Insight With Beth Ruyak

Hosted By Beth Ruyak

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LATEST SHOW | Thursday, February 22, 2018

Insight: Sen. Mendoza Update / Book Chronicles 'The Accidental President' / Climate Change In The Himalayas / Sound Advice: Hey, Listen!

CALmatters reporter Laurel Rosenhall reports from the Senate on Sen. Tony Mendoza. Author A.J. Baime shares a book on President Truman. Professor Mark Aldenderfer does high-altitude archaeology in Nepal. Sound Advice with Hey, Listen!'s Nick Brunner.


  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP / File

    California Senate Debates Disciplinary Action Against Sen. Tony Mendoza

    Chris Remington

    CALmatters reporter Laurel Rosenhall reports live from the California Senate floor as lawmakers discuss disciplinary options for Sen. Tony Mendoza.

  • Public Domain / Wikimedia

    New Biography On Harry S. Truman Explores His First Four Months As 'The Accidental President'

    Cody Drabble

    Author A.J. Baime discusses his bestselling history book "The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World."

  • Prof. Mark Aldenderfer / Courtesy

    UC Merced Professor Mark Aldenderfer On How Climate Change Affects High-Altitude Societies

    Cody Drabble

    UC Merced Professor Mark Aldenderfer shares his latest research on climate change and its impacts on high-altitude societies in the Himalayas.

  • Sound Advice: Hey, Listen!

    Nick Brunner

    Plenty of covers this week as an indie rock staple turns 16 and William Shatner gets Cramps. Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner has new music releases.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Steve Yeater / AP Photo

Insight: Report Details Sen. Tony Mendoza Allegations / Reps. Adam Schiff, Doris Matsui / Remembering Special Olympian Don Schrendel / "Once More With Feeling"

Report details sexual misconduct allegations against state Sen. Tony Mendoza. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff discusses the Parkland, Florida shooting. Don Schrendel remembered for his success at the Special Olympics. "Once More With Feeling" performed live.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Meredith Nixon for Green Valley Theatre / Courtesy

Insight: Political Junkie Ken Rudin / Sacramento's Electric Vehicle Strategy / Olympics Highlights / 'Side Show' The Musical

The Political Junkie discusses the indictment of 13 Russians in the Mueller investigation. Ezra Romero explains the city of Sacramento's electric vehicle strategy. Highlights from the Olympics. Green Valley Theatre presents "Side Show" the musical.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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Insight: Florida Shooting Update / Capitol Chat / Sacramento Ballet's 'Giselle' / Olympics Recap / Sound Advice

Florida shooting update. Ben Adler joins for Capitol Chat. Jeff Hudson interviews Carinne Binda about the ballet "Giselle." Beth Ruyak features highlights from the Olympics. Classical host Kevin Doherty features overlooked composers in Sound Advice.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Insight: Kevin de León's Senate Run / PolitiFact California On Pot And Privacy / Winter Olympics Recap / Harpist Motoshi Kosako Performs

Kevin de León on his goals if he defeats Dianne Feinstein in the Democratic Primary for US Senate. PolitiFact California looks at pot laws. Olympics highlights including Shaun White's gold medal win. Motoshi Kosako performs jazz harp live in-studio.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Insight: Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ose / Health Workers Take On Human Trafficking / Olympics Recap / 'The End Of Meat' Film

Ben Adler interviews former Congressman Doug Ose about running for governor. Sammy Caiola reports on how health workers are screening for human trafficking. A recap of Olympics highlights. "The End of Meat" documentary argues for a plant-based diet.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press via AP

Insight: Political Junkie Ken Rudin / BBC Look-Ahead / Olympics Recap / Element Brass Band

Political Junkie Ken Rudin talks about President Trump's infrastructure proposal. BBC World Service recaps a weekend of Olympics and diplomacy. Olympians won big for the US this weekend. Element Brass Band performs live with a new album.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Insight: Capitol Chat / Transcontinental Railroad 150th Anniversary / 1960 Olympics In Squaw Valley / Musician Tom Rizzo

Ben Adler recaps allegations against Asm. Cristina Garcia. The 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad is in May. Art and memorabilia from the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley. Gary Vercelli features session guitarist Tom Rizzo.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

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Insight: Reno Harassment Investigation / Poetry Out Loud / Sound Advice: Jazz

Reno City Council member Jenny Berkhus discusses a sexual harassment allegation and investigation that has rocked local politics. El Dorado County students share their words ahead of the Poetry Out Loud competition. Sound Advice with Gary Vercelli.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

California Department of Water Resources

Insight: Oroville Dam Crisis One Year Later / Brain Damage From Contact Sports / Kushman By The Bottle / 'Migrant Mother' Play And Music

Reporters look back on the Oroville Dam crisis, one year later. Dr. Bennet Omalu warns young athletes and parents of brain damage risk from contact sports. Rick Kushman has wine advice for Valentine's Day. Live music from "Migrant Mother."