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Houston is changing before our eyes — and nowhere more than downtown. Joining host Lisa Gray to discuss the radically different approaches architects have taken over the last 50 years are Stephanie Burritt, co-managing director of the architecture firm Gensler’s Houston office; and Raj Mankad, the Houston Chronicle’s op-Ed editor and a former managing editor of Cite, the magazine of the Rice Design Alliance. On the hunt for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. We're also on social media! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Have thoughts or feelings about this episode? We'd love to hear from you! leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Divorce has never been an easy subject, but now with factors like the pandemic and new abortion rights laws in place - it seems to be getting even meaner. Host Lisa Gray talks with family lawyer Susan Myres about how all this plays out in a court of law!  Looking to check out the new restaurant mentioned in today's newscast? Here's the link to Pacha Nikkei On the hunt for more Houston news? Then sign up for our morning newsletter here. We're also on social media! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram  Have thoughts or feelings about this episode? We'd love to hear from you! leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On Fridays, we look back at a weeks worth of news in Houston. Host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh and cultural contributor Antréchelle Dorsey will talk about HISD's largest teacher raise, increased school security, the loss of Shasta VI and so much more. More on HISD teacher raises here More on Shasta VI here More on school security here More on Pearland Little League here 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 thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How, in just a day, can you make your out-of-town friend understand what’s great about this place? The City Cast crew — Lisa Gray, Dina Kesbeh and Carlignon Jones — has loads of ideas. (Spoiler: Most involve food.) Food spots to take your pal from out-of-town:  Snooze  the Breakfast Klub We’re Dough  Cedars Native  Phil & Derek’s Turkey Leg Hut Luce Fadis Kasra Graces Chocolate Zeina  The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation The Blind Goat at Bravery Chef Hall If you want to hear more about great breakfast spots in Houston? Check out our show on Kolache's Fun activities for you and your friend: Children’s Museum Top Golf La Pasha  FAO Kemah POST Houston Buffalo Bayou Kayak Tours Prospect Park Lost & Found Kamp Houston 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 thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wasn’t e-commerce supposed to kill malls? Or the recession? Or COVID? Why do those havens for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Build-a-Bear Workshop survive? City Cast architecture contributor Allyn West and Alexandra Lange, author of “Meet Me By the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall,” join host Lisa Gray to talk about ice rinks, mall walkers and food courts. More on Alexandra Lang's book here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Even before the pandemic, anxiety was rising among kids and teens — and now the Uvalde shooting is causing many Texas families to fear for children’s safety. Host Lisa Gray talks with mother Wafa Taiym; and with child psychologist Melissa Goldberg Mintz, author of the upcoming book “Has Your Child Been Traumatized? How To Know and What To Do To Promote Healing and Recovery.” More on Melissa Goldberg Mintz's book here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today on City Cast Houston, host Lisa Gray speaks with Houstonian, Don Hartsell, founder and 1st Commissioner for the World Air League. He's organizing a first of its kind, a race of airships that will fly around the world, which is known as the World Sky Race. He envisions a race of blimps, dirigible, and Zeppelin. And it would include a stop in a Texas city, maybe Houston. We're talking with them today.  More on the World Sky Race here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's Friday, which means it's that time of the week where we round up the news! One of Sylvester Turner’s top aides pleads guilty to a bribery charge. Homeland Security buses border-crossing migrants out of Texas — and to the wrong address in New York. FIEL Houston executive director Cesar Espinoza joins host Lisa Gray and producer Ferrill Gibbs — who says goodbye in this, his last episode on staff. 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 thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alligators, ships, and water the color of chocolate milk: Can we talk about Buffalo Bayou? Happy Thursday everyone! On team chat today, the City Cast Houston crew talks about Buffalo Bayou - that life source of Houston touching so much of our daily lives. Listen in to discover so many cool things about it, like its boat tours, parks, hiking trails, and the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern where you can catch a cool concert reverberating in an underground cavern. Join us! Check out this link, which is an explainer on the Four Major Bayous of Houston. Also! Wanna see more on that super cool place Dina mentioned: The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern? Well, go here! Check us out around the 'net! Make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston. Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's been 60 years since the Rice Stadium speech when John F. Kennedy announced the creation of NASA. And, it's been more than 50 years since Houston was the first word ever spoken on the moon. Today, we wonder: is Houston still “Space city?” Lisa Gray speaks with David Alexander, Director of The Rice Space Institute and Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Aerospace Committee, about Houston's space-going past – and its space-going future. Want more Houston news? Make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here! Also, you should tag us on Instagram... Go Here! We’re on Twitter! Follow at @CityCastHouston You can also leave us a voicemail (or text us) at +1 713-489-6972 with thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Like pollinators everywhere, the bees native to the Houston area are struggling. Environmentalists say that’s in part due to honeybees, which came from Europe and often out-compete our homegrown species. As local honey and beekeeping grow in popularity, can a truce be reached? City Cast Houston environmental contributor Jaime González explains. More on Native bees of Harris County here Resources for growing good bee habitat at your house here, here, and here More on Honey Bees here More on Honey bees vs. Native bees here and here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today, we are bringing back one of our favorite episodes. City Cast's velvet voice CEO David Plotz has a list of basic Houston questions, and he's using them to test host Lisa Gray and lead producer Dina Kesbeh's Htown knowledge. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s that time of the week where we look back at a weeks worth of news. Today, host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh and Raj Mankad, editorial editor at the Houston Chronicle, are talking monkeypox, highway expansions, a blimp race and so much more.  More on monkeypox here More on unhygienic apartments here More on a blimp race here More on Beyonce's new album here Listen to our episode where we talk about hat-cicles here Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s team-chat Thursday! Today, we are talking about all the great spots you can take your dog in Houston. Also! We are sharing some tips that, in this blistering heat, might help keep your dog safe from burning, dehydration and heat exhaustion. Join us! Also, you should check out Johnny Steele Dog Park- you might just catch host Lisa Gray there! (It's awesome.) Millie Bush Dog Park is the fantastic dog park that Ferrill visited in Katy. Make sure to bring a tennis ball for the pool ;) Cabela's around 288 at the Sam Houston Tollway - they are very dog friendly! So is Baybrook Mall - and the great Chef Hugo Ortega restaurant Urbe! Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today, we're passing the mic on to you, our listeners. We have been asking y'all to call in and give us tips on ways to stay cool in Houston in this awful unbearable heat. And man did y'all deliver. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! From the newscast, more on monkeypox here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today, we kick off an occasional series about Houston neighborhoods – this time, we're talking about West U. It's a small, upscale town entirely surrounded by Houston, and two proud West U. residents join the show today! City Cast contributor Evan Mintz, along with Houston writer Chris Cander, who has some spot-on descriptions of West U. in her brand new book, A Gracious Neighbor. (You should definitely check it out – it will teach you all about "Crepe murder.") (Also, speaking of West U., if you haven't seen the "Darth Vader House," you should definitely check this out...) Let us know what neighborhood we should cover next! Call our voicemail at +1 713-489-6972 . Also sign up for the pod! Subscribe to the newsletter! Be a better Houstonian!! Go here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The oil companies' favorite option to fight global warming appears less and less viable. So, what now? Is carbon capture still a viable option? Is Houston's green energy future *screwed?* Today, on the podcast, Lisa Gray speaks to business contributor Loren Steffy, author and writer-at-large who explains all that is wrong with this current model in Houston, and abroad. Stay up to date with Houston news by signing up for our morning newsletter here. Follow our socials! We're on Twitter and Instagram  You can also give us your thoughts by leaving us a voicemail or text at +1 713-489-6972  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today, City Cast Houston features a bonus episode – it's our friends at the Houston Chronicle's podcast Texas Take! It's hosted by Quorum Report's Scott Braddock, along with Chronicle politics reporter Jeremy Wallace. Today, the two journalists break down the upcoming gubernatorial election – and just how tight the race may be. If you enjoy this episode (and we hope you do!) – make sure to find their podcast on this site – or! You can find them wherever else you may get your podcasts... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s Friday again! That means we’ve got a week’s worth of news to catch up on. Host Lisa Gray, Producer Ferrill Gibbs and special guest Dr. Batoul Abuharb wrap up the week. Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out The Houston Palestine Film Festival Want more details on some of the story's mentioned in today's show? Look no further: Home testing makes predicting new COVID waves in Texas challenging J.J. Watt to help pay for funeral so Houston woman can keep her Texans gear Stay up to date with Houston news by signing up for our morning newsletter here. Follow our socials! We're on Twitter and Instagram  You can also give us your thoughts by leaving us a voicemail or text at +1 713-489-6972  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In its annual “Top States for Business” ranking, CNBC gave Texas an F for “Life, Health and Inclusion.” Join host Lisa Gray, lead producer Dina Kesbeh, producer Ferrill Gibbs and roving producer Carlignon Jones as they dissect this survey and discuss their own rankings for The Lone Star State. Want more Houston news? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter here We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @CityCastHouston Not on social media? Then leave us a voicemail or text us at +1 713-489-6972 with your thoughts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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