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  • 01:00

    "Somewhere in Time" at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel

    in Travel

    What does great fudge, the world’s longest porch, U.S. presidents and Hollywood have in common?   Mackinac Island.


    World Footprints will take you on a journey to a little known crown jewel that sits in Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas –Mackinac Island (pronounced “Mack –in-aw”).   The island was named by Native Americans who said that the island resembled a turtle.   They gave it the name  "Mitchimakinak" meaning "big turtle".   The British later shortened the name to Mackinac.


    Today’s show explores the island’s rich history and how that is being preserved as a National Historic Landmark.   Mackinac Island was key in two battles during the War of 1812 but in the late 19th century, it became a popular summer colony.  The island still maintains its old world charm and is known for its variety of architectural styles, including the famous Victorian-style Grand Hotel; fudge; and its ban on almost all motor vehicles.   (Golf carts are allowed but only on the golf course.)


    Hollywood discovered the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and it was the setting of two feature films: This Time for Keeps (1946) and Somewhere in Time (1979).  Mackinac Island has been written about and visited by many influential writers including  Mark Twain and Henry David Thoreau.


    As we'lll hear,  U.S. Presidents and politicians have enjoyed respites on Mackinac Island.  The Grand Hotel has honored these visits by designing some staterooms with the assistance of a few former First Ladies.&nb

  • 00:39

    Travel Today - Hotel del Coronado, California

    in Travel

    This week, the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show airs from the legendary Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California. It’s a historic hotel. It’s a haunted hotel. For movie buffs, it was also the location for the legendary film Some Like it Hot with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe.


    Meredith Manee, Chef de Cuisine at 1500 Ocean restaurant, tells us about the most surprising dish she serves at 1500 Ocean (a people pleasing fish) and what she’s doing to locally source delicious ingredients.  “Gnarly” Neal, owner of Gnarly Neal’s Ocean Instruction to share stories of surfing in San Diego. All of this and more is on this week’s broadcast of Peter Greenberg Worldwide from Hotel del Coronado in San Diego County, California.

  • 01:32

    Paranormal Frequencies: Live from the Crescent Hotel

    in Paranormal

    Our show will be held from the infamous Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Ar!  We will discuss the history of the location as well as documented accounts of the paranormal and will have a special guest interview with Keith Scales.  Keith is the hotel historian, hosts the ghost tours, and also is the writer and director of the play "Not A Door".  

  • 00:34

    New Music Inferno w/ I Prevail!!!!

    in Music

    I Prevail - Post-Hardcore Band from Rochester Hills,Michigan....New EP "Heart Vs Mind" & cover of "Blank Space"(originally done by Taylor Swift) out now...Currently on tour w/ Amaranthe & Santa Cruz....Playing tonight in Las Vegas @ The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino...Check out their music, tour dates & more @ www.facebook.com/iprevailband

  • 00:32

    HERMIT IX Venus Unplugged Llorraine Neithardt

    in Self Help

    Llorraine Neithardt is an internationally recognized Jungian-inspired cultural visionary in private practice for 29 years. In this series she speaks extemporaneously on the archetypal theme of VENUS, creating a virtual Heartbreak Hotel – a place where the wounded heart finds inspiration to accept the task of becoming a wise heart.

  • 00:31

    Poet and Teacher Adrian Koesters Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Poetry

    Adrian Koesters holds an MFA in poetry from the Rainier Writing workshop at Pacific Lutheran University and a Ph.D. in fiction and poetry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her first book of poems, Many Parishes, was published by BrickHouse Books as part of their New Poets Series, and other work has appeared in Berkeley Review, The Gettysburg Review, Hotel Amerika, and elsewhere. She has been a poetry and fiction assistant editor at Prairie Schooner and fiction editor at A River and Sound Review. She taught writing at UNL and the Creighton University MFA program, and lives in Omaha, Nebraska. Web URL: www.adriankoesters.com


    Koesters' Many Parishes is an original. The poems seem to smack the hard-ass contemporary world up against a deep spiritual sense, until we see they're one and the same. Adrian Koesters is able to write of men calling out to a ten-year old ''spinster'' to ''come on down, sweetheart, I got something over here to show you,'' and allow us to feel in her small, frightened heart the identical anguish of soul as in the nun who's ''divided from the principalities and goes in terror of them.'' These poems, like the nuns, ''take things personally.'' They're lyrical confessions of the deepest griefs--abuse, divorce, doubt, and loneliness. They provide absolution, and positively joy, in their skillful and lucid singing. --Fleda Brown, author of No Need of Sympathy

  • 00:29

    Melody Carlson Launches New Series

    in Romance

    Melody Carlson fans get ready. With over 200 books in print, this best selling author is ready to launch a new series. You won't want to miss this show. Maxine and Jeannie are ready to talk with Melody about her newest release:  In Once Upon a Summertime, the first book of her new FOLLOW YOUR HEART series, readers are carried away to New York City for a summer of excitement and love. Carlson’s current fans and new readers alike will relish getting to know Carlson’s characters and seeing what goes on behind the scenes at The Rothsberg, NYC’s newest boutique hotel.


     

  • 00:39

    Curious Critters with David FitzSimmons

    in Family

    Award-winning wildlife photographer and environmental educator David FitzSimmons is on a mission to get children to fall in love with animals of the ocean by making reading as engaging and educational as a swim in the sea. Listen to his conversation with Big Blend Radio hosts Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith, about 'Curious Critters Marine', the third book in his popular Curious Critters children's picture book series. The first 2 books in the Curious Critters series have won nine national book awards and sold over 100,000 copies. Learn more and see David's photography at www.Curious-Critters.com.

    This interview originally aired on May 31, 2015 on Big Blend Radio's Champagne Sundays variety show, that broadcasted live from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona.

  • 00:36

    Singer-Songwriter Ryan David Orr

    in Indie Music

    Arizona based singer-songwriter Ryan David Orr chats with Big Blend Radio hosts Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith about his music and songwriting career, as well as his latest album 'More Than Strangers' and new 7-track EP 'For My Mother Who Truly Loved The World'. Ryan has been a major player on the American folk scene and has traveled all over the United States playing in many of folk music’s legendary venues. Keep up with his upcoming performances,. music and videos at www.RyanDavidOrr.com. 

    This interview originally aired on May 31, 2015 on Big Blend Radio's Champagne Sundays variety show, that broadcasted live from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona.

  • 00:28

    Country Singer Sarah Gayle Meech

    in Country Music

    Nashville based country artist Sarah Gayle Meech chats with Big Blend Radio hosts about 'Tennessee Love Song', the follow-up to her debut album 'One Good Thing'. With a high-caliber cast of pickers and a talent for traditional songwriting, she’s been keeping the honky-tonk spirit alive in Music City. Sarah Gayle holds residencies at famed Robert’s Western World and Layla’s Bluegrass Inn, recently won the 2015 Best Outlaw Female Ameripolitan Award, has a song and performance featured on ABC’s 'Nashville', and has songs featured on hit FX TV series 'Justified.' Keep up with her at www.SarahGayleMeech.com.

    This interview originally aired on May 31, 2015 on Big Blend Radio's Champagne Sundays show, that broadcasted live from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona.

  • 00:33

    Author Jen Lancaster - I Regret Nothing

    in Women

    New York Times best-selling author Jen Lancaster chats with Big Blend Radio hosts Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith about her new memoir I REGRET NOTHING, that documents her quest for self-improvement with a bucket list that is anything but ordinary. Jen Lancaster is no stranger to creative reinvention, and is best known for her seven hilarious, laugh-out-loud, widely-acclaimed memoirs that include: 'Bitter Is The New Black' (2016), 'The Tao Of Martha' (2013), and 'Jeneration X' (2012). Keep up with Jen at www.JenLancaster.com.

    This interview originally aired on May 31, 2015 on Big Blend Radio's Champagne Sundays variety show, that broadcasted live from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona.