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City Cast Salt Lake
City Cast Salt Lake
City Cast

City Cast Salt Lake is Salt Lake City’s daily news podcast. Host Ali Vallarta and a bevy of smart and entertaining locals... more

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Your Ultimate Salt Lake Pool Guide

Welcome to pool season, Salt Lake. Not only are pool parties fun, they also provide an important avenue for cooling... more

31 May 2023 · 26 minutes
Corporations Have Rights. Should the Great Salt Lake?

People have legal rights. Should nature? Host Ali Vallarta talks with Grant Wilson, executive director of Earth Law Center, about... more

30 May 2023 · 15 minutes
Salt Lake’s Cheapest Beer, an Unconvincing Rebrand, and Anthem Auditions

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and Salt Lake Tribune reporter Andy Larsen may have found the cheapest beer in the county!... more

26 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Vegan Ice Cream Picks Even Dairy Lovers Will Like

Sure, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream on a hot Memorial Day weekend. But what about... more

25 May 2023 · 13 minutes
What’s NEXT for Smith’s Ballpark? Our Favorite Proposals.

competition asked Salt Lakers to submit their best ideas for the diamond and parking lot across the street. Host Ali... more

24 May 2023 · 26 minutes
When Can Gay and Bisexual Men Give Blood Here?

There’s always a need for blood donations, and with summer adventures approaching, the need is even more urgent. So while... more

23 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Could Our Wildfire Season Include Firefighter Raises?

All that water Utah got this winter means we’ll have a cool, fire-free summer, right? Not necessarily. And the threat... more

22 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Lawmakers v. Governor, Food Courts, and Huzzah to the Czar

Brace yourself: The Utah Legislature is back in town. Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to break down... more

19 May 2023 · 24 minutes
Mastering the Cheese Board With a Salt Lake Monger

You’re hosting a summer party, and your grand vision includes a stunningly crafted cheese board that gets every guest talking.... more

18 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Sneaky Clauses in Your Utah Lease Agreement

Do you really know what’s in your lease? We don’t blame you if you only skimmed it — there’s a... more

17 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Can the SLC School District Restore Trust By Fall?

School is almost out for the summer, but Salt Lake City School District leadership still has a lot of homework... more

16 May 2023 · 22 minutes
Finding Romance in Small Lake City with Christina Lauren

Finding love in Small Lake City is hard. But romance writer Christina Hobbs, half of the bestselling duo Christina Lauren,... more

15 May 2023 · 16 minutes
Campaign Signs, the Lake Czar, and Picks for Mom

Campaign signs for Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Rocky Anderson appear to be dominating big streets throughout town. But do... more

12 May 2023 · 30 minutes
Concert Etiquette for Kilby Block Party and Beyond

The Kilby Block Party hits the Utah State Fairpark this weekend — in a big way. Andrea Racine, head of... more

11 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Effortless Gardening Tips for Renters and Plant Killers

This weekend is a gardening showdown in Salt Lake, with Wasatch Community Gardens and Red Butte Gardens hosting their annual... more

10 May 2023 · 18 minutes
A Conversation with PornHub’s New Nemesis

PornHub has turned off the tap in Utah after a new law took effect requiring adult content sites to verify... more

09 May 2023 · 21 minutes
10 Essential Rules for Surviving Salt Lake

What are the essential rules for surviving Salt Lake? From how to not overthink what you’re wearing to drink order... more

08 May 2023 · 26 minutes
445 Million of Our Dollars, Walking to Chick-fil-A, and Mexican Street Parties

Mayor Erin Mendenhall is asking the Salt Lake City Council to approve her $445 million budget proposal. How do we... more

05 May 2023 · 24 minutes
Who’s To Blame for the Draper Home Slides?

It’s not every day we see our neighbors’ houses fall off a cliff. But Utah made national news recently when... more

04 May 2023 · 17 minutes
Who Waters Salt Lake’s Urban Forest?

Salt Lakers love our urban forest. Over the past few years, the City has added thousands of trees to our... more

03 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Yes, Utah Has Bears. How Worried Should You Be?

Spring has arrived in Salt Lake City, so it’s time to say “good morning” to our black bear neighbors. Oh,... more

02 May 2023 · 22 minutes
How To Enjoy Salt Lake’s Slow Sundays

You may have heard there’s nothing to do on Sundays in Salt Lake, due to the cultural influence of the... more

01 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Manifesting Lifeguards, Unionizing the Library, and Homelessness Q&A

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall hosted an “Ask Me Anything” on homelessness this week. Lead producer Emily Means joins... more

28 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
Salt Lake’s Sexiest Salads for Spring

There are few people in this world who feel a fiery passion for salads: Michelle Obama, rabbits and our very... more

27 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
3 Years After Protests, What Has SLC’s Policing Commission Done?

In the summer of 2020, protestors took to the streets calling for an end to racism in policing. Salt Lake... more

26 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Change Our Minds: Salt Lake’s Olympic Bid

Salt Lake City and Utah leaders — and frankly, most Utahns — are super hyped on the prospect of bringing... more

25 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Getting Around Salt Lake Like a Local

Salt Lake’s big transportation play is our grid system, but despite its simplicity, it can be tough to master. Sweet... more

24 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Is Crumbl Good? What’s Mud Rain? And Why Are Ponds?

The New York Times recently posed a big question: Are Crumbl cookies any good? Lead producer Emily Means and host... more

21 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
How's Utah's Medical Cannabis Program Doing?

Happy holidaze! It’s been three years since Utah’s medical cannabis program launched. As City Weekly’s annual 420 issue hits the... more

20 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Your Wardrobe

It’s time for spring cleaning, and we know you’re headed to the thrift store with your donation pile in tow.... more

19 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Did You Blink and Miss This Change to How We Choose Judges?

A new law changing how Utah officials pick judges takes effect on May 3. It was one of those “blink... more

18 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
To Share or Not To Share Our Outdoor Spaces

You’ve found it: your special outdoor spot. But if you let people in on the secret, do you run the... more

17 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Salt Lake’s MLB Pitch, the Mayor Runs For Mayor, and Gripefest

A group of influential Utahns have a big pitch for Salt Lake’s Fairpark neighborhood: a Major League Baseball team and... more

14 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
Spring Fashion Trends From Indigenous Creators

Salt Lake’s first Indigenous Fashion Week kicks off this weekend, and every designer and model on Saturday’s catwalk will be... more

13 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Dare To Leave Salt Lake and Visit Provo

Salt Lakers hate crossing our county lines to the south. Provo? Never heard of her. But as one of the... more

12 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
Would Eliminating Golf Courses Save the Great Salt Lake?

It’s easy to look at golf courses in our drought-stricken state and wonder if they’re doing their part to conserve... more

11 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
Mythbusting Salt Lake’s Air Quality

Salt Lakers tend to think of our city’s battle with air quality as recent history –– but that’s not really... more

10 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Flood Plans, New Homeless Shelters, and Downtown Getting Taller

The Salt Lake City Council was busy this week with all sorts of land-use proposals. Lead producer Emily Means joins... more

07 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
The Problem With Too Much Snow

It’s been fun to watch this winter’s snowfall break state records — most recently the all-timer at Alta Ski Area.... more

06 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Picking Salt Lake Fights With the ChatGPT Robot

Host Ali Vallarta and lead producer Emily Means want to figure out if the interactive online robot, Chat GPT, is... more

05 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
The ‘Mother-In-Law’ Apartment Debate Heats Up

In a world full of acronyms, Building Salt Lake editor Taylor Anderson is here to convince you to care about... more

04 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
Utahns' Quiet Obsession With Med Spas

Driving down I-15 there are dozens of billboards advertising medical spa procedures for botox, face filler, and body sculpting. These... more

03 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Gwyneth v. the Optometrist, Delicious Food News, and Construction Corner

Academy Award winner and lifestyle influencer Gwyneth Paltrow is in Park City for what’s been dubbed “the trial of the... more

31 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
A Big Idea for Ballpark Secures a Stadium for Women Athletes

Athletes and enthusiasts have submitted a bold proposal for Salt Lake’s soon-to-be-vacant Smith’s Ballpark: build the first women’s sports complex... more

30 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
The Unintended Consequences of a Shiny New Park

The Salt Lake City Council recently approved the plan for a brand spankin’ new regional park in Glendale. It’s the... more

29 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Why Two Local Banks Are on a Watchlist

A handful of Utah banks — including two in Salt Lake — have been put on a national watchlist for... more

28 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Preparedness Tips from a Salt Lake Prepper

This winter is one for the books. Utah’s snowpack broke a 40-year record, and we’re seeing increasing preparations around the... more

27 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Sad Boy Concerts, Banning the Bible, and a Transit Conundrum

The lineup for Salt Lake’s Twilight Concert Series was announced this week, and well, it’s gonna be a sad boy... more

24 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
How To Be a Good Neighbor During Ramadan

The crescent moon was spotted on Wednesday night which means that thousands of Muslims across Salt Lake are now celebrating... more

23 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
The Rallying Cry for Utah Gay Rodeo

It’s been 19 years since riders and wranglers came to town to compete in Utah’s gay rodeo. But this summer,... more

22 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
The New Normal for All-Ages Drag Shows

There is no Salt Lake as we know it without a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, and our drag scene reflects that.... more

21 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Why the Royals’ Return Is Big for Utah Women

From the triumphant return of the Utah Royals soccer club to the University of Utah Women’s basketball team taking home... more

20 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
The Swarm, a Win for the Great Salt Lake, and Weekend Maybes

It seems like there’s always new news from Salt Lake City’s Ballpark neighborhood. This week, “The Swarm” proposal is the... more

17 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
How Does Salt Lake City Criminalize Homelessness?

We recently asked Mayor Erin Mendenhall if Salt Lake City would consider rescinding its “no camping” ordinance, and she said... more

16 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Pocket Parks To Discover in SLC

We love our big parks here in Salt Lake: Liberty, Jordan and Sugar House Parks — all have a lot... more

15 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Is Utah’s New Flag Tattoo-Worthy?

Utah’s got a fever, and the only prescription is new flags. Salt Lake City’s redesigned banner has received glowing reviews... more

14 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Getting Arrested for More Accessible Transit

One of the reasons we live in a city is the promise of accessibility, right? Disability advocate Shelby Hintze explains... more

13 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Main Street 2.0, Ranked-Choice Mayors, and Brighter Days

Let’s get municipal. The Salt Lake City Council was busy this week, taking hours of public comment on oodles of... more

10 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
Coming Soon? Weekend Train to Boise

Salt Lakers love a good commuter rail ride as much as the next transit nerd (see you on FrontRunner!). But... more

09 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
What Lawmakers Did About Housing, Education, and the Gondola

In just 45 days, Utah lawmakers passed nearly 600 bills. It’s a lot to take in. Fortunately, FOX 13 Capitol... more

08 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
What Lawmakers Did About Great Salt Lake, Liquor, and Your Health

Utah lawmakers passed nearly 600 bills in just 45 days. Whew! It’s a lot to take in. Luckily, FOX 13... more

07 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
The New Rules of Tipping

We could all use a stiff drink now and then — bartenders especially. It’s a tough gig, with difficult customers,... more

06 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Burying Trains, Clearing the Air, and Abortion Access in Wendover?

Happy Meteorological Spring, everyone! The days are (hopefully, maybe) getting warmer. Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to... more

03 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s Approach to Homelessness

It’s the freezing cold start to an election year, so this year we made a point of getting Salt Lake... more

02 Mar 2023 · 31 minutes
Mayoral Candidate Rocky Anderson’s Approach to Homelessness

It’s the freezing cold start to an election year, so we wanted to get Salt Lake City’s candidates for mayor... more

01 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Mayoral Candidate Michael Valentine’s Approach to Homelessness

It’s the freezing cold start to an election year, so we wanted to get Salt Lake City’s candidates for mayor... more

28 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
Getting Paid To Pay Rent in SLC

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall recently announced plans to fund a new approach to affordable housing. The program would... more

27 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
Medicaid for Doulas, Three Lawsuits, and a Flood of Nostalgia

You would think the NBA leaving town cooled things off in the city, but nope! There’s still plenty of news... more

24 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
How to Midwife When the Rules Keep Changing

Utah lawmakers keep pushing for more restrictions on abortion. Plus, with a shortage of OBGYNs in this big-family state and... more

23 Feb 2023 · 16 minutes
Taking Shaq’s Bait on Salt Lake’s Quiet Streets

NBA All-Star weekend has come and gone, and outside of the events, visitors saw a pretty quiet picture of the... more

22 Feb 2023 · 16 minutes
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We could all use a stiff drink now and then — bartenders especially. It’s a tough gig, with difficult customers, low wages,... more