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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

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: Is Twin Peaks overrated, and a breakthrough

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

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

Chuck Prophet interview — on music, SF and saluting The Rubinoos

8/21/2019
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Episode 90 of The Big Event is a The Bands We Follow episode, with Chuck Prophet saluting a band he's been following since childhood — The Rubinoos. With host Peter Hartlaub and Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri conducting the interview, Prophet talks about his childhood, falling in love with San Francisco and his discovery in his early teens of The Rubinoos, a Berkeley based band that came up in the 1970s - putting out two amazing albums before their careers stalled. Now with Prophet...

Duration:00:43:18

Renel Brooks-Moon interview — SF Giants public address announcer

8/13/2019
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Episode 89 of The Big Event is an interview with Renel Brooks-Moon, longtime Bay Area radio personality, and public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants since 1999. Brooks-Moon visits the Chronicle archive, to speak with host Peter Hartlaub about her early years at KMEL (and one year at KFRC with Dr. Donald D. Rose), her work as a Giants PA announcer and the influence of her father Nathaniel Brooks, an educator who in 1968 became the first black principal in San Francisco. Produced...

Duration:00:49:38

49-Mile Makeover Part I: Scenic drive needs a reboot

8/9/2019
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Episode 88 of The Big Event is an introduction to the 49-Mile Scenic Drive makeover, where host Peter Hartlaub and Chronicle columnist Heather Knight begin the process of looking at the 80-year-old path through San Francisco, and how to improve on it for S.F. residents in 2019. Hartlaub and Knight kick the project off by interviewing Eric Kingsbury, a San Franciscan who recently walked the entirety of the 49-Mile Scenic Drive. Kingsbury encountered a coyote and poison oak, and has many ideas...

Duration:00:49:49

Dwight Clark tribute, with Brian Murphy, Matt Maiocco and Brad Mangin

8/5/2019
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Episode 87 of The Big Event is a tribute to Dwight Clark, the San Francisco 49ers great who died in 2018 after a battle with ALS. With the book "Letters to 87" coming out on Aug. 7, 2019, host Peter Hartlaub is joined by the book's editor and NBC Sports Bay Area 49ers reporter Matt Maiocco, KNBR host Brian Murphy and photographer Brad Mangin. The Dwight Clark fans share stories, history and talk about the book. More information at www.lettersto87.com Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The...

Duration:00:45:50

Ear Hustle co-hosts Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor

8/1/2019
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Episode 85 of The Big Event 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. After a tour in the Chronicle archive to look at old San Quentin photos, 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...

Duration:00:35:31

Sony Metreon 1999 tribute, with John King and Paolo Lucchesi

7/25/2019
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Episode 84 of The Big Event is a tribute to the Sony Metreon, the 1999 mall that was supposed to redefine the urban entertainment experience, but failed within a few years. Host Peter Hartlaub is joined by San Francisco Chronicle Food editor Paolo Lucchesi (a teen who visited the Metreon in 1999) and Chronicle urban design critic John King (who wrote about it during its launch). Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community."...

Duration:00:43:55

Will Durst interview — on San Francisco, and his new Chronicle column

7/22/2019
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Episode 83 of The Big Event is a conversation with Will Durst, who is about to start a new column with the San Francisco Chronicle. Durst, who has been involved in the Bay Area comedy scene since the 1970s, begins by interviewing host Peter Hartlaub. Then Hartlaub and Durst talk about the plans for the column, his history as a column writer and why Durst is still optimistic about San Francisco. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album...

Duration:00:34:26

Apollo 11 moon landing tribute with David Perlman

7/15/2019
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Episode 82 of The Big Event is an interview with David Perlman, who covered the Apollo 11 moon landing for the San Francisco Chronicle on July 20, 1969. Science writer Perlman, 100, who retired from The Chronicle in 2017 at age 98, remembers what it was like near Mission Control in Houston, his expense report, the excitement in San Francisco and his thoughts about space travel in 2019. Perlman is interviewed by The Big Event host Peter Hartlaub, and guests Steve Rubenstein and Leah Garchik....

Duration:00:36:22

Golden Gate Park roller skating tribute, with David Miles Jr.

7/11/2019
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Episode 81 of The Big Event is a history of the Skate Patrol and Golden Gate Park roller skating tribute with David Miles Jr., the park's "Sk8father" who has been made roller skating in San Francisco a career for most of the past 40 years. Miles Jr. talks about his first time in San Francisco, how he got involved with lobbying City Hall on behalf of skaters, and the group's plans for the 40th anniversary - with events from July 11-14.. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will...

Duration:00:45:20