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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 serves a delicious lunch for body and mind: 

GORDON EDGAR, author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge brings us the fascinating history of one of the world's most beloved cheeses in Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America's Most Iconic Cheese.

JOHN MUIR LAWS, artist, naturalist, author and educator renowned for his field guides, here with his latest, The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling.

FERGUS BORDEWICH, the political historian offers some perspective in his new account The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government.

RITA HOSKING TRIO, the soulful Americana and bluegrass artist and friends bring us captivating songwriting and storytelling.

MIKE GREENSILL, our talented, wise and witty house pianist ties it all together. And More!

Sedge Thomson welcomes:

Author

DAVA SOBEL

author of LongitudeGalileo's Daughter, and The Planets, now with A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.

Author

IAN W. TOLL

acclaimed author of Six Frigates and now Pacific Crucible; War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942.

Author

THOMAS STEINBECK

the author of Down to a Soundless Sea and In the Shadow of the Cypress presents an enthralling new piece of historical fiction: The Silver Lotus.

Musician

J WESLEY HARDING

with a backing band featuring members of the Decemberists, touring with the new CD The Sound of His Own Voice.

Musicians

THREE METRE DAY

acoustic modern roots trio from Canada, complete with violin, slide-guitar and pump organ.

The Modern

MIKE GREENSILL

on piano.

 


                                                                    Malcolm McDowell, Sedge Thomson*

Sedge's guests today on the Movies --
 

STANLEY DONEN - director Singin' in the Rain, Charade many others 

 

CHARLES BURNETT, director of films of the African-American experience, winner of MacArthur award

 

MALCOLM McDOWELL - From Oh Lucky Man! to Clockwork Orange to Star Trek -- he tells good stories 

 

RANDY THOM - Master sound designer for the movies . Winner of Oscars, acclaim, and steady work

 

CHRIS BARRON & MARK VOS -- on the history of vIsual effects and matte painting, The Invisible Art 

 

JOHN GREGORY DUNNE - master screen-writer who collaborated with his wife Joan Didion gives a primer on the film business 

 

And Sedge talks a bit about the feature film he produced, Kepler's Dream showing at
the Sonoma International Film Festival, March 31, Fridary evening, Sebastiani Theatre. 

*Photo above by Elizabeth Becker, Port Townsend Leader
 

*Photo below by Larry Gay, West Coast Live                  Charles Burnett, Sedge Thomson