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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 California Extends Eviction Protections Again - Now What? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 946

California lawmakers approved an emergency bill to extend eviction protections that were set to expire on March 31st. 11th hour politics have provided temporary relief for tenants and landlords, but there's no permanent solution in sight. Chronicle reporter Lauren Hepler joins host Cecilia Lei to explain why rent relief is getting more complicated and how that impacts the state's housing crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Laguna Honda Hospital Is In Crisis — Again | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 976

More than 700 patients at the San Francisco facility could be displaced as federal officials have threatened to withhold critical funding from the facility after two patient overdoses. Those non-fatal incidents triggered an investigation that found Laguna Honda, which had a patient abuse scandal in 2019, had fallen out of regulatory compliance. Reporter Rachel Swan tells Dominic Fracassa about the hospital's latest trouble, and what the Department of Public Health is doing to keep it open. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Drought and Wildfires: Are We Prepared For What's Coming? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1011

As California's historic drought persists, Chronicle reporter Kurtis Alexander joins host Cecilia Lei to give an update on water conservation efforts and whether the state is prepared for the upcoming wildfire season. He also shares the status of water restrictions and new research on the health impact of wildfire smoke. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 COVID: Oops, I Got It Again | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 953

Now that many Bay Area residents have been reinfected with COVID-19 — some more than once — what does that mean for the future of the pandemic? The bad news, Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday tells Demian Bulwa, is that the virus isn't going away. The good news is that both vaccinations and infections can build protection for the future, and so-called hybrid immunity might be the strongest of all. Allday also talks about what we learned from omicron reinfections and what that says about the possibility of another Bay Area surge. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Soleil Ho is More Than a Food Critic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1195

Award-winning Chronicle restaurant critic Soleil Ho joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about the Season 3 launch of the Extra Spicy podcast. Ho reflects on what it's like being a critic, how the pandemic has changed the food industry and using food to explore larger social issues, including race, labor and gender. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Why Were Toxic Releases Kept Secret at a Bay Area Refinery? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 786

Residents of communities like Richmond, Martinez and Benicia are angry after finding out that a hydrogen stack at the Valero refinery in Benicia was releasing chemicals at levels hundreds of times higher than the legal limit for years. Government regulators knew — but had kept it a secret since 2019. Chronicle reporter Julie Johnson breaks down the story with host Demian Bulwa. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Californians Could Get Some Relief at the Gas Pump | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 911

California has the highest average gas price in the country. Gov. Gavin Newsom has unveiled a gas tax rebate plan that would put money back into the pockets of car owners and incentivize mass transit services. Reporter Dustin Gardiner joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about the proposal and what negotiations might look like in the Legislature. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Is an End in Sight for Golden Gate Bridge Suicides? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1126

For decades, the families of people lost to suicide have campaigned for a barrier on the bridge to make it harder to jump. Now, after years of construction delays and opposition, a steel-net suicide prevention system is nearing completion. Chronicle reporter Rachel Swan joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about what the project means to victims’ families and the lessons learned by people on the front lines of bridge rescues. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Can a Shelter Mandate Fix San Francisco's Streets? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1153

On any given night, thousands of people sleep unsheltered in San Francisco. Supervisor Rafael Mandelman wants to change that with a proposal that would force the city to offer shelter to all unhoused people. He joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss the legislation, and Chronicle reporter Mallory Moench explains the potential costs and concerns of his plan. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 One More Problem in the Tenderloin: A Rooster | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 892

For months, a rooster living in a Tenderloin yard has been terrorizing the neighborhood with its all-day crowing. Longtime resident Adriel Lively wanted to do something about it, but she only found dead ends. Chronicle reporter Ryan Kost joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss Lively's ordeal and why a story about an annoying bird -- in a neighborhood riddled with serious problems -- still matters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Bay Area Asian American Women Turn "Pain into Purpose" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1115

On March 16, 2021, a white gunman killed 8 people in Atlanta spas — including 6 Asian women. One year later, host Cecilia Lei and 4 Asian women in the Bay Area reflect on the tragedy, and how it's changed their ideas around work, personal safety and community. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Tenderloin Emergency Ends: What's Changed and What Hasn't? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1068

An epidemic of fatal drug overdoses prompted San Francisco Mayor London Breed to declare an emergency in the hard-hit Tenderloin neighborhood. She promised to open a new aid center and increase street intervention by cops and others. But as the 90-day order ends Thursday, have things gotten any better? And what happened with Breed's threat that some drug users may be arrested? Chronicle reporter Susie Neilson joins host Demian Bulwa to break down what's happened. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Pandemic Artifacts: What We Want to Remember | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1127

A moldy apple. A jar of used masks. A small bottle of vodka. Bay Area residents are holding on to artifacts from the pandemic to help them remember how they — and the world — have changed since the first shelter-in-place order came down two years ago. Chronicle reporter Annie Vainshtein joins host Cecilia Lei to share their stories. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 What the Kids Think About the End of School Mask Mandates | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 720

Monday marked the first time in two years that California students could go maskless inside their schools. Host Cecilia Lei and Chronicle reporter Annie Vainshtein visit a sixth-grade classroom at San Francisco's Hoover Middle School to see what has — or hasn't — changed after months of sometimes furious debates. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 An Admissions Freeze and a Housing War in Berkeley | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 898

As lawmakers scramble to reverse a court-ordered enrollment freeze at UC Berkeley despite heavy demand, the debate is igniting the housing wars. The school and its neighbors are sparring over who is responsible for a central problem: just 22% of the school's students are housed by the university. In Berkeley, the failure to build housing goes back decades, but the politics have changed, with YIMBYs instead of NIMBYs ascendant. Chronicle reporters Sarah Ravani and J.K. Dineen join host Demian Bulwa to discuss the latest in the closely-watched battle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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