Episodes

Poorly Understood: What America gets wrong about poverty. Speaking with co-author Professor Mark Rank about his book.

April 20, 2021

Poverty in the United States is more widespread than in the other developed OECD countries due to our skimpy social safety net. For instance, 60% of Americans will experience poverty sometime in their life between 18 and 75 years of age. 60 % ! On the other hand we reduced senior poverty from 35%…

Leaving California: Allison Pullins and Neal Richardson discuss their decision to relocate to North Carolina.

April 16, 2021

A young family weighs a difficult decision to leave San Francisco and move to North Carolina. Mixed emotions confront Allison and Neal as they decide to leave their adopted home in San Francisco for North Carolina. A wistful conversation covering complex choices many Californians are facing . --- …

Bitcoin and Coinbase: What you should know before investing. In conversation with Anders Kruus, Financial Advisor.

April 14, 2021

Coinbase went public today, making it easier for individual investors to transact in Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether and Litecoin. Will Coinbase make Crypto more accessible like Apple and Microsoft made clunky home computers easy to use in the 1980s ? And why do you need a cryptocur…

George Floyd Trial and Police Reform: A discussion with Martin Kuz, West Coast Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

April 9, 2021

Minneapolis and the nation as a whole are holding their collective breath as the George Floyd murder trial unfolds. Just as the repercussions of his killing by police officer Derek Chauvin last year are still working their way through American society, could the verdict in the trial portend more c…

Frida Kahlo: Appearances can be deceiving. A conversation with Hillary Olcott, Coordinating Curator, Frida Kahlo Exhibit, DeYoung Museum.

April 7, 2021

The Frida Kahlo Exhibit is a collection of the artist's most personal artifacts including clothing, photographs, prosthetics, paintings, and jewelry which was stored at her home in Mexico City from the time of her death, 1954, until 2004. The Exhibit also draws on her time in San Francisco and how …

Christo's Running Fence - 45 years later. An interview with Eric Stanley, Historian, Sonoma County Museum.

April 1, 2021

Running Fence was a 24.5 mile massive art installation on the hills of Sonoma and Marin Counties, ending with a dive into the Pacific Ocean. Rated by the Smithsonian Institution as one of the most important artworks of the second half of the 20th Century, Christo and his wife Jeanne Claude donated …

A tale of two Covids: Canada and the United States' different paths. In conversation with Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

March 31, 2021

Canada's Pandemic management in 2020 was exemplary by any measure, lower infection rates and lower mortality rate belied the nation's sense of collective responsibility for all Canadians health. The US has much to learn from our Northern Neighbor. Though the story on Covid vaccine rollout has been…

Asian American Violence and Hate: An interview with US Civil Rights Commissioner Michael Yaki

March 26, 2021

Since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic one year ago, Asian Americans have faced racist violence at a much higher rate than in previous years. In New York City for instance, hate crimes against Asian Americans have jumped 1900% in 2020. And President Biden has signed an executive order as one of h…

Hate Studies Institute, Gonzaga University. In conversation with Kristine Hoover, Director

March 25, 2021

Spokane, Washington is the site of the Gonzaga University campus and the Institute of Hate Studies. Located not far from the Idaho panhandle where White Supremacist groups and ideology have flourished, the Institute is on the front lines in the battle against Hate. Kristine Hoover the Director outl…

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 University David McCuan explains the process which will be the national politic…

Harvey Milk Terminal Murals at SFO: Meet the Artist Emily Fromm

March 18, 2021

The Harvey Milk Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport is our newest and repurposed facility. Local artist Emily Fromm was selected by the SF Arts Commission to create four large mosaic murals in the departure hall depicting the colorful and diverse neighborhoods of the City. She discuss…

CRISPR People. The Science and Ethics of editing the Human Genome

March 17, 2021

Two women Emanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for developing the gene editing technique known s CRISPR-CAS9. But in 2018 the first humans were born with edited genes in China, twin girls Nana and Lulu. Their unique human status in the history of mankind…

David beats Goliath: How a gym owner took on Governor Cuomo and won. An interview with Charlie Cassara.

March 10, 2021

When Governor Cuomo of New York issued his lockdown orders March 20, 2020, he failed to designate fitness centers as essential services. Notwithstanding the health benefits of exercise and the fact that 73% of the 525,000 Covid deaths in America were among the obese and overweight who would have be…

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 Board to compel them to re-open the schools in compliance with State Law. And t…

From Side Hustle to Startup: Ed Rocha gives us a road map to build a business.

March 4, 2021

Serial Entrepreneur and business coach Ed Rocha sets out a clear step by step strategy to take your gig, side hustle or past time from a concept to a profitable business. He practices what he preaches, having successfully launched three companies from concept to revenue generators. A silver lining …

Brexit: The Establishment Civil War. A Conversation with author Josh Hamilton.

March 2, 2021

The 2016 vote by 52% of the UK electorate to leave the European Union came at the end of a contentious campaign where Social Media dominated. Targeted micro marketing crafted by firms like Cambridge Analytica foreshadowed even greater success for such Social Media strategies in the 2016 Trump victo…

Working from home: You knew it was too good to last.

Feb. 27, 2021

While most of corporate America has been telecommuting to work from their homes for the last 11 months, that's about to change if Goldman Sachs' CEO David Solomon has his way. He views working from home as an aberration "that we're going to correct as soon as possible." He is a high profile executi…

Is the Iran Nuclear Deal back on ? A conversation with Bill Boerum

Feb. 25, 2021

The Biden Administration is seeking to revive negotiations with Iran on the 2015 Obama Administration deal. The Trump Administration abrogated the agreement in 2018. And since then Iran's foes in the Persian Gulf - Dubai, Bahrain and Qatar - have established diplomatic relations with Israel. Israel…