Fifth & Mission show

Fifth & Mission

Summary: The flagship news podcast of the San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco City Hall columnist Heather Knight 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:

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 Welcome to the Yellow Tier | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1065

It became official Tuesday: San Francisco is advancing to the yellow tier of coronavirus restrictions. On Thursday the city will start easing the rules on large gatherings and indoor bars, among other things. Restaurants, movie theaters, gyms — they can all expand capacity. Chronicle reporters Aidin Vaziri and Erin Allday explain the news, lay out what comes next and discuss a difficult question: Are some vaccinated people now being too cautious? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Chronicled: A Message from Tal and Joe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 131

SF Chronicle podcast Chronicled: Who Is Kamala Harris? was nominated for a Webby award for best documentary podcast. And we need your help: Vote for our project before May 6 here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Are STDs Really Down in the Pandemic? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 913

Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday discusses her look at reports of sexually transmitted diseases in the past year. Turns out, STDs including HIV were way down — but that may not be a result of people isolating themselves, and it may not be a good thing. According to experts, it may be the side effect of less testing. People were still getting STDs, Allday says, but many of them just didn’t know it. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Sneaker Waves: Death at the Beach | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1292

One minute, people are relaxing at a Bay Area beach. The next, they're in a life-or-death struggle in the water. In recent months, a series of massive, out-of-nowhere waves have crashed over unsuspecting beachgoers again and again, including Arunay Pruthi, 12, who was swept to sea in front of his family. Reporter Nora Mishanec tells the story of the effort to rescue the boy, and to keep these tragedies from happening in the future. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Misery in India | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1198

As life in the United States is beginning to return to normal, India has been crushed by a deadly surge of the coronavirus. Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday discusses why that country is getting hit so hard now and how it's affecting the 300,000 Bay Area residents with ties to India. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Why 49ers Fans Are in a Frenzy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1093

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 City Hall's Top Lawyer Moves On | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1967

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has been nominated to take over the Public Utilities Commission after 20 years of representing the city in court. He talks about some of his biggest cases, his frustrating loss in trying to reopen schools and how the city has changed without President Trump as its biggest foil. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 California's Slow Growth Costs a House Seat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1192

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Small Towns to Remote Workers: We'll Pay You to Live Here | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 975

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Addressing San Francisco's Homelessness and Drug Crises | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1079

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 A Sixth Accuser for Foppoli | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1200

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 and why the woman's email about them to town officials in 2017 didn't accomplish much. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Derek Chauvin Guilty: Now What? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1699

The former Minneapolis cop's conviction on three charges in the killing of George Floyd was met with relief — and two more police-related deaths. Dominic Fracassa talks to Black Lives Matter organizer Melina Abdullah, police reform expert Alex Vitale, Oakland activist Akil Riley and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer about where America goes from here. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Making Muni Faster | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1100

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. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Oscar Grant’s Mom Is Right | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 908

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, and remembers "the talk" his parents had with him, even though his own dad was a cop. "Not every cop's going to be like your dad." | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Racism in the Bay Area Food Industry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 825

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. Chronicle food reporter Janelle Bitker explains how Asian restaurants are coping with the disturbing trend. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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