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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 celebrates the summer and the appeal of wide-open spaces and the language and food and life found in them as we commence our new series of one-hour broadcasts.  (New time in San Francisco, Saturdays 1PM, yet highly listenable all week via our website - just to the left -- on any internet-connected device you use.) 

DON EDWARDS, with a Cowboy song

GRETEL EHRLICH, poet, on her seven seasons in Greenland on the ice speaking Greenlandic and eating seal

KEN WALDMAN, Alaskan poet and fiddler 

SEDGE THOMSON on The Bluebloods of the vegetable world -- the Redwoods 

NORA MARKS DAUENHAUER, the acclaimed Juneau-based poet and translator of her native Tlingit language guides us through the language and the best way to cook salmon by the river. 

We dine well on the ideas of the past and present guiding us to the future. Keep apprised.  Sign up to the mailing list!

 

 

 

In Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck set out to find what are American’s Like Today — that was in 1960.

 

Today, we hear from the author’s son,  THOMAS STEINBECK, an author himself, about growing up a Steinbeck, the mysteries of the cypress planted by the Chinese in Monterrey, at take on American politics viewed from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam.

 

And BILL BARICH who travelled in Steinbeck’s wheel tracks of Travels with Charley to find a current America — where the individual remains noble while the mass seems to go off the rails at times, in his Long Way Home.

 

We bring the past and the present to life to guide us to the future. today.


Sedge, who likes to travel with a watercolor sketch book, finds living masters who depict the natural world on to paper -- 

JOHN MUIR LAWS - whose many guides and on-line tutorials show us a new way of observing

PATRICIA CURTAN - Her drawings, prints and sketches of fruit and vegetables grace the 40 year colloborations with Alice Waters in the Chez Panisse cookbooks and menus.  Her love of printing connects with food and the plants

TOM KILLION -- He boyhood admiration for the works of Japanese print masters led to his own use of the wood-block printing tradition to depict the American west, sometimes with poet Gary Snyder, and as a counterpoint to his time in Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Sedge Thomson will be at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco July 29 and 30 for a "Discussion Thingy," the opening act of ZOË KEATING's evenings of her looped cello orchestra.  He'll be joined by Zoë and author ELI BROWN and others,  For more information and tickets:  zoekeating.com/perform.html