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

Latest Episodes

Three Views Of Inequality

There are many ways to talk about inequality. In this show, we’ll hear about three. The first, people known as the Black Overlanders: African Americans who were part of the pilgrimage across the Overland Trails. Sacramento State Emeritus Professor Shirley Ann Wilson Moore traced some of this history. Second, Oscar Grant’s death at the Fruitvale Bart Station in Oakland became an ugly chapter in American history. The 10th anniversary of his shooting by a police officer was Jan. 1, 2019. You’re going to hear part of an interview with Oscar Grant’s father which was featured in the podcast "Uncuffed." And finally, Sacramento hip hop artist and activist POOR Majesty talked with CapRadio’s Nick Brunner about his new album "Dreamer." It includes the single “S.O.S” about police violence against unarmed people of color. Sweet Freedom’s Plains The pilgrimage across the Overland Trails in the mid-19th century represents a critical point in American history. Over a 30-year period, nearly...

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Three Views Of Inequality

The Anatomy of a Neighborhood

When you live in a city, the place that you call home can become a sort of identifier — You’re a San Franciscan, a New Yorker, a Sacramentan. But the individual neighborhoods within cities can differ in terms of residents’ demographics, access to healthy food and availability of public transportation. The conditions of neighborhoods today are the results of the plans, as well as the prejudices, of the past. In this episode, we revisit conversations about exclusionary infrastructure design, the impact a zip code has on health outcomes and the history of the Meadowview neighborhood. Exclusion By Design: The Problem Urban sociologist Dr. Jesus Hernandez traces the origins of social ills in Sacramento back to decades-old policy decisions that racially divided the city into neighborhoods with disparate access to resources and economic opportunities. Viewed on a map, this geography of race traces an X across the region, a pattern that Dr. Hernandez says continues to shape neighborhoods...

-1 s1 days ago
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The Anatomy of a Neighborhood

Insight Music: Jmsey, Jordan Irvin Dally, Katie Knipp & The Mindful

-1 s5 days ago
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Insight Music: Jmsey, Jordan Irvin Dally, Katie Knipp & The Mindful

Voices from Vietnam: Three People Share Their Stories

We’re getting the perspectives of three people who experienced the days of the Vietnam War before they were forced to leave. For two of these guests, that meant fleeing their home country for an unknown future. For one Marine, it meant returning to a home to a country divided by the war. First, we’ll hear from author Huong Chi Truong Smith about her changing self-image as a former refugee and the memoir she wrote. Then, Ken Crouse will recount his final days as a U.S. Marine in South Vietnam. We’ll end on a conversation with Dr. Carolee Tran, a Sacramento psychologist who was a child when she fled Saigon. Author Huong Chi Truong Smith Discusses ‘TigerFish’ Memoir As an adult, Huong Chi Truong Smith was ashamed of being a refugee. She only began writing out her memories so her children would know the truth about her family’s escape from Vietnam. But recently, she was driven to share her story after watching news reports on the Syrian refugee crisis. So she left her state govern...

-1 s6 days ago
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Voices from Vietnam: Three People Share Their Stories

The Various Meanings Of 'Home'

There are many ways to think about home. In today’s show, we’ll be exploring this from a number of angles. First, to the area around Yosemite National Park, where there’s a shortage of homes. CapRadio Environment Reporter Ezra David Romero explored this in an episode of the Yosemiteland podcast. Next, author Edan Lepucki explores the complex relationships within a family at home with a new nanny. Every character has a secret in her book called "Woman No. 17." Heidi Boucher is in the business of at-home funerals. She believes a person can die and be honored at home safely, serenely and with dignity. Boucher talked with us about her documentary, "In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye." And, finally, pianist Romayne Wheeler had a Steinway grand piano moved by dump truck to his mountaintop home in Mexico. He told his story and played for us in the studio. Yosemiteland: Housing Yosemite can be like its own little city, with traffic, packed hotels and restaurants. But something else it has ...

-1 s1 weeks ago
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The Various Meanings Of 'Home'

How We Get Around

Today’s show is all about how we get around, whether we’re in a national park or a city. First, we’re revisiting an episode of CapRadio’s 2018 podcast, YosemiteLand. Host Ezra David Romero will give listeners a tour of Yosemite Valley’s twin sister, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, before taking a ride on the open-air tram known as the Green Dragon. Then, we’ll hear a 2014 interview with a UC Davis transportation researcher who helped author a report on urban transportation. Next, we’ll examine how California’s cap-and-trade program is resulting in funding for transportation projects statewide and in Sacramento. We’ll end with a conversation with author Jane Delury about her award-winning novel, "The Balcony." YosemiteLand: Green Dragon Last summer, the CapRadio podcast YosemiteLand explored how the park has changed over the years, and looked ahead at its future. We’re revisiting those stories, and today we get more acquainted with the valley as we take a tour on a Green Dragon. It...

-1 s1 weeks ago
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How We Get Around

Insight Music: STRQ x Camilla / Tré Burt / Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton / The Pressure Lounge

This week on Insight Music, we’re shining a light on new collaborations and old favorites from artists around Northern California. A chance encounter brought singer Camilla Covington aboard the Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet, and their 2019 Tiny Desk video sent them over the “Moon.” Tré Burt returned home from years on the road, and he “Caught It From The Rye” on his debut record in 2018. Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton reunited after a decade apart for their duo album “Wildflower Blues” in 2017. And The Pressure Lounge has been on the Sacramento music scene since 2012, and they deliver a “Pertinent Groove” on their debut EP.

-1 s2 weeks ago
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Insight Music: STRQ x Camilla / Tré Burt / Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton / The Pressure Lounge

Turn Signals At The Intersection Of Traffic And Progress

Today on Insight, we’re stuck in traffic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Traffic can be seen as a byproduct of hard work, growth and human progress, but it becomes another problem to solve. In this hour, we’ll revisit three stories of people turning to creative solutions to get to their destination. On YosemiteLand, CapRadio environment reporter Ezra David Romero looks at the impact of cars crowding the roads of Yosemite National Park. Huge crowds are drawn to the park’s natural beauty, but cars are colliding with bears in the park, and congestion is turning off some visitors. Author Josh Weil won a California Book Award award for “The Age of Perpetual Light.” The story collection focuses on creative and metaphorical solutions to human problems, like bouncing light off satellites in the sky to eliminate darkness and bringing electricity to rural America. Hobo Johnson is a Sacramento-based hip hop artist. His music career was (metaphorically) born in the back of a 1994 Toy...

-1 s2 weeks ago
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Turn Signals At The Intersection Of Traffic And Progress

The Talk: Perspectives On Being Black In America

The March 2018 death of Stephon Clark put Sacramento under the microscope as another American city marred by deadly police violence against unarmed black men. In the time since, there have been protests, tense City Council meetings and legislative movement. Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 392, a law that gives clearer standards for when police can use deadly force. Clark’s death also revealed wider conversations about what it means to be black in America and here in Sacramento. Insight continued those discussions by talking with black community leaders willing to share how their personal experiences have shaped their lives and careers. UC Davis Chancellor Gary May Discusses Leadership, Experiences Of Racism Sometimes Gary May reminds his daughters that it wasn’t so long ago that his parents — their grandparents — were forced to sit on the back of the bus. The UC Davis Chancellor says that while much progress has been achieved over three generations, we still have...

-1 s3 weeks ago
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The Talk: Perspectives On Being Black In America

Civics Class: Primers On School Receivership, Municipal Bonding, Code Enforcement And Affordable Housing

Today’s show focuses on demystifying several concepts often talked about, but not often explained. First up is school receivership. What is it? How does it work, when does it happen? Next, municipal bonding. It’s kind of like a home mortgage, but for critical services and infrastructure. The second half of the program focuses on housing: we hear about how the code enforcement team in Sacramento County does its work. And finally, how will California solve its housing crisis, complicated by homelessness and people displaced by fires? What is School Receivership? “Receivership” is a status California school districts can move into when they request, and are granted, an emergency loan from the state to stay solvent. It is not bankruptcy and it doesn’t happen often. There are a lot of questions about what receivership means. How many districts are currently in receivership, or have been at risk of being in receivership? What are the mechanisms that move a district into receivership?...

-1 s3 weeks ago
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Civics Class: Primers On School Receivership, Municipal Bonding, Code Enforcement And Affordable Housing
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Latest Episodes

Three Views Of Inequality

There are many ways to talk about inequality. In this show, we’ll hear about three. The first, people known as the Black Overlanders: African Americans who were part of the pilgrimage across the Overland Trails. Sacramento State Emeritus Professor Shirley Ann Wilson Moore traced some of this history. Second, Oscar Grant’s death at the Fruitvale Bart Station in Oakland became an ugly chapter in American history. The 10th anniversary of his shooting by a police officer was Jan. 1, 2019. You’re going to hear part of an interview with Oscar Grant’s father which was featured in the podcast "Uncuffed." And finally, Sacramento hip hop artist and activist POOR Majesty talked with CapRadio’s Nick Brunner about his new album "Dreamer." It includes the single “S.O.S” about police violence against unarmed people of color. Sweet Freedom’s Plains The pilgrimage across the Overland Trails in the mid-19th century represents a critical point in American history. Over a 30-year period, nearly...

-1 s20 hours ago
Comments
Three Views Of Inequality

The Anatomy of a Neighborhood

When you live in a city, the place that you call home can become a sort of identifier — You’re a San Franciscan, a New Yorker, a Sacramentan. But the individual neighborhoods within cities can differ in terms of residents’ demographics, access to healthy food and availability of public transportation. The conditions of neighborhoods today are the results of the plans, as well as the prejudices, of the past. In this episode, we revisit conversations about exclusionary infrastructure design, the impact a zip code has on health outcomes and the history of the Meadowview neighborhood. Exclusion By Design: The Problem Urban sociologist Dr. Jesus Hernandez traces the origins of social ills in Sacramento back to decades-old policy decisions that racially divided the city into neighborhoods with disparate access to resources and economic opportunities. Viewed on a map, this geography of race traces an X across the region, a pattern that Dr. Hernandez says continues to shape neighborhoods...

-1 s1 days ago
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The Anatomy of a Neighborhood

Insight Music: Jmsey, Jordan Irvin Dally, Katie Knipp & The Mindful

-1 s5 days ago
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Insight Music: Jmsey, Jordan Irvin Dally, Katie Knipp & The Mindful

Voices from Vietnam: Three People Share Their Stories

We’re getting the perspectives of three people who experienced the days of the Vietnam War before they were forced to leave. For two of these guests, that meant fleeing their home country for an unknown future. For one Marine, it meant returning to a home to a country divided by the war. First, we’ll hear from author Huong Chi Truong Smith about her changing self-image as a former refugee and the memoir she wrote. Then, Ken Crouse will recount his final days as a U.S. Marine in South Vietnam. We’ll end on a conversation with Dr. Carolee Tran, a Sacramento psychologist who was a child when she fled Saigon. Author Huong Chi Truong Smith Discusses ‘TigerFish’ Memoir As an adult, Huong Chi Truong Smith was ashamed of being a refugee. She only began writing out her memories so her children would know the truth about her family’s escape from Vietnam. But recently, she was driven to share her story after watching news reports on the Syrian refugee crisis. So she left her state govern...

-1 s6 days ago
Comments
Voices from Vietnam: Three People Share Their Stories

The Various Meanings Of 'Home'

There are many ways to think about home. In today’s show, we’ll be exploring this from a number of angles. First, to the area around Yosemite National Park, where there’s a shortage of homes. CapRadio Environment Reporter Ezra David Romero explored this in an episode of the Yosemiteland podcast. Next, author Edan Lepucki explores the complex relationships within a family at home with a new nanny. Every character has a secret in her book called "Woman No. 17." Heidi Boucher is in the business of at-home funerals. She believes a person can die and be honored at home safely, serenely and with dignity. Boucher talked with us about her documentary, "In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye." And, finally, pianist Romayne Wheeler had a Steinway grand piano moved by dump truck to his mountaintop home in Mexico. He told his story and played for us in the studio. Yosemiteland: Housing Yosemite can be like its own little city, with traffic, packed hotels and restaurants. But something else it has ...

-1 s1 weeks ago
Comments
The Various Meanings Of 'Home'

How We Get Around

Today’s show is all about how we get around, whether we’re in a national park or a city. First, we’re revisiting an episode of CapRadio’s 2018 podcast, YosemiteLand. Host Ezra David Romero will give listeners a tour of Yosemite Valley’s twin sister, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, before taking a ride on the open-air tram known as the Green Dragon. Then, we’ll hear a 2014 interview with a UC Davis transportation researcher who helped author a report on urban transportation. Next, we’ll examine how California’s cap-and-trade program is resulting in funding for transportation projects statewide and in Sacramento. We’ll end with a conversation with author Jane Delury about her award-winning novel, "The Balcony." YosemiteLand: Green Dragon Last summer, the CapRadio podcast YosemiteLand explored how the park has changed over the years, and looked ahead at its future. We’re revisiting those stories, and today we get more acquainted with the valley as we take a tour on a Green Dragon. It...

-1 s1 weeks ago
Comments
How We Get Around

Insight Music: STRQ x Camilla / Tré Burt / Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton / The Pressure Lounge

This week on Insight Music, we’re shining a light on new collaborations and old favorites from artists around Northern California. A chance encounter brought singer Camilla Covington aboard the Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet, and their 2019 Tiny Desk video sent them over the “Moon.” Tré Burt returned home from years on the road, and he “Caught It From The Rye” on his debut record in 2018. Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton reunited after a decade apart for their duo album “Wildflower Blues” in 2017. And The Pressure Lounge has been on the Sacramento music scene since 2012, and they deliver a “Pertinent Groove” on their debut EP.

-1 s2 weeks ago
Comments
Insight Music: STRQ x Camilla / Tré Burt / Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton / The Pressure Lounge

Turn Signals At The Intersection Of Traffic And Progress

Today on Insight, we’re stuck in traffic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Traffic can be seen as a byproduct of hard work, growth and human progress, but it becomes another problem to solve. In this hour, we’ll revisit three stories of people turning to creative solutions to get to their destination. On YosemiteLand, CapRadio environment reporter Ezra David Romero looks at the impact of cars crowding the roads of Yosemite National Park. Huge crowds are drawn to the park’s natural beauty, but cars are colliding with bears in the park, and congestion is turning off some visitors. Author Josh Weil won a California Book Award award for “The Age of Perpetual Light.” The story collection focuses on creative and metaphorical solutions to human problems, like bouncing light off satellites in the sky to eliminate darkness and bringing electricity to rural America. Hobo Johnson is a Sacramento-based hip hop artist. His music career was (metaphorically) born in the back of a 1994 Toy...

-1 s2 weeks ago
Comments
Turn Signals At The Intersection Of Traffic And Progress

The Talk: Perspectives On Being Black In America

The March 2018 death of Stephon Clark put Sacramento under the microscope as another American city marred by deadly police violence against unarmed black men. In the time since, there have been protests, tense City Council meetings and legislative movement. Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 392, a law that gives clearer standards for when police can use deadly force. Clark’s death also revealed wider conversations about what it means to be black in America and here in Sacramento. Insight continued those discussions by talking with black community leaders willing to share how their personal experiences have shaped their lives and careers. UC Davis Chancellor Gary May Discusses Leadership, Experiences Of Racism Sometimes Gary May reminds his daughters that it wasn’t so long ago that his parents — their grandparents — were forced to sit on the back of the bus. The UC Davis Chancellor says that while much progress has been achieved over three generations, we still have...

-1 s3 weeks ago
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The Talk: Perspectives On Being Black In America

Civics Class: Primers On School Receivership, Municipal Bonding, Code Enforcement And Affordable Housing

Today’s show focuses on demystifying several concepts often talked about, but not often explained. First up is school receivership. What is it? How does it work, when does it happen? Next, municipal bonding. It’s kind of like a home mortgage, but for critical services and infrastructure. The second half of the program focuses on housing: we hear about how the code enforcement team in Sacramento County does its work. And finally, how will California solve its housing crisis, complicated by homelessness and people displaced by fires? What is School Receivership? “Receivership” is a status California school districts can move into when they request, and are granted, an emergency loan from the state to stay solvent. It is not bankruptcy and it doesn’t happen often. There are a lot of questions about what receivership means. How many districts are currently in receivership, or have been at risk of being in receivership? What are the mechanisms that move a district into receivership?...

-1 s3 weeks ago
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Civics Class: Primers On School Receivership, Municipal Bonding, Code Enforcement And Affordable Housing
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