Insight With Beth Ruyak

Hosted By Beth Ruyak

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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 23, 2019

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Yosemiteland, Janet Fitch And Wayne Wallace

We take you into Yosemite with the CapRadio podcast Yosemiteland. Host Beth Ruyak talks with author Janet Fitch about her new book, "Chimes of a Lost Cathedral." CapRadio Jazz Music Director Gary Vercelli chats with trombonist Wayne Wallace.


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    Yosemiteland: From Majestic Landscapes To Lattes

    We’re taking a trip to an iconic California destination, Yosemite. CapRadio’s Environment Reporter, Ezra David Romero, examines the park’s commercialization and evolving identity in Episode 1 of the podcast Yosemiteland.

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    Janet Fitch Continues The Story Of Marina M In 'Chimes Of A Lost Cathedral'

    "The Revolution of Marina M." was part one of Janet Fitch’s sweeping story about love, revolution and self discovery. Fitch continues the story in her new novel, "Chimes of a Lost Cathedral." Fitch was recently at Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

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    Jazz Trombone Master Wayne Wallace Comes to Sacramento

    Trombonist Wayne Wallace has played with everyone. He’s an accomplished jazz musician, educator, composer and arranger. He’s Grammy-nominated, too.

Monday, July 22, 2019

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Insight Celebrates 15 Years On The Air

Insight turns 15 this summer and a special guest came to the studio to celebrate. Original Insight host Jeffrey Callison and Beth Ruyak discuss their memories and the show’s history.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Drop Dead Red / POOR Majesty / Sun Valley Gun Club / Honyock

We revisit an episode of Insight Music from last summer, featuring Drop Dead Red, POOR Majesty, Sun Valley Gun Club and Honyock performing and discussing their music.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Courtesy of Wendy Carrillo

Sexual Harassment Tracking And Stories Of Immigration & Separation

CapRadio's Scott Rodd looks at a gap in California's sexual harassment tracking. Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo discusses her trip to El Salvador with Gov. Gavin Newsom. Author Reyna Grande shares her new book, "A Dream Called Home."

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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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."

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

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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

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

Monday, July 8, 2019

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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.