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Host Lois Richter’s That’s Life format is mosty interviews. Recurring topics include Davis activities and groups; work and life choices; philosophy and theory; plus 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.

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

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. 

Autumn's Back -- with Buttons On!

In addition to being the Executive Director for Davis Media Access,  Autumn Labbe-Renault is also a wonderful artist. Today Lois gets the scoop on how Autumn's experiences with art have changed over the years (from stamping ATCs, to mixed media, back to buttons, and on to complex jewelry), how making art helped her during some rough times, and what her visions of the future are. 

After a few years of donating her jewelry to various auctions, Autumn entered a new phase in her life in September 2016 when she opened an Etsy store to sell her unique jewelry and other items.  As always, it is fascinating to hear the details of how people do their work -- in this case, what it took to start up and run an online retail store. 

Humphrey Fellowship Program "That's Life" May 25, 2017

On today's epsiode of "That's Life", Lois Richter interviews a cohort from the Humphrey Fellowship Program.  Nikki Grey Rutamu, Associate Director of Davis' branch of the Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program, starts off the interview by describing the Progam and how Humphrey Fellows are selected and placed with universities around the US; she is then joined by three current Fellows: Itzel Morales from Mexico and Samaneh Seifollahi-Aghmiuni and Navid Ghajarnia, a married couple from Iran. (Navid and Samaneh each applied and were selected separately, then were lucky enough to both get placed in Davis.)

"WIOA" helps folks get work in Yolo County

Guests Kim Neilsen and Elaine Lytle share information about how to use various WIOA services in Yolo county.

"The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act [WIOA] is the primary United States federal workforce development legislation designed to bring about increased coordination among federal workforce development and related programs." (according to Wikipedia.)

While the law is national, implemetation is through local agencies and partners.  Here WIOA is thru Yolo County's 'Employment Services' which "provides employment resources; offers workshops regarding interviews, resumes, and job search tips; and provides public access to the One-Stop Career Centers at the Woodland, West Sacramento, and Winters locations. It also assists CalWORKs recipients participating in the Welfare-to-Work program." (per the County website)

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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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