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Food, culture, news and nature in the sweaty Bayou City. Join Host Lisa Gray and the City Cast Houston team as we celebrate and interrogate this sprawling place with our favorite journalists, thinkers, leaders, neighbors and gadflies. Learn more and subscribe to our daily morning newsletter at houston.citycast.fm.

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Is H-E-B Really The Best Grocery Store in HTX?
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The City Cast crew checks out Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and other worthy competitors. H-E-B. Central Market Houston locations. Trader Joe's Houston Locations. Whole Foods Houston locations. Hong Kong Market. Phoenicia Specialty Foods. La Michoacana. Wanna know what's happening around H-Town during the Holidays? Subscribe to our daily newsletter, Hey Houston to keep up to date! Follow our Twitter to find out what we're doing next! Follow our Instagram to see what we got! And if you got a burning question or opinion, why don't you leave us a text or voicemail at 713-489-6972! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2022
A Coral Reef? Near HTX? Yes, Really.
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Usually we think of coral reefs — the oceans’ most thrilling displays of life — near exotic vacation destinations, such as Australia or the Caribbean islands. But not only are the Flower Garden Banks right here, off Texas’ Gulf Coast, they’re also among the healthiest reefs left. “The Flower Garden Banks are Astros-level,” says Rice University coral researcher Adrienne Correa. “They’re the world champion of reefs in the United States! They deserve a parade.” Correa Lab's website. More about the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Coral disease at the Flower Garden Banks. Coral Microorganisms hooking-up could save the reefs. The effects of ocean bleaching and warming by 2050. Keep up with swamp city by subscribing to our daily newsletter, Hey Houston! Follow us on Twitter for updates on us, show us you care! Follow us on Instagram to see what we're up to! And if you want to tell us what's up, leave us a text or voicemail at +1 713-489-6972! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2022
HTX Avoids a “Tripledemic.” Here’s What You Need to Know.
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What do the latest COVID numbers show? What’s the situation at Houston children’s hospitals? Houston Chronicle medical reporter Julian Gill tells us what’s going on, and what to expect. Julian Gill's article on the recent development on the "Tripledemic" issue. Keep up with swamp city by subscribing to our daily newsletter, Hey Houston! Follow us on Twitter for updates on us, show us you care! Follow us on Instagram to see what we're up to! And if you want to tell us what's up, leave us a text or voicemail at +1 713-489-6972! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2022
An HTX Development That’s Walkable and Affordable? They’re Working on It.
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The real-estate firm Concept Neighborhood aims to make The Plant/Second Ward, an area just east of downtown Houston, far more walkable, and to add lots of fizzy, interesting shops and places to hang out. Most shocking of all, they want to keep the neighborhood affordable for working-class Houstonians. Is that even possible? And how will they make money? Developers Jeffrey Kaplan and Monte Large explain. Concept Neighborhood's website. Get to know your city by subscribing to our daily newsletter, Hey Houston! Check out what we're doing on Twitter! Get an eyeful of where we're going on Instagram! And leave us a text or voicemail at 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2022
Water Warning, Vanessa Guillén, and Texas ‘Invasion’
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What happened this week in Houston? Host Lisa Gray and University of Houston historian Raúl Ramos hash out the news. Conflict between Houstonians and state regulators over boil water notice. Issues continue after boil water notice is lifted. The statement by Governor Greg Abbott on "Defending Texas Against Invasion". The Texas Tribune reporting on the statement by Governor Abbott. New York Times summary of the events surrounding Vanessa Guillen's death. New York Times reporting on the guilty plea in Guillen's murder case. The U.S making it to the knockout stages of the World Cup. Mexico get eliminated from the knockout stage of the world cup after winning. Lights in the Heights. Visit some places to catch the rare sighting of Fall Color in Houston. Keep up with everything H-Town by subscribing to our daily newsletter, Hey Houston. Follow us on Twitter to get up to date updates on what we do. See what we're doing around the city on our Instagram. And if you want to tell us what's on your mind, leave us a text or voicemail at 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2022
The Buc-ee’s Holiday Gift Challenge
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Could you, in a pinch, buy your holiday gifts at Texas’ biggest, beaver-iest roadtrip stop? The City Cast crew gives it a go, considering everything from $400 bluebonnet “paintings” to two-for-a-buck chocolates. Curious about what else Buc-ees may have to offer? Stop by and tell us what you found for the Holiday season. Sign up for our morning newsletter Hey Houston here, for more news from around the city! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston to stay connected with us! You can also leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! We love hearing from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2022
How Montrose Got To Be Gay
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Montrose — Houston’s most walkable neighborhood, full of interesting places to eat, drink, and hang out — remains the center of LGBTQ life in Houston. Rice professor Brian Reidel talks about Montrose’s past and its gentrified present. Want to explore the beauty of Montrose? Check out some of these places below! The Menil Rudyards Katz Deli Want to know more about the area and it's history? Check out these articles! Disco Kroger Closing Demolition of Grocery Store  Pride Parade Moving Out of Montrose A Breif History of How Montrose Grew as a Gaybrohood New Devlopments in Montrose Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
Buy Local! The Best Gifts from HTX Businesses
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Why buy your holiday gifts from Amazon or big-box stores? You’ll find cooler stuff at locally owned businesses — and patronizing them helps keep Houston interesting. M-K-T in the Heights. Anvil Cards. Murder By The Book. Brazos Bookstore. Blue Willow Bookshop. Celebration Company. Cacao & Cardamom. Crumbville, TX. Erica DelGardo Jewelry Designs. Rocambolesc. Goode Company. JED's Finest. Clark's Jerky Instagram. Kuhl-Linscomb. Subscribe to our daily newsletter, Hey Houston for more Holiday ideas! Our Instagram is the place to see what Houston is all about! Keep up with us on Twitter! And if you want to reach out for your own ideas, text us or better yet leave us a voicemail at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2022
Is Houston Becoming a Black Hub?
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Houston has one of the fastest-growing Black populations in the U.S., and it’s among the leading cities for Black businesses. Influencer Keandré Jordan, of My Southern Brands, tells us why some now call Houston “America’s best-kept Black secret.” mysouthernbrands' Instagram page. mysouthernbrands' series on Houston Black businesses. Black neighborhoods lead the surge in population growth in HTX. A breakdown of Black populations in Metro Areas. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our newly named Hey Houston newsletter We’re also on Twitter and Instagram! Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Pop Go the Spices! Pondicheri Chef Reveals the Cooking Technique You Need
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Anita Jaisinghani, the owner/chef behind Pondicheri, one of Houston’s favorite restaurants, has just published a cookbook: “Masala: Recipes from India, the Land of Spices.” In it, she describes an Indian cooking technique that can change the way you cook everything — as well as her approach to life in a multi-cultural world. “Food should unite us,” she says, “not divide us.” Want to spice up your life and try some of Anita's cuisine? Check out Pondicheri Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our newly named Hey Houston newsletter We’re also on Twitter and Instagram! Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
Free Concert at Discovery Green Highlights HTX's Underrated Gift to Music
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From 1960s “brown-eyed soul” to present-day cumbia, Houston’s Chicano music reflects our Gulf Coast multicultural meltdown. Guests Nick Gaitan, Isaac Rodriguez, and Pat Jasper are trying to make sure that H-town’s greats get their due. You can get your tickets for Tejas Got Soul right here: https://www.discoverygreen.com/signature-experiences/tejas-got-soul/ Subscribe to our newsletter Hey houston to get the latest updates on what's popping at https://houston.citycast.fm/newsletter/ Follow us on twitter for updates on what we war doing at https://twitter.com/CityCastHouston Follow our Instagram to see what we're doing at https://www.instagram.com/citycasthouston/ And if you just want to cut through the noise and tells something directly leave us a voicemail or call us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
Malls Are Dead? Hello, Black Friday at the Galleria.
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For decades we’ve heard that shopping malls are withering away. So why is the Galleria packed? In this rebroadcast of a favorite show from summer, Alexandra Lange, author of “Meet Me at the Fountain,” joins City Cast architecture contributor Allyn West and host Lisa Gray. Alexandra Lange's Book: https://www.amazon.com/Meet-Me-Fountain-Inside-History-ebook/dp/B09JXK1KBL Subscribe to our newsletter Hey houston to get the latest updates on what's popping at https://houston.citycast.fm/newsletter/ Follow us on twitter for updates on what we war doing at https://twitter.com/CityCastHouston Follow our Instagram to see what we're doing at https://www.instagram.com/citycasthouston/ And if you just want to cut through the noise and tells something directly leave us a voicemail or call us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
Election Investigations, Robbers Gone Wild, and Jeremy Peña’s Temp Gig
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Time to wrap up the week’s Houston news! Host Lisa Gray hashes it out with producer Carlignon Jones and cultural contributor Antréchelle Dorsey. Houston Chronicle on Governor Greg Abbott's call to investigate Harris County allegations of election irregularities: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Gov-Abbott-calls-for-investigation-into-Harris-17583824.php The Houston Chronicle reported that Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has started an investigation of the allegations against the county and asked for the Texas Rangers to help: https://apple.news/AIlHr99BrRQORHMwaDqu4wA ABC 13's story on the woman who robbed a convenience store for cigarettes: https://abc13.com/woman-robs-convenience-store-robbed-at-gunpoint-cigarette-robbery-gas-station/12456860/ Reporting on the shocking statistical increase in child gun deaths: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/crime/article/Houston-child-gun-deaths-rising-17573055.php?utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=twitter.com The Texas Tribune's reporting on Judge David Count ruling that taking the gun of domestic abusers is an infringement on their 2nd Amendment right: https://www.texastribune.org/2022/11/14/texas-judge-domestic-abusers-second-amendment/ ABC 13's story on the FBI hunt of the FoodStore Bank Bandit: https://abc13.com/harris-county-bank-robberies-grocery-store-banks-robbed-suspect-images-man-wanted-by-fbi/12460120/ Pena at the Raising Cane's: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/trending/article/Jeremy-Pena-Raising-Canes-17583964.php The migrants that were sent on busses to Philly got received by Philly volunteers: https://www.texastribune.org/2022/11/16/texas-migrants-greg-abbott-philadelphia/ Subscribe to our newsletter Hey houston to get the latest updates on what's popping at https://houston.citycast.fm/newsletter/ Follow us on twitter for updates on what we war doing at https://twitter.com/CityCastHouston Follow our Instagram to see what we're doing at https://www.instagram.com/citycasthouston/ And if you just want to cut through the noise and tells something directly leave us a voicemail or call us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2022
HTX's Best No-Cook Thanksgiving Options
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The City Cast crew has your back. Plus, producer AK AL-Mouman asks what so many of Houston’s immigrants wonder: What’s with this strange American holiday? What is the U.S. president doing with that turkey every year? Do families really get together to eat and fight. Luby's website: https://www.lubys.com/ Fadi's Cuisine website: https://www.fadiscuisine.com/ Turkey Leg Hut's website: https://www.theturkeyleghut.com/ State Fair Kitchen & Bar website: https://www.statefaretx.com/ House of Pies website: https://houseofpies.com/ Three Brothers Bakery: https://3brothersbakery.com/ Megan Thee Stallion's H-Town Hottie Pie at GoldBelly: https://www.goldbelly.com/megan-thee-stallion/megans-sweetest-pie President Joe Biden's Turkey Pardons: https://www.wcnc.com/article/life/holidays/president-joe-biden-white-house-turkey-north-carolina-pardon-thanksgiving-2022-circle-s-ranch/275-c6aca837-fb87-4305-a47a-42de6ad10f37 And some context on the tradition: https://www.whitehousehistory.org/pardoning-the-thanksgiving-turkey Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter, Hey Houston: We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at: And Instagram! Follow us at: Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
Final Week of Speeding Ticket Amnesty: Time to Fix HTX’s Roads
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Got overdue Houston speeding tickets? Through Saturday, you can pay them off at a discount, and without getting arrested. But the municipal courts’ amnesty program raises a deeper question: Why do so many Houstonians speed? And how can we make our roads safer? Joe Cutrufo, of Bike Houston, says that our biggest problem isn’t a lack of police enforcement. It’s that Houston’s roads are designed badly — in ways that lead us to drive faster than the the legal limit. Want more information? Check out The Houston Municipal Courts Amnesty Program, Vision Zero, and Bike Houston! Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our newly named Hey Houston newsletter We’re also on Twitter and Instagram! Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
At Ephemeral, Tattoos Are Made To Fade in About a Year
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Ever thought about getting a tattoo, but the “permanent” part held you back? Ephemeral, a small chain that recently opened an outpost on Westheimer, is all about removing that barrier. Ephemeral CEO Jeff Liu explains why his company especially wanted to be in Houston, and newsletter writer Brooke Lewis semi-commits herself to ink. Ephemeral Tattoo's Houston studio website. The Houston Chronicle's announcement of Ephemeral opening in H-Town. Fast Company reporting on the complaints from the San Francisco Ephemeral studio. Don't forget to catch Brooke Lewis's update on her tattoo! Sign up for our morning newsletter: Hey Houston. Keep up with your favorite morning podcast on Twitter. And see more pictures about our experience with Ephemeral on Instagram. Why not reach us directly! Text us or leave us a voicemail at +1 713-489-6972 with your tattoo experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2022
The Alley Theatre at 75: A Bright Future and a #MeToo Past
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The Alley Theatre — Houston’s oldest and biggest theater — turned 75 this year. For several of those decades, the Alley was led by artistic director Gregory Boyd, who in 2018 went down in Houston’s biggest #MeToo scandal. But now, says City Cast arts contributor Olivia Flores-Alvarez, the theater’s future is bright. The Alley Theater website: ite where you can find where you can check out when TORERA will premier and other shows. The Houston Chronicle's expose of Gregory Boyd from 2018. OutSmart Magazine Gayest & Greatest 2022 Arts winners. Let's get you caught up with what's going on in the H! Subscribe to our newsletter, Hey Houston. You can keep up with us daily on our Twitter and Instagram We also have a Facebook page! why not give it a look? Want to talk to us directly? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
Beto Bombs, Lina’s Lucky, and Mattress Mack Bets Big
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Yow, what a week for Houston news this has been! Scott Braddock, of the Quorum Report and Texas Take, joins host Lisa Gray to process it all. Our newly named Hey Houston newsletter is a great way to keep up with all the news around the city! Make sure you sign up! We’re also on Twitter and Instagram follow us @CityCastHouston We love hearing from you! Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2022
Harris County Democrats Survived. Now What?
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Though Republicans swept statewide offices (same as it ever was), Democrats overwhelmingly won in Harris County. Do those skinny margins of victory mean that Harris County is firmly Democratic now? Plus, were Tuesday’s polling place problems understandable screwups or harbingers of future chaos? Political contributor Evan Mintz and host Lisa Gray try to get their heads around it all. Texas Election results update by the Texas Secretary of State. Houston Chronicle reporting on Election issues in Harris County. KHOU 11 Breakdown of one of the election's major issues: Crime. For more great Houston content, make sure you subscribe to our morning newsletter, Hey Houston. You can also keep up with us day-by-day on Twitter and Instagram Let us know your Houston hot takes! Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
Election Results. Plus, Meet HTX's Young Republicans
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Election update from host Lisa Gray. Plus, producer AK AL-Moumen interviews Rafael Struve and Eliot Carter about the GOP push to attract young people.  For regular updates on the polls check out FiveThirtyEight Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our newly named Hey Houston newsletter We’re also on Twitter and Instagram! Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
Joy, Pride, and Sweat at the Astros’ Victory Parade
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Producers Carlignon Jones and AK AL-Moumen capture the sounds Astros’ World Series championship parade. Plus: City Cast Philly makes good on its bet. Astros World Series MVP Jeremy Pena's interview at the parade. Fox 26's Live Coverage of the prade. The Houston Chronicle's reporting on the parade. Wanna enjoy more of our Astros coverage? Head on over to our Twitter Wanna see City Cast Philly pay up!? Check out our Instagram And if you want to tell us what this moment means for you don't be shy! Text us, or leave us a voicemail at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2022
Will Republicans Retake Harris County?
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Politics contributor Evan Mintz and host Lisa Gray discuss tomorrow’s mid-term election. What do we know from early voting? How does it look different from other years? Will challenger Alexandra Mealer unseat County Judge Lina Hidalgo? New York Times's story on Republicans focusing on inner-city Hispanic voters. Houston Public Media's reporting on the unassociated mailers trying to pit Hispanic voters against Black voters. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency breakdown of GOP candidate Johnny Teague's book “The Lost Diary of Anne Frank". Stay connected with the city and get more Houston news by signing up for our newly named Hey Houston newsletter! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @CityCastHouston! Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
Low Voter Turnout, RIP Takeoff, and Go, Astros!
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Political analyst Scott Braddock joins host Lisa Gray and producer AK AL-Moumen to unpack the week’s news. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our newly named Hey Houston newsletter We’re also on Twitter and Instagram! Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2022
Best Food Trucks in H-Town
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We're talking food trucks today, and producers Carlignon Jones and AK AL-Moumen reveal their top three — plus a bunch that AK loves too much to leave out. Food trucks mentioned in this episode:  Abu Omar Halal Oh My Gogi! Turkey Leg Hut Stick Talk Cajun-Hibachi Pollos Asados La Silla Tacos Tierra Caliente Khan Baghdad True Dog Houston Yoyo’s Hot Dog Yummy’s Hot Chicken Dripped Biria BunSlut Brunch Bus Houston Sauce Pit Want even more food truck hot takes? Check out these lists from the Houston Eater, Houstonia, and Thrillist. Do you have a favorite food truck? Leave us a voicemail or text us and let us know! +1 713-489-6972 To start your day off with even more great Houston content, check out our morning newsletter, Hey Houston. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
Do HTX Parks Need a Glow-Up?
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Sprawling, spread-out Houston is a different kind of city than Chicago or New York, so we need to think differently about our parks. Our guest, Pulitzer-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin, author of the new book "Who Is the City For?", says that transforming Houston’s park system won’t be easy — but he’s impressed by what he’s seen so far.  Find out more about Houston's ParkScore (from the Trust for Public Land). For more great Houston content, make sure you subscribe to our morning newsletter, Hey Houston. You can also keep up with us day-by-day on Twitter and Instagram Let us know your Houston hot takes! Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
West U., a Sweet Small Town Inside Houston’s City Limits
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Fall means that the weather perfect for exploring Houston neighborhoods. Today we’re revisiting one of our favorite “neighborhood guide” episodes. Two West University residents — novelist Chris Cander and City Cast contributor Evan Mintz — tell us where to go and what we should know when we visit their town. Chris Cander's phenomenal fictional novel 'Gracious Neighbor'. Here are some parks to try it out if you find yourself in West U. The Chron reporting on the famous 'Darth Vader' house. Tiny's Milk and Cookies. Little Matt's Cafe. The platonic ideal of softball team grub places El Topo Recent reporting on improving Poor Farm Ditch by Community Impact. Make sure you subscribe to our Newsletter: Hey Houston. You can keep up with us by following our Twitter. If you want to tell us your thoughts on Houston, you can always leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2022
A Real-Life Ghost Story from The Woodlands
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When playwright Brendan Bourque-Sheil was 18, he and his mom lived in an apartment in The Woodlands. One night, they started hearing a knocking sound that kept waking them up around 3 a.m. Eventually, his mom became convinced that there was a ghost in the house. Brendan tells the true story of their ghostly encounter, and talks with host Lisa Gray about why it's still impactful years later. Check out Grown-Up Storytime, where Brendan first shared this story. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our newly named Hey Houston newsletter We’re also on Twitter and Instagram @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
Astros, Elections, and Our Bet with City Cast Philly
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With the World Series about to start, City Cast Philly’s Trenae Nuri challenges host Lisa Gray to a bet that Philly is gonna regret. Plus, Lisa and producer AK AL-Moumen talk over the week’s Houston news. FiveThirtyEight's breakdown of Astros dominance by the numbers. The Center Square reports inspectors sent to Harris County to monitor election. ABC 13'S reporting on the Houston ISD lead in water situation. Sign up for our newsletter, Hey Houston it has a new name and exciting Houston news on the daily! Stay connected with us by following our Twitter and Instagram @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2022
Houston vs. Dallas: Who's the Best?
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Obviously Houston is better. But why? Dallas partisan Angelica “Jelly” Walker bravely makes the case for the wrong city. Host Lisa Gray and producer Carlignon Jones respect her for even trying! Check out our previous episode on Texas city rivalries. And what makes Houston a tier above the rest! Want a deeper dive into the city? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter, Hey Houston Want updates at a glance? Follow our Twitter Want to see it to believe it? Follow our Instagram Tell us your favorite spooky season events and places! Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
BBQ, Black History, and Gentrification in Independence Heights
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Independence Heights, now in northwest Houston, was originally its own town — and in fact, was Texas’ first municipality registered by African Americans. Tanya Debose, a fourth-generation descendant of an Independence Heights landowner, tells us the best way to experience the history that gentrification threatens to erase. The community site for Independence Heights Esther's Cajun Soul Food Gatlin's BBQ Gatlin's Fins & Feathers Want a deeper dive into the city? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter, Hey Houston Want updates at a glance? Follow our Twitter Want to see it to believe it? Follow our Instagram Tell us your favorite spooky season events and places! Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
Why Are Texans Still Fighting Over 1836?
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What does Beto have to do with the Alamo? Why are people screaming at school boards? And what’s the deeper meaning of it all? University of Houston history professor Raul Ramos dives in. Raul Ramos' UH page and link to his book; Beyond the Alamo: Forging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, 1821-1861  Houston Chronicle's reporting on the strange Beto O'Rourke billboard Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our newly named Hey Houston newsletter We’re also on Twitter and Instagram! Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2022
HTX Cyclists & the Culture Wars
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When did bike paths become the stuff of attack ads? And was that Pride Ride hit-and-run an accident or an attack? Joe Cutrufo, executive director of Bike Houston, brings us up to date. The Fallout from Alexandra del Moral Mealer campaign ad. Click 2 Houston full story on the Pride Ride victim. Click 2 Houston full coverage of the Waller rolling coal incident. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our newly named Hey Houston newsletter We’re also on Twitter and Instagram! Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
Who Made 50 Cent King!? Plus Elections & BBQ Fest
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What happened this week in Houston? Host Lisa Gray, producer Carlignon Jones, and journalist and podcaster Donnie Houston recap it for you. Our daily newsletter has a new name. It's now called Hey Houston! Our twitter bio got a shiny upgrade! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Get a visual of our stories by following our Instagram! follow us at @citycasthouston We love hearing from y'all! Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2022
Why Halloween is Scary-Good in HTX
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Outdoor horror movies, costume ideas, and other suggestions from the City Cast crew — host Lisa Gray, producers Carlignon Jones and AK AL-Moumen, and “Hey Houston” writer Brooke Lewis. Hocus Pocus Movie screening at Levy Park next Friday, Oct. 28th. Hermann Park Centennial Gardens has a screening of Ghostbusters on Thursday. Rooftop Movie always has endless Halloween movies throughout the month. The Post Houston Halloween party Called “Post Apocalypse Party” Scream Fest events are every weekend through the whole month of October Nightly Spirits is offering a variety of tours, pub crawls and haunted history walks. the 11th annual RuPaul's Drag Race: Night of the Living Drag is coming to Sugar Land Smart Financial Center on Oct. 20th Our daily newsletter has a new name. It's now called Hey Houston! Our twitter bio got a shiny upgrade! Follow us at @CityCastHouston you can see H-Town live & in color on our Instagram! follow us at @citycasthouston We love hearing from y'all! Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
What Does a Poet Laureate Actually Do?
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What does the poet laureate of Houston do? Can poetry be a day job? Emmanuel Outspoken Bean, Houston’s poet laureate, talks about his career — as well as his latest project, “The Space City Mixtape.”  Want to find out more about Outspoken Bean? Check out his Website , Twitter, and Instagram Want more Houston news at your fingertips? sign up for our morning newsletter here. Get in touch with us on social media by following us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
The Horrors of Harris County Jail
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Standing sewage, gang extortion, and guards who carry knives to protect themselves: Keri Blakinger, of the Marshall Project, recently reported on the post-pandemic breakdown of our overcrowded, understaffed jail. Keri Blakinger's Book Corrections in Ink Keri's article on the conditions in Harris county Jail The meltdown at Harris County Jail by the numbers The consequences of the breakdown at HCJ The County response to the jail issue Want to keep up with the city? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Want to read what we're up to? Check out our Twitter Want to see what we're up to? Check out our Instagram Want to tell us what you're up to? Text us or leave us a voice mail at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2022
Does Biden’s pardon change anything about Texas cannabis law?
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Last week Joe Biden pardoned people for federal marijuana possession. Does that change anything in Houston or Texas? What’s the deal with Delta-8 here? And what would it take for the state to legalize marijuana completely? Katherine Neill Harris, a Baker Institute researcher on drug policy, explains. More about Katharine Neil Harris. Texas Tribune on whether the pardons have an effect on Texas. ABC 13: Experts weigh in! Want a deeper dive into the city? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Want updates at a glance? Follow our Twitter Want to see it to believe it? Follow our Instagram Tell us your favorite spooky season events and places? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2022
Celebs for Beto; Uvalde Revelations; and Yordan’s Epic Homer
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What happened this week in Houston? Scott Braddock, of “Texas Take” and “The Quorum Report,” joins host Lisa Gray and producer AK AL-Moumen to unpack the news. Harry styles endorsement of Beto O'Rourke Uvalde shooting still shakes the state Yordan Alvarez' smashes one home into the record books Want a deeper dive into the city? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Want updates at a glance? Follow our Twitter Want to see it to believe it? Follow our Instagram Tell us your favorite spooky season events and places? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2022
Who Would Be on Houston's Mt. Rushmore?
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If you could designate four great people who represent this city, who would they be? Barbara Jordan? Beyoncé? The City Cast crew — host Lisa Gray and producers Carlignon Jones and AK Al-Moumen — discuss their picks. Want to know more about why we picked some of these Houston greats like Phyllis Frye and DJ Screw? Check out these episodes! Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
When Houston Starred as Detroit in 'Robocop 2'
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Why was Houston picked to play a dystopian, crime-ridden Detroit in “RoboCop 2”? What did that wretched movie have to say about us in 1990, the year it came out? And why, for Houstonians, is it still worth watching? Host Lisa Gray is joined by graphic artist and RoboCop fan Evan O’Neil; and by City Cast culture contributor Allyn West to explain. Searching for some daily news to get you more in touch with the city?Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. We're on social media! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Call us and leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! We love hearing from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2022
Republicans’ Last Chance to Hold Harris County
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In Harris County, early voting starts October 23. What’s at stake this year? Will Beto have coattails? How is a normal human being supposed to deal with our super-long ballots — to pick the best probate judge or justice of the peace? City Cast politics contributor Evan Mintz helps host Lisa Gray make sense of it all. Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2022
Astros, Jail Deaths, and the Ear Biter on Main Street
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Can the Astros win the World Series? What do roller-coaster oil prices mean for Houston’s economy? And can police find the man who, on downtown Main Street, bit a chunk out of a stranger’s ear? The City Cast crew — host Lisa Gray, producer Carlignon Jones, and cultural contributor Antréchelle Dorsey — break down the week’s news. Authorities are asking for any info on a man who bit a chunk off a victim's ear More problems at Harris County Jail Texas is having an unusual spike in Flu Cases Want a dose of Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Scrolling through Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Or give our Instagram a try! Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2022
It’s Fall! HTX’s Best Places to Be Outdoors
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How should we savor this glorious weather? The City Cast crew — Lisa Gray, Carlignon Jones and Brooke Lewis — weigh in on the best spots to enjoy the outdoors! ⁠ Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
HTX Rodeo Goat: Diversity, Inclusion & an Excellent Burger
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Rodeo Goat, in EaDo, serves great burgers. But what really wows its guest is the welcoming spirit and the wildly diverse staff that makes everyone who enters feel at home. General manager Kelsey Rabah sits down with producer AK AL-Moumen to explain how she pulls it together. Sign up for our newsletter here. It'll make your mornings much brighter! Food for thought? Follow us on Twitter! Delicious Memories? Follow our Instagram! Why not tell us the best place you have worked at? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! We love hearing from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2022
Can Houston Go Green? Our Mayor Says Yes
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The City of Houston already buys more renewable energy “than any other place,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told us when we sat with him this past week — and that’s only part of his plan for the city’s green future. But can the city handle climate change and the economic turmoil of the energy transition by itself? City Cast policy contributor Evan Mintz says we’re going to need help. Sign up for our newsletter here. It'll make your mornings much brighter! We're also active on social media! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  You can also leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! We love hearing from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2022
Hurricane Refresher Course with Eric Berger
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In the wake of Hurricane Ian, we thought you might be wondering: How do hurricanes work? And what's the best way to prepare for one? So, to help answer your questions, Meteorologist Eric Berger from Space City Weather joins host Lisa Gray to talk all things hurricanes. Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
Harris County Jail Crisis, Cooler Weather & Spaghetti Western
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It’s that time of the week y’all! We’re diving into a weeks worth of news from around Houston with producer AK AlMoumen, host Lisa Gray and special guest Gabriela Barahona, program associate at Texas Jail Project. Fight Toxic Prisons Harris County Jail Spaghetti Western Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Want to see what we are thinking? Follow our Twitter Want to see what we are doing? Follow our Instagram  if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
Best HTX Places to Relax & Drink with Friends
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What are this city’s best places to relax with friends? To meet them for a night of drinks? Or after a heartbreak? The City Cast crew — Lisa, Carlignon, AK and Brooke — have loads of ideas. Some Karaoke at Spotlight? Or maybe canoeing in Conroe? How about some ritual healing then? Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Want to see what we are thinking? Follow our Twitter Want to see what we are doing? Follow our Instagram  Don’t have social media and want to be heard? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
How Chemical Salesman Ope Amosu Became One of Htx’s Hottest Chefs
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ChopnBlok serves up smoky jollof rice with a side of West African culture, and in less than a year, it’s become one of Houston’s most talked-about restaurants. But its founder, Ope Amosu, is still surprised when people call him “chef.” To keep up with ChopnBlok, follow it on Instagram. Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
Houston Isn't Really Houston Without Hispanic Culture
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Houston is the most diverse city in America, but one thing that makes us even more unique is the deep rooted hispanic history here that's unlike any other place in the U.S.! It goes far beyond Tex-Mex and our love for Latin music. Today producer Carlignon Jones sits with University of Houston History professor Raul Ramos to discuss the wide variety of Hispanic cultural contributions from a community that is increasingly defining the core of the city.⁠ KHOU 11's Our Story History's 'Texas would not be Texas if it weren't for Latinos' Do you want a Houston morning greeting? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can read our thoughts on Twitter and see our hearts on Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you want to share your piece, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972, sometimes we want to hear y'all talk to us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
How Hispanic Voters Might Sway Upcoming Elections
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Hispanics, Latinos, Latinx people. However you define this overlapping set of groups, whatever you call it. It is clearly the fastest growing demographic in the state of Texas. And one that does not yet command the political power that its numbers would make you expect. Today we’re talking to Tony Diaz, a political analyst and college professor, about his definite ideas as to why that is the case.  Tip of the Pyramid, Tony’s new book  More on Nuestra Palabra Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
Banned Books, Trans Discrimination, & Hungry Howies Expands
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It’s been a long week, which means we have a lot of news to roundup! Don’t worry, Lead Producer Dina Kesbeh is here with editor at OutSmart Magazine Olivia Flores Alvarez and City Cast Houston producer AK Almoumen to cover all the stories you may have missed! From book bans to Hungry Howies expansion. Book Ban Fort Bend County Judge Hungry Howie's Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Must See Museums in HTX
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Today the team chats all things museums in Houston. In addition to producer Carlignon Jones and newsletter writer Brooke Lewis, joining us is our newest producer, AK Al Moumen, who is here to help out the team as lead producer Dina Kesbeh prepares to head out for Maternity leave. Join us for our weekly roundtable discussions where we gush over the best things in Houston. Station Museum The Menil Collection Buffalo Soldiers Museum Children's Museum Houston Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Exploring Third Ward, Where Black History Meets Gentrification
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Houston Chronicle columnist Joy Sewing grew up in Third Ward and is raising her own kids there now. Today she gives us a crash course on the neighborhood: Where to go and what you should know. Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Finally, It’s Cool Enough to Garden. Time to Plant that Jurassic-Style Kale.
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With cooler temperatures on the horizon, City Cast contributor Evan Mintz can’t wait for Houston’s best season to grow veggies. Year-Round Food Gardening: For Houston And Southeast Texas Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
The Grandmother of the Transgender Legal Rights Movement
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Today, host Lisa Gray sits down with Phyllis Frye. She's dubbed the grandmother of transgender rights who pioneered transgender law. She's also an activist who fought hard to put the T in LGBTQ+. Phyllis is the subject of a new biography called Phyllis Frye and the Fight for Transgender Rights, by Michael G. Long and Shea Tuttle. Learn more about it here.  Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Astros, Little Mermaid & Lady Gaga
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It’s that time of the week y’all where we dive into a weeks worth of news. Today, producer Carlignon Jones is joined by contributors Shiyam Galyon and Abdulla Kais ALMoumen. They’ll chat about how well the Astros are doing, Ted Cruz’s reaction to gun control, gun buybacks, and so much more. More on gun buybacks More on Little Mermaid Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
All Things Fall In HTX
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Today, in our weekly team chat, we’re tackling our favorite things to do this Fall season. Lead producer Dina Kesbeh talks about how Kemah Boardwalk becomes THE place to be in October; producer Carlignon Jones shares how her wardrobe changes the moment the leaves change color, and Brooke Lewis drops her favorite comfort food places to visit. Kemah Boardwalk Rooftop Cinema Club Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
How this Teen Is Getting 2K More People to Vote
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Joshua Martin is the Youngest SGA President in history at the University of Houston after winning his freshman year on campus, and with that title he’s making big plans, including getting more students out to vote! With Election day stiffly approaching on November 8 and early voting kicking off October 24th, Joshua has started an initiative to get at least 2,000 students registered by the October 11th deadline. Lead producer Dina Kesbeh sits down with Joshua to find out just how he plans on doing this. More on UH's Student Government here UH SGA Twitter Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Meet Donnie Houston: HTX's Hip Hop Historian
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Today, DJ, producer, journalist, and podcast host Donnie Houston is here to chat with producer Carlignon Jones about how he got to work with some of the biggest names in our city and just how he made a name for himself. Listen to the Donnie Houston podcast here You can also watch it on Youtube!  Follow him on Instagram and Twitter  @ImDonnieHouston! Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
Up Close & Personal With Alligators at Brazos Bend Park
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American alligators, the kind that live in the Houston area came off the endangered species list in the 1990s. But now they're facing a whole new round of threats. Today, host Lisa Gray is joined by City Cast contributor Scott Solomon, biology professor at Rice University and alligator expert Cord Eversole to explain how you study an alligator next and what risks face the alligator population at Brazos Bend Park. Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Texas Elections Tighten, Inflation Whacks Gen Z, and a Missing Baby
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It's that time of the week where we look back at a weeks worth of news! Today, you'll hear a special shout out from our contributor Antrechelle Dorsey, host Lisa Gray talks about the state of the elections, lead producer Dina Kesbeh spotlights the Spring Branch ISD school that broke a losing streak and so much more. More on the inflation rates here More on the 7.5 million grant here More on Spring Branch ISD school here Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
Our Favorite HTX Celebs: From Beyoncé to Brené
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Houston spawns talent. (You’re welcome, world.) Today lead producer Dina Kesbeh will rave about Mo Amer, producer Carlignon Jones talks about Meghan Thee Stallions' love for our city, newsletter writer Brooke Lewis spot lights a special Gray's Anatomy star that happens to be from Houston, and host Lisa Gray shares the inspirational Karamo Brown. To enter the giveaway, be sure to email or text us your full name, email address and answers to houston@citycast.fm or text us +1 713-489-6972 Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
The Slow Genius of DJ Screw
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Today, we're bringing back one of our favorite episodes. The one where we talk about DJ Screw. In the early 90's, Houston hip-hop artist DJ Screw developed a sound called "chopped and screwed." It drew from artists he'd appreciated from a decade earlier – like DJ Glove, Ice T's DJ whose appearance on the movie Breakin' inspired him.Screw was not drawn by the rappers in that movie, nor the breakdancers, but, rather, the turntables and what the spinning of albums at different speeds could do to a song. So, when the mid-90's hit, Screw did something incredible: he created quite possibly the most "Houston" sound ever. Today, Lisa Gray talks DJ Screw with Lance Scott Walker, whose book DJ Screw: A Life In Slow Revolution. They are also joined by Derrick D-Reck Dixon, owner of the entertainment company Wreck Shop Nation.  Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
How Nature Can Heal Our Mental Health
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Hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, and floods: Thinking about Houston's natural world can be stressful. But investing in nature not only makes our city more resilient against all those threats, it also boosts Houstonians' mental health. City Cast nature and ecology contributor Jaime Gonzalez is here talking with host Lisa Gray about how to get more of the goodness of nature in such an urban place.  Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
NASA’s Big Plans, Napkin Poisoning & Serena Williams
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It’s that time of the week where we dive into a weeks worth of news. Today, host Lisa Gray is joined by producer Carlignon Jones and Rachel Carlton, a report for America fellow for Community Impact Newspapers. They discuss the violence prevention conference at NRG, the mysterious case of a woman who was poisoned by a napkin, Serena Williams' retirement and so much more.  Napkin Poisoning A Final Wish NASA Artemis Launch Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
Our Guide to Bargain Shopping in H-Town
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If you’re looking to thrift on a budget or hunt for the latest designer items for half the cost, we’ve got it all covered. Today, producer Carlignon Jones shares the deal she scored on a designer wallet. Lead producer Dina Kesbeh highlights how Harwin is the place to shop for just about anything. And host Lisa Gray shares her favorite Estate Sale purchase.  Harwin Outlet Mall Estate Sales Family Thrift Center Sarah Furniture More Than You Can Imagine Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
The Shamrock Hotel: A Wildcatter’s Dream of the Good Life
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The iconic Shamrock hotel was torn down decades ago, but its presence still looms large in Houston legend. It was filled with glitz, green glamour, and big stars; making it one of the biggest ritziest hotel and club that oil money could buy in the 1940s and fifties. Host Lisa Gray is with David Bush and Jim Parsons, the executive director and programs, director of preservation Houston to reminisce on one of Houston's old gems.  Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
Why Houston Is a Great Place To Raise Honeybees
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Today, Beekeeper Nicole Buergers, from Bee2Bee Honey Collective, responds to an episode we aired earlier this month called Why Houston’s Bees Are at War With Each Other, where we discussed environmentalists’ concerns for native bees. Nicole shares with host Lisa Gray about how Houston’s rich biodiversity has created the perfect environment for honeybees to thrive. The fun doesn't stop here! We've got even more Houston news here when you sign up for our morning newsletter. We love hearing from you! Give us a call, text, or leave us a voicemail at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Why is Finding the Right School in HTX so Hard?
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Charter schools, private schools, public schools and more! Houston, has so many options when it comes to schooling.. possibly more than any city in America. So how do you choose what’s best for your kids? Well, host Lisa Gray is here with City Cast contributor Evan Mintz to help you weigh your options and narrow things down.  The fun doesn't stop here! We've got even more Houston news here when you sign up for our morning newsletter. We love hearing from you! Give us a call, text, or leave us a voicemail at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
Mo Amer, Katy ISD, and Student Loans
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It’s that time of the week where we dive into a weeks worth of news from around Houston. Today host Lisa Gray is joined by lead producer Dina Kesbeh and Bloomberg energy reporter Sergio Chapa. They’ll talk about how a Katy ISD police officer temporarily removed what some parents call a controversial book from the school library. And Dina and Sergio gush over Houston star Mo Amer’s new Netflix show Mo, that is filmed in Alief. More on Mo Amer here More on Katy ISD here Read Sergio Chapa's article in Bloomberg here Do you have a go-to bargain spot? Tells us! Give us a call/text at 713-489-6972 Catch us Tweeting only when we're fully caffeinated @CityCastHouston Subscribed to our daily newsletter? If not, here's where you can sign up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
The Best Date Night Ideas in HTX
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This week, we dive into the best date night spots from around the city. Producer Carlignon Jones is a thrill seeker who convinces the team that go-karting around downtown Houston is an experience worth having. Newsletter writer Brooke Lewis will share her go-to first date ideas that offer both food and entertainment. Host Lisa Gray dishes her favorite intimate spot for a fancy night out. And, lead producer Dina Kesbeh offers two practical ideas for a quick date night that eliminates any hassle of planning and making reservations. Places mentioned: Better Luck Tomorrow Mo' Better Brews Ostia Bowl & Barrel Le Jardinier Prey Houston Somi Glyderz World Amorino Toulouse Cafe Hotel Granduca Do you have a great date night idea you want to share? Give us a call/text at 713-489-6972 Catch us Tweeting only when we're fully caffeinated @CityCastHouston Subscribed to our daily newsletter? If not, here's where you can sign up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
Neighborhood Guide: Alief, Where Immigrants Settle and Talent is Born
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Lead producer Dina Kesbeh, who grew up in Alief, discusses the neighborhood with two of her high school classmates, Firas Abulawi and Christina Phan — and shouts out restaurants worth getting to know. Want more Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. We're on social media too! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  You can also leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
Houston, the Magnolia City
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Magnolias are a symbol of the Old South — but they’re also so much more. Lisa Gray talks with City Cast environmental contributor Jaime González about the trees’ past and future in Houston. Want to know more about magnolias? Here are a few resources: Magnolias and Pollination Magnolias, a symbol of the Old South, should we plant it? (One perspective) About Southern Magnolias Houston nicknames, including the 'Magnolia City' Have an idea you want to share or thoughts? Give us a call/text at 713-489-6972 Stay connected with us on Twitter too! You can find us @CityCastHouston Subscribed to our daily newsletter? If not, here's where you can sign up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
Two Texas Teachers Explain Why They Quit
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Texas teachers are leaving the profession in droves, and to get a grip on the problem, the governor has appointed a task force. But we thought, why not ask former teachers why they left? So here’s a frank, emotional talk with two Houston-area women who recently left the job they used to love.  Searching for more Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. We're also on social media! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Have thoughts about the show? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Monkeypox Success, a Toxic Threat Map, & a Student Who Adopted a Baby
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In this week’s Houston news: The Farmer’s Almanac chilling prediction; new developments in a 50-year-old serial-killer case; and how Megan Thee Stallion repped Houston (salty! hot!) on the Tonight Show. Contributor Olivia Flores Alvarez joins producer Carlignon Jones and host Lisa Gray to kick around the developments. More on The Farmer's Almanac here More on Megan Thee Stallion reppin' our city here More on the serial killer Elmer Wayne Henley here Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
H-town’s Best Brunches
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Do you brunch? Even if you don't after you hear this episode we promise you'll walk away with a robust list of top brunch spots that you must try! Producer Carlignon Jones talks about the high bar set by Taste Bar for amazing mac and cheese, newsletter writer Brooke Lewis gushes about her love for the Breakfast Klub's fried chicken, host Lisa Gray convinces us of a salad at Local Foods that combines watermelon and Brussels sprout and lead producer Dina Kesbeh tries to convince the team of eating a donut burger at Bosscat Kitchen. Pondicheri First Watch Present Company Toasted Yolk Eggcellence Cafe & Bakery La Madeline Another Broken Egg Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
Oak Leaves’ Wild Secrets: What Goes on Inside Galls
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Rice University biologists Scott Egan and Scott Solomon describe the gorgeous, disgusting, and supremely weird lives of insects that grow inside oak galls. Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
50 Years of Downtown HTX’s Growth Spurts
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Houston is changing before our eyes — and nowhere more than downtown. Joining host Lisa Gray to discuss the radically different approaches architects have taken over the last 50 years are Stephanie Burritt, co-managing director of the architecture firm Gensler’s Houston office; and Raj Mankad, the Houston Chronicle’s op-Ed editor and a former managing editor of Cite, the magazine of the Rice Design Alliance. On the hunt for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. We're also on social media! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Have thoughts or feelings about this episode? We'd love to hear from you! leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
Houston Lawyer Explains Why Divorces Are So Mean Now
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Divorce has never been an easy subject, but now with factors like the pandemic and new abortion rights laws in place - it seems to be getting even meaner. Host Lisa Gray talks with family lawyer Susan Myres about how all this plays out in a court of law!  Looking to check out the new restaurant mentioned in today's newscast? Here's the link to Pacha Nikkei On the hunt for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. We're also on social media! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Have thoughts or feelings about this episode? We'd love to hear from you! leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
Big Teacher Raises, RIP Shasta, and Local Team Heads to the (Little) World Series
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On Fridays, we look back at a weeks worth of news in Houston. Host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh and cultural contributor Antréchelle Dorsey will talk about HISD's largest teacher raise, increased school security, the loss of Shasta VI and so much more. More on HISD teacher raises here More on Shasta VI here More on school security here More on Pearland Little League here Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
You lured a friend to visit Houston. Now what?
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How, in just a day, can you make your out-of-town friend understand what’s great about this place? The City Cast crew — Lisa Gray, Dina Kesbeh and Carlignon Jones — has loads of ideas. (Spoiler: Most involve food.) Food spots to take your pal from out-of-town:  Snooze  the Breakfast Klub We’re Dough  Cedars Native  Phil & Derek’s Turkey Leg Hut Luce Fadis Kasra Graces Chocolate Zeina  The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation The Blind Goat at Bravery Chef Hall If you want to hear more about great breakfast spots in Houston? Check out our show on Kolache's Fun activities for you and your friend: Children’s Museum Top Golf La Pasha  FAO Kemah POST Houston Buffalo Bayou Kayak Tours Prospect Park Lost & Found Kamp Houston Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
Malls Are Dying. So Why Is The Galleria Packed?
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Wasn’t e-commerce supposed to kill malls? Or the recession? Or COVID? Why do those havens for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Build-a-Bear Workshop survive? City Cast architecture contributor Allyn West and Alexandra Lange, author of “Meet Me By the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall,” join host Lisa Gray to talk about ice rinks, mall walkers and food courts. More on Alexandra Lang's book here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Uvalde, COVID & 4th-Grade Math: How to Deal with Back-to-School Anxiety
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Even before the pandemic, anxiety was rising among kids and teens — and now the Uvalde shooting is causing many Texas families to fear for children’s safety. Host Lisa Gray talks with mother Wafa Taiym; and with child psychologist Melissa Goldberg Mintz, author of the upcoming book “Has Your Child Been Traumatized? How To Know and What To Do To Promote Healing and Recovery.” More on Melissa Goldberg Mintz's book here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
A Dream of a Blimp Race Around the World
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Today on City Cast Houston, host Lisa Gray speaks with Houstonian, Don Hartsell, founder and 1st Commissioner for the World Air League. He's organizing a first of its kind, a race of airships that will fly around the world, which is known as the World Sky Race. He envisions a race of blimps, dirigible, and Zeppelin. And it would include a stop in a Texas city, maybe Houston. We're talking with them today.  More on the World Sky Race here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Bribery, monkeypox, and Ferrill’s goodbye
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It's Friday, which means it's that time of the week where we round up the news! One of Sylvester Turner’s top aides pleads guilty to a bribery charge. Homeland Security buses border-crossing migrants out of Texas — and to the wrong address in New York. FIEL Houston executive director Cesar Espinoza joins host Lisa Gray and producer Ferrill Gibbs — who says goodbye in this, his last episode on staff. Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
The Bayou Where Houston Was Born
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Alligators, ships, and water the color of chocolate milk: Can we talk about Buffalo Bayou? Happy Thursday everyone! On team chat today, the City Cast Houston crew talks about Buffalo Bayou - that life source of Houston touching so much of our daily lives. Listen in to discover so many cool things about it, like its boat tours, parks, hiking trails, and the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern where you can catch a cool concert reverberating in an underground cavern. Join us! Check out this link, which is an explainer on the Four Major Bayous of Houston. Also! Wanna see more on that super cool place Dina mentioned: The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern? Well, go here! Check us out around the 'net! Make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston. Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Why Houston Is Still Space City
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It's been 60 years since the Rice Stadium speech when John F. Kennedy announced the creation of NASA. And, it's been more than 50 years since Houston was the first word ever spoken on the moon. Today, we wonder: is Houston still “Space city?” Lisa Gray speaks with David Alexander, Director of The Rice Space Institute and Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Aerospace Committee, about Houston's space-going past – and its space-going future. Want more Houston news? Make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here! Also, you should tag us on Instagram... Go Here! We’re on Twitter! Follow at @CityCastHouston You can also leave us a voicemail (or text us) at +1 713-489-6972 with thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
Why Houston's Bees Are at War With Each Other
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Like pollinators everywhere, the bees native to the Houston area are struggling. Environmentalists say that’s in part due to honeybees, which came from Europe and often out-compete our homegrown species. As local honey and beekeeping grow in popularity, can a truce be reached? City Cast Houston environmental contributor Jaime González explains. More on Native bees of Harris County here Resources for growing good bee habitat at your house here, here, and here More on Honey Bees here More on Honey bees vs. Native bees here and here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
City Cast CEO Tests Our Htown Knowledge
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Today, we are bringing back one of our favorite episodes. City Cast's velvet voice CEO David Plotz has a list of basic Houston questions, and he's using them to test host Lisa Gray and lead producer Dina Kesbeh's Htown knowledge. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Fights Over Freeways, Monkeypox, and a Blimp Race
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It’s that time of the week where we look back at a weeks worth of news. Today, host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh and Raj Mankad, editorial editor at the Houston Chronicle, are talking monkeypox, highway expansions, a blimp race and so much more.  More on monkeypox here More on unhygienic apartments here More on a blimp race here More on Beyonce's new album here Listen to our episode where we talk about hat-cicles here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2022
Dog Days Got Your Dog Dazed? H-Town's Cool Dog Spots
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It’s team-chat Thursday! Today, we are talking about all the great spots you can take your dog in Houston. Also! We are sharing some tips that, in this blistering heat, might help keep your dog safe from burning, dehydration and heat exhaustion. Join us! Also, you should check out Johnny Steele Dog Park- you might just catch host Lisa Gray there! (It's awesome.) Millie Bush Dog Park is the fantastic dog park that Ferrill visited in Katy. Make sure to bring a tennis ball for the pool ;) Cabela's around 288 at the Sam Houston Tollway - they are very dog friendly! So is Baybrook Mall - and the great Chef Hugo Ortega restaurant Urbe! Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
Listener Tips on Staying Cool in HTX
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Today, we're passing the mic on to you, our listeners. We have been asking y'all to call in and give us tips on ways to stay cool in Houston in this awful unbearable heat. And man did y'all deliver. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! From the newscast, more on monkeypox here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
Neighborhood Guide: West U. Is a Small Upscale Town (With a Darth Vader House)
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Today, we kick off an occasional series about Houston neighborhoods – this time, we're talking about West U. It's a small, upscale town entirely surrounded by Houston, and two proud West U. residents join the show today! City Cast contributor Evan Mintz, along with Houston writer Chris Cander, who has some spot-on descriptions of West U. in her brand new book, A Gracious Neighbor. (You should definitely check it out – it will teach you all about "Crepe murder.") (Also, speaking of West U., if you haven't seen the "Darth Vader House," you should definitely check this out...) Let us know what neighborhood we should cover next! Call our voicemail at +1 713-489-6972 . Also sign up for the pod! Subscribe to the newsletter! Be a better Houstonian!! Go here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Is Houston's Green Energy Future Screwed?
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The oil companies' favorite option to fight global warming appears less and less viable. So, what now? Is carbon capture still a viable option? Is Houston's green energy future *screwed?* Today, on the podcast, Lisa Gray speaks to business contributor Loren Steffy, author and writer-at-large who explains all that is wrong with this current model in Houston, and abroad. Stay up to date with Houston news by signing up for our morning newsletter here. Follow our socials! We're on Twitter and Instagram  You can also give us your thoughts by leaving us a voicemail or text at +1 713-489-6972  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Bonus Episode: Texas Take
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Today, City Cast Houston features a bonus episode – it's our friends at the Houston Chronicle's podcast Texas Take! It's hosted by Quorum Report's Scott Braddock, along with Chronicle politics reporter Jeremy Wallace. Today, the two journalists break down the upcoming gubernatorial election – and just how tight the race may be. If you enjoy this episode (and we hope you do!) – make sure to find their podcast on this site – or! You can find them wherever else you may get your podcasts... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2022
Gas Prices, Street Races, and the Never-Ending Drought
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It’s Friday again! That means we’ve got a week’s worth of news to catch up on. Host Lisa Gray, Producer Ferrill Gibbs and special guest Dr. Batoul Abuharb wrap up the week. Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out The Houston Palestine Film Festival Want more details on some of the story's mentioned in today's show? Look no further: Home testing makes predicting new COVID waves in Texas challenging J.J. Watt to help pay for funeral so Houston woman can keep her Texans gear Stay up to date with Houston news by signing up for our morning newsletter here. Follow our socials! We're on Twitter and Instagram  You can also give us your thoughts by leaving us a voicemail or text at +1 713-489-6972  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
CNBC Disses Texas’ Quality of Life. And Maybe They’re Right.
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In its annual “Top States for Business” ranking, CNBC gave Texas an F for “Life, Health and Inclusion.” Join host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh, producer Ferrill Gibbs and roving producer Carlignon Jones as they dissect this survey and discuss their own rankings for The Lone Star State. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
Why are Pipes Busting All Over Houston?
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Houston we have a PROBLEM, and this time it's more than just the heat! A drought has started causing some major issues for our water system. Pipes are bursting all over the city, but that hasn't stopped Houstonians from increasing water usage. The Director of Drinking Water Operations for the City of Houston, Drew Molly, is here to tell us how our water system really works and how we can help decrease the impact. Love Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Not big on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
Spending the Summer Building a Hot Dog Empire
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This is not your average hot dog. Jacob Irving is a 16-year-old who started his own hot dog food trailer with the help of his parents. The inspiration behind it all was his grandfather, affectionally known as Pop Pop. He’s not only in the name of Jacob’s food trailer, Pop Pop’s Dandy Dog, but he’s also the guy behind a lot of the recipes and wisdom passed down. Today, Lisa Gray chats with the young entrepreneur about how he got started and what he plans for the future. More on Pop Pop's Dandy Dog here More on Montgomery County here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Will This Heat Go Away?
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Houston’s record-breaking heat has been the talk of the town for months, and it seems there’s no end in sight. KPRC chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley explains why it’s so hot this year — and what it’ll take to break the heat wave. Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Heat Wave, COVID Cases Rise, and Lizzo Nominated for Emmy
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It's FRIDAY! Which means it's time to round out the week with some of Houston hottest news stories [weather pun intended]. Host Lisa Gray along with Lead Producer Dina Kesbeh and City Cast Contributor Antrechelle Dorsey chat about a few viral videos, Lizzo, and NASA's latest success. They top it off with a few moments of joy, one of which might just help you cool down in this record breaking heat. More on the heat wave here. Parents Pranking their Kids here. COVID Cases Rise here. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2022
Houston Is Hot. Road Trip!
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This is the time of year for a good road trip. However, the temps have been so blistering, is it even worth doing? Are road trips even fun in this kind of weather? It's team chat Thursday! Today, the City Cast Houston crew breaks down the best road trip destinations far and near, with very special guest, roving producer Carlignon Jones. Looking for some near by summer fun? Check out some of the spots we mentioned in the show! Hamilton Pool Preserve Big River Waterpark  Kalahari Resort  Great Wolf Lodge  Searching for more Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston We're on Instagram too @CityCastHouston  Not into social media, but still want to keep in touch? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2022
Feeding These Ducks? It Could Cost $250,000
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In a master planned community in Cypress, a couple named Kathleen and George Rowe have been feeding the ducks behind their house for years now. But recently, their homeowner's association filed suit against them for a penalty that could amount to $250,000, if they don't stop feeding. Will it be enough for the couple – who really love to feed their ducks – to stop? Today, the Houston Chronicle’s Rebecca Schuetz – who covered this story in a wildly popular piece for the Chronicle – breaks it down for producer Ferrill Gibbs. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston We're on Instagram too @CityCastHouston  Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
Lunch Under $15: Eight Great H-town Options
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Houston has one of the best food scenes in America, but inflation is hitting prices hard. Still, there are deals to be had — and City Cast cultural contributor Olivia Flores Alvarez has hunted them down. Today, she describes seven great lunch deals under $15. Treebeards, four locations La Carreta, the Heights Champ Burgers, Second Ward D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe, Rice Village Zydeco Louisiana Diner, Downtown Collina’s, three locations Burns’ Original Barbecue, Second Ward Know of any ways to stay cool in this Houston heat? leave us a voicemail (or text us!) at +1 713-489-6972 and you might just hear it on the show! If you're looking for more Houston hotspots or news. Make sure to sign up for the newsletter here. Lisa Gray is always dropping need–to–know gems! You can also follow us on Twitter  and Instagram ! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
This Houston Company Stands With Employees Who Seek Abortion
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Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, not many smaller companies seem willing to announce public support for their employees who seek an abortion. However, in Houston, the law firm AZA has not shied away from it – even as the conservative group Texas Freedom Caucus sent a letter to a similar firm in Dallas threatening litigation. On behalf of AZA is attorney Jane Robinson, who explains to Lisa about where her firm stands, and why. Also, what it means for those in their employ who seek an out-of-state procedure.  Here is the AZA Website: AZA – and if you would like to find Jane Robinson and learn more about her, you can find her page here – Jane Robinson's Bio. Also! Lisa is now calling for submissions – how do *you* keep cool, in Houston? It's already been a brutally hot summer, so, do share your tricks! Call us at (713) 489-6972, leave a voice mail – and it may make it on the show! Finally! Make sure to find us on Social - we are here! Or, if you're an Instagram-type person, go here! (Heck, why not just follow us on both!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Griner Pleads Guilty, Much Love for Hillcroft, and John Oliver Vs. Our Creepy Dolls
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It’s a Friday News Roundup! Each Friday, we talk about the most important Houston news stories of the week. Today, Lisa is joined by producer Ferrill Gibbs and City Cast contributor A.K. Al-Moumen. They cover everything from the Brittney Griner trial, NASA’s newly-set sights on the moon (Houston is *still* Space City!), Ken Paxton’s State Bar struggles, and those creepy dolls that washed ashore near the Mission-Aransas Reserve — John Oliver is offering good money to have those creepy things destroyed! If you want to keep up with more cool Houston things like the opossum Violet Pickles, make sure to sign up for the newsletter here. Lisa Gray covers all kinds of great food, events, books, plays – all the things that make Houston great! Go find us on Twitter! It's at @CityCastHouston You can also leave us a voicemail (or text us!) at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
Deconstructing the South's Most Iconic Drink
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Texas just doesn’t do sweet tea the way other Southern states do. Why is that? Host Lisa Gray and lead producer Dina Kesbeh and producer Ferrill Gibbs break down this cultural difference and talk about their own experiences and preferences with iced tea, sweetened and unsweetened. Want more Houston news and culture in your life? Then sign up for our morning newsletter! We’re also on Twitter! Join the conversation @CityCastHouston And don't forget to let us know how you're staying cool this summer! Send us a text or leave us a voicemail at +1 713-489-6972 with your favorite tips and tricks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2022
How the Supreme Court Could Make Houston Flood More Often
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The Supreme Court is evaluating the scope of the Clean Water Act and its protections of wetlands, with oral arguments scheduled for this fall. Depending on the outcome, it might get easier for developers to build on sites that cause flooding ... so what does this mean for Houstonians? To help answer that question and others, host Lisa Gray speaks with Kristen Schlemmer, the legal director at Bayou City Waterkeeper, who is filing a brief in the case. Here's an article Kristen recommended with more information on what's next for our water. Also, if you want to get involved, check out the Bayou City Waterkeeper "Take action" page! Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us @CityCastHouston  How are you staying cool this summer? Give us a call or text us at +1 713-489-6972, and your answer might be featured in an upcoming episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2022
Maybe – Just Maybe – Beto Can Win.
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The issues mount as November’s election closes in. Recent decisions by the Supreme Court have sent shockwaves across the country – and particularly here in Texas. In Houston, the threat of a shaky electric grid is an omnipresent source of concern, with heat records falling constantly. As these issues heat up, so has the rhetoric, and it all leads to one simple question: Does Beto O’Rourke have what it takes unseat Governor Abbott, whose war chest is perhaps more lucrative than the Republican National Committee itself? Today, we speak to Scott Braddock of Quarumreport.com, who details for Lisa some of the problems that Republicans have been dealing with, and, what it will take for Beto to be competitive as the election approaches. Be sure to check out Scott's website. He is also up on Texas political events on Twitter, so check him out here! Like Lisa said, make sure to sign up for the newsletter here. We cover all kinds of great food, events, books, plays – all the things that make Houston great! Like Mr. Braddock, we’re also active on Twitter: @CityCastHouston You can also leave us a voicemail (or text us!) at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
Abortions Resume in Texas, HEB Donates $10 Million, and Bug-A-Salt
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It’s Friday, which means we are diving into a weeks worth of news in Houston. This week, host Lisa Gray and lead producer Dina Kesbeh chat with City Cast Contributor Shiyam Galyon about the temporary ban on abortions in Texas, how HEB’s donation is helping rebuild Robb Elementary School in Uvalde and so much more!  Catch up on the temporary ban on abortions here More on HEB's donation here Bug-A-Salt Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
Rooftop Flicks, Galveston Boat Tours, and Other Things To Do in H-Town Before You Die
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From motoring around the Port of Houston to rolling your own sushi, strolling the arid scrublands of Hempstead, and getting great burgers and beer, there's a million things to do in (and around) Houston before you die. Thankfully, we at City Cast Houston (on a team chat Thursday!) whittle it down to nine for you. So many wonderful places/things were mentioned on today's show! Check them out: The kayak/painting tour by Artist Boat in Galveston that Lisa mentioned Here's the great sausage Ferrill mentioned: Krolczyk Meat Market & Drive-In Daiso is the Japanese stationery/department store that Dina raved about — there’s one on Westheimer and Westchase Also, Dina mentioned the Rooftop Cinema — a great place to catch a classic flick Here's where you can take a sushi hand-rolling class Get that awesome burger, the Hot Bastard, at Rodeo Goat Also, here's another Lisa recommendation for a good boat tour: Sam Houston Boat Tour Don't forget about the killer view and great burgers (and beer) at St. Arnold's Brewery! Finally, make sure you get down to Discovery Green — it's really a Houston treat. For more Houston news – sign up for our morning newsletter here! We’re on Twitter! Follow us @CityCastHouston  Also, you can leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your recommendation! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
A Twilight Epiphany at Rice University
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The Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at Rice University is one of Houston's most peaceful places. The structure is among more than 85 Skypaces that sculpture James Turrell has designed and built across the world. Today, host Lisa Gray and City Cast Houston contributor Olivia Flores Alvarez talk about how this design is the first to be engineered for acoustics and what it means to have this structure in our city. Learn more about the Twilight Epiphany Skyspace here. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
The Supreme Court Will Change Life in Texas
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Texans continues to grapple with the most influential Supreme Court decision of our lifetimes, but the overturning of Roe V. Wade is not the only case that could change the landscape of Texas – and everywhere else. A case involving gun licensure and one regarding prayer at school has all eyes on the land’s highest court, as everyone’s left to comb through the nuances of this new world, post-Roe. Have thoughts on today’s episode? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972! Stay connected with us by following us on Twitter at @CityCastHouston -- and tag us on Instagram! We would love to see you: City Cast Instagram! Finally – looking for more Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Survival Tips for Post-Roe Texas, and How Houston Can Beat Global Warming
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The Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade, and abortion became illegal in Texas. (Even though the “Trigger law” has yet to go into effect, older Texas laws may now be enforceable. So, clinics have begun to close their doors.) In this episode, Lisa Gray addresses the post-Roe world in Texas, and also breaks down how people in search of an abortion must now navigate the landscape. Also, regarding the endless stream of brutal temps in Houston – what does it mean for our city, long term? Can we find a way to combat the damage the heat causes? Contributor Jaime Gonzalez stops by to discuss the changes we should make to fight the heat waves. (Jaime shared with us a handy heat map, too - Go here! H3AT.org ) As for the Roe V. Wade decision, here are the sites that Lisa discussed in her intro: Aid Access Texas laws and getting abortion drugs by mail TOR - the safe browser Signal Messenger- Speak Freely And here's a helpful article about The Trigger Law, and why it's not gone into effect: Texas' Trigger Law Has Yet To Take Effect, So Why Are Abortion Clinics Closing Now? For more Houston news, make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter, here. We’re also on Twitter - Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
The GOP, Manifesting Moon Spray, and a Medical Marijuana Shop is in Town?
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It's Friday, which means it's time to round out the week with some news! This week Host Lisa Gray and Producer Ferrill Gibbs are with City Cast Contributor Evan Mintz talking about everything from the Texas GOP to Houston's first ever brick and mortar marijuana shop! Want to stay in the loop? Follow us on Twitter at @CityCastHouston Have something to say about today’s episode? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 to let us know! Looking to find more Houston news like this? Sign up for our morning newsletter here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
The Battle of the Universities
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It’s chat time! And this week, the City Cast Houston team is talking about some of the most prestigious universities in the state of Texas. Tune in as we take a trip down memory lane and discuss the good, the bad, and surprising sides of our alma maters. Want a further look into Rice's past? Check out our episode: A Reckoning With History at the Heart of Rice Have thoughts about today’s episode? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 to let us know! Stay connected with us by following us on Twitter at @CityCastHouston Looking for more Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
Texas GOP Is Putting Trans Rights (and Lives) in Danger
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The new Texas Republican platform is only the latest reason why trans people in Houston feel that their rights -- and maybe their lives -- are in danger. On today's show host Lisa Gray is joined with longtime trans activist Lou Weaver, of the Trans Legal Aid Clinic of Texas, to talk about how the anti-trans rhetoric has progressed and impacted the community. Lou also talks about what people could, and should do to be more supportive of the trans community.   Check out this resource for trans youth in Texas here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston  Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
The Hottest Summer Read by a Houston Novelist
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The novel, 'The Last Queen' takes readers on a historical journey by telling the fascinating story of Rani Jindan. This romantic yet game of thrones like story is the 20th novel for award winning author and professor of writing at UofH, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni but she isn’t done yet; a movie and a new book are also on the way! Host Lisa Gray, sits down to talk to Chitra about her creative process and what influences her work.  Want to dive into some of Chitra’s mystifying stories? Check out The Last Queen and Before We Visit the Goddess  Searching for more Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us Twitter while you’re at it! @CityCastHouston Not into social media? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
Spiking Temps, Electricity Prices, and COVID Cases
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It's that time of the week y'all! We're looking back at a weeks worth of news. Lisa is joined by lead producer Dina Kesbeh and contributor Antrechelle Dorsey. Today, they'll talk about the spike in COVID cases; the price hike that many Houstonians will face when they renew their electric contracts; and the heat raining in on Texas Children's Hospital following a lawsuit from a family that says their 4-year-old received an "unintentional vasectomy" during a hernia surgery. Tune in to hear what other stories they touch on. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2022
What Houston Eats (and Drinks) to Beat the Summer Heat
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It's blazing hot – with no relief in sight! As all-time temp records drop like flies, so does the morale of Houstonians sweltering in this unreasonable, unseasonable heat. So! What can we eat - or drink - to bring us back to life? Something sweet? Perhaps something cold? Or, maybe something nostalgic, to remind us of summers past? It's team chat Thursday! And with an extra Houstonian in the house (Roving producer Carlignon Jones!) we discuss all the wonderful refreshments that Houston has to offer its sun-scorched citizens this summer... Here's some of the wonderful things mentioned in the episode: Dina's nitrogen-infused ice cream cereal puffs at Dragon's Breath, in Cypress. The cheese Dina said goes great with watermelon! Wadi Zahle Nabulsi cheese. Lemon mint tea! You can find it at Sayad Grill, and also at La Pasha. Crawfish at BB's Tex-Orleans. Somisomi - the Korean soft-serve, green tea - go Here! A Dippin' Dots locator! Go here! Want more Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston  Think social media sucks? Leave us a voicemail! Or text us! We're at +1 713-489-6972! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Dina Kesbeh Versus All the Bugs
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Summer is upon us! So you know what that means: constantly swatting at mosquitos, declaring war on fire ants, and slamming doors to keep all the flies out. It's true: Bugs can be a nuisance! But, on today's episode, Scott Solomon - Biology professor at Rice University - attempts to convince lead producer Dina Kesbeh that we should embrace insects, because we really, really need them. Check out Scott's page at Rice, @ him on Twitter, he's super active and is constantly teaching what he loves, illuminating biological mysteries all around us: Scott Solomon. Can't identify an insect? Here's a helpful guide! Also, you can "Ask an entomologist" - Here! City Cast Newsletter is great - get in on all that chatter! It's here! We’re on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Think social media is for the birds? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
Google Earth Images Tell The Tale of Htown
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Have you ever wondered what your neighborhood looked like before there were buildings on the land? What was Uptown like before freeways and the Galleria? What about the Astrodome area and Alief and West University? On today's episode, environmental expert, Jaime Gonzales may blow your mind. Houston before development was probably not what you imagined. If you're as curious as where, here's where you can download Google Earth to look into your own neighborhood's history! Wake up to a nice cup of coffee and our newsletter! Sorry, there's only one of those things we can provide to you every weekday, but I promise it's worth it! Subscribe here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
The Case Against the Ike Dike
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The current proposal for the Ike Dike - a barrier to protect the Houston/Galveston area from hurricanes - is making its way through Congress. If passed, it would be the largest proposed piece of engineering in US history. However! Just because it's proposed, does that make it a good idea? Not entirely, says Bayou City Waterkeeper's legal director, Kristen Schlemmer. Kristen joins the show today and campaigns for Houstonians to be a partial answer to our storm-vulnerability problem, not a beefed-up set of Army Corps of Engineering plans. Here is the SSPEED Center map for vulnerable infrastructure that Kristen mentioned: SSPEED Map. If you would like to hear a case *for* the Ike Dike, we did a show on this very thing back in April... Check it out! It's called Ike Dike 101, featuring Evan Mintz... City Cast's newsletter - get in on all that chatter! It's here! We’re also on Twitter, so follow us at @CityCastHouston. Not on social media? Leave a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with thoughts/opinions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
TX's War on Trans People, New Gun Bipartisanship, and a Cold Case With a Happy Ending
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It’s News Roundup Friday! Lisa is joined by producer Ferrill Gibbs and the City Cast culture contributor Olivia Flores Alvarez. Some of today’s topics include: Texas’ war on trans people; the Uvalde shooting sparks a note of Texas partisanship; the new musical “Noir” opens at the Alley Theatre; a 42-year-old Houston cold case takes a wonderful turn, and a few moments of genuine Houston joy… join us! Here is a link to Noir, the new show at the Alley Theatre: Get show info Here! Also! Check out this link to The Book Cycle that Olivia mentioned -- take advantage! Remember when Ferrill talked about "Houston Gripes?" Well, Lisa Gray and Brooke Lewis periodically cover them in the City Cast Newsletter - you should get in on all that chatter! It's here! We’re on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? You can leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
We're Kolache Rich, Y'all!
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How do you like yours? Stuffed with cottage cheese? Maybe with meat and jalapeno? Or, perhaps you like an old-school flavor, like apricot, or with poppy seeds? Today, the City Cast crew breaks down kolaches in its Thursday's team chat – the food that burst on the scene generations ago and has shown no signs of slowing down...particularly in Texas. Some of the flavors we mentioned! Kolache Shoppe is where Lisa's favorite kolache is! Koffeteria - the "bougie" joint that Dina mentioned. The Kolache Factory has the barbecue brisket kolache that Dina loves. Kolache Rolfs are the frozen section Kolaches that Ferrill spoke about, that can be found at H-E-B... Also, don't forget about 7 Bright Donuts... We got our Insta up and running! You should tag us with all your Houston pics! Send 'em Here! For more Houston news, make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. Want something a little more intimate than social media? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
Bit By a Snake? Don't Panic!
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It's summertime, you're walking around barefoot running through the grass and you get bit by a snake, what should you do? Today, Producer Ferrill Gibbs sits down with snakebite expert Dr. Spencer Greene. He's the director of the annual Houston Venom Conference and director of toxicology at HCA Kingwood. Dr. Greene dives into the fear we all have of snakes, but he also explains that fear is irrational, especially in Houston.  Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston  Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
PART II – Keri Blakinger: She Was a Prisoner, Now She Reports on Prisons
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Welcome back to Part II of Keri Blakinger's story: a top-level ice skater who, after her skating career fell apart, fell apart herself. Keri ended up living on the streets shooting and selling heroin until 2010 when she was busted carrying Tupperware full of it. Now, after two and a half years in prison, she lives in Houston covering prisons herself as a top-level journalist for the Marshall Project. Tonight, Keri will be celebrating the release of her new book at Brazos Bookstore. The location: 2421 Bissonnet Street Street in Houston, a moderated conversation with Keri from 6:30 to 7:30. Her memoir Corrections In Ink can be found here: Corrections In Ink: A Memoir Also, you can purchase a copy to donate to a prisoner, if you like. Find that link Here! We've got our Insta up and running! You should tag us with your Houston pics! Send 'em Here! For more Houston news, make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. Want something a little more intimate than social media? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Keri Blakinger: She Was a Prisoner, Now She Reports on Prisons
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At 17, Keri Blakinger was a top-level ice skater. But after her skating career fell apart, so did she. She ended up living on the streets shooting and selling heroin. In 2010, she was busted carrying a Tupperware full of it. Now, after two and a half years in prison, she lives in Houston and covers prisons herself as a top-level journalist for the Marshall Project. Her memoir Corrections In Ink will be released June 7th. You can find it here: Corrections In Ink: A Memoir Also, if you would like to purchase a copy to donate to a prisoner, you can find that link: Here! For more Houston news, make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter, here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2022
Special Edition: TribCast Discusses Aftermath of Uvalde Shooting
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Hey City Cast Houston listeners, today we have something different for you. For today’s show, we’ve teamed up with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news org that covers politics and policy, to bring you the latest from their show, TribCast, a weekly podcast full of water-cooler talk on political news. Click here to learn more about TribCast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2022
School Safety, COVID in Our Poop, and Who's Serving "European" Portions
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Today we're looking back at a weeks worth of news around Houston. Freelance producer AK Al Moumen joins Lead Producer Dina Kesbeh and Host Lisa Gray to discuss how Texas Governor Greg Abbott requested school officials to conduct safety inspections. Abbott said he wants a through study into what actions could be taken to prevent any future school shootings. COVID has been detected yet again in the city's wastewater, but it's not as bad as we think. And the trio talks about Squable, the European eatery with the small but dense, dinner portions.  Read more on School Safety here. Follow up on COVID in our Poop here. You can learn more about Squable here. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
It's Hurricane Season. Here's What You Definitely Need to Prep
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Yesterday was the first day of hurricane season, and already "Alex" threatens to form from the remnants of Agatha. The good news? If Alex does form, it will surely steer clear of Houston (and Texas). But the even better news is, it will give Houstonians more time to prepare for what's sure to be a busy hurricane season. Join the City Cast Houston gang as they talk about their own hurricane experiences, and what items are essential in their own hurricane kits. Speaking of! Here are a few of their essential items that they discussed on the show: For the most basic, essential kit building, you should visit Build a Kit at Ready.gov. The Yeti Lithium 1000X Portable Power Station - it's actually $1,500 (and not $1000 as Ferrill suggested). But! It sure does look awesome for hurricanes...and any other kind of outage! "Tushy" Classic 3.0 - no electricity required! (It's "The Freshest Way To Clean Your Bum." ... in a hurricane.) 3 Gallon Stackable Water Bottle Give us a call (or a text) at 713-489-6972 - what's your most essential hurricane item? Hit us up on Facebook while you're at it! You can find us Here! Subscribed to our daily newsletter? If not, here's where you can sign up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
Hurricane's 101 With Eric Berger
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It's officially hurricane season. We continue our weeklong hurricane coverage by breaking down what an actual hurricane is. To tell us more about the ins and outs of a hurricane, we invited none other than Meteorologist Eric Berger. He's one of the founders of Space City Weather, Houston's hype-free weather website. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2022
Ready or Not, It's Hurricane Season
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Tomorrow is June 1st, which means it's hurricane season. So! We will be covering all things "hurricane" this week on City Cast Houston, starting with today's guest: KPRC Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley. Frank explains how hurricanes are not all born equal, and what you should watch for as news outlets cover tropical storms and hurricanes this season. You can find KPRC’s Flood Survival Guide at 7 p.m. tomorrow night on TV, and Click2Houston.com. Get even more Houston news and events by signing up for our daily newsletter. If you're not already following us on Twitter, you should! We're @CityCastHouston Have something Houston-y you need to get off your chest? Leave a voicemail or text us at 713-489-6972! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2022
The NRA’s Here, And Houstonians Are Up In Arms
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The weekend following the elementary-school shooting Uvalde, the NRA shamelessly holds its convention in Houston. Host Lisa Gray, City Cast contributor Shiyam Galyon and Evan Mintz, discuss Texas and guns: Why didn’t the city send the NRA packing? Was Beto right to make a scene? Could an upcoming Supreme Court decision mean that all the U.S. will soon be as wide-open to guns as Texas? Want to join in on todays protest? Here is a link to all the times and locations where they will be held.  Have thoughts about today’s episode? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 to let us know! Stay connected with us by following us on Twitter at @CityCastHouston Trying to find more Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2022
Are H-Town Amusement Parks a Thing of the Past?
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Roller coasters? Funnel cakes? Ferris wheels? What exactly defines an amusement park, and do we have any now near Houston? The City Cast crew — host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh and roving producer Carlignon Jones — discuss childhood memories and current thrills. Follow us on Twitter at @CityCastHouston Not big on social media? Leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Looking for more Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2022
The Deep Past and Shocking Future of Texas’ Coastline
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Ancient people dealt with sea levels that changed even faster than they are now. What does geology and archeology tell us about what’s going on here now? Today, we talk with geologist Dan Worrall about what our coast looked like in the deep past — and what that history indicates about Galveston’s future. Check out Dan's book: A Prehistory of Houston and Southeast Texas: Landscape and Culture. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Is it Racist to Love Magnolias?
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Magnolias are a symbol of the Old South — but they’re also so much more. Lisa Gray talks with City Cast environmental contributor Jaime González about the trees’ past and future in Houston, the Magnolia City. Want to know more about magnolias? Here are a few resources: Magnolias and Pollination Magnolias, a symbol of the Old South, should we plant it? (One perspective) About Southern Magnolias Houston nicknames, including the 'Magnolia City' Have an idea you want to share or thoughts? Give us a call/text at 713-489-6972 Stay connected with us on Twitter too! You can find us @CityCastHouston Subscribed to our daily newsletter? If not, here's where you can sign up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2022
Teaching on TikTok? This U of H Professor Has That Covered
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Chris Clarke explains high-level economics on a social platform more often used for dance trends. In 60 seconds or less, his 28,000 followers learn stuff like why Bitcoin isn’t real money, and why dollar stores are often located next to each other. Host Lisa Gray asks why he’s doing this — why talk about money if you’re not getting paid? — and gets Clarke to untangle, rapid-fire, some Houston economic puzzles. Want to see what else Christopher can teach you? check out his TikTok page!  Give us a call/text at 713-489-6972 and let us know your thoughts! Hit us up on Twitter while you're at it! You can find us @CityCastHouston Subscribed to our daily newsletter? If not, here's where you can sign up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
BONUS: Sleepycast Houston
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Instead of bringing the news to life, in this bonus episode, we're leaning into the sleep-inducing qualities of the rules that shape our world. Next time you're looking for something to fall asleep to, listen to this episode, where Lisa reads Chapter 42, Article 4, of Houston's Municipal Code (but be sure not to listen while driving or operating heavy machinery!). Music in this episode by Calm Shores, from the Epidemic Sound library. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2022
Harvey Funds Diverted, the Precarious Texas Grid, and Wesley Hunt’s Rise on the Right
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On this episode of City Cast Houston’s Friday Round-Up: Texas Tribune’s Zach Despart joins Lisa and Ferrill to discuss the federal aid given to Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief, but withheld from Houston in its dispersing. Also, the team covers: the new variant threat; Wesley Hunt’s rise up the Republican ranks; more to discuss about Roe v. Wade and what its overturning could mean for Texans; and the shaky electric grid. Here's a comprehensive breakdown of the Harvey aid, written by today's guest, Zack Despart: The Texas Tribune Breakdown. Also, the New York Times story on Wesley Hunt. Sign up for our morning newsletter here! We’re on Twitter! At @CityCastHouston  - or, you can call us directly! Our number is 713-489-6972! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2022
Talking Accents and Dialects with John Nova Lomax
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Is there one main Texas accent, or are there many? How differently do Texans speak from other Southerners? And what about Houston? Can you pick out a Houstonion by the words they use or the way they say them? Writer John Nova Lomax joins Lisa and Ferrill in today’s episode to talk all about Texas dialects and accents, from “y’all” and “howdy” to doodlebugs and feeder roads, and if Rice University and other schools have their own accents. What's your take on Texas accents? Give us a call/text at 713-489-6972 and let us know your thoughts! Hit us up on Twitter while you're at it! You can find us @CityCastHouston Subscribed to our daily newsletter? If not, here's where you can sign up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2022
Talking Sh*t with Bayou City Waterkeeper
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From time to time, the City of Houston's sewage overflows and spews poo and other undesirable waste into our city. To ensure we have an infrastructure capable of handling it, Kristen Schlemmer — legal director of Bayou City Waterkeeper — went to bat for Houston and raised $2 billion for infrastructure, as well as helped produce the "Poo Reports": data for Houstonians who want to keep track of the City of Houston's sewage performance. Today, Kristen talks with Lisa about what is being done to help fix the system, and what individual Houstonians can do. Here is an interactive map of sewage overflows - it was put together in conjunction with Rice. Keep an eye on your area from here! Curious about Coco, the food delivery robot mentioned in the newscast? You can read the article "My quest to follow Coco" right here. And that's not all! Get even more Houston news and happenings by signing up for our daily newsletter. If you're not already following us on Twitter, you should! We're @CityCastHouston Have something Houston-y that you need to get off your chest? Leave us a voicemail or text us at 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2022
What Makes H-Town Great? It's the People!
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It’s time to get past the cliché. Who are the people that make Houston great? We put out the call last month for listeners to share their stories of individuals, communities, and institutions that make Houston special, and we heard from so many people! In this episode, we're sharing some of our favorite listener stories and shoutouts about everyone from the “Tan Man” Phil Brayton and muralist Anat Ronen to writer John Nova Lomax and artist/connector Sarah Gish, plus love for independent bookstores, the art car scene, and much, much more. Who is your favorite Houstonian? Let us know on Twitter, or text/call us at 713-489-6972!   We also have a daily newsletter that’s the talk of the town! Sign up for those morning emails on our website. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
One of the City's Refineries is Closing. Should We Be Concerned?
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LyondellBasell, in a recent announcement, said it would shutter its Houston refinery at the end of 2023 — a site that’s over 100 years old and can process up to 268,000 barrels of crude a day. According to company execs, it’s been increasingly difficult, what with rising costs and global volatility, for the refinery to stay profitable. Since the refinery is one of only ten in Houston, should we be concerned about its closing? Loren Steffy, a longtime energy reporter, joins Ferrill Gibbs to break it all down. If you'd like to check out Loren's new book, "The Big Empty," you can find out more on his website! Here's the Texas Tribune article that ran late last week and mentioned the refinery as one of five in Texas that have emitted more benzene pollutants than the EPA allows. Sign up for our daily newsletter here! Also, we're on Twitter! Follow us @CityCastHouston Call or text us at 713-489-6972! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Roe V. Wade Protest at Discovery Green, Al Jazeera Reporter Killed, and More H-E-B Love
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It's Friday — and the City Cast Houston gang rounds up the week! This week's coverage: the Roe V. Wade protest at Discovery Green; the skyrocketing price of goods around Houston; the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh; H-E-B opening a home goods line; Thai Gourmet shocking Houston by closing its doors; and a Sugarland resident hauling in an enormous alligator gar. Join lead producer Dina Kesbeh, producer Ferrill Gibbs, and guest Shiyam Galyon as they break it all down. We appreciate all our Houstonian friends! Thank you for listening to us this week — subscribe to our morning newsletter! We've got all you need to know right here! Also, we're on Twitter, follow us here! Call or text us at 713-489-6972 and let us know what you think is moving the meter in Houston! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
How to Stay Cool in Houston
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It’s hot, y’all! With temperatures already in the 90s, we figured it wasn’t too early to talk about how to survive Houston’s crazy summer heat — and have fun in the process! Producers Dina and Ferrill are joined by City Cast contributor Antre'chelle Dorsey to share their advice on staying cool, and their suggestions for places to go in Houston this time of year, from beaches and parks to libraries and movie theaters. Here are some of our faves: Free concerts at Discovery Green   Indoor skydiving Miller Outdoor Theatre Houston Public Library Downtown Aquarium Check out our daily newsletter for more on what's going on in Houston! You can sign up right here. What's your favorite summer activity in Houston? Give us a call (or text us) at 713-489-6972! We're also on Twitter, and love connecting with people there! You can find us at @CityCastHouston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Dina Kesbeh Vs. Buying a House in Houston
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City Cast lead producer Dina Kesbeh has been in the market for a house for a while now, in Houston. But every time she rushes over to see a new listing — particularly one near her family in Alief — another buyer swoops in and makes an offer before she can get there, often offering well over the asking price. It’s a hot, wonky market in Houston, and it’s a tough time to buy a new home. So, Dina has recruited Houston realtor Robert Searcy for the pod today, to pick his brain about good house-buying strategies, particularly in those areas around Houston where she can find a great deal on a house, in an area she loves. We have more Houston news for you every weekday morning! Sign up for our newsletter right here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media, or just prefer the good, old-fashioned phone call? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2022
How To Make Our Buildings More Sustainable
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Houston is changing. It's getting hotter here, and summer lasts longer. We're getting bigger storms. Energy is way more expensive. And now, lots of Houstonians are thinking about ways to live here that won't wreck the planet for generations to come. So how do we DO that? Today, Dina talks with Rives Taylor, co-leader of Global Design Resilience for the architecture firm Gensler. He also teaches architecture at both Rice and the University of Houston. And as a long-time Houstonian, he's though a LOT about how to make our buildings better. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Harris County 101
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4.7 million people live in Harris County, making it the third-most populous county in the country … and one run by powerful people with a multibillion dollar budget. But what does all that mean for the people who live here? Lisa talks with Texas Tribune reporter Zach Despart about everything — and everyone — Harris County, from County Judge Lina Hidalgo and the Commissioners Court, to election issues, tensions with the state, and how things are different in the unincorporated parts of the county. Want to know more about what's happening in Houston today? Subscribe to our morning newsletter here. We're also on Twitter, follow us here! What's your hot take on Harris County? Call or text us at 713-489-6972 and let us know! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Megan Thee Stallion, Soaring Prices of Homes, and Roe V. Wade
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On this week's news round-up, contributor Olivia Flores Alvarez joins producer Ferrill Gibbs and host Lisa Gray. They dive into Texas Southern University's uptick in applications and how that's likely attributed to none other than Megan Thee Stallion. The rise in housing costs is pushing local Houstonians out of the market, but who is to blame? And in light of the leaked draft majority opinion from the Supreme Court’s conservative majority, what can Texas expect to happen when Roe V. Wade is overturned? This and more news from around Houston! Don't miss the scoop, subscribe to our morning newsletter here. We're also on Twitter, follow us here! If you ever want to tell us a secret about Houston, something no one knows, call or text us at 713-489-6972. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
The Texas-City Sibling Rivalry
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You’ve probably seen the meme: Texas cities as depicted by different versions of Matthew McConaughey. Dallas: the Tuxedoed McConaughey. San Antonio: the sexy, cowboy-hat wearing McConaughey. Austin: the weird, strung out, hippie-fied McConaughey — and Houston? Houston is the slick, confident, coat-and-tie wearing McConaughey driving a fine, Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring. (Ok, alright. Some Houstonian probably made that meme.) The point is, every Texan believes their city to be the best Texas city, and their rival city to be the *worst.* So! Join the City Cast Houston team as they grade all the big Texas towns (which are all inferior to Houston!): From Austin, to Waco, to Lubbock, to Dallas, to San Antonio.... And! Be sure to sign up for our morning newsletter - you can find it here! It will make you a better Houstonian, no matter which Texas city you love to hate! We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Finally, if you're ever feeling vocal, you should leave us a voicemail (or text!) It's +1 713-489-6972. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
Crime Stoppers Targets Judges
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Most Houstonians know Crime Stoppers as that nonpartisan, nonprofit group who pays rewards for tips that help police solve crimes. Well, last month, the group found itself on the front page of the New York Times. The headline? "Crime-Fighting Group Takes Turn to the Right in Texas." Today, Lisa Gray speaks with one of the two reporters who wrote that story: Keri Blakinger, criminal-justice reporter for the Marshall Project. Two things about Keri! First, she recently started a Tik Tok page, and there she talks about criminal justice issues. You can find it... here! Also, Keri has a new memoir coming out called Corrections In Ink. (We are all excited about it!) If you would like, purchase a copy for donation to someone in prison. Go here: Corrections In Ink donation. We appreciate our audience! We want you to be super informed! So, make sure you visit our website and sign up for our newsletter, and also the pod. Go here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
The Slow Genius of DJ Screw
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In the early 90's, Houston hip-hop artist DJ Screw developed a sound called "chopped and screwed." It drew from artists he'd appreciated from a decade earlier – like DJ Glove, Ice T's DJ whose appearance on the movie Breakin' inspired him. Screw was not drawn by the rappers in that movie, nor the breakdancers, but, rather, the turntables and what the spinning of albums at different speeds could do to a song. So, when the mid-90's hit, Screw did something incredible: he created quite possibly the most "Houston" sound ever. Today, Lisa Gray talks DJ Screw with Lance Scott Walker, whose book DJ Screw: A Life In Slow Revolution is set to drop on May 17th. Also, they are joined by Derrick D-Reck Dixon, owner of the entertainment company Wreck Shop Nation. If you would like to check out Lance Scott Walker's book, you can find it Here! Be sure to subscribe to our morning newsletter... here! We're also on Twitter, follow us here! And, you can always call (or text) our hotline! 713-489-6972. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Is Downtown Back?
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The pandemic forced many Houstonians to work from home, and it left vacant office buildings in the lurch. It's still anybody's guess as to what comes next in the progression of office work, but in Houston, the numbers have pointed to a gradual return to the office – 55% returning, actually, which is above the national average (compared to other major U.S. cities). Kristopher Larson, president and CEO of the downtown management district Central Houston, Inc., breaks it all down for Lisa, and conveys a new vision for the "playscape" that downtown Houston could be. Be sure to sign up for our morning newsletter - you can find it here! It's full of great perspectives on Houston, just like you heard today on the podcast. We’re also on Twitter! You can follow us at @CityCastHouston Finally, if you're feeling vocal, you could leave us a voicemail (or text!) Our line is +1 713-489-6972. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Diesel Thieves, the Two-Year Snarl at 610 and I-69, and Churros Made in a Vespa
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It's Friday, and we're talking news. This week advocates for asylum seekers are calling for an investigation into Houston’s Asylum Office. Some of the reasons are over conducting fear interviews without the asylum seekers lawyers knowledge, and forcing asylum seekers to be interviewed in a language they don't know well. We also talk about an upcoming two year closure of a ramp in the most congested part of town and more news from around Houston. Here are the links to the Banh Mi mentioned in the episode: Hughie’s Oui Banh Mi Saigon Hustle Kim’s Pho & Grill Don'e miss the latest news, subscribe to our morning newsletter here. We're also Tweeting whatever thoughts come to mind, follow us @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
Blowing Out-of-Towners' Minds in Houston
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People who are not Houstonians have no clue how full this city is of incredible sights to see, foods to taste, and cultures to experience. So! With so many choices, what's a great place you'd take an out-of-town guest if you had just one shot to show them the very best of Houston?Today, the City Cast Houston team offers up a variety of different spots, from Goode Company Barbecue to Kemah Boardwalk to Minute Maid Park – and that's just to name a few. Here's some others mentioned! The Natural Museum of Science Houston, Luce Coffee Roasters, The Boardwalk: Galveston's Historic Pleasure Pier, Pier 6 Seafood and Oyster House, and Memorial Park. Never miss a beat! Subscribe to our morning newsletter, here! We're also on Twitter, so be sure and follow us, here! Also, call us and help us! We want to know what exactly it means when people say, "It's the people who make Houston great!" Who makes Houston great that you know of - Call 713-489-6972. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
Into the Wild We Go, Houston’s Nature Challenge
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This weekend, hundreds of Houstonians will play along with the city nature challenge. They’ll take photos of the wild things around them, upload them using a free app and experts will help identify exactly what bird, bug or animal or plant that they are looking at. Today we talk with conservationists and nature writer, Suzanne Simpson, who is one of this year's organizers. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
The Texas War on Teachers Takes a Toll
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Gaby Diaz is a teacher at Bellaire High School who recently penned an op/ed for the Houston Chronicle called, "Texas Teachers Don't Need A Task Force. We Need a New Governor." For Diaz, the past two years have been the most challenging of her 16 year career, as she and her colleagues have had to reinvent education on the fly. Adding to the difficulties caused by COVID, she and her peers have also become targets for politicians trying to score points in the Texas political game. You can check out Gaby's op/ed in the Houston Chronicle here. Never miss a beat! Subscribe to our morning newsletter, here! We're also on Twitter, so be sure and follow us, here! Also, call us and help us! We want to know what exactly it means when people say, "It's the people who make Houston great!" Who makes Houston great that you know of - Call 713-489-6972. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
Ike Dike 101: What It Is and Why Houston Really, Really Needs It
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With hurricane season just over a month away - a season forecast to be 130% more active than last year - the debate resumes over the "Ike Dike," a barrier along Galveston Bay to minimize death and destruction in the event of a 100 year storm. Evan Mintz, City Cast politics and policy contributor, believes that the Ike Dike should be the #1 concern for every Texas politician. A severe impact in the Houston ship channel could create an economic crisis for the entire country, and could devastate Houston, causing Chernobyl-like death and destruction. Here's City Cast Houston's Website - sign up for the podcast and the newsletter to be a way better Houstonian. Also! We are working on an episode on Houston's better angels - do you know somebody who's done something wonderful for you? A Houstonian who's changed your life ... for the better? Call us and tell us the story! It's 713-489-6972. We’re also on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Simone Biles’ New Athletic Line, Texas’ Loss of Teachers, and NASA’s New Frontier
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It's Friday! And on Fridays, Lisa Gray recaps the week in Houston news, like when Lizzo appeared on SNL. She dropped the name of a Houston street last weekend when she hosted *and* performed on Saturday Night Live. Also, Simone Biles dropped a new active wear line, and Texas teachers are leaving the trade in droves, overburdened and under-salaried and worn thin from Covid. Finally, the Steven Hotze drama led to a grand jury indictment this week. Our guest this week is film maker Rafa Farihah. Call us and help us! We want to know what exactly it means when people say, "It's the people who make Houston great!" Who makes Houston great that you know of - Call 713-489-6972. City Cast Houston's Website is the place to sign up for the podcast and the newsletter so you can be a way better Houstonian. We’re on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
Where Houston Gets Caffeinated
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It's Thursday, and this week the team chats about the best coffee in Houston: from Minuti Coffee to Koffeteria to 85°C Bakery Café. (Not to mention the places with the best whole beans for sale.) Since Houston is a caffeine town with no shortage of places to sip and enjoy the show, host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh, and producer Ferrill Gibbs kick around what makes a great Houston coffee spot a great Houston coffee spot… What spots did we miss? What's the absolute best coffee in Houston that we failed to mention? Call us... or text us! 713-489-6972. City Cast Houston's Website is the place to sign up for the podcast and the newsletter so you can be a way better Houstonian. We’re on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
Where the Buffalo Roamed
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Did you ever wonder what Houston was like, before there were freeways and concrete? What was the land like before the Allen brothers founded this city? Before there was a Buffalo Speedway, did we have buffalo? Today we talk to City Cast contributor Jaime Gonzalez and Dan Worrall, author of A Prehistory of Houston and Southeast Texas: Landscape and Culture. We're talking about Houston... before it was Houston. On Thursday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m. Dan will oversee three illustrated panels dedicated by the Harris County Historical Commission. They will be erected along Buffalo Bayou, and detail this history. Don't miss the latest news, subscribe to our morning newsletter here. We're Tweeting our deepest thoughts follow us @CityCastHouston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Wondering About Solar Panels? We’ve Got Answers.
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Should you get solar panels? Wouldn’t Houston be the perfect place for them to soak up so much glorious sunshine and save you money while reducing strain on the power grid? City Cast Houston host Lisa Gray recently installed solar panels on her roof, and she's a big fan. Today, she speaks with Hanna Mitchell, the Texas program director for Solar United Neighbors which is a nonprofit group designed to educate Houstonians interested in solar. If you want to get more information about solar from Hanna Mitchell and her team, Go here! City Cast Houston's Website is the place to sign up for the podcast and the newsletter so you can be a way better Houstonian. Speaking of that, we are working on an episode about "Houston's Better Angels" - do you know somebody who's done something wonderful for you? A Houstonian who's changed your life for the better? Call us and tell us your story! It's 713-489-6972. We’re on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
Smuggling Banned Books from Houston to Austin
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On April 29, to protest the latest wave of banned books, caravans from Houston and San Antonio will converge on Austin carrying books to launch underground libraries. The Librotraficantes, they call themselves: "Book smugglers." Tony Diaz, head of the organization, speaks with Lisa Gray on today's episode and swears that if "they ban our history, we're going to make more." Check out Tony's Website, and get all the information you need on the Librotraficantes! City Cast Houston's Website - sign up for the podcast and the newsletter to be a way better Houstonian. Also! We are working on an episode on Houston's Better Angels - do you know somebody who's done something wonderful for you? A Houstonian who's changed your life ... for the better? Call us and tell us the story! It's 713-489-6972. We’re also on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. If you would like to check out our sponsor, go hear How to Buy a Home with David Sidoni! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
A Teacher Shortage, Rice University Masks up and Spanish Rock
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Today, we look back at the week in news. Host Lisa Gray, Lead Producer Dina Kesbeh and La Opinion reporter Gustavo Rangel dive into the COVID-19 outbreak at Rice University that led to the administration reinstating a mask mandate for all students. They also talk about moments in Houston that brought them joy, and so much more. Never miss a beat, subscribe to our morning newsletter here. We're also on Twitter, so be sure to hit the follow button here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
Houston Galleria: The Largest Mall in Texas, and So Much More
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When the Galleria opened just before Thanksgiving in 1970, it changed how the country viewed shopping malls. It was massive, completely air conditioned, and away from downtown – it was designed to be its own destination spot. Now, over fifty years later, the Galleria isn't just existing, it might still be thriving. Today on City Cast Houston, the team chats about the Galleria and what it has meant to Houston throughout the years. Here's City Cast Houston's Website - sign up for the podcast and the newsletter to be a way better Houstonian. Also! We are working on an episode on Houston's better angels - do you know somebody who's done something wonderful for you? A Houstonian who's changed your life ... for the better? Call us and tell us the story! It's 713-489-6972. We’re also on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
Lina Hidalgo’s First Scandal?
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In 2018 Lina Hidalgo shocked pretty much everyone in the world by winning an upset election to become Harris County's county judge -- basically, the chief executive of a county with a population larger than Louisiana's. She was 27 years old then, an immigrant from Colombia who'd never held public office before. She ran promising to clean up the way that Harris County does business. But this week, a Harris County grand jury indicted three of Hidalgo's aides on charges related to an $11 million contract. So, what is going on? Get the hottest Houston news straight to your inbox when you subscribe to our morning newsletter, click here. We're also Tweeting, follow us here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Our Era's Version of the Galleria
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It was once the Barbara Jordan Post Office, but Houston’s new downtown spot POST Houston has become a galleria-type oasis, custom made for the modern Houstonian. Complete with a (don’t call it a food court!) “food hall,” its beautiful stairwells offer cavernous spaces for patrons to lounge on blue bean bag chairs while considering the “convivial expression of our capitalistic exuberance.” Houston Chronicle’s opinion editor Raj Mankad (who uttered the aforementioned description of Post) joins City Cast Contributor Allyn West to break down for host Lisa Gray whether POST Houston is worth the hype. Here's City Cast Houston's Website - sign up for the podcast and the newsletter to be a way better Houstonian. Also! We are working on an episode on Houston's better angels - do you know somebody who's done something wonderful for you? A Houstonian who's changed your life ... for the better? Call us and tell us the story! It's 713-489-6972. We’re also on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
Recording the Night Skies of Houston
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We’re approaching the peak of birds’ spring migration, which means that soon, thousands of birds will pass over your head each night. Scientists know remarkably little about how birds manage these epic journeys. On today’s podcast, Rice University professor Cin-Ty Lee joins City Cast contributor Scott Solomon to describe to Lisa Gray a fascinating project. In 2020, when the pandemic quieted the city, Lee set up a recorder on a Rice soccer field to catch the sound of birds as they flew overhead. He’s recorded eagles and peregrine falcons, and added roughly 30 species to the number of birds ever identified on the campus. Plus, he has a greater appreciation of just how thousands of birds migrate over us all here in Houston. Cin-Ty’s website includes his field notes, his paintings of birds, and a “Sounds of Nature” section. Scott Solomon will talk about how scientists at Rice University use the campus as a living lab to study biodiversity, April 20th. You can register here. City Cast Houston's Website is where you can sign up for the pod *and* the newsletter! It'll make you a way better Houstonian. We have a number - text us! Call us! It's 713-489-6972. We’re on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
The Hidalgo–Ogg War, Cutting Crime, and Sneaking Loquats
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It’s a Friday round up! On this week’s episode, we discuss the ongoing conflict between Kim Ogg and Lina Hidalgo. Also on the agenda: Dan Patrick’s Don’t Say Gay push, the tragic catalytic convertor thefts around town, and a successful study showing surprising, positive data that involves the Houston Police Department. This week’s contributor is Evan Mintz, who joins Lisa Gray and Ferrill Gibbs. Sign up for our newsletter! Lisa Gray crafts it each week day to spotlight everything that's important, cool and unique about this city we all love – you don't want to miss it! Our number is 713-489-6972. You can text or leave a voicemail. Let us know who's your vote for Houstonian of the Week! We’re also on Twitter - @CityCastHouston And Facebook! City Cast's Facebook Page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
The Art Car Parade: Houston’s Strangest Point of Civic Pride
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Art Car Weekend peaks Saturday when the 35th Annual Houston Art Car Parade rolls through downtown. The giant rolling chicken will be there — not to mention lowriders, slabs, the enormous roach, the car with a beaded foam Steve Ray Vaughan on top, and a new “Rising Strong” mechanical phoenix. Today, art-car artist Rebecca Lowe joins Lisa Gray to tell her all about it. Here’s a complete schedule of Art Car Weekend events! City Cast Houston's Website is where you can sign up for the pod *and* the newsletter! It'll make you a way better Houstonian. We have a number - text us! Call us! It's 713-489-6972. We’re on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Party Bike With the H-Town Sound
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Boozy groups pedaling party bikes are a fixtures of Washington Ave. and Eado, but Trill on Wheels is different: It’s a Houston hip-hop themed pedal party through historic Third Ward. Its four wheels are bedecked with swangers. Megan Thee Stallion and DJ Screw blast from its speakers. And if the pedaling partygoers aren’t karaoke-rapping to classics from the city’s past, they might be smoking a hookah. Today, owner Johnathan Mark joins City Cast Houston cultural correspondent Antréchelle Dorsey and me to talk about Trill on Wheels. Check out Trill On Wheels! Their website is here –– it's $35 a person, or $365 for your whole group. Sign up for the City Cast Houston newsletter! It's a great way to wake up to the news of the city every day. Our number is 713-489-6972. Text or leave a voicemail. We'd love to hear from you. We’re on Twitter - @CityCastHouston We're on Facebook! City Cast's Facebook Page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
What Is Bail Reform? And Why Should I Care?
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A lawsuit forced Harris County to release most people accused of misdemeanors while they await trial, rather than keep them in jail. Two years later, that’s working great, says City Cast Houston contributor Evan Mintz (who’s also Arnold Ventures’ communications manager for criminal justice issues). It’s the rare change supported by Crime Stoppers, the county sheriff and the ACLU. And it’s ridiculous to blame it for the rise in violent crime. Sign up for our newsletter! Lisa Gray crafts it each week day spotlighting everything that's important, cool and unique about this city we all love – you won't want to miss it! Our number is 713-489-6972. Text or leave a voicemail. We might just feature it on the show. We’re also on Twitter - @CityCastHouston And on Facebook! City Cast's Facebook Page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
Making Sense of Ted Cruz
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Is Trump with Ted Cruz or against him these days? Is Tucker Carlson an ally or an enemy now? And one more time: What did Houston’s hometown senator really think of January 6? Keeping track of Cruz is harder than remembering Marvel Cinematic Universe lore — but Ben Wermund, the Houston Chronicle’s Washington correspondent, walks us through his twists and turns. Sign up for the City Cast Houston newsletter! It's a great way to wake up to the news of the city every day. Our number is 713-489-6972. Text or leave a voicemail. We'd love to hear from you. We’re on Twitter - @CityCastHouston We're on Facebook! City Cast's Facebook Page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
MFAH Goes to Court, Texas Is Stressed, Glorious Spring
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On today’s episode of City Cast Houston, it’s a Friday news round up! Todays topics include whether there’s much of a case to be made against aides of Lina Hidalgo for illegally steering a contract (Texas Monthly says it’s pretty flimsy), and if there’s a case to be made against the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for a piece that once was sold to a Nazi art collector. Also, with booster shots now available for Houstonians over 50 this week, will there be citywide motivation to get them with COVID numbers so low? Sign up for our newsletter! Lisa Gray crafts it each week day to spotlight everything that's important, cool and unique about this city we all love – you don't want to miss it! Our number is 713-489-6972. You can text or leave a voicemail. Let us know who's your vote for Houstonian of the Week! We’re also on Twitter - @CityCastHouston And Facebook! City Cast's Facebook Page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
Ramadan in Houston: Reflection, Spiritual Growth and Late-Night Whataburger Runs
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Ramadan begins this weekend in Houston, and it means a time of fasting, prayer and self-reflection for Houston's Muslim Community. When it concludes 29 days later, it will bring about a time of celebration, friends, family and the great tradition of food and community. In this episode, Dina Kesbeh, City Cast Houston's lead producer, is among the devout who will observe Ramadan this month. She shares her fond Houston memories of the observance with host Lisa Gray and producer Ferrill Gibbs, and illustrates just how accommodating Houston's Muslim Community is to its faithful. Check out Cedar's Bakery, that Dina and Lisa talked about: it sounds delicious. Here's City Cast Houston's Website - sign up for the podcast and the newsletter and be a way better Houstonian. Also! Call us, or text us! It's 713-489-6972. We’re also on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
We don’t think of Houston as a nature hotspot. But it is.
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We think of Houston as a city of skyscrapers, sprawl and freeways — but it's also a surprisingly natural place. Today we’re talking with City Cast Houston's environmental contributor, Jaime Gonzales about Houston's designation as a "hotspot city" for biodiversity.  Here's where to find the iNaturalist app. Here's where to find the SEEK app. Have a thought or an idea you'd like to share with us? Call and leave us a voicemail or text us at 713-489-6972. We love hearing from y'all! We're also Tweeting our thoughts and secrets, you'll have to follow us to spot some juicy Tweets though, @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
What Texas Can Learn From Illinois about Cannabis
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Recreational weed has been available in Illinois since 2020. Meanwhile, in Texas, Beto O'Rourke will be stomping for weed legalization while he makes his case for Governor. On the other side of the aisle, the Republican contingent is still resistant to the idea, even though there's evidence that they, too, might be softening. City Cast Houston’s Lisa Gray and City Cast Chicago’s Jacoby Cochran talk about the status of legal weed in both states, as Jacoby offers his tips on what Texas should watch out for as it inches toward legalization. It’s a crossover episode! Make sure you check out City Cast Chicago – Jacoby has some roots in Houston! You can find him here: City Cast Chicago's Podcast and Newsletter. While you're at it ... visit ours too! City Cast Houston's Website - and sign up for the pod *and* the newsletter! It'll make you a way better Houstonian. Finally! We have a number - text us! Call us! It's 713-489-6972. We’re also on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
More Oil? Less Oil? Where Does Houston Go From Here?
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What should Houston do? The sanctions against Russia sent the world scrambling to make up for hundreds of thousands of lost barrels, which could force Houston's energy sector to consider the pursuit of even more oil and gas development – at least in the short run. Business writer Loren Steffy stops by the show to give his thoughts on why Houston should develop more fossil fuels in the here-and-now, while continuing to be a "city of big ideas" in the pursuit of green energy. Sign up for our newsletter! Lisa Gray crafts it each week day to spotlight everything that's important, cool and unique about this city we all love – you don't want to miss it! Our number is 713-489-6972. You can text or leave a voicemail. Let us know who's your vote for Houstonian of the Week! We’re also on Twitter - @CityCastHouston And Facebook! City Cast's Facebook Page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
39 Wildfires, One Space Station, and Four Houstonians Doing Cool Things
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First-time guest and journalist Claudia Kolker joins City Cast Host Lisa Gray and Lead Producer Dina Kesbeh to talk about the news of the week, from Russia’s uncertain future with the International Space Station to the refugee crisis and the Texas wildfires. We also had to mention some Houstonians doing cool things right now, like Douglas Mills, who wowed the judges with his audition on American Idol this week, and Brené Brown, whose HBO Max show based on her latest book, “Atlas of the Heart,” will be streaming March 31.   Find out more about Tasos Katsaounis and Bread Man Baking Company on their website. And here’s the DL on entrepreneur Krish Himmatramka from “Shark Tank.” Sign up for our newsletter to start your day off right — it pairs beautifully with the podcast and a cup of coffee, or so we hear. Call or text us and let us know who your Houstonian of the Week is! Our number is 713-489-6972. We’re also on Twitter! Check us out: @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2022
Love the Park, Hate the Parking
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Two years after the start of the pandemic, Hermann Park is coming back to life, and Houstonians are there for it! Today, City Cast Houston Host Lisa Gray and Producers Dina Kesbeh and Ferrill Gibbs chat about Hermann Park's latest projects and events, what this 108-year-old urban park means to Houston, and some of their favorite spots. And then, of course, there’s the perennial struggle to find parking... Find out more about the Kite Festival this Sunday, and see what else is coming up at Hermann Park. What’s your favorite spot at the park? Let us know on Twitter: @CityCastHouston Or, feel free to reach out the old-fashioned way, by leaving us a voicemail or shooting a text to 713-489-6972. Get even more in touch with Houston news and happenings by signing up for our daily newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
How Will a Latino Cultural Center Help Tell Houston's Story?
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Let’s just say it: Houston’s art scene is way whiter and more Anglo than the rest of the city. But there’s a proposal that is gaining traction — and money — to build a major Latino arts center. It’d be on par with the Museum District’s Asia Society, or with Latino centers in cities such as Dallas, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles. City Cast’s Cultural Correspondent Olivia Flores Alvarez couldn’t be more excited. Today, Lisa Gray is talking with Olivia and artist Geraldina Wise, the board chair of Advocates for a Latino Museum of Visual and Cultural Arts and Archives for Houston and Harris County — “ALMAAHH,” for short — about what this center would bring to the city. Want the latest scoop on Htown? Subscribe to our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter, our handle is @citycasthouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at 713-489-6972 with your thoughts. You can also email us at houston@citycast.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
Will Houston See a Surge of BA.2?
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Houston's Dr. Peter Hotez is having an extremely busy year. In February, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and last week, his vaccine, Corbevax, began to enter the arms of 300,000 children across India. Now, as he turns his attention to the new subvariant Omicron BA.2, does he expect it to spread dramatically in Houston? And, if so, does he believe it will be mild or severe? What about Houston's shot at a life completely free of COVID? In today's episode, Dr. Hotez sits down with City Cast Houston host Lisa Gray to answer these and other questions. Make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. Lisa Gray assembles it daily with her brand of tender love and care. Also! Check us out on Facebook - it's here! We're also on Twitter, so follow us at @CityCastHouston. We also love hearing your voice. Got a message you'd like to send our way? Call us at 713-489-6972 and give us an earful! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
The Houston Rodeo Celebrates a Manufactured Past
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After a two-year hiatus, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo came back in full force at the end of February, and just ended its run yesterday. It was a milestone year for RodeoHouston, already the biggest rodeo and livestock exhibition in the world, as they celebrated their 90th anniversary. But does the rodeo really reflect Houston's roots? In 1932, the Houston Rodeo (known then as The Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exposition), was born. Ever since then, it has styled itself in the Old West tradition: Jeans, boots, spurs – all of it a tip of the ol’ cowboy hat to a history that never was. Today, Pulitzer finalist and City Cast Houston Contributor Evan Mintz sits with Producers Ferrill Gibbs and Dina Kesbeh to retrace the history of the rodeo and Houston's origins as a port city, revealing what parts of the rodeo's current incarnation are plainly manufactured, and why. Get the latest Houston news right in your inbox every weekday morning! Sign up here. And while you're at it, follow us on Twitter @CityCastHouston. Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at 713-489-6972, and tell us what you thought of the Houston Rodeo this year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
Stolen Gas, a New COVID-19 Subvariant, and Free Books!
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Today we'll dive into the most important stories of the week and the ones that weren't in the headlines enough. Contributor Shiyam Galyon joins City Cast Houston producers Dina Kesbeh and Ferrill Gibbs. Together they discuss the thieves that got away with over a thousand gallons of diesel, a young Ukrainian trying to get his family to safety, and a high schooler who is fighting a book ban by giving away books.  Want all the Houston gossip straight to your inbox? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here.  We're building up our Twitter game, so follow us at @CityCastHouston. Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at 713-489-6972 with the stories you'd like to share. If you'd like to learn more about how to help Dmytrii Dolhov bring his family to Houston from Ukraine, visit his GoFundMe page here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
Nothin' Can Come Between a Texan and Their Blue Bell
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Blue Bell lovers, today's sweet treat is for you! Blue Bell just dropped a new flavor called Peachy Peach, and people are stoked! But is Blue Bell really all that? Just how special is it? Today, we got Roving Producer and Denverite Lizzie Goldsmith to try Blue Bell and give us her hot take. She joins producers Dina Kesbeh and Ferrill Gibbs for a chat about why everyone loves this creamery.  And on a less-pleasant note, for tips on how to avoid getting Listeriosis, check out these recommendations from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/prevention.html Want to tell us what your favorite Blue Bell ice cream flavor is? Text us or call us and leave a voicemail at 713-489-6972.  Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here.  We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
Harwin Flag Shop Owner Tells Us What Makes the Shopping Strip Special
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They say you can find anything on Harwin Drive: Clothing, party supplies, jewelry, furniture, and the list goes on and on. This bargain shopping strip near near Hillcroft Street in Southwest Houston has been called “Houston’s best-kept secret,” and today we’re cracking it open with long-time shop owner Sam Kesbeh, who happens to be City Cast Houston producer Dina Kesbeh’s dad. He’s owned American Eagle Trading, Inc., since 1987, where he primarily sells flags. Dina and her dad talk about Harwin’s past, present, and future; how his business has changed over the years; and how current events impact his inventory.   Get more Houston intel in our daily newsletter! Sign up here and we’ll be in your inbox every weekday morning with more of the content you love.   Join the conversation on Twitter! You can follow us at @CityCastHouston   Give us a call or text us at 713-489-6972 with your thoughts and Houston hot takes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
Why a Chef and an Entomologist Recommend Eating Bugs
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Would Houstonians ever eat insects, not just as a fear factor kind of dare, but because they are delicious? Chef Hugo Ortega, best known for Hugo's and Xochi, and Dr. Scott Solomon, entomologist at Rice University and City Cast Houston contributor, join us today to tell us the benefits of eating bugs. Today's episode will either leave you salivating for a cricket, or make you run for the hills. Do you want the juiciest Houston news delivered straight to your inbox? Then subscribe to our morning newsletter here. We're also on Twitter, only tweeting when we're fully caffeinated. Follow us @CityCastHouston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
From Slime to Lip Gloss: The Making of a 17-year-old CEO
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The Houston hustle is real, and knows no bounds as far as age is concerned. At least, that’s been 17-year-old Aaliyah Arnold’s experience. She started BossUpCosmetics at age 14, and, thanks to a TikTok video featuring her grandpa, the business went viral last year. City Cast host Lisa Gray and producer Dina Kesbeh go behind-the-scenes with Aaliyah to talk about the company’s origin story, how it’s truly become a family operation, and what’s it like juggling high school and her business at the same time. Find out more about Aaliyah and BossUpCosmetics on their website. For more Houston news and events, sign up for our daily newsletter! And if you tweet, follow us on Twitter to continue the conversation! Have a story idea or just a thought you’d like to share? Give us a call or send us a text at 713-489-6972. We can’t wait to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
News Round Up: Oil Hike, the Texas Transgender Fight Politicized, and Brittney Griner’s Fate
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On Fridays, we discuss the most important stories of the week (and the most under-reported ones, too). Today, author and City Cast Houston business contributor Loren Steffy joins Lisa Gray to cover the incredible rise in oil prices due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Also: The transgender fight simmers in Texas this week, becoming useful as a hot-button issue to opportunistic politicos. Finally, the fate of WNBA star Brittney Griner remains unclear as she's held in Russia on charges of hashish possession. Visit our Website! There you can subscribe to the newsletter... and you can subscribe to the Pod! (You will become an even more of knowledgeable Houstonian than you already are!) Also, if you feel conversational about any of the topics covered today, please call our hotline! Give us a piece of your mind! It's (713) 489-6972. We're on Twitter, too - follow us! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
The City Cast Houston Doughnut Free-For-All
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Houstonians are passionate about their doughnuts: Is it light and crispy? Is it too heavy? Is it just a chunk of wet fried dough? Or maybe it’s too sweet, too lurid, or gives you thoughts of the “diabeetus” guy? At any rate, the Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons has dared set up shop here, which prompts a City Cast team discussion of what’s good in the Houston doughnut world: Krispy Kreme vs. Shipley’s, or maybe all the great boutique shops like Voodoo Doughnut. So... will the newcomer with the Justin Bieber tie-in (a.k.a. the "Timbiebs Doughnut") even stand a chance in Houston? Visit our Website! You can sign up for the newsletter there, and subscribe to the podcast. (We promise, it will make you a much better Houstonian!) Also, join us on twitter! We are gaining steam every day... Finally, if you would like to speak to us using your human voice, call us on the City Cast Houston Hotline! It's 713-489-6972 - leave us a message! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
How the Disastrous Primaries Led to Harris County Elections Administrator Resigning
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This months Harris County primary elections were a wreck, a total disaster. And now, Harris County's Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria has submit her resignation, which will take effect July 1. Today City Cast contributor Evan Mintz joins us to talk about what went wrong – and how, with democracy in the balance, we can fix it. Want the latest Houston news straight to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter here. We're on Twitter, follow us here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
The Complex Pros and Cons of the I-45 Expansion Proposal
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The proposed megaproject to widen I-45 has been controversial for loads of reasons – including that it would displace many people of color, and destroy historic buildings in Independence Heights. But according to Tanya Debose, a fifth-generational Independence Heights resident – as well as founder of Preserving Communities of Color – TXDOT has listened to the concerns. Sealed into the environmental impact study are now every concession requested of it to that benefits the community. Today, Tanya breaks it down for Lisa, as they are joined by Amal Ahmed, a journalist who's written about the freeway project and who will soon lead a tour focused on its impacts. For more information about Preserving Communities of Color, visit Tanya Debose at History Is Not The Past. Also, make sure you follow us on Twitter! Visit the City Cast Houston Website and follow the Pod – get the Newsletter – the sum total of all of it will fill your mind with so much useful Houston knowledge you won't know what to do with yourself. Finally! Call our City Cast Houston Hotline and tell us all your Houston-y thoughts: It's 713-489-6972. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
Not Everybody Wants Houston to Be Bike-Friendly
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Houston has begun to rethink many of its streets. It's making them friendlier to pedestrians, bicyclists and other people not encased in their cars – but not everybody loves that. Today, Joe Cutrufo, Director of Bike Houston, and City Cast Houston contributor Allyn West, who is car-less, discuss the improvements that Houston has made to some roads, with resistance from others around the city who've muddied the waters. Check out Bike Houston and see what Joe has been up to: Bike Houston's Site Also, make sure to sign up for our newsletter, and while you're at it, subscribe to the podcast! City Cast Houston's Webpage City Cast Houston's phone number is 713-489-6972 - Call us! Leave us a voicemail! We might just feature you on the show... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
Special Edition: The Tribune’s 2022 primary election
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Hey City Cast Houston listeners, today we have something different for you. On March first, Texas voters schlepped to their neighborhood polling locations to cast their ballots in our state’s primary election. For today’s City Cast, we’ve teamed up with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news org that covers politics and policy, to bring you the latest from their show, TribCast, a weekly podcast full of water-cooler talk on political news. In this special LIVE edition of TribCast, recorded March second, you’ll hear Trib reporters and editors talking through the primary election’s winners, losers and in-betweeners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2022
News Roundup: Texas Primaries, Birds, and the Passing of Two Local Legends
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It's Friday! And on Fridays, we talk about all the latest news! Raj Mankad, the op-ed for the Houston Chronicle, and City Cast Houston culture contributor Olivia Flores Alvarez join us this week to kick around the week's biggest and most interesting news. Have you checked our our morning newsletter yet? What are you waiting for! Sign up here. If you ever want to reach us about a topic we should cover or a sweet compliment you've got for us, call or text us at 713-489-6972 You'll also find us on Twitter connecting with other cool Houstonians, follow us @CityCastHouston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
Cheering the Return of An Obscenely Loud Houston Restaurant Experience
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As America tuned in to one of the most momentous State of the Union Addresses in modern time – one that featured a “masks optional” crowd in the House Chamber – the president’s message was clear: Go back to work, open up the schools, and “Fill our downtowns again.” That is exactly what Lisa Gray did: She drove to Discovery Green to experience her first full-fledged dinner out at a restaurant in a very long time – a restaurant jam-packed with jolly, rowdy Houstonians. Although the experts say the pandemic remains unpredictable and that a new variant could arise anytime, for one mild Tuesday night in March, Lisa and her fellow Houstonians thoroughly enjoyed what was, at worst, a comforting trough between waves. Today, she and lead producer Dina Kesbeh along with producer Ferrill Gibbs discuss how they feel about being faced with the prospect of trying to enjoy life in Houston like it’s 2019. If you like our show, and we sure hope you do... subscribe to it today! City Cast Houston's Website Also, if you would like to comment about anything you heard in the show, call our hotline – leave us a voicemail! 713-489-6972. Finally, Tweet @ Us! City Cast Houston's Twitter... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2022
Huntsville’s Prison Town Queen
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An hour north of downtown Houston, on I-45, is Huntsville. The home base of Texas' enormous prison system. Keri Blakinger, a corrections reporter for the Marshall Project, recently published a story called "The Rise and Fall of a Prison Town Queen." In it, she tells the story of Melinda Brewer. Along the way, she captures Huntsville and the lives of the people who work in the prison system in a way that is pretty uncommon. You can grab a bowl of popcorn and read Keri's story here. Get the latest tea on Houston straight to your inbox by subscribing to our morning newsletter here. We're also on Twitter, follow us here. If you ever want to tell us something, be it a secret or just a tip text or call us at 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
Will a Houstonian Win Top Chef?
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The day Bravo’s Top Chef asked Evelyn Garcia – the chef behind Kin HTX – to appear on its 19th season, she had to think long and hard about it. Yes, it was a chance to compete for $250,000, and yes, it was great publicity. But was she ready? Evelyn had already turned down Top Chef in 2014 when she felt too young and inexperienced to compete. But this time, she considered all she’s learned in the past several years working in New York and Southeast Asia, experiencing so many different kitchens and preparing so many different kinds of foods. Now feels ready – and the best part? She’s steeped in the rich Houston food scene ... the site of this year’s Top Chef competition. This season's first episode of Bravo's Top Chef airs at 7 p.m. Thursday. There'll be Top Chef-watching parties at Axelrad and St. Arnold's Brewery, and on Friday evening, there's an After-Party and Pop-Up Market at Stomping Grounds. As you cheer Evelyn on, make sure to subscribe to our podcast - and sign up for Lisa's awesome newsletter! Go here! Check us out on Twitter, too. City Cast Houston Tweets! Also, visit the City Cast Houston website! And our voice line is 713-489-6972. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Tension Between Housed and Unhoused Neighbors Rises Outside the Beacon
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A few weeks ago, a glowing op-ed appeared in the LA Times: “What Can Houston Teach Los Angeles About Solving Homelessness?” This article referenced the way Houston has more-than-halved its homeless population in the past decade and hailed it as a national model. Now, as Houston seeks to eradicate homelessness entirely, The Beacon – a nonprofit organization serving the Houston homeless community – has transformed into a gathering spot for those in need. Because the homeless often wait outside the building during off hours and sleep on the sidewalks, huddling close to their belongings, a tension has sparked amongst residents from the neighborhood and the homeless who suddenly feel harassed. The police are now involved, and they've intensified their presence recently, and now, they're writing citations – even making arrests whenever they see fit. Rebecca Schuetz – Houston Chronicle writer covering homelessness – speaks with Lisa about the status of the homeless population filling that curbside, and what hopes they may have through Houston’s heralded housing program to finally make it off the streets and into a real home. You can read Rebecca's piece on The Beacon here: Frustration Mounts Over Houston Rules on Sitting ...and the op-ed that appeared in the LA Times that praised Houston's efforts: What Could Houston Teach Los Angeles About Curbing Homelessness? Finally, make sure to join our newsletter, here! Got something you want to tell us? Don't feel like typing?? Call our City Cast Houston hotline: 713-489-6972 and leave us a message ;) And here's our Website! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
News Roundup: The Russia Invasion, Fight for Better Drainage, and the James Beard Awards
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It’s been an eventful week – and not just here in Houston. Our planet felt the tremors of war on Thursday morning and with it, the instant demand for energy as rifts snaked throughout the world. As always, with its vast resources and technologies, Houston remains as internationally relevant as ever. Each Friday, City Cast Houston asks its correspondents to break down the most important Houston stories of the week, and the most underreported ones. Of course, today, the primary focus is on Russia and Ukraine - not just concerning energy, but the refugees-to-be who will surely need asylum here in Houston. Join Lisa Gray, Evan Mintz, and Shiyam Galyon as they discuss how this new war could be felt here in Houston. Make sure to follow us on Twitter - you can find new episodes linked there daily! City Cast Houston's Twitter And also, get subscribed to the City Cast Houston newsletter. It is meaty, relevant, and stuffed with all kinds of Houston-centric goodness that you are gonna love to know ... find it Here! You can also leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts and emojis! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2022
Farming Your Way Out of a Food Desert
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I'm sure you had a lot of epiphanies during the pandemic. That was definitely the case for Ivy Walls, who while working as an infection preventionist learned just how much of a food desert her neighborhood Sunnyside really is. So she did something about it by starting Ivy Leaf Farms. She talks to us about her five-acre farm and how a new grocery store is only the beginning. Check out what new things Ivy Leaf Farms is planning by visiting their website here. Love learning about cool Houstonians doing cool things? Then sign up for our newsletter. Want to follow some cool Houstonians on Twitter? Then make sure to follow @CityCastHouston. We're cool Houstonians, right? Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
The Neighborhood That Keeps Flooding and the Residents Who Refuse To Leave
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Some Houston neighborhoods seem to flood every time it rains. So why do people keep rebuilding there? After Hurricane Harvey, sociologist Rachel Kimbro, dean of Rice's school of social science, interviewed 36 women in one of Houston's frequent-flooding neighborhoods. Today she joins host Lisa Gray to talk about her book, In Too Deep, and how it gets into the ways of how families and neighborhoods work. We drop all our gossip lines in our newsletter, so you'll have to subscribe here to get it straight to your inbox! Catch us on Twitter too, click here to follow us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
Fire Ants Vs. the World
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You would not believe why fire ants, who only recently arrived in Houston (probably in the 1930’s when stowaways docked at the bay of Mobile, Alabama) have successfully marched across four states to Texas with little or no resistance: Because they have been conditioned to work together and to never attack neighboring colonies. Which is smart! Because in their world, not only must they dodge pesticides and other animals (and even the occasional stomp of an angry Houstonian’s shoe), but also, a predator so bizarre it consumes them from the inside out until their heads fall off... Today, Rice Entomologist Scott Solomon shares everything he knows about this pervasive creature, and how Houstonians could learn a lesson or two from this famous insect we love to hate. Follow City Cast Houston on twitter! Also, sign up for Lisa Gray's killer newsletter here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
It's a Mattress Mack World
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The day Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale donned a costume mattress and shouted “Gallery Saves You Money!” he became a Houston icon. From his wild wagers on the Super Bowl to his foray into politics - and to the touching moments in the wake of disasters when he opened his doors to help helpless Houstonians - love him or hate him, Jim McIngvale is as Houston as it gets. Today, City Cast Houston's Dina Kesbeh, Ferrill Gibbs and Lisa Gray bat around the topic of Mattress Mack as a Houston icon. Make sure to follow us on Twitter: City Cast Houston's Twitter And make sure to check out our web page where you can sign up for the newsletter - and of course subscribe to the pod! Go Here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
Gardening for Sanity
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The Houston growing seasons are not so very Texan. Our climate is humid subtropical – it has extremely mild winters – and it means that gardening possibilities are endless, especially when tomato-growing season rolls around. Today, City Cast correspondent Evan Mintz argues that gardening is the greatest escape from our world's constant dissonance, and joining him is author Pilar Hernandez, who’s been teaching Houstonians for years how to tend their gardens for food, engagement and fun. If you would like to learn more about Pilar Hernandez, she has a wonderful website and a page dedicated solely to Houston gardening: Pilar's Website! She also has a book called The Chilean Kitchen, and you can find it on Amazon here! Finally, make sure to follow us on Twitter, and be sure to sign up for the Houston City Cast newsletter, too! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
Rothko Chapel Turns 50!
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For half a century, Rothko Chapel has been the stillest place in Houston. We’re a city where too much is never enough, where the hustle never stops. But Rothko Chapel is minimal. And meditative. This week, the chapel finishes its year-long celebration of its 50th birthday with new music by composer Tyshawn Sorey. Today, we talk about all of that with City Cast culture correspondent Chris Gray; and Sara Rothenberg, director of Da Camera, Houston, which co-commissioned the piece. Get the scoop straight to your inbox when you sign up for our morning newsletter, subscribe here! We're on Twitter, follow us here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
A Reckoning With History at the Heart of Rice
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Smack at the center of Rice's main quad is a bronze statue of Rice's slave-holding founder, William Marsh Rice. For nearly a year students held daily "Down With Willy" sit-ins, demanding the statue's removal. City Cast correspondent and 2020 Rice graduate Rachel Carlton tells City Cast Houston’s host Lisa Gray (also a Rice alum!) all about the protests, and also, the university's effort to make things right. Follow City Cast Houston on Twitter! Also, Follow Lisa Gray on Facebook - and contribute! (She calls for user comments regularly, and sometimes, we even feature your voices! Follow her here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
I Love YOU-STON
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Last time we opened up the phone lines for caller submissions, Houstonians regaled us with inspiring stories from the 610 Loop. Today, just in time for Valentine’s, we were equally inspired by Houstonians’ tales of love. Listen to real love stories - some sweet, some naughty, and others that’ll bring a lump to your throat - as told by the greatest audience we know, the City Cast Houston fans! We hope you have a great Valentines Day. That said! Follow us on Twitter! Follow us on Facebook! Aaaaand SUBSCRIBE! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
Teaching a Noob the Buc-ee’s Way of Life
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Since 1982, Buc-ee's has been THE road-trip stop favorite among many Texans. Their reign over being the top gas station has stretched across many state lines, and now they're headed to Colorado. Peyton Garcia, City Cast Denver newsletter writer was filled with questions about what a Buc-ee's even is and if it's something Denver should get excited about. Today, the City Cast Houston team steps in to help a Denverite understand what getting a Buc-ee's in there state means for their road trip adventures. Are you worried about missing all the latest discussions happening in Houston? Well, one solution to that is to subscribe to our morning newsletter! We're also trying to up our Twitter game, follow us here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2022
Who Else Saw the Big Smoke Plume?
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When host Lisa Gray walked her dog on Monday, she saw a gnarly dark plume billowing over Southeast Houston. Turns out, that cloud was a “flare event” - spewing chemicals into the air the volume of nine Metro buses. To help her better understand what unseen elements can sometimes confront Houstonians on their dog walks, Jennifer Hadayia, of the Air Alliance Houston, and Luke Metzger, of Environment Texas, stop by to break it all down. If you would like to know more about Jennifer and Luke's organizations, you can check out the links below: Air Alliance Houston Environment Texas Also, make sure to check out Lisa's Facebook page (she's constantly getting things stirred up in Houston): Follow Lisa On Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2022
Google Earth Images Tell The Tale of Houston
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Have you ever wondered what your neighborhood looked like before there were buildings on the land? What was uptown like before freeways and the Galleria? What about the Astrodome area and Alief and West University? On today's episode, environmental expert, Jaime Gonzales may blow your mind. Houston before development was probably not what you imagined. If you're as curious as where, here's where you can download Google Earth to look into your own neighborhood's history! Wake up to a nice cup of coffee and our newsletter! Sorry, there's only one of those things we can provide to you every weekday, but I promise it's worth it! Subscribe here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
From Promoting Bands to Promoting Brands
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Once upon a time, Robert Thomas was a nightclub owner: District 1960 in Northwest Houston. (Acts such as Megan Thee Stallion and Moneybagg Yo performed there.) But, when the pandemic struck and the crowds thinned out, he was forced to shut down and rethink his purpose. Mulling his new status of “non-essential,” he experienced a lightbulb moment: Could he bring black vendors together and promote products made with love at a new grocery store called District Market Green Grocer? Find the charming Robert Thomas on Instagram here! Robert Thomas' Instagram ... and be on the lookout for all the brands he mentioned in the show! Also, we would love to see you on Twitter! Follow us here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
Do Texas Youth Prisons Have a Prayer?
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According to The Marshall Project’s Keri Blakinger, Texas youth prisons are a complete and total mess. They’re places of tortuous violence, horrifying prisoner confrontations, and interminable stints of solitary confinement. More than anything, she argues, it's how these institutions have failed to set up youths for future success, and in some cases, have even become an express route for kids straight to death row. For more on this story, make sure to read Keri Blakinger's recent piece at the Marshall Project here. Also, check out her story that Lisa referenced in this episode (from 2019): The Place is a Jungle Finally, make sure to subscribe to our show, and also, to the newsletter, here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
Crawfish: The Mudbugs We Love To Eat
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It’s crawfish season! (You heard that right … even in early February!) Although 90% of the country’s crawfish come from across the Louisiana State line, they are still very much a Houston flavor. One of the most sought-after dishes around here is the Viet-Cajun crawfish, like the ones you can find at Crawfish and Noodles. On today’s show, enjoy a crawfish-centered discussion by the City Cast Houston team as they break down: What *are* crawfish? Are they healthy? And what’s the best way to eat them? We promise to make you leave hungry. For Valentine's Day, we're looking for very Houston love stories. Did you meet when she rear-ended your car on Richmond? On your first date, did he drive you around Fifth Ward in a slab? Do you still have your Chavez High prom photo? Tell us about it! Email us: houston@citycast.fm. Or call our voicemail: 713-489-6972. Tell us who you are, then tell us your story! Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter.  We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2022
Movies Return to River Oaks Theatre
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The River Oaks Theatre - Houston’s oldest and most beloved spot to catch a flick - has been shuttered since March 2021. Ever since, its fate has been up in the air… until now! Maureen McNamara, one of the founders of Friends of River Oaks Theatre; and David Bush, director of Preservation Houston, stop by to deliver some heartwarming news about the historic movie theater. Find out more about Friends of River Oaks Theatre here! Also! We'd love to see y'all on Twitter! Make sure you follow along for all the latest, coolest Houston news here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
Exxon Mobil Is Moving Out of Irving and Into Houston
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Exxon Mobil announced this week that it's moving its headquarters to the Houston area -- which will make it the biggest Fortune 500 company located here. Why are Exxon's top executives leaving Irving, Texas? And what does it mean about the long-term prospects of Houston's oil companies? Today we dive into the reasons behind this move with contributor Loren Steffy.  Get all your Houston dirt right to your inbox, subscribe to our morning newsletter. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
How to Navigate Those Tricky Texas Primaries
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Primary season is here! In these parts, we have roughly 90 races to vote on, which is a lot of platforms, issues, and campaign promises to keep up with! So, to help you navigate the Texas political murk, City Cast Houston contributor Evan Mintz offers ways to get a bead on the candidates so that you can vote smart all the way down the ballot. Make sure to follow along with Lisa Gray's weekday newsletter, because as she mentioned, she will be scrutinizing the process and hearing from folks like Evan as the elections draw near. You can get all that info by signing up for our newsletter here. Also, check out these helpful links: Vote 411: A League of Women Voters' website. Type in your address, and it'll tell you how to register to vote, help you verify your registration, and tell you where to find out what's on your ballot. Off the Kuff: Houston's best political blog, with in-depth candidate interviews by Charles Kuffner.  Erik Alan Manning's spreadsheet: Political junkie Erik Alan Manning maintains a spreadsheet that shows every candidate in the Harris County's Democratic primaries, and lists useful information such as who's endorsed them and how much money they've raised. You can also share with us your thoughts about this year's primary season by tweeting us at @CityCastHouston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Tales From The 610 Loop
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Loop 610 is the city’s Mother Loop, its inner ring - the circle that defines Houston. (Either you’re in, or you’re out!) Today, City Cast listeners share their own stories from the loop: Funny, alarming, thoughtful, and sometimes, more poignant than you ever thought stories about a freeway could be.  You got a good Houston love story? Valentine's Day is coming… call our City Cast answering machine and make us swoon! Make sure to tell us your name! Dial (713) 489-6972. Finally, if you're up for a juicy discussion that is Houston-centric (where today's listener comments first originated), then you should follow Lisa Gray on Facebook. She's got it cooking over there... Follow her here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
Is Whataburger better than In-n-Out?
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Whataburger is a Texas favorite but the invasion of the shiny West-Coast chain In-n-Out has sparked a debate: is In-n-Out better than Whataburger? Are both their burgers totally different or comparable. Today the team tackles a brewing debate on which burger is better and if either of them is worth a bite! Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter.  We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2022
All Burger ... No Guilt
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Chester Chambers, the bright-eyed owner of the Bloom Foods food truck, also holds a degree in chemical engineering from MIT. But, down here in Houston, he focuses on the perfect chemistry his plant-based burger possesses (as well as nuggets, fries, sausage biscuits, and tacos). It’s fare that any late-night bar-hopping Houstonian could find delicious, and its biggest upside? It’s healthy. Chester is joined by editor of Edible Houston David Leftwich who argues that improvements in techniques and ingredients could mean that the time for plant-forward cuisine in Houston is now. So! Go get yourself a burger from Bloom Foods! Check it out - find out where the truck will be next, here! Also, make sure to read David Leftwich's article about the plant-based burgers of Bloom Foods in Edible Houston here! Finally, find us on social media, perhaps on Facebook. Or, you can go straight to the source... sign up for the City Cast Houston Newsletter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
Insects We Hate and Why We Shouldn't
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Usually, when Houstonians talk about insects, it's about the ones that we want to kill. Mosquitoes, fleas, fire ants, but today one of the insects' biggest fans is joining bug-hating producer Dina Kesbeh. City Cast contributor, Scott Solomon studies ants. He's a Rice University entomologist, and he's just released a lecture series on why insects matter. Scott is going to make the case that yes, even in Houston, we need those creepy crawlies. If you want to go down a rabbit hole of insect learning check these links out: Here's your guide to all things bugs! Here's your guide to common insects in Texas! Here's where you can ask all your insect questions! Battle of the burgers: are you a Whataburger fan or have switched to the In-n-Out fanbase. We want to know! Leave us a voicemail sharing which side you're on and why! Call us at 713-489-6972. Keep up with all your Htown news, subscribe to our newsletter! We're also out here Tweeting! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Houston's "Pothole Czar" is batting 1000
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Something that every Houstonian can agree on is that potholes are the worst. Good thing we have Walter Hambrick on the job! (Assistant Director of the Houston Public Works Department.) He and his team even have a pothole “War Room” from which they rush to the battlefield each time a jarred Houstonian dials 3-1-1. On today’s episode, learn all about Mr. Hambrick and his team who are making Houston’s streets a smoother ride. Check out the Houston Potholes Tracker - you'll see that these pothole folks mean business. Also, click on the link to get subscribed to the smoothest podcast around: City Cast Houston! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
What to do about Houston’s homicide rate?
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Last year, Houston police responded to 470 deaths. It was one of the worst homicide rates we’ve seen in the past 30 years. City Cast contributor Evan Mintz joins Dr. Howard Henderson - founding director of Texas Southern University’s Center for Justice Research - to discuss ways Houston could be proactive instead of reactionary in this fight to end homicides. You can find Dr. Henderson's page at TSU here! Also, if you like our weekday podcast that covers Houston in insightful ways, go here and subscribe! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
Who doesn't love H-E-B?
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Recently, H-E-B was ranked #2 on a national survey - just behind Amazon. Today, the City Cast crew breaks down what makes H-E-B special… and what makes it especially Texan. (Not to mention the Texas-shaped tortilla chips.) Here's Dina's favorite drink H-E-B carries: H-E-B Sparkling Prickly Pear ...And here's the Texas-shaped Corn Tortilla chips Finally, help us prepare for an upcoming showdown between Whataburger and In n' Out! Just call the City Cast Houston line and tell us whose side you're on! (713) 489-6972. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2022
Part 2: Could you loop around 610 on a bike? This man did.
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Today we continue with Raj Mankad’s bicycle journey around 610 — his personal quest, after pandemic isolation, to reconnect with the city. Today he covers the eastern part of the Loop – the industrial side, the Port of Houston side, the grimy sublime part that most Houstonians know least. City Cast and the Houston Chronicle Opinion section want to know all your 610 stories! Call us at 713-489-6972, tell us your name, and in around 30 seconds, tell us about your Loop 610 story. Or email us: houston@citycast.fm. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter! We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
Could you loop around 610 on a bike? This man did.
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Raj Mankad, the Houston Chronicle's op-Ed editor and Houston's resident utopian, has made a project of riding his bike around Loop 610. How did it go and why on earth did he venture on this journey? Today, Lisa Gray asks Raj to map out his trip for us. In the first part of our two part series, Raj takes us on a ride through the lush greenery of Memorial park and through the upscale Bellaire. But, his ride does follow a few strict rules... you'll have to listen to find out what those are. City Cast and the Houston Chronicle Opinion section want to know all your 610 stories! Call us at 713-489-6972, tell us your name, and in around 30 seconds, tell us about your Loop 610 story. Or email us: houston@citycast.fm. Want to learn more about all the weird things Houston has to offer? Well you'll have to sign up for our morning newsletter: click here.  Follow us on Twitter @CityCastHouston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2022
West Houston’s otherworldly art experience
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Seismique, in far west Houston, bills itself as both an “art museum” and an “intergalactic playground.” Inside a former Bed Bath & Beyond, more than 40 hallucinogenic, made-for-Instagram rooms house wildly different experiences born of everything from projectors and LEDs to crochet. The dizzying experience is less like a traditional art museum, and more like a concert, an escape room or an amusement park. Today we talk about it with art maven and City Cast contributor Olivia Flores Alvarez and video artist Joshuah Jest. Check out Seismique's website here! Also, make sure to follow our show on your favorite social media outlets, such as Facebook or Twitter! (Don't get shy, toss your opinion in there!) Finally, you should get in the Houston know - join the newsletter... here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
Black Towns Matter: Preserving Independence Heights
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As Covid 19 has raged on, Independence Heights in Northwest Houston has suffered a loss of some historic housing - particularly with townhomes popping up right along Main Street. For Tanya Debose, a founder of the national group Black Towns Matter, MLK day on Monday will not be “a day off, but a day on,” as she continues to educate, inform and empower. For more information on how you can help, make sure to visit Tanya Debose's project, Black Towns Matter. Also, if you would like to see what she is doing for Independence Heights, check out her website at the Independence Heights Redevelopment Council. Finally, join some of our chatter on Facebook! You can find our page, Here! (But... probably even more fun would be to follow host Lisa Gray, who gins up all sorts of great conversations - go here!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
Lil' Keke and the Houston Rodeo
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This March, on Black Heritage day, Lil’ Keke will join Bun B’s H-Town Takeover at the Houston Rodeo. Alongside some of the most highly revered Houstonian rappers ever (his fellow “elder statesmen” Bun B, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, and others), Lil’ Keke’s upcoming performance will draw inspiration from a career spent representing Texas. For more information on Lil’ Keke’s recently dropped song "We From Texas," go here! For Tickets to the H-Town Takeover, you should click over to the Houston Rodeo page (tickets) And… if you would like to add to those 1 million views that Lil' Keke's "We From Texas" has *already* gotten – go here! Finally, make sure to join our newsletter. Go here! (It’s all that and a bag of chips.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
Spending millions on gunshot technology that doesn't really work
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With Houston's crime rate on the rise and gun violence wreaking havoc on the city, finding a solution is on everyone's mind. It's why all but one council member, Letitia Plummer, voted for the gunshot detection technology. The technology has definitely drawn criticism and swirled many doubts, will this actually help reduce gun violence in our city? You'll have to listen to find out.  Today Lisa sits down with City Cast contributor, Evan Mintz, and with DeRay McKesson, host of the podcast, pod save the people and leader of campaign zero, a national nonprofit that advocates for data-driven policy to reduce police violence. Want all Houston's secrets? Even the down right weird ones? You'll have to sign up for our morning newsletter!  We're also on Twitter! Tweeting only when caffeinated to avoid typos...follow us at @CityCastHouston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
Is Houston losing its eccentrics?
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Back in the day, Houston was flush with charming weirdos. People made strange stuff here: We had the Orange Show, the Beer Can House, and art cars galore. But where’s our new generation of eccentrics? On today’s show we discuss this with contributors Allyn West and artist Phillip Pyle II, who’s working on a 20' monument for the Flower Man. Check out Phillip Pyle's art on his website, here! Also, make sure to check out Allyn West's twitter, here! Finally, subscribe to City Cast Houston's podcast. Become an uber-fan by subscribing to our newsletter here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
How the Brazos River explained the death of the dinosaurs
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Scott Solomon - biologist, professor, and science communicator – takes producer Ferrill Gibbs to a portion of the shallow, muddy Brazos (just north of College Station) where certain historical rocks and their peculiar characteristics offer coordinates to one of life’s greatest mysteries. Check out Scott's new show on Wondrium, which is his greatest passion... insects! The show is called "Why Insects Matter" - and you can find it here! Also, you should sign up for the City Cast Houston newsletter. It's hand-crafted each day by the most curious Houstonian around: Lisa Gray. Go here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
Texas is the Job Quitting Capital
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The Great Resignation has been happening all over – but not like in Texas. Antréchelle Dorsey, contributor for City Cast Houston, explains how like other Houstonians, she has seized this moment to redefine her life and rearrange her priorities. To find Antréchelle ... you can go Here! She mentioned Mimi Irwin and Dequilla Bratcher. Find their businesses here! Fitty Wraps and Delicacies by Dee Also, don't forget to tell two friends about City Cast Houston! We could use all your help - and they could use our tips to make them far more informed Houstonians! Speaking of being a more informed Houstonian, you can also show them our newsletter: Sign Up Here. -It's awesome. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
Our power grid still can't take a big freeze
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In February 2021, after Winter Storm Uri rolled into Texas, the state’s power grid went down. Millions of homes and businesses lost electricity and heat, and hundreds of people died. Are we better prepared now? Sergio Chapa, an energy reporter with Bloomberg, explains the weaknesses 2022's first little cold snap revealed. Want the coolest scoop on Houston? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter! Catch us at Tweeting and retweeting our colleagues from other cities @CityCastHouston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2022
Yodelers for Beto O’Rourke
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Nelly, Hannah, and Laura of the band “Babes In Betoland” gear up to stump (although musically) for Beto O’Rourke’s gubernatorial campaign. Inspired by his causes, though not officially part of his campaign, they take to the road to discover if yodeling for Beto can thrust a message of “making Texas safe again” across a gaping political divide. You can check out their Indigogo page, here! Also, they have a Facebook video here... Babes In Betoland Facebook Finally, make sure you follow/subscribe to Houston's City Cast podcast and Newsletter! Go Here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
Death-row radio: Jesus, heavy metal, and rom-coms
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The Tank, 106.5 FM, isn’t an ordinary radio station. It’s run by prisoners, for prisoners, at the maximum-security Allan B. Polunsky Unit north of Houston. Keri Blakinger, a prisons-and-jails reporter for the Marshall Project, tells Lisa about the Tank, its wild mix of programming, and what it means to some of the most isolated men in Texas. Read Keri's piece in the Marshall Project here.  Want the scoop on Houston? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter! We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2022
You're not from around here, are you?
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What better way to know that you *know* a city than to have an outsider ask “dumb” questions about it? On today’s episode, founder and CEO of City Cast (who also appears on the Slate Political Gabfest) David Plotz - a Washingtonian - gets schooled by host Lisa Gray and producer Dina Kesbeh on Houston’s idiosyncrasies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2022
The Extremely Last-Minute Houston Gift Guide
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Need a cool, thoughtful gift two days out from Christmas Eve? Dina and Lisa have you covered! From hyper-local honey (“the only food that lasts forever”) to ornaments, art lessons and dehydrated croissants, there are still a lot of great gifts to show how thoughtful — and local — you are! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
Omicron takes Houston
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Houston Methodist’s Omicron cases have topped 80% in December. It only took three weeks to dominate all other variants. Dr. Wesley Long of Houston Methodist warns that Omicron has begun to spread rapidly in Houston - and what Houstonians can do as they try to navigate the holidays later this week. Dr. Long's Tweets will keep you in the know. And, make sure to subscribe to City Cast Houston - it will keep you in the know, too! Go here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2021
“So my enchilada plate is going to cost more?”
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Ricardo Molina, second-generation owner of the Tex-Mex staple “Molina’s Cantina,” has never experienced such difficulties staffing and maintaining inventory as he has recently - ever since the COVID outbreak. Today, City Cast Houston contributor Loren Steffy gives his breakdown for why it's all happening, and the emerging economic landscape that Houstonians can expect to endure. Check out Molina's Cantina Here. Also, find Loren Steffy and check out all his many projects, Here Finally, subscribe to the City Cast Houston newsletter, Here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2021
Beto needs to shoot a feral hog!
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“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15!“: That declaration was the high point of Beto O’Rourke’s 2019 campaign for the presidency. But now that he’s running for governor of Texas, will his support of gun control doom his chances? Lisa Gray chats with City Cast contributor Evan Mintz, whose editorials on gun control made him a Pulitzer finalist. You can find out more about Evan, here! Also, sign up for Lisa Gray's newsletter (She puts a lot into it!) - go here! City Cast Houston Signup Follow Lisa Gray on Twitter, here. And, finally, you should channel your inner John Bonham with Joe Jowarski Here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2021
Lakewood's toilet money saga
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When plumber Justin Cauley (aka “Justin the Plumber”) found envelopes full of cash and checks spilling forth from the bathroom walls of Lakewood Church - a stash reportedly linked to a $600,000 robbery at Lakewood back in 2014 - the story became a national sensation. Today, City Cast Houston’s correspondents Marcus Carter and Evan Mintz discuss their perceptions of Lakewood Church and try to figure out why - with Lakewood - there is “always something.” Follow Marcus Carter on Instagram here ! Find Evan on Twitter here! ... and find City Cast Houston on Twitter here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Holiday gifts by Houston’s creatives
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Do you have a long list of people you need to buy gifts for? Have you been racking your brain trying to find that perfect gift, but also unique? City Cast contributor and arts writer Olivia Flores Alvarez is here to tell us about all the excellent gifts made by Houston's creative people -- artists, artisans and a writer. Check out our twitter Here - and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter, Here! Here's a list of all the shops mentioned in today's episode: Jim Koehn Art Space, watercolor artist Casa Ramirez, shop  Blanca Trevino, woodworker Tom Abrahams, author Kiki Neumann, found object artist Valentina Atkinson, artist Viet Tran, pet portrait artist Xochi/Five of Mine, jewelry designer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2021
A safe Christmas in Houston
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After a Christmas spent hunkering down last year, correspondent Antre’chelle Dorsey presents listeners with a variety of options to keep Christmas merry (and safe) in 2021. From The H-Town Christmas Countdown, to an outdoor dinner and drinks at one of her favorite spots, Pappasito's, Antre’chelle and host Lisa Gray have you covered… Check out these fun links discussed in the episode: H-Town Christmas Countdown The Houston Zoo lights Houston Botanic Garden Lightscape Pappasito's Cantina ... and the Jimmy Fallon, Megan Thee Stallion song: It Was A Masked Christmas Check out our twitter Here - and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter, Here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2021
Delicious oysters. Clean Gulf.
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Raz Halili, a second-generation oysterman in Dickinson, Texas, has developed the reputation for being a good steward of his corner of the Gulf. Recently, he recruited Houston chef Joe Cervantez and together, they made a restaurant in nearby San Leon: Pier 6 Seafood and Oyster House. (It features the oysters procured by his family's oyster processing plant, Prestige Oysters - and also, it has a really good burger.) Check out the restaurant here! A grand new pier and walkway are coming soon that will feature a breezy dining experience beside the water.) Also, sign up for City Cast Houston's newsletter here! And don't forget about City Cast's twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
You never catch one strain… You catch ALL of them
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Last week, City Cast Houston's Senior Producer Dina Kesbeh came down with what she believed was the flu. Fully vaccinated, always conscientious of avoiding the virus, she was surprised to hear that this "flu" was actually COVID -19. She is thankfully on the mend, but the questions remain: Should she disinfect everything in the house? Particularly her toothbrush? Is it Omicron? And most importantly, how long should she quarantine? Heralded virologist Dr. Ben Nueman of Texas A&M University-Texarcana - who has studied coronaviruses since 1996 - stops by to answer all of her questions … plus some. You can ask Dr. Neuman a question yourself! Find him on his Facebook group - "Ask Dr. Ben Neuman" We are doing episodes and newsletters about great Houston gift ideas - do you have one? Call our new number and give us an idea - we would love to hear from you! If you know of something great, the number is (713) 489-6972. Also, our newsletter sign up is Here! And our twitter is Here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2021
#Bludornmeplease
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City Cast Houston contributor Marcus Carter is utterly in love with the restaurant Bludorn -- so much so that he made a hashtag about it. So, what's so special about this restaurant? We don't just ask Marcus, we sit down with Chef and owner Aaron Bludorn to dive into what makes this eatery so special.  To get the scoop on all things Houston, be sure to sign up for our newsletter here. And, catch us Tweeting... City Cast's Twitter We’re working now on a podcast about last-minute holiday gifts – things you can buy locally, from a fellow Houstonian – and we’d love to use your recommendations. If you know of something great, please call (713) 489-6972 and leave us a voicemail. Tell us, briefly, who you are, what you’re recommending, and exactly what makes it so excellent.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
In her own words: An Afghan refugee resettles in Houston
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Tahmina Ghoori was forced to flee Afghanistan last summer along with her family. After two stops at refugee camps in Pennsylvania and New Mexico, the family picked Houston as their new home – a city of wealth, diversity, and possibilities. Joining her is Jida Nabulsi, CEO of Amaanah Refugee Services, to explain to Lisa how the process unfolded. If you would like to hear more about the services offered by Amaanah Refugee Services, you can visit their website here. The City Cast Houston newsletter has some incredible local gift ideas that are *affordable* - sign up here: City Cast Houston And, on twitter... City Cast's Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
S-T-O-P Holiday stress
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In this episode, meditation expert Alejandro Chaoul offers ways to survive the holiday season — even if your relatives keep bringing up QAnon. If you would like to learn more about him, check out Alejandro's events! Meditation and Tea (In-person) Meditation and Tea (Livestreaming) Mini-retreat (Livestreaming) His new book is Tibetan Yoga: Magical Movements of Body, Breath, and Mind Also, there are weekly free meditations and a monthly meditation in Spanish called "The Power of Community" Follow City Cast Houston on Twitter, here! Follow Antre'chelle on Twitter! It's here! And sign up for our newsletter! It's here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
Holidays in Houston as Omicron Advances
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Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, is fresh off the news circuit championing his strategy to strike a real blow to COVID -19: Vaccinate the Southern Hemisphere. Lisa Gray hosts as Dr. Hotez explains what we potentially face, what is known vs. soon-to-be-known, and how Dr. Hotez plans to approach the Holiday season with the ongoing threat of COVID -19. Find Dr. Hotez on twitter here! Follow us on Twitter: City Cast Houston's Twitter! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
Houston's First Black Cemetery buried under neglect
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Olivewood Cemetery is believed to be Houston’s first black cemetery. It had been neglected for a while before a group of volunteers decided they’d help clean up and maintain the grounds. But those volunteers are getting old and the upkeep is a lot for them. So who will maintain the cemetery if they can’t? Lisa sits down with City Cast contributor Brooke Lewis who writes for Texas Monthly. We're live on Twitter! Follow us @CityCastHouston to keep up with Houston news, nature, and other stuff you need to know. Why let your ears have all the fun? Feast your eyes on our free newsletter. You can sign up here. To read Brook Lewis' article about Olivewood Cemetery in The Texas Monthly click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
Shouldn't The Woodlands be a city by now?
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In this episode, political contributor/Pulitzer finalist Evan Mintz discusses with Lisa the possible rationale behind the Woodlands’ continued resistance to becoming a city. His ultimate gut feeling? That The Woodlands have an aversion to anything even remotely symbolizing a restrictive government… Plus, some very good news regarding homelessness in Houston - just in time for the holidays. We're live on Twitter! Follow us @CityCastHouston to keep up with Houston news, nature, and other stuff you need to know. Why let your ears have all the fun? Feast your eyes on our free newsletter. You can sign up here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
Does Houston have a Thanksgiving Tradition?
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Lisa hosts producers Dina Kesbeh and Ferrill Gibbs on the last podcast offering before Thanksgiving. What culinary disasters have the three endured on Thanksgivings past? What’s on the menu for this year’s celebration? And, Lisa calls for something good in Houston that listeners might include into their festivities this year... We're live on Twitter! Follow us @CityCastHouston to keep up with Houston news, nature, and other stuff you need to know. Why let your ears have all the fun? Feast your eyes on our free newsletter. You can sign up here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
What’s so special about Buffalo Bayou
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Photographer Geoff Winningham has been shooting Buffalo Bayou for decades. His photos are up on display at cafe Brasil for all to see -- it includes some historic photos that he found in Harvard's archives. So what is it about the bayou the drew him in for this long? Tune in to hear Geoff share all the historical details about what the Buffalo Bayou looked when he first laid eyes on it. We're live on Twitter! Follow us @CityCastHouston to keep up with Houston news, nature, and other stuff you need to know. Why let your ears have all the fun? Feast your eyes on our free newsletter. You can sign up here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Rice's Ion building: Collaboration or Gentrification?
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The Ion building, Rice University's new high-tech hub for all things shiny and entrepreneurial, anchors a 16-acre innovation district-to-be. Does Houston need that? Is the building any good? And why are people so mad about it?  Two City Cast contributors weigh in: Marcus Carter, tech recruiter and man-about-town; and Allyn West, architecture reviewer, and curmudgeon. For more on the ION visit their site here. We're live on Twitter! Follow us @CityCastHouston to keep up with Houston news, nature, and other stuff you need to know. Why let your ears have all the fun? Feast your eyes on our free newsletter. You can sign up here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
Introducing: City Cast Houston
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Join City Cast Houston twice a week (for now) as we plunge into conversations about food, economy, history, and all things that make Houston a place you never want to leave. Our Host Lisa Gray and the City Cast Houston team will bring you conversations you’ve never heard before, all in the hopes of understanding this sprawling city. Coming to your podcast feed November 16th. Subscribe to the newsletter and learn more at houston.citycast.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2021