City Cast Houston

City Cast Houston

Food, culture, news and nature in the sweaty Bayou City. Join Host Raheel Ramzanali 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, Hey Houston, at houston.citycast.fm.

Episodes

June 14, 2024 33 mins
City budget drama, HISD test results, and the Museum District’s very own Batman..well, kinda. Host Raheel Ramzanali is recapping a busy week in H-Town with media personality Antre’chelle Nova and Pulitzer Prize finalist Evan Mintz. The trio are talking about those stories plus the threat level of bird flu, The Woodlands getting some love for their job market, the new Texas Renaissance Festival docuseries, and more! Featured stories...
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It’s career day at City Cast Houston! Host Raheel Ramzanali is learning about three interesting Houston careers and how we can find inspiration in our own lives from these unique jobs. Just like career day in school, you’ll hear from a range of guests who work at NASA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a full-time content creator on YouTube. Learn more about our guest and their careers below! Subscribe to ARPLATINUM’s Channel...
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International Sushi Day is right around the corner and we’re also wrapping up AAPI Restaurant Weeks so we wanted to find out the best places to grab sushi in Houston. Host Raheel Ramzanali is joined by local food blogger Anthony Vu aka TheEatingAnt on Instagram to get his recommendations for the best sushi spots in Houston. Try out these sushi spots! Hokkaido Sushi  Ginza Kura Revolving Sushi Bar  Handies Douzo Uchi  Kata ...
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There’s a lot going on in the city so host Raheel Ramzanali is calling on Houston Press reporter Faith Bugenhagen to help him break down some of the biggest stories. They start by talking about a new trend in offices where some workers don’t feel comfortable performing a simple task. Then they get to ERCOT’s latest report on summer energy usage and how budget season is impacting Harris County. They’re also spending time on HPD’s ne...
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It’s June 10th aka 610 day! Host Raheel Ramzanali, TxDOT’s public information officer Danny Perez, and other surprise guests share their favorite memories of loop 610 in honor of 610 day. Plus, we learn about the history of the loop and what the future holds for one of the most important freeways in our city.  Learn more: 610/69 project updates  610 and Cambridge project updates  Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for o...
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It’s Friday and that means we’re recapping the biggest stories from the week. From the latest on the firefighters settlement to our first look at standardized testing results at HISD after the state takeover, host Raheel Ramzanali is breaking down those stories and more with Shafaq Patel, Axios’ Houston reporter, and Houston Landing’s diverse communities reporter Monique Welch. Learn more: Mom goes viral for not returning shopping...
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How Houston are you? Host Raheel Ramzanali is chatting with producer Carlignon Jones and Hey Houston newsletter editor Brooke Lewis about things you have to experience to make you a REAL Houstonian. From honking in traffic to waiting in lines, you’re not a real Houstonian until you’ve… Learn more: Magic Island  City Cast Houston’s Taco Guide Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter Hey Houston  Fol...
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June 5, 2024 17 mins
Sigh, the Houston heat is here and we need to find a way to cool down! So, host Raheel Ramzanali is talking to Josh De Leon, head ice cream slinger at Underground Creamery, about the best cold treats we need to try to fight the summer temps. To change things up a bit, Raheel and Josh are picking their frozen treats in a sports style draft going back and forth for five rounds! Featured spots: Learn more about Underground Creamery  ...
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From a city employee accused of stealing millions from city projects to a local celebrity helping lead efforts for Houston Independent School District’s $4.5 billion bond proposal, a lot is happening in Houston to start the week. So, host Raheel Ramzanali and Hey Houston newsletter editor Brooke Lewis are breaking down the stories you should know for the week. Learn more here: Former Houston public works manager charged in contrac...
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We’re all on edge right now with the recent storms that have hit our city and with hurricane season officially here, it’s important we get a hype-free look at the upcoming months. That’s why host Raheel Ramzanali is bringing on Matt Lanza, meteorologist at Space City Weather, to help breakdown the latest hurricane season forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and how it could impact our area. Learn more: ...
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It’s time to recap the news from the week! Host Raheel Ramzanali and Pulitzer Prize finalist Evan Mintz start by talking about the impacts from this week’s primary runoff election. Then, they’re talking about a new fee that could be showing up on our electric bills because of the historic derecho from earlier this month. After that, they’re recapping why Mayor Whitmire is under fire for his comments regarding residents of Gulfton a...
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May 30, 2024 30 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 Houston community.  There are so many things to do in June around H-Town, but trying to figure out the best of the best is really hard! That’s why we’re talking about events for Juneteenth, Pride Month, Father’s Day, and more in our guide for June. Do you love celebrating summer by eating barbecue? We p...
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Houston’s barbecue scene is absolutely ELITE, but with so many places to visit, it can be overwhelming. So, host Raheel Ramzanali is calling on Patrick Feges, co-owner and pitmaster of Feges BBQ, to help us navigate Houston’s barbecue joints with his recommendations. From brisket to Houston fusion, Patrick is picking it all! Try these spots next time you're craving BBQ: Feges’ BBQ  Truth BBQ Corkscrew BBQ  Gatlin’s Pinkerton...
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It’s been one year since Mike Miles took over HISD as the state-appointed superintendent so host Raheel Ramzanali is talking to Houston Landing’s education reporter Asher Lehrer-Small about Mike Miles’ biggest wins, shortcomings, and upcoming challenges with the district’s budget. Plus, Raheel and Asher talk about why so many public school districts are facing a budget crisis. Learn more: Read all of Asher’s work here  HISD’s p...
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Are we really keeping a count of how many hugs Mayor Whitmire is giving out in a professional setting? We sure are! That’s just one of the stories host Raheel Ramzanali and Houston Landing’s political reporter Paul Cobler are talking about on today’s episode. The duo also look at the timeline for recovery in downtown, why we’re on alert with mosquitoes, a deep dive into the annual Kinder Houston area survey, and more! Featured stor...
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Last week we learned about the various forms of human trafficking impacting our city in our special series. Today, we’re uncovering what it’s like to be a victim of sex trafficking. Host Raheel Ramzanali is joined by Kathy Givens to talk about how one trip changed her life forever in part two of our special series. Learn more about Kathy Givens and her foundation  Interested in advertising with City Cast? Let’s Talk! We’re doing ou...
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Nothing says Memorial Day weekend like a mouthwatering burger! That’s why host Raheel Ramzanali is bringing on Nick Scurfield, co-founder of Trill Burgers and president of the Scurfield Group PR Firm, to put together the ultimate list of burgers around Houston! Check out these spots for National Burger Month! The Q Stack at Q’s Deli  Spicy Greek Burger at Tornado Burger  Shake Shack in Rice Village  Butter Burgers at Riel  Do...
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It’s been a crazy few days in Houston since the storm last week. From power outages to cleaning up debris, there is SO much going on. On today’s episode, host Raheel Ramzanali and producer Carlignon Jones are breaking down all the news you need to following the destructive storm.  Featured stories: 7 people died from Thursday’s storm Update on CenterPoint’s efforts to restore power  Houston Chronicle’s blog on live updates from ...
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Over 3,000 janitors in Houston are ready to go on strike, but why? Service Employees International Union’s President Elsa Flores joins host Raheel Ramzanali to explain what their members are currently going through with low pay and not enough hours, what they are bargaining for, and how we can help janitors in our community.  Learn more: More info on the strike  More info on SEIU  Disaster Recovery Resources Looking for more ...
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What. A. Week! From a barge collapsing into a bridge to Mayor Whitmire releasing his new budget, there were a lot of stories impacting Houstonians. Host Raheel Ramzanali is breaking them all down with Pulitzer Prize finalist Evan Mintz. The guys start things off with budget talk and then move to new acquisitions surrounding HISD Superintendent Mike Miles and his former charter schools. Then they’re talking about the passing of an i...
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