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 a Young Vegetarian Became California's Face of Hunting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 716

Interest in hunting and fishing is down in California, and so are the revenues generated from the sports that pay for conservation. To counter the trend, the state has hired Jen Benedet, a.k.a. Jen the Archer, to boost interest in hunting and fishing. We spoke with Archer about her unusual job and talked about whether the initiative can work in a state where many people just aren't into hunting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 People's Park at 50 With the Man Who Started It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1176

Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the People's Park riot which resulted in the only fatality in the long history of protest and activism in Berkeley.  To honor it, Heyday Books will release an encyclopedic  history.  We talk with its publisher, Steve Wasserman, and with Mike Delacour, the antiwar activist who started it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Disabilities Services Struggle to Survive | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 656

Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper interviews reporter Catherine Ho about her story on why nonprofits that provide services for people with disabilities are shutting down across California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Mid-Market: Vision vs. Reality | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1321

The “Twitter tax break” San Francisco created in 2011 to draw companies to the downtrodden Mid-Market neighborhood is expiring. Chronicle reporters Trisha Thadani, J.K. Dineen and Roland Li discuss its impact and effects, both good and bad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Camp Fire: 6 Months Later | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1436

Kurtis Alexander talks about how far the Northern California town of Paradise has to go in order to rebuild — and whether it should. Lizzie Johnson discusses the difficult and monumental job the coroner had: identifying bodies after the fire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 SB 50: The Battle Over California's Housing Crisis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1457

From the archives: SB 50, a new housing bill, has drawn national attention to a growing crisis in California. And it’s reinvigorated a years-long fight over about who gets to shape neighborhoods. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 From Homeless to a $4 Million Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1452

Otis Taylor Jr. talks about Greg Dunston and Marie Mckinzie, a black homeless couple he first wrote about in January. A Piedmont developer took them in, but neighbors in the wealthy, mostly white town soon began calling the police on them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Future of Winter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1717

With climate change threatening to make our winters shorter and warmer, writer Porter Fox looks to ski areas around California to understand how higher temperatures are already changing how resorts operate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 What to Do About the 'Dead Indian' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1860

A controversial and historic mural at a San Francisco high school -- with depictions of slavery and the killing of Native Americans -- has critics calling for its destruction and art preservationists threatening to sue to save it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Upheaval at BART | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1375

Transportation reporter Rachel Swan on the latest challenges for the Bay Area's core transit system: Crime, fare evasion, homelessness, the rollout of new cars, and the need to find a new general manager and police chief.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Should IPOs Be Taxed in SF? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1087

As major SF tech companies IPO, a San Francisco supervisor wants the city's coffers to benefit. City Hall reporter Trisha Thadani breaks down the reaction to the proposal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Big Day for the 49ers and Raiders | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1236

The 49ers pick second and the Raiders fourth in today's NFL Draft. Beat writers Eric Branch and Matt Kawahara talk about the prospects who might turn these teams around, including Nick Bosa, who recently deleted pro-Trump tweets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The California GOP Is Impotent. Can Anyone Save It? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1342

The Republican Party is virtually invisible in California. Republicans hold no statewide office, are a super minority in the Legislature and have a 20 percentage point registration gap compared to Democrats. We talk with two women who are trying to turn it around.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Measles in California | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1515

The United States is in the middle of what could be the worst measles outbreak in more than 20 years. California has had some small outbreaks but has largely been spared, in part because the state tightened its vaccination laws three years ago – after learning the hard way just how vulnerable communities become when parents stop immunizing their children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 1906 Earthquake: Secrets from the Archive | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1470

The Chronicle archive has photos dating back to the 19th Century. Critic Peter Hartlaub and librarian Bill Van Niekerken share secrets from the archive, including their favorite 1906 earthquake finds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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