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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.

    Sacramento converts hotel into permanent housing | Congressman Jerry McNerney | Inside California Politics Host Nikki Laurenzo | Photographer’s love letter to Rosemont, CA

    Sacramento converts hotel into permanent housing | Congressman Jerry McNerney | Inside California Politics Host Nikki Laurenzo | Photographer’s love letter to Rosemont, CA

    Sacramento converts a hotel into permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness. Longtime Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney will not seek reelection. Midterm Election update. Sacramento photographer’s love letter to Rosemont, CA.

    Today's Guests


    CapRadio Reporter, Chirs Nichols, on the conversion of a Best Western in Sacramento into permanent housing for unhoused Californians.
    Seven-term Congressman Jerry McNerney (D), representing portions of Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, and Contra Costa County, on his decision to not seek reelection in California’s newly drawn 9th district. 
    Fox 40’s Anchor and Inside California Politics Host, Nikki Laurenzo,  discusses the latest reshuffling of election campaigns and main races for the Midterm Election. 
    Photographer Enoch Ku discusses his latest Ordinary Sacramento project, a photography book, “My Neighborhood Rosemont, CA,” which is a love letter to the neighborhood where he grew up.  

    Chico State in-person learning | South Lake Tahoe locals housing incentive | Book “Forgotten California Murders”

    Chico State in-person learning | South Lake Tahoe locals housing incentive | Book “Forgotten California Murders”

    Chico State returns with mostly in-person learning as the majority of CSU campuses opt to begin remotely. South Lake Tahoe’s affordable housing incentive program for locals. Author of “Forgotten California Murders.”

    Today's Guests


    Dr. Gayle Hutchinson, President of California State University, Chico joins us to discuss the university’s decision to begin the spring semester with mostly in-person learning when a vast majority of CSU campuses elected to begin the first few weeks remotely. 
    South Lake Tahoe housing manager Zachary Thomas and Colin Frolich, founder of Landing Locals, join us to discuss a program that helps low to middle-income residents find affordable housing by incentivizing property owners to turn their seldom-used vacation homes into long-term rentals.
    David Kulczyk, Author and Homicide Historian, joins us to discuss his latest book: “Forgotten California Murders: 1915 to 1968”

    Hospital capacity | Nearly 200 homeless deaths in Sacramento | Forest fire immersive exhibit in Truckee

    Hospital capacity | Nearly 200 homeless deaths in Sacramento | Forest fire immersive exhibit in Truckee

    Reno and Chico hospitals discuss capacity and current pandemic challenges. Profile on the nearly 200 homeless deaths in Sacramento in 2021. An immersive “Forest Fire Exhibition” in Truckee.

    Today's Guests


    Dr. Jake Keeperman, Executive Medical Director of the Renown Transfer and Operations Center in Reno, and Dr. Marcia Nelson, Chief Medical Officer for Enloe Medical Center in Chico, discuss hospital capacity and current challenges during the pandemic. 
    Theresa Clift, Senior Sacramento Bee Reporter covering city hall and homelessness, shares her profile on the nearly 200 people experiencing homelessness who died in 2021. 
    Jeff Brown and Faerthen Felix with the UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station Art Program and artists Michael and Heather Llewellyn discuss the immersive Forest Fire Exhibition at Truckee Community Recreation Center.  

    Taking Down Human Trafficking | Historically Black Oak Park is Losing Black Residents | Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce’s First HQ | Remembering Farm-to-Fork Pioneer Suzanne Peabody Ashworth

    Taking Down Human Trafficking | Historically Black Oak Park is Losing Black Residents | Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce’s First HQ | Remembering Farm-to-Fork Pioneer Suzanne Peabody Ashworth

    Book “Taking Down Backpage: Fighting the World’s Largest Sex Trafficker.” Sacramento’s historically Black neighborhood lost 24% of Black residents. Sac Black Chamber purchases first headquarters. Remembering farm-to-fork pioneer Suzanne Ashworth.

    Today's Guests


    Prosecutor Maggy Krell discusses her new book, “Taking Down Backpage: Fighting the World’s Largest Sex Trafficker,” which explains the misunderstandings of human trafficking and how social media and the internet make it more challenging to track and prosecute. Krell will be doing an outdoor book signing at Capital Books in Sacramento on Saturday, January 29.



    Sacramento Prosecutor and Author Maggy KrellCourtesy of Maggy Krell




    Kris Hooks, CapRadio News Editor, takes us behind the scenes on his reporting on how Sacramento’s historically Black Oak Park neighborhood is losing its black residents– a drop of 24% over the past decade, according to the latest Census data. 
    Azizza Davis-Goines, CEO of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, discusses the pivotal purchase of a midtown building rich in black history for its first official headquarters. 



    Azizza Davis Goines, President & CEO, Sacramento Black Chamber of CommerceCourtesy of Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce




    Chef Patrick Mulvaney, owner of Mulvaney’s B&L in Sacramento, and Juan Barajas, owner of Savory Cafe in Woodland, remember farm-to-fork pioneer and owner of Del Rio Botanicals, Suzanne Peabody Ashworth, who passed away at the age of 70. 



    Suzanne Peabody AshworthCourtesy of Patrick Mulvaney

    California State Budget Proposal | CA GOP Chairwoman | Head of the Sacramento Public Library Retires

    California State Budget Proposal | CA GOP Chairwoman | Head of the Sacramento Public Library Retires

    Gov. Newsom’s initial state budget proposal, which includes a $45.7 billion surplus. Chairwoman of the California Republican Party discusses priorities for the midterm election. Head of the Sacramento Public Library retires.

    Today's Guests


    CapRadio Politics Reporter Nicole Nixon breaks down Governor Gavin Newsom’s initial state budget proposal, which includes a $45.7 billion surplus.
    Jessica Millan Patterson, Chairwoman of the California Republican Party, discusses the CA GOP’s priorities for the midterm election. 
    Rivkah Sass, Director and CEO of the Sacramento Public Library, is retiring at the end of this week. She reflects on her career after leading the system during one of its most transformative chapters in its 142-year history. 

    CIF youth sports | California wildfire history | Jan. 6th’s historical context and impact on midterm elections

    CIF youth sports | California wildfire history | Jan. 6th’s historical context and impact on midterm elections

    Updated on Jan. 1, 2022 at 11:01 a.m.

    How school athletes will be impacted by COVID-19 protocols. Interactive California Wildfire History map shows how fires have changed over time. Historical context of the January 6th insurrection and how it can shape midterm elections.

    Today's Guests


    Assistant Commissioner of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, Will DeBoard, which is the governing body for high school sports in California, discusses how COVID-19 protocols are impacting school athletes. 
    CapRadio Data Reporter Emily Zentner and UC Merced Fire Science Professor Crystal Kolden share CapRadio’s interactive California Wildfire History map and explain how the state’s fires have changed over time due to a changing climate and increasing forest fuel loads. 
    Kathryn Olmstead, Professor of History at UC Davis, previews an online forum she and three other university professors are hosting to discuss the historical context of the January 6th insurrection and its potential implications for this year’s midterm elections. 

    Correction: A previous version of this episode had the incorrect audio attached. It has been corrected.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 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.

Bumadinga ,

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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