Fifth & Mission show

Fifth & Mission

Summary: The flagship news podcast of the San Francisco Chronicle. 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:

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 Why SFPD and Mayor Breed Won't March in Pride | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1724

Organizers of San Francisco Pride banned in-uniform police officers at this year's event because they say some LGBTQ community members feel unsafe in their presence. In response, SFPD announced that officers will skip the parade. Mayor London Breed and other city agencies followed suit. Interim Pride executive director Suzanne Ford and SFPD officer Kathryn Winters join host Cecilia Lei to share their sides of the debate. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Squaring Up Against a Racist Massacre | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1409

At a vigil in Oakland following the white supremacist killing of 10 Black people at a grocery store in Buffalo, people grappled with how to move forward amid a resurgence of hate. They felt anger and fear and fatigue, while expressing resolve and "Black joy." Chronicle columnist Justin Phillips and Oakland community leader Cat Brooks — who organized the vigil — discuss the "replacement" conspiracy theory cited by the shooter and tell host Demian Bulwa that confronting such racism requires standing up to injustice across society. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Program That Keeps Teens Out of Jail Has Low Enrollment. Why? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1397

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin has faced criticism for prioritizing diversion programs, which provide alternatives to incarceration. But they've proven effective. The Make It Right program has kept young people out of jail, but why hasn't it grown under Boudin's leadership? Chronicle reporter Joshua Sharpe joins host Cecilia Lei to explain the limits of Boudin's reach. Later, one father, Jon Rahoi, explains how Make It Right helped his troubled teenaged daughter. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 What's Next for Key California Politicians? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2169

New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns have written "This Will Not Pass," a bestseller that recounts the 2020 election and the political breaking point the country is approaching. The authors join It's All Political on Fifth and Mission host Joe Garofoli to discuss what's at stake in the 2022 midterms, and what's next for key California politicians including Vice President Kamala Harris and Gov. Gavin Newsom. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 What the Food Industry Faces Now | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 891

Bay Area restaurants are still facing staffing shortages, supply chain issues and Covid-19 infections. Chronicle food reporter Elena Kadvany joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about how the latest surge is impacting the Bay Area food industry. Plus: Stella Dennig of Oakland's Daytrip shares the financial and emotional toll of dealing running a business with little public health guidance. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Latest Bay Area Homeless Count Might Surprise You | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1061

Local homeless populations haven't been counted since 2019 due to delays caused by the pandemic. On Monday, new data was released in six Bay Area counties, including Alameda and San Francisco. Chronicle reporters Sarah Ravani and J.D. Morris join host Cecilia Lei to talk about the uneven results across the region, and whether early pandemic efforts to get people off the streets worked. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Why Vaccine Bills are Dying in the California Legislature | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1061

California once drew a hard line around potential vaccine mandates in places like schools, but now there's been a dramatic shift in tone as vaccine bills are being shelved or delayed in Sacramento. Chronicle reporter Dustin Gardiner joins host Cecilia Lei to explain why, and how it's not just Republicans and anti-vaccine activists who are pushing back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 How New COVID Treatments are Changing the Pandemic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1265

Thanks to new options like Paxlovid, assessing personal risk and safety has gotten a little easier. Chronicle health reporter Catherine Ho joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about how anti-viral pills are providing peace of mind. They're also changing how the virus spreads. Data reporter Susie Neilson discusses why San Francisco's wealthy neighborhoods may be hit hardest by the next surge. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 East Bay Abortion Provider on a Post-Roe v. Wade Future | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1454

Dr. Rebecca Taub travels each month to provide care to people who live in states where abortion protections aren't available. She's seen what a world without Roe v. Wade looks like and she shares with host Cecilia Lei what she thinks California should be bracing itself for, even as a sanctuary state for abortions. Plus, Chronicle readers and listeners share their reactions to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Does Chesa Boudin's Controversial Diversion Strategy Work? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1134

Chesa Boudin's office is resolving a significantly greater share of criminal cases via diversion programs than under his predecessors. That's become a focus of the recall campaign as his opponents say the strategy has made San Francisco more dangerous. Chronicle reporters Susie Neilson and Joshua Sharpe join host Cecilia Lei to talk about what diversion programs are and how they work. They also explain that despite the political fervor around the Boudin recall campaign, diversion programs have been a mainstay in the city for decades, and are part of a larger national trend in criminal justice reform. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 SFPD Spokesman Is San Francisco's Newest Supervisor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 682

Mayor London Breed has tapped Matt Dorsey to represent District Six. He was sworn in Monday. Chronicle reporter Rachel Swan tells host Dominic Fracassa that the appointment signals the mayor doubling down on her new tough-on-crime image. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Pandemic Wild Card: Long COVID | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1007

As coronavirus cases tick up in the Bay Area, most illnesses will be mild. But Chronicle reporter Nanette Asimov has the story of the region's many long COVID patients, who've struggled with pain, fatigue and other symptoms of a disease that remains mysterious. What are doctors doing to treat people, and why isn't the government doing more to help? Later in the show, host Demian Bulwa speaks with reporter Catherine Ho, who has the latest news on the vaccine rollout, including when the youngest kids can expect their shots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Can Supervisor Dean Preston Fix the Tenderloin? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1020

The neighborhood at the center of San Francisco's thorniest debates has a new city supervisor. It's Dean Preston, the staunch progressive, who takes over after a divisive redistricting process and in the wake of Mayor London Breed's declaration of an emergency over the deadly drug trade in the neighborhood. Chronicle reporter J.D. Morris spent time with Preston and joins host Demian Bulwa to talk about Preston's challenges — including working with Tenderloin residents who want tougher law enforcement. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Why Selling Your Home for Half Its Value Might Make Sense | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 979

Retired preschool teacher Bobbi Loeb decided to sell her Point Reyes home to a land trust for $550,000 — only about half its $1M value. Chronicle reporter Lauren Hepler joins host Cecilia Lei to explain why the arrangement is a solution for affordable housing, and the benefits it provides to homeowners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 If Roe vs. Wade is Overturned, Is California Ready? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1014

News that the Supreme Court is set to overturn the nearly 50-year old Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights has sent shockwaves across the country. Chronicle reporters Rachel Swan and Sophia Bollag join senior political writer Joe Garofoli to talk about what the future of abortion services could look like in California and whether a public health crisis is looming. If you’d like to share your thoughts about the news and tell the Chronicle how it’s affecting you, visit | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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