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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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Episodes

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
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
The Picket Lines Are Down. But The King Soopers Labor Dispute Isn't Over.

Ten days after more than 8,000 grocery store workers across Denver walked out on strike, Kroger-owned King Soopers and the... more

24 Jan 2022 · 13 minutes
When Is It Ok For Legacy Businesses To Change?

For this week’s Friday news roundup, City Cast Denver host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi are joined by Westword... more

21 Jan 2022 · 26 minutes
Everything You Wanted to Know About Denver But Were Too Afraid to Ask

People have been moving to Denver since, well, Denver became Denver. And it’s no secret, this tension between longtime residents... more

20 Jan 2022 · 17 minutes
Why is RTD “Dramatically” Overhauling Bus Routes Now?

Denverites are slowly returning to public buses, trains, and light rail, but ridership is still far below pre-pandemic levels. At... more

19 Jan 2022 · 15 minutes
Five Points Has Changed. Is There Still Room For Welton St. Cafe?

Welton St. Cafe has seen Five Points change — a lot. But unlike many other Black-owned businesses in the neighborhood,... more

18 Jan 2022 · 18 minutes
Scenes from the King Soopers Picket Line

This past Wednesday morning, after negotiations with their parent company fell apart, thousands of King Soopers workers across metro Denver... more

14 Jan 2022 · 33 minutes
The Marshall Fire Was Undoubtedly A ‘Climate Fire.’ Here’s Why That Matters.

The Marshall Fire burned hundreds of homes and businesses in Colorado to the ground, leaving many of us to wonder:... more

13 Jan 2022 · 18 minutes
State Sen. Brittany Pettersen Has Led On Mental Health and Gun Control. Now She's Running For Congress.

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen has served the community of Lakewood for 10 years, leading legislative efforts to fix our broken... more

12 Jan 2022 · 18 minutes
One Denver Teacher Says They're Not Just Burned Out, They're Being Set On Fire

With a snowstorm bearing down on Denver last Wednesday evening, Denver Public Schools sent an email to families cancelling the... more

11 Jan 2022 · 16 minutes
Why Are King Soopers Workers Going On Strike?

Early on in the pandemic, employees of grocery stores were deemed “essential” and “frontline workers.” But for many of them,... more

10 Jan 2022 · 18 minutes
The Stock Show Must Go On, And Who is 'Don't Look Up' Really For?

It’s Friday, which means the City Cast Denver crew is back for a roundtable discussion on all things Denver. Producers... more

07 Jan 2022 · 40 minutes
Why Candi CdeBaca Was The Only Councilperson to Vote No on ShotSpotter

Two years ago, thousands of Denverites took to the streets to protest the murder of George Floyd. Many politicians joined... more

06 Jan 2022 · 17 minutes
The Broncos' Crazy Ownership Drama, Explained

What do Jay-Z, John Elway, Jeff Bezos, and Peyton Manning have in common? They’re all rumored to be interested in... more

05 Jan 2022 · 19 minutes
Why Is Colorado’s Mental Health Care Safety Net So Broken?

It seems ironic that in a state that touts healthy lifestyles like hiking and biking and being outdoors, we have... more

04 Jan 2022 · 18 minutes
Dual Tragedies in Colorado Close Out the Year

Denver entered the new year under a dark cloud of tragedy. First, a man shot and killed 5 people last... more

03 Jan 2022 · 14 minutes
Superlatives Week: Best Steward of Old Denver

The City Cast Denver team is taking some time off until the new year but we didn’t want to leave... more

31 Dec 2021 · 14 minutes
Superlatives Week: Most Alluring Voice

The City Cast Denver team is taking some time off until the new year but we didn’t want to leave... more

30 Dec 2021 · 15 minutes
Superlatives Week: Biggest Bagel Fan

The City Cast Denver team is taking some time off until the new year but we didn’t want to leave... more

29 Dec 2021 · 16 minutes
Superlatives Week: Most Likely To Get Stuck In The Gum Tree

The City Cast Denver team is taking some time off until the new year but we didn’t want to leave... more

28 Dec 2021 · 20 minutes
Superlatives Week: Most Likely To Make Your Mouth Water & Tummy Grumble

The City Cast Denver team is taking some time off until the new year but we didn’t want to leave... more

27 Dec 2021 · 14 minutes
Superlatives Week: Most Likely To Get Your Toe Tappin’

The City Cast Denver team is taking some time off until the new year but we didn’t want to leave... more

23 Dec 2021 · 17 minutes
The Casa Bonita Saga, Part 3: Change Nothing, Improve Everything

All week, we’ve been revisiting the biggest Denver story of the year — Casa Bonita’s bankruptcy and eventual sale to... more

22 Dec 2021 · 23 minutes
The Casa Bonita Saga, Part 2: Welcome to South Parkland?

The biggest Denver story of the year was undoubtedly Casa Bonita, and the watchword for this second chapter of the... more

21 Dec 2021 · 23 minutes
The Casa Bonita Saga, Part 1: Andrew Novick in a Monkey Suit

City Cast Denver will return with new episodes on January 3. In the meantime, we’re looking back at some of... more

20 Dec 2021 · 22 minutes
#ListenLocal: From the Margins to the Center

It's time for another #listenlocal podcast recommendation from our friend Berry of Podcasts in Color, the largest database of podcasts... more

18 Dec 2021 · 30 minutes
Denver Wins and Fails of 2021

It’s been a year, Denver. Maybe not a particularly great one, but it wasn’t all bad. And that’s why, for... more

17 Dec 2021 · 31 minutes
Nurses are Overworked and Underpaid. How Can We Support Them?

Burnout is hitting nurses hard as we barrel toward the pandemic’s second anniversary. Nearly one in five nurses in Colorado... more

16 Dec 2021 · 17 minutes
Why Exactly Does DIA Need Another $1.1 Billion?

So apparently Denver International Airport just needs a billion more dollars to finish the construction project that’s already over-budget, overdue... more

15 Dec 2021 · 18 minutes
Reclaiming Education at the American Indian Academy of Denver

For a long time, schools have been used to erase Indigenous identities. Take the boarding schools of the 19th and... more

14 Dec 2021 · 15 minutes
BONUS: Remembering Demaryius Thomas

Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas died last Thursday at the age of 33. He last played for the... more

13 Dec 2021 · 53 minutes
How Denver Became A Beacon of Christmas Joy

Christmas lights have been a tradition for so long, it’s hard to imagine December without them. We heard a rumor... more

13 Dec 2021 · 19 minutes
EXTRA: Coal at Sunset: A Colorado Town in Transition

Where does Denver’s power come from? It’s a deceptively complex question, loaded with all kinds of personal, political, and global... more

11 Dec 2021 · 33 minutes
Union Station Woes, And That Terrible Denver Gazette Editorial

One RTD driver recently described Union Station as a “hellhole,” and concerns with safety, drug use, littering, and public urination... more

10 Dec 2021 · 21 minutes
iZCALLi Invites You To Celebrate La Posada With A Rock Show

A traditional holiday celebration in Spain and Latin America, La Posada has never really taken root here in Denver. But... more

09 Dec 2021 · 17 minutes
BONUS: Left Hand Left Out

Did you know that today is actually a holiday here in Colorado? Happy Margaret Coel Day! So we thought, what... more

08 Dec 2021 · 33 minutes
Valentes Corleons: Nightclub Kingpin? Mobster? Both?

The LoDo nightclub Beta was once one of the top EDM clubs in the country, if not the world. But... more

08 Dec 2021 · 18 minutes
Tay Anderson Opens Up About His Controversial Year

Tay Anderson made national headlines in 2019 when he was elected as the youngest Denver Public Schools board member in... more

07 Dec 2021 · 18 minutes
Stranahan’s Snowflake: A Whiskey Worth Waiting For

Of all Denver’s great holiday traditions, there’s only one carefully crafted to drive whiskey lovers wild. Local distiller Stranahan’s started... more

06 Dec 2021 · 15 minutes
Will This Family-Owned Pizza Joint Survive Another Pandemic Winter?

It’s official: the Omicron variant has hit Colorado. As we brace for continued disruptions in our daily lives, there’s still... more

03 Dec 2021 · 14 minutes
Did Denver’s Last Lesbian Bar Weaponize Its Status?

There is only one lesbian bar left in Denver. It’s one of only around 20 left in the United States.... more

02 Dec 2021 · 18 minutes
Finding a Recovery Community through Coffee

When Pastor Ryan Canaday confessed his alcoholism to his congregation back in 2013, he was shocked by the outpouring of... more

01 Dec 2021 · 16 minutes
Step Inside Camp Christmas, Lonnie Hanzon’s Glittery Wonderland

We may have yet to see snow on the ground, but artist Lonnie Hanzon has successfully captured the feeling of... more

30 Nov 2021 · 14 minutes
Tattered Cover’s Books of The Year

What’s the best part of any good local bookstore? The staff recs! Duh. We love those colorful little handwritten notes... more

29 Nov 2021 · 14 minutes
Den-Mex (Uncensored)

We’re taking the rest of the week off to be with friends and family, so please enjoy this re-run of... more

24 Nov 2021 · 21 minutes
A Popular News Anchor Became Disabled. Then 9News Fired Her.

After suffering a stroke in 2019, Kristen Aguirre was let go from her dream job at 9News. Her colleagues supported... more

23 Nov 2021 · 16 minutes
Casa Bonita’s Food Needs Help. Chef Dana Rodriguez to the Rescue!

For the last 20 months, the fate of Casa Bonita has been uncertain. Would Denver’s original “immersive experience” survive a... more

22 Nov 2021 · 16 minutes
Could The Words "Gourmet" and “Casa Bonita" Really Go Together?

These days, it seems like the Casa Bonita news faucet never turns off. This week, the new owners Matt Stone... more

19 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
BookBar Buys The Bookies

The Bookies has been an institution in Denver for decades. Tucked away inside a nondescript Glendale strip mall, the bookstore... more

18 Nov 2021 · 14 minutes
Is It Really That Hard to Build Affordable Housing in Denver?

It’s no secret that Denver’s a pretty expensive place to live these days. But there’s hope — in recent years,... more

17 Nov 2021 · 17 minutes
Denver on Shrooms: It's Been a Trip!

Way back in the spring of 2019, Denver became the first American city in the country to decriminalize psilocybin, or... more

16 Nov 2021 · 14 minutes
Thunderbird Man's Legacy Now Includes a Library

Like many American cities, Denver is home to many buildings, streets, and monuments commemorating problematic figures from our sometimes violent... more

15 Nov 2021 · 16 minutes
Traffic Deaths, Vision Zero’s Zero Score, & Denver’s World Cup Possibility

Denver had to face a hard truth this week: so far in 2021, 73 people have been killed on the... more

12 Nov 2021 · 29 minutes
An Ode to The Denver Diner Before It Gets Chase-Bank'd

Last week, it was announced that the boarded-up Denver Diner would not re-open, but instead become a Chase Bank. The... more

11 Nov 2021 · 18 minutes
Author Jenny Shank Seeks Human Connection in 'Mixed Company’

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

10 Nov 2021 · 15 minutes
Why You Can’t Watch the Nuggets, Avs or Rapids on TV

If you’ve tried to watch the Nuggets or the Avalanche on TV at all in the last three years, you... more

09 Nov 2021 · 13 minutes
15 Years of Food Justice on Colfax

Walk into SAME Café on East Colfax, and it looks like your average fast-casual lunch spot. But there’s A LOT... more

08 Nov 2021 · 17 minutes
Chipotle vs. Illegal Pete’s: A Denver-Style-Mission-Style Burrito Battle

Way back in the early ’90s, the Denver-style-Mission-style burrito rolled into town thanks to Chipotle. They introduced a massive meal you... more

05 Nov 2021 · 34 minutes
BONUS: What Sara Terry Learned at Mobile Home University

In this morning’s episode, Bree talked to documentarian Sara Terry about her new film A Decent Home, which is premiering... more

04 Nov 2021 · 5 minutes
Searching for 'A Decent Home' at an Aurora Mobile Home Park

After filmmaker Sara Terry almost lost her home in 2008, she thought a lot about housing stability and inequality. In... more

04 Nov 2021 · 20 minutes
How Denver Voted (And How We Feel About It)

Yes, voter turnout was low. And yes, there weren’t any major offices up for grabs. But there were a lot... more

03 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
A Denver Royal Gives Up Her Crown

In the spring of 1958, Marilyn Van Derbur was on University of Colorado’s ski team, worried about moguls and final... more

02 Nov 2021 · 18 minutes
Colorado Snagged $34 Million For Transit and RTD Gets... None?

It’s no secret that RTD has been struggling for years. Even before the pandemic, the regional public transportation provider was... more

01 Nov 2021 · 16 minutes
Halloween Spooktacular! With Denver’s Clerk & Recorder Paul López

It’s Halloween weekend and the City Cast Denver crew created a special episode to celebrate the spooky season. Today on... more

29 Oct 2021 · 12 minutes
You Gotta Fight For Your Right to Build a Skate Park

It’s election season here in Denver, but elections are far from the only way to make changes you want to... more

28 Oct 2021 · 14 minutes
Denver City Council vs. Bubble Gum Vape Juice

There’s been a battle brewing over kids and vaping for the past few years — and now Denver is mired... more

27 Oct 2021 · 14 minutes
Why Denver Should NOT Pay For A New National Western Arena

The National Western Stock Show has been a big deal in Denver for decades, drawing farmers, ranchers, equestrians and rodeo... more

26 Oct 2021 · 17 minutes
Why Denver Should Pay For a New National Western Arena

Every January for more than 100 years, Denver has hosted the National Western Stock Show. The event draws farmers and... more

25 Oct 2021 · 15 minutes
BONUS: The DAM’s “Marie Antoinette Moment”?

The Denver Art Museum opened up its new $175-million front door this morning, and Bree has some thoughts.  Learn more about... more

24 Oct 2021 · 18 minutes
#ListenLocal: How Art is Born

Berry is back! That's right, our favorite local podcast critic is back with another #listenlocal recommendation for your weekend. Berry’s... more

23 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Election-Palooza 2021

It’s an off-year election, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an important one. Denver voters will be deciding things like... more

22 Oct 2021 · 42 minutes
What’s So Scary About A Bunch of Adults Living Together?

There’s a measure on Denver ballots this year that was many, many years in the making. After countless community debates,... more

21 Oct 2021 · 16 minutes
What is Dark Money? And How is it Impacting Our Election?

Denver is in the middle of another election. Did you notice? It’s an off year, but there are still plenty... more

20 Oct 2021 · 17 minutes
The Revolutionary Music of Los Mocochetes

The music you hear every day on City Cast Denver wasn’t made for a podcast — it’s the work of... more

19 Oct 2021 · 17 minutes
Why A Big Brother Tech Giant Moved to Denver

Palantir Technologies is a massive, publicly traded defense contractor founded on the promise of bringing Silicon Valley-style data analysis to... more

18 Oct 2021 · 18 minutes
Colorado’s ‘Rich Mosaic of Dining’, Plus Denver Trivia That Stumps Even Bree

Welcome back to Fridays at City Cast Denver where the crew chats about the news of the week and shares... more

15 Oct 2021 · 32 minutes
Identity, Resistance and Resilience at the Museo

It has been 500 years since the fall of Tenochtitlan, but the Spanish colonization of Mesoamerica still reverberates across the... more

14 Oct 2021 · 16 minutes
28 Years of Roasting Chiles with the Morales Family

Ron Morales has been roasting green chiles in a parking lot at the corner of 52nd and Sheridan every fall... more

13 Oct 2021 · 14 minutes
Is Denver Repeating the Past By Sweeping this Indigenous Camp?

Since 2012 when the City of Denver enacted the Urban Camping Ban, the forced removal of people from tents and... more

12 Oct 2021 · 18 minutes
EXTRA: Get 'More Smarter' on Redistricting

Redistricting is important. We swear. Every ten years, our elected officials fight over how and who will elect them next... more

09 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
A Newspaper’s Worst Nightmare, Mountain Town Faves, and…Chowdermeister?

It’s Friday, which means the City Cast Denver team chats about some of the craziest news items from the week.... more

08 Oct 2021 · 33 minutes
Are Colorado’s Sex Offender Laws Really Keeping The Community Safe?

It’s tough to talk about, but we’ve got a problem. There are 20,000 people on Colorado’s sex offender registry, including... more

07 Oct 2021 · 16 minutes
BONUS: Is Casa Bonita More Fun than Meow Wolf? Or Lakeside?

In this morning’s episode, Bree went deep on what makes Casa Bonita special with David Thomas, “professor of fun." But... more

06 Oct 2021 · 10 minutes
Why Casa Bonita is Textbook Fun (and Why Matt and Trey Couldn't Ruin It If They Tried)

It’s official: Trey Parker and Matt Stone have purchased Casa Bonita. So, now what? Will the Lakewood landmark stay the... more

06 Oct 2021 · 17 minutes
Is Tay Anderson Owed An Apology?

Back in March, Black Lives Matter 5280 posted an account of alleged sexual assault by Denver Public Schools board member... more

05 Oct 2021 · 17 minutes
Are Denver's New Hotel Shelters Any Better Than The Old Kind?

Denver has been in a housing and homelessness crisis for many years, and the pandemic only increased the need for... more

04 Oct 2021 · 15 minutes
Where is The "Real Creativity" in Denver? Plus, Pumpkin Flavor Season Begins

It’s the City Cast Denver Friday chat with Producer Paul Karolyi, Newsletter Writer Peyton Garcia, and Host Bree Davies. This... more

01 Oct 2021 · 33 minutes
Titwrench: 13 Years of Musical Revolution

Thirteen years ago, a group of friends and strangers got together and decided to start a music festival in Denver.... more

30 Sep 2021 · 14 minutes
A Serious Breakfast Burrito Throwdown

You’ve called, you’ve written us, and now we bring you the hotly anticipated Breakfast Burrito Throwdown where the City Cast... more

29 Sep 2021 · 23 minutes
Why Our Sidewalks are Broken, Crumbling, and Missing

Denver’s sidewalks are in a sorry state, and that’s if you’re lucky enough to live in a neighborhood that has... more

28 Sep 2021 · 10 minutes
Legal Weed Delivery Exists in Denver... Sort Of

The first legal weed deliveries happened in Denver last month. But like many aspects of the weed business, the actual... more

27 Sep 2021 · 16 minutes
Digging Into the Tay Anderson Investigation, Saying Goodbye to Kmart

Happy first Friday of fall! For our news roundup, this week: Producer Paul Karolyi and Host Bree Davies discuss the... more

24 Sep 2021 · 27 minutes
Did We Really Need to Close Civic Center Park?

On September 15, the City of Denver set up metal barricades around Civic Center Park, blocking people from taking in... more

23 Sep 2021 · 14 minutes
Breakfast at the New Zaidy's with David Sirota

Zaidy’s is back! Once a Cherry Creek staple, the Jewish deli’s owners decided it was time to close up shop... more

22 Sep 2021 · 15 minutes
A Better Way To Feed Denver’s Hungry

After being unhoused and struggling with food insecurity himself, Jim Scharper knew he wanted to help others. What started out... more

21 Sep 2021 · 18 minutes
Breaking Down the Tay Anderson Investigation

Back in March, Black Lives Matter 5280 issued a statement on behalf of a woman who said that Denver Public... more

20 Sep 2021 · 16 minutes
Concert Vaccination Protocols, Palm Scanning and Shotgun Willie’s

As more businesses and events require a COVID vaccine, and Gov. Jared Polis chomps at the bit for booster shots,... more

17 Sep 2021 · 28 minutes
From Denver Catholic School to the E! Network: Justine Marino Talks High Plains

The High Plains Comedy Festival returns to South Broadway this weekend and the line-up is stacked with funny people, including... more

16 Sep 2021 · 17 minutes
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Denver’s sidewalks are in a sorry state, and that’s if you’re lucky enough to live in a neighborhood that has them. What’s... more