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.


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LATEST SHOW | Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Insight: Valley Fever / Capitol Chat With Ben Adler / Chris Thile At The Mondavi Center / Element Brass Band Performs

We learn about Valley fever in Sacramento and beyond. Ben Adler joins us to talk about the bills the Legislature needs to wrap up before it adjourns. Donna Apidone helps us get to know musician Chris Thile. Element Brass Band performs.


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    Drought, Wildfires Stir Up Valley Fever Fungus, Prompting Travel Alert For California Cities

    There is a Valley Fever travel alert until the end of August for a number of California cities, including Sacramento, Modesto and Redding.

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    Capitol Chat: Time’s Running Out For These State Bills

    The California state legislative session only has three weeks left, but lawmakers have yet to decide the fate of several important bills.

  • Chris Thile Talks About 'Live From Here' With Donna Apidone

    CapRadio Morning Edition host Donna Apidone chatted with Live From Here host Chris Thile about evolving the show and taking it to Telluride for a very special performance. He's coming to the Mondavi Center on Aug. 21 with The Punch Brothers.

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    Element Brass Band Brings The Battle Back To Sac

    Element Brass Band hosts Second Annual Battle of the Brass Bands this weekend at Harlow’s.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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Insight: PolitiFact California / Mendocino Complex Fires / Haggin Museum Highlights Women Artists / The DeadBeats Perform

PolitiFact California tells us about their checks on the 4th Congressional District race. People on the scene update us on the Mendocino Complex fires. The Haggin Museum previews an exhibit of female artists' work. The DeadBeats perform.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Insight: Fire Updates / West Nile Virus / Justice Anthony Kennedy's Final Day / Music Therapy

CalFire fills us in on the Carr and Mendocino Complex fires. We take a look at West Nile Virus and how to prevent it. McGeorge law school professors tell us about Justice Anthony Kennedy's legacy. We learn more about music therapy in hospice care.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Insight: Fire Updates / The Political Junkie On Federal Disaster Relief / The Music Man Comes To Fair Oaks

CalFire officials and reporters give us an update on the Carr Fire, the Ferguson Fire and the Mendocino Complex. The Political Junkie tells us more about federal relief for the California wildfires. We preview "The Music Man" coming to Fair Oaks.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

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Insight: Capitol Chat On Wildfire Liability / Brown's Pension Court Cases / Sound Advice With Gary Vercelli

CapRadio Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler fills us in on lawmakers' discussion on wildfire damage. We unpack tensions between Jerry Brown and the state Supreme Court over a lengthy vacancy. Gary Vercelli brings us new jazz releases on Sound Advice.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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Insight: Ferguson Fire Update / The Future Of The Sacramento Bee / Privatizing Public Libraries? / Iola Rose Performs

We bring you the latest on the Ferguson Fire burning near Yosemite. Editor Lauren Gustus tells us about the future of the Sacramento Bee. We discuss the controversial Forbes article that called for privatizing public libraries. Iola Rose performs.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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Insight: Building Up Black Youth / New Music From Folk Duo me&you / California's Baseball History

CapRadio's Sammy Caiola discusses efforts to build better futures for black youth in the wake of the Stephon Clark shooting. Sibling folk duo me&you release new music. The California Museum opens a new exhibit of baseball history.

Monday, July 23, 2018

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Insight: Political Junkie / Latino Voters / Operation FreeSoul

Political Junkie Ken Rudin offers analysis of President Donald Trump’s tweet at Iran’s President Sunday night. The role Latino voters could play in the 2018 election. Poet David Loret de Mola mentors three youth spoken word artists.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Insight: Capitol Chat With Ben Bradford / Eppie's Great Race's Final Run / Carolee Carmello Previews Music Circus' 'Gypsy' / Honyock Performs

State Government Reporter Ben Bradford tells us about the future of the three Californias plan. We talk about the final run of Eppie's Great Race. Actress Carolee Carmello gives us a preview of Music Circus' production of "Gypsy." Honyock performs.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Insight: Politifact CA Checks John Cox / Republican Strategist Cassandra Pye On Her Life And Career / Kushman By The Bottle / The Big Sing

Politifact California reporter Chris Nichols tells us about his latest fact checks. Cassandra Pye on her life as an African-American woman in Sacramento. Rick Kushman gives us his summer wine tips. The Sacramento Choral Society previews The Big Sing.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Insight: Rent Control In Sacramento / Unions After Janus Decision / Ross Hammond And Jay Nair Perform

CapRadio's Senior Editor for News Nick Miller fills us in on the possibility of rent stabilization in Sacramento. We look at the power of workers' unions after Janus v. AFSCME. Ross Hammond and Jay Nair perform “Songs Of Universal Peace.”