It’s All Political

It’s All Political is now a part of the Fifth & Mission podcast. You can hear It's All Political on Fifth & Mission by subscribing to Fifth & Mission, the San Francisco Chronicle's flagship daily newscast. Joe Garofoli is the Chronicle’s senior political writer, covering national and state politics. He has worked at the Chronicle since 2000 and in Bay Area journalism since 1992, when he left the Milwaukee Journal. He has previously written about the intersection of tech and politics and about the politics of the cannabis industry.

The Most Powerful Part of Joe Biden's Speech wa...
George Mason University political scientist Jennifer Victor joins Joe to break down Joe Biden's inaugural speech
20 min
Can Joe Biden Make "Normal" Work Again?
After four years of Trump chaos, the new president promises to bring normalcy back to the White House. Presidential scholar and author Elaine Kamarck talks about what "normal" means and what it should look like.
15 min
House Impeaches Trump Again
What’s next after the House makes the president the first ever to be impeached twice? In this joint episode of It's All Political and Fifth & Mission, Heather Knight and Joe Garofoli talk about what it will mean for California Republicans who backed him.
16 min
Pelosi and the House Move to Impeach
Introducing an article of impeachment, House Democrats accuse President Trump of “inciting violence against the government.” The pressure is on Republicans, say Tal Kopan and Joe Garofoli in this joint episode with Fifth & Mission.
17 min
Should the President be Removed?
On a joint episode of Fifth & Mission and It’s all Political, Demian Bulwa and Joe Garofoli talk about attempts to remove President Trump. Plus reporter Chase DiFeliciantonio on Facebook and Twitter finally cracking down.
23 min
Why Georgia's Senate Races Matter to California
The results in Tuesday's runoffs — Perdue vs. Ossoff and Loeffler vs. Warnock — will have major ramifications Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi and Alex Padilla. It's All Political host Joe Garofoli joins Fifth & Mission host Heather Knight in this joint episode.
17 min
Best of IAP: The Real Nancy Pelosi
Journalist Molly Ball, author of the biography "Pelosi," explains what shaped the first female Speaker of the House, how she's dealt with sexism throughout her career and how she's been able to keep Democrats in line. This episode was first published June 9, 2020.
39 min
Now What? Life After @realDonaldTrump
Steve Kettmann, editor of a new book of essays called "Now What: The Voters Have Spoken. Essays on Life After Trump," talks about how — and whether — the United States can heal after the last four years.
33 min
New Senator Alex Padilla
Gov. Gavin Newsom has named California's secretary of state to replace Kamala Harris in the Senate. In this episode published Oct. 3, 2020, Padilla talks to Joe Garofoli about the work he was doing to protect the right to vote leading up to the 2020 election
32 min
Alicia Garza says Gov. Newsom should appoint a ...
The co-creator of Black Lives Matter talks about diversity in the Biden Administration
35 min
Ro Khanna on What Progressives Want From a Bide...
Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna on what he thinks of Biden’s Cabinet picks
23 min
Fifth & Mission: Becerra's Departure is Newsom'...
President-Elect Joe Biden's pick for a big cabinet job — Health and Human Services secretary — is California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
15 min
Who Will Replace Kamala Harris in the Senate?
Will Gov. Gavin Newsom make history by appointing California's first Latinx senator? Or will he pick a woman of color? Sacramento bureau reporter Alexei Koseff joins host Joe Garofoli to break down the candidates.
24 min
Best of IAP: Kamala Harris
The Vice President-elect joined Joe Garofoli and Tal Kopan in April, just as speculation began to build that Joe Biden would ask her to be his running mate. She talked about that, the coronavirus epidemic, cooking and more.
35 min
It's Over: Biden Wins — What's Next?
In a combined episode of the Fifth & Mission and It’s All Political podcasts, Joe Garofoli, Tal Kopan and Demian Bulwa talk about the moment that put the Biden-Harris ticket over the top, the historic nature of their victory, and what to expect now from Donald Trump.
19 min
Election Night Wrap: What We Know
In a combined episode of the Fifth & Mission and It’s All Political podcasts, Joe Garofoli, Heather Knight, Alexei Koseff and Demian Bulwa sum up a tense, inconclusive presidential election day, plus state and local races.
25 min
The Lincoln Project: Trump's 24/7 Nightmare
Prominent GOP strategists Steve Schmidt and Mike Madrid have seen the party's sad demise in California. Now they are determined to defeat President Trump and his Senate enablers to save the party they once served and, more important, the American democracy they cherish.
34 min
What Was Prop 13 Creator Howard Jarvis Really L...
Jason Cohn, director of the new Jarvis documentary, “The First Angry Man,” traces his path from anti-Communist gadfly to movement leader and what Prop 13’s legacy is today.
37 min
“Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking”
Joe Garofoli is joined by Heather Knight, John Diaz and John Wildermuth to break down the historic Harris-Pence vice presidential debate, where a fly became a social media star.
20 min
Cyberattacks! Pandemic! Misinformation! Calming...
As voters receive their mail-in ballots, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla talks about the safeguards in place to protect voters against all the challenges of voting in 2020, both here and nationally.
32 min
Trump Biden Debate 1: What the Hell Was That?
Chronicle editorial board editor John Diaz and — GENTLEMEN, PLEASE! — political writer John Wildermuth join — EXCUSE ME! — host Joe Garofoli to analyze the first presidential — PLEASE LET HIM FINISH! — debate.
19 min
Adam Schiff: What a Post-Trump World Looks Like
The House Intelligence Committee chair talks about reforms that would prevent many things that Donald Trump has done as president and explains how the Russians are planning to disrupt the 2020 election.
32 min
"Stars and Strife": Can America Overcome Hate?
Filmmaker David Smick and Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome join Joe Garofoli to talk about Smick's new documentary, which says America’s "epidemic of hate" is preventing leaders from solving problems.
34 min
Bob Woodward's Trump Book Won't Change the Race
Chronicle editorial page editor John Diaz talks about the revelations in "Rage," why climate change isn't an issue in the campaign despite California's wildfires, and how the endorsement process has changed during the Zoom era.
26 min
A'shanti Gholar: Trump Is "Dog-Hollering" on Race
The president of Emerge — which recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office — joins Joe Garofoli to talk about how President Trump is inflaming the racial divide in America.
38 min