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The Big Event is a Bay Area-centric pop culture podcast, featuring celebrity guests, non-celebrity guests, lots of personalities from the San Francisco Chronicle and spirited discussion about local nostalgia, movies, television, music, food and sports. Hosted by pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub in the historic basement photo archive of the San Francisco Chronicle. A Chronicle paperboy from 1983 to 1985, Hartlaub started writing for the publication in 2000. Hartlaub reviews film, writes entertainment stories, shoots video and digs through the Chronicle archives for his work authoring the Our San Francisco history column. He lives in the East Bay.

The Big Event is a Bay Area-centric pop culture podcast, featuring celebrity guests, non-celebrity guests, lots of personalities from the San Francisco Chronicle and spirited discussion about local nostalgia, movies, television, music, food and sports. Hosted by pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub in the historic basement photo archive of the San Francisco Chronicle. A Chronicle paperboy from 1983 to 1985, Hartlaub started writing for the publication in 2000. Hartlaub reviews film, writes entertainment stories, shoots video and digs through the Chronicle archives for his work authoring the Our San Francisco history column. He lives in the East Bay.

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United States

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The Big Event is a Bay Area-centric pop culture podcast, featuring celebrity guests, non-celebrity guests, lots of personalities from the San Francisco Chronicle and spirited discussion about local nostalgia, movies, television, music, food and sports. Hosted by pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub in the historic basement photo archive of the San Francisco Chronicle. A Chronicle paperboy from 1983 to 1985, Hartlaub started writing for the publication in 2000. Hartlaub reviews film, writes entertainment stories, shoots video and digs through the Chronicle archives for his work authoring the Our San Francisco history column. He lives in the East Bay.

Language:

English


Episodes

SF Gay Men's Chorus drops by, with Chris Verdugo and Michael Tate

2/21/2020
Gay Men's Chorus executive director Chris Verdugo and 18-year member Michael Tate visit the San Francisco Chronicle, to talk about the Chorus' past, present and future with hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight. The chorus is in the middle of Season 42, with several concerts including Penned in Pink at Davies Symphony Hall on March 26. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community." Cable car bell ringing by eight-time...

Duration:00:36:08

Van Mission, East Cut and other fake SF neighborhoods

2/14/2020
After reading Sam Whiting's story about the new so-called "Van Mission" neighborhood, Total SF calls an emergency podcast to determine what is and isn't a real neighborhood in San Francisco. Our team includes host Peter Hartlaub, editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper, urban design critic John King and features writer Sam Whiting. We discuss the often sketchy history of new neighborhoods and decide whether neighborhoods including NoPa, The Tendernob and La Lengua should be recognized by the media and...

Duration:00:30:06

Vilaska Nguyen on comedy, being a public defender and his SF supervisor run

2/13/2020
Vilaska Nguyen is an attorney in the S.F. Public Defender's office and stand-up comedian. He also is announcing his candidacy for District 7 supervisor, to replace Norman Yee. In this Total SF/SF City Insider crossover podcast episode, Nguyen joins hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight to talk about how Jeff Adachi inspired his comedy, why he lives in San Francisco and face the City Insider lightning round. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks...

Duration:00:37:40

Jonas Rivera on "Toy Story 4" and loving the Oakland A's (flashback episode)

2/10/2020
This flashback episode is an interview with Jonas Rivera, producer of Pixar's "Toy Story 4," which on Feb. 9, 2020, won the best animated feature Academy Award. Rivera started working as a Pixar intern before the original "Toy Story" came out, and won Academy Awards for producing "Up" and "Inside Out." He's also a lifetime Bay Area resident and Oakland Athletics superfan. Chronicle Oakland A's beat writer Susan Slusser joins the discussion, which originally aired on June 4, 2019.. Produced...

Duration:00:39:43

Western Neighborhoods Project hops in an SF time machine

2/3/2020
Western Neighborhoods Project executive director Nicole Meldahl and co-founder David Gallagher join Total SF host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the San Francisco historical organization, its impressive photo collection and plans for the future. And they hop in the Total SF time machine to talk about the place they'd visit in the Western Neighborhoods if they could travel to the past. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album...

Duration:00:36:43

Tom Tolbert on settling in the Bay Area, pros and con of Alameda life and Manute Bol

1/27/2020
KNBR host Tom Tolbert joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about his first memories of San Francisco, and how a kid who grew up near Long Beach made the Bay Area his home. The former Warriors forward recalls when he realized a radio career might be a possibility, and his first day working with KNBR legend Ralph Barbieri. Hartlaub and Tolbert, both Alameda residents, share their opinions of island living. And Tolbert shares some memories about 7-foot-7 teammate Manute Bol. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:46:17

A tribute to "Bullitt," with Heather Knight and Eric Kingsbury

1/23/2020
Episode 115 is a tribute to the movie "Bullitt," the Steve McQueen classic with arguably the greatest car chase in history. Host Peter Hartlaub is joined by Chronicle columnist Heather Knight and friend of the show Eric Kingsbury to talk about the San Francisco locations, why the movie has aged well and the horrible scene where Bullitt steals a San Francisco Chronicle. All in preparation of the 7 p.m. Feb. 27 #TotalSF "Bullitt" screening at the Balboa Theatre in S.F. Buy tickets here....

Duration:00:45:52

"Roll Over Easy" radio hosts Chris Bunting and Luke Spray

1/20/2020
"Roll Over Easy" is a popular radio show and podcast on the online radio station BFF.fm, where hosts Chris Bunting and Luke Spray spread joy and San Francisco love every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. In their first interview since The Big Event became Total SF, hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight talk to the pair about how they met, their favorite S.F. things and what (if anything) pisses them off. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Theme song "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks. Cable car...

Duration:00:37:02

The Big Event podcast becomes Total SF

1/16/2020
Peter Hartlaub is joined by Heather Knight to explain The Big Event podcast's transition to Total SF. All the old The Big Event episodes will remain and the general vibe of the podcast won't change, but we're doubling down on bringing you the best Bay Area characters and stories. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks with cable car bell ringing by Byron Cobb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:11:16

Shea Serrano on his journalism start, favorite SF films and "Movies and Other Things"

1/13/2020
Author and journalist Shea Serrano visits the San Francisco Chronicle to give his origin story as a writer, and talk about and his new book "Movies and Other Things." On Serrano's first visit to S.F., host Peter Hartlaub also asks him about his favorite San Francisco movies and stories of Mexican grandmothers. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album Community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:02

Paula Poundstone on bike messenging, "M*A*S*H" and her perfect comedy dream

1/7/2020
Paula Poundstone returns for her annual end-of-year trip to the San Francisco Chronicle archive. During the recording, right before her New Year's Eve show, Poundstone talks to host Peter Hartlaub about her year as a San Francisco bike messenger, shares some Comedy Day in the Park memories and talks about her love of the TV show "M*A*S*H" when she was a broke traveling comic. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community." Learn...

Duration:00:49:52

Michael Pritchard interview — The Big Event flashback

12/31/2019
The Big Event interviews Michael Pritchard, a Bay Area comedian and social worker. Pritchard was one of the biggest rising stars in the early 1980s, winning the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 1980. But Pritchard rejected Hollywood to work in juvenile halls, with the homeless and in anti-bullying programs. Pritchard joined host Peter Hartlaub and reporter Kevin Fagan. More info at www.michaelpritchard.com Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle basement archive. Theme...

Duration:00:46:32

Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor — The Big Event flashback

12/27/2019
This Big Event flashback episode from Aug. 1, 2019, is an interview with Ear Hustle co-hosts Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, who created one of the biggest hits of the current podcast boom, bringing visitors inside San Quentin State Prison. Host Peter Hartlaub talks about Woods’ first months outside of prison, after his life sentence was commuted by Gov. Jerry Brown late last year. Hartlaub, Woods and Poor also talk about the changes during current Season 4, prison photography and Woods'...

Duration:00:36:02

Will Durst update, with Debi Durst and Johnny Steele

12/23/2019
Debi Durst and Johnny Steele come by The Big Event archive studio to talk about the Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show - which will for the first time in 27 years cross the Bay Area without its leader Will Durst. Debi Durst and Steele give an update on Durst's health after the comedian's October stroke, explaining that the man hasn't lost his funny. And they preview the show, which will cover nine cities in 10 days from Dec. 27 to Jan. 5. Tickets and showtimes at www.willdurst.com....

Duration:00:45:12

Introducing ... a new Beach Blanket Babylon series from Datebook podcast

12/17/2019
Teaser for Babylon Gone, a new limited series from the Datebook podcast. The breakdown of the end of the 45-year run of Beach Blanket Babylon is produced by The Big Event creator Peter Hartlaub, Chronicle theater critic Lily Janiak and arts reporter Annie Vainshtein, and premieres Wednesday Dec. 18, 2019. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:03:23

49ers legend Dwight Clark tribute — The Big Event flashback

12/11/2019
A tribute to Dwight Clark, the San Francisco 49ers great who died in 2018 after a battle with ALS. In this flashback episode, host Peter Hartlaub is joined by "Letters to 87" editor and NBC Sports Bay Area 49ers reporter Matt Maiocco, KNBR host Brian Murphy and photographer Brad Mangin. More information at www.lettersto87.com Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:26:32

Wendy Tokuda interview — memories of KPIX, Dave McElhatton and more

12/5/2019
Former KPIX and KRON anchor Wendy Tokuda visits the San Francisco Chronicle archive studio, to talk about her former co-anchor Dave McElhatton, work with at-risk students, her family's history in Japanese internment camps and her continuing love for the Bay Area. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:50:56

The greatness of "Sister Act," and a case for "Sister Act 2"

12/3/2019
With the third #TotalSF movie night approaching fast on Dec. 5, the Chronicle's Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight welcome "Sister Act" superfan and Sisteractivist Sarah Katz-Hyman, who runs the @SisterActivism Twitter account, to talk about the film's greatness. They talk about Whoopi Goldberg's time in San Francisco, and Katz-Hyman makes a case for the underappreciated "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit." #TotalSF hosts "Sister Act" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Balboa Theatre in S.F....

Duration:00:39:40

Byron Cobb interview — SF Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest champion

11/26/2019
A crossover The Big Event and City Insider episode, where hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight interview Byron Cobb, the reigning Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest champion and eight-time winner. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:55

Chronicle archive tour, and our most epic photo finds, with Bill Van Niekerken

11/19/2019
Host Peter Hartlaub and Chronicle librarian Bill Van Niekerken talk about the archive, and their most memorable surprise photo finds. They include the most famous concert in Chronicle history (misfiled under "Joni Mitchell"), Amelia Earhart's final flight and the Grateful Dead playing a debutante ball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:36:52