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The Upshot: Fire on the 57 Bus in Oakland

Jun 16, 2015
Katy Grannan for The New York Times

In November 2013, agender teenager Sasha Fleischman was riding the 57 bus home from school when teenager Richard Thomas set Fleischman’s skirt on fire. Fleischman went to the hospital for 23 days; Thomas went to prison for 7 years. In a recent New York Times magazine article, journalist Dashka Slater explores the lives and motivations of both these teenagers.

The Upshot: Empress of China

May 11, 2015
Photo by: Carson Lancaster

In his recent article for the April issue of San Francisco Magazine, “Long Live the Empress,” journalist Andrew Leonard looked at the fate of Chinatown, and whether it’s on the brink of serious social and cultural change. The article focused on the close and sale of an iconic Chinese restaurant and banquet hall called the Empress of China. Once so popular that it was booked more than two years in advance, it’s now being advertised as an “ideal space for creative technology tenants.”

Alia Malley

Author and Journalist Michael Pollan usually writes about food, often about your more garden variety mushrooms. But in a recent New Yorker article, he writes about the history and the resurgence of psychedelic mushrooms in medical research. Some doctors are now using their main ingredient to treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, and also to help people overcome addiction. He sat down with Leah Rose from “The Upshot” podcast to talk about what he calls “The Trip Treatment."

Gary Kamiya meets San Francisco's "Outsiders"

Mar 3, 2015


The latest count of homeless individuals in San Francisco revealed that 6,436 people in the city are without a home. That is a number that has barely changed over the past few years, even though the city spends more than 165 million dollars a year on homeless services.