Insight With Beth Ruyak

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 Thursday, June 22, 2017: Beth Duncan hosts Insight.

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Insight: Capitol Chat / Stories On Stage / The Rosemary Metrailer Story / Sound Advice

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler hosts Capitol Chat; Vanessa Hua is June's Stories on Stage featured author; a documentary focuses on Sacramento LGBT history and Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner highlights music for this week's Sound Advice.


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    California's Largest Budget In History Reaches Final Steps To Completion

    Lawmakers are set to finalize the largest budget in California’s history which will include major changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit, UC funding and other progressive priorities. Capital Bureau Chief Ben Adler has more insight.

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    Award-Winning Author Vanessa Hua Comes To Stories On Stage

    San Francisco Chronicle columnist Vanessa Hua is the featured author for Stories on Stage for the month of June. She talks about her story "The Older The Ginger."

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    New Documentary Describes History of Sacramento LGBT Community Center's Founding

    "Legends of Courage: The Rosemary Metrailer Story" highlights the story of the person who founded the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.

  • Sound Advice: Death Grips, Male Gaze And Cruel Summer

    "Hey, Listen!" host Nick Brunner taps a New Zealand folk musician for the best quiet earworm we’ve heard in a while. Also, music from a Death Grips side project, San Francisco’s Male Gaze and (appropriately this week) Cruel Summer.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Insight: Feinstein And Harris / End Of Life / Music Circus / Debop

California U.S. Senators make a splash during Russian investigations; a local journalist talks about his mother choosing the End of Life option; theater critics recap "Beauty and the Beast" and modern jazz group Debop plays live in studio.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Insight: Pig Island / Heat Wave Updates / Barry Lancet / USATF

Pigs were rescued from the San Joaquin Delta Island; officials update the situation with the heat wave; Barry Lancet releases the fourth novel in his Jim Brodie series and NorCal runners prepare for a (literally) heated USA Track and Field meet.

Monday, June 19, 2017

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Insight: WaPo's Philip Bump / Fête De La Musique / Poet Robert Hass

Philip Bump from the Washington Post gives updates on politics; local buskers celebrate Make Music Day and Robert Hass joins the line-up of notable poets for a writing workshop in Squaw Valley.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Insight: Capitol Chat / 'Trump's California Henchmen' / Davis Madrigals

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler goes over the state's largest budget to date; Capital and Main launched a series describing Trump's business allies in California and the Davis Madrigals celebrate 50 years of music.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Insight: Opioid Addiction / B Street Sofia Building / Sound Advice / Sac French Film Festival

A Plumas County school is teaching opioid overdose treatment to its students; B Street Theatre named its new building in honor of an early donor; CapRadio's Gary Vercelli hosts Sound Advice and the French Film Festival gears up for its 16th year.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Insight: Sessions Testimony / Tracking The Truth / California Native Launch / 'Beauty And The Beast'

Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Tuesday; PolitiFact launches a new Insight series; California Native debuts examining American Indian history and "Beauty and the Beast" premieres next week at the Music Circus.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Insight: Reading Comprehension / Alleyway Activation / Book On Bob Davies / Hoopmaps App

CALmatters Reporter Matt Levin talks about his story on reading comprehension rates for black boys and girls; Comstock Reporter Allen Young discusses the history of Sacramento's alleyways; Bob Davies is the subject of Barry S. Martin's latest book.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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Insight: Political Junkie / Hi-Fructose / Ron Cunningham

Political Junkie Ken Rudin reviews a tumultuous series of testimonies on possible Russian collusion; a new Crocker Museum exhibit talks about the risks of high-fructose corn syrup and Ron Cunningham talks about his possibly final ballet piece.

Friday, June 9, 2017

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Insight: China Recap, California Budget 2017 / One-Year Anniversary Of State's End Of Life Law

We get a recap of the Governor's trip to China. Lawmakers have a budget deal and Ben Adler has that story. And it’s the one-year anniversary of California’s End of Life law.