Daybreak Podcast podcast

Daybreak Podcast

Jackie Fielder

Covering San Francisco, California, and US politics and activism with organizer-turned-politician Jackie Fielder | Subscribe for exclusive premium episodes at | @daybreakpod | @jackiefielder_ | podcastdaybreak (at) gmail (dot) com

37 Episodes

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    Episode 37 - Metals, Minerals, and Movements with Thea Rio Francos


    Thea Riofrancos (@triofrancos) is an Associate Professor of Political Science whose research focuses on resource extraction, renewable energy, climate change, green technology, social movements, and the left in Latin America. Jackie and Thea talk lithium wars, extraction, green capitalism and imperialism, and how the transition to a renewable economy must reckon with settler colonialism and respect for Indigenous communities. Thea is an assistant professor of political science at Providence College, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (2020-2022), and a Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2020-2021). She authored Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador (Duke University Press, 2020) and co-authoredA Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal (Verso Books, 2019). She's written a number of academic articles in World Politics, Perspectives on Politics, and Cultural Studies. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Boston Review, The Baffler, n+1, Dissent, Jacobin, among others.
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    Episode 36: Bar Part Time


    Two friends walk into a bar...there's a giant disco ball spinning in the distance, made by the artist who created the studio 54 disco ball. One friends puts a drink in the other's hand. They sniff it, it's kind of mousy. They notice the glass--it's a mouse's face. They float to the dance floor, and can't help doing a little dance. "What's in this wine?" the friend asks the other. He says something French the other can't decipher, starts talking about the region, the method of fermentation. All information over the sipper's head, who nods intently, masking their confusion. They cheers and do their little dancey dance. This, is Bar Part Time on 14th and Guerrero in San Francisco, the heart of the post-pandemic renaissance.   Thanks to Justin Dolezal for being a @respectfulcoolguy !
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    Episode 34 - Three Day Weekends and other Green things with Mark Paul


    Was it just me or was this Labor Day extra necessary for our sanity? Did you know that less work actually is good for the climate? Host Jackie Fielder talks with economist Mark Paul (@MarkVinPaul) about the four day work week, social housing, and other features of a Green New Deal. #ReclaimingOurTime Follow Marks work at and read The Case for Social Housing he co-wrote with friend of the pod Daniel Aldana Cohen
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    Episode 33 - Pitfalls of a San Francisco takeover of PG&E


    How does power get to our homes here in San Francisco? What would it take--how much money--to take over PG&E? Why might a public takeover of PG&E by the city of San Francisco actually spell inequity and not necessarily help us meet our climate goals? What are the successful examples of public take overs (municipalization) and what have been the benefits? Host Jackie Fielder asks all these and more of Josh Lappen (@jlappen1), environmental, energy, and electrification PhD candidate at Oxford, based in San Francisco, who wrote an Op-Ed in SF Gate in August 2021 titled San Francisco's misguided climate fight with PG&E 
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    Episode 32 - Reclaiming Our Power from PG&E Negligence


    Support this show by becoming a patron Shaina Nanavati is a research organizer for Reclaim Our Power, the Utility Justice campaign that is mobilizing to demand a transformation of our energy system in California, taking on Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Host Jackie Fielder asks how PG&E caused the 2017 and 2018 fires, whether wildfire victims have been adequately compensated (spoiler: no), and what a just alternative to (potentialy a takeover of) PG&E looks like. In fact, a solution may already be seeded in a not-for-profit public benefit corporation called Golden State Energy.  Follow Reclaim Our Power on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
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    Episode 31 - California Fire Ecology 2021 with Jesse Miller


    Has fire always been this prevalent in California? What policies are we missing to re-orient our relationship to fire? What do the media and Gov. Newsom miss when talking about the fires? Listen to Jesse Miller, Stanford University lecturer untangle the nuances of fire ecology and history of California. Read Jesse's research at In just days, @HelpSierraLungs organizers have given out hundreds of N95 masks to people in need near the Sierra fires. #HelpSierraBreathe and go to
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    Episode 30 - COLLAB with The New Voting Project by Kunal Khaware


    This is a collab episode in which Bay Area high schooler and upcoming political organizer Kunal Khuware (@kunal_khaware) interviews host Jackie Fielder. Get ready to hear the most charismatic young person this side of the Mississippi, probe Jackie for her thoughts on education, politics and organizing. Subscribe to The New Voting Project on Youtube and watch Kunal's interviews with progressive movers and shakers like Danny Glover, Carroll Fife, and more!
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    Episode 29: Tiffany Cabán


    Tiffany Cabán (@tiffany_caban) is a 33-year-old queer Latina who won the Democratic primary for New York City Council. Tiffany’s revolutionary run for Queens District Attorney in 2019 radically changed how we talk about criminal legal system reform at the local level, both in New York and across the United States. She ran against the machine and challenged the status quo, helping to catalyze the growing movement for decarceral DAs across the country. Now, she’s bringing the democratic socialist revolution to the NYC Council, as she runs to represent Council District 22, which includes Astoria, Rikers Island, and parts of Jackson Heights, Woodside, and East Elmhurst. Jackie and Tiffany talk about defunding the police, closing jails, environmental racism, a Green New Deal for NYC, and organizing within constituent services.
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    Episode 28 - Green Dreams or Whatever with Daniel Aldana Cohen


    Support this podcast at Daniel Aldana Cohen (@aldanatweets) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California Berkeley. Daniel led the research for the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act in 2019. He is the co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal. In this episode, Jackie and Daniel talk about housing justice, carbon gentrification, the Green New Deals for Public Housing and Public Schools, carbon capture and storage, carbon pricing, and much more.  Get your copy of A Planet to Win (Verso, 2019) and visit Daniel Aldana Cohen’s website
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    Episode 27 - Pilar Schiavo for Assembly!


    Pilar Schiavo (@Pilar4CA) is a corporate-free candidate running for California Assembly in a district currently represented by a Republican. Daybreak PAC endorsed Pilar for her values, which she exemplified in her work with California Nurses Association (CNA) and in co-founding West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) to fight for permanent supportive housing for her unhoused neighbors and for those experiencing housing insecurity.  AD-38 (Simi Valley, Porter Ranch, Santa Clarita) is a purple district and Pilar recently broke the district's record for the most amount raised by any candidate this early in a campaign. You don't want to miss this race! Support Pilar:  Report: CA saves $223 billion with single payer 

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