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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.

That's Some Repetition

Some shows repeated while Lois was away and the station was closed at the end of 2018 (Nov 22 and Dec 13, 20, and  27).  

First, on 22 November, we re-aired the 11/8/18 interview with John McNerney "Talking' "Turkey" at:

Then on December 13, 20, and 27 we re-aired three shows Don Shor did for us on the history of Jazz. Those programs are archived at:

Jazz with Don Shor (part 1) -- "From the Begining"(2/8/18) at:

Jazz with Don Shor (part 2) -- "Famous Women Jazz Singers" (2/15/18) at:

That's Lars Anderson

Lars Anderson retired 5 years ago from the USDA where he was an Aquatic Weed Scientist; and he is currently working on creation of the Woodland Regional Park (north of Davis on CR 102, where the pond is at the edge of Woodland).  He is part of a consortium that includes the City of Woodland, Tuleyome, the Science Center, and other individuals.  They call it 'Science on the Urban Edge' and it is a very exciting project to hear about. (Volunteers and docents will be needed in Spring 2019. )

Since retiring, Lars has been assisting to improve aquatic weed management strategies at Lake Tahoe and the San Joaquin Delta system.  Today's show includes a detailed discussion of how scientists are trying to keep invading plants from taking over Lake Tahoe -- including some experimental projects (like floating islands) being built to test new theories of water quality improvement techniques. 

Jazz part 3 -- More Women in Jazz, with Don Shor (Nov. 15th, 2018)

In this third 2018 program about jazz, Don Shor (host of "Jazz After Dark" on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm) shares more history. In part 2, we heard -- and heard about -- the three most popular and well-known jazz singers.  This time, we hear many of the less well-known women jazz vocalists singing over the decades.  While Don says he is "not an expert", he has a lot to teach us about this quintessential American art form.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

That's John McNerney, Talkin' Turkey

     Davis employs a wildlife biologist named John McNerney to oversee all things natural in the City.  John  has been on the show several times (all archived for your listening pleasure!). This time our discussion focussed on the turkeys and other 'wild' animals in the City and what people should or should NOT do in their interactions.  Although I hope you will listen to this entire episode; here's the main point Lois got from it -- DO NOT leave out food where the rats, turkeys, squirrels, skunks, opposums, or other animals can get to it.  That includes remnants of cat and dog food, as well as intentionally feeding them. Wild animals that become 'habituated' to people can cause problems.  Ah, you might say, but what about the little birds?  

That's Jeff Shaw

All things media!  That's what we talked about.  Jeff Shaw -- intrepid leader of the KDRT project -- tells us about how it all came to be.  First there was Davis Cable Cooperative (DCC), then Davis Community Television (DCTV), then Davis Media Access (DMA) when we added KDRT (KDRT).  ((No, no one has ever been able to explain what the initial of the radio station mean.  I have my own idea, of course.  "DRT" could mean "Davis Radio Transmission", eh what?))

Where we've been, where we are now, and plans for the future.  Enjoy!

That's Beth Post, Hawaiian Cultural Ambassador

KDRT's Hawaiian expert Beth Post is today's guest. Her radio show "Na Mele O Hawaii" is one of the most popular on this station!  And the story of how it came to be and what changes it has made in her family's is fascinating.

Beth first became involved with KDRT when a  friend started the "Road Scholar" show about home-schooling and needed a back up. Beth and her daughter started helping out and eventually doing it all on their own.  After a few years, the kids got older and that show was no longer of as much interest. 

Beth's daughter went on to school and Beth -- having gotten a taste of sharing on the radio -- was left on her own.  When she approached Jeff about having a new music show, his first question was: "So what kind of music do you plan to play?" 

That's Housing Help

Today's guests are Roberto Jimenez from Mutual Housing California and Lisa Baker from Yolo Housing. We hear about the state of housing in Davis and in our region generally -- finding out percentages of home ownership, rental, and homelessness.  Did you know that MOST people in California RENT rather than own their own home?  Houses, duplexes and aprtments are all part of the rental landscape; and affording to live in one is a challenge for many people.  

Cooperatives and Davis

Co-ops are GREAT! And Davis has lots of them.  Today we hear from Kim Coontz, executive director for the California Center for Cooperative Development (CCCD) about coöperatives in general and housing coöps in detail.

The Davis Food Coop is only one of many co-operatives we have in town. And only one KIND of coöp common in California.  Ag coöps and housing coöps are the most prevalent.  Worker-owned businessed are also common.

CCCD is a non-profit organization which promotes the creation of co-ops and helps folks who are setting up or running one.  A great group.

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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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