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September 22, 2021

Listen to These Podcasts for the Best of San Francisco and the Bay Area

Daily routines have changed since March 2020. Your commute, for instance, is probably a great deal shorter. (Maybe there is heavy traffic between your kitchen and your office. We don't judge.)

If you used to spend your mass transit mornings listening to a podcast or two, there's no need to let the habit slip. In fact, we've got some solid recommendations for San Francisco ear candy that can tide you over until you can come visit us again.

Check out any of these podcasts to hear from some of the most interesting voices in San Francisco and the Bay Area. 

Bay Curious

Bay Curious is all about the unexplored San Francisco Bay Area. Each week, host Olivia Allen-Price uncovers a new mystery about our  quirky, delightful region. It's the perfect way to explore the Bay Area from the comfort of your couch. Start with this episode about Dutch Crunch bread, a staple of Bay Area sandwich shops.

The California Report Magazine

KQED's The California Report Magazine dives deeper into what's happening here in the Golden State to introduce you to the people, organizations, and traditions that make it unique.

Check, Please!

The popular local restaurant review show "Check, Please!", hosted by Leslie Sbrocco, has a weekly podcast, too. Listen in as Bay Area residents give you their take on some of the best restaurants in San Francisco and beyond. In a recent episode (recorded before the coronavirus put a damper on dining), Leslie took the stars of "Hamilton" to Mourad, Niku Steakhouse, and Causwells.

Ear Hustle

This groundbreaking podcast showcases the daily realities of life in prison and the struggles of reintegrating with the world after time served. It was created by Bay Area visual artist Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, both former residents of San Quentin State Prison. Check out this episode for a candid conversation between Woods and Williams that was recorded upon Williams' release.


If you're an aspiring tech titan, then you need to listen to Equity. Hosted by TechCrunch reporter Alex Wilhelm, Equity takes you behind the financial decisions that fuel Silicon Valley.

Fifth & Mission

For a deep dive into the news that shapes San Francisco, tune in to Fifth & Mission, the San Francisco Chronicle's flagship podcast. Hosted by Editor In Chief Audrey Cooper and columnist Heather Knight, Fifth & Mission will have you feeling like a City Hall insider in no time.

The Finch Files: Stories from San Francisco and Beyond

Veteran radio producer Peter Finch scour the streets of San Francisco to bring you the most interesting Bay Area stories. What qualifies as "interesting," you ask? How about competitive women's pinball?

Inside Giants Moments

If you're a baseball fan lamenting the delay of the season, turn on Inside Giants Moments. Each week, host Mark Willard interviews a living legend from the San Francisco Giants about memorable moments in franchise history. Check out this episode with former manager Bruce Bochy, who led the team to three World Series titles.

Raw Material

Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Each season is hosted by a different "podcaster-in-residence" who explores modern and contemporary art through their own unique lens. Artists from around the world join for discussions about their work and the inspiring works of others. This episode from Season 4, hosted by artist and curator Chelsea Beck, starts exploring the connections between "that dynamic duo": art and sex.


Host Pendarvis Harshaw showcases the diversity of the Bay Area on Rightnowish, in which he talks to people from all walks of life about how the Bay Area shaped them and what they're doing now to shape their communities in return. Listen to his conversation with Dorothy Lazard, the head librarian at the Oakland Public Library's History Center, about the importance of reclaiming and celebrating community history.

San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony has two podcast series you can enjoy. The Program Notes Series features Symphony recordings with award-winning commentary. The American Orchestra Forum series features musicians, scholars, and others discussing the current state and future of American orchestras.

Total SF

For all the cultural happenings in the City by the Bay, listen to host Peter Hartlaub on his weekly "Total SF" podcast. Featuring local celebrities, creators, and San Francisco Chornicle contributors, "Total SF" has its finger on the pulse.

99% Invisible

Local host Roman Mars uses his podcast to explain how architecture and design influence every aspect of our world, from massive buildings to fortune cookies. In our current situation, is there any better place to start than Roman's episode about the history of toilet paper?

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