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Join us every weekday morning for can’t-miss conversations about what’s happening in Madison, with a dose of local news to keep you up to speed. Host Bianca Martin collects people wherever she goes, like an endless conga line. On City Cast Madison, she peers into our city’s soul with a journalist’s skepticism and an optimist’s heart.
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Chicago’s daily news podcast, fresh every weekday at 6 a.m. Host Jacoby Cochran brings you timely conversations with news and culture makers; activists and artists; bus drivers and students; those who love and hate this place—all in 15 minutes a day. It’s a smart and delightful new way to connect with the city we share. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at citycast.fm/chicago.
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City Cast is the daily, local audio companion you knew DC needed. Washingtonians are gritty, proud, and resilient — necessary qualities for a community facing issues that range from an affordability crisis to the fight for statehood to the movement for racial justice… and useful qualities for a region full of whip-smart people, dynamic culture, and constant change. Washingtonians are deeply passionate about our city, whose story is still being written, and City Cast DC is here to tell it. Ev ...
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City Cast Portland captures the one-of-a-kind creative spirit of this place and tackles who we are and where we’re going — from big deals, like equity and livability, to tiny delights, like the city's most wonderful doughnut. Our home is teeming with creativity and controversy, natural beauty and impossibly good food and drink. Host Claudia Meza is so over the notion that ‘Portland is over.’ On the show, she’ll revive your civic pride and stir you to help create local change — through conver ...
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Food, culture, news and nature in the sweaty Bayou City. Join Host Raheel Ramzanali and the City Cast Houston team as we celebrate and interrogate this sprawling place with our favorite journalists, thinkers, leaders, neighbors and gadflies. Learn more and subscribe to our daily morning newsletter, Hey Houston, at houston.citycast.fm.
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Join us weekdays at 6 a.m. for a fast-paced daily news podcast that will get you talking — and make you question what’s going here in Western Pennsylvania. In just 15 minutes a day, City Cast Pittsburgh is a smart new way to connect with the Steel City you love. Add us to your feeds today!
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City Cast Philly is the daily news podcast about the city you love (and maybe sometimes hate?) and the Philadelphians who are working hard every day to make this place better. Each weekday morning, host Trenae Nuri will chat with people all across Philly’s diverse neighborhoods about issues that matter to you. Whether that’s what do I even do on the weekends in this city with endless options, or how do I get the bus to actually stop, or how is this city going to keep our kids safe and educat ...
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City Cast Salt Lake is Salt Lake City’s daily news podcast. Host Ali Vallarta and a bevy of smart and entertaining locals will bring you conversations about the issues that matter most to SLC. Some days City Cast will make you proud; other days it’ll make you angry. It will celebrate Salt Lake’s triumphs, (try to) solve its mysteries, and explore its history. City Cast will help you feel more connected to the Wasatch Front – whether you’ve lived here for 6 months or 6 generations.
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City Cast Las Vegas is a daily podcast and newsletter created by and for locals (and locals-at-heart) that’ll challenge the easy narratives about our city … and, okay, maybe confirm a few of them, too. Las Vegas is a city of reinvention, bursting at the seams as it welcomes newcomers into its various incarnations as a service-worker union town, a military town, a college town, and, most recently, a sports town. There’s a four-mile street testifying to our entrepreneurial genius, not far from ...
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City Cast Boise is the daily news podcast that connects us to the city we love. With a companion newsletter, it’s the place where curiosity and passion for Boise meet. Every weekday morning, our hosts will introduce you to your neighbors — from newcomers to born-and-raised Boiseans. It’s like eavesdropping on a great conversation overheard at your favorite downtown coffee shop, except in this case you’re invited to join in. We’ll engage with you online and on the podcast, with stories that s ...
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People have been setting New Year’s resolutions for thousands of years. But as we’re approaching yet another season of goal setting, we’re equipping Portlanders with the latest in the modern psychology of breaking bad habits. Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking with Dr. Elliot Berkman, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, w…
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About an hour away from Las Vegas on the south Nevada/California border sits the Amargosa Valley. Named for the Amargosa River, the area made headlines earlier this year concerning lithium mining efforts in the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Now, according to Amargosa Conservancy executive director Mason Voehl, is the best time to see the ba…
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With Christmas around the corner, producer Evelyn Avitia and local wine expert Sonnay Alvarez are here to give you plenty of awesome and local gift ideas. Have a wine lover in your life? Or a loved one who has everything? We have you covered this holiday season. Click here for Sonnay’s mulled wine recipe! Want some more Boise news? Head over to our…
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Our state’s newest large-scale development, Utah City, will sit on the eastern shore of Utah Lake in Utah County. Seductive renderings brag about walkability, transit orientation, and high density — three of an urbanist's greatest pleasures. In the recurring theme of Salt Lakers leaving for the suburbs in search of density, host Ali Vallarta asks U…
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Gov. JB Pritzker temporarily paused construction Monday on a migrant base camp in Brighton Park following an environmental assessment that showed mercury and other contaminants in the area. While the city says the site will be safe with remediation, state officials and neighbors have questions. Host Jacoby Cochran and executive producer Simone Alic…
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A group that stole more than $30k in donations has finally been caught and convicted, but you won’t believe how they did it. Plus, a local city council candidate is under fire from Houston’s LGBTQ+ community for a flyer she put out. And, Texas teachers are underpaid, but will anything change? Host Raheel Ramzanali and producer Carlignon Jones recap…
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Mama Digdown’s Brass Band is perhaps the longest gigging band in Madison. For 30 years, the eight-piece brass band has been bringing the sound of New Orleans to Wisconsin. Ahead of their 30th birthday celebration, saxophone player Christopher 'Roc' Ohly and sousaphone player Erik Jacobson sit down with City Cast Madison host Bianca Martin to talk j…
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Docked across the street from the Ikea in South Philly is a giant rusty ship called the SS United States. It was once a luxurious ocean liner, carrying movie stars and former U.S. presidents across the Atlantic Ocean. Think the Titanic — but bigger. However, since 1996 it’s been languishing in Philly. Host Trenae Nuri speaks with Ximena Conde, brea…
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D.C. is a special city. There’s so much to do, see, and taste here. And with so much to experience, we wanted to narrow it down to the most transformative of what the city has to offer. In this final installation of our inaugural City Cast 6 awards, we’re diving into the categories of food and drink, business, and sustainability. Plus become a foun…
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Why lead one county when you can influence 10? Outgoing County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced his new gig with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, which means he won’t be going far. We’re talking about what the SPC actually does, plus how it plans to spend $35 million through 2045. HBO’s latest period drama “The Gilded Age” is adapting t…
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Forget New York — Las Vegas is the real city that never sleeps. Our city has a higher percentage of night-shift workers than any other city in the country. But while our bars, restaurants, and grocery stores once catered to both the graveyard shift and sleepless tourists with round-the-clock service, 24-hour venues are getting harder and harder to …
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Happy December! We’re starting something new where we pitch our top Portland event picks for the month. So today on the show, City Cast Portland producers Giulia Fiaoni and John Notarianni join host Claudia Meza in each sharing three things happening in and around town that they think make December, well, December. Who knows, you might hear about s…
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“Just who does Sean Reyes think he is?” That’s the question the Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board is asking about Utah’s Republican attorney general — and legislators are trying to find the answer through an audit of Reyes’ office. State Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, is one Republican who requested the report amid a flurry of unfavorable headlin…
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Have you noticed the ketamine clinics popping up around the city? While ketamine has been used as an anesthetic in the medical field for decades, its use as a treatment for depression, PTSD, and chronic pain has been gaining popularity in recent years. So what exactly is a trip like to one of Madison’s clinics? Host Bianca Martin is joined by Brian…
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It’s official, we are in the home stretch of 2023. But before we make our New Year's resolutions, we’ve got a guide for enjoying Chicago in December. Executive producer Simone Alicea, producer Michelle Navarro, and host Jacoby Cochran are here to talk about what to look out for this month. We’ve got outdoor activities, CTA heat lamp etiquette, gift…
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For more than a year we’ve been hearing about residents being sent incorrect water bills and being stuck paying them. Now, there’s finally some reform in the works, but was it because of KPRC’s investigative reporter Amy Davis’ viral clip with Mayor Turner? Host Raheel Ramzanali is joined by Amy Davis and Houston Landing’s Matt Sledge to talk about…
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Many teens work to help their families, or have some spending money. But there’s been a recent surge in complaints about child labor law violations in Pennsylvania, for infractions like giving young workers excessively long shifts or failing to give required breaks. In Philly, major companies like Five Below and Honeygrow are among the businesses h…
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It’s our first annual list of the City Cast 6: A half-dozen people who have changed D.C. in 2023, for better or worse. We’ve assembled a panel of experts and today we’ll hear them vet folks our listeners picked as finalists for honorees in Politics, Literature, and Music. Bridget Todd will be here tomorrow with the rest of the list. Plus, at the en…
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Lights, camera, action! Now that the Hollywood actors’ and writers’ strikes are over, what does it take to get Pittsburgh’s movie biz rolling again? We're with Pittsburgh Film Office executive director Dawn Keezer to talk about upcoming productions, how they've been supporting their artists, what she hopes to do with money from the state when it ev…
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So it turns out that the London Sphere might still have a chance after all: the UK “Secretary of Leveling Up” is requesting another look at the plans. As residents with front-row seats to the Sphere spectacle, we discuss: Who’s making the right call here? And do we want Vegas to keep the only MSG Sphere in the world? Co-host Dayvid Figler sits down…
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Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking about what’s happened in the immediate aftermath of the Portland teachers strike, how a wonky city land deal might displace 35 families, and why the Burnside Bridge is getting torn down. Joining host Claudia Meza on this week’s news round-up are Willamette Week city hall reporter Sophie Peel and our very o…
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Californians have been flocking to the Gem State for years, but does anyone still believe that they’re making Idaho more liberal? Idaho Statesman reporter Rachel Spacek joins Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter to dive into data about new Idahoans’ political affiliations. Plus, an update on the former Boise police chief’s lawsuit and why the A…
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Get ready to light the fire within again because Salt Lake City has been named the preferred host of the 2034 Winter Olympics. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means talk about what that means for the next 10 years. Plus, Attorney General Sean Reyes wrote a scene for a movie about Operation Underground Railroad founder Tim Ballard tha…
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The City Cast team is here to round up the news of the week. Bianca Martin, Hayley Sperling and Molly Stentz discuss where the UW System might be headed, after the president mentioned cutting back liberal arts programs on some campuses in an email. Plus, state lawmakers are calling for libraries to contact parents about the books kids borrow, and a…
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Construction on a temporary winterized tent camp for new arrivals began this week in Brighton Park after nearly two months of back-and-forth. But the start was not without confusion and community pushback. Block Club Chicago’s Madison Savedra and Melody Mercado are here with the latest. Plus, we look at an investigation into the Chicago Housing Aut…
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Social media is flooded with the most streamed musicians of the year, but who did we love as a city? Plus, an anchor in midtown is closing and that could mean good things for the rest of downtown. Houston Landing’s education reporter Asher Lehrer-Small and Pulitzer Prize finalist Evan Mintz join host Raheel Ramzanali to recap those stories and more…
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It’s the Friday News Roundup! Today’s topics include Philly’s next police commissioner, a new city holiday honoring Rocky Balboa, and how a local artist is honoring Philly sports stars. Host Trenae Nuri speaks with Anna Orso, City Hall reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Beatrice Forman, general assignment reporter for The Philadelphia Inqu…
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Alexandria has moved to ban single-family zoning — which is kinda a wonky concept, but one with big implications that ought to matter to you even if you don’t live in Alexandria. Teo Armus of the Washington Post will help explain why. Plus, we're chatting about a new debate over closing Metro for repairs. And we’ll be ending with a special segment …
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It’s the Friday news roundup! PA still doesn’t have a state budget and it’s costing local community colleges and libraries a lot. Zoning changes — more zoning changes! — could be on the horizon for child care facilities, and after a week without Matt Canada, how are the Steelers looking? Plus, we learned something new about Prevention Point Pittsbu…
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When someone asks about the “quintessential” Las Vegas dining experience, you might say the buffets or high-end restaurants on the Boulevard. But in a conversation from this summer, internationally ranked competitive eater and local Derek Hendrickson tells co-host Dayvid Figler why “there’s nothing more Vegas” than a food challenge. So if you are l…
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Today we’re doing something a little bit different. City Cast Portland science contributor and journalist Erin Ross is quizzing host Claudia Meza and executive producer John Notarianni on the biggest local science stories; everything from tallying volcanoes to what’s plaguing Portland’s puppies. You can play along too and see how many you get right…
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Planning kids birthday parties can be difficult, especially around the holidays when money is already tight. So, let’s get creative! Salt Lake mom Shireen Ghorbani joins host Ali Vallarta to give her best tips and tricks for throwing the ultimate kids birthday party this season and beyond — without breaking the bank. Consider becoming a founding me…
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In light of the news about the historic Silver Dollar Tavern closing soon, the City Cast Madison team is rounding up the best dive bars in Madison. Executive producer Molly Stentz, producer Dylan Brogan, and newsletter editor Hayley Sperling talk about what exactly makes a dive bar a dive bar, the future of dive bars in Madison, and of course, dish…
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From extravagant displays to decade old neighborhood traditions, Houston has some of the best holiday lights in the state. Host Raheel Ramzanali is bringing on Justin Lacey from the Houston Botanic Garden to get you ready to check out the best holiday lights around Houston. Links: Radiant Nature at the Houston Botanic Garden Locations of all the pl…
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Geoffrey Baer has been showing off Chicago’s architecture and natural beauty for decades, first as a docent for the Chicago Architecture Center, then as a WTTW host. On Monday, Baer is out with part two of his series “The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago.” He talked with host Jacoby Cochran when part one came out earlier this spring about what make…
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Description: It’s the food show! We’re helping you get into the holiday spirit with Christmas pop-up bar recommendations. Plus, our tips on where to get cookies for holiday parties and events to keep you busy this weekend. Check out Hey Pittsburgh’s best holiday markets for shopping local around the ‘Burgh. Want some more Pittsburgh news? Sign up f…
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A potential D.C. referendum called Initiative 83 could pave the way for ranked-choice voting in D.C. At first blush, it sounds like a great idea in a city where a dozen or more candidates are apt to divide up the vote in a Council race. Who could be against it? It turns out, quite a few folks! Alex Koma from City Paper is here to walk us through In…
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We’re kicking off a new monthly episode where we share some of the coolest places to go and things to do in the city. Starting with December! The City Cast Philly team is here to share our recommendations for our favorite winter activities, ways to get creative, and places to take friends and family. Listen to the end to learn what our pick-of-the-…
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What’s your favorite style of pizza, New York, deep dish, pan style, Italian? How do you like your pizza, stone oven, baked, round or square? Do you know what Detroit style is? Well Houston has got you covered, there is a pizza style for any taste palate. Even for you pizza haters out there like our very own producer Carlignon Jones, we bet that af…
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You might have seen those homemade-looking vending machines tucked away in some of Portland’s hippest bars and restaurants. But instead of junk food, they’re selling kitschy ephemera like old VHS tapes, vampire teeth, tarot cards, or brown paper mystery bags full of unknown gifts. Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking with the owner of these m…
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The dust around our city’s very first Formula 1 Grand Prix has settled, and the countdown clock for next year’s F1 has begun (359 days, to be exact). But what lessons can we learn from both the spectacle and the debacle of this year’s event? Co-host Dayvid Figler sits down with Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel and Casino, which sits outside …
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Just south of Salt Lake County lies Utah Lake, a freshwater body connected to Great Salt Lake via the Jordan River that you might know for its summer algal blooms. But beneath the pond scum lies a tale of back-room scheming and vengeance. Salt Lake Tribune reporter Leia Larsen has been digging into the muck around Lake Restoration Solutions’ island…
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Madison is BUSY this December. From holiday markets to The Nutcracker, the City Cast Madison team has you covered with events you can’t miss this month. Our picks: 🎁 Find local gifts New Glarus Christkindli Market - December 1 - 3 Eastside Winter Market - December 9 - 10 🍸 Relax downtown Miracle on King Str…
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Whether it’s a friend’s party, a family gathering, or a work potluck, there’s no way you’re cooking for all of your holiday festivities. That’s where Chicago restaurants come in. Executive producer Simone Alicea, producer Michelle Navarro, newsletter editor Sidney Madden, and host Jacoby Cochran designed their best potluck menus. Using just restaur…
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Pittsburghers tend to be pretty nostalgic — we love giving directions based on what used to be somewhere — and our city is filled with these forgotten relics from the past. Local writer Virginia Montanez (aka Jane Pitt or Pitt Girl) decided to change that. She’s sharing her latest passion project, an interactive map called Pittsburgh Remains to Be …
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To call the police or not call them? D.C. is exploring alternative emergency responses in the city. How would they work and what would they do? Gloria Gong, Executive Director of the Government Performance Lab at Harvard University is here to explain. Get ad-free podcast listening, insider updates, VIP access at future events, and a shoutout in our…
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At least a half-dozen local Starbucks, and seven independent cafes or restaurants in Philly, have taken steps to unionize in the last couple of years. But recently, some local cafes where workers have formed unions have either closed down, or workers have voted to reject the union they joined. Host Trenae Nuri talks with Lizzy McLellan Ravitch, wor…
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December is crammed full of festive gatherings, holiday events, and entertainment catering to both locals and the holiday tourist crowd. To help us sort through the noise, writer Eric Duran-Valle from TheList.Vegas sits down with co-host Sarah Lohman to talk about the events, eateries, and outdoor must-sees that he’s most excited about this month. …
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If you’re looking for things to do in between holidays this season, we’ve got you covered. On today’s episode, we’re adding some of the oldest drinking establishments on the West Coast to our ongoing winter bucket list. We’re revisiting a conversation we had with the "History by the Glass" podcast hosts Nathan P. Gale and Alfredo Moreno. They’ve be…
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It’s nearly December and we want to help you find all the coolest things to do and places to go in and around Boise. That’s why our show team and KTVB’s Brenda Rodriguez are here today with a guide to welcome the month, from unique gift ideas to winter activities you won’t want to miss. What are you looking forward to in December? Let us know by se…
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