Fifth & Mission

The flagship news podcast of the San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco 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: sfchronicle.com/pod

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The “Race Realist” on the Anti-Racist Campus
For years, a white professor on the proudly diverse campus of Cal State East Bay in Hayward taught misinformation — that Black and Latino students were inherently less smart. Race, he said, predicted intelligence. But even after students and faculty complained, little was done to address the harm caused by Prof. Gregory Christainsen. Chronicle reporter Jason Fagone discusses his examination of what happened at the school, when efforts to confront legacies of racism collided with complex notions of academic freedom and a brand of racist pseudoscience that is deeply rooted in America and in higher education.
24 min
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California Eviction Moratorium Still in Limbo
Though the economy is finally recovering, many California tenants are anxiously waiting to see whether the state’s eviction moratorium will be extended beyond June 30. Chronicle reporter Alexei Koseff joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss what’s at stake and how negotiations between state lawmakers are going.
17 min
3
What Vincent Chin's Death Taught Us
Thirty-nine years ago, Vincent Chin was beaten to death by two white men. His murder prompted Black political activist Rev. Jesse Jackson to visit San Francisco Chinatown in 1984 to help speak out against anti-Asian violence. Longtime Chinatown activist Rev. Norman Fong joins host Cecilia Lei to reflect on the challenges of Asian and Black community solidarity as anti-Asian violence persists in the Bay Area.
18 min
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Why the Delta Variant's Surge is a Big Deal
Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday reveals new numbers on the rise of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus in California. One Bay Area county saw infections triple in the past month. Allday explains why health experts are worried about the strain, which has caused chaos among unvaccinated populations and could set back our immense progress in emerging from the pandemic. Also, Allday discusses the plight of families who have children under age 12 — kids who can’t yet be vaccinated.
14 min
5
The 'Huge War' over Hunters Point
San Francisco's biggest environmental justice battle is back, colliding with the city's need to address housing shortages. Chronicle reporter Lauren Hepler joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss why community members want to stop the construction of 12,000 new homes on the Hunters Point shipyard.
14 min
6
Lift Every Voice: Bay Area Black Elders Share T...
The San Francisco Chronicle presents an exclusive series of conversations with Black Bay Area leaders, including Betty Reid Soskin, Harry Edwards, Rev. Amos Brown and Barbara Rodgers. After last year's racial reckoning in America, they share stories of the past and offer visions for future generations.
20 min
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Did You Throw Away Your Shot?
Thousands of Bay Area residents haven't gotten their second shot of the two-shot vaccine. As California reopens, these shot-skippers may be better off than people who are fully unvaccinated. But they're at risk, especially from the potent "delta" variant.
12 min
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What Pandemic Crime Stats Really Tell Us
Beyond the politics and fear, what do the numbers actually show? Chronicle data reporter Susie Neilson explains that even though crime has been falling all over the place for decades, the pandemic spurred distinct trends.
17 min
9
California Reopens: What It Means for You
Karaoke's OK now, right? Packed indoor dining? Concerts? Reporter Kellie Hwang breaks down the new rules with host Cecilia Lei. Plus: Health reporter Erin Allday reflects on this long road back to something like normal.
22 min
10
How TikTok Became a Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth
Host Cecilia Lei is joined by reporter Malavika Kannan, who wrote about how the community found solidarity and celebration on the platform, and 19-year-old content creator Cas Davis of Fairfield, who found their voice there.
15 min
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How an Eviction Tore One Family Apart
Lizzie Johnson tells the story of 10-year-old Bre-Anna Valenzuela, whose parents were fighting as her mother fought a terminal disease. But at least their home in Fresno was protected by California's eviction moratorium. Or so they thought.
13 min
12
Breaking: Aaron Peskin Says He's Entering Rehab
The powerful San Francisco supervisor, a pivotal figure at City Hall since 2000, acknowledged a problem with alcohol after Chronicle reporters interviewed dozens of his colleagues about a troubling pattern of bullying and apparent intoxication at meetings.
14 min
13
"Do Not Pull a Karen": What to Expect as Restau...
Short-handed restaurants are desperate to avoid poor Yelp reviews as customers deal with long waits. Food writer Elena Kadvany talks about the tension as indoor dining opens back up. Plus: A restaurant general manager and a bartender who's left the industry.
14 min
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How Is This Drought Different?
Cecilia Lei talks to reporter Kurtis Alexander and food writer Tara Duggan about the drought and why farms and ranches will be hit hardest. Then Sonoma County grazing specialist Byron Palmer shares how his business is struggling to survive.
17 min
15
Do Bathrooms Encourage Homeless Encampments?
One of San Francisco's most explosive debates centers on whether the city's policies attract unhoused people and tent camps. Now, the debate extends to portable public bathrooms. Reporter Mallory Moench on a big fight among city leaders.
14 min
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Corrected: California Finally Responds to Coron...
An earlier version of this episode was published with old audio. That version has been fixed, and we've also republished the correct audio here. — For a while, the state wasn't doing much to monitor the spread of coronavirus variants in communities. That has changed, reporter Erin Allday says. More widespread genomic sequencing of the virus may help us respond more quickly to flare-ups.
17 min
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California Finally Responds to Coronavirus Vari...
For a while, the state wasn't doing much to monitor the spread of coronavirus variants in communities. That has changed, reporter Erin Allday says. More widespread genomic sequencing of the virus may help us respond more quickly to flare-ups.
17 min
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How Will the Bay Area Cope With a Rising Bay?
In just a few decades, the waterline is expected to rise by almost a foot, which will impact nearly every facet of life in the region. Chronicle writer John King joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss a problem that goes way beyond losing a few feet of shoreline.
19 min
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Why Did So Many Kids Leave S.F. Public Schools?
The coronavirus pandemic's toll on San Francisco public schools may be felt for years. More than 1,700 students have left, which could cost the district millions of dollars. Reporter Jill Tucker talks about what schools are grappling with.
16 min
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Can $1 Billion End Homelessness in San Francisco?
Mayor London Breed wants to spend that much over the next two years. Reporter Trisha Thadani joins Cecilia Lei to talk about how the mayor plans to spend the money, and homeless advocate Juthaporn Chaloeicheep gives her reaction to the huge price tag.
16 min
21
The Doctor Who Hates School Closures
Dr. Monica Gandhi of UCSF has gained national attention with her controversial critiques of the Bay Area’s conservative pandemic response, which she argues has done more harm than good for some populations, especially schoolchildren.
21 min
22
Surviving COVID-19 With Dementia
Reporter Sarah Ravani and photographer Gabrielle Lurie talk with Cecilia Lei about their reporting on dementia patients at Gordon Manor, an assisted living facility in Redwood City. The pandemic has carried extra dangers for those with dementia.
17 min
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Get Ready for the Post-Pandemic Travel Boom
After more than a year of lockdowns, people are ready to shove aside their "travel guilt" and get away. Reporter Greg Thomas tells Demian Bulwa what you need to know before you fly — or, more likely, hit the road.
12 min
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"It Really Is a National Crisis"
We tend to look at mass shootings as isolated events. But Guardian reporter Abené Clayton tells Cecilia Lei "the repercussions of gun violence spread like a virus," and we should be thinking about tragedies like the San Jose shooting as a public health disaster.
19 min
25
What Happens When the Rent Comes Due?
Rent relief and eviction moratoriums have helped many residential tenants and small businesses survive the pandemic. Reporters Emma Talley and Mallory Moench talk about tensions between renters and landlords as the crisis eases.
14 min
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Bay Area Police Reform: What’s Changed?
In the year since George Floyd’s death, local city leaders have launched a variety of police reform initiatives. But do they go far enough? Reporters Sarah Ravani and Megan Cassidy give an update on whether progress has been made.
25 min
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George Floyd 1 Year Later: "A Lost Opportunity"
John Jones III, an Oakland activist and member of the city's Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, says it's always good when people demand justice, but "we're beyond protesting at this point," and much work remains.
19 min
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Caitlyn Jenner's Running, Trans Advocates are F...
Many in the trans community see the star as a problematic figurehead at a critical time. Dustin Gardiner talks about Jenner's run for governor of California, and Ann Killion weighs in on her opposition to trans girls playing girls sports in schools.
18 min
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Dining Indoors Again: An Expert's View
Soleil Ho, co-host of the Extra Spicy podcast, covers the food industry — but hadn't eaten indoors at a restaurant in 15 months. She dishes about sliding into the booth of a pho house after getting fully vaccinated, and knowing hospitality workers had too.
12 min
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Comeback Win: Stanford Reinstates 11 Sports
For months, Chronicle columnist Ann Killion has been raising questions about Stanford's decision to cut 11 varsity sports programs early in the pandemic. This week, the school reversed course under pressure, reinstating every one.
16 min
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San Francisco 911: A Pivot From Police
Reporter Trisha Thadani talks about the city's new Street Crisis Response Team — mental health professionals, not cops — which responds to the city's most vulnerable people, including those who are mentally ill, addicted to drugs and unhoused.
15 min
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Are We Ready to Shed Our Masks?
The CDC says it’s OK to stop wearing them if you’re vaccinated, but host Demian Bulwa isn’t so sure he’s ready. Erin Allday says that makes sense. We’ve all been through trauma and we’re nervous and scared.
15 min
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Bay Area Tent Cities: What Next?
The CDC urged city officials to avoid clearing homeless encampments during the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, some unhoused people face eviction and uncertain futures. Reporter Lauren Hepler talked to tent city residents about their fears.
14 min
34
Are We Headed Toward Fare-Free Muni?
Two San Francisco supervisors moved their plan for three free months of Muni forward on Wednesday, but Muni officials don't like the idea.
18 min
35
California Has Extra Cash. How to Spend it?
Despite the pandemic, state officials are projecting a $38 billion surplus in the upcoming fiscal year. The question: How to spend it?
16 min
36
Kids Can Get Vaccinated: Will They?
Reporter Catherine Ho on federal approval of the Pfizer vaccine for 12-15-year-olds. But will enough parents give permission, considering the coronavirus hasn't hit young people as hard? Plus: A 15-year-old talks about her feelings about the shot.
13 min
37
California's Math Wars
San Francisco public schools moved Algebra 1 out of middle school and into high school for all students in 2014, and the state might recommend that all public school districts do the same. But some parents don't like the controversial move, saying kids should be able to advance in math if they're able. Education reporter Jill Tucker adds it all up.
16 min
38
Is San Francisco's Exodus Over?
San Franciscans fled the city in droves during the pandemic. Now that the city's reopening, will its citizens return?
14 min
39
Happy Birthday, Willie Mays
S.F. Giants great Willie Mays celebrates his 90th birthday today.
24 min
40
Welcome to the Yellow Tier
It became official Tuesday: San Francisco is advancing to the yellow tier of coronavirus restrictions.
16 min
41
Are STDs Really Down in the Pandemic?
Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday discusses her look at reports of sexually transmitted diseases in the past year.
13 min
42
Sneaker Waves: Death at the Beach
Unique to parts of the North American West Coast and Iceland, these deadly waves have crashed over unsuspecting beachgoers again and again, including Arunay Pruthi, 12, who was swept to sea in front of his family.
19 min
43
Misery in India
As life in the United States is beginning to return to normal, India has been crushed by a deadly surge of the coronavirus
18 min
44
Why 49ers Fans Are in a Frenzy
San Francisco 49ers fans are on pins and needles as they await Thursday's NFL Draft. The reason? The team of Joe Montana, Steve Young and Colin Kaepernick is under intense pressure to pick a quarterback of the future. But which QB? And what will happen to the current Niners starter, Jimmy Garoppolo? Chronicle sports columnists Ann Killion and Scott Ostler weigh in on the tension, give their preferred picks, and lament the continued racist stereotypes often placed on Black quarterbacks.
16 min
45
City Hall's Top Lawyer Moves On
City Attorney Dennis Herrera has been nominated to take over the Public Utilities Commission after 20 years of representing San Francisco in court. He talks about his biggest cases, trying to reopen schools, and having Trump as a foil.
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California's Slow Growth Costs a House Seat
For the first time in history, California is about to lose an elected representative in Congress, even as Texas picks up two seats. The shift was cemented by numbers released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau. What does it mean for California? What about the balance of power between Republicans and Democrats? And how will the state form its new congressional districts? Chronicle Washington correspondent Tal Kopan explains.
18 min
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Small Towns to Remote Workers: We'll Pay You to...
From Michigan to Maine, communities are dangling incentives of up to $20,000 to out-of-state folks, hoping to convince tech workers and others in the expanding remote workforce to move in. Reporter Carolyn Said talks about these pandemic perks, which in some places include home lots, bicycles and even free Jimmy John's sandwiches — though you have to commit to staying for awhile.
14 min
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Addressing San Francisco's Homelessness and Dru...
City Hall is debating fixes for San Francisco's most pressing problems including funding sanctioned tent encampments and opening a long-discussed safe injection site. Reporter Mallory Moench explains the proposals and why they're far from sure things.
16 min
49
A Sixth Accuser for Foppoli
Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli has been accused of sexual assault by five women — and now another is sharing her story with The Chronicle. Reporter Cynthia Dizikes discusses the latest allegations.
18 min
50
Derek Chauvin Guilty: Now What?
Activists Melina Abdullah and Akil Riley, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer and police reform expert Alex Vitale talk about where America goes from here following the conviction of the ex-cop who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis.
26 min
51
Making Muni Faster
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is trying to add HOV lanes to highways in the city, but some residents are fighting back. Reporter Ricardo Cano explains why the SFMTA seems to be at the center of so many pandemic squabbles.
16 min
52
Oscar Grant’s Mom Is Right
With Daunte Wright the latest in a long string of Black men dying at the hands of police, Wanda Johnson says it's past time for the country to get armed cops out of traffic stops. Columnist Justin Phillips agrees.
13 min
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Racism in the Bay Area Food Industry
Anti-Asian attacks and rhetoric are rising, and they're impacting Asian food workers who have to interact with the public in a big way
12 min
54
Different Pandemics for Different Neighborhoods
Not every part of San Francisco has been equally fortunate. Reporter Susie Neilson talks about the Chronicle's analysis of Covid-19 cases by neighborhood. Plus: Trisha Thadani on the’s city’s efforts to vaccinate its hardest-hit communities.
14 min
55
Johnson & Johnson Suspension: How Bad Is It?
The pause on one of the country's three vaccines comes at a bad time as everyone 16 and up becomes eligible for shots this week in California. Reporter Erin Allday talks about why it happened and what it means for the race to herd immunity.
19 min
56
What the First Day of School Looked Like in S.F.
Education reporter Jill Tucker takes you behind the scenes of the first day back in school in San Francisco. The district, which was among the last big public systems in the country to bring students back, opened 22 elementary schools.
18 min
57
Fifth Woman Accuses Dominic Foppoli
An ex-girlfriend says she was sexually assaulted by the Windsor mayor. Meanwhile, some residents of the town are launching a recall bid. Foppoli released a statement denying the allegations and attacking lawmakers who have called for his resignation
12 min
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Wine Country Mayor Faces Criminal Investigation
Hours after The Chronicle published an investigation into Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office opened a criminal probe
11 min
59
"Prince" of Wine Country Accused of Sexual Assault
Four women have told The Chronicle that vintner and Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli isolated and assaulted them after nights of drinking between 2003 and 2019. Foppoli denies the allegations. Content warning: Sexual assault.
26 min
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Reopening: The End Is Near
With vaccinations growing, Gov. Newsom delivered staggering news on Tuesday: California plans to lift most pandemic restrictions and fully reopen on June 15. Unless something changes, that means the end of the color-coded tier system for counties. Reporters Erin Allday and Aidin Vaziri discuss what this means for schools, for events like concerts and for mask-wearing — and whether there's still a chance of a backslide.
14 min
61
Imposteraunts!
If beloved Blowfish Sushi closed in December, how can people still order sushi from a restaurant of the same name in the same space? Reporter Janelle Bitker has been following this fishy story.
19 min
62
Stanford's Professor of Women's Basketball
The Cardinal's NCAA title adds to the remarkable legacy of coach Tara VanDerveer. Her team is the most consistently successful in Bay Area sports, but this was their first title in 29 years.
10 min
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How Much Longer Will We Have to Wear Masks?
There are few more obvious tokens of the pandemic than the masks covering everyone’s faces. But despite the rising number of vaccination rates, Californians shouldn’t expect to tear them off any time soon. Health writer Erin Allday joins to explain why.
15 min
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We're Here. We're Queer. We're in Power
Have we entered a new era for LGBTQ politicians? Reporter Tony Bravo talks about the groundbreaking rise of gay and transgender leaders. Plus: Rachel Swan breaks down the tension over the response to anti-Asian crimes.
18 min
65
50-64: You're Vaccine Eligible! But ...
But there aren’t enough shots. Reporters Catherine Ho and Nanette Asimov discuss what the Bay Area can expect as eligibility opens for those 50 and over. Plus: Alexei Koseff talks about help for the region's poorest residents to get vaccinated.
16 min
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Polling on Recall is Good News for Newsom
A new poll shows opponents of California Gov Gavin Newsom have a lot of work to do. A strong 56% of likely voters oppose the recall, compared to 40% backing it. Meanwhile, Newsom’s job approval rating among likely voters is 53%, virtually unchanged from the before the pandemic that ignited anger against him. The Chronicle's Joe Garofoli explains the numbers, how the pandemic is at the center of recall momentum, and how leading Democrats aren't likely to run to replace Newsom.
16 min
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Vaccine FOMO Is Real
People are posting inoculation selfies and beginning to restart their lives. But what about those who haven't yet got their shots? Reporter Ryan Kost on Fear of Missing Out. Plus: Erin Allday on fears of a fourth surge of the pandemic.
18 min
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SF New Deal: Helping Restaurants Survive
Lenore Estrada's Three Babes Bakeshop lost its customer base when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Her efforts to distribute leftover pies led to her co-founding SF New Deal, which has paid 184 restaurants to provide 1.83 million meals to the hungry.
26 min
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Vaccinations for All Adults Almost Here
Starting April 1, all Californians 50 and older will be eligible for a shot, and anyone 16 and older will qualify on April 15. Health reporters Catherine Ho and Erin Allday talk about the big news, and new concern about the P.1 variant of the coronavirus.
14 min
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San Francisco's Decimated Downtown
There's enough office space for lease in the city to fill 11 Salesforce Towers. Can it be turned into housing? Chronicle reporter Roland Li explains why that's a lot harder than it sounds -- and also gives some alarming statistics on plunging San Francisco tourism dollars.
19 min
71
Oakland's Experiment: Paying a Guaranteed Income
Oakland will launch one of the country's biggest guaranteed income programs this spring. The idea is to give 600 residents -- all of them low-income parents of color -- a monthly payment of $500 a month for at least 18 months with no strings attached. Chronicle reporter Sarah Ravani talks about why the idea is spreading, and how supporters are looking for proof that basic income can boost people’s health and increase racial and gender equity.
13 min
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Racist Tweets are Latest Crisis for S.F. Schools
Education reporter Jill Tucker discusses the tweets attacking Asian Americans that have prompted broad calls for the resignation of San Francisco school board member Alison Collins.
17 min
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What Will Yosemite Look Like This Summer?
The stunning scenery is a given, but pretty much everything else about California's beloved national park remains up in the air. Park officials are still deciding whether to cap daily visitors due to the coronavirus or allow everybody in at once. Chronicle reporter Kurtis Alexander previews what to expect on a visit.
12 min
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Orange Tier, Here We Come
It's happening: The Bay Area is moving toward post-pandemic life. And while virus variants are coming our way, the news looks good so far as vaccinations grow. Reporters Trisha Thadani and Erin Allday talk about what's about to open up.
19 min
75
Anti-Asian Hate: How the Media Can Do Better
As the nation reels from the Atlanta mass shooting, Vox’s Cecilia Lei, an Asian American Journalists Association president, speaks with Heather Knight about how the rise in anti-Asian attacks has affected her and her family, and about how journalists and news organizations can better cover this type of violence.
18 min
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Out of Prison, Right Into COVID Lockdown
Jeremy Puckett was exonerated after spending 19 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. But he had to trade one kind of lockdown for another: He was freed just as coronavirus shelter-in-place orders came down.
16 min
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Kevin Fagan on Hunting The Doodler
He's covered the Zodiac, the Unabomber and others. Now, Fagan turns his attention to a forgotten serial killer who preyed on San Francisco's gay community in the '70s for The Chronicle's new true-crime miniseries, The Doodler.
16 min
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A Year of Shelter-in-Place
Health reporter Erin Allday joins hosts Heather Knight and Demian Bulwa to talk about life in the coronavirus pandemic one year after the Bay Area's shutdown order. We hear from listeners, medical workers and former Fifth & Mission host Audrey Cooper.
27 min
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A Critical Care Doctor's Pandemic Year
Dr. Maya Kotas of UCSF talked to Fifth & Mission from New York last May when she was volunteering to help at the epicenter of COVID-19. Now, she talks again to the Chronicle's Sarah Feldberg about the last heartbreaking year.
21 min
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Why San Francisco's Parklets Should be Permanent
Supervisor Ahsha Safai is backing Mayor London Breed's legislation to let those makeshift structures in parking spaces remain forever as a way to boost struggling small businesses. He also discusses his idea to remake the school board and why the city should purchase more hotels for homeless people.
25 min
81
Will the Bay Area See One More Coronavirus Surge?
As society reopens and vaccinations spread, COVID-19 is on the run. But as Chronicle reporter Annie Vainshtein reports, health experts say the Bay Area may see a fourth pandemic surge — thanks to more contagious variants, the relaxing of rules and spring break. Also, sports writer Ron Kroichick talks about fans returning to Giants and A's games, and whether that's a good idea.
18 min
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It's All Political: California Dreaming: Gavin ...
For coverage of Gov. Gavin Newsom's State of the State speech Tuesday night, Fifth & Mission presents The Chronicle's It's All Political podcast, hosted by Joe Garofoli. Sacramento reporters Alexei Koseff and Dustin Gardiner join host Joe Garofoli to break down Gov. Newsom's speech as he likely faces a recall.
25 min
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Back to School: A Plan for San Francisco
After a year of distance learning, young kids in San Francisco public schools now have a date to return. Meredith Dodson, co-founder of the family group Decreasing the Distance, talks about the plan and its highlights problems.
19 min
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Bay Area Man Admits Role in Historic FBI Burglary
March 8, 1971. While the nation watched the first Ali-Frazier fight, eight activists broke into a small FBI office near Philadelphia. The files they stole and leaked would change uncover Cointelpro and change America.
18 min
85
Trump, a Pandemic and a Coup: A Long-Distance L...
Reporter Tatiana Sanchez tells the story of a two-year separation and a remarkable reunion for San Francisco schoolteacher Kenny Kruse and Yar Zar Min of Myanmar.
15 min
86
Breaking: California's New Equity Vaccine Plan
Health reporter Catherine Ho talks about a big change in the state's vaccine program that will steer 40% of the supply to eligible people in the roughly 400 lowest-income ZIP codes.
8 min
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The Bay Area Reopens, But is That a Good Idea?
San Francisco and other counties entered the red tier on Wednesday, reopening indoor dining, gyms and museums. But is that smart with just a fraction of the population vaccinated and variants taking hold? Chronicle reporters Aidin Vaziri and Steve Rubenstein discuss the city's first day in the red tier and why it has some doctors concerned.
21 min
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Is the End of Shutdown Near?
San Francisco prepares to open indoor dining and other activities as the city moves into the red tier. Erin Allday talks about whether we can expect another surge or if vaccines mean the worst is coming to an end.
16 min
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What's Next for Schools After Reopening Deal?
Reporters Alexei Koseff and Jill Tucker talk about California's multibillion-dollar reopening plan, which could mean a windfall for schools if they meet certain dates and requirements.
17 min
90
Was it Blackface or Acne Cream? Blackface Accus...
Two boys who were forced out of a Bay Area high school over what appeared to be a blackface photo have filed a $20 million lawsuit, saying the selfie was years old and they were actually wearing acne medication. It's the latest emotional dispute over racism on campus and the responsibility of schools. Reporter Matthias Gafni and columnist Justin Phillips talk about the case and the necessary conversation it raises.
19 min
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When Will Tourists Return to San Francisco?
The city's 215 hotels are usually packed nightly. But a year into the pandemic, half of them are temporarily closed, the rest mostly empty. S.F. Hotel Council CEO Kevin Carroll talks about how a key industry can rebound.
25 min
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The Cost of Anti-Asian Racism
Reporter Janelle Bitker talks about conversations she's been having with Bay Area Asian Americans who have been victims of coronavirus-related racism, including a recent series of brutal physical attacks.
21 min
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Remembering Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The legendary poet, publisher and City Lights founder, who died Tuesday, is remembered by Jerry Cimino of the Beat Museum and others, and we hear him recite from "A Coney Island of the Mind."
18 min
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Half a Million Dead
The U.S. has surpassed 500,000 dead in the COVID-19 pandemic as steady progress is being made on vaccinations. Reporter Erin Allday talks about that and new worries about a variant spreading in California.
17 min
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Can San Francisco's Iconic Cable Cars be Saved?
San Francisco's 148-year-old cable cars have been out-of-service for nearly a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with no timeline for returning.
16 min
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Is the Winter Surge Over?
We're not out of the woods, but health reporter Erin Allday says the Bay Area is turning the corner on the pandemic. Plus: Business reporter Carolyn Said on a study estimating tens of thousands have died due to the nation's unemployment crisis.
19 min
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How a Year of Distance Learning is Impacting C...
No San Francisco public school student has seen the inside of a classroom in nearly a year, though six elementary schools are ready to reopen -- eventually. Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker explains the latest on the move to reopen the city's schools and how Zoom school has spelled disaster for some kids.
22 min
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A Man in Crisis Killed: Will the Officer Be Cha...
Reporter Rachel Swan talks about her investigation into the police shooting of a mentally ill man in Danville. An officer killed Laudemer Arboleda, who was unarmed, after stepping in front of his car during a low-speed chase.
22 min
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The New Battle of People's Park
Just as in 1969, when Gov. Ronald Reagan sent in the National Guard, activists want to preserve the Berkeley park while UC wants to build housing. Times — and the stakes — have changed, but reporter Sarah Ravani says the fight is a familiar one.
15 min
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Extra Spicy: The Fight to Save Chinatown
The 2021 Lunar New Year marks a full year of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on San Francisco’s Chinatown. Well before the Bay Area shut down, America’s oldest Chinatown experienced reduced business and xenophobia. With thousands living in Single Room Occupancy hotels and legacy businesses on the brink of closure, the neighborhood is fighting to survive. This is an episode of The Chronicle's food and culture podcast, Extra Spicy.
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