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City Cast Las Vegas
City Cast Las Vegas
City Cast

City Cast Las Vegas is a daily podcast and newsletter created by and for locals (and locals-at-heart) that’ll challenge the easy narratives... more

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Strike! Strike! (Maybe.) Plus, the Fontainebleau, and Barry Manilow

On Wednesday night, members of Culinary 226, the city’s biggest union, voted to authorize a strike. Their demands range from better... more

29 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Why Our Local Comedy Scene is Having a Moment

It’s not hard to find comedy in Vegas — if you’re willing to pay for it. There’s always some big-name... more

28 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
The Best Places to View The Sphere

The newest (and brightest) addition to our skyline, The Sphere at The Venetian Resort, is truly a Las Vegas spectacle... more

27 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Public Art We Love to Hate

Have you ever walked past a sculpture, mural, or… object in Las Vegas and wondered… why the heck did my... more

26 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
What We Get Wrong About the Tunnels Under Vegas

Books have been written, news segments filmed, and political speeches made about the storm tunnels under Las Vegas and the... more

25 Sep 2023 · 24 minutes
The Sphere’s New Robot, Elon Musk’s Hate Campaign, and Goodbye Bellagio Trees

A lot of outrage has been swirling around the Las Vegas community this week. First, Elon Musk incited a hate... more

22 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
How to Spend Your Entire Paycheck on Dinner in Vegas

One of the best things about Las Vegas is that we cater to every price point: From taco trucks and... more

21 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
What the MGM Cyberattack Means for the Strip

Computer systems have been down for almost two weeks at MGM Resorts properties nationwide. What the company called a cybersecurity... more

20 Sep 2023 · 24 minutes
The Bizarrest Day Trip From Vegas to Tonopah

Oddly enough, there are a lot of specially designated highways in Nevada, and with this perfect road trip weather, we... more

19 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
What Are the Rules for Attending Vegas Concerts?

Concert crowds in Las Vegas vary with each tourist passing through our city. We’d love to blame them for the... more

18 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
MGM Cyber Attacks, the Teachers Union Takes a Hit, and Mosquitoes

In the wake of a massive cyber attack, the state’s largest employer is dealing with chaos at all of its international properties:... more

15 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
17 Essential Vegas Restaurants

Transient is everyone’s favorite word in Las Vegas. It means that nothing and no one lasts long in this city.... more

14 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Our Biggest Las Vegas Gripes

As our host Dayvid Figler likes to say, Las Vegas is a city that people love to hate. And no... more

13 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
What Makes Vegas Roads So Dangerous?

It’s been a big year for roads in Las Vegas, from “Dropicana” to F1 ensuring there is no shortage of orange cones... more

12 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Inside 10 Years of Life is Beautiful Festival

Life is Beautiful is a spectacular party — the three-day arts, music and culture festival takes over downtown, and in... more

11 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Teachers Targeting the Stadium, the Animal Foundation, and Tacos

The embattled Animal Foundation faces yet a new challenge this week, after a local rescue filed a lawsuit against the... more

08 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
What a Massive Grocery Merger Means for Vegas

What happens to a city like Las Vegas when supermarket competition goes away? Grocery store giants Kroger (which owns Smith’s)... more

07 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Have Vegas Dog Owners Gone Too Far?

We love our furry four-legged friends, but when it comes to public etiquette, have Vegas dog owners gone… too far?... more

06 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
An Insider's Guide to Downtown Staycationing

The staycation is a great Vegas move — being a local means never having to leave town to become a... more

05 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Why Uber Drivers are Protesting, Lions in Peril, and MLB in Vegas

Our city’s fractious relationship with wild animals is once again back in the news: This time, it’s the Lion Habitat... more

01 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
The Best Pizza in Vegas

A slice by any other name would still taste as sweet — or would it? Today, co-host Vogue Robinson sits... more

31 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Busting the Biggest Mob Myths in Vegas

Most people know that the mob was heavily involved in shaping Las Vegas and our casino culture. That history combined... more

30 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
The Real Lives of Celebs in Vegas

Vegas has always been a celebrity magnet, from the Rat Pack days to the red carpet Kardashian era. So what... more

29 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
The Obscure Law That Shaped Las Vegas

The Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act of 1998, or SNPLMA, is one of those wonky, obscure federal laws that... more

28 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Hilary’s Real Impact, Bedbugs and Bats, and the True Tale of Billy Walters

A lot of y’all scoffed when Hurricane Hilary actually reached our desert shores. Despite the state of emergency, the storm’s... more

25 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
How To Run a Food Business From Home

Cottage kitchen laws allow people to run certain small food businesses out of their private residences and since 2018, Brett... more

24 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
Are CCSD Teachers About to Illegally Go On Strike?

Once again, school district drama is in the news: Southern Nevada’s largest teachers’ union, the Clark County Education Association, has... more

23 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
What Does a Name Change Mean for Nevada State College?

Nevada State College’s president, Dr. DeRionne Pollard, says the state college has been acting as a university for many years... more

22 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
The Worst Places to Send Tourists in Vegas

We love our city, but let’s be real, we don’t love everyone who shows up here. So what are the... more

21 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
How Vegas Nurtures Nonprofit Leadership, with Compassionate Las Vegas

Today, we’re bringing you a special guest episode from our friends at Compassionate Las Vegas, hosted by Will Rucker. In... more

20 Aug 2023 · 40 minutes
Pizza Robots! Plus, Why 115 Move Here Daily, and How We’re Helping Maui

Clark County is busy setting up new rules for “PDDs,” or personal delivery devices — these are the food delivery... more

18 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
Where Are All the Good Vegas Soul Food Joints?

If you’re looking for the best grits, collard greens, and fried catfish in town, contributor Brent Holmes has some soul... more

17 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Could This Gambling Ring Take Down a Casino Boss?

It has all the makings of an HBO special: A pro-athlete turned illegal sports betting bookie. A secret black book... more

16 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
The Biggest Casino Heist in Vegas History

You saw the news earlier this summer about a string of casino heists — a guy posing as the owner... more

15 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
Why Doesn’t Clark County Have Brothels?

For over 50 years, Nevada has been the only U.S. state with legalized prostitution — but it’s only allowed in... more

14 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
A Food Pantry Controversy, AI in Public Meetings, and the Semi-Legal State of Street Vendors

It’s been a turbulent week in Las Vegas! First, a downtown food pantry is at risk of shutting down after... more

11 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
The Ancient Technique Driving Modern Mexican Cuisine

A new trend is sweeping Mexican food — and it’s actually ancient. Nixtamalization is a cooking method that uses calcium... more

10 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
Our Fave Local Bands Competing for an LIB Stage

Life is Beautiful is hosting the second year of the Rising Stars Competition, which will give local musicians the chance... more

09 Aug 2023 · 28 minutes
7 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Library Card

Many people think the library is just a stuffy place for books and some librarian telling you to keep quiet,... more

08 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
Could Vegas Finally Get an NBA Team?

The wild success of this year’s NBA Summer League in Vegas, with sold-out seats and all eyes on rookie superstar Victor Wembanyama,... more

07 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Should Our Politicians Have Age Limits? Plus, Cardi B’s Mic, and Badlands Drama

Ever wondered why the Badlands Golf Course litigation continues to drag on — with a multi-million dollar price tag for... more

04 Aug 2023 · 37 minutes
Why Tinned Fish is Taking Over Vegas Restaurants

Tinned fish first started trending in 2017 with cafes and restaurants in major cities adding them to the menu, then... more

03 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Why Vegas Has So Many Orange Cones

Our city’s love-hate affair with orange cones is basically canon at this point (remember that RTC “Love the Cone” ad campaign a few years back?).... more

02 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
How $1 Billion Will Help NV Fight the Opioid Crisis

After four years of litigation against big pharmaceutical companies, Nevada has won $1.1 billion in the fight to hold drug... more

01 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Houses

You’ve probably seen the “We Buy Ugly Houses” fliers on the streets of Las Vegas promising quick cash in return... more

31 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Fines for the Governor, Police Dogs, and End of Summer

According to CCSD, it is officially the last week of summer — school starts on August 7th (yes). So today, co-hosts Vogue... more

28 Jul 2023 · 36 minutes
How Speakeasies Shaped Las Vegas

Need an indoor activity to get you out of the house during this seemingly never-ending heat wave? Nestled into multiple... more

27 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
The Rules of Tipping in Las Vegas

Tipping is a deeply-entrenched part of Vegas culture, perhaps more here than in any other city. But lately, it seems... more

26 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
The Vegas Magic Behind These Viral Videos

Rick Lax has found the perfect formula for making viral videos, whether that means deep frying a whole watermelon or... more

25 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
Sen. Jacky Rosen on Bipartisanship and Bean Salad

Before 2016, not a lot of Nevadans knew the name Jacky Rosen. But today, she’s finishing up her first 6-year term as... more

24 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Food Vendors, Teacher Protests, and Heat Wreaking Havoc

It’s an annual complaint, sure, but can we all acknowledge that this year’s extreme freakin’ heat is on everyone’s minds... more

21 Jul 2023 · 34 minutes
A Competitive Eater’s Guide to Vegas Food Challenges

You’ve seen the videos: The best competitive eaters out there can scarf down dozens of hot dogs, donuts or tacos... more

20 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
The Biggest Vegas Celebrity Myths Busted

Celebrities are already prone to rumors, but when they step foot in Las Vegas it’s almost too easy for the... more

19 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Gen Z Vegas vs. Millennial and Gen X Vegas

At least according to recent home-buying trends, Millennials are thriving in Las Vegas right now. But how about Gen X... more

18 Jul 2023 · 24 minutes
The Loop is Expanding. Is that Good for Vegas?

Last week, Wynn Resorts announced that the drilling for their section of the Vegas Loop was complete, putting them on track to... more

17 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
Tourists Gone Wild, Trump Negs NV, and Feisty License Plates

This week’s news has been dominated by people misbehaving — mainly, tourists gone wild. There was the nearly-naked brawl at the Wynn,... more

14 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
Where To Dine Outside in the Vegas Heat

Outdoor dining has grown over the past few years but with Las Vegas’ scorching summers, you may think we have... more

13 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Are the Rurals Paying the Price for Clean Energy in Vegas?

Last week, conservation groups filed a lawsuit to stop exploratory drilling for lithium in an area super close to Ash Meadows,... more

12 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
An Insider’s Guide to Little Ethiopia

Last month, the Clark County Commission voted to officially designate the neighborhood around Flamingo and Decatur“Little Ethiopia,” creating the county’s first-ever... more

11 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Trips to Escape the Summer Heat

It’s 110F this week, so outdoor recreation is basically out of the question for the next two months, right? Wrong!... more

10 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
The Sphere’s Dazzling Debut, Election Workers Protection, and Heat Danger for Outdoor Workers

The 4th of July celebrations kicked this week off with a bang as the MSG Sphere fully lit up for... more

07 Jul 2023 · 30 minutes
Miss These Restaurants? Go Here Instead.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that living in Las Vegas for any extended period means experiencing grief: Our city... more

06 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
How Sex Shops Could Make Vegas Better

Las Vegas is a city that sells sex… but when it comes to our sex shops, we’re actually kinda… basic.... more

05 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Dumb Vegas Questions, Answered!

Tell anyone you’re from Vegas, and you’re bound to get dumb questions: “Do you live in a casino? Does everyone... more

03 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
That Wild Casino Con, New Union Efforts, and an Ethics Upset

Not only have we learned that this month’s mind-boggling casino con was allegedly committed by a 23-year old, it’s apparently... more

30 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
How Vegas Became a Thai Food Hotspot

Las Vegas has some Thai food heavy hitters: Weera, Ocha, Archie’s, and of course, the James Beard Award-winning Lotus of... more

29 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
What It’s Really Like Living in Mt. Charleston

Well, folks, it’s been a record-breaking year, but it looks like triple-digit temperatures are finally on deck this week. As... more

28 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
The Biggest Vegas Casino Myths Busted

Is there something about Las Vegas, city of spectacle, that makes us especially prone to mythmaking? Journalist Corey Levitan thinks... more

27 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
Why Removing Turf Won’t Save Us

Earlier this month, a ProPublica investigation uncovered a massive flaw in SNWA’s calculations: Their turf removal program, which was estimated... more

26 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
$15k Adele Tickets, Apartment Fires, and Aliens Land in Vegas

It’s been a WTF week of news in Vegas starting off with the major fire that overtook an unfinished 5-story... more

23 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
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How Vegas Became a Thai Food Hotspot
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Las Vegas has some Thai food heavy hitters: Weera, Ocha, Archie’s, and of course, the James Beard Award-winning Lotus of Siam (which... more