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

LATEST SHOW | Friday, June 23, 2017

Insight Special Broadcast: Past, Present And Future Of LGBT Rights

In observance of Pride Month, we revisit our Insight special discussing the presence of LGBT rights and its influence in today's society.


  • Justice Anthony Kennedy And LGBT Civil Rights

    Lesley McClurg sat down with two McGeorge School of Law professors, Larry Levine and John Sims, to talk about Sacramento’s most important jurist, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and his LGBT civil rights legacy on the Supreme Court.

  • Jeff Chiu / AP

    A Conversation With LGBT Lawmakers

    Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler spoke with three lawmakers about the LGBT laws enacted by the California Legislature. They’ll share stories about the challenges of passing civil rights bills and coming out.

  • The History, Future Of Sacramento's Lavender Heights

    The Lavender Heights neighborhood in Sacramento is the epicenter of the LGBT community. Beth Ruyak spoke with two community leaders about the history and future of the neighborhood.

  • Television's LGBT Characters

    Rick Kushman and Fresh Air’s David Bianculli look back at the power of television – and the LGBT characters that shaped how people see and understand what it means to be gay in America.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Gov. Brown Press Office / Twitter

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.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Insight: Mayor Steinberg / PolitiFact California / Soprano Carrie Hennessey

Sacramento Mayor Steinberg discusses the new police chief and more. Then Chris Nichols fact-checks a claim about clean-energy jobs vs. coal jobs. And Soprano Carrie Hennessey returns to Insight with a preview of her upcoming concert in town.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nevada State Legislature / Facebook

Insight: Nevada Legislature / 'Ghost Ship' Arrests / Science Night Live / 'Mighty Ruthie'

The Nevada Legislature goes into recess after a busy season; two were arrested and charged for the "Ghost Ship" fire; Science Night studies planets using ours as a model and Sacramentan Ruthie Bolton has a documentary on her domestic abuse struggles.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Insight: Political Junkie / Brown In China / Retired Sac Bee Reporter Dan Walters

Political Junkie Ken Rudin recaps news from last week; state government reporter Ben Bradford follows Governor Brown in China and Dan Walters reflects on the current state of politics and his time at the Sacramento Bee before he retired.

Friday, June 2, 2017

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Insight: Legislation Deadline / Paris Accord Reactions / 'Are You Useful?' / Misner And Smith

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler recaps a week of legislation; a UC Davis environmental expert goes over the effects of leaving the Paris Accord; a fitness expert's new book aims to motivate daily exercise and Misner and Smith debut new music live.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Insight: Norovirus / End Of Life Statistics / Brown In China / Musician Garrett Pierce

Norovirus spreads in Yolo County; the End Of Life Option Act passed a year ago; Governor Brown prepares for his week-long China trip and Garrett Pierce plays live.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Insight: PolitiFact / Author Donia Bijan / Musician Brian Chris Rogers

PolitiFact checks claims about Trump and Governor Brown; author Donia Bijan talks about her book "Last Days of Café Leila" and Brian Chris Rogers plays live in studio.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Insight: Political Recap / Sacramento Black Book Fair / City Of Trees Brass Band

LA Times reporter Sarah Wire fills the seat of Political Junkie to recap last week; Sacramento Black Book Fair features over 50 special guests this year and City of Trees Brass Band brings energy to the studio with live music.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Insight Music Debuts

Insight Music debuts this week with the Kortet, the Fulton Street Jazz Band, Joy & Madness, and the American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mark J. Terrill / AP

Insight: California Democratic Convention / SummerWords 2017 / Sound Advice

"Berniecrats" and establishment Democrats are growing farther apart following the California Democratic Convention; best-seller Edan Lepucki prepares for SummerWords 2017 and Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner dissects the music of "Twin Peaks."