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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... more

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Are We in for a Busy Hurricane Season?

The 2023 hurricane season is officially underway and this year is a bit different because of El Niño, but what... more

05 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
HISD Superintendent, Bike Trail Robberies & Ken Paxton Impeachment

What. A. Week. We had alligators trapping swimmers on a dock and that wasn’t even our biggest story of the... more

02 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
Preparing Your Pets for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is officially here and while prepping for the season is a summer ritual for Houstonians, we often forget... more

01 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
The Toxic Worms Invading Our City

The invasive hammerhead flatworm is being spotted all around Houston so we had to bring in Scott Solomon, biology professor... more

31 May 2023 · 19 minutes
A Beginner's Guide to Katy Asian Town

Visiting Katy Asian Town for the first time can be overwhelming because of the dozens of restaurants to choose from... more

30 May 2023 · 14 minutes
Prostitution on Bissonnet, Election Bills, and Goodbye State Inspections

New election bills are targeting Harris County, but are they just political theater or will they impact how we vote?... more

26 May 2023 · 24 minutes
These Tips Will Help You Survive Houston

From the blistering weather to crazy traffic, the Bayou City can be a beast of a city to conquer so... more

25 May 2023 · 25 minutes
What Will Happen on College Campuses if DEI Is Banned?

Diversity, equity, and inclusion offices have been part of public universities for years, but now state lawmakers are close to... more

24 May 2023 · 22 minutes
How This Houston South Asian Restaurant Gained National Prominence

Aga’s Restaurant and Catering was barley surviving when Shaukat Maredia and his family bought the Alief based restaurant in 2011.... more

23 May 2023 · 22 minutes
Will Your Property Taxes Go Down This Year?

The 2023 Texas legislative session is about to end, but so many bills are still being discussed. Which ones could... more

22 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Education Gap, 50 Car Garage, and City Budget

The 42nd annual Kinder Houston Area Survey was released earlier this week so Raheel is bringing on political contributor and... more

19 May 2023 · 22 minutes
The Absolute Worst Roads In H-Town

There’s no denying the fact that we have some terrible roads and traffic in Houston, so today we’re doing a... more

18 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Why Are So Many Inmates Dying Inside Harris County Jail?

We’re only five months into 2023 and 12 inmates have already died inside Harris County Jail. This is coming off... more

17 May 2023 · 13 minutes
Houston’s Oldest Chinese Restaurant Might Never Be the Same

Since 1969, China Garden has been a downtown institution with a legendary lunch rush which included some of the biggest... more

16 May 2023 · 16 minutes
How the Shell Fire Impacts Our Health

After burning for over 70 hours, the Shell fire in Deer Park was finally put out, but now the real... more

15 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Mexico’s Houston Week, Drag Show Insurance Issues, and Driverless Cars

It’s Friday so that means it’s time to talk about the biggest stories of the week. Will the recent attacks... more

12 May 2023 · 25 minutes
How To Celebrate AAPI Month in Houston

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) month is here and with so many events going on, we’re bringing on Stephanie... more

11 May 2023 · 16 minutes
Why You Should Care About the Art Bike Parade

The Art Car parade needs no introduction, but there’s another parade cementing its place in our city. The Art Bike... more

10 May 2023 · 14 minutes
Why Is Gun Violence More Prevalent in Texas?

Texas has had some of the worst and deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Most recently, in Allen, a suburb... more

09 May 2023 · 17 minutes
Can Houston Fix Texas' Mental Health Care Problem?

Harris County and UTHealth Houston have made great strides when it comes to providing mental health help for Houstonians through... more

08 May 2023 · 21 minutes
New Violent Crime Stats, Election Day, and More Jobs Coming

We have our first crime report of the year and the statistics are promising. Plus, two major Houston institutions are... more

05 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Mother’s Day Gift Guide

No need to scramble next week to find a great Mother’s Day gift because lead producer Dina Kesbeh, producer Carlignon... more

04 May 2023 · 23 minutes
A Surfing Destination Just an Hour Away From H-Town?

Why is it we only think of Galveston when Houstonians want to hit up a beach? Surfside Beach is only... more

03 May 2023 · 15 minutes
Where To Find Life Changing Desserts in Houston

If you’re anything like our host Raheel then you have a massive sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied. Sure... more

02 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Why Bike Share Prices Are Rising in H-Town

Right now is the perfect time to rent a bike from one of the many BCycle stations around Houston parks... more

01 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Election Facts, Toxic Chemicals, and Ike Dike Redesign

Could we be getting new state parks in our area? Also, what’s the latest on the Ike Dike? Raheel is... more

28 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
George Foreman and Wade Phillips on Sports, the Rock, and Loving H-Town

It’s a different type of team chat today because Houston sports legends George Foreman and Wade Phillips join Raheel on... more

27 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
Why the Oilers Leaving Was Actually Great for Houston Sports

Houston has become a destination for major sporting events like The Final Four, the Super Bowl, and the World Cup... more

26 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Texas’s First Non-Alcoholic Bottle Shop Is Changing Lives

It’s Food Tuesday and we’re putting down those played out sugary mocktails for some sophisticated non-alcoholic drinks from Texas’s first... more

25 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Why Allergies Suck in H-Town

Houston was ranked as the 12th hardest place to live for people with allergies by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation... more

24 Apr 2023 · 13 minutes
Death Star Bill, Taylor Swift Madness & Stolen License Plates

Happy Friday, y'all! Political contributor and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Evan Mintz joins culture contributor Antre’chelle Dorsey to recap some of... more

21 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Will Weed Ever Be Legal in Houston?

It’s 420 so you know we had to do a show focusing on cannabis in Houston. While products like Delta-8... more

20 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
The Forgotten History of Our Region's First Settlers

The Karankawa people once freely roamed the Texas coast as the first settlers, but around 1860 they disappeared due to... more

19 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
This Houston Food Trend Needs to Stop!

For the last four years, Eric Davis has been on a culinary journey as @EricEatsHTX and has built up a... more

18 Apr 2023 · 12 minutes
The Impact of Gun Violence on Houston Youth

Gun violence is an important issue for many Houstonians and a new report from the Harris County Commissioners Court’s Analyst’s... more

17 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Gun Violence, Population Boom, and City Controller Race

We made it to another Friday! Political contributor and Pulitzer Prize finalist Evan Mintz and writer Shiyam Galyon join host... more

14 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
The HEB Snacks You Need To Try

We all love HEB and the delicious snacks that line it's shelves! But, picking the right snack can be overwhelming.... more

13 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
The Ensemble Theatre: The Largest Black Theatre in the Southwest

Since 1976, The Ensemble Theatre has been preserving African American artistic expression as one of the largest professional African American... more

12 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
This Acclaimed Chef Adds Texas Flair to Japanese Cuisine

Shun Japanese Kitchen is changing the game by combining Houston influences with high-level Japanese cooking techniques. Head Chef Naoki Yoshida... more

11 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
What Inflation Means for Houstonians

Sure, we all sort of understand how inflation works, but how does it REALLY impact us? TikTok’s unofficial economist and... more

10 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Gas Prices, Felony Charges for Graffiti & Battleship Texas

We made it to another Friday! Political contributor and Pulitzer Prize finalist Evan Mintz and culture contributor Antre’chelle Dorsey join... more

07 Apr 2023 · 23 minutes
Why Galveston Doesn’t Suck!

There’s something special about driving down I-45 for an hour to be greeted by the sounds of seagulls and waves... more

06 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
The Best Houston Day Trip To Celebrate Spring

Chet Garner, host of The Daytripper on PBS, joins Raheel to layout why Port Arthur is the perfect destination for... more

05 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Top Spots For Black Restaurant Week

Black Restaurant Week is under way until April 16th in H-Town and with so many delicious spots to try, we... more

04 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Why Fentanyl Testing Strips Are Still Illegal In Houston

Synthetic fentanyl related deaths in Houston are at crisis level, but politicians still haven’t legalized fentanyl testing strips even after... more

03 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Trans Rights Bill, Texas Observer & Electric Car Tax

Ah, Friday — We made it! It’s that time of the week where we look back at the biggest and... more

31 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
It’s Spring! H-Town’s Best Places To Be Outdoors

Houston finally has perfect spring weather so the City Cast Houston crew gathered to give their best recommendations for four... more

30 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Why Democrats and Republicans Hate this "Big Angry" Lawyer

There have been wild lawsuits and stories making the headlines around town. From the state taking over HISD to the... more

29 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
What Is A Chopped Cheese?! Burger Bodega Changes The Game

You might not recognize the name Abbas Dhanani at first glance, but you’ve probably seen his content in your Instagram... more

28 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Tired of Sneaky Bill Fees? Get Ready For Another One

Shocker, a big corporation is adding more fees to our bills. Electric bills have been skyrocketing for Houstonians since Winter... more

27 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Reforming Bail System, Fort Hood Investigation, and New Beach Resort

It’s finally Friday! Time to roundup some news from the week with political contributor Evan Mintz, producer Carlignon Jones, and... more

24 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
16 Essential Rules for Surviving Houston + We've Got a Surprise

We’ve been hinting at it for a few episodes and now the day is finally here! Our big surprise is... more

23 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
The Beauty of Birding in Houston

Although Houston isn’t normally seen as a place for nature, the wildlife here is actually more unique than you think!... more

22 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
HISD Takeover is Invalid, Says President of Houston Teacher's Union

We continue our deep dive into the TEA takeover of HISD by looking at why the takeover may not be... more

21 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Why This HISD Board Member Is Happy About TEA Takeover.

Last week the Texas Education Agency announced it is officially taking over the Houston Independent School District effectively putting the... more

20 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
Backdoor Zoning, TEA Takeover of HISD, and $275K Rodeo Art?!

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day and Friday, what a perfect combination! In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, we have a fantastic... more

17 Mar 2023 · 31 minutes
The Wildest Foods at the Houston Rodeo

This is the last weekend of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo so our intrepid producers Carlignon Jones, AK ALMoumen... more

16 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
What It Takes To Be a Bull-Rider

A lot of Texans are known for riding horses or even riding sheep during the Mutton busting events at the... more

15 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Why This HTX Restaurant Banned Kids

Daniel Wolfe is the owner of City Cellar HTX. It’s an upscale restaurant that offers a full brunch and dinner... more

14 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Governor Abbott vs. Diversity Hiring Programs

Governor Greg Abbott has been a fierce voice against diversity, equity and inclusion hiring programs, saying that these programs are... more

13 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Abortion Lawsuit, Nonprofit Sues Houston & Sugar Land Native Makes History

It’s been a week of so much news in our city. From the TEA circling around HISD with a possible... more

10 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
How to Meet People in Htown

We got an email from a listener who is 63 years old, asking us for help on how to meet... more

09 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Your Guide to the Houston Rodeo

Some say the Houston Rodeo is a right of passage for any transplant or longtime resident. From the concerts to... more

08 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
Houston’s Best Hidden Dessert Spots

Our city is full of places to get your grub on, but what about places to satisfy your sweet tooth?... more

07 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
How Dumping Chemicals in Public Waters Is Legal

From 2019 to 2021, six Houston-area refineries dumped 55 million gallons of chemicals into the Houston Ship Channel and other... more

06 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
State Taking Over HISD, 4-Day School Weeks, and the Rodeo

It’s Fri-YAY! Which means it’s time to dig deep into some Houston news! This week was packed with big stories,... more

03 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
The Best Patio Spots in Houston

The humidity is low and the temperatures are rising, which means it's the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with... more

02 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
The Forgotten History of Freedmen’s Town

Freedman Town (now known as Freedmen’s Town), was established in 1865, and was home to one of the most robust... more

01 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Where to Get the Best Soul Food in Houston

Soul Food is a staple in many southern households but what about if you want to add a little variety... more

28 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
What’s Up Rodeo Houston!

This week, The Houston LiveStock Show and Rodeo officially kicks off. What’s the concert line-up looking like? What’s new this... more

27 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
Elon Packs His Bags, Mattress Mack Is Holding a Grudge and a 4 Day Work Week.

It is this time of the week again and the City Cast crew lead producer Dina Kesbeh and producer Carlignon... more

24 Feb 2023 · 33 minutes
Houston’s Most Underrated Movie Theaters

Are you tired or bored of going to AMC or Cinemark over and over again. Well buddy City Cast Houston’s... more

23 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
Alief: Houston's Real Melting Pot

Houston is known for its diversity but in Alief, that diversity is amplified to the max! This neighborhood is known... more

22 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
Who Says Women Can’t Have It All?

Imole Ayo Ladipo is proving to the world that women can have it all by being an engineer, wife, mother... more

21 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
Harris County Jail, Evictions & Gas Consumption Down

It’s Friday, which means where looking back to talk about the news that’s been in the headlines in Houston. Contributors... more

17 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
BBQ and Jobs: Where HTX Has Chicago Beat

Today, we’re putting on our boxing gloves and knee pads as we debate which city is the best in America.... more

16 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
How 'Ghost Traps' in Our Bays Are Endangering Wildlife

Every year a group of volunteers gather at Christmas Bay to help pick up abandoned crab traps in Texas waters.... more

15 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
Houston Lands a New Media Outlet

A new independent, nonprofit digital media group has officially launched in our city. Houston Landing will be covering Houston and... more

14 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
'Texas’ Biggest Picnic' Unveils Memorial Park's Massive Upgrade

Last week, Memorial Park’s Kinder Land Bridge & Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Prairie were unveiled at "Texas’ Biggest Picnic." City Cast... more

13 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
Waste in Our Waterways, Aldine ISD Controversy & Ike Dike

This week Producers Carlignon Jones and AK ALMoumen are joined by politics contributor Evan Mintz to round up the week’s... more

10 Feb 2023 · 32 minutes
How to Navigate Dating in Houston

It’s no secret Houston is extremely vast and really spread out. Living in the suburbs and possibly going on a... more

09 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
The Many Woes of Dating in Houston

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we know people all over are getting ready for datenights. Which can be fun-filled,... more

08 Feb 2023 · 17 minutes
The Perfect V-day Date Night for Everyone!

The special day of love is approaching and the city of Houston has a lot of fun things to offer... more

07 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
Learning To Love Yourself on V-Day

Although Valentines day is suppose to be a day to celebrate love, for many people it just brings sadness. Most... more

06 Feb 2023 · 17 minutes
New Texans Coach, Police Training & Beyonce

It’s Friday, which means it’s that time of the week where we see what Houston’s talking about. Lead producer Dina... more

03 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
A Hater's Guide to Houston's Best Pizza

What’s your favorite style of pizza, New York, deep dish, pan style, Italian? How do you like your pizza, stone... more

02 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
The Super Weird Fish That Live in Buffalo Bayou

The Buffalo Bayou is a 52-mile river that flows through the heart of our city. It’s home to some of... more

01 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
Houston Is One Step Closer to Ending Homelessness

The epidemic of people experiencing homelessness has been a problem all over America, but after being praised by The New York Times for... more

31 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Is Houston's Population Actually SHRINKING?

We all talk about how traffic has gotten so much worse in our city and most of the time people... more

30 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Houston Named "America's Dirtiest City," Tornado Damage, and Baby Genius

What happened this week in Houston? Here to talk all about it are Producer Carlignon Jones, producer AK AL-Moumen and... more

27 Jan 2023 · 37 minutes
How Htown Got Its Halal Food Scene

Houston does food right, there’s no debate there. But did you know it’s also crowned for having one of the... more

26 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
How Shopping on Harwin Drive Has Changed in 30 Years

Harwin Drive is the place many say you can find almost anything your heart desires. No matter if its clothing,... more

25 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
The Secret History of Houston Roads

City Cast contributor Jaime González explains the deep history and surprising substrates of our daily commutes. Interested in being the new... more

24 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Meet the Man Who Gives Away Bikes

Houston is famous for its big-hearted philanthropists. But not all of them have big money: Today we’re talking with truck... more

23 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Miss Universe, Texas’ TikTok Ban, and Troy Nehls’ Cigar

What happened this week in Houston? Podcaster Mohammad Usman Aijaz and producer Carlignon Jones join host Lisa Gray for her... more

20 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
Lisa Gray’s Goodbye — and Her Favorite City Cast Shows

It’s Lisa Gray’s last week at City Cast Houston, so she and the City Cast crew revisit some of the... more

19 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
Meet the Producer Drake Calls 'the Heartbeat of HTX Hip-Hop'

Legendary producer Sean 'Solo' Jemison was instrumental in defining Houston’s Hip-Hop sound in the '90s with countless hits under his... more

18 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Will Houston Get a Casino?

The Texas Legislature is awash in lobbyists pushing for Texas to expand legal gambling. So is this finally the year... more

17 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Republicans Challenge Harris County Elections, Jail Boss Resigns, & a Cold Front

Jen Rice, who covers Harris County for the Houston Chronicle, helps host Lisa Gray get her head around a wild... more

13 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
What to Do on MLK Weekend in Houston

Yes, Houston has two MLK parades at the same time. The City Cast crew elaborates — and offers other ways... more

12 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
How a Hip-Hop Club Turned Into a Grocery Store

Once upon a time, the nightclub District 1960 featured performers like Megan Thee Stallion and Slim Thug. Then the pandemic... more

11 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Brace Yourself! The Texas Legislature Is Back.

Every two years the Texas State Legislature convenes for a few frantic months of lawmaking. The last session brought extraordinary... more

10 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
How Harper Watters Sashayed His Way to High-Heeled Stardom

Think ballet is boring? You haven’t seen Harper Watters strut his glam stuff on Instagram. For more check out Harper's website... more

09 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
Florida vs. Texas, Houston Art Thrives, and Can We LUV Southwest Again?

It’s time to hash out the week’s news. Contributor Shiyam Galyon, producer AK Al-Moumen and host Lisa Gray discuss the... more

06 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
Houston's Best Places to Take Your Enemies

Usually the City Cast crew talks about Houston’s greatest stuff, the places and experiences you want to share with people... more

05 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
The Gulf Coast's Original Settlers Are Far from 'Extinct'

The Karankawa tribe was long thought to be extinct but Absolem Yetzirah, a Karankawa native and Council-member of the Five... more

04 Jan 2023 · 23 minutes
How to Fix Houston in 2023

What do we want out of Houston this year? City Cast guests and contributors offer suggestions — and a few predictions. Looking for... more

03 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
The Astros Worlds Series Parade: The Celebration of a Lifetime

Houston rained victorious this year as the Astros took home the trophy for the World Series! With over 1 million... more

30 Dec 2022 · 10 minutes
ChopNBlok Brings HTX a Taste of Africa

Today, as we continue our celebration of 2022’s superlatives, we’re revisiting the show that made us hungriest. In September, Ope... more

29 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Is There a Houston Accent?

On today’s celebration of 2022 superlatives, we’ll hear from one of this year’s most entertaining guests — and also the... more

28 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
The Dream of A Blimp Race Around the World

As we look back on 2022, we’re doing a week of superlatives! Today we give you the year’s biggest Houston... more

27 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
Houston’s Best Moments 2022

The City Cast crew looks back on the year’s most Houston moment, the city’s hottest hotspot, and more. The Most Houston... more

22 Dec 2022 · 32 minutes
The Ancient Joy of Texas Tamales

For lots of Mexican-American families in Texas, Christmas is celebrated with tamales — often homemade ones. Adán Medrano, author of the... more

21 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Naughty or Nice? The HTX List

Which Houstonians delighted us this year? And which ones deserve coal in their stockings? Texas Monthly staff writer Michael Hardy... more

20 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
The Amazing Nature Preserve in HTX’s Backyard

In the Houston area, winter is the best season to be outdoors. But if you want to immerse yourself in... more

19 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
UH’s Defrocked Dean, Bun B’s Brick-and-Mortar, and Porn in the Courts

Time to recap the week’s Houston news! City Cast cultural contributor Antréchelle Dorsey joins producer Carlignon Jones and host Lisa... more

16 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
Is Whataburger Overrated?

An out-of-state colleague recently tried Texans’ favorite fast-food chain and says that he can’t understand why it’s so popular. The... more

15 Dec 2022 · 29 minutes
Secrets of a Texas Santa

How do you get to be a Santa? Do you hang out with other Santas? Isn’t that suit hot? Santa... more

14 Dec 2022 · 23 minutes
Best Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in HTX

Hot chocolate, snowmen, and a crackling fire in the hearth? Bah, humbug: Here in subtropical Houston, the azaleas are blooming,... more

13 Dec 2022 · 15 minutes
What Went Wrong in Texas’ Deadliest Prison Escape

In May inmate Gonzalo Lopez, a former member of the Mexican mafia, hijacked a Texas prison bus on its way... more

12 Dec 2022 · 26 minutes
Brittney Griner, Guns N’ Roses, and Texas’ $27B Surplus

What happened this week in Houston? Lisa Gray, AK AL-Moumen, and Olivia Flores Alvarez process the week’s biggest stories. The Chron's... more

09 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
Is H-E-B Really The Best Grocery Store in HTX?

The City Cast crew checks out Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and other worthy competitors. H-E-B. Central Market Houston locations. Trader Joe's Houston Locations. Whole... more

08 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
A Coral Reef? Near HTX? Yes, Really.

Usually we think of coral reefs — the oceans’ most thrilling displays of life — near exotic vacation destinations, such... more

07 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
HTX Avoids a “Tripledemic.” Here’s What You Need to Know.

What do the latest COVID numbers show? What’s the situation at Houston children’s hospitals? Houston Chronicle medical reporter Julian Gill... more

06 Dec 2022 · 14 minutes
An HTX Development That’s Walkable and Affordable? They’re Working on It.

The real-estate firm Concept Neighborhood aims to make The Plant/Second Ward, an area just east of downtown Houston, far more... more

05 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
Water Warning, Vanessa Guillén, and Texas ‘Invasion’

What happened this week in Houston? Host Lisa Gray and University of Houston historian Raúl Ramos hash out the news. Conflict... more

02 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
The Buc-ee’s Holiday Gift Challenge

Could you, in a pinch, buy your holiday gifts at Texas’ biggest, beaver-iest roadtrip stop? The City Cast crew gives... more

01 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
How Montrose Got To Be Gay

Montrose — Houston’s most walkable neighborhood, full of interesting places to eat, drink, and hang out — remains the center of LGBTQ life in... more

30 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
Buy Local! The Best Gifts from HTX Businesses

Why buy your holiday gifts from Amazon or big-box stores? You’ll find cooler stuff at locally owned businesses — and... more

29 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
Is Houston Becoming a Black Hub?

Houston has one of the fastest-growing Black populations in the U.S., and it’s among the leading cities for Black businesses.... more

28 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
Pop Go the Spices! Pondicheri Chef Reveals the Cooking Technique You Need

Anita Jaisinghani, the owner/chef behind Pondicheri, one of Houston’s favorite restaurants, has just published a cookbook: “Masala: Recipes from India,... more

23 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
Free Concert at Discovery Green Highlights HTX's Underrated Gift to Music

From 1960s “brown-eyed soul” to present-day cumbia, Houston’s Chicano music reflects our Gulf Coast multicultural meltdown. Guests Nick Gaitan, Isaac... more

22 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Malls Are Dead? Hello, Black Friday at the Galleria.

For decades we’ve heard that shopping malls are withering away. So why is the Galleria packed? In this rebroadcast of... more

21 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Election Investigations, Robbers Gone Wild, and Jeremy Peña’s Temp Gig

Time to wrap up the week’s Houston news! Host Lisa Gray hashes it out with producer Carlignon Jones and cultural... more

18 Nov 2022 · 30 minutes
HTX's Best No-Cook Thanksgiving Options

The City Cast crew has your back. Plus, producer AK AL-Mouman asks what so many of Houston’s immigrants wonder: What’s... more

17 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Final Week of Speeding Ticket Amnesty: Time to Fix HTX’s Roads

Got overdue Houston speeding tickets? Through Saturday, you can pay them off at a discount, and without getting arrested. But... more

16 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
At Ephemeral, Tattoos Are Made To Fade in About a Year

Ever thought about getting a tattoo, but the “permanent” part held you back? Ephemeral, a small chain that recently opened... more

15 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
The Alley Theatre at 75: A Bright Future and a #MeToo Past

The Alley Theatre — Houston’s oldest and biggest theater — turned 75 this year. For several of those decades, the... more

14 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
Beto Bombs, Lina’s Lucky, and Mattress Mack Bets Big

Yow, what a week for Houston news this has been! Scott Braddock, of the Quorum Report and Texas Take, joins... more

11 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes
Harris County Democrats Survived. Now What?

Though Republicans swept statewide offices (same as it ever was), Democrats overwhelmingly won in Harris County. Do those skinny margins... more

10 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
Election Results. Plus, Meet HTX's Young Republicans

Election update from host Lisa Gray. Plus, producer AK AL-Moumen interviews Rafael Struve and Eliot Carter about the GOP push to attract... more

09 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Joy, Pride, and Sweat at the Astros’ Victory Parade

Producers Carlignon Jones and AK AL-Moumen capture the sounds Astros’ World Series championship parade. Plus: City Cast Philly makes good... more

08 Nov 2022 · 10 minutes
Will Republicans Retake Harris County?

Politics contributor Evan Mintz and host Lisa Gray discuss tomorrow’s mid-term election. What do we know from early voting? How... more

07 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
Low Voter Turnout, RIP Takeoff, and Go, Astros!

Political analyst Scott Braddock joins host Lisa Gray and producer AK AL-Moumen to unpack the week’s news. Want more Houston news?... more

04 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
Best Food Trucks in H-Town

We're breaking down the best food trucks in Houston today with host Lisa Gray, and producers (and noted food truck... more

03 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
Do HTX Parks Need a Glow-Up?

Sprawling, spread-out Houston is a different kind of city than Chicago or New York, so we need to think differently... more

02 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
West U., a Sweet Small Town Inside Houston’s City Limits

Fall means that the weather perfect for exploring Houston neighborhoods. Today we’re revisiting one of our favorite “neighborhood guide” episodes.... more

01 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
A Real-Life Ghost Story from The Woodlands

When playwright Brendan Bourque-Sheil was 18, he and his mom lived in an apartment in The Woodlands. One night, they... more

31 Oct 2022 · 13 minutes
Astros, Elections, and Our Bet with City Cast Philly

With the World Series about to start, City Cast Philly’s Trenae Nuri challenges host Lisa Gray to a bet that... more

28 Oct 2022 · 24 minutes
Houston vs. Dallas: Who's the Best?

Obviously Houston is better. But why? Dallas partisan Angelica “Jelly” Walker bravely makes the case for the wrong city. Host... more

27 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
BBQ, Black History, and Gentrification in Independence Heights

Independence Heights, now in northwest Houston, was originally its own town — and in fact, was Texas’ first municipality registered... more

26 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
Why Are Texans Still Fighting Over 1836?

What does Beto have to do with the Alamo? Why are people screaming at school boards? And what’s the deeper... more

25 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
HTX Cyclists & the Culture Wars

When did bike paths become the stuff of attack ads? And was that Pride Ride hit-and-run an accident or an... more

24 Oct 2022 · 14 minutes
Who Made 50 Cent King!? Plus Elections & BBQ Fest

What happened this week in Houston? Host Lisa Gray, producer Carlignon Jones, and journalist and podcaster Donnie Houston recap it... more

21 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Why Halloween is Scary-Good in HTX

Outdoor horror movies, costume ideas, and other suggestions from the City Cast crew — host Lisa Gray, producers Carlignon Jones... more

20 Oct 2022 · 24 minutes
What Does a Poet Laureate Actually Do?

What does the poet laureate of Houston do? Can poetry be a day job? Emmanuel Outspoken Bean, Houston’s poet laureate, talks... more

19 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
The Horrors of Harris County Jail

Standing sewage, gang extortion, and guards who carry knives to protect themselves: Keri Blakinger, of the Marshall Project, recently reported... more

18 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
Does Biden’s pardon change anything about Texas cannabis law?

Last week Joe Biden pardoned people for federal marijuana possession. Does that change anything in Houston or Texas? What’s the... more

17 Oct 2022 · 13 minutes
Celebs for Beto; Uvalde Revelations; and Yordan’s Epic Homer

What happened this week in Houston? Scott Braddock, of “Texas Take” and “The Quorum Report,” joins host Lisa Gray and... more

14 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Who Would Be on Houston's Mt. Rushmore?

If you could designate four great people who represent this city, who would they be? Barbara Jordan? Beyoncé? The City... more

13 Oct 2022 · 30 minutes
When Houston Starred as Detroit in 'Robocop 2'

Why was Houston picked to play a dystopian, crime-ridden Detroit in “RoboCop 2”? What did that wretched movie have to say... more

12 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
Republicans’ Last Chance to Hold Harris County

In Harris County, early voting starts October 23. What’s at stake this year? Will Beto have coattails? How is a... more

11 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
Astros, Jail Deaths, and the Ear Biter on Main Street

Can the Astros win the World Series? What do roller-coaster oil prices mean for Houston’s economy? And can police find... more

07 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
It’s Fall! HTX’s Best Places to Be Outdoors

How should we savor this glorious weather? The City Cast crew — Lisa Gray, Carlignon Jones and Brooke Lewis — weigh... more

06 Oct 2022 · 22 minutes
HTX Rodeo Goat: Diversity, Inclusion & an Excellent Burger

Rodeo Goat, in EaDo, serves great burgers. But what really wows its guest is the welcoming spirit and the wildly... more

05 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Can Houston Go Green? Our Mayor Says Yes

The City of Houston already buys more renewable energy “than any other place,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told us when... more

04 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Hurricane Refresher Course with Eric Berger

In the wake of Hurricane Ian, we thought you might be wondering: How do hurricanes work? And what's the best... more

03 Oct 2022 · 16 minutes
Harris County Jail Crisis, Cooler Weather & Spaghetti Western

It’s that time of the week y’all! We’re diving into a weeks worth of news from around Houston with producer... more

30 Sep 2022 · 28 minutes
Best HTX Places to Relax & Drink with Friends?

What are this city’s best places to relax with friends? To meet them for a night of drinks? Or after... more

29 Sep 2022 · 28 minutes
How Chemical Salesman Ope Amosu Became One of Htx’s Hottest Chefs

ChopnBlok serves up smoky jollof rice with a side of West African culture, and in less than a year, it’s... more

28 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Houston Isn't Really Houston Without Hispanic Culture

Houston is the most diverse city in America, but one thing that makes us even more unique is the deep... more

27 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
How Hispanic Voters Might Sway Upcoming Elections

Hispanics, Latinos, Latinx people. However you define this overlapping set of groups, whatever you call it. It is clearly the... more

26 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Banned Books, Trans Discrimination, & Hungry Howies Expands

It’s been a long week, which means we have a lot of news to roundup! Don’t worry, Lead Producer Dina... more

23 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
Must See Museums in HTX

Today the team chats all things museums in Houston. In addition to producer Carlignon Jones and newsletter writer Brooke Lewis,... more

22 Sep 2022 · 31 minutes
Exploring Third Ward, Where Black History Meets Gentrification

Houston Chronicle columnist Joy Sewing grew up in Third Ward and is raising her own kids there now. Today she... more

21 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Finally, It’s Cool Enough to Garden. Time to Plant that Jurassic-Style Kale.

With cooler temperatures on the horizon, City Cast contributor Evan Mintz can’t wait for Houston’s best season to grow veggies. Year-Round... more

20 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
The Grandmother of the Transgender Legal Rights Movement

Today, host Lisa Gray sits down with Phyllis Frye. She's dubbed the grandmother of transgender rights who pioneered transgender law.... more

19 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
Astros, Little Mermaid & Lady Gaga

It’s that time of the week y’all where we dive into a weeks worth of news. Today, producer Carlignon Jones is... more

16 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
All Things Fall In HTX

Today, in our weekly team chat, we’re tackling our favorite things to do this Fall season. Lead producer Dina Kesbeh... more

15 Sep 2022 · 28 minutes
How this Teen Is Getting 2K More People to Vote

Joshua Martin is the Youngest SGA President in history at the University of Houston after winning his freshman year on... more

14 Sep 2022 · 13 minutes
Meet Donnie Houston: HTX's Hip Hop Historian

Today, DJ, producer, journalist, and podcast host Donnie Houston is here to chat with producer Carlignon Jones about how he... more

13 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
Up Close & Personal With Alligators at Brazos Bend Park

American alligators, the kind that live in the Houston area came off the endangered species list in the 1990s. But... more

12 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Texas Elections Tighten, Inflation Whacks Gen Z, and a Missing Baby

It's that time of the week where we look back at a weeks worth of news! Today, you'll hear a... more

09 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Our Favorite HTX Celebs: From Beyoncé to Brené

Houston spawns talent. (You’re welcome, world.) Today lead producer Dina Kesbeh will rave about Mo Amer, producer Carlignon Jones talks... more

08 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
The Slow Genius of DJ Screw

Today, we're bringing back one of our favorite episodes. The one where we talk about DJ Screw. In the early 90's,... more

07 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
How Nature Can Heal Our Mental Health

Hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, and floods: Thinking about Houston's natural world can be stressful. But investing in nature not only... more

06 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
NASA’s Big Plans, Napkin Poisoning & Serena Williams

It’s that time of the week where we dive into a weeks worth of news. Today, host Lisa Gray is... more

02 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
Our Guide to Bargain Shopping in H-Town

If you’re looking to thrift on a budget or hunt for the latest designer items for half the cost, we’ve... more

01 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
The Shamrock Hotel: A Wildcatter’s Dream of the Good Life

The iconic Shamrock hotel was torn down decades ago, but its presence still looms large in Houston legend. It was... more

31 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Why Houston Is a Great Place To Raise Honeybees

Today, Beekeeper Nicole Buergers, from Bee2Bee Honey Collective, responds to an episode we aired earlier this month called Why Houston’s... more

30 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
Why is Finding the Right School in HTX so Hard?

Charter schools, private schools, public schools and more! Houston, has so many options when it comes to schooling.. possibly more... more

29 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Mo Amer, Katy ISD, and Student Loans

It’s that time of the week where we dive into a weeks worth of news from around Houston. Today host... more

26 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
The Best Date Night Ideas in HTX

This week, we dive into the best date night spots from around the city. Producer Carlignon Jones is a thrill... more

25 Aug 2022 · 21 minutes
Neighborhood Guide: Alief, Where Immigrants Settle and Talent is Born

Lead producer Dina Kesbeh, who grew up in Alief, discusses the neighborhood with two of her high school classmates, Firas... more

24 Aug 2022 · 29 minutes
Houston, the Magnolia City

Magnolias are a symbol of the Old South — but they’re also so much more. Lisa Gray talks with City Cast... more

23 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Two Texas Teachers Explain Why They Quit

Texas teachers are leaving the profession in droves, and to get a grip on the problem, the governor has appointed... more

22 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
Monkeypox Success, a Toxic Threat Map, & a Student Who Adopted a Baby

In this week’s Houston news: The Farmer’s Almanac chilling prediction; new developments in a 50-year-old serial-killer case; and how Megan... more

19 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
H-town’s Best Brunches

Do you brunch? Even if you don't after you hear this episode we promise you'll walk away with a robust... more

18 Aug 2022 · 22 minutes
Oak Leaves’ Wild Secrets: What Goes on Inside Galls

Rice University biologists Scott Egan and Scott Solomon describe the gorgeous, disgusting, and supremely weird lives of insects that grow... more

17 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
50 Years of Downtown HTX’s Growth Spurts

Houston is changing before our eyes — and nowhere more than downtown. Joining host Lisa Gray to discuss the radically... more

16 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
Houston Lawyer Explains Why Divorces Are So Mean Now

Divorce has never been an easy subject, but now with factors like the pandemic and new abortion rights laws in... more

15 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Big Teacher Raises, RIP Shasta, and Local Team Heads to the (Little) World Series

On Fridays, we look back at a weeks worth of news in Houston. Host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh... more

12 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
You lured a friend to visit Houston. Now what?

How, in just a day, can you make your out-of-town friend understand what’s great about this place? The City Cast... more

11 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Malls Are Dying. So Why Is The Galleria Packed?

Wasn’t e-commerce supposed to kill malls? Or the recession? Or COVID? Why do those havens for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and... more

10 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Uvalde, COVID & 4th-Grade Math: How to Deal with Back-to-School Anxiety

Even before the pandemic, anxiety was rising among kids and teens — and now the Uvalde shooting is causing many... more

09 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
A Dream of a Blimp Race Around the World

Today on City Cast Houston, host Lisa Gray speaks with Houstonian, Don Hartsell, founder and 1st Commissioner for the World... more

08 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Bribery, monkeypox, and Ferrill’s goodbye

It's Friday, which means it's that time of the week where we round up the news! One of Sylvester Turner’s... more

05 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
The Bayou Where Houston Was Born

Alligators, ships, and water the color of chocolate milk: Can we talk about Buffalo Bayou? Happy Thursday everyone! On team chat... more

04 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Why Houston Is Still Space City

It's been 60 years since the Rice Stadium speech when John F. Kennedy announced the creation of NASA. And, it's... more

03 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Why Houston's Bees Are at War With Each Other

Like pollinators everywhere, the bees native to the Houston area are struggling. Environmentalists say that’s in part due to honeybees,... more

02 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
City Cast CEO Tests Our Htown Knowledge

Today, we are bringing back one of our favorite episodes. City Cast's velvet voice CEO David Plotz has a list... more

01 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Fights Over Freeways, Monkeypox, and a Blimp Race

It’s that time of the week where we look back at a weeks worth of news. Today, host Lisa Gray,... more

29 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Dog Days Got Your Dog Dazed? H-Town's Cool Dog Spots

It’s team-chat Thursday! Today, we are talking about all the great spots you can take your dog in Houston. Also! We... more

28 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
Listener Tips on Staying Cool in HTX

Today, we're passing the mic on to you, our listeners. We have been asking y'all to call in and give... more

27 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
Neighborhood Guide: West U. Is a Small Upscale Town (With a Darth Vader House)

Today, we kick off an occasional series about Houston neighborhoods – this time, we're talking about West U. It's a small,... more

26 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
Is Houston's Green Energy Future Screwed?

The oil companies' favorite option to fight global warming appears less and less viable. So, what now? Is carbon capture... more

25 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
Bonus Episode: Texas Take

Today, City Cast Houston features a bonus episode – it's our friends at the Houston Chronicle's podcast Texas Take! It's hosted... more

23 Jul 2022 · 56 minutes
Gas Prices, Street Races, and the Never-Ending Drought

It’s Friday again! That means we’ve got a week’s worth of news to catch up on. Host Lisa Gray, Producer... more

22 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
CNBC Disses Texas’ Quality of Life. And Maybe They’re Right.

In its annual “Top States for Business” ranking, CNBC gave Texas an F for “Life, Health and Inclusion.” Join host... more

21 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
Why are Pipes Busting All Over Houston?

Houston we have a PROBLEM, and this time it's more than just the heat! A drought has started causing some... more

20 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
Spending the Summer Building a Hot Dog Empire

This is not your average hot dog. Jacob Irving is a 16-year-old who started his own hot dog food trailer... more

19 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
Will This Heat Go Away?

Houston’s record-breaking heat has been the talk of the town for months, and it seems there’s no end in sight.... more

18 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Heat Wave, COVID Cases Rise, and Lizzo Nominated for Emmy

It's FRIDAY! Which means it's time to round out the week with some of Houston hottest news stories [weather pun... more

15 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
Houston Is Hot. Road Trip!

This is the time of year for a good road trip. However, the temps have been so blistering, is it... more

14 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
Feeding These Ducks? It Could Cost $250,000

In a master planned community in Cypress, a couple named Kathleen and George Rowe have been feeding the ducks behind... more

13 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
Lunch Under $15: Eight Great H-town Options

Houston has one of the best food scenes in America, but inflation is hitting prices hard. Still, there are deals... more

12 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
This Houston Company Stands With Employees Who Seek Abortion

Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, not many smaller companies seem willing to announce public support for their employees... more

11 Jul 2022 · 12 minutes
Griner Pleads Guilty, Much Love for Hillcroft, and John Oliver Vs. Our Creepy Dolls

It’s a Friday News Roundup! Each Friday, we talk about the most important Houston news stories of the week. Today,... more

08 Jul 2022 · 30 minutes
Deconstructing the South's Most Iconic Drink

Texas just doesn’t do sweet tea the way other Southern states do. Why is that? Host Lisa Gray and lead... more

07 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
How the Supreme Court Could Make Houston Flood More Often

The Supreme Court is evaluating the scope of the Clean Water Act and its protections of wetlands, with oral arguments... more

06 Jul 2022 · 12 minutes
Maybe – Just Maybe – Beto Can Win.

The issues mount as November’s election closes in. Recent decisions by the Supreme Court have sent shockwaves across the country... more

05 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
Abortions Resume in Texas, HEB Donates $10 Million, and Bug-A-Salt

It’s Friday, which means we are diving into a weeks worth of news in Houston. This week, host Lisa Gray... more

01 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
Rooftop Flicks, Galveston Boat Tours, and Other Things To Do in H-Town Before You Die

From motoring around the Port of Houston to rolling your own sushi, strolling the arid scrublands of Hempstead, and getting... more

30 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
A Twilight Epiphany at Rice University

The Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at Rice University is one of Houston's most peaceful places. The structure is among more than... more

29 Jun 2022 · 16 minutes
The Supreme Court Will Change Life in Texas

Texans continues to grapple with the most influential Supreme Court decision of our lifetimes, but the overturning of Roe V.... more

28 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
Survival Tips for Post-Roe Texas, and How Houston Can Beat Global Warming

The Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade, and abortion became illegal in Texas. (Even though the “Trigger law” has yet... more

27 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Neighborhood Guide: West U. Is a Small Upscale Town (With a Darth Vader House)

Today, we kick off an occasional series about Houston neighborhoods, and we're talking about West U. It's a small, upscale... more

26 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
The GOP, Manifesting Moon Spray, and a Medical Marijuana Shop is in Town?

It's Friday, which means it's time to round out the week with some news! This week Host Lisa Gray and... more

24 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
The Battle of the Universities

It’s chat time! And this week, the City Cast Houston team is talking about some of the most prestigious universities... more

23 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Texas GOP Is Putting Trans Rights (and Lives) in Danger

The new Texas Republican platform is only the latest reason why trans people in Houston feel that their rights --... more

22 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
The Hottest Summer Read by a Houston Novelist

The novel, 'The Last Queen' takes readers on a historical journey by telling the fascinating story of Rani Jindan. This... more

21 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Spiking Temps, Electricity Prices, and COVID Cases

It's that time of the week y'all! We're looking back at a weeks worth of news. Lisa is joined by... more

17 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
What Houston Eats (and Drinks) to Beat the Summer Heat

It's blazing hot – with no relief in sight! As all-time temp records drop like flies, so does the morale... more

16 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Dina Kesbeh Versus All the Bugs

Summer is upon us! So you know what that means: constantly swatting at mosquitos, declaring war on fire ants, and... more

15 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Google Earth Images Tell The Tale of Htown

Have you ever wondered what your neighborhood looked like before there were buildings on the land? What was Uptown like... more

14 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
The Case Against the Ike Dike

The current proposal for the Ike Dike - a barrier to protect the Houston/Galveston area from hurricanes - is making... more

13 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
TX's War on Trans People, New Gun Bipartisanship, and a Cold Case With a Happy Ending

It’s News Roundup Friday! Lisa is joined by producer Ferrill Gibbs and the City Cast culture contributor Olivia Flores Alvarez.... more

10 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
We're Kolache Rich, Y'all!

How do you like yours? Stuffed with cottage cheese? Maybe with meat and jalapeno? Or, perhaps you like an old-school... more

09 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Bit By a Snake? Don't Panic!

It's summertime, you're walking around barefoot running through the grass and you get bit by a snake, what should you... more

08 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
PART II – Keri Blakinger: She Was a Prisoner, Now She Reports on Prisons

Welcome back to Part II of Keri Blakinger's story: a top-level ice skater who, after her skating career fell apart,... more

07 Jun 2022 · 16 minutes
Keri Blakinger: She Was a Prisoner, Now She Reports on Prisons

At 17, Keri Blakinger was a top-level ice skater. But after her skating career fell apart, so did she. She... more

06 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Special Edition: TribCast Discusses Aftermath of Uvalde Shooting

Hey City Cast Houston listeners, today we have something different for you. For today’s show, we’ve teamed up with The... more

04 Jun 2022 · 36 minutes
School Safety, COVID in Our Poop, and Who's Serving "European" Portions

Today we're looking back at a weeks worth of news around Houston. Freelance producer AK Al Moumen joins Lead Producer... more

03 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
It's Hurricane Season. Here's What You Definitely Need to Prep

Yesterday was the first day of hurricane season, and already "Alex" threatens to form from the remnants of Agatha. The... more

02 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Hurricane's 101 With Eric Berger

It's officially hurricane season. We continue our weeklong hurricane coverage by breaking down what an actual hurricane is. To tell... more

01 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Ready or Not, It's Hurricane Season

Tomorrow is June 1st, which means it's hurricane season. So! We will be covering all things "hurricane" this week on... more

31 May 2022 · 16 minutes
The NRA’s Here, And Houstonians Are Up In Arms

The weekend following the elementary-school shooting Uvalde, the NRA shamelessly holds its convention in Houston. Host Lisa Gray, City Cast contributor Shiyam... more

27 May 2022 · 22 minutes
Are H-Town Amusement Parks a Thing of the Past?

Roller coasters? Funnel cakes? Ferris wheels? What exactly defines an amusement park, and do we have any now near Houston?... more

26 May 2022 · 15 minutes
The Deep Past and Shocking Future of Texas’ Coastline

Ancient people dealt with sea levels that changed even faster than they are now. What does geology and archeology tell... more

25 May 2022 · 12 minutes
Is it Racist to Love Magnolias?

Magnolias are a symbol of the Old South — but they’re also so much more. Lisa Gray talks with City Cast... more

24 May 2022 · 15 minutes
Teaching on TikTok? This U of H Professor Has That Covered

Chris Clarke explains high-level economics on a social platform more often used for dance trends. In 60 seconds or less,... more

23 May 2022 · 14 minutes
BONUS: Sleepycast Houston

Instead of bringing the news to life, in this bonus episode, we're leaning into the sleep-inducing qualities of the rules... more

21 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Harvey Funds Diverted, the Precarious Texas Grid, and Wesley Hunt’s Rise on the Right

On this episode of City Cast Houston’s Friday Round-Up: Texas Tribune’s Zach Despart joins Lisa and Ferrill to discuss the... more

20 May 2022 · 19 minutes
Talking Accents and Dialects with John Nova Lomax

Is there one main Texas accent, or are there many? How differently do Texans speak from other Southerners? And what... more

19 May 2022 · 21 minutes
Talking Sh*t with Bayou City Waterkeeper

From time to time, the City of Houston's sewage overflows and spews poo and other undesirable waste into our city.... more

18 May 2022 · 14 minutes
What Makes H-Town Great? It's the People!

It’s time to get past the cliché. Who are the people that make Houston great? We put out the call... more

17 May 2022 · 17 minutes
One of the City's Refineries is Closing. Should We Be Concerned?

LyondellBasell, in a recent announcement, said it would shutter its Houston refinery at the end of 2023 — a site... more

16 May 2022 · 13 minutes
Roe V. Wade Protest at Discovery Green, Al Jazeera Reporter Killed, and More H-E-B Love

It's Friday — and the City Cast Houston gang rounds up the week! This week's coverage: the Roe V. Wade... more

13 May 2022 · 23 minutes
How to Stay Cool in Houston

It’s hot, y’all! With temperatures already in the 90s, we figured it wasn’t too early to talk about how to... more

12 May 2022 · 18 minutes
Dina Kesbeh Vs. Buying a House in Houston

City Cast lead producer Dina Kesbeh has been in the market for a house for a while now, in Houston.... more

11 May 2022 · 18 minutes
How To Make Our Buildings More Sustainable

Houston is changing. It's getting hotter here, and summer lasts longer. We're getting bigger storms. Energy is way more expensive.... more

10 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Harris County 101

4.7 million people live in Harris County, making it the third-most populous county in the country … and one run... more

09 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Megan Thee Stallion, Soaring Prices of Homes, and Roe V. Wade

On this week's news round-up, contributor Olivia Flores Alvarez joins producer Ferrill Gibbs and host Lisa Gray. They dive into... more

06 May 2022 · 20 minutes
The Texas-City Sibling Rivalry

You’ve probably seen the meme: Texas cities as depicted by different versions of Matthew McConaughey. Dallas: the Tuxedoed McConaughey. San... more

05 May 2022 · 19 minutes
Crime Stoppers Targets Judges

Most Houstonians know Crime Stoppers as that nonpartisan, nonprofit group who pays rewards for tips that help police solve crimes.... more

04 May 2022 · 18 minutes
The Slow Genius of DJ Screw

In the early 90's, Houston hip-hop artist DJ Screw developed a sound called "chopped and screwed." It drew from artists... more

03 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Is Downtown Back?

The pandemic forced many Houstonians to work from home, and it left vacant office buildings in the lurch. It's still... more

02 May 2022 · 14 minutes
Diesel Thieves, the Two-Year Snarl at 610 and I-69, and Churros Made in a Vespa

It's Friday, and we're talking news. This week advocates for asylum seekers are calling for an investigation into Houston’s Asylum... more

29 Apr 2022 · 22 minutes
Blowing Out-of-Towners' Minds in Houston

People who are not Houstonians have no clue how full this city is of incredible sights to see, foods to... more

28 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
Into the Wild We Go, Houston’s Nature Challenge

This weekend, hundreds of Houstonians will play along with the city nature challenge. They’ll take photos of the wild things... more

27 Apr 2022 · 11 minutes
The Texas War on Teachers Takes a Toll

Gaby Diaz is a teacher at Bellaire High School who recently penned an op/ed for the Houston Chronicle called, "Texas... more

26 Apr 2022 · 14 minutes
Ike Dike 101: What It Is and Why Houston Really, Really Needs It

With hurricane season just over a month away - a season forecast to be 130% more active than last year... more

25 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
Simone Biles’ New Athletic Line, Texas’ Loss of Teachers, and NASA’s New Frontier

It's Friday! And on Fridays, Lisa Gray recaps the week in Houston news, like when Lizzo appeared on SNL. She... more

22 Apr 2022 · 14 minutes
Where Houston Gets Caffeinated

It's Thursday, and this week the team chats about the best coffee in Houston: from Minuti Coffee to Koffeteria to... more

21 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
Where the Buffalo Roamed

Did you ever wonder what Houston was like, before there were freeways and concrete? What was the land like before... more

20 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
Wondering About Solar Panels? We’ve Got Answers.

Should you get solar panels? Wouldn’t Houston be the perfect place for them to soak up so much glorious sunshine... more

19 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
Smuggling Banned Books from Houston to Austin

On April 29, to protest the latest wave of banned books, caravans from Houston and San Antonio will converge on... more

18 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
A Teacher Shortage, Rice University Masks up and Spanish Rock

Today, we look back at the week in news. Host Lisa Gray, Lead Producer Dina Kesbeh and La Opinion reporter... more

15 Apr 2022 · 22 minutes
Houston Galleria: The Largest Mall in Texas, and So Much More

When the Galleria opened just before Thanksgiving in 1970, it changed how the country viewed shopping malls. It was massive,... more

14 Apr 2022 · 17 minutes
Lina Hidalgo’s First Scandal?

In 2018 Lina Hidalgo shocked pretty much everyone in the world by winning an upset election to become Harris County's... more

13 Apr 2022 · 11 minutes
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