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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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    • 4.6 • 181 Ratings

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.

    Healthcare Disparities, IRS Office Fight, & Is a Hemp Crackdown Coming?

    Healthcare Disparities, IRS Office Fight, & Is a Hemp Crackdown Coming?

    It’s already a busy start to the week with so many stories to know about so host Raheel Ramzanali is bringing on ABC13 reporter Chaz Miller to recap some of the big ones. The duo start things off with by talking about the economic impact of healthcare access disparities, then jump to rapid fire where hemp products might get regulation, and then they’re ending with a story so wild that it can only happen in H-Town!
    Featured stories:

    How unequal access to healthcare is impacting our citizens and economy 

    It’s about to get really hot again

    The trial of Brian Coulter 

    Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick takes aim at Delta-8 and Delta-9 products 

    Why this sailboat has been stranded on Galveston shores 

    Houston mom leaves kids alone for cruise 

    IRS event canceled after fight 

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    • 22 min
    Is Houston Really Going Broke? City Controller Chris Hollins Explains!

    Is Houston Really Going Broke? City Controller Chris Hollins Explains!

    It’s been 100 days since Chris Hollins took over as city controller and A LOT has happened! Host Raheel Ramzanali is talking to Controller Hollins about the hardest part of job so far, how the new firefighter settlement will impact the city’s financial future, and how the city can help balance the budget.
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    • 23 min
    Home Insurance Crisis, Harris County Sued, and Art Car Parade!

    Home Insurance Crisis, Harris County Sued, and Art Car Parade!

    Today on the show, Host Raheel Ramzanali and Pulitzer Prize finalist Even Mintz are recapping the biggest stories of the week. First, they’re talking about Ken Paxton suing Harris County for a program that other Texas cities have implemented. Then, the duo focus on stories like President Joe Biden’s push to get the Houston to Dallas train done, a new midtown housing project that’s sparking debate, Art Car Parade weekend, and more!
    Learn more:

    President Joe Biden to discuss Houston to Dallas train 

    Art Car Parade Weekend Schedule 

    The moon is made up of gas 

    Insurance crisis in California 

    Home Insurance rates in Texas and Houston are HIGH

    Texas AG sues Harris County over Uplift Harris program

    New midtown project to help unhoused individuals sparks debate 

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    • 21 min
    How To Make Your Garden Flourish in the Houston Heat

    How To Make Your Garden Flourish in the Houston Heat

    The weather might be perfect right now in Houston, but it’s about to get really hot. That’s why host Raheel Ramzanali is chatting with Brent Moon, Horticulture Manager at the Houston Botanic Garden, on what we should be planting right now to have that perfect garden in the summer. From fruits and veggies to tips on keeping your grass green, Brent is breaking it all down for you!
    Want to know more? Check out the links below

    Classes and Events at the Houston Botanic Garden 

    Learn more about the Houston Botanic Garden 

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    • 23 min
    Your Guide to Black Restaurant Week in Houston

    Your Guide to Black Restaurant Week in Houston

    Get your eating pants on because it’s time for Houston Black Restaurant Week! From upscale choices to outstanding Caribbean fare, host Raheel Ramzanali is getting the best spots to try from Falayn Ferrell, Black Restaurant Week Managing Partner, and RC Simmons, founder of Park Place Steakhouse! 
    Check out our recs:

    Learn more about Houston Black Restaurant Week 

    Kindred Stories

    LetsDoThisHouston 

    Brown Sugar Cafe 

    A lil Taste of the South 

    Mikki’s 

    Esther’s 

    Aunt Bill’s 

    Dandelion Cafe 

    The Funnel Cake Place 

    Comfort Foodies 

    Park Place on the Boardwalk in Katy


    Kiss 

    The Warwick Houston 

    Davis Street 


    Lucille’s 

    Sophisticated Delight’s Private Catering 

    Birria Queen 

    Guzel Cakes 

    Jamaica pon di road 

    Tropical Diner 

    Blue Nile 

    ChopNBlok

    Creole Kitchen and Daiquiris 

    LA burgers and Daiquiris 

    Wing Quarter 

    7spice cajun

    Just Chef Enterprises LLC

    Chef Willie Holmes

    Chef Moe Russell 

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    • 25 min
    Tailgate Thefts, Illegal Butt Injections, and Will Houston Ever Legalize Weed?

    Tailgate Thefts, Illegal Butt Injections, and Will Houston Ever Legalize Weed?

    We’re rounding up the news a little differently today with a very special episode of CCH! We’re bringing our live taping from the Toyota Center straight to your ears, and discussing all the crazy stories that happened over the weekend. Dynamic media personality Antre’chelle Nova, Hey Houston newsletter editor Brooke Lewis, and producer Carlignon Jones join host Raheel Ramzanali to talk about everything from metered parking to illegal butt injections. Plus, Director of Social Media for the Houston Rockets Hiren Joshi is here to tell us about the pressure of managing accounts with over ten million followers.
    Featured stories:

    Tailgate thefts  

    Houston ranks low on list of healthiest cities in America

    Houston suburb gets its first marijuana dispensary

    Water Taxis on Buffalo Bayou

    Houston city officials to consider extending metered parking hours to 2 a.m.

    15 Houston billionaires make Forbes list of world's wealthiest people

    Illegal Butt Injections 

    Don’t forget to follow the rockets on social media @houstonrockets
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 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.

SammyInDaCut ,

Always Fantastic

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

DestructoTex ,

A good idea, but inconsistent and hard to listen to

Born and raised Houstonian here. I gave this podcast a three week listen to try it out. I found it really inconsistent and hard to listen to at times, especially when hosts and guests are trying to sound like tik tok influencers rather than podcast show hosts. And a lot of time the information given is just plain wrong. There were some very informative episodes, such as ones on Freedman’s Town and real estate along the energy corridor, but those seem to be the exception. The show that made me unfollow was the one about the rodeo and the border. The guests clearly had no idea of rodeo history or how important it is in Houston but wanted to bash it anyway. And then the show turned into a hit piece on Republicans and misinformation on what’s going on at the border. I gave it a try and now I’m giving it a pass.

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