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Sacramento State's Theater Department celebrates its 50th anniversary with the opening production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." It was the first play staged by the department in 1956. Cast members perform a scene live in our studio. Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft tells you about his new book, "Never Again: Securing America and Restoring Justice." As the housing market cools, home owners are trying different ways of selling their homes. Are auctions a viable...
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Filmmaker Ken Burns fills you in on his next PBS documentary. It's about World War II and includes interviews with many Sacramentans. You can hear Ken Burns speak as part of the Sacramento Speakers Series at 8 p.m. April 24, 2007, at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. Information: (866) 773-2535. Some researchers feel existing patents must be broken if key stem cell research is to flourish. You'll learn about the challenges of patenting things that live and change from local...
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Chris Lehane - The Sacramento City Council will look at some new financing options for building a sports and entertainment complex downtown tonight. These proposals include selling city selling city-owned parking to private companies and taking advantage of a federal law that attracts foreign investment by offering visas to investors and their families. We'll talk with the executive director of the Think Big arena task force, Chris Lehane, to see how much money these proposals are expected to...
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Election Results and Analysis - Capital Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler joins us with results of this year's general election. We'll also speak with some of the winning candidates in Sacramento area races Polling vs. Results - The results are in (for the most part)! Now it's time to step back and compare the results from this year's general election with the polling numbers we heard leading up to this week. President and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California Mark...
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News Network: Stockton - The residents of Stockton have shown their frustration with elected officials at the voting booths. They voted out the city's mayor and two of three city council members up for reelection. Here to discuss this and other election upheavals in the region is Stockton Record Columnist Michael Fitzgerald. A Culinary History of Thanksgiving - Almost everything about Thanksgiving, including the menu, has changed since Pilgrims shared a feast with Native Americans in 1621...
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Privatizing Parking - Privatizing Sacramento's public parking is expected to generate between $170 to $245 million. Privatizing parking is an effective way for the city to get cash quickly, but will it pay off in the long run? We'll speak with a reporter from Chicago who tells us what his city did wrong when it privatized public parking spaces. Sacramento's assistant city manager, John Dangberg, tells us how privatized parking will be different in California's capitol city. News Network:...
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Prop 20 & 27 - Many propositions are on the upcoming November ballot in California and as we continue our election covereage, we take a look at Propositions 20 and 27. Prop. 20 would remove elected representatives from the process of establishing congressional districts and transfers that authority to a recently-authorized 14-member redistricting commission comprised of Democrats, Republicans, and respresentatives of neither party. Prop. 27 would eliminate the 14-member redistricting...
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Succeeding in Sacramento - With so much technology money and talent just down the road in the Bay Area, what does it take for a tech company to thrive in Sacramento? Today on Insight, we'll talk about that with Meg Arnold, CEO of SARTA; Michele Wong, President and CEO of Synergex International Corporation; and Jeff Gray, CEO of Glue Networks. Terry McMillan - Author Terry McMillan, best known for her novel "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" is bringing her new novel to Sacramento....
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Thanksgiving Travel - Holiday travel dropped off during the recession but has been making a slow recovery during the past four years. This Thanksgiving you can expect to find more people on the roadways but less at the airports. Dropping gas prices might be a factor. We'll take a look at how travel trends this holiday week are different than past years with two different travel experts. Plus, Capital Public Radio's Regional Reporter Bob Moffitt joins us from the Sacramento airport's main...
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Weather Update - A big storm continues to move through our region, closing Highway 80 in the Sierra in both directions this morning due to poor visibility and soaking the valley with a couple inches of rain. Today on Insight, we'll get an update on all the activity and what to expect this weekend from Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne. Scot Miller - The 100th anniversary of the publication of John Muir's classic "My First Summer in the Sierra" is this April. We'll talk about Muir and...
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The Wipe Out Gene - In Tapachula, Mexico researchers are testing a genetically engineered strain of mosquitoes designed to wipe out disease-carrying native mosquitoes. But there are no international regulations of genetically modified organisms, and experts worry scientists are being too quick to introduce GM insects into foreign countries with lax regulations, which may cause a worldwide backlash against this type of research. The Blind Boys of Alabama - We'll talk with some of the members of...
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Today you'll meet two Sacramento blues legends, Charlie Baty and Rick Estrin, better known as Little Charlie and the Nightcats. This month is their 30th anniversary playing together. Today they play live and unplugged on Insight. NPR's president Kevin Klose joins us in studio to talk about what's ahead for public radio. We'll also ask him about an unexpected profession he held before taking the reigns of public radio's biggest network.
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The fifth anniversary of 9/11 is upon us. Today on Insight, you’ll hear from two local firefighters who worked at Ground Zero after the attacks. You'll meet former Major Eric Egland, a Roseville man and Air Force veteran who blogged about his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. He tell you about his experiences and about the new book he contributed to called "The Blog of War."
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Against AB 499 - AB 499 would let girls 12 years old and older get access to the HPV vaccine without their parents'consent. Sacramento Bee columnist Margaret Bengs, and Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, Ned Dolejsi, tell us why they're opposed to the bill. Foster youth Education - A new report by The California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership shows that foster children unsurprisingly lag behind other children in education performance and achievement. We'll speak...
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The number of elderly inmates in California's prison system is expected to more than triple by the year 2022. Experts join Jeffrey to talk about what needs to be done to care for senior prisoners. Deputy French Consul Pierre Mattot visits Insight to speak about the Middle East, nuclear expansion in Iran, and relations between France and the United States.
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Looking for an alternative to mainstream radio? Today on Insight, you’ll learn about low-power FM radio stations, why they started and how they serve their communities. Also, you’ll hear from a local man whose pirate radio station was recently shut down. (repeat - 9/6/06)
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Looking for an alternative to mainstream radio? Today on Insight, you’ll learn about low-power FM radio stations, why they started and how they serve their communities. Also, you’ll hear from a local man whose pirate radio station was recently shut down.
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"Democracy Now!" host Amy Goodman is speaking in Sacramento this weekend. Today on Insight, the award-winning journalist tells you about her latest book, "Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders and the People Who Fight Back." What are "knockout" mice and why did UC Davis receive a grant to create them? Neal Conan "Talk of the Nation" host Neal Conan tells you about reading poetry in Reno.
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Host Jeffrey Callison moderates a roundtable discussion on the propositions California voters will face on next month's special election ballot. Find out what the propositions mean, and how each could impact you.
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With a recent airline tragedy in the news, host Jeffrey Callison speaks to air travel experts about what you need to know the next time you sit in an emergency exit row when you fly. This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of the A-bomb attack on Hiroshima. Jeffrey speaks with former Sacramento mayor Ann Rudin, who, during her term, supported a US nuclear freeze, and visited Hiroshima. Also, local author and former Army intelligence officer David Dionisi talks about nuclear threats on our own...
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A stage play from our region on the life of the first woman elected to Congress opens soon off Broadway. Playwright and actress Jeanmarie Simpson, and other actors from the play, join host Jeffrey Callison to talk about the production, and the life and work of Jeanette Rankin. Liberal talk show host Al Franken joins Jeffrey to talk about his political aspirations and what's ahead for the Air America radio network. Jeffrey's interview with Al Franken was originally broadcast on May 11th.
Topics: Jeanmarie Simpson, Jeanette Rankin, Al Franken, Air America, KXJZ, Sacramento Public Radio
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The head of clinical programs at UC Davis Medical Center, as well as an immunologist and toxicologist, update you on progress toward understanding and treating Autism. Eppie's Great Race, a triathlon billed as the world's oldest, takes place this weekend in our area. This is its 33rd year. Founder Eppie Johnson, as well as first-time and veteran participants, tell you what challenges they expect to face. Local cycling writer James Raia is on the scene at the Tour de France. You'll hear a live...
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Be Brave Bold Robot - Indie folk-pop group Be Brave Bold Robot has a new record coming out called "Take a Deep Breath." Today on Insight, the band is especially known for the distinctive lyrics of leader, singer and songwriter Dean Haakenson. Advice Goddess - Advice columnist and author Amy Alkon is on a campaign against "Me! Me! Me!" It's the subject of her book "I See Rude People: One Woman's Battle to Beat Some Manners into Impolite Society." The Spokes -...
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Decisions of great consequence, often matters of life and death, are decided by juries. Host Jeffrey Callison speaks with a judge, a jury consultant, lawyers, and other experts about how juries are selected, what goes on in deliberations, and what you should know before you serve. We'll also hear recent recommendations to improve the jury system.
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Best Of Insight 2015: Author Interviews
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Bennet Omalu On Being The 'Concussion' Doctor Dr. Bennet Omalu is the forensic pathologist who discovered a new disease named Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. He is the central character in a the movie "Concussion" which opens Christmas Day and stars Will Smith. Ginger Rutland Shares Stories About Her Mother, Eva It's Sacramento in 1952 and you're the first black family on your block. Come cry and laugh with the Rutlands in, "When We Were Colored," a play by Ginger...
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Best Of Insight: Science Interviews 2015
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Best of Insight 2014 - Authors Includes authors Patricia Shultz, "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" Tim Rymel, "Going Gay" Paula Treick DeBoard, "The Fragile World" and "The Mourning Hours" Ken White, "Getaway Day"
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Bill Champlin, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and leader of the legendary Bay Area funk and jazz band The Sons of Champlin, joins host Jeffrey Callison to perform live and talk about the band's forthcoming CD. The Sons of Champlin perform April 29 and 30, 7:30 pm, at the 24th Street Theatre in Sacramento. 916-457-7553 You won't believe the things people try to get away with. Joseph Decker was a Special Investigator for the State Farm Insurance Company in Los Angeles, and a supervisor at State...
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's plans for a set of public works bonds on June's ballot were dashed last night. Capital Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief Marianne Russ tells you how it happened, and what it all means. A new survey shows a majority of people feel open public records and meetings keep government honest. Today experts tell you if open government really does equal good government, and where California could improve. Are administrator salaries in the California State University...
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The 2006 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee begins this Friday. Today you'll meet Matt Perrine of Bonerama, the New Orleans based brass band headlining the event. He's originally from Sacramento. You'll also hear Matt's wife Debbie recount her harrowing evacuation from New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina struck. Bonerama perfoms at 9:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Firehouse Lot in Old Sacramento. The KXJZ stations broadcast live from the Jubilee 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Sunday. Paddling expert...
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Today you'll hear British parliament member Ann Cryer talk about human rights and the "special" British-American relationship. Cryer will deliver lectures on these topics this week at University of the Pacific. Political campaigner and Washington lobbyist Michael Berman gives a candid first person account of life as an overweight man. He's author of the book "LIVING LARGE: A Big Man's Ideas on Weight, Success, and Acceptance." Five young singers have been selected as winners...
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Jeffrey Callison speaks with experts about traffic congestion in the Sacramento region, and the debate over building another bridge that would cross the American River. Jeffrey also speaks with National Public Radio's Executive Vice President about NPR programming, and what's ahead for the network. Thanks to WMUB in Oxford, Ohio for their help with today's program.
Topics: Building Bridges, traffic, Ken Stern, national public radio, KXJZ, Sacramento Public Radio
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It's been two years since the recall election. Today host Jeffrey Callison is joined by KQED's Sacramento Bureau Chief John Meyers, Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Weintraub, and KCRA anchor and reporter Kevin Riggs, for a roundtable discussion on the highs and lows of Governor Schwarzenegger's term in office. Also, from the Insight archives: Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante reflects on the recall election. Jack Lynn, a 60-year veteran English actor of stage and screen, reminisces about the...
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The Christ Unity Church concert: "Unforgettable: A concert of band and swing music" happens Saturday. This is the full story the way it was meant to be heard on the July 28th Insight
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California Governor's Mansion Will there ever be a new California Governor's mansion? Key players join guest host Mike Montgomery to tell us where we stand and what it will take. Become a Writer! Have you ever thought about becoming a food or travel writer? Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction, and More, is our guest. She has the inside story about what it takes and how it works. New Sacramento State...
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Capital Public Radio brings you live coverage of Gov. Jerry Brown's annual State of the State coverage. Listen to the speech at 9 a.m., then stay tuned for reaction and analysis hosted by Beth Ruyak with Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler, analyst Steve Swatt, political consultants Beth Miller and Jason Kinney and the "Political Junkie" Ken Rudin.
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Two recent reports have criticized California's prison system. Today we continue our prison series with experts who tell you what the governor and the legislature plan to do to fix things. Also, a cancer drug made by South San Francisco-based Genentech, Inc. is being used to prevent blindness. Find out why Genentech is not supporting clinical trials.
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California appoints guardians, known as conservators, for those who can't manage their personal affairs. Critics say unscrupulous conservators can mismanage assets, or even steal from their wards. Experts tell you what can and should be done. A local program provides pretend patients for doctors in training. Today you'll hear from an instructor, actor, and student in the UC Davis Simulated Patient Program.
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California's Legislative Session Ends - Friday wasn't just the first day of a long holiday weekend, it was the final day of California's two-year legislative session, and lawmakers were scrambling to beat the midnight deadline. Senate President Pro-tem Darrell Steinberg and Republican Senator Ted Gaines join us to explain the successes and failures of the legislature this session. News Network - The Republican National Convention is over and the GOP has solidified its platform and confirmed its...
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Capitol Chat: Barbara Boxer's Retirement: CapRadio's Washington Correspondent Matt Laslo will explain potential impacts from Sen. Barbara Boxer's announcement that she's retiring after this term. Backcountry Demo Event To Highlight Ski Safety: Insight ventures into the Sierra backcountry for some tips on safety and equipment. Where Do Sacramento's Chefs Eat? We have a conversation with Stephanie Towne Benoit, a Sactown Magazine writer, who asked 25 local chefs where they eat. Dimitri Keriotis'...
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Yikes! A festival dedicated to b-movies is coming to Sacramento. Find out what you can expect to see from the producer and hosts of this year's Trash Film Orgy. We'll have sound clips from some of the worst! "This is these guy's gig" Allen Ginsberg once said these words to a camera-wielding man hoping to join a photo session with Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and Michael McClure in what is now San Francisco's Jack Kerouac Alley. Youâll hear this story and others from the guy whose gig it was....
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Pianist Christopher O'Riley, host of public radio's From the Top, joins Jeffrey to talk about his own transcriptions of the rock band Radiohead. This segment of Insight originally aired September 21, 2005. Former Botswana President Ketumile Masire joins host Jeffrey Callison to speak about Africa's social, economic and political development, and his country's problem with HIV and AIDS. President Masire rose from the common ranks to co-found the Botswana Democratic Party in 1962. Masire served...
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A new bill urges the State Board of Education and local school boards to increase emphasis on civic education in California's public schools. Host Jeffrey Callison speaks with experts about the role of civic education in our schools and the bill that proposes to legislate it.
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Prices at the pump are close to all time highs and gasoline emissions are harmful to the environment. Is it time to invest more in renewable bio-fuels? Today experts tell you about the latest efforts in our region to produce clean energy and if clean energy could be a booming business sector of California's economy.
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Does California have the right to impose clean-air standards on coal plants in other states? Some policymakers want to do just that. Jeffrey Callison speaks with experts from government and industry. Jeffrey speaks with Dr. Rudy Pearson, a history professor at American River College, about black history in northern California, from the Gold Rush to today.
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Jeffrey speaks with Dr. Frederick Pratt of Davis, a local plastic surgeon who travels the world fixing cleft lips. If you just fell off the turnip truck, don't worry, Sacramento State professor of linguistics and ethnic studies, Alexandre Kimenyi, comes to the defense of cliches. Modesto's population continues to grow, but school enrollment is down. Jeffrey speaks with Don Gatti, Stanislaus County's Assistant Superintendent for Business, to find out why.
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On the eve of the Pride festival in San Francisco, comic Marilyn Pittman speaks with host Jeffrey Callison about the state of gay comedy. The Sacramento County divorce rate is an astonishing 78%, nearly 30% above the national average. Jeffrey speaks with experts about why so many Sacramento marriages end in divorce.
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The chair for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting thinks public TV and radio have a liberal bias. Is he right? And if so, is he right to try and change it? A panel of experts join host Jeffrey Callison to answer the question. A new report by the Public Policy Institute of California finds more than 40% of California's youth are the children of immigrants. The report's co-author, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, discusses the findings with Jeffrey.
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With the growing popularity of search engines and social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, there's more and more information about us on the Internet. Is that a good thing? Today on Insight you'll hear from experts about the possible problems of having too much personal information online and what you can do to protect your privacy. The comedian and host of "Real Time with Bill Maher" is coming to Sacramento this weekend. You'll hear him first on Insight.
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A pilot project in Sacramento proposes a new program for dealing with drunk drivers. Jeffrey speaks about the concept with a doctor, a lawmaker, a police officer, and other experts. Host Jeffrey Callison speaks with Fresh Air's TV critic, David Bianculli. David will speak at the Summer Writers' Conference.
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The man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, the U.S. military's account of activities during the Vietnam War, to the New York Times is speaking at the annual dinner of Physicians for Social Responsibility in Sacramento this weekend. Today on Insight, Daniel Ellsberg talks about his experience as a social activist. Plus Dr. Harry Wang tells you what the Physicians for Social Responsibility is all about. Actor Ed Asner tells you about the clean money initiative. Local author Chris Enss tells you...
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Sacramento news anchors Dave Walker and Lois Hart hosted CNN's first broadcast 25 years ago today. Host Jeffrey Calison speaks with Dave and Lois about pioneering the world's first all-news cable network. Longtime traffic reporter and Sacramento radio personality Commander Bill Eveland retired in February 2005. He brought Sacramentans traffic reports on KFBK and its sister FM combo (KAER then KGBY) since 1979. Commander Bill's live reports from the cockpit of a black Cessna 177 (the Blackbird)...
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David Mas Masumoto, a third-generation San Joaquin Valley farmer, ruminates on the nature of growing grapes and peaches, and saving a way of life, in his memoir "Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm." This segment of Insight originally aired October 6, 2005. Anything goes in "Anton in Show Business," when a self-absorbed television actress, an off-off-Broadway thespian, and a naive theater novice come together in a doomed run of a Chekhov play in Texas. Two...
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From voter registration to the reliability of electronic balloting, experts tell you about the challenges of getting to Election Day. Our guests include a registrar, an electronic voting expert, California's Secretary of State, a state senator, and activists.
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Host Jeffrey Callison talks with Dr. Gino Strada, founder and chief surgeon of Emergency, a humanitarian organization that provides medical services in war-ravaged parts of the globe. With 10 hospitals and dozens of first aid posts and clinics, Emergency has brought health care to hundreds of thousands of war victims. Their patients tend to be mostly civilian. Jeffrey Callison speaks with members of the ad-hoc group CalClarity. CalClarity aims to raise awareness of a California law that...
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Dr. Husain Siddiqui joins host Jeffrey Callison to speak about how countries in Asia are dealing with gender and religion in new ways. Dr. Siddiqui is a professor of social work at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi. Harriet and Anne Sacramento State music professor Deborah Pittman never imagined that her idea for a play inspired by two of history's great women - Anne Frank and Harriet Tubman - and their personal struggles against racism, would become a reality on the New York stage....
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Thirty-eight percent of California voters are expected to cast their ballots today. We'll turn to KXJZ News and area registrars for updates on turnout and other news during voting hours. Citrus Heights resident Mary Youngblood won a 2003 GRAMMY for Best Native American Music Album with her CD "Beneath the Raven Moon". Her newest CD, "Dance With The Wind", has just been released. Hear Youngblood play her flute live on today's Insight. Elk Grove percussionist Michael Bayard...
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Employers have a surprising amount of information at their fingertips about the people who work for them, and the people who want to work for them. Experts tell you how access to public records benefits the workplace, and where employers should draw the line. Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore tells you about global warming and offers policymakers advice that breaks with many environmentalists.
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The history of California's aggressive eugenic sterilization program is revealed in a new exhibit at Sacramento State. Host Jeffrey Callison speaks with University of Virginia Professor Paul Lombardo, an expert on California eugenics, and the exhibit's designer, UC Davis Associate Professor Kathryn Sylva. An award winning, autobiographical play that tells of one man's struggle to step out of his father's shadow, comes to the Sacramento area. Actor Michael Philip Edwards joins Jeffrey to talk...
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The Davis Senior High School Madrigal singers are about to compete in an important festival: the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. Then they'll tour parts of Europe. The chorus sings live for you today. Did you know the 2005 U.S. Banjo Bluegrass Champion is from our area? You'll hear Brian Anderson play his banjo in studio on today's Insight.
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Today on Insight, you’ll hear Rebecca Plack, a soprano who studies historical changes in the way people sing. Japanese Taiko drum group Shidara is coming to Sacramento this weekend. You’ll hear them perform and you’ll meet a local woman who trains and plays with the group.
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Rancho Cordova-based Vision Service Plan dispatched mobile vision clinics to Louisiana to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Today you'll meet an eye doctor and a city councilman from New Orleans. They are in Sacramento to recognize VSP for their service. Sacramento-raised essayist Richard Rodriguez talks with Jeffrey. You'll also hear singer-songwriter Hans York perform live.
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Will a bullet train ever link San Francisco and Los Angeles? Jeffrey Callison speaks with Mehdi Morshed, Executive Director of the California High Speed Rail Authority. Sue Mingus The widow of jazz legend Charles Mingus talks about her husband's legacy, and how she works to keep his music alive. Tavia Morris, a dance instructor from Sacramento, is in her second year as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. We'll find out what it's like to cheer for "America's Team", and what it takes to make...
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One of the world's top Celtic musicians lives in Nevada City. Today you'll hear Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, along with cellist Natalie Haas, live in our studio with music and conversation. What do you do when McClatchy doesn't want to buy you? San Jose journalists have started a campaign called Save the Merc.
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PolitiFact California Fact-Checks TV Campaign Ads PolitiFact California Reporter Chris Nichols fact-checks new political ads from Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang. Journalism Instructor And Former Sacramento Bee Writer Reflects On Changing Media Landscape Stephen Magagnini, a journalist and teacher who was laid off from The Bee last month, discusses his work covering diversity and the challenges facing young reporters in the age of...
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The President of Freedom from Hunger, a non-profit in Davis, tells you about a million dollar grant the group received from the Nike Foundation to aid girls in India. California sushi chefs converge on Sacramento on Monday for an "Iron Chef"-style competition hosted by the California Rice Commission. Chef and competitor Taka Watanabe of Taka's in Fair Oaks tells you all about it. You’ll hear from local opera singer Malcolm MacKenzie – he’s in Sacramento Opera’s upcoming...
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A proposition in November's special election ballot could have big impact on the way funding levels for public schools are determined. Experts join Jeffrey Callison to talk about the challenges school budgets face in California, and how much money they really need.
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Have gas prices and traffic got you down? Today on Insight a Davis company that's developing a flying car! Also, experts tell you about how new technologies like ethanol and electricity could change the way we drive, but which is more likely?
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Texas hold'em might be Hollywood's game of choice these days, but for gambling expert John Marchel, nothing beats blackjack. Host Jeffrey Callison talks with John about the subtleties of cards and other games. Northern Californians talk about their work teaching the practice of democracy abroad with the International Republican Institute.
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A new report reveals women increasingly outnumber men in college enrollment in California. Experts tell you why, and what - if anything - should be done about it. A new survey reveals how people in our region feel about government policies intended to combat terrorism. A local widow describes her effort to convince the military to allow a religious symbol on her husband's headstone.
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Your genetic makeup can reveal important information about your future health. Host Jeffrey Callison speaks with policy, medical and privacy experts about how this information is used, and how it should be managed. UC Davis researchers have just completed a study examining the cancer risk posed by everyday exposures to asbestos fibers in naturally occurring geologic asbestos deposits. Jeffrey speaks with Marc B. Schenker, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences,...
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Most scientists are warning of the effects of global warming with increasing urgency. Today on Insight you'll learn how global warming impacts California and how the state is responding. You’ll also hear what you can do to reduce its impact. ... About our guest host: Douglas Everett is a practicing physician in Sacramento and Stockton. He hosts "Radio Parallax" on KDVS 90.3 FM Davis, Thursdays at 5 p.m.
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There’s no major league baseball team in Sacramento, but it’s still a baseball town. Today on Insight, the long history of baseball in California’s capital from the Sacramento Solons to the River Cats. It’s the subject of a new documentary on KVIE. You’ll hear an archive recording from a Sacramento Solons pitcher Tony Freitas. Plus, fans and experts tell you about former players and why so many Sacramentans love the game.
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