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58 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Extreme Drought, New NorCal Trails & Surprise Chicken Sandwich Review
On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob go through the news of the week including the drought reaching extreme levels, lyme-carrying ticks found on NorCal beaches, 10 percent of the world's redwoods burned, sneaker waves on the rise, new trails and how Native Americans tried to help the Donner Party. Then, Zach surprises Bob with the best chicken sandwich in Sacramento for a live food review.
91 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
The Top 10 Legends of Northern California
On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob go through the 10 greatest legends of Northern California including the real life Zorro (5:07), the curse of Tenaya Canyon (11:28), the haunted ghost town of Bodie (18:26), frozen bodies at the bottom of Lake Tahoe (25:01), Saint Germain on Mount Shasta (32:16), JFK and Marilyn Monroe rendezvous in NorCal (38:12), buried treasure from the Gold Rush (46:49), Tahoe Tessie (55:34), Lemurians in Mount Shasta (1:06:04) and the many sightings of Bigfoot (1:17:40).
93 minutes | May 26, 2021
Historic Fossil Discovery, Trinity Owl Battle & Best Places to Fish in NorCal w/Chip O'Brien
On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob go through the news of the week including the massive fossil discovery in the Sierra Nevada, the battle over the spotted owl in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Crystal Geyser backing out of Mount Shasta, "Vampire Fish" on the American River and a hidden bunker found in the burnt area of Big Basin Redwoods (10:48). Finally, they sit down with fly fishing author (and father) Chip O'Brien to discuss safe catch and release practices, fishing in the drought, the best places to fish during the summer and the dumbest things he's done in NorCal (38:32).
63 minutes | May 5, 2021
Redwood Sky Walk, Drought Factors & 5-Year-Old Pro Snowboarder Leland the Falcon
On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob talk about their recent foodie experiences in the Sacramento area (2:57). Then, they go through the news of the week including the opening of the brand-new Redwood Sky Walk in Eureka, how a new fire started in the empty Big Basin Redwoods, a new pledge for visitors of Lake Tahoe, DWR cancelling their snow survey due to lack of snow and the wildflower super bloom at a nearly-empty Folsom Lake (11:36). Finally, they sit down with Chuck and Leland Vogt to discuss being a professional snowboard at the age of 5, starting Tahoe Longboards and the culture behind the skate and snowboard scene in Northern California (32:51).
81 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
400-Mile Kayak Journey w/Sac Source to Sea. Plus: Bob's NorCal Rain Dance Songs
On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach talks about his trip north where he hiked up Castle Crags, biked the Lake Siskiyou Loop, golfed at the Mt. Shasta Resort and caught rainbow trout in Clear Creek (2:34). Then, Bob surprises Zach with a few songs meant to inspire rain in Northern California (16:00). Then they break down the news of the week, including the controversial plan to drop poison on the Farallon Islands, another death at the Lodi Skydiving Center, more dead whales washing ashore near the San Francisco Bay and a Sacramento trail being named one of the top in America (22:36). Finally, they sit down with Alyssa Winkelman and Ari Kosel to discuss their incredible journey kayaking from Mt. Shasta to the San Francisco Bay on the Sacramento River (37:55).
57 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Cannabis, Bigfoot & Murder in NorCal: Diving Deep on Hulu's 'Sasquatch'
Did Bigfoot murder three pot farmers in Northern California's Emerald Triangle in 1993? That's the topic of Hulu's brand-new true crime docuseries 'Sasquatch'. Zach and Bob dive deep with a special live 4/20 show.
93 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Lost Sierra Trail, Scary 2021 Fire Season and Outdoor Stories with Derek Wichmann | Talking NorCal
In this week's episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the news of the week including the brand-new 300-mile Lost Sierra Trail, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows' new gondola, the third driest year on record for California, CalFire beefing up their crews early for the 2021 fire season and the trio of women who completed the kayak journey from Mount Shasta to the San Francisco Bay (6:56). Then, they sit down with Derek Wichmann in studio to discuss his favorite destinations in NorCal, local hunting, spear fishing off the California coast and snowshoeing to Lake Aloha (39:21).
88 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Discussing the Humboldt Redwoods with 'Griff' the Viral Dancing Park Ranger | Talking NorCal
In this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the news of the week including the GoFundMe raising money for the children whose parents died by a falling redwood, 152 Tule elk died in Point Reyes in 2020, bear with neurological disorders turning up in NorCal, the experimental release of Chinook salmon, low water may restrict boating at Folsom Lake this year and a hiker discovering a tree growing over a trail in the Redwoods National Park (5:40). Then, they are joined by John 'Griff' Griffith to discuss his viral dancing videos, his show 'Wild Jobs' on Animal Planet and working in the Humboldt redwoods during the pandemic (39:34).
83 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Beer Park, Hulu's Bigfoot Docuseries and Jumping Off Burney Falls with Brandon Beck | Talking NorCal
In this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the news of the week including the massive lawsuit won against the Lodi Sydiving Center, Anderson Valley Brewing Company's new "Beer Park," the abalone fishing ban extending through 2026, the highest elevation composting toilet in the world on Mt. Shasta, Hulu's new true crime docuseries on Bigfoot in the Emerald Triangle and judging the 2021 NorCal Cannabis Cup (4:48). Then, they sit down with Brandon Beck to talk about his roots in NorCal, skiing Squaw Valley and his crazy story about jumping off Burney Falls (44:00).
75 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
We're Back! Active NorCal in National Geographic, Local Heroes and Top Stories
The Talking NorCal Podcast is back! In this episode, Zach and Bob discuss the National Geographic article on Northern California waterfalls, featuring Active NorCal (3:10). Then, they discuss the top news of the month including a tech billionaire losing $128 on a Tahoe cabin, the wolf that made the astounding trek to Yosemite, a brand-new Crappie record on Clear Lake, the E. Coli problem in Point Reyes, the 2021 Yosemite Firefall, a potential drought for California and skiing Half Dome (10:53). Finally, they highlight two heroes of Northern California during the pandemic (59:40).
81 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
26. Normalcy in NorCal, Trinity River Rafting & Nile Zacherle from Mad Fritz | Talking NorCal
On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the Northern California news of the week, including the 5-year-old twins that summited Mt. Shasta, the Tule Elk controversy in Point Reyes, Tahoe's "Covid Island" and the rebound of Whiskeytown's WES Camp, which includes a summer (2:08). Then, Bob sits down with Nile Zacherle to discuss his journey to start the Mad Fritz brewery in Saint Helena (42:29). Finally, Zach and Bob are excited to bring back "Adventures in NorCal" with their whitewater rafting trip down the Trinity River (1:07:22).
73 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
25. Historic Wildfires Slam NorCal, Plus Sac River Salmon Runs w/Chip O'Brien | Talking NorCal
Active NorCal's Zach O'Brien and Brien O'Brien break down the historic wildfires blazing across Northern California, including how fire season has changed dramatically over the past 3 years (2:37). Then, they sit down with Chip O'Brien to discuss the salmon runs on the Sacramento River, including the 85-pound Chinook salmon found on Battle Creek and the importance of the Coleman Fish Hatchery (25:06). Finally, Zach catches up with Marcus Duvoisin to discuss his summer guided trips with Ooowee Adventures and their upcoming Mega Adventure Weekend in Smith Rock State Park (56:43).
67 minutes | Aug 23, 2020
24. Lightning & Wildfire Strikes NorCal. Plus Epic Stories w/Shon Northam
In this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the craziness surrounding the lightning and wildfires in Northern California (2:07). Then they get into the news of the week including Netflix naming Weed, California one of the funniest towns in America, trails staying closed in Whiskeytown for another 3 years, a drone found at the bottom of the American River revealing a crazy 100-foot bridge jump and Rob Lowe searching for Bigfoot in the NorCal wilderness (12:46). Finally, they hop on the line with Shon Northam, who went viral for his kayaking video off Lower McCloud Falls, to have a raucous conversation about his adventures and experiences in NorCal (35:39).
82 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
23. Chasing 'Fastest Known Times' in NorCal w/Jason Hardrath | Talking NorCal
In this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act, including President Trump's pronunciation of "Yosemite" (4:33). Then, they break down the news of the week including the 13-year-old who swam across Lake Tahoe, the first look at the eight new pups of the Lassen Pack, glow-in-the-dark waves in Santa Cruz and bears taking over a PGA Tour event in Tahoe (18:10). Finally, they sit down with outdoor athlete Jason Hardrath to discuss his life chasing "Fastest Known Times," creating new challenges in the outdoors and guiding on Mount Shasta (38:05).
61 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
22. The Forgotten Chris Farley Movie Filmed in Northern California | Talking NorCal
On this NorCal Feature Film episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob break down Almost Heroes, starring Chris Farley in his final starring role along with Matthew Perry in a historical comedy set in the late-1700's. The film, which was maligned by critics and flopped at the box office, was filmed almost entirely in Northern California and includes scenery of some of the area's most popular outdoor destinations.
58 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
21. A Frantic Fourth of July Weekend in Northern California | Talking NorCal
On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the busy Fourth of July weekend throughout Northern California and discuss the tragic story of the boy who survived 30 hours in the wilderness after his father was shot near Downieville (2:44). Then, they discuss the new of the week including the Lassen Pack adding new pups, the man who summited and descended Mt. Shasta in just 5 hours, a deadly flying SUP board in Tahoe, the mountain lion who wreaked havoc in San Francisco found dead, smokejumpers landing in a large cannabis grow in Trinity County, the Fountain of Youth deep in the Sierra Nevada and a Tahoe bear who broke into 6 cars in one neighborhood in one day (15:35). Finally, they outline their upcoming plans in the outdoors of NorCal (51:25).
79 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
20. Fire Season Meets Covid-19. Plus Ooowee Adventures w/Marcus Duvoisin | Talking NorCal
On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the beginning of fire season in Northern California and give an update on Covid-19 in the area (1:56). Then, they discuss the news of the week including Castle Crags reopening, the otter attack in Lassen's Manzanita Lake, a scuba diver finding a $17,000 ring in the Sacramento River and a group of tech entrepreneurs preserving sections of the NorCal wilderness (15:16). Finally, they sit down with Marcus Duvoisin of OooWeee Adventures to discuss his love of rock climbing and inspiring youth to get outdoors through his guided tours in NorCal (32:47).
59 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
19. NorCal Feature Film - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial | Talking NorCal
On this NorCal Feature Film episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob break down a blockbuster movie that was not only filmed in Northern California, but also takes place in the area - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Follow along as they break down the ins-and-outs of this classic film, including where exactly it takes place in NorCal, the legacy of Redding native Kathleen Kennedy and some fun facts you probably didn't know.
73 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
18. Addressing NorCal's Controversial Names, Covid Closures and Visiting Bidwell Park | Talking NorCal
On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the controversy surrounding names and monuments in Northern California, including Fort Bragg, Squaw Valley and Christopher Columbus (2:24). Then, they get into the news of the week including Yosemite closing campgrounds, Lassen completely reopening, a mountain lion wreaking havoc in San Francisco, a monster mackinaw on Donner Lake, blue whales near the Farallon Islands, a high school graduation atop Sierra-at-Tahoe and the sunflower fields blooming in NorCal (32:20). Finally, they highlight their trip to Bidwell Park in Chico (59:50).
80 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
17. Should We Change NorCal Names? Plus 'Rebuilding Paradise' Review | Talking NorCal
On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob begin by discussing the controversy surrounding the proposed name changes and statue removals throughout Northern California (1:46). Then they get into the news of the week including new campsite openings in NorCal, Tahoe's water clarity decreasing, fishermen catching "Lightning trout," California creating an Office of Outdoor Recreation and a proposed fishing closure on Putah Creek (19:37). Finally, they discuss the online premiere of Ron Howard's Camp Fire documentary "Rebuilding Paradise." (56:00)
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