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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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
202
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
203
“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
204
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
205
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
206
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
207
“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
208
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
209
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
210
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
211
"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
212
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
213
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
214
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
215
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
216
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
217
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
218
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
219
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
220
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
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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
222
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
223
"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
224
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
225
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
226
“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
227
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
228
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
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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
230
“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
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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
232
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
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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
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"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