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.

Fifth & Mission: Terror at the RNC!
On the Chronicle's flagship Fifth & Mission podcast, It's All Political host Joe Garofoli joins Heather Knight to talk about the GOP's strategy at the Republican National Convention: Scare the base with a bleak picture of America,
18 min
Weirdest Democratic National Convention Ever: A...
Joe Biden is facing an enthusiasm gap. Can Dems rally excitement for him with no roaring crowd, no balloon drop? Political writers John Wildermuth and Tal Kopan join Joe Garofoli to explain what challenges Democrats are up against.
16 min
Katie Hill: Sex Scandal Won't Stop My Comeback
The former California congresswoman was a rising Democratic star until a conservative website published nude photos of her. She joins Joe to talk about exploitation, double standards — and her new book, “She Will Rise.”
27 min
Fifth & Mission: Why Kamala Harris is Joe Biden...
On The Chronicle's flagship news podcast, Joe Garofoli and Tal Kopan talk to Demian Bulwa about the former San Francisco DA and California attorney general who'll be Biden's running mate in November.
19 min
Can Joe Biden’s shift on immigration excite Lat...
Many Latino voters still associate Joe Biden with Barack Obama, known to some as “the deporter in chief.” Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Fund discusses Biden's changes in approach to immigration in 2020.
28 min
Black Lives Matter's Alicia Garza on the future...
Alicia Garza, the co-creator of Black Lives Matter, talks about the next steps for the movement, what Joe Biden should do to get young Black people to vote, and the difference between allies and co-conspirators.
25 min
Stacey Abrams: VP Search, Voter Suppression and...
Stacey Abrams talks about what it was like being mentioned as a possible Biden running mate, her concerns about voter suppression and the census, and what should be done with Confederate monuments and tributes to John Muir.
36 min
Women, Declare Your Independence From Men!
Jennifer Palmieri, a former Clinton and Obama adviser, talks about her new book, “She Proclaims” — which explains how women should stop trying to fit into a man’s world and create their own. Plus: Insights on the Biden campaign.
33 min
Potential Biden VP Pick Karen Bass
The Southern California congresswoman, who is on the shortlist to be Joe Biden's running mate, talks about her leadership of police reform efforts in Congress as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
27 min
What Joe Biden Has to Do to Win Young Voters
NextGen America is spending $45 million on one of the largest youth voter turnout campaigns in history. NextGen leader Ben Wessel explains how Biden can appeal to the younger generation.
29 min
How to Defund the Police
Alex Vitale, author of “The End of Policing,” has been a leader in the police reform movement for years. He makes the case for defunding and talks about what works, what doesn’t and how long true reform will take.
35 min
Eric Swalwell’s Insider View of Impeachment
Rep. Eric Swalwell talks with Chronicle editorial page editor John Diaz about his new book, “Endgame: Inside the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump,” which gives a backstage look at the historic moment.
29 min
Molly Ball on the Real Nancy Pelosi
The journalist and author of the new 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. | Get full Chronicle access:
39 min
How Silicon Valley Will Look Different After th...
Carl Guardino, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, talks about how America's tech capital will transform now that many companies have told their workers they can work from home in the coronavirus crisis.
36 min
Barbara Lee Wants a Racial Healing and Truth Co...
The Oakland congresswoman talks to Joe Garofoli and Tal Kopan about how white people can be better allies, plus who she thinks Joe Biden's pick for vice president should be.
22 min
The Digital Divide Is Getting Worse
FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel talks about how the coronavirus is widening the gap between information haves and have-nots, hurting people like high school junior Jessica Ramos, who shares her experience.
24 min
Michael Franti: Positivity in Politics and Life
The Bay Area native’s new album, “Work Hard and Be Nice,” is less concerned with social consciousness than his previous work. But it’s a reflection of his belief in staying positive through political campaigns and pandemics.
35 min
Shahid Buttar Is Challenging Nancy Pelosi From ...
While the speaker is known as the epitome of a San Francisco liberal and an antidote to President Trump, Shahid Buttar, her challenger for reelection, says she hasn't done enough for working people and thinks she has enabled Trump.
31 min
Pramila Jayapal on PPP, Bernie Sanders and Joe ...
The co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus explains her new Paycheck Guarantee Act to get money directly to the unemployed, and how Bernie Sanders will help get more progressives excited about candidate Biden.
38 min
Election Day Nightmare? Dirty Tricks, Suppressi...
UC Irvine professor Richard Hasen, author of "Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy," warns about all of the threats to a free and fair election in November.
32 min
From the Tea Party to "Open the States"
Mark Meckler, an early leader of the Tea Party movement a decade ago, is now at the forefront of the drive to convince states to reopen for business during the coronavirus pandemic. How are the two movements similar — and different?
29 min
Will a Presidential Transition Work?
The teams are forming now and David Marchick, director of the Center for Presidential Transition, explains how this will be the most important transition since 1932, during the Great Depression.
21 min
Kamala Harris "Would Be Honored" to Be VP
California Sen. Kamala Harris reveals what she'd say if Joe Biden asked her to be his running mate. She also says she's "very concerned" about being able to do oversight on the $2 trillion of coronavirus relief.
35 min
Katie Porter: We Need Real Time Stimulus Oversight
Orange County Democratic Rep. Katie Porter has become a rising star, largely for her oversight role. That is needed now with Washington spending $2 trillion to fight fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
33 min
Will Coronavirus Boost Support for Medicare for...
Medicare for All didn’t die when Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign. Its advocates predict support will grow because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael Lighty, a top Sanders advisor on health care, explains.
19 min