"That's Life" ft. California Raptor Center (4/20)

This week on "That's Life" Lois Richter will be talking with The California Raptor Center staff, who will talk with us about hawks such as the one pictured here as well as other birds of prey recovering and living at their facility just south of Davis. The CRC is an educational and research organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned birds of prey. Their museum and their permanent collection of living, nonreleasable raptors are open to public view on weekdays and Saturdays. CRC is affiliated with UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. You can check out their website here: The group will also be at Picnic Day this weekend, April 22nd, and also have an Open House on May 5th, 2017.

Divine Intervention Strikes - Apr 17

No holiday for the wicked -- we'll be live as usual with another edition of Divine Interventionstarring the typical mix of rock, punk, pop, funk, junk...and, of course, Vinyl Vespers, our record-store bargain-bin feature -- if you can identify the image attached to this post, you can extrapolate to determine the artist (no, not a reasonable task). OK, enough of the heavily punctuated claptrap. Just tune in Monday, April 17, 7-9p PT for all the fun your ears can hold.

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Dirk Hamilton on Friday April 14, 2017

California raised Dirk Hamilton is our guest this week. I am really looking forward to this episode of Listening Lyrics as we dig into some of the lyrics of his songs. Dirk will appear at the Palms in Winters, CA Saturday  April 15, 2017. You ca visit Dirk at 

Dirk: “I began playing guitar and singing songs when I was 8 years old. I was writing stories and poems before that. I always thought of the two activities as completely different and separate -- writing was ‘serious’, playing and singing was ‘fun’. Then I discovered Dylan and learned that songs could be just as deep as the best poetry. It was an epiphany! At that moment I knew what I wanted to do with my life.”

At 15, Dirk wrote two more songs for another 45, this one under his own name. Both records were on the IKON label in Sacramento. “These two were stinkers too but after what seemed like a real long time, I began writing good songs and realized I’d done it! I had enjoyed myself into a real songwriter poet!”

Jazz After Dark April 04, 2017

An hour of jazz legends tonight! 

  • Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines
  • Jelly Roll Morton
  • Fats Waller & His Rhythm
  • Mildred Bailey & Red Norvo and His Orchestra
  • Count Basie with Billie Holiday
  • Billie Holiday
  • Nat King Cole
  • Charlie Parker
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  • Duke Ellington/Johnny Hodges
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  • Leo Wright
  • Earl "Fatha" Hines
  • Lionel Hampton & Axel Zwingenberger
  • Stanley Jordan

"That's Life" with guest Mel Russell (4/6)

Next week, April 6th, is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI. Researcher Mel Russell, a retired Yolo County archivist, begins a series of public talks and events collectively referred to as "Lest We Forget". There are four parts in the project with the first, starting April 6th, "Now We Are At War". Events are scheduled through the end of May. Tune into "That's Life" at 1pm on Thursday for a one hour interview with Mel Russell herself!

Lois has a new format -- always an interview!

radio mic on standIn March 2017,  I changed the standard format of my program.  Instead of USUALLY playing music with occasional interviews, now "That's Life" will be MOSTLY interviews with music tucked in now and then.  The show remains at Thursdays at 1:00pm, check schedule for re-play times as they may change quarterly.

The line-up of guests for Spring 2017 is/was as follows:

"That's Life" with Chris Dewees (3/30)

On today's show "That's Life", Lois Richter will interview Chris Dewees who is a fish printer and author. Lois met Chris at Gallery 1855 where he held an art exhibition in 2015. Tune in to learn more about his work, especially Gyotaku (Japanese, from gyo "fish" + taku "rubbing"), which is a traditional Japanese art form dating from the mid-1800s. It is a form of nature printing often used by fishermen to accurately record their catches.