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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 New Year, Same Troubles: S.F. Chinatown Struggles | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1277

Lunar New Year is typically the busiest time in San Francisco Chinatown, but decreased tourism and the omicron surge are causing businesses to suffer. Chronicle reporter Janelle Bitker chats with host Cecilia Lei about how the neighborhood is surviving and what its future may look like. Then, Janet Chan shares her one-woman mission to save Chinatown, one business at a time, which she's documenting on the Instagram account sfchinatown2021. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Once Essential, Now “Unskilled”: Food Workers Cope with Omicron | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 920

The omicron surge has made it hard for restaurant owners to operate safely, and steep declines in revenue are threatening permanent closures. Workers are being sidelined because of COVID-19 exposures and risk losing their critical health care coverage. Producer Caron Creighton reports on the struggles of the food industry and how once-celebrated workers now feel forgotten, despite still being on the front lines of the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Doodler Serial Killer Case: A Breakthrough? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1304

San Francisco police say they're "closer than ever" to solving the case of the Doodler, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco's gay community in the 1970s. They're identifying a probable sixth victim: Warren Andrews, a 52-year-old lawyer who was beaten and left for dead at Lands End on April 27, 1975. Chronicle reporter Kevin Fagan, who has been investigating the slayings for years, tells host Demian Bulwa why police are doubling the reward in the case, hopeful they can finally nab their man. | Unlimited Chronicle access:  Listen to The Doodler, the Chronicle's 8-episode true crime podcast reported and narrated by Kevin Fagan, produced in partnership with Ugly Duckling Films and Neon Hum Media: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 What Big Sur's Winter Wildfire Means For Fire Season | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 888

The Colorado Fire, which is burning through parts of Big Sur this week, is a rare winter coastal fire. As the state enters its third year of a historic drought, scientists warn that the window for wildfires has grown and California’s fire season is now longer than it was. Chronicle reporter Kurtis Alexander joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss what Big Sur’s winter wildfire means for the rest of this year’s fire season. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 One Man's Tragic Battle Against Addiction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1101

Who are the people at the center of the Bay Area's epidemic of drug addiction and fatal overdoses? Columnist Heather Knight discusses her three years following a man named Jeffrey Choate through the ups and downs of painful addiction and hopeful recovery, from his teenage years getting hooked on painkillers to his time as a prison firefighter to his worst days on the streets of San Francisco's Tenderloin. Knight tells host Demian Bulwa that Jeffrey's story ended tragically but carries lessons about how we should respond to the crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Sen. Alex Padilla's First Year: "We Don't Give Up" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1360

The debut episode of It's All Political on Fifth and Mission features a conversation between senior political writer Joe Garofoli and Sen. Alex Padilla. The first Latino U.S. senator from California reflects on his first year in the Senate, including the battle over voting rights, progressive policies, and what it's like working in a polarized Senate. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Can the Magic of the Castro Theatre Survive? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1469

The Castro Theatre, San Francisco’s beloved movie palace and an internationally known symbol of the Bay Area LGBTQ community, is getting a major makeover. Will renovations and an expanded slate of programming under new management change this cultural landmark? Host Cecilia Lei discusses the legacy of the theater with Chronicle Arts & Culture reporter Tony Bravo. Plus: How is the community reacting to the news? Events producer Marc Heustis and drag performer Peaches Christ share concerns and hopes for the theater’s future. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 S.F.’s Special Election: What you need to know | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1303

Voters will determine the fate of three San Francisco Board of Education commissioners on Feb. 15, and make their picks for the city’s assessor-recorder and in a primary for its newest Assembly member. Education reporter Jill Tucker joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss the intense debate over the school board recall, and City Hall reporter Mallory Moench explains how the state Assembly race is highlighting the city's top issues. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 How Do Vaccines Affect Long COVID? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 862

We know now that fully vaccinated people can avoid serious illness or death from COVID-19, but not a lot is known about whether vaccines prevent long COVID, a condition whose symptoms can range from shortness of breath to psychosis. But as reporter Nanette Asimov tells host Cecilia Lei, researchers are starting to learn how the shot can help prevent and lessen the disease. Plus: A fully vaccinated woman who's had long COVID for months talks about her often-frightening situation. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 COVID Evictions: Could a Law Keep California Renters Housed? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 896

A bill to change the controversial Ellis Act is making its way through Sacramento. But for some tenants, it's already too late. Reporter Lauren Hepler joins host Dominic Fracassa to discuss what the new bill would do, where it would apply and who could still be left behind. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Lift Every Voice: Bay Area Black Elders Share Their Legacies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1325

To honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Fifth & Mission offers this encore presentation of the June 18, 2021, episode. Part of an exclusive series of conversations with Black Bay Area leaders, Betty Reid Soskin, Harry Edwards, Rev. Amos Brown and Barbara Rodgers share stories of the past and offer visions for future generations. | Unlimited Chronicle access: See the project online, with full interviews and videos: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 What Will Happen To Oakland's Unvaccinated Students? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 946

Last October, the Oakland Unified School District became one of the first in the state to require students ages 12 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Chronicle education reporter Jill Tucker joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss how the mandate is going, and what the stakes are for the district, as well as families who are choosing to not vaccinate their kids. | Unlimited Chronicle Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Has Policing Increased in the Tenderloin? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 715

Last month, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a police crackdown in the Tenderloin to combat rampant drug use and crime. Chronicle reporter Megan Cassidy checked in with the mayor to see how it's going. She joins host Cecilia Lei to share what's next for the neighborhood. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Tools to Manage the Pandemic: Covid Pills and Sonoma County's Strategy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1299

The omicron variant is breaking daily COVID-19 case records in the Bay Area — and prompting us to reevaluate how we live with the virus. Reporter Catherine Ho joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss why new antiviral pills could be a game changer for the pandemic. Plus: Reporter Erin Allday discusses Sonoma County's new shelter-in-place recommendation and why it isn't a return to the early days of the pandemic. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Newsom Outlines California's 'Existential Threats' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1149

California's governor unveils his budget proposal, kicking off a months-long process of deciding how the state will spend its money — including a $46 billion surplus. Chronicle reporter Dustin Gardiner and senior political writer Joe Garofoli join host Cecilia Lei to chat about what Newsom's priorities are, and what they say about his leadership as he wraps up his first term this year. | Unlimited Chronicle access: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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