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The San Francisco Experience

217 EpisodesProduced by Jim HerlihyWebsite

We are a "deep dive" news podcast, for Americans who get their news from the Internet. Our mission is to give the listener succinct, fact based analysis both non-ideological and independent from a California, Silicon Valley perspective.Your hostJim Herlihy is a published author: his novel “Deceit an… read more

217 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

The Curse of Student Loans

December 2nd, 2021


America's student loan iceberg totals $1.7 Trillion, with one in six Americans -46million- carrying some student debt. The median loan amount is $17,000. But 6% have debt in excess of $100,000 as high cost graduate …

Solar Earth Technologies - Solar Power 2.0. Talking with CFO Anders Kruus.

November 30th, 2021


The next phase of solar power technology is fast approaching. Our focus in today's podcast will be what lies ahead specifically in the field of …

Ringside with A.J.Kirsch: Life as a combat sports announcer and broadcaster.

November 24th, 2021


A.J. began his career as a pro wrestler competing in the ring. His career has included such highs as working with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and getting back in the ring as an announcer for wrestling, boxing and MMA …

The 25th James Bond Film. In conversation with Shaun Chang of the Movie and TV Blog Hill Place. We

November 24th, 2021


In today's episode film critic Shaun Chang reviews the most recent Bond film and Daniel Craig's fifth and last one, No Way to Die. We also discuss the development of the franchise over the last 60 years.


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Collateral Damage is Optioned as a Documentary: an update conversation with author Mark Shaw

November 19th, 2021


Mark Wahlberg's "Unreasonable Ideas" production company has optioned Collateral Damage for a Documentary. Mark Shaw's book connects the dots between …

Storytelling to build a better San Francisco: In conversation with Carly Schwartz, Editor in Chief, The San Francisco Examiner

November 18th, 2021


The venerable SF Examiner is under new ownership and management. Editor in Chief Carly Schwartz, after stints at The Huffington Post and Google has a 5 prong strategy to reorganize the paper: Findings, Fixes, Faces, …

I've been Walking: Los Angeles Photographs. In conversation with Janet Sternburg

November 17th, 2021


Janet Sternburg is a fine art photographer who walked the streets of Los Angeles during the Covid lockdowns capturing images and scenes of a semi deserted city. Her book features 73 images all of which were taken with …

Hollywood Confidential: In conversation with Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

November 17th, 2021


Tommy Lightfoot Garrett is a veteran Hollywood publicist who has worked with the great stars of screen and stage: Bette Davis, Doris Day, Charlton …

Dallas Texas: My Hometown. Talking with Tom Keener.

November 12th, 2021


Dallas native Tom Keener talks about Dallas as it is today and as he remembers it in 1963. And he shares his personal memoir of Friday, November 22, 1963 when he and his mother went to Love Field to await the arrival of …

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Film discussion with author Tom Lisanti and writer/blogger Shaun Chang.

November 5th, 2021


Quentin Tarantino's 9th film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie gives set in 1969 Hollywood, gives a Through the Looking Glass …

San Francisco's Major Image Problem. In conversation with Sam Singer, of Singer Associates, Public Relations. Specialist in Crisis Management.

November 3rd, 2021


San Francisco's city government has been described as dysfunctional by the influential news magazine,  The Economist. And other global newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph and The …

My Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska. Talking with Tim McGargill

October 29th, 2021


Anchorage is the largest city of the 49th state, with a population of 291,000. Close to 5 national parks, 60 glaciers and enjoying the Northern …

Forced Sterilizations: Sonoma County's shameful history.

October 25th, 2021


California legalized involuntary sterilizations in 1909. Between 1919 and 1952, 5500 such procedures were performed, representing 25% of the …

Arson Profiler: Ed Nordskog.

October 21st, 2021


Arson arrests in California were up to 120 in 2020 versus 70 in 2019.  To paraphrase our guest, the wildland arsonist is the most dangerous criminal …

Carol Lynley: Her Hollywood Career. Talking with author Tom Lisanti, author of Carol Lynley her films and TV career and along for the discussion Shaun Chang, of the Movie and TV Blog, "Hill Place."

October 21st, 2021


Carol Lynley had a remarkable 40 year career in films, TV and on the stage.  And who could ever forget The Poseidon Adventure ? She was a hardworking …

Wildfire Arsonists: A disturbing trend ?

October 15th, 2021


Three recent arson cases in Northern California's forests, during our dangerous annual wildfire season, have raised the fear that deliberately set fires are on the rise and contributing to the megafires plaguing the …

My Hometown: Liverpool, England. Talking with native son and actor Frank Cannon.

October 13th, 2021


Liverpool is located 178 miles North West of London. A port and a city of colorful history, it has produced two Premier League Soccer Teams, The …

Minneapolis votes to ditch its' Police Department and Chief.

October 9th, 2021


Measure 2 is on the Minneapolis ballot November 2. It would remove the Police Department and Chief from the city charter. A new Department of Public …

King Richard. Nixon and Watergate: an American Tragedy. In conversation with author Michael Dobbs.

October 6th, 2021


Michael Dobbs was Moscow Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. He has written seven books. King Richard and several others deal with presidential crises. For King Richard he listened to the Nixon tapes at the …

U.S. white male life expectancy drops 2.2 years in 2020 and 2021.; 3 plus years for blacks and latinos. Why ?

October 1st, 2021


Covid 19 fueled a 2.2 year decrease in US white male life expectancy and over 3 years for black and latino men. That was the largest drop in 75 years. While other Western European countries saw a drop also, the US …

Mexican American Moxie: Talking with author, Professor Frank P. Barajas

October 1st, 2021


The rise of the Mexican American community in California is notable in many fields. But back in the middle of the 20th Century until the 1970s, The future was littered with struggle, poverty and lack of opportunity. …

Men Give Up on College: We Don't Need No Education.

September 24th, 2021


Male College enrolment in 2020 was 40.5% male and 59.5% female. Since the mid-1980s women have earned more bachelors degrees than men. The good news …

Migrations: In conversation with author J.L. Torres

September 22nd, 2021


Award winning author J.L. Torres, discusses his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, Migrations. The Puerto Rican journey back and forth …

Newsom Recall Post Mortem: Talking with Dan Walters of

September 17th, 2021


The second Gubernatorial recall in California's 171 years history as a state failed. Governor Gavin Newsom handily saw off the challenge to oust him, …

My Hometown: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Talking with Marcel van Walt van Praag

September 16th, 2021


Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands, with a population of 870,000 is a cosmopolitan city known for its artistic heritage, commerce, 165 canals, …

Christians Against Christianity: How Right Wing Evangelicals are destroying our Nation and our Faith. In conversation with Dr. Obery Hendricks.

September 15th, 2021


The Evangelical Right has played a prominent role ensuring its agenda is part of the national debate especially during the presidential elections of …

The Eve of the California Recall Election: In conversation with Professor David McCuan

September 13th, 2021


The second recall election of a California Governor in 171 years of statehood takes place tomorrow, Tuesday September 14. The polls are predicting a …

Escape to the Stars: Talking with author Mark T. Sneed

September 10th, 2021


Escape to the Stars is a work of science fiction, but with an African American protagonist and hero. All too often the science fiction genre and …

Gavin Newsom's handling of Covid is both an advantage and a liability in the Recall. Talking with Kaiser Health News journalist Angela Hart.

September 9th, 2021


While the Governor's management of California's response to the Covid pandemic has been an issue in the Recall, he has earned praise and criticism. Angela Hart frames the issues around his handling of Covid and further …

The California Recall Update: Talking with Alexei Koseff, State Capitol Reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle

September 2nd, 2021


With less than two weeks left before the historic Recall Election of Governor Gavin Newsom, the tide of opinion polls seems to be turning in his …

Tonga: Memoir of a Peace Corps Volunteer. In conversation with Tina Martin.

September 1st, 2021


Tina Martin joined the Peace Corps in 1969 and served for two years in Tonga, a Polynesian Kingdom in the South Pacific. At times funny and other …

And the world's most liveable city is...........

August 30th, 2021


The Economist Intelligence Unit has recently published The Global Liveability Index which ranks the top cities in the world by five criteria, …

Station: In conversation with author Jarrett Brandon Early.

August 27th, 2021


In his debut novel - which is an ambitious trilogy - Jarrett has written a work about life's  second chances. But a second chance is not always guaranteed to be better than your first chance: it all depends what you …

Newsom Recall Election: In conversation with Laurel Rosenhall, political reporter with CalMatters

August 25th, 2021


The special recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom is scheduled for September 14, less than three weeks away. The polls are close and the campaigns …

My Hometown: Cork, Ireland, Talking to Conor Healy, CEO of the Cork Chamber of Commerce.

August 25th, 2021


Cork is Ireland's second city, located in the South West quadrant of the country and close to the Atlantic Ocean. Its a vibrant city with a strong identity, thriving economy, two world class universities and an …

My Hometown: Santander, Spain. Talking to Alfredo Casuso

August 23rd, 2021


Santander, located on Spain's North Coast, is a center of finance, industry, culture, tourism and agriculture.  Santander native Alfredo Casuso takes …

Newsom's Recall: Opinion Polls and Issues.

August 21st, 2021


Newsom has a razor thin lead of 1.2% in the Recall race based on an average of polls according to At the same time, the Covid Delta surge is …

My Hometown: Orvieto, Italy, Talking to David Perry

August 17th, 2021


Located 78 miles North of Rome, Orvieto is9 in the Umbria Region. Rich in history and culture, David Perry was inspired to situate his critically …

The Retreat: Talking to author Elisabeth de Mariaffi

August 11th, 2021


A closed circle mystery set in the Canadian Rockies as an early Winter sets in, Maeve Martin has come to this mountain top artists' retreat center to focus on the next chapter of her career. At 34 being a lead dancer is …

Did Critical Race Theory trigger school expulsion ? In conversation with Sam Stanton, Reporter at the Sacramento Bee.

August 4th, 2021


Critical Race Theory (CRT) and teaching it in public schools has been banned in 30 states. California may have just entered the fray with the filing …

My Hometown: Quito, Ecuador. Talking with Fabian Borrero.

August 4th, 2021


Quito is the capital of Ecuador and a city of three million people. My family and I lived there for three years. In today's episode, part of our continuing Hometown series where a local resident gives us their …

My Hometown: Barcelona. Talking with Fariba Rezvani and Miguel Valls.

July 28th, 2021


In our continuing series of global cities viewed through the eyes of local residents, we feature Barcelona and Fariba Rezvani and Miguel Valls, the Co-Chairs of the San Francisco Barcelona Sister City Committee. Spain's …

The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) : Talking with Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Institute Fellow of SETI.

July 27th, 2021


Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, SETI seeks to explore, understand and explain the prevalence of life in the Universe. Its' Allen Telescope Array located 300 miles North of San Francisco, is the ears …

Collateral Damage: the mysterious deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Kilgallen and the ties that bind them to the JFK assassination and Bobby Kennedy. In conversation with author Mark Shaw.

July 26th, 2021


Linking the 1962 death of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe and the 1965 death of ace investigative reporter Dorothy Kilgallen with the assassination of …

The California Recall State of Play: In conversation with Laurel Rosenhall political reporter with CalMatters.

July 21st, 2021


California's recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom is set for September 14, 2021. Over 40 candidates are on the ballot. But the unfolding Delta …

Social Media Profiles: the real, the fake and the extreme. In conversation with Professor Chris Bail of Duke University

July 20th, 2021


Chris Bail's new book " Breaking the Social Prism - How to make our platforms less Polarizing," analyzes how we got to this crisis point and steps to …

San Francisco's 49 Mile Drive or the 49 Mile Scenic Route ? Heather Knight of The San Francisco Chronicle does a re-make.

July 14th, 2021


The classic 49 Mile Drive through San Francisco's picturesque neighborhoods and iconic landmarks has not been revamped since 1939 when it was created for the SF World's Fair and it as auto centric. Enter Heather Knight, …

Life Science Breakthroughs: Talking with Dr. Regis Kelly, UC San Francisco

July 13th, 2021


Reg Kelly discusses the QB3 Life Science incubator, a new mega incubator at UC Berkeley to open in October 2021 and groundbreaking research taking …

My Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand. Talking with Michael Duggan

July 9th, 2021


Auckland is New Zealand's largest and most affluent city with a population of 1.65 million. It is also the largest city in Polynesia. Rated one of …

Money Matters: The poor and naive meet the rich and dangerous. In conversation with author Brian Finney

July 7th, 2021


Money Matters is a story of two sisters on two different trajectories of life, money, men and personal values. The plot plays out against the seedier side of life in Southern California with major themes of Surveillance …

Productive Intuition: Connecting to the Subtle. Talking with author AdaPia d'Errico

June 30th, 2021


It's hard to know who to trust in a world of fake news and online relationships. So trusting yourself and listening to your own intuition is more …

Gavin Newsom's Public Health Crisis: A conversation with California Healthline's Angela Hart

June 26th, 2021


While California has 68% of its population vaccinated, Governor Newsom can hardly run victory laps around the State Capitol. Multiple health crises …

Unlocking Longevity: In conversation with Professor Anil Bhushan of UCSF

June 24th, 2021


Professor Bhushan is a founder of Deciduous Therapeutics, a San Francisco based biotech startup. Its' mission is to positively impact the human health span by developing novel medicines to activate our immune systems to …

Finding My Roots: Talking to Tim Early

June 23rd, 2021


After many years searching, I have found my paternal grand father's ancestors through a patrilineal DNA test. The Y chromosome only passes to the male line and often these ancestors share the same surnames centuries …

Her Three Lives: In conversation with author Cate Holohan

June 17th, 2021


Gabriel Garcia Marquez the great novelist famously said that every human being has three lives: the public, the private and the secret. Cate …

The Group of 7 Summit: What did it achieve ? A conversation with Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist and SVP of Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

June 14th, 2021


The Group of 7, the US, Canada, France, Japan, UK, Germany and Italy met in Cornwall, England for three days to co-ordinate economic policies post …

Elon Musk reads books: What makes him tick ?

June 11th, 2021


Elon Musk is worth $152 billion, but he still finds time to read in his quest for knowledge. In today's episode we will discuss some of the books that have inspired him to reach for the stars and especially to caution …

Baseball Card Mania: the Big Business of Trading Sports Cards. Talking with Ryan Fagan MLB journalist with the Sporting News.

June 9th, 2021


Baseball cards and sports cards generally are not just a youngster's pastime. Investing in culture assets like baseball cards especially is becoming …

A Good Mother: an interview with author Lara Bazelon.

June 4th, 2021


A Good Mother is Lara Bazelon's debut legal thriller novel. A Law Professor at University of San Francisco, School of Law, Lara was formerly a Public …

Pandemic Baby Bust continues the downward trend of US population decline. In conversation with Professor Phillip Levine of Wellesley College

June 1st, 2021


US births in 2020 were actually down by 400,000 by year end 2020 due to the pandemic lockdowns. Professor Levine and his team have identified a correlation between unemployment and the US birth rate: for each 1% …

Los Angeles: A big,hot mess. Talking with Dan Walters, veteran California journalist.

May 28th, 2021


Los Angeles, the nation's second largest city has an unemployment rate of 11.7% versus 5.4% for San Francisco. Poverty and homelessness are on the …

The Israel Hamas Conflict. A conversation with Professor Ron Hassner, UC Berkeley.

May 26th, 2021


The conflict between Israel and Hamas has entered an uneasy stand off with an Egyptian brokered cease fire. The US, EU and other countries have pledged billions in aid to re-build, but will the underlying tensions …

Reviving California's Gold Mines : An Interview with Ben Mossman, CEO of Rise Gold Corp.

May 21st, 2021


Rise Gold Corp is in the process of re-opening a historic underground gold mine, the Idaho-Maryland mine, first opened in 1863. At its' peak …

5 Oregon counties vote to join Idaho. An interview with Mike McCarter, President of Move Oregon's Borders.

May 20th, 2021


5 rural Oregon counties voted by wide margins on Tuesday to begin the process to join Idaho. That brings the tally to 7 for the leavers, with more than 10 more counties slated to vote on the issue. Is the driver to …

BBC Trending: Social Media watchdog. An interview with editor Mike Wendling

May 18th, 2021


Media literacy is so important today since millions of Americans get their news from Social Media which unlike legacy press and TV is neither edited nor curated. Separating fact from fiction, conspiracy theory, …

Canada's mysterious brain disease: In conversation with Professor Dr. Neil Cashman.

May 14th, 2021


An undiagnosed neurodegenerative brain disease has occurred in a cluster in New Brunswick on Canada's East Coast. 48 people in the City of Moncton …

California's vaccination rates and getting back to work: in conversation with Susie Neilson, Data Reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle.

May 12th, 2021


 San Francisco has reached the 50% mark in terms of full Covid vaccinations, with 71% of the remaining unvaccinated population saying they plan to …

How will Putin test Biden ? A conversation with Professor Andrei Tsygankov, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, San Francisco State University.

May 7th, 2021


There is a history of Russian leaders sizing up new American Presidents, starting with Krushchev and JFK, Gorbachev and Reagan and now Putin and Biden. But are they off on the wrong foot ? Biden sees Putin as a killer. …

Ranch to Table Meat Supply: Talking to Adam Parks of Victorian Farmstead Meat Company.

May 6th, 2021


Food Safety and Security soared in importance in the wake of Covid 19 meat packing plant infection rates and collapse of the supply chain. Ranch to …

Dangerous Conjectures : the critically acclaimed novel by Brian Finney. The Interview.

May 4th, 2021


Dangerous Conjectures tells a tale of the way we were, in the three months leading up to the 2020 Covid lockdowns. Set in Berkeley, California, the novel relates the story of a young professional couple caught up in a …

Wine Country Resiliency: A conversation with Bill Boerum, Wine Industry Entrepreneur.

April 29th, 2021


Napa and Sonoma Counties are America's premier wine producing regions. 85% of American wine is produced in California with Napa and Sonoma accounting for more than half of that total. Bill recounts the early signs of …

The Lost Family: How DNA testing is upending who we are. A conversation with author Libby Copeland.

April 28th, 2021


Over 30 million Americans have taken  DNA Tests at home, largely for recreational genealogy and family history purposes. This vast array of DNA databases has linked millions of distant cousins and newly discovered …

California school kids' raw deal: Dan Walters, veteran journalist, shares his analysis.

April 22nd, 2021


Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) the second largest school system in the United States and the largest in California, published a report …

Poorly Understood: What America gets wrong about poverty. Speaking with co-author Professor Mark Rank about his book.

April 20th, 2021


Poverty in the United States is more widespread than in the other developed OECD countries due to our skimpy social safety net. For instance, 60% of Americans will experience poverty sometime in their life  between 18 …

Leaving California: Allison Pullins and Neal Richardson discuss their decision to relocate to North Carolina.

April 16th, 2021


A young family weighs a difficult decision to leave San Francisco and move to North Carolina. Mixed emotions confront Allison and Neal as they decide …

Bitcoin and Coinbase: What you should know before investing. In conversation with Anders Kruus, Financial Advisor.

April 14th, 2021


Coinbase went public today, making it easier for individual investors to transact in Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether and Litecoin. Will Coinbase make Crypto more accessible like Apple and Microsoft made …

George Floyd Trial and Police Reform: A discussion with Martin Kuz, West Coast Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

April 9th, 2021


Minneapolis and the nation as a whole are holding their collective breath as the George Floyd murder trial unfolds.  Just as the repercussions of his …

Frida Kahlo: Appearances can be deceiving. A conversation with Hillary Olcott, Coordinating Curator, Frida Kahlo Exhibit, DeYoung Museum.

April 7th, 2021


The Frida Kahlo Exhibit is a collection of the artist's most personal artifacts including clothing, photographs, prosthetics, paintings, and jewelry …

Christo's Running Fence - 45 years later. An interview with Eric Stanley, Historian, Sonoma County Museum.

April 1st, 2021


Running Fence was a 24.5 mile massive art installation on the hills of Sonoma and Marin Counties, ending with a dive into the Pacific Ocean. Rated by the Smithsonian Institution as one of the most important artworks of …

A tale of two Covids: Canadaand the United States' different paths. In conversation with Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

March 31st, 2021


Canada's Pandemic management in 2020 was exemplary by any measure, lower infection rates and lower mortality rate belied the nation's sense of …

Asian American Violence and Hate: An interview with US Civil Rights Commissioner Michael Yaki

March 26th, 2021


Since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic one year ago, Asian Americans have faced racist violence at a much higher rate than in previous years. In …

Hate Studies Institute, Gonzaga University. In conversation with Kristine Hoover, Director

March 25th, 2021


Spokane, Washington is the site of the Gonzaga University campus and the Institute of Hate Studies. Located not far from the Idaho panhandle where …

California Recall garners more than 2 million signatures. An interview with Professor David McCuan

March 22nd, 2021


It looks like the Recall organizers who want to oust California Governor Gavin Newsom have successfully gathered more than enough valid signatures to …

Harvey Milk Terminal Murals at SFO: Meet the Artist Emily Fromm

March 18th, 2021


The Harvey Milk Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport is our newest and repurposed facility. Local artist Emily Fromm was selected by the SF Arts Commission to create four large mosaic murals in the …

CRISPR People. The Science and Ethics of editing the Human Genome

March 17th, 2021


Two women Emanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for developing the gene editing technique known s CRISPR-CAS9.  But in 2018 the first humans were born with edited genes in …

David beats Goliath: How a gym owner took on Governor Cuomo and won. An interview with Charlie Cassara.

March 10th, 2021


When Governor Cuomo of New York issued his lockdown orders March 20, 2020, he failed to designate fitness centers as essential services. Notwithstanding the health benefits of exercise and the fact that 73% of the …

Recall the San Francisco School Board: A conversation with Community Leader Joel Engardio

March 6th, 2021


The SF School Board is threatened with being recalled because after one year of Covid related lockdowns, the 127 public schools in the City are still …

From Side Hustle to Startup: Ed Rocha gives us a road map to build a business.

March 4th, 2021


Serial Entrepreneur and business coach Ed Rocha sets out a clear step by step strategy to take your gig, side hustle or past time from a concept to a profitable business. He practices what he preaches, having …

Brexit: The Establishment Civil War. A Conversation with author Josh Hamilton.

March 2nd, 2021


The 2016 vote by 52% of the UK electorate to leave the European Union came at the end of a contentious campaign where Social Media dominated. Targeted micro marketing crafted by firms like Cambridge Analytica …

Working from home: You knew it was too good to last.

February 27th, 2021


While most of corporate America has been telecommuting to work from their homes for the last 11 months, that's about to change if Goldman Sachs' CEO …

Is the Iran Nuclear Deal back on ? A conversation with Citizen Diplomat Bill Boerum

February 25th, 2021


The Biden Administration is seeking to revive negotiations with Iran on the 2015 Obama Administration deal. The Trump Administration abrogated the …

Recall Fever: I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore.

February 21st, 2021


California voters are especially testy these days as we enter our 12 th month of Covid lockdown. Not only is the Governor threatened with Recall over his handling of the crisis, but the San Francisco District Attorney …

Black History Month: In conversation with Jonathan Speed

February 18th, 2021


February is Black History Month when we celebrate and acknowledge the many accomplishments of African Americans throughout the history of the United …

Age Discrimination and Telehealth : A Conversation with Andrew Broderick

February 13th, 2021


The Medical profession has aggressively adopted the video call and the Zoom meeting during the Covid lockdown. Over 25 million video doctor visits …

Ambassador Ric Grenell and the California Recall

February 8th, 2021


Ambassador Ric Grenell served as US Ambassador to Germany from 2018 to 2020. Subsequently he served as Acting Director of National Intelligence in 2020, a cabinet level post. A favorite of Donald Trump for his blunt and …

Governor Newsom's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week.

February 6th, 2021


The first week of February 2021 was not very good to the Governor of California. First, the Recall signature campaign was closing in on 1.4 million signatures with six weeks left before the deadline. Then two Republican …

Labyrinth of the Wind (2)

February 5th, 2021


Labyrinth of the Wind is the critically acclaimed debut novel of Madhav Misra, our guest in the Meet the Author series.  Madhav takes us back in time to the late 1970s when Teheran, Iran was an international city, awash …

Labyrinth of the Wind

February 3rd, 2021


Labyrinth of the Wind is the critically acclaimed debut novel of Madhav Misra. Set in Teheran, Iran in the late 1970s as the Shah's regime is coming …

San Francisco Noir: America's Bad Dream

February 1st, 2021


San Francisco has been picked on by the East Coast press for decades. Of late, they have criticized us for our homelessness mess, high cost of housing, City Hall Corruption - I agree with them on that score - and the …

Governor George Clooney

January 27th, 2021


With the recall petition against Governor Gavin Newsom having reached 1,200,000 signatures and only 300,000 more valid signatures of California …

A peaceful transfer of power.

January 22nd, 2021


Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021.  His predecessor Donald Trump did not attend the ceremony, but he left a letter of support for the incoming President in …

Was 2020 or 1968 the worst year ever ? The Past is Prologue.

January 20th, 2021


As awful as 2020 has been been, 1968 was even more momentous with political assassinations, the Viet Nam War, the Prague Spring and Soviet invasion …

The Crosstown Trail: America's most beautiful urban hike.

January 15th, 2021


The 17 mile trail that crosses San Francisco from the Bay in the South East corner of the City to Land's End in its' North West Corner,  cuts right through the heart of our 49 square miles of natural beauty.  It …

Militarization of Politics must Stop

January 13th, 2021


The Siege of the US Capitol one week ago illustrated how US politics have become militarized under Donald Trump. Militias and their members were a …

San Francisco and Bangalore: Is India the new China ?

January 10th, 2021


Air India initiated a new nonstop flight from San Francisco to Bangalore - 17 hours nonstop - over the North Pole. The crew was all female, Captain, …

25th Amendment: Removal of the President from Office

January 7th, 2021


The 25th Amendment permits the Vice President and a majority of the cabinet to declare a President unable to discharge the duties and powers of his …

The Black Swan and Predictions for 2021

January 7th, 2021


The Covid 19 Pandemic was a Black Swan event unleashed on the world in early 2020. A Black Swan event is an extreme outlier occurrence with a huge impact which is only explainable after the fact.  Do any Black Swans …

DNA, Ancestry, Roots, Databases: The Darkside to your Christmas present.

January 3rd, 2021


DNA genealogical testing is dominated by and 23 and Me. MIT's Technology Review estimates that 26 million such test kits have been sold …

The Relocation Dilemma: San Francisco or Houston ?

December 31st, 2020


In 2019 87,00 Californians relocated to Texas. And in 2020 we lost several iconic Bay Area tech companies to the Lone Star state such as Oracle, Hewlett Packard and Palantir. Podcast celebrity Joe Rogan moved to Austin …

Why do US Presidents want to be Irish ?

December 28th, 2020


When Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021 he will become the 23rd President in history to have Irish roots. 50% of our Presidents have an ancestral link to Ireland - …

Newsom Recall: Danger Signals Flash Red.

December 20th, 2020


Governor Gavin Newsom, California's 40th Governor could be facing a recall election in the Spring of 2021 in the midst of the Pandemic. Recall …

Chesa Boudin : Radical Pedigree of the District Attorney

December 17th, 2020


Chesa Boudin, the 40 year old District Attorney of San Francisco was elected November 2019. He has spent his first 11 months in office radically …

Elon Musk gets out of Dodge: Goodbye California, Howdy Texas !

December 14th, 2020


As the 49 year old's net worth surged to $152 billion last week based on the success of his California companies, Tesla and SpaceEx, he announced he …

FaceBook launches a new cryptocurrency, the Diem: What could possibly go wrong ?

December 11th, 2020


FaceBook will launch a new cryptocurrency the Diem and a financial wallet the Novi to complement it. Target date is early 2021.  It will be backed by …

Anti Vaxxers fight Covid 19 vaccines.

December 7th, 2020


With two new vaccines and their 94% effective rates against Covid 19 pending FDA approval, light is at the end of the tunnel for the Pandemic. But will Americans accept them enthusiastically ? Or will they protest like …

California Home Prices: Up, Up and Away !

December 5th, 2020


Not even a once in a century global pandemic seems to be able to slow down the rise in California's robust residential real estate market. The median price for a home hit $712,000  and shows little sign of slowing down. …

Newsom's Choice : Kamala's Senate Seat Replacement

December 1st, 2020


Governor Gavin Newsom will get to name a new US Senator to fill the vacancy left when Kamala Harris becomes Vice President. The Governor appears to be in no rush to name a successor. While he wants to make an historic …

Alt Tech meets the Free Speech Network: Social Media turns right.

November 26th, 2020


Twitter, Facebook and the other big social media companies moved toward a curated speech,  censorship model during the 2020 campaign.  As a result an …

JFK Conspiracies: Fact, Fiction or Fantasy ?

November 22nd, 2020


November 22,  2020 marks 57 years since the assassination of the 35th President, John F. Kennedy. Yet key documents remain hidden from the public including 300 pages of files on George Joannides, a CIA operative who …

President Kamala: Debunking a Myth

November 17th, 2020


A popular conspiracy theory in right wing circles is that Vice President elect Kamala Harris will soon take over from an incapacitated President …

Covid 19 Vaccine: The Cure at last ?

November 10th, 2020


Pfizer and its' German partner Biontech, announced on Monday November 9, 2020 that their vaccine has a 90% effectiveness rate in preventing Covid 19. This announcement is the first ray of hope that the Covid 19 pandemic …

Trump’s new conspiracy theory.

November 7th, 2020


President Trump, in his 16 minute electoral fraud diatribe from the White House Briefing Room, Thursday November 5 has launched a Conspiracy Theory …

Harry Truman's upset win in 1948

November 3rd, 2020


72 years ago today, November 2, 1948, President Harry Truman defied all expectations and won re-election, when the national polls had him down 6.5% …

Gray Wolves: Predator or Victim ?

November 1st, 2020


The gray wolf, one of America's iconic symbols of the Old West, is to lose its' endangered species status. The Trump Administration argues that 45 …

Violence Post Election: Burn Baby Burn

October 28th, 2020


2020 has been marked by extreme political polarization in the United States, and civilian unrest in most American cities. 56% of Americans polled …

Gun Sales Sky Rocket as Election Approaches.

October 23rd, 2020


Gun sales in June surged to 3.9 million weapons, an 80% increase over the same month last year. More than 20 million new firearms have been purchased in 2020, fueled by national apprehension over the pandemic, …

Kanye West High School: San Francisco eyes re-naming its' schools.

October 19th, 2020


San Francisco is looking to re-name 44 of its' 114 schools. The move was prompted by a review of existing names for slavery links, genocide …

JFK and Amy Coney Barrett: No Religious Tests.

October 14th, 2020


JFK took on anti-Catholic bigotry upfront  in the 1960 presidential campaign, speaking before a conference of Protestant Pastors in Houston, Texas, …

FBI thwarts Militia plot to kidnap Governor

October 12th, 2020


The Wolverine Watchmen, a Michigan based militia group, plotted to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer, try her for treason, storm the State Capitol in …

Kamala Harris versus Mike Pence - Urban Prosecutor confronts Evangelical radio host.

October 8th, 2020


Wednesday night's VP debate was more anticipated than past vice presidential meet ups for a host of reasons.  After last week's acrimonious shouting match that was disastrous for both Biden and Trump, Mike Pence had to …

California's Wildfire Apocalypse: a Moonshot Solution

October 6th, 2020


The quickening pace of the destruction of California's forests by wildfire is staggering. In the last 3 months four million acres of our 33 million acres of forest have burned. That's 12%. From 2000 to 2019 4 million …

Proud Boys: Stand Back, Stand By

October 3rd, 2020


Who are the Proud Boys and why did Joe Biden and Chris Wallace give them oxygen at the Presidential debate ? A right wing group the Anti-Defamation League calls Alt-Lite, with a Disney film inspired name wasn't …

Deceit and Dirty Money an interview with author Jim Herlihy

September 29th, 2020


Deceit and Dirty Money is Jim Herlihy's debut novel written in the late 1990's - a simpler and gentler time before 911, Global financial crises, cell phones, the internet and electric cars. Set in San Francisco, this …

California Dreamin' or California Leavin' : A new Exodus

September 28th, 2020


California experienced its' smallest net population growth in 2019 - 87,000 or 0.2%, the smallest net increase since 1900. The 2020 net increase is …

Upon this Rock - Interview with author David Eugene Perry

September 22nd, 2020


A new Meet the Author series kicks off today at The San Francisco Experience.  David Eugene Perry's debut novel is set in Orvieto, Italy. With a tip of the hat to Dan Brown, this mystery thriller weaves together an …

San Francisco's Deathly Compassion.

September 20th, 2020


San Francisco's homeless population numbers approximately 24,000. It breaks down into three discrete segments, namely one third mentally ill, one …

Hate Studies : Why we need to learn about Hate.

September 15th, 2020


Gonzaga University's Institute of Hate Studies, located in Spokane, Washington is a center focused on understanding the roots of Hate in the public square and working to eradicate it. The ADL's Pyramid of Hate is a …

California's Wildfires: a Pathway to Redemption. Who Knew ?

September 13th, 2020


The 3700 California prison inmates who volunteer to be firefighters as we wage war on the Wildfires, will be eligible to have their records expunged …

Orange Skies and Poison Air: California in Flames.

September 11th, 2020


San Francisco's skies turned the color of Irish Single Malt Whiskey, even down to that hint of smokiness on Wednesday morning. The deep orange/amber …

Police Chiefs continue to resign across the nation.

September 10th, 2020


Over the last 6 weeks, five major police departments have lost their Chiefs, in large measure because of  a breakdown of trust between the Mayor and …

The Pacific North West: a center of Hate ?

September 8th, 2020


The recent murder of right wing Patriot Prayer member Jay Danielson by Antifa activist Michael Reinoehl on the streets of Portland, was a dangerous escalation in the street protests of this Summer. Reinoehl was …

Antifa member Michael Reinoehl killed in a gunfight with US Marshals

September 4th, 2020


Michael Reinoehl, the confessed murderer of Patriot Prayer member Aaorn Jay Danielson, in Portland Saturday, August 29, has died in a gunfight with a law enforcement Task Force led by US Marhalls, close to Olympia, …

Antifa murders Patriot Prayer in Portland: an ominous start to the Presidential campaign.

September 1st, 2020


Aaron Danielson a 39 year old Trump supporter and Patriot Prayer was shot and killed by Michael Reinoehl, 48, years old and a self described 100% …

Wine Country Wildfires: the ungovernable State of California

August 30th, 2020


11,000 dry lightning strikes hit the Golden State overnight August 16 and 17, igniting 347 wildfires. Here in Wine Country, 50 miles North of San …

Qanon, Conspiracy Theories and the Republicans

August 25th, 2020


Qanon is a right wing conspiracy movement with a formidable Social Media presence  on Twitter, Facebook and several bulletin board sites like 4Chan, …

Kamala Harris and Conspiracy Theories

August 23rd, 2020


Kamala Harris and Facebook. 4 conspiracy theories quickly emerged after her selection. In today’s episode we will look at each one, and while trying not to give them oxygen, debunk them


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If we knew then what we know now about Covid 19.

August 21st, 2020


6 months into the pandemic,transmission rates are dropping and our changed behaviors wearing masks and socially distancing are making a difference. But the Fog of War on Covid 19 at least initially meant that many …

Edwin Ramos: Kamala Harris’ Willie Horton ?

August 16th, 2020


An illegal alien felon shot and killed a father and his two sons in a working class residential neighborhood of San Francisco in June 2008. District Attorney charged Edwin Ramos with three counts of murder but declined …

Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Cognition Testing and the Presidential Election Campaign.

August 15th, 2020


Dementia and Alzheimer’s are brain diseases of older age. The former can be treated to an extent with lifestyle changes, but the latter is far from …

Implicit Bias and Principled Policing: Does it work ?

August 11th, 2020


Science tells us that 95% of the population has implicit biases yet there is only a 16% correlation between the bias and behavior. So is racist, …

2084: Was George Orwell's novel 1984, one hundred years ahead of itself ?

August 4th, 2020


Mass surveillance and totalitarianism are two prominent themes in Orwell's dystopian novel published in 1949. But there are two major mass surveillance systems at play in the world today. In the West, the data mining …

A Tale of Two States: California and New York amidst Covid 19

August 1st, 2020


California's Summer surge in C-19 cases has put the Golden State in the dubious first place position of 452,000 cases versus 412,000 for New York. …

Science deniers keep schools closed.

July 27th, 2020


California’s powerful teachers’ union the CTA and Governor Gavin Newsom seem to be taking a very slow and hesitant approach to reopening the state’s …

Tik Tok, a threat to US security. Really ?

July 22nd, 2020


Tik Tok the popular lip syncing video app has exploded in popularity globally during the Covid 19 lockdowns. But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has …

Let our kids go back to school !

July 20th, 2020


Over 20 European countries have re-opened their schools but the US lags far behind. Our decentralized and locally controlled as well as politicized …

The Coming Population Bust

July 17th, 2020


The world's population stands at 7.8 billion today and has increased by 5.8 billion since 1950. But the British medical journal The Lancet and the …

Urban Hiking: Your Gym Replacement.

July 15th, 2020


With San Francisco"s gyms closed for four months, hiking the urban environment of one of America's most beautiful cities affords lots of …

Facebook: a free speech forum or an advertising surveillance app ?

July 12th, 2020


The Social Media giant is weathering a month long boycott by some of its advertisers, a critical civil rights audit and controversy about political …

Disinformation and Fake News: How to spot it and How to avoid it.

July 10th, 2020


With the 2020 Presidential election less than 4 months away, Social Media and with it Fake News stories will loom large no doubt, much as they did in 2016.  The BBC has a dedicated weekly program called BBC Trending …

Spanish Missions: The Spine of Modern California

July 7th, 2020


35 million Californians live within 50 miles of one of the 21 historic Franciscan Missions: They are a key part of the California identity. But the recent destruction of statues of Father Junipero Serra, have challenged …

Homelessness in the Tenderloin: San Francisco's Shame.

July 3rd, 2020


The mushrooming of 443 homeless tents on the sidewalks of the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's poorest and most disadvantaged neighborhoods, caused a group of neighbors, including the well-connected UC Hastings Law …

Junipero Serra: the Missions and Presidios of California

July 1st, 2020


The destruction of statues of Junipero Serra in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and in front of Los Angeles' founding church, Nuestra Senora de Los …

Two steps forward and one back: San Francisco and Covid-19.

June 29th, 2020


Cutting edge research coming out of University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in the antiviral field. Are Kinase Inhibitors the magic bullet to …

The Boogaloo Bois : Extremists or Fantasists ?

June 25th, 2020


When Steven Carrillo scrawled BOOG in his own blood across the hood of his white van, the US Air Force Sergeant cast his fate with the extremist anti government movement, the Boogaloo Bois. Facing two death penalty …

The Rainbow Honor Walk: San Francisco pays homage to the LGBTQ Community

June 24th, 2020


San Francisco's Rainbow Honor Walk serves to acknowledge and memorialize Great men and women of the LGBTQ Community.  44  large bronze plaques have been laid along Castro Street and Market Street sidewalks to …

San Francisco celebrates 75 years of birthing the UN in 1945.

June 22nd, 2020


In the closing days of World War II, San Francisco hosted the organizing conference which created the UN. The conference took place at the War Memorial Opera House from April 25 to June 26, 1945. Why did San Francisco …

Post Covid 19 trends for Work, Health, Retail, Dating and Gyms. Don’t be Dense !

June 21st, 2020


Many of our changed behaviors during the Covid 19 confinement are being translated into new policies and procedures by Employers, Healthcare …

Tearing down San Francisco's Asian Art Museum for being too white.

June 17th, 2020


As the statue removal movement sweeps across America and England, it has hit the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Artists, academics and art historians are demanding that a bust of its' founder, Avery Brundage be …

Police unions root out racism from the ranks: a few bad apples or systemic racism ?

June 15th, 2020


The SFPD, LAPD and SJPD police unions announced a reform agenda to combat racist police officers. The plan lays the groundwork for new policies and …

San Francisco tackles Police Reform.

June 14th, 2020


San Francisco has seen a 47% drop in Use of Force Incidents involving the police and the public from 2016 through 2019. But racial disparities …

Assassination of Olof Palme Solved. Maybe....Maybe not.

June 10th, 2020


Swedish prosecutors have named Stig Engstrom as Palme's assassin.  It's taken  34 years of mystery, conspiracy and botched investigations in which 130 different people claimed to be the assassin since 1986 to reach a …

Ilhan Omar to Minneapolis Police: You’re toast !

June 8th, 2020


Three issues are covered in this episode: 1) Abolition of the Minneapolis Police Force, 2) the Justice and Policing Bill of 2020, 3) political …

Minneapolis to abolish its’ Police Department ?

June 6th, 2020


The killing of George Floyd has unleashed a flood of police reforms.Minneapolis is considering abolishing its force while Los Angeles and San …

Trump and Obama agree on one issue: The need for police reform.

June 4th, 2020


While the President and former President acknowledge that reform is necessary, they approach the issue from opposite ends of the political spectrum. …

Riots, Looting, Curfews and Chaos in America"s Cities : Is Police Brutality the Cause ?

June 2nd, 2020


The proximate cause of the riots and looting is the heinous murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin.  But the ensuing …

Conspiracy Theories around Covid 19.

May 30th, 2020


The Covid 19 pandemic has spawned many conspiracy theories. Cutting through misinformation and getting to the facts is key. But what is fact and what is fiction ?


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Remoteotopia: A New World Order post Covid 19.

May 29th, 2020


Does the Covid 19 pandemic represent an epochal inflection point in American history ?  Will we look back on this time as one of those watershed moments of how things used to be so much better or worse ?  Or will the …

Superspreaders of Covid 19: Who are they ? How do we control them ?

May 28th, 2020


The 80/20 Rule in business says that 20% of your sales team generates 80% of the company's revenue. In a sense something similar applies to  Covid - …

Re-opening America and the Joe Rogan Experience.

May 26th, 2020


Two news stories this past week included the piecemeal re-opening of the American Economy in the wake of Covid-19 and the acquisition of the …

The Streets of San Francisco. Michael Douglas. Karl Malden. 1972-1977.

May 25th, 2020


The 119 episodes of the TV series were filmed on location in San Francisco. To retain San Francisco authenticity, a sound stage was built in the City to film non-location, indoor scenes. Early 1970s San Francisco comes …

Podcast 101: the What, Why, Who of podcasting.

May 23rd, 2020


Podcasting has become an important information medium in the last 15 years with Apple, Spotify, Google, Anchor, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and iHeart Radio investing heavily in distribution. While barriers to entry are low, …

She's going to shoot the President. Sara Jane Moore. 1975

May 21st, 2020


On September 22, 1975 would be assassin Sara Jane Moore waited outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco's Union Square to kill President Gerald …

California's Curbside Comeback

May 19th, 2020


California began Phase 2 of the Shelter in Place orders which began eight weeks ago. Many of the state's 58 counties entered the early stages of re-opening the California economy - the 7th largest in the world if …

Bullitt. Steve McQueen. 1968

May 18th, 2020


Bullitt starring iconic 1960s King of Cool Steve McQueen is set in San Francisco. A Chicago mobster is being guarded by Lt. Frank Bullitt (McQueen) …

Will California Covid-19 cases remain low ?

May 16th, 2020


California's  total Covid-19 infections have been remarkably low as compared to New York State. There are a host of reasons for the fact California ranks 5th in the Covid-19 stakes, with New York, New Jersey, Illinois …

Will California keep Covid-19 cases low ?

May 15th, 2020


California’s Covid-19 cases and fatalities is a fraction of New York’s. As the Golden State begins to re-open next week, can we keep the Coronavirus …

Reopening goes global: Baby steps to normalcy.

May 13th, 2020


A wrap-up of reopening news in California and Western Europe.


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The Irish and the Choctaw Nation: a debt of gratitude repaid.

May 13th, 2020


In 1847, at the height of the Irish Potato Famine, the Choctaw Nation donated $170 to Irish famine relief. Returning the favor, 173 years later, many Irish are donating to a GoFundMe page for Navajo, Hopi and Choctaw …

Towering Inferno. Steve McQueen. Paul Newman. Faye Dunaway. 1974

May 11th, 2020


The dedication ceremony of the worlds tallest high rise at 138 stories in San Francisco, is the setting for this 1974 disaster film. The film unintentionally provides an eerie foreshadowing of the events of 9/11 and the …

Homeless with Covid 19 in SanFrancisco.

May 9th, 2020


San Francisco’s 8000 homeless people are crowding into the Tenderloin District, pitching tents on city streets. The neighbors have sued the City to compel City Hall to clean up the streets. The Mayor has committed to …

Is the Gig Economy Dead ?

May 7th, 2020


Silicon Valley is beginning to experience a wave of layoffs - a rarity as tech firms considered themselves immune from such cuts in the past. But the Gig Economy with its ride hailing apps and home stay apps will have … a new software tool to re-open America.

May 5th, 2020

21:25, a creation of Salesforce based in San Francisco, will provide managers the tools to keep employees safe from the Coronavirus in the …

To open or not to re-open: that is the question.

May 4th, 2020


As the US moves to the next phase of the pandemic with almost half the country re-opening for business, California is slower off the mark. Why ? And why has Ireland been able to craft such a winning Roadmap to …

Mrs. Doubtfire. Robin Williams. 1993

May 3rd, 2020


Robin Williams was an accomplished comedian and dramatic actor who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in “Good Will Hunting.”. A comedic genius, he died in 2014 at the age of 63.


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Profiles in Covid: California Governor Gavin Newsom and S.F. Mayor London Breed.

April 29th, 2020


Governor Newsom and Mayor Breed are products of San Francisco politics. Their early and effective Shelter in Place policies and practices have helped …

My Health or My Privacy: Does it have to be a choice ?

April 27th, 2020


Apple and Google roll out their Coronavirus tracking APP to public health authorities Tuesday April 28. Will it infringe our right to privacy ? …

The Perfect Storm: How Covid - 19 overwhelmed the system.

April 25th, 2020


New data shows that the Coronavirus was coursing through America’s cities much earlier than believed. Our system’s response initially was flat footed at best. But we are making progress.


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Milk. Sean Penn. 2008

April 23rd, 2020


Sean Penn’s Oscar winning portrayal of slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk is a powerful dramatization of the last 10 days of his life in November …

Tony Bennett to honor SF’s frontline Covid-19 workers:. I left my heart in San Francisco.

April 21st, 2020


Tony Bennett will lead a mass, civic singalong on Saturday April 25 at 12 noon. All 850,000 inhabitants of San Francisco are invited to join in as a thank you to the Covid-19 frontline workers who have taken care of us …

Covid 19: Have we made progress in the last 5 weeks ?

April 21st, 2020


The Social Distancing and Lockdown practices of the last 5 weeks has seen a slowing in the rate of increase of C-19 infection rates and fatalities. But global and national numbers still increase. What is next and how …

The Maltese Falcon. John Huston/Dashiell Hammett, 1941

April 18th, 2020


This film noir is set in 1941 San Francisco and stars Humphrey Bogart in the title role of private investigator Sam Spade, Mary Astor as the …

Tracing Covid-19 victims to break the transmission chain.

April 18th, 2020


A new, massive C-19 testing program will be part of our return to normal. But all new C-19 victims will have to provide names and phone numbers for their contacts who may have been exposed. Those contacts also must self …

California versus France: a tale of two re-openings.

April 16th, 2020


As California and France appear to have passed the peak of C-19 infection rates, when and how will society get back to normal, the economy start running again and shelter in place be lifted.


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Bill Gates: Coronavirus Warrior

April 16th, 2020


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is actively funding 8 entities working to develop a Covid 19 vaccine. Gates, the visionary who brought personal computing into our lives, is now focused on finding a new vaccine and …

Covid 19 testing: Is it a waste of money ?

April 13th, 2020


Today’s podcast focuses on C-19 policies, practices and technologies in Germany, the U.K. and the US. Best practices, use of data and testing …

The Birds. Alfred Hitchcock 1963

April 11th, 2020


Hitchcock’s thriller and horror film was filmed on location in San Francisco and Bodega Bay, Sonoma County in 1962. The themes of the film, a world out of joint, nature attacking humans, inhabitants seeking shelter from …

Why is California’s Covid 19 death rate so low ?

April 9th, 2020


California with a population of 40 million has had 374 Covid-19 fatalities. During the same period through 4/7/20 New York State with 19 million …

Innovation Update: Covid 19 solutions

April 8th, 2020


Innovation Update is a weekly feature of The San Francisco Experience. In today’s installment we recount 7 innovations created in the San Francisco Bay Area to confront Covid-19 and stop it dead in its tracks.


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Living on Lockdown: Survive and Thrive

April 5th, 2020


In the fifth and final part of the Living on Lockdown series, I explore how and where we get our news on Covid 19 over the rest of the lockdown. With a historic perspective and quotes from Queen Elizabeth II and Henry …

Living on Lockdown: the Art of online board games, gaming and social interactivity.

April 4th, 2020


Social isolation can lead to depression and loneliness. Today’s episode provides an alternative, to let you interact online through games, house …

Living on Lockdown: the Art of Delivery and Takeout Dining and Grocery Shopping.

April 3rd, 2020


In this episode we review 6 apps for takeout and delivery services from restaurants. Best practices for grocery shopping.


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Living on Lockdown: The Art of the Urban Hike.

April 2nd, 2020


Urban Hiking is the fastest growing trend in Hiking. It brings the same hiking energy to a CityScape and is a great way to accomplish your cardio fitness goals. Several hiking apps are reviewed.


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Living on Lockdown: the Art of Managing your 401k

April 1st, 2020


The first in our series of podcasts to help you get through your home confinement during Lockdown. We focus on retirement savings in your 401k account and introduce online resources you can access.


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Living in Lockdown: Don’t let a crisis go to waste.

March 31st, 2020


Sharing best Social Lockdown practices from San Francisco, the city that is pioneering how to socially isolate and distance, with a big assist from …

Covid 19 - Did early Lockdown and Social Distancing in San Francisco pay off ?

March 30th, 2020


Comparison of early flight bans from China on San Francisco’s low rate of Covid 19 versus New York’s open European flights. Social Distancing …

Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock 1958

March 29th, 2020


In this episode I discuss the greatest film of all time, Vertigo, as judged by the British Film Institute in 2012. Set in 1957 San Francisco, it is a …

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