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Street Taco Street Fight: Denver's Best Al Pastor

We’ve tackled breakfast burritos. We’ve eaten our way through Denver’s donut scene. We’ve chowed down on fried chicken and compared... more

02 Feb 2023 · 37 minutes
Eminent Domain Took Two Family Homes. Can Art Take Them Back?

If you’ve been in Denver for a while, you’ve seen the work of internationally renowned artist Anthony Garcia. Born n’... more

01 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
Xcel Posts Huge Profits, Who's RTD For, and Casa Bonita is Looking for 'Entertainers (Wet)'

Do you have what it takes to be “entertainer (wet)” — aka, a cliff diver at Casa Bonita? The South... more

31 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
Can Governor Polis Fix Our Housing Problem?

For the first time in his now five years as governor, Jared Polis is focusing on housing. Whether its an... more

30 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Backyard Chickens, Vanity Plates, and Our Plan for the Mayor's Race

It’s Friday and we’re rounding up the stories that caught our eye this week. Producer Paul Karolyi and host Bree... more

27 Jan 2023 · 38 minutes
Can Science Fix Our Water Woes?

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. And boy, do we in the West really need to figure... more

26 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
A New Den-Mex Empire Rises in the Suburbs

On our hunt for Denver’s best street tacos, we stumbled on a story we had to share: After decades working in... more

25 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Who Poisoned the Taco Bell? Plus, Gun Reform and Meth at the Library

It’s Tuesday and we’ve got everything you need to know about the local stories Denverites are talking about: Meth residue... more

24 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
The Park Hill Golf Course Fight is Back On!

For almost 100 years, the Park Hill neighborhood has featured an 18-hole golf course. But then a major developer, Westside... more

23 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
Should Denver Dump Gas Stoves? Plus, Our Nerdy Governor and Tacos!

It’s Friday and that means we’re looking back at the local stories that mattered this week. Producer Paul Karolyi and... more

20 Jan 2023 · 48 minutes
Can a Total Rebrand Save This Iconic Colorado Beer?

Once upon a time, New Belgium Brewing ruled the craft brew scene in Colorado, and Fat Tire was its flagship... more

19 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
A Bold Plan to Tackle Homelessness, Snowplow Politics, and More Mayoral Madness

Mayoral hopefuls are rolling out their strategies to tackle public safety and homelessness, and others have set social media abuzz... more

18 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
Why the Stock Show Matters to This Girl and Her Goat

The National Western Stock Show has been an annual attraction in Denver since 1906, bringing cowboys, cowgirls, farmers, ranchers, and... more

17 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
Snow Plowing Problems, A Jaywalking Debate, and Brutalism's Last Champion

It’s Friday! And we’re looking back at the news of the week with one of our favorite returning guests —... more

13 Jan 2023 · 41 minutes
How Worried Should Denverites Be About the Economy?

Grocery prices are through the roof, but gas is under $3 a gallon. The housing market in Denver finally seems... more

12 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Inside the Effort to Fix Our Trash Problem

“Given the city’s strained resources, the expansion of recycling and compost service next year will be a significant burden that... more

11 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
Polis Backtracks on Migrant Busing, More E-Bike Rebates, and Su Teatro’s Big Win

It’s Tuesday and we’re bringing you a midweek roundup of news across the metro area: As migrants and asylum seekers... more

10 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Can the Broncos Recover From This Dumpster Fire Season?

The Denver Broncos opened their 2022-23 season with Mile High expectations. A new ownership group led by deep-pocketed Walmart heirs... more

09 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
Dems’ Big Plans for 2023, Weekend Recs, and Stock Show Trivia!

It’s Friday and we’re back in studio rounding up the news of the week! The legislative session kicks off Monday,... more

06 Jan 2023 · 48 minutes
The Mystery of Downtown’s Lost Tunnels

Next time you find yourself in LoDo or wandering around near Union Station, look down. Just below the streets of... more

05 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Broncos Go Bust, Busloads of Migrants, and Suncor Shuts Down

We’re catching you up on all the top stories of the week so far: The Broncos went from bad to... more

04 Jan 2023 · 24 minutes
A Tarot Reading For Our City’s New Year

We can’t predict Denver’s future, but — what if we could get some guidance from the universe on how our... more

03 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
The Downtown Dilemma

Programming Note: We’re taking some time off around the new year. We’ll be back with new episodes starting on January... more

30 Dec 2022 · 44 minutes
10 Years of Legal Reefer Madness

Weed. It’s been legal for 10 years, and it feels more fraught than ever. All this week on City Cast... more

29 Dec 2022 · 39 minutes
The Rise of Worker Power

2022, what a year, am I right? Lots of ups, lots of downs. And we made it. All this week... more

28 Dec 2022 · 38 minutes
The Year We Forgot How to Tip

As the days tick down to the new year, we’re looking back at 2022. All this week on City Cast... more

27 Dec 2022 · 38 minutes
The Moment Denver Became Hockeytown, USA

Host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi are counting down the top five stories in Denver in 2022. Today’s episode... more

26 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
EMERGENCY POD: Casa Bonita Announces Reopening Date!

Just as we were setting our away messages and logging off for the holiday season, Denver got the biggest news... more

22 Dec 2022 · 4 minutes
Denver's Most Epic Wins and Fails of 2022

Denver is about to put another interesting year on the books. Depending on how you look at it, we celebrated... more

22 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
The Battle for Denver’s Best Latke

Tonight marks the fourth night of Hanukkah, and it’s time to settle the age-old question: who makes the best latke... more

21 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes
The Best Hot Springs For Your Winter Getaway

As we longingly wait for snow to blanket the Mile High in time for the holidays, there’s always the mountains... more

20 Dec 2022 · 32 minutes
Does Denver Have a Parking Problem?

Or does parking have a Denver problem? It’s an age-old question that’s become particularly controversial lately, with increasing concerns over... more

19 Dec 2022 · 25 minutes
“Water, Under Pressure” from Laws of Notion

This weekend, we’re excited to share the first episode from the new season of Laws of Notion, the podcast produced... more

17 Dec 2022 · 29 minutes
AG Takes On Grocery Giants, Cage-Free Eggs, and DQ Hot Takes

The cost of groceries is too damn high! And it could be going even higher, based on the reporting from... more

16 Dec 2022 · 45 minutes
A Secretive Mozzarella Dynasty Unravels in Court

An astounding 85% of all pizza cheese is supplied by the Denver-based company Leprino Foods, which is controlled by one... more

15 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
How Colorado Plans to Bring Back Gray Wolves

In a highly controversial vote two years ago, Coloradans narrowly approved a proposal to reintroduce wolves to the state. But... more

14 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
What Denverites Get Wrong about Colorado Springs

While Colorado Springs is still dealing with the aftermath of the Club Q shooting, there’s something else that’s clung to... more

13 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
Why Didn’t Colorado’s Red Flag Law Stop The Club Q Shooting?

The alleged shooter who opened fire inside Club Q last month, killing five people, had prior run-ins with law enforcement,... more

12 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
Colorado Healing Fund Backlash, Our Parking Paradox, and a S'mores-gasbord

It’s another Friday news roundup! This week, podcaster and cannabis expert Ann Marie Awad joins producer Paul Karolyi and host... more

09 Dec 2022 · 46 minutes
Is SCOTUS About to Alter CO's Anti-Discrimination Laws?

Ten years after Lakewood baker Jack Phillips refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, a similar case went... more

08 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
The Restaurants We Couldn’t Live Without This Year

Denver lost so many restaurants to the pandemic — RIP Racines, To The Wind, Tables, Piatti, etc. — but there... more

07 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
Your Guide to Holiday Fun

Sure, Denverites love the Parade of Lights and the tree lighting at Union Station. But what else is there to... more

06 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
How Looters and Liars Propped Up the Denver Art Museum

The Denver Post published a blockbuster three-part investigation last week, unveiling the spokes of an international criminal conspiracy with Denver... more

05 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
Club Q Fallout, Indigenous School Protest, and World Cup Watch Spots

What does it mean to have a safe space? We tackle that question from two different directions in this week’s... more

02 Dec 2022 · 49 minutes
How Libertarians Shaped Colorado (And Still Do)

The Libertarian Party celebrates its 51st birthday next week — that’s 51 years pushing a fiscally conservative, socially liberal agenda.... more

01 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
Is This a Mayor’s Race or a Clown Car?

With no fewer than 20 declared candidates, the race to be Denver’s next mayor seems to be getting more crowded... more

30 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Why Chicano Theater Still Matters in Denver’s Changing Westside

It’s a milestone year for Su Teatro, the 50-year-old Westside institution and third-oldest Chicano theater in the country. They’re also... more

29 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Is Denver a Fashion Disaster?

Whether you’re celebrating Cyber Monday today or thinking about a wardrobe refresh for the new year, it’s time to talk... more

28 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
DIA Hacks + Your Craziest Edibles Stories

It’s been a difficult week in Colorado, as the nation reels from yet another mass shooting — this time apparently... more

23 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
Is a Housing Solution Hiding in Colfax’s Many Old Motels?

Everyone knows Denver’s got a housing shortage — but so many proposed fixes seem too expensive, too controversial, or just... more

22 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
Another Mass Shooting Rocks Colorado's LGBTQ Community

Shortly before midnight on Saturday, November 19, a 22-year-old armed with a semi-automatic weapon entered one of Colorado Springs’ few... more

21 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
Does Denver Hate Hip-Hop? Plus, El Chapultepec's Future and Daddy Bruce's Thanksgiving Legacy

When city officials threatened to shut down yet another hip-hop club late last week — this time Roo-Bar Lounge at... more

18 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
Possible School Closures Cast DPS Into Turmoil

With enrollment declining across Denver Public Schools and funding as scarce as ever, Superintendent Alex Marrero has thrust the highly... more

17 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
The Only Brunches Worth Waiting For

How long would you wait in line for a killer mimosa and huevos rancheros? What about a great bloody mary... more

16 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
How to Make Better Edibles

The holidays are right around the corner. Wouldn’t it be fun if you could add a little something extra to... more

15 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
Mayoral Candidate Terrance Roberts Is More Than ‘A Former Gang Member’

“The Holly” debuted at the Denver Film Festival earlier this month and caught a lot of local attention. Based on... more

14 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
Boebert on the Brink, Legal 'Shrooms, and Native Comedy

Election day might be over, but Colorado’s still reckoning with some big decisions voters made this midterm, annnnd we have... more

11 Nov 2022 · 44 minutes
EMERGENCY POD: Is Lauren Boebert Losing?

Like so many other Coloradans, we are watching with bated breath as the race for Colorado’s Congressional District 3 goes... more

11 Nov 2022 · 13 minutes
Your Questions on Coffee, Tipping, and the Megadrought

Are the baristas at Thump really rude, or is there more going on with Denver’s coffee scene than we realized?... more

10 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
How Denver Voted

The midterm elections were tight across the country, but the Democrats held their ground in Colorado, with Governor Jared Polis... more

09 Nov 2022 · 31 minutes
The Many Sex Rooms of Denver

When “How to Build a Sex Room” premiered on Netflix in July, it took the home renovation reality show formula... more

08 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
Cold Weather Camping: It’s Not That Bad!

As the weather changes and we turn toward our favorite snowy outdoor activities, camping is often left out of the... more

07 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
Campaign Blunders, Transphobic Mailers, and More Midterm Mania

It’s the Friday before Election Day, and all through the state, every political creature is stirring — donkey, elephant, and... more

04 Nov 2022 · 44 minutes
A Skeptic's Guide to Immersive Everything

Between David Byrne’s “Theater of the Mind” and Immersive Dalí, the hottest trend in Denver art is the immersive experience.... more

03 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
Your Guide to Denver’s Ballot Measures

As usual, there’s a lot on the Denver ballot this year. We’re voting on everything from library funding to expanding... more

02 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
How Colorado Became a Haven For Jam Bands

It’s no secret: Colorado loves the Grateful Dead… and all the jam bands that formed in the shadow of the... more

01 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
A New Indigenous Mystery Finds Horror in Old Denver

A search for clues at Lakeside Amusement Park. A clandestine meeting at Union Station. A round of putt-putt through an... more

31 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
Ghost Stories, Haunted Houses, and Your Halloweekend

Ladies and gentlemen, it's the Halloweekend! So we invited the biggest Halloween freak we could find — host Bree Davies’... more

28 Oct 2022 · 36 minutes
All Treats, No Tricks As Denver Gears Up for 2022 Midterms

With the November 8 midterms just around the corner, some voters are feeling anxious about election security. And others are... more

27 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
Could Denver Get Swept Up in Another Election Conspiracy?

“If we do not stand up when they go to steal the election, our country is over. It’s over.” That’s... more

26 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
The Wizard’s Chest Overflows with Halloween Inspiration

It’s that time of the year again, when Spirit Halloween pop-ups fill all the empty box stores around Denver, hawking... more

25 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
Service Industry Vets Have Choice Words For Your 'Tipping Fatigue'

With Denver’s minimum wage set to go up on January 1, we have got our eyes locked on the local... more

24 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
“The Dearest Field” from Lost Highways

This weekend, we’re proud to present an episode from our friends at History Colorado and their podcast “Lost Highways: Tales... more

22 Oct 2022 · 57 minutes
Water Woes in the 'Burbs, Touchdown Trouble at Mile High

Two things seem to be in short supply around Denver these days: water and touchdowns. After signing superstar quarterback Russell... more

21 Oct 2022 · 37 minutes
What’s Up With All the Booze On Our Ballots?

The future of the neighborhood liquor store is at stake in next month’s election, at least if you listen to... more

20 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
Can Larimer Square Lure People Downtown Again?

Larimer Square has for decades been a draw for tourists, a nightlife destination, and a place to get a fancy... more

19 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Is Denver a Pepsi Town?

When Pepsi broke ground last month on a massive, new bottling plant out by DIA, PepsiCo Beverages president of North... more

18 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Who is Michael Bennet Really?

Local historian Phil Goodstein is an… interesting Denverite. On one hand, he has done more than anyone to document our... more

17 Oct 2022 · 23 minutes
Still No Avs on TV, “Camp Hell,” and a Historic Eco-Architect

Denver was abuzz this week with two big celebs in town to mark major milestones: First, Blink-182 lead singer Mark... more

14 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
Roasted! Our Picks for Denver's Best (And Worst) Coffee Shops

Summer, spring, winter, fall… every season is coffee season! It’s no secret, Denver has an excellent selection of coffee shops... more

13 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Can a New Sand Creek Massacre Exhibit Do Right by the Tribes?

The 1864 Sand Creek Massacre was one of the most horrific moments in Colorado history — hundreds of Cheyenne and... more

12 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
We Get Lost in David Byrne's "Theater of the Mind"

World-renowned art-rock icon David Byrne is not from Denver. So we were as surprised as anyone when he announced that... more

11 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Furrygate 2022: The Governor's Race Goes off the Rails

Incumbent governor Jared Polis is polling way up on his Republican challenger Heidi Ganahl, so she’s looking to gain traction... more

07 Oct 2022 · 31 minutes
Does the Great American Beer Fest Still Matter to Beer Lovers?

The streets of Denver are already awash in crisp American lagers, hazy New England IPAs, ultra-tart fruited sours, and the... more

06 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Inside Chubby’s, the Northside's Green Chile Empire

Fall is here and the chiles are roasting — but at The Original Chubby’s Burger Drive Inn, it’s always green... more

05 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
Why Roasted Chiles Are Better This Season

Fall is in the air… and by that, we mean the air is filled with the tantalizing aroma of roasting... more

04 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
The Far Right Are Among Us Still

A Proud Boy spotted at a Northside supermarket. Local elected officials and law enforcement found on a leaked Oath Keepers... more

03 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
The Final Pizza Showdown

The epic conclusion of Pizza Week is here! With our host Bree Davies out with COVID, it’s up to producer... more

30 Sep 2022 · 43 minutes
Honey on the Crust: The Plot Thickens

Welcome to Pizza Week: Day 3! What is the deal with all these local pizza parlors offering honey for your crust?... more

29 Sep 2022 · 24 minutes
Pizza Myths, Mysteries, and Madness

Pizza Week continues! Our producer Paul Karolyi is a certified pizza obsessive, searching low and Mile High for the most... more

28 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
The State of Pizza in Denver is…

Welcome to City Cast Denver’s Pizza Week! We’re kicking off our week-long celebration of (and descent into madness through) Denver’s... more

27 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Why Peter Sagal Can't Forget Isabella Thallas’s Murder

On June 10, 2020, Isabella Thallas was out for a walk in the Ballpark neighborhood with her boyfriend Darian Simon... more

26 Sep 2022 · 24 minutes
What's Better For Unhoused Folks: "Housing First" or Cash?

Has Houston been so good at tackling its homelessness problem that Denver can take a page from its playbook? Last... more

23 Sep 2022 · 40 minutes
Black Pioneers and a New Story of the Old West

Much of who and what has been depicted as Colorado history paints a picture that is not very diverse, let... more

22 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
So Much More Than PSLs: Why We Love Fall in Colorado

Fall officially begins this Thursday, September 22. But what makes fall in Colorado so special? How do we celebrate the... more

21 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Why the ‘Latino Vote’ is a Big Deal This Year

It’s election season and there’s some big ticket races going down in Colorado. But the one to watch? Congressional District... more

20 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
Why Did Police Shoot a Man Who Called Them For Help?

On June 11, 22-year-old Christian Glass called 911. His car had gotten stuck just outside of Silver Plume and he... more

19 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
A Moment on the Sidewalk with Jonathon Stalls

Earlier this week, Bree sat down for an emotional conversation about walking with Jonathon Stalls, the man behind the wildly... more

17 Sep 2022 · 4 minutes
Will Hot E-Bike Summer Fizzle Into Cold Car Winter?

The summer of the e-bike is over. Thousands of Denverites are now happily zipping around on these climate-friendly fun machines,... more

16 Sep 2022 · 45 minutes
How Walking Saved This Man’s Life

We talk about transit a lot — but how often do we talk about, well, walking? The pedestrian experience is... more

15 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
Does DIA Deserve More Love Than it Gets?

From the conspiracy theories to the seemingly endless construction, there’s never been a shortage of issues at Denver International Airport.... more

14 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
Wanna Eat Japanese in Denver Like a Pro? Talk to Gil.

Japanese food has always been a deeply personal obsession for local author Gil Asakawa. He grew up in Japan and... more

13 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
Long Live The Shagman! A Denver TV Icon Bids Farewell

It’s the end of an era for Denver — Rocky’s Autos has closed its doors for good after 40 years.... more

12 Sep 2022 · 23 minutes
'Tipping Fatigue' Hits Denver

Denver’s minimum wage is going up to $17.29 starting in January, and with restaurants already on the brink, Denverites can.... more

09 Sep 2022 · 41 minutes
Can Denver Rethink What We Throw Away?

Denver has a trash problem. And so far, efforts to improve recycling and composting rates have fallen far short of... more

08 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Denver’s Got a Police Problem. Will the Chief’s Retirement Fix it?

Denver’s Chief of Police Paul Pazen is retiring. After 28 years on the force, Chief Pazen was appointed to the... more

07 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
What We Learned From RTD’s Month of Free Fares

For the entire month of August, public transportation was completely, utterly FREE. The no-cost ride effort was in part meant... more

06 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
Day Trips! Our Recs For Your Long Weekend

Labor Day weekend is upon us! We put our heads together and came up with our favorite places around Colorado... more

02 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes
Colorado is Making SO Much Money in the New Space Race

There’s a new space race on, and getting back to the moon or Mars is only part of the fun.... more

01 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
The Future of Lunch is on E. Evans Ave.

When the very first Chipotle opened on E. Evans Ave. in 1993, hungry DU students fueled the restaurant to world... more

31 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
The End of Predatory Towing (Hopefully)

There’s no faster route to a bad day than having your car towed. And especially in the last few years,... more

30 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Is Denver Hoarding Water?

Ever since Denver Water was founded in 1918, the agency has demonstrated enviable foresight, building out a massive infrastructure across... more

29 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
The OG LoDo Scapegoat: Nightclub Kingpin Valentes Corleons

On July 17, Denver police shot into a crowd of hungry club-goers waiting for a bite to eat around let-out... more

26 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
Could This Bold New Plan Get Denverites Out of Their Cars?

Could it be true? Could Colorado really be working toward our climate goals… and actually stop widening our highways? According... more

25 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
How a Burger Dive Thrives in Ritzy Cherry Creek

The secret is out: Denver is an awesome place to live. But in the past 15 years, that’s led to... more

24 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
New Broncos, New Mission: World Domination

When the Denver Broncos open their regular season on September 12 against the Seattle Seahawks, they’ll look completely different than... more

23 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
School’s Back in Session and the DPS Board Can’t Stop Fighting

Students head back to Denver Public Schools today — but what in the heck is going on with the district’s... more

22 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
If Denver Had a Mt. Rushmore…Who Would Be Our Famous Faces?

Which four people embody the spirit of Denver? Which four represent the very highest of our ideals? Which four represent... more

19 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
Sun Valley Wants to Be Celebrated, Not “Discovered”

Stuck between highways and hidden under a viaduct, the Sun Valley community has quietly gone about its business — until... more

18 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Can LoDo’s Let-Out Problem be Fixed?

Around 1:30 a.m. on July 17, just as the bars and nightclubs were letting out in LoDo, Denver police confronted... more

17 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Hungry for Casa Bonita Updates? We’ve Got a Spicy One

Ever since South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker bought Casa Bonita last year, Denverites have been worrying, speculating,... more

16 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Denver Deserves Sidewalks. Will Voters Agree?

It’s no secret: most Denver neighborhoods have sidewalks that are pretty terrible. In fact, around 40 percent of sidewalks around... more

15 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Snarf’s Vs. Cheba Hut: The Ultimate Sandwich Smackdown

The City Cast Denver crew is back at the table with a new local food challenge and this time, we’re... more

12 Aug 2022 · 48 minutes
The Real Story Behind the $750 Check in Your Mailbox

More than 3 million Coloradans are receiving $750 checks in the mail this week, but who’s to thank? Is it... more

11 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Where 911 Calls Get Lost Between Denver and Aurora

On July 15, Ma Kaing was shot and killed outside her home in the East Colfax neighborhood. The mother, restaurateur,... more

10 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Oh My God! They’ve Been Killing Kenny for 25 Years

South Park, AKA the show that introduced the world to Casa Bonita, is celebrating 25 years on TV this week.... more

09 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Ballot Trip: Who Gets to Decide the Future of Psychedelics?

***This is the final episode in our four-part series on the future of psychedelics in Colorado. To get the rest... more

08 Aug 2022 · 22 minutes
Abortion. Abortion. Abortion!

It’s only been six weeks since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and ripple effects are still being felt... more

05 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
Dang, Bud. Are You a Denver Foo, or What?

Denver is home to many neighborhoods, cultures, and people. But lately, our host Bree Davies has been stuck on a... more

04 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Real Talk on Buying a House with Theo Wilson

The journalist and community organizer Theo Wilson is fresh off a high-profile new gig, hosting his own show for the... more

03 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
Is Colorado’s Cannabis Boom Finally a Bust?

For the first time in the history of legal weed, sales are falling. It’s an unthinkable turnaround for an industry... more

02 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Ballot Trip: How Big Money Wants to Change Psychedelics

***This is the third episode of a four-part series on the future of psychedelics in Colorado. To hear the whole... more

01 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
Will Free Bus Rides Clear Up Denver's Smog?

It’s been all over the news: RTD is going FARE-FREE for the entire month of August! Our elected officials pushed... more

29 Jul 2022 · 44 minutes
Can Fake Meat Take Over This Cow Town?

After our episode yesterday with Planterra CEO Darcey Macken, City Cast Denver’s resident vegetarian, producer Paul Karolyi, and “flexitarian” host... more

28 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
Why a Global Meat Company is Going Plant-Based in Denver

Plant-based protein is all the rage, with Beyond- and Impossible-branded products popping up in grocery stores and on fast food... more

27 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
Should Dogs Be Able to Party Leash-Free in Denver?

Denver is a dog city, that’s for sure. But what happens when dogs run free at one of many informal... more

26 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
Ballot Trip: Can We Legalize Psychedelics Without Colonizing them, Too?

Cannabis has been legal in Colorado for close to a decade. In 2019, Denver decriminalized psilocybin. Soon, voters will be... more

25 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Has Denver Lost its Mojo?

There are many narratives about Denver — we’re a boom n’ bust town, we’re a weed town, we’re, well (in... more

22 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
Here’s to Five Years of Fabulous Concerts at Levitt Pavilion

Outdoor concerts are a staple of the Colorado experience, and this month, Levitt Pavilion Denver is celebrating five years of... more

21 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
How to Have An Awesome Sober Night in Denver

It’s host Bree Davies’ Sweet 16 sober anniversary and she’s ready to celebrate! Because not-drinking can sound like a drag,... more

20 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
What Will Define Mayor Hancock’s Legacy?

On Monday, Mayor Michael B. Hancock offered many thoughts and some interesting prospects for Denver’s future in his last State... more

19 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
Ballot Trip: The Fight for Psychedelics is On!

Psilocybin, AKA magic mushrooms — maybe you’ve heard of ‘em? Or, you know, tried them for yourself? Because here in... more

18 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
Our Summer Reads: ‘The Holly’ Shows the Other Side of a Gang Violence Story

What happens when an anti-gang activist shoots someone at his own peace rally? For Terrance Roberts of Northeast Park Hill,... more

15 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
Our Summer Reads: Not Everything Is As It Seems in Pandemic Thriller ‘The Guide’

In “The Guide,” Colorado author Peter Heller weaves a suspenseful tale centered on Jack, a young wilderness and fishing guide... more

14 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Our Summer Reads: Finding Connection and Community in ‘Mixed Company’

Jenny Shank grew up in southeast Denver, but when it was time for school, she was bused all over the... more

13 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
Our Summer Reads: CU Boulder Football Scandal Explored in Innovative Memoir

Almost 20 years ago, Erika Krouse took a job as a private investigator. Her first big case? A massive sexual... more

12 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Our Summer Reads: ‘Black Smoke’ Cooks up Denver’s Barbecue History

Colorado isn’t usually the first state people think of when it comes to barbecue. But it turns out, we have... more

11 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
Meow Wolf is Unionizing. Is the Age of the Starving Artist Over?

***UPDATE (7/8/22): Since we published this episode this morning, we received a clarification from a Meow Wolf representative. She wrote... more

08 Jul 2022 · 34 minutes
Are Scooters Good for Denver? Or a Menace? (Maybe Both)

All it takes is one rush-hour morning to see that Denverites love their cars. Some city officials think having more... more

07 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
We're Going Behind the Scenes at Water World

It’s been said that Colorado has everything… except a beach. But ever since 1979, Water World has filled that ocean-sized... more

06 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
From Cinderella City to Buckingham Square: How the Mall Shaped Denver

Like many American cities, Denver and its adjoining suburbs have had moments defined by malls. From Cinderella City to Villa... more

05 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
The Avs Won. The Primaries Are Over. Let’s Celebrate!

What an up and down week it was in Denver. Elections officials were counting primary votes (some had to be... more

01 Jul 2022 · 25 minutes
The Denver Zoo. Yay or Nay?

***Due to a technical error, some subscribers downloaded a mostly silent, 1.75 hour long version of this episode. This is... more

30 Jun 2022 · 25 minutes
Campfire Confidential: The Secret to an Epic Camping Trip

The long Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and producer Paul Karolyi hasn’t planned anything — let alone an... more

29 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
How Much Champagne Fits in the Stanley Cup? Asking For a Friend...

Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Valeri Nichushkin, Cale Makar, Devon Toews: These difficult-to-spell names will be etched onto the Stanley Cup... more

28 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Inside the Predatory Development Scandal on Welton St.

Five Points is rooted in Denver’s Black history and culture, with monuments to the swinging jazz age and soul food... more

27 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
A Denver Dem’s Guide to the Messy GOP Primaries

It’s Friday, and we’re still deep in this Colorado primary conversation. But today, we’re talking about the craziness on the... more

24 Jun 2022 · 35 minutes
The Fight for HD6: Democrat Katie March Makes Her Case

The Democratic primary for House District 6 in central Denver is a hot one, with unprecedented amounts of money flowing... more

23 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
The HD6 Primary Heats Up. Elisabeth Epps Says She’s the Dem For the Job.

Is the race for the House District 6 seat the most interesting primary in Colorado? It’s certainly among the most... more

22 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
Uncovering Cap Hill’s Queer History

Denver has always been home to revolutionary movements — Chicano civil rights, disability justice, and the fight for LGBTQ+ equality... more

21 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
A Walking Tour of Denver’s Juneteenth History

As of this year, Juneteenth is officially a state holiday in Colorado — but Denver’s Black community has been recognizing... more

17 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
Could Commerce City Lose its Whole School District?

After years of low test scores, concerns of gang activity, and accusations of discrimination against Spanish-speaking students, a new state-mandated... more

16 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Get Those Mile High Summer Vibes on Denver’s Best Patios

It’s prime outdoor-dining season in Denver. But what, exactly, makes a good patio? Today on the show, host Bree Davies... more

15 Jun 2022 · 16 minutes
Why Rep. Tom Sullivan Thinks His Colleagues Won't Talk About Guns

Ten years ago, Tom Sullivan lost his son Alex in the Aurora theater shooting. It was a tragedy that sparked... more

14 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Could Denver Run Out of Water?

Do we really need the moisture? Or is that just something Denverites like to say? Recently, local news has been... more

13 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
The Walmart-ification of Denver

Ask any Denverite, and they’ll tell you: Everything here is getting more expensive, especially housing. So we’re digging into two... more

10 Jun 2022 · 32 minutes
Is 'Diversity' Just a Buzzword in Denver’s Theater Scene?

For 13 years, the Black Actors Guild created and performed some of the most provocative and entertaining plays in Denver.... more

09 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Affordable Fun in the Sun: Our Outdoor Swimming Recs

It’s outdoor swimming pool season! But Denver Parks and Rec has a shortened operating schedule and Colorado is facing a... more

08 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Superintendent Marrero Talks School Safety, Rumored Closures, and the State of DPS

Denver Public Schools let out for the summer last week, which means DPS superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero now has one... more

07 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Yes In My Backyard: Ideas for Tackling Denver’s Housing Crisis

It’s no secret that Denver’s housing market is nuts. But when we sit down to talk about the causes and... more

06 Jun 2022 · 16 minutes
How to Have a Kickass Colorado Summer

Summer’s (almost) officially here, and we’re here for it! Today on the show, Producer Paul Karolyi is joined by Newsletter... more

03 Jun 2022 · 32 minutes
If You Can’t Beat the I-70 Traffic, Learn to Love It

If I-70 had a mayor, it would be Alejandro Brown. He started the I-70 Things Instagram account a few years... more

02 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
Meet Ophelia Peaches, Local Teen Queen and Future Drag Superstar

Drag has come a long way in the past century — and more recently, thanks to shows like RuPaul’s Drag... more

01 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
A Sneak Peek At Our Climate Apocalypse

Way back in 2018, the theater wizards behind Control Group Productions started dreaming about what it might feel like to... more

31 May 2022 · 19 minutes
Can We Change Denver’s Transit Culture For the Better?

It’s no secret — Denver’s a car-centric place. But it doesn’t have to be! Today on the show, we’re bringing... more

27 May 2022 · 42 minutes
A New Story of Resilience Blooms at Camp Amache

During World War II, the U.S. government incarcerated more than 10,000 Americans of Japanese descent at a concentration camp smack... more

26 May 2022 · 18 minutes
Colfax is Changing. And Maybe That’s Good?

If there’s anything constant about Denver, it’s change. Recently, Host Bree Davies was driving down Colfax and noticed that a... more

25 May 2022 · 18 minutes
303, 720, and Now, 983. What Does Your Area Code Say About You?

Starting on June 17, Denverites registering a phone number might get a new area code: 983. Yes, it can spell... more

24 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Do ‘Gun-Free’ Zones Really Keep Denverites Safer?

Denver City Council voted last week to ban the concealed carry of guns in city buildings and parks, with the... more

23 May 2022 · 18 minutes
Why Doesn’t Stan Kroenke Want Us to See the Avs, the Nuggs, OR the Mountains?

The Stan Kroenke-owned Colorado Avalanche are tearing up the NHL playoffs, but the billionaire tycoon still won’t make a deal... more

20 May 2022 · 30 minutes
Is Denver Ready for a Pueblo-Themed Bar? We asked a Puebloan

When we heard about a new bar opening in downtown Denver themed after the city of Pueblo, we were skeptical,... more

19 May 2022 · 16 minutes
This Queer Gym is Not Only Transforming Bodies, But Lives.

When Styler Rising opened Metamorphosis Fitness in 2015, they focused on creating a place that embraced exercise, strength, and transformation.... more

18 May 2022 · 17 minutes
Real Talk About the Fentanyl Bill Waiting for Polis' Signature

In the waning hours of their 2022 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly finally reached a compromise on a bill... more

17 May 2022 · 17 minutes
She’s a Globe-Trotting Climate Justice Warrior. And She’s Only 11.

Move over Greta Thunberg, Colorado’s got its own wunderkind climate champion. Her name is Madhvi Chittoor. She’s 11-years-old, and she... more

16 May 2022 · 15 minutes
BONUS: Living Unhoused Under the Camping Ban (via Elevated Denver)

It has been ten years since Denver enacted an urban camping ban, providing the legal basis for what many housing... more

14 May 2022 · 21 minutes
The Unvarnished Truth Behind 10 Years of Sweeping Homelessness Under the Rug

Ten years ago this week, Denver leaders signed an urban camping ban into law. Since then, folks across the city... more

13 May 2022 · 37 minutes
A Shooting. A Neighborhood Divided. What's Next for La Alma-Lincoln Park?

On April 27, Gary Arellano was shot and killed in La Alma-Lincoln Park. The city’s response? Fence off the park... more

12 May 2022 · 14 minutes
He's a Beloved Northside Teacher. Why Did DPS Let Him Go?

Earlier this year, North High School teacher Tim Hernández came on the show to talk about his experience teaching in... more

11 May 2022 · 19 minutes
What’s the Can’t-Miss Spot to See a Lion, Tiger or Bear in Colorado?

It’s our producer Xandra’s last hurrah in Denver before she heads off to Philadelphia. So we had to ask: What‘s... more

10 May 2022 · 19 minutes
Should Denverites Be Paying For Trash Pickup?

Denver is sooooo bad at recycling and composting. In fact, our diversion rate — the amount of waste we divert... more

09 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Denver’s Best Donut: Who Takes the Cake?

We’ve brought you a burger crawl, a breakfast burrito battle, and a fried chicken chowdown. Now, we’re tackling something sickly... more

06 May 2022 · 50 minutes
Can Denver Throw a Booze-Free Party That's Actually Fun?

Jen Korte likes to throw big parties. She also doesn’t really drink that much. But as a musician, Korte has... more

05 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Abortion is Still Legal in Colorado. But the Fight is on to Preserve it.

The U.S. Supreme Court is planning to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 50-year-old decision guaranteeing federal protection of Americans’ right... more

04 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Renovated for Reading AND Play: Inside DPL’s New Children’s Library

Denver Public Library’s Central Branch is one of the city’s most beautiful, iconic structures, with a design by world-renowned architect... more

03 May 2022 · 15 minutes
Inside the Fentanyl Fight at the Capitol

Everyone agrees that the synthetic opioid fentanyl has become a serious threat to the health and well-being of Coloradans —... more

02 May 2022 · 15 minutes
This Week in Colorado Politics: DUIs, Tax Money, and, Ugh, Let’s Go Brandon

It’s Friday and we’re talking politics. Specifically, we’re talking politicians — this week, some Colorado legislators were up to no... more

29 Apr 2022 · 32 minutes
The Inconvenient Truth About 'Colorado-Style' Pizza

Two years ago, producer Paul Karolyi and his wife, Megan, reviewed local iconic pizza joint Beau Jo’s for their show,... more

28 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
Does the ‘Denver Accent’ Exist? CU Researchers are on the Case

As Denver continues to grow and change, there’s a constant conversation happening about our identity. Who are we as a... more

27 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
Denver Athletes Dominate a New Global Sport: Professional Tag

You know the movie “Dodgeball”? The one where Vince Vaughn saves his neighborhood gym by bringing together a team of... more

26 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
The Avalanche Are The Best Team In Hockey. So Is It 'Stanley Cup or Bust'?

With one week left in the NHL’s regular season, the Colorado Avalanche are sitting pretty at the top of the... more

25 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
Beef Fat Jet Fuel, E-Bike Rebates, & Other Climate Wins and Fails for Earth Day

It’s the City Cast Denver green and mean Earth Day special! Producers Paul Karolyi, Xandra McMahon, and Lizzie Goldsmith are... more

22 Apr 2022 · 34 minutes
Willow Pill Talks 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' Coming Out as Trans, and Denver’s Weird Scene

She dazzled the judges all season with her Victorian baby doll style, and now Denver’s own Willow Pill has made... more

21 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
Happy 420! Now Let’s Smoke Some Pot in Public

Could you imagine a better way to spend 420 than a sweet hang at Denver’s first-ever, smoke-friendly public weed consumption... more

20 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
Coloradans Are Freaking Out About the Rainbow Gathering. But is it Really that Scary?

When the news dropped a few weeks ago that 30,000 hippies are likely to descend on Colorado this summer for... more

19 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
Denver’s Air Quality is in the News Again and It’s Not Good (Actually, it’s Terrible)

Denver’s brown cloud is in the news… again. And it doesn’t seem to be getting better. In fact, in a... more

18 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
Who Could Be Denver’s Next Mayor?

In less than a year, Denverites will start casting their votes for the next mayor of our city. It may... more

15 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Thanks to TikTok, a Punk and Goth Boutique Serving Denver for 35 Years is Now World Famous

Since 1987, FashioNation has been outfitting Denver’s goths, punks, ravers, and fest-goers with wild streetwear and the latest in counterculture... more

14 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
The Idaho Stop Is About More Than Cyclist Safety. It’s About Racial Justice.

For Denver cyclist Marcus Robinson, biking equals freedom. It’s a chance to experience new things and reach places he’s never... more

13 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
1800 S. Broadway: Talk Back

We got a crap-ton of super interesting voicemails about our story on 1800 S. Broadway, the once and future weed... more

12 Apr 2022 · 23 minutes
Aurora Hired a New Police Chief to Reform the Department. Now She’s Fired.

Ever since the killing of Elijah McClain in 2019, the Aurora Police Department has been mired in turmoil. Now, the... more

12 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
1800 S. Broadway: Part Two

If you haven’t heard part one of our look at 1800 S. Broadway and the dawn of public weed consumption... more

11 Apr 2022 · 22 minutes
1800 S. Broadway: Part One

Ever since Coloradans started taking the prospect of legal weed seriously, stoners have wanted a place to partake in public.... more

08 Apr 2022 · 33 minutes
Early Birds and Night Owls Face Off Over Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time. Love it or hate it, it’s part of our lives… but if a new law passes in... more

07 Apr 2022 · 14 minutes
Janae Burris is 8.5-Months Pregnant. But Her Comedy Special is ‘Long Overdue’

Janae Burris used to fudge the numbers when people asked how long she’s been doing stand-up comedy. “I kind of... more

06 Apr 2022 · 17 minutes
Is Colorado's Outdoors Overcrowded? Or Do We Just Need to Learn How to Camp Better?

It might be a false spring, but can you blame us for letting a little nice weather get us excited... more

05 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
How Can Colorado Tackle the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People?

“There is no accurate picture” of how many indigenous people have been murdered or gone missing in Colorado, according to... more

04 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
Rush Hour at Union Station

Union Station is a mess. At least that’s what news outlets keep saying about the transit hub and fancy downtown... more

01 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
The Underground Music Showcase is Fun. But Can It Be a Tool for Social Good?

News broke last week that local music non-profit Youth on Record was buying a stake in the Underground Music Showcase,... more

31 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
‘I Walk In Everyday Expecting To Be Fired’: Inside The Starbucks Union Effort

The push to unionize Starbucks workers started in Buffalo, New York, with one small group of baristas stepping forward to... more

30 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
Why The New Fentanyl Bill Has Harm Reductionists Concerned

With fentanyl-related deaths spiking across Colorado, our elected officials have been debating new measures to better protect people from the... more

29 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
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News broke last week that local music non-profit Youth on Record was buying a stake in the Underground Music Showcase, one of... more