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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 Extra Spicy: How Chuck E. Cheese Teaches Immigrants to Be American | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2145

As Season 3 of the Chronicle's food podcast approaches, we want to share one of our favorite episodes. Writer Liana Aghajanian talks about the role places like Chuck E. Cheese, Sizzler and IKEA play in the immigrant experience. Join host Soleil Ho for Season 3 of Extra Spicy by subscribing wherever you get your podcasts. Extra Spicy will stimulate your mind and your appetite. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 80 Years After Forced Relocation: A Japanese Family's Legacy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1247

President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, forcing the relocation of nearly 8,000 Japanese Bay Area residents into internment camps. Chronicle columnist and Total SF podcast co-host Peter Hartlaub joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about how the discovery of one archive photo led him to tracing the family history of Paul Miyamoto, San Francisco's sheriff. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Oakland A's Ballpark Faces a Crucial Vote | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 906

The City Council votes Thursday on whether to certify the environmental review of the A’s $12 billion waterfront ballpark project near Jack London Square. The development has raised community concerns around displacement and environmental impacts. Chronicle reporter Sarah Ravani joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about the Howard Terminal project, which would be one of the largest developments in state history. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Recall Landslide: 3 San Francisco School Board Members Ousted | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1017

Voters overwhelmingly recall board President Gabriela López and members Alison Collins and Faauuga Moliga. On It's All Political on Fifth & Mission, reporters Joe Garofoli and Jill Tucker and host Demian Bulwa talk about the surprisingly decisive result and what it means for the attempt to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Chesa Boudin Accuses SFPD of Mishandling Rape Kit Evidence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 703

The district attorney says his office has learned that a woman was connected to a property crime via evidence from a years-old rape exam. SFPD Chief Bill Scott says if an investigation confirms the allegation, "I’m committed to ending the practice,” which might be unconstitutional and could have a chilling effect on people reporting sexual assaults. Reporter Megan Cassidy talks to host Cecilia Lei about the case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Can Oakland Cut Murders — Again? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1124

As city leaders and residents anguish over the growing annual homicide rate — from 69 to 124 in the past five years — reporter Raheem Hosseini finds lessons in a past rise and fall of bloodshed in Oakland. He tells host Demian Bulwa that a previous crime surge launched the innovative Ceasefire program, which uses a collaborative, carrot-and-stick approach to try to reach people most at risk of becoming shooters or victims. But the pandemic crippled such efforts, and the city is starting over. Note: This episode published in error Saturday, so if you have it twice, the two episodes are identical. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 San Francisco Crime Trends: The Data Reveals What Coverage Misses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1076

Sensational news headlines about burglaries and thefts don't tell the whole story. Data reporting can help. Chronicle reporter Susie Neilson joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about how crime trends differ by neighborhood and why digging into data is a critical component of understanding trends in the city. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Bay Area Suburbs: The New Eviction Battleground for Tenants | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1486

COVID eviction battles are moving to Bay Area suburbs, which don't have the same tenant protections as urban centers like San Francisco and Oakland. Chronicle reporter Lauren Hepler joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss how evictions are playing out in places like San Pablo and Palo Alto, and housing researcher Tim Thomas explains why tenant evictions in the suburbs are a civil rights issue that dates back decades. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Mask On, Mask Off: Will Mandates Come and Go Forever? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 993

The state has announced that its indoor mask mandate will end on Feb. 16. Health reporter Erin Allday chats with host Cecilia Lei about how the latest in a long line of recalculations was made on the heels of the omicron surge, and how the Bay Area is approaching its own local directives. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Will Oakland Vote to Close 16 Schools? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1282

The Oakland school board will decide Tuesday night whether it will close or consolidate 16 of the district’s 80 schools. Chronicle education reporter Jill Tucker joins Cecilia Lei to discuss the controversial proposal touted as a cost-saving strategy by the district. We also hear from an OUSD employee who is on a hunger strike against the decision. | Unlimited Chronicle access:   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Why California's Single-payer Bill Was Killed By Its Author | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1350

AB 1400 was supposed to be the nation’s first government-funded health care system, but the legislation didn't even get a vote in the state Assembly. Supporters of the bill are angry with its author, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, for pulling it from the floor. In this episode of It's All Political on Fifth and Mission, Kalra explains his decision to Joe Garofoli and responds to his critics. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The War Between the SFPD and D.A. Chesa Boudin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1011

The relationship between San Francisco's cops and its progressive district attorney was tense from the start. But on the eve of the brutality trial of a cop, an allegation of misconduct against Boudin's office has prompted a bitter legal and political battle. Chronicle reporters Megan Cassidy and Rachel Swan join host Demian Bulwa to dig into the accusation, Boudin's response, and the concern that the fight will set back efforts to reform the city police force, which gathered steam after the 2016 killing of Mario Woods. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Locked in Fentanyl's Grip | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1444

San Francisco's death toll from fentanyl overdoses is nearly double the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chronicle reporter Trisha Thadani takes us into the center of the city's fentanyl crisis and introduces us to people who are suffering from addiction firsthand — and she explores the limits of the city's strategy to curb the deadly opioid. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The New Move Against Masks in Schools | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1195

Is it time to move away from school mask requirements in the Bay Area? Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker tells host Demian Bulwa why some previously pro-mask parents and doctors are urging health officials to make them optional — and why others call that effort too early and too dangerous. Also, reporter Annie Vainshtein explains the anger and the fallout over Oakland’s decision to close and merge some schools, which will disproportionately hurt students of color. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 San Quentin's Dying Death Row | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1289

Gov. Gavin Newsom says hundreds of condemned men will be transferred as death row closes. But while Newsom opposes capital punishment, the practice remains popular among voters — and he's not setting aside sentences. Reporter Kevin Fagan digs into the news and the political calculations with host Demian Bulwa, while recalling the times he's witnessed executions in the death chamber. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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