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A San Francisco culture podcast featuring celebrity guests, non-celebrity guests, personalities from the San Francisco Chronicle and a celebration of Bay Area life. Hosted by culture critic Peter Hartlaub in the historic Chronicle basement photo archive, with frequent appearances by his #TotalSF partner, columnist Heather Knight. A Chronicle paperboy from 1983 to 1985, Hartlaub started writing for the publication in 2000. Hartlaub writes Bay Area culture stories, produces podcasts and digs through the Chronicle archives for his work authoring the Our San Francisco history column. He lives in Alameda.

A San Francisco culture podcast featuring celebrity guests, non-celebrity guests, personalities from the San Francisco Chronicle and a celebration of Bay Area life. Hosted by culture critic Peter Hartlaub in the historic Chronicle basement photo archive, with frequent appearances by his #TotalSF partner, columnist Heather Knight. A Chronicle paperboy from 1983 to 1985, Hartlaub started writing for the publication in 2000. Hartlaub writes Bay Area culture stories, produces podcasts and digs through the Chronicle archives for his work authoring the Our San Francisco history column. He lives in Alameda.

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United States

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A San Francisco culture podcast featuring celebrity guests, non-celebrity guests, personalities from the San Francisco Chronicle and a celebration of Bay Area life. Hosted by culture critic Peter Hartlaub in the historic Chronicle basement photo archive, with frequent appearances by his #TotalSF partner, columnist Heather Knight. A Chronicle paperboy from 1983 to 1985, Hartlaub started writing for the publication in 2000. Hartlaub writes Bay Area culture stories, produces podcasts and digs through the Chronicle archives for his work authoring the Our San Francisco history column. He lives in Alameda.

Language:

English


Episodes

Mayor London Breed: Shop locally — now!

4/14/2021
San Francisco Mayor London Breed joins Total SF to introduce the Small Business 30-Day Challenge, where San Francisco residents are urged to avoid chain stores and shop local for an entire month. Total SF co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight make the pledge as well, and talk to Breed about her favorite small businesses as a child in San Francisco, her comeback after a roller skating fall and some thoughts about a post-pandemic future for San Francisco. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music...

Duration:00:36:28

Car-free JFK Drive is not segregationist, with David Miles Jr.

4/9/2021
Golden Gate Park activist David Miles Jr. has been roller skating in the park since 1979, and he's stunned by the accusations from two supervisors that car-free JFK Drive is segregationist and "recreational redlining." Co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight record in the park with Miles, and talk about park history, diversity on car-free streets and S.F. mayor London Breed's skating lows and highs. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off...

Duration:00:38:51

Tom Ammiano: "Kiss My Gay Ass"

4/2/2021
Tom Ammiano was ahead of his time as a San Francisco supervisor, Assemblyman and the first openly gay member of the SF Board of Education. But he still has stories to tell — about working as a teacher in Vietnam during the war, struggling as a gay comic and his not-always-friendly rivalry with Dianne Feinstein. Total SF co-host Peter Hartlaub flies solo this week, listening to good stories and San Francisco history on location in Ammiano's backyard. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The...

Duration:00:52:03

A total San Francisco book club! w/ "Home Baked" author Alia Volz

3/26/2021
Total SF hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight introduce the Total SF Book Club, interviewing "Home Baked" author Alia Volz. The San Francisco memoir, featuring Volz growing up around her cannabis brownie-dealing parents, is the first book in the new club in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and Green Apple Books. Volz joins Hartlaub and Knight for a conversation across the street from the Mission District warehouse where her parents used to bake hundreds of brownies a day...

Duration:00:36:34

Kevin Fagan on the heart behind The Doodler podcast | Total SF

3/23/2021
Total SF co-host Peter Hartlaub talks with Kevin Fagan about The Doodler, a new documentary podcast from Ugly Duckling films, featuring an unsolved case about a serial murderer in San Francisco. The second half of the episode features an introduction to the podcast. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Cable car bell-ringing by eight-time champion Byron Cobb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:15

Ultrarunner Luke Wicker, and a tribute to Mt. Davidson | Total SF

3/19/2021
Ultrarunner Luke Wicker joins the Total SF crew to talk about how he conquered every San Francisco peak in one 65-mile day, and pay tribute by recording on the top of Mt. Davidson, Wicker's favorite peak, Co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight also talk bathrooms, post-ultrarun meals and find out why Wicker ran 76 peaks in one day (with 10,000 feet of elevation climb!) and why the UK native is leaving S.F., but has nothing but love on the way out. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is...

Duration:00:35:33

JFK Drive car-free forever, and Slow Streets draft | Total SF

3/12/2021
The Total SF team makes a case for keeping JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park car-free forever, and conducts a Slow Streets draft, picking which of the SFMTA reduced traffic street should stay forever - and who should be the mayor of each street. Co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight also update on the Oasis SF telethon from the D'Arcy Drollinger episode, and offer some thoughts about the decision to return cars to Twin Peaks. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the...

Duration:00:31:12

Craig Brewer, "Coming 2 America" director raised in Vallejo | Total SF

3/5/2021
Craig Brewer, whose love for filmmaking started in Vallejo, talks about falling in love with movies, old school video rental shops and his new film "Coming 2 America." Brewer, who also directed "Hustle & Flow" and "Dolemite is My Name," has directed Eddie Murphy's last two films, and explains what it's like being on a set filled with legends. "Coming 2 America" is out on Amazon Prime Video March 5, 2021. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off...

Duration:00:31:40

Drag performer D'Arcy Drollinger fights to save the Oasis | Total SF

3/3/2021
In a special bonus Total SF, D'Arcy Drollinger talks about being a drag performer and small business owner, and the fight to save the Oasis nightclub with an old school telethon. Co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight join Drollinger on the roof of the nightclub at 11th and Folsom streets to learn about the struggles of one nightclub owner — who is trying to raise $100,000 on Saturday, March 6, to stave off closure. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset...

Duration:00:36:30

Cable car tribute (and how the Chronicle almost killed them) | Total SF

2/26/2021
With cable cars gone from San Francisco indefinitely, co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight pay tribute to the landmark transit, with wild history (including the time The Chronicle tried to kill the cable cars) and thoughts about cable cars going future. In the second half of the episode, they replay an interview with cable call bell-ringing champ Byron Cobb, who gives a bell-ringing demonstration. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off...

Duration:00:41:24

Slow Streets tribute, and Amos Goldbaum interview | Total SF

2/19/2021
Artist Amos Goldbaum talks about his new mural on the Sanchez Slow Street, as co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight make their first in-person podcast recording in a year. Hartlaub and Knight also pay tribute to Slow Streets, and talk about the recent Richmond District Slow Streets Art Hunt. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community," and cable car bell ringing by 8-time champion Byron Cobb. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:31:24

Dr. Bob Wachter on COVID, communicating and why he loves SF | Total SF

2/12/2021
Dr. Bob Wachter, UCSF Medical Center chair of the Department of Medicine, joins hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight to talk about how he got to San Francisco, his emergence as a go-to on Twitter for COVID information and his new gig as a fill-in host for Andy Slavitt's "In the Bubble" podcast. Wachter also talks about being a communicator, how San Francisco might be viewed when the crisis is over and submits to Heather's lightning round - revealing his favorite San Francisco movie and...

Duration:00:38:52

"Always Be My Maybe" tribute, with Vanessa Hua | Total SF

2/5/2021
""A River of Stars" and "Deceit and Other Possibilities" author Vanessa Hua joins hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight to pay tribute to "Always Be My Maybe," the 2019 Netflix movie starring Ali Wong and Randall Park. "Always Be My Maybe" is also the next Total SF virtual movie night, starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 13. Also, support the Richmond District and its small businesses with the hashtag #ILoveTheRichmond. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the...

Duration:00:42:38

S.F. school names we can get behind (a Total SF draft)

1/29/2021
Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight talk about the San Francisco Board of Education approval to rename 44 schools, they defend Dianne Feinstein as worthy of the school name she's set to lose — and the co-hosts pick some unproblematic citizens whose name should be on a school. Willie Mays, Maya Angelou and Emperor Norton are the starting point. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community," and cable car bell ringing by 8-time...

Duration:00:36:11

Twin Peaks tribute, and other pandemic things we want to keep | Total SF

1/22/2021
Hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight pay tribute to Twin Peaks, which has been car-free for most of the pandemic but perhaps not for long. Hartlaub shares some Twin Peaks history, including plans for a waterfall, And the hosts pick other pandemic changes that they hope stay around through 2021 and beyond. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community," and cable car bell ringing by 8-time champion Byron Cobb. Learn more about...

Duration:00:34:43

Kirk Thatcher interview - stories from the punk on the bus | Total SF

1/15/2021
After the success of the Total SF "Star Trek IV" movie night, host Peter Hartlaub interviews Kirk Thatcher, who played the punk on the bus and was an associate producer on the film. In addition to all things "ST IV," Thatcher talks about the rest of his career, including getting hired by Industrial Light & Magic as a teen to work on "Return of the Jedi," and writing and directing many Muppets projects. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off the...

Duration:00:52:12

Stories from the San Francisco Chronicle archive | Total SF

1/8/2021
The Chronicle archive has photos dating back to the 19th Century. Total SF host Peter Hartlaub and librarian Bill Van Niekerken share secrets from the archive, including their favorite 1906 earthquake finds, some of their favorite finds and Bill's first day on the job. Van Niekerken retired this month, and the archive is now named the Van Niekerken Library. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off their album "Community" and cable car bell...

Duration:00:25:04

Saying goodbye to a horrible and heroic 2020 | Total SF

1/1/2021
Total SF hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight talk about the highs, lows and pure heroism in 2020, and predict good things for San Francisco in 2021. Hartlaub and Knight also end the year with a lightning round, choosing their takeout food MVPs, some of the small businesses that inspired them and what they're looking forward to the most in a post-vaccine world. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks and cable car bell ringing by 8-time champion...

Duration:00:40:43

Paula Poundstone in the Chronicle archive | Total SF flashback

12/29/2020
In this flashback podcast to a Total SF recorded on Dec. 31,, 2019, 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...

Duration:00:50:40

Nathan Tan on graffiti, SF and "Uncle Nate's Creativity Time" | Total SF

12/23/2020
Nathan "Nate1" Tan was a graffiti artist in his teens, then became a clothing designer creating the NewSkool line that specialized in hip-hop influences and San Francisco civic pride. He started a new unexpected career chapter during the pandemic — Uncle Nate of "Uncle Nate's Creativity Time," a series of worksheets and now videos on SFGovTV. Tan joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about old school San Francisco, indie businesses and his new gig as a video host. Produced by Peter Hartlaub....

Duration:00:38:48