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Racially-Charged Casting Call: 'Surprising' But Not Shocking To Insiders

A casting call asked for attractive light-skinned women of any race but black women who looked "poor" and "not in good shape." A panel of industry insiders weighs in.


Effective New HIV Treatment Makes Researcher 'Hopeful' In Fighting Epidemic

The 20th annual International AIDS Conference is currently being held in Australia. Host Michel Martin speaks with AIDS researcher Dr. Anthony Fauci about the news coming out of the conference.


European Court Rules Against Poland In CIA 'Black Sites' Case

The European Court of Human Rights said Poland broke the European human rights convention by allowing the CIA to imprison and torture two terrorism suspects in secret prisons on its soil.


U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

The problem in the U.S. State Department system could cause problems for millions of people worldwide who are awaiting travel documents.


Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.


A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

Most people can't tell when they're having the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that puts them at risk of stroke. Simply learning to take your own pulse could help, researchers say.


A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future

An open revolt among moderate Kansas Republicans has clouded Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election hopes and focused national attention on the tax-cutting experiment at the heart of his "red-state model."


The 313 Turns 313: Happy Birthday, Detroit

In 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded the beginnings of modern-day Detroit — area code 313. Motor City can't throw a big celebration because of its bankruptcy, but there will be some parties.


In Detroit Porch Shooting Trial, It's Murder Vs. Self-Defense

The murder trial is underway for Theodore Wafer, the Detroit homeowner who shot Renisha McBride, an unarmed black teen, on his porch. Wafer claims self-defense; prosecutors say there was no threat.


Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants

The governor of Iowa says he's empathetic but doesn't want to host any of the unaccompanied and undocumented children from Central America. But advocacy groups and other officials in the state are urging Iowans to welcome them.


New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes

The Obama administration is proposing new safety rules for railroad oil tank cars, after a series of fiery derailments. The rules would phase out thousands of older cars in two years.


Complications During Ariz. Inmate's Execution Reignite Controversy

An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die after receiving a lethal injection Wednesday.


Military Dogs' Advocates Say The Canines Aren't Pets — They're Vets

Military war dogs serve combat tours, save lives and suffer injuries like the soldiers they serve. On Capitol Hill this week, dogs and their handlers made the case that all dogs should be brought home from war and treated with the respect they've earned.


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Insight Goes To Yosemite. In honor of the 150th Anniversary of Yosemite National Park, the Insight team hit the road and spent a day at Yosemite. Beth Ruyak talked with visitors, rangers and locals and gives you an audio tour. And we took LOTS of pics. Sample below. More here.




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    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Sacramento’s Music Circus is reviving the classic musical “South Pacific,” a show that despite its age remains popular with audiences. This old favorite endures in part because it offers a fascinating confluence of musical styles.

  • Theatre Review: Davis Shakespeare Festival

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    There’s a new summer theater series in the Sacramento region – the Davis Shakespeare Festival. They’re staging an evergreen Shakespeare comedy, and a small Broadway musical from 1963. Critic Jeff Hudson says this new venture is off to a strong start.

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