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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.

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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.

    Giant Sequoias Decimated, NorCal Breweries Win Big and Photographing the Lassen Pack w/ Randy Robbins

    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.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Quintessential Tahoe Film? Reviewing the Star-Studded Smokin' Aces

    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.

    • 49 min
    Historic Atmospheric River, Active NorCal Milestones and 'Van Life' Stories with Adam Marland

    Historic Atmospheric River, Active NorCal Milestones and 'Van Life' Stories with Adam Marland

    On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the historic late-October storm that slammed Northern California including its category 5 designation, the astounding increase in snowpack and water levels, 141-year rain record broken and the massive landslide on Highway 70 (1:51). They finish up the news of the week by discussing the cause of the tragic and odd hiking death of a family in the Sierra (28:01). Then, they sat down with Chief Exploration Officer of Michelob Ultra Adam Marland who discusses how he won the contest, the truth about 'Van Life' and his future journey as an outdoor photographer and blogger (33:25). Finally, Zach and Bob discuss recent milestones for Active NorCal (1:20:37).

    Follow Adam Marland's Journey at https://www.wedreamoftravel.com/

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Storms End Drought, Famous Bear Killed, and the Road to the Olympics with Robby Burns

    Storms End Drought, Famous Bear Killed, and the Road to the Olympics with Robby Burns

    On a brand-new episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the sudden change in weather and potential end of the drought in Northern California (2:01). Then, they break down the news of the week including the viral search for a woman in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Lake Tahoe dropping below its natural rim, 'Kings Beach Bear' being shot and killed at a campground, the historic train tunnel now fully exposed on Shasta Lake, the end of the 212-day dry streak in Sacramento and Arcata decriminalizing magic mushrooms (4:43). Then, they sit down with Robby Burns to discuss his life as a professional snowboarder, traveling the world with the U.S. snowboard team, growing up in Mount Shasta and his upcoming journey to qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing (40:00). Finally, Bob asks Zach about his controversy with the California Wolf Watch (1:13:45).

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Palisades Tahoe, Shasta's Sunken Ship, and a Forest Management/Climate Change Discussion with Joanna Nelson

    Palisades Tahoe, Shasta's Sunken Ship, and a Forest Management/Climate Change Discussion with Joanna Nelson

    On this episode of the Talking NorCal Podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the news of the week including S*** Valley changing its name, the proposed name change to Patrick's Point, KNP Complex Fire in Sequoia National Park, the mysterious sunken boat in Shasta Lake, First snow of the season on Mt. Shasta, a new state-owned outdoor utopia and a the opening of the elevated boardwalk in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods (3:35). Finally, Zach sits down with Joanna Nelson from the Save the Redwoods League to discuss the unique forests of Northern California and how to manage them during our current state of climate disruption (43:27).

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Creating Cannabis Experiences with Amy O'Connor of Humboldt Social. Plus, NorCal Has a New Wolf Pack

    Creating Cannabis Experiences with Amy O'Connor of Humboldt Social. Plus, NorCal Has a New Wolf Pack

    On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the news of the week including Northern California's newest wolf pack, Kevin Spacey filming in Dunsmuir, the Antelope Fire moves into Lava Beds National Monument and the most recent update from the tule elk controversy in Point Reyes (2:27). Then, they sit down with Amy O'Connor of Humboldt Social to discuss cannabis experiences in NorCal,  how they can keep the growing legal market local and the best places to visit on the North Coast (23:30).

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

stevemoth ,

Awesome Podcast!!!!

I love this Podcast! Cool stories about the great Californian outdoors by entertaining podcast hosts Zach and Bob! Thanks for the entertaining show!

jmeeca4me ,

Talking NorCal

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.

Distono ,

Top NorCal Info

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)... 😀

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