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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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Episodes

How Would Salt Lake Fare in a Recession?

There’s much talk about how Utah is well-poised for a recession, but how can that be true when veteran tech... more

01 Feb 2023 · 16 minutes
The Ripple Effect of Utah's New Voucher Law

There’s a wave of “school choice” bills hitting red states across the country, and Gov. Spencer Cox has just signed... more

31 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
Why Are Squirrels Taking Over the City?

In 2011, Salt Lakers got some new neighbors: Eastern Fox Squirrels. Now, the Natural History Museum of Utah and a... more

30 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
SLC's Report Card, Ballpark’s $100 Million, and Sundance’s White Claw Showdown

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall graded the city’s performance this week. Would lead producer Emily Means and host Ali... more

27 Jan 2023 · 33 minutes
Why Does the Ski Bus Suck This Year?

This winter’s snow storms have made for some great pow days. But getting to resorts up the Cottonwoods via public... more

26 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Utah’s Obsession With One Reusable Cup

What has a straw, a handle, and a matte pastel finish? Why, it’s the Stanley Adventure Quencher 40 oz. Tumbler,... more

25 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
How Has Utah’s Stance on Sex Changed Since the ’80s

What drew Planned Parenthood Association of Utah CEO Karrie Galloway to the organization in the 1980s? Her belief in responsible,... more

24 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
Tips and Tricks for Salt Lake Renters

Finding a new place to live in Salt Lake's housing market is tough. City Cast Salt Lake producer Ivana Martinez... more

23 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Farewell Bees, Legislative Stunts, and Some Good News for GSL

Big news week for Salt Lake! Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to break down local stories, including... more

20 Jan 2023 · 24 minutes
Skijoring Is Utah’s Next Big Thing

Snow sports don’t always make for great spectator sports, but skijoring sure does! Ahead of next weekend’s Ski Joring Utah... more

19 Jan 2023 · 10 minutes
Will Salt Lake Movie Theaters Disappear?

Salt Lake cinemas are in the fight of their lives to get people off the couch and into the theater.... more

18 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
What To Expect From Utah Lawmakers on Big Issues

Utah lawmakers from across the state are making their way downtown and walking fast through the halls of the Capitol,... more

17 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
Knives Out SLC, Safer Streets, and Navajo Nation’s Millennial President

Happy Friday! Host Ali Vallarta and lead producer Emily Means round up the headlines you might have missed this week... more

13 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
Sundance Tips From Former Staffers

Locals love to roll their eyes at the Sundance Film Festival, but host Ali Vallarta and former staffer Daniela Weinreich... more

12 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
Can We Be Car-free in SLC?

Can you truly live car-free in Salt Lake? That’s the question host Ali Vallarta is trying to answer after her... more

11 Jan 2023 · 23 minutes
What’s On This Millennial Senator’s Agenda?

The Utah Legislature’s annual general session can be tough for anyone who is nervous about what our state lawmakers can... more

10 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Avalanche Safety Isn't Just for Skiers

All snow is good snow when you’re in a megadrought, but how it layers up can have big implications for... more

09 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Antenna-gate, Special Elections, and One Disturbing Fry Sauce Recipe

New year, new news. Welcome to 2023! Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to talk about the top... more

06 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
Could This Plan Revive SLC’s Rio Grande Station?

When civil engineer Christian Lenhart and designer Cameron Blakely teamed up to create the Rio Grande Plan, they never dreamed... more

05 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Why Salt Lake is Worth Fighting For

If you’ve spent a winter in Salt Lake, you’ve probably found yourself staring at the brown film on the horizon... more

04 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
New Year, New Salt Lake? Our Resolutions for 2023

Happy New Year! Let’s set some goals — but the cool, fun kind. Lead producer Emily Means and host Ali... more

03 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
Princess Kennedy Wants To Apologize

Legendary socialite Princess Kennedy tells host Ali Vallarta why she is getting out of the bar scene, after hosting the... more

30 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Less Than Half the Water for a Whole Peach

Utah's ongoing drought has us interrogating our summer fruit: How much precious water was used to grow this juicy peach?... more

29 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
From SLC Punk to 127 Hours, This Prop Master Has Seen It All

If you’ve seen a movie that was filmed in Salt Lake, then you’ve probably seen prop master Scott Arneman’s work... more

28 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
Swipe Left on Your Dating App Burnout

Cuffing season is in full motion, and in the wise words of Olivia Rodrigo: “It’s brutal out here.” It’s been... more

27 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
Shelter, Shipwrecks and Holiday Joy!

Before you sled home for the holidays, lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to talk about the shipwreck... more

22 Dec 2022 · 23 minutes
Utah Football's Magic Number

The Utes are going to the Rose Bowl (again)! Can they win this time? KSL University of Utah Athletics beat... more

21 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
Why Everybody’s Sick This Season

We all hate flu season. But there’s a lot of other stuff going around right now, too. So, host Ali... more

20 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
Naughty or Nice With the Queen of SLC

Santa, #takenote. TikTok’s own Queen of SLC, Kendall Rodriguez, joins host Ali Vallarta to count down who was good and... more

19 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes
East Side Emissions, West Side Pollution, and Celebrity Basketball

Cheers to a snowy weekend, baby! Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to round out this week’s news,... more

16 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes
Booze News You Can Use

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Services aka the DABS aka our state alcohol regulator are out of bar licenses... more

15 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
Predicting Salt Lake’s Future

Happy birthday, City Cast Salt Lake! For our first anniversary celebration, host Ali Vallarta and lead producer Emily Means throw... more

14 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes
City Creek: A Mall With a Vision

Nothing says the holidays like the bustle at City Creek mall, where last-minute shoppers and casual mall walkers unite on... more

13 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
The Future of State Street’s Strange Sculpture Project

Oddly beautiful or beautifully odd? How do we best describe Ralphael Plescia’s Christian School on State Street? Salt Lake Tribune... more

12 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
School Closures, More Housing, and a Lot of Olympics

It’s the most wonderful time of the week — its end. Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to... more

09 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
A Very Salt Lake Gift Guide

Depending on who you are, you either love shopping for gifts or find it demoralizing. Don’t know what to get... more

08 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
Help for Your Holiday Sports Small Talk

It’s that time of year when your uncle tries to small-talk with you about sports at your grandma’s holiday party.... more

07 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
Salt Lake’s Best Salad (No, Really)

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

06 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
How Many More Lanes Does I-15 Really Need?

Ready for more construction on I-15? The Utah Department of Transportation is making plans to widen the section between Salt... more

05 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Rocky Rebrands, Alfalfa v. Lagoon, and We Knew It Was Cold

Hello weekend, my old friend. Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to talk about Rocky Anderson’s rebrand as... more

02 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Queering Salt Lake’s Favorite Musical

If you saw Donny Osmond in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, you may have had, oh, we don’t know... more

01 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
You Don’t Have To Be Rich To Need a Will

There are a lot of things city slickers need in this life: a good hairstylist, a credit score, a cell... more

30 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
Utah’s Wild Horse Conundrum

Have you heard about Mongo? His story brought Utah’s wild horse conundrum close to home and served as unusually good... more

29 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
Why Do We Have So Many Scammers?

Utah is known for a lot of things: the greatest snow on earth, fry sauce, national parks — and getting... more

28 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
Security Checks, Ciao to Big Daddy’s, and Swig-Aplex

This week has been tough — and it’s only Wednesday. From the Club Q mass shooting in Colorado Springs to... more

23 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
How Park City Plans to House Its Workers

Some would argue that the affordability crisis in Park City has been raging since the ‘02 Olympics, making housing out... more

22 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Water Lessons From Las Vegas

As we round out yet another dry year in Utah, our neighbors in Vegas have made Salt Lake news recently... more

21 Nov 2022 · 14 minutes
Bigger Highways, Restaurant Closures, and an Election Update

It’s the week after the election, but there’s no rest for the wicked in this town! Lead producer Emily Means... more

18 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
How Far Has Representation In Utah's Art Scene Come?

Artist Ruby Chacón is a self-proclaimed “Utahna.” The Chicana artist and founder of Salt Lake’s Mestizo Institute of Culture and... more

17 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
It’s Not Impossible for Utahns To Win the Lottery

A lucky Californian recently won the record-setting $2.04 billion Powerball. But if Salt Lakers even wanted a chance at that... more

16 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
How to Save Park City

The resorts are opening, the snow is accumulating, and our local ski towns are trying to survive their worst instincts.... more

15 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
Can a True Crime Show Be Ethical?

Nowadays true crime is inescapable. Whether it’s Netflix's latest doc-series or a podcast relaying the details of a grizzly murder... more

14 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
Tight Races, Weird Judicial Reviews, and the Seasonal C-Word

Election day is over but the ballots persist! As county clerks continue their herculean effort to update the latest midterm... more

11 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
The GSL Could Lose 100,000 Gallons Per Minute

Everyone is trying to save the Great Salt Lake from becoming a puddle and an ecological wasteland. But a plan... more

10 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
Let’s Talk About Last (Election) Night

The vote totals are still trickling in, but in this deep red state … some races are essentially called the... more

09 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
Election Day Therapy

Do you doomscroll on Election Day? Stay up to watch the poll numbers come in? Tired of being told, “This... more

08 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
No Ballot Initiatives, Less Voters

The midterm election is upon us! There's a glaring difference between this year’s ballot and 2018's: no citizen-led initiatives. Host... more

07 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
Racist Costumes, Overflow Shelters, and Last-Minute Voting

Unclench your jaw, grab a warm beverage and take a load off — we made it to the weekend. Lead... more

04 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
Lee vs. McMullin: Choose Your Fighter (AKA Senator)

It’s a City Cast Salt Lake X State Street crossover! In preparation for the upcoming election, we’re bringing you an... more

03 Nov 2022 · 28 minutes
What’s Your Vision for State Street?

The old Sears Building on State Street is coming down to make way for something new. That has us wondering:... more

02 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
As Sears Comes Down, We Flirt With State Street’s Past

State Street could easily be considered the grand boulevard of our city. The multi-lane highway cuts through the heart of... more

01 Nov 2022 · 12 minutes
How Marie Odgen Tried to Raise the Dead In Southern Utah

Happy Halloween, ghosts! This is your time to shine, and today we invoke Utah spiritual medium Marie Ogden. Host Ali... more

31 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Salt Lake County’s Proposed Budget Isn't Sexy

What’s scarier than ghosts? Not knowing how your tax dollars are going to be spent this upcoming year. Lead producer... more

28 Oct 2022 · 30 minutes
Step Away From the Rake and Leave Your Leaves Alone

Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Leaf. (Leaf who?) Leaf me alone! Leaf-peeping season is coming to a close, while leaf-cleanup season... more

27 Oct 2022 · 16 minutes
The Jazz Are Playing With Our Hearts and Minds

Buckle up, Utah Jazz fans. This year’s team is fresh-faced, bright-eyed and ready to break our hearts — so of... more

26 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
Should We Invest More In SLC’s Parks? You Decide

This election season, SLC residents will crack open their ballots and vote for or against the Salt Lake Parks Bond... more

25 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
Skeptics, Spirits and Seances of Salt Lake

What’s it like to contact the dead? RJ Walker, local poet and host of the Mancy Podcast, joins host Ali... more

24 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
Tiny Homes Are a Go and So Is Jazz Season

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta for a very local... more

21 Oct 2022 · 25 minutes
Gather ’Round for 'The Great Great Salt Lake Monster Mystery'

It’s not a trick — here’s a family-friendly, Great Salt Lake-related treat! Professional narrators Nancy Peterson, Cindy Kay, and BJ... more

20 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Corporations Have Rights. Shouldn’t 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

19 Oct 2022 · 14 minutes
Vibe Checking Utah’s Response to the Great Salt Lake

News about the Great Salt Lake crisis — you know, the shrinking water levels that have us careening toward an... more

18 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Can a Hockey Team Help Save the Great Salt Lake?

Craig Gelman is a graphic designer who thinks it’s high time and low tide for Utahns to get an NHL... more

17 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
Will SLC’s Updated Crime Plan Work?

Welcome to Friday! Another zany week in our big little city means it’s time to round up the news. Lead... more

14 Oct 2022 · 24 minutes
Why Salt Lake's Hottest Dance Party is Taking a Break

It's Friday night in Salt Lake City. The clock strikes midnight. Bars are preparing to close. And in the distance,... more

13 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
How Much Fear Can One Fear Factory Produce?

Haunted houses are an absolute blast for everyone — except for host Ali Vallarta. She’s scared of her own shadow!... more

12 Oct 2022 · 16 minutes
What Makes the 999 So Magical?

If you’re a Salt Laker, you’ve probably seen herds of bikers making their way around town on a Thursday night.... more

11 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
We Need Indigenous Wisdom To Heal the Great Salt Lake

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

07 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
Who Are the Jazz Players, Really?

Jazz nation! We’ve got new players and a new coach, but our favorite in-arena host, Nayo Campbell, is back for... more

06 Oct 2022 · 16 minutes
Is Salt Lake's Best Record Store in an Elevator Shaft?

Girl, put those records on. Host Ali Vallarta talks with State Room Presents Marketing Director Kylie Fitch about where to... more

05 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Can the Kum & Go in Sugar House Be Stopped?

Sugar House residents aren’t thrilled about a Kum & Go Gas Station at the corner of Sugar House Park. Is... more

04 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Utahns, Your Mother and I Are Getting a New Flag

Move over, state seal, Utah is getting a new flag. Fun! But the question is how can this piece of... more

03 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Don’t You Knooow the Air's Tox-IIIC??

Host Ali Vallarta and lead producer Emily Means round up this week’s news, including public transit cuts, polling on the... more

30 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
What To Do if You Meet a Mountain Lion

A mountain lion recently attacked a woman in Millcreek Canyon while she was out for a morning run on the... more

29 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Salt Lake’s Best Chicken Tenders Aren’t Tenders

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single person in possession of a good fortune, must be in want... more

28 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
How the Inland Port Authority Fumbled the Bag

If you know anything about Utah’s inland port, it’s probably that it’s hugely controversial. The port authority has navigated murky... more

27 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
RHOSLC S3 Brings Black Eyes and New Lies

Season three of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City premieres on Wednesday! Ali Vallarta and Deseret News Features Editor... more

26 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
SLC Pays $3M to the Family of Linden Cameron

Salt Lake City reached a $3 million settlement with the family of Linden Cameron, an autistic teenager who was shot... more

23 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
Three Latinas Walk Into a Podcast

Happy Hispanic/Latino Heritage month, mi gente. Producer Ivana Martinez and Ali Vallarta talk with Axios Salt Lake City’s Kim Bojórquez... more

22 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
The Best Meal After Midnight

It’s 1 a.m. — last call at your favorite bar in Salt Lake. Midnight has come and gone, and you’re... more

21 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
We’re All Just Winging It in Utah’s Housing Market

Utah’s housing affordability woes are probably one of the definitive issues of our generation. Raise your hand if you’re a... more

20 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Swipe Left On Your Dating App Burnout

Cuffing season is upon us, and in the wise words of Olivia Rodrigo: “It’s brutal out here.” It’s been 10... more

19 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
Are You Sold on the Olympic Dream?

Producer Ivana Martinez joins Ali to round up this week’s news. We talk about the lack of OB/GYNs in Utah,... more

16 Sep 2022 · 23 minutes
From SLC Punk to 127 Hours, This Prop Master Has Seen It All

If you’ve seen a movie that was filmed in Salt Lake, then you’ve probably seen prop master Scott Arneman’s work... more

15 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
Here’s the Scoop: SLC’s Best Vegan Ice Cream

Sure, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. But what about our vegan and lactose-intolerant friends? What... more

14 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
How Any of Us Could Reverse an Overdose

September is National Recovery Month. In Utah, 80% of adult drug overdoses are due to opioids. Today, a conversation between... more

13 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
The SLC/Boise Fry Sauce Smackdown

We heard a rumor that some people in Boise think they invented fry sauce. Scoff! Ali Vallarta joins our friends... more

12 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
Where Will Salt Lake’s Unsheltered Residents Sleep This Winter?

Producer Ivana Martinez joins Emily Means to round up this week’s news. We’re talking about Salt Lake’s winter homeless shelter... more

09 Sep 2022 · 23 minutes
Meet the Tap Dancers From Shirley Temple Square

When dance instructor Kim Luke moved to Salt Lake, she realized tap dancing just wasn’t really a thing here. So... more

08 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
The Best Pocket Parks in Salt Lake

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

07 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
Like Voting By Mail? Thank Sherrie Swensen

Have you ever voted in Salt Lake County? If so, you can thank Sherrie Swensen for making your life easier.... more

06 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
Row, Row, Row Your Boat Out of GSL

Producer Ivana Martinez joins Emily Means to round up this week’s news. We’re talking about the Great Salt Lake Rowing... more

02 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
Utah’s Racist Sports Fans

Utah sports fans have a reputation — and it’s nothing to be proud of. Recently, a BYU fan reportedly heckled... more

01 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
The Best Thrifting in SLC

Thrifting has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years. More and more people are heading to the Goodwill... more

31 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Was Your College Loan Worth It?

Last week, President Joe Biden announced a new student loan forgiveness plan, canceling up to $20,000 of student debt per... more

30 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
What’s the Dill With Utah Accents?

From “oh my heck” to dropping our Ts, lots of Utahns have a special way of speaking. Lead producer Emily... more

29 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Will This Construction Ever End?

Lead producer Emily Means joins Ali to round up this week’s news. Plus, thrifting! Vacations! And apply to host City... more

26 Aug 2022 · 21 minutes
Are Salt Lake Skaters Into the Vert Alert?

Tony Hawk’s Vert Alert is back in SLC. His goal: He wants vert skateboarding to debut at the 2024 Paris... more

25 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Did We Just Become Boba Best-teas?

Boba Tea — the delicious, surprisingly filling, Taiwanese tea with tapioca ‘bubbles’ — is a popular treat in Salt Lake.... more

24 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
Back to School Without a Superintendent

School is about start in SLC — without a superintendent (or associate superintendent) to lead the district. Ali talks with... more

23 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Less Than Half the Water for a Whole Peach

It's peach season, baby! But Utah's ongoing drought has us interrogating our fruit over how much precious water was used... more

22 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
Who’s Gonna Pay For This Park?

Lead producer Emily Means joins Ali to round up this week’s news. Plus, we make a big announcement! Schedule giving blood at... more

19 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
Pens, Notebooks, Votes! SLC Teachers Need It All

It’s almost time to head back to school, and teachers in our community need more than just pencils and notebooks... more

18 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Get In Losers, We’re Going Hiking

As Utahns, sometimes we just get the urge to walk up a frickin’ mountain. Luckily, there are lots of big... more

17 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Wait, What’s In My Lease?

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

16 Aug 2022 · 24 minutes
It’s Leo Szn at the City Library

If you don’t normally try to figure out your favorite book characters’ astrological signs, we forgive you. But that changes... more

15 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
Why Would Anyone Want to be Mayor?

Lead producer Emily Means joins Ali to round up this week’s news. Call or text the City Cast hotline anytime at (801) 203-0137.... more

12 Aug 2022 · 22 minutes
Is Craft Lake City Punk?

Craft Lake City is not just for knitters! Founder Angela H. Brown shares how Salt Lake’s formative makers market brings... more

11 Aug 2022 · 12 minutes
The Best Breakfast Burrito, According to Locals

Have you ever woken up one morning (or afternoon), and thought to yourself, “Man, I could really use a breakfast burrito”? It’s an essential part of... more

10 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Why Would the Jazz Trade Donovan Mitchell?

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Jazz beat writer Andy Larsen explains why the Jazz would want to trade 25-year-old rockstar player Donovan Mitchell, and how we might... more

09 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
BYU Virginity Club: Satire or Serious?

Is it tough to be a virgin in today’s society? That’s what members of the Brigham Young Virginity Club seem... more

08 Aug 2022 · 21 minutes
Big Bucks for GSL, Shorter Strolls at the Airport, and Introducing: THE BEST

Lead producer Emily Means joins Ali to round up this week’s news.  Wanna catch a ball game this weekend? Find Bees... more

05 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
Will House Plants Save You From Bad Air In SLC?

Is bad air quality in the valley sneaking into our homes? We ask Dr. Kerry Kelly, associate professor of chemical... more

04 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Monkeypox Pt. 2: SLCo Health Department Answers Our Questions

Salt Lake County Health Department Spokesperson Nicholas Rupp answers some of our most pressing questions about monkeypox. Get up-to-date information... more

03 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Monkeypox Pt. 1: A Personal Story

Ali talks to Addison Jenkins, a Salt Laker who is dealing with monkeypox and has some experiences to share with all of... more

02 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Why Is Gas So Expensive In Utah?

If you’ve been camping in neighboring states this summer, you might have noticed that gas prices are higher in Utah!... more

01 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
Slowing Down, Judge Pohlman, and Mini Bottles

Lead producer Emily Means joins Ali to round up this week’s news. Find details on disco night here: https://www.nightfreq.com/event-details/sdc-ladies-choice Call or text... more

29 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Is Dog Pee Worse Than Deer Pee in the Watershed?

What makes dogs so different from every other creature that pees in the canyons, and why are the rules so... more

28 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Was Zhifan Dong’s Death Preventable?

Reporting from Courtney Tanner at the Salt Lake Tribune shows how the University of Utah mishandled the case of student... more

27 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
A Brief History of Air Quality in Salt Lake

The history of air quality in Salt Lake, as told by Logan Mitchell, an atmospheric scientist and analyst with Utah Clean... more

26 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Unsheltered Salt Lakers Try to Beat the Heat

It’s been a record hot summer in this valley, so what does that mean for our unsheltered neighbors? Lead Producer... more

25 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
The Unsafe U, Gentrification, and Cutthroat Trout

City Cast Salt Lake’s new lead producer, Emily Means, joins Ali to round up this week’s news. Find details on... more

22 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
Anti-Pioneer Day in Salt Lake City

This weekend might mark your first Pioneer Day in Utah, or your 30th. It’s a holiday that commemorates the arrival of... more

21 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Mapping Salt Lake’s Many Stories

Utah writer Paisley Rekdal joins the program, after recently wrapping a long stint as Utah Poet Laureate, to talk about... more

20 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Utah Has Its Own Stanley Cup

What has a straw, a handle, and a matte pastel finish? Why, it’s the Stanley Adventure Quencher 40oz cup, of... more

19 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
Clever Octopus Staff Filed for a Union Vote

No store is too small to unionize! Clever Octopus store associate Samantha White and her former colleague Logan Rusho join... more

18 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
An Injunction, the School Board, and Free Transit

City Cast Salt Lake’s new lead producer, Emily Means, joins Ali to round up this week’s news. Later, Newsletter Editor... more

15 Jul 2022 · 25 minutes
How Do We Maintain Hard Fought Rights in a Post Roe World?

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said the end of Roe v, Wade meant a number of other landmark cases should... more

14 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
A Hidden Gem at the SLC Public Library

Did you know the Salt Lake City Public Library has a very early edition of “Birds of America” by John James Audubon?... more

13 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
Should We Get Vaccinated for Monkeypox?

The Salt Lake Health Department is administering Monkeypox vaccines within the community. What do we need to know about this... more

12 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
The Summer of Pedal Assist

The new Rad Power Bikes store in Salt Lake anticipated selling 4 e-bikes on Opening Day. Instead, they sold 54.... more

11 Jul 2022 · 15 minutes
Cottonwood Heights, the Great Salt Lake, and the Parley’s Pit

City Cast Salt Lake’s new lead producer, Emily Means, joins Ali to round up this week’s news. Call or text the... more

08 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
Jordan River Beavers are Misunderstood

Ali strolls the Jordan River with Frances Ngo, Conservation Outreach Biologist at Tracy Aviary, in search of beaver activity. The Aviary... more

07 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
Saving Water with City Cast Las Vegas

John Oliver told us that Las Vegas is crushing it at water conservation. How are they doing it? And what... more

06 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
How is SLC Hookup Culture Changing, Post-Roe?

How is the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Utah’s pending abortion ban impacting Salt Lake nightlife, if at all?... more

05 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Emissions, Airbnbs, and the Utah Supreme Court

A two parter: Ali chats with HEAL Utah’s Executive Director Lexi Tuddenham about how the new EPA ruling will impact Utahns. Later,... more

01 Jul 2022 · 30 minutes
A Birthworker on Pregnancy and Abortion Care

Today, our guest Ashley Finley talks about the abortion that saved her life. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check... more

30 Jun 2022 · 26 minutes
Does Salt Lake Have Fashion?

How do you shop local for clothes? Seems hard. The founder of Salt Lake Fashion Collective, Kalei Hinano, joins Ali to share... more

29 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
A Temporary Order Resumes Abortion Care in Utah

Utah’s abortion laws are in flux right now. Former County Councilmember and Community Health Director Shireen Ghorbani is here to help make... more

28 Jun 2022 · 34 minutes
An Abortion Provider on ‘Relief and Respect’

Today, we revisit an important City Cast Salt Lake conversation. Ali visits with one of Utah’s few abortion providers, obstetrician/gynecologist... more

27 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Jazz Rebrand, Ryan Smith’s Utah, and Title IX

Salt Lake Tribune Jazz Beat Writer Andy Larsen joins Ali to round-up the sports news of the week in Salt Lake.  Call or... more

24 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
Why Are There Letters in These Hills?

Why are there letters in our hills? And who put them there? Evelyn Corning knows! She’s the author of “Hillside Letters A-Z – A Guide to... more

23 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Princess Kennedy Wants to Apologize

Short: Princess Kennedy is getting out of Salt Lake’s bar scene. Long: Ali visited with Salt Lake icon Princess Kennedy to... more

22 Jun 2022 · 26 minutes
Why Should We Care About Brine Shrimp?

Why are brine shrimp important to Salt Lakers, and why is Great Salt Lake Institute co-founder Jaimi Butler so optimistic right now? Adopt a... more

21 Jun 2022 · 25 minutes
BONUS: Two Millennials Discuss Gen. Z Fashion

As millennials, Ali and Ashley Finley (City Cast contributor and friend of the show) notice some interesting trends in the... more

18 Jun 2022 · 6 minutes
Abortion Funds, Heat, and Juneteenth

Community activist and birth-worker Ashley Finley joins Ali to round-up the news you might have missed this week.  Call or text... more

17 Jun 2022 · 34 minutes
Utah’s First Official Juneteenth

On Monday, Utah will observe Juneteenth with a holiday for the first official time ever, thanks to a bill passed... more

16 Jun 2022 · 11 minutes
Archie Archuleta Loved Building Bridges

On Friday morning, the 1,200 foot pedestrian bridge connecting 200 S and North Temple over the Jordan River will be... more

15 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
What’s Up with Salt Lake’s Walnut Trees?

Walnut trees are being struck down by a weird disease called ‘thousand cankers disease.’ Nate Orbock of the SLC Division of Forestry... more

14 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
A Salt Lake Scientist Sues DiscGenics for Discrimination

Utah’s tech sector is booming, and it’s bringing conversations about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) right to Salt Lake’s doorstop. We’ve... more

13 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
Aaron James’ Verdict, Western Garden Center, and Gov. Cox is Being Petty

Former journalist and disability advocate Shelby Hintze joins Ali to round-up the news you might have missed this week. Call or... more

10 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
When Will We Know if it’s the Toxic Dust?

Which dust is in the air this spring? Is it the toxic dust from the Great Salt Lake yet? How... more

09 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
Your State Senate Candidates Debate Methodology

The first segment from last Wednesday’s Democratic primary debate for Utah Senate District 9, between Dr. Jennifer Plumb and Sen. Derek Kitchen. Later,... more

08 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Historic Water Access on the Navajo Nation in Utah

Diné advocate and southern Utah candidate, Davina Smith, joins Ali to talk about a historic water rights settlement between the... more

07 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
A Slice of Salt Lake’s Sweet Tooth

Dominique Wilson, founder and owner of Pie’s the Limit, is just keeping up with demand. He and Ali talk about the... more

06 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Justice for Zane James, SLCo Covid Risk, and Ughhh the Avenues

Local news enthusiast Shireen Ghorbani joins Ali to round-up the news you might have missed this week. Call or text the... more

03 Jun 2022 · 26 minutes
Can Open Streets Stay Forever?

Open Streets is officially Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this year! Ali asks Urban Affairs Director Jessica Thesing what it would... more

02 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
There is No Salt Lake Without Pride

Eva Lopez, LGBTQ liaison for the SLC Mayor’s Office, joins Ali to talk about the evolution of Salt Lake pride.... more

01 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
The Unraveling of MomTok, An Explainer

Meg Walter, editor-in-chief of The Beehive, breaks down Utah’s MomTok scandal. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter here. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt... more

31 May 2022 · 21 minutes
Ruff Haven is Punk Rock

Ruff Haven is a local organization that takes care of people’s pets while they are experiencing crisis. This could mean... more

27 May 2022 · 14 minutes
The Media the Morning After

Lead Producer Nick Steffens and Producer Diane Maggipinto have been reporting on mass shootings in this country for a decade.... more

26 May 2022 · 27 minutes
BIPOC Recreationists‘ Stories at Liberty Park

It’s summer movie season! Ashley Cleveland, who heads up Salt Lake’s Outdoor Afro chapter, and Russell Roots, Community Outreach Manager... more

25 May 2022 · 22 minutes
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
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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 court case. Subscribe... more