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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.

    SCUSD Considers Extending School Year | Imported Comedy Showcases Immigrants and PoC | GayC/DC Performs in Sacramento

    SCUSD Considers Extending School Year | Imported Comedy Showcases Immigrants and PoC | GayC/DC Performs in Sacramento

    Sacramento City Unified considers extending the current school year following missed days from a teacher and staff strike. “Imported Comedy" showcases immigrants and comedians of color. AC/DC tribute band “GayC/DC” performs in Sacramento.

    Today's Guests


    Sawsan Morrar, School Accountability Reporter with The Sacramento Bee, updates Sacramento City Unified discussions to extend the school year following missed days from the teacher and school staff strike. 
    Co-creator and host Mikhail Chernyavsky discusses their upcoming show "Imported Comedy" on Friday, May 13, a stand-up comedy showcase of immigrants and comedians of color. 
    Chris Freeman and Brian Welch with the AC/DC tribute band GayC/DC perform at Harlow’s in Sacramento on Saturday, May 14. 

    Eliminating Hidden Court Fees | California’s Beneficial Fire Plan | Sacramento Children’s Book “Miguel’s Community Garden” | “Verdi’s Requiem” Honors Restaurateur Biba Caggiano

    Eliminating Hidden Court Fees | California’s Beneficial Fire Plan | Sacramento Children’s Book “Miguel’s Community Garden” | “Verdi’s Requiem” Honors Restaurateur Biba Caggiano

    How California may reduce hidden court fees. California's Strategic Plan for Expanding the use of Beneficial Fire. Sacramento children's book "MIGUEL'S COMMUNITY GARDEN." Performance of “Verdi’s Requiem” honors Sacramento restaurateur Biba Caggiano.

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    CalMatters Reporter Jeanne Kuang shares her reporting on how California may reduce so-called “hidden” court fees that add hundreds of dollars to traffic tickets. 
    Patrick Wright, director of the Governor's Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force; Craig Thomas, founder of The Fire Restoration Group; and attorney and partner Sara Clark at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, discuss California's Strategic Plan for Expanding the Use of Beneficial Fire. 
    Sacramento author JaNay Brown-Wood is hosting a reading & garden tour at Sojourner Truth Park Community Garden on Saturday at 10 a.m. to celebrate the launch of her children's book MIGUEL'S COMMUNITY GARDEN. 
    Dr. Donald Kendrick, Music Director of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, joins us to talk about the upcoming performance of Verdi’s Requiem and the special tribute to the legendary Sacramento restaurateur Biba Caggiano.

    Abortion Rights Constitutional Amendment | Cal Fire staffing shortage | Sac Ballet’s “Beer and Ballet” Series

    Abortion Rights Constitutional Amendment | Cal Fire staffing shortage | Sac Ballet’s “Beer and Ballet” Series

    California is preparing to become a “sanctuary” state for abortion and reproductive rights, including a possible amendment to the state constitution. Cal Fire’s union discusses their staffing and retention issues ahead of wildfire season and a California state senator’s bill to address the shortage. Sacramento Ballet talks about this year’s “Beer and Ballet” series.

    Today's Guests


    California Assemblymember and Women’s Caucus Chair Cristina Garcia provides more details into California’s legislative response if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark abortion law Roe v. Wade this year. 
    California State Senator Mike McGuire provides an update on his bill to address the state’s firefighter shortage. 
    Tim Edwards, President of Cal Fire Local 2881, joins us to discuss the staffing and retention issues the state’s firefighting agency is facing ahead of wildfire season. 
    Anthony Krutzkamp, Artistic and Executive Director of the Sacramento Ballet, joins us to talk about this year’s Beer and Ballet series, the new outdoor performance stage and why beer and ballet are the perfect match.

    Best of Insight | Congressman Jerry McNerney | CA GOP Chairwoman | Celebrity Chef Martin Yan

    Best of Insight | Congressman Jerry McNerney | CA GOP Chairwoman | Celebrity Chef Martin Yan

    We are revisiting Insight’s best conversations this year. Congressman Jerry McNerney discusses retirement. Jessica Millan Patterson, Chairwoman of the California Republican Party, lays out priorities for the Midterms. Celebrity chef Martin Yan on his culinary donation to UC Davis.

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    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. 
    Jessica Millan Patterson, Chairwoman of the California Republican Party, discusses the CA GOP’s priorities for the midterm election. 
    World-renowned celebrity chef Chef Martin Yan talks about his donation of 3,000 cookbooks, his first wok, and thousands of photographs from his world travels to UC Davis, his alma mater.

    Murder Charges in Sacramento Mass Shooting | Sen. Padilla Responds to Leaked Supreme Court Draft Opinion | USC Sex Abuse Settlement Involving LGBTQ+ Students | Yolo Food Bank “Flipping the Food System”

    Murder Charges in Sacramento Mass Shooting | Sen. Padilla Responds to Leaked Supreme Court Draft Opinion | USC Sex Abuse Settlement Involving LGBTQ+ Students | Yolo Food Bank “Flipping the Food System”

    Murder charges filed in Sacramento’s deadly mass shooting. Sen. Alex Padilla discusses efforts to protect abortion rights. USC settles sex abuse lawsuit with former LGBTQ+ students. Yolo Food Bank’s initiative to support farm and food system workers.

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    CapRadio News Editor Kris Hooks updates the murder charges filed in Sacramento’s deadly K Street mass shooting.  
    Sen. Alex Padilla (D) responds to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. 
    Mikayla Kellogg and Kelly Van Aken, partners at Kellogg & Van Aken LLP, discuss reaching an undisclosed settlement with USC following a lawsuit on behalf of 80 former USC students, the vast majority who identify as male and LGBTQ+, who allege a former USC physician sexually abused them. The university did not admit fault in the settlement.    
    Yolo Food Bank Executive Director Michael Bisch joins us to talk about the food bank’s “Flipping the Food System” initiative, a program that helps address the needs of farmworkers and other food system workers. 

    California’s Response to Roe v. Wade | $300M to Protect Residents from Extreme Heat | May is Bike Month

    California’s Response to Roe v. Wade | $300M to Protect Residents from Extreme Heat | May is Bike Month

    California leaders call for a constitutional amendment to abortion rights if Roe v. Wade is overturned. State’s $300M plan to deal with extreme heat. Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates discuss “May is Bike Month.”

    Today's Guests


    CapRadio Politics Reporter Nicole Nixon discusses California leaders’ vow for a constitutional amendment to abortion rights if Roe v. Wade is overturned, following a leaked first draft from the U.S. Supreme Court.
    CapRadio Environment reporter, Manola Secaira, discusses the state’s plan to deal with what is expected to be another hot summer, including how to care for the homeless population during stretches of extreme heat.
    Debra Banks, Executive Director of Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, joins us to discuss May is Bike Month. 

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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