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California Now Podcast


San Diego Zoo, Bishop, Mount Shasta

Learn about a San Diego institution’s conservation efforts, discover hidden gems in Bishop, and find spiritual renewal on Mount Shasta

In 1980, there were just 22 endangered California Condors in the wild. Now, there are more than 450 magnificent thunderbirds, thanks in large part to the herculean efforts of wildlife...


Cowboy Culture, Highway One, Bikes and Hikes LA

Learn about cattle-driving in the Central Coast, foodie adventures along the Pacific, and car-less journeys around Los Angeles

When you think of oak woodlands, cowboys on horses, cattle driving, and sleeping under the stars, what comes to mind? For us, it’s California. On this episode of the California Now Podcast,...


California Surfing Day, Ryan Robinson, Glamping

Learn to ride a wave in San Diego and find unique accommodations that combine creature comforts with unbridled access to Mother Nature all across the state

As the state’s official sport, surfing is integral to California culture. There’s never a bad time to catch a wave in the Golden State, but thanks to warmer waters September is one of the most...


California Wine Month

September is harvest season, and the perfect time to embark on a wine tasting tour of the Golden State

There’s never a bad time to go wine tasting in California, but given the perfect weather, abundant activities, and jaw-dropping scenic beauty in September, you may want to consider a visit during...


Michelin Guide, L.A. to Paso Robles, LGBTQ Travel

Meet an anonymous Michelin inspector and learn how he helped anoint 90 California restaurants with coveted stars

In an unprecedented move, California Now Podcast host Soterios Johnson does not introduce listeners to one of his guests during this episode. That’s because Johnson’s first interview is with a...


Balboa Park, Wellness Travel, Wide Open Walls

Plan the perfect day in San Diego’s iconic park and explore larger-than-life murals in Sacramento

Join host Soterios Johnson as he explores America’s largest urban cultural park: Balboa Park in sunny San Diego. Jennifer Davies, a Director of Cultural Tourism for the San Diego Tourism Authority...


Road Trip: Music to Wine on 99

This drive through California’s Central Valley features fun-loving music, tasty tacos, mysterious gardens, and delicious wine

Join California Now Podcast host Soterios Johnson on this special road trip edition as he drives along Highway 99 through the heart of the Central Valley. His journey begins in Bakersfield,...


Road Trip: Searching for Stars

Experience the cosmos in San Diego, Julian, Borrego Springs, and Twentynine Palms

On the first-ever road trip edition of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson gets out of the studio and explores Southern California’s awe-inspiring night sky. His stargazing adventure...


Whale Watching, Dog-Friendly Travel, Ironstone Vineyards

Experience incredible marine life just off the coast and explore and under-the-radar wine region

In episode 20 of the California Now Podcast, we set off to sea with Patti Schick of Hornblower Cruises as she discusses whale watching with host Soterios Johnson. The California coastline provides...


Spas, National Monuments, Mission San Juan Capistrano

Join us for a blissful journey through California’s poshest spas and natural wonders

Forbes Travel Guide recently released its Star Awards Winners, and California spas landed at the top of the rankings. In episode 19, Amanda Frasier, Executive Vice President of Standards &...


Sunnylands, Oysters, Free Activities

Learn about Sunnylands, the iconic Rancho Mirage estate, then get a taste for fresh oysters and free adventures across the Golden State

Episode 18 of the California Now Podcast begins in the epicenter of Mid-Century Modern design: Sunnylands. The center’s director, Janice Lyle, guides host Soterios Johnson through a tour of the...


Butte County, Temecula, San Diego County

Discover the beauty of Butte County as it rebuilds, and learn some insider secrets about Temecula and San Diego County

Join host Soterios Johnson as he gets to know a Northern California region that has shown incredible resilience: Butte County. This corner of the Shasta Cascade region is recovering from last year...


Fascinating Road Trips

Hop in, buckle up, and join us as we motor around the Golden State in search of some amazing drives

Our podcast guests often rave about one very special way to experience California: a classic road trip, where the destination and the journey are one and the same. We’ve compiled some of our...


Culinary Greatest Hits

This episode features food-focused highlights gathered from the first six months of the California Now Podcast

We’ve had so many fascinating food experts on the podcast that we decided to assemble a greatest hits album of sorts—a collection of tip-filled snippets with some true insiders. The episode starts...


California Cuisine, Sonoma County, Yosemite

Food & Wine magazine’s Hunter Lewis shares some tasty recommendations with host Soterios Johnson

Episode 14 of the California Now Podcast offers a culinary history lesson of sorts as Hunter Lewis, editor in chief of Food & Wine magazine, explains what California cuisine is, how...


California Curiosities, Architecture, East Bay

Today on the California Now Podcast we showcase some unique experiences with Atlas Obscura

Editor’s note: This episode of the California Now Podcast opens with a Public Service Announcement addressing the recent wildfires in California. For more information on these tragic events,...


Solo Travel, L.A. Street Food, Olive Oil Tasting

A New York Times travel writer discusses the merits of exploring the world on your own

Can it be more rewarding to explore the world by yourself from time to time? Absolutely, says Stephanie Rosenbloom, author of a new book called Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities and the...


Redwood Coast, Favorite Hotels, Sacramento Dining

This episode focuses on California’s most impressive redwood forests and its very best hotels

In Episode 11 of the California Now Podcast, travel writer Alison Bing explains why Lonely Planet named California’s Redwood Coast the top destination in the country. Bing, a self-...


Jonny Moseley, Orange County, Museum Hack

Learn about an Olympic Gold Medalist’s Wildest Dreams, explore the O.C., and see two museums in a new light

Episode 10 of the California Now Podcast begins with a conversation about Jonny Moseley’s Wildest Dreams, including several nail-biting anecdotes about the making of the...


Rock Climbing, Best Campgrounds, L.A. Shopping

Host Soterios Johnson uncovers the most awe-inspiring places in California to climb and to camp

In January 2014, the world watched as Kevin Jorgeson and his climbing partner Tommy Caldwell made history as the first free climbers to summit Yosemite’s Dawn Wall. In this episode of the...