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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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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
A Dead Accountant, 33 Zombie Businesses, and $2.3 Million in Fraud

Jeremy Jojola and Zack Newman were doing what they normally do as journalists at 9News: Poking around. What they came... more

15 Sep 2021 · 17 minutes
What Happens When a County Breaks Up With Its Health Department?

It was one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the Denver metro area — the 1965 South... more

14 Sep 2021 · 14 minutes
How One Brewery Is Promoting Vaccines to Denver's Undervaxxed Latino Community

For breweries in Colorado, September is typically a month of fests. There’s Oktoberfest, of course. And then there’s the Great... more

13 Sep 2021 · 12 minutes
#ListenLocal: Escaping Denver

Our friend and resident podcast connoisseur Berry of Podcasts in Color is back with another recommendation to spice up your... more

11 Sep 2021 · 26 minutes
Civic Center Park Woes, Stackable Homes, and Slumlords

Earlier this week, the city of Denver shut down Civic Center Park, closing off the public space for at least... more

10 Sep 2021 · 32 minutes
With Evictions Looming, These Activists Have a Plan

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s eviction moratorium two weeks ago, approximately 12,000 Denverites woke up... more

09 Sep 2021 · 15 minutes
Uncovering Denver's Complicated Legacy of Forced Busing

In the late ‘60s, Denver Public Schools began busing children across the city in an effort to desegregate our schools.... more

08 Sep 2021 · 17 minutes
What is ShotSpotter? Why Is It So Expensive? Why Does DPD Use it?

Police departments across the country have fallen in love with an obscure technology company called ShotSpotter, which purports to use... more

07 Sep 2021 · 14 minutes
The Elijah McClain Case, Beta Nightclub Drama and Domo’s TikTok Disaster

This week, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced that the Aurora police officers and paramedics involved in Elijah McClain’s 2019... more

03 Sep 2021 · 31 minutes
The Broncos’ Quarterback Dilemma

What’s going on with the Broncos? That’s one of the many questions producer Xandra McMahon asked our Sports Guy Jake... more

02 Sep 2021 · 14 minutes
Fact or Fiction: Colorado’s 300 Days of Sunshine

You’ve heard it before and probably uttered the words yourself: “Colorado has 300 days of sunshine.” It’s no secret that our weather... more

01 Sep 2021 · 14 minutes
Rethinking Drug Use Treatment on Overdose Awareness Day

The Harm Reduction Action Center isn’t rehab, it’s a community. Not only does the center help people living with substance... more

31 Aug 2021 · 16 minutes
Author Peter Heller on His New COVID-Thriller, 'The Guide'

Denver author Peter Heller joins City Cast Denver Newsletter Writer Peyton Garcia for a conversation about his latest thriller, “The... more

30 Aug 2021 · 15 minutes
City Cast Denver Live at UMS!

Host Bree Davies and the City Cast Denver team did a live podcast taping at this year's Underground Music Showcase.... more

28 Aug 2021 · 56 minutes
The One Where We Ate All the Burgers

City Cast Denver is hosting a LIVE show tonight at the Underground Music Showcase! Catch us at 6pm at Mutiny... more

27 Aug 2021 · 23 minutes
Queer Cinema, UMS, and Lowriders

Since 2006, Keith Garcia has been curating films for Cinema Q, Denver’s annual celebration of queer cinema. Garcia is the... more

26 Aug 2021 · 19 minutes
Yet Another Plan To Fix Our Housing Crisis

Way back in 2005, then Mayor John Hickenlooper put forth an ambitious, 10-year plan to address Denver’s crisis of houselessness.... more

25 Aug 2021 · 13 minutes
Who Owns the Jerry Martinez Family Memorial Park?

For 31 years, Florida “Flo” Archuletta has taken care of a plot of land on the Southwest corner of 14th... more

24 Aug 2021 · 18 minutes
Can the Mercury Cafe Stay Weird? Danny Newman Thinks So

For more than three decades, the Mercury Cafe has been a destination for artists, activists, and outsiders. It’s more than... more

23 Aug 2021 · 16 minutes
Let’s Play Guess that COVID Restriction! Plus Mexican Food, Outdoor Malls and More

With the delta variant spreading like wildfire, it feels like we’re headed for another long, lonely winter. So we’re looking... more

20 Aug 2021 · 20 minutes
Watching the Fall of Kabul From Denver

After 20 years and $83 billion, the U.S. war in Afghanistan is finally ending. On Sunday, Taliban forces swept Kabul,... more

19 Aug 2021 · 10 minutes
What if Denverites — Not Developers — Could Build Affordable Housing?

It’s no secret — Denver has been in an affordable housing crisis for a long time. But what if there... more

18 Aug 2021 · 14 minutes
A Denver DIY Icon Lives On at Meow Wolf

When Meow Wolf opens its newest and biggest immersive art museum, Convergence Station, in Denver next month, it will feature... more

17 Aug 2021 · 17 minutes
Who Gets to Fight Wildfires?

Since 2002, a unique team of highly trained, motivated people have been fighting wildfires across Colorado. But of the 2,500... more

16 Aug 2021 · 13 minutes
Talking Meow Wolf and ‘Alice’ w/ Wheelchair Sports Camp’s Kalyn Heffernan

Welcome to Friday, that time of the week where we look back on what’s been happening in Denver. This week,... more

13 Aug 2021 · 30 minutes
A Clear-Eyed Look Through The Smog

From Colorado’s worsening air quality to the recent UN report declaring a “code red for humanity,” climate change is at... more

12 Aug 2021 · 14 minutes
Wildfire Grief Takes Center Stage

When playwright Jessica Kahkoska set out to write something about the real-life impacts of wildfires on residents in Colorado, she... more

11 Aug 2021 · 14 minutes
Can DougCo Schools’ Equity Problem Be Fixed?

When the Douglas County School District announced a new equity policy earlier this year, many parents in the predominantly white,... more

10 Aug 2021 · 14 minutes
Reclaiming Denver’s Lost Chinatown

Eight is an auspicious number in Chinese and other Asian cultures. That’s why some leaders of the local AAPI communities... more

09 Aug 2021 · 16 minutes

A note from producer Lizzie Goldsmith: The end of May was a time of transition for City Cast Denver. Our regular... more

07 Aug 2021 · 1 minute
50 New Historic Places, Staff Recs, and Canoosh!

TGICCDF (Thank God It’s City Cast Denver Friday) which means it’s time to look back on the news of the... more

06 Aug 2021 · 30 minutes
Learning to Live With Poor Air Quality

Every day since July 5, Colorado health officials have issued an “action day” alert, warning residents about poor air quality... more

05 Aug 2021 · 15 minutes
Is Denver Still Funny?

Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy: Together, they are The Grawlix, a comedy supergroup that has risen to the... more

04 Aug 2021 · 19 minutes
Will the Denver Music Scene Be OK?

Big name concerts and massive summer festivals are back in full swing, but how have local musicians fared throughout the... more

03 Aug 2021 · 16 minutes
Spotlight on La Alma Lincoln Park's Chicano Community

Of Denver’s 56 historic districts and 352 individual landmarks, less than 3% commemorate non-white contributions to the city’s history. Tonight,... more

02 Aug 2021 · 15 minutes
Breaking Down the Bond (Plus, the People’s Coaster)

For this week’s news round-up, City Cast Denver host Bree Davies, producers Paul Karolyi and Xandra McMahon, and newsletter writer... more

30 Jul 2021 · 24 minutes
The New DPS Superintendent Wants Snow Days!

Dr. Alex Marrero has only lived in Denver for three weeks. But as the new superintendent of Denver Public Schools,... more

29 Jul 2021 · 16 minutes
There’s More to Love About Rocky Mountain National Park Than Bear Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most loved places in all of Colorado. After a dip in visitation... more

28 Jul 2021 · 16 minutes
What It’s Really Like to Live in Your Vehicle

There are more than 1,000 people sleeping in their vehicles in Denver right now, according to the Colorado Safe Parking... more

27 Jul 2021 · 15 minutes
The Case Against a Denver Olympics

So far, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been nothing short of surreal. With protesters in the streets and no fans... more

26 Jul 2021 · 17 minutes
The Tale of the Bullet

Since he guest hosted the show this past week, you know that donnie l. betts is an activist, storyteller, filmmaker,... more

24 Jul 2021 · 23 minutes
The Case for a Denver Olympics

The Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is tonight! Yes, they’re still calling it that, even though it’s definitely... more

23 Jul 2021 · 16 minutes
The Good, the Bad, and the Delta Variant

It’s been two months since Denver lifted its mask mandate, and more than half of Coloradans are fully immunized against... more

22 Jul 2021 · 14 minutes
An Evening of Five Points Jazz at Dazzle

“Just when the government was about to let crowds of people congregate again so that we could play our horns... more

21 Jul 2021 · 19 minutes
To Be Black and Own a Gun in Denver

These are boom times for gun sellers in Colorado, with more gun purchases reported in 2020 than in 2000, 2001... more

20 Jul 2021 · 17 minutes
Is Denver’s Gang Violence on the Rise?

Earlier this year, journalist Julian Rubinstein published The Holly, a thorough and revealing look at the history of gang violence... more

19 Jul 2021 · 16 minutes
#ListenLocal: The Taxman

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

17 Jul 2021 · 38 minutes
Wildfire Smoke, Ski Rock, and That Hotel Bust

TGIF! We’re back with another news round-up for you today, and this week City Cast Denver producers Paul Karolyi and... more

16 Jul 2021 · 20 minutes
At 142 Years Old, History Colorado is Still Finding New Stories to Tell

History Colorado has been documenting the state’s stories since 1879, just three years after Colorado became a state. And the... more

15 Jul 2021 · 13 minutes
The Forgotten Music Venue That Hosted The Greats

What do Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Grateful Dead have in common? If you guessed music, good for you,... more

14 Jul 2021 · 15 minutes
Did the MLB All-Star Game Prompt Homeless Sweeps?

Housing activists and our unhoused neighbors say that the City of Denver has been increasing sweeps of homeless encampments ahead... more

13 Jul 2021 · 14 minutes
Land Reparations at the National Western Center?

The Globeville and Elyria-Swansea (GES) neighborhoods never seem to get a fair shake. Hemmed in by industrial polluters, highways, and... more

12 Jul 2021 · 15 minutes
Mud Slides, Ketamine, and Beer for Life

Happy Friday! We’re shaking things up a bit and have 15 minutes of news catch-up for you. City Cast Denver... more

09 Jul 2021 · 15 minutes
A Case of Alleged Police Brutality and the Fight for Justice

Earlier this week, City Cast Denver listeners brought to our attention the story of Lakewood resident Ameer Allen and the... more

08 Jul 2021 · 15 minutes
Lions, Moose, and Bears, Oh My! Your Summer Wildlife Guide

We are smack in the middle of Great Outdoors Season, and it might be a good time to remind you... more

07 Jul 2021 · 14 minutes
Lisa Calderón Wants to Break the Glass Ceiling for Women in Politics

Lisa Calderón is one of those people in Denver politics that everybody knows. Whether she’s running to be Denver’s first... more

06 Jul 2021 · 15 minutes
War of the Moths

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of moths? We know. It’s that time of year, when the miller moths... more

02 Jul 2021 · 9 minutes
Hancock's Pick To Run DIA Has Baggage

When longtime CEO of Denver International Airport Kim Day announced her retirement back in May, Mayor Michael Hancock called up... more

01 Jul 2021 · 16 minutes
Is Trinidad The New Denver?

Two years ago, Kayvan Khalatbari was running to be mayor of Denver. He had started a chain of pizza shops,... more

30 Jun 2021 · 15 minutes
Denver’s Jam Band Scene Has An Ugly Open Secret

Free love, psychedelic drugs, and the Grateful Dead: These are the tenets of Denver’s thriving jam band scene. But for... more

29 Jun 2021 · 17 minutes
Meet the Master of Chicano Noir

It’s beach-reading season, people. And one of Denver’s best novelists is back with an absolute corker of a mystery. Since... more

28 Jun 2021 · 16 minutes
Talking Pride at One of the Last Lesbian Bars in the Country

We’re doing things a little bit differently today. It’s Friday and it’s Pride weekend, so City Cast Denver producer Xandra... more

25 Jun 2021 · 23 minutes
The Long Goodbye to Single-Use Plastic

In the world of single-use plastics and Styrofoam, big changes are on the horizon for Coloradans … eventually. While Denverites... more

24 Jun 2021 · 15 minutes
How to Redistribute Wealth Without A Savior Complex

The economic recession caused by the pandemic is driving a wedge through Denver — and all of America. While many... more

23 Jun 2021 · 15 minutes
Fall in Love With Cherry Creek All Over Again

This past year, Cherry Creek was more of a respite than ever. It’s the place to see world-class murals, walk... more

22 Jun 2021 · 19 minutes
Shaping Denver Business From Bust to Boom (To Bust)

In the past 12 years, Denver has experienced an explosion of economic growth (as well as a slew of growing... more

21 Jun 2021 · 15 minutes
A Walk Through Denver’s Juneteenth Past and Present

The City of Denver finally recognized Juneteenth as a commemorative holiday earlier this year. But for many Denverites, it’s always... more

17 Jun 2021 · 18 minutes
The Worst Week in Denver Sports History?

A few months ago, the Nuggets and the Avalanche both looked like championship contenders, but both teams flamed out hard... more

16 Jun 2021 · 17 minutes
The North Face vs Denver's Oil and Gas Industry

When The North Face refused to print co-branded jackets for a Houston-based fracking company, Denver oil and gas execs cried... more

15 Jun 2021 · 15 minutes
The Old CCC Built Red Rocks. What Could a New Civilian Climate Corps Do?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to kickstart an economic recovery that at the same time addressed... more

14 Jun 2021 · 16 minutes
Councilperson Candi CdeBaca on Renters’ Rights and More

When Councilperson Candi CdeBaca learned that Denverites were being evicted from their homes last year despite the federal eviction moratorium,... more

11 Jun 2021 · 16 minutes
The Problem With Paying to Get Out of Jail

After the explosion of outrage over police violence last summer, many activists turned to the hard work of incremental criminal... more

10 Jun 2021 · 17 minutes
Can Denver Survive an All-Remote Tech Workforce?

What happens to Denver if every service worker leaving the industry learns to code? Turing School of Software & Design... more

09 Jun 2021 · 16 minutes
Should Tipping Have a Place in Our New Normal?

As we slowly re-emerge from the pandemic, it seems like everyone is talking about a labor shortage. But is that... more

08 Jun 2021 · 15 minutes
How Many Roads Can We Fix With $5.4 Billion?

Every legislative session begins with hopes and dreams. Lawmakers propose hundreds and hundreds of bills, and over the course of... more

07 Jun 2021 · 16 minutes
#ListenLocal: Bangin’ and Slangin’

We've got another weekend bonus episode for you! It's a #listenlocal podcast recommendation from our friend Berry of Podcasts in... more

05 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Welcome to the City Cast Denver Burger Crawl!

In-N-Out has been getting all the buzz — and insanely long lines — since it opened its first Denver area... more

04 Jun 2021 · 24 minutes
Meet The Bike Advocate Who Says “Meh” to More Bike Lanes

The sun’s out, the rain’s finally cleared up, and it’s never been a better time to hop on a bike.... more

03 Jun 2021 · 13 minutes
A Pastor’s Journey from Evangelical to Trans

At 60, Longmont Pastor Paula Stone Williams came out to her friends, family, and coworkers as trans. She had been... more

02 Jun 2021 · 16 minutes
Responding to 911 Calls With Sweatpants and Snacks, Not Guns

Since last June, the City of Denver has been trying something new with its 911 emergency response system. In an... more

01 Jun 2021 · 15 minutes
A Theatrical Stroll Through Littleton Nature & History

The local theater community is slowly emerging from its pandemic-induced hibernation, and they’ve got some wild new ideas to share.... more

28 May 2021 · 18 minutes
Why DPD Won’t Be At Pride This Year

When The Center on Colfax announced that law enforcement agencies would not be allowed to participate in this year’s Pride,... more

27 May 2021 · 13 minutes
He’s Big, He’s Slow, and He Might Be the Nuggets’ First MVP

The NBA is known for elite athleticism, but it’s also the storylines, off-the-court fashion, and personal drama that make pro... more

26 May 2021 · 15 minutes
At 50, Tattered Cover Turns a Page

Denver’s best known bookseller is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and it’s come a long way from that very... more

25 May 2021 · 13 minutes
Reimagining Police and Public Safety

Almost a year after George Floyd's murder, communities across the country are still grappling with police accountability. In Denver, a... more

24 May 2021 · 15 minutes
Preserving Family History Is More Important Than Ever

If the past year has left us with anything good, it’s a feeling of righteous urgency to make the most... more

21 May 2021 · 17 minutes
Aurora’s Mayor Defends His Camping Ban Proposal

Denver’s urban camping ban has been controversial to say the least. Though it has remained popular with a majority of... more

20 May 2021 · 16 minutes
Why Can't This Denver Couple Build an ADU for Their Disabled Mom?

It seemed like a simple request to the city: Shawn Johnson and his husband Ben wanted to build an ADU,... more

19 May 2021 · 18 minutes
What's at Stake in the DPS Superintendent Search

After less than two years on the job, Denver Public Schools superintendent Susana Cordova resigned last fall. She said it... more

18 May 2021 · 16 minutes
Park Hill Golf Course (Part Two): The Developers Speak!

Basically no one wants to keep a golf course on those 155 acres of open space in Northeast Park Hill,... more

17 May 2021 · 17 minutes
WTF is Happening With the Park Hill Golf Course? (Part One)

There will come a time this summer when you’re hanging out in a park or walking around downtown, and someone... more

14 May 2021 · 15 minutes
The Distinctly Black Story of Colorado Barbecue

When it comes to barbecue, Colorado tends to get left out of the national conversation. But it turns out, we... more

13 May 2021 · 14 minutes
The Other Side of a Famous Park Hill Gang Story

There’s a new book out about gang violence in Denver, and it’s causing quite a stir. Award-winning journalist Julian Rubinstein... more

12 May 2021 · 18 minutes
Celebrating Denver’s Unique Japanese American History

It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! And we’re celebrating with a look into Denver’s fascinating Japanese American history... more

11 May 2021 · 14 minutes
Landmark, Eyesore or Both: Should the Denver7 Building Be Saved?

Denver City Council is deciding the fate of the Denver7 building on Speer tonight. Will they side with the owners,... more

10 May 2021 · 11 minutes
She Says Amazon Fired Her For Speaking Out. Now She's Fighting Back

What happens when a worker at an Amazon warehouse sees something concerning and speaks up? Today on the show, we... more

07 May 2021 · 17 minutes
Punch Bowl Social’s Wild Pandemic Ride

Punch Bowl Social was a Denver success story — emphasis on the “was.” Starting with that one location on South... more

06 May 2021 · 12 minutes
The Mystery of the Missing Low Riders

It’s Cinco de Mayo and that means cruising — especially on Federal. But over the last year, Chicano car clubs... more

05 May 2021 · 13 minutes
When a Foster Child Turns 18

More than a third of foster children in Colorado will end up homeless by the time they are 21. A... more

04 May 2021 · 14 minutes
Can ‘Safe Outdoor Spaces’ Be A Permanent Part Of Our City?

On our show last Friday, we featured a deeply human story from one man, David Gordon, about his experience living... more

03 May 2021 · 15 minutes
What A ‘Safe Outdoor Space’ Means to One of Our Unhoused Neighbors

There are more than 4,000 people experiencing homelessness in Denver, according to the latest Point in Time Survey from Metro... more

30 Apr 2021 · 12 minutes
Which Elitch’s is Your Elitch’s?

Elitch Gardens is so much more than a theme park. It’s more like a nostalgia factory with roller coasters, and... more

29 Apr 2021 · 19 minutes
Denver’s Coolest Pastor Wants to Hear Your Shame and Secrets

Nadia Bolz-Weber is on the show today to talk about the new season of her podcast, The Confessional, which she... more

28 Apr 2021 · 15 minutes
A Cartoonist Takes On Old vs. New Denver in 'Queen City’

Even if we don’t always like it, a city’s got to change. And your Denver might look very different from... more

27 Apr 2021 · 14 minutes
Renters Are Denverites, Too (Plus, a Return to Casa Bonita)

In a city that’s been grappling with affordable housing issues for years, Denver landlords seem to hold all the power.... more

26 Apr 2021 · 15 minutes
#ListenLocal: The COnnect with Graffiti

Here at City Cast Denver, we love podcasts. There are so many different styles and topics; each one is a... more

24 Apr 2021 · 41 minutes
Immersive Art: Cool Installations or Cash Grabs?

When is an “immersive art experience” worth the ticket price? What makes an art installation truly transformational and not just... more

23 Apr 2021 · 17 minutes
The Urgent Push to Preserve Chicano Murals

Chicano history runs deep in Denver’s Westside, particularly in its collection of murals. Many have already been lost to time... more

22 Apr 2021 · 14 minutes
Denver Reacts to the Chauvin Verdict

Derek Chauvin is guilty of murdering George Floyd. With the verdict yesterday, the country exhaled after holding its collective breath... more

21 Apr 2021 · 16 minutes
Obviously We’re Going To Talk About Weed Today

Happy 420, Denver. Sorry you can’t celebrate with Snoop Dogg in Civic Center Park this year, but we’ve got a... more

20 Apr 2021 · 17 minutes
Conservatives and the Vaccine Hesitancy Conundrum

The numbers don’t add up. According to recent polling, 38% of Coloradans are not currently planning to sign up for... more

19 Apr 2021 · 13 minutes
A Cautiously Optimistic Return To Live Music

Colorado’s music scene does big business for our economy. But since the pandemic began, live music has been silenced, with... more

16 Apr 2021 · 15 minutes
Inside the Fight to Save Casa Bonita

Get Eric Cartman on the phone, Casa Bonita needs help. More than a year into the pandemic, the iconic Mexican... more

15 Apr 2021 · 15 minutes
Rep. Leslie Herod Wants More Police Accountability

As the world watches the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis and protests continue over this week’s police killing of Daunte... more

14 Apr 2021 · 12 minutes
All Aboard! From Pueblo to Cheyenne

Governor Polis has wanted it for ages. Lawmakers at the Colorado State Assembly are crossing party lines to back it.... more

13 Apr 2021 · 12 minutes
Living Denver Through Poetry

It’s National Poetry Month! And what better way to understand Denver’s many diverse neighborhoods than through poetry — or at... more

12 Apr 2021 · 15 minutes
No, Den-Mex Does Not Mean Chipotle. Listen Up.

So what exactly is Denver-style Mexican food? How do we differentiate our particular brand of Mexican food? (Hint: We’re talking... more

09 Apr 2021 · 16 minutes
The Weed Biz Isn’t Green, It’s White. How Do We Change That?

Earlier this year, Colorado’s cannabis industry passed a major milestone: $10 billion in revenues since legalization. But the vast majority... more

08 Apr 2021 · 12 minutes
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Inside the Fight to Save Casa Bonita
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Get Eric Cartman on the phone, Casa Bonita needs help. More than a year into the pandemic, the iconic Mexican restaurant slash... more