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City Cast Salt Lake is Salt Lake City’s daily news podcast. Host Ali Vallarta and a bevy of smart and entertaining locals will bring you conversations about the issues that matter most to SLC. Some days City Cast will make you proud; other days it’ll make you angry. It will celebrate Salt Lake’s triumphs, (try to) solve its mysteries, and explore its history. City Cast will help you feel more connected to the Wasatch Front – whether you’ve lived here for 6 months or 6 generations.

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City Cast Salt Lake is Salt Lake City’s daily news podcast. Host Ali Vallarta and a bevy of smart and entertaining locals will bring you conversations about the issues that matter most to SLC. Some days City Cast will make you proud; other days it’ll make you angry. It will celebrate Salt Lake’s triumphs, (try to) solve its mysteries, and explore its history. City Cast will help you feel more connected to the Wasatch Front – whether you’ve lived here for 6 months or 6 generations.

    Is the Honeybee a Utah Villain?

    Is the Honeybee a Utah Villain?

    National headlines proclaim we saved the bees. That’s great news for us in the Beehive State, but we might have saved the wrong one. Bee researcher Jesse Margolies joins host Ali Vallarta to mythbust which bees need saving and share ways Salt Lakers can support local pollinators.  
    Resources and references:


    Wait, does America suddenly have a record number of bees? [Washington Post]

    Utah Pollinator Habitat Program


    Gardening for Native Bees in Utah and Beyond [Utah State University]  


    iNaturalist App for Bee Conservancy 

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    • 18 min
    GOP Bathroom Wars, Rating SLC's Quality of Life, and Drive-in Movies

    GOP Bathroom Wars, Rating SLC's Quality of Life, and Drive-in Movies

    Utah Auditor John Dougall is picking a fight with the legislature after they made him the state’s new bathroom monitor. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means break down the political implications and bathroom design ideas stemming from this ongoing showdown. Plus, Salt Lakers give their quality of life a C-minus, free bike workshops, and a cheap date idea.
    Resources and references:

    State Auditor John Dougall’s bathroom video



    Why Are We So Obsessed With Bathrooms [City Cast Salt Lake]

    Glendale Library drop-in bike workshop


    Redwood Drive-in

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    • 33 min
    Can a MILF Save Utah’s Reputation?

    Can a MILF Save Utah’s Reputation?

    Salt Lake can claim another reality TV star now that season two of TLC’s “MILF Manor” has dropped. Businesswoman and certified hot mom Barby Garcia talks to host Ali Vallarta about busting Utah stereotypes and where she absolutely would not take her costars in SLC.
    Resources and references:


    Bethenny Frankel’s reality TV union is easier said than done [Vox]


    Utahns’ Quiet Obsession With Med Spas [City Cast Salt Lake]

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    • 21 min
    Who Gets To Exist in SLC Parks?

    Who Gets To Exist in SLC Parks?

    The U.S Supreme Court is poised to make a big decision around cities’ policing of homelessness in public spaces. University of Utah parks and recreation professor Jeff Rose joins host Ali Vallarta to break down how this court case could impact access to Salt Lake’s parks and have a chilling effect on our First Amendment rights. 
    Resources and references:

    Salt Lake City Homeless Services Dashboard



    How Salt Lake Criminalizes Homelessness? [City Cast Salt Lake]


    Raising Sales Tax, Juicy Texts, and More Sanctioned Camping? [City Cast Salt Lake] 

    Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm.
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    • 26 min
    Utah’s Big Debt, DEI Office Chaos, and Neighborhood Free Stuff

    Utah’s Big Debt, DEI Office Chaos, and Neighborhood Free Stuff

    The University of Utah will shutter its Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to comply with a new state law. Producer Ivana Martinez joins host Ali Vallarta to break down what’s at stake for employees. Plus, Utah families are $2.8 million in debt for school lunches. And, we shout out some bagel news in Holladay and a neighborhood resource for free stuff. 
    Resources and references:


    University of Utah EDI Director Breaks Culture of Silence To Advocate For Students [SLUG Magazine]


    Utah families plagued by $2.8 million in school meal debt, data shows [FOX 13]

    SLC Community Fridges

    Utah Food Bank volunteer needs


    Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm.
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    Embodied Patience


    Living Traditions 

    Ogden Music Festival

    ICO Fort Union


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    • 33 min
    Raising Sales Tax, Juicy Texts, and More Sanctioned Camping?

    Raising Sales Tax, Juicy Texts, and More Sanctioned Camping?

    The Salt Lake City Council is weighing everything from raising sales tax to razing city blocks; Big, controversial decisions that could change the look and feel of our city for decades. Council Chair Victoria Petro tells host Ali Vallarta how she’s making choices on our behalf with “cautious skepticism” — from the mayor’s $475 million budget proposal to the future of downtown.
    Resources and references:

    How to participate in the May 21 Capital City Revitalization Zone hearing.

    Weigh in on the SLC budget via online comment, by calling 801-535-7654, or attending a public hearing on May 21 or June 4 at 7 p.m.

    Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm.
    Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can also find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC.
    Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads.
    Learn more about the sponsors of this episode:

    Embodied Patience


    Living Traditions 

    Ogden Music Festival

    ICO Fort Union


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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
233 Ratings

233 Ratings

Eric006sjdhc ,

SLC Gem!

We are lucky to have City Cast in our lives.

Blink BLINK Bags ,

Great SLC info

I love that they’re not from Utah-and have an interest in the success of Salt Lake. A whole new perspective and the future of Utah. As I say “they” I don’t know everybody’s geographical history.

nic e k ,

My personal guide!

The best way to get acquainted with SLC. Thank you for being my personal guide for EVERYTHING SLC. Great information, great personalities.

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