Episodes

Book Reviews

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 inve…

Guest: Mark Shaw
Politics

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 regar…

Book Reviews

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 …

Guest: Chris Bail
Lifestyle

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, repo…

Independent Commentary

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 i…

Guest: Regis Kelly
My Hometown

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 fo…

Book Reviews

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 Tech…

Guest: Brian Finney
Book Reviews

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 sup…

Independent Commentary

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 f…

Guest: Angela Hart
Lifestyle

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 elim…

Lifestyle

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. L…

Guest: Tim Early
Book Reviews

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 inte…

Guest: Cate Holohan
Independent Commentary

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 …

Personalities

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 abo…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
Lifestyle

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 …

Guest: Ryan Fagan
Book Reviews

A Good Mother: an interview with author Lara Bazelon.

June 5, 2021

A Good Mother is Lara Bazelon's debut legal thriller novel. A Law Professor at University of San Francisco, School of Law, Lara was formerly a Public Defender in Los Angeles and brings a practitioner's experience to this cou…

Guest: Lara Bazelon
Independent Commentary

Pandemic Baby Bust continues the downward trend of US population decline. In conversation with Professor Phillip Levine of Wellesley College

June 1, 2021

US births in 2020 were actually down by 400,000 by year end 2020 due to the pandemic lockdowns. Professor Levine and his team have identified a correlation between unemployment and the US birth rate: for each 1% increase in …

My Hometown

Los Angeles: A big, hot mess. Talking with Dan Walters, veteran California journalist.

May 28, 2021

Los Angeles, the nation's second largest city has an unemployment rate of 11.7% versus 5.4% for San Francisco. Poverty and homelessness are on the rise yet politicians utter the same old bromides. Dan Walters with almost 60 …

International

The Israel Hamas Conflict. A conversation with Professor Ron Hassner, UC Berkeley.

May 27, 2021

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has entered an uneasy stand off with an Egyptian brokered cease fire. The US, EU and other countries have pledged billions in aid to re-build, but will the underlying tensions change ? P…

Business

Reviving California's Gold Mines : An Interview with Ben Mossman, CEO of Rise Gold Corp.

May 22, 2021

Rise Gold Corp is in the process of re-opening a historic underground gold mine, the Idaho-Maryland mine, first opened in 1863. At its' peak production in the early 1940s it employed 1000 people and was the second biggest go…

Politics

5 Oregon counties vote to join Idaho. An interview with Mike McCarter, President of Move Oregon's Borders.

May 20, 2021

5 rural Oregon counties voted by wide margins on Tuesday to begin the process to join Idaho. That brings the tally to 7 for the leavers, with more than 10 more counties slated to vote on the issue. Is the driver to leave Ore…

Guest: Mike McCarter
Social Media

BBC Trending: Social Media watchdog. An interview with editor Mike Wendling

May 18, 2021

Media literacy is so important today since millions of Americans get their news from Social Media which unlike legacy press and TV is neither edited nor curated. Separating fact from fiction, conspiracy theory, falsehood and…

Guest: Mike Wendling
Lifestyle

Canada's mysterious brain disease: In conversation with Professor Dr. Neil Cashman.

May 14, 2021

An undiagnosed neurodegenerative brain disease has occurred in a cluster in New Brunswick on Canada's East Coast. 48 people in the City of Moncton and the Acadian Peninsula have been affected. The cause is unknown and no cur…

Lifestyle

California's vaccination rates and getting back to work: in conversation with Susie Neilson, Data Reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle.

May 13, 2021

San Francisco has reached the 50% mark in terms of full Covid vaccinations, with 71% of the remaining unvaccinated population saying they plan to get the shots. And more good news on the jobs front - the City by the Bay is d…

Guest: Susie Neilson