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This month we join San Francisco-based historian, tour guide and author Chris Carlsson in a discussion centered around his new book, Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes and Radical Histories (Pluto, 2020).

Chris is in conversation with fellow historians Nicole Meldahl, Liam O’Donoghue and LisaRuth Elliott. They discuss the genesis of the Shaping San Francisco project in the ’90s, what it means to engage in ‘history from below’, the power of podcasting, how to do oral history, and why you should interview your family.

They also highlight some of the key grassroots movements in the city’s history: from the Save the Bay and Anti-Freeway movements, to the successful 1950’s campaign to stop a nuclear power plant being built on the San Andreas fault.

Podcast listeners can buy Hidden San Francisco with 50% off, via Use the coupon ‘PODCAST’ at the checkout.

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