That's Life

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Host Lois Richter’s That’s Life new format is strictly interviews. Recurring topics include Davis activities and groups; work and life choices; philosophy and theory; and birding, cooking, art, and other passions. Lois occasionally breaks into music -- from ballads to the slack key sounds of Hawaii -- but mostly we just talk.

If you want to suggestion a topic for discussion or a person to interview, send a text to Lois at 530-902-0209 or leave a message in the comments here.

To see which guests will be coming on which future shows, check out Lois' KDRT-blog at:

Replays Sunday 2-3pm
Live Thursday 1-2pm
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

That's Life: Anne Cowles on Astrology

Lois’ guest, Anne Cowles, talked about both the eclipse (21 August 2017) and about her belief in astrology. 

We began with an explanation of the mechanics of any eclipse -- three celestial objects lined up so that the one in the middle casts a shadow on the one furthest from the sun -- and discussed the difference between a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse.

That's Life: Davis Food Coop

There's probably no more iconic organization in town than the Davis Food Co-op!

Started in 1972 as a buying club by people who wanted great food at good prices and were willing to work for it, DFC has been going ever since.  While this nationally known cooperative has changed over the years -- we now have paid staff, member-work is no longer done, and the store has increased in size several times -- the evolution of DFC has continued to be driven by the membership and their desires.

Listen to Ken Bradford and I'Talia McCarthy talk about the current robust Co-op, discuss plans for the future, and share some stories of the early days.  I'Talia is the Operations Manager (a staff position) and Ken is on the Board of Directors (elected by the membership); she has joined the team in recent years and he has been with the DFC since the 1970s (as has Lois).

That's Life in IRAN -- Samaneh and Navid share stories


Professionals visiting Davis as Fellows in the Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program come from all over the world. This year eleven colleagues from ten different countries worked and studied here from August 2016 to June 2017. (Hear more about the Program on our May 25th show.) Two of those Fellows -- Samaneh Seifollahi-Aghmiuni and Navid Ghajarnia -- agreed to come back and be on my show again.

Today Samaneh and Navid share stories about their lives and information about their homeland. They also speak of experiences they had visiting Davis and suggest ways that listeners can help when they meet a foreign visitor in the future. Navid's strongest suggestion? "Speak slowly!"

As always, your comments are welcome.

Music for Meditation ...

I met Nadama on one of my trips and heard his lovely instrumental music playing.   Today I share with you some soothing sounds to help you relax.  I call this 'meditation music' because it sounds wonderful but is not at all intrusive.  "Healing touch II" is the only thing of his I have, but I'm hoping to find more.  I'll let you know ...

Corky Quirk: "Bats in your Belfry ... I mean Bypass" 6/8/17 TL

Yolo Basin Foundation's bat expert Corky Quirk know a LOT about the "Bats in our Bypass"! And she freely shared her knowledge and fascinating stories about this non-rodent population.  Yep. That's right. Bats are NOT rodents!  Even though the German word for them (fledermaus) literally means 'flying mouse', they aren't. 

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I love listening to your Hawaiian music choices and your comments on Hawaii when you play Hawaiian music. :-)

-- Arielle

I forgot about all this great music...thanks for reminding me.

Great show! Never knew so much about green building...great guest. [Casa Verde]

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