City Cast Denver

Join Host Bree Davies and the City Cast Denver crew every weekday morning as we celebrate, explore, and challenge an ever-changing Denver. It’s the daily news podcast for all Denverites — whether you’ve been here for six months or six generations. We’ll break down the news you need (and want) to know with journalists and culture makers; activists and artists; neighbors and ne’er-do-wells — and John Elway, if he ever returns our calls. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at

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Stranahan’s Snowflake: A Whiskey Worth Waiting For
15 min
Will This Family-Owned Pizza Joint Survive Anot...
The Pandemic Is Still Making Life Hell For Family-Owned Restaurants
14 min
Did Denver’s Last Lesbian Bar Weaponize Its Sta...
There's only one lesbian bar left in Denver, and now it's getting sued.
18 min
Finding a Recovery Community through Coffee
16 min
Step Inside Camp Christmas, Lonnie Hanzon’s Gli...
We may have yet to see snow on the ground, but artist Lonnie Hanzon has successfully captured the feeling of Christmas in his annual immersive installation, Camp Christmas.
14 min
Tattered Cover’s Books of The Year
14 min
Den-Mex (Uncensored)
21 min
A Popular News Anchor Became Disabled. Then 9Ne...
After suffering a stroke in 2019, Kristen Aguirre was let go from her dream job at 9News.
16 min
Casa Bonita’s Food Needs Help. Chef Dana Rodrig...
Say hello to Casa Bonita 2.0
16 min
Could The Words "Gourmet" and “Casa Bonita" Rea...
These days, it seems like the Casa Bonita news faucet never turns off.
25 min
BookBar Buys The Bookies
14 min
Is It Really That Hard to Build Affordable Hous...
One developer says "no"
17 min
Denver on Shrooms: It's Been a Trip!
Way back in the spring of 2019, Denver became the first American city in the country to decriminalize psilocybin, or magic mushrooms, with 50.56% of voters in favor.
14 min
Thunderbird Man's Legacy Now Includes a Library
15 min
Traffic Deaths, Vision Zero’s Zero Score, & Den...
Denver had to face a hard truth this week: so far in 2021, 73 people have been killed on the city’s roadways.
29 min
An Ode to The Denver Diner Before It Gets Chase...
Last week, it was announced that the boarded-up Denver Diner would not re-open, but instead become a Chase Bank.
18 min
Author Jenny Shank Seeks Human Connection in 'M...
Jenny Shank grew up in southeast Denver, but when it was time for school, she was bused all over the city — from an elementary school with a Chicano-rooted curriculum on the West Side to a predominantly Black middle school near Five Points.
15 min
Why You Can’t Watch the Nuggets, Avs or Rapids ...
This Local Sports Blackout is Making Me Kroenke — *cough cough* excuse me — Cranky!
12 min
15 Years of Food Justice on Colfax
But really it's about community.
17 min
Chipotle vs. Illegal Pete’s: A Denver-Style-Mis...
Way back in the early ’90s, the Denver-style-Mission-style burrito rolled into town thanks to Chipotle.
33 min
BONUS: What Sara Terry Learned at Mobile Home U...
5 min
Searching for 'A Decent Home' at an Aurora Mobi...
20 min
How Denver Voted (And How We Feel About It)
Yes, voter turnout was low.
24 min
A Denver Royal Gives Up Her Crown
Denver's Marilyn Van Derbur will be the first Miss America to sell her crown.
18 min
Colorado Snagged $34 Million For Transit and RT...
The Real Legacy of FasTracks: Hurt Feelings and Spite
15 min
Halloween Spooktacular! With Denver’s Clerk & R...
It’s Halloween weekend and the City Cast Denver crew created a special episode to celebrate the spooky season.
12 min
You Gotta Fight For Your Right to Build a Skate...
Skateboarding and Civic Engagement 101
14 min
Denver City Council vs. Bubble Gum Vape Juice
There’s been a battle brewing over kids and vaping for the past few years — and now Denver is mired in the haze.
14 min
Why Denver Should NOT Pay For A New National We...
The National Western Stock Show has been a big deal in Denver for decades, drawing farmers, ranchers, equestrians and rodeo enthusiasts to the city.
17 min
Why Denver Should Pay For a New National Wester...
Come back tomorrow for the other side!
15 min
BONUS: The DAM’s “Marie Antoinette Moment”?
18 min
#ListenLocal: How Art is Born
61 min
Election-Palooza 2021
It’s an off-year election, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an important one.
42 min
What’s So Scary About A Bunch of Adults Living ...
There’s a measure on Denver ballots this year that was many, many years in the making.
16 min
What is Dark Money? And How is it Impacting Our...
17 min
The Revolutionary Music of Los Mocochetes
The music you hear every day on City Cast Denver wasn’t made for a podcast — it’s the work of Denver Chicano band Los Mocochetes.
17 min
Why A Big Brother Tech Giant Moved to Denver
Peter Thiel set Palantir on a Collision Course with Colorado
17 min
Colorado’s ‘Rich Mosaic of Dining’, Plus Denver...
Welcome back to Fridays at City Cast Denver where the crew chats about the news of the week and shares their perspectives.
31 min
Identity, Resistance and Resilience at the Museo
15 min
28 Years of Roasting Chiles with the Morales Fa...
Smell Chiles Roasting? It’s Gotta Be Fall in Denver.
14 min
Is Denver Repeating the Past By Sweeping this I...
Indigenous Community Members to the Mayor: Stop Sweeping Our People Away
17 min
EXTRA: Get 'More Smarter' on Redistricting
87 min
A Newspaper’s Worst Nightmare, Mountain Town Fa...
It’s Friday, which means the City Cast Denver team chats about some of the craziest news items from the week.
33 min
Are Colorado’s Sex Offender Laws Really Keeping...
There are 20,000 people on Colorado’s sex offender registry, including many whose offenses date back to when they were under 18 and many others whose offenses were as minor as peeing in public.
16 min
BONUS: Is Casa Bonita More Fun than Meow Wolf? ...
10 min
Why Casa Bonita is Textbook Fun (and Why Matt a...
It’s official: Trey Parker and Matt Stone have purchased Casa Bonita. So, now what?
17 min
Is Tay Anderson Owed An Apology?
And if so, from whom?
17 min
Are Denver's New Hotel Shelters Any Better Than...
It was a pandemic emergency housing project, but it could become permanent
15 min
Where is The "Real Creativity" in Denver? Plus,...
It’s the City Cast Denver Friday chat with Producer Paul Karolyi, Newsletter Writer Peyton Garcia, and Host Bree Davies.
33 min
Titwrench: 13 Years of Musical Revolution
Thirteen years ago, a group of friends and strangers got together and decided to start a music festival in Denver.
14 min
A Serious Breakfast Burrito Throwdown
You’ve called, you’ve written us, and now we bring you the hotly anticipated Breakfast Burrito Throwdown.
23 min
Why Our Sidewalks are Broken, Crumbling, and Mi...
Denver’s sidewalks are in a sorry state, and that’s if you’re lucky enough to live in a neighborhood that has them.
10 min
Legal Weed Delivery Exists in Denver... Sort Of
Is THC delivery DOA?
16 min
Digging Into the Tay Anderson Investigation, Sa...
Producer Paul Karolyi and Host Bree Davies discuss the ongoing Tay Anderson school board saga.
27 min
Did We Really Need to Close Civic Center Park?
Who is the “People’s Park” really for?
14 min
Breakfast at the New Zaidy's with David Sirota
Zaidy’s is back!
15 min
A Better Way To Feed Denver’s Hungry
Turning the food bank model upside down
18 min
Breaking Down the Tay Anderson Investigation
Back in March, Black Lives Matter 5280 issued a statement on behalf of a woman who said that Denver Public Schools Board Member Tay Anderson had sexually assaulted her.
16 min
Concert Vaccination Protocols, Palm Scanning an...
What’s it even like to go to a concert right now?
28 min
From Denver Catholic School to the E! Network: ...
Let’s laugh like there’s no pandemic
17 min
A Dead Accountant, 33 Zombie Businesses, and $2...
How much fraud could a fraudster fraud if a fraudster could fraud fraud? Fraud!
17 min
What Happens When a County Breaks Up With Its H...
It was one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the Denver metro area — the 1965 South Platte River floods — that initially led Douglas County to join the Tri-County Health Department in 1966.
14 min
How One Brewery Is Promoting Vaccines to Denver...
For breweries in Colorado, September is typically a month of fests.
12 min
#ListenLocal: Escaping Denver
Berry is back!
26 min
Civic Center Park Woes, Stackable Homes, and Sl...
Earlier this week, the city of Denver shut down Civic Center Park, closing off the public space for at least two months.
32 min
With Evictions Looming, These Activists Have a ...
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s eviction moratorium two weeks ago, approximately 12,000 Denverites woke up to the increasingly imminent threat of losing their home.
15 min
Uncovering Denver's Complicated Legacy of Force...
In the late ‘60s, Denver Public Schools began busing children across the city in an effort to desegregate our schools.
17 min
What is ShotSpotter? Why Is It So Expensive? Wh...
Police departments across the country have fallen in love with an obscure technology company called ShotSpotter, including right here in Denver.
14 min
The Elijah McClain Case, Beta Nightclub Drama a...
This week, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced that the Aurora police officers and paramedics involved in Elijah McClain’s 2019 death will face 32 criminal charges.
31 min
The Broncos’ Quarterback Dilemma
What’s going on with the Broncos?
14 min
Fact or Fiction: Colorado’s 300 Days of Sunshine
You’ve heard it before and probably uttered the words yourself: “Colorado has 300 days of sunshine.”
14 min
Rethinking Drug Use Treatment on Overdose Aware...
The Harm Reduction Action Center isn’t a rehab, it’s a community.
16 min
Author Peter Heller on His New COVID-Thriller, ...
Denver author Peter Heller joins City Cast Denver Newsletter Writer Peyton Garcia for a conversation about his latest thriller, “The Guide.”
15 min
City Cast Denver Live at UMS!
A recording of our event at the Underground Music Showcase
56 min
The One Where We Ate All the Burgers
This episode was first published on 6.4.21
23 min
Queer Cinema, UMS, and Lowriders
How To Have The Best Weekend Ever
19 min
Yet Another Plan To Fix Our Housing Crisis
Way back in 2005, then Mayor John Hickenlooper put forth an ambitious, 10-year plan to address Denver’s crisis of houselessness.
13 min
Who Owns the Jerry Martinez Family Memorial Park?
Could a Community Park Be Priced Out of Its Own Neighborhood?
18 min
Can the Mercury Cafe Stay Weird? Danny Newman T...
Some people call it The Merc'
16 min
Let’s Play Guess that COVID Restriction! Plus M...
With the delta variant spreading like wildfire, it feels like we’re headed for another long, lonely winter.
20 min
Watching the Fall of Kabul From Denver
After 20 years and $83 billion, the U.S. war in Afghanistan is finally ending.
10 min
What if Denverites — Not Developers — Could Bui...
Building an Affordable Future in Denver with ADUs
14 min
A Denver DIY Icon Lives On at Meow Wolf
Colin Ward was a leading figure in Denver’s DIY community before he died by suicide in 2018.
17 min
Who Gets to Fight Wildfires?
Fewer than 10 graduates of this elite wildfire fighting squad have jobs fighting fires
13 min
Talking Meow Wolf and ‘Alice’ w/ Wheelchair Spo...
Welcome to Friday, that time of the week where we look back on what’s been happening in Denver.
30 min
A Clear-Eyed Look Through The Smog
*cough cough*
14 min
Wildfire Grief Takes Center Stage
'Wild Fire' brings real life experiences with climate change to the stage
14 min
Can DougCo Schools’ Equity Problem Be Fixed?
When the Douglas County School District announced a new equity policy earlier this year, many parents in the predominantly white, affluent district cried foul.
14 min
Reclaiming Denver’s Lost Chinatown
Don't forget it, Denver. It's Chinatown.
16 min
Blip blop bloop
1 min
50 New Historic Places, Staff Recs, and Canoosh!
TGICCDF (Thank God It’s City Cast Denver Friday) which means it’s time to look back on the news of the week.
30 min
Learning to Live With Poor Air Quality
What exactly is so bad about our air, what we as individuals can do about it, and what we should be worried about.
15 min
Is Denver Still Funny?
The Grawlix takes over City Cast Denver!
19 min
Will the Denver Music Scene Be OK?
How have local musicians fared throughout the pandemic?
16 min
Spotlight on La Alma Lincoln Park's Chicano Com...
Recorded on location at La Alma Rec Center
15 min
Breaking Down the Bond (Plus, the People’s Coas...
Happy Friday! Here is the news from the week.
24 min
The New DPS Superintendent Wants Snow Days!
As the new superintendent of Denver Public Schools, it’s Alex Marrero's job to lead 90,000+ students when classes start next month.
16 min
There’s More to Love About Rocky Mountain Natio...
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most loved places in all of Colorado
16 min
What It’s Really Like to Live in Your Vehicle
15 min
The Case Against a Denver Olympics
17 min