Insight With Beth Ruyak

Hosted By Beth Ruyak

A daily, in-depth interview program providing context and background to the issues that face our region.


Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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 Today's Insight features producer Cody Drabble as a guest host.

LATEST SHOW | Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Insight: California Civil Rights History / Tree Allergies / Crystal Bowersox

Two authors reflect on California's history in leading civil rights; All Things Considered Anchor Randol White hosts a segment on tree allergies and Crystal Bowersox plays live in studio.


  • 'Wherever There's A Fight:' California's Track Record On Civil Rights

    The Golden State has a long history as a pioneer in the civil rights movement. Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi reflect on that past in their book “Wherever There’s a Fight.” They join Insight ahead of their talk at the California State Library.

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    Experts Explain The Reason Why Some Trees Are Worse For Allergies Than Others

    Randol White

    All Things Considered Anchor Randol White guest hosts today in his segment explaining why certain trees are worse for allergies than others.

  • Crystal Bowersox Previews Crest Theatre Concert On Insight

    American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox plays live in studio. We hear music from her new record "Alive," which premieres June 16.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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Insight: Under2 Coalition / DNA Self-Repair / Comedian Johnny Taylor / Colson Whitehead

Cities and nations are working to fight climate change; a UC Davis professor explains DNA's self-repair ability; a Sacramento comedian moves to SoCal and we revisit our interview with Colson Whitehead after his Pulitzer Prize award Monday.

Monday, April 10, 2017

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Insight: Political Junkie / Neil Gorsuch Confirmation / Syrian Airstrikes / Sacramento Syrian Safa Faki

Political Junkie Ken Rudin reflects on Neil Gorsuch's confirmation and recent airstrikes on Syria; a McGeorge Law professor further delves into Gorsuch; a historian reflects on past Syrian policy and Safa Faki talks about her family in Syria.

Friday, April 7, 2017

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Insight: Capitol Chat / 'Life As A Fast Food Worker' / 'Finding Cleveland'

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Melody Gutierrez recaps the gas tax vote; an author recalls her time as a fast food worker in the 1980s and hip-hop producer Baldwin Chiu talks about his success with his documentary "Finding Cleveland."

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Insight: Gas Tax / Carbon Trading / Sound Advice / Andy Mckee Live

The controversial gas tax awaits a Thursday vote; native lands are benefiting from coal rights retiring in Alaska; this week's Sound Advice features upcoming shows in early April and Andy McKee plays live in studio.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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Insight: PolitiFact California / Out Of The Darkness Walk / Pet Tales

PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checks Gov. Jerry Brown's claim on the Central Valley's job growth; Sac State's First Lady Jody Nelsen talks about an upcoming suicide awareness walk and our pet expert has tips on how to spot and treat pests.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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Insight: Immigration Detention / 'Sacramento Baseball' / Festival Of The Arts

CALmatters takes a deeper look into immigration detention; historian Bill McPoil details Sacramento's history with baseball in his new book and Sacramento State's Festival of the Arts promises five days of performing and visual arts.

Monday, April 3, 2017

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Insight: Political Junkie / Lake Tahoe Dance Collective / Honey B & The Cultivation

Political Junkie Ken Rudin talks about Trump's relationship with California and Neil Gorsuch's Senate committee hearing; Lake Tahoe Dance Collective returns for a ninth season and Honey B & the Cultivation play live on Insight.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Insight: Tani Cantil-Sakauye / Sac Food And Film Festival / Gold Fever Days / Sound Advice

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has a few words on immigration arrests; Sac Food and Film Festival returns for a 5th year; Gold Fever Days preserves California history and a preview of touring acts in Sacramento.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Insight: ICE Forum / Millenial Home Ownership / Sac Jazz Cooperative / Sacramento Improv Marathon

CapRadio's Ben Bradford recaps Tuesday night's forum on immigration; PolitiFact California's Chris Nichols looks into why millenial home ownership; Sac Jazz Cooperative founder Carolyn Swayze talks about her goals and a marathon of comedy is coming.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Insight: Political Junkie / Flood Insurance / Jack Gallagher / Hannah Mayree

Political Junkie Ken Rudin comments on Trump's health care plan; CapRadio reporters share their findings on flood insurance; Jack Gallagher talks about his new comedy show and Hannah Mayree plays music from her new album "Thoughts of the Night."