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The Golden City

11 EpisodesProduced by Walter ThompsonWebsite

Join host Walter Thompson for The Golden City, a podcast that presents stories from San Francisco’s past, present and future. In each episode, Thompson and guests explore aspects of the city’s news, history and culture that often go overlooked. Whether you’re a native or a tourist, listen to the The… read more

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The Golden City E10 - From Matthew Johnson to George Floyd

June 22nd, 2020


In September 1966, a white San Francisco police officer shot and killed Matthew Johnson, an unarmed 16-year-old Black boy in the Bayview-Hunters …

The Golden City E9 - Early days of the coronavirus

March 16th, 2020


As COVID-19 begins to spread via community contact in the Bay Area, San Francisco's government, businesses and residents are changing myriad aspects of daily life. From my perspective, this was the week the city really …

The Golden City E8 - The Tuesday Noon Siren

February 11th, 2020


For decades, every Tuesday at noon, San Francisco residents heard a siren followed by a public safety message via a network of loudspeakers. In a …

The Golden City E7 - Murder in Golden Gate Park (Part 2 of 2)

November 26th, 2019


In the conclusion to this two-part episode, crime reporter and author Vivian Ho reads the complete first chapter of Those Who Wander: America’s Lost Street Kids and talks about why she expanded her coverage of two …

The Golden City E6 - Murder in Golden Gate Park (Part 1 of 2)

November 19th, 2019


San Francisco’s street kids are highly visible and poorly understood.

No one has a firm grasp on how many of them live on our streets, as a good number are transient and belong to the community of “Travelers” who …

The Golden City E5 - The Clinton Park Boulders

October 30th, 2019


In September 2019, a group of residents on a quiet street placed enormous boulders on their sidewalk to discourage homeless encampments and drug …

The Golden City E4 - Eric Raymond

October 10th, 2019


Thanks to a listener in Los Angeles,  Eric Raymond dropped by to talk about his career as a writer and novelist in San Francisco. His first novel, "Confessions From A Dark Wood," is a satire based on his experiences …

The Golden City E3 - San Francisco to Little Rock

September 18th, 2019


In May 2015, I interviewed Chris Dumas as he was preparing to return to his birthplace of Little Rock, Arkansas after living in San Francisco for 12 years. In September 2019, we spoke again about his experiences …

The Golden City E2 - Tales From Mount Sutro

September 3rd, 2019


Mount Sutro's urban forest is the locus for several gripping tales, including a kidnapping, a forest fire, a rich man's greed, and a flock of hard-working professional goats. In this episode, journalist Eve Batey and …

The Golden City E1 - The Notes

September 3rd, 2019


After I shared a photo on Twitter of a mysterious note I found taped to a utility pole in the Central Sunset, resident Pete Mummert let me know that …

The Golden City - Introduction

September 3rd, 2019


Join host Walter Thompson for The Golden City, a podcast that presents stories from San Francisco’s past, present and future. Each episode explores …

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