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.

32. My Dog Ate My Homework

Do you like solving mysteries, helping animals, and science? Listen to this episode to learn about veterinary toxicology—the science of poisons and their effects on animals. Because animals can’t tell us what they’ve eaten, trying to figure out the toxin that is making them sick can be a real mystery. Dr. Bob Poppenga tells us how veterinary toxicologists put clues together to solve puzzles that protect human and animal health. The expression, "my dog ate my homework", refers to a lame excuse that a student gives for not turning in their homework. Find out if your dog can get sick from eating your homework, and why dogs should also stay away from chocolate, grapes, and raisins. Then visit Illinois—the Prairie State—home to an emerald green river, Twinkies, the tallest man ever, and Superman.

31. Science Storytelling

Stories have been used by humans through generations to pass on wisdom, culture, and knowledge. This episode is about science storytelling—a communication technique that informs and educates people about science using the power of storytelling. Science storytelling can combat the spread of misinformation, shape our perception of the world, determine how we respond to controversial issues, and make us care more about critical issues like the COVID-19 pandemic. Meet Sara ElShafie, a science storytelling coach and a biologist, who works at the intersection of science and entertainment to make science accessible and exciting for the masses. Then visit Berkeley, a small city with a big reputation. Berkeley is home to the oldest University of California campus, the element berkelium, the Free Speech Movement, and California cuisine.


Link to guest Sara ElShafie's website: https://www.sara-elshafie.com/

30. Sports Desk

Find out how sports reporting grew from covering horse racing for the social elite in the early 1800s, to entire newspaper sections, magazines, TV channels, and websites dedicated to sports. Learn about the range of careers in sports journalism, such as play-by-play reporting, game recaps, analysis, and investigative journalism. Owen Yancher, sports writer and former Sports Editor at The Davis Enterprise tells us about his career as a sports journalist and swimming coach and how his job changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit North Carolina where the Wright brothers took off on their historic airplane flight and where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run. Find out why North Carolina is nicknamed the Tar Heel State and how the Great Smoky Mountains National Park earned its name.

29. Podcasting

Podcast is a combination of the words "iPod" and "broadcast" and was Oxford American Dictionary's Word of the Year in 2005. The term is now used for audio content on media files downloaded or streamed to a computer or mobile device. Find out how podcasting started, and how it moved from the fringes of digital entertainment to mainstream media. Meet radio journalist and podcast host, Soterios Johnson, past host of Morning Edition on New York Public Radio station WNYC. Soterios now lives in Yolo County and hosts the California Now Podcast for Visit California. Then visit Greece — birthplace of the Olympic Games and democracy, and home to 10,000 miles of sunny coastline.

28. Bats on the Bypass

Yolo Causeway east of Davis takes you over the wetlands of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, where a quarter-million migrating Mexican free-tailed bats roost each summer. At sunset, you can see this large bat colony flying miles up into the air to catch insects for food on the bypass. Meet Yolo Basin Foundation's bat expert, Corky Quirk, who helps injured and orphaned bats return to the wild and leads nature walks through the Yolo Bypass. Hear why these amazing mammals are incredibly important to the ecosystem and agriculture, as we dispel myths and fears surrounding bats around COVID-19. Visit San Antonio, Texas, home to the Alamo, the birthplace of chili, and the world's largest bat colony in Bracken Cave.

27. CPR

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes and 2,000 children and teens in the U.S. die from it every year. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) gets blood flow back to the heart and brain in cardiac arrest, and CPR training is a high school graduation requirement in California and most states. Rebecca McCormac, from Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) at UC Davis Children’s Hospital tells us about about why school staff and students should learn CPR. Then visit Wisconsin, America's Dairyland - home to Project ADAM, Harley-Davidson motorcyles, and Cheeseheads.

26. Garbology

Picking through garbage doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but there are lots of cool things we can learn about our society by studying trash. Garbology means the science of trash. Studying patterns of what people throw away tells us a lot about human society, and what environmental and social issues communities face. Find out how a plastic bottle from a California beach can end up floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for years, adding to microplastic pollution. We talk to Emily Castles, a student at Davis High about Davis Cans for Change, an organization aimed at educating the public and encouraging reducing, reusing and recycling. Our place of the week, Copenhagen, is the most efficient city in the world with garbage and recycling. Only 4% percent of Copenhagen's waste ends up in landfills. In comparison, 70% of waste in the U.S. ends up in landfills!

25. Pandemics

An epidemic is when an unusually large number of people get a disease at the same time. When an epidemic spreads across many continents or through much of the world it is called a pandemic. Epidemics and pandemics can spread quickly and affect millions of people, but the good news is that they eventually come to an end. Hear about Dr. Dean Blumberg's work as a pediatric infectious disease specialist at UC Davis Health. Dr. Dean tells us about what kids and teens can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on school campuses and when playing sports, and what recreational activities families can safely do this summer. Then visit Boston, home to the first chocolate factory and the first public school in the United States, and learn how the city got its strange nickname, "Beantown".

24. City Desk

Local newspapers are the pulse of a community. They help people understand important issues in their area, put national issues such as racial injustice or pandemics into local context, connect small businesses with customers through advertising, record the history of a community, and help start grassroots efforts to bring about change. Hear about how local newspapers flourished in the early 1900’s and why they have struggled to survive over the past 20 years. Bob Dunning from the Davis Enterprise talks to us about his 50-year career as a sports editor and columnist, his advice to aspiring journalists, changes in journalism and newspaper publishing with the widespread use of online media, and the challenges of sports reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our place of the week is Oregon, which is home to not only Bob Dunning's birthplace, but also to the deepest lake in the U.S., and strangely — one humongous fungus.

23. Bike City USA

Davis has been voted one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the United States. It was the first city in the U.S. to have bicycle lanes and bicycle signals on traffic lights, and has more than 100 miles of bikeways. Pretty impressive for a town that is only about 11 square miles in size! In today’s show we meet Bob Bowen, who is on the board of directors of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, located in downtown Davis. Hear about the long relationship of Davis with bicycling, and the story of how the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame moved to Davis in 2010. Then learn about New Jersey, the original home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame where the oldest bicycle race in the country, The Tour of Somerville, has been held since 1940.

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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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