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City Cast Las Vegas is a daily podcast and newsletter created by and for locals (and locals-at-heart) that’ll challenge the easy narratives about our city … and, okay, maybe confirm a few of them, too. Las Vegas is a city of reinvention, bursting at the seams as it welcomes newcomers into its various incarnations as a service-worker union town, a military town, a college town, and, most recently, a sports town.

There’s a four-mile street testifying to our entrepreneurial genius, not far from pockets of staggering inequality. Great wealth runs through our city, but how much of that actually stays in Vegas? We’re independent in spirit, but also ruled by orange traffic cones. Our 2.5 million residents anchor an ever-changing city of 42 million visitors.

Join us every morning for the messy, delightful, complicated conversations that Las Vegans are having: You’ll hear us ask hard questions about where we’ll get our water when Lake Mead runs out, and how we’ll keep housing affordable. We’ll argue over our favorite Chinatown bars, and share insider tips on the best tacos in town. City Cast Las Vegas will show you how loving a city means celebrating it and also holding it accountable, while having some fun along the way—because Las Vegans know how to have a good time.

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    • 4.8 • 112 Ratings

City Cast Las Vegas is a daily podcast and newsletter created by and for locals (and locals-at-heart) that’ll challenge the easy narratives about our city … and, okay, maybe confirm a few of them, too. Las Vegas is a city of reinvention, bursting at the seams as it welcomes newcomers into its various incarnations as a service-worker union town, a military town, a college town, and, most recently, a sports town.

There’s a four-mile street testifying to our entrepreneurial genius, not far from pockets of staggering inequality. Great wealth runs through our city, but how much of that actually stays in Vegas? We’re independent in spirit, but also ruled by orange traffic cones. Our 2.5 million residents anchor an ever-changing city of 42 million visitors.

Join us every morning for the messy, delightful, complicated conversations that Las Vegans are having: You’ll hear us ask hard questions about where we’ll get our water when Lake Mead runs out, and how we’ll keep housing affordable. We’ll argue over our favorite Chinatown bars, and share insider tips on the best tacos in town. City Cast Las Vegas will show you how loving a city means celebrating it and also holding it accountable, while having some fun along the way—because Las Vegans know how to have a good time.

    Are Palm Trees Bad for Vegas?

    Are Palm Trees Bad for Vegas?

    Despite palm trees showing up in iconic logos (farewell, Mirage) and lining Las Vegas Boulevard, those spindly trees aren’t native to the Mojave Desert. In recent years, you might’ve heard grumbles that they’re water-guzzlers providing no real shade. You might’ve even seen the video of a palm tree bursting into flames during our most recent heat wave. But master arborist Lisa Ortega, founder of Nevada Plants, thinks that we might want to give palms another shot. Today, we bring back a conversation co-host Dayvid Figler had with Lisa about when and how palm trees actually make sense in Las Vegas.

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    • 18 min
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    The Most Outrageous Things These Newsmakers Said

    The Most Outrageous Things These Newsmakers Said

    With another quarter of the year down, it’s time to revisit the most outrageous things public figures have said in and about Nevada in the news — we’re bringing back another round of “They Said What?” and it’s even wilder than before. Executive producer Sonja Cho Swanson quizzes co-hosts Dayvid Figler and Sarah Lohman (reigning “They Said What?” champ) on quotes that include:

    “I swear, I just talked to God. I would give you all my money, stick my D in a blender, and swear off P for the rest of my life in exchange for this, bro.”

    “Ya boy meant it when I said I was going to do anything and everything to help [REDACTED] and save the Cheddar Bay Biscuits … ordered the whole menu.”

    “I don't care about you. I just want your vote.”


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    • 19 min
    How Vegas Became the Wedding Capital of the World

    How Vegas Became the Wedding Capital of the World

    The quickie Vegas wedding is basically a cultural trope at this point — and you can opt for almost any theme under the sun (we’re looking at you, Taco Bell wedding chapel). But how did Las Vegas become the marriage capital of the world? Why is it connected to syphilis blood tests and the “divorce trade war,” and which Vegas parks got their starts as divorce ranches? Co-host Sarah Lohman talks with writer Eric Duran-Valle, who recently wrote about tying (and untying) the knot for Desert Companion Magazine.
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    • 22 min
    Biden and Harris Back in Vegas, How To Win Mirage Payout Money, and a Lawsuit Over… Heartbreak?

    Biden and Harris Back in Vegas, How To Win Mirage Payout Money, and a Lawsuit Over… Heartbreak?

    Kamala Harris was back in Las Vegas this week for a visit that many had anticipated would be an audition of sorts — would she sound, well, presidential? Today, co-hosts Sarah Lohman and Dayvid Figler are joined by TheList.Vegas creator Andrew Kiraly to talk about the womp-womp careful neutrality of the event, but also how Harris might fare with Vegas voters. Next up, Dayvid explains why the Mirage’s $1.6 million “giveaway” isn’t exactly a giveaway — but also shares details from his visit and how you can get it on the action. And lastly, the team discusses the curious lawsuit an Arkansas man is bringing against a local dancer who, he claims, “hoodwinked” him into thinking they were exclusive and out of millions of dollars.
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    • 33 min
    How Ethel M Chocolates Creates Magic in the Desert

    How Ethel M Chocolates Creates Magic in the Desert

    With this latest heat wave, it’s hard to imagine a chocolate factory would ever choose Las Vegas as a home base. Yet, in 1981, Ethel M Chocolates did just that. They’ve been crafting premium sweets and testing new flavors at their Henderson factory for over four decades. For an inside look at how they work with the desert climate, we are bringing back a conversation co-host Sarah Lohman had with chief chocolatier Mark Mackey. Mark also shares who Ethel M really was and why Las Vegas was the perfect place for a chocolate factory.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

Toni A Jr. ,

City Cast Vegas is wonderful

I never miss this podcast — great news, issues, guests, opinions, trivia guessing games, etc. I live in Florida and many of your topics are generalizable beyond Vegas (e.g., how to revamp consequences for administrative traffic stops; neighborhoods taking responsibility for each other by putting food for the taking out in their yards; Biden admin preserving Avi Kwa Ame as a National Monument; etc.) Thank you to all of you for making my days so much happier, smarter, and brighter!

pampambeez ,

Local & Quick

Interesting topics ranging from entirely local to nationally relevant w/ a touch of Vegas. Also, the 20 min episodes make it the perfect commuter listen. Like a morning / afternoon drive radio show, but only the great commentary. Only critique, if I have to have one, is some conversations are one-sided between guests and host perspective. Would prefer a little more neutrality from hosts or adding another guest for diversity of opinions. Regardless, it’s always a fun listen and a podcast I recommend to locals in So. Nevada.

eboh13 ,

Get to Know the Valley

I recently moved to the Las Vegas area and am really enjoying using this podcast to get to know my new city. The hosts have great food and entertainment recommendations, as well as thorough coverage of local news stories.

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