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The San Francisco Experience

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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

478 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

The Three Ages of Water: Prehistoric Past, Imperiled Present and Hope for the Future. Talking with author, Dr. Peter Gleick

December 5th, 2023


Our conversation about the role of water in the human experience is timely, given COP 28 is underway in Dubai. It is the UN Climate Change Conference …

Was China behind Sam Altman's ousting - Tech may not be interested in Geopolitics, but Geopolitics is interested in Tech. Talking with Dr. Pippa Malmgren.

November 29th, 2023


The debacle over Sam Altman's firing and quick re-hiring at OpenAI underscores the fact that AI technology and the vast resources needed to fund it …

Sparks: China's Underground Historians and their battle for the future. Talking with Pulitzer Prize winning author Ian Johnson.

November 27th, 2023


China's modern history has been whitewashed by the CCP to conform with the approved narrative. But a brave group of writers, filmmakers and …

India as it is: Talking with author Daniel Markey, Senior Advisor on South Asia, at the United States Institute of Peace.

November 23rd, 2023


Daniel Markey discusses his recent article in "Foreign Affairs" about India and the US' growing strategic relationship.

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Does China's CCP see the US as an existential threat ? Talking with Matt Turpin, visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

November 21st, 2023


Has a Cold War between China and the US already begun ? And if so, how will we manage the relationship ?

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APEC 2023 Conference Day 6 and 7.

November 18th, 2023


The APEC Economic Leaders Week culminated in a series of events that were both policy focused and social in nature. The Indo-Pacific Economic …

APEC 2023 Conference Day 5. Presidents Biden and Xi meet on the sidelines of the APEC Conference.

November 16th, 2023


The two Presidents met at a mansion 26 miles South of San Francisco, away from the congestion and bustle of downtown San Francisco. Their meeting lasted four hours and both leaders re-iterated the importance of the …

APEC 2023 Conference. Day 4.

November 15th, 2023


Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Trade Representative, Ambassador Katherine Tai convene the Foreign Ministers of APEC.

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APEC 2023 Conference, Day 3

November 14th, 2023


Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen's press conference, after having met with the APEC Finance Ministers. The press conference lasted about 22 minutes and she answered five questions from Bloomberg News, The Wall …

APEC 2023 - Day 2.

November 13th, 2023


Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen hosted a series of bilateral meetings on Sunday with APEC member Finance Ministers with a view to continue to align …

The APEC 2023 Conference: Opening Day.

November 12th, 2023


The San Francisco Experience Podcast will feature brief daily summaries of Conference proceedings through November 17, 2023.

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Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative. Talking with Professor Emeritus, Jerry Porras.

November 11th, 2023


The SLEI program is open to Latino owned businesses that are generating $1million in annual sales and provides the tools to scale up operations. …

The Gun, the Ship and the Pen: warfare, constitutions and the making of the modern world. Talking with author, Professor Dame Linda Colley

November 10th, 2023


From 1750 to 1918, there was an explosion of constitutional theory and adoption of written constitutions throughout the world, often in the wake of wars. A constitution was a sign of modernity and often served to mend a …

PM Rishi Sunak Convenes a Global AI Safety Summit. Talking with Simon Greenman, Partner at Best Practice AI

November 9th, 2023


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak convened a global meeting about regulating AI Safety at Bletchley Park, the iconic stately home North of London …

Enterprise China: Adopting a competitive strategy for business success. Talking with co-author, Professor of Global Management. Allen Morrison.

November 2nd, 2023


Xi Jinping has put politics before business in China, making it more difficult for Chinese and expat managers to run businesses in the Middle …

Ocean Global Race. Neptune arrives in Cape Town South Africa. Talking with Skipper Tann Raffray and Amy Bridge.

November 1st, 2023


The Ocean Global Race is a 27,000 mile 'round the world race from Southampton, Cape Town, Auckland, Punta del Este, Southampton. 14 ocean going sail boats from 8 countries are participating. Neptune has an additional …

Discovering Alien Life in the Universe. Talking with Professor Nikku Madhusudhan

October 26th, 2023


Deploying the James Webb Space Telescope, Madhu and his team at Cambridge University have discovered the first hints of DMS on an exoplanet 120 light years distant from Earth. On Earth, only living organisms produce …

Don't Cry for me Argentina. The Presidential Runoff: Massa versus Milei. Talking with Professor Laura Gomez Mera.

October 25th, 2023


The second and decisive round of Argentina's presidential contest takes place November 19. And the choice is - a left wing populist who presided over …

Daniel Noboa: Ecuador's newly elected, 35 year old President. Talking with Sebastian Hurtado.

October 20th, 2023


Daniel Noboa, a member of Congress and a business heir, won the second round of Ecuador's presidential election with 52% of the vote, defeating leftist candidate Luisa Gonzalez who garnered 48% of the vote. She was …

The 5 Eye Intelligence Chiefs meet in Silicon Valley to combat Chinese tech espionage. Talking with Dexter Roberts.

October 19th, 2023


The intelligence chiefs of the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US had a public meeting at Stanford University on Tuesday to warn Silicon Valley and the global tech community, that China has mounted an …

Weight Loss Drugs: Are they a cure all ? Talking with pediatric endocrinologist, Robert Lustig.

October 17th, 2023


Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro are being trumpeted as a cure for obesity. While they are proven to induce weight loss, the underlying issues that cause …

Australia's Voice to Parliament Referendum. Talking with Professor Chris Wallace, University of Canberra

October 15th, 2023


On October 14th, 2023, The Voice to Parliament Referendum which would have given Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders a body to advise Parliament, …

Elon Musk's $13 billion debt bomb versus Wall Street. The state of play with the Banks. Talking with William D. Cohan of PUCK News.

October 13th, 2023


Elon Musk's X/Twitter owes a syndicate of 7 banks $13 billion, $10 billion of which is secured by Twitter assets and $3 billion is unsecured. All $13 billion is non-recourse debt. In other words, Musk does not guarantee …

The State is everything. Talking with noted strategist and geopolitical expert Alp Sevimlisoy

October 10th, 2023


What is the State ? How has it evolved ? Is it different from nationhood ? And what about failed states ? As Louis XIV said "L'Etat c'est moi."

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Covid 19 and Masks: Are they effective ? Talking with Dr. Katrine Wallace, noted epidemiologist at the University of Illinois, Chicago

October 9th, 2023


As Covid 19 becomes a seasonal illness, a new booster shot is being rolled out alongside the flu shot as an annual update to increase our defenses. …

Alfred Hitchcock and the Censors. Talking with author John Billheimer.

October 5th, 2023


Movie Codes were introduced in the UK and the US in the 1920s and 30s. The US model focused on sex and violence while the UK monitored class …

Talking with Reta Jo Lewis, President and Chairwoman of the EXIM Bank of the United States.

October 5th, 2023


Exim Bank is playing a growing role in financing the export drive of US small business. In California alone, they have 650 exporter clients who ship …

Senator Laphonza Butler, California's new junior Senator. Talking with David McCuan, Professor and Chair of Political Science, Sonoma State University

October 4th, 2023


Governor Newsom, in the wake of the death of Senator Dianne Feinstein, has appointed Laphonza Butler to serve out the remaining 15 months of her …

The Communist Party of China and the Chinese Military: How they work together. Talking with James Char, Research Fellow at RSiS.

October 2nd, 2023


The Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese Military have a unique relationship among developed nations. James Char explains how the two work closely together.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein: A San Francisco Legend. Talking with Jason McDaniel, Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State University.

September 29th, 2023


California's senior Senator Dianne Feinstein passed away September 28, 2023. Her life and legacy are unique and reflective of the San Francisco values she embodied.

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Human Skin Color is the Product of Evolution. In conversation with Professor Nina Jablonski.

September 29th, 2023


Professor Jablonski is a biological anthropologist at Penn State University. She has done extensive research in the fields of the evolution of skin …

Overreach. How China derailed its' peaceful rise. In conversation with Professor Susan L. Shirk

September 28th, 2023


Since the mid 2000s, China has taken a more aggressive stance on the world stage and towards the United States in particular. President Xi Jin Ping …

Barbie: The Motion Picture, Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

September 22nd, 2023


Barbie, the Summer blockbuster which has already grossed $1.34 billion worldwide, is a unique film that caught the public's attention at a unique …

The Putin Kim Summit: What were the results ? Talking with Seong Hyeon Choi of the South China Morning Post.

September 21st, 2023


Is Russia so desperate for old Soviet era shells and ammunition still made by North Korea and interoperable with Russian armaments, that they would …

Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin. Talking with author Gray Brechin.

September 19th, 2023


San Francisco's great wealth creation in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the emergence of dynastic family elites largely developed as a result …

When the Sound hits the Walls: The Hyde Street Studios and the San Francisco Sound. Talking with Producer John Montoya

September 14th, 2023


Award winning film maker, John Montoya discusses the 10 part docuseries entitled When the Sound hits the Walls which he is producing . It will …

Shattered Nation: Inequality and the Geography of a Failing State. Talking with author, Professor Danny Dorling, Oxford University

September 13th, 2023


Shattered Nation, written by Oxford Professor Danny Dorling, demonstrates how the United Kingdom has been fundamentally damaged by 40 years of …

Friends with Benefits: The India - US Story. In conversation with author Seema Sirohi.

September 6th, 2023


The India and US relationship is growing in importance and per Prime Minister Modi and President Biden will be the defining global relationship of the 21st Century. And the 4 million Indian American community serves as …

Sweden, Turkey and NATO: Where do we stand ? Talking with Paul Levin, Professor at Stockholm University.

September 5th, 2023


Sweden's path to NATO membership has been made more arduous by Turkey, itself a NATO member. Despite Turkish President Erdogan's agreement at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Swedish concessions, the process …

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo's mission to China. Talking with Dexter Roberts of the University of Montana.

September 3rd, 2023


Gina Raimondo spent four days in Beijing and Shanghai discussing the US' position on tariffs, investment and export controls. And making it clear to …

CFIUS: How the US monitors foreign investments in sensitive industries, Talking with Professor Sarah Bauerle Danzman.

August 28th, 2023


The US is taking a closer look at restricting the export of sensitive dual use technology to China through CFIUS and the recent Executive Order of …

David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs - Is he on the way out ? Talking with William D. Cohan of PUCK News.

August 24th, 2023


Goldman's CEO has had a rough few months: second quarter earnings were down 58%. And his strategic push into consumer finance has stalled. …

Reducing Russia's Nuclear Threat in the Baltic Region. Talking with Dr. Marion Messmer of Chatham House.

August 23rd, 2023


Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has rattled his nuclear saber. But Russia is not at existential risk and its' security concerns are of its' own making. Why has he introduced the use of nuclear weapons …

The Shadow Docket. In conversation with author, Professor Stephen Vladeck, University of Texas at Austin, School of Law.

August 17th, 2023


The Emergency Docket of the US Supreme Court was a rarely used way to seek the intervention of the Court. But during the Trump Administration and more recently the Biden Administration it has become more widely used. It …

The growth of the Artificial Intelligence Industry in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area. In conversation with Dr. Sean Randolph, Senior Director of the Bay Area Council.

August 16th, 2023


11 of the top 16 AI companies in the world - Nvidia, ChatGPT, OpenAI - are located in the Bay Area. And new venture capital investment and talent is …

ESG scorecard dropped by Standard and Poors. Talking with Professor Tom Lyon, Dow Chair of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce, University of Michigan.

August 11th, 2023


Environmental, Social and Governance(ESG) as an investment framework has been in the news through 2023. Is ESG under threat because of its' political …

California's High Number of Alzheimers Cases: In conversation with Dr. Kumar Rajan, Professor, Rush University Medical Center.

August 9th, 2023


California has the largest number of Alzheimers cases of all 50 states according to a recent study from Rush Medical College in Chicago. Several …

The Ocean Globe Race: Talking with Tan Raffray and Amy Bridge.

August 8th, 2023


The Ocean Globe Race is the successor to the Whitbread Round the World Race and 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Whitbread. Starting from Southampton in September the 7 month race will have three ports of …

Oppenheimer: In conversation with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

August 4th, 2023


An intense and gripping film about the Father of the Atom Bomb, who led the Manhattan Project in World War II, Robert Oppenheimer.

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The Anthropocene Epoch: Humanity's impact on the Earth. In conversation with Colin Waters, Chair of the Anthropocene Working Group.

August 1st, 2023


The Anthropocene is a new geological epoch that began in the 1950s when humans started altering the planet with various forms of industrial and …

Centers of Progress: 40 cities that changed the World. Talking to Chelsea Follett of the Cato Institute

July 27th, 2023


In her new book, Chelsea Follett, Managing Editor of Human recounts 40 cities from antiquity to modern day where epoch making …

The Titan Submersible: An accident waiting to happen. Talking with Professor Stefan Williams, University of Sydney.

July 24th, 2023


Our guest today specializes in marine engineering and is the head of the Australian Center for Field Robotics. He was a frequent commentator for international media during the search for the Titan submersible during the …

Shadow of a Doubt: Talking with Shaun Chang of The Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

July 21st, 2023


Shadow of a Doubt was reportedly Alfred Hitchcock's favorite film of the many he made. Set in Santa Rosa, California, it tells the tale of an errant uncle with a big secret to hide who comes to stay with his sister's …

Artificial Intelligence: Where does an investor begin ? Talking with Simon Greenman, Co-founder and Partner with Best Practice AI.

July 20th, 2023


Without a doubt, AI has become an important investment theme in 2023. How can investors participate in this latest wave of technological innovation ? …

AI and Cardiovascular Medicine. In conversation with Professor, Dr. Collin Stultz

July 13th, 2023


How AI is changing the manner in which cardiovascular illness is diagnosed. And the future is unfolding before us with new predictive analytics, …

AI and the future of Education: The Promise and Pitfalls. Talking with Ittai Shiu, UC Berkeley Extension Instructor.

July 12th, 2023


Artificial Intelligence is being integrated into curriculums and the upcoming academic year will be the first full school year since Chat GPT, the …

DeRisking China: Is America's 50 year love affair with investing in China over ? Talking with Jeremy Mark, Senior Non Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

July 5th, 2023


Are America and its' allies stepping back from engagement with the Chinese juggernaut ? Derisking or Decoupling from the world's second largest economy.

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Fentalife ads focus on San Francisco's failed approach to drugs. Talking to Kanishka Cheng, CEO of Together SF.

July 3rd, 2023


Fentalife is an ad campaign that uses sarcasm and parody to spotlight the squalor of SF's open air drug markets. Together SF is working to bring about change.


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The Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action. In conversation with Luke Boso, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, at the University of San Francisco, School of Law.

June 30th, 2023


The US Supreme Court released two decisions on June 29, 2023 which will have a profound effect on Affirmative Action. Luke Boso, a constitutional …

Captain of Her Soul : The Life of Marion Davies. Talking with author Lara Gabrielle.

June 28th, 2023


Marion Davies was a Hollywood star of the 1920s and 1930s. She was also the life partner of press baron William Randolph Hearst. Author Lara …

Prime Minister Modi's trip to Washington: A game changer or business as usual ? Talking to Seema Sirohi columnist for The Economic Times, India's leading business daily.

June 28th, 2023


Prime Minister Modi's three day state visit to Washington was a whirlwind of meetings with President Biden. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan …

The Struggle for the people's King: How politics transforms the memory of the Civil Rights Movement. Talking with Dr. Hajar Yazdiha

June 23rd, 2023


Over the last 40 years, different political groups have sought to politically appropriate the mantle of legitimacy of the Civil Rights Movement. What …

The World is becoming better off and more equal. Talking with Chelsea Follett of the Cato Institute.

June 22nd, 2023


By every measure, equality and prosperity are transforming countries like India, China, Indonesia, Brazil and Nigeria. Yet The New York Times and other influential opinion influencers seem frozen in time, ignoring the …

The Birds' 60th Anniversary. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

June 16th, 2023


Alfred Hitchcock's horror film classic, "The Birds" was released in March 1963. Filmed on location in San Francisco and Sonoma County - Bodega Bay, Bodega and Valley Ford - it launched the movie career of Tippi Hedren. …

The Siberia Job: In conversation with John Kleinheinz

June 13th, 2023


When Russia privatized the 45,000 state owned companies after the fall of Communism, every man, woman and child in Russia was given a Privatization Voucher. The Siberia Job is a fictionalized account of the efforts of a …

Quantum Entanglement is not that Spooky after all. Talking with author, Professor Chris Ferrie.

June 10th, 2023


Chris' recent article in Scientific American highlights the role that the Principle of Entanglement , the research of which earned Physicists Aspect, …

Finntopia: What we can learn from the World's happiest country ? Talking with author, Professor Danny Dorling.

June 7th, 2023


Finland has ranked #1 in the World's Happiest Country listing for the sixth year in a row. How did this small Nordic country of 5 million, which 100 …

Pakistan: Origins, Identity and Future. In conversation with Professor Pervez Hoodbhoy

June 2nd, 2023


In this sweeping amalgam of history, politics, philosophy and culture, Professor Hoodbhoy gives us a detailed profile of Pakistan. Perceptive …

Becoming the Ex-Wife: The Unconventional Life and Forgotten Writings of Ursula Parrott. Talking with author, Professor Marsha Gordon.

May 31st, 2023


Ursula Parrott was a very successful author from 1929 to the late 1940s. A member of the Lost Generation, her body of work consists of 130 novels, …

Del Seymour founder of Code Tenderloin talks to Jim Herlihy

May 26th, 2023


Del Seymour, the founder of Code Tenderloin, shares his personal journey from addiction to recovery on the streets of the Tenderloin.

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Who killed Jerusalem ? Talking with author George Albert Brown

May 25th, 2023


San Francisco in the 1970s was dominated by larger than life characters like Jim Jones of the Peoples' Temple, Patty Hearst the heiress turned terrorist, the Zodiac killer, Harvey Milk, George Moscone and Dan White. …

Airport 1975 : Talking to Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

May 18th, 2023


Arthur Hailey's 1968 novel Airport was turned into the successful 1970 film Airport. And through the 1970s a series of other Airport films were …

The Turkish Elections: the State Continuity Doctrine. Talking with noted geopolitical strategist Alp Sevimlisoy.

May 16th, 2023


Turkey is headed for an historic presidential runoff election on Sunday May 28, 2023 with incumbent Erdogan facing challenger Kilicdaroglu. Alp Sevimlisoy outlines what is at stake for the Turkish Republic and its …

Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Investing under scrutiny. Where do investors stand ? Talking with Andy Poreda of Sage Advisory.

May 11th, 2023


ESG investment considerations for the last ten years have had a growing influence on the asset management industry. But of late, they have generated controversy and some states have even enacted anti ESG legislation. …

Everyday War: talking with author Greta Uehling.

May 10th, 2023


What goes through the minds of non-combatant civilians when war comes to their doorstep as in Ukraine ? Greta Uehling looks at war from the inside perspective of non-combatants and how they rise to heights of bravery in …

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: What is the difference ? Talking with Aleksander Madry, Cadence Design Systems Professor of Computing at MIT.

May 4th, 2023


Professor Madry recounts the rapid integration of AI and Machine Learning into the US Economy and the fundamental impact it will have on our way of life. Every aspect of life - Business, Healthcare, Academia and …

The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, The Factory, and the Future of the World. Talking with author Dexter Tiff Roberts

May 3rd, 2023


Dexter Roberts worked as a journalist for Bloomberg Businessweek in their Beijing bureau for over 20 years. He brings a unique perspective and is …

Cooperation: A political, economic and social theory. Talking with author, Professor Bernard E. Harcourt

April 26th, 2023


Professor Harcourt outlines a theory based on cooperative initiatives called Cooperism. This is a political theory grounded in the recognition of our …

Peking to Paris: The ultimate motoring challenge. Talking to Jim Gately.

April 24th, 2023


The Peking to Paris motor race began in 1907 as a long distance endurance motor rally and was revived in 1997. For 36 days covering 8,500 miles, across 11 countries, and 8 time zones, 100 plus competitors raced their …

Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

April 21st, 2023


Turner Classic Movies hosts an annual four day film festival in Hollywood featuring a selection of top classic films as well as panel discussions …

The Pawn. Superheroes in Popular Culture - Looking for Diversity. Talking with author Mark Sneed

April 19th, 2023


Mark Sneed talks about the lack of diversity among popular superheroes and in his latest book The Pawn, he creates one. He explores how the …

The Rage of Innocence: How America criminalizes Black Youth. Talking with author, Professor Kristin Henning.

April 13th, 2023


Every adolescent has a right to experiment and make mistakes on the path to adulthood. Unfortunately, our Juvenile Justice System is more likely to …

The Black Sea Strategic Triangle: Talking with Rich Outzen of the Atlantic Council.

April 10th, 2023


In today's episode Rich Outzen reviews Turkey's support for Ukraine in the first year of its' war with Russia while maintaining a delicate balance of diplomatic and commercial ties with Russia. He also discusses the …

Carnaval : Celebrating San Francisco's diverse Hispanic Heritage through Music and Dance. Talking to Rodrigo Ehecatl Duran.

April 6th, 2023


Rodrigo Ehecatl Duran Executive Director of Carnaval San Francisco 2023 talks about the 45th two day extravaganza of live music and dance culminating …

Suppressed: Confessions of a former New York Times Washington Correspondent. Talking with author Robert M. Smith.

April 4th, 2023


Bob Smith covered the White House for the New York Times during the Nixon Administration. Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray gave him an early scoop on the Watergate scandal, before Woodward and Bernstein began …

The Political Consequences of Donald Trump's Indictment. Talking with Professor David McCuan, Chair of Political Science at Sonoma State University.

April 1st, 2023


Donald Trump's unorthodox political career will mark a new precedent next Tuesday when the former President is arraigned in a Manhattan courtroom on …

The Indictment of Donald Trump. Talking with Matt Bennett, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, at Third Way

April 1st, 2023


Donald Trump's indictment by the Manhattan DA regarding the payment and cover up of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels is an unprecedented development for a sitting or former President. He will turn himself in on …

We need to think critically. Talking with Helen Lee Bouygues, Founder and CEO of the Reboot Foundation.

March 30th, 2023


The majority of Americans get their news from social media sites like Tik Tok, Instagram and Facebook rather than dedicated news sites like the BBC, The New York Times, Bloomberg. Often social media substitutes opinion …

Tik Tok in the Dock: Shou Chew's Car Crash Congressional Hearing

March 24th, 2023


By any standard, the CEO of Tik Tok, Shou Chew did little to shore up the credibility of the social media giant or his own image during the Congressional hearing. When the hearing was over Speaker of the House Kevin …

Money in Politics needs a watchdog: The Federal Election Commission. Talking with former Chair Ann Ravel.

March 23rd, 2023


In addition to having served as Chair of the Federal Election Commission and California's Fair Political Practices Commission, Ann has also served as …

Guaranteeing Bank Deposits: Talking with Professor Anat Admati of the Stanford Graduate School of Business

March 22nd, 2023


On March 10, 2023 Silicon Valley Bank collapsed . More than 90% of its' deposits exceeded the FDIC limit of $250,000 but the regulators acted quickly …

Global Banking Turmoil and the Illusion of Control. Talking with Jon Danielsson, Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and Director of the Systemic Risk Center.

March 21st, 2023


Professor Danielsson discusses global banking turmoil and the role of Risk Management in banks. His new book, Illusion of Control, takes a fresh look …

Irene Tsu, star of stage, film and TV. In conversation with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

March 17th, 2023


Irene recounts working with Elvis Presley, Jimmy Stewart, John Ford, John Wayne, Jeff Bridges and Doris Day. For two years, she dated Frank Sinatra. With 80 credits to her name she has been a presence in the …

Oscars 2023: Talking with Shaun Chang of The Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

March 14th, 2023


The 95th Oscar Award Show was held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.  Everything, Everywhere All at Once swept …

Can Americans travel to Cuba ? Talking with Citizen Diplomat Bill Boerum

March 13th, 2023


Though the United States and Cuba enjoy diplomatic relations, the US bans general tourism to the island.  To travel to Cuba the purpose of the trip must fall into one of twelve generally humanitarian categories. Bill …

Silicon Valley Bank Implodes: Talking with Alexander Yokum, with CFRA Research

March 12th, 2023


Silicon Valley Bank, the 16th largest bank in the US, collapsed on Friday and its assets were transferred to the FDIC.  Market fears for contagion …

The Aftermath: The last days of the Baby Boom and the future of power in America. In conversation with author Philp Bump

March 9th, 2023


The 76 million Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are retiring and putting pressure on Social Security and housing values. But the Millennials an equally large generation born between 1981 and 1996, have other …

American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis. Talking with author Adam Hochschild.

March 5th, 2023


Author of eleven books, Adam Hochschild discusses the 1917 to 1921 period a tumultuous but little studied period in US history spanning our …

The 92nd All Black Division of the US Army in WWII: Remembering my uncle, Bill Perry. In conversation with Jonathan Speed.

February 28th, 2023


As Black History Month draws to a close, Jonathan Speed profiles the highly decorated 92nd All Black Division, in which his uncle, Bill Perry served with distinction. The 92nd earned more than 12,000 decorations and …

Philanthropy at Work: Talking with Mark Lees and Chris Septer.

February 27th, 2023


Philanthropy plays an outsize role in animal welfare. The EE Mori Foundation and the South Florida SPCA are collaborating to assist in the care of …

Salesforce and the Future. Talking with Brody Ford of Bloomberg News.

February 23rd, 2023


Salesforce has been one of Silicon Valley's big success stories. But in 2022 the company's fortunes suffered a setback resulting in 8000 layoffs and …

Unstoppable Trends and your Investment Portfolio. Talking with Chris Watling, CEO and Founder of Longview Economics Ltd.

February 22nd, 2023


2022 saw trends like Energy Security, US China Rivalry, emergence of a Global Authoritarian block and Deepening Digitization dominate global markets. Chris Watling, founder of Longview Economics puts emerging global …

The Wounded World. In conversation with author Professor Chad L. Williams

February 22nd, 2023


W.E.B. Du Bois and the African American Experience in the First World War is the subject of the book. 380,000 African Americans served  in the War and their experience  both on the battlefield in France and when they …

Raquel Welch and Stella Stevens: We bid farewell to two Hollywood stars. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

February 20th, 2023


Raquel Welch and Stella Stevens, two iconic actresses of the 1960s and 1970s passed away last week. Both were hardworking and driven to succeed in …

JFK: the Oliver Stone Film. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

February 17th, 2023


Oliver Stone's JFK film popularized a conspiracy theory that was set in New Orleans. The District Attorney Jim Garrison, crusaded or grandstanded - …

Performance Evaluations : Are they on the way out ? Talking with Senior Work Shift Reporter at Bloomberg News, Matthew Boyle.

February 9th, 2023


In the business cycle, the first quarter of the year in corporate America is Performance Evaluation season, where you sit down with your boss to review the past year's performance and discuss compensation. Gone are the …

Poverty and Inequality in California: Talking with Michael Tanner Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.

February 8th, 2023


California for all of its' wealth and abundance has the highest poverty rate in the nation. Overburdened with regulation that makes housing …

The US Supreme Court and the issue of Capital Punishment. In conversation with Professor Bernard Harcourt, Columbia University.

February 7th, 2023


Professor Harcourt represents death penalty cases originating in the state of Alabama. He shares with us several recent cases he has worked on.

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Freedom: Are we as free as we think ? In conversation with Ian Vasquez from the Cato Institute, co-author of the Human Freedom Index, published by the Cato Institute and the Fraser Institute.

February 2nd, 2023


The Human Freedom Index presents the state of human freedom around the world based on a broad measure that covers personal , civil and economic freedom.  The United States ranks 23 out of 165 nations included in the …

The Andrea Riseborough Oscar Controversy: A Post Mortem. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

February 2nd, 2023


To most cineastes' surprise, Andrea Riseborough was nominated for Best Actress - one of five coveted slots in the category - for her role in "To …

Ambassador Charles Ray: A Career of Service. Black History Month

January 31st, 2023


Ambassador Charles Ray kicks off TSFEP's celebration of Black History Month. A true renaissance man, he has had distinguished careers as an Army officer, a senior Foreign Service Officer and an author. You will enjoy …

On Learning to Heal or What Medicine does not know, In conversation with author, Professor Ed Cohen.

January 26th, 2023


In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, science grew to dominate the  practice of medicine, all but abandoning the practice of healing which had been its  cornerstone  for millennia. Ed Cohen shows that the revival …

What the Fusion break through means. Talking with Professor Lee Bernstein of UC Berkeley and the Nuclear Data Group Leader at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

January 26th, 2023


In December 2022, nuclear fusion ignition occurred at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Physicists have pursued the technology to achieve such a …

Chips: Where do the US and China stand on this strategic issue ? Talking with Cameron Johnson, Tidal Wave Solutions.

January 20th, 2023


In the 1990s the US accounted for 37% of global chip production. Today that metric has plummeted to 12%. In October the Biden Administration introduced tough export measures against China to stem the flow of advanced …

Spare: Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV blog.

January 19th, 2023


Prince Harry's memoir is a combination of a car crash interview and a settling of scores to let his father, brother and step mother know what he really thinks of them. All 410 pages of it.

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Rent Control: Who benefits and who loses ? Talking with Ryan Bourne of the Cato Institute.

January 18th, 2023


As inflation surges and wages fail to keep pace, housing costs and especially rents are rising. Numerous US cities and states are adopting rent …

My Shake Alert App: California's early warning earthquake alert system app.

January 12th, 2023


Richard Allen, Director of the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab and his team, have developed an early warning system for earthquakes. The app can be …

Global Discord: Values and Power in a Fractured World Order. Talking with author Paul Tucker.

January 11th, 2023


The World Balance of Power emerging in the 2020s is dividing into two blocs : the Authoritarians (China and Russia) and the Democratic West (US, EU, Nato, UK, Japan, Australia).  China's increasing economic clout is …

Ruth Paine remembers Lee Harvey Oswald and Marina his wife. In conversation with Jim Herlihy.

January 5th, 2023


Ruth Paine is one of the last surviving Warren Commission witnesses. She was a key witness in helping the Commission establish Oswald's whereabouts in the October and November weekends leading up to the assassination of …

The Inclusive Economy: How to bring wealth to America's poor. Talking with author and Senior Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, Michael Tanner.

January 5th, 2023


Michael takes on the conventional wisdom of both liberals and conservatives looking at the reasons for poverty while offering a detailed agenda for increasing wealth, income and opportunity. Criminal justice reform, …

Your personal investment outlook. Talking with Joe Gilbert of Integrity Asset Management.

January 3rd, 2023


While major market indices for 2022 ended the year on a down note, 2023 offers more challenges. Rising interest rates, the prospect of a recession and inflation at a 40 year high make managing your 401k and investments …

6.4 Earthquake in Humboldt County, California. Talking with Dr. Lori Dengler, Professor Emeritus, Cal Poly Humboldt.

December 23rd, 2022


Tuesday December 20 at 2.34am, a 6.4 earthquake struck the Northern California region of Humboldt County, 260 miles North of San Francisco. 46% of US …

Three Christmas films you may have missed. Shaun Chang talks about his favorite Christmas themed movies.

December 23rd, 2022


Part of the Holiday tradition for many of us is to watch classic Christmas movies that take us back to our childhood celebrating with loved ones. …

Deep State: An overview of the current state of espionage during the age of Great Power Competition. Talking with Alp Sevimlisoy, geopolitical strategist and national security expert.

December 19th, 2022


2022 has been a year of global turmoil starting with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, roiled energy markets and realignment of global powers. NATO has experienced a renaissance and regional powers like Turkey are playing a …

Don't punish Crypto for the Sins of FTX. Talking with Jack Solowey, policy analyst at the Cato Institute's Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives.

December 15th, 2022


With the spectacular collapse of the FTX Crypto Currency Exchange and the arrest of founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, will the US Congress overreact with …

The Black Athlete Revolt: The Sport Justice Movement in the Age of Black Lives Matter. Talking with Associate Professor of Communications, Dr. Shaun Anderson, Loyola Marymount University.

December 12th, 2022


     Black athletes have used their influence to force social change for over 100 years. Today's Sport Justice Movement is the next iteration of this tradition.

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Red's Java House: Talking with Mr. Tom McGarvey, San Francisco Native Son.

December 9th, 2022


Tom McGarvey, 95 years of age, was born in San Francisco's tough Potrero Hill district in 1927. From selling newspapers to longshoremen on the …

Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon. In conversation with author William D. Cohan.

December 7th, 2022


New York Times bestselling author William D. Cohan discusses his latest book Power Failure. Bill interviewed  three of the last four CEOs of General Electric, among many other insiders, to get a first hand account about …

"Who hears here. " In conversation with author Dr. Guthrie Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Musicology, University of Pennsylvania.

December 1st, 2022


Our guest today is a renaissance man of music: an accomplished musician, a recording artist, a published author and Emeritus Professor of Musicology …

The Crown: Season Five. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

November 28th, 2022


Season Five of The Crown portrays the travails of the Queen and the Royal Family during the tumultuous period of 1992 to 1997 when Charles' and …

LatinaVida: Developing a new Generation of Leaders. Talking with Tammy Ramos J.D.

November 22nd, 2022


While Latinos represent 19% of the US population, and generate $2.7 Trillion of the nation's $23 Trillion GDP, they are under represented in …

Britain's Number 1 Art Forger. Max Brandrett, The life of a Cheeky Faker. Talking with Clay Small and Jim Herlihy

November 21st, 2022


Max Brandrett has lived a colorful life of hard knocks,  from poverty,  to being sent to Dr. Barnardo's, running away to join the circus and jail …

James Bond 007 as portrayed by Pierce Brosnan: Behind the scenes. Talking with Michael Nathanson former President and COO of MGM and Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV blog.

November 18th, 2022


Former President of MGM Michael Nathanson gives us a candid look at what it was like to oversee Pierce Brosnan's 007 movies, the decision to replace …

In the footsteps of the assassin: Lee Harvey Oswald's New Orleans. Talking with David Feldman.

November 16th, 2022


Lee Harvey Oswald was born in New Orleans in 1939 and spent much of his childhood there. David Feldman leads a a revealing and behind the scenes  walking tour of Oswald's  haunts, places where he lived, worked, partied …

Control: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics. Talking with author Adam Rutherford

November 15th, 2022


A sweeping history of Eugenics starting in Victorian England, and how US Eugenics practices and laws were profoundly based on that research. Up to …

The Midterm Election Results : Where do we stand ? Talking with Professor David McCuan, Chair Political Science Department, Sonoma State University

November 10th, 2022


Two days after the Midterm elections and we are still waiting to find out if Democrats or Republicans will control the US Congress. And what happened …

Broken: The Failed Promise of Muslim Inclusion - Talking with author Professor Evelyn Alsultany.

November 10th, 2022


As America's Muslim population increases, and integrates into the mainstream, their depiction in popular culture must move beyond the stereotypes of …

The Forger's Forgery: In conversation with author Clay Small.

November 3rd, 2022


Clay Small's second novel is an intricate crime story with the themes of art forgery, revenge and redemption featuring prominently in the plot. And notorious Dutch forger who copied Dutch masterpieces of Old Master …

The Midterm Elections: What to Watch for. Talking with Professor Dan Schnur.

November 2nd, 2022


In the closing days of Campaign 2022, polls remain very close in four key Senate races which will determine which party controls the Upper House. …

Saudi Arabia: No longer our reliable ally ? Talking with Professor Nicholas Grossman of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

November 1st, 2022


Saudi Arabia announced oil production cuts at the OPEC meeting in October by 2million barrels daily or 2% of global production. President Biden had …

Rishi Sunak: Britain's new Prime Minister. Talking with Professor Jonathan Hopkin of the London School of Economics.

October 31st, 2022


Rishi Sunak, 42 became Britain's youngest Prime Minister in 200 years. Born in Southampton of immigrant parents, he is the first Prime Minister of Asian descent. But he takes over amidst the financial turmoil of the Liz …

The Elon Musk Twitter Saga. Talking with financial journalist and best selling author William D. Cohan

October 24th, 2022


Elon Musk has said he is overpaying for Twitter at $44 billion. The deal must close by Friday night, October 28, to avoid a trial in Delaware's Chancery Court. How did he get trapped in this morass ? Bill Cohan walks us …

In conversation with Liz Nugent, Ireland's First Lady of Crime Fiction, Emerald Noir.

October 21st, 2022


Critically acclaimed author Liz Nugent talks about her body of work in the Emerald Noir subgenre and shares with us a preview of her upcoming book, "Strange Sally Diamond"

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Blonde: The Film. In conversation with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV blog.

October 21st, 2022


Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe in the screen adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates novel, "Blonde". Described by Oates as a fantasy or even fairytale , …

Citizen Diplomat: Talking with Bill Boerum, former Chairman of Sister Cities International.

October 19th, 2022


Created by President Eisenhower in 1956, SCI fosters people to people contacts and programs between Americans and the global community. American soft …

The Nobel Prize for Economics, 2022. Talking with Professor Ludwig Chincarini, Professor of Finance, School of Management, University of San Francisco.

October 12th, 2022


The 2022 Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to Ben Bernanke, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, Douglas Diamond,  University of Chicago and Philip Dybvig, Washington University in St. Louis. All three and …

Oaksterdam University: talking with Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor, President and CEO of Oaksterdam University.

October 10th, 2022


President Biden announced a blanket pardon for Americans federally charged with minor drug possession. Is this a turning point ?

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Atlanticism versus Eurasianism : talking with Alp Sevimlisoy, the foremost Atlanticist in the Turkish Republic.

October 6th, 2022


Our guest is geopolitical strategist and noted Atlanticist, Alp Sevimlisoy of the Atlantic Council. Ukraine is not only a battleground for Russian …

160 Years of Community: The story of St. Teresa of Avila Church, Bodega, California and its' pioneer founders.

October 3rd, 2022


Today's episode is a presentation which will be made on Saturday, October 8, 2022 to commemorate the 160 anniversary of the founding of St. Teresa of Avila Church and to celebrate its' pioneer founders.

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The UK Pound flirts with US Dollar parity. Talking with James Herlihy, Hedge Fund Consultant.

September 29th, 2022


Turmoil in UK financial markets has pummeled the value of Sterling and caused havoc with UK Government bonds, in the wake of a large tax cut announced last week by Kwasi Karteng, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Is …

Frisco, a Novel. Talking with author Daniel Bacon

September 29th, 2022


Frisco is a historical novel set in San Francisco in 1934, amidst the first General Strike in US History.  The General Strike was one of our City's …

Inflation, Retirement Savings and Your Future. Talking with Professor Aswath Damodaran, Stern School of Business, New York University.

September 22nd, 2022


How do you plan for a secure financial future with headline inflation running at 9%, rising interest rates, a looming recession and global turmoil ?  Professor Damodaran shares his insights.

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Has Russia Lost the War ? Talking with Nicholas Grossman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

September 21st, 2022


Last week marked a turning point in Russia's war in Ukraine. Ukrainian troops re-took the city of Kharkiv in the North East, along with 2000 square miles of territory, routing the Russian Army.  That humiliating defeat …

LA Confidential, 25th anniversary. Film Producer and Former Studio Head Michael Nathanson speaks with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

September 17th, 2022


This award winning 1997 film portrays Los Angeles in 1953, where Hollywood celebrity collides with police corruption.  Michael Nathanson produced  LA …

Frontier Justice: Bass Reeves Deputy US Marshal. Talking with author Charlie Ray

September 16th, 2022


Bass Reeves was one of the first African Americans to be named a Deputy US Marshal West of the Mississippi  in the late 1800s.  He arrested more than 3000 fugitives in the Oklahoma Territory and the West. With a …

The UK has a new monarch and prime minister. Talking with Georgina Wright of the Institut Montaigne, Paris.

September 12th, 2022


Last week saw momentous change in the UK as a new Prime Minister was appointed on Tuesday.  Thursday  the Queen suddenly passed, succeeded by her eldest son Charles III. Georgina joins us to put it all in perspective …

Queen Elizabeth : In Memoriam

September 8th, 2022


With the death of Queen Elizabeth II after a 70 year reign, the second Elizabethan Age draws to a close. Her son and heir, King Charles III ascends the throne with Camilla as Consort Queen. Today's episode is a series …

Strive Asset Management launches a new Energy Index Fund. Excellence Capitalism versus Social Agendas. Talking with Justin Danhof, Head of Corporate Governance.

September 6th, 2022


Are America's energy companies being distracted from creating shareholder value by Environmental, Social and Governance mandates (ESG) ? And do the …

Turkey and Ukraine: Walking a tightrope between NATO and Russia. Talking with Rich Outzen, geopolitical consultant and nonresident fellow of the Atlantic Council.

August 31st, 2022


Turkey has adroitly maneuvered between the warring parties of Ukraine and Russia during the current conflict.  But Turkey clearly wants Ukraine to win and has supplied drones and other materiel to its' neighbor. At the …

Kim Jong Un: North Korea's savvy but brutal dictator.

August 28th, 2022


North Korea is a hereditary, dynastic dictatorship, under the control of the Kim family for 77 years. Kim Jong Un is the third member of the family …

China's push into the South Pacific: A New Zealand Perspective. Talking with Senior Lecturer at Victoria University, Iati Iati.

August 26th, 2022


China has been building its' diplomatic, economic and security ties with the island nations of the South Pacific: It recently signed a security pact …

Imagining the next 9/11: Creating fictional narratives to visualize and prevent national security threats. Talking with Peter Singer.

August 24th, 2022


Peter Singer is a strategist and senior fellow with New America, a think tank in Washington. He is also the founder and managing partner of Useful …

Russian Speakers in NATO Countries : A Red Line for Putin ?

August 21st, 2022


Will Putin use the pretext of protecting the Russian speaking minorities in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to attack them as he did in the Donbas …

Bullitt starring Steve McQueen. In conversation with Shaun Chang of The Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

August 19th, 2022


The 1968 film Bullitt starred Steve McQueen at the peak of his acting career and features the iconic car chase up and down the hilly streets of San …

Stuck Improving: Racial Equity and School Leadership. Talking with author Dr. Decoteau Irby

August 16th, 2022


School leadership is key to ensuring that black and brown students in particular get a good education. Decoteau Irby recounts a five year project …

Merrick Garland, Mar A Lago and the FBI. Why did the FBI search former President Trump's home ? Talking with Larry Gerston, noted political analyst.

August 12th, 2022


The unsealed warrant which was used to search his residence and resulted in 10 boxes of documents being taken away by the FBI,  indicates that the …

Making sense of today's economy: Inflation, Rising Interest Rates, Unemployment and Recession. Talking with Alex Domash, Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

August 10th, 2022


In today's episode Alex Domash gives us an overview of the Fed's fight against inflation and the prospects of a recession in the next 12 to 24 months. 

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Think Big : Take small steps and build the future you want. In conversation with Dr. Grace Lordan, Associate Professor, The London School of Economics

August 8th, 2022


Think Big is essential to your career. Dr. Lordan, a noted Behavioral Scientist at the LSE gives us a toolkit based on data to set and achieve our …

The UK's Conservatives choose a new leader and Prime Minister. In conversation with Georgina Wright, Director and Senior Fellow at the Institut Montaigne, Paris.

August 4th, 2022


Georgina Wright works for the Paris based Think Tank, Institut Montaigne. She brings 10 years of Think Tank  experience working on European and British issues in London and Brussels. Today she focuses on the …

The Towering Inferno : Talking with Shaun Chang of The Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

August 4th, 2022


Set in San Francisco in 1974, the world's tallest building - 138 stories tall - is being inaugurated. But amidst the ceremonies, a fire breaks out and panic and pandemonium ensues. Shaun Chang recounts the plot, the …

Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan: Will she or Won't she ?

August 1st, 2022


Will Nancy Pelosi be the highest ranking US elected official to visit Taiwan in her trip to Asia in 25 years? The Beijing authorities are vehemently opposed to such a trip and even President Biden has said that the US …

Upon This Rock - The Sequel. In conversation with author David Eugene Perry.

July 29th, 2022


Critically acclaimed and prize winning thriller, Upon This Rock was David's debut novel in 2020. Set in Orvieto Italy, it is a story of intrigue, terrorism, history, art and the secrets of the Church. The sequel …

The long arm of Chinese censorship and author Geling Yan. In conversation with Larry Walker.

July 26th, 2022


Acclaimed Chinese American novelist and screen play writer Geling Yan has published 28 novels which have been translated into 18 languages. But when she dared to criticize the Chinese Government handling of the Covid 19 …

Downton Abbey, A New Era. The Movie. In conversation with Shaun Chang, of the Hill Place, Movie and TV Blog.

July 22nd, 2022


Shaun Chang returns to the podcast to discuss the most recent Downton Abbey film. As always, Shaun brings his in depth insights, opinions and lively commentary to bear on the second Downton Abbey movie.

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The Midcoast - A Novel. In conversation with author Adam White.

July 19th, 2022


Adam White's debut novel is a national bestseller and is featured as a New York Times Editor's Choice book. A crime drama set in small town Maine, it contrasts the fortunes of two very different families. One has become …

oXYGen Financial: A private CFO for Generation X and Y investors. Talking with CEO and Founder Ted Jenkin

July 14th, 2022


oXYGen Financial takes a different approach to financial planning, focused on strategy, tracking and accountability. And yes, you will likely need a supplemental source of income in addition to pension, social security …

The Politics of appointing San Francisco's new District Attorney, Brooke Jenkins. Talking with Jason McDaniel, Associate Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State University.

July 13th, 2022


Mayor Breed's appointment of Brooke Jenkins after the historic recall of Chesa Boudin, the duly elected DA, is a political minefield. Played out …

The best and the worst US cities for first time home buyers.

July 7th, 2022


America's most affordable city for first time homebuyers is Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania with a median home price of $169,000. But one of its' least affordable cities is San Francisco with a median home price of …

How I built my own company: Talking with Victoria Sanchez DeAlba, CEO of DeAlba Communications.

July 7th, 2022


Victoria shares with us her journey from agricultural worker in the fields of Salinas, California - the Nation's Salad Bowl - through her career as a …

Family Plot: Alfred Hitchcock's last film. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

June 30th, 2022


Set in San Francisco in the mid-1970s, Hitchcock captures the Zeitgeist of the City by the Bay at that time. A light hearted thriller that features an amusing couple as the protagonists - she a clairvoyant, he an …

Tik Tok: Will Apple and Google remove the popular app from their stores ?

June 29th, 2022


US Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr has written to Apple and Google requesting that they remove the Tik Tok app from their stores. He argues that Tik Tok fails to adhere to Apple's and Google's own …

Roe versus Wade overturned. In conversation with Associate Professor of Constitutional Law Luke Boso at University of San Francisco School of Law.

June 25th, 2022


The United States Supreme Court overturned this 49 year landmark precedent which gave a woman the right to an abortion. As a result of this decision, …

Is a Recession inevitable ? Talking with Jeff Krumpelman, Chief Investment Strategist at Mariner Wealth Advisors.

June 24th, 2022


Jeff gives us a broad market overview discussing inflation, interest rates and the stock market. He also shares Mariner's best thinking for investors in these choppy markets. 

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Prisoners of Geography : 10 maps that explain everything about the world. By Tim Marshall. A Review by Jim Herlihy

June 21st, 2022


The physical geography of countries, mountains, rivers, lakes, coastlines etc  largely dictate the political decisions of their leaders.  We tend to …

Power to change lives: How to leverage life's obstacles to reach financial success. Talking with author Helen Chong.

June 17th, 2022


In her memoir, Helen illustrates the power of the Chinese word for Crisis: the two characters for the word are Danger and Opportunity. She seems to have found opportunities where others might have stepped away. 

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Woke Inc. Inside America's Social Justice Scam by Vivek Ramaswamy. Talking with Justin Danhof of Strive Asset Management

June 16th, 2022


Vivek lays out a critique of stakeholder capitalism, saying it robs everyday Americans of our voice, money and identity by mixing morality with …

Patriot Front plot to disrupt Gay Pride March is foiled. Talking with Quinn Welsch, reporter for the Spokane Spokesman Review

June 16th, 2022


The white supremacist group the Patriot Front, planned a riot in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on Saturday, June 11 during the Gay Pride Parade. They were …

Under a Broken Sky: talking with award winning author, Kris Calvin

June 14th, 2022


Kris' latest mystery is set in Sacramento, California. It's an intricate and multi-layered story with several plotlines and well crafted characters …

Managing your money amidst Inflation, Soaring gas prices, Rising interest rates, threat of Recession and Geopolitical Risk: Talking with Art Hogan Chief Market Strategist, National Securities Corp.

June 9th, 2022


Art Hogan shares his investment insights with us. As Art says, It's always darkest before the dawn and the US and Global economy is certainly faced with strong headwinds. But he brings the perspective of a 25 year …

The Chesa Boudin Recall and the Los Angeles Mayor's Race: Talking with Professor David McCuan, Chair of Political Science at Sonoma State University.

June 8th, 2022


The historic recall of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and the first place showing for former Republican Rick Caruso - a billionaire - …

San Francisco Women Artists Gallery : Promoting Women in the Arts. Talking with Pam Borrelli, President of the Board of Directors of SFWA

June 7th, 2022


San Francisco Women Artists Gallery was founded 100 years ago to identify, support and promote the talents of women artists in San Francisco and across the Bay Area. It provides opportunities for emerging and …

The Innocence Commission of San Francisco : Righting a wrongful conviction. In conversation with Commission Head, Professor Lara Bazelon.

June 2nd, 2022


Professor Lara Bazelon recounts the first exoneration case successfully presented by the Commission when Joaquin Cirica was freed after 32 years in …

Top Gun Maverick, starring Tom Cruise. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog

June 2nd, 2022


Top Gun Maverick, Tom Cruise's sequel to the 1986 film Top Gun, opened last weekend to rave reviews and $154 million in revenues. In this episode, …

Art at the Source: Sonoma County opens its' artists studios to the world. Talking with Sally Baker, President of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

June 1st, 2022


124 artists studios in Sonoma County  will be open to the public on June 4th and 5th as well as June 11th and 12th. To view the catalog for Art at the Source go to

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See me naked: Black women defining pleasure in the Interwar years. Talking with author, Professor Tara Green.

May 31st, 2022


Lena Horne, Moms Mabley, Memphis Minnie and Yolande du Bois Williams were four accomplished  Black women whose careers took off before World War II …

Chesa Boudin Recall Campaign: the Closing Arguments. Talking with Brooke Jenkins.

May 26th, 2022


With the historic campaign to recall San Francisco's District Attorney drawing to a close as election day - June 7th - looms before us, the two campaigns are in high gear. Brooke Jenkins with the recall campaign makes …

Ambitious Like a Mother: Why prioritizing your career is good for your kids. Talking with Lara Bazelon.

May 24th, 2022


In her latest book, Lara Bazelon demolishes some popular myths about working Moms : the perfect life/work balance, the selfless mother and toxic …

Putin scores own goal: Sweden and Finland to join NATO. The Law of Unintended Consequences. In conversation with Pierre Morcos, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

May 21st, 2022


Neutral Sweden and non-aligned Finland will join NATO in reaction to Putin's invasion and war against Ukraine. An adamant foe of NATO expansion, Putin has achieved what he long railed against - NATO on Russia's …

Day for Night: a film by Francois Truffaut, Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

May 20th, 2022


Truffaut's 1973 ensemble comedy is a movie about making a movie. Jacqueline Bissett was one of the cast members and principal lead. The movie won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1974 with French filmmaker Truffaut …

Nashville, The Film. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV blog.

May 17th, 2022


Robert Altman's 1975 drama takes place in Nashville, Tennessee and chronicles the intersecting lives of numerous people - the main cast numbers 24 …

Roe v Wade Overturn : In Canada abortion is a medical procedure, not a right. In conversation with Sean Fine, Justice writer for the Globe and Mail, Canada's largest daily newspaper.

May 12th, 2022


Abortion in Canada  was decriminalized in 1988, 15 years after the American Roe v Wade decision. While the Roe decision treated abortion as a woman's right, Canada treats it as a medical procedure to be discussed and …

The Roe v Wade Leaked Opinion: In conversation with Luke Boso, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, University of San Francisco School of Law.

May 9th, 2022


Last week's unprecedented leak of an unpublished Supreme Court decision - the first time in the Court's history - has rocked Washington. And the …

"Freezing Order". Why Vladimir Putin hates author, Bill Browder for his latest New York Times best seller.

May 7th, 2022


Freezing Order is a true story of money laundering, murder and surviving Vladimir Putin's wrath. Bill Browder's latest expose of Russian graft and criminality recounts a Russian tax refund scam, that the Interior …

Elon Musk acquires Twitter. In conversation with Professor Ludwig Chincarini.

April 29th, 2022


Elon Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion on April 25. The deal will close later this year. Musk has stated that he believes in Freedom of Speech and looks forward to ensuring that the social media messaging platform …

Russian Sanctions - 2 months in - Are they working ? Talking with Economics writer Phillip Inman of The Guardian and Observer newspapers.

April 28th, 2022


Two months ago Russia's foreign reserves were frozen and crippling economic sanctions were imposed on the country. The goal was and is to push Russia into a deep  recession,  cause runaway inflation and bring a speedy …

Chesa Boudin Recall Election: Talking with former Assistant District Attorney Brooke Jenkins.

April 21st, 2022


 San Francisco's District Attorney faces an unprecedented recall election in less than seven weeks - June 7 - and the polls augur ill for him. 68% of …

Behind the Enigma: GCHQ, Britain's Secret Cyber Intelligence Agency. Talking with author, Professor John Ferris.

April 19th, 2022


In the ranks of global spycraft, the UK continues to punch above its' weight, competing with the US, Russia, China and Israel. And at the heart of any nation's intelligence operation is a sophisticated information …

The Right: The 100 Year War for American Conservatism. Talking with author Matthew Continetti.

April 15th, 2022


Matt Continetti is a Senior Fellow at The American Enterprise Institute and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Atlantic, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He has also been a contributing editor to …

Women Peace Builders: Women, Peace and Security. Talking with Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, M.B.E.

April 12th, 2022


Women have rarely participated in peace negotiations, though they suffer a disproportionate share of civilian injuries and suffering in modern day conflicts. Enter Sanam Naraghi Anderlini who has worked tirelessly for …

Ulysses: A Reader's Odyssey. In conversation with Ireland's Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall.

April 8th, 2022


James Joyce's great novel of the 20th Century - Ulysses - now has a companion guide with Ambassador Mulhall's new book. In today's episode the …

Don't shoot, I'm the Guitar Man ! Talking with author Buzzy Martin

April 5th, 2022


Buzzy Martin taught guitar to the convicts at San Quentin Prison for three years and shows how music can transform lives, even for hardened criminals. The book and soon to be released motion picture present a compelling …

Unleashed: In conversation with author Skye Blaine.

April 2nd, 2022


Unleashed is a story of loss, healing and growing stronger from dealing with unexpected tragedy. The protagonists all gain comfort and insight from each other and their animals. Skye shares her thoughts on the writing …

Silicon Valley to Silicon Wadi: California's economic ties with Israel. Talking with Israeli Consul General Shlomi Kofman and Bay Area Council Economic Institute Senior Director, Sean Randolph.

March 30th, 2022


Israel has built a broad and deep technology ecosystem in Silicon Valley. And it is a two way street. In addition to the numerous California tech …

Mayhem and Drama at the Academy Awards. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

March 29th, 2022


The 94th Academy Awards was one for the history books to paraphrase Chris Rock, one of the presenters. The best actor award went to Will Smith for …

Origins of Russia's shifting political regime. In conversation with Professor Tomila Lankina of the London School of Economics.

March 28th, 2022


Russia's post Communist democratic reforms in the 1990's gave the country a representative form of government with a relatively free press. But under …

Women in the Cannabis Industry. Talking with Chase Roberts.

March 25th, 2022


Cannabis sales passed $17.5 billion in the United States during 2020 which was a 46% increase over 2019. Sales in California reached $4.4 billion in 2020. With 18 states having legalized recreational marijuana and 5 …

From Silicon Valley to Napa Valley: Talking with entrepreneur Barry Waitte.

March 23rd, 2022


Barry Waitte took his entrepreneurial skills and drive from the center of the tech industry in Silicon Valley and headed 85 miles North across the …

The Ukrainian War Week Four - Russia's strategic mistakes and What role for NATO ? In conversation with retired British General Sir Chris Deverell.

March 21st, 2022


Sir Chris Deverell is a retired British General. He served from 2016 to 2019 as one of the UK Chiefs of Staff in the Joint Forces Command, now called Strategic Command. His 40 years of experience in the British Army …

The Great Firewall of China: How to build and Control an Alternative Version of the Internet. Talking with author James Griffiths.

March 16th, 2022


China believes in internet sovereignty, whereby each country should control its' own internet. And it is looking to influence Internet governance and …

The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. Talking with Co-Director and Lead Programmer, Jean McGlothlin

March 14th, 2022


Sebastopol's 15th annual Documentary Film Festival premiers March 24 through the 27 with 73 films featured. Over 600 films were submitted for …

The Lost Promise: American Universities in the 1960s. In conversation with Dr. Ellen Schrecker

March 11th, 2022


American Universities in the 1960s were caught up tumultuous times. On the one hand, resources flowed liberally to expand the number of campuses and …

Why the Russian Army is bogged down in Ukraine. In conversation with military analyst, Colonel Brendan Kearney, USMC, (Retired)

March 9th, 2022


The Russian Army was led to believe that their invasion of Ukraine would last a matter of days, resulting in their sweeping the capital Kyiv and …

Welcoming back Falcon Crest : With Shaun Chang of the TV and Movie Blog Hill Place.

March 6th, 2022


1980's TV was renowned for its lavish primetime soap operas like Dallas and Dynasty.  But the San Francisco Bay Area was celebrated and showcased through Falcon Crest, set in the mythical Tuscany Valley - read Napa …

Live Update from Lviv, Ukraine. Talking with Oleg Tolmachev, Head of Production, Naftagas, Ukraine's national Natural Gas Corporation.

March 4th, 2022


Speaking to us from his office in Lviv, in Western Ukraine, Oleg gives us a sense of the nation's drive to maintain infrastructure and energy supplies to this Texas size, nation of 44 million, in the middle of Winter. …

Intention: by Dr. Ian Brooks

March 3rd, 2022


Ian Brooks is a business coach and founder of Rhodes Smith LLC. He works to help clients transform their lives and their companies. In his book, he …

Live Interview from Karkhiv, Ukraine. A brave young woman on the frontlines speaks out.

March 3rd, 2022


Karkhiv is the second largest city in Ukraine with a population of 1.5 million in the North East of the country, 440 kilometers from Kyiv, the …

Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics: In Profile. A conversation with Phillip Inman of The Guardian and The Observer.

March 1st, 2022


Phillip Inman, Economics correspondent for the UK's   The Guardian and Economics Editor for The Observer recently profiled Minouche Shafik, Director of the LSE. He shares his impressions with us in today's podcast …

Black History Month. African American Women who served in the WAVES and WAACS in WWII. Talking with Jonathan Speed

March 1st, 2022


African American women who served in the US armed forces in World War II had a double disadvantage to surmount - racism and sexism. Jonathan Speed recounts these tales of accomplishment for Black History Month.

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Black History Month: Love, Activism and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar Nelson. Talking with Professor Tara T. Green

February 23rd, 2022


Alice Dunbar Nelson was a poet, journalist, educator, political activist and feminist, born 1875 in New Orleans. Her mother had been born into …

Assessing the Right wing terror threat one year after 1/6/21: In conversation with Professor Dan Byman.

February 22nd, 2022


As sundry groups like the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and Boogaloo Bois stand accused of organizing and abetting the Capitol siege last year, white …

Does Anyone Still Care About the Oscars ? Talking with Shaun Chang from the Movie and TV Blog Hill Place.

February 18th, 2022


During the Golden Age of Television, the 1950's to the 1980's, Oscar Night was almost as big as the Super Bowl is today. Families would gather in …

Fusion Power Breakthrough: Clean, Limitless Power. What you need to know.

February 16th, 2022


A fusion power experiment last week in Oxfordshire, England at the Joint European Torus (JET) facility marked a breakthrough in the quest for fusion power. See the episode cover art for a picture of the white hot plasma …

My CIA Career - Talking to Douglas London, about his book " The Recruiter, Spying and the Lost Art of American Intelligence."

February 11th, 2022


Doug London is a retired, decorated,  34 year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency's Clandestine Service, With assignments in the Middle East, Africa, South and Central Asia he recruited numerous agents in many …

Gary Hoover: Entrepreneur Extraordinaire. Talking about his book, Bedtime Business Stories.

February 9th, 2022


Serial entrepreneur Gary Hoover is the former Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Texas, McCombs School of Business, Austin, Texas. Founder of …

Chesa Boudin: I demand Justice for my murdered brother, Ed French. Lorrie French speaks out.

February 9th, 2022


Ed French was murdered in a senseless act of violence atop Twin Peaks, San Francisco iconic highpoint with its vistas of the city he loved. Yet …

Chesa Boudin: Recalling San Francisco's District Attorney. Talking with Public Affairs Consultant Sam Singer

February 4th, 2022


Chesa Boudin, San Francisco's 29th District Attorney faces an historic recall election on June 7, 2022. It is a first for San Francisco in the 166 year history of the office and a very rare move in a major American …

Joe Rogan Spotify and Covid 19 Misinformation: What you need to know.

February 3rd, 2022


Joe Rogan's recent statements about Covid 19 which the BBC fact checked and found to be false or at best misleading, prompted two 1960s pop singers Neil Young and Joni Mitchell to ask Spotify to remove their songs from …

The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Era of Great Power Conflict. Talking with Elbridge Colby.

February 1st, 2022


At the heart of Colby's treatise on the rise of China is that the United States is no longer the undisputed, sole super power which has been the case …

Tonga: the Volcano Eruption and Tsunami: Talking with Sia Akauola

January 27th, 2022


A Firsthand/FaceTime account of the eruption on January 15, 2022. Tonga native Sia Akauola, who was in San Francisco,  was on the phone to her sister …

Kamala Harris one year: Where did it go wrong for her ? Talking with BBC North America Correspondent Anthony Zurcher.

January 26th, 2022


Vice President Kamal Harris' first year in office has been very rock. The two issues the White House assigned to her - Immigration and Voting Rights …

DAVOS: What you need to know.

January 24th, 2022


The World Economic Forum (WEF), stages an annual forum for global leaders in Davos, Switzerland every January. This year it has been postponed to May 22 - 26. Peter S. Goodman, Global Economics Correspondent for The New …

The Wife starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Price: Talking with Shaun Chang from the Movie and TV Blog Hill Place.

January 21st, 2022


As noted American novelist Joe Castleman and his wife Joan set out to Stockholm, we learn about their complex and secret filled marriage. Joe has won …

The Vanishing: In conversation with War Reporter and Author Janine di Giovanni

January 19th, 2022


Faith. Loss and the Twilight of Christianity in the Land of the Prophets. The ancient Christian communities of Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Egypt which date from the time of Jesus Christ and the Apostles,  are under threat …

Chesa Boudin: Recalling San Francisco's District Attorney. In conversation with former Assistant DA Brooke Jenkins.

January 18th, 2022


Chesa Boudin, San Francisco's 29th District Attorney is facing an unprecedented recall election on June 7, 2022, the first time in the 166 year history of the office. 83,000 San Franciscan voters signed a petition to …

The Oath Keepers: Talking with journalists Phil Barber, Andrew Graham and Emily Wilder of The Press Democrat

January 17th, 2022


Phil, Andrew and Emily authored a wide ranging profile of Oath Keeper members in the San Francisco North Bay Region on January 9th. Many readers were surprised that the right wing, extremist organization had a …

There is Nothing for you here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century. Talking with Dr. Fiona Hill

January 13th, 2022


Dr. Hill served as Senior Director for Europe and Russia at the National Security Council as a foreign policy advisor to President Trump from 2017 to …

There You Go, Wherever You Are. Emily Fromm Solo Show. 111 Minna Gallery

January 12th, 2022


Emily Fromm, noted visual artist whose cityscapes of San Francisco are growing in popularity has added classic scenes from  New York and London to …

Backlash: How China's aggression has backfired. In conversation with author Helen Raleigh

January 8th, 2022


America and China seem to be moving in very different directions. Why are we seeing so much friction and historic shifts in the relationship ? Helen Raleigh addresses some of the fundamental misunderstandings in US …

Warrior Entrepreneur: from the Battlefield to the Boardroom. Talking with Zachary L. Green, Founder of LumAware Safety Inc.

January 6th, 2022


Zac Green takes us on a journey fighting through the abyss, the crucible and the three pillars of a successful business plan as he transitions from …

California 2021 Wrap-up and 2022 Outlook: Talking with Professor David McCuan, Chair of the Political Science Department, Sonoma State University.

December 30th, 2021


California politics were especially tumultuous in 2021. And 2022 with the mid-term elections likely to swing control of Congress from Democrat to …

Her Secret War: In conversation with author Pam Lecky

December 29th, 2021


Her Secret War is Pam Lecky's fifth novel published in the United States. It's a great historical novel set in WWII. A twisty tale of intrigue and deception, Irish author Pam Lecky weaves many different genres into the …

Single in America: Talking with Harry Bruinius, New York Bureau Chief, The Christian Science Monitor

December 22nd, 2021


40 % of American adults between the ages of 25 and 54 are single according to the Pew Research Center. That represents a 30% increase since 1990. …

Safe Enough Spaces: A pragmatist's approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness. In conversation with Michael S. Roth, President of Wesleyan University.

December 21st, 2021


Safe spaces, trigger warnings, political correctness - we hear these terms so often in the context of the College experience today. Often we wonder …

Chile on the Brink: the Presidential Runoff Election. Talking to John Bartlett, The Guardian foreign correspondent in Santiago, Chile.

December 17th, 2021


Chile faces a hotly contested and polarized runoff election Sunday, December 19, pitting the extreme right and left against each other. The country …

California's Plan to provide Healthcare for All: Talking with Carmen Comisti of the California Nurses' Association

December 17th, 2021


California Assembly Bill 1400 comes up for Committee consideration in January. The Legislation would provide universal health care insurance for 40 …

Being the Ricardos: In conversation with Shaun Chang, Blogger at the TV and Movie Blog Hill Place

December 16th, 2021


Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem star in this Aaron Sorkin written and directed film about the creative genius of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz who …

Radio Meets Podcasting: the Future. Talking with James Cridland, Editor of Podnews

December 9th, 2021


Radio and Podcasting seem to be natural allies. In this episode Radio Futurologist James Cridland discusses the future of these two audio mediums, …

Omicron Covid Variant comes to America

December 7th, 2021


First identified and isolated in South Africa on November 24, 2021, the Omicron Covid variant is highly transmissible and breakthrough infections are …

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

20:13, 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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