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City Cast Houston
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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Houston's "Pothole Czar" is batting 1000

Something that every Houstonian can agree on is that potholes are the worst. Good thing we have Walter Hambrick on... more

25 Jan 2022 · 13 minutes
What to do about Houston’s homicide rate?

Last year, Houston police responded to 470 deaths. It was one of the worst homicide rates we’ve seen in the... more

24 Jan 2022 · 15 minutes
Who doesn't love H-E-B?

Recently, H-E-B was ranked #2 on a national survey - just behind Amazon. Today, the City Cast crew breaks down... more

21 Jan 2022 · 15 minutes
Part 2: Could you loop around 610 on a bike? This man did.

Today we continue with Raj Mankad’s bicycle journey around 610 — his personal quest, after pandemic isolation, to reconnect with... more

20 Jan 2022 · 19 minutes
Could you loop 610 on a bike? This man did.

Raj Mankad, the Houston Chronicle's op-Ed editor and Houston's resident utopian, has made a project of riding his bike around... more

19 Jan 2022 · 17 minutes
West Houston’s otherworldly art experience

Seismique, in far west Houston, bills itself as both an “art museum” and an “intergalactic playground.” Inside a former Bed... more

18 Jan 2022 · 13 minutes
Black Towns Matter: Preserving Independence Heights

As Covid 19 has raged on, Independence Heights in Northwest Houston has suffered a loss of some historic housing -... more

14 Jan 2022 · 15 minutes
Lil' Keke and the Houston Rodeo

This March, on Black Heritage day, Lil’ Keke will join Bun B’s H-Town Takeover at the Houston Rodeo. Alongside some... more

13 Jan 2022 · 14 minutes
Spending millions on gunshot technology that doesn't really work

With Houston's crime rate on the rise and gun violence wreaking havoc on the city, finding a solution is on... more

12 Jan 2022 · 13 minutes
Is Houston losing its eccentrics?

Back in the day, Houston was flush with charming weirdos. People made strange stuff here: We had the Orange Show,... more

11 Jan 2022 · 13 minutes
How the Brazos River explained the death of the dinosaurs

Scott Solomon - biologist, professor, and science communicator – takes producer Ferrill Gibbs to a portion of the shallow, muddy... more

10 Jan 2022 · 11 minutes
Texas is the Job Quitting Capital

The Great Resignation has been happening all over – but not like in Texas. Antréchelle Dorsey, contributor for City Cast... more

07 Jan 2022 · 13 minutes
Our power grid still can't take a big freeze

In February 2021, after Winter Storm Uri rolled into Texas, the state’s power grid went down. Millions of homes and... more

06 Jan 2022 · 12 minutes
Yodelers for Beto O’Rourke

Nelly, Hannah, and Laura of the band “Babes In Betoland” gear up to stump (although musically) for Beto O’Rourke’s gubernatorial... more

05 Jan 2022 · 14 minutes
Death-row radio: Jesus, heavy metal, and rom-coms

The Tank, 106.5 FM, isn’t an ordinary radio station. It’s run by prisoners, for prisoners, at the maximum-security Allan B.... more

04 Jan 2022 · 14 minutes
You're not from around here, are you?

What better way to know that you *know* a city than to have an outsider ask “dumb” questions about it?... more

03 Jan 2022 · 20 minutes
The Extremely Last-Minute Houston Gift Guide

Need a cool, thoughtful gift two days out from Christmas Eve? Dina and Lisa have you covered! From hyper-local honey... more

22 Dec 2021 · 11 minutes
Omicron takes Houston

Houston Methodist’s Omicron cases have topped 80% in December. It only took three weeks to dominate all other variants. Dr.... more

21 Dec 2021 · 17 minutes
“So my enchilada plate is going to cost more?”

Ricardo Molina, second-generation owner of the Tex-Mex staple “Molina’s Cantina,” has never experienced such difficulties staffing and maintaining inventory as... more

20 Dec 2021 · 14 minutes
Beto needs to shoot a feral hog!

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15!“: That declaration was the high point of Beto O’Rourke’s 2019 campaign for... more

17 Dec 2021 · 14 minutes
Lakewood's toilet money saga

When plumber Justin Cauley (aka “Justin the Plumber”) found envelopes full of cash and checks spilling forth from the bathroom... more

16 Dec 2021 · 14 minutes
Holiday gifts by Houston’s creatives

Do you have a long list of people you need to buy gifts for? Have you been racking your brain... more

15 Dec 2021 · 13 minutes
A safe Christmas in Houston

After a Christmas spent hunkering down last year, correspondent Antre’chelle Dorsey presents listeners with a variety of options to keep... more

14 Dec 2021 · 12 minutes
Delicious oysters. Clean Gulf.

Raz Halili, a second-generation oysterman in Dickinson, Texas, has developed the reputation for being a good steward of his corner... more

13 Dec 2021 · 11 minutes
You never catch one strain… You catch ALL of them

Last week, City Cast Houston's Senior Producer Dina Kesbeh came down with what she believed was the flu. Fully vaccinated,... more

10 Dec 2021 · 20 minutes

City Cast Houston contributor Marcus Carter is utterly in love with the restaurant Bludorn -- so much so that he... more

09 Dec 2021 · 12 minutes
In her own words: An Afghan refugee resettles in Houston

Tahmina Ghoori was forced to flee Afghanistan last summer along with her family. After two stops at refugee camps in... more

08 Dec 2021 · 10 minutes
S-T-O-P Holiday stress

In this episode, meditation expert Alejandro Chaoul offers ways to survive the holiday season — even if your relatives keep... more

07 Dec 2021 · 15 minutes
Holidays in Houston as Omicron Advances

Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, is fresh off... more

06 Dec 2021 · 15 minutes
Houston's First Black Cemetery buried under neglect

Olivewood Cemetery is believed to be Houston’s first black cemetery. It had been neglected for a while before a group... more

02 Dec 2021 · 14 minutes
Shouldn't The Woodlands be a city by now?

In this episode, political contributor/Pulitzer finalist Evan Mintz discusses with Lisa the possible rationale behind the Woodlands’ continued resistance to... more

30 Nov 2021 · 13 minutes
Does Houston have a Thanksgiving Tradition?

Lisa hosts producers Dina Kesbeh and Ferrill Gibbs on the last podcast offering before Thanksgiving. What culinary disasters have the... more

23 Nov 2021 · 15 minutes
What’s so special about Buffalo Bayou

Photographer Geoff Winningham has been shooting Buffalo Bayou for decades. His photos are up on display at cafe Brasil for... more

18 Nov 2021 · 14 minutes
Rice's Ion building: Collaboration or Gentrification?

The Ion building, Rice University's new high-tech hub for all things shiny and entrepreneurial, anchors a 16-acre innovation district-to-be. Does... more

16 Nov 2021 · 18 minutes
Coming Soon

Join City Cast Houston twice a week (for now) as we plunge into conversations about food, economy, history, and all... more

12 Nov 2021 · 1 minute
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Photographer Geoff Winningham has been shooting Buffalo Bayou for decades. His photos are up on display at cafe Brasil for all to... more