Summary: A daily, in-depth interview program providing context and background to the issues that face the Sacramento region.
It’s been nearly six months since California issued its shelter-in-place shutdown order on March 19. All areas of life have been impacted by the pandemic and continue to grapple with it, from schools and restaurants to our public health systems. Today on Insight, what we’ve learned since our initial lockdown due to COVID-19. Today's Guests UC Davis Health CEO and Human Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Dr. David Lubarsky navigates the six months since shutdown orders were rolled out in California and what they state has learned Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye on how the County is managing and stabilizing the spread of COVID-19 Elk Grove Unified School District Superintendent Christopher Hoffman discusses what the previous months have like for the District and how it’s planned out the school year Tahoe City's Mountain Slice Café and Creamery Co-Owner Alex Hunt checks-in with how his restaurant is managing During a pre-recorded segment, CapRadio Jazz Music Director Gary Vercelli speaks with Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Sacramento State University and Saxophonist Brian Landrus who specializes in teaching jazz improvisation and arranging.
Wildfires are raging across large regions of Oregon, Washington state, and California. Mass evacuations have been underway, with millions still at risk or facing serious health risks from inhaling smokey air quality. Today we'll talk about how to prepare, the health risks, and what to expect going forward. Today's Guests California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on how the state might regulate coverage live in Wildlands Urban Interface zones, and his new plan to protect consumers and stabilize insurance markets Sacramento National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Michelle Mead with the shortterm and longterm outlook of the wildfire season and forthcoming weather Sutter Roseville Medical Center pulmonologist and critical care physician and Sutter Valley Area Electronic ICU Medical Director Dr. Vanessa Walker discusses the compounding impacts and health effects of prolonged wildfire smoke CapRadio PolitiFact California Reporter Chris Nichols on the accuracy of several statements made by President Trump this week about climate change and forest management
Correction: On today's show, we misidentified the lead author of the mental health parity bill discussed on the show. State Sen. Scott Wiener is the lead author, and state Sen. Jim Beall is a principal co-author. The pandemic has been financially challenging for millions across the country. Bills are coming due and people having to pay large out-of-pocket fees as the importance of insurance has become even more pronounced amid record-setting wildfires. On Insight, we'll be looking at the different kinds of insurance, their value right now, and why it matters. Today's Guests New York Times Climate Reporter Christopher Flavelle explains how insurance companies might back out from covering fire-prone areas as wildfires are getting worse Forbes Advisor Insurance Analyst Jason Metz on car insurance in California and the impact of telematics, a new method that uses current technology to monitor your driving behavior CapRadio Healthcare Reporter Sammy Caiola mental health parity, mental health insurance laws, and what a parity law would mean for the state
The pandemic is transforming urban life. People have been fleeing cities for the suburbs and more affordable living as the infrastructure and social dynamics of larger areas continue to change. It comes as a new poll shows the financial toll COVID-19 has had on America’s four largest cities. The future of our cities and what life will look like after the pandemic. Today Guest's CapRadio Politics Reporter Nicole Nixon with the latest at the statehouse and President Trump’s visit to Sacramento Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University Director and California Planning & Development Report Editor-Publisher William ‘Bill’ Fulton growth in suburbs and exodus in cities, California, jobs, how the infrastructure is impacted/changing, urban housing, etc Zillow Economist Jeff Tucker navigates the impact of COVID-19 on real estate and what the housing market might look like after the pandemic Transportation planner, and equity strategist, and Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Principal and Director Naomi Doerner transit and city planning as a means to promote racial equity
Americans at the bottom of the economic ladder before the pandemic have been the hardest hit by the economic fallout. Congress is still in gridlock over congressional aid and millions continue to struggle amid historic unemployment. How COVID-19 is impacting those in the most difficult economic situations and what to expect going forward. Today's Guests Sacramento Bee State Politics Reporter Hannah Wiley explains the new California law signed last week to prevent an incoming wave of evictions Reno, Nevada-based CapRadio reporter and producer Bert Johnson checks-in on Nevada passing its COVID-19 eviction moratorium last week New York Times Washington bureau reporter Emily Cochrane on the status of congressional aid and future plans for relief Center for Workers' Rights Executive Director and Legal Aid at Work Special Counsel Daniela Urban navigates unemployment in California as the state begins processing new weekly payments to millions of unemployed residents Sacramento State University Finance Professor Sanjay Varshney on the state of the U.S. economy and its markets and what we might be able to expect going forward Sacramento Poor People's Campaign Organizer Faye Wilson Kennedy discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on those in the most difficult economic situations
Three of the four largest fires in California history are all burning at the same time. More than two million acres have already burned this year statewide with four months to go in California’s fire season. Insight takes a look at how much worse this record year could get and the impact of the destruction. Today's Guests Cal Fire Assistant Deputy Director Daniel Berlant with the latest updates on the ongoing California wildfires Valley Air District Director of Air Quality Science and Planning Jon Klassen on the historically poor air quality across the region California State Parks Santa Cruz District Senior Environmental Scientist Joanne Kerbavaz explains the wildfire destruction in the Big Basin in the Santa Cruz Mountains Center for Biological Diversity Conservation Director Brendan Cummings discusses the initiative to get the Joshua Tree protection under the state’s Endangered Species Act Retired U.S. Forest Service Urban Ecologist Paula Peper on the pushback against the State Capitol Annex project, which would result in sacrificing historic historic trees on the grounds
Protests and boycotts have been seen nationwide after Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin as he was walking to his car after trying to break up a fight. Four of the seven shots hit Blake and he is currently in the hospital in stable but critical condition. On Insight, we’ll discuss the protests, the use of police force and why some say you shouldn’t call the police for certain things. We’ll also check in with CapRadio’s PolitiFact reporter, Chris Nichols as well as a CapChat update from reporters Nicole Nixon and Scott Rodd. Guests Keon L. Gilbert, DrPH Associate Professor; Behavioral Science and Health Education at St. Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice. Co-Founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity. Berry Accuis, Voices of the Youth, Sacramento Jenavieve Hatch, Journalist, Huff Post Bob Erhlenbusch, Executive Director of the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness CapRadio PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols on Kamala Harris and the foreclosure crisis Cap Chat with CapRadio's Scott Rodd and Nicole Nixon
Transit in all forms has taken a sizable hit from the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 have had a widespread impact on people’s lives and how we get around. We take a closer look at the issue and how the pandemic has affected transit. Guests Business/tech reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle, Carolyn Said, explains why Uber and Lyft say they might suspend California service Director of Marketing at the Communications and Public Information for Sacramento Regional Transit District, Jessica Gonzalez, on why SacRT is adding service and how it's adjusted to COVID-19 Executive Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, Austin Brown, navigates commuting patterns and how they’ve evolved this year Special Projects Reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio and co-host of the ‘Derailed’ podcast, Bridgit Bowden, talks about her podcast covering high-speed rail Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg with the announcement that he’s planning to fast-track slow streets in the city Executive Director of Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, Debra Banks, checks-in on the state of bicycling in Sacramento and the challenges ahead
The coronavirus pandemic has already swept through cities and urban centers. Rural areas seemed immune at the onset, but that false sense of safety has ended as infection rates spike in rural communities across the country. Today on Insight, the challenges rural America faces amid the pandemic and how communities can prepare and respond. Guests Cal Matters education reporter, Ricardo Cano, on the reopening of schools in rural counties Kaiser Health News senior correspondent, Sarah Tribble, with how hospitals in rural areas are faring Los Angeles Times reporter, Ron Lin, explains why the coronavirus is impacting rural areas now CapRadio News Reporter Sarah Mizes-Tan checks-in with how farmworkers are faring amid COVID-19 and unhealthy air quality Editor of the Sierra Booster newspaper, Janice Buck, discusses lack of broadband internet access in rural areas and news deserts Branch manager for the Chester Branch of the Plumas County Library system, Lori Metcalf, on how the library has helped people stay connected through the pandemic
The 2020 Republican National Convention gets underway this week. Republicans will make the case for a second term for President Donald Trump, who’s expected to take part every night of the convention. The format will again be nearly all virtual, continuing the new experience with online conventions. We take a deep dive into the Republican National Convention today and what it means for California. Guests Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Menlo College in Atherton, Melissa Michelson, explains the importance of the Republican National Convention (RNC) and what it means to Election Day Republican Party of Sacramento County Chair, Betsy Mahan, explains what the convention’s messaging means for California Executive board member of the Butte County Democratic Party, David Welch, with his perspective on the convention as a democratic leader in a steadfast republican area
Extreme weather is sweeping across California. Record-breaking temperatures have baked residents and wildfires are raging throughout the state, leading to power outages and poor air quality from smoke and raining ash. Today on Insight, extreme weather, its connection to climate change, and how California can better prepare and respond. Guests Cal Fire Assistant Deputy Director Daniel Berlant with the latest on the wildfires raging across California CapRadio Environment Reporter Ezra David Romero checks-in on his field reporting covering the wildfire impact in Solano County Fire Scientist and professor at the University of California, Merced and former wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, Crystal Kolden, on the connection between the extreme weather California is experiencing, wildfires and climate change University of California Berkeley economics professor and Board member at the California Independent System Operator, Severin Borenstein, explains what the state could've been better prepared for the heat wave and subsequent power outages, and solutions going forward Pulmonologist and critical-care physician at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, and Medical Director of the Sutter Valley Area Electronic ICU, Dr. Vanessa Walker, talks about air quality issues from wildfire smoke and ash, and how to protect your lungs CapRadio Assistant Program Director and Modern Music Director, Nick Brunner, with some of favorite new music picks and a look at the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert
The world has been dealing with coronavirus for months with no end in sight. That means the social, financial, psychological and physical stressors stemming from the pandemic will continue, making self-care that much more important. But knowing what wellness means to you amid times like these is a challenge unto itself. We navigate how to prioritize self-care and get a handle on COVID-19 stressors. Guests Professional Beauty Federation of California Legal Counsel Fred Jones on the the push to fully open salons during the pandemic Starring By Ted Gibson owner Jason Backe explains the decision to reopen his salon against state guidelines Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Physician-in-Chief Dr. Rob Azevedo talks about the benefits of telehealth and a virtual doctor visit California Polytechnic State University Kinesiology and Public Health Professor Todd Hagobian navigates how the pandemic has impacted diet and exercise habits University of California Davis Medical Center assistant professor of medicine Dr. Michelle Dossett on the increased interest in mind-body techniques amid COVID-19 California State University, Chico Kinesiology Professor Cathrine Himberg discusses exercise during the pandemic and how to motivate yourself Writer and self-care expert Tresa Edmunds checks in on how to manage your physical and mental health You can find the latest updates from CapRadio on Northern California wildfires here.
Today on Insight, how the state is handling statewide power outages during the heat wave. Plus, a larger look at the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. We discuss the history that led to this moment and how things have changed since. Guests Public Information Officer for the California Office of Emergency Services, Bryan May, checks in on how the state is handling statewide power outages during the heat wave Washington Post Political Reporter and author of “The 5-Minute Fix” newsletter, Amber Phillips, navigates the first night of the virtual Democratic National Convention PolitiFact California Reporter, Chris Nichols, with an overview of the career of presumptive Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris Sacramento State history professor, Mona Siegel, talks us through suffragette movement and how the 19th Amendment was ratified Former Sacramento Mayor, Heather Fargo, discusses her career in politics and what this anniversary means to her Lieutenant Governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis, details her political career and addresses the power outages affecting cities across the state
A heat wave has returned to most of California and across the western states. Temperatures reached as high as 112 degrees, leaving many residents and Sacramento’s homeless population with few options for air-conditioned relief as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep most indoor public spaces closed. Today on Insight, how to cope in extreme heat amid COVID-19. Guests Morning meteorologist with KCRA, Tamara Berg, on what the recent heat wave means with heat watches, warnings and heat advisories in effect for 12 states, including most of California Sacramento County Health Director, Dr. Peter Beilenson, navigates concerns of the heat wave amid COVID-19 in Sacramento County, who’s most at risk, and the impact on the homeless population Professor of emergency medicine and a public health expert at UC Davis Health and Yolo County Interim health officer, Dr. Larissa May, checks-in in her new role on how the County is managing and what the heat wave means for reopenings Solano County Public Health Director, Dr. Bela Matyas, discusses the county’s response to the heat wave, concerns over outdoor gatherings, and opening cooling centers Cal Fire spokesman Captain Robert Foxworthy explains how the heat wave increases wildfire risk and staffing concerns Retired news reporter formerly of KXTV News10 in Sacramento and Palm Springs resident, Dan Adams, on the heat wave in the city and his experience over the weekend
The coronavirus pandemic has altered how we interact and relate to one another. New standards for social etiquette are being set in real-time as we hide our faces behind masks and move away when someone gets too close for social distancing comfort. Today on Insight, social interaction amid the pandemic and how to handle the uncomfortable moments. Guests Research associate at the Public Policy Institute of California, Alyssa Dykman, on public opinion regarding masks and other COVID-19 safety protocols Civility and etiquette consultant, Rosalinda Randall, navigates negotiating COVID-19 society Senior Program Manager of the Center for Community Cohesion at the National Conflict Resolution Center, Katheryn Shade, discusses how to navigate constructive confrontation Professor of law and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, explains insinuation anxiety amid the pandemic Associate Clinical Professor at the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Dr. Jann Murray-García, talks about race-related conflict resolution Professor of psychology at UC Davis, Jeffrey Sherman, on social interaction and conflict in communities of color