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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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    • 4.8 • 88 Ratings

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.

    50 Years of Downtown HTX’s Growth Spurts

    50 Years of Downtown HTX’s Growth Spurts

    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.

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    • 25 min
    Houston Lawyer Explains Why Divorces Are So Mean Now

    Houston Lawyer Explains Why Divorces Are So Mean Now

    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

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    • 16 min
    Big Teacher Raises, RIP Shasta, and Local Team Heads to the (Little) World Series

    Big Teacher Raises, RIP Shasta, and Local Team Heads to the (Little) World Series

    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

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    • 26 min
    You lured a friend to visit Houston. Now what?

    You lured a friend to visit Houston. Now what?

    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


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    • 27 min
    Malls Are Dying. So Why Is The Galleria Packed?

    Malls Are Dying. So Why Is The Galleria Packed?

    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

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    • 19 min
    Uvalde, COVID & 4th-Grade Math: How to Deal with Back-to-School Anxiety

    Uvalde, COVID & 4th-Grade Math: How to Deal with Back-to-School Anxiety

    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

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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

BumbGrumbler ,

Informative local news

A great resource for a city as large as Houston. It covers and explains a lot of local issues I wouldn’t have known about or understood without this podcast, and with enough time to discuss the issue without the monotony of talk radio, for example. Also it covers more than just murders, weather, and car accidents, like local tv news. This podcast and the Texas Tribunes’ Tribcast and essential for being an informed Houston, TX resident.

Henripug ,

Really great minus the inane joy at killing things.

Really great minus the inane joy at killing things, otherwise I am grateful for the local progressive point of views re body autonomy.

Kristay58 ,

Important information

Today’s podcast regarding Post-Roe Texas gives succinct, practical abortion information for Texans to use today. Thank you Lisa Gray.

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