×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

PopPolitics: Alexandra Pelosi on Why ‘San Francisco 2.0’ Will Set New Economy Rules (Listen)

Also: Jon Macks on Why Donald Trump Jokes Aren't So Simple; How Fox News Became the GOP Frontrunner's Target

Alexandra Pelosi’s latest documentary, “San Francisco 2.0,” examines rapid gentrification in the city as tech companies and their employees have revitalized urban areas yet have driven out longtime residents.

Her project, debuting on Monday on HBO, sets up a vexing problem for the city’s leaders, who are reaping the benefits from an economic boom yet struggle to come up with solutions to displaced residents and homelessness. It’s a problem common to many cities, including Los Angeles, but perhaps most pronounced for San Francisco as it is at the center of the tech economy.

“Everybody is having a really good time in San Francisco right now if you are in the tech, media, new media world,” Pelosi tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel. “You’re not having such a good time if you have lived there for generations and your family is being pushed out. Those are the people who are getting hurt.”

The only way that some residents can afford to live there is by renting out their homes via Airbnb or by moonlighting as a driver for Uber. That has triggered a debate on whether such services should be regulated and, if so, what the rules should be. The city is at the center of the debate over the “sharing” economy and whether it helps or worsens income inequality.

“Ground zero right now for the conversation about the new American economy is going on in San Francisco,” she says. “Airbnb is going on the ballot, should people be allowed to rent out their rooms and for how many days. We need rules for democracy to work, and that is what they are doing in San Francisco right now is they are writing the rules, so the rest of the country is sort of looking.”

Listen below:

Pelosi talks about how there are parallels between San Francisco’s tech boom, the popularity of Pope Francis and even the candidacy of Donald Trump, as they are all symptoms of disruption.

Listen here.

Why Trump Comedy Isn’t Easy

Jon Macks, who was chief political joke writer for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” says that while the 2016 campaign has been a gold mine for comedy writers — he’s warning them of carpal tunnel syndrome — crafting jokes about Donald Trump isn’t so easy. The reason? “The key is to not go for the easy jokes,” he says. “The key is to go to another level.”

Listen below:

Macks talks about what is happening to the monologue, as late-night hosts set their sights on comedy skits or segments that will be viral hits.

Listen below:

Macks talks about the influence of comedy on politics, and why that will be one of the themes at the upcoming Politicon event in Los Angeles on Oct. 9-10.

Listen below:

Trump Vs. Fox News

Nikki Schwab of Daily Mail and David Cohen of Variety talk about how Donald Trump’s attacks on Fox News shouldn’t be much of a surprise given his campaign against the Republican establishment.

Listen below:

Variety’s “PopPolitics,” hosted by Ted Johnson, airs Thursdays at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s political channel POTUS. It also is available on demand.

Popular on Variety

More Biz

  • Leonardo Dicaprio Once Upon a Time

    Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance Commits $5 Million to Amazon Fires

    Earth Alliance, an environmental initiative backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, has committed $5 million toward the preservation of the Amazon rain forest following an alarming surge in wildfires. After launching Sunday, the organization’s emergency Amazon Forest Fund is working to support local partners and indigenous communities in their efforts to protect the sensitive habitats within the [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Weinstein Can Get a Fair Trial in Manhattan, Says D.A.

    The Manhattan District Attorney’s office argued on Friday that Harvey Weinstein can get a fair trial in Manhattan, and blamed the producer’s defense team for much of the pre-trial publicity in the case. Weinstein’s attorneys have asked an appellate court to transfer the case — which is set to begin on Sept. 9 — to [...]

  • Leonardo DiCaprio Madonna

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna Call for Action on Amazon Wildfires

    As wildfires rage at an alarming rate in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest, celebrities are using their platforms to bring awareness to the deforestation’s impact and to call for action. In the past week, stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna, Cara Delevingne and Ariana Grande have taken to Instagram to express their frustration with the lack of [...]

  • 'The Durrells' TV Show

    Greece Sweetens Production Incentives as Struggling Country's Economy Rebounds

    It’s taken the better part of a decade for Greece to show signs of recovery from the crippling crisis that almost pushed it out of the Eurozone. Now, with the economy slowly on the mend, the government is doubling down on efforts to jump-start the local film industry, giving a dramatic overhaul to the incentive [...]

  • Warner Music Group Partners With Audiomack

    Warner Music Group Partners With Audiomack

    Warner Music Group announced it has entered a partnership with the music streaming and discovery service Audiomack, marking the platform’s first licensing deal with a major label. According to the announcement, the two companies will work together on content concepts and explore ways to break emerging artists, connecting music fans with rising talent before they [...]

  • Scooter Braun Congratulates Taylor Swift on

    Scooter Braun Congratulates Taylor Swift on ‘Brilliant’ Album and Campaign

    Two days after Taylor Swift fired off the latest salvo in her battle with Scooter Braun, the manager congratulated the singer on the campaign around her “brilliant” new album, “Lover,” which arrived last night. The message came after Swift said she will be re-recording songs from her first six albums, which are now owned by [...]

  • David Koch Obit

    David Koch, Libertarian Activist and Billionaire Philanthropist, Dies at 79

    David Koch, brother of Charles Koch and one of the owners of Koch Industries, the second-largest private company in the U.S., has died at 79. According to the New York Times, Charles Koch announced the news of his brother’s death in a statement. Though he did not attribute to David’s death to a particular cause, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content