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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 The Literature of Politics.  His guests all began with poetry celebrating human justice and obscure political causes.  Then they ran into the reality and pleasures of finding audiences with their art. 



the genre-bending author of The Fortress of Solitude and many other award-winning works of fiction stops by with his new novel, Dissident Gardens. The demands of art meet the realpolitik of political actions.



author of the best-selling classic and National Book Award-winner Mating brings us his long-awaited new novel Subtle Bodies. Leftist politics meet complicated male-female relationships.



Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist published in 25 languages. He collaborates with Bjork and performed with The Sugarcubes as Johnny Triumph. His three novels, The Whispering Muse, From the Mouth of the Whale, and The Blue Fox link Icelandic myth and current politics and the history of punk music.



the five piece progressive bluegrass band carry us to the mountains and back with their stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity.



the high impact acoustic folk music quintet from the West Coast of Canada, renowned for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements and exuberant live performances.

The Brilliant


the UK born, SF based jazz and cabaret piano man who we're pleased to call our House Pianist.


JOHN FOWLES - a rare visit from 1996 when the reclusive author left Lyme Regis and came to talk on West Coast Live.  The author of The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Magus, The Collector and many other books talks of his love of nature, detestation of cities, then necessity of learning to hunt and his revulsion by it, of the fossisls he foound and of the  love he enjoyed..

MARY GAITSKILL - noveist and short-story writr whose authentic, humorous and emotionally complx characters reveal a clear-eye take on we humans.

CLAIRE PEASLEE - Our naturalist has an ode to Spring and periodicity as we mark one of the holidays of rebirth.

THE NIELDS - The millenial sextet of rock and ameri-australia-cana light up the start of the show

SHANA MORRISON - the singer-songwriter is in with her band.  She's got great material, and chops she earned with her dad, Van.

JOHN SEBASTIAN - with his jug band, a custom tub to thump and the connetion between fol, rock n roll and current rap-pop.

MIKE GREENSILL - the non-gobsmackable pianist.




In Connection with March for Science Day and Earth Day SEDGE THOMSON presents thinkers, scientiest,s growers and the story of those who find how we humans can live on the planet with care gleaned from knoweldge and plesaure.  It's all connected.  And as the EPA gets thwarted and protections for our lands are removed, I hope temporarily, we must note these short-term and short-sighted policies are not what thinking and reflective people want if the earth is to continue serving us with its bounty.

NOVELLA CARPENTER, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer.

LISA HAMLITON, whose book Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness, depicts growers as stewards of the land and their pace of life.

JANE S. SMITH, author of The Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants.  

DAVID MAS MASUMOTO farmer, author, Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer

JESSICA PRENTICE, author of Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection

WES JACKSON  farmer, philosopher and author of several landmark books on sustainable agriculturel.  Recepient of the MacArthur grant, founder of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.

HOT BUTTERED RUM the five piece progressive bluegrass band carry us to the mountains and back with their stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity.