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, January 23, 2017

Andrew Harnik / AP

Insight: Political Junkie / Ghost Ship Fire Survivor / National Weather Service Reno / Bacon Fest

Political Junkie Ken Rudin talks about Trump's first weekend as President; the last Ghost Ship fire survivor continues his battle in a hospital; the National Weather Services gives latest storm totals and Bacon Fest is back in Sac for its sixth year.


  • Andrew Harnik / AP

    A Tumultuous First Weekend For President Trump: An Analysis By Political Junkie Ken Rudin

    It has been an up-and-down weekend for President Trump as he signed his first executive order, argued with the media over inauguration turnout and faced heat from ethics scholars seeking legal action over his foreign business interests.

  • Josh Edelson / AP

    A Ghost Ship Fire Survivor Fights For Survival In Hospital

    One of the last to escape the Ghostship fire in Oakland alive remains in a San Francisco hospital. His parents, Bill and Wendi Maxwell travel from Stockton everyday to visit him. They join us to talk about life post-fire.

  • Recent Storms Replenish Sierra's Snowpack

    Three storms hit the Sacramento region causing serious damage to trees, increased massive snow and rain totals for the winter and created headaches for drivers. Chris Smallcomb with the National Weather Service Reno updates us on rain totals.

  • Sacramento Bacon Lovers Rejoice — Bacon Fest Brings Themed Dishes And Drinks For Sixth Year

    Bacon Fest returns to Sacramento this week for its 6th time, promising a series of bacon-related dishes and parties. Brian Guido, Baconfest co-founder joins us to discuss this year’s festivities.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Insight: Arts And Culture In Countries / Sac Ballet Board Shake-Up / Musicians Barwick And Siegfried

A UC Davis professor explains the destruction of arts and culture can destroy a country's identity; the Sac Ballet Board's decision not to renew its current art directors drew controversy and a folk trio plans to play at the Palms Playhouse.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Insight: Political Junkie / PolitiFact Trump-O-Meter / Be Brave Bold Robot

Ken Rudin shares his latest political analysis on the nation; PolitiFact launches its new Trump-O-Meter feature and Sacramento band Be Brave Bold Robot is back with a new album.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Andrew Harnik / AP

Insight: Capitol Chat / Bird Mating Behaviors / Pianist Lara Downes

CapRadio's Ben Bradford talks about the incoming Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, Gov. Jerry Brown's budget and Fiat's emission scandal. We also hear about bird mating behaviors and revisit an interview with Lara Downes.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Insight: A Nation Engaged Recap / Legislature Diversity / Shrem Museum Exhibit / Sound Advice

NPR's Sam Sanders and Insight's Beth Ruyak recap "A Nation Engaged;" CALmatters reporter Matt Levin explores California Legislature diversity; the Shrem Museum has a new exhibit until Jan. 23 and Kevin Doherty hosts this week's Sound Advice.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Jae C. Hong / AP

Insight: Trump Press Conference / Governor Brown's Budget / Wednesday Storm Updates

The Political Junkie Ken Rudin reacts to Donald Trump's first press conference as president-elect; we recap Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget for California and the National Weather Service has new updates on the storm season.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Insight: Governor's Budget / Snowstorm In Sierra / Wild And Scenic Festival / SAYS

Ben Bradford talks about the Governor's proposed budget; we follow the snowstorm in the Sierra; the Wild and Scenic Festival returns for its 15th year and a UC Davis program promotes spoken word and poetry.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Beth Ruyak / Capital Public Radio

Insight: Political Junkie / Storm Updates / Friendship Park / Front Street Storm Prep

Political Junkie Ken Rudin shares his weekly analysis; we receive storm updates from various officials; Sacramento Loaves and Fishes opens a new park for homeless people and the Front Street Shelter shares storm prep tips for pet owners.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Insight: California Democrats / New Laws Series / John McCutcheon

California Democrats increase transportation upgrades as a priority while preparing to oppose Trump; Julia Mitric talks about a new law that aims to reduce foreclosure risk and John McCutcheon joins Insight talking about his 38th album.