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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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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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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 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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Salt Lake City opened an e-bike lottery! But are our streets ready? Executive producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to explain how people can apply and debate whether e-bikes are really bicycles. Plus, the Utah Supreme Court empowered voters, poop prevention in local pools, and a controversial purple horse. Resources and references: Apply fo…
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As Chicago mourns following Fourth of July weekend shootings, WTTW’s Joanna Hernandez and Block Club’s Maxwell Evans tell us about the latest. We also discuss two major festivals leaving the South Side, a housing ordinance asking developers to invest in more affordable housing, and what happened at the Community Benefits Agreement summit in Hyde Pa…
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We’re talking about the future of the Mall, a spate of weird crime stories, and why you need to go to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens right now. Come hang out with us at metrobar tomorrow! RSVP here. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as littl…
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It’s the Friday news roundup! If you have a medical cannabis card, you could become part of a protected class here in Pittsburgh. Our state has a new license plate but not everybody loves it. And a local pizza place made it on a New York Times “best of” list, but not in the way you might think. It’s a week of weird news! We always cite our sources:…
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Holy heck it’s hot in Salt Lake, with much of Utah under an excessive heat warning through Saturday, July 13. National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Wilson explains to host Ali Vallarta why temps are so high, how to stay safe, and what to expect for the rest of the summer. Read “How to protect yourself from the Salt Lake heat” for more tips and…
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We often have people in our inbox who want to get involved in the city’s vibrant arts scene. They’ve got this creative urge, but they just don’t know where to start. Our host Jacoby Cochran will be the first to tell you that Chicago’s open mic scene can be a great jumping off point. Whether you’re interested in sharing your poetry, original stories…
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Whether you’re at a Buccos game for the actual sport or one of the giveaways, a baseball outing really isn’t complete without some snacks. And PNC Park has your standard baseball fare – think popcorn and peanuts – but a lot of local restaurants are also getting in on the stadium menus. We’re here to help you decide which lines are worth standing in…
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For decades, Prince George’s County has been a top draw for Black professionals looking for a suburban life. But lately its demographics have been changing in interesting ways. Greater Greater Washington’s Olubusayo Shabi is here to tell us more. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also becom…
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Salt Lake County has a brand new homelessness plan, and we want to know: What’s in it? Katherine Fife, Salt Lake County’s associate deputy mayor, joins executive producer Emily Means to explain what the county is doing to address this statewide humanitarian crisis, in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing cities to criminalize homelessn…
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The Vienna Beef warehouse made a cameo in “The Bear,” next Wednesday is National Hot Dog Day, and we are entering peak cookout season. So we guess it’s time to finally talk about the Chicago-style hot dog. The City Cast Chicago team breaks down the Chicago dog’s origins, their favorite places to grab one, and if it deserves all the hype. Spots ment…
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Police are clamping down amid a massive boom in moped riders. But it turns out it’s not just a new way of commuting — mopeds are at the core of a trend in food-delivery where the riders are some of the most vulnerable people in the industry. Axios’ Anna Spiegel is here to explain. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning ne…
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It’s peak real estate season and interest rates are really high – so what does that mean for homebuyers in Pittsburgh? Local real estate broker Jessica Baker shares tips for buyers and sellers and which pockets of the city are still somewhat affordable. Plus, host Megan Harris puts Jessica to the test to see how she would describe some zanier home …
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The Salt Lake City Council plans to take its first big vote on the downtown sports and entertainment district Tuesday. Executive producer Emily Means and producer Ivana Martinez examine the proposal and how residents could still get involved in the process. Plus, alternative venues for the Utah Symphony, a heatwave volunteer opportunity, and a fun …
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NASCAR’s street race was held over the weekend in Grant Park. Between small music crowds, Sunday rain delays, and road reopenings, was this a successful NASCAR weekend? Plus, executive producer Simone Alicea and host Jacoby Cochran talk about festivals this weekend and events for Chicago singles to find love — or at least one date — this summer. Ev…
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School’s out, the first big holiday of the summer is past us, and it feels like endless days of humidity lie ahead. So we sat down with food and travel writer Tim Ebner to lay out your perfect summer bucket list for 2024, from one-off events like pig racing (yes you read that right) to the quintessential D.C. summer activities we often take for gra…
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What comes to your mind when you think of Pennsylvania? Over the years, we have adopted all sorts of plants, animals, and even a drink to represent our Commonwealth, but not all of these symbols and the stories behind them are common knowledge. Producer Sophia Lo is putting the City Cast Pittsburgh team to the test. Come play along with us! Learn m…
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In a state where an eviction attorney proudly claims to have written Utah’s landlord-tenant laws, what rights do renters really have? Executive producer Emily Means talks to paralegal practitioner Denise George about what tenants should know before signing a lease and what tools they have to protect themselves. Resources and references: Denise Geor…
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Mayor Brandon Johnson recently expanded financial assistance for families impacted by gun violence, including for funeral expenses. Meanwhile, a state program that aims to help families pay for burial costs when a child is killed by gun violence is off to a slow start, helping only two families in its first year. We talk with The Trace reporter Rit…
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There are so many places to get coffee in DC, it’s a real cafe hot spot. And digital creator Domonique Panton of As Told By Dom is making it her mission to visit every single one in D.C. Here’s her guide to the best underrated cafes in the District. Learn more about the sponsors of this July 3rd episode: Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement Dist…
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We’re weeks into summer, so if you’ve been waiting to catch that Buccos game or get a sundae from Page's Dairy Mart, now is the time! Our city is full of great summer activities – but if you need a little inspiration, we crowdsourced ideas from listeners and Hey Pittsburgh newsletter readers to help put together the perfect summer bucket list. If y…
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City Cast CEO David Plotz sits down with hosts from all 13 City Cast daily local podcast hubs to talk about what stories they’re watching in their hometowns that are likely to impact yours too. Listen in for how host Ali Vallarta's story stacks up against the rest. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way …
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City Cast CEO David Plotz sits down with hosts from all 13 City Cast daily local podcast hubs to talk about what stories they’re watching in their hometowns that are likely to impact yours too. Listen in for how Jacoby Cochran's story stacks up against the rest. Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago ne…
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City Cast CEO David Plotz sits down with hosts from all 13 City Cast daily local podcast hubs to talk about what stories they’re watching in their hometowns that are likely to impact yours too. Listen in for how Megan Harris’s story stacks up against the rest. Become a member of City Cast Pittsburgh at membership.citycast.fm. Want more Pittsburgh n…
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City Cast CEO David Plotz sits down with hosts from all 13 City Cast daily local podcast hubs to talk about what stories they’re watching in their hometowns that are likely to impact yours too. Listen in for how Bridget Todd's story stacks up against the rest. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You …
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We finally know what the proposed sports and entertainment district in downtown Salt Lake City could offer Salt Lakers. Salt Lake Tribune reporter Andy Larsen joins executive producer Emily Means to parse through the details. Plus our Rocky Mountain Power wants to raise our electric bills, a shout out to database nerds, and our SLC summer bucket li…
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Chicago might be the snack capital from big brands like Nabisco and Kellogg to local ones like Garrett Popcorn and Jays Chips. But which Chi snacks are worth packing for your July 4th road trip or cookout? We’re bringing back a conversation from the winter between host Jacoby Cochran and producer Michelle Navarro, where they break down the best sna…
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Return or ripoff? Costsaver or scam? Pittsburghers love a deal, so when the discount stores housed under Mac.bid came to town, many of us started bidding without reading the fine print. City Cast’s Elizabeth Kauma and Megan Harris are exploring how it got here, what to do so you don’t buy a dud, and whether these liquidation emporiums are worth the…
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Crispus Attucks Park in Northeast D.C. is a great place to spend your 4th of July holiday, so we’re revisiting our episode with Tyrone Goodwyn, who helped transform the space from asphalt into a hidden gem. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for …
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There are few people in this world who feel a fiery passion for salads: Michelle Obama, rabbits, and our very own Shireen Ghorbani. Shireen, a greens enthusiast, joins host Ali Vallarta to make her defense about why salads are sexy meals and the best spots in Salt Lake to grab a bite — or a fistful. This episode originally aired on Dec. 6, 2022. Co…
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NASCAR returns to Chicago this weekend. Last year’s race was marked by fierce debate, torrential rainstorms, and mixed economic returns. So how will this year’s event fare? Host Jacoby Cochran and executive producer Simone Alicea lay out their predictions. Plus, they rank their favorite Metra stops and discuss festival lessons from June. Good news:…
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What’s happening with converting D.C.’s office buildings, rats in Dupont Circle apartments, and swimming in the Anacostia River? To get into all of it, City Cast’s Julia Karron and Ashe Durban join the show to roundup the weekend. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with…
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Pittsburgh’s biggest fireworks show of the year starts Thursday at 9:35 p.m., and the company in charge of it all is from Western Pennsylvania. But they’re not the only game in town! City Cast Pittsburgh host Megan Harris explains the birthplace and backstories of Zambelli, Pyrotecnico, and Starfire — three of the nation’s largest fireworks makers …
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If you're new here, welcome! We’ve put together a starter pack for you, with episodes and articles to welcome you to the City Cast Salt Lake community. Are those fireworks or a fire-prevention drone show? Must be July in Salt Lake! Host Ali Vallarta and Kendall Rodriguez, TikTok’s Queen of SLC, bring you a guide to what to expect and how to make th…
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If you're new here, welcome! We’ve put together a starter pack for you, with episodes and articles to welcome you to the City Cast Chicago community. The holiday week will keep us busy in Chicago, but what else is happening this month besides Fourth of July? We got you covered with fireworks tips, summer eats, and a festival calendar. For even more…
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If you're new here, welcome! We’ve put together a starter pack for you, with episodes and articles to welcome you to the City Cast community. Happy July everyone! July in DC has a lot to offer, despite the oppressive weather. Our hosts Mike Schaffer and Bridget Todd are here to talk about what to do when it’s hot and muggy and gross out this month.…
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If you're new here, welcome! We’ve put together a starter pack for you, with episodes and articles to welcome you to the City Cast Pittsburgh community. Fireworks, hot dogs, ice cream and pickles – honestly, we’re not sure Pittsburgh could build a better summertime Mt. Rushmore. The City Cast team is sharing some of our favorite events and activiti…
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Utah’s primary election results are in — what do they say about what voters want? KUER politics reporter Saige Miller joins executive producer Emily Means to analyze the juiciest political drama, from the Salt Lake County Council all the way up to the U.S. Senate. Plus, Hugh Grant is terrorizing sister missionaries, and join Salt Lake’s hottest rea…
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In November, Chicagoans will go to the polls to elect members of the Chicago School Board for the first time. Filing week is over, and now we know a total of 47 candidates will be on the ballot across 10 districts. Chalkbeat Chicago’s Becky Vevea and WTTW’s Heather Cherone are in the building with everything we need to know before voting. Plus, we …
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It’s the Friday news roundup! School’s out, and Pittsburgh Public is using the summer vacation to consider whether some schools have to close or consolidate. If you’ve got a flight coming up, you need to get to the airport extremely early. (We’re talking three hours before takeoff!) And we’re digging into the history of Pittsburgh’s ties to the Ame…
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DC police are getting drones, DC bicyclists are getting a new trail, and Abraham Lincoln has melted! Washington City Paper’s Alex Koma and City Cast’s Julia Karron join the show to round up the week. Join us for our next live taping at Metrobar DC! Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also bec…
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What does it take to be a true Salt Laker? There’s gotta be a turning point sometime after you first see the Salt Lake City wizard but before you throw down about where to get the best fry sauce. Executive producer Emily Means sits down with producer Ivana Martinez and Hey Salt Lake newsletter editor Terina Ria to help finish this sentence: You’re …
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The third season of the Emmy award-winning show “The Bear” returned this week, and Chicago is ready for it. Host Jacoby Cochran and correspondent Greta Johnsen are breaking down the storylines they’re most excited for this season as the rain and dental work keep them inside this weekend. Plus, we’re talking about interesting Sundance films in Chica…
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If you live on the Red Line, you know it’s been a summer of Metro closures — which makes it a great time to check out one of our favorite early City Cast episodes. We sat down with Metro historian Zack Schrag and transit planner Matt Johnson to talk about one of my favorite pastimes: Making up fantasy Metro lines that can get you exactly where you …
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The pie gods have been blessing Pittsburgh with more and more pizza joints lately, but which ones are the best? Host Megan Harris and producer Sophia Lo chat with pizza journalist Dan Tallarico to find the best the Burgh has to offer. You can subscribe to Dan’s newsletter on Substack and find more of his pizza expertise on pizzawalkwithme.com. **Th…
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Host Ali Vallarta is on a quest to visit all 511 parks in Salt Lake County, and she just hit her quarter mark! How are taxpayer dollars being put to use in these spaces? Producer Ivana Martinez asks Ali to debrief on trends she’s noticed, from the quirkiest playgrounds to a “water fountain crisis.” Plus, two cities get a special shoutout — do their…
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Chicago’s Food Truck Festival is ongoing all summer at Daley Plaza — you can catch the next one Friday. But despite this annual summer fest, Chicago’s food truck culture is severely lacking. Eater Chicago editor Ashok Selvam tells host Jacoby Cochran about why food trucks are so rare here and which ones you should check out if you can find them. If…
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Did you spend a bunch of money on craft supplies in the early parts of the pandemic that you never really used? Whether you’re an aspiring crafter or a seasoned pro, Madeleine Odendahl, founder of Merry Pin, the city’s first crafting bar and cafe, says D.C. is a great place to get your craft on. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for…
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One of the latest redevelopment frenzies has been happening on the 400 block of East Ohio Street on the North Side, and the area’s even garnered a new nickname: Restaurant Row. But where’s the line between bringing new life and changing too much of the neighborhood? City Cast Pittsburgh host Megan Harris is with PublicSource reporter Eric Jankiewic…
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Wildfire season is in full swing, so how can we keep the state from burnin’ up? Producer Ivana Martinez joins executive producer Emily Means to share some local resources. Plus, how to vote on this primary election day, the University of Utah’s LGBT Center shuts its doors, and visit this gay little town. Resources and references: How To Vote in Uta…
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Former Ald. Ed Burke was sentenced Monday to serve two years in prison and pay a $2 million fine. Burke was convicted on racketeering and bribery charges in December after he used his longtime power in City Council to enrich his business, intimidate his opponents, and uphold Chicago’s infamous political machine. We break down Burke’s sentence and w…
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