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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 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

 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


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