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Monday, August 25, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Napa Quake / The Political Junkie / Sacramento Delegation to Ferguson / James Brown Film Producer

Noah Berger / AP

Noah Berger / AP



With about 170 injured, three critically and a vast amount of damageidyllic wine town of Napa is still recovering from a 6.0-magnitude earthquake early Sunday morning. Joining us to talk about what it will take to get Napa back up and running is CEO of Pinnacle Emergency Management Leo Grover. Plus, Capital Public Radios Regional Reporter Bob Moffitt joins us from Napa with the latest updates on the situation.


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Pedestrians stop to examine a crumbling facade at the Vintner's Collective tasting room in Napa, Calif., following an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Officials in the city of Napa say 15 to 16 buildings are no longer inhabitable after Sunday's magnitude-6.0 earthquake, and there is only limited access to numerous other structures. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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 our signature segment that puts California politics in the context of the national scene. 


Sacramento religious leaders recently returned from a trip to Ferguson, Missouri where they were helping that city’s faith-based community organize peaceful demonstrations and make connections with local law enforcement in the wake of a white officer shooting an unarmed black teenager. 

Pastor Les Simmons, who was part of the delegation, joins us to explain the similarities and differences of Sacramento and Ferguson, and what we can do here to prevent the unrest happening there.

The situation in Ferguson has raised questions about the role of police in communities. In Sacramento, the police department is comprised of the following demographics:

Source: Sacramento Police Department Annual Report


 0825 Ferguson Michael Brown Funeral

Photos surround the casket of Michael Brown before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Protesters took to the streets of the St. Louis suburb night after night, calling for change and drawing national attention to issues surrounding race and policing. (AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry Pool)

The team behind a new film about the life of legendary soul singer James Brown includes Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger and a man who once spent time attracting bands like the Police and Elvis Costello to a 300 seat coffee house at UC Davis.

Executive producer Peter Afterman attended UC Davis in the late 1970’s and was instrumental in making the Brown biopic “Get On Up.” He’s also working on an upcoming HBO documentary about Brown called “Mr. Dynamite.” Afterman manages the James Brown estate and the bulk of the Rolling Stones’ recordings, which is how he knows fellow “Get On Up” and “Mr. Dynamite” producer Jagger.

Afterman joins us to talk about his music career in the film industry and his two films about “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.” “Get On Up” is in theaters now and “Mr. Dynamite” begins airing on HBO October 27.



  • Eric Risberg / AP

    Recovering From The Napa Earthquake

    Several experts stops by Insight to talk about the best way for a business to recover after an earthquake.

  • Charlie Riedel / AP

    Political Junkie Goes West: Disaster Response and Ferguson

    Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins us from Washington D.C. in an effort to put national politics in perspective.

  • Charlie Riedel / AP

    Sacramento Group Returns From Ferguson, Missouri

    Pastor Les Simmons from the South Sacramento Christian Center is part of a contingent that spent four days in Ferguson last week.

  • UC Davis Grad Key In Producing James Brown Biopic

    Insight talks with a man from UC Davis and his role in the latest James Brown biopic.

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