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Latest Episodes

Cops and Doughnuts – Good Deeds Live On (encore)

There is a doughnut shop and bakery in Clare, Michigan that has been in constant operation since 1896. This heritage business was just weeks from closing when members of the Clare Police Department came to the rescue. All nine of them. They saved a beloved local enterprise. We meet two of these heroes in this episode. (Encore presentation)

It’s A Wonderful Life in Seneca (Bedford) Falls! (encore)

Welcome to Seneca Falls, the Real Bedford Falls! Each year, the town celebrates It’s A Wonderful Life Festival the second weekend in December. But the Museum is open all year round. Memorabilia abounds in this magical place of seasonal mirth and endless goodwill no matter when you come to town. (Encore presentation)

Christmas Festivities Dazzle in Detroit

Christmas in Detroit takes a backseat to nobody as The Motor City rolls out a new vision of its wintry self year after year. The festive lights and artistic displays at venues across the Metro area inspire large crowds of eager locals and visitors alike. Amy S. Eckert joins us to report on the highlights of this year’s celebration!

On the Trail of Beloved Musical Greats

Have you made a pilgrimage to the heritage sites of your favorite musical performers? Lots of us have and will continue to make the trek to the birthplaces, homes, studios, and commemorative locations of our tuneful idols. Geoffrey Mark has lots to share about a sprawling informal trail of appreciation for legends of song.

Puget Sound Holiday Lights Beckon You

Wherever you go around Puget Sound, a blaze of electric glory is close by and ready to enhance your enjoyment of the Season. Matt Shea scouted some of the best venues for Holiday Lights displays and found dazzling arrays along a veritable Christmas corridor between Seattle and Tacoma. Get the details before you get in the car!

Roadside Yuletide with Erika Nelson

Erika Nelson, when she is not gracing the American landscape with her popular art projects, curates the Worlds Largest Collection of the Worlds Smallest Versions of the Worlds Largest Things. “Roadside Yuletide” is a phrase we coined to describe public monuments erected for when ‘Tis the Season. They are seen around the country. Erika shares about several of the best.

Two-Lane Pilgrim’s Pride in New England

Autumn in New England sets a table of natural splendor for modern pilgrims who find something close to heaven on the winding roads of a heritage region. Jamie Jensen has been there and done that more than once. He joins us with tales from his travels.

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum

This season, see Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum near Chicago! From Nov. 19 through Jan. 7, 2023, guests can explore 18 different features along a tree-lined one-mile walking trail immersed in color and light. What better time to visit than during the Centennial celebration of a suburban arboreal paradise? Dec. 14 is the date of the Arboretum’s founding in 1922.

Remembering Car Culture Heroes Lost in 2022

After many years of sharing their passion for style and performance with the world, some very bright lights of car culture have passed on in 2022. Their departure leaves a void, yes, but their brilliance remains behind to inspire the advance of automotive technology. Mark Greene of Cars Yeah is on hand to share their stories.

Happy Halloween Haunts in Puget Sound 2022

For those who dare, the Halloween fright season has arrived! With it comes a plethora of choices for enjoying a darned good scare thanks to ghoulishly creative folks around Seattle and Puget Sound. Matt Shea visits to share the spooky details.