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City Cast Denver
16 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Shaping Denver Business From Bust to Boom (To Bust)
In the past 12 years, Denver has experienced an explosion of economic growth (as well as a slew of growing pains, such as increasing rates of inequality, homelessness, traffic, and gentrification). And it just so happens that those are the same 12 years that Kelly Brough served as a leader for the business community in her role as president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. She’s made or influenced many key decisions that shaped Denver into what it is today, but no more! On September 1, she’ll be stepping down from the chamber to pursue other opportunities. So City Cast Denver producer Paul Karolyi sat down with Kelly to talk through the ups and downs of the past 12 years, how she sees the current economic moment, and how she feels about the rumors of a mayoral bid. Want to meet more of the people shaping Denver today? Subscribe to our weekday morning newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Get the tweets: @citycastdenver
18 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
A Walk Through Denver’s Juneteenth Past and Present
The City of Denver finally recognized Juneteenth as a commemorative holiday earlier this year. But for many Denverites, it’s always been a big deal. The Juneteenth Music Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and every year the event gets bigger and the message gets stronger. And as we learned this week, it’s something of a family affair for organizer Norman Harris III. City Cast Denver producer Xandra McMahon tagged along with Norman as he made some final preparations for the concert, parade, and food festival. So take a trip down Welton Street with Norman and Xandra, and hear about the festival’s humble beginnings in a building developed by Norman’s grandfather and what it means to Norman to see Juneteenth become what it is today. Check out the full slate of events for this year’s Juneteenth Music Festival: https://www.juneteenthmusicfestival.com/Don’t miss another morning with the City Cast Denver newsletter! Subscribe here: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Oh, and we’re friends on Twitter too, right?? @CityCastDenver
17 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
The Worst Week in Denver Sports History?
A few months ago, the Nuggets and the Avalanche both looked like championship contenders, but both teams flamed out hard in the playoffs. So what happened? City Cast Denver producer Paul Karolyi commiserates with Sports Guy Jake Shapiro (who also happens to be a breaking news reporter for the Denver Post). Plus, City Cast Denver’s resident foodie Peyton Garcia ate at Denver’s buzziest new fine-dining restaurant, Sunday Vinyl, and she’s here to tell you whether it’s a must-visit or a skip. Catch more Denver news and events with Peyton every weekday morning in the City Cast Denver newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Don’t miss the tweets either: @citycastdenver
16 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
The North Face vs Denver's Oil and Gas Industry
When The North Face refused to print co-branded jackets for a Houston-based fracking company, Denver oil and gas execs cried foul, sparking a months-long trolling campaign to highlight what they see as hypocrisy in the outdoor recreation industry. It’s a showdown between one of Denver’s most powerful legacy industries and the new kid in town, VF Corp, the multi-billion dollar company that moved here in 2019 and owns The North Face, Jansport and dozens of other outdoor-oriented apparel brands. City Cast Denver producer Paul Karolyi sat down with Denver Business Journal reporter Greg Avery to get the whole backstory and talk through what it all says about Colorado’s relationships with climate change and our own history.Want to learn more about the people and ideas shaping Denver today? Subscribe to our weekday morning newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Don’t miss the tweets: @citycastdenver
17 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
The Old CCC Built Red Rocks. What Could a New Civilian Climate Corps Do?
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to kickstart an economic recovery that at the same time addressed our climate crisis? Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse thinks there is one. He’s proposing to bring back a popular program from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s time — the Civilian Conservation Corps. Starting in the early 1930s, the CCC was meant to get people back to work after the Great Depression, and it left a lasting legacy here in Colorado — they built Red Rocks! But Neguse’s 21st-century version would look a little different. City Cast Denver producer Paul Karolyi sat down with the congressman to talk about the new and improved Civilian Climate Corps, and how it could affect life in Denver sooner than you might think.Want to learn more about the people and ideas shaping Denver today? Subscribe to our weekday morning newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Don’t miss the tweets: @citycastdenver
17 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Councilperson Candi CdeBaca on Renters’ Rights and More
When Councilperson Candi CdeBaca learned that Denverites were being evicted from their homes last year despite the federal eviction moratorium, she knew something had to change. The progressive young politician partnered up with Councilperson Amanda Sawyer on a new measure to help renters, and it passed unanimously on Monday night. City Cast Denver producer Paul Karolyi sits down with Candi to talk through some of the challenges she faces passing measures like this one and how she believes the new policy is going to help everyone in Denver — not just renters. Plus, Paul gets Candi on the record on some recent issues we’ve featured on the show, including the Park Hill Golf Course, the Reimagine Police and Public Safety Task Force recommendations, and which playoff run she’s been rooting for harder: Nuggets or Avs.If you live in Candi’s District 9 (Five Points, downtown, etc.), we recommend signing up for her newsletter. You’ll get regular updates on what Candi is working on and how you can get involved.And of course you’re already signed up for the City Cast Denver newsletter, right? If not, here’s the link you’re looking for: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Get the tweets @citycastdenver
18 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
The Problem With Paying to Get Out of Jail
After the explosion of outrage over police violence last summer, many activists turned to the hard work of incremental criminal justice reform. One of those efforts came to a head earlier this week on the second to last day of the legislative session. Colorado Freedom Fund founder Elisabeth Epps was there pushing for change that, she says, would have kept more people out of jail (and out of harm’s way). City Cast Denver producer Paul Karolyi sits down with Elisabeth for a raw discussion about what happened at the Capitol on Monday evening, the long road to get there, and what she’s going to work towards next.For more on the Colorado Freedom Fund, click here. And do yourself a favor and follow Elisabeth on Twitter @elisabeth. Don’t miss another City Cast Denver newsletter! Subscribe here: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/And follow us for more news and fun from around the city: @citycastdenver
17 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Can Denver Survive an All-Remote Tech Workforce?
What happens to Denver if every service worker leaving the industry learns to code? Turing School of Software & Design trains programmer newbs for entry level tech jobs, and at the height of the pandemic they decided to make remote learning permanent. City Cast producer Paul Karolyi sits down with Turing’s executive director Jeff Casimir to talk through the data that led to that decision, what it says about the future of work, and how it’s going to affect the non-techies who have to live with it. And if you haven’t heard yesterday’s episode with Elle Taylor of Amethyst Coffee about the so-called labor shortage, you can find it here.Looking for ways to get a little more City Cast Denver in your life? Subscribe to our weekday morning newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/And get the tweets @citycastdenver
15 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Should Tipping Have a Place in Our New Normal?
As we slowly re-emerge from the pandemic, it seems like everyone is talking about a labor shortage. But is that really the problem? And is there a bigger story to tell about how our economy is changing? Today on the show, City Cast Denver producer Paul Karolyi sits down with Elle Taylor, co-owner and founder of Amethyst Coffee, to talk through her very different perspective on the so-called labor shortage. One year ago, as the coffee-buying people of Denver were sheltering in place, Amethyst eliminated tipping, raised prices, and increased wages for employees. Outside the Amethyst on Broadway, Paul and Elle discuss why she and her colleagues made that decision and why she hopes it was a just one small step towards a new, more equitable economy. We’re not done talking about the way our economy is changing. Watch your feed tomorrow for another take on the broader shifts and how they’re affecting Denver. Like what we do? Want more? Here ya go!Twitter: @CityCastDenverNewsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/
16 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
How Many Roads Can We Fix With $5.4 Billion?
Every legislative session begins with hopes and dreams. Lawmakers propose hundreds and hundreds of bills, and over the course of a few months their dreams are mostly dashed. But with the Colorado State Assembly set to adjourn some time this week, the Democrats in control already have one big win under their belts: a long-awaited, much-needed $5.4 billion bill to address our state’s deteriorating transportation infrastructure. Denver Post reporter Jon Murray has been covering the bill, and he joins producer Paul Karolyi to explain how we let our roads get into this sorry state, why there are so many weird conflicting ideas in this bill, and what it’s going to mean for the average Coloradan.For more on how Colorado funds its transportation needs, here’s a helpful explainer from the Colorado Department of Transportation. And if you haven’t heard The Taxman, Colorado Public Radio’s brilliant TABOR retrospective, check it out. We recommend listening to the podcast version, but there’s a text edition too, so you do you. Subscribe to our weekday morning newsletter for more: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/And follow City Cast Denver on Twitter: @citycastdenver
73 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
#ListenLocal: Bangin’ and Slangin’
We've got another weekend bonus episode for you! It's a #listenlocal podcast recommendation from our friend Berry of Podcasts in Color, the largest database of podcasts produced by people of color in the world. Berry's pick this month is Bangin' & Slangin' with KMofo and Da Butcher, which they describe as "the podcast where anything goes." So yeah, this one's got some explicit content. Subscribe to Bangin' & Slangin' here and follow Berry on Twitter @podcastsincolor.
24 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Welcome to the City Cast Denver Burger Crawl!
In-N-Out has been getting all the buzz — and insanely long lines — since it opened its first Denver area location last year. Five Guys is an East Coast favorite. Shake Shack strutted into town from NYC with a hip new look and a lot of big talk. But really, who do these transplant burger chains think they are, coming into our city thinking they can make burgers?! City Cast Denver’s crack team of eaters are here to settle it once it for all. And can any of them stand up against our homegrown fast food burger darling Good Times? Follow along with Bree, Paul, Xandra, and Peyton, then let us know what you think on Twitter @citycastdenver. Hit us with your favorite out-of-state burger chain and the hashtag #CityCastBurgerCrawl. Don’t miss the City Cast Denver newsletter for breaking burger updates and more news from around the city: denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/The excerpt of the oral history with Bill Clements Jr. in this episode comes courtesy of the oral history collection at History Colorado. You can listen to the whole conversation, including a wild story about Bill’s dad and Colonel Sanders right here.
14 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Meet The Bike Advocate Who Says “Meh” to More Bike Lanes
The sun’s out, the rain’s finally cleared up, and it’s never been a better time to hop on a bike. And if you need help finding good trails and bike paths, Bike Streets has a map for you. Founded by Avi Stopper, the community bike advocacy group wants to get more people out of their cars and onto their bikes, with community pledges, group rides, and informational resources. But one thing Avi’s not super focused on? Pushing for more bike infrastructure, like bike lanes. Today on the show, he chats with producer Paul Karolyi about why he thinks expensive bike lane projects might be more risky than they’re worth. Join Avi and take the #2Miles pledge! https://www.bikestreets.com/Get the tweets: @CityCastDenverGet the newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/
17 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
A Pastor’s Journey from Evangelical to Trans
At 60, Longmont Pastor Paula Stone Williams came out to her friends, family, and coworkers as trans. She had been a leader in the conservative evangelical community, but take one guess how that went over. Paula’s got a new memoir out this week about all that and what she learned along the way. It’s called “As a Woman: What I Learned about Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy after I Transitioned.” Today on the show, City Cast Denver producer Xandra McMahon sits down with Paula to talk through her unique perspective on gender, swap stories about life in evangelical Colorado, and offer some advice for anyone out there struggling with who they are.And if you want to hear another perspective on Paula’s story, Paula’s son Jonathan Williams was recently on past City Cast Denver guest Nadia Bolz-Weber’s podcast The Confessional. Find that episode here. For more Denver news worth knowing, subscribe to our weekday morning newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/And follow us on Twitter: @citycastdenver
15 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Responding to 911 Calls With Sweatpants and Snacks, Not Guns
Since last June, the City of Denver has been trying something new with its 911 emergency response system. In an effort to reduce violent conflicts with police, some calls are being redirected to a new team of paramedics and social workers, called STAR, or Support Team Assisted Response. The pilot program has proven enormously popular, with the team responding to almost 1,400 calls over the course of the year with zero referrals to police. Host Bree Davies sits down with one of STAR’s mental health clinicians Carleigh Sailon to hear what it’s like to respond to a 911 call and what she hopes for the future of the program.Here’s how to request assistance from STAR directly if you ever need to: 720-913-STAR (7827)For more on the STAR program and other Denver news worth knowing, subscribe to our weekday morning newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/And follow us on Twitter: @citycastdenver
18 minutes | May 28, 2021
A Theatrical Stroll Through Littleton Nature & History
The local theater community is slowly emerging from its pandemic-induced hibernation, and they’ve got some wild new ideas to share. Like Control Group Productions, they’re putting on a new show starting next week called After the Flood. It’s an “immersive nature stroll” that combines live dance, music, history, and ecology in Littleton’s South Platte Park. City Cast Denver’s resident theater buff Xandra McMahon caught a preview of the performance last week, and today on the show she sits down with Control Group’s artistic director Patrick Mueller to talk about the David-and-Goliath story that inspired the performance and his family ties to the park that has become his stage. After the Flood is set to run in the evenings between June 2 and June 19, and Patrick says tickets are going fast. Here’s the link if you’re interested: https://controlgroup.wellattended.com/events/after-the-floodGet the newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Get the tweets: @CityCastDenver
13 minutes | May 27, 2021
Why DPD Won’t Be At Pride This Year
When The Center on Colfax announced that law enforcement agencies would not be allowed to participate in this year’s Pride, CEO Rex Fuller said the response was “largely negative” — despite the long history of tension between police and the LGBTQ+ community. And if these tensions stretch back to the days of Stonewall — Pride’s origin story — then why do this now? Host Bree Davies sits down with Rex to talk about how The Center has been navigating the complicated relationship between Pride and the police, how they came to this controversial decision, and what it means for police who are also members of the LGBTQ+ community. For more from Rex, here’s a link to his recent op-ed in the Colorado Sentinel explaining The Center’s decision. Get the newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Get the tweets: @CityCastDenver
16 minutes | May 26, 2021
He’s Big, He’s Slow, and He Might Be the Nuggets’ First MVP
The NBA is known for elite athleticism, but it’s also the storylines, off-the-court fashion, and personal drama that make pro basketball so fun to watch. And it’s also why Denver Nuggets superstar (and presumptive NBA MVP) Nikola Jokic stands out. He plays an unorthodox style for a big man and is known for his lack of ego. Yet, it’s all but certain that he’ll be named MVP of the NBA this season. Today on the show, Locked on Nuggets and DNVR Nuggets Podcast co-host Adam Mares joins host Bree Davies to talk about Jokic's surprising rise from unknown second round draft pick to the biggest big man in the league. Plus, City Cast Contributor Eli Imadali ventures into the city with listener Troy Farkas to figure out just how adults make friends in Denver. For more from Troy, check out his podcast, The Troy Farkas Show. Get the newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Get the tweets: @CityCastDenver
14 minutes | May 25, 2021
At 50, Tattered Cover Turns a Page
Denver’s best known bookseller is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and it’s come a long way from that very first shop in Cherry Creek. As of last December, Tattered Cover has new owners. And as of this summer, they’ll have a new flagship location at McGregor Square, that fancy new development going in across from Coors Field. Host Bree Davies sits down with one of Tattered’s new owners, Kwame Spearman, to hear how they’re maintaining that familiar Tattered feeling and what they’re planning for the new downtown location. Kwame’s also got a book recommendation for you.Plus, Bree shares some City Cast Denver news. Subscribe to our weekday morning newsletter: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Get the tweets: @citycastdenver
15 minutes | May 24, 2021
Reimagining Police and Public Safety
Almost a year after George Floyd's murder, communities across the country are still grappling with police accountability. In Denver, a group of civic leaders, non-profit organizations and community members came together to address this issue, creating a Task Force to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety. They’ve spent the last year working on a massive report with more than 112 recommendations, and today city officials will get their first look at their report. Dr. Robert Davis, one of the lead organizers of the task force, says this goes beyond policing. It’s also about issues of housing, support for formerly incarcerated people and more. Dr. Davis joins host Bree Davies to dive into this ground-breaking report and talk about how the city can implement the task force’s recommendations.Click here to read the task force’s full list of 5 strategies and 112 recommendations: http://www.denvertaskforce.org/uploads/1/2/5/5/125541169/reimagining__public_safety__recommendations_.pdfAnd here’s the best place to find contact information for your City Council representative: https://www.denvergov.org/maps/map/councildistrictsToday at 4 p.m., the task force is hosting a rally outside the City and County Building in support of their 112 recommendations for change. Click here for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/4073110239378407/Finally, sign up for the City Cast Denver newsletter for more on police accountability and other issues shaping Denver: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/Follow us on Twitter: @citycastdenver
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