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.

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!

That's HAWAIIAN with Beth Post


Today's archived recording ended up being of Beth Post's "Na Mele O Hawaii" instead of the expected "That's Life".  Since what actually broadcast that day was a replay anyway -- and I also love Hawaiian music --  I decided to leave this bonus show here!  ENJOY!  

PS: If you really want to hear a replay, you can go to the archives below.  (Episodes before about 2016 do not have descriptions; so it's a grab bag surprise!)

PPS: If you want to volunteer to listen to one of those earlier recordings and WRITE a description for it, I'd be happy to have the help.



That's Kim Stanley Robinson Again

Repeat: "Kim Stanley Robinson Interview" -- originally aired last year, 10/31/2019

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 Voting in 2020

An historic election.  That's what we have this November.   A presidential election in the middle of a pandemic with face-coverings and physical distancing requires a different process be uses to cast our ballots. 

THAT we can vote is never in doubt, HOW we will vote has changed. 

To explain the process (and answer concerns people might have) is Yolo County's Jesse Salinas -- our local elections officer.  If after listening to this show you still have questions, you can contact Mr Salinas and his staff at:

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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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