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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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Veteran Politicians Fight For North Town’s Mayoral Seat

Despite being the most diverse city in Nevada, North Las Vegas has yet to see a Black woman mayor. This... more

29 Sep 2022 · 13 minutes
Why Men Are Paying $70k To Break Their Legs

“Break a leg” takes on new meaning for Dr. Kevin Debiparshad, a Las Vegas doctor and the subject of a... more

28 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
We Need To Talk About Elvis

Baz Luhrmann directed a new film, which was recently released on HBO Max, about Elvis Presley’s life from childhood to... more

27 Sep 2022 · 28 minutes
Meet the Sword Swallowing Mastermind Behind DTLV’s Wild New Show

Amy Saunders’s stage presence, Miss Behave, is more than an alter ego. Think more like “Amy times Amy,” — and if you’ve... more

26 Sep 2022 · 23 minutes
Weed Lounges Get the Green Light

Wow, Friday snuck up on us FAST this week — there’s just so much going on the news! Today, Vogue,... more

23 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
What Does It Mean To Be Multicultural in Las Vegas?

Today on City Cast Las Vegas, Vogue chats with Dr. Erika Gisela Abad Merced, (AKA Dr. Abad) an educator, writer,... more

22 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
The Cookbook Club That Fed A City

When Kim Foster started the cookbook club Please Send Noodles (a cheeky play on “please send nudes”), it was a... more

21 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Why Sen. Cortez Masto Opposes Biden’s Student Debt Plan

Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto made headlines when she publicly criticized President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, breaking rank with... more

20 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
Five Vegas Women You Need to Know

A few weeks ago, our team talked about the movers and shakers from Las Vegas history who would be on... more

19 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Cannabis Cleans Up In Court

Sonja and Dayvid are joined today by a very special guest: Joey Lovato, host of the Nevada Independent’s podcast IndyMatters. (Psst, it’s... more

16 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
Can The Aces Make Las Vegas History?

Vegas is buzzing as the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces make their way to Connecticut tonight with a 2-0 lead over... more

15 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
Life is Beautiful Returns and Locals Are Conflicted

The music, food, and art festival Life is Beautiful starts Friday — you may have already noticed street closures downtown... more

14 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
Where's Our Tupac Memorial?

Twenty-six years ago today, Tupac Amaru Shakur died at University Medical Center here in Las Vegas. A few days before... more

13 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
Why Beverly Rogers Doesn’t Call Herself a Philanthropist

If you’ve been in Vegas for a while, you might’ve seen “Rogers” in an organization’s name or two. That’s Beverly... more

12 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
Did the Lawyer Kill the Journalist?

In our look back at the week’s news, our team is tackling the story of local journalist Jeff German’s murder,... more

09 Sep 2022 · 23 minutes
What’s it Like to Be a Showgirl in Vegas?

Where have all the showgirls gone? No, we’re not talking about the costumed photo ops on Fremont Street, or those... more

08 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Heyyy, Bettor Bettor! Sports Betting Basics With Homegrown Analyst Minty Bets

Football season starts tomorrow, and for some of you, it’s not just ego and bragging rights on the line. Ever... more

07 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
The Latest on Monkeypox in Las Vegas

Last month, CCSD confirmed their first Monkeypox case at Palo Verde High School. With Las Vegas being a global destination... more

06 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
The Curious Test Case in NV’s “Black Book”

Millennial content warning: We reference BOTH The Dark Crystal and the Mayor of Flavortown in today’s episode. But before that... more

02 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
The Best Coffee Shops in Vegas

Las Vegas doesn’t run on rum, tequila, or vodka — that’s tourist juice. Coffee’s the true lifeblood of our 24-hour... more

01 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
Go To Ely, Las Vegans! No, Seriously.

City Cast Las Vegas co-host Dayvid Figler has a decades-long friend in Anne Kellogg. Anne is a fiercely proud born-and-raised... more

31 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
Why Are So Many Retirees Coming to Vegas?

Amid the attention given to predictions in a recent UNLV study that valley’s population will grow by more than 1... more

30 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Answering "Dumb" Questions About Living in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has shifted its slogan from “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” to “What Happens Here, Only Happens... more

29 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
Is Vegas Really a “Cesspool of Crime”?

In this Friday’s news roundup, the question of whether Vegas is a “cesspool of crime” as former president Trump claimed... more

26 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Yes! You Can Drink The Tap Water, Says Water Smarts

Everyone we know in the Valley has an opinion about water — so why not make it an informed opinion?... more

25 Aug 2022 · 29 minutes
Revisiting the Lorax of Las Vegas

While our producers are taking a much-needed vacation, we’re revisiting one of our favorite City Cast Las Vegas interviews with... more

24 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Clean Air for East Las Vegas — And More Nevada Stories

Today, we're bringing you a special guest episode from The Nevada Independent's podcast IndyMatters. (If you're not already listening to... more

23 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
Why is Clark County a Death Penalty Outlier?

Clark County sentences more people to death than almost any other county in the nation — we come in fourth (fourth!)out... more

22 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
Is Las Vegas Ready for A Million More People?!

On this week’s Friday news round up, the team laments over some of our small city’s big problems. Lead producer... more

19 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
Cold Drinks & Hot Takes With Food Writer Johnathan Wright

Food writer Johnathan Wright has had his eye on Las Vegas for a long time — so when longtime Review-Journal... more

18 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
Did the Mob Dump Those Human Bodies in Lake Mead?

On Monday evening, human remains were found at Lake Mead’s Swim Beach. This is the fifth body found by visitors... more

17 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
What’s Inside That “Melted” Building Downtown?

You’ve probably driven past this swirly, swooped steel structure on Bonneville across from the outlet mall. It’s also all over... more

16 Aug 2022 · 21 minutes
The Jail Chaplain Who Changed Thousands of Lives

The pews were filled with the who’s who of the Las Vegas legal world last Thursday, from politicians to police... more

15 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
To Hate or Not to Hate Monsoon Season

Oh hello, Friday friends — if you’re here for hot takes and cool dad jokes, you’re in the right place.... more

12 Aug 2022 · 21 minutes
Could This Be Nevada’s Next National Monument?

Avi Kwa Ame is the Mojave name for Spirit Mountain and the surrounding landscape, which is sacred to over 12... more

11 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
Why Are We Still Fighting Over Red Rock?

When it comes to local mottos, we've got a few: #VegasStrong, "What happens here, stays here," and "it's a dry... more

10 Aug 2022 · 21 minutes
Why Homelessness is Up in Southern Nevada

Contributor Michael Lyle, a reporter at the Nevada Current, joins us today to talk about the results of the Valley’s... more

09 Aug 2022 · 21 minutes
Gambling Revenue is Booming — At What Cost?

The pandemic floodgates have opened, and gambling is hot hot HOT once again. Southern Nevada is raking in months upon... more

08 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
Attack of the 50-Foot Showgirls (and Other Vegas Horrors)

Today, hosts Vogue Robinson and Dayvid Figler, along with lead producer Sonja Cho Swanson, indulge in the cleansing fires of... more

05 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
Is New Orleans Square a Refuge for Artists Escaping Rising Rents?

As rising rents push artists out of the Arts District, could the newly-revitalized New Orleans square be the answer? New... more

04 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
What Tony Hsieh Got Wrong About Downtown

Tony Hsieh has long been painted as a tortured visionary — most recently in the posthumous biography by two Wall... more

03 Aug 2022 · 21 minutes
Inside UNLV’s Nurse Camp for High Schoolers

Even before the pandemic, Nevada had the second-largest nursing deficit in the country, and the pandemic has only worsened nurse... more

02 Aug 2022 · 22 minutes
What Dayvid Thinks You Should Know About NV's Ballot Initiatives

Nevada’s ballot initiative process can be confusing. The deadline for gathering signatures for measures proposing to amend the state Constitution... more

01 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
We Review Vice's Guide to Las Vegas

Producer Layla Muhammad hosts newsletter editor Scott Dickensheets and host Dayvid Figler in a spirited conversation for this week’s Friday... more

29 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Is Sin City Sex Positive?

We call Vegas “Sin City,” and we have the strippers, cocktail waitresses, escorts, Little Darlings billboards, and The Love Store... more

28 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
Most Vegas Speeding Tickets Get a Pass — Should They?

The Las Vegas Valley has a speeding problem: 2021 was the worst year for traffic fatalities in over a decade... more

27 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
Why This Artist is Fighting to Stay in the Arts District

As rents rise all over the valley, some business owners in the Arts District got hit with 200-400 percent rent increases, making... more

26 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
Is Now the Time for Vegas to Get an NBA Team?

KSNV News 3 sports anchor Bryan Salmond calls Las Vegas the sports and entertainment capital of the world. With another... more

25 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
Bennifer’s Wedding and Your Next Vegas Itinerary

Our Roving Producer Lizzie Goldsmith is from Denver and has never been to Vegas! Host Vogue Robinson and Lead Producer... more

22 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
AAPI Stories Take Center Stage in New Podcast

When’s the last time you exited Spring Mountain Rd. and visited Las Vegas’ Chinatown? Today on City Cast Las Vegas,... more

21 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
Why Vogue Thinks the Vegas Poetry Scene is Poppin'

It’s been a long hard summer for many reasons. Ways to find relief are more important than ever, but where... more

20 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
The Latest on the COVID Variants in Nevada

How worried should Nevadans be about the BA.4 and BA.5 variants? Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the sixth wave... more

19 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
What Twitter Can Tell Us About Gun Control Attitudes

Mary Blankenship is a researcher at Brookings Mountain West at UNLV who studies internet misinformation — and her most recent... more

18 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Our Not So Tiny Affordable Housing Debate

It’s Friday (can we get a FriYAY?) which means it’s time for a news roundup! Sonja, Scott and Layla sit down to... more

15 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
Casting Da Shade on the Vegas Wrestling Scene

Local wrestling champion Anthony “Da Shade” Shade says being raised in the Fight Capital of the World helped him make his way into wrestling.... more

14 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Your Ornamental Grass Has Got to Go

You may have noticed a few changes around town: Slowly but surely, patches of grass in medians, under street signs,... more

13 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
Hike Smart with Your Pup

The pandemic created a lot of new dog owners and a lot of new outdoors enthusiasts — resulting in more... more

12 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
Raiders Drama & Resilience: 101

If you follow sports news, you probably know that the Las Vegas Raiders have had a bumpy few years: The... more

11 Jul 2022 · 25 minutes
Should Fremont Be 21+?

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for a news roundup! Every Friday, members of the team sit down to talk... more

08 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
A Water Woe-Down with City Cast Salt Lake

Cheers, Las Vegas! John Oliver praised the city for being a model for water conservation in the Colorado River Basin... more

07 Jul 2022 · 12 minutes
Pride at The Neon Museum Doesn’t End in June

Throughout the month of June, the Neon Museum hosted a series of Pride Gallery talks, tying iconic neon signs (like the Silver... more

06 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
Is New Tech Making Gambling Too Easy... And Too Fun?

The pandemic accelerated a lot of new technologies (like Zoom meetings and online shopping), and the gaming industry was certainly... more

05 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
Nevada’s Legislators Have Day Jobs. Should They?

Nevada is one of just a handful of states with a “citizen legislature” — our lawmakers convene every other year,... more

30 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
Pride Month Political Vibe Check

As Pride Month comes to a close and midterm elections loom over us, Nevada Current reporter Michael Lyle shares his... more

28 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
Why This Food Writer Won't Eat Pinkbox Doughnuts

Food writer Kim Foster loves a good donut — but you won’t ever find her at Pinkbox Doughnuts, a booming... more

23 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
Major Takeaways from the Nevada Primary Election

The Nevada primary election ended last Tuesday and the road to the general election has begun. Some races turned out... more

21 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Juneteenth 365 Days a Year

Juneteenth, the day Union soldiers took over in Galveston, TX and delivered the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to the... more

16 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
Who Speaks for the Trees in LV?

Las Vegas is the fastest-warming city in the U.S. — and that's only made worse by the urban heat island... more

14 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Cheers to Restaurant Week!

Three Square’s Restaurant Week is here! For its 15th year, about 200 restaurants have joined Southern Nevada’s only food bank... more

09 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Vegas had the Nation’s Worst Formula Shortage — Here’s the Big Picture

The nationwide formula shortage hit Las Vegas hard: According to the Nevada Independent, we were the number one metro area with... more

07 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
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The nationwide formula shortage hit Las Vegas hard: According to the Nevada Independent, we were the number one metro area with a formula... more