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Davisville, May 22, 2017: Net neutrality + building a better network for Davis

Today’s guests talk about two internet subjects in the news – net neutrality, the rules of which the Federal Communications Commission recently began to repeal, and the status of the civic effort to build a municipal fiber-optic network in Davis. The outcome of each could greatly affect your experience using the internet in Davis. The guests are Mac Clemmens, founder of Digital Deployment in Sacramento (and a well-regarded recipient of a UC Davis MBA) and Steve McMahon, a broadband expert and longtime board member of the Davis Community Network.

Davisville, May 8, 2017: Troop 1999 Ditched Their Screens Every Night for a Week

So, how many hours have you spent today being entertained by images on your phone or laptop? Maybe more than you know or want. Today’s guests have a remedy for that—they decided to turn off their screens each weeknight for a week at 6 p.m., and invited others in Davis to do the same. Today five of the members of Davis Girl Scout Troop 1999, all 10 to 11 years old, and parent leader Jacqui Alldritt (in the back), talk about how the experience changed them, the response from friends and classmates, and the value of looking away from YouTube so you can do something else. They played with friends, read, talked and spent time talking with their families. Some have dogs who were happy to get their attention back!

Davisville, April 24, 2017: Going Lowbrow in Davis

Maya Sinha writes a new Davis Enterprise column, “Lowbrow,” about “the hidden value in despised things.” Davis, like any place, has its conventions, and on today’s show we talk about bad music, schlocky TV, the value of not being pretentious, the relief it all provides, and how far she’s going to take this concept.

Davisville, April 10, 2017: Watching California, from Davis, for the NY Times

Mike McPhate lives in Davis, where he writes and assembles stories about California for the online edition of The New York Times. Newsprint is fading as a format, but the Times is no longer just a newspaper. It remains one of the most influential news organizations in the United States, which means McPhate’s work helps to shape the way the country sees and understands California. Today's topics include the job, the “enemy of the people” media criticism from President Trump, how McPhate finds his stories, and why he chose Davis as a base.

Davisville, April 3, 2017: Five Things I’ve Learned About Journalism, Plus a Bonus

Today's program is a KDRT it's-fundraising-week-so-let's-do-something-different kind of show. Several years ago, a friend at UC Davis asked if I’d consider speaking to his class someday about what I’d learned as a reporter and editor during my newspaper days. I’ve never recorded that talk, but today’s show is based on my notes. So if you're interested in one community journalist's take on the trade, tune in. Among other things, you'll hear segments about what many people seem to really want from the media (“Protect me! Expose them!”); the day a Berkeley City Council member did me the favor of pointing out an obvious hole in a story I'd been proud of; and Ray Bradbury’s advice, when he spoke at Freeborn Hall in the early 1980s, about the best place to get advice when you're trying to figure out how to do something you love. As a news person, you get to talk to many people and learn from their experiences; I try to distill a little of that in today's program.

Davisville, March 20, 2017: We End the Marijuana-in-Davis Series with an Advocate’s Perspective

Today we talk with Amelia Paterson of Blessed Extracts, a medical marijuana nonprofit that wants to make products in Davis and so is keenly interested in the new marijuana law that the city is creating this spring. We talk about security, regulation, keeping recreational marijuana away from kids, research, why Blessed Extracts wants to make Davis its home, and more. This interview is the last of a three-part series on Davis’ effort to create a new municipal cannabis law now that Californians have legalized recreational use of marijuana throughout the state. If you missed the first interviews, here are links to part 1 (with Davis city administrators Dirk Brazil and Diane Parro) and part 2 (with Yolo County Public Health Officer Ron Chapman).

Davisville, March 6, 2017: A Public Health Perspective on Legal Marijuana

Now that Californians have legalized recreational marijuana, Davis is deciding how that change will play out here. Are retail dispensaries OK? How about outdoor growing? Cities and counties across the state face similar decisions. Two weeks ago we talked about Davis’ efforts to collect ideas and comments as City Hall begins to write the city ordinance. Two weeks from now, we'll present an interview with a marijuana advocate. For today's program we talk with Dr. Ron Chapman, Yolo County public health officer, to get his take on legal pot—what research says, lessons from Colorado (which legalized marijuana before California did), the importance of education in keeping marijuana away from kids and youths, ideas for local ordinances, and more.

Davisville, Feb. 13, 2017: Davis Hunts Sweet Spot for its Budding Marijuana Law

Davis is calmly (at least so far) going about the business of creating a city marijuana law, now that Proposition 64 has legalized recreational use of pot in California. The state ballot measure gave Davis, like every town in the state, several choices: Allow growing outdoors? Do you permit retail marijuana shops, and if so where? What about enforcement? How will all this synchronize with what the county, state and federal governments opt to do? On today’s show, Davis City Manager Dirk Brazil and Chief Innovation Officer Diane Parro talk about the current status, decisions facing Davis, what other cities are doing, and developments to date, including comments from the first “community conversation” this month. 

Davisville, Jan. 30, 2017: Bad Storms, Mostly Friendly Folks, 6,000 Calories a Day, and Other Tales From Biking 66 While 66

In 2005 Doug Waterman, a retired teacher who lives in Davis, rode his bike solo from Santa Monica to Chicago on Route 66. He also was 66 at the time. A decade later, he has written a book about the trip—“It Only Hurts When I Sit Down: A Bicycle Adventure on Historic Route 66”—and he appears on Davisville today to talk about what he saw along the way. He is joined by his wife Donna, who wrote nightly emails for their friends and family. His recollections include tales of good deeds and usually friendly folks, ghost towns, storms he barely outran, odd moments, and a truck tire he saw explode on the road.

Davisville, Jan. 16, 2017: The power of browsing and lure of print

The owners of Logos Books near 2nd and E streets are retiring at the end of January, but instead of closing their store, they plan to hand it off to the Friends of the Davis Library, which will continue to operate it as a nonprofit that sells used books. On today’s show, co-owner Susan Linz talks about bookselling, the need for downtown attractions, the lure of browsing, and what she and husband Peter Linz have learned from seven years of running the store.

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