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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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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
The 'Silent' Man Behind the Nuggets, Broomfield's Arena Fail, and Inflatable Amusements

It’s Friday, and we’re talking about all the local stories that mattered this week. After sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers,... more

26 May 2023 · 41 minutes
Can Lakewood Cash In on the Casa Bonita Hype?

A nostalgia bomb is about to go off on West Colfax, because the long-awaited return of Casa Bonita is expected... more

25 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Mayor Hancock Defends His Legacy

After a historic 12 years in what he calls the “best political job in Colorado,” Michael Hancock is ready to... more

24 May 2023 · 21 minutes
A Fresh Start in the Springs, AI Art at the DAM, and Casa Bonita Backlash

It’s Tuesday, and we’re breaking down all the local stories that matter this week. First, Colorado Springs has a brand-new... more

23 May 2023 · 31 minutes
What You Need to Know About Migrants Arriving in Denver

More than 10,000 migrants from Central and South America have arrived in Denver since December, seeking opportunity, shelter, or just... more

22 May 2023 · 17 minutes
‘Been There Done That’ with Jo Ann Allen

We love having Denver Post columnist Jo Ann Allen on our Friday shows, but did you know she makes a... more

20 May 2023 · 35 minutes
How Empty Is Downtown? Plus, the Most Mayoral Madness Yet

It’s Friday and we’re talking about all the local stories that caught our eyes this week. First, we talk a... more

19 May 2023 · 45 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Mike Johnston Makes His Final Pitch For Your Vote

Twenty-seven Denverites ran for mayor. Seventeen made the ballot. Now it’s down to two: Kelly Brough and Mike Johnston. Ballots... more

18 May 2023 · 35 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Kelly Brough Makes One Last Case For Your Vote

It’s time to vote for a new mayor… again! Ballots for the June 6 runoff are in the mail this... more

17 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Car-Free Streets, Brough's New TV Ad, and So. Much. Rain.

Three miles of Broadway and Welton were shut down for the inaugural ¡Viva! Streets Denver last weekend, as pedestrians and... more

16 May 2023 · 27 minutes
Are Colorado Lawmakers Letting Ticketmaster Off the Hook?

Planning on buying tickets to your favorite show? Good luck! If you happen to be a Swiftie, a member of... more

15 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Chaos at the Capitol, Miller Moths, and an Exclusive Mayoral Endorsement

It’s Friday, and we’re digging into all the local stories that mattered this week. First, state lawmakers are officially done... more

12 May 2023 · 40 minutes
Fact or Fiction: Subaru is Colorado’s Favorite Car

Ask any Denverite what they’d guess is the most popular car in Colorado, and nine times out of ten they’ll... more

11 May 2023 · 17 minutes
Denver on the Cheap: A Great Day for Only $52.80

We all know Denver isn’t the super affordable city it once was. But we’re all still here, trying to get... more

10 May 2023 · 31 minutes
Denver’s Most Mom-Worthy Brunches

Mother’s Day is just around the corner — have you made plans with your mother yet?! This holiday often centers... more

09 May 2023 · 22 minutes
Is Colorado On Its Way to A True Water Crisis?

Colorado was lucky to have a particularly wet winter in 2023, meaning water runoff from the mountains is really strong... more

08 May 2023 · 19 minutes
The Real Impacts of Sports Betting, a Big Tofu Deal, and Who's Afraid of DIA?

It’s Friday, and we’re talking about all the local stories that mattered this week. Way back in November 2019, Colorado... more

05 May 2023 · 47 minutes
A Crash Course in Colorado Camping

It’s not just you— trying to get a camping spot in Colorado feels impossible these days because it kind of... more

04 May 2023 · 22 minutes
How Big Music Money is Reshaping RiNo

There didn’t used to be a place in Denver called RiNo. So it wasn’t a problem when a bunch of... more

03 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Skyrocketing Property Taxes, Suncor Emissions, and Which Lawmakers Want to Block You

With 2023 state legislative session almost over, the race is on to get these bills outta the house — but... more

02 May 2023 · 26 minutes
Meet the Nuggets' Secret Weapon (Who Never Touches the Ball)

The Nuggets are having a history-making season, and — knock on wood! — Denver could be on its way to... more

01 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Gov. Polis vs. the NIMBYs, Preserving History, and Sister City Trivia

It’s Friday, and we’re rounding up the stories that caught our eye this week. Housing has been top of mind... more

28 Apr 2023 · 40 minutes
The Beginner’s Guide to Stargazing Around Denver

Are the stars more beautiful from Denver? We are one mile closer, after all. But seriously, after the surprise Aurora... more

27 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Insider Tips From A Denver Gardening Pro

Gardening in Colorado comes with a unique set of challenges. Between our clay-heavy soil and our seriously dry climate, getting... more

26 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Dems Divided on Guns, Understanding 'Abortion Reversal,' and a Post-420 Reality Check

It’s Tuesday, and we’re looking at all the important stories shaping Denver this week. With only a few weeks left... more

25 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Quiznos?

Way back in 1981, a humble New York transplant named Jimmy Lambatos opened an innovative toasted sub shop at the... more

24 Apr 2023 · 23 minutes
Real Solutions for the Cherry Creek Conundrum

It’s time for the thrilling conclusion to Cherry Creek Week! All week long, we’ve been talking about one of Denver’s most... more

21 Apr 2023 · 48 minutes
Can Cherry Creek Become a True '15-Minute City'?

It’s Cherry Creek Week, Day Four! The story of Cherry Creek is the story of big dreams, yet with each exciting... more

20 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
The Workers Behind Cherry Creek's Ritzy Reputation

It’s Cherry Creek Week — Day Three! When Denverites talk about Cherry Creek, the conversation often goes to the neighborhood’s multi-million... more

19 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
The Hidden History of Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek Week continues! Sometimes it feels like the only constant in Denver is change. And that feeling is especially present... more

18 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Fighting for the Heart of Cherry Creek

Welcome to Cherry Creek Week! Density. Growth. Infrastructure. Housing. Overcrowding. These words represent our biggest challenge as a city: How can... more

17 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
Nuggets Playoff Predictions, Northside Faves, and Bigfoot Believers Gather

The Nuggets are having one of their best seasons in decades as they take the number one seed in the... more

14 Apr 2023 · 41 minutes
What You Need to Know About the ‘More Housing Now’ Bill

Is the Polis administration’s “More Housing Now” proposal the solution to our state’s affordable housing woes? Some think it’s a... more

13 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Sam Tallent on How Denver’s DIY Comedy Scene Shaped Him

Sam Tallent is kind of a big deal — the Denver metro-raised comedian has been touring the stand-up circuit for... more

12 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Students Encounter Police at the Capitol, DPS Expulsion Rates Under Scrutiny, and Big Pizza News

It’s Tuesday and we’re talking about the big stories around Denver this week, especially what’s happening with Denver Public Schools.... more

11 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
Blucifer, the New World Order, and Other DIA Conspiracy Theories

From the Illuminati and the New World Order to the runways and some weird art, there are too many conspiracy... more

10 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Dark Money From Dems in CD3, More Election Updates, Plus Our Weekend Recs

It’s Friday! Although election night is behind us, we’re still waiting for all the ballots to be counted. We know... more

07 Apr 2023 · 46 minutes
Can We Reimagine Denver’s Nightlife?

Denver’s LoDo neighborhood has long been a magnet for nighttime revelry, with its concentration of restaurants, breweries, shops, and nightclubs.... more

06 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
How Denver Voted for Mayor, Council, and the Golf Course

For the first time in 12 years, Denver will have a new mayor. And now we’ve officially narrowed the field... more

05 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
Pickleball Problems, A Robo-McDonald's Mystery, and No Elections Talk at All

It’s Election Day! We’ll be back to dig into the results on tomorrow’s episode. But for now, we’re digging into... more

04 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
Mayoral Madness: Paul and Bree on 'Get More Smarter'

After interviewing almost all of the original 17 candidates for Denver mayor, host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi have... more

03 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Why Denver is Raising Bison... And Returning Them

Last month, the City of Denver transferred 35 bison from our historic herd at Genesee Park outside Golden to the... more

03 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
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
City Cast Denver
Mayoral Madness: Ean Thomas Tafoya on Xcel, Public Safety, and the Park Hill Golf Course
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Ean Thomas Tafoya is an environmental justice advocate and community organizer with 20 years of experience working with and within local government,... more