Davisville July 20, 2020 - Contested Memorials

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Many public statues are being defaced, toppled or removed this summer, and names taken off buildings, as more of America comes to terms with the ingrained racism in the United States that oppresses African-Americans. Statues of Confederate war heroes or slaveholders are particular targets. But this fight over symbols is not new, nor is it external to Davis; this city has had conflicts over symbols like the statue to Gandhi in Central Park (pictured), and over naming a street for Edward Teller, co-inventor of the hydrogen bomb.

Davisville August 3, 2020 - Lake Berryessa

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The new book “Exploring the Berryessa Region / A Geology, Nature, and History Tour” makes clear that there’s much more to see and explore in the area west/northwest of Davis than the Lake Berryessa reservoir--from stunning views and the Hubcap Ranch, to the region’s cultural heritage and the features that make it a hot spot of biological diversity. On today’s Davisville we talk with co-author Marc Hoshovsky, a retired naturalist in Davis, about what’s up there, plus how and when to see it.

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Davisville August 17, 2020 - The Palms Playhouse is ending its lease in Winters

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The Palms Playhouse, with no clear end to the pandemic in sight, has gone on indefinite hiatus and isn’t renewing its lease for the location in downtown Winters it has called home since moving from Davis in 2002. However, co-owners Nora Cary and Andrew Fridae are keeping the Palms going as an organization. On today’s Davisville we talk with Cary about the pandemic, the last concert they held on March 7, running a for-profit business with no profit, the magic of a good performance, some favorite moments since she and Fridae bought the Palms in 2016, and what might come next.

Davisville August 31, 2020 - Changes in Davis Homelessness

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Ryan Collins and Paul Doroshov first appeared on Davisville in July 2019 to talk about homelessness in Davis (“Many homeless people in Davis are finding homes, but more people are becoming homeless”). Today we catch up with developments since then, including the Daytime Respite Center that opened on L Street in February, and the impact of the pandemic. Ryan works directly with homeless people in Davis as the homeless outreach services coordinator for the city, and Paul is deputy police chief for Davis.

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Davisville October 12, 2020 - Davis Shakespeare, the pandemic, and Frankenstein

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If 2020 had been normal, my plan was to talk about Frankenstein, which the Davis Shakespeare Festival was going to present this fall until the pandemic killed off in-person performances. Rob Salas, co-artistic director and co-founder of the festival, is my guest today, and we still talk about the play by Nick Dear, which is based on the book by Mary Shelley and presents a creature very different than the “green skin and neckbolts” image of the monster in the 1930s movie.

Davisville October 26, 2020 - Stories from the Book of Lists

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So … have you heard about the Book of Lists? Did you even know they exist? The lists collect information about Greater Sacramento and other large cities and metros nationwide – not just statistics that might interest an accountant, but also lists like minority- or women-owned businesses, or largest employer in Yolo County, or fastest-growing companies. You can learn a lot about an area by reading them.

Davisville November 23, 2020 - Movies and the pandemic, with Davis critic Derrick Bang

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Even though the pandemic has closed theaters in Davis for most of 2020, we’re still presenting our annual movie show with Davis film critic Derrick Bang—even if only to learn what has survived the dislocations of the year. Derrick writes reviews for the Davis Enterprise and his blog, Derrick Bang on Film. We talk about how the pandemic has affected movie-making and his job as a critic, the films still coming out at what would normally be a big time of the year and films he’s looking forward to.

Davisville September 28, 2020 - Davis housing, 6 months into the pandemic

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On today’s Davisville we talk with Steve and Kit Boschken, Davis real estate experts and the owners of Boschken Properties, about the housing market in Davis this fall. Today's topics follow up our talk with Steve Boschken last May, and include apartment vacancies, the thin supply of homes for sale, rising home prices, the pandemic, unhealthy air from the wildfires, rents, buyers, trends, interest rates, lasting impacts, and not knowing when students will be able to resume in-person classes at UC Davis.

Davisville May 11, 2020 with Madison Suoja & Laura Sanchez, Davis Food Co-op

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Bill Buchanan talks with Madison Suoja & Laura Sanchez of the Davis Food Co-op, about working during the pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic has closed or curtailed most stores, with the Davis Food Co-op and other grocers among the few exceptions. So what has it been like to work in the Co-op during the pandemic? Has the experience changed as shoppers adjusted to new conditions, are there insights here as other Davis stores prepare to re-open, and why are flour and toilet paper rarely on the shelves?