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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

S.F. tourist traps we like, with Heather Knight and Paolo Lucchesi

8/16/2018
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Episode 38 of The Big Event podcast celebrates a few tourist traps we like, including the Cliff House, Ghirardelli Square and Hard Rock Café (Heather and Paolo veto that pick). Hosted by Peter Hartlaub. We also name one tourist trap we don’t like, discuss the “Full House” picnic at length and talk more about Neal Schon’s pea coat than any podcast in history. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement archive. Theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks. Opening...

Duration:00:45:00

Bay Area roller rink tribute with Paolo Lucchesi and Jill Tucker

8/7/2018
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Episode 37 of The Big Event podcast is a tribute to the lost roller rinks of the Bay Area, and a celebration of skating culture. With Chronicle food editor Paolo Lucchesi and education reporter Jill Tucker. They cover the history of roller skating in the Bay Area, what’s still around and pick some of the greatest roller skating songs and movies of all time. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement archive. Theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks. Opening...

Duration:00:44:25

Greg Proops interview – The Big Event flashback

7/26/2018
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Episode 36 of The Big Event podcast is a rebroadcast of the second episode with comedian and podcaster Greg Proops – originally recorded in July 2017. Hosted by Peter Hartlaub. In this episode, Proops discusses his Chronicle paper route, first Punch Line appearance in the 1980s and some unforgettable memories from the Cow Palace, Winterland Ballroom and Circle Star Theater in his home town of San Carlos. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement archive. Theme music is "The Tide...

Duration:00:57:18

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal interview

7/13/2018
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Episode 34 of The Big Event podcast is an interview with writer/actors Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. They talk about their new film “Blindspotting,” which was a project started by the longtime friends years before Diggs appeared in the hit Broadway show “Hamilton.” They talk about the recent Grand Lake Theater premiere for the Oakland-based film, and why they decided to make the Kwik-Way hamburger stand part of the plot. Hosted by Peter Hartlaub. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s...

Duration:00:29:17

Bay Area drive-In tribute with Tony Bravo and Jill Tucker

7/5/2018
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Episode 33 of The Big Event podcast is a tribute to Bay Area drive-in movie theaters, with Chronicle style reporter Tony Bravo and education reporter Jill Tucker. Hosted by Peter Hartlaub. Coverage includes early Bay Area drive-in history (a drive-in on Mt. Sutro?), our eulogy for the dead drive-ins of the Bay Area and the fate of the last local X-rated drive-in, the Sonomamarin in the North Bay. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement archive. Theme music is "The Tide Will...

Duration:00:42:49

Boots Riley and Lakeith Stanfield interview

6/28/2018
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Episode 32 of The Big Event podcast is an interview with rapper and filmmaker Boots Riley and actor Lakeith Stanfield. They talk about “Sorry to Bother You,” Boots Riley’s path from music to making movies and extend a tribute to Riley’s The Coup bandmate Pam the Funkstress, the legendary Bay Area DJ who died late last year. Hosted by Peter Hartlaub. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement archive. Theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks. Opening signature...

Duration:00:33:29

"Milk" - SF Cinema GOAT with Audrey Cooper and Heather Knight

6/21/2018
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Episode 31 of The Big Event podcast inducts the 2008 film “Milk” into the San Francisco Cinema Greatest of All Time. The film was first proposed in the 1990s with Robin Williams starring, and eventually won an Academy Award for Sean Penn in the title role. Hosted by Peter Hartlaub. Chronicle editor in chief Audrey Cooper and City Hall columnist Heather Knight join the conversation. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement archive. Theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the...

Duration:00:47:37

Jello Biafra interview

6/13/2018
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Episode 30 of The Big Event podcast is in interview with punk legend Jello Biafra, former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys, who celebrates his 60th birthday at the Great American Music Hall on Sunday June 17, 2018. We talk about his 1979 mayoral run against Dianne Feinstein, the moment he fell in love with loud music, his first shows at Mabuhay Gardens and why he continues to live in San Francisco. Hosted by Peter Hartlaub. Sports editor Al Saracevic, who has known Jello Biafra for more...

Duration:00:57:26

Will Durst interview

5/24/2018
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Episode 28 of The Big Event podcast is in interview with Will Durst, who returns to the Punch Line from May 30 to June 2, 2018. Durst and his wife Debi Durst talk about the 1980s comedy scene, the huge impact of Robin Williams, Will Durst’s 1986 run for mayor and why they continue to live in San Francisco – even though it’s nearly impossible for local full-time artists. Chronicle columnist Heather Knight joins the conversation; Durst was a celebrity chauffer during Hartlaub and Knight’s...

Duration:00:41:58

Alden Ehrenreich interview

5/4/2018
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Episode 27 of The Big Event podcast is in interview with Alden Ehrenreich, star of the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Ehrenreich talks about how he got the role (and had to remain silent after the story broke), how he reacted to reports of chaos on the set and his friendship with Francis Ford Coppola, who directed Ehrenreich in his first starring role. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement archive. Theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks. Opening...

Duration:00:21:59

Total Muni 2018, Part IV: Requiem for a Felton

5/3/2018
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Episode 26 of The Big Event podcast recaps Heather and Peter’s successful completion of Total Muni 2018, riding every Muni route in one day – starting at 3:12 a.m. on Treasure Island and ending at a Giants game in the seventh inning. Chronicle columnist Heather Knight and host Peter Hartlaub talk about the highs (surprise burritos), lows (the 2 Clement disaster) and an update on Felton the lost Muni dog who followed us on the route. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement...

Duration:00:49:06

Total Muni 2018, Part III: "It's a Better Story if You Fail Miserably"

4/27/2018
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Episode 25 of The Big Event podcast covers the final preparations before we embark on Total Muni 2018, our attempt to ride every Muni route in one day – starting at 3:12 a.m. on Treasure Island and ending (hopefully) at a Giants game. Chronicle columnist Heather Knight and host Peter Hartlaub introduce third member Jessica Christian, who will be joining us on the big day. Other topics covered include the ghost bus Peter saw when he tested the route, and Heather’s heartwarming e-mails from...

Duration:00:26:13

Henry Winkler interview

4/15/2018
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Episode 24 of The Big Event podcast is an interview with Henry Winkler, star of “Happy Days,” and now co-starring in the acclaimed HBO show “Barry” with Bill Hader. Winkler talks about a mysterious “Happy Days” softball game at Candlestick Park in the 1970s (Dianne Feinstein was on the opposing team!), his willingness to audition for parts and why it’s perfectly OK to call him The Fonz.

Duration:00:28:03

Total Muni 2018, Part II: No turning back, and Lou Seal is coming

4/13/2018
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Episode 23 of The Big Event podcast is a rundown of Total Muni 2018, with a date set (April 30, 2018), a route (mostly) completed thanks in large part to Chronicle reader Jerry White, and a plan to end the route with a beer at the Giants night game. A panicked Chronicle columnist Heather Knight and host Peter Hartlaub talk about their daunting attempt to ride every Muni line in one day – replicating the 1980 stunt completed by current Giants CEO and president Larry Baer and his friend Andy...

Duration:00:26:46

"… And Justice for All" SF Music Greatest of All Time

3/23/2018
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Episode 21 of The Big Event podcast is a tribute the Metallica album “…And Justice for All.” The Big Event host Peter Hartlaub shares his thoughts about the 1988 metal album, and invites Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri and lifestyles reporter and cannabis reporter Carolyne Zinko to help induct the album into the SF Music Greatest of All Time – the first record to receive the honor on The Big Event Podcast.

Duration:00:38:01

Marine World tribute with Jill Tucker

3/8/2018
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Episode 20 of The Big Event podcast is a tribute to the 1970s and 1980s amusement park Marine World Africa U.S.A. The Big Event host Peter Hartlaub shares his memories, and invites Chronicle education reporter Jill Tucker, who was a safari ride boat operator. Before the Marine World tribute, Hartlaub and Tucker talk about covering the 2017 Wine Country Fires. The Chronicle recently won a Scripps Howard Award for breaking news for its coverage of the fires. Recorded in the San Francisco...

Duration:00:43:34

Jordan Peele interview

2/26/2018
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Episode 19 of The Big Event podcast features host Peter Hartlaub interviewing Jordan Peele about the 2017 hit “Get Out,” which overcame the odds (being released in February, being a horror film) and was nominated for a best picture Academy Award, along with best original screenplay and director nominations for Peele. The first-time director also talks about some of his favorite San Francisco films, and what it was like meeting his heroes … his fellow best director nominees.

Duration:00:26:31

Larry Baer interview, and launch of Total Muni 2018

2/23/2018
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Episode 18 of The Big Event podcast features host Peter Hartlaub and Chronicle columnist Heather Knight interviewing Larry Baer about his 1980 college-era “Total Muni Experience” stunt, where he and friend Andy Coblentz rode every Muni line in one day. Baer tries to convince Hartlaub and Knight to try repeating the stunt in 2018. He also talks about his early love of baseball and brief career as an A’s broadcaster – answering the question: “If the Giants broadcast crew all got sick on the...

Duration:00:38:57

"The Birds" - SF Cinema Greatest of All Time

2/19/2018
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Episode 17 of The Big Event podcast is a celebration of “The Birds,” the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Tippi Hedren as a San Francisco socialite who finds avian terror in Bodega Bay. San Francisco style reporter Tony Bravo and Chronicle columnist and Alta Journal digital editor/writer Beth Spotswood are guests. The Big Event is hosted by Peter Hartlaub. In this episode, we talk about the fashion of "The Birds," the compelling cast and discuss whether a pack of birds indeed could...

Duration:00:42:00

Photographing Warriors with Scott Strazzante and Carlos Avila Gonzalez

2/8/2018
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Episode 16 of The Big Event podcast is a conversation with San Francisco Chronicle photographers Scott Strazzante and Carlos Avila Gonzalez about their stunning work photographing the Golden State Warriors. Hosted by Peter Hartlaub. In this episode, we talk about the challenges, fun and bodily harm inflicted while covering the Warriors through this championship era. Gonzalez has been shooting at The Chronicle for close to 20 years, while Strazzante came in 2014 after working in Chicago;...

Duration:00:51:44