The California Now Podcast explores the people and places that make California a unique travel experience. Host Soterios Johnson, veteran radio journalist and former host of NPR’s Morning Edition on WNYC in New York City, has recently moved to California and is using his journalism skills to learn every fascinating thing about his new home state. He interviews travel experts, chefs, local guides and many others on his journey of discovery. For more ideas on California travel, go to www.visitcalifornia.com
California’s Fascinating History
Many California cities can trace their roots back to a melting pot of cultures that blended over hundreds of years. On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson delves into that history in three iconic California cities.
Johnson starts out in the City by the Bay, connecting with author Gary Kamiya. Next, Johnson speaks with Robert Petersen, host of the Hidden History of Los Angeles podcast. Finally, Johnson talks to Bill Lawrence of the San Diego History Center.
California's Delicious Diversity
In this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson chats with three culinary insiders who represent different aspects of the state’s abundance. He first talks to chef Tanya Holland, owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, and a Top Chef alum. Next, Johnson checks in with chef Claudette Zepeda, who's opening her new Encinitas restaurant Vaga, at the Alila Marea Beach Resort. After that Johnson chats with food tour guide Lauren Herpich, who runs Local Food Adventures out of Oakland.
Trip Planning in 2021
When was the last time you took a vacation? Research shows that travel is profoundly beneficial to our mental health and productivity—and according to Expedia's annual Vacation Deprivation study, Americans are not taking nearly enough vacation.
January 26 is National Plan for Vacation Day, and even if you’re expecting to travel later in 2021, there's no time like the present to start dreaming up your next getaway. This episode of the California Now Podcast can help you get started.
California Snow Adventures
Like so many things, the pandemic has added a layer of complexity to the typical California snow season. Mountain ski resorts and outdoor recreation areas have COVID-19 safety regulations in place and restrictions on capacity that make planning ahead and pre-purchasing passes essential to a successful winter getaway on the slopes.
But as California Now Podcast host Soterios Johnson found out in this episode, snow sports can be a safe and enjoyable activity for all ages during this tumultuous time.
Exploring Gold Country
Gold Country takes its name from the famous historical period that kicked off in 1848 with a Coloma carpenter's discovery of gold flakes in the American River. Today, this thriving collection of river cities and towns offers visitors insight into the past as well as a delicious taste of the present.
On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson uncovers some of the best attractions Gold Country has to offer.
Greater Palm Springs
Surrounded by majestic mountains and pristine nature preserves on all sides, the Greater Palm Springs area is a posh nexus of natural beauty, wellness, and culture. On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson learns about the iconic mid-century modern style of architecture. Johnson also speaks with 'Palm Springs Life' Editor-in-Chief Steven Biller to get the inside scoop on the local art and dining scene. And finally, Johnson gets a rundown of the best hikes and outdoor experiences.