Program Showcase

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.

A Place To Call Home: Three Stories

Nov 23, 2018

In this episode, we'll hear from Sean Jarstrom, Michael Trent, and Yvonne Smith. Jarstrom was staying in a room when I spoke with him, though his situation changed later. Trent was in severe pain from a foot infection, using a piece of bent metal as a cane. In a later episode, we'll catch up with him to talk about how his situation changed, too.

And Smith spoke about how she and another homeless woman are doing the best they can to care for a third homeless woman, who has trouble walking and bathing herself.

A Place To Call Home: John McCowen

Nov 21, 2018
Jeffrey Parker

Mendocino County Supervisor John McCowen has very specific ideas about how to address homeless encampments. One day, we went with him to find out more.

A Place To Call Home: Four Stories

Nov 19, 2018

July 17, 2018 -- In this episode of "A Place To Call Home," we'll hear from four people about their experiences with homelessness. Karla Sylvester had gotten a job as a live-in caregiver, right before I met her. She talks about her work in the forests and on crabbing boats, and how hard it is to rely on other people for half of one's living expenses.