Insight With Beth Ruyak

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A daily, in-depth interview program providing context and background to the issues that face our region.

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LATEST SHOW | Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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Insight: News Network / Special Legislative Session On Transportation / 'No Exit'

A UC Davis expert talks about the state legislature’s special session to find money for improving transportation infrastructure. The Sacramento Bee and the Sacramento News & Review talk about their requests to see Mayor Kevin Johnson’s emails.


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    News Network: Mayor Kevin Johnson's Emails

    Should Mayor Kevin Johnson's private emails be part of the public record or should they be protected? Insight speaks with Sacramento journalists as well as the mayor's press secretary and attorney.

  • California's Special Session On Transportation

    California’s aging transportation system is in need of repair, but it's unclear how to pay for it. UC Davis’ Dr. Dan Sperling joins Insight to talk about what’s being called the Governor’s special session on transportation.

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    Big Idea Theatre's 'No Exit'

    After four years of working on the concept, Benjamin Ismail has put his production, "No Exit," on the stage at Big Idea Theatre.

Monday, July 06, 2015

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Insight: Political Junkie Goes West / The Changing Music Industry / Salt Wizard

Ken Rudin turns his analytical gaze towards the Democrat presidential front-runners. A University of the Pacific professor joins us to talk about the rapidly changing music business. West Sacramento’s Salt Wizard plays live in our studios.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Insight: Capitol Chat / Robert S. Nelsen / Julia B. Levine / Sound Advice

Sacramento State's new president will talk about his vision for the future. CapRadio's Katie Orr provides a roundup of all the new laws taking effect this week. Poet Julia B. Levine shares poems from her latest book.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Insight: Overtime Exemption Regulations / Antarctic Coral Reefs / New Poet Laureate / Summer Shakespeare Festivals

A Sacramento State University geologist explains what corals off Antarctica's coast reveal about the past. And, the new US Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, explains how being the child of migrant farm workers shaped his life.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Insight: News Network / Sacramento Zoo's New Director / K-ZAP Relaunch / Sean Pawling

On Insight, the editor of the fire-tracking website YubaNet talks about fireworks restrictions and fire dangers. Plus, the new CEO of the Sacramento Zoo, Kyle Burks joins us and KZAP DJ Dennis Newhall talks about relaunching the station.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

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Insight: SCOTUS On Gay Marriage / Political Junkie Goes West / Same-Sex Marriage Opposition / Dennis Mangers

Law Professor Larry Levine talks about the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. The Political Junkie Ken Rudin tracks reaction from the Presidential campaign.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Insight: SCOTUS ACA Ruling / Capitol Chat / Kathryn Ma / Angélique Kidjo / Sound Advice

CapRadio's Katie Orr talks about a court ruling that allows California’s attorney general to block an unconstitutional ballot initiative. Plus, author Kathryn Ma talks about her new novel on Chinese adoption called "The Year She Left Us."

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Insight: Lawyers / Mobile Food Pantry / Pet Tales / Kathey Norton

Is California allowing bad attorneys to practice law? A professor explains why the California State Bar failed to discipline lawyers. Plus, a UC Davis veterinarian talks about her campaign to save one million cats from being euthanized.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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Insight: News Network / Tennis Champion Collin Altamirano / "Flask Of The Drunken Master" / I Am Strikes

Collin Altamirano is a 19-year-old tennis player from Yuba City. He talks about winning the NCAA college championship two years ago. Plus, music from the Sacramento indie band “I am Strikes.”

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Monday, June 22, 2015

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Insight: Sacramento Responds To Charleston / The Politial Junkie Goes West / Working In The On-Demand Economy

On Insight, we’ll hear how Uber is challenging labor laws and what it means to be a contract worker versus an employee. Plus, we’ll get analysis from The Political Junkie and we'll talk with Pastor Les Simmons with the Sacramento Christian Center.

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