The Golden City

The Golden City

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Join host Walter Thompson for The Golden City, a podcast that presents stories from San Francisco’s past, present and future. In each episode, Thompson and guests explore aspects of the city’s news, history and culture that often go overlooked. Whether you’re a native or a tourist, listen to the The Golden City, and you’ll learn something new about one of the most familiar cities on Earth.


E5 - The Clinton Park Boulders
Oct 30 • 24 min
In September 2019, a group of residents on a quiet street placed enormous boulders on their sidewalk to discourage homeless encampments and drug sales. But when city officials and politicians sided with the people who installed the hostile architecture,…
E4 - Eric Raymond
Oct 10 • 40 min
Thanks to a listener in Los Angeles, Eric Raymond dropped by to talk about his career as a writer and novelist in San Francisco. His first novel, “Confessions From A Dark Wood,” is a satire based on his experiences working in global brand management. In…
E3 - San Francisco to Little Rock
Sep 18 • 47 min
In May 2015, I interviewed Chris Dumas as he was preparing to return to his birthplace of Little Rock, Arkansas after living in San Francisco for 12 years. In September 2019, we spoke again about his experiences readjusting to life in his hometown, moving…
E2 - Tales From Mount Sutro
Sep 3 • 69 min
Mount Sutro’s urban forest is the locus for several gripping tales, including a kidnapping, a forest fire, a rich man’s greed, and a flock of hard-working professional goats. In this episode, journalist Eve Batey and artist Tim Ehhalt buckle in for…
E1 - The Notes
Sep 3 • 33 min
After I shared a photo on Twitter of a mysterious note I found taped to a utility pole in the Central Sunset, resident Pete Mummert let me know that he’s been collecting these messages for years — and had a personal encounter with the elusive artist.
- Introduction
Sep 3 • 2 min
Join host Walter Thompson for The Golden City, a podcast that presents stories from San Francisco’s past, present and future. Each episode explores unique aspects of the city’s news, history and culture that often go overlooked. Whether you’re a native or…