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D.C.'s Most Influential People of 2023 (Part II)

D.C. is a special city. There’s so much to do, see, and taste here. And with so much to experience,... more

05 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
D.C.'s Most Influential People of 2023 (Part I)

It’s our first annual list of the City Cast 6: A half-dozen people who have changed D.C. in 2023, for... more

04 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
Controversial Zoning, Metro Shutdowns, and Heurich House Christmas Markt

Alexandria has moved to ban single-family zoning — which is kinda a wonky concept, but one with big implications that... more

01 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
Ranked Choice Voting Has Powerful Enemies in D.C.

A potential D.C. referendum called Initiative 83 could pave the way for ranked-choice voting in D.C. At first blush, it... more

30 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
An Alternative to Cops in D.C.

To call the police or not call them? D.C. is exploring alternative emergency responses in the city. How would they... more

29 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
How to Hit All 98 Metro Stops

Have you ever wondered how long it would take to visit every metro stop on the Metro? Well, these three... more

28 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
The Ultimate D.C. Holiday Shopping Guide

Holiday shopping season is stressful, to say the least. Luckily, Cornelia Poku of Black Girls Explore DC is here to... more

27 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
How a Turkey Gets Pardoned

This week, President Biden pardoned two turkeys, Liberty and Bell, in honor of Thanksgiving. Last year, we had so much... more

22 Nov 2023 · 11 minutes
Delayed Shelter Opening, Giving Tuesday, and New Underrated Restaurants

A group of anonymous property and business owners are trying to block a homeless shelter in the West End, and... more

21 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
The Future of D.C. Housing

DC has built a ton of housing over the last 20 years, but it’s mostly been in a small number... more

20 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
D.C. Sues Landlords, FBI Building Mayhem, and Climate Protest Vandalism

D.C. is suing a bunch of landlords over a program that may be costing you money. Plus, remember when we... more

17 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
The Flaws in Metro's Redesign Plan

Metro is considering building out a Blue Line Loop (the Bloop), and a lot of us are excited about it!... more

16 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
Why Pickleball Is Dividing Neighborhoods

Pickleball is taking over the nation. But not everyone is so happy to see the sport take off - it’s... more

15 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
How to Spy a Secret Agent in DC

Who’s that behind you? Are you being followed? It’s not paranoia because if you’re in D.C., there’s a non-zero chance... more

14 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
You’re Recycling Wrong — Here’s What To Do About It

Also! We’re kicking off our FIRST-EVER City Cast 6 Awards, where we recognize six individuals transforming D.C. in various categories... more

13 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
FBI's New Home, City-Funded Stadium Makeover, and New Credit Card Fees

The FBI has finally said where it’s moving — a decision that could have a big impact on the shape... more

10 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
There Was Almost a Black Chevy Chase. What Happened?

In 1906, a group of entrepreneurs set out to create an upscale Black suburban community in what is now Chevy... more

09 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
Eastern Market Turns 150. Here’s How To Celebrate

It’s Eastern Market’s 150th anniversary this weekend, and we're here to talk history, favorites, and what’s on tap for the... more

08 Nov 2023 · 12 minutes
Are D.C.’s Shadow Senators Failing?

It’s Election Day! But in the District this year that’s pretty boring. So we’re looking ahead to a 2024 race... more

07 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
Rockville Could Let 16-Year-Olds Vote

Would you let a 16-year-old vote? Rockville is considering it, and it’s actually on the ballot tomorrow. Becca Fulton is... more

06 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
Virginia Elections, Nutty Weather, and a Bib Gourmand Tasting

We’re joined by Virginia Public Radio’s Michael Pope to talk about the elections in Virginia and what they mean for... more

03 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
Why People Hate That NoVa Is a Data Center Hub

You might not think of NoVa as a data center hub, but it is! And it’s possible it’ll expand even... more

02 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
Your Fall Guide to D.C.'s Underrated Art Scene

D.C. is a great arts city, even if it doesn't always get the shine it deserves. And once you start... more

01 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
MPD Overtime Pay, D.C. Halloween Etiquette, and Name That Neighborhood

There’s an alarming stat floating around – that D.C. needs to shuffle around more than 16 million dollars in funding... more

31 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Could A New Bill Save Local News?

The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would allocate government funding for local news outlets, and residents would get... more

30 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
New Crime Bill, Zebra Saga Ends, and Leaf Collection Guide

We’re joined by Axios’ Cuneyt Dil and City Cast contributor Dan Reed to talk through the D.C. mayor’s sweeping new... more

27 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
Why We Hate D.C.’s New Slogan

D.C. is rolling out a new slogan this November, to entice more international tourists to visit. But our hosts Michael... more

26 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
A New Home for D.C.'s Coolest Artifacts

D.C.'s got some incredible historical artifacts. Think Duke Ellington’s birth certificate, a will for Alexander Graham Bell, and even some... more

25 Oct 2023 · 9 minutes
RFK Stadium Frustration, Fake Headlines, and Listener Emails

There was a HEATED community meeting last week about RFK stadium, and the team breaks it all down. Plus, we’re... more

24 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
How D.C.’s Parole System Could Change

D.C.’s parole system is run by the federal government, just like the prison system as a whole, and that has... more

23 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
Wawa Fight, Statehood Struggles, and a Transformed Museum

We’re talking about a fight at a Wawa — or at least about how that fight was covered, and what... more

20 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
D.C.’s Most Haunted Spots

Halloween is here! Which means it’s time to tell scary stories. And rather than make brand-new ones, we chatted last... more

19 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
Is The DMV’s Next Great Downtown in NoVa?

Is National Landing the next big thing in the DMV? That bit of Northern Virginia — including Crystal City, Pentagon... more

18 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Local Palestine-Israel Efforts, Stop Sign Cameras, and Best Speakeasies

The weight of what’s happening in Israel and Palestine is so heavy that it’s palpable for many of us here... more

17 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
Why a NoVa School Might Go to the Supreme Court

Thomas Jefferson High School, the math and science magnet school in Northern Virginia, is one of the most famous public... more

16 Oct 2023 · 18 minutes
AdMo Housing Debate, Unsavory School Names, and Friday the 13th

The team chats about the latest twist in a goofy Adams Morgan development saga — and why it oughta matter... more

13 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Why D.C. Sports Betting Is a Mess

In D.C., you’re only allowed to use one sports betting app — and the company behind it is a WRECK.... more

12 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
D.C.’s Most Underrated Restaurants

There have been a lot of buzzy new restaurant openings in DC lately, but don’t forget about the durable, DC... more

11 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
After District Dogs: What Can D.C. Do About Flooding?

D.C. has had intense floods this year, and with climate change, it’s only poised to get worse. Marcelo Jauregui-Volpe, a... more

10 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
Pricey Nats Upgrade, DC’s Budget Surplus, and Pandas’ Farewell

Mike is joined by Julia Karron and Kaela Cote-Stemmermann and they’re talking about taxpayer money — first for a stadium... more

06 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
What a New RFK Stadium Could Mean For D.C.

The House Oversight Committee actually agreed on something, and that was to possibly bring the Washington Commanders back to the... more

05 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
Shaw May Ban New Liquor Licenses

Some Shaw residents are calling for a three-year moratorium on new bars and nightclubs on 9th Street between T St... more

04 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
Dismissed Harassment Complaints, New Metro Taxes, and Washington Monument Reviews

The team discusses new details about how D.C. government handles sexual harassment complaints. Short answer: not well. Plus, D.C. is... more

03 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
How Social Media is Propelling D.C.'s Youth Homicides

It’s no secret that homicides are up in DC: Last week, we recorded our 200th murder of the year. But... more

02 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
Skyrocketing Homicides, Shutdown Guide for D.C., and McDonald’s Mumbo Sauce

DC passed a grim homicide milestone this week — 200 murders before October, for the first time since 1997. Plus,... more

29 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
D.C. Fashion is Making Waves

D.C. is not always known as a fashionable city. But as you’ll see this weekend, at D.C.’s fashion week events,... more

28 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
The DMV’s Best Wines and Where to Get Them

It’s the last installment of our fall guide, and we’re talking wineries and vineyards. You might not realize the DMV... more

27 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
Leaf-Peeping in the DMV Without a Car

It’s day two of our fall getaway guide and we’d be remiss if we let this week go by without... more

26 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
D.C. Fall Fairs Worth Your Time

With the humidity finally abating, we’re eagerly looking forward to fall festivities. In the first installment of our three-part fall... more

25 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Liquor License Mayhem, New Metrobus Names, and Modern Art

Amanda Michelle Gomez from WAMU tells Mike and Julia about her reporting on liquor licenses and allegations of discrimination against... more

22 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
The Ultimate D.C. Trivia Showdown

How well do you know our city? Actually, how well does City Cast know our city? City Cast CEO David... more

21 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
The Battle Over Connecticut Avenue’s Bike Lanes

Things are getting TENSE up in Cleveland Park over a plan to install bike lanes on Connecticut Avenue. Arguments over... more

20 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Should D.C. Pay Reparations?

After slavery, D.C. paid financial restitution...to former enslavers that is. Now, DC Council is considering creating a task force to... more

19 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
What Should Brookland Metro Station Look Like?

Metro is planning to redevelop the Brookland Metro stop, but what should the new version look like? Considering this project... more

18 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Hell’s Kitchen Drama, Loudoun NIMBYs, and Exciting New Restaurants

A NIMBY fight in the suburbs is pitting mental health advocates against disability rights activists. Plus, there have been shocking... more

15 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
How To Talk Like a D.C. Local

How can you tell if someone’s from D.C.? Minnie Quartey can do so with her eyes closed: As the coordinator... more

14 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
District Bridges Wants to Help You Hire (Sponsored)

Hiring in D.C. can be tricky and time-consuming, especially if you want to be mindful of diversity and inclusion along... more

13 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
The Viral Mass Thefts Worrying D.C. Shoppers

Property crime is on the rise in DC and there’s an aspect to it you might not be familiar with... more

13 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
A New Approach to Art on the National Mall

“Beyond Granite: Pulling Together” is a first-of-its-kind outdoor exhibit on the National Mall, highlighting stories that are underrepresented in the... more

12 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
How D.C. Is Managing This Drought

You might not know it, but DC is in the middle of the drought. But we’ve also had flooding in... more

11 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
Giant Pulling National Brands, Heat Wave, and New Food Hall

The only major grocery store east of the Anacostia River is facing a theft crisis that has prompted big changes.... more

08 Sep 2023 · 22 minutes
District Dogs Flood Exposes D.C.’s Flaws

It’s one of the saddest stories of the year — and the most infuriating. A flood at a DC doggie... more

07 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
Finding the Right D.C. Book Club For You

Joining a book club not only forces you to actually finish a book for once, it also lets you tap... more

06 Sep 2023 · 17 minutes
What Metro's Changing this Fall

Anyone who lives here knows that if you want to get any two people in the region into an argument,... more

05 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Pandemic Migration Costs, Driverless Cars, and Renaming the Commanders

Pandemic-era changes in where people live may be messing with DC’s budget, self-driving cars may soon be messing with DC’s... more

01 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Are Georgetown Streateries Here to Stay?

Streateries were a feature of the pandemic. Three years on, they’re still with us — and city planners are looking... more

31 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
What the COVID-19 Surge Means for You

The COVID-19 hospitalization rate in D.C. rose 29% earlier this summer. But it definitely doesn’t feel like a pandemic out... more

30 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
D.C.'s Troubled 911 System Has Fatal Consequences

The 911 call center is back in the news after the flooding that killed 10 pups at District Dogs daycare... more

29 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
D.C.’s Most Coveted Undeveloped Land

Poplar Point is a federally-owned waterfront property in Anacostia. It’s also one of the most contested spaces in D.C. because... more

28 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Comparing Crime Rates, Little League Drama, and Best Pizza

A new poll says most Americans think DC is a safe city to live in, but around here, it seems... more

25 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
How to Safely Bike Around D.C.

Locals Siddharth Muchhal and Bobo Stankovikj set out to visit every Bikeshare dock in the DMV. Why did they do... more

24 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
D.C. is Bringing Roller Skating Back

Roller skating became all the rage during the pandemic, but for D.C., this wasn’t really a new thing. Just ask... more

23 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
Celebrating 65 Years of Ben’s Chili Bowl

The word “iconic” gets used too much in D.C. But in the case of Ben’s Chili Bowl, the U Street... more

22 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Why Our Social Worker Shortage Is Driving Up Houselessness

Houselessness is still below pre-pandemic levels in the District, but that good news doesn't paint the entire picture. Because there’s... more

21 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
D.C. Sued For Anti-Abortion Arrest, Dogs Drown, & Is That Really The Best of D.C.?

District Dogs day care in Northeast flooded again, but this time, 10 dogs drowned. Our team talks about what happened... more

18 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
How To Start Running In D.C.

D.C. has loads of parks and trails, which make it a great city for running. It also has a lot... more

17 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
D.C. is Losing Jobs to Virginia

The pandemic changed where you work — and where the people who sell you stuff want to set up shop.... more

16 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
How To Get a New D.C. Memorial Constructed

During World War 2, women took on roles as codebreakers, pilots, butchers, and farmers to aid in the war effort. These... more

15 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
What Haters Get Wrong About D.C.

D.C. gets a bad rep ... in a lot of ways. People say we're not fashionable, we're careerist snobs. Are... more

14 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
National Guard Intervention? Plus, Beyonce Concert Blunders, and Restaurant Vacations

This week, a Councilmember called for the National Guard to help curb D.C. crime, Beyonce fans came up against the... more

11 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
Is It Time To Change D.C.'s Skyline?

When you think of city skylines, you might picture dazzling skyscrapers and high-rises. But not in D.C., where the Height Act... more

10 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
The Best Places to Cry in D.C.

D.C. can be a tough city and sometimes we all need to have a little cry. And it turns out... more

09 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
Excavating D.C.’s Slave History at Mount Zion Cemetery

Mount Zion is one of the oldest Black cemeteries in D.C. and a lot of former enslaved people are buried... more

08 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
Should All D.C. Stoves Be Electric?

It’s a common attitude among foodies that gas stoves are better, but not if you ask Rob Rubba, chef at... more

07 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
Suspicious Festival Cancellation, Preventing Power Outages, and a New Penn Ave

While America is talking about what’s happening in a certain local courtroom, our team is talking about the mystery of... more

04 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
Brutally Honest D.C. Restaurant Opinions

What are D.C.'s most overrated restaurants? Is $20 for a sandwich actually a reasonable price? Washingtonian’s food editor Jessica Sidman... more

03 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
The Dark and Twisted Pasts of D.C's Famous Sites

D.C.’s streets are full of hidden histories. JoAnn Hill wrote the literal book on them, and she’s here to share... more

02 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Hot Tips for Staying Cool in D.C.

We’ve had excessive heat warnings the last few days in D.C. and with the start of August, things probably aren’t... more

01 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
Which New Route Should Metro Build?

Metro is considering its largest expansion since the announcement of the Silver Line. Jordan Pascale, WAMU’s Transportation Reporter, shares details... more

31 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
Avoiding the Heat, Invasive Worms, and Ugliest Buildings

It’s hot, even for us sweat acclimated Washingtonians. Our team is covering how to stay cool, plus an invasion of... more

28 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
D.C. Food Critic Spills Industry Secrets

Tom Sietsema has spent a career eating his way through town as the Washington Post’s restaurant critic. He won’t tell... more

27 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Living on the Streets in the D.C. Heat

No matter where you live, summers in D.C. are brutal. But do you know what it feels like to wake... more

26 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Kids Are Dying From Gun Violence in Record Numbers This Year

It’s been a deadly summer in DC so far. 12 kids have already died from gunfire this year. Emily Davies, reporter... more

25 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
We’re Finally Free of Dan Snyder. Now What?

On Friday, the Washington Commanders gained a new owner — and the city lost a collective enemy. Defector Media's Dave... more

24 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
New Police Chief, Ranked Choice Voting's Fate, and World Cup Watch Parties

D.C. has a new Police Chief. Will she find a solution to the District’s crime surge? How does her appointment... more

21 Jul 2023 · 24 minutes
Will The Commanders Return To D.C.?

Washington is on the cusp of a new stadium debate: The Commanders, now under new ownership, want out of Landover,... more

20 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Are D.C. Spaces Accessible?

July is Disability Pride Month, and we need to talk about the accessibility of D.C.’s spaces. One in four adults... more

19 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
The Best Time to Visit Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens? Right Now.

The Lotus and Water Lily Festival is in full bloom over at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and will be running until... more

18 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
A Landlord Vs. Tenant Smackdown in Northeast

There’s an ugly fight going on about terrible conditions, tenant protests, and questionable evictions at an apartment building in DC’s... more

17 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
Emergency Crime Bill, Metro’s Ambitious Plans, and BWI’s Bathrooms

DC Council passed emergency crime legislation in its last meeting of the session. Will it actually quell the rising crime... more

14 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
D.C.'s Most Annoying Development Debate

The McMillan Sand Filtration Site is about to emerge as the Reservoir District, rebranding a part of town that for... more

13 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
What To Eat, Drink, and See in Georgetown

Fringe Festival kicks off today! It’s an exciting annual event that highlights the local theater scene, but … it’s in... more

12 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
Best River, Lake, and Ocean Day Trips From DC

If this is your least favorite time of year for D.C. weather, you’re not alone. I’m right there with you.... more

11 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
A Controversial, New Shelter in Foggy Bottom

The city is pushing ahead with plans to build a controversial homeless shelter in a former George Washington University dorm.... more

10 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Cheap Air Filters, Best Local Ice Cream, and Branded Metro Cars

The Canadian wildfires are likely to keep smogging up our air on and off through October. The team is here... more

07 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
Creating a D.C. High School From Scratch

This fall, DC will open its first new neighborhood high school in decades. Harold McCray, the new principal of MacArthur... more

06 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
Should New Buildings Fit “Neighborhood Character”?

There's a big debate happening in Shaw over potential new condos at 1515 Ninth Street NW. A local developer wants... more

05 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Why D.C. Fast Casual Reigns Supreme

CAVA just went public, to huge success in the market. District Taco announced this year that it wants to go... more

03 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
School Board Protest, Sportswashing, and Fourth of July

Hundreds of people showed up to a Montgomery County school board meeting this week, protesting the LGBTQ+ books in the... more

30 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
Harassment Scandal Casts Doubt on Mayor's Leadership

This week has brought still more ugly workplace sexual misconduct allegations in the case of John Falcicchio, who was Mayor... more

29 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
Why D.C. Traffic Enforcement is Such A Mess

Traffic fatalities in D.C. are up 50% this year. But enforcement is way down. Now, the city is sending out... more

28 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
How E-Scooters Are Changing D.C.

Lime broke its D.C.-area record for e-scooter and e-bike trips in May, with 430,000 trips. It’s proof of the thing... more

27 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Why Bears are Roaming D.C.

Bears! They’ve been spotted in Rockville, Hyattsville, Arlington, Roosevelt Island, and Northeast D.C.’s Brookland, where neighbors called animal control about... more

26 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
Mayoral Office Harassment Scandal, GOP's Traffic Meddling, and Swimply Drama

In this week’s roundup, Cuynet Dil from Axios DC and City Cast contributor Dan Reed are here to chat about... more

23 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
Which D.C. Airport Should You Use Most?

Washington is the rare city where locals have three airports to choose from. And even if you’re aiming to buy... more

22 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
GRRRR! Kicking Off DCPL’s Dino Roar Contest

The DC public library is officially kicking off its annual dinosaur roar competition. In the past, the contest has been... more

21 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
A Guide to D.C.’s Summer Festivals

Today we’re all about festivals — summer in D.C. is full of them, and Nicole Schaller from District Fray is... more

20 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
More Flights at DCA? Plus, Ruby Corado's Dramatic Fall and Juneteenth Plans

There’s a big fight going on over adding more flights to DCA — which side should you be on? Plus,... more

16 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
D.C.’s Path to Statehood

The fight for statehood has been a longstanding wish for residents of the District. Will D.C. get it? Who is... more

15 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
What To Do When the Snakes Come Out

D.C. is in prime season for snake sightings. That might sound a little scary for some, but local wildlife educator... more

14 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Why You Need to Visit Anacostia Park

D.C. has one of the most dynamic parks around. It’s bigger than NYC’s Central Park, and you can roller skate,... more

13 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
The Future of Dave Thomas Circle

Did you know that Dave Thomas Circle — that weird, notoriously chaotic triangle-shaped block out in Northeast where there used... more

12 Jun 2023 · 12 minutes
Suffocating Smog, Congress Attacks D.C. Elections, and Local Pride History

It’s hazy out there! We chat about what to do about the Canadian smoke spreading across D.C. Plus, Congress has... more

09 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
D.C.-Made Beers You Have to Try

D.C.’s craft brewery scene is young, but prolific. There are 16 craft breweries in the city, and it’s home to... more

08 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
The Chaotic Phasing-Out of the Tipped Minimum Wage

D.C. residents voted to phase out the tipped minimum wage, and it’s finally now happening, but gradually and confusingly. In... more

07 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
D.C.’s Best Outdoor Movie Screenings

Grab your blanket and popcorn, because we’re kicking off our Summer Entertainment Guide series by talking about outdoor summer movies!... more

06 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Moon Rabbit Mysteriously Closed. What's Next?

Moon Rabbit, the award winning restaurant that was at the base of the Wharf’s Intercontinental Hotel, closed down abruptly two... more

05 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
Metro Crime, Commanders’ Trademark Issues, and Best Pools

On this week’s CCDC roundup, we’re talking crime on the Metro, more drama around the name of our football team,... more

02 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
Farewell to D.C.’s Police Chief

DC’s police chief is moving on after just two years atop the force. It’s a moment of rising crime, Congressional... more

01 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
An Award-Winning Take on D.C.'s Food Scene

WAMU’s food culture podcast Dish City is nominated for yet ANOTHER James Beard Award this year. It’s a huge accomplishment,... more

31 May 2023 · 19 minutes
D.C. Has One More Day to Fix its Public Housing

Did you know that D.C.’s public housing authority is the poorest performing one in the country? Yikes. The federal government... more

30 May 2023 · 17 minutes
Moon Rabbit Closes, Cop Colludes with Proud Boys, and Ranked Choice Voting

One of D.C.’s top restaurants abruptly shut down Monday under mysterious circumstances. It turns out its an issue that has... more

26 May 2023 · 25 minutes
How Go-Go Got Going

Mike and Bridget sit down with “Big Tony” Fisher, from the seminal D.C. go-go band Trouble Funk. He talked about... more

25 May 2023 · 27 minutes
Tracking Down the 'Freeway Phantom' Serial Killer

From 1971 to 1972, a serial killer who called himself the Freeway Phantom killed at least six Black girls in... more

24 May 2023 · 21 minutes
How To Create Your Own D.C. Tour

Look out for all those tourists, because in a recent poll, D.C. was ranked the third best destination in the... more

23 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Can D.C. Fix Its Lead Pipe Problem?

D.C. ranks in the top 10 cities for lead pipes. As environmental reporter Kayla Benjamin will tell you, that’s not... more

22 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Bowser Placates Congress. Plus, Union Station and Mystics Season

DC’s mayor made a trip to Congress this week and it maybe wasn’t as bad as it could have been?... more

19 May 2023 · 23 minutes
What’s Next in D.C.’s Budget Debate

DC Council passed a first vote on the 2024 budget, and there were a lot of sticking points. Like, should... more

18 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Taste-Test Bizarre Foods at This High-Tech DMV Farm

Area 2 Farms in Arlington is not what you imagine when you think of a farm. It's indoors and has... more

17 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Why MPD Can't Fire Bad Cops

The D.C. police have been trying to fire an officer named Michael Thomas, but he’s managed to appeal and arbitrate... more

16 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Bowser Heads to the Hill

D.C.’s mayor is due on the Hill this week for a hearing where she’s almost certain to sit there as... more

15 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Maryland Senate Race, WashPo's Mea Culpa, and Secret Spy Spots

Maryland has suddenly got a hot, open senate seat race and it’s likely to feature at least three DMV icons,... more

12 May 2023 · 23 minutes
D.C. Restaurants With Secret Spy Lore

Why do restaurants play such a big role in spy stories? And which DC eateries should you hit if you... more

11 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Did “The Americans” Get D.C. Right?

It’s the 10th anniversary of the hit FX show The Americans, which is all about the spies living among us... more

10 May 2023 · 18 minutes
How To Spot A Spy in D.C.

It is Day Two of our Spy Week, presented by the International Spy Museum! Today, former CIA agent Lindsay Moran... more

09 May 2023 · 22 minutes
D.C.'s Best Spy Stories

It is City Cast’s SPY WEEK, presented by the International Spy Museum. Which means we’re doing a week’s worth of... more

08 May 2023 · 18 minutes
D.C.'s Public Transit Feud, New Food Halls, and the XFL Final

DC Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser are engaged in a battle over the free Metrobus plan versus the redesign of... more

05 May 2023 · 25 minutes
How Avalon Theatre Defied The Odds

D.C.’s Avalon Theatre was founded in 1923, back when neighborhood movie houses were everywhere. And as movies moved to suburban... more

04 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Can We Make Downtown D.C. More "Livable"?

Downtown D.C. is known as a place to work, not live or hang out. In a new ranking of downtown... more

03 May 2023 · 16 minutes
Does Marion Barry Deserve His Own Street?

It’s official: the city is moving ahead with changing the name of Good Hope Road in Southeast to Marion Barry... more

02 May 2023 · 19 minutes
DCPS Is Trying To Fix Historic Inequities

City officials are considering redrawing school boundaries for the first time in a decade, and it’s a big deal, even... more

01 May 2023 · 15 minutes
Police Chief’s Exit, Fare Evasion Crackdown, and Arlington’s Zoning Battle

D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee “shocked” many with the surprise announcement of his retirement on Wednesday. We’re talking about that,... more

28 Apr 2023 · 23 minutes
Is Local TV News Dead?

Pat Collins was a staple of local TV news at a time when local TV reporters were celebrities. But after decades... more

27 Apr 2023 · 23 minutes
Why D.C. Residents Are In Prisons Across the U.S.

Like most things in the District, D.C.'s criminal justice system is all tied up in the federal government. That means D.C.... more

26 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Why D.C. is One Big Adult Playground

From arcade bars, to kickball leagues and adult mini golf, D.C. has a lot of pastimes geared toward our inner... more

25 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
D.C.'s New Environmental Justice Center Spotlights Marginalized Voices

On Saturday, the Anacostia Community Museum opened a new Center for Environmental Justice. It draws on the neighborhood’s long legacy... more

24 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
Metro Funding Struggles, Police Shortages, and Concert Season

In today's roundup, friend of City Cast Hannah Denham, from the Washington Business Journal, is here to talk about everyone’s... more

21 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
D.C.’s Rat-Hunting Dogs, And Other Rat Solutions

The D.C. rats are already scurrying around this spring, and it’s only going to get worse as this warm year... more

20 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Power Ranking D.C.'s Seasons

Today, we’ve got another classic co-host debate: Which season is best in D.C.? Spring’s got deadly allergies. Summer, its mugginess.... more

19 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Your Guide To 4/20 in D.C.

It’s the week of 4/20 and days before the National Cannabis Festival, and we’re talking with its founder about the... more

18 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Traffic Cameras Everywhere!

If you drive in D.C., you probably know all about the city’s red light cameras. But did you know D.C.... more

17 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Dan Snyder Picks A Buyer. Plus, Buses, Cannabis, and Georgetown Transformers

After months of hand wringing, Dan Snyder has picked a buyer for the Washington Commanders! Audio Producer Julia Karron is... more

14 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
The Mosquitos Will Be Worse This Year

D.C.’s mosquitos are about to be back. And, after a warm winter, this year could be especially bad. Reporter Jacob Fenston,... more

13 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
Celebrating Lou Stovall’s Impact on D.C.’s Art Scene

D.C. lost an icon this year. Born in 1937, artist Lou Stovall studied printmaking at Howard and his posters and... more

12 Apr 2023 · 23 minutes
A New Civil Rights Investigation Into D.C. Police

On March 18th, Park Police shot and killed 17 year old Dalaneo Martin as they tried to apprehend him in... more

11 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Should There Be Bike Lanes on Connecticut Avenue?

The city’s bike lane plan for Connecticut Avenue NW is so controversial that there are petitions floating around with thousands... more

10 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
Yellow Line Drama, Big Bucks for Pickleball, and a New Concert Venue

The Yellow Line is coming back! But its route is not quite the same. Plus, D.C.’s proposed budget sets aside... more

07 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Why D.C. Is A Great Place To Raise Kids

Austin Graff has made a living off of exploring D.C., and with a kid in tow, no less. He’s here... more

06 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Remembering the 1968 Unrest, With the Founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl

D.C. burned for days in April 1968, after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street... more

05 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
What D.C. Learned From the 1968 Uprisings

More than 900 D.C. businesses were damaged, and nearly 700 homes destroyed during the unrest in April 1968 after Martin... more

04 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
D.C.'s Youngest Politician Wants to Revitalize Local Schools

We’ve all heard the misconception about young people being apathetic when it comes to government and politics. But here in... more

03 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
Congress's 'Oversight' Hearing, Awful Traffic, and Bizarre Smoke

The House Oversight Committee voted Wednesday to block D.C.'s police discipline and accountability bill. It was part of a larger... more

31 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
How Walmart Abandoned H Street

The Walmart on H Street Corridor closes for good tomorrow, and it’s pissed off city officials more than you’d expect.... more

30 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
What Makes D.C.'s Gay Clubs Special

LGBTQ spaces are under attack nationally, and that means D.C.’s queer bars and clubs have even more importance. D.C. actually... more

29 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
What 'D.C. Cab' Gets Right (and Wrong) About Our City

There are so many pieces of media that take place in D.C. - some good, some bad, and some totally... more

28 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
Union Station’s Upgrade Will Transform The Entire Neighborhood

Union Station is about to undergo a massive renovation. In this interview originally aired last summer, WAMU’s Jordan Pascale walks... more

27 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Mayor's Top Advisor Abruptly Resigns, Plus a New Budget, and E-Bikes

There’s never been a D.C. mayoral aide quite so powerful as John Falcicchio. And all of a sudden, he’s gone... more

24 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Why Uyghur Restaurants Are Booming in the DMV

For decades, geopolitics has shaped Washington’s restaurant scene. And one of the latest trends is the boom in Uyghur restaurants,... more

23 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Why D.C.'s Flag Is the Best in the U.S

It’s official: DC’s flag is awesome. And Maryland’s isn’t too shabby, either. Virginia’s? Well… Today we’re talking with two leading... more

22 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Here’s How To Game the D.C. Housing Market

Pretty much everyone in D.C. is obsessed with finding a good place to live. Jamie Manning started the popular Instagram and... more

21 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Union Kitchen's Got Union Troubles

Staffers at Union Kitchen, a food business accelerator, are suing their employee for wage theft. It’s the issue that initially... more

20 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
Redeveloping Eden Center, D.C. Jail Controversy, And A New Commanders Bidder

The Eden Center, the Vietnamese mall in Northern Virginia, is about to see some changes and the local Vietnamese community... more

17 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Why D.C.'s Metro Is Actually Underrated

Anyone who’s ever stared at a Metro map has probably fantasized about their ideal Metro line, the new route that... more

16 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Washingtonians Love Sharing Their Salaries. Here's Why.

This week marks Equal Pay Day, the point in the year that women have to work just to break even... more

15 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
What AI Gets Wrong about D.C.

We’ve been told that ChatGPT would take over our jobs, so we had to put it to the test to... more

14 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
How D.C. Landlords are Profiting Off the Housing Authority

For years, D.C. has paid rent to landlords for poor people who might otherwise live in public housing. But a... more

13 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
Senate Rejection, Dress Codes in Bars, and Weekend Events

The biggest local news in a long time, the Congressional vote to overturn a DC bill for the first time... more

10 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Senate Blocks D.C. Crime Bill

It’s official. Senate has voted to reject D.C.’s criminal code reforms. The President has said he’s going to sign it,... more

09 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
A Walking Tour of D.C. Women’s History

Today is International Women’s Day and D.C. is full of stories of female empowerment and impact that might not always... more

08 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
This Rising D.C. Band Started As Buskers At Dupont Circle

The band Dupont Brass started unexpectedly as a side gig for a group of Howard University students, and now they’re... more

07 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
This New Southeast Park Wants To Build Community, Not Displace It

The 11th Street Bridge connects Anacostia to Navy Yard. And a project to create a park there for everyone to... more

06 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Voting Out Dan Snyder, Cherry Blossoms, and No More Free Metrobus?

We’re back with another live taping at Politics and Prose Union Market! This time, City Cast DC Contributor Dan Reed... more

03 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Where Is the FBI Moving?

The FBI Headquarters at 935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW is a famously ugly blot on an otherwise beautiful D.C. street. But... more

02 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Meet D.C.’s Death Doula

There's just no way around it — all of us are going to die. Sadly, in D.C., a lot of... more

01 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
A Peek Inside Navy Yard's Newest Bar

Trouble Bird Bar is opening tonight in Navy Yard, in the space that used to be Maxwell Park Wine Bar.... more

28 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Should D.C. Public Schools Have Cops?

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says she’s redoubling her efforts to reverse the council’s move to pull police who have been... more

27 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
A New Museum, Housing Segregation, and Weekend Events

We’ve got a new museum that will open under the Lincoln Memorial! And the D.C. metro area is banding together... more

24 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
What Makes D.C.'s Roller Skating Culture Unique

Roller skating became all the rage during the pandemic, but for D.C., this wasn’t really a new thing. Just ask... more

23 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
Bathrooms Are D.C'.s Most Neglected Public Space

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about when nature calls. And if you’re in D.C., this could be especially... more

22 Feb 2023 · 17 minutes
D.C.’s Fentanyl Crisis is Different

Fentanyl is a national crisis, and the D.C. area is no exception. But the communities bearing the brunt of it here... more

21 Feb 2023 · 16 minutes
Defending Statehood, RIP MetroHero, and Logic’s New Album

Congress is pushing back hard on two D.C. bills and many local leaders are … letting them? City Cast DC Contributor... more

17 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
How To Prevent More Break-Ins in Adams Morgan

If you've been in Adams Morgan recently, you’ve probably seen the aftermath of attacks on local businesses. For example, Retrobottega... more

16 Feb 2023 · 14 minutes
What a New Nats Owner Means for D.C.

Ted Lerner, the 97-year old patriarch of the family that owns the Washington Nationals, died this week. But the team... more

15 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
From D.C., With Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! We asked all of you to share your love stories, and boy did you deliver. Here are... more

14 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
D.C.’s 911 System Needs Fixing

911 is no joke to Dave Statter. The longtime D.C. investigative reporter is the man behind some huge scoops on... more

13 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
D.C. Is Clearing the McPherson Square Tent Encampment

In today’s roundup, the Washington Post’s Marissa Lang joins us to chat about the plan to clear the McPherson Square... more

10 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
Last-Minute Date Ideas in the District

The D.C. Love Kit — our week of episodes devoted to love in the District — would not be complete... more

09 Feb 2023 · 23 minutes
How to Love Making New Friends in D.C.

D.C. Love Kit Day 3 is all about friendship. Did you know there’s a science to making friends? Psychologist and... more

08 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
Dating in D.C. Sucks. This Dating Coach is Here to Help

For day two of the City Cast DC Love Kit, we're here with dating coach Erika Ettin to break down... more

07 Feb 2023 · 23 minutes
Local Trips to Spice up Your Love Life

Valentine's Day means couples trips. City Cast DC Contributor Tim Ebner is here to break down all the best deals... more

06 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
Rising Crime, Reeve's Center Facelift, and DC's Weird Sports Culture

It’s another week where crime stories are in the headlines. Dan Reed from Greater Greater Washington joins us to talk... more

03 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
Our Conversation with Bill Nye, the D.C. Guy

Legendary science broadcaster Bill Nye has recently moved back home to D.C, where he was born and raised. Here’s here... more

02 Feb 2023 · 23 minutes
D.C.’s 100 Best Restaurants

Washingtonian just put out its list of D.C.’s 100 Very Best Restaurants, for the first time since before the pandemic.... more

01 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
The 1984 Murder that Transfixed D.C.

The horrific murder of Catherine Fuller transfixed Washington in 1984. And now, nearly 40 years later, it’s the subject of... more

31 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
The D.C. Civil Rights App Created by Students

Black History Month is coming up, which has a special significance in a place like D.C. Lily and Eliza Dorton,... more

30 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Home Rule Under Attack, Plus RIP Movie Theaters

The old Metro boss is now head of transportation in Maryland — what does that mean for DC commuters? Congresspeople... more

27 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
Single and Seeking Help

City Cast D.C.’s single ladies have grabbed the mic to chat about dating in D.C. Spoiler alert: it’s hard. So... more

26 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
Odometer Fraud Has Hit The District

Did you know that D.C. is one of the worst cities for odometer fraud? Emilie Voss from Carfax says it’s... more

25 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Mayor Bowser's Plan to 'Bring D.C. Back'

Mayor Bowser’s office has an ambitious plan to revitalize DC’s downtown, and a big part of it is getting remote... more

24 Jan 2023 · 24 minutes
The People Counting D.C.’s Cats

Like a lot of people, we love cats! But if you’re a bird or a squirrel, our purring four-legged friends... more

23 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
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Black History Month is coming up, which has a special significance in a place like D.C. Lily and Eliza Dorton, sisters and... more