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

July 12, 2024 29 mins
We’re talking about the future of the Mall, a spate of weird crime stories, and why you need to go to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens right now. Come hang out with us at metrobar tomorrow! RSVP here. 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 sponsors of this July 12th episode: Babbel Pain...
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For decades, Prince George’s County has been a top draw for Black professionals looking for a suburban life. But lately its demographics have been changing in interesting ways. Greater Greater Washington’s Olubusayo Shabi is here to tell us more. 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...
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July 10, 2024 21 mins
Police are clamping down amid a massive boom in moped riders. But it turns out it’s not just a new way of commuting — mopeds are at the core of a trend in food-delivery where the riders are some of the most vulnerable people in the industry. Axios’ Anna Spiegel is here to explain.  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...
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July 9, 2024 21 mins
School’s out, the first big holiday of the summer is past us, and it feels like endless days of humidity lie ahead. So we sat down with food and travel writer Tim Ebner to lay out your perfect summer bucket list for 2024, from one-off events like pig racing (yes you read that right) to the quintessential D.C. summer activities we often take for granted. Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter He...
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July 8, 2024 14 mins
There are so many places to get coffee in DC, it’s a real cafe hot spot. And digital creator Domonique Panton of As Told By Dom is making it her mission to visit every single one in D.C. Here’s her guide to the best underrated cafes in the District.  Learn more about the sponsors of this July 3rd episode: Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District District Bridges Babbel Want some more DC news? Then make sure to sign up for o...
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City Cast CEO David Plotz sits down with hosts from all 13 City Cast daily local podcast hubs to talk about what stories they’re watching in their hometowns that are likely to impact yours too. Listen in for how Bridget Todd's story stacks up against the rest. 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 ...
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July 3, 2024 13 mins
Crispus Attucks Park in Northeast D.C. is a great place to spend your 4th of July holiday, so we’re revisiting our episode with Tyrone Goodwyn, who helped transform the space from asphalt into a hidden gem. 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 sponsors of this July 3rd episode: Capi...
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What’s happening with converting D.C.’s office buildings, rats in Dupont Circle apartments, and swimming in the Anacostia River? To get into all of it, City Cast’s Julia Karron and Ashe Durban join the show to roundup the weekend. 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 sponsors of thi...
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July 1, 2024 26 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. Happy July everyone! July in DC has a lot to offer, despite the oppressive weather. Our hosts Mike Schaffer and Bridget Todd are here to talk about what to do when it’s hot and muggy and gross out this month. For even more tips on how to make the most of July in DC, check out Hey DC’s take on...
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DC police are getting drones, DC bicyclists are getting a new trail, and Abraham Lincoln has melted! Washington City Paper’s Alex Koma and City Cast’s Julia Karron join the show to round up the week.  Join us for our next live taping at Metrobar DC!  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...
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If you live on the Red Line, you know it’s been a summer of Metro closures — which makes it a great time to check out one of our favorite early City Cast episodes. We sat down with Metro historian Zack Schrag and transit planner Matt Johnson to talk about one of my favorite pastimes: Making up fantasy Metro lines that can get you exactly where you want to go. Or, at least, talking about why they can’t quite happen in real life.  Jo...
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June 26, 2024 15 mins
Did you spend a bunch of money on craft supplies in the early parts of the pandemic that you never really used? Whether you’re an aspiring crafter or a seasoned pro, Madeleine Odendahl, founder of Merry Pin, the city’s first crafting bar and cafe, says D.C. is a great place to get your craft on.  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...
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A D.C. coffee shop is alleged of kicking anti-union efforts into overdrive, the heat is making Metro slow its roll, and the Folger Shakespeare Library is reopening.To get into all of it, CityCast’s Kaela Cote-Stemmermann and Cuneyt Dil from Axios join the show. 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...
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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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