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:

The Hair Project: Black Representation and Disc...
A Chronicle special project looks at textured hair: How it’s represented in the media and why it’s so central to the Black community. Newsroom developer Katlyn Sofaea Alo Alapati and reporter Shwanika Narayan join host Cecilia Lei to talk about what they’ve learned.
24 min
Paxlovid Rebounds and Vaccines for Little Kids
Chronicle health reporter Catherine Ho joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about what we've learned about the anti-viral pill Paxlovid. Plus: What should Bay Area parents expect once vaccines for kids 5 and under are authorized?
16 min
The New Generation of Asian American Activists
The Chesa Boudin recall has spotlighted the political power of Asian Americans, but the Bay Area already has a long history of Asian American activism. Justin Zhu of Stand With Asian Americans joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about his pivot from Silicon Valley to organizing.
20 min
Post-Boudin Recall: What Voters Want Now
Some of the most contested races of the California primaries have one central issue in common: how to deal with public safety. From the recall of San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin, to the state attorney general and governor's race.
27 min
Why San Francisco Recalled Its Progressive D.A.
Chesa Boudin was decisively voted out of office in a recall election Tuesday. Chronicle crime reporter Megan Cassidy and senior political writer/It's All Political on Fifth & Mission host Joe Garofoli talk to host Demian Bulwa about what went wrong for the district attorney.
20 min
LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE! With Warriors Hype Man F...
With Golden State back in the NBA Finals after a 2-year absence, the Chase Center emcee talks with host Demian Bulwa about how he got his job, what it means to him to be the only Asian American hype man in the league, and how he became a Warriors superfan to avoid bedtime as a kid.
23 min
Gun Law Expert: "We Are at the Worst Place Ever"
Stanford law professor John Donohue, who has studied the effects of assault-weapon bans — he says they work — tells host Cecilia Lei that gun lobby disinformation and a GOP that won't stand up to that lobby mean new federal gun safety laws are unlikely.
23 min
The Legacy of California's Assault Weapons Ban
California has some of the toughest gun restrictions in the country, including an assault weapons ban, which was passed in 1989. Former Assemblyman Mike Roos, who wrote the law, talks about why it remains at the heart of the state's debate over how to regulate guns.
21 min
Chesa Boudin on the Recall: "It's Scapegoating"
The embattled San Francisco district attorney, who could be recalled by voters Tuesday, tells host Demian Bulwa that he's just as frustrated with crime in the city as everyone else, but he says much of what ails the city isn't in his power to change, and his foes are offering no solutions.
36 min
The Post-Roe Future of Abortion in California
Joe Garofoli joins abortion-rights advocates Jodi Hicks, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks and Jessica Pinckney on Planned Parenthood's "Bans Off Our Bodies" bus to talk about how California would be affected if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade this month.
28 min
Is the Future of the Office the End of the Office?
Will the office ever be the same after COVID? Not likely. When San Francisco's TaskRabbit announced it would shut down all its offices, the company acknowledged reality: As the pandemic drags on, more and more employees want a hybrid workplace.
16 min
Extra Spicy: The Teenager Organizing Her Local ...
In this episode of the San Francisco Chronicle's food podcast, Soleil Ho talks to Ella Clark, a high school junior who's leading the organizing efforts at her local Starbucks in Mill Valley. Plus: UC Berkeley's Ken Jocobs talks about the wave of Starbucks unionization.
31 min
Going Back to Movie Theaters? Mixed Reviews
The pandemic has changed how people watch movies, and movie studios and theaters are trying to survive. Chronicle movie critics Mick LaSalle and G. Allen Johnson join host Cecilia Lei to talk about how the movie industry is faring and their summer movie recommendations.
19 min
What Chesa Boudin Has to Prove to Asian America...
Political scientist David Lee joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about the newfound political muscle of San Francisco's Asian American community, as seen in both the school board and DA recalls. Plus: Assistant DA Kasie Lee talks about how she's trying to reach AAPI victims of crime.
32 min
Monkeypox: What You Need to Know
With a likely case detected near Sacramento, is it time to worry about this virus in the smallpox family? Health reporter Erin Allday joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about monkeypox, and about why the CDC is advising caution for gay and bixexual men.
14 min
Why SFPD and Mayor Breed Won't March in Pride
Mayor London Breed has joined cops in saying she'll skip the parade after SF Pride banned police uniforms, saying they make some community members feel unsafe. Suzanne Ford of SF Pride and officer Kathryn Winters join host Cecilia Lei to present their sides.
26 min
Squaring Up Against a Racist Massacre
Chronicle columnist Justin Phillips and Oakland activist Cat Brooks join host Demian Bulwa to talk about the racist "replacement" conspiracy theory that motivated the white supremacist mass killing in Buffalo last week.
21 min
Program That Keeps Teens Out of Jail Has Low En...
The Make It Right program, one of San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin's alternatives to incarceration, has proved effective at keeping juveniles out of jail. Reporter Joshua Sharpe joins Cecilia Lei to talk about why enrollment in the program is low. Plus: The dad of a troubled teen talks about how the program helped his daughter.
21 min
What's Next for Key California Politicians?
New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, authors of "This Will Not Pass," a bestseller that recounts the 2020 election and the political breaking point the country is approaching, talk about the near future with It's All Political on Fifth and Mission host Joe Garofoli.
34 min
What the Food Industry Faces Now
Bay Area restaurants are still facing staffing shortages, supply chain issues and Covid-19 infections.
13 min
The Latest Bay Area Homeless Count Might Surpri...
New data in six Bay Area counties includes some unexpected results, like a drop in San Francisco's homeless population. But there's also plenty of data that's not surprising at all. Reporters Sarah Ravani and J.D. Morris join host Cecilia Lei to talk about the uneven results across the region.
15 min
Why Vaccine Bills are Dying in the California L...
California once drew a hard line around potential vaccine mandates in places like schools, but now there's been a dramatic shift in tone as vaccine bills are being shelved or delayed in Sacramento.
15 min
How New COVID Treatments are Changing the Pandemic
Chronicle health reporter Catherine Ho joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about how anti-viral pills like Paxlovid are providing peace of mind. Plus, data reporter Susie Neilson discusses why San Francisco's wealthy neighborhoods may be hit hardest by the next surge.
19 min
East Bay Abortion Provider on a Post-Roe v. Wad...
Dr. Rebecca Taub, who travels to provide care to people who live in states where abortion protections aren't available, talks with host Cecilia Lei about what a world without Roe v. Wade will look like. It's a world she's already seen.
22 min
Does Chesa Boudin's Controversial Diversion Str...
The San Francisco DA's focus on diversion programs has become a focus of the recall campaign as opponents say the policy has made the city more dangerous. Reporters Susie Neilson and Joshua Sharpe join host Cecilia Lei to examine that claim.
17 min