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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.

Lois seldom (but occasionally) updates her KDRT-blog. Check it out at:

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

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)

Chris Dewees: Fish Rubbing and Book Printing

On today's episode of "That's Life" Lois Richter spends some time with Chris Dewees, a local gyotaku artist. From the intricacies of fish printing to his poetry about the election, this interview will keep you listening! The beginning of the show is spent discussing the detailed nature of fish printing -- you, too, can fish print after a good listen. Then, the conversation ebbs and flows between his many ventures throughout his fish printing career as well as the history of fish printing, which is humorously referred to as a "new form of art." One exchange sums up the fun in this show when Lois asks about Chris printing an octopus, "How do you print something so squishy?" And Chris responds immediately, "Carefully!"

Chris also has a new book coming out this spring called “About Gyotaku — Japanese Fish Printing”. Ask at the local bookstore for it.

4/27/17 = replay of old (7/7/16) "How your blood feeds your cells -- the benefit of moving hourly"

This show was recorded BEFORE Lois got more information about how blood glucose works. There is mis-information in this (that the existing blood sugar is removed and stored before new glucose is added) which has since been corrected in Lois' later talks. (The correct info is that your glucose levels are monitored in the body and if there is already enough in the system, some "NEW" glucose is stored rather than being added.)

To hear the latest, more correct explanation of how your digestion and movement effects insulin use, glucose levels, and fat creation; visit UCD's Whole Earth Festival for Lois' talk: "Does sugar make you fat? Does bread make you diabetic? Understanding how your body handles food and blood glucose allows you to make better choices about when and what to eat." Go to the Mee Room in the MU (there will be signs on the Quad leading you up stairs above the Coffee House) on Sunday, 14 May 2017, at 1:00 pm.

Julie Cotton on "California Raptor Center"

On today’s episode of “That’s Life” Lois Richter interviews Julie Cotton, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the California Raptor Center (CRC), which is located on the UC Davis campus and works in collaboration with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The objectives of the CRC are many: from educational outreach to rehabilitating wild raptors back to health for re-release.  Additionally, the CRC provides a sanctuary for injured birds who cannot return to the wild, which affords the opportunity for the public to interact and learn about these majestic creatures. Speaking of raptors—what are they? The term conjures up Jurassic Park for many but Julie explains it was bogarted by producers to refer to dinosaurs—but the term actually refers to birds who hunt with their feet, specifically.

KDRT, DMA, DCTV, funding low-power radio, and media-related stories on That's Life

On today’s episode of “That’s Life”, Lois chatted with Autumn Labbe-Renault, the Executive Director of Davis Media Access (DMA), of which KDRT is a project. Autumn might also be referred to as the le grande fromage – French for, the big cheese! Autumn and Lois talked about DMA, DCTV, & KDRT in detail — this is a great episode if you’re looking for more information about the inner workings of Davis' public radio and television. They also discussed media literacy (what it means in 2017 and how the term has changed over the years); copyright and ownership of content developed through DMA;  and the mission of DMA — which is to provide a way for community members to speak up and have a voice.  In addition to programs made locally, KDRT airs some syndicated shows.  These shows are selected to fill in gaps that are unmet by more commercial radio stations.  And it works the other way also!

"Lest We Forget" -- Mel Russell on Yolo County's project remembering World War One a hundred years later

Today on “That’s Life!” we meet Mel Russell, a retired Yolo County archivist, who is organizing the project “Lest We Forget,” which is a four part, two year commitment to discuss, explore, preserve and remember WWI. The date of the episode has meaning—it is the 100th year anniversary of WWI’s start date. Mel’s work ebbs from the local aspects of WWI to considering battle plans and America’s entrance into the war. Starting with Esparto, Lois and Mel discuss 6 boys, the term Mel uses to describe soldiers from WWI. All the information currently on the 6 soldiers from Esparto is their names. Mel hopes that by going to the community she will find more information—perhaps a photo or an old postcard.

Mar 30th, a day of jazz and rambling...

A day of jazz and general rambling...

“I’m Gonna Go Fishin’” by Duke Ellington

“What Can I Say?” by Peggy Lee

Giuffrey and Jim Hall

The Davis Wiki (one the first local Wikis anywhere) is maintained entirely by users and hosts tons of information about Davis. You can check it out at All kinds of events and local happenings are captured here and an archive is built in the process. Lois talks about all kinds of interesting tidbits one can find on the site. It is a great resource for locals and visitors alike.

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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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