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City Cast Denver
City Cast Denver
City Cast

Join Host Bree Davies and the City Cast Denver crew every weekday morning as we celebrate, explore, and challenge an ever-changing Denver.... more

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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
After 156 Years, Denver Fire Finally Has its First Female Deputy Fire Chief

Too often there’s inherent bias at play when we think about who makes a good firefighter — strong, athletic… manly.... more

28 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
The Union Station Snafu, Benny’s is Back, and a Pickleball Power Struggle in Central Park

It’s Friday and we’re chatting about stories big and small in Denver this week, starting with Union Station — which... more

25 Mar 2022 · 29 minutes
Artist Stevon Lucero’s Chicano Futurism Lives on Inside Meow Wolf

The painter Stevon Lucero was his own person through and through. He created his own style, which he called “metarealism,”... more

24 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
Lincoln Hills Has Offered Nature and Respite to Black Families for 100 Years

About an hour west of Denver is a place called Lincoln Hills, an outdoor recreation destination created especially for —... more

23 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
The Magic That Keeps Denver's Longest Running Dance Party Alive

Lipgloss is one of the longest running indie club nights in the country — and it takes place every Friday evening,... more

22 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Should Anorexia Patients Have a Right to Die Under Colorado Law?

Nearly 800 Coloradans have received aid-in-dying medication since voters approved a controversial law giving doctors that prescription option under certain... more

21 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
How Two Years of Pandemic Have Changed Denver

It’s Friday! And we’re looking back at two years in Denver since lockdown. What’s changed about the city for the... more

18 Mar 2022 · 34 minutes
How CU Boulder Football's Sexual Assault Scandal Set a Precedent for #MeToo

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

17 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
Wanna Open a Restaurant in Denver Right Now? Start with Four Wheels and a Dream

There was a time when food trucks were the hottest thing out there, and it seemed like every chef and... more

16 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
A Toast to Our First Anniversary and Mizuna’s Future with Chef Frank Bonanno

Denver Restaurant Week is the perfect occasion for a nice night out without breaking the bank. And that means Frank... more

15 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
When the Pandemic Pushed Restaurant Workers to the Brink, CHOW was There

It’s Denver Restaurant Week and we’re exploring all aspects of the dining scene. Today, John Hinman is a pastry chef... more

14 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
This Ain’t No Cowtown: Culinary Masters Shine During Denver Restaurant Week

Denver Restaurant Week kicks off today! We’re talking Mile High culinary history, the cowtown stereotype we can’t seem to shake... more

11 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
Did Denver Police Use Excessive Force Against George Floyd Protesters?

The City of Denver has already paid out more than $3 million in settlements to people injured by the police... more

10 Mar 2022 · 20 minutes
Are $40,000 Loans The Key To Closing Denver's Racial Home Ownership Gap?

Until recently, Justin Murchison wasn’t really thinking about buying a home. He was more focused on paying down his credit... more

09 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Can Louisville Afford to Build Back Greener After the Marshall Fire? Can It Afford Not To?

More than 1,000 homes were destroyed when the Marshall Fire ripped through Louisville, Superior and unincorporated Boulder County in late... more

08 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
Tackling the Housing Crisis One Heated Ice Fishing Tent at a Time

In the summer of 2020, the mayor’s office joined forces with Colorado Village Collaborative to launch the Safe Outdoor Space... more

07 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
So What Really Did Happen to That Denver-Boulder ‘Ghost Train?’

It’s the transportation quagmire of a generation: the RTD train to Boulder that never arrived. CPR transportation reporter Nathaniel Minor... more

04 Mar 2022 · 32 minutes
How An Obscure Zoning Board Got Reformed (And Why It Matters)

Last May, we brought you the story of Shawn and Ben Johnson, a Sunnyside couple who wanted to build an... more

03 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
Ski Traffic Sucks. But is Widening I-70 Really Going to Help?

You know that spot on I-70 on the way into the mountains? That spot where it goes from three lanes... more

02 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
Is the Acclaimed Cherry Creek School District Hiding a Toxic Workplace?

Search for the “best” schools in the Denver metro area, and you’re going to find your way to the Cherry... more

01 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
Colorado is Fitness-Obsessed. Is there Space For Bigger Bodies to Be Fit, Too?

Lots of people move to Colorado to enjoy our mountains and sunshine, and that means that Denverites tend to be... more

28 Feb 2022 · 17 minutes
BONUS: So You’re Getting a Buc-ees… (via City Cast Houston)

Earlier this month, Texan transplants in Colorado were hit with some life-changing news: We’re getting a Buc-ees. So what's the... more

26 Feb 2022 · 12 minutes
The “Sh*tstorm” Heading For Lauren Boebert, and Yet Another LGBTQ Discrimination Case

No, it’s not deja vu. The Supreme Court is going to hear yet another LGBTQ+ discrimination case out of Colorado.... more

25 Feb 2022 · 25 minutes
EXTRA: Scenes From a Ukraine Solidarity Rally

Russia’s attack on Ukraine has been dominating the news over the last 48 hours, impacting Ukrainians at home and all... more

25 Feb 2022 · 10 minutes
A Brewing Conflict: How Craft Brewers' Battle With Ball Corp. is Hurting Beer Lovers

A frothy mix of supply chain issues has set two longtime collaborators on a collision course: Westminster’s aluminum can giant,... more

24 Feb 2022 · 18 minutes
How Denver's Tech Industry Put Roadblocks in Front of a "Modern Green Book”

When Parker McMullen Bushman and her business partner, Crystal Egli, founded Inclusive Journeys, they were on a mission to bring... more

23 Feb 2022 · 14 minutes
“More Like Poisoning Than An Overdose”: AG Phil Weiser on the Fentanyl Crisis

The overdose deaths of five people in Commerce City over the weekend were a harsh reminder that fentanyl, a synthetic... more

22 Feb 2022 · 22 minutes
BONUS: Why Salt Lake Said Yes to the Olympics... and Denver Said No (via City Cast Salt Lake)

Denver has a unique relationship with the Olympics, that's for sure. But our friends on the other side of the... more

19 Feb 2022 · 17 minutes
Battle of the Bird: City Cast Denver’s Fried Chicken Chowdown

It’s time for another City Cast Denver food fight! This time, the crew chows down on fried chicken, and tries... more

18 Feb 2022 · 33 minutes
What Police Chief Pazen is Doing About Denver's "Dramatic Increase" in Crime

“As we are all keenly aware, our community is experiencing a disturbing rise in crime,” said Mayor Michael Hancock on... more

17 Feb 2022 · 19 minutes
Is This a Moment for Optimism in Colorado’s Housing Crisis?

The pandemic has created a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to tackle Colorado’s housing crisis. At least, that’s according to our guest today,... more

16 Feb 2022 · 18 minutes
From Comedy Works to America’s Got Talent: How Denver Made Josh Blue

Before comedian Josh Blue was headlining world tours and making Simon Cowell bust a gut on America’s Got Talent, he... more

15 Feb 2022 · 17 minutes
Denver, Be Mine 💘

Whether you’re spending the day in love with love or grumpy with the greeting card companies, this Valentine’s Day special... more

14 Feb 2022 · 19 minutes
The 16th St. Mall Needs Revitalizing (Again). Could the Olympics Be the Answer?

Even with Omicron slowly waning, Denverites are still not going downtown at a rate anywhere close to pre-pandemic levels. The... more

11 Feb 2022 · 33 minutes
Why Librarians, Nurses, and Adjunct Professors Want The Right to Collective Bargaining

The King Soopers strike last month showed Coloradans what organized labor can accomplish to improve working conditions… but what about... more

10 Feb 2022 · 18 minutes
Did Denver Sweep Unhoused Folks All The Way To The Airport?

There are so many people experiencing homelessness in Denver. And in some ways, Colorado’s problem is bigger than any other... more

09 Feb 2022 · 16 minutes
Finding Inspiration in the Wild West Tale of “Rattlesnake Kate”

One day in 1925, Kate Slaughterback and her adopted son Ernie were riding horses near Hudson, Colorado, when they were... more

08 Feb 2022 · 20 minutes
DougCo’s Conservative School Board Majority Went Rogue — Now the Superintendent is Fired

In a private (and allegedly illegal) meeting last week, two conservative members of the Douglas County School Board issued Superintendent... more

07 Feb 2022 · 14 minutes
Was Elway Hungover? Should the Broncos Pursue Aaron Rodgers?

The Denver Broncos — what a week. From news of the team officially being put up for sale to a... more

04 Feb 2022 · 33 minutes
The Epic Family Saga Behind Denver’s Biggest Lunar New Year Celebration

Billions of people all over the world celebrated the Lunar New Year on Tuesday, including here in Denver, where Mimi... more

03 Feb 2022 · 13 minutes
Denver's Mask Mandate is Lifting. So Is This Thing Over Yet?

Earlier this week, Mayor Hancock announced that he was letting Denver’s indoor mask mandate expire on Thursday. This means the... more

02 Feb 2022 · 14 minutes
A Final Treasure Hunt at One of Denver's Oldest Surplus Stores

There is a special place in Denver with all the best old junk: shelves of antique tools, a ratty old... more

01 Feb 2022 · 14 minutes
Can Denver's Tourist Trap of an Aquarium Treat Animals — and Employees — With Dignity?

If you’ve visited Denver’s Downtown Aquarium recently, you probably noticed something fishy. According to numerous current and former employees, the... more

31 Jan 2022 · 15 minutes
Groceries... at Liquor Stores? Plus, Dearfield Could be Our Next National Park

Too many neighborhoods in Denver lack access to fresh food. It’s an ongoing problem as the city continues to grow... more

28 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
Smashing Disability Stereotypes with Phamaly Theatre Company

Denver’s Phamaly Theatre Company doesn’t just accommodate theatre artists with disabilities, they welcome them and celebrate them — they are... more

27 Jan 2022 · 18 minutes
Can Skiers and Snowboarders Take on a Corporate Ski Resort Giant?

Vail Resorts isn’t just the biggest ski resort operator in Colorado, it’s the biggest operator in all of North America.... more

26 Jan 2022 · 16 minutes
Denver's Tumultuous Tattoo History, In Alicia Cardenas's Own Words

The mass shooting across Denver and Lakewood last month led to the deaths of five people, many of whom were... more

25 Jan 2022 · 19 minutes
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Smashing Disability Stereotypes with Phamaly Theatre Company
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Denver’s Phamaly Theatre Company doesn’t just accommodate theatre artists with disabilities, they welcome them and celebrate them — they are them. Actor,... more