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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!

SEDGE THOMSON presents a two-level broacast from the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum and Room X

A.S. BYATT -  in her droll and perceptive style about perceptions in art, musuems, and the magic of certain Djinn guides;

SIMON SINGH -- whose physics interests lead him in the political world of the 17th century mathematics and Fermat's Enigma, where how to solve a puzzle may be more important than the answer;

JOHN FENSTERMAKER - plays the Skinner Organ in Room X about the Florence Gould Theatre and we hear from the restorer

Tips on Travel with KARL and CARL - travelers with their own perceptions who know their Conde from their Nast;

WESLA WHITFIELD, MIKE GREENSILL, DEAN RILEY - The trio adds a new chorus to a song from Oklahoma!

and a surprise improv visit....




"God, I miss the Cold War!" - Judi Dench as "M"

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This week SEDGE THOMSON brings us reflections on some issues of the day: A man who lost the popular vote by more than 3 million votes is due to take office, with plans to destroy health insurance for tens of millions of Americans, reinstating pre-existing condition clauses and denying health coverage to many more.  His proven labile scofflaw behavior of ignoring conflict of interest laws, nepotism laws, refusal to reveal his finances, and tax returns, to perhaps hide his indebtedness to Russian billionaires or business dealings with China, may distract us from the systematic dismantling of laws and organizations established for the well-being of our civil society.  His invocation of GODWIN'S LAW to attack the national security agencies dealing with external threats creates havoc, which may be intentional, who knows what is true at this point, with his buffoonery.

So we focues on what is known, and through reflection about the past, illuminate the present:

SETH ROSENFELD - Author - of Subversives on how the FBI fed information to Ronald Reagan to help him become Governor and President, as the result of the Berkeley birthed Free Speech Movement.  We hear how the FBI supplied covert and personal information to Ronald Reagan shifting votes in elections, an echo of current events.  After years of court cases and Freedom of Information Acts, some of this history is now known.;

STEVE SILBERMAN - author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and The Future of Neurodiversity, which won a major scientific book award, for his account of Autism, our human need for different kinds of people, and the struggle to overcome prejudice fake news about vaccines.  This week Donald Trump and Robert Kennedy Jr met to discuss their ill-informed and dangerous anti-vaccine measures which, if their wacky ideas are acted on, will imperil Americans' health;

MARK BOWDEN - author of Worm: The First Digital World War - How the US government was unprepapred for hacking and internet attacks in 2009.  And as we've seen is recent months, the vulnerabiliity remains real, credible and dangerous.  We learn about Bay Area-based SRI and their attempts from the deck of the Internet Clipper Ship to braves the gales of malware;

And to calm us from the news of the day,  DAROL ANGER and THE FURIES along with the Canadian refuge of ENSEMBLE CAPRICE;

MIKE GREENSILL proffers a thought.


The West Coast Live production office has been laid low by the flu.  
So we're keeping the show going this week with several appropriate guests, including Michael O'Brien (of Karl and Carl) interviewing Lance Boyle, apparently in charge of entertainment for the inaugural.  Also when SEDGE welcomes:



with her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, on which the popular new movie Lincoln is based. How Lincoln chose his cabinet



author of such acclaimed works as Standing at the Scratch Line and Echoes of a Distant Summer, the West Coast Live poet laureate one year.



the American historian best known for his multi-volume series on the history of California, collectively called Americans and the California Dream

 - The great ebullient man died this week at 76 in San Francisco.  He kept California together in his writings.  We'll hear a couple of interviews, one about the Golden Gate Bridge, which, with his vitality depicts the vim of this state over time.




founding member of the world's most famous female trio, the Supremes, who has gone on to have a successful career as a solo singer and humanitarian.



with STEF BURNS; the audacious guitar duo.  MIKE GREENSILL at the  piano.