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.


Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler will host today's Insight.

LATEST SHOW | Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Insight: Political Junkie / Flood Insurance / Jack Gallagher / Hannah Mayree

Political Junkie Ken Rudin comments on Trump's health care plan; CapRadio reporters share their findings on flood insurance; Jack Gallagher talks about his new comedy show and Hannah Mayree plays music from her new album "Thoughts of the Night."


  • Jonathan Ayestas / Capital Public Radio

    What Comes Next After GOP Health Care Defeat

    The Political Junkie is turning his analytical gaze west. Ken Rudin, known to NPR listeners from his many years talking all things politics with Neal Conan on "Talk of the Nation," joins Insight host Ben Adler for our signature segment.

  • Flood Insurance: Who Stands To Win Or Lose From Eligibility Requirements?

    With the inundation of rain on Californians this year, many residents are wondering if their homes are insured and whether the federal system in place is working. Capital Public Radio’s Bob Moffitt and Amy Quinton have the story.

  • Comedian Jack Gallagher Shares His Road To Recovery In 'Concussed'

    Comedian and storyteller Jack Gallagher gives audiences a glimpse of his road to recovery after traumatic bike accident. Gallagher shares his story and reflects on the one man show “Concussed” at the B Street Theatre.

  • Hannah Mayree's 'Thoughts Of The Night' Roots Soulful Music In Nature

    Hannah Mayree performs in studio with songs from her debut album “Thoughts of the Night.”

Friday, March 10, 2017

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Insight: Squaw Valley World Cup / Capitol Chat / Chef Alice Waters / AirAligned

Squaw Valley begins its skiing World Cup series; Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler hosts this week's Capitol Chat; a slow-food chef talks about the importance of sustainable agriculture and an aerial dancer prepares for a show after a paralyzing injury.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Insight: Dave Jones On Obamacare / UC Davis Symposium / Sheriff Scott Jones / Sound Advice

Dave Jones explains why he is against an Obamacare repeal; a UC Davis symposium paints a dark picture for the environment; Sheriff Scott Jones criticizes the new "sanctuary state" bill and Kevin Doherty hosts this week's Sound Advice.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Insight: Obamacare Replacement / CA Reactions To Replacement / PolitiFact California / 'Stories To Be Told'

A Politico reporter dissects the proposed Obamacare replacement; California lawmakers respond what will replace ACA; PolitiFact California checks a claim on violent crime increase and Sacramento State's play uses satire to talk about serious issues.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Insight: News Network / National Geographic / Science Cafe / 'Peter And The Starcatcher'

We recap Anthony Silva's time as mayor and his recent arrest; National Geographic explores the deep history of water drought; A UC Davis professor is studying the rhythm of bugs and Green Valley Theatre brings a prequel to "Peter Pan."

Monday, March 6, 2017

Insight: Political Junkie / 'Life In Asymmetry' / Announcer Gary Gerould / Sacramento Beer Week

Political Junkie Ken Rudin discusses Trump's new travel ban; a Davis author writes a new book on her family's history with breast cancer; Gary Gerould hits a career milestone as a broadcaster and ice cream beer is introduced to Sacramento Beer Week.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Insight: Capitol Chat / 'Deep Down Dark' / Conductor Michelle Merrill

State government reporter Ben Bradford recaps this week in politics; journalist Hector Tobar discusses his new book and upcoming keynote speech and Michelle Merrill talks about the challenges for women as conductors.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Insight: Oroville Recap And Preview / Placer County Women / Sound Advice

Sacramento reporters and Oroville officials recap and preview what's to come next with Oroville's spillway; women in Placer County prepare to celebrate leadership and arts and music critic Jeff Hudson previews the winter concert season.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Insight: Fact-Checking Trump / Middle Class Scholarship Program / Pet Tales / 'We Buy White Albums'

PolitiFact shares its latest fact checks; a CALmatters reporter talks about the Middle Class Scholarship's future; Gina Spadafori recaps a veterinary conference and we revisit a conversation about a Beatles' White Album exhibit.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Insight: News Network / Indivisible Movement / Fire Control

Our News Network covers Sheriff Scott Jones' reaction to Trump's immigration orders; a movement protesting Trump calls themselves Indivisible and fire officials are looking to fight fire with fire ... literally.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Branden Camp / AP

Insight: Political Junkie / Press Secretary Aides / Yolo Marijuana / Element Brass Band

Political Junkie Ken Rudin recaps news from the weekend; two California press aides discuss the impact a press secretary can have; Yolo County is looking to keep track of where its medical marijuana comes from and Element Brass Band plays live.