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City Cast Houston
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Food, culture, news and nature in the sweaty Bayou City. Join Host Lisa Gray and the City Cast Houston team as we... more

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Episodes

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 talking food trucks today, and producers Carlignon Jones and AK AL-Moumen reveal their top three — plus a bunch... 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
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
Our Era's Version of the Galleria

It was once the Barbara Jordan Post Office, but Houston’s new downtown spot POST Houston has become a galleria-type oasis,... more

12 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
Recording the Night Skies of Houston

We’re approaching the peak of birds’ spring migration, which means that soon, thousands of birds will pass over your head... more

11 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
The Hidalgo–Ogg War, Cutting Crime, and Sneaking Loquats

It’s a Friday round up! On this week’s episode, we discuss the ongoing conflict between Kim Ogg and Lina Hidalgo.... more

08 Apr 2022 · 25 minutes
The Art Car Parade: Houston’s Strangest Point of Civic Pride

Art Car Weekend peaks Saturday when the 35th Annual Houston Art Car Parade rolls through downtown. The giant rolling chicken... more

07 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
Party Bike With the H-Town Sound

Boozy groups pedaling party bikes are a fixtures of Washington Ave. and Eado, but Trill on Wheels is different: It’s a... more

06 Apr 2022 · 14 minutes
What Is Bail Reform? And Why Should I Care?

A lawsuit forced Harris County to release most people accused of misdemeanors while they await trial, rather than keep them... more

05 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
Making Sense of Ted Cruz

Is Trump with Ted Cruz or against him these days? Is Tucker Carlson an ally or an enemy now? And... more

04 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
MFAH Goes to Court, Texas Is Stressed, Glorious Spring

On today’s episode of City Cast Houston, it’s a Friday news round up! Todays topics include whether there’s much of... more

01 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
Ramadan in Houston: Reflection, Spiritual Growth and Late-Night Whataburger Runs

Ramadan begins this weekend in Houston, and it means a time of fasting, prayer and self-reflection for Houston's Muslim Community.... more

31 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
We don’t think of Houston as a nature hotspot. But it is.

We think of Houston as a city of skyscrapers, sprawl and freeways — but it's also a surprisingly natural place.... more

30 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
What Texas Can Learn From Illinois about Cannabis

Recreational weed has been available in Illinois since 2020. Meanwhile, in Texas, Beto O'Rourke will be stomping for weed legalization... more

29 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
More Oil? Less Oil? Where Does Houston Go From Here?

What should Houston do? The sanctions against Russia sent the world scrambling to make up for hundreds of thousands of... more

28 Mar 2022 · 14 minutes
39 Wildfires, One Space Station, and Four Houstonians Doing Cool Things

First-time guest and journalist Claudia Kolker joins City Cast Host Lisa Gray and Lead Producer Dina Kesbeh to talk about... more

25 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
Love the Park, Hate the Parking

Two years after the start of the pandemic, Hermann Park is coming back to life, and Houstonians are there for... more

24 Mar 2022 · 14 minutes
How Will a Latino Cultural Center Help Tell Houston's Story?

Let’s just say it: Houston’s art scene is way whiter and more Anglo than the rest of the city. But... more

23 Mar 2022 · 13 minutes
Will Houston See a Surge of BA.2?

Houston's Dr. Peter Hotez is having an extremely busy year. In February, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize,... more

22 Mar 2022 · 12 minutes
The Houston Rodeo Celebrates a Manufactured Past

After a two-year hiatus, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo came back in full force at the end of February,... more

21 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
Stolen Gas, a New COVID-19 Subvariant, and Free Books!

Today we'll dive into the most important stories of the week and the ones that weren't in the headlines enough.... more

18 Mar 2022 · 22 minutes
Nothin' Can Come Between a Texan and Their Blue Bell

Blue Bell lovers, today's sweet treat is for you! Blue Bell just dropped a new flavor called Peachy Peach, and... more

17 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Harwin Flag Shop Owner Tells Us What Makes the Shopping Strip Special

They say you can find anything on Harwin Drive: Clothing, party supplies, jewelry, furniture, and the list goes on and... more

16 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
Why a Chef and an Entomologist Recommend Eating Bugs

Would Houstonians ever eat insects, not just as a fear factor kind of dare, but because they are delicious? Chef... more

15 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
From Slime to Lip Gloss: The Making of a 17-year-old CEO

The Houston hustle is real, and knows no bounds as far as age is concerned. At least, that’s been 17-year-old... more

14 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
News Round Up: Oil Hike, the Texas Transgender Fight Politicized, and Brittney Griner’s Fate

On Fridays, we discuss the most important stories of the week (and the most under-reported ones, too). Today, author and... more

11 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
The City Cast Houston Doughnut Free-For-All

Houstonians are passionate about their doughnuts: Is it light and crispy? Is it too heavy? Is it just a chunk... more

10 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
How the Disastrous Primaries Led to Harris County Elections Administrator Resigning

This months Harris County primary elections were a wreck, a total disaster. And now, Harris County's Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria has... more

09 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
The Complex Pros and Cons of the I-45 Expansion Proposal

The proposed megaproject to widen I-45 has been controversial for loads of reasons – including that it would displace many... more

08 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Not Everybody Wants Houston to be Bike-Friendly

Houston has begun to rethink many of its streets. It's making them friendlier to pedestrians, bicyclists and other people not... more

07 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Special Edition: The Tribune’s 2022 primary election

Hey City Cast Houston listeners, today we have something different for you. On March first, Texas voters schlepped to their... more

05 Mar 2022 · 56 minutes
News Roundup: Texas Primaries, Birds, and the Passing of Two Local Legends

It's Friday! And on Fridays, we talk about all the latest news! Raj Mankad, the op-ed for the Houston Chronicle,... more

04 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
Cheering the Return of An Obscenely Loud Houston Restaurant Experience

As America tuned in to one of the most momentous State of the Union Addresses in modern time – one... more

03 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
Huntsville’s Prison Town Queen

An hour north of downtown Houston, on I-45, is Huntsville. The home base of Texas' enormous prison system. Keri Blakinger,... more

02 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
Will a Houstonian Win Top Chef?

The day Bravo’s Top Chef asked Evelyn Garcia – the chef behind Kin HTX – to appear on its 19th... more

01 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
Tension Between Housed and Unhoused Neighbors Rises Outside the Beacon

A few weeks ago, a glowing op-ed appeared in the LA Times: “What Can Houston Teach Los Angeles About Solving... more

28 Feb 2022 · 13 minutes
News Roundup: The Russia Invasion, Fight for Better Drainage, and the James Beard Awards

It’s been an eventful week – and not just here in Houston. Our planet felt the tremors of war on... more

25 Feb 2022 · 16 minutes
Farming Your Way Out of a Food Desert

I'm sure you had a lot of epiphanies during the pandemic. That was definitely the case for Ivy Walls, who... more

24 Feb 2022 · 13 minutes
The Neighborhood That Keeps Flooding and the Residents Who Refuse To Leave

Some Houston neighborhoods seem to flood every time it rains. So why do people keep rebuilding there? After Hurricane Harvey,... more

23 Feb 2022 · 19 minutes
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Houston has begun to rethink many of its streets. It's making them friendlier to pedestrians, bicyclists and other people not encased in... more