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Who are we in this year of stronger-than-whatever-redux-make-us-together-greater-they-all-want-to-get-into-that-big-beautiful-house-how-did-we-get-here sloganeering.  This election season women and men citizenry have been degraded when often it's blessedly only the candidates degrading themselves.  It's time to bathe in the fresh water of the Merced River and breathe cool clean mountain air and discover ourselves again in a national park -- one of our nation's great treasures -- so come with us today to Yosemite National Park to find Our Better Selves.....  SEDGE welcomes:  

JESSE COLIN YOUNG, songwriter and lead singer of the popular group The Youngbloods in the 1960s. Everbody Get Together, Try to Love One Another Right Now... A spirit from another time.  He'll sing Love is but a song to sing, Fear's the way we die, you can make the mountains ring --- as we look at Half Dome in the Sierra.

CHRIS SMITHER, folk/blues singer and guitarist whose music draws deeply from blues, folk, modern poets and philosophers.

ROSS HANNA, the late grandson of John Muir who helped sustain the legacy of his grandfather (October 1922 - June 2014).

PHIL FRANK, the late great cartoonist who created Farley (March 1943 – September 2007).

GERRY BLOCH, oldest person to climb El Capitan, at age 81, and his guide MIKE CORBETT.

YVONNE GRANGER, Park Service Ranger.

TOM BOPP, Yosemite music historian and performer. 

MIKE GREENSILL, who hiked in a piano!

This week, the northern California communities in the renowned Wine Country suffered great losses from fire.  Smoke and ash linger in the air for miles.  Of the nearly 2,000 homes destroyed, one was the home and studio of the creator of Peanuts. CHARLES SCHULZ.  He did much for the Santa Rosa community, including building the Redwood Empire Ice Rink, which is still standing and the ice being this week restored.  SEDGE talks with Charles "Sparky" Schulz in the autumn of 1996 in a theatre near his Santa Rosa home.  (He'd go anywhere in the world, as long as he could be home by noon.)

Many acres of agricultural land burned, barns vanished in seconds, carefully nutured gardens crisped instantly in the fire wave. ARRAN HARRIS features some songs about the farming life and the struggle get health care in his amusing Farm-Alt-Western sounds.

MIKE GREENSILL whose Napa home was threatend by fire, was able to find the one pub with room-temperature Guiness.


West Coast Live broadcasts Saturdays from 10am to noon Pacific Time, unless otherwise stated. Guests attending the show are asked to arrive 30 minutes early, at 9:30am.  


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