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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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Salt Lake Needs Our Blood

Ali donates blood. And it was easy! And it didn't hurt! Blood donations are down across our state, especially this time... more

24 May 2022 · 17 minutes
Will We Ever Buy Wine in the Grocery Store?

The DABC (Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control) wrote a strategic plan! Fox 13 Reporter Ben Winslow joins Ali to break it down. Read... more

23 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Raised Rent, Zoning Changes, and Leaving Salt Lake

Local news enthusiast Shireen Ghorbani joins Ali to talk about this week’s various housing and development proposals. Later, Ali talks... more

20 May 2022 · 28 minutes
We used to luxuriate in the Great Salt Lake

The lost history of the Saltair! Ian Christensen is writing a book about the lost history of the Saltair Bathing Palace, where... more

19 May 2022 · 16 minutes
The Songs of Dance with Malialole

This weekend is the Living Traditions Festival! Haviar Tuitama Hafoka, creative director of Malialole Cultural Ensemble, joins Ali to talk... more

18 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Can we get Gov. Cox to say ‘Just Transition?’

Alex Veilleux, policy associate with the Healthy Environmental Alliance of Utah (HEAL) breaks down the roses and thorns of the Governor’s new ‘Energy Plan’... more

17 May 2022 · 17 minutes
Dr. Dunn answers students’ Covid-19 questions

Dr. Angela Dunn, the Executive Director of the Salt Lake County Health Department, answers questions about Covid-19 submitted by 6th... more

16 May 2022 · 14 minutes
Pomp and Circumstance

Ali is joined by Amie Schaeffer, a recent Salt Lake Community College grad, and Kurt McLaughlin, Judge Memorial High School’s... more

13 May 2022 · 27 minutes
A Kilby Court Primer Ahead of Block Party Weekend

If you scored tickets to the Kilby Block Party this weekend, congratulations. They sold like hot cakes! The Block Party... more

12 May 2022 · 16 minutes
The Who/When/Whys of Fry Sauce

Why is ‘fry sauce’ our one true love? And who invented it? The Beehive Editor-In-Chief, Meg Walter, is on the case.Later, Ali mentions this... more

11 May 2022 · 21 minutes
Why Are We So Obsessed With Bathrooms?

Multi-stall, all-gender public restrooms are the future. Salt Lake Community College students have been protesting in an effort to get... more

10 May 2022 · 21 minutes
Talking Abortion Rights with Idaho and Nevada

Western states like Utah, Idaho and Arizona face looming abortion bans that might have their cities turning to Nevada, where... more

09 May 2022 · 22 minutes
Sundance Menus, Cautious Feminism, and the Sistine Chapel

Palak Jayswal, Culture Reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune, joins Ali to round out the week’s news. Subscribe to our... more

06 May 2022 · 22 minutes
Filling Salt Caverns With Hydrogen Like its Normal

Last week Utah got news it will receive a half a billion dollars from the federal government to generate hydrogen... more

05 May 2022 · 18 minutes
An Abortion Provider on "Relief and Respect”

Ali visits with one of Utah’s few abortion providers, obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. David Turok, about the Supreme Court memo foreshadowing the... more

04 May 2022 · 17 minutes
You Can Still Get an Abortion in Utah

At 9pm Monday night, Politico reported that the Supreme Court has taken a preliminary vote to overturn the right to... more

03 May 2022 · 21 minutes
Still ‘The Greatest Snow on Earth?’

Reflecting on this year’s snow and ski season with the man behind @wasatchsnow, meteorologist and skier Evan Thayer. Subscribe to our... more

02 May 2022 · 19 minutes
Asthma, Charter Schools, and Student Loan Forgiveness

Local news enthusiast and disability advocate Shelby Hintze joins Ali to round up the week’s news from Asthma to jaZZ... more

29 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
TV Guide to ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

You can now stream the first two episodes of Under the Banner of Heaven on Hulu. The 7-episode drama is... more

28 Apr 2022 · 17 minutes
Do Utah Neighms Get Too Much Grief?

Meg Walter, Editor-in-Chief of the Beehive, argues that maybe instead of mocking Utah’s name culture, we should credit moms for... more

27 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
Can We All Help Make the City Budget?

Cities across the valley are in budget season, and Natalie Pinkney, Vice Chair of the South Salt Lake City Council, is... more

26 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
How Did We End Up With a Shelter Moratorium?

Why did Salt Lake City put a moratorium on new homeless shelters, and where do we go from here? KUER... more

25 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
Rental Deposits, Street Lights, and a Lawn Debate

Local news enthusiast and community health director Shireen Ghorbani joins Ali to round up the week’s news via listener calls. Subscribe... more

22 Apr 2022 · 25 minutes
Just How Bad Is Our Water Situation?

Salt Lake County Watershed Section Manager Bob Thompson clarified exactly how bad our water situation is heading into a dry... more

21 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
Utah’s Embrace of Medical Cannabis

Katie Boué joined the great resignation to work in medical cannabis, and wants to bring Salt Lake stoners together to undo... more

20 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
Utah’s Growing Mushroom Movement

Jme Bonfiglio is the founder and organizer of the Utah Fungi Festival, and a modern mushroom farmer. She breaks down... more

19 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
Making the River Safer for Women Guides

Dr. Maria Blevins is an Associate Professor at Utah Valley University and a former raft guide who has been researching sexual... more

18 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
Black Maternal Health, Automobile Deaths, and the Whale

Birthworker and community activist Ashley Finley joins Ali to round up the week’s news via listener calls. Subscribe to our... more

15 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
The Story of Marie Ogden and Home of Truth

Writer and professor Emma Kemp has been investigating spiritual medium Marie Ogden and her 1930’s Utah commune Home of Truth for almost... more

14 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
A Friendly Gondola Debate

Whether or not you ski or snowboard, you’ve probably heard the horror stories or seen the photos. The traffic getting... more

13 Apr 2022 · 23 minutes
How Any of Us Could Reverse an Overdose

Medical Director of Utah Naloxone, Dr. Jennifer Plumb, explains exactly how to identify and reverse an opioid overdose by administering Naloxone.... more

12 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
Whale Oh whale, What Have We Here?

The massive whale sculpture at 9th and 9th is drawing some surprise, many questions, and even some ire. KUER’s Benjamin... more

11 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
The Climate Report, West High Walk-Out, and Rattlesnakes

Olivia Juarez, latinx community organizer at the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, and disability advocate Shelby Hintze join Ali to round up the local... more

08 Apr 2022 · 25 minutes
Utah’s First Starbucks Employee Union Vote

A few months ago in Buffalo, New York, the first Starbucks employees in the US voted to unionize their store.... more

07 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
Passing Strange Comes Home to Utah

This week, the Salt Lake Acting Company opens the Utah premiere of Passing Strange, a Tony-award-winning musical with an all-Black... more

06 Apr 2022 · 14 minutes
Out Here in the (Parley’s Canyon) Pit

Ahead of a critical vote from the Salt Lake County Council this afternoon, Salt Lake Tribune environmental reporter Brian Maffly... more

05 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
Being a Good Neighbor During Ramadan

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

04 Apr 2022 · 19 minutes
Salt Lake’s Changing Food-scape

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Utah Eats Reporter, Stefene Russell joins producer Nick Steffens and Ali to discuss Utah’s changing food... more

01 Apr 2022 · 28 minutes
The Fight for Safer Housing Rages On

Ali digs into housing insecurity in Salt Lake with Chris Foote, an organizer with Wasatch Tenants United, and Jakey Siolo,... more

31 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
We survived Season II of the RHOSLC

Season 3 of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake is currently filming right in our backyard. Ali and her friend... more

30 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Our 2022 Avalanche Forecast

Craig Gordon, a forecaster at the Utah Avalanche Center, joins to discuss the unusually high temps and what they mean... more

29 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
A Student Responds to H.B. 11

Ali talks with Judge Memorial High School Student Body President Kurt McLaughlin about the passage of H.B. 11, a bill... more

28 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
An Introvert’s Salt Lake

Happy National Introvert’s Week! Maybe you celebrated by quietly processing some things! Ali is joined by Salt Laker Katie Boué... more

25 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Listen to This Before You Sign Your Lease

A close reading of Utah rental agreements with Marcus Degen, an attorney with the evictions nonprofit People’s Legal Aid. Later,... more

24 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
What’s It Take to Unionize in Salt Lake?

Brandon Dew, the president of the Central Utah Federation of Labor, talks to Ali about the landscape of labor unions... more

23 Mar 2022 · 14 minutes
A Beginners Guide to Birding Salt Lake

Recreational birder and Newsletter Editor Madeline McGill joins Ali to create a beginners guide to Spring birdwatching in Salt Lake... more

22 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
How the UT Leg Responded to our Housing Crisis

Ali talks with KUER reporter Emily Means what effect newly passed legislation will have on our housing crisis. Later, Ali... more

21 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
2 Year Quake-aversary

It’s the 2-year anniversary of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Salt Lake City on March 18, 2020. Ali revisits... more

18 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
We’ve Got Answers on the Wolverine!

Utah captured and released its first ever Wolverine last week! Which means hopefully soon we will find out what a... more

17 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
Writers supporting Writers: Navigating SLC’s Creative Community

City Cast Salt Lake Newsletter writer Madeline McGill connects with Moudi Hob, a writer, lover, and community organizer. They discuss... more

16 Mar 2022 · 13 minutes
Clean Slate Utah

1 in 4 Utahns has a criminal record of some kind, The fallout from that can mean lack of access... more

15 Mar 2022 · 10 minutes
Sci Fi Meets Spiritual Traditions at UMFA

Artists David Rios Ferrera and Denae Shanidiin ask us to contemplate those we’ve lost and those we miss in a... more

14 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
Mental Health, Climate Anxiety, and Rent

It’s Friday, which means we’re looking back on the week with fun and thoughtful Salt Lakers. This week, Ali is... more

11 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
Democratizing Poetry in SLC (and everywhere)

Poet Jai Hamid Bashir is here and talks to Ali about her poetry, this place, and bees. Plus, she reads a poem... more

10 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Coming Soon: Saborrrr!

Writer and director Gianfranco Fernandez Ruiz talks with Ali about his new film Saborrrr!, food traditions, and careful casting. Subscribe to our daily newsletter here. Learn... more

09 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
Supporting Salt Lake’s Trans Community

Sue Robbins, a member of Equality Utah's Transgender Advisory Council is here to reflect on the passage and subsequent veto of HB... more

08 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
Ground Rules for a More Inclusive Climbing Gym

Newsletter Editor Madeline McGill talks with Amelia Howe, a Senior Policy Associate at the American Alpine Club and Cody Kaemmerlin,... more

07 Mar 2022 · 15 minutes
20 is Plenty, Drivers Licenses, and Education Bills

It’s Friday, which means we’re looking back on the week with fun and thoughtful Salt Lakers. This week, Ali is... more

04 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
A Land Back Project on the Bear River

If you follow the Bear River north from the Great Salt Lake up to Preston, Idaho you will reach the... more

03 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Music is a Cure for the Pandemic Blues

Folk singer Alicia Stockman talks to Ali about writing a pandemic album and the re-opening of Salt Lake music venues. Check... more

02 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
What We Learned From Free Fare Feb

It’s the end of Free Fare February, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your frontrunner weekends. Ali... more

01 Mar 2022 · 13 minutes
Quiet Streets, 3rd Space, and Salt Lake Below

SLC poet RJ Walker contrasts Salt Lake’s manicured streets with Salt Lake below. Our daily newsletter is poetry. Sign up for it here. Learn... more

28 Feb 2022 · 13 minutes
COVID Testing, Clean Air Bills, and the DABC

It’s Friday, which means we’re looking back on the week with fun and thoughtful Salt Lakers. To do so, Ali... more

25 Feb 2022 · 18 minutes
Let Teachers Teach

Under mounting pressure from state and local governments to legislate race out of their curriculum, how are Salt Lake’s teachers... more

24 Feb 2022 · 13 minutes
The Elephant in the Room

It’s a uniquely Utah phenomenon: Democrats switching their voter affiliation in order to participate in Republican primary elections. Ali talks... more

23 Feb 2022 · 15 minutes
Salt Lake’s Secret Garden

Salt Lake art critic, curator, and lawyer Scotti Hill joins to discuss the bizarre beauty of Gilgal Sculpture Garden.  Looking for... more

22 Feb 2022 · 14 minutes
Anti-trans Bills, Education Bills, and the Housing Market

We’re breaking down the stories we can’t let go of this week. Political Commentator Shireen Ghorbani and KUTV’s Education Reporter... more

18 Feb 2022 · 16 minutes
Should Salt Lake host the 2030 Olympics? (feat. City Cast Denver)

Bree Davies and Paul Karolyi of City Cast Denver join Ali to discuss whether or not the Olympics are a... more

17 Feb 2022 · 17 minutes
Hindsight is 2002 (Olympics)

We’re talking about Salt Lake’s favorite brag: the 2002 Winter Olympics. It’s amazing how much about our city today is... more

16 Feb 2022 · 15 minutes
A Little Less Sunshine at the Capitol

Something strange is brewing at the capitol. A resolution was passed last week that would limit press access to legislators.... more

15 Feb 2022 · 10 minutes
Salt Lake’s Own Magical Mystery Tour

Mysticism and magic are integral pieces of Salt Lake’s history – though often overlooked. Ali and RJ Walker, SLC poet and... more

14 Feb 2022 · 11 minutes
The Perfect Salt Lake Date

From the symphony, to dive bars, to walks in the park, SLC is a city for love. The City Cast... more

11 Feb 2022 · 16 minutes
Insecure Vote Utah

Rebecca Chavez-Houck and Shireen Ghorbani join Ali to make sense of the Secure Vote Utah ballot initiative – a frightening... more

10 Feb 2022 · 10 minutes
The Gerda That Remains

At age 61, U of U professor Gerda Saunders was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and she has spent the last decade documenting... more

09 Feb 2022 · 16 minutes
Who is Listening to the Great Salt Lake?

Ali talks to Emily Means of KUER about what action state officials are taking to save the Great Salt Lake. Madeline... more

08 Feb 2022 · 12 minutes
Ski Joring : The Perfect Utah Sport

Ali went out to the High Star Ranch in Kamas for the 5th Annual Ski Joring Utah competition to chat with the... more

07 Feb 2022 · 10 minutes
Land Acknowledgements with Len Necefer

Dr. Len Necefer, an A+ meme-maker and the founder of NativesOutdoors is here to reflect on the emerging tradition of land acknowledgements. The Natives Outdoors... more

03 Feb 2022 · 12 minutes
Free Menstrual Products, Period.

One in four Utah teens can’t afford period products and Emily Bell McCormick of The Period Project is trying to do something... more

01 Feb 2022 · 13 minutes
The State of Pot in Utah

Montana just became the newest western state to legalize recreational marijuana and it has us wondering if Utah, with the... more

27 Jan 2022 · 17 minutes
Salt Lake’s Teachers Get an A+

Salt Lake’s teachers are giving more than they’re getting right now. We asked John Arthur, Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, how... more

25 Jan 2022 · 16 minutes
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At age 61, U of U professor Gerda Saunders was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and she has spent the last decade documenting her battle... more