Politics Episodes


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

Nov. 2, 2022

The last days of Campaign 2022 reveal that the Republicans are poised for significant gains, though polls remain close.

Guest: Dan Schnur

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 8, 2022

Political analysis of the June 7th California Primary by Professor David McCuan, Chair of Political Science at Sonoma State University.


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…


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

April 22, 2022

Former Assistant DA Brooke Jenkins and now working on the Recall Boudin campaign. 7 weeks to go in the race with polls showing a 68% margin to recall.


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

April 15, 2022

How the American Conservative movement has come full circle from 1920s populism, through the Goldwater and Reagan eras, to the 2022 populism of Donald Trump.


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

Feb. 4, 2022

San Francisco’s 29 th DA faces an historic recall election because of deteriorating public safety and rampant crime in the City.


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

Jan. 26, 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 - proved to be too challenging for her and her staff. A recent poll shows t…


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

Jan. 18, 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 put the…


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

Jan. 17, 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 membership bas…


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

Dec. 30, 2021

California politics were especially tumultuous in 2021. And 2022 with the mid-term elections likely to swing control of Congress from Democrat to Republican, will no doubt prove equally seismic in political terms for the Gol…


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

Dec. 17, 2021

California Assembly Bill 1400 comes up for Committee consideration in January. The Legislation would provide universal health care insurance for 40 million Californians on a single payer basis. The single payer would be the …

Guest: Carmen Comsti

Minneapolis votes to ditch its' Police Department and Chief.

Oct. 9, 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 Safety would be set up driven by public health considerations. Would police…

Guest: Jim Herlihy

Newsom Recall Post Mortem: Talking with Dan Walters of CalMatters.org

Sept. 17, 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, 64% to 36%. Does his victory mean a renewed mandate to solve the state's b…


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

Sept. 14, 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 landslide victory for Gavin Newsom. But the seasoned political scientist Pr…


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

Sept. 9, 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 previ…

Guest: Angela Hart