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City Cast Portland captures the one-of-a-kind creative spirit of this place and tackles who we are and where we’re going — from big deals, like equity and livability, to tiny delights, like the city's most wonderful doughnut. Our home is teeming with creativity and controversy, natural beauty and impossibly good food and drink.
Host Claudia Meza is so over the notion that ‘Portland is over.’ On the show, she’ll revive your civic pride and stir you to help create local change — through conversations with neighbors, newsmakers, artists and entrepreneurs about our ever-changing city. 

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    • 4.6 • 109 Ratings

City Cast Portland captures the one-of-a-kind creative spirit of this place and tackles who we are and where we’re going — from big deals, like equity and livability, to tiny delights, like the city's most wonderful doughnut. Our home is teeming with creativity and controversy, natural beauty and impossibly good food and drink.
Host Claudia Meza is so over the notion that ‘Portland is over.’ On the show, she’ll revive your civic pride and stir you to help create local change — through conversations with neighbors, newsmakers, artists and entrepreneurs about our ever-changing city. 

    Mayor Wheeler’s Missing Texts, Who Can Swim in Lake Oswego, and the Jefferson High School Rebuilding Saga

    Mayor Wheeler’s Missing Texts, Who Can Swim in Lake Oswego, and the Jefferson High School Rebuilding Saga

    Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking about the costly outcome of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s missing text messages, Lake Oswego’s battle to keep the public out of their lake, and the dramatic cost increase in rebuilding Jefferson High School. Joining host Claudia Meza on our Friday news roundup are our very own producer Giulia Fiaoni and Althea Billings, KBOO news director and host of the weekly talk show “The Gap.”
    Stories Discussed in Today’s Episode:


    The Cost of Rebuilding Portland’s Jefferson High School Is Going Up. A Lot [OPB]


    Portland Pays $167,000 To Settle Lawsuit Over Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Text Messages [OPB]


    How Thousands of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Texts Were Missing for Years [OPB]


    Fight Over Access to Oswego Lake Heads Back to Trial [OPB]


    Jury Trial Underway in Lawsuit Challenging Lake Oswego Ban on Public Lake Access [KGW]


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    • 37 min
    What Goes On Inside a Portland Psilocybin Treatment Center?

    What Goes On Inside a Portland Psilocybin Treatment Center?

    In 2020, Oregon was the first state in the U.S. to pass a law legalizing psilocybin use at treatment centers. And now there are nearly 300 licensed facilitators across the state and by last year, more than 700 people had already gone through treatment. But what does therapy look like? How much does it cost, and is it really worth it? Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking with Courtney Campbell, a trained facilitator and founder of Chariot — a Portland-based psilocybin service center — to answer all of our questions concerning this new type of therapy. 
    Events mentioned in today’s episode:


    The Ladds 500 Saturday at 10 a.m.


    The Portland Trail Blazers Friday at 7 p.m.


    The Portland Timbers Saturday at 1:30 p.m.


    The Portland Winterhawks both Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (6 p.m.)


    The Sip and Shop Pop-up Market at White Owl Social Club Saturday at 4 p.m.


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    • 21 min
    Earthquake Preparedness for Non-Preppers

    Earthquake Preparedness for Non-Preppers

    Scientists say we’re long overdue for a devastatingly large earthquake. They predict it could be big enough to bring down most of Portland’s bridges and cut off electricity and water for weeks. And after recent high-profile quakes in Taiwan and New Jersey, experts are reminding anyone who will listen that Portland is not ready for The Big One. Today science journalist Erin Ross is updating us on experts’ latest Cascadia earthquake predictions and sharing tips on how to keep you and your family safe.
    Preparedness resources:

    Preparing for the Cascadia Earthquake

    The Great ShakeOut

    Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET)

    Living on Shaky Ground: How to Survive Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Oregon

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    Looking to advertise on City Cast Portland? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads at citycast.fm/advertise.
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    • 22 min
    City Camping Ban Revised and Portland’s Giant Powerball Winner. Plus, Plans for 503 Day!

    City Camping Ban Revised and Portland’s Giant Powerball Winner. Plus, Plans for 503 Day!

    Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking about Mayor Ted Wheeler’s new proposed camping ban ordinance and the $1.3 billion Powerball winner in Northeast Portland. Plus we’re reading from our listener mailbag about your ideas for the very real 503 Day. Joining host Claudia Meza on the midweek roundup is our very own executive producer, John Notarianni.
    Discussed in Today's Episode:


    Oregon Powerball Player Wins $1.3B Jackpot After 3 Months Without a Grand Prize [OPB]


    Portland Leaders Plan to Drop Restrictive Camping Ban, Propose Outlawing Camping Only When Shelter is Available [Oregonian]


    Overlook Porchfest [Instagram]


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    • 22 min
    Why Your Local Portland Library Might Look — and Feel — a Lot Different

    Why Your Local Portland Library Might Look — and Feel — a Lot Different

    The Multnomah County Library is one of the busiest library systems in the country based on circulation. With a $387 million dollar construction boom underway, as well as ongoing concerns about safety, there’s a lot more going on than just quiet reading these days. Today on City Cast Portland, executive producer John Notarianni talks with the library’s director Vailey Oehlke about the massive changes coming to libraries across the region.
    Become a member of City Cast Portland today! Get all the details and sign up here. 
    Who would you like to hear on City Cast Portland? Shoot us an email at portland@citycast.fm, or leave us a voicemail at 503-208-5448.
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    • 19 min
    Wonky 3-Point Lines, Not Enough Behavioral Health Staff, and PPB’s Handling of the Christopher Knipe Case

    Wonky 3-Point Lines, Not Enough Behavioral Health Staff, and PPB’s Handling of the Christopher Knipe Case

    Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking about the Portland Police Bureau’s handling of a decades-old rape case linked to a man convicted of killing a well-known Portland activist. We’re also discussing the need for additional mental health and drug treatment staff for beds funded in this year’s legislative session and the Moda Center court’s irregular 3-point lines discovered by a fan at this year’s women’s March Madness games. Joining host Claudia Meza on this week’s roundup are OPB producer and podcast host of “The Evergreen” Jenn Chávez, and our very own producer, John Notarianni.
    Stories Discussed in Today’s Episode:


    Man Who Killed Portland Activist Linked by DNA to Decades-Old Rape [OPB]


    Oregon Lawmakers Allocated $85M to Add Mental Health Treatment Beds, Didn’t Show Same Drive to Expedite Staffing [Oregonian 🔒]          


    How a Portland Divorce Lawyer Spotted the Irregular 3-Point Lines on the Moda Center Court [Willamette Week] 

    Become a member of City Cast Portland today! Get all the details and sign up here. 
    Who would you like to hear on City Cast Portland? Shoot us an email at portland@citycast.fm, or leave us a voicemail at 503-208-5448.
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

pdx listener 230 ,

Indispensable

I’m kinda writing this review because Claudia and John gave more or less a command on a recent episode, but also because I am so grateful for the smart, curious, joyful work this team is doing. I listen for the stories about Portland but also for the camaraderie. Can we get a blooper reel, please?

JujuG514 ,

Love it!

I started listening to this pod to get caught up on local news but I’ve found it offers so much more! It’s fun and casual while still being really informative and well produced. Great interviews, fun ideas for what to do around the city, and more. Claudia is a super engaging host. Recommending to all my Portland friends.

nation71 ,

Fine general PDX news podcast

Excellent range of topics, discussion that is both entertaining & informative, in a community that is currently suffering from a deficiency in legit sources of journalism. Well worth it.

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