A daily, in-depth interview program providing context and background to the issues that face our region.
Trajectory Of $1.9 Trillion Federal Stimulus Bill / How Californians Can Get State Stimulus Package / Paying Taxes On Unemployment Benefits
The $1.9 trillion stimulus bill has moved onto the Senate, where Democrats hope to pass it into law before unemployment benefits expire mid-March. In California, lawmakers passed a state stimulus package last week. We hear about both packages, including the reality of having to pay taxes on unemployment benefits.
POLITICO budget & appropriations reporter Caitlin Emma talks about the trajectory of the stimulus as the Senate takes on the bill that would provide funds for vaccination programs, expanded unemployment insurance, and $1,400 stimulus checks
Democratic Congressman Ami Bera on what is included in the stimulus package beyond financial aid and what he thinks might change before it gets passed in the Senate
CalMatters economic inequality reporter Jackie Botts explains California’s stimulus and how those who qualify can get the funds allocated to them by the state
Washington Post economics correspondent Heather Long breaks down the up to thousands of dollars those getting unemployment insurance have to pay back after filing their taxes
Snowpack Totals, Long-Term Effects Of Pollution In Children / Transit During COVID-19, Increase In Car Use / ‘Smart Grid’ Prospects
The pandemic has radically changed many aspects of our lives, including transportation. Car and bicycle use is up, while public transit and air travel is down. What does this mean moving forward? We’ll hear from experts about the causes and permanency of the changes. Plus, the long-term health effects faced by children exposed to car exhaust and what to make of the latest snowpack totals.
California Department of Water Resources Spokesperson Chris Orrock talks about the March 2nd snow survey during an exceptionally warm and dry winter stretch
Stanford University Director of Air Pollution and Health Research Dr. Mary Prunicki explains a new study that links air pollution with long-term health effects in children
UC Davis 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program Director Dr. Giovanni Circella discusses how the pandemic has increased the use of cars
Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates Executive Director Debra Banks looks at active transportation during the pandemic and efforts by local governments to design better traffic corridors for pedestrians and cyclists
Host of NSPR's "Blue Dot" Dave Schlom interviewed Dr. Gil Tal, head of The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis, about the future creation of a "smart grid"
How COVID-19 Has Impacted California Corrections / The Push To Stop Deportations, Prison Transfers To ICE / CDCR Reforms And Status Of State Private Prisons
The nation’s overcrowded prisons and jails have been hotbeds of coronavirus infections and deaths. In California, a new report from the inspector general found that multiple state prisons risked thousands of lives in rushed transfers of inmates with COVID-19, among other oversights. It comes as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announces that 40% of its inmates have been vaccinated. Today on Insight, corrections during the pandemic, what that looks like in the state, and how prisons are managing the health of inmates and staff.
Los Angeles Times Reporter Anita Chabria on prisons and jails in the state amid the pandemic, the inspector general’s recent report on poor oversight in correctional facilities, and the news of 40% of inmates in California being vaccinated
Los Angeles Democratic Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo discusses the legislative push to stop deportations and jail and prison transfers to ICE, and the ongoing issues with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
UC Hastings College of the Law Professor Hadar Aviram explains the state of private prisons nationwide and in California
We Are Their Voices Founder Renee Benavidez on the prison reform needed during this time and the value of connecting prison inmates with families
Listener note: We reached out to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to join us today — they declined our request.
Return To School: What Parents Need To Know / Yolo County Reaches Red Tier, California’s Surgeon General On Vaccination Distribution Efforts
Confused on how schools are planning on returning back to campus? What are the hold-ups and why are some schools already fully open? We break down the return-to-school confusion in our area. Plus, Yolo County's Health Officer on how the county earned a move to the less-restrictive 'red tier.' And California's Surgeon General with an update on the vaccination distribution effort across the state.
Sacramento Bee School Accountability Reporter Sawsan Morrar on how school districts in the area are preparing for return-to-campus and why private schools are seeing increased interest
Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson discusses the county’s entrance back into the ‘red tier’ and what it means for businesses and schools
West Sacramento restaurant Club Pheasant owner Pete Palamidessi talks about Yolo County’s reopening and how he’s navigated the challenges of the pandemic
CapRadio politics reporter Nicole Nixon and CalMatters health and social services reporter Elizabeth Aguilera share their interview with California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris from their podcast “California State of Mind,” and what to expect in the new season
Agricultural Burning In San Joaquin Valley / Meeting Clean Energy Goals In California, How to Prepare for Climate Change
How is California doing with its ambitious goal to reach 100% clean energy? We’ll speak with a Los Angeles Times reporter about the challenges. Best-selling author David Pogue joins the show to discuss his new book “How to Prepare for Climate Change,” and we take a closer look at a vote this week by the state Air Resources Board on whether to ban agricultural burning in the San Joaquin Valley.
CalMatters Environment Reporter Rachel Becker discusses a vote this week by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to ban agricultural burning in the San Joaquin Valley
Los Angeles Times Energy Reporter Sammy Roth explains whether California is on track to meet its goal of 100% clean energy
CBS Sunding Morning Technology and Science Correspondent and New York Times best-selling author David Pogue on his new book “How to Prepare for Climate Change”
UC Davis News and Media Relations Specialist and Host of “Unfold,” Amy Quinton, and UC Davis News and Media Relations Specialist and Co-Host of “Unfold,” Kat Kerlin, talk about season two of the podcast and the decision to focus on climate change
Return Of Youth Sports / How Texas Power Issues Mirror California Outages / Preparing For 2021 Wildfire Season
Youth sports are back on the table for some counties starting Friday after Governor Newsom announced new guidelines; we talk about the measures that will be taken to keep kids and coaches safe. Plus, a look at the parallels between the energy crisis during extreme weather events such as the one in Texas and the outages we see in California.
California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section Assistant Commissioner Will DeBoard talks about kids being able to play youth sports again as some counties qualify for the lessened restrictions announced by Governor Newsom
KUT Radio Energy and Environment Senior Correspondent Mose Buchele on the struggle with the Texas power grid and how rolling blackouts continue to plague the majority of the state
California Independent System Operator Board Member and University of California, Berkeley Economics Professor Severin Borenstein discusses the parallels between the energy crisis in Texas and the outages we see in California
Cal Fire Battalion Chief of Information Issac Sanchez explains the preparations firefighters have been taking to prepare for another fire season amid the pandemic and what was learned over the past 11 months
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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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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.