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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 t ...
 
During the Corona Virus lockdown, new podcasts will go live Sunday afternoons. A podcast of theater reviews by Richard Wolinsky that air on KPFA’s Up Front, Arts-Waves and Talkies programs, plus additional unaired reviews by Richard Wolinsky and C.S. Soong. Also: interviews with Bay Area artistic directors, as well as performers, playwrights, directors and others in the local theatrical industry. Review air dates can be found: http://bookwaves.homestead.com/Theatre_Reviews.html
 
A weekly public affairs program focused on America Latina and the Latino community. We bring you noticias, arte, y cultura from the bay and beyond. Contact us at larazachronicles AT kpfa.org Tuesday evenings 7pm PT Northern California KPFA 94.1 FM 10pm ET - live on the web at www.kpfa.org Like us on Facebook at La Raza Chronicles Gracias!
 
Aer'La only wants to be free...The Confederated Worlds are unparalleled as a society of free people, yet, somehow, slavery still manages to exist. Aer'La, a non-human, was bred to serve as a pleasure slave. Years ago, she escaped her masters and masqueraded as a human, joining the Confederate Navy, where she worked her way up to ship's Bos'n under the heroic Captain Jan Atal. Now, Aer'La's secret has been discovered by Atal's superiors, the media, and the world at large. Branded a sociopath, ...
 
A Bay Area entertainment podcast created by the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook section - with interviews and discussions related to current news and features. Hosted by the critics, editors and reporters of Datebook, who interview celebrities and newsmakers, recap and preview big events and break down the latest Bay Area entertainment news.
 
Shipwreck is a San Francisco-based erotic fanfiction competition that pits six great writers against one great book each month. Fics are performed to a live audience by our resident thespian, that we might preserve author anonymity till the votes are tallied. Hosted by Amy Stephenson and Casey Childers.
 
Prometheus Radio Theatre, a group of experienced Baltimore-area Fan actors, writers and directors, is embarking on what we like to think is a bold, new path (then again, maybe we're just deranged!) We're bringing original, SF radio dramas to Fan audiences at area conventions, and we plan to offer said dramas via CD and streaming audio in the near future. Our current project is an episodic series, The Arbiter Chronicles, which author Steve Wilson describes as "a sort of Hornblower the Vampire ...
 
Demuir’s eclectic house sound exudes funky, sexy and soulful beats that are consistently recognized and sought by fellow artists and dance music fans around the world. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Demuir started off as a child playing around on his Dad’s Hammond B3 organ, before beginning to play music seriously at the age of 16, with skills covering the keys, bass guitar, drums and percussion instruments. He first fell in love with house music after hearing Derrick May’s “Strings of Life”, ...
 
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This podcast was originally posted on May 30, 2018. [caption id="attachment_289370" align="alignleft" width="307"] Sheryl Kaller, Richard Wolinsky and Pamela Gray.[/caption] Sheryl Kaller, director, and Pamela Gray, playwright of "A Walk on the Moon," a world premiere musical which played at A.C.T. Geary Theatre, June 9-July 1, 2018, in conversatio…
 
Artist Amos Goldbaum talks about his new mural on the Sanchez Slow Street, as co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight make their first in-person podcast recording in a year. Hartlaub and Knight also pay tribute to Slow Streets, and talk about the recent Richmond District Slow Streets Art Hunt. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "The Tide Will …
 
This podcast was originally posted on June 8, 2018. Playwright David Henry Hwang and composer Jeanine Tesori discuss their latest project, an original musical titled "Soft Power," which played at the Curran Theatre June 20-July 8, 2018, with host Richard Wolinsky. After the run at the Curran, the show was retooled and opened at New York's Public Th…
 
Dr. Bob Wachter, UCSF Medical Center chair of the Department of Medicine, joins hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight to talk about how he got to San Francisco, his emergence as a go-to on Twitter for COVID information and his new gig as a fill-in host for Andy Slavitt's "In the Bubble" podcast. Wachter also talks about being a communicator, how …
 
Encore podcast originally posted June 18, 2018 Octavio Solis, whose play "Quixote Nuevo" was performed at at California Shakespeare Theatre in June 2018, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. Author of over 20 plays, Octavio Solis is considered by many to be one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. With works that both draw on and …
 
""A River of Stars" and "Deceit and Other Possibilities" author Vanessa Hua joins hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight to pay tribute to "Always Be My Maybe," the 2019 Netflix movie starring Ali Wong and Randall Park. "Always Be My Maybe" is also the next Total SF virtual movie night, starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 13. Also, support the Ric…
 
This podcast was originally posted on January 30, 2017 as a Radio Wolinsky podcast. [caption id="attachment_254730" align="alignleft" width="322"] Alsion Bechdel (left); Jeanine Tesori (right)[/caption] Fun Home: Alison Bechdel and Jeanine Tesori, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. Alison Bechdel is the author of the graphic novel "Fun Home," a…
 
Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight talk about the San Francisco Board of Education approval to rename 44 schools, they defend Dianne Feinstein as worthy of the school name she's set to lose — and the co-hosts pick some unproblematic citizens whose name should be on a school. Willie Mays, Maya Angelou and Emperor Norton are the starting point. Produc…
 
This podcast was originally posted on May 9, 2018. [caption id="attachment_287416" align="alignleft" width="307"] Liz Diamond and Richard Wolinsky, May 2018.[/caption] Liz Diamond was the director of "Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3" by Suzan-Lori Parks, which played at ACT's Geary Theatre April 25-May 20, 2018. She was then, and …
 
Hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight pay tribute to Twin Peaks, which has been car-free for most of the pandemic but perhaps not for long. Hartlaub shares some Twin Peaks history, including plans for a waterfall, And the hosts pick other pandemic changes that they hope stay around through 2021 and beyond. Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is "Th…
 
This podcast was first posted on April 9, 2018. Jessica Hagedorn, playwright of "The Gangster of Love," based on her novel of the same name, is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky. "The Gangster of Love" had its world premiere at the Magic in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center, April 11 - May 6, 2018. Jessica Hagedorn has adapted her own novel, which te…
 
After the success of the Total SF "Star Trek IV" movie night, host Peter Hartlaub interviews Kirk Thatcher, who played the punk on the bus and was an associate producer on the film. In addition to all things "ST IV," Thatcher talks about the rest of his career, including getting hired by Industrial Light & Magic as a teen to work on "Return of the …
 
This encore podcast was first posted on January 22, 2018. John Kolvenbach is the author of several plays, including Sister Play and Goldfish, both previously performed at the Magic. His latest, Reel to Reel, had its world premiere January 31, 2018 and deals with a 55-year marriage, what really happens inside a marriage compared to how it appears to…
 
The Chronicle archive has photos dating back to the 19th Century. Total SF host Peter Hartlaub and librarian Bill Van Niekerken share secrets from the archive, including their favorite 1906 earthquake finds, some of their favorite finds and Bill's first day on the job. Van Niekerken retired this month, and the archive is now named the Van Niekerken…
 
This interview with Judith Ivey was recorded December 20, 2017 in a rehearsal room in the offices of ACT at 30 Grant Avenue in San Francisco, and first posted on January 5, 2018. [caption id="attachment_279011" align="alignleft" width="307"] Judith Ivey and Richard Wolinsky.[/caption] Judith Ivey, two-time Tony winning actress, in conversation with…
 
Total SF hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight talk about the highs, lows and pure heroism in 2020, and predict good things for San Francisco in 2021. Hartlaub and Knight also end the year with a lightning round, choosing their takeout food MVPs, some of the small businesses that inspired them and what they're looking forward to the most in a pos…
 
In this flashback podcast to a Total SF recorded on Dec. 31,, 2019, 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 …
 
This podcast was originally posted on April 9, 2017. Robert Hurwitt, former drama critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, and before that the San Francisco Examiner and the East Bay Express, is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky. Robert Hurwitt retired in April 2016 after a long and distinguished career as a critic and theater reviewer. Born as a “red…
 
Nathan "Nate1" Tan was a graffiti artist in his teens, then became a clothing designer creating the NewSkool line that specialized in hip-hop influences and San Francisco civic pride. He started a new unexpected career chapter during the pandemic — Uncle Nate of "Uncle Nate's Creativity Time," a series of worksheets and now videos on SFGovTV. Tan j…
 
This is the fourth in a series of interviews about theatre companies during the year of Covid. [caption id="attachment_294193" align="alignleft" width="200"] Bill English and Susi Damilano[/caption] Bill English is the Artistic Director and co-founder (with Susi Damilano) of San Francisco Playhouse, which had to shut down its theater near Union Squ…
 
"Star Trek IV" is "the one with the whales" and it's also the one featuring San Francisco. Carly Severn and Taylor Kate Brown join host Peter Hartlaub to pay tribute to the 1986 film, covering the humor, the environmental message, the punk on the Muni bus and local history of the film. (Including why the San Francisco Chronicle didn't make a cameo.…
 
This interview was first posted in a different form as a Radio Wolinsky podcast on November 27, 2018. Taylor Mac, writer/performer/co-director of "Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce" which ran at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco in late November/early December, 2018. In 2020, Taylor Mac has taken elements from that show and created a streaming show that…
 
Comedian and social worker Michael Pritchard returns to give us a motivational speech for the end of 2020. Pritchard re-joins host Peter Hartlaub and Chronicle homelessness reporter Kevin Fagan to give reason for hope and faith in humanity as we end a tough year with a vaccine in sight. He shares stories about Robin Williams, offers advice for copi…
 
Han Ong is a playwright whose play “Grandeur,” was produced at the Magic Theater in San Francisco in June, 2017. He was interviewed by KPFA theater critic Richard Wolinsky. The interview was posted on June 12, 2017, Han Ong has written several plays since the 1990s, and two novels, including the well-reviewed “Fixer Chao” in 2001. This is his secon…
 
Third in a series of interviews about how theatre companies are coping with the Corona Virus shutdown. Evren Odcikin, the Associate Artistic Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon discusses how OSF dealt with the shutdown due to Covid-19, followed by the Black Lives Matter movement engendered by the murder of George Floyd, and t…
 
With "Toy Story" turning 25 years old on Thanksgiving 2020, we spoke with Pixar's Andrew Stanton and Bob Pauley about the making of the movie. "Finding Nemo" and "WALL-E" director Stanton and "Toy Story 3" and "Toy Story 4" production designer Pauley talk about the highs and lows of making the movie, Steve Jobs and what it was like making the movie…
 
Pixar producer Jonas Rivera and senior historian Christine Freeman join Total SF host Peter Hartlaub to tell stories from the Pixar archive on the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking computer animated film "Toy Story.." They talk about how the archive started, some of the stranger things that are stored there and why a coffee cup stain or even a…
 
Second in a series of interviews about how Bay Area theatres are coping with the Corona Virus shutdown. John Fisher, Executive/Artistic Director of Theatre Rhinoceros, based in San Francisco, "The Longest Running Queer Theatre in the World," since 2003, discusses how his company has managed to survive and move into the digital realm as live theatre…
 
Hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight pay tribute to and break down the 1993 film "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit," joined by @sisterractivism superfan Sarah Katz-Hyman and a cameo from "Sister Act 2" director Bill Duke. Hartlaub, Knight and Katz-Hyman discuss the movie's poor reviews and resurgence, the music and the excellent performance by a …
 
This podcast was originally posted on December 11th, 2016. The Christmas presentation for Berkeley Rep during the winter of 2015 to 2016 was Kneehigh Theatre’s production of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, which was adapted and co-directed by Emma Rice, who at the time of this interview had recently left her position as Artistic Director o…
 
One of the positives of the pandemic has been live music, and no band has rocked a front porch harder than teen East Bay death metal quintet Iron Front. Band members Topey Plourde (vocals, senior in high school) and Max Mahmood (drums, 7th grade) join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about making music while going to school during the pandemic, how crow…
 
Total SF interviews Brian Stokle, a San Francisco resident who created a new San Francisco flag, and has distributed 200 this year — mostly since the shelter in place started. Stokle and S.F. flag researcher John Lumea join host Peter Hartlaub to talk about the history of the San Francisco flag, how Stokle came up with his new flag design, and thei…
 
This interview and live podcast features Kevin Dublin, a Bay Area poet and educator who proposed to his girlfriend on the SkyStar observation ferris wheel at Golden Gate Park. Dublin joined Total SF co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight days before the planned engagement. Lewin and Dublin are interviewed on the day of the proposal, and Dublin …
 
Michael C. Healy joins Total SF to talk about his years as a BART spokesman, which started before the transit agency opened in 1972. Host Peter Hartlaub and current BART chief communications officer Alicia Trost coax stories from Healy, including the time Atari put arcade games on a BART platform, whether BART could have really crossed the Golden G…
 
With the California Academy of Sciences reopening to the public on Oct. 23, Total SF is joined by Bart Shepherd, the senior director of Steinhart Aquarium. Shepherd and host Peter Hartlaub talk about Shepherd's early years working at the old aquarium, the move to 875 Howard Street, and what managing an aquarium has been like during the pandemic. Sh…
 
San Francisco legend Emperor Norton joins Total SF co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight to talk about the early years of San Francisco and answer Knight's lightning round. Also on the podcast is Joseph Amster, who works in the tourism business in the city and is struggling like many others during the pandemic. Amster talks about how he got hi…
 
With the pandemic leading to more outdoor hiking opportunities, co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight share their favorite hikes during the pandemic. Selections include multiple hikes on the 49 Mile Scenic Route, two hikes in the South Bay and one creative biking trip from the East Bay to San Francisco. Hartlaub and Knight also give a recap of…
 
On the one-month anniversary of the day the skies turned orange in San Francisco, host Peter Hartlaub and SF Chronicle photographer look back at the phenomenon known as Orange Skies Day in the Bay Area and beyond. Christian talks about her travels that day, taking iconic photos that were shared on social media by former President Barack Obama. And …
 
Total SF invites our Muni Diaries friends Tara Ramroop and Eugenia Chien to talk about our last Muni rides before the pandemic, our hopes for Muni's future and pick the Muni lines we miss the most. Hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight also talk with Ramroop and Chien about the sounds of Muni, and the underrated joys of the 36 Teresita and the 39…
 
Raina Telgemeier is one of the most popular authors in Bay Area history, selling millions of copies of her young adult graphic novels including "Smile," "Ghosts" and her most recent memoir "Guts" — about her middle school anxiety and panic attacks. The San Francisco native joins host Peter Hartlaub as part of independent bookstore tribute month, ta…
 
We're putting together an official "2020 Can Take the 38 Geary-Rapid Straight to Hell" Time Capsule. What should we put in it. Co-hosts Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight offer their suggestions, including masks, off-brand hand sanitizer, murder hornets and a video of Kimberly Guilfoyle's RNC speech. There are some positives too, including all the g…
 
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