Politics Episodes


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

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

Aug. 26, 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 are moving into high gear. Lauren Rosenhall gives us her perspective on th…


Newsom's Recall: Opinion Polls and Issues.

Aug. 21, 2021

Newsom has a razor thin lead of 1.2% in the Recall race based on an average of polls according to 538.org. At the same time, the Covid Delta surge is reminding voters - Hispanics in particular - how devastating the 2020 lock…


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

July 21, 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 variant Covid resurgence could prove to be a wild card in what was once regar…


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

May 20, 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 leave Ore…

Guest: Mike McCarter

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

April 22, 2021

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) the second largest school system in the United States and the largest in California, published a report last week outlining the dire impact of the Covid lockdowns on our state's 6 …


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

March 22, 2021

It looks like the Recall organizers who want to oust California Governor Gavin Newsom have successfully gathered more than enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Political Scientist Professor at Sonoma State Univ…


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

March 6, 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 closed to its' 59,000 students. The City is actually suing the School Boar…

Guest: Joel Engardio