Thomas Steinbeck, son of famed writer and Pulitzer Prize recipient John Steinbeck, sits down with Patricia Lawrence for a casual conversation about his life; his published short stories, Down to a Soundless Sea; fictional accounts of life around Monterey Bay California...and his father!
Audio Journeys by Travel Radio International explores one of the wildest towns in the West. At the end of a box canyon, near precious metal deposits, Deadwood lured such famous Old West characters as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Deadwood might have been torn down and forgotten, except that it also holds the distinction of being the town where an angry assailant killed Wild Bill Hickok while he was on his honeymoon.
Off the beaten path, these two sites are extremely important to Native Americans of the area.
Audio Journeys consist of on-location interviews with experts and the sounds of the subjects. United States explorations include national and state parks, historic sites, museums and adventures on snow, ice, camel, boats and walking.
Audio Journeys explores Copan, the ancient cultural center of Honduras. For years, Copán has been renowned for its magnificent Mayan ruins, a designated World Heritage Site believed by archeologists to be the cultural center, the Paris, of the Maya world.
Its sugar bush time in the maple tree forests of Canada. In March and April the sap from the maple trees flow. This thin sticky sap becomes one of Canada's most popular exports, maple syrup. Audio Journeys are on the Kings Road east of Quebec City exploring a sugar stack that welcomes visitors year round to their outdoor recreation center. We visit the only Ice Hotel in North America - a chilling experience.
On a busy canal lined street in Amsterdam, Anne Frank and her Jewish family hid from the Nazis near the end of WWII. Anne Frank wrote accounts of their lives in this confinement. Learning from the one radio they shared and quietly listened to, Anne hoped her diary would be published. It was published posthumously, by her father; Anne's only relative to survive the Nazi death camps.
Oglala Sioux elder, Johnson Holy Rock speaks with Patricia Lawrence about the Black Hills of South Dakota and why the tribe will not cash the check the US Federal Government gave them to pay for their sacred mountains. And we speak with Chief Oliver Red Cloud, 85-year-old grandson of Chief Red Cloud, one of the signers of the Fort Laramie Treaty that granted the Black Hills to the Sioux Nation.
In his studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Emmy-award winning head writer Jerry Juhl (1938-2005) sat down for a casual interview with Audio Journeys. Juhl reminisces about the Muppets' early years and his radio roots, and what it was like to work with the founder of the Muppets, Jim Henson (1936-1990).
>Audio Journeys explores Stift Melk Abby. This important bishopric was once a day’s horse ride from Vienna for the kings; today Melk Abby is a smooth overnight sail on a Viking River Cruise. Melk Abby, a very large UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, was not damaged during World War II. We are on a walking tour throughout the rooms and halls of the Abby.
"Hear the tour now; see in person soon"
Audio Journeys are explores this one-of-a-kind monolith known to Native Americans as Bear Mountain. We walk around the base while a park ranger interprets what this unique formation is and the ecology that surrounds it.
Death Valley National Park is the lowest and the hotest place in North America. Patricia Lawrence explores Death Valley to find out about the name, the borox industry, and the historic inn.
Patricia Lawrence is exploring archeology and nature with Touch the Earth Adventures, in the Coconino National Forest near Sedona, Arizona. Thousands of years ago, in the foothills of the south western edge of the Colorado Plateau, highly organized cultures lived. Among the artifacts these early Americans left behind are petroglyphs and pictographs, images painted on or picked into the red rock canyon walls we are exploring.
Fort Ross State Park California. Fort Ross, was a Russian Fur Trading Outpost between 1812 and 1841, never a military fort. Original builds and replicas tell of a short lived Russian history in California. Fort Ross is one of the oldest parks in the California State Park System.
Audio Journeys explores ancient history and centuries-old structures, inculding an anquduct, and view new and old art. We also visit a lapidary specializing in local gems.
Audio Journeys explore Yosemite National Park, California via a tram. Spring is a great time to visit Yosemite, when birds and wildflowers flowers abound. Our tour guide tells us about rock climbers, Miwok natives, the swift flowing Merced River, and other superlatives of Yosemite. One of the oldest parks in the nation, Yosemite was made a national park in 1890, and designated a World Heritage Site in 1984.
The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs South Dakota announced in 2011 that it now has discovered 60 specimens of prehistoric animals in this unique paleontological site. This is where, more than 26,000 years ago, large Columbian and woolly mammoths were trapped and died in a spring-fed pond. Now we visit the in-situ site. Dr. Larry Agenbroad, founder of the site, is our guide.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is a year-round wonderland. The 13th park in the system, Lassen VNP has all four types of volcanoes within its boundary. In winter, vehicles giveway to snow shoes and cross-country skiis. Patricia Lawrence is on a snowshoe walk down the middle of the snow covered park road with naturalist Ranger Steve Zachary.
Yorktown was the site of the deciding battle of the American Revolutionary War, between British and American soldiers. Interpreters, dressed in period costume give visitors a glimpse into the life of American soldiers during the Civil War.
"Horrible and amateurist"
An audio journey exploring eastern Guatemala. In the first days of April 2004, the Mayan Q'eqchi people living in and around the Rio Dulce River celebrated the ending of their 360-day agrarian calendar. The Ak' Tenamit Association Campus and cultural center hosted the event. The Mayan Deer dance was performed for the first time in decades.
Audio Journeys by Travel Radio International takes a road trip through the southwest United States. Overlooking the Little Colorado River, near Winslow, Arizona, not far from Interstate 40, we stop to explore Homolovi Ruins State Park. This very important Arizona park protects and interprets the 5,000-year-old Homolovi Pueblos, built by ancestors of the Hopi people of today.