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 Lisa Henderson

Lisa Henderson is a dynamo!  She is always very busy, yet never too busy to help if help is needed.  Lois and Lisa have worked together on many genealogy activities -- Davis Genealogy Club presentations (and now zoom meetings), the DGC website, IGGC (the International German Genealogy Conference) in 2019 and other events. We have also shared some just-for-fun times.  This episode of "That's Life" was recorded during the pandemic (summer of 2020) and does not have current announcements. 

History!  It's all HISTORY !!  (Family history, that is.)  Enjoy!

That's AWEsome Allen Klein

"THE AWE FACTOR: How a Little Bit of Wonder Can Make a Big Difference in Your LIfe" by Allen Klein is the topic of this week's chat on "That's Life".  A well known author with a new book, Allen Klein chats with Lois about AWE -- awe-some, awe-ful, awe-inspiring and lots of other words and ideas.  These long-time friends remember earlier connections and discuss how things change and what stays the same.   

Philosophy? maybe.

Humor? certainly. 

Clown noses? ABSOLUTELY! 

Hope you enjoy this show.

That's DCTV, SCA, and Sharla Hardy

Today on "That's Life", Lois and Sharla Hardy talk about DCTV, SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), brother Jim, art, history, and shared experiences. "Don't mix ammonia with clorox!"

If you watched any of Lois' DCTV productions (from 1992 thru 2003), you saw some wonderful camera work by Sharla Hardy.  She was part of the repetoire crew that helped me produced many shows and several series -- mostly running a camera, but occasionally on as a guest.  Our last series was "Thoughtfulness"  -- an eclectic production that ran weekly for several years.  (Sort of like this radio program, but with moving images!) 

Sharla has been my friend for over 20 years and I thought it was time to catch up with her; so I'm doing that now and you're invited to listen in on our chat!


That's Music for Christmas

(This program was played for three weeks --  12/17, 12/24, and 12/31/20 -- for a winter break.)

Seasonal music from CDs donated to a KDRT fundraiser and gotten by Lois  afterward to use in December shows.

We start with "Omnis mundus jocundetur" performed by Choir of East Helsinki Music Institute  (on YliesRadio)  and "Traditional carols from the Tatras Mountains" performed by Jan Karpiel Group (on Polish Radio).  Both are off the CD "Music for Christmas: A concert of festive music from around Europe" (a BBC special  compilation CD of live or radio performances -- 25 songs, with only 2 sung in English.)

Xmas Music in December

Christmas (sometimes spelled Xmas) was originally, and still is for most, a Christian religious holiday.

Xmas (sometimes spelled Christmas) is often a secular celebration of family and gifting -- a holiday that is particularly enjoyed by children.

Both Christmas and Xmas exist.  Both can involve songs and music. 

This show "Xmas Music in December" is a sampling of the music we might hear in December each year -- some religious, some secular.

These songs are from CDs that were left over to KDRT's "Community Garage Sale" fundraiser in fall 2019.  I kept them out to share with you now and in the future.  (There is more than enough Xmas music songs here for several shows!)


Warnings about Fraud and Scams (replay)

District Attorney officers Kevin Clark and Lyndsey Hall tell us about ongoing scams, frauds, and shady dealers.  Be warned!  Anyone can be a target for folks doing bad things -- but with awareness, a "target" might avoid becoming a "victim"!

The information shared here is timeless.  So the fact that this was recorded pre-pandemic does not diminish its import.  Feel free to share this link widely:

I usually close these descriptions with "Hope you enjoy this show!" but today I'll say instead: 

"Hope listening to this helps you." 

That's the Margie Adam Series

Replayed on 11-12,  11-19, and 11-26-2020.

Do you know the music of Margie Adam?  She is one of my favorite musicians!  Singer -- songwriter -- pianist -- activist -- feminist ...  the list keeps growing.   Did you know that she lived in Davis in the 1970s?  I had the pleasure of meeting her then, carrying her very first album in my store (Davis Wo/men's Book), and watching her career take off.  She moved from Davis to the Bay Area long ago and toured for many years before changing gears in 2015 to do integrative counseling.

This three-part series features songs from many of her albums -- interspersed with remembrances. Links below to all 3 episodes...

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That's Wildlife in Davis

  • Wildlife specialist John McNerney has been on my show several times.  This is the 2015 recording of his very first appearance here.
  • On this beginner's show, we talk about managing wildlife habitat in Davis, how planning for wildlife happens, where wildlife typically occur, and what types of animals (both wild and domestic) have an impact on Davis.  Tune in to learn about "neighbors" you likely never knew you had!
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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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