City Cast Salt Lake

City Cast Salt Lake

City Cast Salt Lake is Salt Lake City’s daily news podcast. Host Ali Vallarta and a bevy of smart and entertaining locals will bring you conversations about the issues that matter most to SLC. Some days City Cast will make you proud; other days it’ll make you angry. It will celebrate Salt Lake’s triumphs, (try to) solve its mysteries, and explore its history. City Cast will help you feel more connected to the Wasatch Front – whether you’ve lived here for 6 months or 6 generations.

Episodes

June 24, 2022 24 min

Salt Lake Tribune Jazz Beat Writer Andy Larsen joins Ali to round-up the sports news of the week in Salt Lake. 


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Why are there letters in our hills? And who put them there? Evelyn Corning knows! She’s the author of “Hillside Letters A-Z – A Guide to Hometown Landmarks.”

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June 22, 2022 26 min

Short: Princess Kennedy is getting out of Salt Lake’s bar scene.


Long: Ali visited with Salt Lake icon Princess Kennedy to chat about why she is getting out of Salt Lake’s bar scene, after hosting the largest Pride party in our city for ten years. PK thinks she owes Salt Lake an apology, and is ready to move on. 


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Why are brine shrimp important to Salt Lakers, and why is Great Salt Lake Institute co-founder Jaimi Butler so optimistic right now? Adopt a storm drain here.


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As millennials, Ali and Ashley Finley (City Cast contributor and friend of the show) notice some interesting trends in the fashion choice of Gen. Z.

This bonus City Cast Salt Lake episode is unplanned and was recorded before the recent Friday news roundup.

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June 17, 2022 34 min

Community activist and birth-worker Ashley Finley joins Ali to round-up the news you might have missed this week. 


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June 16, 2022 11 min

On Monday, Utah will observe Juneteenth with a holiday for the first official time ever, thanks to a bill passed by Rep. Sandra Hollins.


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On Friday morning, the 1,200 foot pedestrian bridge connecting 200 S and North Temple over the Jordan River will be dedicated and renamed: The Archie and Lois Archuleta Bridge. Ali visits the bridge with community activist Billy Palmer to learn more about the late, great Archie and his wife Lois.


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Walnut trees are being struck down by a weird disease called ‘thousand cankers disease.’ Nate Orbock of the SLC Division of Forestry does not want to inspire panic, but he joins Ali to count Salt Lake’s walnuts and explain the phenomenon.


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Utah’s tech sector is booming, and it’s bringing conversations about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) right to Salt Lake’s doorstop. We’ve all heard the rumors that tech is riddled with misogyny, but just how bad is it?

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Former journalist and disability advocate Shelby Hintze joins Ali to round-up the news you might have missed this week.

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Which dust is in the air this spring? Is it the toxic dust from the Great Salt Lake yet? How will we know? Ali asks Logan Mitchell, a climate scientist who is very good at explaining things.


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The first segment from last Wednesday’s Democratic primary debate for Utah Senate District 9, between Dr. Jennifer Plumb and Sen. Derek Kitchen. Later, Ali mentions Senate District 13 Democratic primary candidates Nate Blouin and Sen. Gene Davis. Reach our County Clerk with any primary election questions at (385) 468-7400.


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Diné advocate and southern Utah candidate, Davina Smith, joins Ali to talk about a historic water rights settlement between the state of Utah, the federal government, and the Navajo Nation.


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Dominique Wilson, founder and owner of Pie’s the Limit, is just keeping up with demand. He and Ali talk about the success of his microbakery, Salt Lake’s sweet tooth, and how to achieve flaky crust.


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Local news enthusiast Shireen Ghorbani joins Ali to round-up the news you might have missed this week.

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June 2, 2022 21 min

Open Streets is officially Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this year! Ali asks Urban Affairs Director Jessica Thesing what it would take to make Main St. pedestrian-only forever. Later, we get takes from Main St. locals on the program.


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Eva Lopez, LGBTQ liaison for the SLC Mayor’s Office, joins Ali to talk about the evolution of Salt Lake pride. Later, Ali mentions this reporting.

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Meg Walter, editor-in-chief of The Beehive, breaks down Utah’s MomTok scandal.


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May 27, 2022 14 min

Ruff Haven is a local organization that takes care of people’s pets while they are experiencing crisis. This could mean housing insecurity, rehab or hospitalization, or seeking temporary refuge in a place where you can’t take them with you. The goal is to ensure that on the other side of crisis, people can be reunited with their dog, cat, or other support creature. City Cast is sponsoring a punk rock show to support this fine organ...

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