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Davisville, Dec. 11, 2017: Retirements in 2018 will bring changes to the Davis Enterprise

When Bruce Gallaudet announced he was retiring as sports editor of the Davis Enterprise, I took the occasion to ask him to come on the show. He has had an eclectic career, and knows more stories than we could ever get to. Halfway through the interview he said his wife, Debbie Davis, has also decided to retire from the Enterprise on March 2, and that’s major news in Davis—she has been editor of the paper since taking over from Bruce in the early 1980s. Today's interview ended up in two halves. The first part is about sports, why it can produce such good journalism, and the large personalities it attracts. The second part is about changes in community journalism, the state of the Enterprise, the plan he and Debbie have to move to the San Francisco Peninsula after they retire, and more.

Davisville, Nov. 27, 2017: Meet Anne Hance, if you don’t know her already

If you’re interested in Davis, then Anne Hance is someone you should know, or at least know about. A zoologist by training, she grew up in England during World War II, came to Davis in 1968, co-founded and helped lead the Explorit Science Center for a third of a century … and those details are just part of the story. We talk about those topics, and much more, on today’s program.

Davisville, Nov. 13, 2017: Our yearly guide to films with Davis critic Derrick Bang

Today I welcome back Davis movie critic Derrick Bang, who offers his entertaining opinions on films to see and avoid as 2017 winds down. This show is an annual feature on Davisville. The New York Times recently posted a list of about 100 films coming out in the next two months.  Seeing them all would take, what, about five weeks of full-time effort? This is why we need movie critics, to help sort 'em all out!

Davisville, Oct. 23, 2017: For fundraising week, a backstage look at 3 public affairs shows

It's fundraising week, so I dedicated this week's program to a discussion among three of KDRT's public-affairs program hosts -- Gitane (right), Lois Richter, and yours truly -- on where they (we) get ideas, what makes a good show, and the spirit of community radio, which can range from ramshackle to polished. Lois co-hosts the Davis Garden Show with Don Shor, plus hosts her own program That's Life. Dr. G hosts Heart to Heart -- and among other things tonight, explains why she can't really give advice on air to people in Davis who might otherwise call with their problems. As she says, microphones are better now than they used to be. Even if a guest with a problem were never named, Davis is still small enough that their voice might be recognized. 

Davisville, Oct. 9, 2017: Equifax might have screwed up, but you can do better

Yahoo, Equifax … the major data breaches just keep on coming. Protecting your identity and information seems hopeless, but you can significantly improve your odds. Today we talk with Dewight Kramer, assistant chief information security officer for UC Davis, for context, practical ideas, the value of telling Congress about the reforms you want to see, and not falling prey to FUD -- fear, uncertainty, doubt.

Davisville, Sept. 25, 2017: Trying to steer away from the ditch

Davis is headed for a ditch, financially, but doesn’t have to land there. Dan Carson, chair of the city’s Finance and Budget Commission, is one of several people in town who are trying to engage the rest of us in helping Davis make a few course corrections now, before we start going over the edge. Today on Davisville we talk about the problem, what caused it, what we can do about it, the forecast that describes what’s coming, and why most people in Davis aren’t paying attention. At least, not yet.

Davisville, Sept. 11, 2017: Imagining America, from Davis

If Americans are less certain these days about who we are as a nation, maybe Imagining America can help. The nationwide network, created by a White House initiative in 1999, says its purpose is to bring together scholars, artists, students, designers and cultural organizers to “address the most pressing issues of our time.” This summer it moved to UC Davis from Syracuse, N.Y. On today’s show we talk with two UC Davis faulty members who help lead the network: Erica Kohl-Arenas, associate professor in American Studies and Imagining America’s new faculty director; and Milmon Harrison, associate professor in African American and African Studies.  We discuss the network, what it wants to achieve, its conference on campus next month, and why it chose Davis as its new home.

Davisville, Aug. 28, 2017: We Need A Lot More Housing, California YIMBY Says, So Start Building

Housing is expensive and scarce, in Davis and in regions all over California. Clearly, the supply has not kept up with the growth in population. Brian Hanlon is executive director of California YIMBY (for “Yes In My Backyard”), a new group, largely backed by technologists, that is urging the state to get serious about building more houses and apartments. Lots of them. Wherever they're needed. It supports several proposed laws now before the state Legislature, including one that would reduce barriers to new housing in communities that don’t take their state-defined share of growth. On today’s Davisville, we talk about remedies he supports and how they’d play out here.

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