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

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


Land And Water

Land and water in California, Nevada and across the country generate politics, money, controversy and forward-thinking. This hour is focused on land, water and related issues. First, our conversation from 2018 with the interim chief of the U.S. Forest Service, who later became the chief. She talked about the management of land and the history of harassment cases. Then on to two experts from University of the Pacific, Professor Stephen McCaffrey and Mary Kay Camarillo to talk about water...


Three Views Of Inequality

There are many ways to talk about inequality. In this show, we’ll hear about three. The first, people known as the Black Overlanders: African Americans who were part of the pilgrimage across the Overland Trails. Sacramento State Emeritus Professor Shirley Ann Wilson Moore traced some of this history. Second, Oscar Grant’s death at the Fruitvale Bart Station in Oakland became an ugly chapter in American history. The 10th anniversary of his shooting by a police officer was Jan. 1, 2019. You’re...


The Anatomy of a Neighborhood

When you live in a city, the place that you call home can become a sort of identifier — You’re a San Franciscan, a New Yorker, a Sacramentan. But the individual neighborhoods within cities can differ in terms of residents’ demographics, access to healthy food and availability of public transportation. The conditions of neighborhoods today are the results of the plans, as well as the prejudices, of the past. In this episode, we revisit conversations about exclusionary infrastructure design,...


Voices from Vietnam: Three People Share Their Stories

We’re getting the perspectives of three people who experienced the days of the Vietnam War before they were forced to leave. For two of these guests, that meant fleeing their home country for an unknown future. For one Marine, it meant returning to a home to a country divided by the war. First, we’ll hear from author Huong Chi Truong Smith about her changing self-image as a former refugee and the memoir she wrote. Then, Ken Crouse will recount his final days as a U.S. Marine in South...


The Various Meanings Of 'Home'

There are many ways to think about home. In today’s show, we’ll be exploring this from a number of angles. First, to the area around Yosemite National Park, where there’s a shortage of homes. CapRadio Environment Reporter Ezra David Romero explored this in an episode of the Yosemiteland podcast. Next, author Edan Lepucki explores the complex relationships within a family at home with a new nanny. Every character has a secret in her book called "Woman No. 17." Heidi Boucher is in the...


How We Get Around

Today’s show is all about how we get around, whether we’re in a national park or a city. First, we’re revisiting an episode of CapRadio’s 2018 podcast, YosemiteLand. Host Ezra David Romero will give listeners a tour of Yosemite Valley’s twin sister, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, before taking a ride on the open-air tram known as the Green Dragon. Then, we’ll hear a 2014 interview with a UC Davis transportation researcher who helped author a report on urban transportation. Next, we’ll examine how...


Insight Music: STRQ x Camilla / Tré Burt / Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton / The Pressure Lounge

This week on Insight Music, we’re shining a light on new collaborations and old favorites from artists around Northern California. A chance encounter brought singer Camilla Covington aboard the Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet, and their 2019 Tiny Desk video sent them over the “Moon.” Tré Burt returned home from years on the road, and he “Caught It From The Rye” on his debut record in 2018. Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton reunited after a decade apart for their duo album “Wildflower Blues” in...


Turn Signals At The Intersection Of Traffic And Progress

Today on Insight, we’re stuck in traffic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Traffic can be seen as a byproduct of hard work, growth and human progress, but it becomes another problem to solve. In this hour, we’ll revisit three stories of people turning to creative solutions to get to their destination. On YosemiteLand, CapRadio environment reporter Ezra David Romero looks at the impact of cars crowding the roads of Yosemite National Park. Huge crowds are drawn to the park’s natural...


The Talk: Perspectives On Being Black In America

The March 2018 death of Stephon Clark put Sacramento under the microscope as another American city marred by deadly police violence against unarmed black men. In the time since, there have been protests, tense City Council meetings and legislative movement. Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 392, a law that gives clearer standards for when police can use deadly force. Clark’s death also revealed wider conversations about what it means to be black in America and here in...


Civics Class: Primers On School Receivership, Municipal Bonding, Code Enforcement And Affordable Housing

Today’s show focuses on demystifying several concepts often talked about, but not often explained. First up is school receivership. What is it? How does it work, when does it happen? Next, municipal bonding. It’s kind of like a home mortgage, but for critical services and infrastructure. The second half of the program focuses on housing: we hear about how the code enforcement team in Sacramento County does its work. And finally, how will California solve its housing crisis, complicated by...


Three Stories About Concussions

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that comes from a strong hit or shock to the head. In today’s Insight, you’ll hear a lot about concussions. First, CapRadio’s State Government Reporter, Scott Rodd, will tell us about new efforts he’s tracking that are aimed at protecting jockeys from concussions incurred during horse racing. Then, Dr. Bennet Omalu, the doctor who discovered CTE, or Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease that can be caused by concussion injuries. Omalu...


She’s Write: Four Writers On Powerful Topics

Today’s program features four powerful stories by Northern California writers. Donia Bijan and her family fled Iran in 1978 during the revolution. She wrote a fictionalized version of that experience in her debut novel, “The Last Days of Cafe Leila.” Rachel Howard focused her debut novel, “The Risk of Us,” on a wife, husband and their spectrum of experiences as they journey through the foster care system, deciding whether to adopt a child. Vanessa Hua talked with us about immigrant...


Exploring The Potential Of DNA

We’re looking at the ethics of gene editing, the science behind dragons and the potential of DNA self-repair. The show begins with an examination of CRISPR, a cutting-edge gene editing technique. UC Davis professor and gene researcher Dr. Paul Knoepfler walks us through the ethical questions around gene editing. Knoepfler’s daughter Julie will join the conversation to discuss a book they co-authored. It’s called “How to Build A Dragon Or Die Trying: A Satirical Look at Cutting-edge...


Sacramento Podcaster Dissects Hip Hop Albums With Scholarly Zeal

Today, Insight revisits Dissect podcast producer Cole Cuchna, who took his project from a passion project he created on nights and weekends to an internationally acclaimed show that dives into the most important hip hop albums of our time. Through his podcast, Cuchna analyzes the music's construction, lyrics, history and message by tracing the life and trajectory of the artist — and of course, the impact the music had. During each season of the show, Cuchna joined Insight to dive into the...


Preserving Indigenous Culture

In today’s show, we revisit stories of indigenous people preserving their culture in different regions of Northern California. In an excerpt of CapRadio’s 2018 podcast YosemiteLand, reporter Ezra Romero talks with members of the Ahwahneechee tribe as they rebuild their village in the valley. Then, Dahkota "Kicking Bear" Brown discusses his role in getting the California Racial Mascots Act passed. We’ll hear about an arts education program aimed at preserving Nisenan, the ancestral language...


Paradise: Before And After The Camp Fire

Today’s program is a view from Paradise, both before and after the Camp Fire. Journalist Mark Arax traces the long history of the town of Paradise, from gold mining through the area’s agricultural and urban growth. Arax looks at this through the lens of politics, examines early fire-fighting approaches and explores the circumstances leading up to last November’s fire. He calls this “a myriad of factors that lined up in perfect continuity.” Then, an encore broadcast of the conversation...


Food & Tea: Science, History And Health

Tea, hippie food and foods that keep you healthy. Today’s show begins with the chemistry of tea, its health benefits and its place in the environment with UC Davis Professor Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague. Then, author Jonathan Kauffman talks about his best-selling book, “Hippie Food” and how American eating habits changed in the 1960s. You’ll hear his conversation with CapRadio’s Donna Apidone recorded in front of a live audience. We’ll round out the hour with 15 Foods That Keep Us Fit. This is a...