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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

"Surrealistic Pillow" - SF Music Greatest of All Time with Joel Selvin and Aidin Vaziri

10/17/2018
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Episode 45 of The Big Event podcast is a tribute to Jefferson Airplane and the band's breakthrough 1967 album "Surrealistic Pillow," the second album inducted into the podcast's SF Music Greatest of All Time. Host Peter Hartlaub is joined by former Chronicle music critic Joel Selvin, now an author of rock books including the recent "Altamont" and Grateful Dead post-Jerry Garcia breakdown "Fare Thee Well." Chronicle pop music critic Aidin Vaziri also joins the episode to talk about recently...

Duration:00:48:32

Ranking the It's It flavors - The Big Event flashback

10/9/2018
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In a 2017 episode, San Francisco Chronicle Food editor Paolo Lucchesi and Food writer Justin Phillips join host Peter Hartlaub to rank the It's It ice cream sandwich flavors from best to worst. The research is relevant for the 2018 Night of the Living Deadline project, where readers have challenged the Chronicle to build an It's It costume on deadline for Halloween. Tony Bravo joins the intro to talk about the costume's progress.. Recorded in the basement archive of the San Francisco...

Duration:00:33:36

Night of the Living Deadline: Best S.F.-themed Halloween costumes

10/3/2018
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On the latest episode of "The Big Event," host Peter Hartlaub is joined by Tony Bravo, Heather Knight and Jill Tucker to talk about their best and worst Halloween costumes over the years - and discuss Night of the Living Deadline, a Chronicle costume build chosen by readers and executed by Chronicle staff. The group argues whether to include Laughing Sal, the Vaillancourt Fountain and Millennium Tower among the finalists. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement archive. Theme...

Duration:00:34:59

“Inside Out” – SF Cinema GOAT with Audrey Cooper and Heather Knight

9/28/2018
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Episode 43 of The Big Event podcast inducts “Inside Out” in the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time. Host Peter Hartlaub is joined by Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper and columnist Heather Knight, who talk about the subtle genius of the 2015 Pete Docter film, what it’s like to raise kids in San Francisco (where Riley moves to in “Inside Out”) and why this qualifies as one of the greatest S.F. films made. They also rank their favorite Pixar films, including … “Planes 2”? Learn more about...

Duration:00:37:07

S.F. tourist traps we like, Part II: Skirmish at the Hard Rock Cafe

9/20/2018
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Episode 42 of The Big Event celebrates the best tourist traps in San Francisco, with reader feedback from our first episode, and a brutal rundown of our journey to Hard Rock Café at Pier 39 after the first tourist traps episode. Hosted by Peter Hartlaub. We also prepare for Sept. 26, which will be the first Tourist Trap Day in San Francisco, where readers and listeners are invited to visit their favorite S.F. tourist traps – or ones they’ve been wanting to check out. Peter and Heather Knight...

Duration:00:21:57

Jan Yanehiro and Richard Hart interview – “Evening Magazine” tribute

9/17/2018
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Episode 41 of The Big Event podcast is a tribute to the original “Evening Magazine,” the innovative TV newsmagazine that began in 1976 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hosts Jan Yanehiro (1976 to 1990) and Richard Hart (1979 to 1989) worked together for a decade during the show’s original run, and continue as colleagues at the Academy of Art University, where Yanehiro is the director of the School of Communications & Media Technologies. While happily reminiscing about “Evening” (the parties...

Duration:00:55:01

Not dead yet ... The Big Event is back!

9/13/2018
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In a bonus episode of The Big Event, host Peter Hartlaub is happy to announce the podcast is back after our Apple Podcasts near-death experience, and ready to finish September strong. Heather Knight joins the conversation to talk about how her podcast City Insider benefited from the disaster, the triumphant return, and what’s up next on The Big Event. Recorded in the San Francisco Chronicle’s basement archive. Theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks. Opening signature...

Duration:00:08:17

“The Joy Luck Club” – SF Cinema GOAT with Vanessa Hua and Heather Knight

8/30/2018
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"A River of Stars" author Vanessa Hua joins host Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight to induct "The Joy Luck Club" in the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:37

The Bands We Follow – The Jam and Y&T, with Susan Slusser

8/23/2018
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Susan Slusser joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the bands they follow, including Paul Weller/The Jam and hard rock band Y&T. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:46:24

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

8/16/2018
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San Francisco columnist Heather Knight and food editor Paolo Lucchesi join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the S.F. tourist traps they tolerate and even like. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:00

Bay Area roller rink tribute with Paolo Lucchesi and Jill Tucker

8/7/2018
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Paolo Lucchesi and Jill Tucker join host Peter Hartlaub to pay tribute to the lost roller rinks of the Bay Area and to celebrate skating culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:44:25

Greg Proops interview – The Big Event flashback

7/26/2018
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Comedian Greg Proops joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk San Francisco comedy and Bay Area nostalgia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:57:18

“Sister Act” – SF Cinema GOAT with Tony Bravo and Beth Spotswood

7/19/2018
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Tony Bravo and Beth Spotswood join host Peter Hartlaub to induct "Sister Act" into the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:30

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal interview

7/13/2018
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"Blindspotting" co-writers and stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the new film set in Oakland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:17

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

7/5/2018
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Chronicle style reporter Tony Bravo and education reporter Jill Tucker join host Peter Hartlaub to pay tribute to drive-in movie culture in the Bay Area. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:49

Boots Riley interview, with Lakeith Stanfield

6/28/2018
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"Sorry to Bother You" writer/director Boots Riley and actor Lakeith Stanfield join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the new film set in Oakland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:29

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

6/21/2018
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Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight join host Peter Hartlaub to induct "Milk" into the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:37

Jello Biafra interview

6/13/2018
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Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra joins host Peter Hartlaub and sports editor Al Saracevic to talk about his politics, sports, San Francisco and his upcoming 60th birthday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:57:26

Will Durst interview

5/24/2018
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San Francisco comedians Will Durst and Debi Durst join host Peter Hartlaub and Chronicle columnist Heather Knight to talk comedy history, and why they still love San Francisco. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:58

Alden Ehrenreich interview

5/4/2018
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"Solo: A Star Wars Story" actor Alden Ehrenreich joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about his role in the new movie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:59