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Davis is full of interesting people, ideas, connections, and events. On Davisville, host Bill Buchanan presents stories from in and around town that involve the Davis community. The show is a three-time winner of Journalistic Excellence awards from the San Francisco Press Club.

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Davisville, Dec. 2, 2019: Helping kids grow up

Helping kids grow up well is a challenge that doesn't end. The question occupies parents, teachers, maybe almost everyone, and we address the subject today, not in a broad policy sense, but through one conversation with one person engaged in the work. Gemma Miner, the academic coordinator for volunteer engagement for the California 4-H, has 33 years of working with youth to help them develop confidence, leadership and life skills, plus degrees in recreation and experience as a pediatric registered nurse. We talk about the 4-H program (the photo shows her with some of her materials), what kids and youths need, how to reach them, what not to do, and how adults can make their experiences interesting to a child.

Davisville, Nov. 18, 2019: Streaming, theaters, and fall movies with Davis critic Derrick Bang

Today I welcome back Derrick Bang for our ninth annual talk about movies. This time we cover streaming, the increased supply of films, the appeal of watching a good movie with hundreds of others in a large theater, six movies he’s looking forward to this holiday season, and three he isn’t – including Playmobil: The Movie and a remake of the 1974 slasher film Black Christmas. An entertaining critic who’s as comfortable skewering a turkey as he is appraising a masterpiece or waving away a mediocrity, Derrick writes reviews for the Davis Enterprise and his blog Derrick Bang on Film.

Davisville, Nov. 4, 2019: Reducing conflict (from October 2018)

(This program first aired in October 2018) American life is full of conflict – political, social, economic, all types. Today’s guest is Kara Hunter, executive director of the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center, who knows a lot about the subject. We discuss the center, what it does in Davis, who uses it, the results they get, and also about conflict overall.

Davisville, Oct. 21, 2019: Preparing to become as hot as Arizona

“Sacramento is projected to feel much like Arizona by 2100,” writes Kat Kerlin in the five-part online project UC Davis is presenting this fall, Becoming Arizona. “What can it be doing now to prepare?” On today’s Davisville I talk with her and Helene Margolis, an associate adjunct professor in the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine, about the series, the public health aspect, what to anticipate, what's being done, and how to get ready. 

Davisville, Oct. 7, 2019: Stories from the dark

October is a natural month for stories, particularly ones of a certain category—ones about the supernatural, bizarre events, terrors of various kinds, not always from monsters. My guest today is Gene O’Neill, a novelist and short-story mixed-genre writer who has twice won the Bram Stoker Award for best horror/dark fiction. Our topics include why people read dark fiction, the different genres, psychological vs. supernatural horror, Shirley Jackson’s classic The Haunting of Hill House, new writers he recommends, his book The Burden of Indigo, his upcoming project The White Plague Chronicles, and the new movie Joker.

Davisville, Sept. 23, 2019: Growing older in Yolo

If you follow the news, you know that the population is aging and changing as more people live longer--and that baby boomers want more from their senior years than previous generations expected. Our guests today talk about the demographic trend and some of the effects we're already seeing in Davis and Yolo County: Christi Skibbins, executive director of Meals on Wheels in Yolo County, and Sheila Allen, executive director of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance.

Davisville, Sept. 9, 2019: Bike City’s plans feature original plays, sketch comedy, improv, more

One of the offbeat ways to measure a town is to look at the variety, ambition and success of its live theater. Davis has been home to different theater startups this decade. Some endure and some have shut, but the creative impulse to bring more theater to Davis – and the belief that Davis will support the interest – continues. Today we talk with two people from the not-quite-2-year-old Bike City Theatre Company: J.R. Yancher, the producing artistic director, and Sarah Marsh-Krauter, the literary manager and dramaturg. They talk about the company’s Davis roots, what they want to achieve, the performances they’d like to bring to town, and their plans to engage UC Davis students – and to expand local audiences by attracting people who think live theater has nothing to offer them.

Davisville, Aug. 26, 2019: LGBT issues dis-unite the Methodists

Schism is an old word, meaning two sides with strong opinions breaking apart. The term might now apply to the United Methodist Church, a denomination of 13 million members worldwide that faces dis-unifying over gay rights. Brandon Austin, pastor of the Davis Methodist congregation, talks about the dispute, why it matters to people who might never give a thought to church, how to wrestle with the question of which traditions to keep and which to discard, and the choice of the Davis church to align with the pro-LGBT “reconciling” movement more than 20 years ago.

Davisville, Aug. 12, 2019: One year later with Councilmember Dan Carson

Dan Carson has completed his first year on the Davis City Council, and today on Davisville we get his take on several of the public questions the council has faced -- paid parking downtown, muni broadband, new rental housing projects, the ballot measure to indefinitely extend the extra 1-cent city sales tax, and the prospect that the state’s response to California's housing shortage might compel Davis to add thousands of new homes over time.

Davisville, July 29, 2019: Going back to high school, sort of

High school’s an interesting time. You’re exiting childhood, not yet an adult, you’re trying to figure out who you are, while fitting in, while going your own way, and your classmates are suddenly attractive in ways they weren’t just a few years before. And you’re trying to set yourself up for college or a job, while under pressure to achieve. Whatever high school means to you, when it’s done … you move on. Until enough years have passed and you hear from a classmate that your class is having a reunion! Want to come?

On today’s Davisville, my guests are reunion organizers from two Davis High School classes that are having significant anniversaries this fall and summer: Cindy Cooper Evans (left) from the Class of 1969, and Margaret Bridge from the Class of 1999. We talk about the reunions, what they enjoy about them, how classmates and their attitudes toward the high school years change as they get older, and what advice they’d have for their high school selves.

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

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

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

Sam Citron

thanks, Sam!

This is the program in question; it aired Jan. 25:



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