Insight With Beth Ruyak

Hosted By Beth Ruyak

Insight creates conversation to build community, exploring issues and events that connect people in our region. Insight covers breaking news and big ideas, music, arts & culture with responsible journalism, civil discussion and diverse voices.


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Insight is celebrating its 15th birthday this summer! To celebrate, we'll be revisiting some of our favorite shows and segments. Enjoy!

LATEST SHOW | Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Three Stories About Concussions

We discuss efforts to protect jockeys from concussions with CapRadio's Scott Rodd. Then, we revisit conversations with Dr. Bennet Omalu and comedian Jack Gallagher about the impacts of concussions.

Monday, August 5, 2019

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Earthquakes, Under The Earth And 'No Boundaries'

We discuss earthquakes with the producers of KPCC's The Big One podcast and with paleo-seismologist Chris Goldfinger. We learn about Chilean miners who were trapped underground with author Hector Tobar. Jazz musician Dave Bass shares his new music.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Insight Music: The Philharmonik / Ani Maul / me&you / Pregnant

The Philharmonik shares songs from his debut album. Surf noir band Ani Maul perform two songs from “Anxiety.” Siblings duo me&you are "Chasing Trails." Pregnant performs experimental pop held together with "Duct Tape."

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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Writers On Writing: Four Perspectives

In this edition of Insight, we revisit four conversations that examine writing from four different perspectives with Heghnar Watenpaugh, John Freeman, Garnette Cadogan, Cathy Cassady Sylvia and Melinda Welsh.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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Rock Climbing Rock Stars

Humans have a fascination with many things: space exploration, going to the depths of the ocean and scaling the heights of the world’s mountains. We talk with Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell and Dierdre Wolownick about their passion for rock climbing.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Library of Congress

Segregation In America

Professor Richard Rothstein discusses how segregation is codified in the U.S. Professor Sheryll Cashin unpacks the changing diversity in the U.S. Author Colson Whitehead tells us about his novel, "The Underground Railroad."

Thursday, July 25, 2019

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The Insight Comedy Show

We talk with local comedians, Yaseen Mazin, Keith Lowell Jensen, Melissa McGillicuddy and Brian Crall about what it takes to make people laugh, and Hari Kondabolu explores comedy in the age of Trump.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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Yosemiteland, Janet Fitch And Wayne Wallace

We take you into Yosemite with the CapRadio podcast Yosemiteland. Host Beth Ruyak talks with author Janet Fitch about her new book, "Chimes of a Lost Cathedral." CapRadio Jazz Music Director Gary Vercelli chats with trombonist Wayne Wallace.

Monday, July 22, 2019

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Insight Celebrates 15 Years On The Air

Insight turns 15 this summer and a special guest came to the studio to celebrate. Original Insight host Jeffrey Callison and Beth Ruyak discuss their memories and the show’s history.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Drop Dead Red / POOR Majesty / Sun Valley Gun Club / Honyock

We revisit an episode of Insight Music from last summer, featuring Drop Dead Red, POOR Majesty, Sun Valley Gun Club and Honyock performing and discussing their music.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Sexual Harassment Tracking And Stories Of Immigration & Separation

CapRadio's Scott Rodd looks at a gap in California's sexual harassment tracking. Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo discusses her trip to El Salvador with Gov. Gavin Newsom. Author Reyna Grande shares her new book, "A Dream Called Home."