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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

Photographing the Warriors - The Big Event flashback with Scott Strazzante and Carlos Avila Gonzales

4/18/2019
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Chronicle photographers Scott Strazzante and Carlos Avila Gonzalez join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about what it's like to photograph Warriors games, and tell stories from the basketball court. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:35

The Bands We Follow — The Avett Brothers, with Ann Killion

4/15/2019
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Episode 68 of The Big Event is The Bands We Follow with San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Ann Killion. Killion talks to host Peter Hartlaub about The Avett Brothers, who she has seen in concert 20 times since son introduced her to the band. She also talks about her father Leo, who wrote a hit song in the 1940s, her early sports fandom and her path to becoming a sports columnist. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. The Big Event theme music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks off...

Duration:00:42:25

Total SF: Tribute to the Richmond District, with Heather Knight, Supervisor Sandra Fewer and more

4/9/2019
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Episode 67 of The Big Event is a tribute to the Richmond District. Recorded at the historic Balboa Theatre before their screening of "So I Married an Axe Murderer," host Peter Hartlaub and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight interview Supervisor Sandra Fewer, former Green Apple Books co-owner Kevin Hunsanger, Balboa owner Adam Bergeron, Richmond resident and affordable housing analyst Sophie Hayward and Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper. Recorded at the Balboa Theatre in San...

Duration:00:32:10

Michael Pritchard interview - SF comedian rejected Hollywood for social work

4/1/2019
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Episode 66 of The Big Event is an interview with Michael Pritchard, a Bay Area comedian and social worker. Pritchard was one of the biggest rising stars in the early 1980s, winning the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 1980 and appearing on "The Tonight Show" the following year. But Pritchard rejected Hollywood to work in juvenile halls, with the homeless and in anti-bullying programs. Pritchard joined host Peter Hartlaub and reporter Kevin Fagan, who has gotten to know...

Duration:00:45:52

"So I Married an Axe Murderer" tribute, with Audrey Cooper and Heather Knight

3/21/2019
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Episode 66 of The Big Event is a tribute to the 1993 San Francisco movie "So I Married an Axe Murderer," which was filled with strife during production and was a box office disaster, but has endured as a classic. San Francisco Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight join host Peter Hartlaub to induct "Axe Murderer" in the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time. They discuss San Francisco bagpipers, Alcatraz tours, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's diss of the movie,...

Duration:00:36:21

Total SF: Neighborhood theater tribute, with Heather Knight and Adam Bergeron

3/7/2019
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Episode 65 of The Big Event is a tribute to San Francisco's neighborhood theaters, past and present. Balboa and Vogue theater proprietor Adam Bergeron joins host Peter Hartlaub and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight to talk about their first theater memories, talk San Francisco theater history and announce a new Total SF event. "So I Married an Axe Murderer" screens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Balboa - with a special The Big Event "Tribute to the Richmond District" podcast...

Duration:00:38:15

Soleil Ho interview - new San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic

2/25/2019
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Episode 64 of The Big Event is an interview with new San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Soleil Ho. Food editor Paolo Lucchesi and host Peter Hartlaub speak with Ho about her upcoming first reviews, her background as a writer and cultural critic, how writing on culture and race will fit into her food coverage and how she'd been managing to review restaurants without driving. Ho also tries her first It's It ice cream treat live on the podcast ... with devastating results for her...

Duration:00:40:13

Rami Malek interview - The Big Event flashback with "Bohemian Rhapsody" co-stars Gwilym Lee and Joseph Mazzello

2/20/2019
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Episode 63 of The Big Event is a flashback, featuring an October 2018 interview with "Bohemian Rhapsody" stars Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Gwilym Lee. They dropped by The Big Event archive studio to talk about what it was like to play Freddie Mercury, Brian May and John Deacon in the new biopic. They also talk with host Peter Hartlaub about California earthquakesm the 1985 Live Aid concert and make a dramatic reading of the San Francisco Chronicle's scathing first Queen reviews from 1976...

Duration:00:29:29

Total SF: Best and Worst Muni Lines, Part 1

2/14/2019
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In Episode 62 of The Big Event, Muni thought leader MC Allen and Chronicle San Francisco columnist Heather Knight join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the best and worst Muni lines in the city. Inspired by Total Muni 2018, where Knight and Hartlaub rode every Muni line in one day, Allen spent last summer traveling on every Muni line end to end with his children. The group discusses what makes a good and bad Muni line, and break down the best, worst and most scenic Muni lines in...

Duration:00:45:22

Jesse Thorn interview - with Lee Thorn and Kevin Fagan

2/11/2019
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In Episode 61 of The Big Event, Jesse Thorn, host of NPR's "Bullseye," owner of the Maximum Fun podcasting network and San Francisco native, comes to the archive podcasting studio. We also invited his dad, protester, activist and frequent Chronicle article subject Lee Thorn. Jesse talks about his foundational San Francisco years at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, building his podcast network and why he still reps the Bay Area hard - even though he lives in Los Angeles. Lee Thorn and Kevin...

Duration:00:59:14

Tribute to S.F. Snow Day 1976 - History and Stories with Bill Fox and Bill Van Niekerken

2/5/2019
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In Episode 60 of The Big Event, ex-SFPD officer, photographer and "Lands End" author Bill Fox joins host Peter Hartlaub snd Chronicle librarian Bill Van Niekerken to talk about Feb. 5, 1976 - the last time it snowed in S.F.. Burlingame natives Hartlaub and Van Niekerken have their own memories of the event. But Fox was getting off his shift as a cop and took some stunning photos from his Diamond Heights home. San Francisco snow history and all-time favorite 49ers players are also...

Duration:00:43:53

My First Car - Chronicle Storytelling, with Lizzie Johnson and Susan Slusser

1/28/2019
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In Episode 59 of The Big Event, Chronicle fire reporter Lizzie Johnson and Oakland A's beat reporter Susan Slusser join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about their first cars. After a beginning segment interviewing Johnson about her 2018 wildfire coverage - Dairy Queens, fire suits and Guy Fieri are covered - the reporters tell the stories of their 2000s Toyota Corolla, 1973 Plymouth Valiant and 1962 1/2 Chevy II Nova, and how the first cars they ever owned shaped their lives. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:41:03

My First Car - Chronicle Storytelling, with Lizzie Johnson and Susan Slusser

1/28/2019
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In Episode 59 of The Big Event, Chronicle fire reporter Lizzie Johnson and Oakland A's beat reporter Susan Slusser join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about their first cars. After a beginning segment interviewing Johnson about her 2018 wildfire coverage - Dairy Queens, fire suits and Guy Fieri are covered - the reporters tell the stories of their 2000s Toyota Corolla, 1973 Plymouth Valiant and 1962 1/2 Chevy II Nova, and how the first cars they ever owned shaped their lives. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:41:03

My First Car - Chronicle Storytelling, with Lizzie Johnson and Susan Slusser

1/28/2019
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In Episode 59 of The Big Event, Chronicle fire reporter Lizzie Johnson and Oakland A's beat reporter Susan Slusser join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about their first cars. After a beginning segment interviewing Johnson about her 2018 wildfire coverage - Dairy Queens, fire suits and Guy Fieri are covered - the reporters tell the stories of their 2000s Toyota Corolla, 1973 Plymouth Valiant and 1962 1/2 Chevy II Nova, and how the first cars they ever owned shaped their lives. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:41:03

My First Car - Chronicle Storytelling, with Lizzie Johnson and Susan Slusser

1/28/2019
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In Episode 59 of The Big Event, Chronicle fire reporter Lizzie Johnson and Oakland A's beat reporter Susan Slusser join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about their first cars. After a beginning segment interviewing Johnson about her 2018 wildfire coverage - Dairy Queens, fire suits and Guy Fieri are covered - the reporters tell the stories of their 2000s Toyota Corolla, 1973 Plymouth Valiant and 1962 1/2 Chevy II Nova, and how the first cars they ever owned shaped their lives. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:41:03

My First Car - Chronicle Storytelling, with Lizzie Johnson and Susan Slusser

1/28/2019
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In Episode 59 of The Big Event, Chronicle fire reporter Lizzie Johnson and Oakland A's beat reporter Susan Slusser join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about their first cars. After a beginning segment interviewing Johnson about her 2018 wildfire coverage - Dairy Queens, fire suits and Guy Fieri are covered - the reporters tell the stories of their 2000s Toyota Corolla, 1973 Plymouth Valiant and 1962 1/2 Chevy II Nova, and how the first cars they ever owned shaped their lives. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:41:03

My First Car - Chronicle Storytelling, with Lizzie Johnson and Susan Slusser

1/28/2019
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In Episode 59 of The Big Event, Chronicle fire reporter Lizzie Johnson and Oakland A's beat reporter Susan Slusser join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about their first cars. After a beginning segment interviewing Johnson about her 2018 wildfire coverage - Dairy Queens, fire suits and Guy Fieri are covered - the reporters tell the stories of their 2000s Toyota Corolla, 1973 Plymouth Valiant and 1962 1/2 Chevy II Nova, and how the first cars they ever owned shaped their lives. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:41:03

My First Car - Chronicle Storytelling, with Lizzie Johnson and Susan Slusser

1/28/2019
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In Episode 59 of The Big Event, Chronicle fire reporter Lizzie Johnson and Oakland A's beat reporter Susan Slusser join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about their first cars. After a beginning segment interviewing Johnson about her 2018 wildfire coverage - Dairy Queens, fire suits and Guy Fieri are covered - the reporters tell the stories of their 2000s Toyota Corolla, 1973 Plymouth Valiant and 1962 1/2 Chevy II Nova, and how the first cars they ever owned shaped their lives. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:41:03

My First Car - Chronicle Storytelling, with Lizzie Johnson and Susan Slusser

1/28/2019
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In Episode 59 of The Big Event, Chronicle fire reporter Lizzie Johnson and Oakland A's beat reporter Susan Slusser join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about their first cars. After a beginning segment interviewing Johnson about her 2018 wildfire coverage - Dairy Queens, fire suits and Guy Fieri are covered - the reporters tell the stories of their 2000s Toyota Corolla, 1973 Plymouth Valiant and 1962 1/2 Chevy II Nova, and how the first cars they ever owned shaped their lives. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:41:03

My First Car - Chronicle Storytelling, with Lizzie Johnson and Susan Slusser

1/28/2019
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In Episode 59 of The Big Event, Chronicle fire reporter Lizzie Johnson and Oakland A's beat reporter Susan Slusser join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about their first cars. After a beginning segment interviewing Johnson about her 2018 wildfire coverage - Dairy Queens, fire suits and Guy Fieri are covered - the reporters tell the stories of their 2000s Toyota Corolla, 1973 Plymouth Valiant and 1962 1/2 Chevy II Nova, and how the first cars they ever owned shaped their lives. Produced by Peter...

Duration:00:41:03