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Monday, July 14, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Matt Laslo on Politics / State Fair Calorie Counting / Blade of the Samurai / Africa Hope Fund

geetarchurchy / Flickr

geetarchurchy / Flickr



Ken Rudin is on the road in Alaska this with his old friend Neal Conan. So, in place of this week’s Political Junkie segment, Capital Public Radio’s National Political Reporter Matt Laslo joins us to talk about what’s happening in Washington D.C. this week.  

The California State Fair may be a great place to tantalize your taste buds, but can you do it without tacking on massive calories? That’s the question food critic Andrea Thompson is asking at this year’s fair. The self described “high-minded foodie” is heading to the state fair in search of healthy food choices. At the same time, the Sacramento Business Journal’s social engagement manager, Sonya Sorich, is trying to find the worst foods for your waistline. Both of the food seekers are joining us to explain what they found at the opening weekend of the fair. 



Susan Spann writes the Shinobi Mysteries, featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori and his Portuguese Jesuit sidekick, Father Mateo. The second of the series, Blade of the Samurai, releases tomorrow and portrays 16th century Japan when real ninjas worked as undercover agents and spies.  Susan will appear in a number of book events in Eldorado Hills, Petaluma, and Citrus Heights where she will share her enthusiasm for Japanese history and culture. 

Carol Van Bruggen has worked with local business, community leaders and youth in Zambia to protect wildlife. In addition to her work in Zambia, she has connected with a local school (Will Rogers Middle School) and is providing Sacramento students with the opportunity to compare and share their own conservation efforts with those of children in Africa while learning more about the culture of young people in a very different part of the world. Carol and co-writer Pat Cole are in the process of writing a book about wildlife conservation in Africa and will share their insights.



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    Matt Laslo on Politics

    Capital Public Radio's National Political Reporter Matt Laslo joins Insight.

  • Africa Hope Fund

    Financial expert Carol Van Bruggen is working on a book about her work in Zambia to protect African wildlife. There’s an event this weekend to benefit the Africa Hope Fund.

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