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Insight With Vicki Gonzalez

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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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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

FAFSA Challenges Continue | California Barriers for Midwives | Black History Month in Classrooms

2/20/2024
The state student aid commission addresses ongoing FAFSA challenges for college hopefuls. Also, why licensed midwives face barriers to stay in business in California. Finally, what Black History Month looks like in Oak Park classrooms. FAFSA Challenges Continue We have been following the latest developments with the delayed and problematic rollout of the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Now, a new glitch is making it even more difficult for some applications to get their forms in. Jon Waldrep, Analyst at the California Student Aid Commission, joins us with how the glitch is impacting certain students and their families, as well as how it’s putting students at risk of not getting the aid they need to attend the college of their choice. California Barriers for Midwives A new UCSF study highlights obstacles midwives face doing business in California, especially when serving patients with Medi-Cal insurance. Midwives provide many of the same services as doctors in low-risk pregnancies, and are becoming increasingly essential following a wave of maternity ward closures across the state - in largely low-income communities. Calmatters Health Reporter Kristen Hwang shares her reporting alongside licensed midwife Madeleine Wisner, who was the only licensed community midwife who took Medi-Cal patients in the greater Sacramento region - but closed her birth center last fall. CalMatters is a nonprofit newsroom that partners with public media stations across the state. Black History Month in Classrooms Black History Month goes beyond just a history lesson in some Oak Park classrooms, with learning opportunities in the forms of business fairs, cooking demonstrations, theater and more. Cassandra Jennings, President and CEO of St. HOPE, and CapRadio Education Reporter Srishti Prabha, provide a look at how Black history is being taught, as well as talk about upcoming events that seek to inspire students both inside and outside the classroom.

Duration:00:51:39

Wilton Rancheria MMIP Partnership with Sac Sheriff | Sac Mayoral Candidate Flojaune Cofer | Crocker Museum’s “Black Artists in America”

2/15/2024
Wilton Rancheria’s MMIP partnership with Sacramento Sheriffs. Also, Sacramento mayoral candidate — epidemiologist Dr. Flojaune Cofer. Finally, Crocker Art’s new exhibit “Black Artists in America: From Civil Rights to the Bicentennial.” Wilton Rancheria MMIP Partnership with Sac Sheriff California has the largest population of Native Americans anywhere in the country - as well as the most tribes. We also have one of the highest rates of murder and missing people within the Indigenous community. Wilton Rancheria Chairman, Jesus Tarango, joins Insight today to discuss a new partnership with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and how both sides plan to work closer together to end the epidemic of violence and trafficking in Sacramento County. Sacramento Mayoral Candidate Flojaune Cofer This month, we are dedicating Thursdays to speaking with the four leading candidates in Sacramento’s mayoral race — which can be decided following the primary on March 5. Today we welcome epidemiologist and public health professional Dr. Flojaune Cofer to discuss why she is running for Sacramento mayor, what sets her apart from opponents, and top priorities if elected. Crocker Museum’s “Black Artists in America” A new traveling exhibit opened last week at the Crocker Art Museum, pulling together local collection pieces with national works. Black Artists in America: From Civil Rights to the Bicentennial explores the work of Black American artists in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Dr. Francesca Wilmott, Curator at the Crocker Art Museum, talks about how the artists’ work celebrated their identity and captured the struggle against inequality. The conversation also features poetry readings by local students Nas Muhammad, Nasara McDaniels Keys, and Kyle Hayes.

Duration:00:50:58

Wide Open Walls Lunar New Year Controversy | Senate Candidate Rep. Katie Porter | Author on How to Approach Death

2/14/2024
Wide Open Walls faces criticism over Lunar New Year murals in Sacramento’s Little Saigon. Also, Rep. Katie Porter discusses why she is a candidate for U.S. Senate. Finally, author of “Judith Letting Go” and how to approach death. Wide Open Walls Lunar New Year Controversy is known for putting artists in the spotlight, by showcasing vibrant murals throughout Sacramento streets. But the organization is coming under fire for its latest murals surrounding Lunar New Year in the city’s Little Saigon community - accused of cultural inaccuracies and not including Asian artists. Hannah Ross is a journalist with Solving Sacramento - a journalism collaborative that partners with CapRadio - and shares her reporting with local artists and city officials, as well as some possible solutions. Wide Open Walls CEO David Sobon sent a statement to Insight that says in part, “We stand behind the fact that, when compared to other mural festivals in the country, we feature one of the most diverse portfolios of participating artists, including many API artists, Black, LatinX, non-binary, LGBT, women, and more. This diversity is central to our mission and ethos…We realize in this particular instance, we could’ve done better in the planning stages and we’re committed to making those changes.” Senate Candidate Rep. Katie Porter Democratic Congressmember Katie Porter joins us on Insight as part of our series of conversations with the candidates for U.S. Senate. Rep. Porter, according to polls, is in a neck-and-neck race for second place with Republican Steve Garvey, and is looking for a way to differentiate herself from him and frontrunner, Congressmember Adam Schiff (D) as the top two candidates move on to the general election in November. Author on How to Approach Death How can talking about - or even preparing - one’s death give it meaning as a part of life, and increase compassion for those who are approaching the inevitable? That is the subject of a new book called Judith Letting Go by author Mark Dowie, who remembers his six-month friendship with poet Judith Tannenbaum as she made her decision to “let go.” Mark joins Insight to talk about experience with Judith and learning how to approach death, ahead of an event on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Capital Books.

Duration:00:58:16

FOX40 Senate Debate Analysis | Kru Chef Nominated for James Beard Award | Lunar New Year in Sacramento

2/13/2024
FOX40 moderates the second California Senate debate. Also, Kru chef and founder Billy Ngo is nominated for a James Beard Award. Finally, Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebrations in Sacramento. FOX40 Senate Debate Analysis With three weeks left until the California Primary, the four main candidates for U.S. Senate faced off last night in a televised debate. While the three Democrats tried to differentiate themselves from each other, Republican Steve Garvey tried to solidify himself as an alternative and viable candidate. Joining us today is Nikki Laurenzo, debate moderator and co-host of “Inside California Politics,” and Lara Korte, co-author of POLITICO’s California Playbook. Kru Chef Nominated for James Beard Award We know how to eat well in Sacramento. In recent years, the city has been growing in the national culinary spotlight. And we can add another homegrown chef to a prestigious list. Billy Ngo is the founder of the Japanese restaurant Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine and has been named as a semifinalist for Best California Chef from the James Beard Awards. Billy joins Insight about this recognition, as well as how his nearly two decade career in Sacramento has grown into becoming a local restaurateur. Lunar New Year in Sacramento Lunar New Year began this past weekend, ushering in the Year of the Dragon. RungFong Hsu from the Chinese New Year Culture Association speaks about Lunar New Year in Sacramento - as well as the CNYCA’s upcoming Spring Festival celebrations on Feb. 27. Tido Hoang, President of the Vietnamese American Community of Sacramento, talks about the holiday’s importance for the local Vietnamese community.

Duration:00:51:39

UC Davis PD Hires First DACA Officer | Senate Candidate Rep. Adam Schiff | Wild & Scenic Film Festival

2/12/2024
UC Davis Police swears in its first DACA immigrant officer. Also, a conversation with Senate candidate Rep. Adam Schiff. Finally, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada County. UC Davis PD Hires First DACA Officer A recent California law removed the U.S. citizenship requirement for people seeking to become peace officers - expanding eligibility to those with federal work authorization. UC Davis Police Department recently hired its first officer who is a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Officer Ernesto Moron joins Insight to talk about his life experience along with UC Davis police chief Joe Farrow - one of the champions of the new law, who talks about what the expanded eligibility can mean for both police departments and people seeking a career in law enforcement. Senate Candidate Rep. Adam Schiff As we round the corner to the primary election, we’re going to narrow in on the pivotal race for Senate and have conversations with the leading candidates. Rep. Adam Schiff joins us about what sets him apart from his opponents - as well as his top priorities if elected. Wild & Scenic Film Festival Lívia Campos de Menezes, Festival Director of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, discusses how the event has celebrated inspiring activism through film and art. The 22nd annual festival will take place February 15-19 in Nevada County. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is produced by SYRCL, the South Yuba River Citizens League, and it's the nonprofit's largest annual fundraiser, helping to raise money for year-round conservation projects to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed.

Duration:00:50:38

Sacramento Mayoral Candidate Steve Hansen | Fran Lebowitz at the Mondavi Center | Comedian Greg Proops at The Sofia

2/8/2024
Sacramento Mayoral candidate Steve Hansen. Also, a conversation with Fran Lebowitz ahead of her event at the Mondavi Center. Finally, comedian Greg Proops from “Whose Line is it Anyway?” at The Sofia. Sacramento Mayoral Candidate Steve Hansen In the month leading up to the primary election, we’ll be sitting down with the four leading candidates for Sacramento mayor. Today, former Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen joins Insight about why he believes he’s best to lead the city - as well as his top priorities if elected. Steve Hansen joined CapRadio's governing board in 2021, after he left the city council. He resigned from the board in May 2023, prior to launching his mayoral campaign. Fran Lebowitz at the Mondavi Center She is a social commentator with a unique blend of humor, wit, and sarcasm. Fran Lebowitz joins us today ahead of her appearance Friday night at the Mondavi Center in Davis. We talk to her about her disregard for technology, social media, traveling - and we’ll explore why she doesn't even have an email address or cell phone. Comedian Greg Proops at the Sofia Comedian and improviser Greg Proops is perhaps most well known for his appearances on the improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? But he also has a decades-long career performing stand-up, acting - and more recently - hosting a podcast. Greg will be performing in Sacramento at The Sofia on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., and he joins Insight to talk about what audiences can look forward to, his career and varied interests, and what he thinks about the future of comedy and entertainment.

Duration:00:51:38

Podcast Investigates CA State Prison in Sac | Placer County Movie on Homelessness | ‘STILL: Racism in America, A Retrospective in Cartoons’

2/7/2024
A podcast investigates CA State Prison, Sacramento - formerly called New Folsom. Also, a Placer County production company makes a film on homelessness starring Billy Baldwin. Finally, the nation’s first Black woman cartoonist in the mainstream press. Podcast Investigates CA State Prison in Sac The second season of KQED’s investigative podcast On Our Watch debuted this week, focusing on the deaths of two correctional officers at California State Prison, Sacramento - formerly called New Folsom - who reported misconduct, corruption, and abuse by fellow officers. KQED Criminal Justice Reporters Sukey Lewis and Julie Small join Insight to talk about what their investigation uncovered within the walls of “New Folsom,” and the barriers and challenges officers faced when trying to report wrongdoing. The California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation released the following statement in response to the podcast:CDCR takes every allegation of employee misconduct very seriously and has restructured its process to ensure complaints are properly, fairly and thoroughly reviewed. In January 2022, CDCR implemented emergency regulations to improve the investigations process on staff misconduct allegations, and the department received funding in the 2022-23 state budget to support these continued efforts. A system of fixed and body-worn cameras is in place. In September 2022, CDCR announced changes to employee discipline for misconduct directed at incarcerated people, parolees, other employees, or members of the public. CDCR continues to work with outside law enforcement agencies on this case and cannot comment on many specific questions raised by reporters for this story. Placer County Movie on Homelessness There’s a lot of movie buzz in Sacramento these days and one of the films that’s getting attention is called No Address, starring William Baldwin. The feature movie, along with an accompanying documentary, will tell the story of the homelessness crisis and how so many Americans are one paycheck, one job loss, or one medical emergency away from ending up on the streets. Actor William “Billy” Baldwin, along with Jennifer Stolo, CEO of Placer County-based Robert Craig Films, join us to talk about the movie and why they believe the story of homelessness is an important topic to tackle, especially in light of the situation here in California. ‘STILL: Racism in America, A Retrospective in Cartoons’ It’s a special bond when a parent and child share a common passion. But one father and daughter took it to a whole other level, pioneering their own groundbreaking paths as Black cartoonists in the mainstream press. And their decades-long work is now on display, with a message that still resonates today. Cartoonist Barbara Brandon-Croft and curator Tara Nakashima Donahue, discuss their new installation at the UC Davis Design Museum “STILL: Racism in America, A Retrospective in Cartoons," which explores racism through cartoons by Brandon-Croft and her late father Brumsic Brandon, Jr. The exhibit runs through April 21.

Duration:00:50:29

Abortion Pill Access at CA Universities | Growing Pains with CA’s ‘FAIR Plan’ for Fire Insurance | Hidden Brain’s New Series ‘U.S. 2.0’

2/6/2024
An investigation into required abortion pill access at California public universities. Also, growing pains for homeowner’s last resort for fire insurance “FAIR Plan.” Finally, Hidden Brain’s new series “U.S. 2.0” about how we form political beliefs. Abortion Pill Access at CA Universities A year ago, California required its public colleges and universities to start providing medication abortions on campus - the first state in the country to do so. But a new investigation by LAist has discovered that many schools haven’t even told their students that abortion pills are available. Senior Health Reporter Jackie Fortiér sheds more light on what information students are - and aren’t - getting, and what the consequences of this lack of accessibility can be. Growing Pains with CA’s ‘Fair Plan’ for Fire Insurance is an Economy Reporter at CalMatters and provides an update on California's FAIR Plan - a pool of insurers required by state statute to provide fire-insurance policies when property owners can’t find them elsewhere. Levi’s reporting found the plan is experiencing major growing pains. As the FAIR Plan writes more fire-insurance policies, homeowners complain about poor service, rising costs and threats of getting kicked off. CalMatters is a nonprofit newsroom that partners with public media stations across the state. Hidden Brain’s New Series ‘U.S. 2.0’ is the host and creator of the podcast Hidden Brain. Shankar joins Insight about his latest series “U.S. 2.0,” which is part of an annual series about finding wisdom amidst the chaos of everyday life. As we begin a pivotal election season, “U.S. 2.0” kicks off its latest series throughout February about how we form our political beliefs.

Duration:00:45:21

Atmospheric River Update Across Northern California

2/1/2024
An update on a strong atmospheric river across Northern California Note: Insight airs live at 12pm with a rebroadcast at 7pm CapRadio Reporter Chris Nichols provides a live look at conditions in parts of Sacramento County, where at its peak, hundreds of thousands of customers went without power. Diana Crofts-Pelayo, Assistant Director of Crisis Communication with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, provides a statewide look at the emergency response. Gamaliel Ortiz, a spokesperson for SMUD (the Sacramento Municipal Utility District) discusses widespread power outages that impacted more than 200,000 customers. Paul Moreno, a spokesperson for PG&E, discusses power outages that impacted more than a million of its customers across its entire service area, which covers most of Northern and Central California. Jeremy Linder, a Public Information Officer with Caltrans District 3, updates road conditions across its 11 county region– which includes Sacramento, Yolo, Butte, Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties. Jessica Gonzalez, a Public Information Officer with Sacramento Regional Transit, updates light rail being shut down due to the winter storm. Dr. Andrew Schwartz, Lead Scientist of the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab located at Donner Summit, gives an update on the snowpack and where it stacks up to the historical average. Craig Shoemaker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Sacramento, provides a look at the forecast for the week. An update on a strong atmospheric river across Northern California Note: Insight airs live at 12pm with a rebroadcast at 7pm CapRadio Reporter Chris Nichols provides a live look at conditions in parts of Sacramento County, where at its peak, hundreds of thousands of customers went without power. Diana Crofts-Pelayo, Assistant Director of Crisis Communication with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, provides a statewide look at the emergency response. , a spokesperson for SMUD (the Sacramento Municipal Utility District) discusses widespread power outages that impacted more than 200,000 customers. , a spokesperson for PG&E, discusses power outages that impacted more than a million of its customers across its entire service area, which covers most of Northern and Central California. , a Public Information Officer with Caltrans District 3, updates road conditions across its 11 county region– which includes Sacramento, Yolo, Butte, Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties. , a Public Information Officer with Sacramento Regional Transit, updates light rail being shut down due to the winter storm. Dr. Andrew Schwartz, Lead Scientist of the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab located at Donner Summit, gives an update on the snowpack and where it stacks up to the historical average. , a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Sacramento, provides a look at the forecast for the week. http://www.capradio.org/195689An update on a strong atmospheric river across Northern California Note: Insight airs live at 12pm with a rebroadcast at 7pm CapRadio Reporter Chris Nichols provides a live look at conditions in parts of Sacramento County, where at its peak, hundreds of thousands of customers went without power. Diana Crofts-Pelayo, Assistant Director of Crisis Communication with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, provides a statewide look at the emergency response. , a spokesperson for SMUD (the Sacramento Municipal Utility District) discusses widespread power outages that impacted more than 200,000 customers. , a spokesperson for PG&E, discusses power outages that impacted more than a million of its customers across its entire service area, which covers most of Northern and Central California. , a Public Information Officer with Caltrans District 3, updates road conditions across its 11 county region– which includes Sacramento, Yolo, Butte, Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties. , a Public Information Officer with...

Duration:00:49:10

Sac’s 2024 Point-in-Time Homelessness Count | Oldest Chinese Restaurant is in Woodland | CapRadio’s Mike Hagerty Retires

1/31/2024
Sacramento County’s biennial Point-in-Time homelessness count. Also, the oldest Chinese restaurant in the state - and possibly the nation - is in Woodland. Finally, goodbye to CapRadio’s Mike Hagerty, who is retiring. Sac’s 2024 Point-in-Time Homelessness Count Sacramento County’s last Point-in-Time Count in 2022 reported a record 9,300 unhoused residents, and this was only a conservative snapshot of the number of people experiencing homelessness in the county on any given night. Last week, over 800 volunteers conducted the biennial count again. CapRadio Homelessness and Housing Affordability Reporter Chris Nichols joins Insight with a deeper look at what the recent PIT looked like, and the experiences and challenges being faced by some of the county’s most vulnerable residents. Oldest Chinese Restaurant is in Woodland The oldest Chinese restaurant in California - and possibly the nation - is tucked away in a Yolo County suburb. Jack Chin is a professor at UC Davis School of Law and shares his research into finding the oldest Chinese restaurants in the U.S., which led him to Chicago Café in Woodland. Amy Fong’s parents own the restaurant, and she shares its history spanning more than a century. And we’re also joined by Carla Meyer who is a Senior Editor at UC Davis School of Law, about the storytelling behind this discovery. CapRadio’s Mike Hagerty Retires Today, we celebrate the distinguished career of CapRadio anchor and reporter, Mike Hagerty. After decades in the news business, Mike has decided to enter retirement and spend more time with his family, including grandchildren who live on the East Coast. We’ll sit down with Mike and go down memory lane with him, and ask him to impart a few words of wisdom to current and future journalists.

Duration:00:51:12

Atmospheric River Arrives This Week | Empowerment Center for Human Trafficking Survivors | Will Rogers Presentation at C.K. McClatchy High School

1/30/2024
Strong atmospheric river forecasted this week. Also, an empowerment center for human trafficking survivors opens in Sacramento. Finally, Will Rogers' great-granddaughter discusses “The Legacy of the Cherokee Kid.” Atmospheric River Arrives This Week After a few days of mild, spring-like weather, Northern California is poised to take a direct hit from an atmospheric river ramping up off the coast. Along with the rain, it is forecasted to be gusty and potentially dangerous wind - which has the potential to knock out power and cause property damage. Joining us today to walk us through the timing of the storms is National Weather Service Sacramento meteorologist, Jeffrey Wood. Empowerment Center for Human Trafficking Survivors (3SGF) works to create a world free from human trafficking. The nonprofit is set to open The Table in downtown Sacramento– an empowerment center for survivors of human trafficking and those at risk of exploitation. Ashlie Bryant is the President & CEO 3Strands Global Foundation. Kaitlyn DiCicco is Vice President Survivor Services. And Kristi Merrill is a Survivor Leader Advocate. They join Insight to discuss how The Table will provide services for survivors and at-risk youth - ranging from basic needs, to mental health support, career workshops, and childcare. Will Rogers Presentation at C.K. McClatchy High School A presentation this weekend in Land Park will focus on one of the Cherokee Nation’s most famous citizens. “Will Rogers: The Legacy of the Cherokee Kid,” will be presented by family representative and Will Rogers’ great-granddaughter Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry at C.K. McClatchy High School on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 2-4 p.m. Jennifer and Mike Webb, Cultural Center Chair for Cherokees of Northern Central Valley, join Insight to talk about Will Rogers’ life and legacy, as well as how the presentation ties into the CNCV’s larger cultural education efforts - for both Cherokee and non-Cherokee people alike.

Duration:00:51:19

SMF’s Push for Nonstop International Travel | Placer & Sacramento County DAs on Retail Theft | Youth Participate in Sac Mayoral Candidate Forum

1/29/2024
Sac International Airport is working towards nonstop international travel. Also, the Sacramento and Placer county district attorneys discuss new approaches in response to retail theft. Finally, youth hold a forum for Sacramento mayoral candidates. SMF’s Push for Nonstop International Travel is working on expanding its network of routes, with a major focus on international flights. Right now, the airport is looking to connect Sacramento with Europe, and Germany in particular. Stephen Clark, Deputy Director of Airport Commercial Development at SMF, joins Insight to provide a closer look at the new “Air Service Alliance'' initiative, what its benefits could be, and how it brings together the airport and local business community. Placer & Sacramento County DAs on Retail Theft Sacramento and Placer counties are responding to retail theft. State dollars aimed at dedicating more resources at organized crime appear to be working, despite an uptick in some retail crime. Placer County’s program includes a warning sign in retail shops alerting would-be thieves that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And Sacramento County recently created an organized retail theft unit. Joining us to discuss the new resources dedicated to curbing organized theft are Placer County District Attorney Morgan Gire and Sacramento District Attorney Thien Ho. Youth Participate in Sac Mayoral Candidate Forum It’s five weeks until the primary election, and a big local race is for Sacramento mayor. The candidates have been participating in community forums on a range of issues– like climate and homelessness. But over the weekend, the leading mayoral candidates took questions from some of the youngest residents. Monica Ruelas Mares is the Manager of Local Children's Policy and Coordinator of Sac Kids First and discusses hosting a mayoral forum at Hiram Johnson High School on Saturday. We’re also joined by June Lee, who is a senior at The Met– a public charter school within Sac City Unified– about why it was important to participate. The topics ranged from youth homelessness, youth mental health, youth violence, substance use, and views on the implementation of the Sacramento Children’s Fund– a multi-million dollar initiative to support children and youth.

Duration:00:51:02

What’s up with California’s High Speed Rail? | Disability Film Festival ‘Superfest’ at Sac Public Library

1/25/2024
The head of California’s High Speed Rail project joins us. Also, CalMatters shares how the massive transportation project could reshape the Central Valley. Finally, the Sacramento Public Library hosts the disability film festival “Superfest.” What’s up with California’s High Speed Rail? California’s High Speed Rail project has been the source of public scrutiny for years thanks to budget-busting financial overruns, mismanagement and delays. Just a few weeks ago, the Biden administration pumped another $3 billion into the project, which won’t be ready for another several years, and that’s just Phase 1 from Bakersfield to Merced. Today on Insight, we take a deep dive into the high speed rail with CEO Brian Kelly. Plus, we are joined with CalMatters’ Commentary Editor, Yousef Baig with his reporting on how high-speed rail could help re-shape the future of the Central Valley. Disability Film Festival ‘Superfest’ at Sac Public Library It is the longest running disability festival in the world, and this weekend will be landing in Sacramento. Cara Latham, Supervisor of the Ella K McClatchy branch of the Sacramento Public Library, joins us about the 5th annual Sacramento Superfest happening Sunday, Jan. 28 from 3pm to 6pm. We’re also joined by Shaina Ghuraya, the co-director of Superfest, about the cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex and engaging lens that prioritizes access for disabled filmgoers of all kinds.

Duration:00:49:45

Newsom Sacks Bill Limiting Youth Tackle Football | Remembering Late Councilmember Lauren Hammond | McGeorge Law School Celebrates 100 Years

1/24/2024
Gov. Newsom said he will veto a bill that would limit youth tackle football. Also, remembering the late Sacramento Councilmember Lauren Hammond. Finally, McGeorge School of Law is celebrating its centennial. Newsom Sacks Bill Limiting Youth Tackle Football CapRadio Healthcare Reporter Kate Wolffe updates a bill that would limit youth tackle football over concerns that it could lead to chronic brain injuries. The legislation was authored by Democratic Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, who is also a Sacramento mayoral candidate. It sparked passionate debate about safety and parental rights. But the bill has been stopped in its tracks. Gov. Newsom has said he would veto the legislation if it passed the State Legislature. Kate explains why McCarty has said he will not move forward with the bill. Remembering Late Councilmember Lauren Hammond A pioneering Sacramento leader has passed away. Former City Councilmember Lauren Hammond, the first Black woman elected to the governing body, died last Thursday at the age of 68. State Sen. Angelique Ashby, current District 8 Councilmember Mai Vang, and former Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo join Insight for a remembrance of Hammond, who was not only a trailblazing leader, but also an influential mentor. McGeorge Law School Celebrates 100 Years Sacramento’s McGeorge School of Law is celebrating its centennial this year. The school, which started as a one-room night school in downtown Sacramento in 1924, has grown to become one of California’s premiere law schools. Joining us today on Insight is Michael Hunter Schwartz, dean of the McGeorge Law School, who was recently named as one of the country’s most influential people in legal education.

Duration:00:49:20

Cal State Faculty Union Ends Strike | CA Homebuying Assistance Program | First Senate Debate Analysis | Mira Loma Student Selected in Prestigious Science Competition

1/23/2024
Cal State faculty union ends strike. Also, California launches a new homebuyer assistance program. Plus, analysis from the first CA Senate debate. Finally, a Mira Loma student is selected for the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search. Cal State Faculty Union Ends Strike Less than 24 hours after Cal State faculty began a weeklong strike across its 23 campuses, the California Faculty Association and California State University system reached a tentative agreement. EdSource Higher Education Reporter Ashley Smith returns to Insight to discuss the end of the historic systemwide strike for the CSU system. CA Homebuying Assistance Program California ranks near the bottom of home ownership in America. Now, the state is re-launching a program to make it easier for people to get a first-time homebuyer loan. The California Dream for All was so successful that it unintentionally left many of the people it was designed to help, unable to land an affordable loan. This Spring, the program will relaunch with a few tweaks to help get the money where it is meant to to go. Felicia Mello is a California Divide reporter for CalMatters and joins us with the new changes and how the updated rules might impact the chance of getting accepted into this coveted down payment assistance program. CalMatters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, newsroom that partners with public media stations across the state. First Senate Debate Analysis POLITICO Senior Political Reporter Melanie Mason provides analysis after co-moderating the first debate for California Senate candidates that included Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff, Katie Porter and Barbara Lee and Republican Steve Garvey in Los Angeles Monday night. Mira Loma Student Selected in Prestigious Science Competition The Regeneron Science Talent Search is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious math and science competition, recognizing 300 high school students around the world every year for their original research. This year’s STS cohort includes a local talent from Mira Loma High School, senior Hari Srikanth. He joins Insight to talk about his interest in research, and his project focused on helping people escape from a burning structure.

Duration:00:50:04

Cal State Faculty Strike | Museum Spotlights Women in Lowriding | Latin Backpacking Food

1/22/2024
Cal State faculty go on strike across 23 campuses, including Sac State. Also, a new auto exhibit celebrates women in lowriding. Finally, Sacramento-based Latin backpacking food company will start selling at REI stores. Cal State Faculty Strike Back to school means back to the picket line for thousands of faculty at all of California State University system’s 23 campuses, including Sacramento State. The planned, five-day strike is the first systemwide strike in CSU’s history as the union representing 29,000 professors, lecturers, and other staff demands a 12% pay increase including other benefits. CapRadio’s Mike Hagerty joins us with a live report on how the strike is impacting classes for students on the Sac State campus. We’re also joined by EdSource Higher Education Reporter Ashley Smith for more context on the back-and-forth negotiations with CSU. Museum Spotlights Women in Lowriding A new exhibit at the California Automobile Museum is highlighting the connection between women and lowriding culture, and just held its grand opening ceremony this weekend. Titled Rucas y Carruchas: Ladies in Lowriders, the display features a variety of custom cars, artwork and more, and runs until April 2024 . Exhibits manager ShaVolla Rodriguez and her daughter Nayeli Rodriguez talk about how this exhibit came about, their own connections to lowriding and car culture, and how Rucas y Carruchas celebrates this group of drivers, builders, designers and owners. Latin Backpacking Food If you’ve been backpacking, you can appreciate when the time comes to plop down with a hot meal on the trail. Dehydrated pouches have come a long way, and a Sacramento kitchen is putting its own spin on backpacking comfort food with a Latin twist. Martha Y Díaz is the founder of the Latin backpacking food company Itacate, which will start selling at REI stores.

Duration:00:50:04

Why Does the Iowa Caucus Still Matter? | Folsom Biotech Company Works on Cancer Treatments and Cures | Sacramento Nonprofit for First Time Homebuyers

1/18/2024
The history of the Iowa caucuses and its role in setting the course for the general election. Also, a Folsom biotech company works on new treatments and cures for serious diseases. Finally, a new Sacramento nonprofit aims to help first-time homebuyers. Why Does the Iowa Caucus Still Matter? Former President Donald Trump is coming off a decisive win in Iowa, even causing two of his challengers to drop out. Next week, voters in New Hampshire head to the polls where Trump may face a more challenging electorate. But both of these states are small in population, and far from reflect the diversity of the state. So why are they so important? Today on Insight, political strategist and former deputy chief of staff for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rob Stutzman, joins us to dissect the role Iowa and New Hampshire play in setting the course for the general election in November. We’ll also examine the history of the Iowa caucuses and why the winner doesn’t always become the nominee. Folsom Biotech Company Works on Cancer Treatments and Cures A biotechnology research center in Sacramento County is working to speed up advancements for new treatments and cures for patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious conditions– in some instances, offering an alternative to chemotherapy, or even preventing a disease in the first place. Cate Spears is the CEO & Founder of CGT Global. Based in Folsom, the name stands for “Cell & Gene Therapies,” which works to expedite medical research and broaden patient access to life-changing therapies. Sacramento Nonprofit for First Time Homebuyers Becoming a homeowner opens the door to building generational wealth and providing a sense of security. But enduring high home values, interest rates, and a lack of housing stock can make it intimidating to take the first step. A new nonprofit called Sac Club 100 is helping first-time homebuyers navigate the challenges of the current market. Founder and real estate broker Keisha “Kee” Mathews talks about how the organization is making homeownership more inclusive and equitable, and also provides tips for first-time homebuyers.

Duration:00:49:51

Rep. Harder on PG&E Rate Hikes | Kennedy High School’s New EV Pilot Program | Sacramento’s Community Ambassadors Program

1/17/2024
Rep. Josh Harder challenges ongoing PG&E rate hikes. Also, a Sac City high school is among the first in the state to be part of an EV technician pilot program. Finally, how the city of Sacramento’s Community Ambassadors Program works. Rep. Harder on PG&E Rate Hikes As PG&E customers get ready for the sticker shock of their January bill, they may be wondering if there will ever be an end in sight to rising utility rates, which the utility giant says is needed for safety upgrades. Today on Insight, we welcome Congressman Josh Harder to discuss what can be done on a federal level to stave off future rate hikes and if there is a legislative fix to the continuous increases in recent years. High School’s New EV Pilot Program California is planning for a greener transportation future, with all new cars sold from 2035 onward required to be zero-emission. Since the start of the new year, a groundbreaking pilot program at John F. Kennedy High School is preparing students for future careers as electric and hybrid vehicle technicians. CapRadio Education Reporter Srishti Prabha explains how this Sac City Unified school is among the first in the state to be part of this inaugural pilot program. We’re also joined by JB Polanco who is the automotive pathway instructor at Kennedy High. Sacramento’s Community Ambassadors Program Sacramento’s Community Ambassadors program will soon announce the members of its 2024-2025 cohort. Sacramento Community Engagement Manager Lynette Hall and community ambassador Juan Carlos Ruiz Guajardo provide a deeper look at how ambassadors build multicultural bridges between Sacramento’s many communities, and how the program helps spread important information, resources, and opportunities.

Duration:00:50:04

SCOTUS Homelessness Camping Case | PPIC on Retail Theft and Robbery Rates in California | Black American Folk Musician Jake Blount at The Sofia

1/16/2024
Supreme Court to hear a case that could change homeless encampment sweeps. Also, the PPIC discusses retail theft and robbery rates. Finally, Black American folk musician Jake Blount to perform at The Sofia. SCOTUS Homelessness Camping Case Last Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could change existing restrictions on criminalizing homelessness and sweeping encampments in western states - including California. CalMatters Homelessness Reporter Marisa Kendall breaks down both the new case and current precedent, and what the high court’s ruling could mean for both cities and people who are unhoused across the state. CalMatters is a nonprofit newsroom that is a content sharing partner with public media stations across the state. PPIC on Retail Theft and Robbery Rates in California Since the pandemic, California’s crime rate has dominated news headlines– from a reported increase in violent crime, retail theft and robberies in many of the state’s largest counties. But when you look at the data, gauging that increase – or whether there is even an increase at all – largely depends on what year you use as a comparison. Overall, although violent crime has trended upward in recent years, it still remains drastically below the peak in the 1990s. And there is a similar caveat with retail thefts and robberies. Shoplifting, commercial burglaries and robberies in California have jumped since 2020. But when you narrow in on the 15 largest counties, some have actually experienced a drop during the same time period. So it’s complicated. Magnus Lofstrom is the Policy Director of Criminal Justice as well as a Senior Fellow at the PPIC, and joins us with more about the nuance within crime data. Black American Folk Musician Jake Blount at The Sofia is an Afrofuturist folk musician and ethnomusicology PhD student who is a scholar of Black American folk with a focus on the profound ways African Americans have shaped and defined roots music and Americana. Jake will be performing at The Sofia on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. You can watch his NPR “Tiny Desk” performance here.

Duration:00:50:04

Palisades Avalanche and Snow Update | California’s Budget Shortfall Outlook | Opera Modesto’s Upcoming Performances

1/11/2024
Winter storm update, as well as avalanche risks and terrain around Tahoe Basin. Also, how Gov. Newsom plans to close California’s $38 billion budget shortfall. Finally, Opera Modesto’s new production of Sherlock Holmes and Jack and the Beanstalk. Palisades Avalanche and Snow Update On Wednesday morning, an avalanche struck on the slope of Palisades Tahoe Resort. The avalanche occurred on the slopes under the KT-22 lift on its opening day, killing one skier, injuring another and catching two more in the slide. Brian Hickey is a longtime reporter and traffic anchor at KCRA, and also a lifelong backcountry adventurer in the Sierra. He joins Insight to discuss the avalanche risks and terrain around Tahoe. And Dr. Andrew Schwartz, Lead Scientist and Manager of UC Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab, provides an update on snowfall in the region after the recent spate of storms. California’s Budget Shortfall Outlook Gov. Gavin Newsom detailed how California plans to close a budget shortfall. Gov. Newsom’s Department of Finance projects a $38 billion deficit, which is far less than the $68 billion that was projected late last year by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). CapRadio State Politics Reporter Nicole Nixon walks us through the budget adjustments the governor’s office plans to make. We also have the perspective of Wayne Winegarden, a Senior Fellow for Business and Economics at the Pacific Research Institute - which works to advance free-market solutions. Opera Modesto’s Upcoming Performances ’s latest production is a modern twist on two classic fairy tales. This weekend, the opera presents the professional world premiere of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant,” an operatic mashup of “Jack and the Beanstalk and Sherlock Holmes.” The production is slated for full-length two-act performances this weekend, then Opera Modesto will take the show on the road to five community theaters in three counties and over 4,000 students. Joining us today are Opera Modesto General Director Roy Stevens, Composer Evan Meier, and Librettist E.M. Lewis to discuss the production and the outreach program to regional schools.

Duration:00:48:06