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Award-winning journalist Vicki Gonzalez hosts daily interviews with community leaders, advocates, experts, artists and more to provide background and understanding on breaking news, big events, politics and culture in the Sacramento region and beyond.

Insight With Vicki Gonzalez CapRadio

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Award-winning journalist Vicki Gonzalez hosts daily interviews with community leaders, advocates, experts, artists and more to provide background and understanding on breaking news, big events, politics and culture in the Sacramento region and beyond.

    President Biden’s Electability Challenges | The Costs of Extreme Heat in CA | Muralist Uli Smith

    President Biden’s Electability Challenges | The Costs of Extreme Heat in CA | Muralist Uli Smith

    How President Biden’s electability challenges could impact California politics. How heat waves have cost California hundreds of lives and billions of dollars. Finally, how a Sacramento muralist transitioned from public health to public art.

    President Biden’s Electability Challenges
    President Joe Biden continues to face mounting uncertainty around his chance at re-election, after his debate last month against former President Donald Trump. Melanie Mason, a senior politics reporter covering California politics at POLITICO, joins Insight to discuss how those growing concerns could impact close Congressional races in California, and whether a prominent California Democrat could replace Biden as the nominee.

    The Costs of Extreme Heat in CA
    Heat waves have killed hundreds of Californians, caused thousands of injuries, and cost billions of dollars in the past decade, according to a new report from the state insurance department. Levi Sumagaysay covers the California economy for the nonprofit newsroom CalMatters, with a focus on the insurance market, taxes and anything that affects the state’s residents, labor force and economy. She explains the cost of extreme heat in California.

    Muralist Uli Smith 
    How does one go from a career in public health to making murals throughout the community? Sacramento muralist Uli Smith aims to elicit joy with her vibrant artwork that can be seen throughout the city. She explains how murals can contribute to a community’s public health.

    Wrapping Up the Thompson Fire | Sac County Stops Water Deliveries to Homeless Encampments | ‘Folk on the Farm’ Concerts

    Wrapping Up the Thompson Fire | Sac County Stops Water Deliveries to Homeless Encampments | ‘Folk on the Farm’ Concerts

    The Thompson Fire in Butte County has finally been contained. Sacramento County stops delivering water to homeless encampments. Finally, Folk on the Farm concerts taking place in El Dorado County.

    Wrapping Up the Thompson Fire
    After burning across Butte County for a week and prompting thousands of evacuations, officials announced Tuesday that the Thompson Fire has finally been contained. Adia White, News Editor at North State Public Radio unpacks the response to the wildfire, the lessons learned from previous blazes, and what comes next as residents begin to recover.

    NSPR is a partner station to CapRadio.

    Sac County Stops Water Deliveries to Homeless Encampments
    Earlier this month, Sacramento County stopped delivering water to homeless encampments. This stoppage came at the start of a severe heat wave which has seen temperatures reach the triple-digits, and already led to the death of at least one person. Reporter Theresa Clift covers homelessness for the Sacramento Bee and joins Insight to talk about why the deliveries have stopped, and what can be done to protect the county’s most vulnerable residents.

     ‘Folk on the Farm’ Concerts
    A third-generation family farm in El Dorado County is hosting a series of concerts this summer, offering visitors the chance to enjoy live music and a drink in the country. Chris Delfino, owner of Delfino Farms, talks about the business’s history and their Folk on the Farm concert series, which will include a performance by The Brothers Comatose on July 13.

     

    Utility Services During the Heat Wave | Sacramento’s Renaissance Society | 2024 California State Fair

    Utility Services During the Heat Wave | Sacramento’s Renaissance Society | 2024 California State Fair

    How to navigate utility usage during the heat wave. How the Renaissance Society of Sacramento offers seniors new learning opportunities. Finally, getting a preview of the 2024 California State Fair.

    Utility Services During the Heat Wave
    The summer heat wave means Californians will be running their air conditions and trying to keep their outdoor plants alive. However, they will also be facing higher energy and water bills as a result. Mark Toney, Executive Director of TURN (The Utility Reform Network) joins Insight to talk about the impact of the heat on high electricity bills, and Carlos Eliason with the City of Sacramento's Department of Utilities shares tips on how to save money and water during the summer months.

    Sacramento’s Renaissance Society
    For over 30 years, the Renaissance Society of Sacramento has been offering older adults lifelong learning opportunities, from seminars and workshops to community excursions. Society President Deborah Seiler talks about how the program benefits both seniors and Sac State students, and highlights some of the programs that are being offered this summer.

    2024 California State Fair
    A celebration of California’s progress, advancement, and diversity is returning to Cal Expo this weekend. The 2024 California State Fair runs from July 12-28, and will feature a variety of exhibits, competitions, concerts, and more. Darla Givens, Media Manager for the California State Fair provides a preview of this year’s festivities, including a new opportunity to buy and consume cannabis.

    CAL FIRE Updates | Scrapped Anti-Crime Measure | Sacramento Republic FC’s Open Cup Quarterfinals

    CAL FIRE Updates | Scrapped Anti-Crime Measure | Sacramento Republic FC’s Open Cup Quarterfinals

    CAL FIRE provides an update on wildfire conditions. Reactions to a scrapped anti-crime measure that challenged reforming Prop 47. Finally, previewing Sacramento Republic FC’s U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals match.

    CAL FIRE Updates
    Several wildfires continue to burn across Northern California, from the Pay Fire in El Dorado County to the Royal Fire in Placer County. CAL FIRE Deputy Chief of Communications Issac Sanchez provides an update on the fires burning across Northern California, and what people can do to stay safe.

    Scrapped Anti-Crime Measure
    Late last week, Governor Gavin Newsom pulled the plug on an anti-crime ballot measure. The measure aimed to challenge an initiative to reform Prop 47, which has already qualified for the November ballot and calls for tougher theft and drug penalties. POLITICO California Playbook co-author Dustin Gardiner and Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig join Insight to break down these latest developments.

    Sacramento Republic FC’s Open Cup Quarterfinals
    Sacramento Republic FC is looking to pull off another “cupset” in this year’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition. The “Indomitable Club” will host Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC at Heart Health Park on Tuesday, July 9, for the quarterfinals. President and General Manager Todd Dunivant provides a preview of the quarterfinals match, and how the team is preparing to face a top-tier opponent once again.

     

    Drownings and Waterway Safety | Losing a Parent to Suicide | Elementary School ‘Rainbow Clubs’

    Drownings and Waterway Safety | Losing a Parent to Suicide | Elementary School ‘Rainbow Clubs’

    How to stay safe in waterways and pools during the heat wave. “This Is What It Feels Like” episode about losing a parent to suicide. Finally, how “Rainbow Clubs'' are helping LGBTQ+ students in the Elk Grove Unified School District.

    Drownings and Waterway Safety
    As the heatwave continues across Northern California, Sacramento’s rivers and lakes look enticing. But they’re not to be taken lightly. We’ll talk with two members of the California Water Safety Coalition, Kris Lev-Twombly and Jennifer Rubin, about staying safe in area waterways and pools.

    Losing a Parent to Suicide
    All week long, we’ve been listening to some episodes of CapRadio’s award-winning podcast This Is What It Feels Like. Hosted by Terra Lopez, This Is What It Feels Like allows listeners to put themselves in the shoes of everyday people at the center of issues that have been politicized or overlooked. Our final episode this week explores what it feels like “Losing a Parent to Suicide.”

    Elementary School ‘Rainbow Clubs’

     aim to provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTQIA+ elementary students. But these clubs have also drawn community backlash and opposition. CapRadio Education Reporter Srishti Prabha visited some of these Rainbow Clubs in the Elk Grove Unified School District, and shares what students and teachers had to say.

    California Recycling Deposit Investigation | ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ Living to 106 | Dave Brubeck Tribute Concert

    California Recycling Deposit Investigation | ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ Living to 106 | Dave Brubeck Tribute Concert

    The financial impacts of closing recycling centers across California. Learning how to find joy and meaning at age 106. Finally, a concert honoring jazz musician Dave Brubeck is taking place in downtown Sacramento.

    California Recycling Deposit Investigation

     in the last decade, leaving more bottles and cans littering the environment, and millions of dollars sitting in the state’s beverage container fund. KPBS Investigative Reporter Scott Rodd joins Insight to talk about his investigation into why these centers are closing, what California is doing with the spare change, and what lawmakers are doing to make recycling more accessible.

    ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ Living to 106
    CapRadio’s podcast This Is What It Feels Like was just named “Best Interview Podcast” by the Public Media Journalists Association. Hosted by Terra Lopez, This Is What It Feels Like allows listeners to put themselves in the shoes of everyday people at the center of issues that have been politicized or overlooked. Today we’ll meet Glenna Walters, who lived to be 107 years old, and learn about how she found joy, purpose, and meaning in life.

    Dave Brubeck Tribute Concert
    A legendary jazz musician will be honored with a concert in downtown Sacramento this weekend. “An Ode to Sacramento” will be performed at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m. The performance features Dave Brubeck’s “Pange Lingua Variations,” which premiered at the cathedral over four decades ago. Dave’s son Chris Brubeck and Rex Rallanka, Music Director at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament spoke with CapRadio’s Paul Conley about the performance, and the piece’s significance.

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Goodyness ,

Capital Insights

We need a radio show like Capital Insights giving us a very close insight of issues in Sacramento, the region, our nation, topics that affect people everyday. California stories and political forethought are important!

PConVox ,

Consistently informative, entertaining and surprising

Spend an hour with Beth Ruyak and the Insight team each day and you are guaranteed to come away with something new... be it information, awareness or perspective about the people and topics important to our community today. You're likely also to be entertained by the parade of musicians, authors, actors and other creatives who pass through the CapRadio studios to perform live and share ideas. And no matter how many Insight shows you've heard, chances are you'll be surprised every so often with a segment that really caught your fancy, like Beth's report from the Sochi Olympics or live, on-air beer tastings and cooking demonstrations. Listening to Insight, live or via podcast, is definitely an hour well spent.

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Good NorCal News

As KQED can't get their podcasting $h!t together, this is my go-to podcast for state level political news. Ms Ruyak isn't the greatest host but I've heard worse and I like the music that is included in many episodes.

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