Season 14


The Innocence Commission of San Francisco : Righting a wrongful conviction. In conversation with Commission Head, Professor Lara Bazelon.

June 3, 2022

San Francisco’s unique Innocence Commission. Exonerating Joaquin Cirica who served 32 years in prison, wrongfully convicted.

Guest: Lara Bazelon
Film Reviews

Top Gun Maverick, starring Tom Cruise. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog

June 2, 2022

Sequel to the 1986 Top Gun film also starring Tom Cruise. Ensemble cast of well rounded characters. Suspenseful.

Guest: Shaun Chang
The Arts

Art at the Source: Sonoma County opens its' artists studios to the world. Talking with Sally Baker, President of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

June 1, 2022

June 4 & 5 and June 11 & 12 124 artists in Sonoma County open their studios to the public.

Guest: Sally Baker
Book Reviews

See me naked: Black women defining pleasure in the Interwar years. Talking with author, Professor Tara Green.

May 31, 2022

Four iconic black black women - Lena Horne, Moms Mabley, Memphis Minnie, Yolande DuBois Williams - are profiled and how they found pleasure in their public and private lives.


Chesa Boudin Recall Campaign: the Closing Arguments. Talking with Brooke Jenkins.

May 26, 2022

With the historic campaign to recall San Francisco's District Attorney drawing to a close as election day - June 7th - looms before us, the two campaigns are in high gear. Brooke Jenkins with the recall campaign makes the cl…

Book Reviews

Ambitious Like a Mother: Why prioritizing your career is good for your kids. Talking with Lara Bazelon.

May 25, 2022

Lara Bazelon demolishes some of the popular myths around working Moms: the work/life balance, the selfless mother, and toxic female ambition. Both a memoir and a series of interviews with career women, Lara backs her argume…

Guest: Lara Bazelon
Film Reviews

Day for Night: a film by Francois Truffaut, Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV Blog.

May 20, 2022

François Truffaut’s comedy classic movie about making a movie. It won the 1974 Oscar for best foreign film. He was one of the great filmmakers of the second half of the 20th Century.

Guest: Shaun Chang
Film Reviews

Nashville, The Film. Talking with Shaun Chang of the Hill Place Movie and TV blog.

May 17, 2022

Robert Altman’s 1975 drama about the intersecting lives of people in Nashville, Tennessee. Country music, the entertainment industry and politics are some of the major themes.

Guest: Shaun Chang

Roe v Wade Overturn : In Canada abortion is a medical procedure, not a right. In conversation with Sean Fine, Justice writer for the Globe and Mail, Canada's largest daily newspaper.

May 13, 2022

Abortion in Canada was decriminalized in 1988, 15 years after the American Roe v Wade decision. While the Roe decision treated abortion as a woman's right, Canada treats it as a medical procedure to be discussed and agreed …

Guest: Sean Fine
News Analysis

The Roe v Wade Leaked Opinion: In conversation with Luke Boso, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, University of San Francisco School of Law.

May 10, 2022

It looks as though the US Supreme Court is about to strike down Roe v Wade that gave women the right to have an abortion. Assuming the decision is confirmed, it will fundamentally change American society and 49 years of pre…

Book Reviews

"Freezing Order". Why Vladimir Putin hates author, Bill Browder for his latest New York Times best seller.

May 7, 2022

A tale of sunshine being the best disinfectant for Russian money laundering and corruption.


Elon Musk acquires Twitter. In conversation with Professor Ludwig Chincarini.

April 29, 2022

Elon Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion on April 25. The deal will close later this year. Musk has stated that he believes in Freedom of Speech and looks forward to ensuring that the social media messaging platform contin…

International Relations

Russian Sanctions - 2 months in - Are they working ? Talking with Economics writer Phillip Inman of The Guardian and Observer newspapers.

April 28, 2022

Are Russian sanctions starting to bite ? Or will China, India and Israel provide a back door to bust the sanctions, as Russia has done for Cuba and Iran for instance ?

Guest: Phillip Inman

Chesa Boudin Recall Election: Talking with former Assistant District Attorney Brooke Jenkins.

April 22, 2022

Former Assistant DA Brooke Jenkins and now working on the Recall Boudin campaign. 7 weeks to go in the race with polls showing a 68% margin to recall.

Book Reviews

Behind the Enigma: GCHQ, Britain's Secret Cyber Intelligence Agency. Talking with author, Professor John Ferris.

April 20, 2022

The History of GCHQ, the most secretive intelligence agency in the world.


The Right: The 100 Year War for American Conservatism. Talking with author Matthew Continetti.

April 15, 2022

How the American Conservative movement has come full circle from 1920s populism, through the Goldwater and Reagan eras, to the 2022 populism of Donald Trump.

International Relations

Women Peace Builders: Women, Peace and Security. Talking with Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, M.B.E.

April 12, 2022

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 assures women a role in peace negotiations. Adopted unanimously by the 15 members of the SC on October 31, 2001, it is reviewed annually at the UN to track progress.