Plastic Vortex/Supreme Court/'The Preacher'/Coyote Grace

Plastics Vortex Far off the coast of California, there's a huge buildup of trash commonly known as the plastic vortex. Ocean currents int he North Pacific are shepherding the debris into an area musch larger than Texas. Today on Insight, you'll meet a Northern California scientist who recently studied the plastic vortex for a couple of weeks up close.

Supreme Court The nation's top court starts its year today. Many important and contenious isses are on the court's docket. Joining us to preview some of them is constitutional law professor John Sims of the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.

Prof. John Sims and Prof. Brian Landsberg, as well as a pari of eminent judges, are participating in the "First Monday in October" event at 6 p.m. today in the Lecture Hall at McGeorge School of Law, 3227 Fifth Ave., Sacramento.

'The Preacher and The Politician' A new book tells the story of how Barack Obama's path to the White House was almost derailed by his controversial former pastor. It's titled "The Preacher and the Politician: Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama and Race in America." Co-author Clarence Walker, a UC Davis history professor, tells you about it.

Coyote Grace The acoustic musical duo Coyote Grace brings its folk-pop back to Sacrament this week. On Thursday morning, they're performing at Sacramento State along with a workshop on female-to-male transition. The band's singer-guitarist-songwriter Joe Stevens is transgender. This segment originally aired Feb. 25th, 2009.

Coyote Grace performs at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8th at Sacramento State's University Union Hinde Auditorium, 6000 J St. in support of Queer History Month. Information: (916) 278-6997. They also perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8th at Marilyn's on K, 908 K St., Sacramento. Information: (916) 446-4361.


Insight will not be heard on Tuesday, Oct. 6th to allow for a special presentation of California Lectures featuring Michael Pollan.

Monday, October 5, 2009