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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News Commentary
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
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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
The Tale of the Bullet
23 min
The Case for a Denver Olympics
Yes, we’re feeling as conflicted about it as you are.
16 min
The Good, the Bad, and the Delta Variant
It’s been two months since Denver lifted its mask mandate, and more than half of Coloradans are fully immunized against COVID-19.
14 min
An Evening of Five Points Jazz at Dazzle
“Just when the government was about to let crowds of people congregate again so that we could play our horns once more, the lid was clamped down tighter than ever.”
19 min
To Be Black and Own a Gun in Denver
These are boom times for gun sellers in Colorado, with more gun purchases reported in 2020 than in 2000, 2001 and 2002 combined
17 min
Is Denver’s Gang Violence on the Rise?
Earlier this year, journalist Julian Rubinstein published The Holly, a thorough and revealing look at the history of gang violence in Denver, focusing in particular on the story of one former gang member turned anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts.
16 min
#ListenLocal: The Taxman
It's time for another local podcast recommendation from our friend Berry of Podcasts in Color
38 min
Wildfire Smoke, Ski Rock, and That Hotel Bust
We’re back with another news round-up for you today, and this week City Cast Denver producers Paul Karolyi and Xandra McMahon are joined by award-winning storyteller, inventor, and activist donnie betts.
20 min
At 142 Years Old, History Colorado is Still Fin...
History Colorado has been documenting the state’s stories since 1879, just three years after Colorado became a state.
13 min
The Forgotten Music Venue That Hosted The Greats
What do Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Grateful Dead have in common?
15 min
Did the MLB All-Star Game Prompt Homeless Sweeps?
Housing activists and our unhoused neighbors say that the City of Denver has been increasing sweeps of homeless encampments ahead of today’s MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field
14 min
Land Reparations at the National Western Center?
The Globeville and Elyria-Swansea (GES) neighborhoods never seem to get a fair shake.
15 min
Mud Slides, Ketamine, and Beer for Life
Happy Friday! We’re shaking things up a bit and have 15 minutes of news catch-up for you.
15 min
A Case of Alleged Police Brutality and the Figh...
Earlier this week, City Cast Denver listeners brought to our attention the story of Lakewood resident Ameer Allen and the alleged police brutality he experienced in February.
15 min
Lions, Moose, and Bears, Oh My! Your Summer Wil...
We are smack in the middle of Great Outdoors Season, and it might be a good time to remind you that no, you should not touch that cute baby animal.
14 min
Lisa Calderón Wants to Break the Glass Ceiling ...
Lisa Calderón is one of those people in Denver politics that everybody knows.
15 min
War of the Moths
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of moths? We know.
9 min
Hancock's Pick To Run DIA Has Baggage
When longtime CEO of Denver International Airport Kim Day announced her retirement back in May, Mayor Michael Hancock called up an old friend and colleague to see if he wanted the job.
16 min
Is Trinidad The New Denver?
Why are so many Denverites flocking to Trinidad?
15 min
Denver’s Jam Band Scene Has An Ugly Open Secret
Free love, psychedelic drugs, and the Grateful Dead: These are the tenets of Denver’s thriving jam band scene.
17 min
Meet the Master of Chicano Noir
It’s beach-reading season, people, and one of Denver’s best novelists is back with an absolute corker of a mystery.
16 min
Talking Pride at One of the Last Lesbian Bars i...
Recorded on location!
23 min
The Long Goodbye to Single-Use Plastic
In the world of single-use plastics and Styrofoam, big changes are on the horizon for Coloradans … eventually.
15 min
How to Redistribute Wealth Without A Savior Com...
The economic recession caused by the pandemic is driving a wedge through Denver — and all of America.
15 min
Fall in Love With Cherry Creek All Over Again
This past year, Cherry Creek was more of a respite than ever.
19 min
Shaping Denver Business From Bust to Boom (To B...
In the past 12 years, Denver has experienced an explosion of economic growth (as well as a slew of growing pains, such as increasing rates of inequality, homelessness, traffic, and gentrification).
15 min
A Walk Through Denver’s Juneteenth Past and Pre...
The City of Denver finally recognized Juneteenth as a commemorative holiday earlier this year.
18 min
The Worst Week in Denver Sports History?
A few months ago, the Nuggets and the Avalanche both looked like championship contenders, but both teams flamed out hard in the playoffs.
17 min
The North Face vs Denver's Oil and Gas Industry
When The North Face refused to print co-branded jackets for a Houston-based fracking company, Denver oil and gas execs cried foul, sparking a months-long trolling campaign to highlight what they see as hypocrisy in the outdoor recreation industry.
15 min
The Old CCC Built Red Rocks. What Could a New C...
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to kickstart an economic recovery that at the same time addressed our climate crisis?
16 min
Councilperson Candi CdeBaca on Renters’ Rights ...
When Councilperson Candi CdeBaca learned that Denverites were being evicted from their homes last year despite the federal eviction moratorium, she knew something had to change.
16 min
The Problem With Paying to Get Out of Jail
Activist Elisabeth Epps is not done yet (not even close).
17 min
Can Denver Survive an All-Remote Tech Workforce?
What happens to Denver if every service worker leaving the industry learns to code?
16 min
Should Tipping Have a Place in Our New Normal?
As we slowly re-emerge from the pandemic, it seems like everyone is talking about a labor shortage.
15 min
How Many Roads Can We Fix With $5.4 Billion?
Every legislative session begins with hopes and dreams.
16 min
#ListenLocal: Bangin’ and Slangin’
73 min
Welcome to the City Cast Denver Burger Crawl!
Out-of-State Burgers: Are They a Good Time?
24 min
Meet The Bike Advocate Who Says “Meh” to More B...
The sun’s out, the rain’s finally cleared up, and it’s never been a better time to hop on a bike.
13 min
A Pastor’s Journey from Evangelical to Trans
At 60, Longmont Pastor Paula Stone Williams came out to her friends, family, and coworkers as trans.
16 min
Responding to 911 Calls With Sweatpants and Sna...
What Happens When Cops Are Replaced With Social Workers?
15 min
A Theatrical Stroll Through Littleton Nature & ...
The local theater community is slowly emerging from its pandemic-induced hibernation, and they’ve got some wild new ideas to share.
18 min
Why DPD Won’t Be At Pride This Year
Banning Cops From Pride Is More Symbolic Than Literal
13 min
He’s Big, He’s Slow, and He Might Be the Nugget...
Plus, How to Make Friends in Denver
15 min
At 50, Tattered Cover Turns a Page
Denver’s best known bookseller is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and it’s come a long way from that very first shop in Cherry Creek.
13 min
Reimagining Police and Public Safety
Improving Public Safety Means More Than Just Reforming The Police
15 min
Preserving Family History Is More Important Tha...
If the past year has left us with anything good, it’s a feeling of righteous urgency to make the most of the time we have with our loved ones.
17 min
Aurora’s Mayor Defends His Camping Ban Proposal
Denver’s urban camping ban has been controversial to say the least.
16 min
Why Can't This Denver Couple Build an ADU for T...
This is beyond Kafkaesque, even for something as bureaucratic as zoning
18 min
What's at Stake in the DPS Superintendent Search
And what does Education Reform have to do with it?
16 min
Park Hill Golf Course (Part Two): The Developer...
Basically no one wants to keep a golf course on those 155 acres of open space in Northeast Park Hill, but that poses a big question: What do we want?
17 min
WTF is Happening With the Park Hill Golf Course...
155 acres of valuable real estate in the heart of the city is up for grabs
15 min
The Distinctly Black Story of Colorado Barbecue
When it comes to barbecue, Colorado tends to get left out of the national conversation.
14 min
The Other Side of a Famous Park Hill Gang Story
‘The Holly’ Aims to Correct the Record on Denver’s Gang Violence
18 min