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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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Mayoral Madness: Who You Should Vote For If...

It’s the Friday before election day and these races are heating up. Or are they? Low voter turnout for mail-in... more

31 Mar 2023 · 42 minutes
How to Make Money (And Not Ruin Your 'Hood) On AirBnB

Short-term rentals — like AirBnB or VRBO — may be controversial, but after a pandemic downturn, they’re back and more... more

30 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Hot Take! Denver’s Best Hot Sauce

Can you stand the heat? It takes a lot of gastrointestinal fortitude to taste test dozens of local hot sauces,... more

29 Mar 2023 · 38 minutes
The GOP's Gun Filibuster Fail, a Beloved Restaurant Returns, and More Golf Course Gossip

It’s Tuesday, and we’re digging into all the local stories that matter this week. First up, the beloved Japanese restaurant... more

28 Mar 2023 · 33 minutes
Student Activists From East High School Speak Out

During this school year alone, East High School has been the site of swattings, violent threats, and multiple shootings —... more

27 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
The Fallout from East High, Mushroom Growing 101, and a Cumbia Dance Party

This year alone there have been two shootings at East High School, prompting mass student walkouts, renewed calls for gun... more

24 Mar 2023 · 42 minutes
Before You Vote on Zoning, Listen to This

Between the mayor’s race and the Park Hill Golf Course, our ballots for the April 4 election are jam-packed! But... more

23 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
Psychedelic Therapy is Not Funny. But Christie Buchele Is.

Christie Buchele is one of Denver’s hardest working comedians, but her new one-woman show, “Lost & Found,” isn’t about the... more

22 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
Golf Course Docs Leaked, a LoDo Mainstay Lost, and the Latest Mayoral Madness

It’s Tuesday and we’re talking about the big stories around Denver this week. The Park Hill Golf Course saga gets... more

21 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
The Sex Workers of the Wild West

Images of our Wild West past often evoke the work of men: miners, railroad titans, fur trappers, cowboys, and land... more

20 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Robert Treta on Electric Vehicles, Chipotle, and Denver 'Fugly'

Robert Treta is the owner of Treta Design and Build Inc., a contracting company, and he wants to be mayor.... more

19 Mar 2023 · 35 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Debbie Ortega on Bus Rapid Transit, Suncor, and Casa Bonita

Debbie Ortega is currently an at-large representative on City Council. She has served on council and worked in local government... more

18 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
Roasting the Mayoral TV Ads, Bug Tacos, and a Lonely Frozen Dead Guy

It’s Friday and we’re talking about the local stories that mattered this week — which of course involves the mayor’s... more

17 Mar 2023 · 46 minutes
What's Happening Inside Casa Bonita 2.0?

Ever since that day last December, when the South Park guys announced that Casa Bonita would be re-opening this May,... more

16 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
Congresswoman, Mom, Badass: Remembering Pat Schroeder

Twelve-term congresswoman Pat Schroeder passed away this week at the age of 82, leaving behind an important legacy that changed... more

15 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
More Denver Survival Rules, New Compost No-No's, and an Election The GOP Won't Deny

It’s Tuesday, and we’re taking a look at the stories that matter to Denverites this week. Obviously that means Casa... more

14 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
Kathy Sabine is a Sunshine Expert. Then She Got Skin Cancer.

Denver is the Mile High City. Literally, that means we are one mile closer to the sun and that much... more

13 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Terrance Roberts on Gun Violence, the Park Hill Golf Course, and Jake Jabs

Terrance Roberts is a former gang member-turned-Park Hill community and civil rights activist. He sits down with host Bree Davies... more

12 Mar 2023 · 40 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Kwame Spearman on Psychedelics, Tattered Cover, and the Downtown Dilemma

Kwame Spearman is on leave from his job as CEO of Tattered Cover, which is also co-owns, and he wants... more

11 Mar 2023 · 41 minutes
What is "Public Safety," Dog Poop Problems, and a Weirdly Political Drag Show

It’s Friday and we’re rounding up the stories that caught our eyes — and noses — this week. Producer Paul... more

10 Mar 2023 · 49 minutes
Meet the Dinosaur That Changed Colorado History

Of all the dinosaurs, we Coloradans have a special connection to the Stegosaurus. So much so that in February, state... more

09 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Can Republicans Ever Win in Colorado Again?

The Republican Party of Colorado is in tough shape. They’ve been on a major losing streak since Cory Gardner was... more

08 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Denver at the Oscars, CO's Lagging Film Incentives, and the Local Theater Landscape

The 95th Academy Awards will be presented this Sunday in Los Angeles, and at least a couple Coloradans are up... more

07 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
What if Denver Was Nuclear-Powered Again?

Between the high price of natural gas and the push for green energy, conservatives in Colorado have in the last... more

06 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Mayoral Madness: James Walsh on Worker Power, Harm Reduction and UBI

James Walsh is a professor of political science and labor history at CU Denver, and he wants to be mayor.... more

05 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Kelly Brough on e-Scooters, STAR, and the Downtown Dilemma

Kelly Brough served as president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and chief of staff for then-mayor... more

04 Mar 2023 · 36 minutes
Is Denver That Great for Gen Z? Plus, 303 Day and an Elusive 'Dream House'

It’s Friday, and we’re rounding up all the local stories that mattered this week. At the top of that list:... more

03 Mar 2023 · 45 minutes
11 Essential Rules for Surviving Denver

When Politico published its rules for surviving Washington DC, it got us thinking: What are the essential rules for surviving... more

02 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Why Your Xcel Bill is So Dang High

Xcel Energy posted $1.7 billion in profits in 2022, yet many Coloradans have seen their energy bills double and in... more

01 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
New Gun Laws at the Capitol, Toxic Train Concerns, and How Pollinators Could Shape Future Development

After months of research and planning, Colorado Democrats introduced a big package of gun reform laws last week that tackle... more

28 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
Why Sen. Michael Bennet Wants to Take Your TikTok Away

The City and County of Denver recently joined cities across the country in banning TikTok from all government devices —... more

27 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Mike Johnston on Rent Control, the Police, and Peña Boulevard

Mike Johnston served in the state senate for eight years, ran for governor and the U.S. Senate, and most recently... more

26 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Chris Hansen On His TV Ad, Homelessness, and TikTok

Chris Hansen is a trained engineer and state senator who has represented Denver for the past six years, and he... more

25 Feb 2023 · 32 minutes
Housing Hot Takes, the Nuggets Mascot Mystery, and a Bittersweet Goodbye

It’s Friday and we’re digging into all the local stories that mattered this week. First, more Mayoral Madness because the... more

24 Feb 2023 · 38 minutes
The Beer Likers Guide to the Best Local Breweries

Craft breweries can be as intimidating as they are plentiful. But there’s lots to enjoy in the local brewery scene... more

23 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
How the FBI Undermined the 2020 Racial Justice Protests

The new podcast “Alphabet Boys” is making waves across the country with revelations about how the FBI used an undercover... more

22 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
What if Suncor Shut Down Forever?

A series of mysterious incidents in late December forced the Suncor refinery in Commerce City to shut down for weeks.... more

21 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Thomas Wolf on Gentrification, Casa Bonita and His Favorite Local Artist

Thomas Wolf is an investment banker who has worked for JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Crewe Capital, and... more

19 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Trinidad Rodriguez on the Police, Rent Control, and Late-Night Diners

Trinidad Rodriguez is an investment banker who’s served on the board of the Denver Housing Authority and as policy advisor... more

18 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
Denver Bans TikTok, the War on Prairie Dogs, and Carbs Are Back!

It's Friday and we're rounding up all the stories that mattered to Denverites this week. First, TikTok: is it a... more

17 Feb 2023 · 42 minutes
Is There a Racist Conspiracy Brewing on the Plains?

When Courtney and Nicole Mallery were thinking about buying a ranch on the Eastern Plains, other Black people in Denver... more

16 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
Does Denver Need Rent Control?

Colorado has banned rent control since 1981. But with the cost of housing on the rise across the state, including... more

15 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
How ‘Dangerous’ is Dining Downtown? Plus, New Flavors of the Old West

It’s Valentine’s Day, so we’re surveying the dining scene with Westword’s food editor Molly Martin and editor-in-chief Patty Calhoun. First,... more

14 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
The 50-Year Fight to Desegregate Denver Schools

In the wake of Brown v. Board of Education, Denver Public Schools created a de facto segregation that was so... more

13 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Ean Thomas Tafoya on Xcel, Public Safety, and the Park Hill Golf Course

Ean Thomas Tafoya is an environmental justice advocate and community organizer with 20 years of experience working with and within... more

12 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Lisa Calderón on Transit, the Police Budget, and the Downtown Dilemma

Lisa Calderón is the executive director of Emerge Colorado, previously served as chief of staff for City Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca,... more

11 Feb 2023 · 33 minutes
Swingers in Centennial, Nasty Politics, and Our Valentine’s Day Recs

It’s Friday and we’re digging deep into all the local stories that mattered this week. First, the mayor’s race isn’t... more

10 Feb 2023 · 38 minutes
How Former Mayor Federico Peña Would Fix Downtown (Again)

Nearly three years of a global pandemic have done a number on downtown Denver — high vacancy rates, shuttering businesses,... more

09 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
$5.49 per hour?! Gig Drivers Speak Out

When you pay $80 for an Uber to the airport, how much of that fare goes to the driver? A... more

08 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
Queer Catholic Teacher Fired, Local Business Gossip, and Which Mayoral Candidate is Lying?

It’s Tuesday and we’re breaking down the big stories of the week so far: The mayor’s race is heating up,... more

07 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
The Lost History of Colorado’s Black Pioneers

It’s Black History Month, and we’re thinking about the people and experiences that have been foundational to this place. Much... more

06 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Renate Behrens on Housing, Transit, and What We Can Learn From Germany

Renate Behrens worked as a caretaker in Germany before moving to Colorado to get married, and she wants to be... more

05 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Leslie Herod on Affordability, Transit, and Casa Bonita

Leslie Herod is a state representative serving parts of Denver, and she wants to be Denver’s next mayor. Host Bree... more

04 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Has Vision Zero Failed? Plus, Police Reform and Chicano Funk

It’s Friday and we’re talking about the stories we couldn’t stop thinking about this week. Host Bree Davies is joined... more

03 Feb 2023 · 43 minutes
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
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Mayoral Madness: Renate Behrens on Housing, Transit, and What We Can Learn From Germany
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Renate Behrens worked as a caretaker in Germany before moving to Colorado to get married, and she wants to be Denver’s next... more