Episodes
Published 09/29/22
What are this city’s best places to relax with friends? To meet them for a night of drinks? Or after a heartbreak? The City Cast crew — Lisa, Carlignon, AK and Brooke — have loads of ideas. Some Karaoke at Spotlight? Or maybe canoeing in Conroe? How about some ritual healing then? Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Want to see what we are thinking? Follow our Twitter Want to see what we are doing? Follow our Instagram  Don’t have social media and...
Published 09/29/22
ChopnBlok serves up smoky jollof rice with a side of West African culture, and in less than a year, it’s become one of Houston’s most talked-about restaurants. But its founder, Ope Amosu, is still surprised when people call him “chef.” To keep up with ChopnBlok, follow it on Instagram. Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your...
Published 09/28/22
Houston is the most diverse city in America, but one thing that makes us even more unique is the deep rooted hispanic history here that's unlike any other place in the U.S.! It goes far beyond Tex-Mex and our love for Latin music. Today producer Carlignon Jones sits with University of Houston History professor Raul Ramos to discuss the wide variety of Hispanic cultural contributions from a community that is increasingly defining the core of the city.⁠ KHOU 11's Our Story History's 'Texas...
Published 09/27/22
Hispanics, Latinos, Latinx people. However you define this overlapping set of groups, whatever you call it. It is clearly the fastest growing demographic in the state of Texas. And one that does not yet command the political power that its numbers would make you expect. Today we’re talking to Tony Diaz, a political analyst and college professor, about his definite ideas as to why that is the case.  Tip of the Pyramid, Tony’s new book  More on Nuestra Palabra Want more local Houston news?...
Published 09/26/22
It’s been a long week, which means we have a lot of news to roundup! Don’t worry, Lead Producer Dina Kesbeh is here with editor at OutSmart Magazine Olivia Flores Alvarez and City Cast Houston producer AK Almoumen to cover all the stories you may have missed! From book bans to Hungry Howies expansion. Book Ban Fort Bend County Judge Hungry Howie's Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if...
Published 09/23/22
Today the team chats all things museums in Houston. In addition to producer Carlignon Jones and newsletter writer Brooke Lewis, joining us is our newest producer, AK Al Moumen, who is here to help out the team as lead producer Dina Kesbeh prepares to head out for Maternity leave. Join us for our weekly roundtable discussions where we gush over the best things in Houston. Station Museum The Menil Collection Buffalo Soldiers Museum Children's Museum Houston Want more local Houston news? Sign...
Published 09/22/22
Houston Chronicle columnist Joy Sewing grew up in Third Ward and is raising her own kids there now. Today she gives us a crash course on the neighborhood: Where to go and what you should know. Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices....
Published 09/21/22
With cooler temperatures on the horizon, City Cast contributor Evan Mintz can’t wait for Houston’s best season to grow veggies. Year-Round Food Gardening: For Houston And Southeast Texas Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have thoughts on the show, leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 we'll be happy to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices....
Published 09/20/22
Today, host Lisa Gray sits down with Phyllis Frye. She's dubbed the grandmother of transgender rights who pioneered transgender law. She's also an activist who fought hard to put the T in LGBTQ+. Phyllis is the subject of a new biography called Phyllis Frye and the Fight for Transgender Rights, by Michael G. Long and Shea Tuttle. Learn more about it here.  Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram ...
Published 09/19/22
It’s that time of the week y’all where we dive into a weeks worth of news. Today, producer Carlignon Jones is joined by contributors Shiyam Galyon and Abdulla Kais ALMoumen. They’ll chat about how well the Astros are doing, Ted Cruz’s reaction to gun control, gun buybacks, and so much more. More on gun buybacks More on Little Mermaid Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram  @CityCastHouston OR if you have...
Published 09/16/22
Today, in our weekly team chat, we’re tackling our favorite things to do this Fall season. Lead producer Dina Kesbeh talks about how Kemah Boardwalk becomes THE place to be in October; producer Carlignon Jones shares how her wardrobe changes the moment the leaves change color, and Brooke Lewis drops her favorite comfort food places to visit. Kemah Boardwalk Rooftop Cinema Club Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival Want more local Houston news? Sign up for our morning newsletter here. You can also...
Published 09/15/22
Joshua Martin is the Youngest SGA President in history at the University of Houston after winning his freshman year on campus, and with that title he’s making big plans, including getting more students out to vote! With Election day stiffly approaching on November 8 and early voting kicking off October 24th, Joshua has started an initiative to get at least 2,000 students registered by the October 11th deadline. Lead producer Dina Kesbeh sits down with Joshua to find out just how he plans on...
Published 09/14/22
Today, DJ, producer, journalist, and podcast host Donnie Houston is here to chat with producer Carlignon Jones about how he got to work with some of the biggest names in our city and just how he made a name for himself. Listen to the Donnie Houston podcast here You can also watch it on Youtube!  Follow him on Instagram and Twitter  @ImDonnieHouston! Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Don’t have social media? Then...
Published 09/13/22
American alligators, the kind that live in the Houston area came off the endangered species list in the 1990s. But now they're facing a whole new round of threats. Today, host Lisa Gray is joined by City Cast contributor Scott Solomon, biology professor at Rice University and alligator expert Cord Eversole to explain how you study an alligator next and what risks face the alligator population at Brazos Bend Park. Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning...
Published 09/12/22
It's that time of the week where we look back at a weeks worth of news! Today, you'll hear a special shout out from our contributor Antrechelle Dorsey, host Lisa Gray talks about the state of the elections, lead producer Dina Kesbeh spotlights the Spring Branch ISD school that broke a losing streak and so much more. More on the inflation rates here More on the 7.5 million grant here More on Spring Branch ISD school here Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning...
Published 09/09/22
Houston spawns talent. (You’re welcome, world.) Today lead producer Dina Kesbeh will rave about Mo Amer, producer Carlignon Jones talks about Meghan Thee Stallions' love for our city, newsletter writer Brooke Lewis spot lights a special Gray's Anatomy star that happens to be from Houston, and host Lisa Gray shares the inspirational Karamo Brown. To enter the giveaway, be sure to email or text us your full name, email address and answers to [email protected] or text us +1...
Published 09/08/22
Today, we're bringing back one of our favorite episodes. The one where we talk about DJ Screw. In the early 90's, Houston hip-hop artist DJ Screw developed a sound called "chopped and screwed." It drew from artists he'd appreciated from a decade earlier – like DJ Glove, Ice T's DJ whose appearance on the movie Breakin' inspired him.Screw was not drawn by the rappers in that movie, nor the breakdancers, but, rather, the turntables and what the spinning of albums at different speeds could do to...
Published 09/07/22
Hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, and floods: Thinking about Houston's natural world can be stressful. But investing in nature not only makes our city more resilient against all those threats, it also boosts Houstonians' mental health. City Cast nature and ecology contributor Jaime Gonzalez is here talking with host Lisa Gray about how to get more of the goodness of nature in such an urban place.  Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. Follow us on...
Published 09/06/22
It’s that time of the week where we dive into a weeks worth of news. Today, host Lisa Gray is joined by producer Carlignon Jones and Rachel Carlton, a report for America fellow for Community Impact Newspapers. They discuss the violence prevention conference at NRG, the mysterious case of a woman who was poisoned by a napkin, Serena Williams' retirement and so much more.  Napkin Poisoning A Final Wish NASA Artemis Launch Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning...
Published 09/02/22
If you’re looking to thrift on a budget or hunt for the latest designer items for half the cost, we’ve got it all covered. Today, producer Carlignon Jones shares the deal she scored on a designer wallet. Lead producer Dina Kesbeh highlights how Harwin is the place to shop for just about anything. And host Lisa Gray shares her favorite Estate Sale purchase.  Harwin Outlet Mall Estate Sales Family Thrift Center Sarah Furniture More Than You Can Imagine Looking for more Houston news? Then...
Published 09/01/22
The iconic Shamrock hotel was torn down decades ago, but its presence still looms large in Houston legend. It was filled with glitz, green glamour, and big stars; making it one of the biggest ritziest hotel and club that oil money could buy in the 1940s and fifties. Host Lisa Gray is with David Bush and Jim Parsons, the executive director and programs, director of preservation Houston to reminisce on one of Houston's old gems.  Looking for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning...
Published 08/31/22
Today, Beekeeper Nicole Buergers, from Bee2Bee Honey Collective, responds to an episode we aired earlier this month called Why Houston’s Bees Are at War With Each Other, where we discussed environmentalists’ concerns for native bees. Nicole shares with host Lisa Gray about how Houston’s rich biodiversity has created the perfect environment for honeybees to thrive. The fun doesn't stop here! We've got even more Houston news here when you sign up for our morning newsletter. We love hearing...
Published 08/30/22
Charter schools, private schools, public schools and more! Houston, has so many options when it comes to schooling.. possibly more than any city in America. So how do you choose what’s best for your kids? Well, host Lisa Gray is here with City Cast contributor Evan Mintz to help you weigh your options and narrow things down.  The fun doesn't stop here! We've got even more Houston news here when you sign up for our morning newsletter. We love hearing from you! Give us a call, text, or leave...
Published 08/29/22
It’s that time of the week where we dive into a weeks worth of news from around Houston. Today host Lisa Gray is joined by lead producer Dina Kesbeh and Bloomberg energy reporter Sergio Chapa. They’ll talk about how a Katy ISD police officer temporarily removed what some parents call a controversial book from the school library. And Dina and Sergio gush over Houston star Mo Amer’s new Netflix show Mo, that is filmed in Alief. More on Mo Amer here More on Katy ISD here Read Sergio Chapa's...
Published 08/26/22