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Behind the Headlines

Palo Alto never runs out of interesting and controversial issues to pick apart. Behind the Headlines is a weekly podcast featuring journalists from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online analyzing those issues and getting deep into the weeds and politics behind them, often with the help of prominent guests.

Rail resign update, President Hotel zoning

In this episode, Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the latest on Palo Alto's largest infrastructure project since the construction of Oregon Expressway -- the redesign of the city's four rail crossings. And, around the 16-minute mark, they recap the City Council's decision Monday on zoning for the President Hotel.

December 14, 2018
Update on Stanford's expansion proposal

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian discusses the negotiation process with Stanford University over its proposed expansion of the campus by 2.275 million square feet. Topics include funding for the school district, housing requirements, traffic and how the development agreement process relates to county's standard land-use review. Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner join in the conversation.

December 7, 2018
Secret dealings over President Hotel

Documents released by the city of Palo Alto reveal how developer AJ Capital has been lobbying the city to change zoning laws and using the tenants of President Hotel Apartments in downtown Palo Alto as leverage. Palo Alto Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong, Linda Taaffe and Gennady Sheyner discuss this week's cover story.

November 30, 2018
Treating postpartum mood disorders

Psychiatrist Nirmaljit Dhami, medical director of El Camino Hospital's Maternal Outreach Mood Services program, discusses the signs, symptoms and treatment for postpartum mood disorders, which affect one in five mothers after childbirth.

November 16, 2018
Analyzing the election

With ballots still being counted for Palo Alto's and East Palo Alto's Nov. 6 election, Palo Alto Weekly journalists analyze the results so far, including the clear winners, the race outcome that's still pending and the significance of local voters' choices

November 9, 2018
Challenges of caregiving

Paula Wolfson, manager of Avenidas Care Partners, discusses the rising numbers of family caregivers in Palo Alto and the many services available to help families navigate caring for a relative. Joining her in the discussion are Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and Associate Editor Linda Taaffe.

November 2, 2018
Palo Alto's traffic challenges

Palo Alto Assistant City Manager Ed Shikada discusses challenges facing the city when it comes to traffic and Palo Alto's plans for improving transportation for residents and commuters. Palo Alto Weekly journalists Gennady Sheyner and Jocelyn Dong join him in this episode of "Behind the Headlines."

October 26, 2018
Election 2018 - East Palo Alto

Weekly editor Jocelyn Dong leads a discussion with staff writers Sue Dremann and Gennady Sheyner about the East Palo Alto City Council race and the city's Measure HH commercial business tax, which could bring funding for building new housing and job training.

October 19, 2018
Election 2018 - Palo Alto City Council Race

Weekly journalists preview the City Council election with a discussion about Palo Alto's five candidates and their stances on some of the city's most urgent issues.

October 12, 2018
Election 2018 - Palo Alto School Board Race

The 2018 Palo Alto school board race involving six candidates is the subject of this week's "Behind the Headlines" discussion with Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and Staff Writers Elena Kadvany and Sue Dremann.

October 5, 2018
Election 2018 - Palo Alto City Council Debate

Palo Alto City Council candidates Pat Boone, Alison Cormack, Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth and Cory Wolbach speak about their platforms and positions during a debate sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly and moderated by journalists Jocelyn Dong and Gennady Sheyner at Cubberley Community Center on October 3, 2018

October 3, 2018
Election 2018 - Meet Alison Cormack (Palo Alto City Council)

Palo Alto City Council candidate Alison Cormack got her first taste of Palo Alto politics by leading the 2008 library bond campaign, which voters passed. In this interview, she talks about her career in high tech, her perspective as the only woman running for a seat on the council and her experience as a caregiver for family members.

September 28, 2018
Election 2018 - Meet Cory Wolbach (Palo Alto City Council)

Palo Alto City Council candidate Cory Wolbach grew up in Palo Alto and was elected to council in 2014. In this interview, he talks about how his love of politics was ignited in high school, his decision not to go to four-year college immediately after high school, and his involvement in the Democratic Party. He also shares "Cory's Five Steps to Policymaking."

September 28, 2018
Election 2018 - Meet Eric Filseth (Palo Alto City Council)

Palo Alto City Council candidate Eric Filseth is a tech executive who was elected to council in 2014. After growing up in rural Canada, he came to Palo Alto to get his bachelor's degree at Stanford University, where he met his wife. In this interview, the avid cyclist talks about his love for the environment, as well as the tech colleagues who've made a big impression on him.

September 28, 2018
Election 2018 - Meet Pat Boone (Palo Alto City Council)

Palo Alto City Council candidate Pat Boone grew up volunteering for political campaigns in Washington D.C. and eventually became a TV journalist. In this interview, he talks about his passion for getting to know people and his impressions of Palo Alto. He also reveals his love of roller coasters and details about his brief acting career.

September 28, 2018
Election 2018 - Meet Tom DuBois (Palo Alto City Council)

Palo Alto City Council candidate Tom DuBois is an entrepreneur who was elected to council in 2014. The gift of a personal computer when he was in seventh grade changed his life and led to a career that has taken him around the world. In this interview, he recalls his childhood in eastern Ohio and talks about the importance of music in his and his children's lives.

September 28, 2018
Palo Alto's Housing Plans

Weekly journalists discuss Palo Alto's response to a recent Santa Clara County Grand Jury report, which urged cities to do more to address the regional housing crisis.

September 21, 2018
Election 2018 - Election Measures E and F

Weekly journalists delve into Palo Alto's Measure E, which would raise the city's hotel-tax rate, and Measure F, which would cap how much health care providers can charge patients.

September 14, 2018
Peninsula Photo Contest

Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle discusses the Peninsula Photo Contest with Weekly Associate Editor Linda Taaffe and staff photographer Veronica Weber.

June 8, 2018
Students speak out 2018

A discussion with the incoming and outgoing Paly, Gunn student board representatives High school students Advait Arun, Richy Islas, Arjun Prabhaker and Caroline Furrier discuss issues impacting students in Palo Alto with education reporter Elena Kadvany.

June 1, 2018
Palo Alto's financial outlook

Palo Alto City Councilwoman Lydia Kou discusses the proposed 2019 city budget with Palo Alto Weekly city-beat reporter Gennady Sheyner and Editor Jocelyn Dong.

May 25, 2018
Regional Measure 3

Weekly journalists discuss a measure on the June 5 ballot that would raise bridge tolls to fund $4.5 billion in transportation improvements.

May 18, 2018
Palo Alto's superintendent pick

Palo Alto Weekly journalists discuss the career of Don Austin, Palo Alto Unified's pick for superintendent, and his proposed contract with Palo Alto Unified.

May 11, 2018
Walter Hays traffic; new bell schedule

Weekly journalists discuss the recent changes at the intersection of Middlefield and Embarcadero roads which parents say has created dangerous road crossings, and the approval of a new schedule at Paly, which will allow students to start school at a later time.

May 4, 2018