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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.

    4 More Powerful Salt Lakers You’ve Never Heard Of

    4 More Powerful Salt Lakers You’ve Never Heard Of

    Behind every sweeping decision affecting our day-to-day lives is a table full of unfamiliar yet influential faces. In the last episode of a two-part series, host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means introduce four more powerful individuals and organizations you’ve probably never heard of and explore their impact in our communities.
    Listen to Part 1: Salt Lake’s Unknown Power Players.
    Resources and references:


    Utah's 'unelected governor': The political clout of Zions Bank CEO Scott Anderson [Salt Lake Tribune]


    Utah’s new racial equity compact embodies the spirit of Christmas [Deseret News]


    Billboard Wars, Did SLC Catch a Coyote? And Consignment Strategies [City Cast Salt Lake]


    Utah Realtors Association a powerful lobby group [Deseret News]


    Justice Department Says It Will Reopen Inquiry Into Realtor Trade Group [New York Times]

    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.
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    • 37 min
    Busting Salt Lake’s Air Quality Myths

    Busting Salt Lake’s Air Quality Myths

    Salt Lakers tend to think of our city’s battle with air quality as recent history — but that’s not really true. In fact, this might be the cleanest our air has been in a while. Dr. Logan Mitchell, a climate scientist and analyst with Utah Clean Energy, helps host Ali Vallarta understand some of the myths around the air you can chew, where we go from here, and how to keep our lungs safe.
    This episode originally aired April 10, 2023.
    Resources and references:

    Check the daily air quality at air.utah.gov.

    Digital exhibit: The History of Air Quality in Utah


    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.
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    Learn more about the sponsors of this episode:
    Epic Brewing

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    • 21 min
    Canyon Construction, Cox vs. EPA, and Bad Parking Jobs

    Canyon Construction, Cox vs. EPA, and Bad Parking Jobs

    Spring in our canyons brings mountain bikers, dog walkers, and heavy machinery together. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means set your expectations for canyon construction, from Millcreek Canyon to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Plus, air quality is a top-10 issue for Utahns, so why would Gov. Spencer Cox sign a letter asking the Environmental Protection Agency to back off? Start your week with our SLC news roundup and some local shoutouts.
    Resources and references:


    Millcreek Canyon access would be limited for 2 years in road plan [Salt Lake Tribune]


    Sign up for alerts about City Creek Canyon construction.

    Bonneville Shoreline Trail maintenance plan


    Salt Lake City Foothills Trail System Plan



    Cox among 22 Republican governors urging pause to new EPA air quality rule [Utah News Dispatch]


    Mythbusting Salt Lake’s Air Quality [City Cast Salt Lake]


    How to Keep Track of Air Quality in Salt Lake City [Hey Salt Lake]


    Park City A*****e Parking on Instagram

    Solstice Chocolate 54% milk dark chocolate



    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 find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @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:
    Epic Brewing

    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 33 min
    What It Really Means To ‘Disagree Better’

    What It Really Means To ‘Disagree Better’

    Gov. Spencer Cox is asking Utahns to “Disagree Better” in an effort to cool down our politics. But what if conflict is actually the good stuff? Host Ali Vallarta asks Utah Valley University professor and conflict specialist Dr. Maria Blevins what the Governor’s campaign gets right and what it’s missing. Plus, tips for when Salt Lakers are feeling feisty — whether with a state legislator or a friend.
    Resources and references:
    Gov. Cox’s Disagree Better Initiative 

    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:
    Epic Brewing

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    • 25 min
    Marathon Closures, 2 Downtown Visions, and Summer Symphonies

    Marathon Closures, 2 Downtown Visions, and Summer Symphonies

    The Salt Lake City Council explored some big ideas this week, from reimagining a historic train station to dissecting a new sports hub downtown. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means weigh how the proposals could shape the city’s future. Plus, beware of the marathon traffic this weekend, and add these good-weather events to your calendar. 
    Resources and references:

    Video of Arizona Coyotes fans chanting [X, formerly Twitter]

    SLC Marathon closures map



    Could This Plan Revive SLC’s Rio Grande Station? [City Cast Salt Lake]

    SLC Council’s Rio Grande District slide deck



    SLC’s Biggest Opportunity, According to the Mayor [City Cast Salt Lake]


    Downtown sports and entertainment district, Part I: City to prepare master plan with virtually no public input [Building Salt Lake]


    Could the Jazz Leave Downtown SLC? [City Cast Salt Lake] 


    How We Got That Twilight Lineup [City Cast Salt Lake]  

    HEAL Utah’s Earth Day Jordan River pedal and pick



    Barbie the Movie in Concert with a live symphony

    20th Anniversary Deer Valley Concert Series


    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 find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @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 posture and movement

    The Governor’s startup.utah.gov toolkit


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    • 33 min
    Salt Lake’s Unknown Power Players

    Salt Lake’s Unknown Power Players

    Behind every sweeping decision affecting our day-to-day lives is a table full of unfamiliar yet influential faces. In part one of a two-part series, host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means introduce four powerful Salt Lakers you’ve probably never heard of and explore their impact in our communities.
    Resources and references:


    Did You Blink and Miss This Change to How We Choose Judges? [City Cast Salt Lake]


    How Would Salt Lake Fare in a Recession? [City Cast Salt Lake]


    Wunderkind takes over LHM Sports & Entertainment, years after Miller hired him in an elevator [Deseret News]


    Vision for the Future with Ryan Starks [Silicon Slopes]


    Directing SLC with a careful touch: Cindy Gust-Jenson takes nonpartisan approach to guiding City Hall [Salt Lake Tribune]

    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 posture and movement

    The Governor’s startup.utah.gov toolkit


    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
233 Ratings

233 Ratings

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SLC Gem!

We are lucky to have City Cast in our lives.

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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.

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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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