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

May 24, 2024 29 mins
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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If you've ever seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you know nothing beats sick day shenanigans. So how would you spend a sick day in D.C.? We’ve got tried and true tips on what to do when playing hooky in D.C. But, don’t tell our boss. 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, anyone who t...
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May 22, 2024 18 mins
With the long weekend ahead of us, it could be the perfect time to take a quick trip away from the city. A while back, travel writer Tim Ebner joined us to share his guide to D.C’s best day trips.   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, anyone who takes the survey will be eligible ...
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If you listened to our episode about the campaign to recall Councilmember Charles Allen, you might have been wondering “what does Allen have to say about all this?” We spoke to him about the recall campaign and his vision for the future of Ward 6. 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. Pl...
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No member of the D.C. Council has ever been recalled. But there’s a group of Capitol Hill residents who want to recall Ward 6 councilmember, Charles Allen, who they blame for last year’s spike in crime. We talked to Rich Masters, one of the campaign organizers, to hear his case against Allen.  P.S. Want to hear Charles Allen's rebuttal? Listen here. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC...
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Channel 4’s Mark Segraves joins us to talk about the last aftershocks — we hope — from a scandal in the mayor’s office, a Maryland race that just might be interesting, and whether or not the Nats are for sale, AGAIN. We're the best podcast in the area right? So go vote for us in Washington City Papers Best of 2024! Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, wit...
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May 16, 2024 15 mins
It’s getting more and more expensive to eat out in the city. Luckily, DC native Big Schlim’s viral videos are shining a light on the best cheap eats in the city! Schlim is here to tell us his story, and to point us to some favorite spots for what he calls a ‘light pocket meal.’  Vote for us as your favorite local podcast in Washington City Paper! Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. I...
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May 15, 2024 14 mins
A bear, affectionately named Otis, was seen in Brookland last week. This is the third black bear sighting in the DMV in less than two weeks! We chatted with Lauren Crossed from the Humane Rescue Alliance to see why bears are roaming the streets, and what to do if you see one. 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...
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More flights out of DCA, big changes to D.C.’s buses and is everyone in D.C. giving up on dating apps? Washington Business Journal’s Nate Doughty joins the City Cast crew to dive into all of it.  Vote City Cast DC as your favorite local podcast in Washington City Paper! 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 mon...
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It’s local budget season in D.C. But don’t let your eyes glaze over quite yet! D.C.’s mayor has proposed a bunch of cuts to fix a $700 million deficit. Her budget director, Jenny Reed, is here to walk us through their proposal and how we got here.  Vote for us as your favorite local podcast in Washington City Paper! Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member, wi...
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Hey there! We are excited to share the trailer for a new special limited series from our friends and colleagues at City Cast Denver. If you’re a fan of what we do at City Cast, you’ll want to check it out: You’ve probably heard a story about Congresswoman Lauren Boebert. Like, how she got kicked out of a production of “Beetlejuice” for vaping and groping her date. Or, that time she heckled President Biden during his State of the U...
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D.C. is considering a major revamp of Chinatown. The team is here to lay out the options. Plus, we detail the controversy over D.C. police and the George Washington University protesters, and the rising cost of Uber. Want to follow up on some episodes we mentioned?  Check out Mike and Bridget’s insightful take on D.C.’s weed scene.  We also covered the GW encampment in more detail, with the Washington Post’s Peter Hermann. And y...
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May 9, 2024 18 mins
It’s been a year since D.C. voters passed I-82, a referendum to phase out tipped minimum wage. The transition has been rough, largely because no one agrees on what the new normal should be. Washingtonian’s Jessica Sidman is here to walk us through I-82’s fallout and what it means for customers. Vote for us as your favorite local podcast in Washington City Paper! Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning news...
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May 8, 2024 22 mins
From history and a love for museums to breweries, Philly and D.C. have a lot in common. We caught up with City Cast Philly’s Trenae Nuri to talk about the D.C. - Philly connection. Check out City Cast Philadelphia’s guide to the remaining smoking dive bars in Philly. 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....
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Washington Business Journal’s Drew Hansen joins the crew to explain RFK Stadium finally being knocked down, smoking weed outside this summer, and ticketing crackdowns on cars and mopeds alike.  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 ...
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May 6, 2024 10 mins
From Cava to Little Sesame, the DMV consumes a lot of hummus, and we make and export even more. Axios reporter Anna Spiegel is here to explain her theory that our region is becoming the hummus hub of North America. 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 ...
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Cuneyt Dil of Axios joins the team to talk about the state of downtown, your options for mother’s day, and a red-hot doorman drama in one of the fanciest pieces of real estate. Want to join our Mother’s Day event giveaway? Then become a member, with ad-free listening, for as little as $8 a month. 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 ...
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May 2, 2024 15 mins
You might not think of D.C. as a gardening city, but gardening in the District actually offers some specific benefits you don’t find elsewhere. Kathy Jentz, host of the podcast Garden DC, explains why you should be giving gardening a shot. 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 ...
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Protests and encampments regarding Israel and Palestine have taken off across the country. But in D.C., are we doing anything differently? Both Lauren Lumpkin and Peter Hermann from the Washington Post have covered the protests and lawsuits at the high school and college level, and they explain what’s going on for both. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter Hey DC. You can also become a member...
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April 30, 2024 24 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.  From checking out a sunset session of music and dancing at Flash, to finally investing in a solid hammock or blanket you’ve been eyeing, May is a special time in D.C. There are so many options for things to do and places to go, so the City Cast DC team is here to narrow down your May bucket ...
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