Welcome! My journalism career and curiosity about the world started while working as a copy boy for the Wall Street Journal. I’ve logged over a million miles in my travels across the globe, from Morocco to China, up to the Arctic Circle and across Southern Africa. In addition to overseas destinations, I often feature destinations around America focused on people, culture, arts, music, history, food, wine and spirits.
Most of the posts featured here are expanded versions of my regular KCX/NPR Digital Media Podcast shows from the Lowell Thomas Award-winning podcast and on-air show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured on KCBX.ORG, iTunes, NPR One (app), NPR.ORG Podcast Directory, player.fm (UK) and other podcast channels around the world.
Thanks for being here–Enjoy the trip!
Recent Adventures and Musings
Racine Wisconsin has been home to many iconic American manufacturers since the Civil War. Case New Holland based in Racine since the 1840s. Malted milk was birthed here in 1887. The garbage disposal... READ MORE
Join Erik Flesch at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s ancestral home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Flesch is a longtime expert on Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture and he’s Taliesin Preservation’s Director of Development. CLICK HERE... READ MORE
Discovering Hog Heaven at Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum Join Jim Fricke, Curatorial Director at the 130,000 square-foot Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as he shares highlights of the legendary motorcycle’s 117-year history. The first... READ MORE
Shawn Puller, Executive Director at Garth Newel Music Center talks about the resident Piano Quartet and the vibrancy of chamber music in America. Garth Newel showcases more than 50 live musical performances annually, and... READ MORE
One of the most iconic images associated with Morro Bay, California is a photo of Hollywood star, George C. Scott’s chartered yacht, the 84’ long M.V. Mojo, being smashed by a monster wave as... READ MORE
Nestled in the hills of Shenandoah Valley, the South River Highlands Country Retreat and Heartstone Lodge & Retreat Center are just four miles from Lexington, Virginia and two hours from Washington D.C. Tranquility... READ MORE
Sugarlands Distilling Company in Gatlinburg, Tennessee uses traditional corn and rye, but infuses their “Shine” with an array of flavors, including dark chocolate, butter pecan, and apple bacon. A conversation with... READ MORE
Back in the 1960s Stax Records served as an incubator of the Memphis, Tennessee Soul Music genre. Join Tim Sampson Communications Director for the Soulsville Foundation where he talks about the Stax Museum of American Soul... READ MORE