Fifth & Mission

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

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
SFPD Spokesman Is San Francisco's Newest Superv...
Mayor London Breed has tapped Matt Dorsey to represent District Six. He was sworn in Monday. Chronicle reporter Rachel Swan tells host Dominic Fracassa that the appointment signals the mayor doubling down on her new tough-on-crime image.
9 min
The Pandemic Wild Card: Long COVID
As coronavirus cases tick up in the Bay Area, most illnesses will be mild. But reporter Nanette Asimov has the story of the region's many long COVID patients, who've struggled with pain, fatigue and other symptoms of a mysterious disease.
15 min
Can Supervisor Dean Preston Fix the Tenderloin?
The neighborhood at the center of San Francisco's thorniest debates has a new city supervisor. It's Dean Preston, the staunch progressive, who takes over after a divisive redistricting process. Chronicle reporter J.D. Morris joins host Demian Bulwa to talk about the challenges Preston faces.
15 min
Why Selling Your Home for Half Its Value Might ...
Retired preschool teacher Bobbi Loeb decided to sell her Point Reyes home to a land trust for $550,000 — only about half its $1M value.
14 min
If Roe vs. Wade is Overturned, Is California Re...
With Roe vs. Wade in jeopardy, here’s how California is seeking to protect abortion access in the state
15 min
Why California's Revenge Porn Law Isn't Enough
Prosecution of the state's 2013 law has been uneven. Chronicle reporter Tal Kopan joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about what was revealed during a Chronicle review of the state law, and how an effort to make revenge porn a federal crime could strengthen it.
16 min
New York Has a "Better Answer" For Drug Addiction
New York was the first city in the country to open supervised consumption sites for people using drugs. Chronicle columnist Heather Knight and photographer Gabrielle Lurie traveled there to see how the facilities operate.
23 min
What Would You Do With an Extra $68 Billion?
That's the question Gov. Gavin Newsom and California legislators have to answer after Senate Democrats announced their estimate that the state’s budget surplus has more than doubled to that amount. Reporters Sophia Bollag and Dustin Gardiner join host Cecilia Lei with details.
14 min
Bay Area Cases Up Even as Pandemic Recedes
People all over the Bay Area are getting COVID again at increasing rates, but as Dr. Anthony Fauci says that America is "out of the pandemic phase," far fewer people are getting seriously ill or dying. Reporter Erin Allday talks to host Demian Bulwa about what to make of it all.
19 min
"Nurses Need to Be Supported"
Stanford ICU nurse Brittaney West joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about why nurses throughout the Bay Area are staging job actions and preparing to strike if they don't get what they say they need from the hospitals they work for.
12 min
San Francisco SROs: A Housing Crisis Hidden fro...
San Francisco has long depended on single room occupancy units, or SROs, to house its most vulnerable populations. A year-long investigation by Chronicle reporters Joaquin Palomino and Trisha Thadani reveals that many of these buildings are unsanitary and unsafe.
31 min