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Insight With Vicki Gonzalez

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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California Lawmakers Push ‘Abortion Sanctuary’ Package | Scientists Explain Tonga Volcano Eruption | UC Davis Musical Prodigy Wins National Award

California lawmakers puch ‘Abortion Sanctuary’ package. Tsunami and volcano scientists discuss the Tonga volcano eruption. 16-year-old UC Davis musical prodigy receives the competitive, national 2022 YoungArts Award. Today's guests California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D) on the state pushing for for increased funding and resources for abortions and other reproductive care, as the Supreme Court considers a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade.  CapRadio News Anchor Ed Fletcher shares his conversation with scientists from the National Tsunami Warning Center and the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory about the Tonga volcano eruption on Jan. 15 and reflects on traveling as a journalist during the 2011 tsunami in Japan.   16-year-old UC Davis musical prodigy, Tiara Abraham, is the only young artist in the Sacramento-Davis region to receive a 2022 YoungArts Award, which selected 720 of the nation’s most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts. 

24 Jan 2022

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Sacramento converts hotel into permanent housing | Congressman Jerry McNerney | Inside California Politics Host Nikki Laurenzo | Photographer’s love letter to Rosemont, CA

Sacramento converts a hotel into permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness. Longtime Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney will not seek reelection. Midterm Election update. Sacramento photographer’s love letter to Rosemont, CA. Today's Guests CapRadio Reporter, Chirs Nichols, on the conversion of a Best Western in Sacramento into permanent housing for unhoused Californians. Seven-term Congressman Jerry McNerney (D), representing portions of Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, and Contra Costa County, on his decision to not seek reelection in California’s newly drawn 9th district.  Fox 40’s Anchor and Inside California Politics Host, Nikki Laurenzo,  discusses the latest reshuffling of election campaigns and main races for the Midterm Election.  Photographer Enoch Ku discusses his latest Ordinary Sacramento project, a photography book, “My Neighborhood Rosemont, CA,” which is a love letter to the neighborhood where he grew up.  

20 Jan 2022

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Chico State in-person learning | South Lake Tahoe locals housing incentive | Book “Forgotten California Murders”

Chico State returns with mostly in-person learning as the majority of CSU campuses opt to begin remotely. South Lake Tahoe’s affordable housing incentive program for locals. Author of “Forgotten California Murders.” Today's Guests Dr. Gayle Hutchinson, President of California State University, Chico joins us to discuss the university’s decision to begin the spring semester with mostly in-person learning when a vast majority of CSU campuses elected to begin the first few weeks remotely.  South Lake Tahoe housing manager Zachary Thomas and Colin Frolich, founder of Landing Locals, join us to discuss a program that helps low to middle-income residents find affordable housing by incentivizing property owners to turn their seldom-used vacation homes into long-term rentals. David Kulczyk, Author and Homicide Historian, joins us to discuss his latest book: “Forgotten California Murders: 1915 to 1968”

19 Jan 2022

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Hospital capacity | Nearly 200 homeless deaths in Sacramento | Forest fire immersive exhibit in Truckee

Reno and Chico hospitals discuss capacity and current pandemic challenges. Profile on the nearly 200 homeless deaths in Sacramento in 2021. An immersive “Forest Fire Exhibition” in Truckee. Today's Guests Dr. Jake Keeperman, Executive Medical Director of the Renown Transfer and Operations Center in Reno, and Dr. Marcia Nelson, Chief Medical Officer for Enloe Medical Center in Chico, discuss hospital capacity and current challenges during the pandemic.  Theresa Clift, Senior Sacramento Bee Reporter covering city hall and homelessness, shares her profile on the nearly 200 people experiencing homelessness who died in 2021.  Jeff Brown and Faerthen Felix with the UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station Art Program and artists Michael and Heather Llewellyn discuss the immersive Forest Fire Exhibition at Truckee Community Recreation Center.  

18 Jan 2022

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Taking Down Human Trafficking | Historically Black Oak Park is Losing Black Residents | Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce’s First HQ | Remembering Farm-to-Fork Pioneer Suzanne Peabody Ashworth

Book “Taking Down Backpage: Fighting the World’s Largest Sex Trafficker.” Sacramento’s historically Black neighborhood lost 24% of Black residents. Sac Black Chamber purchases first headquarters. Remembering farm-to-fork pioneer Suzanne Ashworth. Today's Guests Prosecutor Maggy Krell discusses her new book, “Taking Down Backpage: Fighting the World’s Largest Sex Trafficker,” which explains the misunderstandings of human trafficking and how social media and the internet make it more challenging to track and prosecute. Krell will be doing an outdoor book signing at Capital Books in Sacramento on Saturday, January 29.Sacramento Prosecutor and Author Maggy KrellCourtesy of Maggy Krell Kris Hooks, CapRadio News Editor, takes us behind the scenes on his reporting on how Sacramento’s historically Black Oak Park neighborhood is losing its black residents– a drop of 24% over the past decade, according to the latest Census data.  Azizza Davis-Goines, CEO of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, discusses the pivotal purchase of a midtown building rich in black history for its first official headquarters. Azizza Davis Goines, President & CEO, Sacramento Black Chamber of CommerceCourtesy of Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce Chef Patrick Mulvaney, owner of Mulvaney’s B&L in Sacramento, and Juan Barajas, owner of Savory Cafe in Woodland, remember farm-to-fork pioneer and owner of Del Rio Botanicals, Suzanne Peabody Ashworth, who passed away at the age of 70. Suzanne Peabody AshworthCourtesy of Patrick Mulvaney

13 Jan 2022

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California State Budget Proposal | CA GOP Chairwoman | Head of the Sacramento Public Library Retires

Gov. Newsom’s initial state budget proposal, which includes a $45.7 billion surplus. Chairwoman of the California Republican Party discusses priorities for the midterm election. Head of the Sacramento Public Library retires. Today's Guests CapRadio Politics Reporter Nicole Nixon breaks down Governor Gavin Newsom’s initial state budget proposal, which includes a $45.7 billion surplus. Jessica Millan Patterson, Chairwoman of the California Republican Party, discusses the CA GOP’s priorities for the midterm election.  Rivkah Sass, Director and CEO of the Sacramento Public Library, is retiring at the end of this week. She reflects on her career after leading the system during one of its most transformative chapters in its 142-year history. 

12 Jan 2022

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CIF youth sports | California wildfire history | Jan. 6th’s historical context and impact on midterm elections

Updated on Jan. 1, 2022 at 11:01 a.m. How school athletes will be impacted by COVID-19 protocols. Interactive California Wildfire History map shows how fires have changed over time. Historical context of the January 6th insurrection and how it can shape midterm elections. Today's Guests Assistant Commissioner of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, Will DeBoard, which is the governing body for high school sports in California, discusses how COVID-19 protocols are impacting school athletes.  CapRadio Data Reporter Emily Zentner and UC Merced Fire Science Professor Crystal Kolden share CapRadio’s interactive California Wildfire History map and explain how the state’s fires have changed over time due to a changing climate and increasing forest fuel loads.  Kathryn Olmstead, Professor of History at UC Davis, previews an online forum she and three other university professors are hosting to discuss the historical context of the January 6th insurrection and its potential implications for this year’s midterm elections.  Correction: A previous version of this episode had the incorrect audio attached. It has been corrected.

11 Jan 2022

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Sacramento County transforming schools into centers for wellness | Inaugural Youth Advisory Board talk mental health | Author of “Hunt, Gather, Parent”

Sacramento County’s initiative to place mental health clinicians in every school to create “Centers of Wellness.” The Youth Advisory Board discusses what’s missing on campuses. NPR Science Correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff’s new book “Hunt, Gather, Parent.” Today's Guests Sacramento County Office of Education Superintendent Dave Gordon and Dr. Chris Williams, Director of School-Based Mental Health and Wellness, discuss the initiative to place mental health clinicians in every school in the county over the next several years, making schools “Centers of Wellness” for their local communities.  PRO Youth and Families Program Coordinator for the Behavioral Health Youth Advisory Board Sydney Spitzer discuss the inaugural Youth Advisory Board with members Savanna Karmue, founder of the nonprofit Happy Hearts Advices, Jordan Kaitapu, founder of the Black Alumni of Folsom-Cordova Unified School District, and Trayzell White, writing the books “5 Phrases to Change Someone’s Life” and “15 Steps to Love Someone with a Mental Illness. Sacramento County's inaugural Behavioral Health Youth Advisory Board.Courtesy: Sacramento County Office of Education CapRadio’s Morning Edition Host, Donna Apidone, brings us her conversation with Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff about her new book “Hunt, Gather, Parent,” and how she learned how kids are raised in different cultures.

10 Jan 2022

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Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Jorge Aguilar

Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jorge Aguilar provides an update on school reopening amid Omicron and updates on the district’s vaccine mandate ahead of its January 31st deadline. Today's Guest Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jorge Aguilar provides an update on school reopening amid Omicron and updates on the district’s vaccine mandate ahead of its January 31st deadline. 

6 Jan 2022

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Northern California Jan. 6 intelligence | California’s 30X30 conservation plan | Spending, saving & investing in 2022

The Northern California Regional Intelligence Center shares some of the threats it received in the days leading up to the January 6 insurrection. The California Natural Resource Agency discusses a proposal to conserve 30% of California’s land and coast by 2030. Spending, saving and investment advice for the New Year. Today's Guests Mike Sena, Executive Director of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, joins us on the eve of the first anniversary of the January 6th insurrection to share some of the threats and red flags the center received and shared with federal officials in the days leading up to the attack.  Wade Crowfoot, Secretary of the California Natural Resource Agency, discusses the state’s draft “30X30” plan to conserve 30% of California’s land and coast by 2030, including goals for the Sacramento Valley, Sierra Nevada, and San Joaquin Valley. Tanja Hester, author of “Work Optional” and “Wallet Activism,” offers spending, saving and investment advice for the New Year.

5 Jan 2022

Rank #10