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 | Monday, February 8, 2016

Insight: The Political Junkie / "Designer Babies" / AirAligned Aerial Dance Group

Political Junkie Ken Rudin puts California politics in the context of the national scene. A UC Davis researcher talks about the future of creating “Designer Babies.” Insight talks with an artistic director of a Sacramento-based aerial dance group.


  • Political Junkie Goes West: New Hampshire Primary

    The final day before the New Hampshire Primary, The Political Junkie Ken Rudin explains how this primary ended campaigns for both Harry Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson.

  • NIH Image Gallery / Flickr

    UC Davis Researcher Discusses Future Of 'Designer Babies'

    UC Davis researcher talks about the future of altering human DNA to create “Designer Babies.”

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    Aerial Artist Tresa Honaker

    Insight talks with aerial artist Tresa Honaker, who still performs and inspires people after her own paralyzing accident.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Insight: Capitol Chat / MLK Celebration Keynote Speakers Judy and Dennis Shepard / American River College's "Gumbo"

Capitol Chat with Capital Bureau Chief Ben Adler. Plus, the murder of a student in 1998 prompted hate crime laws and inspired many books, plays and movies. His parents join us in the studio. And, we learn more about an ARC production called "Gumbo."

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

Insight: PolitiFact California / Elliott Ranch Elementary School Students / Author Meg Waite Clayton / Sound Advice

Politi-Fact Reporter Chris Nichols has another fact check. Author of the award-winning book “Race for Paris” talks about how her manuscript was saved from the trash bin. And elementary school students discuss solving renewable energy problems.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Jae C. Hong / AP

Insight: California's Water Restrictions / China's Influence On The US / Super Bowl Traffic / "Love And Information"

What state water regulators will do with California’s water restrictions. Wall Street Journal Southeast Asia Bureau Chief talks about the United States’ relationship with China. And actors from the CapStage play “Love and Information perform a scene.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Charlie Neibergall / AP

Insight: Political Junkie Goes West / Stockton's Drinking Water / News Network: Mike Fitzgerald / Chloramines In Water

The Political Junkie Ken Rudin talks about the results of the Iowa Caucuses. Plus, Stockton’s drinking water is under scrutiny as environmental activist Erin Brockovich comes to town. Mayor Anthony Silva and Stockton Record Columnist Mike Fitzgerald offer differing views of using chloramine in water.

Monday, February 1, 2016

J. David Ake / AP

Insight: On The Scene In Iowa / Does Iowa Really Matter? / B-Squad / Salt Wizard

Why should people in California care so much about the caucuses of an agricultural state with six electoral votes and a population not much bigger than the Sacramento Region? Political consultant Jeff Raimundo explains how the Iowa hype began.

Friday, January 29, 2016

California High-Speed Rail / Flickr

Insight: Capitol Chat / Sacramento State Of The City / Author Maceo Montoya / Cellist Tina Guo

Capitol reporter Ben Bradford explains the latest development for California’s bullet train. Author Maceo Montoya talks about his work. Cellist Tina Guo joins us to talk about her many music stylings.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Insight: CSUS President Robert Nelsen / Stockton Schools / Aliso Canyon Update / Sound Advice

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen talks about anti-Muslim hate speech on campus. Plus, a scientist fills us in on the Aliso Canyon gas leak update. And new jazz sound advice from Devin Yamanaka.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Leo Correa / AP

Insight: Zika Virus / Why Zebras Have Stripes / Pet Tales: Pet Dental Care / Swinging Easy On 52nd Street

Northern Californians may not have to worry too much about Zika virus, An infectious disease specialist explains why. Plus, a look at whether stripes help zebras evade predators. And the music from jazz vocalists Vivian Lee and Cynthia Douglas.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Damian Dovarganes / AP

Insight: Loretta Sanchez's Senate Campaign / News Network: California Counts / Bacon Fest Sacramento / 25th Annual Blues Harmonica Blowout

On Insight, guest host Ben Adler gives a preview of his story on California Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez. Plus, a discussion about California Counts, an initiative launching this week in partnership with KPBS, KPCC and KQED.