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City Cast Denver
15 minutes | 16 hours ago
The Urgent Push to Preserve Chicano Murals
Chicano history runs deep in Denver’s Westside, particularly in its collection of murals. Many have already been lost to time and development, but now, a proposed Historic Cultural District and a city-wide campaign to recognize more Chicano and Latino historical sites are in the works to help protect what’s left. With the guidance of mural expert and archaeologist Lucha Martínez de Luna, director of the Chicano/a Murals of Colorado Project, this new push for historic preservation is working to incorporate the cultural and historic context that anchors the La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood. Lucha is on the show today to share her personal connection with the murals and the some of that important context. The City of Denver is holding two community meetings, on April 28 and May 15, to talk about the proposed Historic Cultural District. For more information, go here.
17 minutes | 2 days ago
Denver Reacts to the Chauvin Verdict
Derek Chauvin is guilty of murdering George Floyd. With the verdict yesterday, the country exhaled after holding its collective breath through weeks of trial and 10 hours of jury deliberations. Here in Colorado, legislators gathered to share their reactions, their grief, and their plans to advance police accountability in our state. On the show today, some of their comments, some context, and a memory from last year’s uprisings in Civic Center Park. For more on the legislation mentioned in this episode, here is Bree’s interview with State Rep. Leslie Herod from last week.
17 minutes | 3 days ago
Obviously We’re Going To Talk About Weed Today
Happy 420, Denver. Sorry you can’t celebrate with Snoop Dogg in Civic Center Park this year, but we’ve got a weed day treat for you. Ann Marie Awad, who hosts Colorado Public Radio’s "On Something," joins the show to talk about the current state of weed culture and the fight for social equity in the cannabis industry — a topic that just so happens to be the theme of On Something’s upcoming third season. The trailer just dropped today, hear that here. Let us know how you’re celebrating the second pandemic 420! Tweet us at @CityCastDenver. And subscribe to our newsletter for more Denver news here.
13 minutes | 4 days ago
Conservatives and the Vaccine Hesitancy Conundrum
The numbers don’t add up. According to recent polling, 38% of Coloradans are not currently planning to sign up for the vaccine. That hesitation breaks down along political lines, with Republicans far more likely to skip the vaccine or, at the very least, take a “wait and see” approach. Herd immunity will require at least 70% of a population to be vaccinated or carry antibodies, according to the CDC. So, what are we to do? Denver Post columnist Krista Kafer, who identifies as center-right on the political spectrum, is on the show today to talk about her decision to get vaccinated and how she’s talking about it with her Republican friends. You know what goes great with a daily podcast? A daily newsletter. Subscribe to ours and learn more about us at citycast.fm/denver.
16 minutes | 7 days ago
A Cautiously Optimistic Return To Live Music
Colorado’s music scene does big business for our economy. But since the pandemic began, live music has been silenced, with many venues shutting down temporarily or closing altogether. Venue operators large and small across the state have been working together to find ways to keep them alive and now, with COVID restrictions lifting, live concerts are coming back. But what is live music going to feel like?Chris Zacher, CEO of Levitt Pavilion Denver, has been working around the clock to make sure live music venues are equipped to return and thrive. Zacher joins the show today to explain just how much has gone into making sure Coloradans get to experience live concerts again. Subscribe to our morning newsletter for more Denver news, and follow us on Twitter @citycastdenver.
15 minutes | 8 days ago
Inside the Fight to Save Casa Bonita
Get Eric Cartman on the phone, Casa Bonita needs help. More than a year into the pandemic, the iconic Mexican restaurant slash immersive entertainment experience filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. There have been reports of community efforts to raise money to save the place, but until now it’s been unclear exactly how that might work. Andrew Novick, who’s visited Casa Bonita 300 times, and entrepreneur Danny Newman, who helped save My Brother’s Bar, have been working behind the scenes, and they’re on the show today to explain their strategy and how you can help. Novick, Newman, and company are holding a “Save Casa Bonita” rally on Saturday morning in front of the restaurant. Find details here. (Yes, Bananas the monkey may make an appearance.) And support the cause here. Did you like the segment at the end of the show today? Then you should read Sam Brasch’s story that inspired it! Additional music in this episode comes courtesy of Kevin MacLeod. We’re using it under a CC BY 3.0 license. Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter right here.
13 minutes | 9 days ago
Rep. Leslie Herod Wants More Police Accountability
As the world watches the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis and protests continue over this week’s police killing of Daunte Wright in another Minnesota town, Colorado lawmakers are building on the major police accountability reform they passed last year. Democratic State Rep. Leslie Herod chats with Bree today about the new bill she’s sponsoring that would further limit the police’s ability to use lethal force in Colorado. Have strong feelings about the bill? Make your voice heard! You can find your representative and how to get in contact with them here. Hey, let’s take this relationship to the next level! Subscribe to the podcast and our newsletter at citycast.fm/denver.
12 minutes | 10 days ago
All Aboard! From Pueblo to Cheyenne
Governor Polis has wanted it for ages. Lawmakers at the Colorado State Assembly are crossing party lines to back it. President Biden asked Congress for enough money to fund it. And now, after years — no, decades! — of dreaming, hoping and planning for a passenger rail line running all up and down the Front Range, it finally feels like it might happen. Colorado Public Radio transportation and growth reporter Nate Minor joins the show today to get Bree up to speed on the long-awaited train line.The Polis Express, Blucifer’s Dream, The Columbine Cruiser (that’s Nate’s pick): What would you name the new Front Range passenger rail? Tweet your best answers at @citycastdenver and we’ll retweet our faves!If you like City Cast Denver: The Podcast, you’ll love City Cast Denver: The Newsletter. Subscribe and learn more at citycast.fm/denver.
16 minutes | 11 days ago
Living Denver Through Poetry
It’s National Poetry Month! And what better way to understand Denver’s many diverse neighborhoods than through poetry — or at least that’s the idea behind History Colorado’s new podcast Living Denver. Bree speaks with the podcast’s director, Becca Mendoza Nunziato, and the poet featured in the first episode, Kenya “Mahogany” Fashaw, about Kenya’s Five Points, gentrification, and the lived experience of neighborhood change. You can subscribe to Living Denver wherever you get City Cast Denver. Just click right here and find your app. Living Denver is also just one part of a broader initiative from History Colorado, called Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City, which includes a new exhibit on Denver’s growth, urban development, and architecture that’s set to open on May 29. Have you seen the City Cast Denver newsletter? You’re going to love it. Subscribe and learn more at citycast.fm/denver. Follow us on Twitter @citycastdenver.
16 minutes | 14 days ago
No, Den-Mex Does Not Mean Chipotle. Listen Up.
So what exactly is Denver-style Mexican food? How do we differentiate our particular brand of Mexican food? (Hint: We’re talking green chile. On everything.) Food writer Gustavo Arellano and Westword editor and Den-Mex super fan Patty Calhoun break down where it came from, what we need to do to protect it, and what makes Den-Mex so special. Warning: Side effects of this episode may include a growling stomach and watering mouth. Subscribe to our morning newsletter for more Denver news, and follow us on Twitter @citycastdenver.
12 minutes | 15 days ago
The Weed Biz Isn’t Green, It’s White. How Do We Change That?
Earlier this year, Colorado’s cannabis industry passed a major milestone: $10 billion in revenues since legalization. But the vast majority of that money is ending up in the same old white hands. Bree speaks with Hashim Coates, executive director of Black, Brown and Red Badged, an organization founded in 2019 to speak on behalf of cannabis business owners of color. He explains why he thinks the local lawmakers working to address this issue aren’t going far enough. Subscribe to our morning newsletter for more Denver news, and follow us on Twitter @citycastdenver.
13 minutes | 16 days ago
A Home Run for Denver Elections
When Major League Baseball decided to move their All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver in protest of Georgia’s restrictive new elections law, Georgia governor Brian Kemp went on Fox News to complain. He claimed there isn’t much of a difference between elections law in Colorado and Georgia, “so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.” Well, Gov. Kemp, it makes sense to us. On the show today, Bree speaks with Denver’s Clerk and Recorder Paul López, who administers elections here in Denver, about the differences between elections in the two states and how he plans to enjoy the All-Star Game in July. Plus, our sports guy Jake Shapiro is back to give us a little historical context on the MLB’s decision to take such a strong political stance. Subscribe to our morning newsletter for more Denver news, and follow us on Twitter @citycastdenver.
14 minutes | 17 days ago
The Fight For Equity In Our News with Lori Lizarraga
When former 9News reporter Lori Lizarraga came to Denver, she knew it was going to be a challenge to gain the trust of sources in Black and Brown communities. What she wasn’t prepared for were the battles she would have to fight in her own newsroom to get their stories to air. After Lori’s contract was not renewed at the ratings giant, she wrote a piece in Westword last week that detailed years of discrimination and an inequitable newsroom. She joins the show today to share more of those experiences and why it’s so important for communities of color to be covered by journalists of color. Subscribe to our morning newsletter for more Denver news, and follow us on Twitter @citycastdenver.
15 minutes | 18 days ago
Denver Sports are Back in Style
For the first time in a year, sports fans were welcomed back to Denver’s stadiums and arenas this weekend. The Rockies played an opening series against the L.A. Dodgers and did…alright? The Nuggets and Avalanche continue to kick ass. But let’s talk what people are wearing. Like what’s up with those “Fire Bridich” and “Sent from my iPad” shirts we saw at Coors Field? Sports guy Jake Shapiro breaks it down and shares some construction and development gossip involving Rockies ownership. Plus, our producer Paul Karolyi tracked down the backstory behind those weird new Avalanche uniforms. Subscribe to our morning newsletter for more Denver news, and follow us on Twitter @citycastdenver.
14 minutes | 21 days ago
Blowing the Whistle on Bad Air Quality
We knew Denver’s air quality was bad, but we didn’t know it was this bad. Whistleblowers within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment say the people in charge have been overriding requirements of the Clean Air Act and endangering the health of Coloradans. Bree speaks with Colorado Sun reporter Michael Booth about his reporting on the whistleblower complaint and what it means for the quality of the air we breathe. Want to monitor the air you breathe yourself? Here’s a list of recommendations for air quality apps. Subscribe to our morning newsletter for more Denver news, and follow us on Twitter @citycastdenver.
16 minutes | 23 days ago
When Vaccine Eligibility Isn’t Enough
Governor Jared Polis announced that starting this Friday, all Coloradans at least 16 years old will be eligible for the vaccine. But where does that leave our disabled community members? Bree speaks with disability advocate Rosemary McDonnell-Horita about her personal struggle getting a shot, her work on Polis’s Health Equity Response Team, and the work that still needs to be done to make sure all Coloradans have access to a vaccine. Follow Rosemary on Twitter @ricearosie.The healthcare provider we found offering at-home vaccination appointments in at least some of Denver’s suburbs is called Bloom Healthcare.Subscribe to our morning newsletter here, and follow us on Twitter @citycastdenver.
17 minutes | 25 days ago
Sharing the Streets: Scooters and Equity
It’s been three years since the first Lime scooter zipped down Denver’s streets, and the city is on its second major effort to regulate the aging scooter and bike-share fleets. This new proposal would eliminate the permit process that allowed scooters to spread as far and fast as the market allowed, replacing it with (yet another) public-private partnership and provisions designed to promote access all over the city. Host Bree Davies speaks with Jill Locantore of the Denver Streets Partnership, a coalition of advocates for people-friendly streets, about why they’re backing the new effort — for now. The City Council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is debating the proposed scooter regulations tomorrow, so find your council member and make your voice heard! Also on the show today, the first installment of a new segment we’re calling VOICE on the Street. It’s a partnership with Denver’s street paper, the Denver VOICE, which provides opportunities to Denverites experiencing homelessness and other forms of economic inequity. If you’d like to support VOICE vendors like this episode’s guest John Alexander, head over to denvervoice.org/donate. They even have Venmo, so if you want to get a little help directly to John, follow this link and add his name to the note attached to your transfer.Follow us on Twitter: @citycastdenver.Subscribe to our newsletter for photos of our night at Mizuna and learn more about us at citycast.fm/denver.
18 minutes | a month ago
A Toast to an Uncertain Future with Chef Frank Bonanno
This week marks the 20th anniversary of Mizuna, one of Denver’s favorite fine dining destinations and the flagship of Frank Bonanno’s restaurant empire. But earlier this year, Frank’s landlord told him they’re planning to sell the Capitol Hill building that houses Mizuna and three other Bonanno spots. We joined the 20th anniversary festivities at Mizuna earlier this week, and our host Bree Davies spoke with Frank about how he’s processing the news and thinking about the future. For more Mizuna memories, check out the restaurant’s instagram @mizuna_denver. They’ve been posting photos and reminiscing about old times all week.Follow us on Twitter: @citycastdenver.Subscribe to our newsletter for photos of our night at Mizuna and learn more about us at citycast.fm/denver.
13 minutes | a month ago
It Wasn't Supposed To Be This Way
We had a whole plan for how this week was supposed to go. But then a man with a gun shot and killed 10 people at a King Soopers in Boulder. It’s a tragic loss for the whole Front Range community, and we felt compelled to show up ahead of schedule, with a personal reflection from our host Bree Davies and a conversation with KUNC reporter Leigh Paterson. Leigh recently wrapped up a two-year project reporting on guns and gun violence in America, and she helps put the events in Boulder in a broader context.We’ll be back with what we planned for our first episode on March 25. Don’t forget to subscribe to our daily newsletter, too. All that and more at citycast.fm/denver.
2 minutes | a month ago
City Cast Denver Launches March 25th
Go ahead and try to define Denver. Is it an oil-rich cowtown? A tech-friendly ecotopia? Or maybe it’s something entirely its own, changing before our very eyes. Post-Zaidy’s, post-El Chapultepec, post-COVID, what is Denver all about? Starting March 25, join us every weekday morning for 15 minutes to get all the Denver news you need (and want) to know. We promise to ask hard questions and refuse easy answers.
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