Program Showcase

Dr. Marvin Trotter interviews Dr. Clair Brown, Ph. D, author of "Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science". They discuss the economics of healthcare from a Buddhist perspective.

Episode 5: Tom Liden and Marylyn Motherbear Scott

Dec 13, 2018
Marylyn Motherbear Scott

In this episode of Promise of Paradise, we'll hear Kate Magruder's interviews with Tom Liden, a photographer who came to Mendocino County and built a his dream home; and Marylyn Motherbear Scott, who raised a large family at Greenfield and wove her psychedelic insights into a reverence for the land.

We've got short pieces with both, the full episode, and long, lightly edited interviews with each guest.

Episode 4: J. Holden

Dec 8, 2018
J. Holden

J. Holden is a local poet and clinical psychologist who showed up in Mendocino County  just as legal LSD and the State Hospital in Talmage were winding down. He shares his memories of how back to the landers changed the way that life and death were done -- while finding their way back to traditional practices.

We'll hear about the wisdom of a rattlesnake, how water flows downhill, and what Holden learned about building homes and marriages.

Lauren E. Oakes - In Search of the Canary Tree

Dec 5, 2018

To hear this interview with Stanford University scientist, Lauren E. Oakes, PhD., about her work and her book,  IN SEARCH OF THE CANARY TREE: THE STORY OF A SCIENTIST, A CYPRESS, AND A CHANGING WORLD, click on this link:


Dec 4, 2018

To hear this interview with Fordham U. History Professor, Kirsten Swinth, about her book FEMINISM’S FORGOTTEN FIGHT: THE UNFINISHED STRUGGLE FOR WORK AND FAMILY, click on this link:


Be More Now to Feature Author Sarah Reith

Dec 3, 2018

Tune into KZYX&Z’s Be More Now program at 7pm on Thursday, December 6 when host Blake More turns the microphone around and interviews KZYX programmer Sarah Reith. They’ll be talking about Reith’s debut novel “A Schedule of Drugs in the Valley of Death,” a critically acclaimed and compelling window into the life of young woman who finds her voice amid the characters and cultural patchwork that is Mendocino County. The show will air on KZYX&Z 90.7FM Philo, 88.1FM Fort Bragg, and 91.5FM Willits, as well as stream live on the web

Episode 3: David Raitt

Dec 3, 2018
Contributed by David Raitt

November 29, 2018 -- In our third episode of Promise of Paradise back to the land oral histories of Mendocino County, we'll hear from David Raitt, of Udder Truth Dairy and Lumber Company, the Yurt People, and, of course, Hansen and Raitt. He shares stories of building yurts, demolishing an old high school in Ukiah, and the math teacher who inspired him. We'll also hear some of the highlights from his performing career, which include singing "Who is Your Guru" for a crowd of drunk realtors and standing on his head in front of a crowd from sheer delight.

Special Report On Homelessness Consultant

Dec 1, 2018

May 18, 2018 — Today, we’re kicking of a special series on homelessness in Mendocino County with a look at Dr. Robert Marbut, a consultant whose recommendations about addressing homelessness were recently accepted by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and the Ukiah City Council.

A Place To Call Home: Chris and Cheri

Nov 30, 2018

May 31-- This is the first in a weekly series of interviews with people about their experiences being homeless in Mendocino County. We'll air it every Thursday afternoon at 1:30pm.

The two people we'll hear in the first episode talk about how they found themselves living on the street, the greatest dangers of homelessness, and their day-to-day lives.

I am grateful to everyone who has shared their stories and their time with me. 

A Place To Call Home: James Hoffman

Nov 29, 2018

June 12, 2018 -- Today we'll hear from James David Hoffman about his experiences being homeless in Ukiah. Hoffman, or Jimbo, as some people call him, is from the Redwood Valley Rancheria, is profoundly hearing impaired, and has struggled with addiction since puberty. He told me his story on May 11, shortly after he got out of jail. He spoke about a searing trauma in his youth, the beauty of sign language, and how he believes the spirit of his lost daughter has guided him away from death. It was a privilege to be the recipient of his story.

A Place To Call Home: Donald Damp

Nov 27, 2018

June 16, 2018 -- In this episode of A Place to Call Home, we'll hear from Donald Damp, an ambassador to the homeless community. He is formerly homeless himself, and now volunteers at organizations all over Ukiah, working to help currently homeless people get medical attention, basic necessities, and sometimes just a friendly or informative word. 

Tune in to hear him tell his story and discuss his philosophy about where life has led him.

Skunk Train

Is the Fort Bragg mill pond stalemate finally about to break? The city's spectacular waterfront has been all but off limits for a century, long dominated by a major lumber mill but in recent decades mired in dispute over an industrial waste cleanup and how to develop the site. Now, the owners of Fort Bragg's famous Skunk Train are in contract to buy  and develop 70 acres of the 419-acre site.

A Place To Call Home: Fires

Nov 25, 2018

June 23, 2018 -- In our latest episode of A Place to Call Home, we'll hear from three people who are homeless because of the fires. The first half is the story of a young couple who came to Ukiah from Lake County, where they were burned out twice. In the second half, a woman talks about what life has been like since she was indirectly displaced by last Ocotober's firestorm. 

Episode 2: Ross Walker and Kate Magruder

Nov 25, 2018

In our second episode of Promise of Paradise, which aired on Thanksgiving Day, 2018, we'll hear from Ross Walker and Kate Magruder, who came to Greenfield Ranch outside Ukiah in the early 1970s. Their tales of building their homes, what they found, and what's changed are simultaneously unique and of a piece with what Kate calls the "experiment" of moving back to the land in an era when anything seemed possible.

Episode 1: Prue Wilcox and Anne Shirako

Nov 25, 2018
Yoshiki Sakane

In our first episode of Promise of Paradise, which aired on November 15, 2018, we'll hear interviews with two women who came to the region in the back to the land era. 

Prue Wilcox' stories of being a newcomer in Elk are truly iconic, from her memories of a wedding and a birth to her first encounters with hippie culture and the freewheeling attitudes about pot.