Episodes

She's going to shoot the President. Sara Jane Moore. 1975

May 20, 2020

On September 22, 1975 would be assassin Sara Jane Moore waited outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco's Union Square to kill President Gerald Ford. The first shot missed the President's head by 5 inches. Our 38th President literally and figuratively dodged an assassin's bullet on the street…

California's Curbside Comeback

May 18, 2020

California began Phase 2 of the Shelter in Place orders which began eight weeks ago. Many of the state's 58 counties entered the early stages of re-opening the California economy - the 7th largest in the world if California were independent - with a series of steps including opening of commerce. Bu…

Bullitt. Steve McQueen. 1968

May 17, 2020

Bullitt starring iconic 1960s King of Cool Steve McQueen is set in San Francisco. A Chicago mobster is being guarded by Lt. Frank Bullitt (McQueen) and his team pending his appearance as chief witness before a Senate subcommittee. A heart-stopping car chase down San Francisco’s vertiginous hills st…

Will California Covid-19 cases remain low ?

May 15, 2020

California's total Covid-19 infections have been remarkably low as compared to New York State. There are a host of reasons for the fact California ranks 5th in the Covid-19 stakes, with New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts having more cases and fatalities. As California embarks on a li…

Will California keep Covid-19 cases low ?

May 15, 2020

California’s Covid-19 cases and fatalities is a fraction of New York’s. As the Golden State begins to re-open next week, can we keep the Coronavirus in check ? While our weekly death rate remains about 500, that number has been stubbornly resistant to coming down. Why, after 8 weeks of Shelter in P…

Reopening goes global: Baby steps to normalcy.

May 13, 2020

A wrap-up of reopening news in California and Western Europe. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message

The Irish and the Choctaw Nation: a debt of gratitude repaid.

May 13, 2020

In 1847, at the height of the Irish Potato Famine, the Choctaw Nation donated $170 to Irish famine relief. Returning the favor, 173 years later, many Irish are donating to a GoFundMe page for Navajo, Hopi and Choctaw Covid-19 relief. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way t…

Towering Inferno. Steve McQueen. Paul Newman. Faye Dunaway. 1974

May 10, 2020

The dedication ceremony of the worlds tallest high rise at 138 stories in San Francisco, is the setting for this 1974 disaster film. The film unintentionally provides an eerie foreshadowing of the events of 9/11 and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. --- This episode is sponsored by · …

Homeless with Covid 19 in SanFrancisco.

May 8, 2020

San Francisco’s 8000 homeless people are crowding into the Tenderloin District, pitching tents on city streets. The neighbors have sued the City to compel City Hall to clean up the streets. The Mayor has committed to rent 8250 hotel rooms to house the homeless, but so far only 1000 homeless have mo…

Is the Gig Economy Dead ?

May 7, 2020

Silicon Valley is beginning to experience a wave of layoffs - a rarity as tech firms considered themselves immune from such cuts in the past. But the Gig Economy with its ride hailing apps and home stay apps will have the biggest challenges to face post pandemic. --- This episode is sponsored by…

Work.com: a new software tool to re-open America.

May 5, 2020

Work.com, a creation of Salesforce based in San Francisco, will provide managers the tools to keep employees safe from the Coronavirus in the workplace, as America goes back to work. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send i…

To open or not to re-open: that is the question.

May 4, 2020

As the US moves to the next phase of the pandemic with almost half the country re-opening for business, California is slower off the mark. Why ? And why has Ireland been able to craft such a winning Roadmap to Re-Opening with the apparent full backing of its citizens ? --- This episode is sponso…

Mrs. Doubtfire. Robin Williams. 1993

May 2, 2020

Robin Williams was an accomplished comedian and dramatic actor who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in “Good Will Hunting.”. A comedic genius, he died in 2014 at the age of 63. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send i…

Profiles in Covid: California Governor Gavin Newsom and S.F. Mayor London Breed.

April 29, 2020

Governor Newsom and Mayor Breed are products of San Francisco politics. Their early and effective Shelter in Place policies and practices have helped to keep Covid-19 cases and fatalities low. But their opponents criticize them for being too slow to re-open California. --- This episode is sponso…

My Health or My Privacy: Does it have to be a choice ?

April 27, 2020

Apple and Google roll out their Coronavirus tracking APP to public health authorities Tuesday April 28. Will it infringe our right to privacy ? Should we care ? --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: ht…

The Perfect Storm: How Covid - 19 overwhelmed the system.

April 25, 2020

New data shows that the Coronavirus was coursing through America’s cities much earlier than believed. Our system’s response initially was flat footed at best. But we are making progress. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Se…

Milk. Sean Penn. 2008

April 23, 2020

Sean Penn’s Oscar winning portrayal of slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk is a powerful dramatization of the last 10 days of his life in November 1978. Milk continues to inspire both Americans and global citizens like Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland. --- This episode is sponsored by · …

Tony Bennett to honor SF’s frontline Covid-19 workers:. I left my heart in San Francisco.

April 21, 2020

Tony Bennett will lead a mass, civic singalong on Saturday April 25 at 12 noon. All 850,000 inhabitants of San Francisco are invited to join in as a thank you to the Covid-19 frontline workers who have taken care of us and kept us safe during the Pandemic. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anc…