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 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.

TV & Film
Society & Culture
Comedy
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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
102
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
103
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
104
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
105
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
106
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
107
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
108
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
109
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
110
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
111
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
112
"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
113
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
114
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
115
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
116
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
117
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
118
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
119
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
120
“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
121
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
122
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
123
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
124
“The Joy Luck Club” – SF Cinema GOAT with Vanes...
“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
125
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
126
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
127
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
128
“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
129
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
130
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
131
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
132
"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
133
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
134
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
135
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
136
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
137
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
138
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
139
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
140
SF Giants Opening Day in 1958 - Archives Live
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
141
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
142
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
143
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
144
"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
145
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
146
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
147
“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
148
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
149
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
150
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
151
“Moneyball” - SF Cinema Greatest of All Time
Chronicle A's beat writer Susan Slusser and pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub induct "Moneyball" into the SF Cinema GOAT hall of fame.
48 min
152
A Bay Area story: The hardware store and the fire
A Santa Rosa family lost nearly everything in the North Bay fires - but at their neighborhood hardware store, gratitude and empathy prevail.
7 min
153
Chronicle ranks the It’s Its
The It's It is a San Francisco classic, dating back to the early 20th century. But they recently added a pumpkin spice and green tea flavor. We rank the It's Its from best to worst.
32 min
154
Greg Proops interview
The Big Event welcomes Greg Proops to the basement archive studio. Proops grew up in San Carlos, came up as a comedian in San Francisco, and gained fame on "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and his Smartest Man in the World Proopcast.
57 min
155
"Zodiac" - SF Cinema Greatest of All Time
The Big Event inducts David Fincher's 2007 movie "Zodiac" into the podcast's SF Cinema greatest of all time hall of fame.
37 min