44 episodes

City Cast is the daily, local audio companion you knew DC needed. Washingtonians are gritty, proud, and resilient — necessary qualities for a community facing issues that range from an affordability crisis to the fight for statehood to the movement for racial justice… and useful qualities for a region full of whip-smart people, dynamic culture, and constant change. Washingtonians are deeply passionate about our city, whose story is still being written, and City Cast DC is here to tell it.

Every weekday morning, our hosts Michael Schaffer and Bridget Todd will engage people from all over the eight wards in conversation about DC’s crises and its beauty, both literal and figurative. It’ll have the feel of eavesdropping on an energetic and informative coffee shop chat, except that with City Cast DC, consider this your official invitation to listen in.

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City Cast is the daily, local audio companion you knew DC needed. Washingtonians are gritty, proud, and resilient — necessary qualities for a community facing issues that range from an affordability crisis to the fight for statehood to the movement for racial justice… and useful qualities for a region full of whip-smart people, dynamic culture, and constant change. Washingtonians are deeply passionate about our city, whose story is still being written, and City Cast DC is here to tell it.

Every weekday morning, our hosts Michael Schaffer and Bridget Todd will engage people from all over the eight wards in conversation about DC’s crises and its beauty, both literal and figurative. It’ll have the feel of eavesdropping on an energetic and informative coffee shop chat, except that with City Cast DC, consider this your official invitation to listen in.

    How El Tamarindo Became an AdMo Institution

    How El Tamarindo Became an AdMo Institution

    We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the longest-standing Salvadoran restaurant in the city. Ana Reyes’s family opened El Tamarindo in Adams Morgan in the 1980s, and she’s here to tell us all about its start, its successes, and most importantly — its food!
    Also: 
    Find out how to get your kids vaccinated for free across the city here.
    And check in on the lead pipe situation in your area via this map.

    Need more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter.

    We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @citycast_dc.

    And we’d love to feature you on the show! Share your DC-related thoughts, hopes, and frustrations with us in a voicemail by calling 2026422654.
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    • 19 min
    Get That Metro Money

    Get That Metro Money

    In today’s roundup, Michael Brice-Saddler from the Washington Post joins Michael Schaffer and Julia Karron to discuss a new initiative to give D.C. residents $100 for Metro, the redevelopment at Barry Farm, and where to get food for the Jewish high holy days in the area.

    For more news, check out our morning newsletter! It's getting a new name and look on Monday, so you'll want to be one of the first to check that out.

    We’re also on Twitter at @citycast_dc.

    And we’re working on a project about Washingtonians helping each other. Have you received any random acts of kindness lately? Leave us a voicemail with your story (2026422654), and your good samaritan could win a $100 gift card to their local business of choice!
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    • 23 min
    How You Can Help End Food Insecurity in D.C.

    How You Can Help End Food Insecurity in D.C.

    September is Hunger Action Month, and as it draws to a close, we’re thinking about how one in three D.C. residents is food insecure. Radha Mutiah from the Capital Area Food Bank joins us to talk about who’s going hungry in the district and how each of us can help.

    You can check out the Capital Area Food Bank’s report on food insecurity here.

    Make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter to get even more D.C. news

    We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @citycast_dc

    And we’d love to feature you on the show! Share your DC-related thoughts, hopes, and frustrations with us in a voicemail by calling 2026422654
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    • 17 min
    The Fight Over Trans Rights In Virginia Public Schools

    The Fight Over Trans Rights In Virginia Public Schools

    Virginia's “model policies” on how schools should treat transgender students received more than 17,000 public comments in just the first two days of the open feedback period. You have just a few weeks more to submit your thoughts. We’re joined by Virginia Public Radio’s Michael Pope to make sure you‘re informed when you do it.

    You can also listen to Michael Pope on the podcast Pod Virginia.

    Need more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter

    We’re also on Twitter! Give us a follow us at @citycast_dc

    And we’d love to hear YOU on the show! Share your DC-related thoughts, hopes, and frustrations with us in a voicemail by calling 2026422654
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    • 12 min
    Do You Still Need to Tip With Service Charges?

    Do You Still Need to Tip With Service Charges?

    Over the last few months, you've probably seen a 20% service charge on some of your restaurant bills. Are you supposed to tip on top of that? Why are restaurants doing this? Washingtonian Food Editor Jessica Sidman has all the answers. Be sure to also check out her Washingtonian piece on service charges.

    For more D.C. news and culture, sign up for our morning newsletter. Every Wednesday, we've got a fantastic 'neighborhood guide' section that's sure to wise you up to some local gems.

    We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @citycast_dc.

    And tell us your stories too! Leave us a voicemail with your D.C.-related thoughts, hopes, and frustrations by calling 2026422654.
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    • 16 min
    Prepare Yourself for Downtown D.C. 2.0

    Prepare Yourself for Downtown D.C. 2.0

    D.C.’s use of office space during the pandemic plummeted, and it hasn’t returned. What does that mean for the city at large, and for all those empty office buildings? Tristan Navera from Washington Business Journal explains that offices can’t bring all workers back, so a new downtown D.C. is on the horizon.

    Need more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter

    We’re also on Twitter! Give us a follow us at @citycast_dc
    And we’d love to hear YOU on the show! Share your DC-related thoughts, hopes, and frustrations with us in a voicemail by calling 2026422654
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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Whyitsali ,

Much needed

Excited to see how this show evolves. So needed as it feels like most DC-focused media is either legislative gossip or national outlets pouring into our city. Happy for some fresh local takes.

Timputer ,

Love the deep dives into local topics!

This is a must listen as a DC or DMV resident. The topics are always interesting in themselves but the bonus is the hosts do a fantastic job making it entertaining and drawing great information out of their guests.

LizzieG88 ,

A new look at what’s going on in DC!

Love all the topics covered on this pod! The hosts do a great job tapping into the big conversations happening in DC, plus bring in other people and institutions that make DC what it is.

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