San Mateo Focus
Judy Gordon & Peter Radsliff
Whether new to the area or a longtime resident, San Mateo Focus is where to listen and learn about local history, good eats, and things to do—five minutes at a time.
Thursday 31 December 2020
: In this special end-of-year episode, Judy showcases the efforts of GROW San Mateo and how they and the Samaritan House’s Food Pharmacy are...
San Mateo: An Age-Friendly City
Thursday 19 November 2020
: Judy highlights the efforts that have led to the World Health Organization certifying San Mateo, CA as an Age-Friendly City.
Thursday 12 November 2020
: Judy showcases San Mateo resident Eunice Lin Nichols and how her nonprofit Encore.org is helping bring generations together.
Rerun: Crystal Springs Dam
Saturday 17 October 2020
: Peter uncovers the history of San Mateo’s great drinking water and the impressive Crystal Springs Dam that makes it possible.
Rerun: San Mateo Buddhist Temple
Thursday 08 October 2020
: Judy takes a virtual peek inside the San Mateo Buddhist Temple and gains some insight into our new normal of sheltering-in-place against...
Thursday 01 October 2020
: Ever notice the well-kept building named “The Vendome” on 2nd Ave. and South Claremont across the tracks from the Main Street Garage?...
Ryen Motzek and Atlas
Thursday 24 September 2020
: Judy showcases a business leader and fascinating retail store that brings vision, art and style to downtown San Mateo.
Rerun: What’s Up With All The Crows?
Thursday 17 September 2020
: Have you noticed that now more than ever, crows seem to be everywhere in San Mateo? Judy finds out why.
Rerun: San Mateo Farmers Markets
Thursday 10 September 2020
: One of life’s little pleasures in San Mateo is having multiple Farmer’s Markets to choose from, making ‘farm to table’ something...
Rerun: San Mateo Parents Club
Thursday 03 September 2020
: Today Judy profiles a tremendous asset for new and young parents, the San Mateo Parents Club.
Rerun: Coyote Point
Thursday 27 August 2020
: Judy discovers some interesting history about Coyote Point, this gem of a recreation area that every San Mateo family should get to know.
Listener Survey Results
Thursday 20 August 2020
: We turn the focus of this week’s show on you, our listeners. You told us who you are and what you like, and in this episode we showcase...
Rerun: The Past Predicts Current San Mateo
Thursday 13 August 2020
: Everything old is new again? Judy digs up delicious info in San Mateo’s archives (Originally aired March 5, 2020).
Thursday 06 August 2020
: Sometimes it’s the small things in life that make all the difference. For Judy, it’s Sibby’s Cupcakery.
Research Librarian Eric Groth - San Mateo Public Library
Thursday 30 July 2020
: Judy profiles one of San Mateo’s most helpful—and free—resources: our local research librarian.
Downtown San Mateo Association
Thursday 23 July 2020
: Judy highlights the Downtown San Mateo Association—what it is, what it does, and what that means to the citizens, visitors, and businesses...
Mini Pantries of San Mateo
Thursday 16 July 2020
: Judy showcases neighborhood Mini Pantries and uncovers the true heart of San Mateo.
The ‘Tell Us What You Think’ Episode
Thursday 09 July 2020
: Judy reflects on why and how we got San Mateo Focus started and asks for you to take our first listener survey at: https://bit.ly/smfsurvey1
The Secret Lives of Cats
Thursday 02 July 2020
: Judy finds out all about the colonies of feral cats that live on the peninsula and the dedicated volunteers and organizations that care for...
Hillsdale Mall Update
Thursday 25 June 2020
: Judy checks in with the Hillsdale Mall now that it is reopening to let San Mateans know what to expect now and into the future.
A Stroll Down Memory Lane
Thursday 18 June 2020
: Judy discovers a husband and wife team who have chronicled the changes to San Mateo’s downtown over 30 years. Do you know the oldest...
Thursday 11 June 2020
: Judy provides an overview of San Mateo parks and recreation programs that aren’t well known to residents.
High School Graduations
Thursday 04 June 2020
: Judy talks with two 2020 high school grads about the impact on their rituals of passage in the time of quarantine.
Thursday 28 May 2020
: Judy profiles San Mateo’s own food incubator who provides infrastructure and expert guidance to food entrepreneurs and innovators in order...
San Mateo Enters Phase 2
Thursday 21 May 2020
: Judy reports on the many changes going on in San Mateo as we transition to an environment with a bit more freedom to move around and...