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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Discussion On Middle East Conflict Continues / University Of Phoenix Response To GI Bill Investigation / Kushman By The Bottle / Sherman Baker




Part 2: Israeli defense forces say missiles from the Gaza Strip have hit Sacramento’s sister city Ashkelon, Israel as militant attacks ramp up in the region. The swell in assaults is in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month and the grisly killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem last week. But Sacramento Area Jewish leaders say attacks on Israel were on the rise even before the death of the three Israeli teens. Joining us to talk about how Sacramento area Jews are reacting to the rising tension between Israel and the surrounding Palestinian territories is Barry Broad, President of the Board of the Sacramento chapter of the Jewish Federation, and Rabbi Reuvan Taff, a rabbi for the Mosaic Law Congregation.


  • Israel Under Fire: Gaza Rockets Target Ashkelon, Ashdod, Sirens Heard Across The Country.

Part 1: We spoke with a family member of the Palestinian teenager who was killed last week has family throughout Northern California, including his cousin Wadha Abukhdeir, who lives in Davis. She joins us in wake of the tit-for-tat violence with David Mandel, a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace. We're also speaking with George Bisharat, a professor at UC Hastings Law who focuses on the Middle East, about continuing clashes in Gaza and the West Bank.


A new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting has found that 2 out of every 3 GI Bill dollars going to for-profit colleges, which have high price tags and low graduation rates. The University of Phoenix is one of the largest benefactors of the GI Bill, according to the report, with the San Diego Campus taking in $95 million in GI Bill money since 2009. The author of the report, Aaron Glantz, spoke about the report on Insight Tuesday, July 2 but a representative from the University of Phoenix was absent to address the claims in the report. Today, University of Phoenix’s Mark Brenner will provide a different point of view. 


0409 Kushman By The Bottle

In the next installment of Kushman by the Bottle, Capital Public Radio’s resident wine expert Rick Kushman joins us to explain the best way to plan a wine country getaway.

Rick's Picks For Paso Robles:

  • Halter Ranch is maybe the best undiscovered treasure of Paso. It was a horse ranch back to the 1880s and now makes lovely, balanced wines. It has a graceful Victorian farmhouse, a state-of-the-art tasting room opening in 2015, and best of all, a covered bridge. All around nice visit.
  • Proulx is my other favorite. It’s on top of a hill, has a sunny little tasting room, the wines are complex, deep and delicious, and the winemaker, Kevin Riley is a rising star and just a good guy, and he’s in the tasting room most weekends.
  • Daou Vineyards at 2,200 feet has the best views in the region. It’s a large, Spanish Colonial style winery on top of a hill with a big, luxurious shaded patio and views that reach, I think, Spain. It looks fancy, but they’re very friendly.
  • Tablas Creek, one of the most heralded Paso wineries, and its tasting room is surprisingly laid-back. They are national class, especially for their Rhone blends (meaning, layered, tasty reds with Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre; and slightly lush whites with Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane, among others).
  • JUSTIN is another well-known name. They are known for Cabernet and have a new, polished, white and glass tasting room with huge windows that make the vineyards seem to be part of the tasting.
  • Peachy Canyon Winery for zinfandel lovers. They have seven pretty diffrent zins and the tasting room is a cheerful  yellow cottage in the trees that used to be a schoolhouse circa 1886.
  • Jada Vineyard feels like its in the Sierra, though it’s right off a main road. They pair wine and cheese on two shady decks and have a modern/cowboy feel, which is sort of the zeitgeist of Paso.
  • Eberle Winery. It was created by one of Paso’s founding forces, Gary Eberle, and he’s still in and out of the big, comfortable tasting room, usually followed by his adorable standard poodles named Zinfandel and Rousanne.
  • J. Lohr, another pioneer of Paso, is up a quiet road and you’d never know they’re one of California’s major wineries. Airport Road. They have a simple but graceful wood-framed building and free tastings.
  • Tobin James is the last winery out of town on the east and it’s usually busy, and usually there’s a party atmosphere. Their wines are solid, but this is more about just having a good time. There’s a cheeky, Old West atmosphere that borders on kitschy, and they say they have only one rule for their tasting room: have fun.
  • Pasolivo Olive Oil. It's on Vineyard Drive on the Westside. They do these very fun, slightly goofy tasting of their oils by pairing them with spice rubs and designer salts. The olive oils are both classic and unique (like tangerine), and they give you recipes for them all. It’s just a cheerful place, and also a good stop for gifts.

Sacramento singer/songwriter Sherman Baker’s new self-titled LP reflects the continual discovery of his own unique style. Sometimes roots, oftentimes somber, Baker’s music is always a pleasure to listen to. He joins us to talk about the album and perform one of his latest songs. Baker’s LP release show is Friday, July 11 at Harlow’s Momo Lounge in Sacramento.


  • Part 2: Middle East Conflict

    Part 2: We continue the conversation on the violence erupting in the Middle East.

  • University Of Phoenix Responds To CIR Investigation

    A University of Phoenix spokesman addresses a recent investigation into GI Bill dollars going to for-profit colleges.

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    Kushman By The Bottle: Paso Robles

    Rick Kushman joins Insight to talk about wine destinations in Paso Robles.

  • Sherman Baker's New LP

    Sherman Baker discusses his new self-titled album.

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