Insight With Beth Ruyak

Hosted By Beth Ruyak

A daily, in-depth interview program providing context and background to the issues that face our region.


Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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LATEST SHOW | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TYCHO (Scott Hansen) / Courtesy

Insight: Senator Toni Atkins / National Voter Registration Day / Tycho Plays Golden1 Center

Senator Toni Atkins shares her view on the affordable housing crisis. Dr. Mindy Romero returns for National Voter Registration Day. Scott Hansen and Zac Brown return to Sacramento with their band Tycho before their show at Golden1 Center.


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    Senator Toni Atkins On Affordable Housing

    Cody Drabble

    Senator Toni Atkins has been trying for almost a decade to pass permanent funding for affordable housing in California, and in the last week of the legislative session she sent S.B. 2 to Governor Brown's desk.

  • National Voter Registration Day

    Cody Drabble

    Mindy Romero with the California Civic Engagement Project returns to insight to mark National Voter Registration Day.

  • TYCHO (Scott Hansen) / Courtesy

    Tycho Performs At Golden1 Center

    Chris Remington

    Fair Oaks native Scott Hansen of the Grammy nominated band Tycho returns to Sacramento for a concert at the Golden1 Center with The XX.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sept. 2017 Earthquake in Mexico City / Wikimedia Commons

Insight: Political Junkie Ken Rudin / Earthquake Forecasting / Author Melina Watts / Pianist Alejandro Sabre

Political Junkie Ken Rudin recaps movement on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare overhaul. A UC Davis professor has new research on earthquake early warning systems. Melina Watts shares her debut novel. Alejandro Sabre plays piano live in studio.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Insight: Delta Tunnels / Farm Preservation / WWII Internment Documentary / Sound Advice Jazz

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels hit a major funding roadblock. How to promote the next generation of farmers. At the Crest Theatre, a new documentary addresses cultural violence during Japanese Internment. Gary Vercelli has this week’s Sound Advice.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Insight: ACA Repeal / Merrin Dungey / Wine And Farm To Fork / Petaluma Performs

Healthcare Reporter Emily Bazar on the latest GOP move to repeal Obamacare. Hollywood actor Merrin Dungey and motivational speaker Tony Asaro discuss their Sacramento roots. Rick Kushman talks about the fall harvest. Petaluma performs live in studio.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Vanessa Nelson / Capital Public Radio

Insight: Pelosi Visits Sac State / Housing Supply / Capay Valley Farmers

Reporter Julia Mitric discusses Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Sac State to meet with DACA students. Bernadette Austin with U.C. Davis explains the constraints on housing supply. And, a new book on farming in the Capay Valley.

Monday, September 18, 2017

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Insight: Political Junkie / Capitol Chat / Write Or Die

A politics-filled hour begins with the Political Junkie Ken Rudin. Then State Government Reporter Ben Bradford wraps up California’s legislative deadline. And there’s new music from Write or Die before their performance at City of Trees.

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Insight: Capitol Chat / Creative Edge / John Skinner / Light Opera

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler recaps a late night of legislative deal-making. Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission's new leader talks about Creative Edge. A remembrance of musician John Skinner. The Light Opera Theatre presents "Patience."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Insight: Pacific Hurricanes? / Vietnam Documentary / Sound Advice: Classical

Could high powered hurricanes happen in California someday? A NOAA meteorologist weighs in. UC Davis' Dr. Carolee Tran is in a new documentary on Vietnam. And Cale Wiggins brings new classical releases for Sound Advice.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Insight: PolitiFact On Border Wall Statements / Race And Gender In Pop Culture / Author Stephen Finlay Archer

PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols checks claims that prominent Democrats support building a border wall. Panelists from Art Mix Crocker Con 2017 discuss race and gender in pop culture. Stephen Finlay Archer shares two Irish history novels

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Insight: Housing Segregation History / "Reinventing America's Schools" / Pianist Lara Downes

Reporter Cosmo Garvin interviews Richard Rothstein on his best-selling new book ‘The Color of Law’. Author David Osborne on “Reinventing America’s Schools”. Pianist Lara Downes kicks off her “Sounds like America” tour with a performance on Insight.