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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Insight: Capitol Chat / Stories On Stage / The Rosemary Metrailer Story / Sound Advice

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler hosts Capitol Chat; Vanessa Hua is June's Stories on Stage featured author; a documentary focuses on Sacramento LGBT history and Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner highlights music for this week's Sound Advice.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Insight: Feinstein And Harris / End Of Life / Music Circus / Debop

California U.S. Senators make a splash during Russian investigations; a local journalist talks about his mother choosing the End of Life option; theater critics recap "Beauty and the Beast" and modern jazz group Debop plays live in studio.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Insight: Pig Island / Heat Wave Updates / Barry Lancet / USATF

Pigs were rescued from the San Joaquin Delta Island; officials update the situation with the heat wave; Barry Lancet releases the fourth novel in his Jim Brodie series and NorCal runners prepare for a (literally) heated USA Track and Field meet.

Monday, June 19, 2017

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Insight: WaPo's Philip Bump / Fête De La Musique / Poet Robert Hass

Philip Bump from the Washington Post gives updates on politics; local buskers celebrate Make Music Day and Robert Hass joins the line-up of notable poets for a writing workshop in Squaw Valley.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Insight: Capitol Chat / 'Trump's California Henchmen' / Davis Madrigals

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler goes over the state's largest budget to date; Capital and Main launched a series describing Trump's business allies in California and the Davis Madrigals celebrate 50 years of music.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Insight: Opioid Addiction / B Street Sofia Building / Sound Advice / Sac French Film Festival

A Plumas County school is teaching opioid overdose treatment to its students; B Street Theatre named its new building in honor of an early donor; CapRadio's Gary Vercelli hosts Sound Advice and the French Film Festival gears up for its 16th year.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Insight: Sessions Testimony / Tracking The Truth / California Native Launch / 'Beauty And The Beast'

Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Tuesday; PolitiFact launches a new Insight series; California Native debuts examining American Indian history and "Beauty and the Beast" premieres next week at the Music Circus.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Insight: Reading Comprehension / Alleyway Activation / Book On Bob Davies / Hoopmaps App

CALmatters Reporter Matt Levin talks about his story on reading comprehension rates for black boys and girls; Comstock Reporter Allen Young discusses the history of Sacramento's alleyways; Bob Davies is the subject of Barry S. Martin's latest book.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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Insight: Political Junkie / Hi-Fructose / Ron Cunningham

Political Junkie Ken Rudin reviews a tumultuous series of testimonies on possible Russian collusion; a new Crocker Museum exhibit talks about the risks of high-fructose corn syrup and Ron Cunningham talks about his possibly final ballet piece.