Insight With Beth Ruyak

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Friday Nov. 17 the NPR special report "Sexual Harassment: A Moment Of Reckoning" will air in place of Insight.

LATEST SHOW | Thursday, November 16, 2017

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio File

Insight: Sexual Harassment At Capitol / Cannabis For Pets / Sound Advice Jazz / Separate Spines

Julia Mitric updates on developments in sexual harassment allegations against state Sen. Tony Mendoza. UC Davis researchers study using medical cannabis on pets. Gary Vercelli joins for Sound Advice Jazz. Separate Spines performs new music.


  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio File

    Capital Senate Fellows Director On ‘Indefinite Leave' After Failing To Report Misconduct

    Sacramento State's placed the director of its California Senate Fellows program on “indefinite leave” after failing to report improper conduct between a Senator and a Fellow. Reporter Julia Mitric describes the timeline of the allegations.

  • Could Cannabis Benefit Your Pet?

    Researchers at UC Davis are looking for participants in anonymous survey to study the possible medicinal benefits of cannabis for animals.

  • Sound Advice: New Releases From High Note

    Cap Radio Jazz Music Director Gary Vercelli shares new releases from the High Note catalogue.

  • Separate Spines Performs New Music From "Cut Up The Rainbow"

    Cody Drabble

    Separate Spines performs music from their new album "Cut Up The Rainbow" live in studio.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Insight: Tehama Shooting / WWII Graphic Novel / "Red Altar" Play / Author Erika Mailman

North State Public Radio updates on the shooting in Tehama County. Graphic novelists share a WWII internment story. Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra presents "Red Altar." Erika Mailman debuts "Murderer's Maid," the latest Lizzie Borden novel.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

B Street Theatre Presents "A Moving Day" / Courtesy

Insight: Sen. Kamala Harris And Social Media / UC Davis Genetics Symposium / B Street Theatre's Final Play

California's US Senator Kamala Harris faces trolls on social media. UC Davis hosts a symposium on genetics, featuring cutting edge precision genomics. The B Street Theatre presents "A Moving Day" for its final play before relocating to The Sofia.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Capital Public Radio Insight

Insight: Political Junkie Ken Rudin / Senator Holly Mitchell / PRVLGS

Political Junkie Ken Rudin recaps President Trump's visit to Asia. Senator Holly Mitchell discusses sexual harassment issues at the California state capitol. PRVLGS performs new music live in studio.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Alessandra Tarantino / AP Photo

Insight: Capitol Chat: Gov. Brown In Europe / Flu Season / WWII Pilot Memoir

Politico reporter David Siders joins Capitol Chat from Germany where Gov. Brown is joining climate change talks. UC Davis Dr. Dean Blumberg discusses flu season and this year's vaccine. Author Gail Spelis shares her father's World War II memoir.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Vikinfue Olaffson / Courtesy

Insight: Sacramento Homelessness Plan / 'Marat/Sade' / Sound Advice: Classical

Sacramento County Sup. Phil Serna explains the decision to spend $44 million on Mayor Steinberg's plan to help homeless people in Sacramento. Falcon's Eye Theatre performs "Marat/Sade" at Harris Center. Sound Advice on new classical music releases.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

"Tractor Landscape" by Jeff Myers / Courtesy

Insight: Sexual Harassment At The Capitol / PolitiFact California / Painter Jeff Myers / Biggest Little Theatre Festival

Two reporters discuss coverage of the sexual harassment story in Sacramento. PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols looks at gas prices. Painter Jeff Myers shares his "Larger Than Life" show. The Biggest Little Theatre Festival returns to Reno.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rocco Fazzari / ICIJ

Insight: Teachers Strike Averted / Paradise Papers With Reveal / Anti-Camping Trial / Author Janet Fitch

Sacramento teachers reach a deal to avert a strike. Reveal explains the impact of the Paradise Papers. SN&R reporter Raheem Hosseini on the anti-camping trial moving to federal court. Novelist Janet Fitch shares "The Revolution Of Marina M."

Monday, November 6, 2017

SCUSD Superintendant Jorge Aguilar / Courtesy

Insight: Political Junkie Ken Rudin / Sacramento Teachers' Strike / Storm Forecast / Composer Jordan Roper

Ken Rudin recaps a week of politics from Washington, D.C. Sacramento City Superintendent Jorge Aguilar discusses a potential teachers strike. The National Weather Service forecasts a wet week. The Reno Philharmonic features music by Jordan Roper.

Friday, November 3, 2017

California Musical Theatre / Courtesy

Insight: Gov. Candidate John Cox / Carole King Musical / Festival Of New American Music

John Cox speaks with Ben Adler about his run for Governor of California in 2018. "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical" comes to Music Circus. Line Upon Line Percussion performs at the 40th annual Festival of New American Music.