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Friday, June 6, 2014

SF Weekly's "Newspaper on the Radio," Episodes 2 and 3: Spectacle and Summertime

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Have you been wishing you could listen to SF Weekly's radio show on over and over again? Been missing out on our searing cultural commentary? Did you even know we had a show?

In fact we do: "Newspaper on the Radio." And in fact we're now three episodes in, and boy we're just doing better than ever.

For our May 18 show, we talked all about The Spectacle (give it a listen here), those rare and special events that happen only so often in San Francisco. We focused on that biggest of spectacles -- Bay to Breakers -- which is so spectacular you wish you could unsee some of the things that trotted or sweated or flopped in agonizing slow motion into your field of vision.

Listen closely and you'll note that the event took its toll on some of our correspondents, whose minds weren't (ahem) entirely clear by the time we went on the air. Still, that's the highwire act that is Live Radio!

We also talked about such one-time-only events as Pop-Up Magazine, an evening in which storytellers, journalists, and musicians take the stage and do their thing. File under Spectacle, Really Ephemeral, since nothing's recorded or repeated.

Highlights of this evening were a story about how Russians used to secretly record American music on old X-ray film; an examination of how much energy cat videos eat up; and a fascinating documentary by Sam Green, The Measure of All Things, about the Guinness Book of World Records and a history of pointless exceptionalism. Ensuring the film would be a true one-time-only event, Green narrated it live while the yMusic orchestra performed its soundtrack.

Indeed, you had to be there, but you can listen to us talk about it and other San Francisco spectacles in perpetuity right here.

For our third episode on June 1, we heralded the coming of Summertime and its many sometimes-damp glories (listen to it here). We also talked about one of our favorite summer pastimes -- the FBI manhunt -- and consider what exactly summer is in San Francisco.

Tune in June 15 when we'll be discussing our Comics Issue, out June 11.

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.

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