Insight With Beth Ruyak

Hosted By Beth Ruyak

Insight creates conversation to build community, exploring issues and events that connect people in our region. Insight covers breaking news and big ideas, music, arts & culture with responsible journalism, civil discussion and diverse voices.


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Insight is celebrating its 15th birthday this summer! To celebrate, we'll be revisiting some of our favorite shows and segments. Enjoy!

LATEST SHOW | Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Three Stories About Concussions

We discuss efforts to protect jockeys from concussions with CapRadio's Scott Rodd. Then, we revisit conversations with Dr. Bennet Omalu and comedian Jack Gallagher about the impacts of concussions.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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She’s Write: Four Writers On Powerful Topics

We speak with Northern California writers Donia Bijan, Rachel Howard, Vanessa Hua and Paula Treick DeBoard about the powerful stories that fuel their writing.

Monday, August 19, 2019

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Exploring The Potential Of DNA

UC Davis Professors Paul Knoepfler and Sheila David join us to discuss the ethics of gene editing, the science behind dragons and the potential for DNA to repair itself.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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Sacramento Podcaster Dissects Hip Hop Albums With Scholarly Zeal

On Insight today, Dissect podcast producer Cole Cuchna talks about his podcast, in which he's taken a deep look into albums by Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator and Kanye West.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Preserving Indigenous Culture

We revisit stories of indigenous people preserving their culture in different regions of Northern California on today's show with Yosemite's Ahwahneechee tribe, Dahkota "Kicking Bear" Brown, the Maidu tribe and the Otsigeya Women Drummers.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Paradise: Before And After The Camp Fire

On Insight today, we take a look at Paradise both before and after the Camp Fire with journalist Mark Arax, artist Stephanie Taylor and Paradise resident Christy Heron-Smith.

Monday, August 12, 2019

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Food & Tea: Science, History And Health

UC Davis Professor Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague tells us about the chemistry and health benefits of tea. Author Jonathan Kauffman looks back on the "Hippie Food" revolution. We round up 15 foods that keep you fit, from UC Davis experts.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

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Insight Music: Jessica Malone / Andrew Castro / Blue Oaks / The Christian DeWild Band

Jessica Malone debuts music from "The Waiting Hours E.P." Andrew Castro stops by with tracks from his "Solo E.P." Blue Oaks shares "To Be Kind Is Sin." The Christian DeWild Band records a live taping for Insight Music in the CapRadio Garden.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Surviving Trauma, ‘Catharsis’ Art Show, And A First Amendment Fight

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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The Science Of Fire & Sheila Jordan At 90

We hear from Stanford lecturer Ian Monroe about the connection between wildfires and climate change. We also look back on an episode of YosemiteLand focused on the Ferguson Fire. Legendary jazz singer Sheila Jordan looks back on her amazing career.