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.

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Replays Saturday 7-8am
Live Thursday 11am-12pm
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That's LOIS' Life!


Turning the tables!!  Guest-Host Mitch Hill  interviews Guest-Guest Lois Richter! 

Ever wonder who's behind the voice on That's Life?  Here your chance to listen to some stories from Lois.

On the last show she got lots of details out of Mitchell  and THIS time he draws out lots of stories from her.

Both have done radio shows; both grew up in the 1970s; and both are part of the After Hours / Office hours community.

Oh, yeah; and both like to talk.  A lot.  And crack jokes.  


That's Life with Mitch Hill

The Radio Guy. The Video Guy. The Voice-over Guy. 

They are all the same guy -- Mitchell Hill.  And, I'll add, a Good Guy to have as a friend!  (Also a guy to ask to be a Guest Host on the next show.  He said YES!)

Mitch is a main-stay on the Office Hours panel; sometimes being the "Reader" -- the person who reads each question for the show.  And I guess that makes sense because Mitch has a very good, well trained voice and knows how to use it.  Today's show is most a getting to know Mitch show.  With lots of voices thrown in. Or thrown around. Or just thrown.

Expect to be ...

Well, just expect the unexpected.

Broadcast  May 5th and 12th of 2022.

That's Life with Ray Franklin

Long-time media man Ray Franklin has retired. 

Well, sort of.  What he actually did was create a new career teaching company execs how to be more effective in their in-person presentationa snd on-line meetings.  And, yes, he wrote a book about it.  

We met, as have several of my recent guests, on Office Hours and After Hours.  Ray has also come to many ofhte regerasals for "Birding With Lois" since we started practicing in February.  In the course of being a stand-in for not-yet-acquired panelists,  Ray got to pose questions, get answers, and start upgrading his systems for birding in his back yard.  New birdfeeder, new i=understanding of some of his feathered neighbors, and a new interest in the life around their Florida lake.

Lots of rambling stories in this episode.  Lots of laughter also.  Howp you enjoy!

That's Life with Don Saylor


Todays conversation is with Don Saylor who, in addition to all his years of serving the public, hosts a delicious fundraiser each year for a community non-profit organization.  2022's beneficiary is Davis Media Access (DMA).  This is the last year Don will host "Soup's On" because he is retiring this year.  Today was my chance to ask about Don's history, his present, and his future plans.  

Information about 2022's "Soup's On" is available at


That's Life Improvement

Lois, Leanne, and Mary discuss a set of suggestions for improving your life gleaned from a book that Lois read.  That book -- "A Girl's Guide to Moving On" -- included a set of rules for people who were recovering from traumatic relationships.  We used these statements as a jumping off point to talk about our own life experiences, sharing with each other and with the listeners the ways WE have improved OUR lives.  I hope you enjoy the show and perhaps even use it as a starting point for your own discussions with freinds or partners.

That's Life for John Puett

Another fascinating story from a friend on After Hours.  A self-proclaimed "dungeon master", John Puett leads a very active adventurous life while sitting down.  "Dungeons and Dragons" is his game of choice and he not only plays D&D, but also designs, hosts, and teaches it.  Join  his Discord server or view his YouTube channel to learn more about the game.

John does a lot more than play, though.   He has a company that does "cyber security".  Not sure what that means?  Lois wasn't either, so listen to this episode to find out more.  We touch on many other things and, again, we had more than an hour's worth of conversation.   John is a photographer and is also very active in the Office Hours / After hours community.

A good talk today!


That's Life with Kim Stanley Robinson

Renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson is an opinionated person.  And a thoughful one.  And a great researcher.  But mostly he is a very fine writer.  Of the many many books he has written and published since the 1980s, my favorite is "The Years of Rice and Salt", set in an alternate world where the Plague killed 90% of people in northern Europe leaving empty land to be resettled by people from further south and east.  This book is a series of about a dozen novellas tied together by a cast of characters who get reincarnated in different parts of the world amid different  circumstances and cultures.  A most fascinating book!

But then, I also was mesmerized by his possibilities of Orange County's future in the Three Californias trilogy: "The Wild Shore", "The Gold Coast", and "Pacific Edge".  What will happen in OC if (a) we start to recover from a nuclear war while the rest of the world decides that we are too dangerous to allow to re-build? or (b) we stop global warming but continue overpopulation in "an endless sprawl of condos, freeways, and malls"? or (c) we change our culture to a more ecologically-focused future and live in smaller places? These three award-winning books are also filled with fascinating characters.

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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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