Matt Richtel on inspired California

In his new book “,” Matt Richtel gets to the heart of why so much of the future seems to happen in California. In this week’s podcast, he discusses where creativity comes from and why it gives the state a competitive advantage. Like opposable thumbs,…

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John Markoff on Silicon Valley’s own Zelig

Long Time Silicon Valley journalist John Markoff unearths the roots of a tree, whose branches include, among others, Ken Kesey, Steve Jobs, and Elon Musk. Markoff’s new book, “: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand,” examines a Zelig-like character in…

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Vanessa Hua is a triple threat

Vanessa Hua, a Bay Area native and graduate of Stanford and U.C. Riverside, has focused her extensive writing on issues of immigration, identity, diversity, and parenting. Moving seamlessly between short stories, novels, journalism, and her San…

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Libby Schaaf’s love affair with Oakland

Libby Schaaf is about to complete her second and final term as mayor of Oakland. Unlike a lot of other political jobs, as Willie Brown once said, mayors are judged by results. When Schaaf took office in 2014, Barack Obama was still president. Today,…

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Peter Hartlaub and the S.F. Chronicle are one

Peter Hartlaub and the San Francisco Chronicle are inseparable. Peter delivered the Chronicle as a paperboy in the 1980s, went to work there as a journalist in 2000, and 22 years later, continues to put his imprimatur on the paper and the institution….

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Mark Fainaru-Wada wrote the book on Barry Bonds

Mark Fainaru-Wada was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle when he co-authored “,” the definitive book about Barry Bonds, BALCO, and baseball’s steroid scandal. An award-winning ESPN reporter since 2007, Fainaru-Wada talks about the ongoing…

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Dan Walters’ post-pandemic biopsy of California

Dan Walters, the dean of state capital journalists, joined us in the first week of the pandemic lockdown, back in March of 2020. After twenty months, he joins us once again to offer a post-pandemic view of California’s future. He opines on politicians…

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