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Exploring Shasta Cascade

Discover what this ruggedly beautiful northern California region has to offer

On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson discusses the vast and varied Shasta Cascade region with two creative-minded locals.

Singer-songwriter Jessica Malone starts things off with stories about her love of the area. The longtime local gives a live performance of two songs—her latest, “Sweet Sunlight,” as well as “Gold Flowers of the West,” a love letter to California’s natural splendor. Malone shares why she loves this part of the state and recounts a particularly memorable moment growing up in the small town of Mt. Shasta City.  

Next, Johnson talks with Siskiyou County filmmaker Autie Carlisle about her new documentary film series Shasta Stories. The two discuss how the series came to be, Carlisle’s love of the community and its quirks, and where she finds her fascinating film subjects. Plus, Carlisle helps listeners plan their next visit to the region by sharing some of her go-to local haunts.


Jessica Malone, singer-songwriter

Autie Carlisle, filmmaker and creator of Shasta Stories


Jessica Malone is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has recorded two LPs and two EPs.

Mount Shasta

“Gold Flowers of the West” (live)

“Sweet Sunlight”

Bunny Flat

John Everitt Vista Point

Mt. Shasta City Park

Sacramento River

Mt. Shasta Ski Park

Autie Carlisle is a filmmaker and the creator behind Shasta Stories, a series of short films highlighting intriguing locals from Siskiyou County.

Siskiyou County

Shasta Cascade

Shasta Stories

Weed Mercantile Mall

Phet's Kitchen Phó & BBQ

First & Last Chance Saloon

Castle Lake

Trout Lake

Black Butte

Handsome John’s Speakeasy

Lake Siskiyou




Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis in 2016. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson uses the California Now Podcast platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.

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