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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.”

The first season launched in January of 2012, and the second in fall 2012. Frankel said the third season, which features excursions to Eastern Oregon, will begin posting episodes in November.

“We already have eight in the can, and we’ll probably be filming more,” Frankel said. Here’s their promo sequence for the new season:

You can check out the first two seasons (or, if you’d like, sign the show’s tongue-in-cheek petition to be featured on Portlandia) on, and subscribe to Frankel’s channel on YouTube here.

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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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