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.

Lois seldom (but occasionally) updates her personal website. Check it out at:

Replays Saturday 7-8am
Live Thursday 11am-12pm
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

Jazz part 3 -- More Women in Jazz, with Don Shor (Nov. 15th, 2018)

In this third 2018 program about jazz, Don Shor (host of "Jazz After Dark" on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm) shares more history. In part 2, we heard -- and heard about -- the three most popular and well-known jazz singers.  This time, we hear many of the less well-known women jazz vocalists singing over the decades.  While Don says he is "not an expert", he has a lot to teach us about this quintessential American art form.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

That's John McNerney, Talkin' Turkey

     Davis employs a wildlife biologist named John McNerney to oversee all things natural in the City.  John  has been on the show several times (all archived for your listening pleasure!). This time our discussion focussed on the turkeys and other 'wild' animals in the City and what people should or should NOT do in their interactions.  Although I hope you will listen to this entire episode; here's the main point Lois got from it -- DO NOT leave out food where the rats, turkeys, squirrels, skunks, opposums, or other animals can get to it.  That includes remnants of cat and dog food, as well as intentionally feeding them. Wild animals that become 'habituated' to people can cause problems.  Ah, you might say, but what about the little birds?  

That's Jeff Shaw

All things media!  That's what we talked about.  Jeff Shaw -- intrepid leader of the KDRT project -- tells us about how it all came to be.  First there was Davis Cable Cooperative (DCC), then Davis Community Television (DCTV), then Davis Media Access (DMA) when we added KDRT (KDRT).  ((No, no one has ever been able to explain what the initial of the radio station mean.  I have my own idea, of course.  "DRT" could mean "Davis Radio Transmission", eh what?))

Where we've been, where we are now, and plans for the future.  Enjoy!

That's Beth Post, Hawaiian Cultural Ambassador

KDRT's Hawaiian expert Beth Post is today's guest. Her radio show "Na Mele O Hawaii" is one of the most popular on this station!  And the story of how it came to be and what changes it has made in her family's is fascinating.

Beth first became involved with KDRT when a  friend started the "Road Scholar" show about home-schooling and needed a back up. Beth and her daughter started helping out and eventually doing it all on their own.  After a few years, the kids got older and that show was no longer of as much interest. 

Beth's daughter went on to school and Beth -- having gotten a taste of sharing on the radio -- was left on her own.  When she approached Jeff about having a new music show, his first question was: "So what kind of music do you plan to play?" 

That's Housing Help

Today's guests are Roberto Jimenez from Mutual Housing California and Lisa Baker from Yolo Housing. We hear about the state of housing in Davis and in our region generally -- finding out percentages of home ownership, rental, and homelessness.  Did you know that MOST people in California RENT rather than own their own home?  Houses, duplexes and aprtments are all part of the rental landscape; and affording to live in one is a challenge for many people.  

Cooperatives and Davis

Co-ops are GREAT! And Davis has lots of them.  Today we hear from Kim Coontz, executive director for the California Center for Cooperative Development (CCCD) about coöperatives in general and housing coöps in detail.

The Davis Food Coop is only one of many co-operatives we have in town. And only one KIND of coöp common in California.  Ag coöps and housing coöps are the most prevalent.  Worker-owned businessed are also common.

CCCD is a non-profit organization which promotes the creation of co-ops and helps folks who are setting up or running one.  A great group.

That's a Hawaiian Surprise

Na Leo produced a CD for a tourist company to sell in Japan.  After they were done, fans in Hawaii asked if they would also do those songs for the hometown crowd, so they created "I Miss You My Hawai" for the locals -- which is where Lois found it.  These sentimental songs about living in, visiting, or leaving the Hawaiian Islands are written by many well-known island artists and skillfully rendered by this trio of lovely-voiced ladies.  Enjoy!

We also had time for a few songs by Ken Emerson and Jim 'Kimo' West from their "Slackers in Paradise" CD of instrumental guitar duets. (There will be more on a later show.)

PS: The first few songs from the Na Leo CD were in my show the previous week (09/27/2018) -- about 35 minutes into that show with Marissa Juehler -- at  .

That's the Yolo County Landfill

Marissa Juehler's actual title is "Waste Reduction and Sustainability Manager" for Yolo County.  Her office is at the Yolo County Landfill (NE of Davis) and she is, among other things, managing the Big Blue Barn!   She tells us about the hazardous waste facility out there where you can drop off light bulbs and batteries, old paint and pesticides, and any other hazardous material.  They ALSO have a pick-up service for seniors (over 65) and disabled folks  anywhere in the county who want to properly dispose of such items but cannot get to the landfill on their own. They can even take old medications -- or you can drop those off at a kiosk at the Police Station (on Fifth).

That's Tree Davis -- times three

Tree Davis was well represented today with THREE voices!  Executive director Erin Donley Marineau brought along program manager Michelle Blair Medeiros and boardmember Greg McPherson to explain the goals, roles, and projects of this non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand the urban forest by teaching people to plant and care for trees.  "Trees and people need each other to survive in an urban environment. Trees benefit people in many ways. They shade our homes, clean our air and water, help to feed us, provide shelter, and much more. But trees need people too! It takes a community to plant and care for an urban forest. Tree Davis has been educating volunteers on how to plant, prune, care, and monitor trees for over twenty years."

That's "Scratchboarding" with Ann Ranlett

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.  (Anyone know a local artist named "H. Friend" who was been making things in 1972?)  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 ddi find the group, alas, no one knew that artist.

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.

Subscribe to That's Life Archives


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

Post new comment