Timeout Radio

The award-winning youth radio show and podcast, Timeout Radio, covers a range of topics of interest to teens. Broadcasting from Davis, California, the show has a mix of in-depth reporting, interviews, music, and a place of the week. Inquisitive teens interested in sports, travel, and learning about the world will enjoy getting to know host Rohan and his fascinating line-up of insightful guests.

Timeout Radio was one of only 10 initiatives nationally to win a 2020 Youth Summit Pitch Contest grant from the Points of Light Foundation. The Summit virtually brought together teens from across the U.S. to reflect on and engage with challenges and opportunities presented by the new school year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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49. The Dirt on Composting

Composting involves recycling organic matter, such as leaves and food scraps, into fertilizer that can enrich soil and plants. Find out about the journey that your apple peels and eggshells take once you put your food waste into your city's organics waste removal cart and set the cart out on your curb. Jennifer Gilbert gives us the dirt on composting and tells us about her job as the Conservation Coordinator for the City of Davis. Then take a wee trip to the country of Scotland whose official animal is the unicorn (yes, really), and hear about moors, lochs, tartans, Highland Games, and the Loch Ness Monster.

48. New Orleans Jazz

The distinctive character of jazz is rooted in the unique history and culture of New Orleans, Lousiana. When Preservation Hall in New Orleans was first established 60 years ago, it was one of the few spaces in the segregated South where racially-integrated bands and audiences shared music together. Grammy-nominated trumpet player Branden Lewis shares his journey from playing in his elementary school concert band to being a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, his advice to aspiring musicians, and how he and his fellow musicians got through tough times during the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Ida. Then visit the city of New Orleans — the birthplace of jazz — and home to Creole and Cajun culture and cuisine, Mardi Gras, and second line parades.

47. In the Trenches

War teaches us many lessons about human nature, international policy, power, and resilience. People around the world have been following the news about the Russia-Ukraine conflict and trying to grapple with its causes, consequences, and casualties. History teacher, Scott Bell, tells us about Da Vinci High School's World War I Museum Night and how lessons from past wars and conflicts are relevant today. Hear how a difference over foreign policy and an attempt to gain power and territory triggered a historical conflict in 1914 that forever changed the world. Find out about trench warfare, a 12-year-old soldier, and why the United States joined WW1. Then visit British Columbia, Canada – home to rugged sea coasts, hundreds of islands, rich natural resources–and the world’s largest hockey stick.

46: Meet Me at the Farmers Market

Farmers markets are places where local produce and foods are sold directly by farmers to consumers. Some are small with just a few stands and others span many city blocks. Hear how farmers markets started more than 5000 years ago, why their numbers grew in the mid-2000s, and how they benefit our food system. Meet Randii MacNear, Manager of the Davis Farmers Market who tells us about the origins of the Davis Farmers Market, how she decides which vendors are selected, and how the market navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. Then visit Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home to the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ market in the United States. Find out why Lancaster was the capital of the U.S. for just one day, and how the area became the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish community.

45. Indomitable Docs

About 40 million children and teens in the United States participate in organized sports each year. And together they experience four million injuries annually. A third of all injuries that happen in childhood are sports-related. Hear why children and teens are more prone to sports injuries than adults and what they can do to prevent them. Meet Dr. Cassandra Lee and Dr. Brandee Waite, team doctors for Sacramento Republic FC, Sacramento's professional soccer team. The team's and the city of Sacramento's motto is "Urbs Indomita", Latin for "Indomitable City". Drs. Lee and Waite tell us about what it is like to be team doctors for a major sport and how athletes can keep themselves healthy and fit. Then visit Antarctica—the highest, driest, coldest, and windiest continent. There you will find a desert that holds most of the world's freshwater, fish with antifreeze, a subglacial blood red lake, and diamond dust that floats in the air.

44. Cacao

Each year people in the United States buy 58 million pounds of chocolate. As you devour this "food of the gods", hear about its long transcontinental journey starting as a bitter and inedible bean called cacao thousands of miles away. Nine countries—Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Ecuador, Cameroon, Nigeria, Indonesia, Brazil, Peru and the Dominican Republic—produce 93% of the world’s cacao. Plant scientists David Mackill and Don Livingstone tell us about their research in making cacao hardy enough to withstand climate change, drought, pests, and disease. Then visit Côte d'Ivoire, also known as Ivory Coast, a country on the southern coast of West Africa. It is one of only 12 countries in the world with more than one capital. There you will find bongos (a type of antelope), lush rainforests (where 40% of the world's cacao comes from), and Les Éléphants (Côte d'Ivoire's national soccer team).

43. Physics of Sports

How can you shoot a hoop to increase your chance of a successful free throw? How does the speed at which you kick a soccer ball affect its trajectory? How is sporting equipment designed to maximize performance? What do you look for when shopping for shoes or a baseball bat for your next game? Sports are a constant display of physics in action—whether it's helping athletes run faster, developing a training routine, preventing injuries, or designing athletic gear and clothing. Nathan Kwan, full time science teacher, part time runner, and occasional rapper, tells us about the physics of running and how you can use physics to improve sports performance. Then visit Atlanta, a city in a forest, that is home to Coca-Cola, the world’s busiest airport, and 71 streets named Peachtree (but no actual peach trees)!

42. Pass the Mic

Color commentators are sports broadcasters who provide expert analysis and background information, such as statistics, strategy, anecdotes, and injury reports on teams and athletes. They work alongside play-by-play commentators to provide insight and analysis throughout the broadcast when the main commentator is not describing the action. They are called color commentators because they bring insight, stories, and levity to the broadcast and add color to the picture of the play. Doug Kelly, the color commentator for UC Davis football for more than two and a half decades, tells us about his journey to being the radio voice of Aggie football. We talk to Doug about his career and his advice for aspiring color commentators, as well as his analysis of the Aggies' wild 2021 season.

41. 26.2 Miles

At 7 a.m. on December 5, 2021, 9000 athletes started their run on the scenic course of the 38th annual California International Marathon, from Folsom Dam to the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Hear how the marathon got its name and why it is 26.2 miles long. Explore marathons that start with a sip of wine, compete against horses, traverse the top of the world, run on water and at sub-zero temperatures, cross the Great Wall of China, and happened in outer space. Meet Davis native Brendan Gregg, winner of the 2021 California International Marathon, who tells us about his running career, training regimen, and advice for aspiring competitive runners. Then visit Athens, Greece—the birthplace of Western civilization and Europe’s oldest capital. Hear about agoraphobia, the first known democracy, modern Olympic Games, and an archaeological excavation that unearthed 50,000 ancient artifacts under a Metro line.

40. Hunger

There are 13 million children and teens in the United States who don’t have enough to eat. The COVID-19 pandemic put a huge burden on already-struggling families, and childhood hunger is at its highest level ever. Poor nutrition changes how young brains develop and affects learning, growth, health, and behavior. This episode is about hunger and food insecurity. Maria Segoviano tells us about how Yolo Food Bank increases food and nutrition security by connecting people with healthy, high-quality food. Then we travel to Phoenix, Arizona, where you can find the world's first food bank, one of the greenest deserts in North America, 150-year-old saguaro cactus, temperatures of 100°F over 100 days a year, franchises in four major pro sports leagues, and no daylight saving time.

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The topics you cover on this show are so interesting. I learn something new each time!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 09/17/2021 - 11:08am

Love your choice of music! My favorite part of your show is the place of the week segment.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/27/2020 - 4:19pm

Listening to your show right now--sounding good. Just a note to say welcome to the KDRT/DMA family, and I hope your participation brings you happiness!

Submitted by Autumn Labbe-Renault on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 5:13pm

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