DAVOS: What you need to know.

Jan. 24, 2022

World Economic Forum annual meeting May 22-26, in Davos, Switzerland.

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Film Reviews

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

Jan. 21, 2022

A literary collaboration of husband and wife comes under scrutiny when the husband wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Guest: Shaun Chang
Book Reviews

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

Jan. 19, 2022

Ancient Christian communities of Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Egypt are threatened by terrorism, persecution, war and emigration. Some say they will be extinct in 50 years. War correspondent Janine di Giovanni alerts us to the thre…


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…

International Relations

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

Jan. 13, 2022

Dr. Hill served as President Trump’s Foreign Policy advisor for Russia.

The Arts

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

Jan. 12, 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 her urban art portfolio. She is best known for the massive mosaic, entitled F…

Guest: Emily Fromm
International Relations

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

Jan. 8, 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 China str…


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

Jan. 6, 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 the US Marine Corps, into the fire service and eventually as the founder of …


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…

Book Reviews

Her Secret War: In conversation with author Pam Lecky

Dec. 29, 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 story…

Independent Commentary

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

Dec. 22, 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. What implications does this new trend portend for American society ? --- Send …

Book Reviews

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

Dec. 21, 2021

Safe spaces, trigger warnings, political correctness - we hear these terms so often in the context of the College experience today. Often we wonder what has happened to the classic college experience. But President Roth give…


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

Dec. 17, 2021

Chile faces a hotly contested and polarized runoff election Sunday, December 19, pitting the extreme right and left against each other. The country has not faced such a stark choice since the 1970 election of Marxist Salvado…


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
Film Reviews

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

Dec. 16, 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 created the I love Lucy sitcom. Three crises dominate one week in 1952, Lucy's …

Guest: Shaun Chang
Independent Commentary

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

Dec. 9, 2021

Radio and Podcasting seem to be natural allies. In this episode Radio Futurologist James Cridland discusses the future of these two audio mediums, the Power of Voice and the Power of Listening. --- Send in a voice message: h…

Covid Pandemic

Omicron Covid Variant comes to America

Dec. 7, 2021

First identified and isolated in South Africa on November 24, 2021, the Omicron Covid variant is highly transmissible and breakthrough infections are more common. The first case in America was identified in San Francisco, De…

Independent Commentary

The Curse of Student Loans

Dec. 2, 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 programs,…


Solar Earth Technologies - Solar Power 2.0. Talking with CFO Anders Kruus.

Nov. 30, 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 photovoltaics embedded in existing infrastructure: sidewalks, driveways, trails,…


Ringside with A.J.Kirsch: Life as a combat sports announcer and broadcaster.

Nov. 24, 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 matches. …

Guest: A.J. Kirsch
Film Reviews

No Time to Die: The 25th James Bond Film. In conversation with Shaun Chang of the Movie and TV Blog Hill Place.

Nov. 24, 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. --- Send in a voice …

Guest: Shaun Chang
Book Reviews

Collateral Damage is Optioned as a Documentary: an update conversation with author Mark Shaw

Nov. 19, 2021

Mark Wahlberg's "Unreasonable Ideas" production company has optioned Collateral Damage for a Documentary. Mark Shaw's book connects the dots between the 1962 death of Marilyn Monroe, the 1963 assassination of JFK and the 196…

Guest: Mark Shaw
News Analysis

Storytelling to build a better San Francisco: In conversation with Carly Schwartz, Editor in Chief, The San Francisco Examiner

Nov. 18, 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, Forum an…