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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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A Big Break for Polluters? Plus, Pedestrian Deaths and Jon Caldara’s Poop

It’s no secret — Colorado’s air quality is suffering, and last Friday regulators approved yet another new plan to address... more

29 Sep 2023 · 42 minutes
Our Favorite Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants

As we wrap up a week of fall getaways, we wanted to leave you with an enticing list of delicious... more

28 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
The 6 Most Haunted Places in Colorado

What’s the most haunted place in all of Colorado? A lot of folks would tell you it’s the Stanley Hotel... more

27 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Is Pickleball Too Noisy for Denver? Plus, Mayor Johnston’s Housing Thermometer

Pickleball fever has swept the country, and after three years of explosive growth it looks like it’s not going anywhere... more

26 Sep 2023 · 31 minutes
Weekend Getaways for a Perfect Colorado Fall

All this week, we’re celebrating the gorgeous season that is fall in Colorado. Today, we’re focusing on perfect weekend getaways... more

25 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Denver’s Got Startup Fever, More Hotels Not Housing, and a Green Chile Debate

More than ten thousand people with big dreams arrived in the Mile High City for this year’s Denver Startup Week,... more

22 Sep 2023 · 36 minutes
High Plains Comedy Turns 10, ‘Vandal Futurism,’ and Music for Beer-Drinking

This weekend marks the tenth anniversary of what our guest calls “Comedy Christmas” — aka, the High Plains Comedy Festival.... more

21 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
Should Denver Rename These 6 Parks?

At the height of the racial justice protests of 2020, Denverites — like the rest of the country — reckoned... more

20 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Is the 'Homeless Bar' Real? Plus, Public Overdose Deaths Are on the Rise

It’s Tuesday, so host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi are breaking down all the local stories that matter. First,... more

19 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Has Denver’s Dumpling Moment Finally Arrived?

With the opening of Yuan Wonton’s new shared brick-and-mortar restaurant in Park Hill, the food trend of the fall is... more

18 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Boebert’s Big Night Out, Paying Legislators, and a Trash-Eating Bear

U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert had a big night out at the theater in Denver this past weekend, complete with vaping,... more

15 Sep 2023 · 43 minutes
What Did CO’s New Michelin Stars Really Cost? Plus, Mountaintop Arby’s

After months of anticipation and rumors, the Michelin Guide bestowed five local restaurants a Michelin star at an exclusive ceremony... more

14 Sep 2023 · 31 minutes
Do These Denver Icons Deserve 1-Star Reviews?

The humble user review — taken alone, is just one person’s opinion. But put a bunch together, and that aggregated... more

13 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
What Do Denverites Really Think? A New Poll Shows All

It’s easy to walk down the streets of Denver and see the major issues facing our city — housing, homelessness,... more

12 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
Is There Such Thing as a ‘Denver Accent’?

It’s easy to forget, but Denver is still a young city, constantly searching for an identity. So it’s confounding why... more

11 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
South Broadway on the Brink, Hypocrite Activist Outed, and UFOs

Mayor Mike Johnston is tackling Denver’s homelessness crisis head on, but the city might not be able to wait for... more

08 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
The Buzzy New Vietnamese Spot, CBD Coffee Is Back, and Our Bakery Recs

When a brand new Denver restaurant landed on Bon Appétit’s most anticipated openings list, we were sooooo curious — what’s... more

07 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
A Defunct Westside Power Plant: Eyesore or Opportunity?

For more than 100 years, the brick power plant at Zuni Street and West 14th Avenue generated electricity for Denver... more

06 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
Our Best Bets for September

Denver’s a cool place, full of cool things to do each and every month — and September is no exception.... more

05 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
When a Senator Gets Towed, Baby Orangutans, and Jack Harlow Hearts Denver

When State Senator Julie Gonzales wrote the Towing Bill of Rights last year, she had no idea that she’d have... more

01 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
The Michelin Guide Value Menu, Drinks on the Go, and Pumpkin Spicy Takes

The Michelin Guide is giving some mystery, top tier restaurants highly coveted stars at their invite-only event on Sept. 12,... more

31 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
Why Are New Buildings in Denver So Ugly?

They don’t make stuff like they used to…turns out that’s true for Denver’s buildings as well. Art Writer and Architecture... more

30 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
An Activist Turns Legislator, Micro-Communities are Coming, and More for Our Visitors Guide

Host Bree Davies and state politics and green chile correspondent Justine Sandoval are breaking down all the local stories that... more

29 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
The Park-Lovers Guide to Denver’s Green Spaces

Denver’s park system is something to behold — we have more than 250 dedicated green spaces in the city proper... more

28 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
Is Coach Prime Too Cool for Boulder? Plus, A/C at DPS and John Fielder's Favorite Fleece

When the University of Colorado hired NFL Hall of Fame superstar Deion “Prime Time” Sanders to be their next head... more

25 Aug 2023 · 40 minutes
New Tacos in Cap Hill, Why Guy Fieri Loves Denver, and Dogs in Restaurants

Guy Fieri’s people have returned to two Colorado restaurants made famous by “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” — which has us... more

24 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
Is the Expansion of Peña Boulevard 'Inevitable'?

Well, it’s happening again. Complaints about traffic have driven the powers that be to make the same old proposal: What... more

23 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
New Clues to the Westside's Future, the Startup Bug, and the Hottest 'Za in Town

It’s Tuesday, and we’re talking about all the local stories that matter this week. First, the Latino Cultural Arts Center... more

22 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
The Ultimate Visitor's Guide to Denver

A few years ago, the New York Times spent a weekend in Denver as part of its “36 Hours” series,... more

21 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
The New Labor Wars, A Forgotten Theme Park, and Indigenous Biology

Unions are all the rage this summer. It’s looking like the busiest summer of labor action since 2000, with 323,000... more

18 Aug 2023 · 42 minutes
How to Keep Cool and Survive a Denver Summer

We’re hitting that late-summer stride in Colorado as temps rise into the upper 90s, and being without air conditioning feels... more

17 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
The Most Instagrammable Spots to Tell a New Denver Story

Denver looks different through everyone’s eyes. So, how do you capture the Mile High City in a way that showcases... more

16 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
Gov. Polis Said What? Plus, Your Takes on the DPS Scandal

Host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi are breaking down all the local stories that matter this week — starting... more

15 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Could Empty Office Buildings Offer a Real Housing Solution?

Downtown Denver has a lot of big, beautiful office buildings that are… empty. Simultaneously, the city is facing an ongoing... more

14 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
The ‘Seclusion Room’ Scandal at DPS, Pricey Port-a-Potties, and Roller Coasters

What a week it was in Denver! First, DPS is in the midst of a crisis, this time involving a... more

11 Aug 2023 · 52 minutes
Patio-Yeah! Denver’s Best Outdoor Hangs

That Mile High sun is a-blazing, and that can only mean one thing. It’s patio season here in Denver. So... more

10 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
Inside the GOP’s New Power Play. Plus, Should You Hike That 14er?

The Colorado Republican Party sued the state last week in an effort to stop unaffiliated voters — who make up... more

09 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
The Sweep No One Wanted, Another Bike Lane Fight, and Peaches!

Prior to the first sweep of a homeless encampment on his watch, Mayor Mike Johnston made a visit to meet... more

08 Aug 2023 · 28 minutes
Are Denver’s Strip Clubs Dying?

Is there still a place for strip clubs in Denver’s vast world of entertainment, arts, and “immersive” experiences? Can our... more

07 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Colorado Wedding Disasters, Trash Pickups for Encampments, and Fancy-ish Toast

It’s wedding season in Colorado, and that means… your $2-million Aspen wedding could be ruined by a crappy sound system... more

04 Aug 2023 · 47 minutes
Our Best Bets for August

We love talking about cool events and things to do around Denver. But there are so many to choose from!... more

03 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
A Tour De Hot Dog With Denver’s Wiener King

It’s summertime and we’re thinking about what else — hot dogs. Does the Mile High actually have a hot dog... more

02 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Drivers Hitting Stuff, Downtown's Bounceback, and DIA Art Needs a Nickname

Are drivers more aggressive in Denver than they used to be? Has it become the norm to speed on neighborhood... more

01 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Why Colorado is the Best Place to Buy an Electric Vehicle

When it comes to climate change, Governor Jared Polis and the Democrats in control of the statehouse are betting big... more

31 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
Johnston and the Sweeps, Worms in the Sweet Corn, and RTD's Fare Decrease

We’re less than a month into Mike Johnston’s first term as mayor, and things are already off to a bumpy... more

28 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
PSA: A Warning for Evergreen Hikers

Content warning: This episode contains mentions of sexual violence. Earlier this week on our episode about self care, we recommended a... more

27 Jul 2023 · 3 minutes
Brain Freeze! Denver’s Best Ice Cream

Who makes the best ice cream in town? Is it the parlor with the best vibes? Or does it all... more

27 Jul 2023 · 44 minutes
Why Is Salt Lake City So Obsessed With Us?

Our friends at City Cast Salt Lake picked this fight, and we’re finally hashing it out. Can Salt Lake City... more

26 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
An ‘Ugly’ Bike Lane, the Casa Bonita Union Fight, and Barbie Mania

Neighbors in Congress Park and Country Club say that new infrastructure meant to keep cyclists safe is making their neighborhoods... more

25 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
Take Yourself on a Denver-Style Self-Care Date

Today is International Self-Care Day, and what more prompting do any of us need than to spend some time with... more

24 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
Introducing the Colfax Hall of Fame

It was a raucous night on Colfax last night -- as usual -- and the renovated garage behind Bruz Off... more

21 Jul 2023 · 40 minutes
The Lost History of Downtown’s Secret Tunnels

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

20 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
Will Mike Johnston Make History?

Robert Speer. Michael Hancock. Benjamin Stapleton. Federico Peña. Wellington Webb. Each mayor of Denver leaves their mark on the city... more

19 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Mayor Mike Vibe Check, Our Rival City, and Your Colfax Stories

Mayor Mike Johnston was inaugurated yesterday, with an inspiring speech and… a killer music festival? It’s Tuesday, so host Bree... more

18 Jul 2023 · 31 minutes
What Goes in a Colfax Starter Pack?

Do you remember your first time on Colfax Avenue? It was probably equal parts exhilarating, interesting, confusing, and entertaining, as... more

17 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
Who Is a ‘Denver Native’? Plus, Dry Water Fountains and Swifties Takeover

With our first new mayor in 12 years set to be inaugurated on Monday, we’re running out of time to... more

14 Jul 2023 · 51 minutes
Take a Hike! Our Favorite Colorado Trails

Is there anything worse than a bad hike? Maybe you ran out of water. Maybe you didn’t pack the micro-spikes.... more

13 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
Big Ideas for How Mike Johnston Can Bring Denver's Mojo Back

Mike Johnston will be sworn in as Denver’s 46th mayor on Monday, and he’s already making moves. He hired a... more

12 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
Lowriders on Car-Free Streets, Mile High Rent Burden, and Empower Field (Taylor's Version)

¡Viva! Streets! took over Broadway once again, literally intersecting with the Lowrider Show and Shine event outside the Denver Art... more

11 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
Why Aren’t Denver Teens Working Anymore?

To the chagrin of many summer lovers, Denver’s public pools are once again operating with limited hours, due to —... more

10 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
What's Denver's Favorite Drink? Plus, RIP Pizzeria Locale and the Lakewood Panty Raider

It’s Friday and we’re talking about all the news that mattered this short, holiday week. From our expansive craft brew... more

07 Jul 2023 · 54 minutes
Downtown’s Lunch Scene is Back and Better Than Ever

Downtown Denver is definitely not the hellhole that some suburban Republicans think it is, but since the pandemic it’s certainly... more

06 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
Mortified Live: Confessions of a '90s Denver Teen

Did you keep a diary as a kid? Did you have that safe place where all of your teenage thoughts... more

05 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
An Insider’s Guide to Surviving Denver

Every city has its unwritten rules, and when Politico published its rules for surviving Washington DC, we figured why not... more

03 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
Tipping vs. Service Fees, Why BCycle Died, and Drake Night

It’s Friday and we’re talking about the big local stories this week. Casa Bonita continues to dominate the news cycle... more

30 Jun 2023 · 51 minutes
The New Rules of Compost

Starting in July, the City of Denver is officially launching its free composting program, which will serve more than 180,000... more

29 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Inside the Secret Meeting that Led to the Return of Cops in Schools

In the wake of the March 23 shooting at East High School, thousands of students walked out of class in... more

28 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Free Public Transit, French Fry Art, and More Tourist Traps

It’s Tuesday, and we’re talking about all the local stories that matter this week. First up, RTD’s “Zero Fare for... more

27 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
How to Plan Your Next Epic Tubing Adventure

After a wet winter and super rainy spring, our rivers and creeks are running high. Does that mean we’re about... more

26 Jun 2023 · 18 minutes
Queer Book Bans, Disaster at Red Rocks, and an Ice Cream Beer Experience

It’s Friday and we’re talking about all the the stories that mattered this week. The big Pride weekend is finally... more

23 Jun 2023 · 50 minutes
Don’t Get Tourist Trapped! We Can Help.

There are lots of glitzy attractions around Denver — but which ones are really worth it? Which destinations are just... more

22 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Unseat Lauren Boebert

Colorado’s most infamous Republican, Rep. Lauren Boebert, won re-election last November by a mere 546 votes, shocking the unsuspecting Denver... more

21 Jun 2023 · 18 minutes
Who Pays the Price for 'We Buy Ugly Houses'?

You ever see one of those signs that say “We Buy Ugly Houses” stapled to a telephone poll? Or plastered... more

20 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
Nuggets on Parade, Welcome to ‘Lavender Hill,’ and Monster Truck Palooza

The Nuggets are finally world famous! Denver’s hometown ballers won their first NBA Championship in franchise history, and the city... more

16 Jun 2023 · 42 minutes
Everything You Need to Know About the Reckoning at DMNS

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is full of dioramas depicting wolves in the arctic, rare birds from across... more

15 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
Our Best Bets for Your Summer

Every Friday on City Cast Denver, our newsletter editor Peyton Garcia joins the crew to offer some event recommendations, and... more

14 Jun 2023 · 37 minutes
Jor’Dell Richardson Bodycam Footage, Politicians Can Block You, and Your New Brunch Spot

UPDATE 6/13/23: After this episode was published, we learned that the location of the Jor'Dell Richardson community memorial and procession... more

13 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
Has AI Already Taken This Denver Job?

AI is everywhere right now — at least that’s how it seems. The technology has a lot of people worried,... more

12 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
What Will Define the Johnston Era? Plus, the NYT takes on Casa Bonita and Cows Attack!

It’s Friday and we’re talking about all the local stories that grabbed our attention this week — aka, the election.... more

09 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
Amid Colfax's Queer Rebirth, an Iconic Bar Rises Again

When nightclub owner Steven Alix bought the old Irish Snug, he didn’t know anything about Sid King or his famous... more

08 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
Denver Elects Mike Johnston as Mayor

The people of Denver have elected Mike Johnston to become their first new mayor in 12 years. While the results... more

07 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
An Insider's Guide to the Best Summer Entertainment

Summer is finally here! But no need to stress if your calendar’s not already full of summer fun. Over the... more

06 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
The Best Local Concert Venues, According to the Pros

Yes, Red Rocks is a world-famous concert venue, drawing music-lovers from all walks of life to the Denver suburbs. But... more

05 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Brough and Johnston on Homelessness with ‘Elevated Denver’

What will the next mayor do when it comes to housing and homelessness? There are so many important issues at... more

03 Jun 2023 · 47 minutes
Mayoral Attack Ads, a Mysterious Missing Hat, and Is Denver Disney-Ready?

It’s Friday and we’re chatting about all the local stories that caught our eyes this week. With Election Day looming,... more

02 Jun 2023 · 44 minutes
What’s at Stake in the City Council Runoffs?

The mayor’s race is grabbing all the headlines lately, but what about Denver City Council? With contested runoffs in Districts... more

01 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
A Secret Szechuan Gem and Our Other Asian Food Faves

While Denver’s dining scene has attracted top chefs from all over the world, it’s our mom-and-pop shops and holes in... more

31 May 2023 · 23 minutes
How Colorado Fell in Love With the ‘Daytona Dong Sarong’

Shinesty CEO Chris White got his start selling thrift store finds to his fellow CU Boulder students hoping to stand... more

30 May 2023 · 17 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Spicy Wings and Spicy Questions for Brough and Johnston

The mayor’s race is getting spicy! No, we’re not talking about the latest attack ad; we’re talking about hot wings.... more

27 May 2023 · 45 minutes
BREAKING: We Saw Inside the New Casa Bonita!

Hey Denver newsletter editor Peyton Garcia got a sneak preview of the new Casa Bonita this morning, and she’s calling... more

26 May 2023 · 10 minutes
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The mayor’s race is getting spicy! No, we’re not talking about the latest attack ad; we’re talking about hot wings. Earlier this... more