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The Big Event

Dec 27, 2017

Episode 10 of The Big Event podcast is a celebration of “I Tonya,” “Dunkirk” and other films of the Top 10 lists of Chronicle movie critic Mick LaSalle, movie editor Leba Hertz and pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub. Discussions include how we go about making the list, best movie of the 21st Century (so far) and...


Dec 7, 2017

Episode 8 of The Big Event takes the road to Kamen Estate Wines, where screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen is recovering from his organic hillside vineyard’s second fire in 21 years. Kamen once wrote a movie featuring a vineyard fire called “A Walk in the Clouds” – and was mocked for it. Then his Sonoma County house...


Nov 30, 2017

Episode 7 of The Big Event is a walk of (no) shame into the hangover destinations of the Bay Area. Hosted by Peter Hartlaub, with guests Chronicle food editor Paolo Lucchesi and wine writer Esther Mobley. Discussions include what makes a good hangover destination, some of the best in the Bay Area and a bitter debate...


Nov 29, 2017

Episode 6 of The Big Event podcast is a tribute to the movie “Moneyball.” Hosted by Peter Hartlaub, the Chronicle critic who reviewed the film, with guest Susan Slusser, the Chronicle’s Oakland A’s beat writer. This episode covers Susan’s baseball writer origin story, what “Moneyball” got right and what it...


Nov 29, 2017

Episode 5 of The Big Event podcast chronicles a visit to a hardware store in Santa Rosa, and a moment of grace over a cheeseburger. A day and a half after the Wine Country fires destroyed the Coffey Park neighborhood, host Peter Hartlaub found some residents who lost nearly everything - but were still filled with...