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 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

That's Life for an Unknown Soldier and WW1

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is now 100 years old.  Noted historian and retired Archivist in Yolo County, Mel Russell has created an exhibition detailing how that monument was created and also telling the story of "our boys" (soldiers from Yolo County) in World War One.  The exhibit will have an opening on Friday, 7 October 2022, with a brief outdoor ceremony honoring ALL veterans and then a tour of the exhibit, which is inside the County Admin (Erwin Meier) Building next to the old Courthouse.  The next day, 8 October, is Woodland's "Stroll Through History" and the exhibit will be open with Mel leading tours at 10, 11, 12, and 1.  There will be docents there on Veteran's Day, Friday, 11/11/22, from 10:00am thru 2:00pm.

On weekdays, everyone may view this exhibit -- "Honoring the Dead of WWI: A Photographic Exhibition Commemorating the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Yolo County Fallen" anytime the building is open -- Monday (10/10/22) through Tuesday, (11/29/22) from 9am - 3pm.  

But MOST of this episode is about WW1 -- how it started, who was on which side, how it ended, who fought where/when -- and about the changes WW1 caused in America and the world.  Today we are still dealing with issues which started back then.  The war started in 1914, the US entered in 1917, and we were bringing home soldiers in 1920-1922.  This is a fascinating hour, ending with some of the music of the time.

That's Life with Sunset Rotary of Davis

The Sunset Rotary of Davis is a chapter of Rotary International  -- one of three in town -- and a service organization which includes both men and women.   As the current president, Peggy Stein, says "Rotary is for everyone."  Peggy talks about the many service projects Sunset Rotary of Davis  takes on, both locally and internationally.  One current project is helping Capay Valley Health expand in the northwest corner of the  county.  

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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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