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 | Monday, August 29, 2016

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Insight: Political Junkie / RNA For Bacterial Detection / Drunkorexia / "Science In Motion"

For Monday's Insight, Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins us from Washington D.C., RNA is tested to detect bacterial infection in infants, drunkorexia is catching eyes as a problem among college students and Powerhouse Science Center gets a new exhibit.


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    This Week In The Press For Presidential Candidates

    The Political Junkie is turning his analytical gaze west. Ken Rudin, known to NPR listeners from his many years talking all things politics with Neal Conan on "Talk of the Nation," joins Insight host Beth Ruyak for our signature segment.

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    How RNA Could Reduce Need For Spinal Taps And Blood Samples For Infants With Fevers

    A new method to detect bacterial infections in infant babies could save not only time, but the need for antibiotics and hospitalization. UC Davis Professor Nathan Kuppermann talks about how looking at RNA could replace spinal taps and blood samples.

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    Drunkorexia A Common Problem For College Students

    A prevalent trend in colleges is starving oneself to compensate calorie intake from alcohol. With us Monday are Jennifer Lombardi from the Eating Recovery Center and Rebecca Thompson from Sacramento State to talk about drunkorexia.

  • Powerhouse Science Center Prepares To Unveil "Science In Motion" Exhibit

    Powerhouse Science Center is opening a new exhibit September 2; within a few years, the Powerhouse staff hopes to be building out its new location downtown along the Sacramento River. Joining us to talk about the project is CEO Harry Laswell.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Insight: Capitol Chat / Author Jodi Angel / Comedian Daniel Humbarger / Sound Advice

For Thursday's Insight, reporter Ben Bradford recaps the legislative session, author Jodi Angel previews her Stories On Stage appearance, comedian Daniel Humbarger talks about his stand-up album and Nick Brunner shares some mellow music to relax to.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Insight: Earthquake In Italy / Therapeutic Boxing / Pet Tales / The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

For Wednesday's Insight, a Sacramento trainer helps people battle Parkinson's Disease using boxing, Gina Spadafori joins us for this month's Pet Tales and the Hunchback of Notre Dame makes its Music Circus debut in Northern California.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Insight: California Wildfires / Dead Trees / "The Born Again Runner" / Capital Dance Project Collaborative

For Tuesday's Insight, a YubaNet reporter updates us on California wildfires, we hear about the increasing damage caused by dead trees, an author releases a new book to inspire runners old and new, and dancers come together for a collaboration.

Monday, August 22, 2016

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Insight: Political Junkie / Denti-Cal / Moths, Myths And Mosquitoes

For Monday's Insight, Political Junkie Ken Rudin shares his analysis on current politics, reporter Ben Bradford reveals Denti-Cal horrors and a Sacramento scientist releases his book on moths, myths and mosquitoes.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Insight: Political Junkie / Politifact / Capitol Chat / Sound Advice

For Thursday's Insight, the Political Junkie joins us in studio, we get an overview of what Politifact is and some current fact checks, Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler updates us on local politics and we remember the late Bobby Hucherson.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Insight: DEA Marijuana Ruling / Rio Olympics / Archaeological Site / Steve Homan Jazz

For Tuesday's Insight, marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug, we receive updates on the Rio Olympics, the Trailhead Fire reveals an archaeological site and a jazz band performs in-studio.

Monday, August 15, 2016

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Insight: Political Junkie / Olympic Records / Mural Festival / Sacramento Cocktail Recipes

For Monday's Insight, Political Junkie Ken Rudin turns his analytical gaze west, Sacramento-based artists transform Midtown with wall murals and a new cocktail book collects local recipes and interviews with the mixologists behind the drinks.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

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Insight: Capitol Chat / Tahoe Wildflowers / Zee TV Desi Comedy Fest / Sound Advice

Today on Insight, we hear about legislation failing to pass, a botanist talks about Tahoe's wildflowers in her new book, Sacramento comedians join an international lineup of comedians and we talk to our new Morning Classical Host Kevin Doherty.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Insight: Katehi's Resignation / Kushman By The Bottle / Lake Tahoe / Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen

Today on Insight, a UC Davis professor talks about the bad year Lake Tahoe has had, our resident wine expert Rick Kushman revisits wine tasting advice and the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen celebrates 10 years of serving bicyclists.