In BBC Documentary, Professor Stein Discusses the Rise of Dianne Feinstein

Monday, April 13, 2020
Sepia-tone photo of San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 1978
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1978, with Harvey Milk at far back left and Dianne Feinstein seated in the middle. Photo courtesy of San Francisco Public Library.

BBC RADIO 4 -- In “The Californian Century,” a documentary narrated by actor Stanley Tucci, San Francisco State University Professor Marc Stein discusses various aspects of modern California history.

In episode eight, Stein contributes to the story of Dianne Feinstein, the trailblazing Californian politician who took over as mayor of San Francisco after the murders of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.

“Milk had been known for successfully building alliances with the labor movement in San Francisco, partly as a result of a massive national campaign against Coors beer, which was both anti-union and anti-gay,” said Stein, the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History. “So Milk allied with Moscone and other progressives on the Board of Supervisors, and they are increasingly passing progressive legislation.”