Category: SV411 Podcast

The Silicon Valley 411 Podcast with Nick and Josh

SV411 EP027 Andy Weir’s “Artemis” + 5 New Restaurants

MOON MAN: Andy Weir has followed up ‘The Martian’ with a book about a caper on the moon: ‘Artemis.’

On this week’s podcast we talk about the new book from Mountain View-based author Andy Weir. His previous novel, “The Martian,” was a smash hit—both as a book and a movie starring Matt Damon. He returns with “Artemis,” a space-aged caper, which takes place on a colony on the moon.

SV411 EP026 Rehab Gone Rogue + Jennifer Wadsworth

ROCK BOTTOM: Drug-fueled parties. Forced labor. Damning allegations shut down a San Jose rehab center—but the operators dispute the charges and are back in business. Photo by Greg Ramar.

This week on the SV411 Podcast, Metro staffer Jennifer Wadsworth returns to discuss her latest cover story, “Rehab Gone Rogue,” which tells the story of a local drug rehab center with a sordid history. According to court documents and on-record allegations, patients seeking treatment at Life Choices found themselves thrust into situations—such as being forced to work at hard-drinking bars—where their recovery was put into jeopardy.

SV411 EP025 CMT San Jose + Bill Murray

BILL FREAKING MURRAY: ‘Nuff said. Photo by Peter Rigaud.

This week we talk about CMT—Children’s Musical Theater—the longest running theater organization in San Jose, which is entering its 50th anniversary season. The performing arts group has gone through some growing pains over the years, but the company is staying young at heart and continuing to produce top-notch shows.

Also on the program—Bill Freaking Murray! We actually got the iconic actor on the horn for a brief conversation. We discussed his upcoming live show, “New Worlds,” and found out how to beat a hangover with the tried and true Murray Method. Listen up. You just might learn something.

SV411 EP025 The Lost Ones + Jennifer Wadsworth

MILK CARTON ADULTS: What happens when missing people don’t want to be found?

At any given time, police in the U.S. handle nearly 90,000 active missing person cases. But for adults deemed voluntarily missing, the burden of finding them falls largely on family and friends. In this week’s podcast, Josh talks with staff writer Jennifer Wadsworth about her cover story on the efforts of private detectives and distraught family members to try to find missing loved ones. Some of them don’t want to be found.

Also on this week’s Hit List, Samantha Bee comes to Stanford, Canaan Smith wants to love you like the Mississippi and a spinoff of the Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” brings a live stage show to San Jose.

SV411 EP024 Brains! + Sushi Guide

BRAINZ! We talk brains on this week’s SV411 Podcast.

This week on the SV411 Podcast, we talk about some fascinating new research coming out of Stanford that may help us learn more about the way our brains work and which points to a future where our minds are linked to computers.

SV411 EP023 SV Dining + Rolling Loud Fest

OLD COOL: Maurice Carrubba and his brother, Giuseppe, have reinvented Grandview Restaurant into a topflight venue and steakhouse. Photo by Greg Ramar.

The old is new—and cool—again. On this week’s podcast we discuss the SV Dining issue. In particular, Maurice Carrubba and his brother, Giuseppe—who are perhaps the most successful restaurateurs much of the Bay Area has never heard of. This is because their specialty isn’t opening up trendy joints, but rather in taking old classics that have seemingly been around forever and reenergizing them.

SV411 EP022 King Patrick + Nor Cal Fires

RINGMASTER: King Patrick Eugenio is the star of San Jose’s Underground Wrestling Alliance and the host of the regular Circus of Sin burlesque nights at The Caravan.

Let’s get weird… Join us for an exploration of the bizarre mind of Silicon Valley’s oddest oddball—King Patrick Eugenio, the gender-bent star San Jose’s of the Underground Wrestling Alliance and host of the regular Circus of Sin burlesque nights at The Caravan Lounge. We’ll talk about the bumps and bruises he incurs in the ring, the sideshow acts he brings to his circus and learn more about what makes him tick.

SV411 EP021 The Big Grow + Ultimate Pizza Guide

PIZZA PIZZA: This pie from Pizzette 408 is just one of the many options you have for great pizza in Silicon Valley.

This week sucked. Fortunately, there’s still pizza. This week, we talk about local and national politics, as usual, before jumping into a very comprehensive rundown of 57 of the South Bay’s best pizza joints. Thin crust, thick crust, veggie or mega meaty—it’s all here.

Also on this week’s podcast, we remember Tom Petty, talk about Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and take a look at an upcoming show at Shoreline featuring Nas, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Hannibal Buress and Dave Chappelle.

SV411 EP020 Silicon Valley Sports + Ken Noel

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl. Photo by Dave Lepori.

In a yet another wild week of news, the Metro SV411 Podcast takes a deep dive into … sports? Sports!

SV411 EP019 Alternative Press Expo + U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren

TOTAL DERF: Artwork by John ‘Derf’ Backderf.

On this week’s SV411 Podcast, we discuss the Alternative Press Expo, which brings acclaimed alternative comics creator John “Derf” Backderf to town. His grotesque style is often compared to the work of R. Crumb.

Also: special guest Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren speaks with Metro editor Josh Koehn about President Donald Trump’s mental instability, her resolution to get him a mental evaluation, the fight to protect dreamers after the rescission of DACA, and who she thinks is ready to lead the Democratic Party come 2020 (hint: Al Franken).