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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 BART vs. Fare Evasion and Suicide | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 923

Transportation reporter Rachel Swan talks about BART's plan for fare gates that scofflaws might find harder to hurdle or squeeze through, and the agency's frustration over trying to prevent suicides. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Soleil Ho on Restaurants, Culture and Politics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1800

The San Francisco Chronicle's restaurant critic talks with Audrey Cooper about how she wants to challenge readers to think about where they dine and how that intersects with politics and influences local culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Pelosi Pulls the Impeachment Trigger | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1143

Political reporter Joe Garofoli and editorial page editor John Diaz join Demian Bulwa to talk about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that the House of Representatives will open an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Will her strategy of waiting pay off? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 San Francisco's Broken Mental Health System | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1023

Reporter Trisha Thadani talks about The Chronicle series "Broken Care," which explores breakdowns in the way San Francisco aids its most vulnerable residents — those who are homeless, addicted and mentally ill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 A Brother’s Heartbreak on San Francisco’s Streets | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1440

When a photo of a desperate, homeless heroin addict ran in The Chronicle, the man's brother — with help from reporter Kevin Fagan — launched an effort to find and help him. Incredibly, he succeeded, but the story ended in tragedy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Transportation, Housing and Climate Change | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1539

Much of the Bay Area's new housing is in distant San Joaquin County. Reporter J.K. Dineen talks about the environmental impact of that. Plus: Rachel Swan on California falling short of its emissions goals.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Protecting San Francisco From the Bay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1067

Urban design critic John King on why we need to start planning now to prepare the Bay Area for the impacts of sea level rise — and why the development of vulnerable spots like Treasure Island is still taking place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 California's "Underground" Climate Fight | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1486

Washington correspondent Tal Kopan on the growing divide between President Trump's denial of climate change and California's effort to do something about it. Part of the cooperative Climate Week media project. See for more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Symphony in Blue Jeans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1546

As the San Francisco Symphony opens its final season under Michael Tilson Thomas, classical music critic Joshua Kosman talks about the longtime conductor's legacy, and advises first-time symphony-goers to relax. Come as you are. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Life and Death of Braden Varney | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1040

The Cal Fire bulldozer operator reported to the Ferguson Fire last summer to protect his community. It was his last call. Lizzie Johnson on the remarkable recovery operation that ensued as his friends and family grappled with their loss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Cops Who Sleep in Their Cars | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 914

San Mateo has a plan to house police officers who've become super-commuters because they can't afford the sky-high prices in that city. Reporter J.K. Dineen explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Ghost Ship Verdicts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1126

Reporter Megan Cassidy on the scene in the Alameda County courthouse as Max Harris is acquitted on 36 charges of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the 2016 warehouse fire. The jury hung on charges for master tenant Derick Almena. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Silicon Valley’s $15 million Teardown | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 891

A wealthy couple buys a big new mansion in Hillsborough. Is it their dream home? Nope. It’s a teardown. Reporter Matthias Gafni on the latest stunner in Bay Area housing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Backlash Over Ethnic Studies Curriculum | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 987

Educators who want ethnic studies taught statewide in California schools are getting pushback from critics who say they support the idea in principle, but that the proposed teaching guidelines push racially divisive themes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Best of Fifth & Mission: Photographing Homelessness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1906

In this episode first published July 29, photographers Gabrielle Lurie and Jessica Christian discuss photographing homelessness during the Chronicle's 24-hour project. They talk about the challenges of photographing for 24 hours straight, keeping safe on the streets and making moving imagery under tough circumstances. We also learn about Jessica’s subject “Shorty,” and how he lives as a disabled homeless man on the streets of San Francisco. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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