Independent Commentary

U.S. white male life expectancy drops 2.2 years in 2020 and 2021.; 3 plus years for blacks and latinos. Why ?

Oct. 1, 2021

Covid 19 fueled a 2.2 year decrease in US white male life expectancy and over 3 years for black and latino men. That was the largest drop in 75 years. While other Western European countries saw a drop also, the US decline wa…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Book Reviews

Mexican American Moxie: Talking with author, Professor Frank P. Barajas

Oct. 1, 2021

The rise of the Mexican American community in California is notable in many fields. But back in the middle of the 20th Century until the 1970s, The future was littered with struggle, poverty and lack of opportunity. Frank Ba…

Independent Commentary

Men Give Up on College: We Don't Need No Education.

Sept. 24, 2021

Male College enrolment in 2020 was 40.5% male and 59.5% female. Since the mid-1980s women have earned more bachelors degrees than men. The good news is that women have excelled in higher education. But men have become disill…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Book Reviews

Migrations: In conversation with author J.L. Torres

Sept. 22, 2021

Award winning author J.L. Torres, discusses his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, Migrations. The Puerto Rican journey back and forth between the island and New York is the locus of the strong women and men …


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…

My Hometown

My Hometown: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Talking with Marcel van Walt van Praag

Sept. 16, 2021

Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands, with a population of 870,000 is a cosmopolitan city known for its artistic heritage, commerce, 165 canals, and the legacy of its' 17th and 18th Century Golden Age. City resident Mar…

Book Reviews

Christians Against Christianity: How Right Wing Evangelicals are destroying our Nation and our Faith. In conversation with Dr. Obery Hendricks.

Sept. 15, 2021

The Evangelical Right has played a prominent role ensuring its agenda is part of the national debate especially during the presidential elections of 2016 and 2020. But is that agenda soundly based in scripture as they would …


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…

Book Reviews

Escape to the Stars: Talking with author Mark T. Sneed

Sept. 10, 2021

Escape to the Stars is a work of science fiction, but with an African American protagonist and hero. All too often the science fiction genre and space travel/adventure stories leave out people of color, and author Mark Sneed…

Guest: Mark T. Sneed

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

The California Recall Update: Talking with Alexei Koseff, State Capitol Reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle

Sept. 2, 2021

With less than two weeks left before the historic Recall Election of Governor Gavin Newsom, the tide of opinion polls seems to be turning in his favor. But are there potential minefield issues like raging wildfires and incre…


Tonga: Memoir of a Peace Corps Volunteer. In conversation with Tina Martin.

Sept. 2, 2021

Tina Martin joined the Peace Corps in 1969 and served for two years in Tonga, a Polynesian Kingdom in the South Pacific. At times funny and other times moving, she learned the language and lived like a Tongan in a hut teachi…

Guest: Tina Martin
My Hometown

And the world's most liveable city is...........

Aug. 30, 2021

The Economist Intelligence Unit has recently published The Global Liveability Index which ranks the top cities in the world by five criteria, Stability, Healthcare, Culture and Environment, Education and Infrastructure. It …

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Book Reviews

Station: In conversation with author Jarrett Brandon Early.

Aug. 27, 2021

In his debut novel - which is an ambitious trilogy - Jarrett has written a work about life's second chances. But a second chance is not always guaranteed to be better than your first chance: it all depends what you make of …


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…

My Hometown

My Hometown: Cork, Ireland, Talking to Conor Healy, CEO of the Cork Chamber of Commerce.

Aug. 25, 2021

Cork is Ireland's second city, located in the South West quadrant of the country and close to the Atlantic Ocean. Its a vibrant city with a strong identity, thriving economy, two world class universities and an innovative ar…

Guest: Conor Healy
My Hometown

My Hometown: Santander, Spain. Talking to Alfredo Casuso

Aug. 23, 2021

Santander, located on Spain's North Coast, is a center of finance, industry, culture, tourism and agriculture. Santander native Alfredo Casuso takes us on a tour of this beautiful seaside city. --- Send in a voice message: …


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…

My Hometown

My Hometown: Orvieto, Italy, Talking to David Perry

Aug. 17, 2021

Located 78 miles North of Rome, Orvieto is9 in the Umbria Region. Rich in history and culture, David Perry was inspired to situate his critically acclaimed novel and thriller, Upon this Rock, in this beautiful hilltop city…

Guest: David Perry
Book Reviews

The Retreat: Talking to author Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Aug. 12, 2021

A closed circle mystery set in the Canadian Rockies as an early Winter sets in, Maeve Martin has come to this mountain top artists' retreat center to focus on the next chapter of her career. At 34 being a lead dancer is fadi…

News Analysis

Did Critical Race Theory trigger school expulsion ? In conversation with Sam Stanton, Reporter at the Sacramento Bee.

Aug. 4, 2021

Critical Race Theory (CRT) and teaching it in public schools has been banned in 30 states. California may have just entered the fray with the filing of a federal discrimination lawsuit by the parents of a Latino former stude…

Guest: Sam Stanton
My Hometown

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…

My Hometown

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 seco…

Independent Commentary

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 S…

Guest: Seth Shostak