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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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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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Episodes

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

12/5/2019
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Former KPIX and KRON anchor Wendy Tokuda visits the San Francisco Chronicle archive studio, to talk about her former co-anchor Dave McElhattan, 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
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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
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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
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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

Introducing ... your new 49 Mile Scenic Route

11/14/2019
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Announcing the finish of the #TotalSF reboot of the 49 Mile Scenic Drive, the 81-year-old route with the seagull signs that needed an update. Heather Knight and Peter Hartlaub talk about what they included, what they left out and why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:14

Pacifica Taco Bell tribute, with Paolo Lucchesi

11/11/2019
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Episode 103 of The Big Event is a tribute to the Pacifica Taco Bell, and a talk about fast food with (at the time of the recording) Food Editor Paolo Lucchesi. Host Peter Hartlaub and Lucchesi talk about their own fast food history, the best and worst fast food in the Bay Area, And they review the new Taco Bell Cantina on Pacific Coast Highway in Pacifica. After years as an A&W and a normal Taco Bell, the restaurant in late 2018 started a renovation and now sells alcohol. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:32:50

Joey Avery and Andrew Orolfo interview — rising comedians release Pier 69 album

11/6/2019
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Joey Avery and Andrew Orolfo are rising comics in the Bay Area comedy scene, who have been considering a move to Los Angeles. They joined two friends, Mark Smalls and Dauood Naimyar, and recorded an album at the Set-Up comedy club in San Francisco, representing their best work in the Bay Area. "Pier 69: Junior Varsity" was released in September and hit Number One on the iTunes comedy charts. Avery and Orolfo came to The Big Event podcast studio to talk about comedy in the Bay Area, their...

Duration:00:37:46

"Sister Act" tribute: SF classic (and our next #TotalSF movie night!)

10/25/2019
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In Episode 101 of The Big Event, host Peter Hartlaub and San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight announce their third movie night at the Balboa Theatre — the popular 1992 musical "Sister Act." The movie based in San Francisco is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. Buy tickets here. After Peter and Heather pay tribute, we move on to a 2018 tribute to the movie with Hartlaub, Chronicle columnist Beth Spotswood and A&E columnist Tony Bravo. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide...

Duration:00:54:07

Scott Sampson interview — new Cal Academy director is Dr. Scott on "Dinosaur Train"

10/23/2019
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Episode 100 of The Big Event is an interview with Scott Sampson — new executive director of the California Academy of Sciences and "Dr. Scott" on the PBS children's show "Dinosaur Train." Host Peter Hartlaub asks Scott about the past, present and future of the Cal Academy, coyotes in Golden Gate Park and that time the paleontologist named a new dinosaur after a famous rock star. Scott also talks about "Dinosaur Train," the educational show that he's been involved with since 2009. Produced by...

Duration:00:25:35

Marc Benioff interview — on values, S.F. and his trailblazing grandfather Marvin Lewis

10/15/2019
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Episode 99 is an interview with Salesforce co-founder and CEO Marc Benioff, who has a new book "Trailblazer," and writes about his foundational relationship with his grandfather, former San Francisco supervisor Marvin Lewis. Benioff talks with host Peter Hartlaub about the book (in bookstores Oct. 15), San Francisco and Lewis — a homeless advocate and monorail-loving politician who was a driving force behind BART. Hartlaub also shares some archive finds, including Benioff's father's...

Duration:00:38:51

49 Mile Makeover IV: Overrated Twin Peaks, with Heather Knight

10/9/2019
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Episode 98 of The Big Event is the fourth 49 Mile Makeover podcast, where host Peter Hartlaub and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight report a big breakthrough on their new 49 Mile Scenic Route. Hartlaub and Knight also discuss the use of transit on the new route, give an update on Total SF movie night, and discuss whether Twin Peaks belongs on the new route. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community." Learn more about...

Duration:00:21:49

Leslie Sbrocco interview — The Big Event flashback

10/3/2019
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In this flashback episode from 2018, "Check, Please! Bay Area" host Leslie Sbrocco joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the show's origins, why they ply guests with wine before a show, her sparkling wine-themed tattoo and the "Check, Please! Bay Area Kids" four-part special, which enters its second season on October 2019.. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:40:24

Best and worst Warriors jerseys all time, with Ann Killion and Tony Bravo

9/30/2019
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Episode 97 of The Big Event is a tribute to Golden State Warriors jerseys. With the team announcing new jerseys for Chase Center, host Peter Hartlaub is joined by The Chronicle's Tony Bravo and Ann Killion to pick the best jerseys in team history — The City and The Town both score well — and choose the worst jersey in Warriors history. They discuss the question: How old is too old for men to wear jerseys? And finally, they relive the greatest moment in Chronicle press conference history:...

Duration:00:37:01

Total SF: Warriors president Rick Welts interview, with Heather Knight

9/23/2019
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Warriors president Rick Welts joins the San Francisco Chronicle's #TotalSF team Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight for a The Big Event/SF City Insider podcast crossover. Welts makes the case to add the Chase Center to the new 49 Mile Scenic Route being created by Knight and Hartlaub, and talks about living in San Francisco, his friendship with NBA legend Bill Russell and submits to Knight's City Insider lightning round.. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset...

Duration:00:29:11

KFOG radio tribute, with Peter Finch, Renee Richardson and Irish Greg McQuaid

9/17/2019
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Episode 95 of The Big Event is a tribute to KFOG, with three classic KFOG veterans: longtime morning show newsman Peter Finch, DJ Renee Richardson and producer Irish Greg McQuaid. After talking about emotions surrounding the recent decision to end the KFOG call letters, the trio talk to host Peter Hartlaub about their early years at the station, what Dave Morey is up to now, their favorite and least favorite guests over the years and other fun stories from the beloved rock station. Produced...

Duration:00:50:17

Marine World Africa U.S.A. tribute — The Big Event flashback with Jill Tucker

9/12/2019
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In this The Big Event flashback, Chronicle education reporter Jill Tucker joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about covering the 2017 Wine Country Fires, and then pay tribute to the 1970s/1980s amusement park Marine World Africa U.S.A. They cover the history of the park and some personal highlights — including Jill Tucker's job as a Marine World safari boat driver. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:04:14

49-Mile Makeover III: What should stay and go on the new scenic route?

9/7/2019
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Episode 94 of The Big Event is a hard look at the 49-Mile Scenic Drive - and what should stay and go for the new #TotalSF 49-Mile Scenic Route. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight and pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub talk about their successful attempt to cover the 49-mile Scenic Drive in one day without using a car. The second half of the podcast is a discussion of what we should keep for the new route. We'll be taking reader suggestions and plan to unveil the 49-Mile Scenic...

Duration:00:41:31

49-Mile Makeover II: Heather & Peter argue, meet some new friends

9/2/2019
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Episode 93 of The Big Event is a both-feet-first jump into the 49-Mile Makeover. #TotalSF founders Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight will be covering the existing 49-Mile Scenic Drive route on Sept. 4 by foot, bike, skates, bus - anything but a motor vehicle that they're piloting. They talk about their plans for a new route with reader help, air out the arguments they've been having and invite two experts — Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson, authors of "Walking San Francisco's 49-Mile...

Duration:00:31:56

"The Rock" tribute — SF Cinema Greatest of All Time, with Audrey Cooper and Heather Knight

8/29/2019
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Episode 92 of The Big Event is a tribute to "The Rock," the 1996 movie starring Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery. Host Peter Hartlaub, Chronicle columnist Heather Knight and editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper induct the film into the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time - despite some reluctance from Cooper. The Chronicle will screen "The Rock" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at the Balboa Theatre, as the second #TotalSF movie night. Buy tickets here. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide...

Duration:00:39:43

John Travolta interview — on fandom, history and "The Fanatic"

8/26/2019
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Episode 91 of The Big Event is a John Travolta visit to The Chronicle. The actor goes through his archive photo file, talks about fandom and his new film “The Fanatic,” a drama/horror movie is about a horror movie fan who meets his hero and their tense encounter escalates into violence. Travolta says he learned early to be nice to fans. He also talks about his flying, his preference to give away memorabilia, his decision to shave his head and his approach to playing an on-the-spectrum man....

Duration:00:28:42