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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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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
Fire Ants Vs. the World

You would not believe why fire ants, who only recently arrived in Houston (probably in the 1930’s when stowaways docked... more

22 Feb 2022 · 18 minutes
It's a Mattress Mack World

The day Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale donned a costume mattress and shouted “Gallery Saves You Money!” he became a Houston... more

18 Feb 2022 · 12 minutes
Gardening for Sanity

The Houston growing seasons are not so very Texan. Our climate is humid subtropical – it has extremely mild winters... more

17 Feb 2022 · 18 minutes
Rothko Chapel Turns 50!

For half a century, Rothko Chapel has been the stillest place in Houston. We’re a city where too much is... more

16 Feb 2022 · 17 minutes
A Reckoning With History at the Heart of Rice

Smack at the center of Rice's main quad is a bronze statue of Rice's slave-holding founder, William Marsh Rice. For... more

15 Feb 2022 · 17 minutes

Last time we opened up the phone lines for caller submissions, Houstonians regaled us with inspiring stories from the 610... more

14 Feb 2022 · 22 minutes
Teaching a Noob the Buc-ee’s Way of Life

Since 1982, Buc-ee's has been THE road-trip stop favorite among many Texans. Their reign over being the top gas station... more

11 Feb 2022 · 12 minutes
Who Else Saw the Big Smoke Plume?

When host Lisa Gray walked her dog on Monday, she saw a gnarly dark plume billowing over Southeast Houston. Turns... more

10 Feb 2022 · 16 minutes
Google Earth Images Tell The Tale of Houston

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

09 Feb 2022 · 20 minutes
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Rothko Chapel Turns 50!
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For half a century, Rothko Chapel has been the stillest place in Houston. We’re a city where too much is never enough,... more