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Nov. 3 on Speakeasy: Picnic Day Forum

In the wake of widespread problems with this year's Picnic Day celebration, the City, UC Davis, businesses and community leaders are beginning a dialogue geared at creating a better community experience for all in 2011. A public forum will take place Wed., Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center's Multipurpose Room, 646 A Street in Davis. Join me at 10 a.m. that same morning for a preview with Gary Sandy, Director of Local Government Relations for UC Davis, and Kelly Stachowicz, Deputy City Manager for Davis, as we talk about the problems, the process and how community members can provide input and feedback. Live on 95.7 FM and

Oct. 20 on Speakeasy: Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase

Gary Simon guests on the Oct. 20 edition of "Speakeasy," a local talk show that airs alternate Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM in Davis. The show is also streamed live and archived at Repeats air the Thursday after taping at 5:30 p.m.

Simon, co-founder and co-chairman of SARTA's CleanStart program. SARTA is a non-profit organization founded to foster entrepreneurial growth in emerging technologies & attract venture capital to the greater Sacramento region. Their Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase, highlighting the clean tech sector's innovators, investors, educators and companies, takes place Oct. 26 on the CSU Sactamento campus.

Hosted by Autumn Labbe-Renault, "Speakeasy" features good conversation with people doing interesting work in Davis and beyond. For more information, please visit

Oct. 6 on Speakeasy: Cool Davis Green Living Festival

Tomorrow's segment of "Speakeasy" highlights the Cool Davis Green Living Festival which takes place this Saturday.

In solidarity with 10-10-10 climate actions worldwide, organizers are planning a festival event that connects low-carbon lifestyle choices with a healthy environment, personal well-being, international eco-justice, and a thriving community. The festival is billed as a time of inspiration, fun, education, and celebration. Lynne Nittler, who is involved with Cool Davis Initiative and serves on the board of the Cool Davis Foundation.

Speakeasy features good conversation with folks doing interesting work in Davis and beyond. Autumn Labbe-Renault hosts. Speakeasy airs live alternate Wednesdays at 10 a.m. You can also listen to this program live or archived at

Foamy fun raises $900 for KDRT

Getting ready for the autumn (my favorite season, natch), I'm reflecting on a sunny smile from a sunny summer moment. Here's George Moore, KDRT programmer and volunteer extraordinaire, at the July 4th beer concession in Community Park. George spearheaded the effort to organize our volunteer booth there, and shepherded us through the permits and process. A big KDRT thanks to you, George! And a shout out to Rod Moseanko and his friends and family, who all helped out, as well as Lois Richter for the decorations and setup, and all the other KDRT and DMA volunteers who spend the day helping serve up foam & suds. [asset|aid=3|format=image|formatter=asset|title=George Moore|width=640|height=480|resizable=true|align=center]

County Librarian/Archivist Patty Wong on next 'Speakeasy'

Yolo County Librarian/Chief Archivist Patty Wong guests on the May 26 edition of "Speakeasy," a local talk show that airs Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM in Davis. The show is also streamed live and archived at Repeats air Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Wong was appointed County Librarian/Chief Archivist of the Yolo County Library in January 2008 and is responsible for a seven-branch system and the Archives and Records Center for Yolo County.

A part-time faculty at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University and at Drexel University’s iSchool specializing in management and grant writing, she continues to serve as a consultant for libraries in the areas of managing change, youth development, fundraising, cultural diversity, developing homework centers in libraries, as well as developing joint ventures and collaborations between libraries and community agencies. In March 2010 she was named one of two 2010 Women of the Year for State Senator Lois Wolk’s district (5th-CA).

This week on Speakeasy

I'm excited about this show. jesikah is not only an innovative community media leader, but she's directly responsible for my involvement in the field, as she helped created my original job at DCTV and lured me into the wild world of public access media (for which I'm eternally grateful). Tune in Wed. for a chat with a most interesting and fabulous local mover and shaker. --Autumn

Art of Regional Change on next 'Speakeasy'
Art of Regional Change (ARC) Co-founder and Director jesikah maria ross [cap. correct] guests on the May 12 edition of "Speakeasy," a local talk show that airs Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM in Davis. The show is also streamed live and archived at Repeats air Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

ARC is a UC Davis program that brings scholars, students, and artists together with community groups to collaborate on media arts projects that strengthen communities, generate engaged scholarship, and inform public decision-making.

Next Speakeasy: Save Explorit

The Feb. 24 edition of "Speakeasy" features Peter Willson and Keith Banks of the Explorit Science Center discussing the Save Explorit campaign. Due to a "perfect storm" of real estate values plummeting and donations falling, our community's science center finds itself in the unfortunate state of needing to raise $600,000 before Aug. 1. The interview details what's happening with the campaign and highlights some of Explorit's progams and community partnerships. This was taped in the studio for DCTV, with audio supplied for the KDRT show.