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Insight is celebrating its 15th birthday this summer! To celebrate, we'll be revisiting some of our favorite shows and segments. Enjoy!

LATEST SHOW | Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Courtesy of Selland Family Restaurants

The Essentials — Food, Water & Music

Randall Selland and Josh Nelson talk The Kitchen's Michelin Star. Author Mark Arax on his new book on water rights and fights. We revisit a National Geographic documentary on water and power. The Rogue Music Project previews opera "The Stronger."


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    Family Behind The Kitchen Celebrates Michelin Star

    Founding Chef Randall Selland and his son CEO Josh Nelson join Randol White to talk about the surprise of winning a star in the Michelin guide, their family restaurant philosophy, and plans to open Bawk on R Street this summer.

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    Author Mark Arax: 'The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California'

    Author and award winning journalist Mark Arax shares stories from his new book “The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California.”

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    National Geographic’s Documentary 'Water and Power: A California Heist'

    Filmmaker Marina Zenovich and attorney Adam Keats talk about the 2017 National Geographic documentary “Water and Power: A California Heist.”

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    Rogue Music Project Performs 'The Stronger' At Magpie Cafe

    Soprano Carrie Hennessey and director Omari Tau with the Rogue Music Project join Insight to talk about their upcoming performances of “The Stronger.” Magpie Cafe owner Chef Ed Roehr shares the thrill of hosting an opera in his restaurant.

Monday, July 15, 2019

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CalFire & OES Directors, 'Scot & Soda' And Jazz

CalFire Director Thom Porter and CAL OES Director Mark Ghilarducci discuss natural disasters and how to prepare for them. Author Catriona McPherson previews her latest release. Jazz musician Vijay Iyer opens up about his craft.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Story Of A B-52 Collision In Midair

Insight revisits a conversation with Craig Collins and his uncle, USAF pilot Don Harten, about Collins' book, "Midair."

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sammy Caiola / Capital Public Radio

California’s First Surgeon General / Podcast About Muslim-American Experience / New Music From Sacramento Pianist

Today’s Insight features recent conversations with three intriguing women: California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, podcast host and creator Misha Euceph of KPCC's "Tell Them, I Am" and classical pianist Lara Downes.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California's Japanese American Incarceration History / Jazz Pianist Sarah McKenzie

Monday, July 8, 2019

Michelle R. Smith / AP Photo

2020 Census Takes Center Stage

We hear from Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, NPR correspondent Hansi Lo Wong and State Auditor Elaine Howle about the challenges facing the nation and California in the upcoming 2020 census.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Brynn Anderson / AP Photo

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Democrats First Time On The 2020 Debate Stage

In this month’s podcast, Political Junkie Ken Rudin reviews the 20 Democrats vying for the nomination to run against President Donald Trump. Plus, a closer look at the exchange between California’s U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and former VP Joe Biden.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Insight LGBTQ Special: Civil Rights Pioneer George Raya / LGBTQ Lawmakers / Justice Anthony Kennedy's Impact

LGBTQ activist George Raya on organizing and lobbying for change. LGBTQ lawmakers discuss their personal journeys and careers in public service. We unpack retired Justice Anthony Kennedy's LGBTQ civil rights legacy.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Revisiting Insight Music: Hi Mom / Ross Hammond / Sean Pawling

To celebrate Insight's 15th birthday this summer, we're looking back at some of our favorite shows. On this Insight Music special from January 2019, we hear from Hi Mom, Ross Hammond and Sean Pawling.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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Revisiting Insight Music: The Gold Souls / Evil Seagull / Jessica Malone / Hannah Jane Kile

To celebrate Insight's 15th birthday this summer, we're looking back at some of our favorite shows. On this Insight Music special from June 2018, we hear from The Gold Souls, Evil Seagull, Jessica Malone and Hannah Jane Kile.