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Insight With Vicki Gonzalez

Capital Public Radio

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.

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Sacramento, CA

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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.

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English

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7055 Folsom Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95826-2625 9162788944


Episodes
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Sacramento Jail Annex Discussion | KCRA Olympics Coverage | Vicki Gonzalez Breast Cancer Update

7/18/2024
Proposed Sacramento County jail annex receives public pushback. KCRA’s Deirdre Fitzpatrick is off to cover her 11th Olympic Games in Paris. Finally, Insight host Vicki Gonzalez shares a personal update. Sacramento Jail Annex Discussion A proposed annex to the Sacramento County jail aims to improve conditions for incarcerated people, and meet the terms of a 2019 consent decree. But the building and its projected cost have received pushback, including at a Community Review Commission meeting on Tuesday night. CapRadio Health Care Reporter Kate Wolffe joins Insight with the latest developments and discussions around the proposal. KCRA Olympics Coverage KCRA morning news anchor Deirdre Fitzpatrick is a longtime member of the Hearst Television Olympic Team. Paris will be her 11th time covering the Olympics. Deirdre joins us before leaving for the upcoming summer games, with a look at local athletes to keep an eye on. You can learn more on her Dying to Ask podcast about the road to Paris. Vicki Gonzalez Breast Cancer Update It’s been a little over a month since Insight Host Vicki Gonzalez took leave, following a breast cancer diagnosis. In the weeks since, Vicki has been open about her medical journey and updating the community along the way - including undergoing a double mastectomy. Vicki joins Insight with an update on the next steps in breast cancer care and treatment.

Duration:00:52:15

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Newsom’s Priorities in Budget Bills | How Sac County is Preparing for CARE Court | Rising Costs of Wine Tasting

7/17/2024
Governor Newsom slips priority policies into California’s budget bills. How Sacramento County is preparing to implement CARE Court. Finally, why wine tastings in California are getting more expensive. Newsom’s Priorities in Budget Bills Governor Gavin Newsom has But a new investigation looks at how this process allows the governor to skirt public debate, gain legislative support, and immediately enact the policies. Sacramento Bee Capitol Reporter Nicole Nixon joins Insight to talk about the priorities Newsom has gotten passed, and how lawmakers have reacted to this strategy. How Sac County is Preparing for CARE Court In less than five months, California will roll out a new judicial program aimed at addressing mental health, substance abuse and the state’s homelessness crisis. Under the CARE Court program, judges would be able to order people who are suffering from severe mental illness or addiction into treatment. Sacramento County Behavioral Health Director Dr. Ryan Quist talks about how the county is preparing to implement the new system, and who would be eligible for treatment. Rising Costs of Wine Tasting Wine tasting is a popular summertime activity, and enjoyed across California’s wine regions - from Napa Valley to Amador County. But recently, the cost of visiting wineries and tasting rooms has increased. Insight’s resident wine expert Rick Kushman talks about what is driving up the cost, the impacts on Napa, and how these samplings are changing to meet the tastes of today.

Duration:00:51:26

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How the RNC Could Impact California | Central Valley Journalism Collaborative | ‘A New Spin on Vinyl’

7/16/2024
How the 2024 Republican National Convention could affect California politics. A new organization aims to bring local news coverage back to the Central Valley. Finally, “A New Spin on Vinyl” art exhibition takes place in Yolo County. How the RNC Could Impact California The Republican National Convention is taking place in Milwaukee, just days after an assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump. On its first day, Trump made his choice for vice president - Ohio Senator J.D. Vance. Rob Stutzman, a Republican political strategist and former deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, joins Insight to talk about the potential impacts of the RNC, Trump, and Vance on California’s political landscape ahead of the November elections. Central Valley Journalism Collaborative As news deserts continue to spread across the country, a new nonprofit organization aims to bring robust local coverage back to California’s Central Valley. Central Valley Journalism Collaborative Executive Director Alma Martinez and Executive Editor Joe Kieta talk about the organization’s mission and founding. Also, CVJC Health Equity Reporter Vivienne Aguilar and editor Trey Bundy talk about the collaborative’s Health Equity Lab journalism. CapRadio is a partner of the Central Valley Journalism Collaborative. ‘A New Spin on Vinyl’ Tower Records has been a landmark name in Sacramento, from its founding in 1960 by Russ Solomon to its peak as an international record empire. Now, an art exhibition honoring Solomon is on display in Yolo County. A New Spin on Vinyl is running through Aug. 17 at The Barn Gallery in Woodland. Artist and exhibit founder Dwight Head and Bridgett Rangel-Rexford, Exhibitions Manager at YoloArts talk about the pieces on display, and the connection between music and art.

Duration:00:52:08

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Trump Assassination Attempt and Political Violence | California Guest Worker Housing Violations | Evangeline’s Turns 50

7/15/2024
What the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump says about political violence. How California is struggling to ensure guest workers have safe housing. Finally, Evangeline’s in Old Sac celebrates 50 years of business. Trump Assassination Attempt and Political Violence The attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania is not the first instance of political violence in the United States. But nearly one-third of Americans believe such violence is justified. Dr. Garen Wintemute, emergency medicine physician and Director of the California Firearm Violence Research Center joins Insight to talk about the implications of political violence, and what the weekend’s shooting could mean for the country’s future. California Guest Worker Housing Violations is a CalMatters California Divide Reporter covering inequality. Her latest piece found that the number of agricultural guest workers has risen dramatically in California. But state regulators have struggled to ensure that farms are providing safe housing to their workers. Felicia is joined by Antonio Bravo, an agricultural guest worker from Mexico who detailed unsafe conditions while working in Salinas. CalMatters is a nonprofit newsroom that partners with public media stations across the state. Evangeline’s Turns 50 A famous gift and costume shop in Old Sacramento is celebrating 50 years of business this year. Evangeline’s Costume Mansion first opened in 1974, and has provided generations of Sacramentans with eccentric novelties, toys, Halloween costumes and more. Evangeline’s owner Deborah Chaussé talks about the story’s history, and how they’re celebrating this anniversary throughout July.

Duration:00:52:31

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President Biden’s Electability Challenges | The Costs of Extreme Heat in CA | Muralist Uli Smith

7/11/2024
How President Biden’s electability challenges could impact California politics. How heat waves have cost California hundreds of lives and billions of dollars. Finally, how a Sacramento muralist transitioned from public health to public art. President Biden’s Electability Challenges President Joe Biden continues to face mounting uncertainty around his chance at re-election, after his debate last month against former President Donald Trump. Melanie Mason, a senior politics reporter covering California politics at POLITICO, joins Insight to discuss how those growing concerns could impact close Congressional races in California, and whether a prominent California Democrat could replace Biden as the nominee. The Costs of Extreme Heat in CA Heat waves have killed hundreds of Californians, caused thousands of injuries, and cost billions of dollars in the past decade, according to a new report from the state insurance department. Levi Sumagaysay covers the California economy for the nonprofit newsroom CalMatters, with a focus on the insurance market, taxes and anything that affects the state’s residents, labor force and economy. She explains the cost of extreme heat in California. Muralist Uli Smith How does one go from a career in public health to making murals throughout the community? Sacramento muralist Uli Smith aims to elicit joy with her vibrant artwork that can be seen throughout the city. She explains how murals can contribute to a community’s public health.

Duration:00:51:35

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Wrapping Up the Thompson Fire | Sac County Stops Water Deliveries to Homeless Encampments | ‘Folk on the Farm’ Concerts

7/10/2024
The Thompson Fire in Butte County has finally been contained. Sacramento County stops delivering water to homeless encampments. Finally, Folk on the Farm concerts taking place in El Dorado County. Wrapping Up the Thompson Fire After burning across Butte County for a week and prompting thousands of evacuations, officials announced Tuesday that the Thompson Fire has finally been contained. Adia White, News Editor at North State Public Radio unpacks the response to the wildfire, the lessons learned from previous blazes, and what comes next as residents begin to recover. NSPR is a partner station to CapRadio. Sac County Stops Water Deliveries to Homeless Encampments Earlier this month, Sacramento County stopped delivering water to homeless encampments. This stoppage came at the start of a severe heat wave which has seen temperatures reach the triple-digits, and already led to the death of at least one person. Reporter Theresa Clift covers homelessness for the Sacramento Bee and joins Insight to talk about why the deliveries have stopped, and what can be done to protect the county’s most vulnerable residents. ‘Folk on the Farm’ Concerts A third-generation family farm in El Dorado County is hosting a series of concerts this summer, offering visitors the chance to enjoy live music and a drink in the country. Chris Delfino, owner of Delfino Farms, talks about the business’s history and their Folk on the Farm concert series, which will include a performance by The Brothers Comatose on July 13.

Duration:00:52:29

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Utility Services During the Heat Wave | Sacramento’s Renaissance Society | 2024 California State Fair

7/9/2024
How to navigate utility usage during the heat wave. How the Renaissance Society of Sacramento offers seniors new learning opportunities. Finally, getting a preview of the 2024 California State Fair. Utility Services During the Heat Wave The summer heat wave means Californians will be running their air conditions and trying to keep their outdoor plants alive. However, they will also be facing higher energy and water bills as a result. Mark Toney, Executive Director of TURN (The Utility Reform Network) joins Insight to talk about the impact of the heat on high electricity bills, and Carlos Eliason with the City of Sacramento's Department of Utilities shares tips on how to save money and water during the summer months. Sacramento’s Renaissance Society For over 30 years, the Renaissance Society of Sacramento has been offering older adults lifelong learning opportunities, from seminars and workshops to community excursions. Society President Deborah Seiler talks about how the program benefits both seniors and Sac State students, and highlights some of the programs that are being offered this summer. 2024 California State Fair A celebration of California’s progress, advancement, and diversity is returning to Cal Expo this weekend. The 2024 California State Fair runs from July 12-28, and will feature a variety of exhibits, competitions, concerts, and more. Darla Givens, Media Manager for the California State Fair provides a preview of this year’s festivities, including a new opportunity to buy and consume cannabis.

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CAL FIRE Updates | Scrapped Anti-Crime Measure | Sacramento Republic FC’s Open Cup Quarterfinals

7/8/2024
CAL FIRE provides an update on wildfire conditions. Reactions to a scrapped anti-crime measure that challenged reforming Prop 47. Finally, previewing Sacramento Republic FC’s U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals match. CAL FIRE Updates Several wildfires continue to burn across Northern California, from the Pay Fire in El Dorado County to the Royal Fire in Placer County. CAL FIRE Deputy Chief of Communications Issac Sanchez provides an update on the fires burning across Northern California, and what people can do to stay safe. Scrapped Anti-Crime Measure Late last week, Governor Gavin Newsom pulled the plug on an anti-crime ballot measure. The measure aimed to challenge an initiative to reform Prop 47, which has already qualified for the November ballot and calls for tougher theft and drug penalties. POLITICO California Playbook co-author Dustin Gardiner and Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig join Insight to break down these latest developments. Sacramento Republic FC’s Open Cup Quarterfinals Sacramento Republic FC is looking to pull off another “cupset” in this year’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition. The “Indomitable Club” will host Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC at Heart Health Park on Tuesday, July 9, for the quarterfinals. President and General Manager Todd Dunivant provides a preview of the quarterfinals match, and how the team is preparing to face a top-tier opponent once again.

Duration:00:52:06

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Drownings and Waterway Safety | Losing a Parent to Suicide | Elementary School ‘Rainbow Clubs’

7/3/2024
How to stay safe in waterways and pools during the heat wave. “This Is What It Feels Like” episode about losing a parent to suicide. Finally, how “Rainbow Clubs'' are helping LGBTQ+ students in the Elk Grove Unified School District. Drownings and Waterway Safety As the heatwave continues across Northern California, Sacramento’s rivers and lakes look enticing. But they’re not to be taken lightly. We’ll talk with two members of the California Water Safety Coalition, Kris Lev-Twombly and Jennifer Rubin, about staying safe in area waterways and pools. Losing a Parent to Suicide All week long, we’ve been listening to some episodes of CapRadio’s award-winning podcast This Is What It Feels Like. Hosted by Terra Lopez, This Is What It Feels Like allows listeners to put themselves in the shoes of everyday people at the center of issues that have been politicized or overlooked. Our final episode this week explores what it feels like “Losing a Parent to Suicide.” Elementary School ‘Rainbow Clubs’ aim to provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTQIA+ elementary students. But these clubs have also drawn community backlash and opposition. CapRadio Education Reporter Srishti Prabha visited some of these Rainbow Clubs in the Elk Grove Unified School District, and shares what students and teachers had to say.

Duration:00:52:29

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California Recycling Deposit Investigation | ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ Living to 106 | Dave Brubeck Tribute Concert

7/2/2024
The financial impacts of closing recycling centers across California. Learning how to find joy and meaning at age 106. Finally, a concert honoring jazz musician Dave Brubeck is taking place in downtown Sacramento. California Recycling Deposit Investigation in the last decade, leaving more bottles and cans littering the environment, and millions of dollars sitting in the state’s beverage container fund. KPBS Investigative Reporter Scott Rodd joins Insight to talk about his investigation into why these centers are closing, what California is doing with the spare change, and what lawmakers are doing to make recycling more accessible. ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ Living to 106 CapRadio’s podcast This Is What It Feels Like was just named “Best Interview Podcast” by the Public Media Journalists Association. Hosted by Terra Lopez, This Is What It Feels Like allows listeners to put themselves in the shoes of everyday people at the center of issues that have been politicized or overlooked. Today we’ll meet Glenna Walters, who lived to be 107 years old, and learn about how she found joy, purpose, and meaning in life. Dave Brubeck Tribute Concert A legendary jazz musician will be honored with a concert in downtown Sacramento this weekend. “An Ode to Sacramento” will be performed at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m. The performance features Dave Brubeck’s “Pange Lingua Variations,” which premiered at the cathedral over four decades ago. Dave’s son Chris Brubeck and Rex Rallanka, Music Director at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament spoke with CapRadio’s Paul Conley about the performance, and the piece’s significance.

Duration:00:54:08

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Response to SCOTUS Homelessness Decision | ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ Trans Healthcare

7/1/2024
How the Supreme Court’s ruling in Grants Pass v. Johnson will impact the unhoused community in Sacramento and across California. Also, revisiting the experience of navigating the U.S. healthcare system as a trans person on This Is What It Feels Like. Response to SCOTUS Homelessness Decision Last Friday, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Grants Pass v. Johnson, which has been called the most important homelessness case in decades. In a 6-3 decision along ideological lines, the court granted cities more authority to arrest and fine people who sleep outside in public places, even if they have nowhere else to go. Angela Hassell, Executive Director of Sacramento Loaves & Fishes and CalMatters Homeless Reporter Marisa Kendall join Insight to discuss what the court’s ruling means for the unhoused community here in Sacramento and across the state. CalMatters is a nonprofit newsroom that partners with public media stations across the state. ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ Trans Healthcare CapRadio’s podcast This Is What It Feels Like is now a bonafide award winner. Hosted by Terra Lopez, This Is What It Feels Like allows listeners to put themselves in the shoes of everyday people at the center of issues that have been politicized. It was just named “Best Interview Podcast” by the Public Media Journalists Association, as well as being named first runner up at the International Women’s Podcast Festival in the category “Moments of Touching Honesty.” This week, we’ll listen to highlights from some of the episodes, beginning today with “Navigating the U.S. Healthcare System as a Trans Person.”

Duration:00:51:53

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CA Fine for Inadequate Prison Mental Health Staffing | ‘California Forever’ City Proposal | Placer Land Trust’s 1,500-Acre Acquisition

6/27/2024
Federal judge says California must pay $112 million for failing to provide sufficient mental health staffing in prisons. Unpacking the controversial proposal to build a new city in Solano County. Finally, over 1,500 acres of river canyon are now preserved in Placer County. CA Fine for Inadequate Prison Mental Health Staffing The same day Governor Newsom spoke about “dark days in California” during his pre-taped State of the State speech, a federal judge found top prison officials in civil contempt and ordered the state to pay a $112 million fine. The judgment stems from a long-running litigation regarding mental health treatment in California’s prisons. KFF Health News Reporter Don Thompson explains what the ruling means. ‘California Forever’ City Proposal Solano County supervisors voted Tuesday to delay placing a controversial proposal to build a new city on the November ballot. The company California Forever, backed by a slate of billionaires, promises a walkable, sustainable city which could eventually bring in 400,000 new residents and 15,000 new jobs, but has also drawn criticism and skepticism over its impact and promises. KQED Housing Reporter Adhiti Bandlamudi joins Insight to talk about the planned community, the surrounding controversy, and what comes next. Placer Land Trust’s 1,500-Acre Acquisition In late May, the Placer Land Trust and Trust for Public Land acquired over 1,500 acres of land in the Sierra Nevada foothills, along the North Fork American River. Jeff Darlington, Executive Director of the Placer Land Trust and Heidi Krolick, Conservation Director for the Trust for Public Land talk about why this acquisition is so important, and what opportunities it provides to visitors and the environment.

Duration:00:52:25

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CA Budget Agreement and Anti-Tax Initiative Ruling | Exploring ‘Lavender Courtyard’ | Lavender Blue Festival

6/26/2024
Unpacking California’s budget agreement and a recent state Supreme Court ruling. Meeting the residents of the Lavender Courtyard housing community. Finally, celebrating lavender at the Lavender Blue Festival. CA Budget Agreement and Anti-Tax Initiative Ruling Governor Gavin Newsom and California’s legislative leaders have reached a budget agreement to close an estimated $56 billion shortfall over the next two years. And just last week, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled to keep an anti-tax initiative off the November ballot, the first such ruling in over two decades. CalMatters Capitol Reporter Alexei Koseff joins Insight to talk about these latest political developments. CalMatters is a nonprofit newsroom that partners with public media stations across the state. Exploring ‘Lavender Courtyard’ The Lavender Courtyard apartment complex opened two years ago in midtown Sacramento, offering an affordable, welcoming space for LGBTQ+ seniors. Tejal Shah, Vice President of Community Development at Mutual Housing and residents Arthur Gerald and Cory Whetstone talk about what Lavender Courtyard means to the community, and the services it provides. Lavender Blue Festival Many people in the Sacramento region know the town of Camino and surrounding area for its apple orchards, pumpkin farms and fall donuts. But there’s so much more to Apple Hill, even in the summer. John Havicon is the owner of Bluestone Meadow Farm and he explains how the Lavender Blue Festival began.

Duration:00:52:26

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Gov. Newsom’s 2024 ‘State of the State’ Address | Mosquito Season

6/25/2024
Analyzing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2024 State of the State Address. Also, getting an update on this year’s mosquito season and how to avoid potential insect-borne diseases. Gov. Newsom’s 2024 ‘State of the State’ Address Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his long-delayed 2024 State of the State address this morning. Instead of a live speech in front of lawmakers and the press, the address was released as a prerecorded message. Lara Korte, co-author of POLITICO’s California Playbook and CapRadio Health Care Reporter Kate Wolffe analyze the governor’s message, and the various topics it touched on - from national political issues and homelessness, to mental health and combatting retail theft. Mosquito Season With summer in full swing, mosquitos are becoming an increasingly common annoyance across the Sacramento region, and can potentially harbor dangerous diseases like West Nile Virus. Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer for the Sacramento-Yolo Vector Control District joins Insight with an update on this year’s mosquito season, and how residents can keep themselves safe from these irritating insects.

Duration:00:52:26

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CAL FIRE Wildfire Updates | Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety in Sacramento | Food Literacy Center

6/24/2024
CAL FIRE provides an update as wildfire season picks up. Addressing Sacramento’s high number of fatal pedestrian and cyclist accidents. Finally, how the Food Literacy Center encourages healthy eating habits. CAL FIRE Wildfire Updates As summer continues to heat up and the hillsides turn from green to brown, fire safety should be at the top of everyone’s minds. Nick Schuler, Deputy Director of Communications/Incident Awareness for CAL FIRE joins Insight with the latest on fires burning in Northern California, as well as what to expect for wildfires this year. Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety in Sacramento More than 60 people have died in Sacramento County this year from car crashes. The region was recently ranked as the 20th most dangerous region for pedestrians by the nonprofit Smart Growth America, but the city’s recently-adopted budget includes no new funding for addressing the growing number of traffic fatalities. Sacramento District 1 Councilmember Lisa Kaplan and Debra Banks, Executive Director of Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates talk about what can be done to make the roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Food Literacy Center If you’re desperate to get your kids to eat their veggies and can’t seem to convince them otherwise, there’s a Sacramento nonprofit dedicated to changing their minds. The Food Literacy Center has been teaching kids in Sacramento schools how to make healthy food choices since 2011. Founder and CEO Amber Stott speaks with CapRadio’s Jen Picard about the center’s mission.

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World Refugee Day in Sacramento | New Play at Folsom State Prison | Artist Jennifer Peart

6/20/2024
How World Relief Sacramento helps refugees adapt to their new homes. A new original play gives voice to incarcerated individuals at Folsom State Prison. Finally, artist Jennifer Peart reimagines iconic Sacramento landmarks. World Refugee Day in Sacramento June 20 is World Refugee Day, which was declared by the United Nations to honor refugees around the world. Sacramento itself has become a major destination for refugee populations, especially from Afghanistan and Ukraine in recent years. Svitlana Iotko, the Cultural Orientation Coordinator for World Relief Sacramento joins Insight to share her own experiences as a Ukrainian refugee, and how World Relief helps new arrivals adapt to their surroundings. New Play at Folsom State Prison For the past several months, a series of theater classes at Folsom State Prison have been giving a voice and creative outlet to those incarcerated inside. The classes were organized through a collaboration between the Prison Arts Collective and Sacramento State. Dr. Erin Kaplan, Professor of Critical Theory, Drama, Literature and Practice at Sac State and Ginny Oshiro, Training Coordinator for the Prison Arts Collective talk about the project, and about the performance in Folsom which debuted last week. Artist Jennifer Peart A contemporary landscape painter envisions some of our most iconic places - Sacramento’s Tower Bridge, Half Dome in Yosemite - in an entirely new way, drawing inspiration from nature and science fiction. We’ll meet artist Jennifer Peart and hear how she’s brought her passion to life.

Duration:00:52:26

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Reforming California Wildfire Insurance | Breaking Down Prop 47 Debate | Summer Wine Pairings

6/18/2024
A new plan aims to increase California’s wildfire insurance coverage. Breaking down the debates around reforming Prop 47. Finally, Insight’s resident wine expert on enjoying summer wine. Reforming California Wildfire Insurance Last week, California’s Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara rolled out his latest effort to boost the number of insurance policies written in high-fire risk areas. The new measure would give compliant insurance companies a long-desired tool to calculate rates - catastrophe modeling. CalMatters economy reporter Levi Sumagaysay joins Insight to discuss this latest plan, as well as other steps officials and lawmakers are taking to address the ongoing insurance crisis. Breaking Down Prop 47 Debate A decade ago, California voters passed Prop 47 to reduce penalties for some drug and theft offenses. Now, state lawmakers want to strengthen those penalties again, but disagree over the way to do so. Top Democrats are backing an anti-theft bill package, while Republicans support a reform initiative that will be on the ballot in November. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Emily Hoeven breaks down the debates around reforming Prop 47. Summer Wine Pairings With the weather warming up, many people might be looking to enjoy this time of year with a nice glass of wine, or to get together with friends for a tasting. Insight’s resident wine expert Rick Kushman provides some suggestions on the best ways to enjoy a summer wine pairing, and also talks about his upcoming wine and food tastings starting June 27 at the Brickland in East Sacramento.

Duration:00:51:41

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RydeFreeRT Parent Perspective | KCRA3’s Mark Finan Retires | Third Annual ‘All Nations Indigefest’

6/17/2024
A parent’s perspective on RydeFreeRT. KCRA3’s Mark Finan talks about his career and plans for retirement. Finally, the third annual All Nations Indigefest returns to West Sacramento. RydeFreeRT Parent Perspective The City of Sacramento approved its budget last week and managed to avoid completely cutting funding for a popular program for students. We’ll talk with a local parent, Vanessa Cudabac, about RydeFreeRT, which provides fare-free public transportation for kids in grades TK-12, and not just during the school year. KCRA3’s Mark Finan Retires It is the end of an era in Sacramento TV news. Mark Finan has been the chief meteorologist at KCRA3 for more than three decades. And in that time he has informed viewers of the biggest weather events in history - from snowfall, to flooding, heatwaves and devastating wildfires. After 33 years, he has entered a new and well-deserved chapter - retirement. Mark joins us with a look back at his career, and how he plans to spend his time after KCRA3. Third Annual ‘All Nations Indigefest’ A multicultural community celebration is making its way back to the Sacramento region this weekend. The third annual All Nations Indigefest will take place on Saturday, June 22 at River City Farm in West Sacramento, featuring arts, music, food, and gardening, and more. Alfred Melbourne, founder and director of Three Sisters Gardens provides a preview of the festival, and how the event will benefit the nonprofit’s Urban Farm Youth Leadership Development Program.

Duration:00:52:41

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Extreme Heat Dangers | Outword Magazine’s Fred Palmer | Best Of: Kru’s Billy Ngo

6/11/2024
The dangers posed by extreme heat. The publishing legacy of Outword Magazine. Finally, revisiting our conversation with James Beard Award finalist Billy Ngo. Extreme Heat Dangers Sacramento is facing another period of extreme heat. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the region through Wednesday, with temperatures reaching the mid-90s and even hitting the mid-100s in some areas. Dr. Kylie Abeson, a pediatrician with UC Davis Health talks about the dangers that high temperatures pose to our health. Also, Janna Haynes, public information officer for the Sacramento County Department of Homeless Services and Housing discusses how this extreme weather impacts unhoused people in the community, and what resources are available to help. Outword Magazine’s Fred Palmer For almost three decades Outword Magazine has been the source for Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ community. Publisher Fred Palmer talks about the magazine’s staying power and the changes he’s seen in both the world of publishing and gay rights. Best Of: Kru’s Billy Ngo This was a big week in the Sacramento dining scene. The James Beard Awards just wrapped up yesterday in Chicago, and a local chef was a finalist for Best California Chef - Billy Ngo, the founder of the Japanese restaurant Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine. Despite falling just short of the title, in honor of this recognition we’re revisiting our conversation with Billy when he was first nominated, and he took a look back at his nearly two decade career in Sacramento that has grown into becoming a full-fledged restaurateur.

Duration:00:52:28

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Response to Sacramento’s Reported Drop in Homelessness | New Exhibit ‘When I Can’ | Personal Message from Vicki Gonzalez

6/10/2024
The community responds to Sacramento’s reported drop in homelessness. Also, a new exhibit celebrates artists who are parents, caregivers and guardians. Finally, a personal message from Vicki Gonzalez, who will be going on leave. Response to Sacramento’s Reported Drop in Homelessness The 2024 Point In Time Count showed a 29% decrease in Sacramento’s unhoused population, from nearly 9,300 people during the peak in 2022 to an estimated 6,615 individuals today. But those numbers have drawn scrutiny. CapRadio Homelessness and Housing Affordability Reporter Chris Nichols joins Insight with the response from the city, to the business community and homelessness advocates. New Exhibit ‘When I Can’ While life is in a state of flux, how can one find time to engage with art? A new exhibit in Sacramento seeks to answer that in an unlikely place - at City Hall. Curator and gallery manager Bridgett Rangel-Rexford discusses her exhibit When I Can showcasing the work of artist parents, caregivers and guardians. The exhibit is at the Robert T. Matsui Galley at Sacramento City Hall through September 9th. Personal Message from Vicki Gonzalez We have a personal message from Insight host Vicki Gonzalez, who will be taking a leave of absence. Vicki was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and she’s going to share a little of what she’s been through so far. Vicki will be joined by Courtney Quinn, the Executive Director of the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation, a local nonprofit serving the greater Sacramento area by bringing awareness, support, resources, and comfort to anyone facing breast cancer. You can read Vicki’s personal message here.

Duration:00:52:28