Episodes

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

Aug. 4, 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 perspective on daily life, Fabian Borrero shares with us his unique perspectives about li…

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

July 28, 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 second largest city after Madrid, Barcelona is a cultural, industrial, artistic…

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

July 27, 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 of SETI, listening for extraterrestrial signals. Seth Shostak predicts by the m…

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 27, 2021

Linking the 1962 death of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe and the 1965 death of ace investigative reporter Dorothy Kilgallen with the assassination of JFK might seem like a stretch at first blush. But that is exactly what investigative author Mark Shaw accomplishes when he connects the dots to all th…

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 regarded as an eminently winnable race for Newsom. https://calmatters.org/gavin-…

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

July 20, 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 defuse the situation. The echo chambers, social prisms that distort users and their comments plus political tribalism is a poisonous trifecta that o…

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

July 15, 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, reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle and her colleague Peter Hartlaub who h…

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

July 13, 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 place in the San Francisco Bay Area in the field of BioTechnology. And most importantly, cultivating entrepreneurship among scientists and researchers i…

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

July 9, 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 the world's most livable cities, it has also become a very desirable place for relocation: house prices are up 20% in 2021. Native New Zealander Michael…

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

July 7, 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 Technology, Undocumented Immigration, the 2010 Gubernatorial race and Drug Car…

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

June 30, 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 critical than ever. Particularly as ever pervasive Artificial Intelligence supplants human beings in the workforce and service industries. AdaPia shows u…

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

June 26, 2021

While California has 68% of its population vaccinated, Governor Newsom can hardly run victory laps around the State Capitol. Multiple health crises loom including underfunded public health, single payer insurance, Medicaid for 3 million undocumented aliens and the Covid 19 death toll of 63,490 Cali…

Unlocking Longevity: In conversation with Professor Anil Bhushan of UCSF

June 25, 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 eliminate senescent cells, the dead and dying cells that once they accumulate c…

Finding My Roots: Talking to Tim Early

June 24, 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 later. Libby Copeland, author of The Lost Family and a guest on TSFE suggested the…

Her Three Lives: In conversation withi author Cate Holohan

June 17, 2021

Gabriel Garcia Marquez the great novelist famously said that every human being has three lives: the public, the private and the secret. Cate Holohan's latest domestic thriller manipulates that complex trifecta of life's intersections. A romance and planned wedding are upended in a violent home inva…

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 14, 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 pandemic, agree a new infrastructure investment plan and discuss the rise of China as a global economic power. But the G7 members represent less than 4…

Elon Musk reads books: What makes him tick ?

June 11, 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 us about the development of Artificial Intelligence. --- Send in a voice messag…

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

June 9, 2021

Baseball cards and sports cards generally are not just a youngster's pastime. Investing in culture assets like baseball cards especially is becoming an alternative asset class. A 1952 Mickey Mantle card, for instance, sold for $2.8 million in 2019. A new sports card fund raised $20 million and is …