SV411 EP019 Alternative Press Expo + U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren

TOTAL DERF: Artwork by John ‘Derf’ Backderf.

On this week’s SV411 Podcast, we discuss the Alternative Press Expo, which brings acclaimed alternative comics creator John “Derf” Backderf to town. His grotesque style is often compared to the work of R. Crumb.

Also: special guest Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren speaks with Metro editor Josh Koehn about President Donald Trump’s mental instability, her resolution to get him a mental evaluation, the fight to protect dreamers after the rescission of DACA, and who she thinks is ready to lead the Democratic Party come 2020 (hint: Al Franken).

SV411 EP018 Mount Umunhum

GETTING HIGH: Metro writer Aaron Carnes details his ascent of Mount Umunhum—recently opened to the public.

On this week’s podcast we discuss the cover story by longtime Metro writer Aaron Carnes, in which he details his attempt to be the first civilian to scale Mount Umunhum, since the long-restricted area has been reopened to the public.

Also: Ted Cruz’s nasty, naughty tweets; international students in the age of Trump; the return of The Odd Numbers; and so much more.

SV411 EP017 Coastal Warning + Gary Griggs

ON THE BEACH: Gary Griggs’ new book, ‘Coasts in Crisis,’ exposes the fragile state of the Earth’s shorelines.

Nearly half of the humans on this sweet planet—three billion and counting—live in Earth’s coastal zones. But between 2000 and 2010, new building permits were issued at a rate of 1,355 per day in shoreline counties across the U.S. Increasing coastal development is setting the stage for a precarious future. Indeed, we’ve already begun to see its impact.

This week on the podcast, we talk with Gary Griggs, longtime UCSC professor and the author of a new book, “Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge.”

Also: We discuss upheaval on the Alum Rock School Board, the South Bay’s top political mercenary, Deanna Santana, football and, naturally, “The Big Lebowski.”

SV411 EP016 Mighty Mike McGee + Dave Cortese

SLAM: San Jose’s very own Mighty Mike McGee. Photo by Greg Ramar.

As a heat wave surges through the South Bay, people are seeking out ways to stay cool. Shockingly, they might have overlooked the soothing sounds of Metro’s SV411 Podcast.

This week editors Josh Koehn and Nick Veronin discuss a cover story profile on standup comedian, poet and emcee Mighty Mike McGee. We also take a closer look at allegations of sexual abuse by a recently deceased and celebrated teacher at Bellarmine Prep, as well as the continued upheaval at the county’s largest nonprofit for child and senior care.

The podcast then takes a deep dive into local politics by sitting down with Dave Cortese, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. (If you don’t want to wait for that, jump to the 26 minute mark.—Editor) Topics discussed include the county’s lawsuit against the Trump administration, who’s responsible for the systemic issues plaguing county jails, the lack of compassion in how homeless residents are treated in Santa Clara County and Cortese’s plan to run for a seat in the state Senate in 2020.

Last, Josh and Nick run down the top nightlife events for this weekend, including shows at The Ritz and the 2nd Annual Sonido Clash Music Fest taking place Sunday at Mexican Heritage Plaza.

Let us know what you like, dislike (hate is such a strong word) and if there’s anyone you’d like us to have on the show.

Thanks for listening and stay cool.

SV411 EP015 Fall Arts + Hammer Theater’s Chris Burrill

Fall is always a busy time for the local arts community, which is why this week’s Metro SV411 Podcast turns an eye toward the future.  This week’s issue looked at upcoming music, theater, film and arts-related events, as well as a deep dive into the resurrection of one of San Jose’s biggest music venues. Arts…

SV411 EP014 2017 Sam Liccardo + A Slice of New York’s Co-Op Plan

FAIR SHARE: A Slice of New York is now allowing its employees to participate in the company as a co-op and share in the profits. Photo by Greg Ramar.

A Slice of New York is, depending on who you ask (Josh, looking at you), perhaps the best pizza joint in San Jose. Now, they want to be the most progressive. On this week’s SV411 Podcast we discuss ASONY’s plan to share their company with their employees, turning the organization into a co-op.

Also, Josh talks with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, and the Hit List includes Silicon Valley Music & Taco Fest, an outdoor screening of “Nacho Libre” and how to safely view Monday’s solar eclipse.

SV411 EP013 2017 George Clinton + SJZ Summer Fest

HE’S GOT THE FUNK: George Clinton headlines San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

None other than Dr. Funkenstein joins us for this highly musical edition of the SV411 Podcast. This week Nick and Josh talk about the return of the annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, and Nick is joined by Parliament-Funkadelic ringleader George Clinton. Also: Kendrick Lamar, Atmosphere, Willie Nelson, and the San Jose couple who bought a San Francisco street.

SV411 EP012 2017 San Jose Light Tower + Steve Borkenhagen

LIGHT TOWER TRIO: Jon Ball, Steve Borkenhagen and Thomas Wohlmut have formed a nonprofit corporation and hope to raise funds to rebuild an iconic historical structure, with a new twist. (Photo by Greg Ramar)

When Josh is away, Nick and Jennifer take the reins of the SV411 Podcast.

On this week’s episode, we discuss the incident involving a Campbell police officer who held two drivers at gunpoint in Hollister; the fractious Milpitas City Council; the plan to rebuild the San Jose Light Tower and give the Capital of Silicon Valley the landmark it deserves; and go over a few items to check out this weekend.

SV411 EP011 2017 ‘Nobody Speak’ + Maxwell Borkenhagen

SHHHH: Peter Thiel used his deep pockets to put Gawker out of business. Who’s next?

The news is absolutely insane these days. Like. Every. Single. Day. And yet, the media suffers—from declining ad revenues, for one, and also from a sustained attack from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But Donald Trump isn’t the only billionaire (ahem… “billionaire?”) using his status to undermine news organizations with which he disagrees.

SV411 EP010 2017 SV Beer Week + Ben Henderson

FOSTER THE PEEPS: Heinz Jones, co-owner for Forager, believes the South Bay beer and culinary scene is prime for expansion. Photo by Greg Ramar.

Silicon Valley Beer Week is back for the fifth year. Josh and Nick discuss the science of sour brew, the SVBW kickoff party at Forager Tasting Room + Eatery and many more events all over the South Bay. All this, plus a conversation with local artist and musician Ben Henderson. He is responsible for a great deal of the downtown San Jose aesthetic and will be opening up for Blues Traveler at Music in the Park.