Yosemite Can O Peaches



Welcome to the Yosemite Can O Peaches, Radio Podcast by John P. DeGrazio. Join me as I explore the trails of Yosemite with local experts as we share our can o peaches and the sweet rewards of Yosemite National Park.


  • Tunnel View Peaches with Shawn Reeder

    25/08/2019 Duración: 36min

    Shawn Reeder is a video artist, a professional photographer, and a professional adventure wedding planner. He is a man whose passion for visual art in a natural setting has clearly paved the way for his life of adventure.  Shawn's talents led him to Yosemite from Maryland early in his adult life. His evolution continues as he finds multiple outlets to display his talents. Join us on a perch above Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park to hear more of Shawn's amazing story.

  • Leidig Meadow Peaches with Bruce Getty

    21/07/2019 Duración: 29min

    Bruce Getty is a professional photographer with an inspirational story of recovery. His recovery began when he bought his first camera. Follow his journey through all its ups and downs with his love of photography being the constant along the way. Join us as Bruce shares his amazing recollections of his first trip to Yosemite and how that has impacted his life in such a positive way. Bruce now has a large presence on social media and is known for his amazingly dramatic images of San Francisco, New York, and Yosemite National Park. Learn about his process for making photos while also hearing his advice for others who made need help in their own recoveries. 

  • Yosemite Valley Peaches with Jay Sousa

    07/07/2019 Duración: 29min

    Jay Sousa has been a professional photographer in Yosemite National Park for decades. He has been on numerous adventures into the Yosemite backcountry, but none was more gratifying than a trip he shared with his son, Jared.  Jay is also a photography instructor at Merced Junior College. He was also a photojournalist who had the privilege to meet and interview his idol, Ansel Adams in the Adams home. Join us as we walked through El Capitan Meadow discussing several topics including what makes a compelling landscape photo.

  • El Capitan Meadow Peaches with Ken Yager

    11/04/2019 Duración: 35min

    Ken Yager knew two things from an early age. He wanted to climb El Capitan and live in Yosemite. Having accomplished both his goals at such an early age, he now dedicates his time to fulfilling other lifelong dreams like establishing a Yosemite climbing museum and organizing the biggest yearly cleanup project in all the national parks. Ken's Yosemite Facelift project has grown in popularity over the years, and is being recognized by receiving the David R. Brower Conservation Award in 2015. His love for Yosemite is evident and Ken is credited for bringing together many different user groups for this project. He is even regarded by the climbing community as the bridge builder who established significant breakthroughs in relationships between climbers and rangers. This is no small feat considering the rocky relationship that dated back to the early climbing days in the 1950s.

  • Cook's Meadow Peaches with Shelton Johnson

    15/12/2018 Duración: 47min

    Shelton Johnson relishes his role as one of Yosemite's preeminent ambassadors. He welcomes visitors to the park on a daily basis and treats each one with kindness and warmth. Best known for his role in "National Parks: America's Best Idea", a documentary film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, Shelton invites visitors of public lands to connect fully with nature and wilderness. His mission is to encourage more people of color to claim their cultural inheritance in national parks. Shelton is an interpreter of living history, and he shares stories of the fascinating lives of Buffalo Soldiers along with their role in the early years of Yosemite National Park. Join us as we discuss Shelton's influence on visitors to Yosemite, including inspiring a very famous first time camper, Oprah Winfrey. There's so much more he shares as we also received a visit from a black bear in Cook's Meadow.

  • El Capitan Peaches with George Whitmore

    12/11/2018 Duración: 01h18min

    On November 12, 1958, after working all through the previous night, Warren Harding and two "good steady fellows" named Wayne Merry and George Whitmore reached the summit at sunrise as the first group to ever climb El Capitan. Today, sixty year later, George shares stories of that first ascent. Join us as Mr. Whitmore recounts all the detailed planning necessary to make the impossible possible on that incredible day.  El Capitan was not George Whitmore's most cherished accomplishments. George dedicated himself to conservation efforts and was instrumental in the protection of the Ansel Adams Wilderness and parts of Sequoia National Park. Hear George's incredible story in this episode.

  • Yosemite Valley Peaches with Greg Stock

    11/11/2018 Duración: 29min

    Yosemite National Park Geologist Greg Stock left the world of academia to find his dream job in one of the crown jewels of the national park system. Greg talks about the geologic history of Yosemite Valley and describes the uniqueness of the formation Half Dome among many other wonders of this popular destination for explorers and scientists alike. Greg also shares many adventures he takes in the Yosemite backcountry with his wife Sarah and their super talented rock climbing daughter. Tune in to hear more.

  • Yosemite Valley Peaches with Kevin Jorgeson

    19/07/2018 Duración: 29min

    Kevin Jorgeson spent his 16th birthday in Yosemite Valley trying to master the Midnight Lightning. He was not successful on that day but returned for his 17th birthday to achieve that goal and has never looked back.  For the fifth Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season Two, John DeGrazio interviews accomplished Yosemite rock climber and boulderer, Kevin Jorgeson. Kevin recalls his memorable journeys through Yosemite from the higher cliffs in this interview from Yosemite Valley. He describes waking up in a portaledge as having an opportunity for coffee with a great view.    With the wall as a canvas, Kevin also articulates similarities between rock climbing and dance choreography. Jorgeson shares more intimate details of the January 2015 Dawn Wall first free ascent with Tommy Caldwell along with some of the results that have changed his life forever. He also recounts the struggles on the 15th pitch of the Dawn Wall and how it has helped him become a better leader on his current project. Join us for this mem

  • Cook's Meadow Peaches with Penny Otwell

    25/06/2018 Duración: 59min

    Penny Otwell fell in love with Yosemite the first moment she visited Yosemite National Park. Her artistic talents were borne from her love of adventure. For the third Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season Two, John DeGrazio interviews Yosemite Artist Penny Otwell. Join Penny and John as they stroll through Cook's Meadow to recount Penny's wild Yosemite adventures. Listen as she relates to past artists like Chiura Obata and shares his humilty. Penny also explains her process as she shares a part of herself in every artistic expression.   

  • Merced River Peaches with Kim Lawson

    14/06/2018 Duración: 28min

    From running the trails of Yosemite Valley as a member of a local high school track team to driving for a competitive race car team, Kim Lawson has led an extraordinary life in Mariposa County. For the third Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season Two, John DeGrazio interviews Kim Lawson of Lawson Studios. Join Kim and John as they sit on a log over the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. They chatted about Kim's many Yosemite adventures that helped shape her entrepreneurial spirit.

  • El Capitan Peaches with Kathleen Morse

    07/04/2018 Duración: 29min

    Learn how to make a difference in our national parks while meandering through El Cap Meadow in Yosemite National Park with Kathleen Morse. For the second Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season Two, John DeGrazio interviews Kathleen Morse, Yosemite National Park Chief of Planning. Join Kathleen and John as they strolled through the meadow in the shadows of the great monolith. They discussed Kathleen's many Yosemite adventures as well as the significant impact she has made in minimizing visitors' impacts on this beloved national park.  

  • Half Dome Peaches with Mark Petersen

    13/01/2018 Duración: 28min

    Happy New Year from the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. For the First Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season Two, John DeGrazio interviews Mark Petersen, a longtime friend and geologist from Twain Harte, CA. John and Mark were each accompanied by their daughters Mia and Sarah for a very special family adventure.  Join Mark as he shares his memories from past Yosemite adventures as well as his secrets to nutrition and packing light for backpacking adventures.   

  • Holiday Can O Yosemite Peaches with Lisa Cesaro, Yosemite Hospitality

    22/12/2017 Duración: 27min

    Happy Holidays from Yosemite National Park. For the eight Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season one, John DeGrazio interviews Lisa Cesaro, Yosemite Hospitality. Lisa made an amazing journey and took a tremendous leap of faith to arrive in Yosemite National Park. She also describes what it's like to live in Yosemite Valley and wake up to freshly fallen snow in her favorite meadow. Join Lisa as she shares many holiday tips about activities and events in Yosemite National Park during the holiday season. 

  • Yosemite Can O Peaches with Jamie Richards, Yosemite National Park

    09/12/2017 Duración: 29min

    For the seventh Yosemite Can O Peaches episode of Season one, John interviews Jamie Richards, Yosemite National Park Ranger and Public Affairs Officer. Jamie shares many safety tips and other valuable information for Yosemite visitors including how visitors can help protect bears in Yosemite. She also describes the feeling of working in such a beautiful park and how important it is to be a positive role model for young girls who see a woman in the park ranger uniform.

  • Yosemite Can O Peaches with David Page, Winter Wildlands Alliance

    02/12/2017 Duración: 29min

    For the sixth Yosemite Can O Peaches show, John interviews David Page, Advocacy Director of the Winter Wildlands Alliance in Mammoth Lakes, CA. David is also Senior Correspondent for Powder Magazine, author, and a national award winning journalist.David has authored the Explorer's Guide Yosemite and the Southern Sierra Nevada.

  • Yosemite Can O Peaches with James McGrew, NPS Interpretive Ranger, Yosemite National Park

    29/11/2017 Duración: 56min

    For the fifth Yosemite Can O Peaches show, John interviews Yosemite Park Ranger and award winning painter, James McGrew of the National Park Service. James is an inspiration to all who know him. He has been coming to Yosemite since he was a young boy and he describes how those early visits to Hetch Hetchy and Yosemite Valley helped shape his life as an artist and interpretive ranger whose dedication to wildland stewardship is unmatched.   

  • Yosemite Can O Peaches with Christine White Loberg, NPS Interpretive Ranger, Yosemite National Park

    14/11/2017 Duración: 29min

    For the fourth Yosemite Can O Peaches show, John interviews another good friend and adventure companion Christine White Loberg of the National Park Service. Christine discusses how every day in Yosemite National Park provides fulfillment in her life. She finds inspiration in every walk whether a simple walk through Cook's Meadow (her favorite spot) or a multi day backpack trip into Yosemite's wilderness.

  • Yosemite Can O Peaches with Kirk Keeler, Staff Photographer at the Ansel Adams Gallery

    16/04/2017 Duración: 29min

    For the third Yosemite Can O Peaches show, John interviews another good friend and adventure companion Kirk Keeler of the Ansel Adams Gallery. Kirk discusses a wide range of topics from the influence Ansel Adams had on his life and career as a professional photography instructor in Yosemite National Park to his true love for music. Yosemite has helped Kirk heal from his biggest disappointment to regain his passion to perform for all the right reasons.  

  • Yosemite Can O Peaches with Evan Russel, Curator of the Ansel Adams Gallery

    07/04/2017 Duración: 28min

    For the second Yosemite Can O Peaches show, John interviews his good friend and adventure companion Evan Russel of the Ansel Adams Gallery. Evan discusses a wide range of topics from the influence Ansel Adams had on his life and career path as a professional photographer to his very first black and white photograph ever made in Yosemite National Park.

  • Yosemite Can O Peaches with Les Marsden, Mariposa Symphony Orchestra

    20/03/2017 Duración: 58min

    This is the world premiere of the Yosemite Can O Peaches radio show. John DeGrazio interviewed the founder & conductor of the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra, Les Marsden. Les shared his love of Yosemite National Park with many recollections of his best moments in the the park. He also spoke about his gift to Yosemite, a four movement musical composition titled "Our Nation's Nature" and performed by The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra at Glacier Point in Yosemite on August 21, 2016.