That's Life

Lois Richter’s format for That’s Life is mostly 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 to golden oldies rock 'n' roll -- but mostly we just talk.

If you want to suggest a topic for discussion or a person to interview, text Lois or leave a message in the comments here.

Lois seldom (but occasionally) updates her personal website. Check it out at:

Replays Saturday 7-8am
Live Thursday 11am-12pm
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

That's Life for FitDeb

You might see a little vw bug around town with  "FitDeb" plates.  That's her!  FitDeb is Debbie Eernisse, who is known by her many students in Davis for helping us get and stay healthier.  Her exercise class -- Fit For Life -- was in the Senior Center for many years and is now online (using zoom).  She also does "Gentle Yoga" and "Stretch" weekly and also does one-to-one consult to help those who want a personalized fitness  plan.  More details at:

One busy lady!  In her personal time, she trains for and entered challenges in many fitness areas -- rowing, crewing, Iron Man competition, and others.  

We talked mostly about seniors getting better and staying fit into old age.  Do youknow what an occupational therapist does?  By the end of this show, you will.

Have fun listening and then GET MOVING!

That's Life with David Saunders


An international advocate for climate change solutions, David Saunders mostly talks about his life and passion.

But the hour begins with a history of Bristol -- a city on the east coast of England -- which is creating an ocean barrier with electricity generating tubes. (David explains how all that works.)

There is also a description of the political entities in the British Isles.  (Here's a diagram to show you the complexities.)  And that doesn't even get into the ever-changing gerrymandered "county" boundaries!

You can hear more from David on his channel at

That's Life for an Unknown Soldier and WW1

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is now 100 years old.  Noted historian and retired Archivist in Yolo County, Mel Russell has created an exhibition detailing how that monument was created and also telling the story of "our boys" (soldiers from Yolo County) in World War One.  The exhibit will have an opening on Friday, 7 October 2022, with a brief outdoor ceremony honoring ALL veterans and then a tour of the exhibit, which is inside the County Admin (Erwin Meier) Building next to the old Courthouse.  The next day, 8 October, is Woodland's "Stroll Through History" and the exhibit will be open with Mel leading tours at 10, 11, 12, and 1.  There will be docents there on Veteran's Day, Friday, 11/11/22, from 10:00am thru 2:00pm.

On weekdays, everyone may view this exhibit -- "Honoring the Dead of WWI: A Photographic Exhibition Commemorating the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Yolo County Fallen" anytime the building is open -- Monday (10/10/22) through Tuesday, (11/29/22) from 9am - 3pm.  

But MOST of this episode is about WW1 -- how it started, who was on which side, how it ended, who fought where/when -- and about the changes WW1 caused in America and the world.  Today we are still dealing with issues which started back then.  The war started in 1914, the US entered in 1917, and we were bringing home soldiers in 1920-1922.  This is a fascinating hour, ending with some of the music of the time.

That's Life with Sunset Rotary of Davis

The Sunset Rotary of Davis is a chapter of Rotary International  -- one of three in town -- and a service organization which includes both men and women.   As the current president, Peggy Stein, says "Rotary is for everyone."  Peggy talks about the many service projects Sunset Rotary of Davis  takes on, both locally and internationally.  One current project is helping Capay Valley Health expand in the northwest corner of the  county.  

That's Life in Hawaii with Beth Post


[This 2022 show is based on a 2018 interview, re-cut and music added at the end.]

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 Dierdre and 'The Sharp End of Life'

Dierdre Wolownick, author of  "The Sharp End of Life", shares her stories and introduces us to her son, Alex Honnold, who not only taught her to climb but is also the central figure in the award-winnig movie "Free Solo".  This show will give you a feel for what modern climbing is like and help you know more about this fascinating woman.  Dierdre climbed Yosemite's El Capitan when she was over 60; and is still going strong.

The phrase "the sharp end of the rope" is used in climbing to describe when a person is climbing up ahead of their safety gear -- that is, the lead climber has to GET THERE before s/he can set in the next carabiner and hook the line into it. During that part, a fall could be more serious.  Doerdre describes a time of leaving safety and GETTING to the next safe place as the "sharp end of life" -- a place she knows firsthand and has been in many times. 

According to her, you can accomplish very large movements by making small incremental changes.  Like when she came back from walking their dog (who always goes faster than 'walk') and told her son -- in some amazement -- that she had just run a mile!  His response of "If you can go a mile, you could do a mile and a half," got her inspired to run more and go longer. Eventually she was running marathons.

Then Alex got her involved in his passion, climbing.  Dierdre now hold the record as the oldest woman to climb El Capitan! 

I hope you enjoy listening to these stories of expansion and overcoming hard times. -- Lois

That's the Library and Friends

Two guests today.  Librarian Scott Love managed several branches of the Yolo County Library system, includnig the two libraries in Davis. Rory Osborne is president of ...   Friends of the Davis Public Library. Or  the Davis Friends of the Library.  Or Friends of the Davis Library.  

Whatever it's called, this is volunteer organization turns donated books into cash -- to help support our Library and its many programs.

A timely update on the current situation with our library, info about upcoming events, and some ways YOU can help make things happen.  

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I love listening to your Hawaiian music choices and your comments on Hawaii when you play Hawaiian music. :-)

-- Arielle

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 11/15/2012 - 1:16pm

I forgot about all this great music...thanks for reminding me.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/16/2009 - 10:42am

Great show! Never knew so much about green building...great guest. [Casa Verde]

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 08/24/2009 - 10:31am

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