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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 How an Ugly Incident Led to Police Reform in Tiburon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 894

Yema Khalif and Hawi Awash are the only Black retail owners in the wealthy town of Tiburon. During the summer of 2020, police asked the couple to prove that they owned the store, and the body cam footage of the incident went viral. Chronicle reporter Joshua Sharpe joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss how the couple leveraged that incident to implement police reform in the coastal city nearly two years later. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 What Matt Haney's Win Means for San Francisco Housing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1042

The San Francisco supervisor defeated David Campos by positioning himself as the pro-housing candidate for the state Assembly seat. Chronicle reporter Dustin Gardiner joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss why Haney's win is a coup for YIMBYs. But political victories won't be enough. A new bill in the Assembly aims to make development easier, even in difficult cities like San Francisco. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 No Masks on Planes? Dr. Bob Wachter Weighs In | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1037

Now that a federal judge has tossed out the mask requirement on airplanes and public transit, Bay Area transit agencies are scrambling to figure out their mask requirements, creating a patchwork of conflicting policies for travelers. UCSF's Dr. Bob Wachter joins host Cecilia Lei to share his thoughts on the latest federal mask update and why he still recommends keeping masks on in certain public settings. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 S.F. Man Wins Freedom After Three Decades | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 985

San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin's Innocence Commission has exonerated its first person — and the case is extraordinary. The defendant, Joaquin Ciria, has been behind bars for more than 30 years, accused of killing a friend in a gun attack in SoMa. Now, there's a new witness — and fresh questions about what went wrong. Chronicle reporter Joshua Sharpe joins host Demian Bulwa to talk about the case and what it means. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Has Mayor Breed's "Tough Love" Approach to the Tenderloin Worked? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1144

After Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency in the Tenderloin and pledged to bring in more police, critics feared she was criminalizing drug users. Months later, Breed maintains her position. Chronicle reporter Mallory Moench joins host Cecilia Lei to share what she learned from her conversation with Breed, and what changes have actually been made in the Tenderloin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Understanding San Francisco's Redistricting Mess | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1272

The task force tasked with drawing the city's new supervisor districts has missed its deadline, and it's not clear how the process — marked by protests and outbursts at public meetings — will play out. Reporter J.D. Morris joins host Cecilia Lei to sort out the complex and controversial story of drawing a new map. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Is Dianne Feinstein Mentally Fit to Serve? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1524

At age 88, the giant of California politics is the oldest sitting U.S. senator. Five members of Congress — including four Democrats — have told The Chronicle that they're concerned that her memory is rapidly deteriorating, and that it appears she can no longer represent the state without her staff doing much of the work. Reporters Tal Kopan and Joe Garofoli join host Demian Bulwa to discuss these concerns and the response from Feinstein and her allies. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 What an Oklahoma Abortion Ban Means for California | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1280

Republicans across the country are moving to restrict abortions in their states, including in Oklahoma where a near-total ban on abortion was signed on Tuesday. Senior political writer and host of "It's All Political on Fifth and Mission" Joe Garofoli chats with Mini Timmaraju, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. They discuss what anti-abortion laws mean for California and what the future looks like for reproductive rights organizing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 California Public Schools Face Enrollment Declines and Shrinking Budgets | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 951

The California Department of Education released data on Monday that revealed public school enrollment fell below 6 million for the first time in more than a decade. That means school districts are facing more budget cuts and long-term financial instability. Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker joins host Cecilia Lei to explain what's causing the declines and how the state might help. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Why Scientists Want the 'Holy Grail' of COVID-19 Vaccines | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 890

Covid-19 vaccines and boosters have allowed many people to return to their pre-pandemic activities, but they still don't appear to provide long-lasting protection against Covid infections. Chronicle health reporter Catherine Ho joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about what the future of Covid immunizations could look like, how scientists are looking for a 'pan-coronavirus vaccine' and why that is critical for future coronavirus epidemics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Fentanyl Test Kits: Now Available In Local Bars | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 978

Bay Area residents are being confronted by fentanyl in places you might not expect. A local organization is making fentanyl test kits available in bar bathrooms, just one element of a larger harm reduction strategy that's necessary to fight the Bay Area's growing fentanyl crisis. Reporter Caron Creighton delves into the differing harm reduction strategies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 What Went Wrong at John Muir Health? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1818

In 2012, John Muir Health formed a multimillion dollar partnership with Stanford to boost its pediatric program and operations. The deaths of the hospital's pediatric patients, including 2-year-old Ailee Jong, bring into question John Muir's ability to perform complex procedures. Chronicle reporters Matthias Gafni and Cynthia Dizikes join host Cecilia Lei to discuss their investigation, which revealed that hospital staff members had warned that John Muir shouldn't operate on Ailee. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 How Will We Respond to Another Mass Shooting? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 825

After an exchange of gunfire on a crowded Sacramento street killed six people and wounded 12 more, Democratic politicians and others are again calling for gun control. So will there be meaningful change? Chronicle senior political writer Joe Garofoli lays out the obstacles, including opposition from Republicans in Congress who fear alienating their voters and California’s inability to keep guns from streaming in from states with weaker laws. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Cleve Jones: Facing Eviction and the Death of the "Gayborhood" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1190

Activist Cleve Jones has lived in the Castro for five decades but now he faces eviction after a wealthy new landlord bought his building and more than doubled his rent. Chronicle reporter Tony Bravo joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss the tense dispute and Jones explains what's at stake when people of his generation are displaced from 'gayborhoods' like the Castro. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Crisis Inside California Fast Food Restaurants | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 917

 Employees at California fast food restaurants are confronting sometimes volatile situations at work without protection or training, according to a study that reviewed 911 calls at eateries in nine cities. Reporter Shwanika Narayan speaks with host Dominic Fracassa about what fast food workers are asking for to make their jobs easier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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