Up The Road

Series produced by North State Public Radio

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Image by: Kim Weir 

A 4 minute self-contained module; Up the Road is dedicated to sustaining the California story, and to deepening your connection to this unique and amazing place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, the stories they are creating right now. The stories that keep us all here, that create California’s ecology of home.

If you travel mostly to escape the daily drudge, Up the Road host Kim Weir suggests you think again. Travel matters, every bit as much as other choices you make every day. Which is why Up the Road encourages everyone to travel responsibly. Here in California as elsewhere around the world, responsible travel means appreciating nature, valuing natural resources, respecting and preserving culture and history, and supporting local economies in healthy ways.

Up the Road is dedicated to responsible California travel—to sustaining the California story by deepening your connection to this unusual and surprising place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, and its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, and the stories they are creating right now. The stories that keep us all here, that create California’s unique ecology of home.

Host Kim Weir is editor and founder of Up the Road, a nonprofit public-interest journalism project dedicated to sustaining the California story. She is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and author of all of the original California “handbooks” put out by Moon Publications, now Avalon Travel. Weir lives in Paradise, California.

Up the Road is a joint production of Up the Road and North State Public Radio, initially produced by Sarah Bohannon. The show is now produced by Matt Fidler and distributed by PRX. Up the Road’s theme song was written and produced by Kirk Williams. Hide full description

If you travel mostly to escape the daily drudge, Up the Road host Kim Weir suggests you think again. Travel matters, every bit as much as other choices you make every day. Which is why Up the Road encourages everyone to travel responsibly. Here in California as elsewhere around the world, responsible travel means appreciating nature, valuing natural resources, respecting and preserving culture and history, and supporting local economies in healthy ways.Up the Road is dedicated to responsible California travel—to sustaining the California story by deepening your connection to this unusual and surprising place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, and its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, and the... Show full description


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It’s August and getting hot out there, so we head up the road again this week in search of natural air conditioning along with sublime scenery. Tha...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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It’s August, hot. The dog days of summer. We head up the road this week in search of natural air conditioning, starting with the coast. The redwood...

  • Added: Aug 06, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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We head up the road this week to endorse travel that’s not about you. Yes, this is an age of narcissism, and hardly the first. Nazi Germany is the ...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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We head up the road this week to consider the value of traveling close to home, another of Up the Road’s priorities. Eating local and buying local ...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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This week we continue reviewing the principles behind Up the Road, both philosophical journey and actual travel guide, because don’t we want to tra...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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We’re taking a somewhat philosophical trip this week, in honor of the fact that the show has just been syndicated, to revisit the philosophy and pr...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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We head up the road this week to California on Independence Day, 1776. The Thirteen Colonies busting loose. It would be 75 more years before folks ...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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