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Portland’s ‘pedal powered’ talk show rolls into its third season

Posted by on October 23rd, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Two of the stars of the Pedal-Powered Talk Show:
host Boaz Frankel and his portable interview desk.
(Photo: Pedal-Powered Talk Show)

Wielding what claims to be “the only talk show desk bicycle in the world,” the Portland-based Pedal-Powered Talk Show is about to launch its third season of using a desk mounted on a Metrofiets cargo bike to conduct video interviews about a variety of subjects in weird and wonderful places.

“I’ve always liked talk shows, but those seem boring to me filming in the studio,” said PPTS co-creator and host Boaz Frankel. “Since it’s a mode of transportation as well as being a desk, we can take it anywhere. … On the side of a mountain. Into the studio of a Native American flute maker. Into chocolate factories.”

That’s exactly what Frankel and co-creator Phillip Ross have done:

Most of the interviews, which are edited and run two to eight minutes, aren’t bike-related; instead, Frankel and Ross have realized that a bike is a tool that can make their program unique.

“The show becomes about something else, and it’s also about the journey of getting somewhere,” Frankel said Wednesday. “If it’s raining, that’s a part of the show. If it’s freezing, that’s part of the show. If it’s really hot, that’s part of the show.”

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  • Jerryw October 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    disaster transportation using cargo bikes = lame idea

    Talk Show by cargo bikes = awesome idea

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    • Robert Burchett October 24, 2013 at 10:04 am

      So, bikes are art, maybe, or culture, or toys, but not particularly useful for work or disaster relief?

      Minus one.

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  • Racer X October 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    …talk about working by bike!

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  • Chainwhipped October 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm


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  • Anne Hawley October 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I watched a couple of the clips. Boaz is a good interviewer. The bike-desk thing is a gimmick, but it’s an appealing one.

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  • Guthrie October 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Primary photo of Wallowa Lake, would recognize that in an instant – wonderful place/community out there!

    Looking forward to hearing some Eastern Oregon episodes!

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  • wsbob October 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Haven’t seen the show, but a good sign, is that the host, Boaz Frankel is a funny looking guy. In the past when I watched Late Nite, I enjoyed Conan O’brien’s deskmobile segments. This guy’s schtick, brings to mind, that.

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  • jim October 27, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I keep coming back to this image as it just seams to grab at you. I think this will be a huge success.

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  • nikorasu October 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Boaz is a great guy and I like this concept. Don’t miss his videos…

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