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Insight with Beth Ruyak

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A daily, in-depth interview program providing context and background to the issues that face the Sacramento region.

A daily, in-depth interview program providing context and background to the issues that face the Sacramento region.


Sacramento, CA


A daily, in-depth interview program providing context and background to the issues that face the Sacramento region.




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Property Tax Deadline / COVID-19 Financial Impact / Online Student Jazz Festival

Guests Resources Johns Hopkins University's global COVID-19 case trackerCOVID-19 live tracker Health CorpsInstitute for Health Metrics & Evaluation


Statewide Coronavirus Update / Animals And COVID-19 / Homemade Face Masks

Guests POLITICO Health Care Reporter Alice Ollstein with the latest on the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic UC Davis Professor of Zoological Medicine and Head Veterinarian at the Sacramento Zoo Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema on the recent news that a tiger at a Bronx, New York zoo has been infected with the novel coronavirusUC Davis Professor of Small Animal Medicine Dr. Jane Sykes discusses the prospects that COVID-19 is transferable between animals and humans House to Home Interiors...


Coronavirus Pandemic Update / Local Response To COVID-19 / Service Dogs And Canine Puppy Cam

Guests Washington Post Health and Medicine Reporter Lenny Bernstein on the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Political Junkie Ken Rudin with the latest in national politics and the presidential raceSacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on how Sacramento is managing during the coronavirus pandemic Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs checks in with Stockton’s statusCanine Companions for Independence Northwest Region Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator Michelle Williams on Canine Companions new...


New COVID-19 Guidelines / Coronavirus Testing / Lara Downes New Album And Performance

Guests CapRadio State Government Reporter Scott Rodd on the rapid COVID-19 test by Bay Area-based company CepheidPianist Lara Downes discusses the upcoming livestream performance of her new album "Some of These Days" this Friday on Facebook


California Restaurants & Coronavirus / Food Bank Response To COVID-19 / Importance Of Music During Pandemic

Guests California Restaurant Association President & CEO Jot Condie on the state of California restaurants amidst the coronavirus pandemic Sacramento-based restaurateur and owner of Paragary Restaurant Group Randy Paragary checks in on the status of his restaurants Ettore's Bakery & Cafe Manager Jennifer Langley on how the bakery is managing and the overwhelming support it’s receivingEmergency Food Bank of Stockton and San Joaquin County CEO Mary Lucero discusses how her county food banks...


Recruiting Health Care Workers / Chronic Health Issues And Coronavirus / Short Stories With Bill Pieper

Today's Guests NorthBay Healthcare Group President Aimee Brewer responds to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s health care workforce recruiting effort Sacramento resident "Mike" discusses the concerns he has for his wife, who is at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus due to various health conditions Sacramento-based author Bill Pieper on his new collection of short stories titled “Borders and Boundaries” A pseudonym was used for "Mike" as to avoid any unwanted backlash for talking openly about...


Climbing Coronavirus Cases / Conversation With A COVID-19 Patient / Small Business During A Pandemic

Today's Guests McClatchy DC Reporter Kate Irby covers the rising cases of coronavirus across CaliforniaPolitical Junkie Ken Rudin with the latest in national politics and the presidential race38-year-old San Francisco resident John Engers on his diagnosis with and recovery from COVID-19 Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg checks in on coronavirus relief and Donate4SacramentoTiddle E. Winks Vintage 5 & Dime owner Heidi Geffen discusses being a small business owner during the coronavirus...


California Coronavirus Updates / COVID-19 Database / National Piano Day

Guests Sacramento County Department of Health Services Director Dr. Peter Beilenson on the latest COVID-19 cases in California17-year old Seattle high school junior Avi Schiffman on his website that tracks coronavirus cases globallySacramento-based piano teacher and pianist Philip Howard on National Piano Day and his live streamed concert taking place this weekend


Coronavirus Updates And The Homeless / Stimulus Package And Finances / Business During Social Distancing

Today's Guests Dr. Dean Blumberg talks COVID-19 and touches on the case in Southern California, where a teen who tested positive for the disease died of sepsisThe Sacramento Poor People's Campaign's Faye Kennedy and Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness Executive Director Bob Erlenbush talk about what they are trying to do to help the homeless during the coronavirus outbreakCapRadio State Government Reporter Scott Rodd discusses his recent reporting on homelessness and...


Olympics May Be Postponed / Butte County And A Principal On The Break / Christmas Lights In March

Today's Guests Former Olympians Jeff Float and Debbie Meyer talk about the possible postponement of the 2020 Summer OlympicsThe mother of two 2020 U.S. Swimming Trials Qualifiers, Bryce and Colby Mefford, discusses her sons’ future as OlympiansButte County Public Health Director Dr. Andy Miller talks with North State Public Radio's Andre Byik on the steps the county has taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirusFormer Paradise High School Principal Loren Lighthall, who is now Principal...


Emergency Stimulus Package / Coronavirus Updates / A Check In With Those In Quarantine

Political Junkie Ken Rudin gives us an overview of the new stimulus package approved by the White HousePlacer County Public Health Director Dr. Aimee Sisson on the new COVID-19 rapid tests recently approved by the FDAA chat with Nina Gordon, who was stranded in MoroccoJonathan Morse, Denise Morse’s son, gives us an update on his parents, who were on the Grand Princess cruise ship and have been quarantined at Travis Air Force Base


Coronavirus Updates And Keeping Your Kids’ Brain Active / Food Bank Check-ins / How Coronavirus Affects Jobs And The Arts

Today's Guests West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon joins us to talk about Yolo County’s strict shelter in place order and what that means for residents Teacher Angela Williams gives her ideas on how to keep kids' minds active during this time away from school Interfaith Food Bank & Thrift Store Executive Director Beth Stanton talks about the recent store closure and how remote food banks like hers provide for the food insecure Food Bank of Northern Nevada President & CEO Nicole...


County Coronavirus Updates / Closed Schools Offer Free Food, Restaurants Follow New Guidelines/ New Film Documents ‘Co-housing’

Today's Guests Nevada County Public Health Director Ryan Gruver on the county's first confirmed case of COVID-19Solano County Public Health Director Dr. Bela Matyas on how the county is managing amidst the coronavirus outbreakYubaNet Founder Pascale Fusshoeller, Democratic Assemblymember David Chiu CapRadio State Government Reporter Scott RoddCapRadio Politics Reporter Nicole Nixon Natomas Unified School District Director of Communications Dierdre Powell checks in on how the first day of...


Coronavirus Update / National Politics With Ken Rudin / Weather In California

Guests Washington Post health and medicine reporter Lenny Bernstein with the latest on the nationwide coronavirus outbreakPolitical Junkie Ken Rudin discusses the Democratic presidential race and the latest debateCapRadio Healthcare Reporter Sammy Caiola covers Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Sunday press conference on coronavirus in CaliforniaNatomas Unified School District Director of Communications Deidra Powell checks in on how Natomas Unified schools are managing Grand Princess cruise ship...

Listen: California Coronavirus Special

Listen back to KQED’s Mina Kim and CapRadio’s Beth Ruyak as they lead a discussion of the coronavirus and its health and economic impacts on California as it continues to spread in the state. <? <?


Hospitals And Coronavirus / Local COVID-19 Response / Cancelled Events

Today's Guests Sacramento County Department of Health Services Director Dr. Peter Beilenson on how Sacramento is managing the coronavirus outbreakGrand Princess cruise ship passenger Denise Morse on the latest developments at Travis Air Force Base, where many passengers are being quarantinedUC Davis Children's Hospital Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases ?Dr. Dean Blumberg on coronavirus testing and how UC Davis is managingSacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on the local response to the...


Coronavirus Update / Bilingual Children’s Books / Tiny Desk Contest

Today's Guests Sports broadcaster Gary Gerould on the indefinite cancellation of NBA and Sacramento Kings gamesCapRadio State Government Reporter ?Scott Rodd on the state’s response to the coronavirusGrand Princess cruise ship passenger Denise Morse on the current status of the shipKCRA 3 Anchor/Reporter Leticia Ordaz on her forthcoming bilingual children’s book “The Adventures of Mr. Macaw” CapRadio Assistant Program Director and Modern Music Director Nick Brunner on the sixth year of...


COVID-19 Cruise Ship Update / Coronavirus Testing / How Women Can Run For Office

Today's Guests Grand Princess cruise ship passenger Denise Morse on the current status of the shipPlacer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson on the status of coronavirus in the countyNational Association of Counties Chief of Government and Public Affairs Adriane Casalotti on how counties manage the coronavirus outbreakCapRadio Health Care Reporter Sammy Caiola on coronavirus testing and quarantinesFormer Mayor of Sacramento Heather Fargo on how women can get involved in politics and run...


Grand Princess COVID-19 Update / Coronavirus & The Stock Market

Today's Guests UC Davis Journalism Professor and Academic Director Andy JonesGrand Princess cruise ship passenger Denise MorseOriginal Grand Princess cruise passenger, Original Grand Princess cruise passenger's daughter, Sacramento-based international trade advisor Jock O’Connell Pseudonyms were used for Liz and "Mom" as to avoid any unwanted backlash for talking openly about "Mom's" experience on the cruise. Since this segment aired, Liz's Mom's COVID-19 test came back...