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 there is just talk.

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 other website. Check it out at 

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

That's Life with art and birds in Maui

[Broadcast on 8/3/2023 and 8/10/2023.]

Kristina Mekdeci was born with an artistic talent. And she has lived her life exploring and creating art of various sorts.

She wrote "There exists a variety of art styles, so why restrict one’s artistic freedom to only one style?"

Kristina is always pushing the limits in visual communication. Her style brings up a feeling of joy inside the viewer while also telling a story of the possible realities we appear to be living in. Each series is uniquely different while still expressing an overwhelming theme of bright colors and flat 2D brush strokes.  You can watch many of her educational art videos on her YouTube Channel   Kre8withKristina.  and more info about her at her website.

By the way, she lives with several birds that are included in this recording.

That's Life with Don Shor and TREES, pt 1

[Broadcast on 07/20/2023 and 07/27/2023.]



"That's Life with Don Shor and TREES"  will be a multi-part series featuring the inimitable Don Shor.  This is part one of ... Two?, Three?, ...?  As many as it itakes!

Although this is just the first episode, we dive deep into the roots and find out where nature's flow is taking us.  Don tells us lots about trees -- who, what, why, where, when, which, and whatever.

This is a topic which will be visited and re-visited in coming months and years.

What can YOU do to help with Davis' urban tree canopy?  Care properly for your own trees, choose wisely if you are planting a new tree, and volunteer with TREE DAVIS to make our town even better.  

That's Life is on hiatus

[Repeat shows aired from 2/16/2023 thru 7/13/2023.]


In January, three shows about JAZZ played while Lois was out of town.

On 8 February 2023, Lois had a heart attack and is doing fine. (Got one stent and lots of medication. Now there's just a little less energy than before.)  But Lois did not create any new shows for a while.  So the three interviews with Don Shor (re Jazz) ran again in February.   

Various re-runs happened from March thru mid-July.  They were chosen by KDRT staff and I do not know which were aired when.

Thanks for supporting KDRT.

That's Life with Ann Ranlett

[Re-played 02/09/2023. Original interview in 2018.]


Ann Ranlett is an artist.  A SCRATCHBOARD artist.  What's that, you say?  Listen to today's show and find out!

Lois found Ann while researching a 'drawing' to be donated to the Friends of Art for their auction at the Yolo County Fair.   Once Lois figuring out this was not a drawing, but actually a scratchboard; she tried to find a gathering place of such folks to see if anyone know more about artist Friend.  Although she did find such a group, alas, no one knew that artist.   (Do you know a local artist named "H. Friend" who was been making things in 1972?)

But during those communications, Lois discovered that Ann Ranlett lived in northern California and was willing to come and be interviewed!  Which brings us to this show.

That's 50 Years of Birding!

[Broadcast 1/19/2023, 1/26/2023, and 2/2/2023.]


Former Davisite and long-time friend, Elizabeth Gould has been birding for 50 years

Today she shares her experiences -- where she went, what she saw, and how it felt to be there.  Lots of info and interesting chatter today. 

And if you want to SEE what these birds look like, keep an eye on and check out Elizabeth's appearance there in the future.


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

(This episode shown again on 6-6-2024.)


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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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