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 | Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Insight: Toni Atkins / California's First Female Lawmakers / The Byron Colborn Big Band

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler interviews incoming California Senate leader Toni Atkins. Steve and Suzie Swatt discuss the first generation of women elected to the Legislature a century ago. The Byron Colborn Big Band debuts a new album.


  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Toni Atkins Takes The Gavel As Leader Of The California Senate

    Cody Drabble

    Senator Toni Atkins discusses per priorities for the state as she takes over as leader of the California Senate this week. Atkins will be the first ever female leader of the California Senate — and its first openly gay leader.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    'Paving The Way' For Women's Political Equality

    Chris Remington

    Steve and Suzie Swatt share a new book called "Paving the Way: Women's Struggle for Political Equality in California."

  • Byron Colborn / Courtesy

    The Byron Colborn Big Band Previews Debut Performance In Davis

    Cody Drabble

    The Byron Colborn Big Band is releasing its debut album in Davis this Saturday.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Alex Brandon / AP File

Insight: Political Junkie On White House Staff Changes / BBC Look-Ahead / Attorney Explains DACA Status / FFA President On Future Of Ag

Political Junkie Ken Rudin on staff changes in the White House. BBC World Service looks ahead to news in China, Israel and Africa. Immigration attorney David Berry on DACA's legal status. FFA President Breanna Holbert on the future of agriculture.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Lique / Courtesy

Insight: Capitol Chat On Gun Control, Asm. Bocanegra / Diabetes Research / Sac French Film Fest / The Lique Performs In Studio

Sac Bee reporter Alexei Koseff returns for Capitol Chat. New diabetes research holds clues for your health. The Sacramento French Film Festival presents award-winning short films. The Lique perform live in studio.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Carrie Hennessey / Twitter

Insight: Winter Storm Hits Region / Professor Shares Memoir On 'Dancing In Blackness' / Comedian Kiry Shabazz / Classical Sound Advice

The National Weather Service discusses a winter storm headed for the region. Professor Halifu Osumare shares "Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir." Comedian Kiry Shabazz previews a showcase at the Crest Theatre. Jeff Hudson has classical Sound Advice.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Philharmonik / Courtesy

Insight: PolitiFact On Guns / YA Author Kim Culbertson / 'Family Cabins' Play Tackles Mental Illness / The Philharmonik Live In Studio

PolitiFact California checks statements on gun policy and statistics. Kim Culbertson shares her YA novel "The Wonder of Us." The Howe Ave Theater presents "Family Cabins." The Philharmonik debuts his album before a Sol Collective album release show.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tatiana Flowers / AP

Insight: U.S. Supreme Court Cases On DACA, Unions / Dementia Memoir / 'Frankenstein' Turns 200 / Oscars Preview With Carla Meyer

The Washington Post's Philip Bump on two cases before the Supreme Court. Marilyn Reynolds shares a memoir on caring for a partner with dementia. "Frankenstein" comes alive in a new graphic novel on its 200th birthday. Carla Meyer previews the Oscars.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Pregnant / Courtesy

Insight: Democratic Convention / Political Junkie Ken Rudin / BBC Look Ahead / Pregnant Tours Korea And Japan

Ben Adler recaps the state Democratic Party Convention. Ken Rudin discusses the Schiff Memo and gun debate. BBC World Service looks ahead to Italian elections and the Russian state of the union. Pregnant embarks on a tour of Japan and Korea.

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.

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

Keith Sutter Photography / Courtesy

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.