Insight With Beth Ruyak

Hosted By Beth Ruyak

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LATEST SHOW | Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Insight: Toni Atkins / California's First Female Lawmakers / The Byron Colborn Big Band

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler interviews incoming California Senate leader Toni Atkins. Steve and Suzie Swatt discuss the first generation of women elected to the Legislature a century ago. The Byron Colborn Big Band debuts a new album.


  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Toni Atkins Takes The Gavel As Leader Of The California Senate

    Cody Drabble

    Senator Toni Atkins discusses per priorities for the state as she takes over as leader of the California Senate this week. Atkins will be the first ever female leader of the California Senate — and its first openly gay leader.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    'Paving The Way' For Women's Political Equality

    Chris Remington

    Steve and Suzie Swatt share a new book called "Paving the Way: Women's Struggle for Political Equality in California."

  • Byron Colborn / Courtesy

    The Byron Colborn Big Band Previews Debut Performance In Davis

    Cody Drabble

    The Byron Colborn Big Band is releasing its debut album in Davis this Saturday.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Insight: Political Junkie Ken Rudin / BBC World Service Look Ahead / "Crossing California"

Ken Rudin discusses the firing of Andrew McCabe at the FBI. BBC World Service looks ahead to the week in international news. Travel writer Sam McManis talks about "Crossing California."

Friday, March 16, 2018

American Library Association / Flickr

Insight: Capitol Chat Health Bills / Dr. Melba Beals / "The Arsonists"

Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola discuss health policy bills moving through the Legislature. Dr. Melba Beals discusses her life as one of the Little Rock Nine and former journalist. Capital Stage shares "The Arsonists" based on the Greek Tragedy "Electra."

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Insight: National Walkout Day / Jazz Concerts To Watch For / The Pikeys

Reporters from Sacramento and Reno recap National Walkout Day. Jazz announcer Devan Kortan previews upcoming concerts for Sound Advice. Irish punk rockers The Pikeys perform live in studio.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Evan Vucci / Ap Photo

Insight: PolitiFact California On Trump's Visit / National Walkout Day / Pet Tales / Mino Yanci

A round-up of students and teachers and school administrators on the National Walkout Day protests. PolitiFact California follows up on President Trump's trip to San Diego. Pet Tales on raising chicks and chickens. Mino Yanci performs live in studio.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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Insight: NASA's New Approach To Measuring Snowpack / UC Davis Doctors Launch Podcast / Author Sands Hall Shares Scientology Memoir

Ezra Romero reports on NASA using new technology to measure California snowpack in a drought. Two UC Davis Emergency Medicine doctors launch the "EM Pulse" podcast. Author Sands Hall shares a memoir on her "Decade Lost in Scientology."

Monday, March 12, 2018

Richard Drew / AP

Insight: Political Junkie Ken Rudin / BBC Look-Ahead / UN Official On Human Rights / 'No Depression Here' Book

Political Junkie Ken Rudin discusses a potential summit with North Korea. BBC World Service looks ahead to Gen. Mattis' trip to Bahrain. UN official discusses the backlash against human rights. "No Depression" author on 1930s history in Nevada City.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Rich Pedroncelli / AP /  File

Insight: Congressman Tom McClintock On Immigration, Trade, Guns / Flu Season Recap / Vietnam War Doc / Violinist Joe Kye Performs

Congressman Tom McClintock weighs in on the Trump administration's actions on immigration, guns and trade policy. Flu season recap by a UC Davis doctor. "Vietnam: An Inner View" screening comes to Sacramento Library. Joe Kye previews two concerts.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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Insight: Attorney General Sessions Speaks In Sacramento / Honoring John Muir / Swimmer Diana Nyad / Animals On Tap At Sac Zoo

Ben Bradford covers an announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. University of the Pacific marks the 150th anniversary of John Muir's first trip to California. Diana Nyad speaks at Harris Center. Sacramento Zoo has animals and beer on tap.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

John Myers for Paragon Ragtime Orchestra / Courtesy

Insight: Firearm Violence Expert On Parkland / Book Explores Watergate Hotel / Russ Solomon Remembrance / Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

Dr. Garen Wintemute discusses the Parkland, Florida shooting. Political Strategist Joe Rodota shares a book on the Watergate Hotel. A remembrance of Russ Solomon, founder of Tower Records. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra previews a concert in Auburn.