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Sacramento, CA


Capital Public Radio's daily, in-depth interview program providing context and background to the issues that face our region.




7055 Folsom Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95826-2625 (916) 278-8900


Insight: Political Junkie / Capitol Chat / Write Or Die

A politics-filled hour begins with the Political Junkie Ken Rudin. Then State Government Reporter Ben Bradford wraps up California’s legislative deadline. And there’s new music from Write or Die before their performance at City of Trees.

Insight: Capitol Chat / Creative Edge / John Skinner / Light Opera

It’s the final day at the legislature to get bills to Gov. Jerry Brown Capitol. Bureau Chief Ben Adler recaps a late night of legislative deal-making The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission has a new leader and a town hall meeting. Insight Host Beth Ruyak shares her remembrance of local musician John Skinner. And the Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento presents "Patience."

Insight: Pacific Hurricanes? / Vietnam Documentary / Sound Advice: Classical

Could high powered hurricanes happen in California someday? A NOAA meteorologist weighs in. UC Davis' Dr. Carolee Tran is in a new documentary on Vietnam. And Cale Wiggins brings new classical releases for Sound Advice.

Insight: PolitiFact On Border Wall Statements / Race And Gender In Pop Culture / Author Stephen Finlay Archer

Did then Senators Obama and Clinton support a border wall with Mexico? PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols explains. Then a conversation on race and gender in pop culture that expands at CrockerCon on Thursday. And author Stephen Finlay Archer introduces us to his historical novel series, The Irish Clans.

Duration: 01:10:14

Insight: Housing Segregation History / "Reinventing America's Schools" / Pianist Lara Downes

The View From Here affordable housing series Place and Privilege continues with reporter Cosmo Garvin’s interview with Richard Rothstein on his best-selling new book ‘The Color of Law’. Author David Osborne takes a look at schools succeeding across the country to learn what works when innovating education. And acclaimed pianist Lara Downes kicks off her "Sounds like America" tour with a performance on Insight.

Duration: 00:53:59

Insight: Political Junkie / A Nation Engaged On DACA / Christopher Fairman

How is President Trump responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma? The Political Junkie Ken Rudin has analysis. Then, we hear reaction from Sacramentans to the President’s decision on DACA, North Korea and other major policy decisions in his first nine months. And singer-songwriter Christopher Fairman shares music from his new E.P.

Insight: Housing Legislation / Lyme Disease / "Nouns" Art Exhibit

What’s the fate of housing legislation at the State Capitol? Sacramento Bee reporter Alexei Kosseff has the details. We'll explore the latest on Lyme disease and its impact on Californians. Artists Emily Swinsick and Erik Castellanos share "Nouns," a collaborative art show at Menagerie Sacramento. Producer's note: Guitarist Ottmar Liebert was originially scheduled to appear on this epidose of Insight but was unable to.

Insight: DACA Questions / Author Sasha Abramsky / Jewish Food Faire / Sound Advice Classical

A look at the unanswered questions surrounding the end of DACA. Author Sasha Abramsky on the science of fear and how it intersects with politics. The 40th Annual Jewish Food Faire. Sound Advice previews classical concerts in Sacramento.

Insight: Advance Peace / Farm To Every Fork / Triumph Cancer Foundation / Marcus Crowder On Arts And Media

Advance Peace is a program to give cash to gang members practicing nonviolence. Farm To Every Fork is bringing food to low-income and homeless families. Cyclist Pam Whitehead shares Triumph Cancer Foundation. Marcus Crowder discusses arts and media.

Insight: Lawmakers Delay Housing Vote / CAL FIRE Updates, "Fire Chasers" Documentary / Landscape Photographer Fred Dusel

Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has the details from the Capitol on housing legislation and a major parks and water bond at the Legislature. CAL FIRE has an update on the Ponderosa Fire and a new Netflix documentary titled “Fire Chasers.” And Fred Dusel discusses his 3D landscape photography on exhibit in Sacramento.

Insight: Northern California Hurricane Relief / Memoir Of Abuse And Survival / LGBTQ Comedy Night / Sound Advice: Live Music For Labor Day Weekend

Northern California organizations send relief to Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Author Alice Anderson shares her story of abuse and survival. The LGBTQ Comedy Night brings laughter to the 30th Anniversary of the Sacramento Rainbow Festival. For Sound Advice, Insight producer Cody Drabble previews three live music events for Labor Day weekend.

Duration: 00:50:50

Insight: PolitiFact Checks On Joe Arpaio Pardon / Helping Pets Cope With Sudden Changes / Historian Richard Schwartz On Actor M.B. Curtis

Angie Holan from joins Insight with fact-checks on the Joe Arpaio pardon and disaster memes. Pet expert Gina Spadafori talks about how animals cope with change. Historian Richard Schwartz tells us about the trailblazing Jewish actor M.B. Curtis– Richard’s written a book about him.

Insight: Capitol Chat Housing Bills / Tahoe Workforce Housing / Alice Waters Memoir / Fair Oaks Theatre Festival

This week’s episode of the ‘Place & Privilege’ podcast explores Tahoe’s crisis and some proposed solutions. California lawmakers, meanwhile, are shaping new legislation to ease similar issues across the state. We’ll get an update from the Capitol. We take a look back at a conversation with chef Alice Waters in anticiaption of her new memoir. Fair Oaks Theatre Festival presents "SHREW!" and remembers their late artistic director Bob Irvin.

Insight: Political Junkie On Trump's Tone / Bay Area Protests / Berryessa Monument Retains Status / Guitarist Ross Hammond

Ken Rudin on the impact of President Trump’s messages and tone over the past week. Then, the latest from San Francisco on the Patriot Prayer rally that was cancelled and relocated. We’ll explore what happens next to national monuments, specifically Berryessa Snow Mountain. And guitarist Ross Hammond performs in our studio.

Insight: Capitol Chat / New Voter Data / Keyboard Conversations / New Music PIcks From Hey Listen!

In this week’s Capitol Chat, Ben Bradford discusses California's Cap and Trade program and affordable-housing legislation. Mindy Romero with the California Civic Engagement Project discusses new voter data. Keyboard Conversations kicks off its concert series at the Harris Center with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein and George Gerschwin. This week's selections from Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner include songs from Downtown Boys and Japanese Breakfast.

Duration: 00:48:58

Insight: Trump Visits Reno / California Museum Opens Unity Center / Author Joshua Mohr / Guitarist Victor Contreras

There are mixed opinions from Reno’s elected officials to President Trump’s visit. The Unity Center opens at the California Museum. Writer Joshua Mohr discusses "Sirens," his provocative new memoir. And a new album from guitarist Victor Contreras.

Insight: The View From Here On Code Enforcement / Combating Homelessness In Sacramento / Tahoe Summit / Crocker Art Museum Exhibit For Kids

Sacramento County housing complaints and code enforcement: that is in this week’s ‘Place & Privilege’ podcast episode. Leaders from the city of Sacramento and the county are joining faith organizations this Wednesday to develop a cohesive strategy for fighting homelessness in the region. California Senators are center stage at the Lake Tahoe Summit: CapRadio’s Randol White reports live from Tahoe. And, there is a new interactive Art Spot for kids at the Crocker Art Museum.

Insight: Political Junkie On Bannon Departure / Solar Eclipse Preview / Capital Dance Project

The Political Junkie follows Steve Bannon’s departure from office and the controversies surrounding the administration. We’ll hear from solar eclipse watchers up and down the West Coast and get tips on watching safely. And the Capitol Dance Project brings ballet to a unique audience.

Insight: Sacramento Opioid Crisis / Music Circus Sister Act / Solar Eclipse Safety / Sound Advice: Blake Gillespie On Local Bands

The opioid epidemic hits close to home; we get an update on the Sacramento region’s response to the epidemic. Broadway Veterans preview the Music Circus production of Sister Act. CapRadio’s environment reporter Amy Quinton and Dr. Donald Bucklin have safety tips and travel ideas for the solar eclipse. Music journalist Blake Gillespie returns for Sound Advice with local music selections you can't miss.

Duration: 00:50:50

Insight: PolitiFact On Charlottesville / California Native: Environmental Stewardship / Summer Gardening

PolitiFact Exec. Director Aaron Sharockman fact-checks statements on Charlottesville. California Native series continues with a focus on environmental stewardship in northern California. Jennifer Khal with shares summer gardening tips.
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