Season 8


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…


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 …


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

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 …


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…


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…


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

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…


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

How will Putin test Biden ? A conversation with Professor Andrei Tsygankov, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, San Francisco State University.

May 7, 2021

There is a history of Russian leaders sizing up new American Presidents, starting with Krushchev and JFK, Gorbachev and Reagan and now Putin and Biden. But are they off on the wrong foot ? Biden sees Putin as a killer. Can t…


Ranch to Table Meat Supply: Talking to Adam Parks of Victorian Farmstead Meat Company.

May 6, 2021

Food Safety and Security soared in importance in the wake of Covid 19 meat packing plant infection rates and collapse of the supply chain. Ranch to table meat supply is a shorter, safer, cleaner way to source better quality …

Guest: Adam Parks
Book Reviews

Dangerous Conjectures : the critically acclaimed novel by Brian Finney. The Interview.

May 4, 2021

Dangerous Conjectures tells a tale of the way we were, in the three months leading up to the 2020 Covid lockdowns. Set in Berkeley, California, the novel relates the story of a young professional couple caught up in a "throu…

Guest: Brian Finney

Wine Country Resiliency: A conversation with Bill Boerum, Wine Industry Entrepreneur.

April 29, 2021

Napa and Sonoma Counties are America's premier wine producing regions. 85% of American wine is produced in California with Napa and Sonoma accounting for more than half of that total. Bill recounts the early signs of economi…

Guest: Bill Boerum

The Lost Family: How DNA testing is upending who we are. A conversation with author Libby Copeland.

April 28, 2021

Over 30 million Americans have taken DNA Tests at home, largely for recreational genealogy and family history purposes. This vast array of DNA databases has linked millions of distant cousins and newly discovered relations.…