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Viva Variety! Join Nancy Reid & Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team on the 'Love Your Parks Tour' and publishers of the digital Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine.

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Viva Variety! Join Nancy Reid & Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team on the 'Love Your Parks Tour' and publishers of the digital Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine.

    Singer-songwriter Robert Stoner: Year of Pain Album

    Singer-songwriter Robert Stoner: Year of Pain Album

    This episode of Big Blend Radio features Berkley, California singer-songwriter Robert Stoner, who has just released his debut album "Year of Pain."  He has written and performed music for many years, and now with the help of producer Ben Bernstein, ​wrote and recorded YEAR OF PAIN over the last year. This impressively strong debut showcases his personal and nuanced grappling with issues ranging from the specific challenges of children growing up and keeping a marriage fresh, to the trials and tribulations of our modern times. More: https://robertstoner.bandcamp.com 

    • 52 min
    Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution

    Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution

    This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Way Back When" Show features Claire Bellerjeau and Tiffany Yecke Brooks, co-authors of the book “Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth,” an amazing tale of spying and slavery during the Revolutionary War.


    The book is out now through Lyons Press. "Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution" is a fascinating historical narrative that takes place in the North during the 18th century and details the intertwining of two lives, a Revolutionary War spy, Robert Townsend and an enslaved woman, known only as Elizabeth or Liss. Robert Townsend, one of America’s first spies, is credited with being instrumental in the colonies’ victory in the Revolutionary War. Liss’ life travails, as laid out in this riveting creative nonfiction, coupled with her intelligence, beauty and prowess, position her as a new figure in the founding story of America. More: https://www.espionageandenslavement.com/ 

    • 54 min
    Microbial Mystery Author Dr Millicent Eidson

    Microbial Mystery Author Dr Millicent Eidson

    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 4th Wednesday "Tucson Sisters in Crime" Show features Dr. Millicent Eidson, author of an alphabetical microbial mystery series. 

    In the first novel “Anthracis,” the spectacular southwestern desert is alive with Bacillus anthracis spores. Maya Maguire, new veterinarian with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, battles the largest and most complex anthrax outbreak in U.S. history. More: https://drmayamaguire.com    

    The Tucson Sisters in Crime is a local Tucson, Arizona chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. They are authors, writers, readers, librarians, editors, publishers, agents, and booksellers with a passion for the mystery genre. They welcome Sisters and Brothers in Crime from everywhere who have an interest in writing, and in the Southern Arizona mystery community. More: https://www.tucsonsistersincrime.org/ 

    • 55 min
    Arlene Gould and Kelli West - Historic Homes and Gardens in Natchitoches LA

    Arlene Gould and Kelli West - Historic Homes and Gardens in Natchitoches LA

    From pocket parks and gardens to historic sites and architectural walking tours, this episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday 'Go Natchitoches' Show focuses on historic homes and gorgeous gardens in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Featured guests are Arlene Gould and Kelli West of the Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau.


    Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is the original French Colony and oldest city in Louisiana. The city features a charming historic downtown that runs along Cane River Lake, is home to the Cane River Creole National Historical Park, and Cane River National Heritage Area, and is also the final destination of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. Plan your visit here: https://natchitoches.com/ 

    • 43 min
    Starlite and Campbell Band with travel writer Hilarie Larson

    Starlite and Campbell Band with travel writer Hilarie Larson

    On this episode of Big Blend Radio, it's all about Music and Memories in Manchester, England with travel/wine writer Hilarie Larson and Suzy & Simon founders of the Starlite Campbell Band. 

    Renowned for their distinctive songwriting, unique sound with beautifully produced recordings, onstage chemistry and electrifying live shows, European and British blues award nominees the Starlite Campbell Band are Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell who fell in love on stage and married following a whirlwind musical romance. Along with a lively conversation, this episode features their singles "Gaslight" and "Lay It Out on Me" which are featured on their new album "The Language of Curiosity" which releases on Nov. 5, 2021. (Band photo by Sandra Ventura.) Info: https://shop.starlite-campbell.com/

    On their way to Italy, travel writer Hilarie Larson and her husband Craig made a musical detour to Manchester UK to see Suzy and Simon perform live at The Met in Bury. Read her story here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/manchester-music-and-memories/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Debbie Stone - Springfield, Illinois is Abe-Mazing

    Debbie Stone - Springfield, Illinois is Abe-Mazing

    On this episode of Big Blend Radio's Way Back When history show, travel writer Debbie Stone shares her experiences visiting historic Abraham Lincoln sites and attractions in Springfield, Illinois, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln Depot, plus, the Illinois State Capitol building. Read her story here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/springfield-is-abemazing/ 

    • 41 min

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This is an amazing and fun podcast. A must listen.

I had so much fun listening to Lisa and Nancy's episodes. They are masterful at extracting valuable information from their guests. This is a must listen for anyone in the travel industry.

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