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 Is It Taking PG&E Years to Pay Fire Victims? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1060

The utility has been linked to some of California's most destructive and deadliest wildfires, and fire victims have had to wait for compensation — none longer than survivors of the 2015 Butte Fire. Reporter J.D. Morris joins host Cecilia Lei to explain why the amount they’ll be able to collect could be affected by the company’s role in the massive Dixie Fire, which is burning now. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Chronicle Fire Map & Tracker: Chronicle wildfires coverage: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 What Are the Unvaccinated Thinking? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1115

Chronicle reporters went to the Bay Area ZIP codes with the lowest vaccination rates and asked people why they hadn't gotten the shots. Reporter Julie Johnson tells host Demian Bulwa that people offered a mix of reasons, from lack of trust in medical authorities to belief in conspiracies, from laziness to lack of access. Plus: Reporter Ryan Kost digs into the plight of the immunocompromised as the delta variant surges. What are their lives like, and what are officials doing to help? | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 A 100-Year Secret in the Sunset District | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 888

In 2019, Christina Lalanne found a century-old diary in her San Francisco home. She spent two years chasing its ghosts around the city and across the Atlantic, uncovering a love story that was almost lost to history. Sarah Feldberg reports. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 "The Bleakest Moment:" Local Afghans Share Their Devastation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1419

As the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan continues to develop, for some California residents the latest news is more than a headline. Host Cecilia Lei talks to local Afghans and Afghan Americans about their hopes and fears for their home country, including Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner,” Afghan-American professor Halima Kazem, and two 16-year-old twin sisters who made it back to the U.S. just in time before the fall of Kabul. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Newsom Recall: What to Expect and How to Vote | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1136

California’s recall election may have begun as a right wing endeavor, but it is now a legitimate threat for Gov. Newsom. Will Democrats be able to mobilize enough of the state’s voter base to counter any dissatisfaction with Newsom’s handling of issues like wildfires, homelessness or the pandemic? Cecilia Lei discusses the latest on the recall with the Chronicle’s state capitol reporter, Dustin Gardiner, and senior political writer and “It’s All Political” podcast host, Joe Garofoli. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Barbara Lee on Afghanistan and Oakland: It's All Political | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1719

Fifth & Mission presents an episode of the Chronicle's politics podcast, It's All Political, featuring Rep. Barbara Lee. The progressive icon talks to host Joe Garofoli about her famous no vote on war authorization, how her East Bay district is the "wokest" in America, the personal struggles she overcame — something she's rarely discussed publicly — and the new documentary about her, “Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power.” | Unlimited Chronicle access: Listen to It's All Political:   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Lessons From a Wildfire Reporter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1163

The Camp Fire, the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, destroyed the Butte County town of Paradise in 2018. Former Chronicle reporter Lizzie Johnson, now with the Washington Post, tenaciously covered the tragedy, from training with firefighters to interviewing hundreds of Paradise residents. She joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about her new book, "Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire," and to share the vital lessons she's learned as another catastrophic wildfire season is under way. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Episodes of Fifth & Mission featuring Lizzie Johnson: To Catch a Fire-Setter: The Life and Death of Braden Varney: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 No Vax, No Service in San Francisco Restaurants | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1116

Proof of vaccination will be required starting Aug. 20 at many businesses in San Francisco, including restaurants, bars, gyms and some of the biggest event venues. The city decided to put in one of the nation's toughest mandates, both to keep people safer from COVID-19 and to push holdouts to get their shots. Trisha Thadani talks to host Demian Bulwa about how the new rules work, and Janelle Bitker takes you behind the scenes at Bay Area restaurants that have been demanding proof of vaccination for several weeks. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 How Oakland’s Vaccine Ambassadors Get the Message Right | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1086

The Fruitvale neighborhood has one of the lowest vaccination rates and highest COVID case rates in Alameda County. Reporter Deepa Fernandes joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss an outreach program that's hoping to change that with the help of key ambassadors in the community: children of immigrants. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Unemployment Benefits Will Soon Be Slashed — What Then? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 728

The enhanced federal safety net has helped keep more than a million Californians from poverty this year, but the extra payouts are set to end on Labor Day. Chronicle reporter Carolyn Said joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about who will be affected the most and how jobless people will have to cope in the months ahead as the delta variant continues to threaten the economy. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Some Parents Aren’t Happy About In-Person School | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1214

With the delta variant on the rise, concerned parents are demanding a distance learning option from school districts. Education reporter Jill Tucker joins Cecilia Lei to talk about this week's bumpy start to the new in-person school year. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 When the Fire Comes for Your Town | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1587

It's happened again: A California community wiped out by flames. The Dixie Fire tore through the Gold Country town of Greenville last week even as neighborhoods in places like Santa Rosa, Redding and Paradise continue to rebuild after past catastrophes. What's it like to lose everything? Host Demian Bulwa talks to Margaret Elysia Garcia, who was evacuated from Greenville, and Melissa Geissinger, who lost her Santa Rosa home in the 2017 Tubbs Fire.  Read Garcia's Eulogy for Greenville in the Plumas News: Visit Geissinger's website: Read Out of the Fire by Lizzie Johnson: Listen to the accompanying podcast City of Ash: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 How Should We Cope With the Pandemic Now? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1186

The Delta variant has been a tough reality check, so Chronicle reporters went out into the field to ask Bay Area residents about how they're feeling at this stage of the pandemic. Internationally known stress scientist Dr. Elissa Epel joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss how we can maintain our emotional health, even as a prolonged pandemic stirs strong emotions of anger and frustration.  | Get full digital access to the Chronicle: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Behind the Delays in Bay Area Rent Relief | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1185

All over the Bay Area, the pandemic left hundreds of thousands of people and families unable to afford their rent. But as Chronicle reporter Lauren Helper reports, government programs designed to provide aid and shore up local communities have been slow to disperse the funds. As of mid-July, only 10% of $889 million in available aid had been distributed. Hepler tells host Demian Bulwa how these programs work, how they are breaking down, and what is at stake for renters, landlords and everyone else. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Breakthrough COVID: The Virus Isn't Done With Us | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1746

Indoor mask mandates are back in seven Bay Area counties because of the highly transmissible delta variant, and the risk isn't just for unvaccinated people: post-vaccination cases are also on the rise. UCSF's Dr. Bob Wachter joins host Cecilia Lei to explain breakthrough cases, and what the latest public health guidance means for the future of the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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