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 

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That's the color BLUE, part 2

Would you like another COLORful show?  This is part two of the color "BLUE"!

BLUE is in the name -- of the song, of the album, or of the artist/band.  There were so many "blue" choices, that I made TWO shows this color! 

This one includes Kate Wolf, the Grateful Dead, Johnny CashEric Clapton, Ella Fitzgerald, Gershwin, and more. 

So here it is --  "Blue, part two".

That's BLUE, part 1

Sitting at my computer   ...    browsing the songs in my iTunes Library   ...   trying to figure out what to feature next  ...

I decided to be COLORful !!!  So this show is the color "BLUE"!

Not jazz-blue, nor blue-grass, nor being-sad-blues.  BLUE is in the name -- of the song, of the album, or of the artist/band.  And I have so many "blue" choices, that I am making TWO shows this color!   So here it is --  "Blue, part one"!

That's Susan Rudnick in New York

Author and former guest, Susan Rudnick, chats with Lois from her home in Westchester County, New York (just north of New York City).  It's a rambling discussion -- done via (our new norm for interviews).  Hope you enjoy the ramble!

For more about Susan and her book, see Lois' earlier interview at:


KDRT remains closed to live broadcasting, and the staff works remotely.   But Lois has gotten her second radio episode done at home!  That's Life will continue to have new pre-recorded episodes (but not necessarily every week).  Lois remains fine. Support for KDRT is always welcome.


That's Birding in April

BIrding is fun!  And it's something you can safely do with your family at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area near Davis.  This interview with birding-expert  Mary Scheidt was recorded outside, in a quiet spot behind her office off Chile Rd.  Although the headquarters building is closed and all the public events have been cancelled, the actual Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is open every day from sunrise to sunset.  The driving loops allow you to use your car to get close to the birds without ever getting close to other people.

What might you see or hear today?  Listen to this episode to find out.  Go on out!  Fresh air is good for you and looking for birds is very relaxing.


That's Jazz Again, part 3

Don Shor talks more with us about JAZZ!

Part 1 was an overview of the history; part 2 showcased the most widely-known "divas"; and this, part 3, explores the women who sang and made jazz what it is and was.  More music, less talk; but still enough to answer your questions.  Listen to Don Shor's "Jazz After Dark" here on KDRT (live Tu @ 8pm; replays M @ 11pm,  W @ 10pm).  He also blogs about many of his shows sat:

Hope you enjoy this program.

That's Jazz Again, part 2

On 2 April 2020, we replayed the second interview with Don Shor about "Women Jazz Singers".  Don continues his sharing of Jazz with post-WWII changes and the rising to prominence of women jazz singers -- in particular Ella Fitgerald, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and Sara Vaughn.  This show has lots MORE music and far less talk.  This episode was originally broadcast on Thursday, 15 February 2018, and you can find the original at:


That's Genealogy Again

On 19 March, we replayed a recent interview with Sue Torgeson about GENEALOGY -- aka Family History. 

Today "Genealogy" means the same as "Family History".  That is, discovering who your ancestors are, where they lived, and (hopefully) find stories to flesh out the  bare bones of the past. Today Lois Richter and Sue Torguson suggest how to get started, where and how to organize your data, some resource ideas, and they share personal stories from their own explorations of years gone by.  Featured are the local Davis Genealogy Club and the worldwide place to share your work as well as regional and topical groups and clubs.


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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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