The San Francisco Experience

The San Francisco Experience

We are a "deep dive" news podcast, for Americans who get their news from the Internet. Our mission is to give the listener succinct, fact based analysis both non-ideological and independent from a California, Silicon Valley perspective. Your host Jim Herlihy is a published author: his novel “Deceit and Dirty Money” is available on line. He served as President of the SF Public Library Commission 1992 - 1996. While working in Latin America, he was a stringer for The Economist, The Times and the BBC. Jim serves as a director on two SF sister city boards : Bangalore, India and Cork, Ireland.

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July 28, 2021 27 min

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 second largest city after Madrid, Barcelona is a cultural, industrial, artistic and tourist mecca. Fariba and Miguel relocated to Barcelona four years ago and share their impressions of their hometown. 

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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 SETI, listening for extraterrestrial signals. Seth Shostak predicts by the mid 2030s first contact with Earth will have been made, most likely through advanced, alien Artificial Intelligence (AI).   --- Se...
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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 investigative author Mark Shaw accomplishes when he connects the dots to all three cases. And the lynchpin is Bobby Kennedy. 

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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 regarded as an eminently winnable race for Newsom.

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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 and their comments plus political tribalism ?is a poisonous trifecta that only social media users can change.?

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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, reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle and her colleague Peter Hartlaub who have come up with a walker, cyclist, public transit friendly alternative featuring 37 City landmarks.?

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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 importantly, cultivating entrepreneurship among scientists and researchers in the Life Sciences. 

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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 for relocation: house prices are up 20% in 2021. Native New Zealander Michael Duggan gives us an insider and local perspective on living in this beautiful city.

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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 Technology, Undocumented Immigration, the 2010 Gubernatorial race  and Drug Cartels featuring prominently. It's also a detective mystery with coming of age overtones. A complex and well crafted novel. Finney cap...

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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 supplants human beings in the workforce and service industries. AdaPia shows us how to effectively integrate intuition into our data driven business and life decisions.

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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 for 3 million undocumented aliens and the Covid 19 death toll of 63,490 Californians who died during the pandemic all against the backdrop of a Recall Election in the Fall that arguably he could have avoided..

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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 eliminate senescent cells, the dead and dying cells that once they accumulate cause inflammation and chronic disease. Cutting edge science to treat diseases of old age.

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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. Libby Copeland, author of The Lost Family and a guest on TSFE suggested  the patrilineal DNA test and I am glad she did !

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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 intersections. A romance and planned wedding are upended in a violent home invasion, with a shocking ending I wasn't expecting. 

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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 China as a global economic power. But the G7  members represent less than 45% of global GDP versus over 70% in the early 1990s. And China warned that gone are the days when a small group of countries could dicta...

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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 about the development of Artificial Intelligence.

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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 for $2.8 million in 2019. A new sports card fund raised $20 million and is up 35% since last September. Ryan Fagan walks us through the world of baseball cards in today's episode.

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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 courtroom drama, featuring the savvy and street smart attorney Abby Rosenberg. A compelling thriller with unexpected plot twists and turns that kept me on edge !

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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 the unemployment rate, the birth rate drops by 1%. Instead of the stay at home lockdowns producing a baby boom, they actually have caused a baby bust.

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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 years as a California political journalist,  gives us a clear eyed analysis of LA's problems and offers some recommendations. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message
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