The Talking NorCal Podcast is the official podcast of Active NorCal. Hosts Zach and Brien O'Brien will take you through the stories of the week in Northern California as well as insightful interviews with the leading outdoor enthusiasts and tell stories of their adventures in NorCal.
40th Anniversary of the Alpine Meadows Avalanche w/Jared Drake, Steven Siig & Chip O'Brien
On this episode of Talking NorCal, we dive deep into the deadly avalanche of March 31, 1982 at Alpine Meadows that killed 7 people. Zach is joined by filmmakers Jared Drake and Steven Siig to discuss their new documentary 'Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche' where they talk about the event, creating the award-winning film and debuting it to the community who was impacted by the tragedy (7:40). Then, Zach is joined by Chip O'Brien for a literary review of 'Wall of White,' the 2009 book by Jennifer Woodlief going in-depth into the tragedy and telling the human stories behind the avalanche (28:27).
Goodbye Bob, Historic DEEPcember & Top Active NorCal Stories of 2021
On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the incredible numbers behind the DEEPcember snowstorms in Northern California (1:53). Then, we break down the Top 10 Active NorCal Stories from 2021 (25:23). Finally, we say goodbye to Bob as the producer and co-host of Talking NorCal (57:35).
Historic Snowfall, NorCal Christmas Wishes & the Story of Tahoe Blue Vodka w/Matt Levitt
On this edition of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob break down the numbers from the most recent storm and outline the historic precipitation so far in Northern California (1:35). Then, they get into the news of the week including the father and son arrested for starting the Caldor Fire, the brand-new documentary telling the story of the deadly 1982 avalanche at Alpine Meadows, and the final update from investigators on the mysterious death of the family hiking in California (11:14). Then, they sit down with Matt Levitt to learn the story about Tahoe Blue Vodka and their commitment to philanthropy in the Tahoe Basin (35:39). Finally, Zach and Bob talk about their local Christmas wish list this year (1:04:30).
Controversial Cannabis Tax, Scary Bear Attack & Cleaning Up Lake Tahoe w/Colin West | Talking NorCal
On this episode of Talking Zach and Bob break down the news of the week including California DWR announcing their water allocations in anticipation of extreme drought, the trailblazing gray wolf found dead in California, the details of a woman's near-deadly bear attack in Tahoe, the NorCal Christmas tree at the U.S. Capitol and cannabis farmers rallying against increasing state taxes (6:07). Then, they sit down with the Founder and Executive Director of Clean Up the Lake Colin West, who discusses removing 18,000 pounds of garbage from Lake Tahoe and stories from underwater on Big Blue (40:22). Finally, Zach and Bob discuss their recent experience at the Sacramento Kings game (1:12:15).
Giant Sequoias Decimated, NorCal Breweries Win Big and Photographing the Lassen Pack w/ Randy Robbins
On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob break down the news of the week including 20 percent of the world's giant sequoias burned in NorCal fires, a college teacher charged with starting fires around the Dixie Fire, E. coli testing results on the American River, Chinook salmon attempting to spawn in a graffiti filled channel in the Bay Area and the upcoming La Nina winter. Then, they sit down with Randy Robbins to discuss his groundbreaking photography of the Lassen Pack. Finally, they talk about the NorCal breweries who won big at the Great American Beer Festival and what's on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner.
The Quintessential Tahoe Film? Reviewing the Star-Studded Smokin' Aces
On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob review the quintessential Tahoe film - Smokin' Aces - starring Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Andy Garcia, Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys and Common.
I love this Podcast! Cool stories about the great Californian outdoors by entertaining podcast hosts Zach and Bob! Thanks for the entertaining show!
Love love love! My favorite podcast.
Informative and funny, easygoing while still hitting the hard topics. Their love for our amazing Northern California and all of us who call it home is evident.
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Just wanted to throw out a two big thumbs up for Talking NorCal. Love the podcast! These guys are great and are sharing the passion for our amazing home! Keep it up! (And maybe some roller hockey news please)... 😀