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 | Thursday, February 11, 2016

Insight: Sacramento Pot Tax / Author Gretchen Rubin / Lara Downes / Sound Advice: Break-Up Jams

Gretchen Rubin who wrote “The Happiness Project” talks about her new book; “Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits.” Blue Dog Jam Host Nick Brunner has some breakup songs in this Valentine’s Day edition of Sound Advice.


  • Jeff Chiu / File / AP

    Sacramento's Proposed Pot Tax

    Sacramento Bee writer Peter Hecht has been reporting on marijuana since 2009. Hecht joins Insight to discuss an initiative to tax marijuana to pay for youth services in Sacramento, which was approved by the City Council this week.

  • Gretchen Rubin / Facebook

    Author Gretchen Rubin On Healthy Habits And Happiness

    Author Gretchen Rubin is in Sacramento Thursday to speak at the Sacramento Bee Book Club. She joins Insight to talk about what she's learned when it comes to creating healthy habits and how they impact our overall happiness in life.

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    Lara Downes Performs At The Mondavi Center

    Pianist Lara Downes previews her weekend concert at the Mondavi Center titled “Love Madly.”

  • Sharon Van Etten / Dusdin Condren / Facebook

    Sound Advice: Break-Up Jams

    The flip side of the Valentine’s Day experience is Nick Brunner’s Break-up Jam on Saturday night. He’s listening for stories about the broken heart and that’s the music he’ll share during this week's Sound Advice.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

David Goldman / AP

Insight: New Hampshire Primaries / Young Adult Bereavement / Kushman By The Bottle / Jamie Davis

Politico Reporter Carla Marinucci talks about the results of the New Hampshire primary. Two UC Davis bereavement specialists talk about a new program designed to help young adults deal with grief.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Insight: News Network / Monarch Wings / Barb On The Ten / Tanya Vegvary

The Sacramento Bee’s Ryan Lillis talks about the mayor’s race, two new pieces of art at the downtown arena and much more in this week's News Network. Plus a UC Davis researcher says we’ve been wrong about Monarch butterfly migration.

Monday, February 8, 2016

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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.

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.