43 episodes

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

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    • 4.8, 64 Ratings

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

    Northern California's Greatest Hits

    Northern California's Greatest Hits

    In this special episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson looks back at some of the most memorable Northern California highlights from previous episodes. Join Johnson as he starts his journey with a tour of some of the trendiest boutiques in the Bay Area and visits to the dairy farms along the California Cheese Trail. Subsequent stops include farm-to-table dining in Sacramento, hiking in Butte County, fresh seafood on the Mendocino coast, and the spiritual side of Mount Shasta.

    • 41 min
    Central California's Greatest Hits

    Central California's Greatest Hits

    In this special episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson revisits highlights from interviews conducted across the center of the state. Follow along as Johnson travels up the Central Coast to Ventura County, Paso Robles wine country, Santa Barbara, a Parkfield cattle ranch, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

    Then, he heads east into California's Central Valley, for the Bakersfield Sound at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace and to see Fresno's subterranean marvel, Forestiere Underground Gardens.

    • 42 min
    Southern California's Greatest Hits

    Southern California's Greatest Hits

    In this special episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson revisits some Southern California hotspots, hidden gems, and mouth-watering local cuisine featured on previous episodes. It’s a whirlwind tour through sunny SoCal that focuses on quantity and quality and will no doubt inspire a future road trip.

    • 40 min
    California's Wide-Open Spaces

    California's Wide-Open Spaces

    On this episode of the California Now Podcast, CampCalNOW leader Dyana Kelley provides host Soterios Johnson with insider information about the state’s many campgrounds and RV parks, sharing a few favorites and providing listeners with essential tips.

    Next, Johnson talks to Pinnacles National Park Ranger Chris Symons, who discusses his favorite spots in the state's newest national park.

    Also on this episode, Johnson talks to Matthew Doyle, who runs tours at Lake Shasta Caverns National Landmark.

    • 36 min
    Phil Rosenthal: Live in California

    Phil Rosenthal: Live in California

    Phil Rosenthal established himself as a Hollywood player in the mid-1990s when he created the iconic sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. But these days Rosenthal is perhaps best known as the host of Somebody Feed Phil, a Netflix travel show that chronicles his journeys — and dining experiences — around the globe. Rosenthal took California Now Podcast host Soterios Johnson behind the scenes of his show, reflecting on his strong belief in the power of travel and the disarming aspect of his everyman persona.

    • 29 min
    The Pacific Ocean and California Coast

    The Pacific Ocean and California Coast

    In this episode of the California Now Podcast, SeaWorld San Diego's Jody Westberg—who has helped rescue thousands of wild marine animals over the years—talks with host Soterios Johnson about conservation efforts along the coast. Johnson also chats with Lauren Bergloff, a tour guide at the oceanfront Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The episode concludes with an interview with Allison Soergel, a conservation expert with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Metwinsandaportie ,

Fun and informative podcast!

Whenever this podcast pops up in my new episodes list, it is always my first choice to listen right away!
Tips for learning about California and new spots to try are here- I’m a 3rd generation Californian, have a wine tour business and am a tour guide and I am always learning something new! Keep up the great work! I’m a true fan!

JSebor ,

Gem of a Podcast

Love!!! The CA Now podcast gives fresh and fun insight into an incredible state. Every time I listen, I end up with another place on my never-ending California bucket list.

TribecaRocky ,

So much more than Disney!

Disney, San Diego, San Francisco... it’s not hard to find things to do in California but the beauty of this podcast comes from the small scale and tailored recommendations. Given by real life experts, each segment highlights something off the beaten path that appeals to people from all walks of life. From free events to solo travel to keeping kids occupied, there’s something for everyone to be found through these exciting travel tips.

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