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City Cast Houston
City Cast

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