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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May 24, 2024 34 mins
Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking through our local primary election results and the latest report on Portland Police Bureau traffic stops. Joining host Claudia Meza on this Friday news roundup are KBOO news director Althea Billings and our very own executive producer, John Notarianni. Discussed on Today’s Episode: Oregon Primary Election Results 2024 [OPB]  Map Shows Where DA Candidates Schmidt and Vasquez Did Best in...
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It’s officially bicycle-riding season in Portland, but buying a new one can lead to a ton of questions: There are so many types of bikes now. How do you choose? How much should you be prepared to spend? And how the heck do you find one that fits? Today on City Cast Portland we’re talking with cycling expert Leah Benson. As the former owner of the dearly-missed Gladys Bikes on Alberta Street, she’s helped hundreds of Portlanders fin...
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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 Montavilla with Bryan M. Vance, City Cast’s director of digital strategy. He’s lived in Montavilla for about three years, and he’s not only sharing his neighborhood's secret borders; he’s also prepared some fighting words for anyone who thinks thei...
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Today on City Cast Portland we’re talking about the indictment of Jesse Lee Calhoun, the man who has now been charged with the murders of three women in the Portland area. We’ll also look at the recent decrease in Portland shootings and the approval of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s $8.2 billion budget for the next fiscal year. Joining host Claudia Meza on this midweek roundup is our very own producer, Giulia Fiaoni. Discussed in Today’s Epis...
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Did you know we have nearly 40 farmers markets in the Portland area every week? But where are they? Which are the best for what? And what are the unspoken rules you might be breaking? Today on City Cast Portland, we’re revisiting a conversation host Claudia Meza had with Molly Notarianni — our executive producer John Notarianni’s big sister. As the former executive director of the Oregon Farmers Market Fund, she’s been in the farm-...
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Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking about a Philadelphia activist’s lie causing trouble at a local therapy office, all the money coming from who-knows-where in Oregon’s upcoming elections, and the latest audit looking into the city’s affordable housing mandate. Joining host Claudia Meza on this week’s Friday news roundup are Willamette Week City Hall reporter Sophie Peel and our very own producer, John Notarianni. Discussed ...
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The Columbia River’s millions of salmon sustained Indigenous people throughout the Pacific Northwest for millennia. But between the effects of overfishing and climate change, there’s only a fraction of their historic populations left. Today on City Cast Portland, executive producer John Notarianni talks with OPB investigations editor Tony Schick about OPB’s new podcast “Salmon Wars.” Schick digs deep into the history of the fish, t...
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May 15, 2024 26 mins
There’s nothing better than sitting out on the deck of a vineyard, looking out at the beautiful landscape and sipping something special. Lucky for us, the Willamette Valley has over 700 wineries, many of them about an hour’s drive. But the hardest part sometimes is just picking which one to visit! Which has the best food, or the nicest patio? Which do you need to book ahead? And where are the best local urban wineries? Today on Cit...
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Today on City Cast Portland, we’re looking into a new-age spirituality group that’s raising eyebrows in Ashland, and how they fit into Oregon’s strange propensity for attracting religious cults. Plus, we’ll take a look at the worst reviews of some of Portland’s best karaoke spots. Joining executive producer John Notarianni on this midweek news roundup is our very own producer, Giulia Fiaoni. Discussed in Today’s Episode: The Twin...
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May 13, 2024 18 mins
With the arrival of warmer weather, it’s the perfect time of year to jump from dance club to music bar for a late night out in the city. Producer Giulia Fiaoni has spent a lot of time tracking down the best places to dance in town and joins host, Claudia Meza, with tips on how to make the most out of a night out dancing – whether you’re moshing to live punk, grooving to ABBA, or learning how to two-step, we’ve got you covered.  Thi...
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Hey there! We are excited to share the trailer for a new special limited series from our friends and colleagues at City Cast Denver. If you’re a fan of what we do at City Cast, you’ll want to check it out: You’ve probably heard a story about Congresswoman Lauren Boebert. Like, how she got kicked out of a production of “Beetlejuice” for vaping and groping her date. Or, that time she heckled President Biden during his State of the U...
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Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking about the safety issues facing Portland’s transit system, the aftermath of the PSU ceasefire protests, and the city camping ban that has been officially approved after many iterations. Joining executive producer John Notarianni on this week’s Friday news roundup are Portland Mercury news reporter Taylor Griggs and our very own producer, Giulia Fiaoni. Discussed on Today’s Episode: STREET...
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Four of the five seats on the Multnomah County Commission are up for grabs during this month’s primary election. Despite being under-the-radar for many voters, this race could lead to a significant shift in the priorities of county leaders. Today, Oregonian City Hall reporter Shane Dixon Kavanaugh is sharing his cheat sheet on who’s running and where they stand on the issues. And don’t worry if you’re not 100% sure what the county ...
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In the last year, Portland’s had alternative shelters spring up, a 90-day fentanyl emergency declared, Measure 110 rolled back, and a ton of money funneled into new affordable housing. But are any of these things changing the day-to-day on city streets? Today we’re asking Blanchet House executive director Scott Kerman about his ground-level perspective on the state of homelessness, addiction, and behavioral health.  Mentioned in th...
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Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking about the proposed $8.2 billion city budget that dropped last Friday, including some of the items the Portland Clean Energy Fund is throwing down for, as well as a couple of updates on some stories we talked about in last week’s Friday news roundup. Joining host Claudia Meza on this week’s midweek roundup is our executive producer, John Notarianni. Discussed on Today’s Episode: Mayor Ted...
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Bill Oakley is best known for his work as a showrunner for “The Simpsons”; he’s probably written some of your favorite lines from the show. But in recent years, Oakley has become Portland’s resident fast food expert. With National Hamburger Day coming up on May 28, Oakley is here to give us his honest takes on Portland’s fast food scene — from vegan junk food to the best burgers — as well as his expert opinion on where Homer Simpso...
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Happy 503 Day, everyone! Today on City Cast Portland, we’re talking about some of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s planned greenway additions, what the upcoming federal reclassification of cannabis would mean to our local industry, and the participatory budgeting campaign currently gathering signatures. Plus, we reveal our new unofficial city slogan! Joining host Claudia Meza on this week’s Friday news roundup are Willamette...
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For the past month, City Cast Portland has been campaigning to make May 3 an official holiday celebrating all that is Portland. But since it’s a brand-new holiday, host Claudia Meza and producers John Notarianni and Giulia Fiaoni have picked the best ideas for how to celebrate the inaugural 503 Day, with contributions from city leaders, regular contributors, and you — our amazing listeners. Become a member of City Cast Portland tod...
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May 1, 2024 31 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 checking out a mausoleum tour to getting outdoors with a NW forest pass, there’s no shortage of things to do this month in Portland. So the City Cast Portland team is here to narrow down your May bucket list to the must-dos, like this seasonal food guide.  One bonus suggestion ...
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April 30, 2024 25 mins
Today, we’re starting something new: neighborhood guides where we talk with notable Portlanders about the good, the bad, and the ugly of where they live. First up: potentially our most controversial neighborhood, Old Town Chinatown. Suzette Smith, from the Portland Mercury, has lived there for nearly a decade and has plenty of reasons why we have Old Town pegged all wrong. And a note to our ride-or-dies: our midweek roundup will be...
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