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Political Breakdown

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Join hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos as they unpack the week in politics with a California perspective. Featuring interviews with reporters and other insiders involved in the craft of politics—including elected officials, candidates, pollsters, campaign managers, fundraisers, and other political… read more

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A (Virtual) Trip to Arizona with Janet Napolitano

October 30th, 2020


With less than a week until Election Day, Marisa and Scott take a (virtual) trip to the bordering battleground state of Arizona. First, Arizona …

Proposition 22 Update and Barbara Lee on the 2020 Campaign

October 22nd, 2020


With less than two weeks until Election Day, Scott and Marisa discuss the latest on the record-breaking Proposition 22 with KQED's Sam Harnett. Then, Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee joins to share her thoughts on Prop …

The Political Fight Over Voting with Dan Schnur

October 16th, 2020


California's Republican Party defends its operation of unofficial vote-by-mail ballot drop boxes across the state in the face of potential legal action. Marisa and Scott are joined by KQED's Guy Marzorati to discuss the …

VP Debate Recap and María Teresa Kumar on Turning Out Latinx Voters

October 9th, 2020


Scott and Marisa analyze California Senator Kamala Harris' performance in Wednesday night's vice presidential debate, and KUER politics and …

Tori Verber Salazar: The Central Valley District Attorney Pushing for Criminal Justice Reform

October 2nd, 2020


As California ballot measure campaigns heat up, CalMatters reporter Laurel Rosenhall joins Marisa and Scott to discuss her story about the ballot …

Justice Goodwin Liu Shares Memories of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 25th, 2020


President Trump nears a nomination for a successor to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Scott and Marisa preview the roles of California Senators …

Wade Crowfoot on Confronting President Trump over Climate Change

September 18th, 2020


President Trump visits California as the state deals with a historic wildfire year. Marisa and Scott discuss the president's visit with Katie Orr, …

Mike Gatto on End of Session Fallout, Parenting in Office and Prison Realignment

September 11th, 2020


The finger-pointing continues at the state Capitol after a frantic end to the legislative session. Katie Orr joins Scott and Marisa to talk about …

Buffy Wicks on Voting with Her Newborn, a Prop 20 Update and a Conversation with Jamal Trulove

September 4th, 2020


After a wild end to the legislative session, Marisa and Guy Marzorati talk with Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, who voted on the floor with her four-week …

COVID Case Stalls Legislature and Joseph Rodota Opens 'The Oppo File'

August 27th, 2020


A COVID-19 infection derails the state legislature just days before the final recess of the session. Marisa and Guy Marzorati get the latest from …

Democratic Convention Special with Addisu Demissie and Ro Khanna

August 20th, 2020


Before the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Scott and Marisa discuss the week's program and Senator Kamala Harris' vice presidential acceptance speech. Addisu Demissie, senior advisor for the …

"I Can't Just Go Away": Katie Hill Charts Path Forward after Resigning from Congress

August 14th, 2020


California Senator Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's pick for vice president. Marisa and Scott discuss the selection and the rollout of the Democratic …

Steve Kerr on Beirut, the NBA Restart and Learning from His Players

August 7th, 2020


Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talks with Scott and Marisa about the re-started NBA season and the league's response to the Black Lives …

Joe Trippi on the Veepstakes, Pioneering Netroots and the Real Story of Doug Jones' Victory

July 31st, 2020


As Joe Biden nears his decision on a vice presidential pick, Marisa and Scott discuss the contenders on his shortlist and the latest on negotiations …

Karen Bass on Volunteering for RFK, Life on the VP Shortlist and Reclaiming the Name 'Caren'

July 24th, 2020


L.A. Congresswoman Karen Bass joins Scott and Marisa to discuss the legacy of Congressman John Lewis, volunteering for Robert Kennedy's presidential …

Jay Jordan on the Ballot Fight over Criminal Justice Reforms and the COVID Outbreak in State Prisons

July 17th, 2020


California schools take center stage in the state's reopening debate, as Marisa and Scott discuss Governor Gavin Newsom's handling of the accelerated …

Hilda Solis on Her Union Roots, Environmental Justice Fights and Biden's Pitch to Latino Voters

July 10th, 2020


With unemployment claims again rising as states struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, Scott and Guy Marzorati talk with KQED's Sam Harnett about his new series "How We Got Here" about the decline of worker power …

Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager on COVID Concerns, Reforming Crisis Response, and Her 'Money Makeover'

July 3rd, 2020


With the spread of COVID-19 increasing throughout the state, Governor Gavin Newsom orders many counties to halt their reopening. Scott and Katie Orr discuss the governor's actions and the newly signed state budget. …

The 'Divided States' of COVID-19 Response and a New Push to Hold Big Tech Accountable

June 26th, 2020


With COVID-19 cases growing rapidly in California and Florida, Scott and Marisa are joined by WLRN reporter Caitie Switalski to explore how officials …

John Pérez on a Historic Week at the Supreme Court and the Push to Bring Back Affirmative Action in California

June 19th, 2020


Governor Gavin Newsom announces a requirement for face-coverings in high-risk settings, as masks become a political flash point in some California …

Ron Davis on Reimagining Public Safety After a Career in Law Enforcement

June 12th, 2020


Ron Davis, former Director of the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services under President Obama, talks …

'There's No Going' Back': Lateefah Simon on Her Career of Activism and Ideas for Changing Policing

June 5th, 2020


BART Director Lateefah Simon joins Scott and Marisa to discuss the protests against police violence, steps cities can take to reform policing, the …

Tom Steyer on California’s Economic Recovery and What He Learned on the Campaign Trail

May 28th, 2020


Tom Steyer, chair of Gov. Gavin Newsom's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, talks with Scott and Marisa about the work ahead to rebuild California's economy. He also discusses what he learned on the presidential …

Carmela Coyle on How California Hospitals are Weathering COVID-19

May 22nd, 2020


The Legislature delves into Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget proposal, and Marisa and Scott talk with KQED's Katie Orr about how lawmakers are pushing to reassert themselves in spending negotiations. Then, Carmela Coyle, …

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley on California’s Budget and the Legislature’s Response to COVID-19

May 15th, 2020


Gov. Gavin Newsom plans massive cuts to California's budget unless Congress approves more aid. KQED's Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos discuss the governor's May Revise and the budget process ahead with KQED's Katie Orr. …

Stephanie Valencia on the 2020 Latino Vote

May 8th, 2020


California's contracts for protective gear draw increased scrutiny, and the Newsom administration projects a $41 billion drop in revenues. Marisa and Scott discuss those developments with KQED's Guy Marzorati, along …

Dr. Shirley Weber on Her Family’s Journey to California and the Teachers Who Paved Her Path

May 1st, 2020


As Gov. Gavin Newsom orders the closure of Orange County beaches, Scott and Marisa talk with Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, about the ongoing stay-at-home order and the timeline of the Legislature's …

April Verrett on Leading the Nursing Home Workers at the Center of the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 24th, 2020


With outbreaks of COVID-19 at skilled nursing facilities around the state, April Verrett, President of SEIU 2015, talks to Marisa and Scott about the members she represents and efforts to protect them at their job. She …

Alex Padilla on Preparing for the November Vote and His Stint as Mayor of L.A. on 9/11

April 17th, 2020


As the country braces for the potential of a general election impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, Scott and Marisa are joined by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to get an update on how California is …

Dr. Mitchell Katz on Battling Outbreaks from AIDS to Coronavirus

April 10th, 2020


Dr. Mitchell Katz, head of New York City's public hospitals, updates Marisa and Scott on the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, the health system's greatest need, and what is necessary to restart the economy. He …

Congressman Raul Ruiz on Expanding Coronavirus Testing, Fundraising to Attend College, and Going from the ER to Congress

April 3rd, 2020


Marisa and Scott are joined by Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) to talk about the state's progress in battling COVID-19 and expanding testing in …

Eleni Kounalakis on the Lieutenant Governor’s Role During the Coronavirus Outbreak and Lessons from Diplomacy in Hungary

March 26th, 2020


Scott and Marisa discuss California's response to the coronavirus outbreak -- analyzing Governor Gavin Newsom's latest executive orders and private sector partnerships. Then, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis joins …

State Sen. Dr. Richard Pan on California’s Coronavirus Response

March 20th, 2020


As California cities shut down and the state prepares for a surge of coronavirus cases, Scott and Marisa check in with KQED's Katie Orr on the state government's response (0:20). Then, state Sen. Dr. Richard Pan joins …

Coronavirus Update: Six Bay Area Counties Issue ‘Stay-at-Home’ Order

March 17th, 2020


Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos talk with San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Santa Clara Supervisor Joe Simitian, Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman, …

Lenny Mendonca on the Coronavirus’ Economic Impact — and His Career From Dairy Farms to the Newsom Administration

March 13th, 2020


Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos are joined by Lenny Mendonca, chief economic and business advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom, to discuss the latest on how …

Warren’s Exit and a California Primary Recap

March 6th, 2020


Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos are joined by KQED's Guy Marzorati and Politico's Carla Marinucci to talk about Sen. Elizabeth Warren's exit from the …

The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: The Thrust

February 29th, 2020


Explore lessons from a lifetime in politics in KQED’s new podcast "The Political Mind of Jerry Brown." Scott Shafer spent more than 40 hours …

Ace Smith on California Campaign Strategy, What Happened to Kamala Harris and Writing About Satchel Paige

February 28th, 2020


Scott and Marisa check-in with South Carolina Public Radio's Gavin Jackson ahead of Saturday's primary in the Palmetto State (0:30). Then, political …

The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: Think for Myself

February 22nd, 2020


Explore lessons from a lifetime in politics in KQED’s new podcast "The Political Mind of Jerry Brown." Scott spent more than 40 hours interviewing …

Nevada Caucus and Health Care Politics with Culinary Workers Union Leader Geoconda Argüello-Kline

February 21st, 2020


Marisa and Scott hit the road — first to Sacramento, where Gov. Gavin Newsom breaks format and focuses on homelessness in his State of the State address (0:21). Then, it's off to Las Vegas, where Democratic presidential …

The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: Direct Action

February 15th, 2020


Explore lessons from a lifetime in politics in KQED’s new podcast "The Political Mind of Jerry Brown." Scott Shafer spent more than 40 hours …

Dan Pfeiffer on the State of the Primaries and ‘Un-Trumping America’

February 14th, 2020


Pod Save America host and former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer joins Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos to talk about the state of the race for the Democratic nomination, and his new book "Un-Trumping America."

The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: Holy Water

February 9th, 2020


Explore lessons from a lifetime in politics in KQED’s new podcast "The Political Mind of Jerry Brown." Scott Shafer spent more than 40 hours …

The Latest From New Hampshire and a California Primary Explainer With Paul Mitchell

February 7th, 2020


Days before the New Hampshire primary, Scott and Marisa check in on the latest from the Granite State with Dan Barrick from New Hampshire Public …

The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: The Eye

February 1st, 2020


Explore lessons from a lifetime in politics in KQED’s new podcast The Political Mind of Jerry Brown. Scott spent more than 40 hours interviewing the …

A Caucus Update From Iowa and Robin Johansen on a Career in Political Law

January 31st, 2020


Days before the Iowa caucuses, Scott and Marisa get an update from the Hawkeye State from Iowa Public Radio reporter Kate Payne (0:30). Then, attorney Robin Johansen joins to talk about her work on the House Judiciary …

The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: But for Me

January 25th, 2020


Explore lessons from a lifetime in politics in KQED’s new podcast The Political Mind of Jerry Brown. Scott spent more than 40 hours interviewing the …

State Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar on Growing Up in a Border Town and Switching from Academia to the Courts

January 24th, 2020


San Francisco Mayor London Breed becomes the latest California mayor to endorse Michael Bloomberg in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination (0:32), and the impeachment battle heats up in Washington (4:10). …

The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: Ins and Outs

January 18th, 2020


Explore lessons from a lifetime in politics in KQED's new podcast The Political Mind of Jerry Brown. Scott spent more than 40 hours interviewing the …

NPR’s Steve Inskeep on California’s First Political Power Couple

January 17th, 2020


A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows Bernie Sanders leading a tight race in the state's Democratic primary. Scott and …

The Political Mind of Jerry Brown: The Novice

January 10th, 2020


Explore lessons from a lifetime in politics in KQED's new podcast The Political Mind of Jerry Brown. Scott spent more than 40 hours interviewing the …

Steve Glazer on Working for Jerry Brown and the Challenges of Reaching Across the Aisle

January 3rd, 2020


Scott and Guy Marzorati kick off the new year by discussing the making of KQED's new series The Political Mind of Jerry Brown. Then, State Senator …

The Political Mind of Jerry Brown

January 3rd, 2020


Jerry Brown often complains that no one comes to him for political advice. So we came knocking, and we’re glad we did. Across more than forty hours …

Holiday Special with Libby Schaaf and Eric Garcetti

December 27th, 2019


Scott and Marisa revisit a couple of their favorite interviews from the past year: conversations with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (0:45) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (10:15).

Wrapping Up the Year in California Politics

December 20th, 2019


Marisa and Scott are joined by Guy Marzorati and San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer Joe Garofoli to recap the year in California …

Former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George on the Politicization of the Courts and His Historic Gay Marriage Ruling

December 13th, 2019


Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gains some California endorsements in his presidential bid (1:00), and polls still have Bernie Sanders and …

Kamala Harris’ Exit and Angela Glover Blackwell on ‘Radical Imagination’

December 6th, 2019


Politico national political reporter Christopher Cadelago joins Scott and Marisa to analyze Kamala Harris' exit from the presidential race and her …

Thanksgiving Special with Anne Marie Schubert and Katie Porter

November 29th, 2019


Scott and Marisa revisit two of their favorite interviews from the past year: conversations with Sacramento County district attorney Anne Marie Schubert (0:15) and Orange County congresswoman Katie Porter (14:10).

Corrin Rankin on Recruiting African-American Candidates to the GOP and Growing Up in the Bail Industry

November 22nd, 2019


Marisa and Scott recap a hectic week of impeachment hearings and the most recent Democratic debate, and analyze the State Supreme Court ruling …

Chesa Boudin on His District Attorney Victory, Parents’ Incarceration and Travels in South America

November 15th, 2019


Chesa Boudin pulls off an upset victory and wins the San Francisco district attorney's race (0:28). Marisa and Scott discuss what the result means …

Proposition 187 at 25 with MALDEF President Thomas Saenz

November 8th, 2019


San Francisco's closely watched District Attorney's race remains too close to call. Scott and Marisa discuss how the contest fits into the growing attention paid to local prosecutor elections and analyze the rest of the …

The Politics of California’s Wildfire and Power Crisis with Michael Wara

November 1st, 2019


Representative Katie Hill's promising House career comes to an end with her resignation from Congress, after the release of explicit photos and accusations of an improper relationship with an aide. Marisa and Scott …

Bill Dodd on Utility Reform, Leaving the GOP and His High School Cover Band

October 25th, 2019


As the Kincade Fire threatens homes in Sonoma County, Scott and Marisa discuss a new KQED/Change Research poll on PG&E's decision to shut off …

Katie Porter on Congressional Hearings, Class With Elizabeth Warren and Learning to Surf

October 18th, 2019


Scott and Marisa check in with NPR's Scott Detrow for an update on the presidential campaigns of Californians Kamala Harris and Tom Steyer. Then, Orange County Rep. Katie Porter joins the show to talk about her first …

BONUS: Impeachment Inquiry Update from Washington, D.C.

October 17th, 2019


Californians take center stage in the House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry. Scott and Marisa head to Washington, D.C., to talk with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and fellow committee members …

Nancy Skinner on PG&E Shutoffs, Criminal Justice Reform, and the NCAA ‘Fair Pay’ Law

October 11th, 2019


Scott and Marisa discuss the "power politics" of PG&E's blackouts with state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. Skinner also shares stories of her …

Chris Lehane on Impeachment War Rooms, Warren’s Rise and Kennebunkport Politics

October 4th, 2019


Scott and Marisa are joined by Airbnb policy and communications head Chris Lehane to discuss his days dealing with impeachment in the Clinton White …

Libby Schaaf on Her Oakland Roots, Clashing with Trump and Fundraising for Spider Monkeys

September 27th, 2019


Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf joins Scott and Marisa to discuss Nancy Pelosi's decision on impeachment, Schaaf's own clashes with President Donald Trump, her childhood in Oakland, lessons from her predecessor Jean Quan, …

Jessica Patterson on Her Vision for the Republican Party, CEQA Reform and ‘Mexican Chop Suey’

September 20th, 2019


A new KQED poll finds Senator Kamala Harris slipping in California. Scott and Marisa talk about the survey results on California's presidential …

Mayor Eric Garcetti on the Homeless Crisis, Kosher Burritos and LA’s Green New Deal

September 13th, 2019


Some Trump administration officials take a trip to California's biggest city for "fact-finding" on homelessness. Scott and Marisa sit down with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti in his office to talk about the Trump team's visit …

Ted Lieu on Tweeting at Trump, Running Against Kamala and Selling Jade

September 6th, 2019


Governor Gavin Newsom's request to amend a vaccination bill causes confusion in the legislature. Scott and Marisa analyze Newsom's move, and how he has dealt with other controversial bills as the legislative year draws …

Jordan Cunningham on Coastal Republicanism, Charter Schools and Nuclear Energy

August 30th, 2019


Negotiations over gig worker regulations heat up and lawmakers and the governor reach a deal on charter schools. Katie Orr joins Scott and Marisa for …

Andrew Yang on Support from Tech Workers, Universal Basic Income, and the ‘Bizarre’ Democratic Debates

August 23rd, 2019


Governor Gavin Newsom signs landmark legislation changing California's police use-of-force law, and Scott and Marisa recap a big win for the Newsom …

Marianne Williamson on Reparations, Vaccinations, and Spirituality in Politics

August 16th, 2019


Author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson joins Marisa and Guy Marzorati to discuss her childhood travels, discovering A Course in Miracles, her charity work with AIDS patients in Los Angeles, her stance on …

Massaging the Message with Anat Shenker-Osorio

August 9th, 2019


Governor Gavin Newsom warns of white nationalism's threat to California, and faces a legal challenge over his decision to sign a presidential tax return bill, plus Scott asks Marisa about her trip to prison with the …

Ro Khanna on Anti-War Activism, Regulating Silicon Valley, and Keeping His Kids Off of Social Media

August 2nd, 2019


A new California law could keep President Trump off of the state's 2020 primary ballot, and Marisa and Guy Marzorati discuss how Senator Kamala …

Amanda Renteria on Central Valley Politics, Working for DiFi, and Life on the Hot Corner

July 25th, 2019


Marisa and Guy Marzorati preview next week's Democratic presidential debates, and discuss why criminal justice policy could take center stage on …

Scott Wiener on Coming Out to His Frat Brothers, San Francisco Politics and Fashion Tips from Kamala

July 18th, 2019


House Democrats are united against President Trump's racist attack on four Congresswomen, but divided over how to respond. Marisa and Guy Marzorati also discuss the latest in California presidential fundraising and …

Chad Mayes on Cap and Trade, Working With Democrats and the Future of the Republican Party

July 12th, 2019


Eric Swalwell is out and Tom Steyer is in. Scott Shafer and Katie Orr discuss changes in the presidential race, the wildfire bill on its way to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk and the winning U.S. women's soccer team.

Then …

Newsom’s First Budget, Kamala’s Big Night and Cory Booker on His California Roots

July 5th, 2019


Gov. Gavin Newsom takes an extended victory lap after signing his first state budget, and Sen. Kamala Harris tries to make the most of her standout performance at the first Democratic presidential debate. Plus, we …

Lorena Gonzalez on Labor Organizing, Working as a Single Mom, and Handling Online Harassment

June 28th, 2019


San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez tells Marisa and Katie about making it as a single mom in politics for most of her career, giving up on love …

Catharine Baker on Losing an Election, Overcoming Cancer, and Reaching Across the Aisle

June 21st, 2019


A Sacramento police officer was killed in the line of duty Wednesday night. Marisa and Scott discuss how that might affect the conversation on the …

Adam Schiff on His Mother’s Campaigning, Prosecuting an FBI Agent, and Working with Devin Nunes

June 14th, 2019


A new poll finds Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren surging in California. Marisa and Scott discuss how the top candidates are fairing in the …

Cory Booker on His Push for ‘Civic Grace,’ Football at Stanford, and Dating in the Projects

June 7th, 2019


California takes center stage in the Democratic primary, as fourteen candidates make their case to delegates at the party convention in San Francisco. Scott and Marisa recap the speeches and the election of a new party …

Julián Castro on Growing Up in Texas and Taking On President Trump’s Immigration Policy

May 31st, 2019


California Democrats are gearing up for their annual party convention in San Francisco this weekend, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is blasting Facebook after the tech giant didn't take down a doctored video of her. …

The Identity Politics of Being ‘Enough’ with Tonya Mosley, and Jenifer Ancona on Organizing a New American Majority

May 24th, 2019


Tonya Mosley, host of KQED's new podcast Truth Be Told, joins Marisa and Scott to talk about identity politics and the struggle for candidates of …

Kimberly Ellis on ‘Losing with Grace,’ Her Brother’s Death, and Her Run for Party Chair

May 17th, 2019


Scott and Marisa discuss how Governor Gavin Newsom is spending his political capital, as the legislature stalls a clean water tax and legislation to …

Pollster David Binder on Focus Groups, the Myth of Voters in the Middle, and the 2020 Primary

May 10th, 2019


Gavin Newsom lays out a revised state budget, and Marisa and Scott discuss the governor's break with Attorney General Xavier Becerra over the release …

Jay Inslee on Hooping with Obama and His Climate Change Campaign for President

May 3rd, 2019


California Senator Kamala Harris grabs the spotlight in her questioning of Attorney General William Barr. Then, Washington Governor Jay Inslee joins Scott and Guy Marzorati to talk about his Jimi Hendrix connection, …

David Chiu on Rent Control, San Francisco Politics, and Electric Violining

April 26th, 2019


Joe Biden enters the 2020 fray, more Democratic nominees head west, and Scott and Marisa are joined by Guy Marzorati to talk about the latest in …

Rusty Hicks on His Campaign for Democratic Party Chair

April 18th, 2019


The race for California Democratic Party chair is heating up, and Scott and Marisa discuss what's at stake. Then, they're joined by Rusty Hicks, candidate for chair, who discusses his vision for the state party, meeting …

Laphonza Butler on Her Move from Labor Leadership to the Harris Campaign

April 12th, 2019


A lukewarm poll and an ongoing utility crisis greet Governor Gavin Newsom upon his return from El Salvador. Then, Scott and Marisa are joined by …

Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert on the Death Penalty, Stephon Clark and Forensic DNA

April 5th, 2019


The debate over a proposed navigation center in San Francisco exposes the challenge local electeds face in addressing homelessness in California. Then, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert joins …

TJ Cox on His Nail-Biting House Victory, the Green New Deal and High-Speed Rail

March 29th, 2019


Freshman Congressman TJ Cox tells Scott and Marisa about waiting three weeks before emerging victorious in his Central Valley House district, the moment he knew the Democratic Party was abandoning his race, his …

Amy Klobuchar on Early Moments of Leadership, Adding ‘The Voice of a Midwesterner’ on Climate Change, and Prom Night Trauma

March 22nd, 2019


Minnesota Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar joins Scott and Marisa to talk about embracing leadership at an early age, prom night trauma, why it's important to have "the voice of a Midwesterner" on …

Inside the Horseshoe With Newsom Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary

March 15th, 2019


Gavin Newsom places a moratorium on executions in California, and Scott and Marisa delve into the factors that weighed into the governor's decision. Then, Newsom's chief of staff Ann O'Leary joins to discuss life inside …

Aimee Allison on Empowering Women of Color, Rep. Omar Controversy and Identity Politics in the 2020 Election

March 8th, 2019


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the two Sacramento police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark last year will not face criminal …

Anthony Rendon, from Dostoyevsky to Social D, His Leadership Style, and Working with Governor Newsom

February 15th, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom delivers his first state of the state, and struggles to keep his high-speed rail announcement on track (0:40). Then, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon joins Scott and Marisa to discuss his journey …

Carl Guardino on Representing Silicon Valley in the Halls of Power

February 8th, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi becomes a meme again, and California's delegation tries to flex its muscle as the majority on House committees. Scott and Marisa also look ahead to Gavin Newsom's first State of the State and …

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on Her Journey to America, Negotiating with Pelosi, and How Democrats Should Talk About Single-Payer

February 1st, 2019


Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal joins Scott and Marisa to share the story of her move to America at 16, going from Wall Street to immigration advocacy, …

The Kamala Harris ‘Progressive Prosecutor’ Debate, and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi

January 25th, 2019


Cal Fire finds that PG&E equipment did not start the deadly Tubbs Fire in the North Bay -- what does that mean for the utility's impending bankruptcy claim? Scott and Marisa also discuss Kamala Harris' entrance into …

Buffy Wicks on Parenting in Politics, Running Campaigns vs. Running for Office, and Her Race for State Assembly

January 18th, 2019


The government shutdown turns into a Trump/Pelosi showdown, and Governor Gavin Newsom is greeted with a teachers strike in LA and the possible bankruptcy of PG&E (0:58). Then, Scott and Marisa are joined by East Bay …

Newsom Inauguration Special: LIVE Coverage

January 8th, 2019


Gavin Newsom takes the oath of office to become California's 40th governor. Live coverage and analysis from KQED's politics team and Capital Public …

Aaron McLear on Working for Arnold and the ‘Campaign’ Culture at Uber

January 4th, 2019


Nancy Pelosi regains the gavel as the new Congress is sworn in, and California's new members fall in line behind the speaker (0:25). Then consultant …

Kevin de Leon on Fatherhood, His Legislative Battles, and Taking on DiFi in the U.S. Senate Race

August 10th, 2018


The state legislature continues to weigh reforms around utilities and wildfires, and Republicans jump on a failed attempt to audit the state DMV (00:40). Then, State Senator Kevin de Leon joins the show to talk about …

Eric Swalwell on His Iowa Roots, Lessons of Knocking Off an Incumbent, and How to Talk About Trump and Russia

August 3rd, 2018


The skyrocketing costs of California's wildfires raise new fiscal questions for the Governor and the legislature, while Barack Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez make splashes in California (0:40). Then, Congressman …

Governor Brown Unveils Controversial Plan on Wildfire Damages, and Drew Godinich Talks Orange County Swing Seats

July 27th, 2018


Governor Brown proposes new changes to laws governing utility liability in response to the state's wildfires (1:12) and Scott and Marisa talk about new data that sheds a different light on poverty in California (6:46). …

Attorney General Xavier Becerra on California’s Legal Battles with the Trump Administration

July 13th, 2018


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joins Scott and Katie Orr to talk about the recent dismissal of challenges to California's sanctuary state law (1:30) how his parents dealt with bigotry as Mexican immigrants …

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on His Reforms to California’s Initiative System and Addressing Homelessness Locally

June 29th, 2018

Marisa and Scott run through a wild day in the state legislature, with last-minute deals on digital privacy, lead paint cleanup, and soda taxes to avoid ballot measure battles in November (0:50). Then, Sacramento mayor …

Emergency Breakdown: Anthony Kennedy, California’s Supreme Court Justice, Announces Retirement

June 28th, 2018

Scott and Marisa discuss the retirement of Supreme Court Justice (and Sacramento native) Anthony Kennedy, and his departure's impact on California.

Reporting from Border Migrant Camps and State Senator Connie Leyva on Labor Politics and #WeSaidEnough Legislation

June 22nd, 2018


California Report host John Sepulvado joins Scott and Marisa to share his experience of reporting from migrant camps in Tornillo, Texas (0:45) Then, …

The #MeToo Movement’s Primary Impact and Josh Newman on the Lessons of His Recall

June 8th, 2018


Scott and Marisa are joined by KQED's Katie Orr and the San Francisco Chronicle's Joe Garofoli to recap Tuesday's primary, look ahead to the general …

June Primary Special: Newsom and Cox Advance to November Governor’s Race

June 6th, 2018


After a heated jungle primary, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox are set to face off in the November governor's race. Plus, both Democrats and Republicans appear pleased with their …

‘Call Me a San Franciscan’: Angela Alioto on Political Lessons from Her Dad and Her Run for Mayor

May 18th, 2018


The State Assembly wraps up its sexual harassment investigation of Cristina Garcia, and California Republicans gather at the White House to denounce the state's 'sanctuary' law (0:45) Then, Scott and Marisa are joined …

The Sacrifice Question and a Look Inside The Press Office with Gil Duran

May 11th, 2018


The six leading candidates for Governor square off in a high-profile debate, and (try to) talk about sacrifices in their lives. Political Breakdown …

Jane Kim on Learning from Losses, Clean Streets, and Wu-Tang Love

April 13th, 2018


A shakeup of leadership in the House of Representatives sets California up for increased influence in 2019 (00:25), and a California mayor has his sights on Iowa (3:23). Then, San Francisco supervisor and mayoral …

Attorney John Burris on How to Turn Police Shootings into Long-Term Reforms

March 30th, 2018


The shooting of Stephon Clark sparks protests in Sacramento and renews the conversation around statewide policing reforms. KQED's Katie Orr gives an …

Sessions in Sacramento and Consumer Politics with Shannon Coulter

March 9th, 2018


Attorney General Jeff Sessions visits the Capitol on the heels of the Trump administration's immigration lawsuit against California (00:20). Devin …

Willie Brown on Power at the Capitol, the Mayoral Election, and His Newspaper Column

February 23rd, 2018


Former California Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown talks with Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos about the levers of power in …

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  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
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Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

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Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
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Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
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Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
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Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens