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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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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.

    Part 2: Could you loop around 610 on a bike? This man did.

    Part 2: Could you loop around 610 on a bike? This man did.

    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.

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    • 19 min
    Could you loop 610 on a bike? This man did.

    Could you loop 610 on a bike? This man did.

    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

    • 17 min
    West Houston’s otherworldly art experience

    West Houston’s otherworldly art experience

    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!
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    • 13 min
    Black Towns Matter: Preserving Independence Heights

    Black Towns Matter: Preserving Independence Heights

    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.
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    • 15 min
    Lil' Keke and the Houston Rodeo

    Lil' Keke and the Houston Rodeo

    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!

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    • 14 min
    Spending millions on gunshot technology that doesn't really work

    Spending millions on gunshot technology that doesn't really work

    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.

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    We're also on Twitter! Tweeting only when caffeinated to avoid typos...follow us at @CityCastHouston

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

LizzieG88 ,

Great way to stay engaged with Houston!

Before this podcast came out, I didn’t know much about Houston, but thanks to Lisa Gray and the rest of the team, that’s changing. Love the variety of topics covered — the eccentricities of Houston, politics, business, culture, etc. I especially loved the episode about “Babes in Betoland.” A great show made by people who love Houston, for all who want to keep tabs on the city and learn how to better engage.

Dplotz ,

Joyful and fascinating

Host Lisa Gray loves loves loves Houston, knows how crazy it is, and is joyfully sharing her immense knowledge of the city. This is the podcast that will make you feel more connected to Houston—to know it better, to care more, and to be current on the news

HurricaneBrax ,

I like a the Houston focus but it would be nice to have have something resembling objectivity

I understand journalism today faces some serious hurdles and I appreciate that financial backing often now comes inside the rat trap of an agenda. But it’s disheartening to see something focused on our great city that has such clear bias. I like the parts where the show spotlights cool people and places around town but the lack of objectivity leaves a bad taste in my mouth. So while it’s likely that the show runners are probably unaware of the shows slant due to the general climate in journalism that has turned the venerated truth tellers in to toadies for whatever agenda the money man is pushing - I would encourage anyone at the show who is a true believer in the right so important that the people who started the country said it needed to be included or they wouldn’t join in to turn towards journalism and away from editorialized discussion. But then again a pay check is a pay check and sometimes you gotta sell out to buy in. $0.02.

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