429 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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    • 4.7 • 116 Ratings

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.

    The Crazy History of D.C.’s Alleys

    The Crazy History of D.C.’s Alleys

    The history of D.C.’s alleys is a weird, crazy metaphor for a couple centuries of race and class and power. We spoke to Kim Prothro Williams, author of Hidden Alleyways of Washington, DC: A History, to learn about the streets behind the streets. 
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    • 23 min
    How to Buy, Smoke, and Celebrate Weed in the Nation’s Capital

    How to Buy, Smoke, and Celebrate Weed in the Nation’s Capital

    This weekend is 4/20, the annual holiday where cannabis enthusiasts celebrate all things weed. Being in the shadow of the federal government means the laws around cannabis in the city are a little complicated. Alan Amsterdam, Owner of Capitol Hemp, is here to clear the smoke around getting high in D.C. 
    Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as $8 a month. If you become a member by Friday, you have a chance to win a pair of FIS Champions Club tickets to see the Nationals this season!
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    • 15 min
    The Complicated History Of D.C.'s Emancipation

    The Complicated History Of D.C.'s Emancipation

    Today is Emancipation Day. Even if you’ve been living in the District for a while, you might not know much about the holiday, and what makes it uniquely D.C. Briana Thomas, author of Black Broadway, joins to explain what you should know about Emancipation Day in D.C. and how to commemorate it.
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    • 16 min
    Why Gas Leaks are Happening More Frequently

    Why Gas Leaks are Happening More Frequently

    You might have noticed that gas leaks have been in the news more often. It’s pretty scary! When you suspect there’s a gas leak happening, it might not be clear what to do. So today on City Cast DC, we’re talking with environmental reporter Kayla Benjamin to get the lay of the land on what’s happening.
    Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as $8 a month. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
    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 202-642-2654.
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    • 20 min
    Slashing Metro and Childcare Funding, and Vote For Your Favorite Restaurants

    Slashing Metro and Childcare Funding, and Vote For Your Favorite Restaurants

    Reporter Michael Pope and author Briana Thomas join the show to talk about what the D.C. budget means for the cost of your child care, what the Virginia budget means for the health of our Metro system, and ways YOU can vote for D.C.’s best restaurants.
    You can vote for your favorite restaurants for the RAMMY awards here.
    Wanna win tickets to see the Washington Nationals? Become a City Cast DC member today!
    Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as $8 a month.
    Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
    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 202-642-2654.
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    • 27 min
    How to Kayak, Bike, & Metro to Every D.C. Park

    How to Kayak, Bike, & Metro to Every D.C. Park

    D.C. has an absurd amount of parks – 683! Longtime D.C. environmental reporter Jacob Fenston is hitting up all of them for us in the ultimate D.C. park's quest. We catch up with him to see how it's going, what his approach is, and to learn the weirdest thing he has seen in the Potomac so far. 
    And don’t forget to vote for City Cast DC as the District’s best podcast!
    Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as $8 a month. 
    Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE
    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 202-642-2654.
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    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

John f alderman ,

Citycast is the best

Citycast has made me feel so much more connected to DC. It’s an easy way to get up on the most important and interesting issues facing the city. I recommend the newsletter, too.

Samuelezrajacov ,

Upper-Middle Class Transplant Radio

Looking for lukewarm takes from upper middle class 40 year old executives regurgitated through their hip local mouthpiec- er, “reporters”? Want hard hitting conversation on mundane social issues that don’t really effect you because you have real problems? This is the show for you!

Anonymouslizz ,

Great local podcast

I love that this podcast covers such interesting and timely topics. Definitely one to listen to regularly if you live in the dmv.

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