al Frisco, The New Podcast All About San Francisco

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al Frisco, the esseff podcast is a, bi-monthly, 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, “Broke-Ass” Stuart Schuffman, and featuring Marke Bieschke on nightlife, al Frisco will provide listeners 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 is an up-to-the-minute celebration of what’s hip and wow and here and now, while also utilizing deep knowledge of history to contextualize and contemporize the City’s myriad cycles of change. Interview segments with creators, influencers, and civic leaders offer unique insights 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 will help round-out nightstands, and our dine-out restaurant reviews (and suggested picnic locations) should help motivate off-the-couch urban explorations.

al Frisco is a production of the San Francisco Cultural History Museum, and is available at, as well as all those other places where you usually get your podcasts from.

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Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.