The San Francisco Experience

The San Francisco Experience

We are a "deep dive", data driven 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, featuring newsmakers, thought leaders and authors as guests.

Your host

Jim Herlihy is a published author: his novel “Deceit and Dirty Money” is available on line. He served as President of the SF Public Library Commission 1992 - 1996. While working in Latin America, he was a stringer for The Economist, The Times and the BBC. Jim serves as a director on two SF sister city boards : Bangalore, India and Cork, Ireland.

Recent Episodes


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

May 26, 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 the cl…

Book Reviews

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

May 25, 2022

Lara Bazelon demolishes some of the popular myths around working Moms: the work/life balance, the selfless mother, and toxic female ambition. Both a memoir and a series of interviews with career women, Lara backs her argume…

Guest: Lara Bazelon
Film Reviews

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

May 20, 2022

François Truffaut’s comedy classic movie about making a movie. It won the 1974 Oscar for best foreign film. He was one of the great filmmakers of the second half of the 20th Century.

Guest: Shaun Chang
Film Reviews

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

May 17, 2022

Robert Altman’s 1975 drama about the intersecting lives of people in Nashville, Tennessee. Country music, the entertainment industry and politics are some of the major themes.

Guest: Shaun Chang

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 13, 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 agreed …

Guest: Sean Fine

Recent Blog Posts

Sanam Naraghi UN Security Council Women Conflict

Our podcast interview guest next Tuesday, April 12, 2022 will be Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini ,MBE. Sanam is the Founder and Director of the  Internatio…

Ukraine Russia NATO

No fly zone NATO

The Great Firewall of China Internet Censorship

A controlled internet through censorship. Internet Sovereignty.