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.


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LATEST SHOW | Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Insight: Capitol Chat / Sound Advice On The Jazz Congress / Playwright Dalrymple MacAlpin

We look at PG&E's bankruptcy plans and Gavin Newsom's first weeks in office with Ben Adler. Gary Vercelli shares some tracks he discovered at the Jazz Congress this month. Playwright Dalrymple MacAlpin tells us about his new play, "Make Believe."


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    Capitol Chat: PG&E Problems And Newsom’s First Two Weeks

    PG&E announced it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy — how will the legislature respond? Plus, a look at Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first two weeks on the job.

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    Gary Vercelli Features New Jazz Releases For Sound Advice

    CapRadio Jazz Music Director Gary Vercelli features exciting discoveries from the 2019 Jazz Congress in New York City.

  • Bert Johnson / Capital Public Radio

    'Make Believe' Theatrical Production And Album Debuts In Nevada City

    Playwright, composer, poet and puppeteer Dalrymple MacAlpin joins us to talk about his new play, "Make Believe."

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Insight: Atmospheric River Heads To California / Snow Surveyor Retires / Hi, Mom Performs

Officials weigh in on the atmospheric river bringing rain, wind and snow to California. We talk to snow surveyor Frank Gehrke ahead of his retirement. Indie power pop punk trio Hi, Mom performs songs from their debut album.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Insight: PG&E Bankruptcy News / Climate Change & Migratory Birds / Actor Jahi Kearse

CapRadio reporter Ezra Romero and CalMatters reporter Judy Lin discuss the PG&E bankruptcy. Professor Dr. Michael McGrann will lead students on a megatransect of the Pacific Crest Trail. Actor Jahi Kearse starts the year in the role of Dr. King.

Monday, January 14, 2019

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Insight: Political Junkie / Covered California Priorities / 15 Foods To Eat

Political Junkie Ken Rudin discusses the federal government shutdown. Covered California responds to the health care budget proposals unveiled last week. Dietitian Alex Nella shares 15 foods that you should be eating.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio

Insight: Capitol Chat / Find Yourself In California's Legislature / Folk Musician John McCutcheon

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler reports on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget proposal. CALmatters reporter Elizabeth Castillo explains reporting on the demographics of California’s lawmakers. Folk musician John McCutcheon shares his 40th album.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

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Insight: State Superintendent Tony Thurmond / Sound Advice With Jeff Hudson / Violin Prodigy Amaryn Olmeda

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond shares his priorities for 2019. CapRadio’s Jeff Hudson features upcoming performances in this week’s Sound Advice. 10-year-old violin prodigy Amaryn Olmeda talks to us about playing with the Auburn Symphony.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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Insight: PolitiFact / Oscar Grant's Father On Uncuffed / Kushman By The Bottle

PolitiFact's Chris Nichols and Angie Holan fact check statements by Gov. Gavin Newsom and President Donald Trump. Uncuffed host Eli Wirtschafter shares the first interview with Oscar Grant’s father. Rick Kushman delivers tips for winter wine tasting.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Insight: Newsom's Platform / Govs. Schwarzenegger And Davis On Gov. Newsom / News Network

Community leaders talk to us about Gov. Gavin Newsom's campaign promises. Former Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis share their thoughts on the new governor. Reporter Pauline Bartolone discusses her reporting on life after the Camp Fire.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Insight On Inauguration Day 2019: Former Gov. Gray Davis / Political Junkie / Gauging Gavin

On this California Inauguration Day, we'll be speaking with former Gov. Gray Davis about Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown. We'll also talk to the Political Junkie Ken Rudin and a few people who have worked with Newsom over the years.

Friday, January 4, 2019

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Insight: Capitol Chat / Jerry Brown's Chance Meeting / New Year's Fitness Resolutions

Los Angeles Times reporter Melanie Mason joins us to talk about what Gov. Jerry Brown didn't get to during his time in office. We meet the Vallecito resident who met Brown by chance. We learn how to keep up your new year's fitness resolutions.