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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!

Today, SEDGE THOMSON, presents “Power in Chains”


Scotsman ANDRO LINKLATER finds the link between the measuring of America and the rise of democracy, when ownership of property, in John Adams words, generates power. How did all that surveying work give rise to our country.  George Washington was a surveyor when the work created our democracy.  AMerica was laid out in 22' chains, the size of cricket pitches.


GREG PALAST with his book “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” created a franchise that keeps on giving for him. His books, films and talks on this subject keep us informed when others try to hide their actions. He looks at the facts, shows them and watches people scurry and hide.  He enjoys his work.


It's Sedge's flâneur files with Adventures in Ideas.  


Insights abound. 


Laughs, too. 



Mike Greensill is on hand. 

Today, SEDGE THOMSON presents an hour with WILLIAM GIBSON.

Renowned for inventing the word "cyberspace," William Gibson's satirical and prescient novels anticipate the human costs of our technology and the rise of the internet.  

The proliferation of AI, the hacking by "state actors" of social media to disrupt the elections in the US and the UK and to control "the internet of things," William Gibson imagined long before the reality.

But it's all merged.

It's an hour worth jacking into, live on the radio, or via the Listen Again button to your left.


West Coast Live broadcasts Saturdays from 10am to noon Pacific Time, unless otherwise stated. Guests attending the show are asked to arrive 30 minutes early, at 9:30am.