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:

Going Back to School – Are We Ready?
It's another huge moment in the pandemic: the full return of in-person instruction at Bay Area public schools. But what will that look like? And are we ready amid the frightening surge of the delta variant of the coronavirus? Chronicle health reporter Jill Tucker tells host Demian Bulwa how school officials are preparing, including what they are requiring in terms of vaccinations, masks and social distancing. She talks about how students are transitioning back. And she discusses the prospect of potential lockdowns in the future.
17 min
No Vaccination, No Mask, No (Indoor) Service
Thanks to the delta variant, the Bay Area is now an emerging coronavirus hotspot and now, restaurant and bar owners are taking matters into their own hands to protect the health of their workers and businesses. Chronicle food and wine editor Tanay Warerkar joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about how the vaccination requirement movement is gaining momentum in the Bay Area, and Ben Bleiman, the president of the San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance, explains why implementing the vaccination requirement was a no-brainer decision.
18 min
Newsom Recall: The Race is Closer Than You Think
While Californians oppose the recall generally, likely voters are closely split with the election mere weeks away. Reporter Alexei Koseff talks to host Cecilia Lei about how the governor has to motivate what's so far been an unenthusiastic Democratic base.
17 min
Wildfire Season Is Here: What to Expect
As two major fires burn in the Sierra, reporter J.D. Morris joins Cecilia Lei to talk about what Northern California should brace itself for, what we've learned from previous disasters and how major stakeholders like PG&E are shifting their strategies.
16 min
COVID Surge: How Bad Is It Going to Get?
Thanks to the delta variant, Bay Area coronavirus cases are rising yet again, just six weeks after California's big reopening. But this is a different kind of surge with very different lessons, says Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday.
18 min
Could Artificial Intelligence Help Him Grieve?
Eight years after his fiancee died of a rare liver disease at 23, Joshua Barbeau, still grieving, began texting with an artificial intelligence simulation of her. Barbeau and the Chronicle's Jason Fagone join Cecilia Lei to tell the story.
23 min
Tokyo Olympics: Ann Killion on the Strangest Games
These Olympics, which officially begin Friday U.S. time, are sorely lacking in the usual camaraderie and brotherhood. Fans are absent. COVID protocols already aren't working as planned. Ann Killion reports from a nervous, unhappy Tokyo.
17 min
Can West Oakland's Last Frontier for the Homele...
Hundreds of people live in Wood Street, an unhoused community under Interstate 880. It's one of the city's largest encampments with its own health clinic, communal kitchen and other amenities. Caron Creighton reports on a possible mass eviction.
14 min
Are the A's on Their Way Out of Oakland?
The City Council is weighing in on dueling visions for a $12 billion development at Howard Terminal that includes a waterfront ballpark, and club officials say they'll move the team if they don't get their way. Sarah Ravani and Scott Ostler have details.
17 min
Oakland Violence: Are Police the Problem, the S...
With violence in the city surging, some Black community leaders are feeling the pressure to plead for peace alongside Oakland police, despite not trusting them. Chronicle columnist Justin Phillips joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about a unique moment.
18 min
Homelessness: S.F.'s $1 Billion War Chest
San Francisco finally has full use of the funds from 2018's Prop. C. Reporter Trisha Thadani and Shireen McSpadden of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing talk about the city plans to spend that money.
20 min
Parklets Are Permanent — Is That Good?
Outdoor restaurant spaces that sprouted up during the COVID-19 pandemic are here to stay. Reporter Mallory Moench joins Dominic Fracassa to talk about the reaction from businesses and groups affected by the popular fixtures.
10 min
The Pandemic Is Not Over
A spike in Bay Area COVID cases. Breakthrough infections on the rise. New mask mandates for schools. Reporter Erin Allday talks to Cecilia Lei about how worried we should be about headlines like this, and how we can stay safe.
15 min
Has San Francisco Become Gotham City?
Viral videos have painted San Francisco as crime-riddled, but Mayor London Breed and SFPD Chief Bill Scott say that's not accurate. Reporter Megan Cassidy chats with host Cecilia Lei about what the latest crime stats actually say.
13 min
Why I'm Leaving Stanford Medicine
Dr. Jorge A. Caballero went viral on Twitter when he announced his resignation from Stanford University. He says Stanford repeatedly passed him over for career advancement after he spoke up about racial bias in the residency selection process in 2014.
14 min
Is Awkward the New Cool?
As social lives resume and we all stumble all over ourselves getting reacquainted with loved ones and strangers alike, Chronicle arts and culture columnist Tony Bravo says there's only one way to get through: embrace it.
19 min
The Cost of Unaffordable Housing
The region’s median price recently hit $1.3 million, while a new report finds that there are far more new jobs than new housing permits. Reporter Lauren Hepler talks about the impact of the pandemic and who's left out when communities become unaffordable.
16 min
Police Accountability in the Suburbs
In smaller towns across the Bay Area, police use-of-force is less subject to oversight than in the major cities. Reporter Rachel Swan joins Cecilia Lei to talk about Angelo Quinto's killing in Antioch, and why reform has been more modest in places like that.
18 min
Can Mayor London Breed Lead a Recovery?
She was praised for her early pandemic leadership, but with old dynamics returning to City Hall, the mayor faces new challenges. Host Cecilia Lei chats with reporter Trisha Thadani and activist Desi Danganan about how city bureaucracy affects the community.
18 min
Extra Spicy: Alternative Foods From Silicon Valley
On this episode of The Chronicle's food podcast, Extra Spicy, journalist Larissa Zimberoff talks to Soleil Ho and Justin Phillips about her book, “Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley’s Mission to Change What We Eat.”
35 min
Could the Miami Condo Collapse Happen Here?
A week after a 12-story building collapsed in Florida, host Cecilia Lei talks to Emily Guglielmo, president of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. Beyond earthquakes, how much should we worry about building safety in the Bay Area?
16 min
Is the Zodiac Killer Still Out There?
The Chronicle once got taunting letters and cryptograms from the Zodiac Killer. More than 50 years later, it still gets a stream of tips — and reporter Kevin Fagan chases them down. He talks with Demian Bulwa about some recent Zodiac news.
19 min
Did California Reopen Too Quickly?
Two weeks after the state's reopening, Los Angeles County now urges masks indoors for everyone as the delta variant spreads. Host Cecilia Lei checks in with reporter Aidin Vaziri, who warns Bay Area residents to stay vigilant.
14 min
The Beer Ban that Linked Queer and Labor Rights
In the 1970's, Allan Baird entered Harvey Milk's camera shop in San Francisco and asked for the support of the LGBTQ community in boycotting Coors Beer. It began a decades long coalition between gay and labor movements. Decades later, local activists sought to honor Baird's little known role in queer history.
14 min
Californians are flocking to Austin. Here's why
Chronicle reporter Roland Li traveled to Austin, Texas, to take a closer look at why many Californians are moving to the fast-growing tech hub. As he tells host Demian Bulwa, he found people looking for a lower cost of living and less traffic and headaches, in a place with abundant jobs and vibrant nightlife. But he also found that Austin is starting to confront California-like problems, including housing bidding wars, gentrification and displacement. As Austin booms, does it threaten California's future?
13 min
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Happy Birthday, Willie Mays
S.F. Giants great Willie Mays celebrates his 90th birthday today.
24 min
Welcome to the Yellow Tier
It became official Tuesday: San Francisco is advancing to the yellow tier of coronavirus restrictions.
16 min
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
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
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
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
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.
31 min
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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