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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Permalink

Insight: California-Mexico Business Relationship / Pet Tales: Spay-Neuter Study/ "Race" at Celebration Arts / Catherine Russell

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio



Gov. Jerry Brown and a delegation of roughly 100 businessman, farmers and lawmakers are in Mexico this week trying to boost trade opportunities and expand economic cooperation. Mexico is the state’s largest trading partner and Brown is inviting increased investment in California. Jock O’Connell is a Sacramento-based International Trade Advisor for Beacon Economics. He joins us to explain how increasing trade and investment with Mexico can help California’s economy. 


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California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, and Mexico's Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell talk as they prepare to sign a memorandum of understanding, in Mexico City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Brown will take another break in his trade visit to Mexico to talk about immigration reform with religious leaders from Latin America on Tuesday. The private session will come after he discusses university exchanges and energy projects between Mexico and California. He was to sign an education agreement early in the day, then meet with Mexico's energy secretary, the president of the Senate and other officials. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Neutering your dog before it’s at least six months old can lead to higher rates of certain joint disorders and cancers, according to a new report out of UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Science.  But, depending on the breed, the effects of neutering a dog too young can be much more severe. UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Professor Emeritus Benjamin Hart discovered that golden retrievers are much more severely impacted by early neutering than Labradors. Hart joins us to explain why this is, and what the implications of this discovery might be.


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The Celebration Arts Theatre downtown is featuring one of the latest works of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet called "Race."  Since it's premiere on Broadway in 2009, the play drama has been featured at theatre companies around the world.  In a story that portrays two attorneys who are charged with defending a white man accused of committing a crime against an African-American woman, they must face their own underlying beliefs about race as the trial unfolds.  The Sacramento production is directed by James Wheatley starring Alana Mathews, Chris Lamb, Gregory Smith, and Rob Anthony Gray.


New York jazz and  blues singer Catherine Russell is returning to Sacramento with her new album, Bring It Back. Capital Public Radio’s Jazz Music Director Gary Vercelli recently spoke with Russell about her new album, which Hot House Jazz called “a timeless delight.” Russell will be Harlow’s Friday, Aug. 8.  


  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    California-Mexico Business Relationship

    International trade adviser Jock O’Connell explains what Governor Jerry Brown’s trip to Mexico can do for California’s economy.

  • Pet Tales: Neutering

    A UC Davis professor of veterinary medicine explains why neutering a dog too young can cause more problems for golden retrievers than Labradors.

  • Race at Celebration Arts Theatre

    The people behind Celebration Arts Theatre's production of Race joins Insight.

  • Catherine Russell / Facebook

    Insight: Gary Vercelli Interviews Catherine Russell

    Jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell talks about her new album ahead of an upcoming concert in Sacramento.

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