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Insight With Beth Ruyak

Hosted By Beth Ruyak

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LATEST SHOW | Friday, January 13, 2017

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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.


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    Fiat-Chrysler, Becerra Confirmation And More Budget Analysis With Ben Bradford

    In this week’s Capitol Chat, State Government Reporter Ben Bradford examines the newest emissions cheating scandal, the confirmation of new attorney general Xavier Becerra and the governor's state budget proposal.

  • UC Davis Professor Studies Mating Behaviors Of Birds

    Professor Gail Patricelli is a UC Davis professor studying the mating habits of birds. She talks with Insight about her findings.

  • Photo Credit Catherine de la Pena

    Rerun: Lara Downe Previews Album 'Let America Be America Again'

    A new solo album to be released later this month by Davis-based pianist Lara Downes, takes inspiration from the Langston Hughes poem “Let America Be America Again.” Downes previews music from the album and explains where she conceived the album.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

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Insight: New Health Care Laws / Davis Brew Program / Sound Advice

CapRadio's health reporter Ja'Nel Johnson continues our New Laws Series with a focus on health care; UC Davis is receiving $2 million for a brewing course and Jeff Hudson hosts a Dvorak-themed Sound Advice.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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Insight: New Driving Laws / Hiking For Suicide Awareness / Weather Patterns / Palms Playhouse

PolitiFact's Chris Nichols talks about new driving laws taking effect this year; a triple crown hiker named "Legend" is raising suicide awareness; heavy weather is expected soon and the Palms Playhouse reopens after being closed for much of 2016.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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Insight: Political Junkie / Courage House / New Laws Series / Waterbirds

Ken Rudin begins the new year with his weekly political analysis; Courage House is under scrutiny for Christian practices; Bob Moffitt talks about two new laws and waterbirds may be at risk because of the ongoing drought.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Rebroadcast: Choosing The End Of Life Option

Insight's hour-long special shares the personal stories of two women who chose to take the End of Life Option. We'll hear from their families and also a pre-recorded interview with one of the women before she took her life.