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.


 Pot in Wine Country? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1261

A local citizens group wants to legalize commercial cannabis cultivation in Napa County. But opponents claim that pot could threaten the success of America’s most famous wine growing region. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Transbay Transit Center Reopening | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 799

Nine months after discovery of a cracked steel girder forced the closure of the Transbay Transit Center, the $2.2 billion transit hub, retail center and rooftop park  has been repaired, inspected and is ready to reopen but without buses for now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Why Oakland Decriminalized Psychedelics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1052

In early June, Oakland became the second city in the U.S. to decriminalize natural psychedelics like magic mushrooms. That initiative was sparked by growing interest – especially in the Bay Area – in using psychedelics for mental health. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants With Soleil Ho | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1781

The Chronicle’s new restaurant critic sits down with Audrey Cooper to talk about taking over longtime critic Michael Bauer’s signature list, what “top” means to her, and what’s different about the list this year.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 How a Chronicle Food Writer Found the Most Important Chef in America | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1737

Food Reporter Justin Phillips and Metro Editor Demian Bulwa discuss the scarcity of black food writers and how Kwame Onwuachi has changed the country’s celebrity chef landscape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Can California Avoid A Third Year of Deadly Fire? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1254

Firefighters, policymakers and emergency responders are trying to make the state safe from fire, but they have a long way to go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Columnist Leah Garchik On Her 47-Year Career | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2358

Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik announced in her May 1 column that today, she is leaving the newspaper after 47 years. Host Peter Hartlaub and reporter Steve Rubenstein sat down with Garchik to talk about her first day in San Francisco, her beginnings as a columnist and what she plans to do next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Inside Juul’s Fraught Relationship With San Francisco | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1133

Editor in chief Audrey Cooper and business reporter Catherine Ho discuss the latest in San Francisco’s efforts to ban the sale of e-cigarettes — and how Juul, the nation’s largest e-cigarette company and a fast-growing presence in the city, is pushing back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Muni's Mess and Mayor Breed | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 932

San Francisco Mayor London Breed didn't campaign on transportation issues, but she zeroed in on them once she took office. Rachel Swan on why the mayor is gunning for Muni, and the future of transit in the city.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Taxing Wealthy Companies to Solve SF's Problems | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 987

Should San Francisco raise taxes on prosperous companies to help pay for the city's most gripping problems? Between a tax on IPO's, Uber and Lyft and exorbitantly paid CEO's voters will have plenty of options to choose from in November. We break down the three business tax proposals headed to November's ballot, focusing on the most recent one that would raise money for a new mental health care system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The California Legislature's Key Bills to Watch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1248

What bills are alive in the California Legislature after a month of big deadlines? We have the rundown, from proposals to expand housing to vaccine exemptions to a push to let bars serve until 4 a.m. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Why SF's North Beach Is Struggling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1408

San Francisco's Little Italy has seen a spike in empty storefronts. Residents, business owners and city officials blame a slow permitting process, earthquake construction and other challenges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Halfway Through the Ghost Ship Trial | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1072

Crime reporter Megan Cassidy speaks to Metro Editor Demian Bulwa at the halfway point through the criminal trial of the Ghost Ship fire, where two men are charged in the deaths of 36 people who died in the 2016 blaze. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 The Bay Area's Crumbling Streets and Bridges | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1026

Drivers, it's not your imagination: the Bay Area has the worst roads in the nation. We also have concrete crumbling from bridges and freeway overpasses. How did we get to this point -- and what will it take to fix it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Palo Alto's Private Park | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 791

Reporter Michael Cabanatuan joins Demian Bulwa to talk about 1,400-acre Foothills Park. It's usually populated with wildflowers, deer and lawbreakers. That is, anyone who doesn't live in Palo Alto. The park is restricted to residents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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