The California Sun presents conversations with the people that are shaping and observing the Golden State
Katherine Blunt on the fall of PG&E
Katherine Blunt, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has led much of the coverage that has revealed the repeated failures of Pacific Gas and Electric. In her new book, "California Burning," and in this week’s podcast, she looks at the unique structure of public utilities and how PG&E went from an innovative company run by engineers to a culture of dollars first, safety last. She examines what deregulation did to the company, the companies two bankruptcies, and the risks the company still poses to citizens and ratepayers.
Lydia Chavez and Joe Eskenazi are on a mission
Lydia Chavez and Joe Eskenazi see their independent news site Mission Local as covering a microcosm of San Francisco from their base in the Mission District. It's a place they think is reflective of the issues of the whole Bay Area, and allows them to dig deeper on stories. Reporting everything from police reform and government corruption to housing and the local economy, Mission Local began as a project at UC Berkeley's journalism school and struck out on its own in 2014. In this week's podcast, we talk to Lydia Chavez, the founder and executive editor, and Joe Eskenazi, a columnist, and the managing editor.
Long before we knew him as a comedian or comic actor, Cheech Marin started collecting Chicano art. The result of that passion is now on permanent display at the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture, known as “The Cheech,” in Riverside. The story of how the museum came to be, of Marin’s deep understanding of the links between Chicano art and culture, and of how his interest and knowledge evolved all comes to light on this week’s podcast.
Severin Borenstein is all about the energy
Severin Borenstein is a professor of Business and Public Policy at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and the director of the Energy Institute at Haas. One of California's premier experts on energy policy, his research focuses on business competition, strategy, and regulation in the airline industry, the oil and gas industries, electricity markets, and the economics of renewable energy. In this week's podcast, Borenstein talks about the link between California's energy policy and its economic growth; the state's oversize role in setting and exporting global energy policy; innovation and climate policy; and why banning new gas stations is a really bad idea.
Matt Doig responds to Paul Pringle
Matt Doig was the assistant managing editor of investigations for the L.A. Times when Paul Pringle pursued his story about disgraced USC medical school dean Dr. Carmen Puliafito. Doig takes issue with some of the assertions in Pringle's recent book "Bad City," and wrote about them several weeks ago in a Medium post entitled "Sex, Meth, Lies and Journalism." Last week on the California Sun Podcast, we spoke with Pringle about the evolution of his story and his interactions with Times editors. We felt it was worthwhile to give Doig an opportunity to tell his side of the story.
Paul Pringle's story of peril and power in L.A.
Paul Pringle is a long-time investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner. His series of stories uncovering the drug use and criminal behavior of the dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine shifted the tectonic plates of both USC and Pringle’s employer, the L.A. Times. It’s a story of the power of investigative journalism, and the role of powerful institutions in a big city like Los Angeles. He writes about all of it in his recent book "Bad City," and shares, on this week’s podcast, his anatomy of the investigation.
Episode 134 for at home earners.
Informative podcast, but this episode addresses only those with a job that involves working on a computer. Open workspaces typically come with the added expense of headphones. We need to consider the overall environmental footprint. Most people prefer not to travel to an office everyday, and have been doing so long before 2020. The question really seems to center around employers trusting the employee self discipline.
Great Informative Podcast
The recent podcast about SFMTA and Muni was what made me subscribe. Excellent questions with an informative guest. Looking forward to hearing the other podcasts.
Great host, great interviews.