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.

All past episodes are archived forever below. Find Timeout Radio on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Timeout Radio is the winner of the:

* 2020 Youth Summit Pitch Contest Grant, Points of Light Foundation

* 2022 National Hometown Media Award, Alliance for Community Media

* 2022 & 2023 San Francisco Press Club Greater Bay Area Journalism Award

* 2023 John Drury National High School Radio Award

Follow us on Instagram @timeout.radio and Facebook @TimeoutRadio

Replays Tuesday 5-5:30pm, Friday 5:30-6pm, Saturday 8-8:30am
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

52. Heat Wave

Extreme weather events like lightning, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes are scary. But did you know that heat waves are the most lethal weather phenomenon in the United States? Find out why heat waves happen and how to stay safe during one. UC Davis climate expert Dr. Richard Grotjahn tells us about the consequences of heat waves and what climate models predict about the future of these extreme events. Then visit  Death Valley, one of the hottest places in the world. It is also the driest and lowest place in North America, and is home to moving rocks, singing sand, fish that survive in the desert, and colorful displays of wildflowers.

51. Playing on the Edge

Goalkeepers are a little bit crazy. If you’re not insane, why would you just stand there and let people run into you and shoot balls at your face, all because you want to keep an inflatable ball out of a net. I play the position of goalie in soccer and while I don’t think goalies are totally insane, they definitely face a crazy amount of pressure. Meet Wallis Lapsley, goalkeeper for the Seattle Sounders, who tells us about his typical day on the training ground, what he likes about being a goalie, and how to make the jump from youth soccer to becoming a professional goalkeeper. Then travel to Seattle, where we view the city from the Space Needle, go kayaking, cross the world’s longest floating bridge, and find out why it rains cats and dogs (not from the sky).

50. Ultimate

With its fast-paced action and the extreme speed, stamina, and agility of its players, the sport of Ultimate definitely lives up to its name. Find out how Ultimate got its start, why "frisbee" was dropped from its official name, and when it could become an Olympic sport. Did you know that early games were played with pie-tins, most leagues have no referees, players call their own fouls, and use rock-paper-scissors to figure out which team starts the game? Keenan McKelvey and Luke Adel from UC Davis’ Ultimate Team tell us about why they got into the sport and how players can up their game. Then visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the 2022 USA Ultimate College Championships were just held. There we check out a lake under an office building, an immense dinosaur skull, the world’s largest outdoor music festival, and the oldest soccer team in the United States.

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)!

Subscribe to Timeout Radio Archives


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

Post new comment