Insight: Lack of Transparency / Elk Grove Schools / Teen Brain / Shakespeare Behind Bars / No Day Without Noise

Lack of Transparency When it comes to transparency on government spending, California gets a D+, according to a new study by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. We'll talk about the state's deficencies in providing public online access to spending data with Pedro Morillas, the Consumer Advocate for the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG).

Elk Grove Schools School districts across California are preparing to make massive cuts yet again, including doing away with school sports and extracurricular activities, as the state struggles to close a huge budget gap. We'll talk about it with Elk Grove Superintendent Steven Ladd about what's happening in the Elk Grove Unified School District.

Understanding the Teen Brain A UC Davis researcher is giving a lecture today on understanding the emotional teenage brain. We'll talk with Dr. Amanda Guyer about her work and what she's learned.

Dr. Amanda Guyer presents "Understanding the Emotional Teenage Brain" at 6 p.m. today in the Club Room at the Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E 14th St., Davis. Information: (530) 757-5626.

Shakespeare Behind Bars An innovative program in Kentucky and Michigan uses Shakespeare to connect with people in jail. Curt Tofteland founded Shakespeare Behind Bars as a way to help inmates develop life skills so they could successfully reintergrate into society. A documentary about the program will screen at the Unversity of the Pacific in Stockton tomorrow. We'll talk with Tofteland about his work.

"Shakespeare Behind Bars" will screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23rd in the Janet Leigh Theatre, University of the Pacific, Stockton. A Q&A session with Curt Tofteland will follow the screening.

No Day Without Noise A local man is trying to record a song or audio work each and every day. Most of the pieces by Zacharias Flynn are improvised or thought up moments before he hits record, while other are collages of audio samples gathered that day. We'll talk with Flynn about his project No Day Without Noise and why he's doing it.


Insight was not heard on Monday, March 21st to allow for a special presentation of California Lectures featuring author Amy Bloom.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011