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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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Where to Shop Local This Holiday Season

Holiday shopping season is upon us, and man, can that be stressful. Fear not, fellow Las Vegans, because we’ve got... more

07 Dec 2022 · 25 minutes
Should We Ban Puppy Sales?

Today, the Clark County Commission will vote on an ordinance to ban the sale of dogs, cats, rabbits, and pigs... more

06 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
The Country’s Best Mariachi Team is from Vegas

A couple of weeks ago, The College of Southern Nevada’s mariachi team, Mariachi Plata, became back-to-back winners at the biggest... more

05 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes
Big News for Nature in NV! Plus, a CCSD Lawsuit & a Sandwich Showdown

Hello, sweet, sweet Friday. We’re back in your feeds with a roundup of the week’s news. Vogue, Davyid & Scott... more

02 Dec 2022 · 29 minutes
Chef-Approved Eats in Chinatown

If you love good food, Chinatown is THE happening neighborhood in Las Vegas right now, says Lorraine Blanco Moss. Lorraine... more

01 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
The Vegas Movies That We Love (And Hate)

As people find themselves with more downtime around the holidays, the age old question presents itself: what do we watch?... more

30 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
The Trailblazing Architect Behind Iconic Vegas Buildings

Decades after his passing, mid-century architect Paul Revere Williams is finally getting his due: He was the first Black certified... more

29 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
How This Sandwich Spot Stole Vegas’ Heart

Like many Las Vegans, the beloved sandwich shop Capriotti’s wasn’t born in this town — but they made Las Vegas... more

28 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
Crosswalk Turkeys, Sexy Volcanos, and What Makes For a Good Judge

It’s not the weekend, but it’s also kinda the weekend — so we’ve got a special roundup episode of our... more

23 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
Why Did Howard Hughes Move to Vegas on Thanksgiving Night?

On Thanksgiving in 1966, Howard Hughes arrived in Las Vegas in the dead of night on a secret train from... more

22 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
Best Hidden Food Gems

Las Vegas is a food town. From the high-end restaurants to the gas station taco stands, there are almost too... more

21 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
Bronze Statues, Banned Media + Christmas Cactus

Producer Layla Muhammad jumps into the host seat to welcome co-host Dayvid Figler and friend of the pod reporter Michael “MJ” Lyle of the Nevada... more

18 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
How Pat Spearman Lost AND Won This Election

Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman lost her bid for North Las Vegas’s mayoral seat this election cycle — but less... more

17 Nov 2022 · 13 minutes
Buildings We Love to Hate

YES we love our city, but sometimes we gotta complain about it. Today, Vogue, Dayvid, Scott and Sonja sit down... more

16 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
Why ACLUNV Sued Nye County Four Times

Election denialism hit hard in Nevada. So hard, in fact, that our neighbors in Nye County moved to hand-count their... more

15 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
History of Sex and Sin City

Did you know Las Vegas has an Erotic Heritage Museum? Of course we do! On the outside, it looks like a... more

14 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
Guest Episode: Mobbed Up's Stories from the Steer

Everybody loves a true-crime story. Today, we have a special guest episode from our friends at the Las Vegas Review... more

12 Nov 2022 · 12 minutes
Election Night Pizza and the Tripledemic

Hosts Vogue Robinson and Dayvid Figler welcome Nevada Independent political reporter Tabitha Mueller to the Round up to figure out the shape... more

11 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
We Can’t Stop Thinking About Those Lake Mead Remains

A few weeks ago, a sixth set of human remains was found in Lake Mead. And just last week, a... more

10 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
Election First Impressions

Congratulations everyone, we’ve made it past Election Day! Voting for the 2022 General Election may be over but the counting... more

09 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
Vegas Voting Stories

The day is finally here! Dawn has broken on Election Day 2022 and whether you’re braving the weather to go stand... more

08 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
How To Combat Election Anxiety

Look, the elections fatigue, stress, and anxiety is real. We’re all feeling it, no matter what side of the aisle... more

07 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
The Best Off-Strip Casinos! Plus, a Mall Raid and Becky Hammon’s New Job

Not all the news this week is election-related! In our Friday news roundup, host Vogue Robinson talks with lead producer Sonja Cho Swanson and... more

04 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
Why Thai Food Took Off in Las Vegas

Vegas restaurant icon Lotus of Siam put Thai food in our city on the national map — one food critic... more

03 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
A City-County Showdown

Sure, we tell folks that we’re “from Las Vegas” when we’re traveling… but how many of us are actually from... more

02 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
A Water Cop Ride Along

With Las Vegas’ close proximity to Lake Mead, it is no surprise that the Valley has put some serious thought... more

01 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
The Haunted Casinos of Las Vegas

Happy Halloween! Las Vegas is a fairly young city, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some (literal) skeletons in... more

31 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
Pawn Shops vs. Ye, More Election Shenanigans, and a McRib-Cronut Showdown

The weather may be cooling down but the news just keeps coming in hot! In this week’s Friday news roundup,... more

28 Oct 2022 · 23 minutes
Why Are We Dead Last In Youth Mental Health?

Every year, the Mental Health Institute releases a report on the state of mental health in America. One of the... more

27 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
How Pop-Punk Gave the Middle Finger to High Winds

On Saturday, high winds brought in roiling dust clouds, grounded hundreds of flights, and forced the organizers of the nostalgia-driven... more

26 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Are Ads Helping or Hurting Our Elections?

The November election is right around the corner and if there is any indication of that, it’s the political ads... more

25 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Why the Silver State is Purple Again

Just when you thought Nevada was swinging blue, we swung right back into the murky middle. All eyes are on... more

24 Oct 2022 · 23 minutes
Audition For Slap Fighting? Plus, The LV Book Festival and Parking Woes

What did the open hand say to the Nevada State Athletic Commission? SLAP. And then they all unanimously agreed to... more

21 Oct 2022 · 22 minutes
How NV Resurrected The Equal Rights Amendment

The federal Equal Rights Amendment was a simple thing: An amendment to the Constitution to guarantee equal rights regardless of... more

20 Oct 2022 · 22 minutes
Political Veteran Chris G. Isn’t Done With Nevada Yet

Chris Giunchigliani, or Chris G. as she’s often known, is a familiar name to Nevadans — from teacher’s union president... more

19 Oct 2022 · 23 minutes
The Mysteries of "Outback Nevada"

During his time in Nevada, journalist John M. Glionna has visited pretty much every city, town, township, hamlet, burg, village,... more

18 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
How eSports Could Take Over Vegas

Yes, Las Vegas has rapidly become a sports town — but could we also become an eSports town, too? Ryan... more

17 Oct 2022 · 25 minutes
A Punk Rock Paradise, a New Evictions Court, and a Few Surprising Endorsements

Aaaand eyebrows UP! We’ve got some head-turning news for you in the roundup this week. Vogue, Dayvid and Sonja are... more

14 Oct 2022 · 25 minutes
Could We Be The Gold Standard For Cannabis Lounges?

It’s a big week for the Vegas cannabis industry. Cannabis consumption lounge applications open tomorrow after 5 years of back... more

13 Oct 2022 · 22 minutes
Construction Battles At Red Rock Aren't Over Yet

Last week, the Clark County Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve Jim Rhodes’ housing project near Red Rock Canyon —... more

12 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
Why Does Reno Get A Museum of Art… And We Don’t?

Look, we’ve got some great galleries and small art museums here in town — we’re not denying that. But when... more

11 Oct 2022 · 13 minutes
Sick Puppies, Construction at Red Rock, and 20 Years of First Friday

What. A week. Of news. Before we get into today’s topics, we wanted to acknowledge the violence that occurred on... more

07 Oct 2022 · 28 minutes
The Solutions to Homelessness No One’s Talking About

As we’ve discussed on City Cast, homelessness in the Vegas Valley is an urgent issue that’s only getting worse. Our patchwork of... more

06 Oct 2022 · 24 minutes
Who Won the Sisolak/Lombardo Showdown?

On Sunday, The Nevada Independent hosted a debate between Nevada gubernatorial candidates Steve Sisolak, the Democratic incumbent, and Sheriff Joe... more

05 Oct 2022 · 22 minutes
What Really Happens in Vegas Dive Bars

Remember that Vice article about Vegas dive bars? Yeah, we panned it in a Friday roundup — it was full... more

04 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
You Say Nevada, I Say… Nevada?

If you’re listening to this podcast, you probably know how to pronounce “Nevada.” Or do you…? Is the Spanish “ah”more historically accurate, and... more

03 Oct 2022 · 22 minutes
Prison Breaks, Broken Fingers, and the Grasshopper-pocalypse That Wasn't

The escape and eventual capture of prisoner Porfirio Duarte-Herrera was all over the news this week — but could it... more

30 Sep 2022 · 31 minutes
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
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Mary Blankenship is a researcher at Brookings Mountain West at UNLV who studies internet misinformation — and her most recent study suggests... more