Fifth & Mission

The flagship news podcast of the San Francisco Chronicle. Producer/host Cecilia Lei and co-host Laura Wenus discuss the biggest stories of the day with Chronicle journalists and newsmakers from around the Bay Area. | Get full digital access to the Chronicle:

Paul Pelosi Attack: How To Address Political Vi...
Dr. Garen Wintemute of UC Davis joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss findings from a nationwide study he led that shows how Americans are resorting to violence to achieve political objectives, and he shares possible solutions.
19 min
Are the 49ers Trying to Sway Santa Clara's Elec...
The San Francisco 49ers have long had a contentious relationship with Santa Clara, their home since 2014. Team owner Jed York has spent millions on 49ers-friendly candidates in local elections, including $3.8 million this year. Chronicle reporter Dustin Gardiner joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss the corporate influence on local democracy.
15 min
Opaque Oil Refineries, Record-High Gas Prices
Why do outages at refineries take place without a lot of public transparency, and what else might be contributing to California's punishibng gas prices? Chronicle reporter Claire Hao joins host Cecilia Lei to explain why state lawmakers and energy experts are scrutinizing oil refineries closely.
11 min
S.F. Housing Props D & E Got You Confused? Here...
Both propositions aim to speed up housing construction in San Francisco by streamlining the approval process. But why are there two? And will either one work? Reporter Noah Arroyo joins host Cecilia Lei to explain the competing measures.
20 min
Beyond Policing: How to Keep S.F. Asian America...
In an SFNext Solutions Conference panel discussion with host Cecilia Lei, activists Sarah Wan and Eddy Zheng say that San Francisco should invest in racial solidarity and long-term solutions to achieve public safety in the Asian American community.
26 min
Test Scores Show COVID's Toll on Students
New state and national standardized test scores released on Monday may help shed light on the struggles kids have had during the pandemic. Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker joins host Cecilia Lei to explain the data and what it means for local districts as they try to recover.
12 min
NIMBY Cities Push Bogus Housing Plans
California cities must show how they plan to build needed housing in the coming years. But some cities plans include homes on seemingly improbable sites — in one case on the site of City Hall. Will the state crack down on cities' fake blueprints for housing? Joe Garofoli reports.
12 min
Ignore the N.Y. Times: San Francisco's Art Scen...
An August piece in the Times said the Bay Area scene is "struggling," and that artists were "fleeing" to Los Angeles. Chronicle arts and culture writer Tony Bravo joins host Cecilia Lei to offer a rebuttal. Plus: Alison Gass, the founding director of the new Institute of Contemporary Arts San Francisco shares why she believes the local art scene is booming.
20 min
Are Bay Area School Districts Facing a Conserva...
Has the national movement of right-leaning groups funding conservative school board candidates hit the Bay Area? Chronicle reporters Sophia Bollag and Joshua Sharpe join host Cecilia Lei to discuss what's been going on in Contra Costa County.
14 min
The $1.7 Million Bathroom: A San Francisco Story
In a city known for the high price of everything, the estimated cost of a new public bathroom in Noe Valley is still a shocker: $1.7 million. Chronicle City Hall columnist and Total SF co-host Heather Knight joins host Demian Bulwa to talk about how a 150-square-foot room with a single toilet could cost so much.
14 min
Dorsey vs. Mahogany: The District Six Showdown
District Six Supervisor Matt Dorsey, a London Breed appointee, faces a challenge in November from Honey Mahogany, who would be the city's first transgender supervisor. Chronicle reporter J.D. Morris joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss where they stand on critical issues, and why this race matters for all city residents.
15 min
A Mission District COVID Clinic’s Outsized Impact
A clinic opened to serve the neighborhood's Latino community has become a "living laboratory,' contributing vital research while giving thousands of coronavirus tests and vaccines as well as other health services. Erin Allday joins host Demian Bulwa to discuss the clinic and its uncertain future.
15 min
How California Fails to Regulate Toxic Gun Ranges
Toxic lead inside California's gun ranges has endangered workers, customers and their surrounding environments. So why hasn't the state implemented standards and regulations? Reporter Joe Rubin joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss his investigation.
16 min
Soleil Ho Finally Reviews the French Laundry
Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho tells host Cecilia Lei and a Twitter Spaces audience all the inside information about the legendary restaurant: How it became such a revered spot, tips on getting a reservation and, most importantly, is it worth the splurge?
24 min
How to Win a Civil War That Never Ended
Author and political commentator Steve Phillips says the American Civil War — an existential battle between white supremacy and a multiracial democracy — is still going. The host of the Democracy in Color podcast joins It's All Political on Fifth & Mission host Joe Garofoli to talk about the ideas in his new book, "How We Win the Civil War."
21 min
Can San Francisco Build 82,000 New Homes?
Amid political jousting over housing prices, the city faces a state mandate: It must build — or at least plan to build — 82,000 units by 2031. And more than half need to be considered affordable. But as reporter J.K. Dineen explains, the high cost of building remains a huge obstacle.
18 min
Students Say Stanford Falling Short on Mental H...
Last year's string of student suicides, including star athlete Katie Meyer, has prompted students to question Stanford's mental health services. With a new academic year underway, the university's promises to increase mental health staffing remain unfulfilled. Melissa Newcomb reports what Stanford students say is lacking on campus, and how the university is defending its approach. If you need help, the phone number for the national suicide and crisis hotline is 988.
20 min
Racial Profiling or Public Safety? S.F. Debates...
The San Francisco police commission has proposed a policy that would stop officers from pulling over motorists for minor infractions like littering or driving without registration tags. It's an effort to reduce racial profiling, but some critics say it would make the city less safe.
14 min
California Ballot: What Are All These Propositi...
Reporters Dustin Gardiner and Sophia Bollag join Joe Garofoli to break down five November ballot initiatives, including a measure ensuring abortion rights. And gambling industry analyst Chris Grove joins Joe to talk about Props. 26 and 27, which have broken records for campaign spending.
23 min
A New Bay Area Serial Killer?
True crime has been a popular entertainment genre but the latest news is hitting close to home. A possible serial killer in Stockton has been linked to an Oakland murder, and communities are on edge. Chronicle reporter Kevin Fagan joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss the case and the enduring fascination with true crime.
13 min
Breed Family Matters: The Case of Napoleon Brown
Chronicle reporter Megan Cassidy joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss the new state laws that could reduce the prison term of Mayor London Breed's brother, Napoleon Brown, who has been in prison for two decades — and how S.F. politics is impacting his case.
14 min
Latino Residents Demand Justice After San Rafae...
The Canal neighborhood is over 90 percent Latino and is the most segregated neighborhood in the Bay Area. When body-camera footage revealed the police beating of a day laborer, Latino residents decried what they say is the longstanding mistreatment by the city's police.
17 min
The Rent Control Debate Moves to the Suburbs
Around the Bay Area, a new movement has emerged from the ruin of the pandemic. Cities like Concord, Richmond and Petaluma are moving to enact protections for renters, much to the frustration of property owners.
16 min
What's At Stake For Mayor Breed This November?
San Francisco's upcoming November election may be consequential for Mayor Breed's political future, even though her name doesn't appear on the ballot. Here's why
14 min
The Case of the Alleged Serial Stalker in S.F.
In 2020, a man with a long criminal record allegedly harassed a teenage girl. Then a San Francisco Superior Court judge dismissed the case.
20 min