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Host Ethan Elkind sits down with Bay Area's Senator Scott Weiner to discuss legislation to address California's housing crisis.

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Host Joseph Pace and guests explore the history of discrimination against Japanese Americans and immigrants in the first half of the 20th century. What parallels can be drawn between their experiences and today’s debate over immigration and national security?

San Francisco: The decade in architecture

Jan 6, 2020

San Francisco's urban landscape has evolved significantly over the last decade.  City Visions host Joseph Pace and our panel review some of the decade's most notable - and controversial - development projects.


Last week, researchers at UCSF published a study showing that a ban on sugary drinks at work has significant positive health effects, from a smaller waist size to improved insulin resistance to lower cholesterol.

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What will it take to make San Francisco streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists? In 2014, the City adopted Vision Zero, an ambitious plan to end all traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2024. 

City Visions: Where is San Francisco's money going?

Sep 30, 2019

  Did you know that San Francisco’s budget is bigger than the state of Arizona’s?  And on par with Afghanistan’s?  

In 2008 California voters approved nearly $10 billion in bonds to begin construction of a high speed rail linking the northern and southern portions of the state. The project envisioned a bullet train able to whisk passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours, while slashing pollution from air travel, relieving congested freeways and containing sprawl. Since then, the project’s been beset by litigation, delays and massive cost overruns.

  Host Grace Won sits down with Lara Bazelon, Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco Law School and head of the school’s Criminal Juvenile and Racial Justice Clinics

City Visions: The rising cost of childcare

Jul 29, 2019

  July 29, 2019: No where in the country is childcare more expensive than in San Francisco. This comes as no surprise to parents who can spend nearly $2,000 a month per child for full-time care, if of course there is a spot for the child, which oftentimes there is not. How are families coping with the rising cost of childcare in a region that is already so expensive? What resources are available for families in need?


We continue our examination of criminal justice in the Bay Area, this time with a discussion of the federal crime bill, The First Step Act, which was signed by President Trump in December. 

City Visions: A New Age of Space Exploration

Jun 15, 2019

It's a New Age of Space Exploration. NASA is preparing for another manned trip to the moon. New technologies will be tested there in order to plan a much longer trip to Mars. Scientists are figuring out how to grow food, fuel, and pharmaceuticals in space.

City Visions: What is life like after incarceration?

Jun 10, 2019
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Another in our series on criminal justice in the Bay Area, this show focuses on life after incarceration, or what’s known as “reentry.”

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 The next time you eat a piece of avocado toast, thank a hippie. It was the hippie movement that gave rise to so much of what we eat and take for granted today: tofu, yogurt, organic produce, farm to table, whole grain breads and so much more.

Andria Lo



Host Ethan Elkind sits down with the author and San Francisco Chronicle columnist.

City Visions: College success without the scandal

Apr 15, 2019
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The recent college admissions scandal highlighted the extreme, and in some cases, illegal efforts that wealthy parents will take to get their children into college. But what is the college admissions landscape like for students who don't have tutors or private admissions counselors? How do you afford college when tuition costs as much as $68,000 per year? Is college no longer attainable?

City Visions: Indie Films and Hollywood Stars

Apr 2, 2019

The 62nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival opens this week. With 163 films from 52 countries, the Bay Area will be bursting with cinematic and live performances reflecting the social and cultural issues of our time. Host Ethan Elkind talks to festival producers and filmmakers about how they tackle critical topics like immigration, wealth inequality and redemption. Find out which celebrated musicians and Hollywood stars are in town for the festivities.

City Visions: Why has juvenile crime declined?

Apr 1, 2019


Tonight we continue our series on Criminal Justice in the Bay Area, this time with a focus on the juvenile justice system.

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One year after legalization, has California's cannabis business been booming as people hoped or is it a bust? What are the challenges of doing business in an industry that had a thriving black market, but is now highly regulated? 

Host Joseph Pace and guests explore the ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) will impact US healthcare.  

City Visions: How to Protect Your Digital Privacy

Mar 8, 2019

Do you shop online? Use social media, dating apps or free email? Then personal information – like your address, your clothing size, even your politics and dating preferences - isn’t private.


Joseph Pace sits down with the co-founders of Oakland-based Re:Store Justice, Alex Mallick and Adnan Khan, who was recently released from San Quentin after 16 years.


In a city where the cost of living is rising, the San Francisco Public Library remains a free and open public space.

City Visions: What can be done about PG&E?

Feb 4, 2019
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Host Ethan Elkind does a deep dive into PG&E.  

City Visions: Twitter activism

Jan 14, 2019

Host Ethan Elkind speaks with the founders of Grab Your Wallet and Sleeping Giants to learn how two Bay Area residents took to Twitter to metabolize the confusion and anger they felt around the 2016 election and in the process created two different and very successful grassroots campaigns -- one a boycott of companies doing business with Trump and his affiliates and the other aimed at advertisers on Breitbart, an alt-right website.  

City Visions: After the midterms, what next?

Dec 3, 2018

Now that the historic midterms are over, it is time to ask, “What’s next?”

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While the 2018 Midterm Elections are widely seen as a referendum on President Trump, Bay Area voters have plenty to focus on right here at home. 


Is the gas and vehicle tax increase approved last year too much for Californians with tight budgets?  Or is it a much-needed source of funding for the state’s transportation infrastructure?

City Visions: Why teens don't get enough sleep

Aug 27, 2018

Research from local clinics and medical studies show that 87% of teenagers get less than the recommended amount of sleep on the average night. What role do the internet and social media play in this wide-scale sleep deprivation? What are the effects that play out in the daily life of our youth? And how is this problem being addressed by parents, teachers, and schools?

City Visions: What's it take to run a restaurant?

Aug 13, 2018

San Francisco is home to more restaurants per person than any other major U.S. city. The city boasts 55 Michelin-starred restaurants, and its chefs are often celebrities. What does it take to run a restaurant? Join us for a behind the scenes look at the joys and challenges of being a chef and restauranteur.

Have residents of the Bayview been lied to about the remaining toxity of the Hunters Point Shipyard?