City Cast Houston

City Cast Houston

Food, culture, news and nature in the sweaty Bayou City. Join Host Lisa Gray and the City Cast Houston team as we celebrate and interrogate this sprawling place with our favorite journalists, thinkers, leaders, neighbors and gadflies. Learn more and subscribe to our daily morning newsletter at houston.citycast.fm.

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August 16, 2022 25 min

Houston is changing before our eyes — and nowhere more than downtown. Joining host Lisa Gray to discuss the radically different approaches architects have taken over the last 50 years are Stephanie Burritt, co-managing director of the architecture firm Gensler’s Houston office; and Raj Mankad, the Houston Chronicle’s op-Ed editor and a former managing editor of Cite, the magazine of the Rice Design Alliance.


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Divorce has never been an easy subject, but now with factors like the pandemic and new abortion rights laws in place - it seems to be getting even meaner. Host Lisa Gray talks with family lawyer Susan Myres about how all this plays out in a court of law! 


Looking to check out the new restaurant mentioned in today's newscast? Here's the link to Pacha Nikkei


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On Fridays, we look back at a weeks worth of news in Houston. Host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh and cultural contributor Antréchelle Dorsey will talk about HISD's largest teacher raise, increased school security, the loss of Shasta VI and so much more.


More on HISD teacher raises here

More on Shasta VI here

More on school security here

More on Pearland Little League here


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How, in just a day, can you make your out-of-town friend understand what’s great about this place? The City Cast crew — Lisa Gray, Dina Kesbeh and Carlignon Jones — has loads of ideas. (Spoiler: Most involve food.)

Food spots to take your pal from out-of-town: 

  • Snooze 
  • the Breakfast Klub
  • We’re Dough 
  • Cedars
  • Native 
  • Phil & Derek’s
  • Turkey Leg Hut
  • Luce
  • Fadis
  • Kasra
  • Graces
  • Chocolate Zeina 
  • The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation
  • The Blind Goat at Br...
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    Wasn’t e-commerce supposed to kill malls? Or the recession? Or COVID? Why do those havens for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Build-a-Bear Workshop survive? City Cast architecture contributor Allyn West and Alexandra Lange, author of “Meet Me By the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall,” join host Lisa Gray to talk about ice rinks, mall walkers and food courts.

    More on Alexandra Lang's book here


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    Even before the pandemic, anxiety was rising among kids and teens — and now the Uvalde shooting is causing many Texas families to fear for children’s safety. Host Lisa Gray talks with mother Wafa Taiym; and with child psychologist Melissa Goldberg Mintz, author of the upcoming book “Has Your Child Been Traumatized? How To Know and What To Do To Promote Healing and Recovery.”

    More on Melissa Goldberg Mintz's book here


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    Today on City Cast Houston, host Lisa Gray speaks with Houstonian, Don Hartsell, founder and 1st Commissioner for the World Air League. He's organizing a first of its kind, a race of airships that will fly around the world, which is known as the World Sky Race. He envisions a race of blimps, dirigible, and Zeppelin. And it would include a stop in a Texas city, maybe Houston. We're talking with them today. 

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    It's Friday, which means it's that time of the week where we round up the news! One of Sylvester Turner’s top aides pleads guilty to a bribery charge. Homeland Security buses border-crossing migrants out of Texas — and to the wrong address in New York. FIEL Houston executive director Cesar Espinoza joins host Lisa Gray and producer Ferrill Gibbs — who says goodbye in this, his last episode on staff.


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    August 4, 2022 16 min

    Alligators, ships, and water the color of chocolate milk: Can we talk about Buffalo Bayou?

    Happy Thursday everyone! On team chat today, the City Cast Houston crew talks about Buffalo Bayou - that life source of Houston touching so much of our daily lives. Listen in to discover so many cool things about it, like its boat tours, parks, hiking trails, and the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern where you can catch a cool concert reverberating i...

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    August 3, 2022 18 min

    It's been 60 years since the Rice Stadium speech when John F. Kennedy announced the creation of NASA. And, it's been more than 50 years since Houston was the first word ever spoken on the moon.

    Today, we wonder: is Houston still “Space city?” Lisa Gray speaks with David Alexander, Director of The Rice Space Institute and Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Aerospace Committee, about Houston's space-going past – an...

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    Like pollinators everywhere, the bees native to the Houston area are struggling. Environmentalists say that’s in part due to honeybees, which came from Europe and often out-compete our homegrown species. As local honey and beekeeping grow in popularity, can a truce be reached? City Cast Houston environmental contributor Jaime González explains.

    More on Native bees of Harris County here

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    Today, we are bringing back one of our favorite episodes. City Cast's velvet voice CEO David Plotz has a list of basic Houston questions, and he's using them to test host Lisa Gray and lead producer Dina Kesbeh's Htown knowledge.


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    It’s that time of the week where we look back at a weeks worth of news. Today, host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh and Raj Mankad, editorial editor at the Houston Chronicle, are talking monkeypox, highway expansions, a blimp race and so much more. 

    More on monkeypox here

    More on unhygienic apartments here

    More on a blimp race here

    More on Beyonce's new album here

    Listen to our episode where we talk about hat-cicles here


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    It’s team-chat Thursday! Today, we are talking about all the great spots you can take your dog in Houston.

    Also! We are sharing some tips that, in this blistering heat, might help keep your dog safe from burning, dehydration and heat exhaustion. Join us!

    Also, you should check out Johnny Steele Dog Park- you might just catch host Lisa Gray there! (It's awesome.)

    Millie Bush Dog Park is the fantastic dog park that Ferrill visited i...

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    July 27, 2022 14 min

    Today, we're passing the mic on to you, our listeners. We have been asking y'all to call in and give us tips on ways to stay cool in Houston in this awful unbearable heat. And man did y'all deliver.

    Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here

    We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston

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    Today, we kick off an occasional series about Houston neighborhoods – this time, we're talking about West U.

    It's a small, upscale town entirely surrounded by Houston, and two proud West U. residents join the show today!

    City Cast contributor Evan Mintz, along with Houston writer Chris Cander, who has some spot-on descriptions of West U. in her brand new book, A Gracious Neighbor. (You should definitely check it out – it will...

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    The oil companies' favorite option to fight global warming appears less and less viable. So, what now? Is carbon capture still a viable option? Is Houston's green energy future *screwed?*

    Today, on the podcast, Lisa Gray speaks to business contributor Loren Steffy, author and writer-at-large who explains all that is wrong with this current model in Houston, and abroad.

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    July 23, 2022 56 min

    Today, City Cast Houston features a bonus episode – it's our friends at the Houston Chronicle's podcast Texas Take!

    It's hosted by Quorum Report's Scott Braddock, along with Chronicle politics reporter Jeremy Wallace. Today, the two journalists break down the upcoming gubernatorial election – and just how tight the race may be.

    If you enjoy this episode (and we hope you do!) – make sure to find their podcast on this s...

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    It’s Friday again! That means we’ve got a week’s worth of news to catch up on. Host Lisa Gray, Producer Ferrill Gibbs and special guest Dr. Batoul Abuharb wrap up the week.


    Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out The Houston Palestine Film Festival

    Want more details on some of the story's mentioned in today's show? Look no further:

  • Home testing makes predicting new COVID waves in Texas challenging
  • J.J. Watt to h...
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    In its annual “Top States for Business” ranking, CNBC gave Texas an F for “Life, Health and Inclusion.” Join host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh, producer Ferrill Gibbs and roving producer Carlignon Jones as they dissect this survey and discuss their own rankings for The Lone Star State.


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