On the latest episode of the California Now Podcast astronomer Dennis Mammana offers his take on mankind’s connection to the heavens above. Mammana lives in Borrego Springs, an International Dark Sky Community located two hours east of San Diego that just happens to be one of the best places in the world to experience the night sky. He helps listeners understand what they’re seeing when they gaze up at a sparkling canopy of Red Giants, White Dwarves, and other celestial bodies.
Also in this episode, former pro cyclist Phil Gaimon explains why California is his favorite place to ride (his rationale involves sunshine and dolphins) and architecture expert Sam Lubell raves about a few of the many Mid-Century Modern buildings worth visiting in the Golden State.
- Dennis Mammana, owner of Borrego Night Sky Tours
- Phil Gaimon, retired pro cyclist and YouTube creator
- Sam Lubell, author of Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide
Dennis Mammana helps visitors experience the majestic beauty of a star-filled night sky.
- Borrego Springs
- Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
- International Dark Sky Association
- Light pollution
- Dobsonian telescopes
- Milky Way Galaxy
- Spotting satellites
- Hubble Space Telescope
Former pro cyclist Phil Gaimon is a YouTube storyteller and podcaster who shares some of his favorite rides in California.
- Cycling in Los Angeles
- Mulholland Drive
- Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara
- Big Bear cycling
- Cycling in Davis
- Sacramento bike paths
- Los Angeles bike paths
- Pacific Coast Highway
- AMGEN Tour of California
Author Sam Lubell points out some of the most breathtaking architectural gems in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Greater Palm Springs.
- Salk Institute Architecture Tours
- Geisel Library
- Scripps Green Hospital
- The Stahl House
- Eames House
- Modernism Week (held each February in Greater Palm Springs)
- Frank Sinatra’s House
- Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway
About the Host
Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis, Calif., in 2016 and is just getting to know his surroundings. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.