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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Political Junkie Goes West / Drought and the Public Health / 50 Years of Hemingway Criticism / News Network: Beth In Sochi



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 for a 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.

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media on California's drought situation Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Los Banos, Calif. (Wally Skalij/ AP Photo, Los Angeles Times)

Drought Effects on Health It sounds almost beyond obvious to say a drought is not good for us. But the truth is, most of us probably don’t really know all the ways it can be “not good,” including some direct effects on our health. Dr. Linda Rudolph is the co-director of the Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health Institute and she’s been warning about some of those unexpected problems that could be coming. We'll talk with her about her research and what some of those ill effects might be.

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"50 Years Of Hemingway Criticism" Peter Hays, an emeritus professor still teaching at UC Davis (and Sacramento resident) has a new book out, collecting essays about Ernest Hemingway that Hays has written over the past 50 years. We’ll talk with Hays about “Fifty Years of Hemingway Criticism.”

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News Network Sochi Insight host Beth Ruyak got a pretty good surprise birthday present from her family last week -- they sent her to Sochi, Russia to witness this year’s Winter Olympics. Beth has covered five Olympics during her career and is what you might call an Olympics enthusiast, so it’s been difficult for her to just enjoy these games as a spectator. She’ll join us this morning for News Network to talk about what she’s seen so far and how area athletes are faring in the 2014 competition. 

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Beth Ruyak attends the Men's Halfpipe Skiing event.

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Family of Reno's David Wise, a two-twime X Games gold medalist competing in the Men's Halfpipe Skiing event. Beth Ruyak / Capital Public Radio

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