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 | Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Insight: Wildfire Update / California Native: Activist Dahkota Brown / SUNMONKS Perform Live In CapRadio Garden

Fire officials update from Butte County and Carson City, Nevada. Native American activist Dakhota Brown worked to ban offensive mascots. And SUNMONKS perform live in the CapRadio Garden.


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    Fire Officials Update On Preacher Fire Near Carson City And Wall Fire In Butte County

    Updates from fire officials for the Preacher Fire near Carson City, Nevada and the Wall Fire in Butte County, California.

  • California Native: Dahkota Brown On Passing Law Banning Racial Mascots

    Chris Remington

    Native American activist Dahkota Brown shares the story of lobbying the California Legislature to pass Assembly Bill 30, the California Racial Mascots Act, which banned derogatory and offensive mascots in public schools in 2015.

  • SUNMONKS Perform Songs From "Two Play" In CapRadio Garden

    Cody Drabble

    Sacramento band SUNMONKS share new songs from their first full-length album “Two Play,” including a live performance from the CapRadio Garden

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Insight: Cap Radio Health Reporter Sammy Caiola / State Fair Exhibit On Farm Workers / Musician Colin Hay

Capital Public Radio Healthcare Reporter Sammy Caiola explains new research into breast milk and babies’ microbiomes. Marc Grossman reflects on his time as press secretary and speechwriter for Cesar Chavez. And Colin Hay shares new music.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Insight: Political Junkie Goes West / Remembering Elizabeth Wallner / New McGeorge Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz / New Sacramento Ballet Artistic Director Amy Seiwert

Political Junkie Ken Rudin recaps the week in politics; Beth Ruyak remembers End Of Life Option Act advocate Elizabeth Wallner; McGeorge School of Law welcomes a new dean; Sacramento Ballet alumna Amy Seiwert takes over as the new artistic director.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Insight: CAL FIRE Update on Detwiler Fire / Capitol Chat / Sound Advice Classical / Sierra Storytelling Festival

CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott updates on the Detwiler Fire; Capitol Chat on Cap and Trade legislation; Sound Advice with classical host Cale Wiggins; 32nd Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival features tales from Native American traditions.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Insight: Detwiler Fire Update From Mariposa County / PolitiFact California / Film Noir Festival / Dunkirk

The latest on the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County; PolitiFact California checks statements from Kevin McCarthy and Travis Allen; Noir Film Festival brings classic Billy Wilder films to the Crest Theatre.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / File

Insight: California's New Cannabis Chief / Nevada Cannabis Growing Pains / Documentary Follows Iraq Veteran

Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation head Lori Ajax discusses the new agency, while Reno Gazette-Journal reporter Jenny Kane covers Nevada's growing cannabis industry. Iraq veteran Tom Voss is the subject of a new documentary on PTSD.

Monday, July 17, 2017

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Insight: Political Junkie Goes West / Fire Update / Hi Phi Nation Podcast / Pianist Romayne Wheeler

Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins to talk about another delay in the Senate health care vote and Caitlyn Jenner for senate in 2020. Philosophy Prof. Barry Lam shares his Hi Phi Nation podcast. Pianist Romayne Wheeler performs live in studio.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Insight: Capitol Chat / Hi-Fructose / 'On The Town'

Governor Brown made passionate push for cap-and-trade; we revisit our interview with the editors of Hi-Fructose Magazine and the Sacramento Music Circus is showing "On the Town" as part of its 67th anniversary.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Insight: Wall Fire Aftermath / Alpacas In Calif. / Artist Raphael Delgado / Sound Advice

Insight speaks with Mayor Linda Dahlmeier about how residents of Oroville are coping after the destruction from the Wall Fire. We learn more about California's alpaca industry and why the animals are growing increasingly popular in the Golden State.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Noah Berger / AP

Insight: Homeowner Wildfire Insurance / 'Toxic Taps' / Kushman By The Bottle / Bandella

Homeowner insurance for wildfires is a question for many who could be affected by the Wall Fire; a new series details California's many water crises; the state fair is a win for the wine industry and former astronauts prepare for a show in Winters.