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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.
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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

    Johnston's New Newcomer Plan, Broadway Bike Lane Debuts, and RIP New Saigon

    Johnston's New Newcomer Plan, Broadway Bike Lane Debuts, and RIP New Saigon

    It’s Friday, and we’re looking back at the biggest stories of the week. First up, Mayor Mike Johnston has a new plan to address the growing cost of supporting the South and Central American newcomers still arriving in Denver. He announced that four shelters will be closing just days after Aurora City Council declared Aurora a “non-sanctuary city.” So is this a turning point? And where is Governor Jared Polis in all of this? Host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi are sorting it out with one of our favorite regulars — stand-up comedian Joshua Emerson. Plus, the Broadway bike lane is “complete,” so we’re also talking about the latest bike lane drama and sharing our Rocky Mountain Highs and Lows of the week.
    What do you think is the best bagel in town? We’re gearing up for our next big food battle, and we don’t want to leave out the under-appreciated gem you love! Text or leave us a voicemail with your name and neighborhood, and you might hear it on the show: 720-500-5418‬
    Joshua talked about the Esquire Theater closing and the Vintage Theater community buying their building. Paul talked about the “carbon neutral” oil company and a staircase bill. Bree mentioned New Saigon closing and the Denver Post’s recent best podcasts list. 
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    • 45 min
    12 Big Ideas To Fix Downtown

    12 Big Ideas To Fix Downtown

    The bad news just keeps rolling in for downtown Denver — more restaurants have closed, office buildings are hitting their highest vacancy rates since the ’90s, and yet another clean and safe initiative aims to combat the “toilet bowl” reputation. But what else could be done? Politics and green chile correspondent Justine Sandoval joins host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi to brainstorm a list of innovative, interesting, out-there, and completely free ideas that could be the magic solution to downtown’s ongoing woes.
    Bree mentioned the Cinderella City Project, pencil smokestack art, and Lawrence Halprin’s original Skyline Park design. She also talked about our episode on the likelihood of changing downtown’s empty office buildings into housing. 
    Do you have a good idea to help fix downtown? We want to hear it! 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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    • 28 min
    Bad Landlords, Controversial Billboards, and Your Stinky Denver Stories

    Bad Landlords, Controversial Billboards, and Your Stinky Denver Stories

    Bright yellow billboards have popped up around Denver proclaiming that something called the Epoch Times is the “#1 Trusted News.” But a recent investigation of the media company reveals its connections to a Chinese group that may or may not be a cult. Host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi dig into the bizarre billboard backstory, plus the latest landlord-tenant drama in a new segment we’re calling Landlord Watch. Then, listeners respond to our Purina plant episode with their own stinky stories of weird and gross smells around the Denver metro area. 
    We also discussed our episode from last year about local fast food drive-thrus implementing AI. The Epoch Times is also connected with Shen Yun, the anti-Communist Chinese dance show that advertises around Denver from time to time. 
    Have you got a bad landlord story to share? Landlord Watch needs your help! Hit us with stories, tips, or questions about how to deal with your landlord. We want to help! 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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    • 28 min
    Mayor Johnston’s Big New Plans for 2024. Plus, ‘Noncommitted Delegates’

    Mayor Johnston’s Big New Plans for 2024. Plus, ‘Noncommitted Delegates’

    Two weeks after announcing budget cuts for Parks & Rec and the DMV, Mayor Mike Johnston on Monday laid out some ambitious — and probably pricey — new goals for the city in 2024. So how will his renewed focus on the unhoused crisis, public safety, and affordable housing affect Denver’s support for the newcomers still arriving by the busload? Producer Paul Karolyi and Westword editor Patty Calhoun are dissecting Johnston’s new goals. Plus, Denverites are looking at their most confusing presidential primary ballots ever. What would a vote for “noncommitted delegate” mean?
    Patty mentioned this op-ed from former U.S. Congressman David Skaggs arguing in favor of voting for “noncommitted delegate.” Paul talked about this explainer from 9News explaining what such a vote would mean. 
    What do you think about Mayor Johnston’s new goals? We want to know how you feel about his leadership! 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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    • 24 min
    What Really Happens Inside Denver’s Strip Clubs?

    What Really Happens Inside Denver’s Strip Clubs?

    There are only five strip clubs left in Denver today, and one of them was just forced to shut down for two weeks after undercover cops found dancers engaging in prostitution. While PT’s Showclub is open for business again as of last month, the business of exotic dancing is tougher than ever. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton reports on the local strip club scene for The Denver Post, and she sat down with host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi last fall to reveal what really goes on inside PT’s, Shotgun Willie’s, and the rest of Denver’s storied clubs. 
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    • 19 min
    Lawmakers Fight Doomscrolling, Red Rocks Upgrades, and an Epic Pizza Fail

    Lawmakers Fight Doomscrolling, Red Rocks Upgrades, and an Epic Pizza Fail

    It’s Friday and we’re rounding up the biggest stories of the week. First, if social media is making kids depressed, will pop-up warnings on their phones stop the doomscroll? Some state lawmakers think so. Then, as the summer concert calendar fills up, more live music venues are coming online, too — from RiNo to La Alma-Lincoln Park, music fans will soon have more choices. But what does it mean for the musicians themselves? Producer Paul Karolyi and host Bree Davies chat with Becky Otárola, guitarist and bandleader of local act Bellhoss, about these stories, plus dig into the new upgrades at Red Rocks, some bad news for downtown restaurants, and more wins and fails of the week. 
    Bellhoss’ new EP “A Rose, A Thorn” is out now!
    Summer 2024 concert lineups have been announced recently at Levitt Pavilion, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Red Rocks. 
    Paul mentioned his beef with Beau Jo’s, Ian’s Pizza closing, and Dough Counter. Becky talked about the debate over an Israel-Gaza ceasefire proclamation and the Highlands mommies facebook group. Bree mentioned Lookin’ Good Restaurant and her 2010 review of the questionable Drake concert.
    What do you think about the proposals to regulate social media? Too little too late or too much too fast? 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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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
425 Ratings

425 Ratings

mflarsk24 ,

Valuable to the community, but losing its footing.

I’ve been a daily listener of the show for the past couple years, and it truly has made me feel more connected to this city. That said, I’ve found the show increasingly difficult to listen to, and I found it interesting that other non-five star reviews revealed the same sentiments as my own.

The show often tackles difficult issues facing our city. I support the show addressing sensitive and complex topics, but frankly the team needs to level up their game if they intend to continuing doing so. And yes, though I know she is coming from good intentions, this comment is largely directed toward Bree and the assorted progressive community activists invited on. Round out the panel, poke into the nuance, and suggest solutions (grounded in financial realities and compromise.) Paul tends to serve this function in the conversation, though it seems like that has started to decline as well.

The beauty of local journalism should be getting into the specifics and complexities that are not easily achieved in the national conversation. Unfortunately the show is veering away from that effort (see the recent episode about renaming parks, which was essentially Bree and Paul evaluating the racism level of white historical figures… thanks…?)

Denver may be a “deep blue” city, but this side of the aisle isn’t a monolith. Step up to the plate or stick to community cultural events and dining recommendations.

jes-c ,

Favorite Morning Podcast

This show has great vibes for the morning, while also going into a lot of great topics. I live in the suburbs, so some stories just aren’t that interesting to me, but I love the hosts so much that I listen anyway.

International affairs student ,

Enjoy the show

I really enjoy this show and it makes me feel connected to the city i have grown to love and call home. Sometimes i wish the episodes were a little longer and more in depth but overall really enjoy it. It has gotten me to try new cultural experiences and pay more attention to the issues our city faces.

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