Fifth & Mission show

Fifth & Mission

Summary: Dive inside the biggest Bay Area stories of the day with Fifth & Mission, a new podcast from the San Francisco Chronicle.


 An Epidemic of Prison Overdoses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1194

Criminal justice reporter Megan Cassidy joins Audrey Cooper to talk about a 113% increase in drug overdoses in California prisons since 2015. Nearly 1,000 people received emergency medical attention in 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Man Who Wrote the AIDS Crisis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1333

Randy Shilts may have been the first out gay reporter at a major American newspaper. In 1982, he began writing about what would soon come to be known as AIDS. He would become it's top Chronicler — and it would kill him. An episode of the Chronicle's history podcast, Not Your Century.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Oakland Ballpark Dreams | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1140

The A's would love to build a baseball cathedral on the waterfront, just like the Giants. Can they pull it off? And would that be good for Oakland? Phil Matier and Susan Slusser join Demian Bulwa to answer those and other questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Can PG&E Survive? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1651

J.D. Morris joined The Chronicle days after the Camp Fire broke out, transforming his plans to report on PG&E. In this episode, he and Business Editor Owen Thomas take you inside how we’ve covered this multifaceted story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Opioid Addiction: One Family's Story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2537

We're sharing an episode of the San Francisco City Insider podcast. When 33-year-old Jeffrey Choate’s parents saw their son, homeless and addicted to heroin and meth, in Heather Knight's Chronicle column, they — and he — wanted to tell his story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Police Conduct in Vallejo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2237

East Bay Columnist Otis R. Taylor Jr. talks about the controversial arrests, fatal shootings and police intimidation of black and brown people in Vallejo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Fallout Over Those Crazy San Francisco General Hospital Bills | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1144

San Francisco General Hospital has finally changed its billing practice so patients will no longer be charged $92,000 for a simple appendectomy or $24,000 for bumps and bruises. But in today's broken health care system, that's not the end of the story. Columnist Heather Knight talks about an effort to ban these bills statewide and how City Hall has promised to scrutinize S.F. General's budget requests in the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 "American Taliban": Terrorist or Scapegoat? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1365

With John Walker Lindh set to be released from prison, reporter Kevin Fagan joins Demian Bulwa to talk about the Marin County man who was captured with Taliban forces in Afghanistan in 2001.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Photographing California's Wildfires | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1784

Gabrielle Lurie, a staff photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle, sits down with Metro Editor Demian Bulwa to discuss how she covers the wildfires, the dangers that come with it and what stories she looks for in the deadly aftermath. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Navigating San Francisco's Shelter System | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1981

Homeless shelters and Navigation Centers are critical in San Francisco's fight against homelessness. But they're only one piece of a harrowing, complicated puzzle. Editor in Chief Audrey Cooper and reporter Dominic Fracassa discuss the city's shelter system and the role that permanent housing plays in solving San Francisco's homelessness crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Rebuilding of Aisha | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1510

Aisha McCain spent years in prison after getting busted in a massive San Francisco gang crackdown, then she felt a lump in her breast and everything changed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Jeff Adachi, a Police Raid and the Freedom of the Press | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2494

After SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi's death, a confidential police report with photos leaked. This week, police raided a freelance journalist's home to investigate who in their own department gave him the information. We discuss the raid, what happens next and what it means for journalists in the Bay Area. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Inside Our Investigations | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1443

Managing Editor of Investigations and Enterprise Michael Gray talks about the Chronicle's past and present investigative reporting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 How a Young Vegetarian Became California's Face of Hunting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 716

Interest in hunting and fishing is down in California, and so are the revenues generated from the sports that pay for conservation. To counter the trend, the state has hired Jen Benedet, a.k.a. Jen the Archer, to boost interest in hunting and fishing. We spoke with Archer about her unusual job and talked about whether the initiative can work in a state where many people just aren't into hunting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 People's Park at 50 With the Man Who Started It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1176

Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the People's Park riot which resulted in the only fatality in the long history of protest and activism in Berkeley.  To honor it, Heyday Books will release an encyclopedic  history.  We talk with its publisher, Steve Wasserman, and with Mike Delacour, the antiwar activist who started it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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