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The flagship news podcast of the San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco City Hall columnist Heather Knight and managing editor 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: sfchronicle.com/pod

Fifth & Mission San Francisco Chronicle

    • Politics
    • 4.4 • 179 Ratings

The flagship news podcast of the San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco City Hall columnist Heather Knight and managing editor 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: sfchronicle.com/pod

    Extra Spicy: A Fine Dining Legacy, Burned Down

    Extra Spicy: A Fine Dining Legacy, Burned Down

    Located in Napa Valley’s St. Helena, the highly acclaimed Restaurant at Meadowood was destroyed on September 28th by the massive Glass Fire, which scorched close to the 67K acres in Sonoma and Napa counties. Under the leadership of executive chef Christopher Kostow, the decades-old resort restaurant earned accolades for its artistic, garden-to-table cuisine. The owners of Meadowood Napa Valley, which housed the famed restaurant, have since vowed to rebuild the property. But amid the news of its destruction, former employees and local fine dining chefs explore a range of emotions regarding its lasting legacy.
    On The Chronicle’s food and culture podcast, Extra Spicy, hosts Soleil Ho and Justin Phillips look into what it took for The Restaurant at Meadowood to earn its place as an international fine dining destination and the highly-disciplined, intense work environment that some former employees say was necessary for success, while others claim was an abusive workplace culture.
    You'll hear from San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardins, sommelier Alexis Davis Iaconis of Brick & Mortar Wines, chef Ricky Odbert of Six Test Kitchen and more.
    Read the story and send us your questions about food, life and everything you’re obsessed with at sfchronicle.com/spicy. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 38 min
    Should Black Californians Get Reparations?

    Should Black Californians Get Reparations?

    Under a bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newson, the state is launching a task force to study how it might approach reparations. The effort is a reminder that although California joined the union as a "free" state in 1850, forms of slavery continued here -- and legalized discrimination of African Americans followed. Reporters Dustin Gardiner and Justin Phillips discuss how we got here, and what comes next. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod

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    • 23 min
    When Will San Francisco Public Schools Reopen?

    When Will San Francisco Public Schools Reopen?

    Susan Solomon, president of the San Francisco teachers' union, speaks with host Heather Knight about why San Francisco's schools are lagging behind some other Bay Area districts in reopening and when it's likely most kids will return to the classroom. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 22 min
    Live: Race and Election 2020

    Live: Race and Election 2020

    East Bay Columnist Otis R. Taylor Jr. leads a discussion about what this election means for race in America. Joining him on the live Zoom event are Sarah Treuhaft, vice president of research at PolicyLink; Dr. Jason Williams, assistant professor of justice studies at Montclair State University; and Debra Gore-Mann, president and CEO of The Greenlining Institute. They talk about systemic racism in housing, criminal justice, income inequality and how certain ballot measures could either alleviate or exacerbate those problems. | 2020 Voter Guide: sfchronicle.com/voterguide | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod

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    • 1 hr
    The Great San Francisco Lemur Heist

    The Great San Francisco Lemur Heist

    Maki, a 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur, was stolen from his enclosure at The San Francisco Zoo this week. It was the third high-profile theft from the zoo in recent years. News broke Thursday night that Maki had been found in Daly City and returned safely to the zoo. In a conversation recorded before that, Heather Knight and reporter Nora Mishanec discuss the lemur heist and share interviews with the lemur’s caretaker and a lemur expert. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 18 min
    San Francisco as the Seat of the Resistance

    San Francisco as the Seat of the Resistance

    Lots of city residents are volunteering to sway swing state voters with calls, texts and letters. Eighteen drag queens joined the fight at Manny's outdoor victory booths and explained why so much hinges on the Nov. 3 election.
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
179 Ratings

179 Ratings

margaretfent ,

Local news source

This is my go-to podcast for deeper dives on Bay Area stories. The hosts’ interview styles are very effective, and the podcast brings on a good mix of reporters and public figures. The hosts ask meaningful questions which allow their subjects to speak candidly about various relevant topics. I always learn something when I listen to 5th & Mission and appreciate the work they are doing to provide these important and sometimes controversial stories in a relatively unbiased manor.
I need to remove a star because one particular reporter, Rachel Swan, is impossible to listen to. She cannot put a sentence together between the constant iterations of “um”, “like”, and “you know?”. No, I don’t know... that’s why I’m listening to the episode. The way she speaks is so distracting that I can’t pay attention to what she’s saying, so now I just delete the episodes she’s on.

SgtGrumbles11111111111 ,

Really weak analysis in Ballot Guide

I was hoping for a local perspective on strong arguments for and against the issues. Instead, I got people who had already made up their minds trying to sell a crowd with superficial arguments. And instead of focusing on policy details, the commentary included meta-commentary like poll results.

sick_jam_band ,

Update: recent improvements

I’m updating this because the podcast definitely feels like it’s changed for the better since the editorial switch. The tone seems less judgmental and more journalistic. I’ve left the original review below.

I appreciate local Bay Area news, and there aren’t many podcasts I’ve found that do that regularly, so for that, thank you SF Chron.

But this podcast gets under my skin almost every episode. Mostly it’s the tone, which is unapologetically conservative (by Bay Area standards). Talking about homeless people in the North Bay, the reporter mentions “their misery” multiple times, and how folks in the camp are “fighting over crack pipes.” He mentions possible reasons for the size of the encampment he’s covering (the North Bay fires from two years ago), but he doesn’t actually tell any stories from the perspective of the people living there. He only mentions the discomfort of the neighbors who no longer wish to use their bike path.

Recently one of the editors interviewed a reporter who covered the story of Omar Ameen, an Iraqi refugee living in California who is facing a court battle over extradition. Y’all can look up the story, but the whole podcast the editor presented this story as though it was reported by the Chron, when in fact the original in-depth reporting was done by Ben Taub at the New Yorker. Sure, the Chronicle has a “new angle” about how Facebook and Twitter are involved in Ameen’s story, but there wasn’t even a hat tip to Taub.

TL; DR: There are basically no other good options for a Bay Area news podcast, but this has a lot of room for improvement.

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