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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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    • 4.7 • 126 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. 

    Why Micro-Villages Work in Addressing Homelessness

    Why Micro-Villages Work in Addressing Homelessness

    Today on City Cast Portland, we’re revisiting a conversation with WeShine, a neighbor-organized nonprofit that builds and runs micro-villages in our city that have proven effective in moving people into permanent housing. They were recently burglarized during the final phase of construction of their newest village in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood and lost thousands of dollars in equipment. Executive Director Jan McManus and facility coordinator Hunter Burkett take host Claudia Meza on a mico-village tour and share how their model fits in with the city and county’s larger efforts to address homelessness.
    Donate to WeShine: https://weshinepdx.org/support/

    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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    • 24 min
    The Life and Legacy of Chef Naomi Pomeroy

    The Life and Legacy of Chef Naomi Pomeroy

    Today on City Cast Portland, we’re breaking our usual Friday news roundup format to honor one of Portland’s most acclaimed and influential chefs, Naomi Pomeroy. Pomeroy passed away at age 49 last Saturday night in a tragic drowning in the Willamette River. It’s left our community in shock and many wondering how her legacy will continue to affect Portland’s food scene. Joining host Claudia Meza to talk through Pomeroy’s life and impact is former editor of Eater Portland and now editor in chief of Portland Monthly Brooke Jackson-Glidden.
    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.
    Want more Portland news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter, Hey Portland, and be sure to follow us on Instagram. 
    Looking to advertise on City Cast Portland? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads at citycast.fm/advertise.
    Learn more about the sponsors of this July 18 episode:

    City of Portland

    Pacific Northwest Seniorcare


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    • 29 min
    Portland Has A Car Culture?

    Portland Has A Car Culture?

    Portland is well-known for trying to reduce commuting by car. But amidst our city’s walkability goals, there’s always been a car subculture that’s transforming and restoring automobiles into something worthy of display. Today on City Cast Portland, we're talking to members of Car Krush, a collective of gender-diverse car enthusiasts, on why Portland's subgenre of car culture is more inclusive than most cities. Emily Olivia Tyler and Rose “Queen of the Vans” organize classes, block parties, and car shows to make learning about cars more approachable.
    Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

    Car Krush Engine Basics class


    "Car Krush is Hotboxing" podcast


    Portland Pride festivities 


    Six Ways From Sunday free concert at Wallace Park 


    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.
    Want more Portland news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter, Hey Portland, and be sure to follow us on Instagram. 
    Looking to advertise on City Cast Portland? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads at citycast.fm/advertise.
    Learn more about the sponsors of this July 18 episode:

    City of Portland

    Pacific Northwest Seniorcare


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    • 24 min
    What Happens Years After a Major Wildfire

    What Happens Years After a Major Wildfire

    Oregon has seen several recent fires that devastated many Portlanders’ beloved hiking and camping spots. Are they recovering and safe to visit now? Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking with Zach Urness, outdoors editor and host of the "Explore Oregon" podcast at the Statesman Journal, about restoration efforts in some of your favorite natural areas and what this year’s wildfire season looks like.
    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.
    Want more Portland news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter, Hey Portland, and be sure to follow us on Instagram. 
    Looking to advertise on City Cast Portland? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads at citycast.fm/advertise.
    Learn more about the sponsors of this July 17 episode:

    City of Portland

    Pacific Northwest Seniorcare


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    • 21 min
    What’s at Stake in City Council’s New District 2 Race

    What’s at Stake in City Council’s New District 2 Race

    Portlanders are electing a brand-new, expanded City Council this fall, and the candidates are flooding in: More than 70 people are intending to run for one of the 12 open seats. So this month, we’re going to help you make sense of the race. Today on City Cast Portland, host Claudia Meza is looking at who’s running in District 2. Portland Mercury reporter Taylor Griggs is here to help us make sense of the crowded field.

    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.
    Want more Portland news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter, Hey Portland, and be sure to follow us on Instagram. 
    Looking to advertise on City Cast Portland? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads at citycast.fm/advertise.
    Learn more about the sponsors of this July 16 episode:

    City of Portland

    Pacific Northwest Seniorcare


    SCP Hotels - Book with code CITYCAST for 20% off weekday stays!


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    • 24 min
    How To Cool Down When It’s Hot as Heck Outside

    How To Cool Down When It’s Hot as Heck Outside

    We just went through the hottest stretch of Portland weather since 2021, and there’s still months of summer to go. So today on City Cast Portland we’re bringing back an interview with Eden Dawn, author of “The Portland Book of Dates” and co-host of the “We Can’t Print This” podcast. She’s going to share some creative ways to escape the summer heat.
    This episode first aired on August 2, 2023
    Picks from today’s episode:

    Get comfy at Cinemark Century Eastport Plaza 16.

    Order a shaken dirty martini at Pacific Standard.

    Wave to cuties at the Lloyd Center.

    Spend the day at Keeler Estate Vineyard.

    Play Fascination at the Funland Arcade in Seaside.

    Get tropical at Island Cafe.

    Take a cold plunge at The Society Hotel in Bingen, Wash.

    Travel the Hood River Fruit Loop.

    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.
    Want more Portland news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter, Hey Portland, and be sure to follow us on Instagram. 
    Looking to advertise on City Cast Portland? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads at citycast.fm/advertise.
    Learn more about the sponsor of this July 15th episode:

    City of Portland

    Pacific Northwest Seniorcare


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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

TrynialAE ,

Essential Portland Pod

This show does a great job at balancing reporting of all aspects that make Portland such a great city. A perfect daily listen for any resident who wants to be in the know.

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Excellent recommendation

The Loop de Loop winery has an excellent view. I let it know that I learned about it through City Cast Portland.

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Excellent podcast, fostering community, great hosts and reporters

I have been listening to City Cast Portland podcast most everday for the last year. Claudia’s and John’s voices, and their laughs, are with me as I’m walking my dog, doing dishes, chillin’ outside, etc. This is the must-listen podcast for anyone in the Portland area. I recommend it to all my friends. All the VIP topics are covered, as well as things I’d never otherwise think about or know about going on locally. This podcast fosters the community, engages us, educates us and has fun concurrently and is a major asset to locals.

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