City Cast DC

City Cast DC

City Cast is the daily, local audio companion you knew DC needed. Washingtonians are gritty, proud, and resilient — necessary qualities for a community facing issues that range from an affordability crisis to the fight for statehood to the movement for racial justice… and useful qualities for a region full of whip-smart people, dynamic culture, and constant change. Washingtonians are deeply passionate about our city, whose story is still being written, and City Cast DC is here to tell it. Every weekday morning, our hosts Michael Schaffer and Bridget Todd will engage people from all over the eight wards in conversation about DC’s crises and its beauty, both literal and figurative. It’ll have the feel of eavesdropping on an energetic and informative coffee shop chat, except that with City Cast DC, consider this your official invitation to listen in.

Episodes

June 24, 2024 15 mins
We’ve got a budget for 2025! And it’s very different from the one that we talked about with Mayor Bowser. The Washington Post’s Michael Brice-Saddler is here to tell us the differences between the two, and what the council’s priorities are. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as $8 a month. Learn more about the spons...
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We’ve got a zoning battle in Georgetown over bagels, we’ve got a copy of the sports economic study, and we all have to find a way to survive the heat wave crushing the city. ANC member Topher Matthews and the Washington Post’s Michael Brice-Saddler are here to chat all about it. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as...
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Since May of this year, Giant has banned bags above a certain size to crack down on shoplifting. For shoppers like our host, Bridget, this means not only an inconvenience, but the company putting corporate responsibility onto their customers.  Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as $8 a month.  Learn more about the s...
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Are all those new speed cameras making an impact? Plus, we need to hash out D.C.’s new budget, and how to celebrate Juneteenth! To dig into all of this, we’re joined by Briana Thomas, author of Black Broadway in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the sponsors of this June 18th episode: PaintCare Paulson & Nace  Eagle Bank  Smithsonian Folklife Festival Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey ...
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June 17, 2024 22 mins
Absentee rates at D.C. schools have gone absolutely off the charts. Everyone agrees it’s a problem, but there’s a lot of disagreement about how to fix it. Axios’ Cuneyt Dil has been covering kids playing hooky and grownups playing politics.   If you enjoyed this interview with Alliance Française's Executive Director, Sara Dilligenti, learn more here. Learn more about the pther sponsors of this June 17th episode: PaintCare Paulson &...
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The Washington Post is making news, we’ve got James Beard award winners in our own backyard, and we get an update on the ultimate park's quest. Ann Limpert from Washingtonian and Jacob Fenston are here to get into all of it. Learn more about the sponsors of this June 14th episode: Casey Trees Alliance Française Eagle Bank Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a memb...
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June 13, 2024 21 mins
It’s D.C. Parks Week sponsored by Casey Trees, a week of coverage celebrating D.C.’s green spaces. D.C. was recently named the country’s best big city park system by the Trust for Public Land for the fourth time in a row! We are a park city, and not all of our parks are big. Greater Greater Washington’s Dan Reed and Kelly Collins Choi of Casey Trees sound off on what makes DC’s pocket parks so special.  Learn more about the sponso...
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It’s Parks Week sponsored by Casey Trees! A week of coverage celebrating DC’s green spaces. If you’re hearing more about foraging lately but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. April Thompson, culinary chair of the Mycological Association of Washington D.C., explains what you need to know to safely and deliciously forage in the DMV. Learn more about the sponsors of this June 12th episode: Casey Trees Alliance Française Eag...
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It’s Parks Week sponsored by Casey Trees! A week of coverage celebrating DC’s green spaces.  In today’s roundup, we dig into a potential change in D.C.’s weed legalization, recent extreme weather in the area, and why the District is having a great reality TV season. Contact 311 or visit trees.dc.gov for more information on tree maintenance. Check out are episodes on DC's weird weed culture and grey market here. Want some more DC ne...
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June 10, 2024 23 mins
It’s Parks Week sponsored by Casey Trees! A week of coverage celebrating D.C.’s green spaces. A recent study says 9 of 11 forests in DC could face failure of regeneration. The National Park Service’s JP Schmit is here to explain what forest regeneration is and what we can do about it. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as lit...
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We’re talking election results, pet policies and pride month with City Paper’s Alex Koma and Hey DC’s Kaela Cote-Stemmerman.  Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as $8 a month. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @citycast_dc And we’d love to feature you o...
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Are you vegan? Vegan-curious? Or just likely to go out to dinner with a vegan? Tom Sietsema from the Washington Post is here to talk through the best of DC’s burgeoning vegan and vegetarian dining options.  Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE And we’d love to feature you on the show! Share your DC-related thoughts, hopes, ...
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There are so many thrift stores throughout the DMV area! So we connected with Sidney Hui, owner of Disco Loft, to lay out our guide for thrifting in DC.  Plus, we have all the results from election day! We'll be back with a more in depth analysis on our Friday news roundup. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as $8 a...
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Gas leaks at a D.C. elementary school, more news on the Adams Morgan SunTrust plaza development, and can you be charged for skipping your dinner reservations? Hill Rag’s Elizabeth O'Gorek and Axios DC’s Mimi Montgomery join to get into all of it. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as $8 a month. Interested in advert...
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The 11th Street Bridge Park will link Capitol Hill and Navy Yard with the Anacostia and Fairlawn neighborhoods. We spoke with Ronald Moten from Don’t Mute DC and Scott Kratz of the 11th Street Bridge Park Project about what to expect from this mega project. Plus! City Cast’s Priyanka Tilve caught up with Casey Trees’ director of policy and land conservation about their work preserving green spaces in DC. Want some more DC news? The...
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Washington is elated about getting its pandas back, and City Cast CEO David Plotz is here to rain on their parade. On the other hand, there’s also a new report ranking Washington as having the best parks in the country, and City Cast park expert Jacob Fenston is going to lead that parade. And we’re also going to talk through the latest skirmishing over the city’s budget, which involves the prospect of tax hikes on homeowners.  Want...
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May 30, 2024 22 mins
If you're new here, welcome! We’ve put together a starter pack for you, with episodes and articles to welcome you to the City Cast community. It’s officially summer time, and June is one of the most exciting seasons the city has to offer. From Pride celebrations to dancing outdoors, we’ve got you covered. Plus, if you’re worried about the impending Metro closures, Metro GM Randy Clarke assuages our fears. For even more tips on how ...
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May 29, 2024 24 mins
It’s election season in D.C.! Washington City Paper’s Alex Koma is here to give us the low-down on the city’s hottest races before you head to the polls on June 4. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as $8 a month. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE And we’d love to feature you on the show!...
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Two Capitol Hill area elementary schools - Maury and Miner- could merge thanks to D.C.’s redistricting of school lines. And some parents are pissed. Lauren Lumpkin, Education Reporter for the Washington Post, has been following the story. We’re doing our annual survey to learn more about our listeners. We’d be grateful if you took the survey at citycast.fm/survey—it’s only 7 minutes long. You’ll be doing us a big favor. Plus, anyo...
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We’d usually be doing our Friday News Roundup, but instead we’re sitting down with the Mayor of D.C., Muriel Bowser. She invited us to her office in the Wilson Building, and we showed up with questions about her administration, her future plans, and the state of D.C. We’re doing our annual survey to learn more about our listeners. We’d be grateful if you took the survey at citycast.fm/survey—it’s only 7 minutes long. You’ll be doi...
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