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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Permalink

Insight: Ken Rudin / News Network: Davis And Rocky Fire / 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' / 'Landfalls'

Jeff Chiu / AP

A home burns in the Rocky Fire near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds.

Jeff Chiu / AP

Rick Kushman | Guest Host

The first Republican presidential debate is two days away, and it looks like it could be a major event in American politics, and, maybe, in American pop culture.

On Insight today, Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie, will help explain all the ways this could be an important, or unusual, or, possibly, a strange evening.

Also today, our News Network will give some perspective on the wildfires raging through Northern California, and particularly the 65,000-acre Rocky Fire near Clear Lake.

Plus, there’s a new, mesmerizing film about the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, when students quickly forgot the academic study and became sometimes physically brutal prison guards. We’ll talk with the director.

And Davis author Naomi Williams’ first novel is a wildly inventive work of fiction - and history - about an attempt by French sailors to circle the globe. She’ll explain.


  • Insight: The Political Junkie Talks GOP Presidential Candidates

    The Political Junkie is turning his analytical gaze west. Ken Rudin joins Rick Kushman to discuss the GOP presidential contenders.

  • News Network: Davis And Rocky Fire

    The Rocky Fire in Lake County has grown to more than 65,000 acres. 6,000 structures are threatened by the fire and 13,000 people have been affected by evacuations.

  • Stanford Prison Experiment Film

    Granite Bay High School graduate Kyle Alvarez directed a new film about the study called The Stanford Prison Experiment. The film took home the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

  • Author Interview: Naomi Williams

    Davis author Naomi Williams’ debut novel Landfalls tells the story of a fated French sailing expedition to circumnavigate the globe in the late 1700s.

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