Season 9

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 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
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

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

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