Fifth & Mission show

Fifth & Mission

Summary: The San Francisco Chronicle's flagship news podcast features editor in chief Audrey Cooper discussing the biggest Bay Area stories of the day with Chronicle journalists and newsmakers.


 The Ghost Ship Verdicts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1126

Reporter Megan Cassidy on the scene in the Alameda County courthouse as Max Harris is acquitted on 36 charges of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the 2016 warehouse fire. The jury hung on charges for master tenant Derick Almena. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Silicon Valley’s $15 million Teardown | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 891

A wealthy couple buys a big new mansion in Hillsborough. Is it their dream home? Nope. It’s a teardown. Reporter Matthias Gafni on the latest stunner in Bay Area housing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Backlash Over Ethnic Studies Curriculum | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 987

Educators who want ethnic studies taught statewide in California schools are getting pushback from critics who say they support the idea in principle, but that the proposed teaching guidelines push racially divisive themes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Best of Fifth & Mission: Photographing Homelessness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1906

In this episode first published July 29, photographers Gabrielle Lurie and Jessica Christian discuss photographing homelessness during the Chronicle's 24-hour project. They talk about the challenges of photographing for 24 hours straight, keeping safe on the streets and making moving imagery under tough circumstances. We also learn about Jessica’s subject “Shorty,” and how he lives as a disabled homeless man on the streets of San Francisco. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 BBQ in the Bay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1747

In a region that has nearly every type of cuisine, good barbecue restaurants have been hard to find. That seems to be changing with an explosion of pop-ups and even some brick-and-mortars springing up in unexpected places. Can they thrive in the Bay? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Meet Mission Bay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1413

Urban design critic John King explores the history of San Francisco's newest neighborhood, what went wrong in designing it and what he thinks of the Warriors' arena plopped in the middle of it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Broken Promises at the Hunters Point Shipyard | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1177

What led federal and city officials to back away from voter-demanded promises to completely clean radiological contamination and what is next for the nation’s most complex Superfund site? Note: An earlier edit of this episode contained an error about the timing of the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests. They began after World War II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Esther Mobley on How to Drink Wine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1786

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

 Oakland's Warehouse Scene After Ghost Ship | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 986

A crackdown on people living and making art in warehouses followed the deadly 2016 fire at an unsanctioned music event. But as Rachel Swan reports, bigger changes came as a result of another shift: the legalization of marijuana. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Doctor Accused of Murder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 806

Health reporter Erin Allday on Dr. Thomas McNeese Keller, the Santa Rosa physician who, already under investigation by the state medical board, has been charged with murder in the deaths of five patients who suffered opioid overdoses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Justin Phillips on Black Culture in the Bay Area | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1213

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Justin Phillips talks to editor in chief Audrey Cooper about his new column on the African American experience in and around San Francisco.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 How the Town Beats the City on Housing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 730

Oakland has historically underproduced housing, but in 2019, it's on pace to finish about 2,000 more new units than San Francisco. Reporter J.K. Dineen talks about what's changed in the East Bay.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 SF City Insider: An Epidemic of Untreated Mental Illness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1055

Fifth & Mission presents an episode of the Chronicle podcast San Francisco City Insider. The city is compelling far fewer mentally ill people into mandated treatment. Columnist Heather Knight and City Hall reporter Dominic Fracassa discuss the rise in clearly untreated mental illness on San Francisco’s sidewalks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Should San Francisco Buy PG&E's Power Lines? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1090

The utility's wildfire-related bankruptcy has San Francisco looking to take over its power operation in the city. Reporters J.D. Morris and Dominic Fracassa talk about the opportunities and risks the multibillion-dollar move would present. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Swag: It’s Fun! It’s Free! It Works! It’s a Nightmare! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 714

It’s a constant in the tech industry and has been for ages. The data says swag is an effective marketing tool, and sometimes the goodies are nice. But there’s a cost for the environment. Owen Thomas and Carolyn Said on “stuff we all get.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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