Total SF

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 and columnist Heather Knight and recorded on the streets, hilltops, parks and landmarks of San Francisco. The pair's focus on the whimsy and wonder of San Francisco began in 2018 when they rode every bus, train, cable car and street car in the city in one day. They believe in highlighting the eccentric characters, independent bookstores, burger joints and bars that make the bay so great.

TV & Film
Society & Culture
Comedy
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Tom Tolbert on his first years in the Bay Area,...
KNBR host Tom Tolbert joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about his first memories of San Francisco, and how a kid who grew up near Long Beach made the Bay Area his home. The former Warriors forward recalls when he realized a radio career might be a possibility, and his first day working with KNBR legend Ralph Barbieri. Hartlaub and Tolbert, both Alameda residents, share their opinions of island living. And Tolbert shares some memories about 7-foot-7 teammate Manute Bol.
46 min
102
A tribute to "Bullitt," with Heather Knight and...
As The Big Event becomes Total SF, we pay tribute to the movie "Bullitt," the Steve McQueen classic with arguably the greatest car chase in history. Host Peter Hartlaub is joined by Chronicle columnist Heather Knight and friend of the show Eric Kingsbury to talk about the San Francisco locations, why the movie has aged well and the horrible scene where Bullitt steals a San Francisco Chronicle.
45 min
103
"Roll Over Easy" radio hosts Chris Bunting and ...
"Roll Over Easy" is a popular radio show and podcast on the online radio station BFF.fm, where hosts Christopher Bunting and Luke Spray spread joy and San Francisco love every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. In their first interview since The Big Event became Total SF, hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight talk to the pair about how they met, their favorite S.F. things and what (if anything) pisses them off. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Theme song "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks. Cable car bell-ringing by Byron Cobb
36 min
104
The Big Event podcast becomes Total SF
Peter Hartlaub is joined by Heather Knight to explain The Big Event podcast's transition to Total SF. All the old The Big Event episodes will remain and the general vibe of the podcast won't change, but we're doubling down on bringing you the best Bay Area characters and stories. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will Rise" by the Sunset Shipwrecks with cable car bell ringing by Byron Cobb.
11 min
105
Shea Serrano on his journalism start, favorite ...
Author and journalist Shea Serrano visits the San Francisco Chronicle to give his origin story as a writer, and talk about and his new book "Movies and Other Things." On Serrano's first visit to S.F., host Peter Hartlaub also asks him about his favorite San Francisco movies and stories of Mexican grandmothers.
49 min
106
Paula Poundstone on bike messenging, "M*A*S*H" ...
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.
49 min
107
Wendy Tokuda interview — memories of KPIX, Dave...
50 min
108
The greatness of "Sister Act," and a case for "...
39 min
109
Byron Cobb interview — SF Cable Car Bell Ringin...
38 min
110
Introducing ... your new 49 Mile Scenic Route
Announcing the finish of the #TotalSF reboot of the 49 Mile Scenic Drive, the 81-year-old route with the seagull signs that needed an update. Heather Knight and Peter Hartlaub talk about what they included, what they left out and why.
36 min
111
Pacifica Taco Bell tribute, with Paolo Lucchesi
32 min
112
Joey Avery and Andrew Orolfo interview — rising...
37 min
113
Scott Sampson interview — new Cal Academy direc...
25 min
114
Marc Benioff interview — on values, S.F. and hi...
38 min
115
49 Mile Makeover IV: Overrated Twin Peaks, with...
21 min
116
Leslie Sbrocco interview — The Big Event flashback
40 min
117
Best and worst Warriors jerseys all time, with ...
36 min
118
Total SF: Warriors president Rick Welts intervi...
28 min
119
KFOG radio tribute, with Peter Finch, Renee Ric...
50 min
120
Marine World Africa U.S.A. tribute — The Big Ev...
44 min
121
49-Mile Makeover III: What should stay and go o...
41 min
122
49-Mile Makeover II: Heather & Peter argue, mee...
31 min
123
"The Rock" tribute — SF Cinema Greatest of All ...
39 min
124
John Travolta interview — on fandom, history an...
28 min
125
Chuck Prophet interview — on music, SF and salu...
43 min
126
Renel Brooks-Moon interview — SF Giants public ...
49 min
127
49-Mile Makeover Part I: Scenic drive needs a r...
49 min
128
Dwight Clark tribute, with Brian Murphy, Matt M...
45 min
129
Ear Hustle co-hosts Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor
35 min
130
Sony Metreon 1999 tribute, with John King and P...
43 min
131
Will Durst interview — on San Francisco, and hi...
34 min
132
Apollo 11 moon landing tribute with David Perlman
36 min
133
Golden Gate Park roller skating tribute, with D...
45 min
134
Dan the Automator interview — on living in S.F....
44 min
135
Adam Savage interview — The Big Event flashback
46 min
136
Jerry Rice interview — The Big Event flashback
28 min
137
Jonas Rivera interview — "Toy Story 4" producer...
Jonas Rivera interview — "Toy Story 4" producer and Oakland A's superfan
38 min
138
Oracle Arena tribute, with Ann Killion and Demi...
33 min
139
Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails interview — "The La...
40 min
140
Taron Egerton interview — "Rocketman" star talk...
23 min
141
Total SF Live! with Amanda Guest, Emily Silverm...
72 min
142
Penelope Houston interview — the Avengers singe...
52 min
143
"The Game" tribute — SF Cinema Greatest of all ...
47 min
144
Leah Garchik interview — Chronicle columnist on...
37 min
145
Kaseem Bentley interview — San Francisco comedi...
49 min
146
Art Spander interview — sports writer has cover...
39 min
147
The Bands We Follow — The Avett Brothers, with ...
Chronicle sports columnist Ann Killion talks with host Peter Hartlaub about her favorite band, living in Marin and how she became a journalist
42 min
148
Total SF: Tribute to the Richmond District, wit...
Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight record a The Big Event/San Francisco City Insider crossover podcast at the Balboa Theatre
32 min
149
Michael Pritchard interview — SF comedian rejec...
Comedian Michael Pritchard had a chance to be the next Robin Williams, be he chose to work with troubled kids and the homeless
45 min
150
"So I Married an Axe Murderer" tribute, with Au...
A tribute to the 1993 movie "So I Married an Axe Murderer," from box office bomb to classic, with Audrey Cooper, Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight
36 min
151
Total SF: Neighborhood theater tribute, with He...
Adam Bergeron, proprietor of the Balboa and Vogue theaters in San Francisco, joins Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight to talk about city theaters past and present.
38 min
152
Soleil Ho interview - new San Francisco Chronic...
Soleil Ho talks about her first month on the job, anonymity, and what comes next, with Paolo Lucchesi and Peter Hartlaub
40 min
153
Total SF: Best and Worst Muni Lines, Part 1
Heather Knight and MC Allen help Peter Hartlaub break down the bus lines of San Francisco
45 min
154
Jesse Thorn interview - with Lee Thorn and Kevi...
"Bullseye" host and Maximum Fun podcast network owner Jesse Thorn is joined by his father, activist Lee Thorn
59 min
155
Tribute to S.F. Snow Day 1976 - History and Sto...
The last snow in San Francisco was Feb. 5, 1976. Bill Fox, Bill Van Niekerken and host Peter Hartlaub discuss that day.
43 min
156
My First Car - Chronicle Storytelling, with Liz...
Chronicle reporters Lizzie Johnson and Susan Slusser and host Peter Hartlaub talk about how their first automobiles helped shape their lives.
41 min
157
Total SF: The Total Muni Baby Interview
Total Muni Fan Connor Skelly and his baby Finn are riding every Muni line - inspired by Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight's Total Muni 2018
30 min
158
David Perlman interview - Happy 100th Birthday ...
A conversation with San Francisco Chronicle science writer emeritus David Perlman, who worked at the paper from 1940 to 2017
37 min
159
Burrito Stories, Part II, with Burrito Justice ...
An afternoon of burrito history and storytelling (but no actual burritos) in The Big Event podcast studio
48 min
160
Paula Poundstone interview - Paula returns to T...
Comedian Paula Poundstone returns to The Big Event in advance of her New Year's Eve show
43 min
161
Adam Savage interview - "Mythbusters Jr." and l...
TV host and maker Adam Savage talks about living in San Francisco and his return to the "Mythbusters" franchise.
45 min
162
"The Princess Diaries" - SF Cinema GOAT with Ke...
Kevin Fagan, Tony Bravo and host Peter Hartlaub pay tribute to the greatness of the SF film "The Princess Diaries."
42 min
163
Barry Jenkins interview - "If Beale Street Coul...
"Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins talks about his new film "If Beale Street Could Talk," and his eight years in San Francisco.
30 min
164
Leslie Sbrocco interview - "Check, Please! Bay ...
TV host and wine consultant Leslie Sbrocco joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about "Check, Please! Bay Area Kids" on KQED.
39 min
165
Total SF: Cable car gripman Val Lupiz interview
Heather Knight and Peter Hartlaub interview their cable car friends Val Lupiz, Jeremy Whiteman and Frank Zepeda
29 min
166
Jerry Rice interview - "In Search of Greatness"
Jerry Rice joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about "In Search of Greatness," the new documentary that features Rice and other elite sports achievers.
27 min
167
Burrito Stories: An afternoon of S.F. burrito h...
Host Peter Hartlaub and guests Audrey Cooper and Paolo Lucchesi discuss the Mission-style burrito in San Francisco.
36 min
168
Rami Malek interview: "Bohemian Rhapsody" with ...
The stars of the new Queen biopic come to The Big Event archive studio to talk with host Peter Hartlaub about the band and the movie.
30 min
169
Total SF: Night of the Living Deadline Hallowee...
The Chronicle's Tony Bravo, Heather Knight and Jill Tucker join host Peter Hartlaub to decide on an S.F.-themed Halloween costume to build in the newsroom.
34 min
170
“Inside Out” – SF Cinema GOAT with Audrey Coope...
Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight join host Peter Hartlaub to pay tribute to the Pixar film “inside Out.”
37 min
171
Total SF: Tourist traps we like, Part II
San Francisco columnist Heather Knight and food editor Paolo Lucchesi join host Peter Hartlaub to get ready for Sept 26 – Tourist Trap Day in San Francisco.
21 min
172
Jan Yanehiro and Richard Hart interview – “Even...
Jan Yanehiro and Richard Hart join host Peter Hartlaub to share stories about “Evening Magazine,” celebrity interviews and journalism in the 21st Century.
55 min
173
Not dead yet ... The Big Event is back!
The Big Event returns from exile, and host Peter Hartlaub explains why the podcast disappeared.
8 min
174
“The Joy Luck Club” tribute with Vanessa Hua
“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.
40 min
175
The Bands We Follow – The Jam and Y&T, with Sus...
Susan Slusser joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about her love of Paul Weller, Style Council and The Jam.
46 min
176
Total SF: Tourist traps we like, with Heather K...
Heather Knight and Paolo Lucchesi join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the S.F. tourist traps they tolerate and even like.
45 min
177
Greg Proops interview – The Big Event flashback
Comedian Greg Proops joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk San Francisco comedy and Bay Area nostalgia.
57 min
178
“Sister Act” – SF Cinema GOAT with Tony Bravo a...
Tony Bravo and Beth Spotswood join host Peter Hartlaub to induct “Sister Act” in the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time.
49 min
179
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal interview
"Blindspotting" co-writers and stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the new film set in Oakland.
29 min
180
Bay Area drive-in tribute with Tony Bravo and J...
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.
42 min
181
Boots Riley interview, with Lakeith Stanfield
"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.
33 min
182
"Milk" - SF Cinema GOAT with Audrey Cooper and ...
Chronicle editor in chief Audrey Cooper and San Francisco columnist Heather Knight join host Peter Hartlaub to induct the 2008 film "Milk" in the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time.
47 min
183
Jello Biafra interview
Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra joins host Peter Hartlaub and sports editor Al Saracevic to talk about music, politics, sports, San Francisco and his upcoming 60th birthday.
57 min
184
Will Durst interview
Longtime San Francisco comedian Will Durst and his wife Debi Durst joins host Peter Hartlaub and Chronicle columnist Heather Knight to talk about San Francisco comedy in the 1980s and today.
41 min
185
Alden Ehrenreich interview
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" actor Alden Ehrenreich joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about how he landed the role in the stand-alone "Star Wars" prequel, and acting in his first film with Francis Ford Coppola.
21 min
186
Total Muni 2018, Part IV: Requiem for a Felton
Chronicle columnist Heather Knight joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about Total Muni 2018 - recapping The Chronicle's successful attempt to ride every Muni line in one day.
49 min
187
Total Muni 2018, Part III: "It's a Better Story...
Chronicle columnist Heather Knight and photographer Jessica Christian join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about Total Muni 2018 - The Chronicle's attempt to ride every Muni line in one day.
26 min
188
Henry Winkler interview
Actor and producer Henry Winkler host Peter Hartlaub to talk about his new HBO show "Barry," and answer questions about a mysterious "Happy Days" softball game at Candlestick Park.
28 min
189
Total Muni 2018, Part II: No turning back, and ...
Chronicle columnist Heather Knight joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about Total Muni 2018 - The Chronicle's attempt to ride every Muni line in one day.
26 min
190
SF Giants Opening Day in 1958
Chronicle librarian Bill Van Niekerken joins host Peter Hartlaub at The Big Event podcast studio in the Chronicle's basement archive, to talk about the 1958 Opening Day for the San Francisco Giants.
39 min
191
Marine World tribute with Jill Tucker
Chronicle education reporter Jill Tucker joins host Peter Hartlaub at The Big Event podcast studio in the Chronicle's basement archive, to talk about the Redwood City amusement park Marine World Africa U.S.A.
43 min
192
Jordan Peele interview
"Get Out" director Jordan Peele joins host Peter Hartlaub at The Big Event podcast studio in the Chronicle's basement archive, to talk about the hit Academy Award nominated film.
26 min
193
Larry Baer interview; Total Muni 2018, Part I
San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer and Chronicle columnist Heather Knight join host Peter Hartlaub at The Big Event podcast studio in the Chronicle's basement archive, to talk about Baer's 1980 Muni stunt … and perhaps revive it in 2018!
38 min
194
"The Birds" - SF Cinema Greatest of All Time
San Francisco Chronicle style reporter Tony Bravo and columnist Beth Spotswood join host Peter Hartlaub at The Big Event podcast studio in the Chronicle's basement archive, to induct "The Birds" into the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time.
42 min
195
Photographing Warriors with Scott Strazzante an...
San Francisco Chronicle photographers Scott Strazzante and Carlos Avila Gonzalez join host Peter Hartlaub at The Big Event podcast studio in the Chronicle's basement archive, to talk about what it's like to photograph Warriors games.
51 min
196
Mo Willems interview
Children’s book author Mo Willems joins host Peter Hartlaub to talk about how to write picture books, how Charles Schulz influenced his career and the difficulty of making his work look easy.
27 min
197
“Mrs. Doubtfire” - SF Cinema Greatest of All Time
Chronicle style reporter Tony Bravo and columnist Beth Spotswood join host Peter Hartlaub to induct “Mrs. Doubtfire” into the SF Cinema Greatest of All Time.
54 min
198
W. Kamau Bell interview
W. Kamau Bell makes his first visit to the San Francisco Chronicle basement archive studio. Bell struggled as a comedian for a decade before his one-man show, W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, became a hit in 2007. The comedian, podcas
43 min
199
Paula Poundstone interview
The Big Event welcomes Paula Poundstone to the basement archive studio. Poundstone moved to San Francisco in the early 1980s and saw her comedy career flourish, at clubs including The Other Café and Holy City Zoo. She talks about the S.F. comedy scene, o
56 min
200
Best hangover destinations of the Bay Area
A look at what makes a good restaurant for hangover food, and where to go in the Bay Area when you've had too much to drink.
39 min