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Join Host Bree Davies and the City Cast Denver crew every weekday morning as we celebrate, explore, and challenge an ever-changing Denver. It’s the daily news podcast for all Denverites — whether you’ve been here for six months or six generations. We’ll break down the news you need (and want) to know with journalists and culture makers; activists and artists; neighbors and ne’er-do-wells — and John Elway, if he ever returns our calls. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at citycast.fm/denver.
*Named Westword's Best Podcast of 2021, 2023

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Join Host Bree Davies and the City Cast Denver crew every weekday morning as we celebrate, explore, and challenge an ever-changing Denver. It’s the daily news podcast for all Denverites — whether you’ve been here for six months or six generations. We’ll break down the news you need (and want) to know with journalists and culture makers; activists and artists; neighbors and ne’er-do-wells — and John Elway, if he ever returns our calls. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at citycast.fm/denver.
*Named Westword's Best Podcast of 2021, 2023

    Lauren Boebert Can’t Lose: Our Evening With Lauren Boebert

    Lauren Boebert Can’t Lose: Our Evening With Lauren Boebert

    This is the final episode of a special, limited-run podcast series, Lauren Boebert Can’t Lose, from City Cast Denver. Don’t miss the whole series, available now in this podcast feed or on our website. 
    June 25 was a big election day for Congresswoman Lauren Boebert. She had five opponents for the Republican nomination in her new district in Colorado and, as we’ve learned in this limited-run podcast series, a whole lot of baggage. But we’re done dissecting her controversies and analyzing her strategies. On this final episode, arriving two weeks after her decisive victory in the CD4 Republican primary, it’s time to sit down at her kitchen table and hear her side of the story.
    Check out our coverage of Boebert's decisive victory in the CD4 Republican primary for a full breakdown of the results.
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    • 41 min
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    Introducing Was Biden's "Big Boy Presser" Enough? from Pod Save America.
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    Jon and Dan break down Joe Biden's big press conference, whether he did enough to calm nervous Democrats, and whether he's making a sharp enough case against Donald Trump—or for himself—to move the numbers and create a plausible path to victory. Plus, the latest signals from the campaign about what its strategy will be going forward, and how the Trump veepstakes is playing out with only days left to go.

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    Biden Divides Local Dems, Busting Denver Stereotypes, and a Ren Faire Intruder

    Biden Divides Local Dems, Busting Denver Stereotypes, and a Ren Faire Intruder

    It’s Friday, and we’re rounding up the biggest stories of the week. First, how are Denverites feeling about Mayor Johnston after his first year in office? What about his work on homelessness or revitalizing downtown? A new poll shows all. Then, Democrats across the country are divided on President Biden’s chances at re-election in November, and local politicians are speaking out. Big thinker and local business owner Deacon Rodda joins host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi to dig into those stories and swap Rocky Mountain Highs and Lows of the week. 
    Join our bike scavenger hunt! We’re partnering with Bike Streets to bring you an an eight-week challenge to get to know the Mile High from two wheels. Check out the Hey Denver newsletter every Friday for a chance to win some EPIC prizes at the end. The first clue drops today — play along and sign up for Hey Denver if you haven’t already!
    Bree mentioned Sen. Michael Bennet’s Wednesday interview on CNN and Rep. Diana DeGette’s reflection on a recent meeting with the president. 
    You’re invited to join us next week at the Colfax Indie Bash! We’re gonna record a live podcast on stage with Mayor Mike Johnston, and we’d love to see you there. RSVP for FREE right here. 
    Paul discussed the latest dog park news out of Westminster and the bear at the Ren Faire. Bree talked about Herman’s Hideaway and the Cherry Cricket. Deacon shouted out Paul Davis Restoration.
    What grade would you give Mayor Johnston on his first year in office? Text or leave us a voicemail with your name and neighborhood, and you might hear your take on the show: 720-500-5418‬
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    “Lavender Festival” at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms (July 20-21)

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    • 57 min
    Burning Questions About This Weekend’s Heat Wave

    Burning Questions About This Weekend’s Heat Wave

    Denver is projected to see a three-day streak of temperatures over 100 degrees this weekend. So, what is causing these high temps? And what does this mean for our day-to-day lives? 9News meteorologist Chris Bianchi joins host Bree Davies to break down the heat wave, the broader context, and share some advice to consider before you venture outside this weekend.
    For more weather news and analysis, we think Chris is really good on TikTok.
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    How are you planning to beat the heat this weekend? Text or leave us a voicemail with your name and neighborhood, and you might hear it on the show: 720-500-5418‬
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    “Lavender Festival” at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms (July 20-21)

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    • 21 min
    A Millionaire’s Case for Major Elections Reform

    A Millionaire’s Case for Major Elections Reform

    In a presidential election year when democracy itself is under threat, local political megadonor Kent Thiry is proposing a massive reform to Colorado’s elections. But Initiative 310 will only make it onto our November ballots if the campaign can collect 125,000 signatures by the first week of August. So producer Paul Karolyi sat down with Thiry and one of his top allies — former Denver Elections director Amber McReynolds — to talk about how this reform would work, why both Democrats and Republicans are so mad at them, and whether or not Thiry is just clearing the path for his own long-anticipated run for governor. Oh, and you better believe Paul asked what’s up with Thiry’s reported obsession with The Three Musketeers.
    Initiative 310 would implement “open primaries” and ranked choice voting in elections for federal and state offices in Colorado. We recently published an explainer for ranked choice voting, which you can read here, and you can learn more about open primaries from our friends at Colorado Public Radio.
    Paul mentioned the 2017 episode of Last Week Tonight where John Oliver explored the dialysis industry and poked fun at Thiry for dressing up like The Three Musketeers. 
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    What do you think about Kent Thiry and Initiative 310? Text or leave us a voicemail with your name and neighborhood, and you might hear it on the show: 720-500-5418‬
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    “Lavender Festival” at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms (July 20-21)

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    Hey Victoria, thanks for listening and leaving us a message. I agree Patty is the best! This is Paul btw. I thought you might be curious, I just checked Union Station's code of conduct and it confirms my personal experience: "Restrooms and seating within the common areas of the Great Hall are reserved for patrons of Denver Union Station, Amtrak, and the Crawford Hotel only." You can find the rest of their rules here: https://www.denverunionstation.com/content/uploads/2023/02/DUS-Code-of-Conduct.pdf
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    • 30 min
    Expired Plates Crackdown, Union Station’s $11M Facelift, and Justice for Drones

    Expired Plates Crackdown, Union Station’s $11M Facelift, and Justice for Drones

    It’s Tuesday, and we’re rounding up the biggest stories of the week. First, Union Station is set to unveil the results of a six-month, $11-million renovation this weekend, but is this a revolution for the transit hub? Or yet another evolution in its 110-year history? Then we discuss the Denver Police Department's crack down on what is apparently a huge public safety issue: expired car registrations and temporary plates. Westword editor Patty Calhoun joins producer Paul Karolyi to share license plate hacks, Union Station secrets, and respond to a listener comment on our skepticism ahead of Denver’s Fourth of July drone show last week.
    Paul quoted Axios Denver’s coverage of a recent public safety survey. Patty mentioned Councilman Flynn’s “investigation” into expired license plates, and we discussed Karl Christian Krumpholz’s terrific comic history of Union Station.
    What do you think about DPD cracking down on expired license plates? Text or leave us a voicemail with your name and neighborhood, and you might hear it on the show: 720-500-5418‬
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
441 Ratings

441 Ratings

weespesh ,

Podcasts are people!

Fan of this podcast, in general. I learn stuff I didn’t know! Love the focus on civic engagement! Definitely gone to new places and done things as a result of their recommendations. The hosts are personalities, which is maybe the point — people in Colorado have ‘em! And if they’re different from me, I am usually learning stuff from that, too! Helpful little pod, not worth getting upset about. Also have Olivia back again please because she is both relaxing and funny to listen to.

BACNE SPEARS ,

Praise with a dash of shade…

I love this podcast... Denver NEEDS it. I tell everyone to listen to it. Its truly a great way to feel more connected to the city and what's going on around town.

I'm a little tired of the filler content AKA an excessive amount of the "Top 5 burritos" etc episodes. How about scaling back to doing eps every other day?

What’s a review without a little shade ? Here we go: Paul is lucky to have Bree to help him understand A LOT of things ("what's mutual aid, bree?").

Lastly, I'm a little surprised here to see complaints about how slanted the perspective is on this pod..I don't think they are trying to present a "fair and balanced" perspective in their 15 min eps nor do I think they need to...it's mostly a progressive take. Go in with your eyes open:)

Nicolewaves ,

Make them shut up

This podcast could be great but is kinda sad and pathetic. Paul is a terrible host and essentially touts being an apathetic racist. Bree is loves to talk about diversity when it benefits her, but is completely performative with her commentary. She contradicts herself often and is the type of advocate who you wish would just sit down and shut up. I’ve tried to get over how annoying the hosts are to see if I could just learn more about Denver, but these two make the podcast pretty unbearable.

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