City Cast Portland

City Cast Portland

City Cast Portland captures the one-of-a-kind creative spirit of this place and tackles who we are and where we’re going — from big deals, like equity and livability, to tiny delights, like the city's most wonderful doughnut. Our home is teeming with creativity and controversy, natural beauty and impossibly good food and drink. Host Claudia Meza is so over the notion that ‘Portland is over.’ On the show, she’ll revive your civic pride and stir you to help create local change — through conversations with neighbors, newsmakers, artists and entrepreneurs about our ever-changing city.

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July 18, 2024 24 mins
Portland is well-known for trying to reduce commuting by car. But amidst our city’s walkability goals, there’s always been a car subculture that’s transforming and restoring automobiles into something worthy of display. Today on City Cast Portland, we're talking to members of Car Krush, a collective of gender-diverse car enthusiasts, on why Portland's subgenre of car culture is more inclusive than most cities. Emily Olivia Tyler an...
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Oregon has seen several recent fires that devastated many Portlanders’ beloved hiking and camping spots. Are they recovering and safe to visit now? Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking with Zach Urness, outdoors editor and host of the "Explore Oregon" podcast at the Statesman Journal, about restoration efforts in some of your favorite natural areas and what this year’s wildfire season looks like. Become a member of City Cast ...
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Portlanders are electing a brand-new, expanded City Council this fall, and the candidates are flooding in: More than 70 people are intending to run for one of the 12 open seats. So this month, we’re going to help you make sense of the race. Today on City Cast Portland, host Claudia Meza is looking at who’s running in District 2. Portland Mercury reporter Taylor Griggs is here to help us make sense of the crowded field. Become a me...
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We just went through the hottest stretch of Portland weather since 2021, and there’s still months of summer to go. So today on City Cast Portland we’re bringing back an interview with Eden Dawn, author of “The Portland Book of Dates” and co-host of the “We Can’t Print This” podcast. She’s going to share some creative ways to escape the summer heat. This episode first aired on August 2, 2023 Picks from today’s episode: Get comfy at...
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Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking about why you have to wait even longer for a MAX ride when it’s hot out, the newest plan for the Lloyd Center, and the merger that might bring big changes to your local grocery store. Joining host Claudia Meza on this Friday’s news roundup are BikePortland publisher and editor Jonathan Maus and our very own executive producer, John Notarianni. Discussed in Today’s Episode: Portland City C...
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The city auditor is the ultimate watchdog of local government: Their job is to identify what’s working, what isn’t, and come up with ideas for how to fix it. Portland City Auditor Simone Rede recently released her office’s audit schedule for the next fiscal year, and it’s ambitious: They’ll be looking into everything from the city’s plans to address homelessness and gun violence, to the city arts tax.  Events from today’s episode: ...
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Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking about our ongoing heatwave, the disparities in its impact on communities, and the future of more extreme weather. We’re also diving into one-star reviews of some beloved local music venues. Joining executive producer John Notarianni on this midweek roundup is our very own producer, Giulia Fiaoni. Discussed in Today’s Episode: Portland Pauses Camping Ban Enforcement Amid Heat Wave [KGW] ...
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Portlanders are electing a brand-new, expanded City Council this fall, and the candidates are flooding in: More than 80 people have already said they’re hoping to run for one of the 12 open seats. So this month, we’re going to help you make sense of the race. Today on City Cast Portland, host Claudia Meza is looking at who’s running in East Portland’s District 1. Oregonian City Hall reporter Shane Dixon Kavanaugh is here to help us...
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When Dan Brophy, a popular teacher at the Oregon Culinary Institute, was found murdered in 2018, it became one of the most astounding true crime stories Oregon had seen in decades. The big twist: his wife, Nancy, was ultimately found guilty of his murder. But Nancy was also a suspense romance novelist, and some of the details of the crime appeared almost forecasted in her fiction. Today we’re talking with Heidi Joy Tretheway, host ...
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City Cast CEO David Plotz sits down with hosts from all 13 City Cast daily podcasts to talk about what stories they’re watching in their hometowns that are likely to impact yours too. Listen in for how City Cast Portland host Claudia Meza's story stacks up against the rest. Become a member of City Cast Portland today! Get all the details and sign up here.  Who would you like to hear on City Cast Portland? Shoot us an email at portl...
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Today is the official start of the Dog Days of Summer, beginning the hottest part of the year when there’s nothing more tempting than catching some cooler, fresher air on the Oregon coast. So today we’re revisiting a conversation host Claudia Meza had with producers John Notarianni and Giulia Fiaoni, sharing their top picks for fun coastal day trips. This episode first aired on July 25, 2023 Destinations mentioned in today’s episod...
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Today on City Cast Portland, we’re wrapping up our series of interviews with candidates running to be the next mayor of our city. We’re talking to our sixth candidate, Marshall Runkel. He’s been involved in Portland politics since the ’90s, most recently as Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s chief of staff from 2017 to 2020. Today he’s vice president of local government affairs at Strategies 360, a lobbying and political consulting firm. ...
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July 1, 2024 25 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 Portland community.  From dressing up for a Chapell Roan-themed bike ride to drinking a rocket pop-themed adult slushie, there’s no shortage of things to do this month in Portland. So the City Cast Portland team is here to narrow down your July bucket list to the must-dos, like catching a drive-in movie...
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Today on City Cast Portland we’re talking about the Portland Police finally wearing body cameras while out on patrol, our region’s leaders gearing up to implement the amendments to Measure 110, and a Multnomah County’s judge’s decision to hold fentanyl dealers in jail before their first court appearance. Joining host Claudia Meza on this week’s Friday news roundup are Oregonian courts reporter Zane Sparling and our very own executi...
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June 27, 2024 33 mins
This month on City Cast Portland, we’re interviewing candidates running to be the next mayor of our city. And today on the show, we’re talking to our fifth candidate, Commissioner Mingus Mapps. Since joining the Portland City Council in 2020, he’s overseen the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Portland Water Bureau, and the Bureau of Environmental Services. We’re talking to him about why he thinks he’s fit for the job.  Events...
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Today on City Cast Portland, we’re continuing our neighborhood guide series where we talk with Portlanders about the good, bad, and ugly of where they live. This time we’re talking about Concordia with the author of “The Portland Book of Dates,” co-host of the “We Can’t Print This” podcast, and our show’s resident fun expert, Eden Dawn. Dawn has lived in Concordia for over a decade and is sharing all the best shops, parks, and chic...
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June 25, 2024 26 mins
This month on City Cast Portland, we’re interviewing candidates running to be the next mayor of our city. And today on the show, we’re talking to our fourth candidate, Carmen Rubio. She’s a current Portland city commissioner who has been overseeing the housing, development services, and planning and sustainability bureaus. Today on the show, we’re talking to her about why she thinks she’s fit for the job.    Become a member of City...
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From food cart drama to the best Italian food, to how to nail a depression meal, to where to eat in Beaverton — Brooke Jackson-Glidden has brought us the best of our city’s food scene since the very beginning. But after six years as editor of Eater Portland, she’s off to lead Portland Monthly as its new editor-in-chief. So today on City Cast Portland, we’re conducting an exit interview of sorts to get Jackson-Glidden’s hottest take...
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Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking about the spike in utility shutoffs, the state’s treasure trove of unclaimed stuff, and the proposal to give every Oregonian 750 bucks. Joining executive producer John Notarianni on this week’s Friday news roundup are Willamette Week City Hall reporter Sophie Peel and our very own producer, Giulia Fiaoni. Discussed in Today’s Episode: Oregon Utility Cutoffs Spike as Power Rates Soar [Ore...
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June 20, 2024 35 mins
This month on City Cast Portland, we’re interviewing candidates running to be the next mayor of our city. And today on the show, we’re talking to our third candidate, Commissioner Rene Gonzalez. Since joining the Portland City Council in 2023, he’s been a vocal advocate for public safety and has attracted support from the law enforcement and business communities. He’s also generated controversy with his hard-line stances on stronge...
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