The Big Event
By San Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub
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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.
||CleanW. 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, podca||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPaula 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,||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTop 10 movies of 2017 with Mick LaSalle and Leba Hertz||Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle, movie editor Leba Hertz and pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub discuss favorite films of 2017 – and what goes into making their annual Top 10 lists.||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” first impressions||Episode 9 of The Big Event is a breakdown of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the day after watching it for the first time at a critics screening. Hosted by Peter Hartlaub, with style reporter Tony Bravo and movie editor Leba Hertz. We explain why...||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Bay Area Story: “The Karate Kid,” the vineyard and the fires||Life imitates art for Robert Mark Kamen, the “Taken” and “The Karate Kid” screenwriter whose beloved hillside Sonoma County vineyard Kamen Estate Wines keeps getting threatened by fires.||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest 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.||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSF Cinema Greatest of All Time: “Moneyball”||Chronicle A's beat writer Susan Slusser and pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub induct "Moneyball" into the SF Cinema GOAT hall of fame.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA 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.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest films based on Stephen King books||San Francisco Chronicle writers Peter Hartlaub and Beth Spotswood pick the best, worst and most underrated movies based on Stephen King books - including the latest release "It."||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChronicle 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.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGreg 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.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSF Cinema Greatest of All Time: “Zodiac”||The Big Event inducts David Fincher's 2007 movie "Zodiac" into the podcast's SF Cinema greatest of all time hall of fame.||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Locals must (everyone should) listen
Really enjoyable conversations about people and places in the Bay Area. Insider without being pretentious.
Start with “Destination: Hangover” for a sentimental and practical conversation about the best late night and not so early morning shame eating locations. Anybody who ever brought a big group to a Lyons in high school can relate. You will end the pod with a list of places you want to go to and a hearty appetite.
Hartlaub knocks it out the park
Intriguing topics, fascinating guests, good bumper music. Must listen for Bay Area residents, instructional for those of us who
SF but live far away. Jim Hayes would be proud indeed.
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