Insight With Beth Ruyak

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LATEST SHOW | Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sean Havey for California Dream

Insight: Graying California / DNA Ethics / Author Rachel Howard

Reporters discuss a new project on aging in California. UC Davis professors preview a lecture on the ethics of DNA testing. Author Rachel Howard shares her debut novel.


  • Sean Havey for California Dream

    Graying California: Two Portraits Of How The Golden State Is Dealing With Its Aging Population

    CapRadio’s healthcare reporter Sammy Caiola and food and sustainability reporter Julia Mitric talk about their stories in the Graying California series. They profile pianist Cliff Shockney and farming couple Alan Haight and Jo McProud

  • NIH Image Gallery / Flickr

    What To Know About The Ethics And Science Of DNA Testing

    UC Davis Professors Graham Coop and Meaghan O’Keefe preview their public lecture on the promises, pitfalls and social risks of DNA testing.

  • Courtesy of Rachel Howard

    'The Risk Of Us' Novel Explores Becoming A Foster Parent

    “The Risk of Us” is Rachel Howard’s debut novel. It’s about a couple who fosters a child with the goal of adopting her. But along with the joys, there are significant bumps along the way, leading the couple of have to make a pivotal decision.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Courtesy Standford University Press

Insight: First Year Of Advance Peace / Author Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh / New Season Of 'Dissect' Podcast

An update on Advance Peace, a program to curb gun violence, in its first year in Sacramento. UC Davis Art History Professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh discusses her book "The Missing Pages." Cole Cuchna discusses the new season of "Dissect."

Monday, April 22, 2019

Photo by Jiyang Chen

Insight: California's Reaction To The Mueller Report / Pianist Lara Downes / Sierra Poetry Festival

Reporter Kate Irby joins us to talk about the California Congressional delegation's reaction to the Mueller report. We preview the Sierra Poetry Festival. CapRadio's Kevin Doherty interviews classical pianist Lara Downes.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cliff Owen / AP Photo

Insight: Reporter Kate Irby On Mueller Report / Capitol Chat / Classical Sound Advice

McClatchy DC Reporter Kate Irby joins us to talk about the Mueller report. Ben Adler discusses Gov. Gavin Newsom's first 100 Days. Classical Host Kevin Doherty brings us Sound Advice.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Cody Drabble / Capital Public Radio

Insight: PolitiFact California / Mystery Author Catriona McPherson / Slam Poet David Loret De Mola

We look at PolitiFact California's latest fact checks on Kamala Harris and the Newsom Meter. Mystery author Catriona McPherson previews the latest in her "Last Ditch" series. Slam poet David Loret de Mola discussses the Spoken Word Foundation launch.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Photos by Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio (left) and Sammy Caiola/Capital Public Radio (right)

Insight: Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg / California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg joins us to discuss the teachers strike, the Sacramento Republic FC Stadium and more. Then, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris tells us about her newly minted position.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Charr Crail Photography

Insight: 2020 Census / Political Junkie / 'When We Were Colored' Play

NPR's Hansi Lo Wang tells us what we need to know about the 2020 Census. Political Junkie Ken Rudin discusses the Mueller Report with us. Playwright Ginger Rutland gives us a look inside her play "When We Were Colored."

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Insight: Capitol Chat / Paradise Mayor Jody Jones / Sound Advice With Nick Brunner

Ben Adler joins us for Capitol Chat. Paradise Mayor Jody Jones tells us about recovery efforts after the Camp Fire. Hey, Listen! Host Nick Brunner plays us music from his favorite local artists in Sound Advice.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento State University Theatre Department

Insight: Measles In California / Author Lauren Markham / In The Heights At Sac State

Dr. Dean Blumberg discusses the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of measles in light of recent outbreaks. Author Lauren Markham talks about her book, "The Far Away Brothers." We give you a peek inside Sac State's production of "In the Heights."

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Courtesy of Wendy Carrillo

Insight: Use Of Force Debate At The Capitol / Newsom In El Salvador / Republic FC Stadium Update

Ben Adler joins us as a committee considers new police use of force legislation. We talk with Wendy Carrillo and Elizabeth Aguilera about Gov. Gavin Newsom's trip to El Salvador. Bob Moffitt fills us in on the new Sac Republic FC stadium deal.