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Davisville, 5/18/15: UC Davis’ Yiyun Li, a luminary of the short story

Yiyun Li grew up in China and earned a degree in biomedical science in Beijing. Then she moved to the United States and became a fiction writer, applying enough skill and insight in her work to earn her several significant awards. The latest is the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which praised her story “A Sheltered Woman” for its “exquisite crafting, brilliant observations and modest but powerful voice.” On today’s program, Prof. Li—who teaches writing at UC Davis—talks about the story, writing, subjects that interest her, and more.

Album of the Week - 'Get Disowned' by Hop Along - TH 5/21 5P

I happened upon this band a couple of months ago while scanning the show calendar for the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. I found their first full-length album “Get Disowned” on Spotify, clicked play, and then got back to work. For a few minutes, the songs clipped along in the background — gritty in some moments, melodic in others. Interesting, but very much in the background. It wasn’t until the back half of track 4, “No Good Al Joad,” that the album gripped my attention. After fading into silence, the band's female singer, Frances Quinlan, rattles off about 90 seconds of my favorite vocals in a while. I saved the album on Spotify and have been listening a ton ever since. 

I’ve since learned that Hop Along signed to Saddle Creek Records last year and released their second album, “Painted Shut,” just a few weeks ago. It sounds great, but I plan on taking in their first album a bit longer before diving into the new one completely. That's why I’m playing "Get Disowned" for Album of the Week this week. 

About Us

KDRT is high-powered low-power grassroots radio located in Davis, California, airing an eclectic mix of music and public affairs programming, and building community by promoting dialogue, encouraging artistic expression, and acting as a forum for people who typically lack media access. Our mission reflects our values: localism, social equality, public participation, media literacy, diversity, and, of course, community media. Read more...

Memorial Day Celebration
05/25/2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Performers' Circle
05/25/2015 - 6:45pm to 9:00pm
Performers' Circle
05/25/2015 - 6:45pm to 9:00pm
Pub Quiz
05/25/2015 - 7:00pm
Jimmy Toor Trio
05/25/2015 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

OUR PROGRAMS

Unfortunate

Live Tuesday 3-4pm
Replays Thursday 6-7pm

DJ(s): 

Featuring a wide variety of recorded music from many different cultures, time periods and genres.  Although the show as a whole would be thematically sporadic, each individual installment (if not revolving around some central topic) would at least have a general flow.  In addition, we hope to include interviews and live performances by local youths who have an interest or talent in any type of music.

Dead Wax

Live Wednesday 5-6pm
Replays Monday 7:30-8:30am, Thursday 11pm-Friday 12am

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A compression-free zone! Dust-off your tubes and fire up your loudspeakers or plug in your DAC and favorite cans for a little audiophile sound. The lava lamp will be flowing during this vinyl-centric show as we feature a mix of vintage vinyl, audiophile-approved reissues and modern artists. Everything from Blues and Jazz to Classic Rock and Americana! We'll discuss local concerts and celebrate analog sound as we squeeze every drop from our favorite artists. Stream recorded shows from our website or sync-up our RSS in your podcast player so you never miss a beat.

Electric Compost Heap

Live Wednesday 7-9pm
Replays Wednesday 7:30-8:30am, Friday 10pm-Saturday 12am, Saturday 2-4pm

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Dug Deep hosts a dig through many sound forms--the obscure detritus of blues, soul, country, rock, reggae, jazz, funk, punk, psych, and more--mixing a rich and fertile musical humus. Tune in to KDRT every Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm. Dig it, Heapsters!

Listening Lyrics

Live Friday 4-5pm
Replays Monday 7-8pm, Tuesday 12-1pm, Saturday 11am-12pm, Sunday 4-5pm

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Each one-hour show features live interviews with local and national artists to hear their music and/or listen to music that might have inspired them. Do not let the name fool you, this show is all about music. Genres are focused on singer/songwriter, Blues, Americana, Jazz and Bluegrass. The show is hosted by Pieter Pastoor, who as a poet has a good ear for meaningful lyrics. Pieter's co-host is Jeanne Pastoor, who is known to ask those insightful questions that keeps this show in fine-tune mode.

The Awesome Patrol Show

Live Friday 5-6pm
Replays Wednesday 9-10pm

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Happy Hour Friday jams with The Awesome Patrol Show (TAPS). Hosts Danny and Sara drone on about bands they like, think everyone should hear, or are performing in a venue nearby, perhaps, maybe if you're lucky or something. Cheers!