City Cast Philly

City Cast Philly

City Cast Philly is the daily news podcast about the city you love (and maybe sometimes hate?) and the Philadelphians who are working hard every day to make this place better. Each weekday morning, host Trenae Nuri will chat with people all across Philly’s diverse neighborhoods about issues that matter to you. Whether that’s what do I even do on the weekends in this city with endless options, or how do I get the bus to actually stop, or how is this city going to keep our kids safe and educated? City Cast Philly is here for it all. It’s that energetic, informative conversation you might overhear at your neighborhood coffee shop. But with City Cast Philly, you’re always welcome to join in.

Episodes

February 29, 2024 22 mins
March is just around the corner, so the team is back with our monthly picks of the coolest things to do, places you’ve gotta eat, and free events to enjoy. Host Trenae Nuri talks with executive producer Laura Benshoff, Hey Philly newsletter editor Asha Prihar, and producer Abby Fritz. Here’s a full list of our recommendations for March: Hilltop Books Lucky Day Book Sale Free Rita’s Water Ice Free Admission To PA Trails Of Histor...
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A state-run program called Keystone Opportunity Zones gives tax breaks to some businesses planning to develop blighted or abandoned properties in the city. But public schools in Philly are partially funded by these taxes, and miss out on millions of dollars in revenue each year as a result. Host Trenae Nuri speaks with Emily Rizzo, freelance reporter at Chalkbeat Philadelphia about the pros and cons of this program, and whether it’...
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We're back with another midweek news roundup! The team talks about a new SEPTA Key feature that lets you pay for multiple riders with a single card and Philly's connection to the viral TikTok saga “Who TF Did I Marry.” Host Trenae Nuri is joined by City Cast Philly executive producer, Laura Benshoff, and Hey Philly newsletter editor, Asha Prihar. Plus, we've got some Philly Leap Year trivia for you! Our news roundups are powered by...
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Philly has amazing nightlife — but, it could be even better. The city could use more late night food spots and transit options. Plus, businesses that operate at night have unique challenges and need specific kinds of support to thrive. That’s why the Philadelphia Department of Commerce created a new job in 2022: the Night Time Economy Director, aka the city’s “Night Mayor.” Host Trenae Nuri talks with Night Mayor Raheem Manning abo...
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It’s the Friday News Roundup! We’re talking about why Mayor Cherelle Parker’s campaign doesn’t have to disclose who was on its nearly $1 million payroll, why home buying might be tricky again this spring, and training tips to tackle the Broad Street Run. Plus, what’s up with the horse that got loose on I-95. Host Trenae Nuri is joined by Ryan Briggs, researcher on the investigations team at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Aaron Moselle,...
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February 22, 2024 19 mins
Chinatown is filled with rich history, culture and — of course — food. Host Trenae Nuri and City Cast Philly food contributor Dave Wez (@feedingtimetv) go on a food tour of his favorite spots in Philly's Chinatown, running down everything from where to get the best Peking duck to how to find the neighborhood's most exclusive speakeasy. The businesses mentioned in this episode include:  Dim Sum Garden Cily Chicken Rice and Thai fo...
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Many Philadelphians don’t have a primary care physician, making it harder to get basic checkups and manage health care overall. Host Trenae Nuri talks with Kelly McGuigan, an aspiring primary care physician and medical student at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, about the barriers to primary care in the city and tips for finding a PCP.  Read Kelly’s op-ed on primary care in Philly here.  Primary care res...
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Jim’s Steaks in West Philly was a legendary cheesesteak spot that opened way back in 1939. It fell on hard times and closed in 2019. Last year, a local entrepreneur bought the restaurant and reopened it under a new name: Jim’s West.  But the son of the former owner has sued the new one, saying the shop can’t operate with the name “Jim’s” at all. That son, Carl Proetto, operates his own Jim’s Steaks in Delaware County. Host Trenae N...
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It’s the Friday News Roundup! Today's topics include whether state Rep. Kevin Boyle’s recent public outburst could impact his political future, and why Mayor Cherelle Parker wants to bring city workers back to the office five days a week. Host Trenae Nuri is joined by Mike D’Onofrio, reporter at Axios Philadelphia, and Jake Blumgart, real estate reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Our Friday News Roundups are powered by great l...
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For a second year in a row, gun violence in Philadelphia is going down. At the same time, threats of violence toward SEPTA and other city workers have increased. Host Trenae Nuri talks with Mensah Dean, staff writer for the Trace – a nonprofit newsroom covering gun violence – about this trend and how the city can better protect public-sector employees. Read Mensah’s reporting on this topic:  Philadelphia Public Workers Face More G...
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February 14, 2024 15 mins
It’s Valentine’s Day – the annual day of love and romance. But not all of us have someone to smooch on. So, if you’re looking to meet someone or find love, we’re here to help. Host Trenae Nuri talks with Nada Rifai, a certified life coach and professional matchmaker in Philly, about the best local places to put yourself out there and find your next date. Nada’s recommendations: Popular apps: Hinge; Bumble; Feeld Speed dating: ...
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Tune in for the team’s first midweek news roundup! We discuss Mayor Cherelle Parker’s decision to split apart two city departments, how a mysterious door landed on a Mt. Airy roof, and test our knowledge with a Philly trivia question. Host Trenae Nuri is joined by City Cast Philly executive producer Laura Benshoff and Hey Philly newsletter editor Asha Prihar.   Our news roundup is powered by great local journalism:  Mystery object...
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February 12, 2024 16 mins
For nearly 30 years, a statue of the Lenni-Lenape leader Chief Tamanend has stood at a busy intersection in Old City, next to the on-ramp to I-95 South. Now, a plan to move the monument to a more accessible location has stalled after one Indigenous group equated it with “forced removal.” Host Trenae Nuri talks with Frank Kummer, reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, about the conflict over relocating the statue and why historical ...
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It’s the Friday News Roundup! Today’s topics include: how Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal’s campaign used artificial intelligence to spruce up her reelection website with fake news articles, and highlights from Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro’s second annual budget proposal. City Cast Philly executive producer Laura Benshoff is joined by William Bender, reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Stephen Caruso, capitol report...
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We're devoting a whole episode to Black History Month events in Philly because there's just so much to celebrate! Host Trenae Nuri talks with City Cast Philly Arts & Culture Contributor Charles Tyson Jr. about his curated list of events, from comedy shows to beer drinking parties to dance performances.  List of events mentioned in this episode: 2/6–2/29 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Celebrate Black Leaders and Legends at Smith Memorial Playg...
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Last year, 3,000 old tires were pulled out of the Schuylkill River, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. And Philly’s tire trash problem is only getting worse. There is a law on the books to rein in this type of illegal dumping in the city, but the Department of Licenses and Inspections never fully implemented it. Host Trenae Nuri chats with Jordan Teicher, freelance reporter for Grid Magazine, about this problem and whet...
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February 6, 2024 9 mins
The snow has melted and Punxsutawney Phil, the state’s official groundhog, has signaled an early spring is on the way. But for now, it’s still sweater weather. So before you pack up your winter gear, make some time to hit up Philly's best soup spots. From pho to French onion, ramen to matzoh ball, there’s something slurpable on this list for everyone. Last fall, host Trenae Nuri chatted with City Cast Philly food contributor Dave W...
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February 5, 2024 15 mins
PennDOT is gearing up to redo the portion of I-95 in Philly that runs from the Ben Franklin Bridge to the Walt Whitman Bridge. But, initial proposals have some neighborhood groups concerned that the highway will take up space currently used for houses and recreation. Host Trenae Nuri talks with Inga Saffron, architecture columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, about how the interstate could change and why not everyone is thrilled ...
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It’s the Friday News Roundup! This week’s topics: the Franklin Institute’s Giant Heart display turns 70, the controversy over a police-involved shooting in Fairhill, and Governor Josh Shapiro’s plan to boost funding for SEPTA. Host Trenae Nuri talks with Max Marin, reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Cory Sharber, general assignment reporter at WHYY News. Our Friday News Roundups are powered by great local journalism:  70 y...
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February 1, 2024 24 mins
Happy February 1st! The City Cast Philly team is bringing you our recommendations for activities, food/drinks, free events, and Valentine’s Day plans this month. We’ve got something for everyone, from a BYOB hangout with goats, to Lunar New Year parades, to tamale and beer festivals. Host Trenae Nuri, executive producer Laura Benshoff, producer Abby Fritz, and Hey Philly newsletter editor Asha Prihar break down these picks and more...
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