al Frisco, a regularly updated hour-long podcast, rekindles the immediacy of Herb Caen’s “three-dot journalism” by reporting on the news and societal happenings of the day, directly to listeners, in a fresh and entertaining manner. Co-hosted by three longtime San Francisco residents and cultural arbiters: Kevin Hunsanger, Meaghan Mitchell and (Broke Ass) Stuart Schuffman (and with Marke Bieschke on nightlife), al Frisco will provide a ringside seat at the rapidly changing landscape of one of the world’s great cities before, during, and after the impact of COVID-19.
Casting an attentive eye on neighborhood small-businesses, and with a particular focus on the whiplash openings and closings within a beloved restaurant / nightlife scene, al Frisco will be an up-to-the-minute celebration of what’s hip and wow and here and now, while also utilizing a deep knowledge of history to contextualize and contemporize the City’s myriad cycles of change. Interview segments with creators, influencers, and civic leaders will offer unique insight into the rebuilding process. al Frisco will take full advantage of ancillary technologies; webhosted galleries will provide visual accompaniments to podcasts and features; curated reading lists and partnerships with independent booksellers should help fill nightstands. Our regularly updated event calendar, unique GPS-enabled walking tours, and dine-out restaurant reviews with suggested picnic locations should also help motivate off-the-couch urban explorations.
al Frisco: Spirits of San Francisco
In this very special episode, we’re celebrating the release of Spirits of San Francisco by Gary Kamiya and Paul Madonna, a no doubt about it instant classic of art and history. Join Gary, Paul and myself as we stroll and discuss the most unique stretch in the City that you’ve probably never heard of: Joice Street. Our interview tour encompasses three universes within three blocks, and it offers unique insights into the creative processes of two of San Francisco’s most respected and admired creators.
al Frisco: Episode 2
In this episode Meaghan Mitchell, Broke Ass Stuart and myself dig into the uncanny history of San Francisco’s open spaces. plus ewwww … dead bodies. And while San Francisco begins to allow for indoor dining, we’ll still hip you to historic locations where you can enjoy take away picnics, because, yeah. . . indoor dinning. Our feature interview is with The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s artistic director Micheal Gean Sullivan – he tells us all about their amazing new radio show and reflects on sixty years of sticking their collective thumb in the eyes of those capitalist bastards. And of course, save some room for The Stud’s Marke B, who’ll be bringing us up to speed on trends in Bay Area nightlife.
al Frisco: On Topic
Join Kevin, Marke, Meaghan and Stuart when we dive into Peter Lawrence Kane's https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/12/san-francisco-tech-workers-leaving-rent-covid-remote-work (article) for the Guardian UK called, "Rich people leave, artists and queerdos return: is San Francisco's tech exodus real or a fantasy?"
pilot episode w Michael Zagaris