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Monday, February 3, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Political Junkie Goes West / Healdsburg and Cloverdale / Melissa Arnot / Ramanand Patel

Melissa Arnot

Melissa Arnot


Political Junkie Goes West The Political Junkie is turning his analytical gaze west. Ken Rudin, known to NPR listeners from his many years talking all things politics with Neal Conan on "Talk of the Nation," joins Insight host Beth Ruyak for a new signature segment that puts California politics in the context of the national scene. Rudin joins us from Washington D.C. in effort to put it all in perspective.

Trivia Question: Who was the first daughter of a Calif. gov to run for office? 

Answer: Maureen Reagan

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Healdsburg and Cloverdale The California Department of Public Health recently identified the Northern California cities of Healdsburg and Cloverdale as two of 17 communities statewide with vulnerable drinking water systems due to drought conditions. But the cities aren’t sure why they made the list. The Russian River, which flows through the cities is running lower than anyone has seen in a generation, but Healdsburg Mayor Jim Wood says other water sources are available. Wood and Cloverdale City Manager Paul Cayler join us to talk about the listing. Plus, we’ll speak with Bear Republic Brewery owner Richard Ricardo, who brews beer in both Cloverdale and Healdsburg.

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CDPH's list of at-risk communities

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Melissa Arnot The women’s record holder for Mt. Everest summits is speaking at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley this week. Melissa Arnot has made a career climbing and guiding at one of the world’s top climbing spots. We’ll talk with her about her work and her role in breaking up a fight on Mt. Everest between Sherpas and foreign climbers.

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Ramanand Patel Gary Vercelli shares his conversation with internationally known yoga instructor Ramanand Patel, who has a workshop in Sacramento this Sunday. 

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The Not Dying Girl Lauren McCullough, a 21-year-old blogger, known for writing about her cancer, has passed away. Her family wrote the following on her blog:

Lauren passed away peacefully on February 2, 2014 at 7:30 am.  She was at Kaiser Roseville, where she had her favorite nurses and doctors caring for her.  Lauren lived life to the fullest to the end.  

Please remember Lauren’s words she has written and go back to them when you are going through a tough time.  Remember to focus on the positive and not be a “Negative Nancy.”

Services are yet to be determined.

John and Deanne McCullough

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