In The Studio -The Real Dirt on Davis

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Tim Gaffaney hosts Hanna Nakano the editor and publisher of THE dirt DAVIS. They discussed what prompted her to take this over, what changes she has made, what is unique to THE dirt, the differences between the on line version and the paper copy, how to get your events, club or news into THE dirt, and her impressions of what makes Davis special for arts and events.

THE dirt DAVIS is online at or find the newsletter in coffee shops, bookstores and the library

Recorded 5/26/23

In The Studio - T.R.O.T.R.: Care for Animals & People Alike

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This episode of "In the Studio" spotlights local nonprofit Therapeutic Riding and Off-Track Rehabilitation, commonly called TROTR. Located on Road 102 between Davis and Woodland, TROTR is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to assisting retired racing horses learn new careers, as well as caring for abused or abandoned horses and finding them new, loving homes.

In The Studio - Cultivating the Artist Within

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Tim Gaffaney hosts Stacie Frerichs the Executive Director of the Davis Arts Center. They discussed the history of how Davis got an arts center, why it's important to cultivate arts in youth and their focus on visual arts, how they pivoted during the pandemic dealing with both the positive and negative aspects, how they created tools for teachers to create arts curriculum within other subjects in school, and current challenges in arts organizations

Recorded 4/18/23

Talking Point - The Evolution of Power

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Dutch Born UC Davis Distinguished Professor Emeritus Geerat J. Vermeij of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is a prominent paleoecologist and evolutionary biologist of our time.

His latest book “The Evolution of Power" will be published in November 2o23 by Princeton University Press.

Our interview will focus on how power has played a determining role in the evolution of all life on earth, and the unique impact that humans have made as the most powerful species ever evolved on our earth.

In The Studio - Peanut's Playhouse

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Host Alex Silva-Sadder talked with Kasandra Vargas who is a ventriloquist educator for children. They discussed her history and what inspired her, the mission of Peanut's Playhouse to build a child's confidence, love and acceptance, the projects and shows around topics such as anti-bullying, autism inclusion, the environment, and they talked about her first audio book and future projects.

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Recorded 3/16/2023

In The Studio - Transforming the Aesthetic Experience

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Tim Gaffaney hosts Oona Hatton, Co-Artistic Director for Davis Repertory Theatre. They discussed the theate's vision  dedicated to professional repertory theatre, power, equity, children, the local community, and performance ethnography. Oona talked about their up coming shows which are free and will have ASL interpretation, Hear First which is a native story walk, their focus on presenting live theatre, and the non traditional spaces for their performances.

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Recorded 3/7/23