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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

    The Usual Suspect

    The Usual Suspect

    Matthias Gafni has the shocking story of Michael Alexander, who confessed to a 2013 murder and went to prison even though another man's blood was all over the scene. He was freed years later after the other man was arrested, but prosecutors refused to clear him, and now say the two men committed the crime together. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 25 min
    Live! What Women Want in 2020

    Live! What Women Want in 2020

    Hundreds of thousands of women are dropping out of the workforce every month due to lack of childcare and closed schools during the pandemic. The Chronicle's Heather Knight and Tal Kopan interview Rep. Katie Porter, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks and Emerge president A'shanti Gholar about this crisis and other major issues facing women during this election. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 1 hr
    Has the Alameda County D.A. Had a Change of Heart?

    Has the Alameda County D.A. Had a Change of Heart?

    Nancy O'Malley made headlines recently by charging a cop for a shooting in San Leandro — a first in her tenure — then reopening the investigation into the BART police killing of Oscar Grant. She says she's simply following the law. But as Megan Cassidy reports, O'Malley's decisions come amid the historic Black Lives Matter reform movement that has changed the very nature of being a prosecutor. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 19 min
    Is the Coronavirus Surge Coming to the Bay Area?

    Is the Coronavirus Surge Coming to the Bay Area?

    COVID-19 is spiking around the country. What are San Francisco and the Bay Area doing to sidestep the trend? And will it last? Reporters Catherine Ho and Aidin Vaziri talk about the local numbers, the danger of vaccine distrust and what you should know before making holiday plans. | Full Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 22 min
    Chronicled: Who Is Kamala Harris? Episode 1

    Chronicled: Who Is Kamala Harris? Episode 1

    Senior political writer and It's All Political host Joe Garofoli and Washington correspondent Tal Kopan are the co-hosts of The Chronicle's new six-part miniseries about the life and career of the Democratic nominee for vice president. In Episode 1, "The Top Cop," the young prosecutor from Berkeley pulls off an upset and becomes San Francisco's first black, first Asian American and first female district attorney by running as a centrist against progressive incumbent Terence Hallinan. Kopan has a short chat with Fifth & Mission co-host Demian Bulwa to set up the episode. | Click here to listen to all six episodes: podfollow.com/chronicled
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    • 18 min
    Get Out the Vote: The Final Days

    Get Out the Vote: The Final Days

    San Francisco resident Lala Wu co-founded Sister District, a national organization to influence the outcomes in state legislature races around the country. She tells Heather Knight why she’s optimistic as Election Day approaches. | Chronicle Voter Guide: sfchronicle.com/vote
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    • 25 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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