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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! Some locally-produced shows are aired by other stations across the county.

"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 www.daviswiki.org. 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.

MaryLou Anderson aka M.L. Edson ...

On this episode of "That’s Life" hosted by Lois Richter, we meet MaryLou Anderson, a local artist and writer with whom Lois became acquainted at the Davis Art Center. They met while Lois was admiring MaryLou’s glasswork and got to talking; and here they continue their conversation with us on KDRT.  Lois and MaryLou cover a lot of ground — from MaryLou’s pen name (M.L. Edson) to the chemical properties of dichroic glass — there is a lot to learn.

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