Insight With Beth Ruyak

Hosted By Beth Ruyak

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LATEST SHOW | Thursday, April 25, 2019

Photo by Savina Jeong

Insight: Capitol Chat / Tough Old Broads Poetry / Sound Advice

CapRadio state government reporter Scott Rodd joins us for Capitol Chat. The Tough Old Broads share their new poetry collection. Critic Jeff Hudson brings us Sound Advice on upcoming classical concerts.


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    What’s Happening With Cannabis Legislation At The State Capitol

    CapRadio’s state government reporter, Scott Rodd, provides an update on several pieces of legislation related to cannabis on this week’s Capitol Chat.

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    Tough Old Broads Recite Poetry With A Purpose

    A group of poets happy to be called The Tough Old Broads bring their words to the Harlow’s stage for a good cause this weekend. Two of the poets discuss their new anthology, the writing process and this weekend’s event.

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    Classical Concerts Around The Region This Spring

    Capital Public Radio contributor Jeff Hudson picks a few favorites among the region’s upcoming concerts during the next six weeks.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sean Havey for California Dream

Insight: Graying California / DNA Ethics / Author Rachel Howard

Reporters discuss a new project on aging in California. UC Davis professors preview a lecture on the ethics of DNA testing. Author Rachel Howard shares her debut novel.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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Insight: First Year Of Advance Peace / Author Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh / New Season Of 'Dissect' Podcast

An update on Advance Peace, a program to curb gun violence, in its first year in Sacramento. UC Davis Art History Professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh discusses her book "The Missing Pages." Cole Cuchna discusses the new season of "Dissect."

Monday, April 22, 2019

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Insight: California's Reaction To The Mueller Report / Pianist Lara Downes / Sierra Poetry Festival

Reporter Kate Irby joins us to talk about the California Congressional delegation's reaction to the Mueller report. We preview the Sierra Poetry Festival. CapRadio's Kevin Doherty interviews classical pianist Lara Downes.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Insight: Reporter Kate Irby On Mueller Report / Capitol Chat / Classical Sound Advice

McClatchy DC Reporter Kate Irby joins us to talk about the Mueller report. Ben Adler discusses Gov. Gavin Newsom's first 100 Days. Classical Host Kevin Doherty brings us Sound Advice.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Insight: PolitiFact California / Mystery Author Catriona McPherson / Slam Poet David Loret De Mola

We look at PolitiFact California's latest fact checks on Kamala Harris and the Newsom Meter. Mystery author Catriona McPherson previews the latest in her "Last Ditch" series. Slam poet David Loret de Mola discussses the Spoken Word Foundation launch.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Photos by Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio (left) and Sammy Caiola/Capital Public Radio (right)

Insight: Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg / California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg joins us to discuss the teachers strike, the Sacramento Republic FC Stadium and more. Then, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris tells us about her newly minted position.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Charr Crail Photography

Insight: 2020 Census / Political Junkie / 'When We Were Colored' Play

NPR's Hansi Lo Wang tells us what we need to know about the 2020 Census. Political Junkie Ken Rudin discusses the Mueller Report with us. Playwright Ginger Rutland gives us a look inside her play "When We Were Colored."

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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Insight: Capitol Chat / Paradise Mayor Jody Jones / Sound Advice With Nick Brunner

Ben Adler joins us for Capitol Chat. Paradise Mayor Jody Jones tells us about recovery efforts after the Camp Fire. Hey, Listen! Host Nick Brunner plays us music from his favorite local artists in Sound Advice.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento State University Theatre Department

Insight: Measles In California / Author Lauren Markham / In The Heights At Sac State

Dr. Dean Blumberg discusses the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of measles in light of recent outbreaks. Author Lauren Markham talks about her book, "The Far Away Brothers." We give you a peek inside Sac State's production of "In the Heights."