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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 Moving to the State's Most Fire Prone Areas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 926

Many Bay Area residents moved away from cities like San Francisco and Oakland during the pandemic and landed in the places that are most vulnerable to wildfires. Chronicle reporter Susie Neilson joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss the trend and why some people are knowingly placing themselves closer to the blazes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 New Pride Flag to Fly in the Castro? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 992

For more than four decades, Gilbert Baker's iconic rainbow flag has been the global symbol of the LGBTQ community. But critics say it's time for the flag to be updated and inclusive of other groups, including Black and transgender people. The Chronicle's Tony Bravo joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss what's happening with the flagpole at Castro and Market streets, which stands at the center of the debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Going Back to School – Are We Ready? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1138

It's another huge moment in the pandemic: the full return of in-person instruction at Bay Area public schools. But what will that look like? And are we ready amid the frightening surge of the delta variant of the coronavirus? Chronicle health reporter Jill Tucker tells host Demian Bulwa how school officials are preparing, including what they are requiring in terms of vaccinations, masks and social distancing. She talks about how students are transitioning back. And she discusses the prospect of potential lockdowns in the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 No Vaccination, No Mask, No (Indoor) Service | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1238

Thanks to the delta variant, the Bay Area is now an emerging coronavirus hotspot and now, restaurant and bar owners are taking matters into their own hands to protect the health of their workers and businesses. Chronicle food and wine editor Tanay Warerkar joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about how the vaccination requirement movement is gaining momentum in the Bay Area, and Ben Bleiman, the president of the San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance, explains why implementing the vaccination requirement was a no-brainer decision. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Newsom Recall: The Race is Closer Than You Think | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1165

The effort to oust California's governor started as a fringe right-wing movement, but things have gotten serious. While Californians oppose the recall generally, likely voters are closely split with the election mere weeks away. Reporter Alexei Koseff talks to host Cecilia Lei about how the governor has to motivate what's so far been an unenthusiastic Democratic base. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Wildfire Season Is Here: What to Expect | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1104

As two major fires burn in the Sierra, reporter J.D. Morris joins Cecilia Lei to talk about what Northern California should brace itself for, what we've learned from previous disasters and how major stakeholders like PG&E are shifting their strategies. | Unlimited Chronicle access:   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 COVID Surge: How Bad Is It Going to Get? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1209

Thanks to the delta variant, Bay Area coronavirus cases are rising yet again, just six weeks after California's big reopening. But this is a different kind of surge with very different lessons, says Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday. She tells host Demian Bulwa why the latest case rates may be a flawed measurement, and talks about what we need to know about breakthrough infections and booster shots. Also: Do mask-wearing and social distancing need reconsideration in a post-vaccine world? | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Could Artificial Intelligence Help Him Grieve? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1533

Joshua Barbeau was 26 when his fiancee, Jessica Pereira, died from a rare liver disease. Eight years later, still grieving, he turned to Project December, a website that allowed him to text with an artificial intelligence simulation of Jessica. The Chronicle's Jason Fagone talks to host Cecilia Lei about his story about love and A.I., and Joshua Barbeau discusses how a chatbot helped him cope with loss. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Tokyo Olympics: Ann Killion on the Strangest Games | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1142

These Olympics, which officially begin Friday U.S. time, are sorely lacking in the usual camaraderie and brotherhood. Fans are absent. COVID protocols already aren't working as planned. Athletes are nervous about being put into quarantine and missing training or events. And what if the star of stars, Simone Biles, is compromised? Ann Killion reports from a nervous, unhappy Tokyo. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Can West Oakland's Last Frontier for the Homeless Survive? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 963

Hundreds of people live in Wood Street, an unhoused community under Interstate 880. It's one of the city's largest encampments with its own health clinic, communal kitchen and other amenities. But it's been placed in the crosshairs for eviction by the city of Oakland and CalTrans. Caron Creighton reports on a tight-knit community that's fighting to survive. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Are the A's on Their Way Out of Oakland? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1167

It's not exactly the bottom of the ninth, but it's a big day for the A’s proposed ballpark along the Oakland waterfront. The City Council will weigh in on dueling visions for a $12 billion development at Howard Terminal, and club officials say they'll be forced to move the team if they don't get their way. Chronicle reporter Sarah Ravani and sports columnist Scott Ostler join Demian Bulwa to talk about the issues at play, including the bill for taxpayers, affordable housing, and whether Oakland might lose another pro sports team. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Oakland Violence: Are Police the Problem, the Solution or Both? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1185

With violence in the city surging, some Black community leaders are feeling the pressure to plead for peace alongside Oakland police, despite not trusting them. Chronicle columnist Justin Phillips joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about a unique moment, and why he says police alone can't quell violence in Oakland. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Homelessness: S.F.'s $1 Billion War Chest | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1313

Thanks to Proposition C, San Francisco now has a huge amount to spend on homelessness, and the pressure is on for that money to make a difference. Chronicle reporter Trisha Thadani chats with host Cecilia Lei about how it will be spent. Then, Shireen McSpadden, the new director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, explains how Prop C funds are a game changer for her department. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Parklets Are Permanent — Is That Good? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 752

Outdoor restaurant spaces that sprouted up during the COVID-19 pandemic are here to stay. That's good for the restaurants and their customers, but advocates for the disabled, the elderly and the homeless, and those who believe San Francisco is fighting an unproductive war on cars, aren't so thrilled. Reporter Mallory Moench joins Dominic Fracassa to talk about the reaction from businesses and groups affected by the popular fixtures. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Pandemic Is Not Over | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1041

A spike in Bay Area COVID cases. Breakthrough infections on the rise. New mask mandates for schools. Reporter Erin Allday talks to Cecilia Lei about how worried we should be about headlines like this, and how we can stay safe. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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