Insight With Beth Ruyak

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

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LATEST SHOW | Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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Insight: News Network / Minimum Wage / Tom Gjelten / "The Wine Bible"

Some people say Sacramento’s proposal to boost minimum wage isn’t workable. Others say it’s too little. On Insight, The Sacramento Bee’s Ryan Lillis talks about the city’s proposal and a historian explains the origins of minimum wage laws.


  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    News Network: Minimum Wage Debate

    One of the major stories for Sacramento is a proposal to raise the city’s minimum wage.

  • History Of Creating A Federal Minimum Wage

    UC Davis historian Eric Rauchway has written a number of books about the Depression era. He joins Insight by phone tell us more about President Roosevelt’s battle to create a federal minimum wage.

  • Tom Gjelten's New Book, 'A Nation Of Nations'

    NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten has a new book called “A Nation of Nations” that tells how America has changed since the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act, and about how it affected five families.

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    Second Edition Of 'The Wine Bible' Released

    “The Wine Bible” is the best selling American book ever on wine, in part because it’s also one of the most readable. There’s now a second edition and Insight will chat with author Karen MacNeil.

Monday, October 12, 2015

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Insight: The Political Junkie Goes West / Red Dress Party / Tom Rigney / The Pizza Bible

The Political Junkie Ken Rudin explains why he’s not surprised Kevin McCarthy isn’t the next House Speaker. Plus, we have a rebroadcast of our interviews with the man behind "The Pizza Bible," and with violinist Tom Rigney

Friday, October 09, 2015

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Insight: Capitol Chat / "Game Changes" / St. John's Party For Change / Fantastic Negrito

California Governor Jerry Brown is facing a deadline to sign or veto legislation by the end of the weekend. On Insight, Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler talks about some of the notable bills Brown signed into law this past week.

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Thursday, October 08, 2015

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Insight: U.S. Supreme Court Preview / "Brundibár" / Jazz And Civil Rights / Sound Advice

Insight has a preview of the major cases the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear in its next term. Plus, Grammy-winning music journalist Ashley Kahn talks about Dave Brubeck’s anti-segregation jazz musical, "The Real Ambassadors."

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Insight: UC Davis Professor Karime Bennoune / Sacramento Transportation / Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

A UC Davis law professor was named to the United Nations Human Rights Council this week. She’ll describe some of the current threats to human rights around the world. Plus, a conversation on transportation with Regional Transit’s CEO Mike Wiley.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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Insight: Dan Barber And The Future Of Food / Hank Shaw / Benjamin Hunt / Anna Tivel

On Insight, James Barber award-winning food blogger talks about the future of food and Hank Shaw, talks about a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new venison cookbook.

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Monday, October 05, 2015

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Insight: The Political Junkie Goes West / How Israel Reuses Water / Sick Guadalupe Fur Seal Pups / Whale Fossil

The former head of Israel’s Water Authority explains how his country recycles 80 percent of its water. Executive director of the Marine Mammal Center explains how warming water in the Pacific Ocean is killing Guadalupe Fur Seals.

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Insight: Capitol Chat / Disabled Water Skier / The Legends of the Blues

We're following California Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s campaign to become the next Speaker of the House. Connor Poggetto won three gold medals at the Disabled World Water-skiing Championships; he joins us in the studio. And music from blues legends.

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

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Insight: Use Of Force Numbers / Sacramento Comedy Festival / Jazz Sound Advice

How often do cops use force when making arrests in the greater Sacramento area? On the next Insight, we’ll talk with two Capital Public Radio reporters who have been looking at the data. Plus, the Sacramento Comedy Festival begins this weekend.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Insight: Regulating Medical Marijuana / Peter Hecht / Anna-Marie McLemore

A legislation package on marijuana regulations is awaiting the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown. Insight speaks with people in the industry to talk about what the new rules would mean to them. Plus, Peter Hecht talks about his book on the industry.

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