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.

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

That's Mostly Classical Xmas Music


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.)

That's Margie Adam, Music and Essays


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. 

Repeat of Margie Adam, part 1, with Don doing pledge week spot

11/21 and 11/28/2019 -- replayed my "Margie Adam, part 1" show.  Don Shor added an opening "donation pitch" for pledge week (when Lois had a cold) and (because Lois wasn't here to change the Alt settings) this same show played for our Thanksgiving break. 

(Although we only get on air and actively solicit donations  during our pledge weeks, you can actually support us anytime!  Just go to to help out.)


That's Margie Adam, part1

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.  Today' program featured pieces from three early albums -- "Margie Adam. Songwriter", "Naked Keys", and "Soon and Again" -- interspersed with remembrances and readings from some of Margie's essays.  We didn't get too far today, so look for a 'part 2' in later weeks.

That's New!

This week Lois read the promo paragraphs on some of the stations many CDs.  Where there were no promo stickers, she read the title and described the cover art, or read from the inside text.  Why? Just as a teaser for folks to come and buy CDs at the garage sale on 16 November. 

BUT... It turned out that she was looking in the WRONG BOX and the items read in this show were NOT FOR SALE. They are all still available to play on-air by any DJ who wants to play them.

So... If you hear something interesting here, contact your favorite DJ and request that band be included it in a future show.

PS: The image is not THESE actual items, just a picture of one display that was at our garage sale.

That's Kim Stanley Robinson

Renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson is an opinionated person.  And a thoughful one.  And a great researcher.  But mostly he is a very fine writer.  Of the many many books he has written and published since the 1980s, my favorite is "The Years of Rice and Salt", set in an alternate world where the Plague killed 90% of northern Europe leaving empty land to be resettled by people from further south and east.  This book is a series of about a dozen novellas tied together by a cast of characters who get reincarnated in different parts of the world and different  circumstances and cultures.  A most fascinating book!

That's the Blue Mango

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary for Davis' legendary Blue Mango -- a creative hub, community gathering space, wonderful place to eat!  In this show, Lois interviews some of the founding members of the Blue Mango -- Maura Metz, Ken Kemmerling, and Russell St. Claire. Lots of remembering here!  The show was created particularly to invite YOU to Saturday night's Blue Mango 40th Anniversay Celebration for all folks who were ever involved -- cooking, serving, eating, playing, listening, dancing, or whatever!

That's the Sharp End of Life

Dierdre Wolownick, author of  "The Sharp End of Life", shares her stories and introduces us to her son, Alex Honnold, who not only taught her to climb but is also the central figure in the recent award-winnig movie "Free Solo".  This show will give you a feel for what modern climbing is like and help you know more about this fascinating woman.  Dierdre climbed Yosemite's El Capitan when she was over 60; and is still going strong.

District-based City elections

Councilmember Dan Carson helps us understand WHY the City is changing to District-based elections and WHAT people still have an opportunity to weigh in on (the boundary lines of the districts) and WHEN this process will finish (November 2019).  This isterview cleared up a lot of false rumors that I had heard flying around and convinced me of the urgency of this change. 

NOW is the time to make any suggestions about districting, if you are interested in the topic.

Thanks to Dan Carson for another clarifying interview.

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I love listening to your Hawaiian music choices and your comments on Hawaii when you play Hawaiian music. :-)

-- Arielle

I forgot about all this great music...thanks for reminding me.

Great show! Never knew so much about green building...great guest. [Casa Verde]

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