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Davisville, March 23, 2020: Sacramento Bee Editor Lauren Gustus

I set up this interview before the coronavirus pandemic hit, to talk about the Bee, community journalism, the move from print to digital, its interest in Davis, and the financial problems that have eroded the newspaper and led its owner, McClatchy, to file for bankruptcy. This interview, recorded the afternoon of March 22,  still touches on those subjects, but we devote the first part of the show to how the Bee is covering the pandemic, including how it decides what stories to pursue beyond the obvious ones, and the kinds of articles its readers are asking for.

Davisville, March 9, 2020: The Avid Reader’s new owners

Erin and Brett Arnold bought the Avid Reader and Avid Reader Active this winter from longtime owner Alzada Knickerbocker. Buying the town’s last full bookstore, and their plans to keep it as a bookstore, is significant news if you’re interested in Davis, books, and/or downtown. The Arnolds visit Davisville today to talk about the store, bookselling, co-existing with Amazon, why the store has persisted, and why they see a good future for it. Some statistics support their optimism: Although sales of printed books in the United States fell about 1.2 percent in 2019 from the year before, they’re still up 16 percent from 2012.

Davisville, March 2, 2020: The latest on COVID-19, with Yolo Health Officer Ron Chapman

My guest is Dr. Ron Chapman, Yolo County health officer, and we talk about the COVID-19 coronavirus. The subjects include:

• The latest developments

• What people should and shouldn't do to minimize their chances of catching the disease

• Where to get reliable information

• His role in shaping the Yolo public health response, and in deciding when a quarantine or closure might be needed

• The mortality rate

• The symptoms

• What to do if you think you might have COVID-19

• Who to contact if you don't have a doctor, the county coronavirus hotline, and more.

Davisville, Feb. 17, 2020: Ryan Easterday, a U.S. Navy commander from Davis

Commander Ryan Easterday watched Star Trek as a kid growing up in Davis, and liked the idea of leading a ship. When he was ready for college, the notion still had enough appeal for him to include the U.S. Naval Academy among the schools where he applied – and when his final choice came down to the University of California Santa Cruz or the academy, he chose the Navy. Easterday now commands the USS John McCain, a destroyer with a crew of about 320 based in Japan, and on today’s Davisville he talks about why he went to Annapolis instead of Santa Cruz, his ship, the Navy, some of his experiences, and how growing up in Davis has shaped him as an officer.

Davisville, Jan. 27, 2020: The Davis Night Market. And freedges.

Twice weekly at 9:30 p.m., volunteers bring food donated by Davis restaurants and stores to tables in Central Park. Anyone who wants the food is then free to take what they want; the cooked food usually goes first. This is the Davis Night Market, created by students at UC Davis to reduce food waste in Davis and to get food to the hungry. The market serves about 30 people on an average night, and the founders would like to build it into a daily operation. Any food left over goes in the “freedges”—community refrigerators like the tiny libraries you see in front yards around town.

Today we talk with two of the Night Market founders, Valerie Weinborn and Ernst Oehninger, about why they do this, the reaction they’ve had, and what they hope to achieve. She’s a veterinarian from Chile who has a doctorate in Food Science; he’s a PhD student in Natural Resource Economics and comes from a family of farmers in Brazil.

Davisville, Jan. 13, 2020: Learning from the Simpsons at UC Davis

“Pffft, English. Who needs that? I'm never going to England.”

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The Simpsons has delivered enough humor, satire, great writing and insight during its 30 years on TV to have attracted serious attention (and sites devoted to its funny quotes, like these from main character Homer Simpson). Karma Waltonen, an instructor at UC Davis whose expertise ranges from Margaret Atwood to stand-up comedy, teaches a class on the Fox network cartoon series at the University of California, Davis, and recently published her second book on the show, The Simpsons' Beloved Springfield: Essays on the TV Series and Town That Are Part of Us All (co-edited with Denise Du Vernay). On Davisville today she talks about The Simpsons, why the program matters, why students want to study it, and similarities between Springfield and Davis.

Davisville, Dec. 30, 2019: Biotech is changing the world, and Davis has a role

Biotechnology is changing lives, products and expectations, creating both possibilities and risks. The changes are enormous, and more are ahead. My guest today is Jim DeKloe (pictured), founder and director of the Industrial biotechnology program, and a professor of biological sciences and biotech, at Solano Community College. We talk about the center in Vacaville, its unusual (for a community college) bachelor’s degree, biotech, the creation of a ”life sciences corridor” between Sacramento and the Bay Area, the need for ethics and laws to keep up, and how a product he knew from his time at Genentech saved his 4-year-old son’s life.

Davisville, Dec. 16, 2019: More traffic ahead

Traffic on Interstate 80 through Davis is getting worse, and although proposed solutions are in the works, they’re several years in the future—assuming the money to pay for them can be found, and a consensus about what to do emerges. Today we talk with Anne Ternus-Bellamy, local government reporter for the Davis Enterprise, about the Yolo 80 project, other local traffic developments, and the spread of regional traffic into more streets in Davis, guided by apps that help people find paths around the clogs on I-80.

Davisville, Dec. 2, 2019: Helping kids grow up

Helping kids grow up well is a challenge that doesn't end. The question occupies parents, teachers, maybe almost everyone, and we address the subject today, not in a broad policy sense, but through one conversation with one person engaged in the work. Gemma Miner, the academic coordinator for volunteer engagement for the California 4-H, has 33 years of working with youth to help them develop confidence, leadership and life skills, plus degrees in recreation and experience as a pediatric registered nurse. We talk about the 4-H program (the photo shows her with some of her materials), what kids and youths need, how to reach them, what not to do, and how adults can make their experiences interesting to a child.

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