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Food, culture, news and nature in the sweaty Bayou City. Join Host Raheel Ramzanali 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, Hey Houston, at houston.citycast.fm.

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Food, culture, news and nature in the sweaty Bayou City. Join Host Raheel Ramzanali 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, Hey Houston, at houston.citycast.fm.

    How Juneteenth was Born in Galveston

    How Juneteenth was Born in Galveston

    As we get ready to celebrate Juneteenth this week, we want to revisit how the historic holiday became one of the most important days of our region. Houston artist Reginald Adams and his team have painted at least 10 Juneteenth murals across the country and he joins City Cast Houston Host Raheel Ramzanali to explain why Juneteenth is so important to him, why it should matter to every Houstonian, and what other traditions started after Emancipation Day. 
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    Reginald Adams’ murals 

    Juneteenth Events



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    • 19 min
    You Might Also Like: Can We End Epidemics?

    You Might Also Like: Can We End Epidemics?

    Introducing Banking on Progress from Can We End Epidemics?.
    Follow the show: Can We End Epidemics?

    The global economy is in a state of uncertainty as governments around the world cut budgets and introduce belt-tightening austerity measures. Progress is more urgent now than ever for people living with and affected by infectious diseases. Fully funding innovative options to test, prevent, and treat infectious diseases, as well as research and development exploring cures, is critical. In this episode, host Henry Bonsu brings together Peter Sands, the executive director of the Global Fund, Ricardo Baptista Leite, a former member of Portugal’s parliament and CEO for HealthAI — The Global Agency for Responsible AI in Health, and Helen McDowell, the head of government affairs and global public health at ViiV Healthcare, to ask how national health systems and the international community might provide dependable, long-term funding to end infectious disease epidemics.

    Glossary of terms used this season: https://foreignpolicy.com/podcasts/can-we-end-epidemics/

    DISCLAIMER: Please note, this is an independent podcast episode not affiliated with, endorsed by, or produced in conjunction with the host podcast feed or any of its media entities. The views and opinions expressed in this episode are solely those of the creators and guests. For any concerns, please reach out to team@podroll.fm.

    Who Fires Mike Miles, City Budget Drama, and Bird Flu?!

    Who Fires Mike Miles, City Budget Drama, and Bird Flu?!

    City budget drama, HISD test results, and the Museum District’s very own Batman..well, kinda. Host Raheel Ramzanali is recapping a busy week in H-Town with media personality Antre’chelle Nova and Pulitzer Prize finalist Evan Mintz. The trio are talking about those stories plus the threat level of bird flu, The Woodlands getting some love for their job market, the new Texas Renaissance Festival docuseries, and more!
    Featured stories:

    City Cast Houston’s June Guide featuring Father’s Day events 

    Houston has a new budget 

    Chris Hollins still has questions regarding the firefighter’s settlement 

    Early testing data shows improvements at HISD elementary and middle schools

    KHOU's interview with Mike Miles

    Prayer vigil held for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee 

    City Council pulls vote on mayor’s four new Montrose TIRZ appointees 

    Montrose residents push to stop Mayor Whitmire’s TIRZ appointees

    Bird flu detected, but public risk is low

    Texas Renaissance Festival distances itself from Ren Faire on HBO

    The Woodlands job market is popping

    Vigilante puts up stop signs in the Museum District 

    Antre’chelle trying out the new crab legs at Wing Quarter 

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    • 33 min
    YouTuber, NASA Engineer, and More of Houston's Most Interesting Jobs

    YouTuber, NASA Engineer, and More of Houston's Most Interesting Jobs

    It’s career day at City Cast Houston! Host Raheel Ramzanali is learning about three interesting Houston careers and how we can find inspiration in our own lives from these unique jobs. Just like career day in school, you’ll hear from a range of guests who work at NASA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a full-time content creator on YouTube.
    Learn more about our guest and their careers below!

    Subscribe to ARPLATINUM’s Channel

    Check out Art of the Islamic Worlds at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Learn more about project HALO

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    • 28 min
    Where To Get the Best Sushi in Houston

    Where To Get the Best Sushi in Houston

    International Sushi Day is right around the corner and we’re also wrapping up AAPI Restaurant Weeks so we wanted to find out the best places to grab sushi in Houston. Host Raheel Ramzanali is joined by local food blogger Anthony Vu aka TheEatingAnt on Instagram to get his recommendations for the best sushi spots in Houston.
    Try out these sushi spots!

    Hokkaido Sushi 

    Ginza

    Kura Revolving Sushi Bar 

    Handies Douzo



    Uchi 

    Kata Robata 

    Roka Akor


    Sushi by Hidden 

    Hidden Omakase 

    Oheya by Uchi 

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    • 11 min
    Potential Electric Grid Emergency, New License Plates Tracking, and Tarantulas!?

    Potential Electric Grid Emergency, New License Plates Tracking, and Tarantulas!?

    There’s a lot going on in the city so host Raheel Ramzanali is calling on Houston Press reporter Faith Bugenhagen to help him break down some of the biggest stories. They start by talking about a new trend in offices where some workers don’t feel comfortable performing a simple task. Then they get to ERCOT’s latest report on summer energy usage and how budget season is impacting Harris County. They’re also spending time on HPD’s new cameras that scan license plates, a creepy crawler that’s migrating through our city, and more!
    Learn more here:

    Read Faith’s work in the Houston Press

    Office workers need training to talk on the phone 

    ERCOT says Texas could face rolling blackouts in August 

    Harris County facing budget deficit 

    HPD leans heavy on plate scanning cameras 

    Mayor Whitmire wants to cancel ShotSpotter contract 

    Bush airport named one of the worst for flight disruptions 

    Joy Sewing’s column on the Columbia Tap Trail 

    Tesla Cybertruck goes viral for a very Houston reason 

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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

Gnm98 ,

Refreshing

Good solid work from these folks! It’s refreshing to listen to news & current events delivered from reporters who don’t hide their opinions.

I don’t always agree with them but I appreciate the openness.

Rdswinford ,

Need better investigating

1. HPD is understaffed… academy would take 5+years to fill retirement voids alone and $$$$ - they are obscuring the dilemma- Houston is >2500 officers below FBI estimates for this sized city.
2. The “real” story was not reported for MHH transplant. This was a hatchet job not a surgeons manipulation of records.

SammyInDaCut ,

Always Fantastic

Raheel always brings such a positive light and entertaining twist on all things houston

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