more than 20,000 salt & pepper shakers, including 15,000 pepper mills that are visual metaphors for cultural trends in America’s past and around the world.

The Village Shops at Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Thomas Wilmer

Dan Booth is Chairman of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau and owner of the Hayloft at The Village Shops. Booth share's a local’s eye-view of life in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and how the mountain town missed out on the Great Depression. 

Fanny Flagg with host, Tom Wilmer
Hartzler Communications

Ms. Fanny Flagg, born in Birmingham, Alabama, started writing and producing TV specials at age 19 and before long became co-host of the morning show on WBRC TV Birmingham. 

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

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Faith Morris, Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer at the National Civil Rights Museum in MemphisTennessee.

U.S. Army Air Forces Crash Boats trained in Morro Bay but there's much to be learned about their mission here.
Library of Congress

Joe Dunlap, a class of 1966 graduate of Morro Bay High School, and a U.S. Navy veteran, has been a student of WWII history for more than forty years. His areas of specialization include the Richmond California shipyards, and the U.S. Navy and Army base at Morro Bay, California where troops trained for South Pacific Landings.

The Morro Bay Detachment, Training command Amphibian Forces Pacific Fleet Landing Craft School drilled as many as 16,000 troops daily. Come along and join Joe Dunlap on the Morro Bay waterfront as he shares informative insights about Morro Bay’s vital role in WWII.

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Denise the owner of Virg's Landing sport fishing company based in Morro Bay.
Jennifer Little

Virg’s Landing has been an iconic ingredient in the Morro Bay sport fishing experience since 1954. Come along and join Denise, the owner of Virg’s for the inside scoop on day-trip fishing expeditions out of Morro Bay, California.

Michael David Winery owner Michael Phillips
Thomas Wilmer

The wine label, Seven Deadly Zins, produced by Michael David Winery was instrumental in putting Lodi, California on the map as a world-class producer of fine wines. Join Mike Phillips and daughter Melissa at their Lodi winery for a fascinating conversation with Tom Wilmer that proves that a catchy label is just as important as the wine inside the bottle.

 

  A summer of ‘69 road trip through Southern Appalachia struck a cord with musician David Holt and determined his future as a passionate advocate for traditional American folk music and the rural story telling tradition. Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a conversation with David Holt along with some of his music, and a sampler of his craft as a storyteller. 

Giant Panda Research Base isa bamboo paradise
Thomas Wilmer

The Giant Panda is revered by not only the Chinese, but kids and adults alike around the world. The Chinese have long used the Giant Panda as a diplomatic ambassador of friendship. Correspondent Tom Wilmer explores the Giant Panda Research Base facility in Chengdu, China with locals Mavis Liu Mei and Tiffany Shi Shi.

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 based in Racine since the 1840s. Malted milk was birthed here in 1887. The garbage disposal was born here in 1927. It’s the home of Oster, Hamilton-Beach, Massey Ferguson, and the legendary InSinkErator. Racine based S.C. Johnson formed in Racine in 1886, produce Raid, Glade, Johnson Wax, and Windex and a litany of cleaning products. Join Chris Paulson, Racine Heritage Museum’s Executive Director as he shares Racine’s incredible history. 

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.

John McCutcheon performing at Garth Newel Music Center
Thomas Wilmer

Five-time Grammy Nominee John McCutcheon has produced 34 albums and plays guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle and more in addition to writing music and conducting workshops around the country.

William "Red" Lewis at his Auto Gallery in Green Bay, Wisonsin
Thomas Wilmer

Green Bay dreamer William “Red” Lewis created a unique non-profit event center housed in his Automobile Gallery. The repurposed Denil Cadillac Dealership, features more than 50 classics, including a dragster, big-fin 1950’s “land-yachts” and head-turners from each decade of the past 100 years. Join visionary car-guy “Red” Lewis for the inside story about the “Top-10” tourist destination in Green Bay Wisconsin.

Laurie McCandish King talks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about her new book, Your Crocodile Has Arrived.
Jim Shubin

 Laurie Mcandish King's brilliance as an author was succinctly summed up by noted travel journalist, Jeff Greenwald: "King's curiosity is contagious—whether she's visiting a shrine to Buddha's tooth, undergoing shamanic surgery, or crashing a convention of flying saucer sighters. Her tales glow with wit, warmth and a sense of wonder." Come along a join the conversation on the docks in Morro Bay, California with host, Tom Wilmer and Ms. King.

Tim McCormick Project Manager (left), Jim Fricke Curatorial Director (right), Tom Wilmer (center) at Harley-Davidson Museum
Harely-Davidson Museum

Join Jim Fricke, Curatorial Director at the 130,000 square-foot Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as he shares highlights of the legendary motorcycle’s 117-year history.

The first Harley was introduced in 1903. By 1920 Harley-Davidson was the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer with dealers in 67 countries. Discover how the motorcycle’s role in WWI and WWII propelled the legend of the Harley. 

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.

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