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, June 21, 2017

Photos by Associated Press

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.


  • Photos by Associated Press

    Feinstein and Harris: California Senators Take Part In Russian Investigation

    McClatchy reporter Stuart Leavenworth discusses the outsized spotlight Senator Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein are receiving in the Russia investigation.

  • SN&R Journalist Shares His Mother’s Story Facing End Of Life Option

    Since the passing of the End of Life Option Act in 2016, about 500 people have signed up for the prescription. Sacramento News & Review journalist Raheem Hosseini witnessed the realities of this pill when his mother chose to end her life.

  • Photo by Charr Crail

    Recapping 'Beauty And The Beast' With Critics Jeff Hudson And Bev Sykes

    Capital Public Radio’s Arts & Theater Critic, Jeff Hudson, and the Drama Critic for the Davis Enterprise, Bev Sykes chat about the opening of “Beauty and the Beast” and the rest of the summer line-up at Music Circus.

  • Debop, A Band With A Modern Take On Traditional Jazz

    The college ensemble Debop comes to Insight for a live performance of modern takes on traditional jazz tunes. They will be performing at Etorre’s this Friday and at the California State Fair in July.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

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

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

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

Cliff Owen / AP

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.

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.