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We are a "deep dive" news podcast, for Americans who get their news from the Internet. Our mission is to give the listener succinct, fact based analysis both non-ideological and independent from a California, Silicon Valley perspective.

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Jim Herlihy is a published author: his novel “Deceit and Dirty Money” is available on line. He served as President of the SF Public Library Commission 1992 - 1996. While working in Latin America, he was a stringer for The Economist, The Times and the BBC. Jim serves as a director on two SF sister city boards : Bangalore, India and Cork, Ireland.

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We are a "deep dive" news podcast, for Americans who get their news from the Internet. Our mission is to give the listener succinct, fact based analysis both non-ideological and independent from a California, Silicon Valley perspective.

Your host

Jim Herlihy is a published author: his novel “Deceit and Dirty Money” is available on line. He served as President of the SF Public Library Commission 1992 - 1996. While working in Latin America, he was a stringer for The Economist, The Times and the BBC. Jim serves as a director on two SF sister city boards : Bangalore, India and Cork, Ireland.

    California school kids' raw deal: Dan Walters, veteran journalist, shares his analysis.

    California school kids' raw deal: Dan Walters, veteran journalist, shares his analysis.

    Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) the second largest school system in the United States and the largest in California, published a report last week outlining the dire impact of the Covid lockdowns on our state's 6 million public school students. With schools just reopening in the last 10 days, High School drop out and failure rates are projected to double and even worse, over the next 3 years. And California with an 8% unemployment rate - versus 6% nationwide - can ill afford to be turning out unskilled and unqualified young adults for our competitive labor markets that demand high tech skills. 


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    Poorly Understood: What America gets wrong about poverty. Speaking with co-author Professor Mark Rank about his book.

    Poorly Understood: What America gets wrong about poverty. Speaking with co-author Professor Mark Rank about his book.

    Poverty in the United States is more widespread than in the other developed OECD countries due to our skimpy social safety net. For instance, 60% of Americans will experience poverty sometime in their life  between 18 and 75 years of age. 60 % !  On the other hand we reduced senior poverty from 35% in 1959 to 8% today so we have had targeted successes. Professor Rank breaks down the myths of poverty in our midst.


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    Leaving California: Allison Pullins and Neal Richardson discuss their decision to relocate to North Carolina.

    Leaving California: Allison Pullins and Neal Richardson discuss their decision to relocate to North Carolina.

    A young family weighs a difficult decision to leave San Francisco and move to North Carolina. Mixed emotions confront Allison and Neal as they decide to leave their adopted home in San Francisco for North Carolina. A wistful conversation covering complex choices many Californians are facing .


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    Bitcoin and Coinbase: What you should know before investing. In conversation with Anders Kruus, Financial Advisor.

    Bitcoin and Coinbase: What you should know before investing. In conversation with Anders Kruus, Financial Advisor.

    Coinbase went public today, making it easier for individual investors to transact in Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether and Litecoin. Will Coinbase make Crypto more accessible like Apple and Microsoft made clunky home computers easy to use in the 1980s ? And why do you need a cryptocurrency account anyway ? Privacy, secrecy, one global currency ? Will internet based currencies supplant existing currencies ? It looks like money is about to be revolutionized by FinTech.


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    George Floyd Trial and Police Reform: A discussion with Martin Kuz, West Coast Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

    George Floyd Trial and Police Reform: A discussion with Martin Kuz, West Coast Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

    Minneapolis and the nation as a whole are holding their collective breath as the George Floyd murder trial unfolds.  Just as the repercussions of his killing by police officer Derek Chauvin last year are still working their way through American society, could the verdict in the trial portend more civil unrest and calls to radically reform the nation's policing capability ? As goes the Minneapolis Police Department, so goes the nation's many police forces.


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    Frida Kahlo: Appearances can be deceiving. A conversation with Hillary Olcott, Coordinating Curator, Frida Kahlo Exhibit, DeYoung Museum.

    Frida Kahlo: Appearances can be deceiving. A conversation with Hillary Olcott, Coordinating Curator, Frida Kahlo Exhibit, DeYoung Museum.

    The Frida Kahlo Exhibit is a collection of the artist's most personal artifacts including clothing, photographs, prosthetics, paintings, and jewelry which was stored at her home in Mexico City from the time of her death, 1954, until 2004. The Exhibit also draws on her time in San Francisco and how it influenced her life and art. It is open through May 2, 2021.


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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

SFE Fan ,

Not just for San Fran Fans

The San Francisco Experience is not just for locals….the content is timely and relevant from coast to coast. Jim’s delivery is smooth and easy on the ears. His perspectives are refreshing and thought provoking. Listening to Jim’s podcast is both enlightening and enjoyable. I find myself looking forward to the next episode!

Westernfront1 ,

The San Francisco Experience

Outstanding podcast! From stories about the city he clearly loves and knows intimately, to perspectives on the State of California and the country, Jim Herlihy draws you in with his fascinating and timely subject matter, his knowledge and meticulous research, and his smooth and polished delivery. Highly recommended podcast for locals and for listeners around the world who want to get a feel for California and the mood of the nation.

Quakerdad ,

San Francisco Experience

Jim’s presentations are modulated and easily understood. The subject matter is well researched and brought to life by its relevance to today’s events. Jim has been able to bring a richness to the San Francisco experience for visitors like myself. From the history of SF to current event like the response to the pandemic to the obscure fact, unique to San Francisco. I feel rewarded for my time, having learned something new and interesting. I’m always looking forward to the next installment. Definitely worth a listen.

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