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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’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
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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