Fifth & Mission show

Fifth & Mission

Summary: The flagship news podcast of the San Francisco Chronicle. Editor in chief Audrey Cooper and San Francisco City Hall columnist Heather Knight discuss the biggest stories of the day with Chronicle journalists and newsmakers from around the Bay Area. | Get full digital access to the Chronicle:


 Best of Fifth & Mission: How to Drink Wine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1786

Chronicle wine critic Esther Mobley shares her secrets and brings her spit bucket for a tasting session with Audrey Cooper. Plus: How California vintners are adjusting to climate change, which threatens Cabernet Sauvignon, the state’s most important grape. First published Aug. 23, 2019. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 How to Stop Homelessness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1518

Since 1982, The Chronicle and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund have found a novel way to keep people from becoming homeless: The Season of Sharing Fund. Audrey Cooper and Kevin Fagan chat with new SOS executive director Zev Lowe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Crab Season Blues | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 910

Why won't Dungeness crab be in grocery stores by Thanksgiving? Assistant food editor Tara Duggan explains the latest delays, which are linked to the health of whales. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Minor Crimes, Major Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1210

Reporters Jill Tucker and Joaquin Palomino, as part of their Vanishing Violence investigation, have found that California officials' claims that juvenile halls now mostly hold serious offenders is not true. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 San Francisco's Deadly Streets | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 935

A spike in traffic violence has claimed 27 lives so far this year. Metro editor Demian Bulwa and columnist Heather Knight talk about why San Francisco's Vision Zero plan, to eliminate traffic deaths in the city, is off track. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Live: How We Cover Disasters, Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1548

Reporters J.D. Morris, who covers PG&E, and Kurtis Alexander, who covers California climate and environmental issues, talk with metro editor Demian Bulwa about how they work their beats as the state is hammered by wildfires and massive blackouts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Live: How We Cover Disasters, Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1919

Reporter Lizzie Johnson and photographer Carlos Avila Gonzalez talk with editor in chief Audrey Cooper and a live audience at the Chronicle Center in San Francisco about covering wildfires — how they protect themselves, what risks they’re willing to take, what they have to know. First of two parts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 London Breed’s Brother Seeks Freedom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1219

After a woman died on the Golden Gate Bridge in 2000, Napoleon Brown got 44 years in prison. He’s seeking a shorter sentence in light of a new law. His sister, the mayor of San Francisco, has advocated on his behalf in the past. Reporter Dominic Fracassa on the latest twists in the case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Orinda Shooting Aftermath | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 984

Police have still made no arrests after the mass shooting at a Halloween "Mansion Party" at an Orinda Airbnb. Reporter Evan Sernoffsky talks about the victims, the possible motives and the new scrutiny on Airbnb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Starting Over in Paradise | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1185

How do you recover from the worst fire in California history? A year after the Camp Fire killed 85 people and leveled a whole town, just 14 homes have been rebuilt. But there's hope, say reporter Lizzie Johnson and photographer Gabrielle Lurie, who have been spending time in the disaster area. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 A Silver Bullet for Meth? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1134

No. There’s no such thing. Reporters Kevin Fagan and Dominic Fracassa talk about how meth’s powerful grip on San Francisco is killing people and contributing to the city’s biggest problems, and about the latest idea to deal with it: a sobering center for addicts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Election Day Preview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1813

Editorial Page Editor John Diaz and City Hall reporter Dominic Fracassa join Audrey Cooper to talk about today’s election in San Francisco, including two races that have received national attention: the four-way battle for district attorney and Prop C, which would regulate e-cigarettes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Fisherman’s Secret | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1682

What would you do if you suddenly found a golden treasure? Audrey Cooper interviews reporters Tara Duggan and Jason Fagone about an unbelievable tale that took more than a year to report — the story of fisherman Joe Pennisi’s secret. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 BART: Parking vs. Housing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1098

As the transit agency begins filling its lots with residential buildings, it’s chipping away at a perk commuters have enjoyed for years — cheap parking spaces. Rachel Swan on the battle of housing for people against housing for cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 PG&E Outages: Cell Phones Too | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 823

Bay Area residents needed cell service more than ever as they lost electricity and worried about wildfires. Reporter Mallory Moench joins us to talk about why cell service providers in some places failed this test, and what can be done about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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