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California Sun Podcast

Sep 23, 2020

Nick Neely walked for 12 weeks and 650 miles from San Diego to Palo Alto. Recreating the journey taken by the Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola in 1769, he became immersed in the history, people, and topography of the Golden State.

Writing about both the natural and built landscape along the way for his book "Alta...

Sep 15, 2020

Leon Panetta ascended to the highest of jobs in Washington, but he never lost sight of his California roots. The former congressman, Office of Management and Budget director, White House chief of staff, CIA director, and defense secretary reminisces about growing up in Monterey, building the Panetta Institute on...

Sep 10, 2020

Jeffrey Tumlin took a job that almost no one wanted. The head of San Francisco’s Metropolitan Transportation Agency was facing the impossible before the pandemic. Since then, public transportation and increased traffic have become unsustainable. Still, Tumlin hopes to find a way to make his city a model for the nation.

Sep 3, 2020

Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks wanted to make sure legislation on housing and family and medical leave had her vote. When she was denied a request to vote by proxy, she drove with her 1-month-old girl in tow from her home in Oakland to the State Capitol in Sacramento. What happened next has become a rallying point...