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Davisville, Jan. 28, 2019: Pain and comedy with Karma Waltonen

Comedy and chronic pain might not seem to have much in common, but on today’s program, they do. UC Davis Continuing Lecturer Karma Waltonen teaches seminars on writing & performing stand-up comedy, among other subjects, and on Jan. 31 she’ll present her one-woman show “Chronic Pain: A Comedy,” at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in Sacramento. Waltonen has wonderfully eclectic interests – her expertise ranges from The Simpsons to Margaret Atwood – and her sense of humor and comic timing, backed by her clear respect for the serious aspects of her subject, make this an engaging interview.

Davisville, Jan. 14, 2019: Winter is here, and the shelter is open

Like other cities, Davis is home to people who have no home. And so each year the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter, a project of Davis congregations (mostly churches), offers overnight shelter and food to the homeless for a week at each of 10 locations. It runs from December to mid-March. Linda Scott, co-chair of the shelter and a longtime volunteer, talks about how it works, what it offers, recent changes, the main cause of homelessness among the people they serve, and the contributions of their 1,500 volunteers. The shelter helped about 140 people last year.

Davisville, Dec. 31, 2018: Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning moved to Davis in the early 1950s, began writing for the Davis Enterprise in 1969, and started producing his daily column in 1976. At that pace, he has probably written more words about Davis than anyone. Ever. On today’s show we talk about the column, the idea that the Enterprise could use additional local voices like his from a greater variety of people in Davis, what he thinks Davis needs most, and his memories of sharing a stage with Bob Hope at the legendary comedian’s fundraiser for the Davis Senior Center in the 1980s. 

Davisville, Dec. 17, 2018: Doug Hatton is one of the Santas of Davis

Doug Hatton has appeared as Santa Claus at events in and around Davis for 22 years. On today’s Davisville he talks about the experience, what Davis kids ask for, the time a girl asked for an ATM for her room, how he manages expectations, and the enjoyment he gets from doing it all. Listening is important, he says, kids can sense if someone really wants to talk with them, and yes, his beard is real.

Davisville, Dec. 3, 2018: Robin Affrime helped build CommuniCare into a significant Yolo healthcare asset

CommuniCare, which began as the Davis Free Clinic in the 1970s, provides primary healthcare and related services to about 10 percent of Yolo County’s population. If people can’t pay, they still get care. How did a clinic that used to fit in a converted house downtown grow into a set of healthcare centers that are critically important to local healthcare? Robin Affrime is part of the answer. She was CEO of CommuniCare for 19 years until retiring this fall, after starting there as a volunteer 35 years ago. On today’s Davisville she talks about CommuniCare, what it does, how it grew, the role it plays in local healthcare, and offers her ideas on how she’d approach the perennial problem in U.S. healthcare: how to pay for it all.

Davisville, Nov. 26, 2018: Listening to a survivor, and the story, of Jonestown (repeat from 2014)

In August 2014, author Julia Scheeres and Thom Bogue spoke at the Avid Reader about her book, “A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown,” and his memories of the remote South American camp of the Peoples Temple where 918 people were killed or committed suicide one day in November 1978. Bogue, then a teenager and now mayor of Dixon, was one of the relatively few survivors. Scheeres’ critically praised book draws on previously unavailable recordings and records from the temple, which once had a major presence in San Francisco. They talk about it in this 2014 interview on Davisville.

Davisville, Nov. 12, 2018: If movies reflect our times …

… then what do some of the latest movies say about us? That’s one of the discussions on today’s 8th annual fall movie show with Davis film critic Derrick Bang (Davis Enterprise, Derrick Bang on Film). He also lists a few end-of-year movies he looks forward to, a few that have him anticipating the worst, and one that he says will likely allow no middle ground of opinion: Anna and the Apocalypse. As usual, this is a lively discussion!

Davisville, Oct. 29, 2018: This killer's story challenges law that says a 15-year-old should never be tried as an adult

Daniel Marsh was a few weeks short of 16 when he murdered Mary Northup’s father Oliver “Chip” Northup Jr., and Chip's wife Claudia Maupin, in their Davis home in 2013. As Lauren Keene has written in the Davis Enterprise, "the brutality of [the killings] stunned seasoned law enforcement as well as the community at large." Marsh was convicted as an adult in 2014, but after voters approved a change in state law in 2016, Marsh won a Yolo court hearing that asked if he should now be transferred to the juvenile justice system. The transfer -- rejected by the court last week -- could have meant he’d be released at 25. On today’s program Mary Northup talks about the hearing, listening to Marsh in court, the change in California law that will soon forbid 15-year-olds from being tried as adults, and balancing rehabilitation against protecting the public.

Davisville, Oct. 15, 2018: There’s plenty of conflict out there. How do we reduce it?

American life is full of conflict – political, social, economic, all types. Today’s guest is Kara Hunter, executive director of the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center, who knows a lot about the subject. We discuss the center, what it does in Davis, who uses it, the results they get, and also about conflict overall – including how she’d advise the Senate if she were given the task of resolving their conflicts in the wake of the Supreme Court Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.  “The first thing I’d ask all of them to do is stop talking,” she says, “and start listening to one another.”

Davisville, Oct. 1, 2018: Gene Parsons talks about Mendocino Quartet, plus 1969’s Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde

Musician Gene Parsons, who will perform in Davis with the rest of the Mendocino Quartet on Oct. 13, returns to Davisville this week for a discussion that largely has two parts: the quartet, and a few memories about the first LP he recorded with the Byrds -- Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde.

Dr. Byrds followed the popular band's late 1968 country-rock breakthrough record, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Dr. Byrds is not among Parsons’ favorite Byrds records – he prefers Untitled and Ballad of Easy Rider – but he agrees that the playing of Clarence White is one of the attractions of Dr. Byrds. White, a widely admired guitarist, died in 1973 at age 29 after he was struck by a drunk driver. “You hear a lot of Clarence in there [on Dr. Byrds],” Parsons says, “figuring out how he’s going to work with this band.”

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