Davisville

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Short answer: An interview show about people, issues, subjects, and events involving Davis, California. Detailed answer: Davis is full of interesting and often important stories, and I try to do more than present the obvious. Guests so far include a former Alcatraz convict who spoke to the UC Davis entomology club, Joe Krovoza explaining the city's water rates, the story behind a young woman's poster seeking members for her band, the experience of being a Republican in Davis, the plastic-bag ban, compassion advocate David Breaux, live theater in Davis, the problems of Picnic Day, why Davis has so many Thai restaurants, the creator of the DavisWiki ... I started the program in the fall of 2008, and produce a new show every two weeks. 

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Davisville for 5pm on Sep 15th, 2014
Davisville, 9/1/14: Wendy Weitzel, chronicler of Davis business

Wendy Weitzel has reported the arrivals and exits of Davis businesses in her “Comings & Goings” column in the Davis Enterprise since 2001. It's one of the paper's most-read items, and a good place to track the retail enthusiasms that wax and wane in town, from pizza to frozen yogurt. Sometimes she also gets to break a story that isn't a story -- like this past spring, when she helped debunk an online prank that claimed a dance club was going to open on G Street. On today's show, she discusses how she works.

Davisville, 8/18/14: Taming Davis’ annual mass move-out

Late each August, thousands of college students move in and out of apartments all over town. The mass move generates piles of cast-offs that students no longer want—furniture, clothes and housewares, but also unexpected stuff like anime, Ikea furniture and gift cards—and could turn the city into one big sloppy flea market if the volume got out of control. For 15 years, the city has organized the Apartment Move-Out Waste Reduction Program to tame the tide. Today Jennifer Gilbert, the city’s conservation coordinator, and Marisa Schafer, one of the volunteers who make it work, discuss how it all comes together, the need for semi-secrecy ... and the things people leave behind. 

Davisville, 8/4/14: Listening to a survivor, and the story, of Jonestown

Author Julia Scheeres, right, and Thom Bogue recently spoke at the Avid Reader about her book, “A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown,” and his memories of the remote South American camp of the Peoples Temple where 918 people were killed or committed suicide one day in November 1978. Bogue, then a teenager and now vice mayor of Dixon, was one of the relatively few survivors. Scheeres’ critically praised book draws on previously unavailable recordings and records from the temple, which once had a major presence in San Francisco. They talk about it today on Davisville.

Davisville, 7/21/14: Sizing up the architecture of Davis

Robert Lindley photoDavis doesn’t have a lot of natural beauty—we have great trees, but no dramatic mountains or river—so buildings are maybe more important here than they would be elsewhere, in terms of defining the look of the town. So, what makes good architectural design in Davis? What does Davis need more of, or less of? We talk about this today with Davis architect Robert Lindley, who over a 30-year career has designed many buildings in Davis and elsewhere (including Mishka’s Café, behind him in this photo).

Davisville, 7/7/14: Soaring like the rockets that fascinate her

Ashley CoatesUC Davis’ top undergrad for 2013-14 didn’t have a Facebook page at college. She does have a brother who sometimes made her dinner. She scheduled fun into her routine, played in the Cal Aggie Band-uh, was mentored by a retired astronaut, graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average, and is working this summer for NASA in Texas. And she loves Davis. Today we talk with Ashley Coates (photo by Karin Higgins/UC Davis) about everything from how she got it all done, to whether she thinks humanity will ever achieve the kind of space travel presented in Star Trek.

Davisville, 6/23/14: A talk with Robb Davis as he gets ready to take office

Robb Davis June 2014Davis voters elected Robb Davis to the City Council in June. On today’s program we talk about financial problems facing the city, as well as what he's doing to get ready to take his seat on the council.  

Davisville, 6/9/14: This story starts with a flier on a downtown wall

Sonja MartinIn May, on a bulletin board at Armadillo Music in Davis, Sonja Martin posted a flier that said “Punk rock grunge band members wanted. No pervs. Weirdos. Harddrugaddicts. Scumbags. JUST MUSIC.” The language was clear, direct, funny in places, opinionated, and showed real respect for serious music. Anyone who has pursued something meaningful and difficult should recognize the ambition. I wanted more of her story, and that’s what we have today on “Davisville,” including a performance of her song in progress, “I Breathe You In.” 

Davisville, 5/26/14: You don’t vote? She’d like to talk with you

Jenna Jae Templeton Jenna Jae Templeton's job is to get more people in Yolo County to vote. One of her teaching tools, when she talks to high school students, is the fanciful sample ballot she's holding here—it shows new voters how a ballot looks, even if the “Proposition 42” on this sample concerns a “Zombie Apocalypse Emergency Tax Measure.” Templeton works for the Yolo County Elections Office, and on today’s show we talk about voting rates in Yolo, some reasons people don't vote, and what she's doing to change that.

Davisville, 5/12/14: The Davis Music Fest Returns for 2014

On June 21, downtown Davis will host the fourth annual Davis Music Fest. On today’s show Kyle Monhollen, part of the Davis Live Music Collective and one of the festival’s organizers, talks about this year’s concerts and related subjects, including how they choose the lineup and why they want to bring more live music to Davis. He also updates us on last year's look at creating a permanent live music venue downtown; even just the cost of the sprinklers ended up looking pretty pricey.

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A Davis Icon

You're a Davis icon, Bill. Keep up the good work of providing local, informative, and quality programming.

A Dedication

Bill, listen to the first 10 minutes of my show dated 7/7/2010. I hope you approve.
Paul Sheeran

Chris Dunford Interview

Just wanted to say thanks for an outstanding interview with Freedom From Hunger's president, Chris Dunford.
Keep up the good work!

Sam Citron

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