City Cast

Meet the Team

There’s a lot to love about DC. The region is full of devoted natives who call it home, but it’s also a hub for newcomers from across the country and around the world. The city’s many contradictions have created an opinionated, engaged, and lively community. Every day, you’ll hear from the team highlighting what makes this beautiful, complex city we call home just a little bit better. Get in touch with us at

Michael Schaffer

Podcast co-host

A DC hidden gem:
The MLK Library reopened during the pandemic. It’s the only Mies van der Rohe building in DC, and it was always a grim, gloomy place—a building that didn’t much like people. But they reimagined it beautifully. And there’s a gorgeous roof deck in the middle of downtown where you can sit for free.

Someone from my city you should know about
Darrow Montgomery. He’s spent 30-odd years documenting the city as a photographer for Washington City Paper. If DC had a photographer laureate, it would be him.

Bridget Todd

Podcast co-host

DC personality you need to know:
George “the Music Man” Whitlow personifies DC’s musical spirit

Let’s eat here:
Fish in the Hood. You’ve got to have the mac and cheese.

Priyanka Tilve

Lead producer

Let’s eat here:
Tiger Fork, in Blagden Alley. The Jah Leung there blows my mind.

Something DC does better than anywhere else:
Parks! Almost every neighborhood has one. And as a tree enthusiast I am particularly pleased by the many, gorgeous trees to climb on top of, hammock between, or picnic beneath.

Julia Karron

Audio Producer

Let’s eat here:
Bread Furst in Van Ness. Let’s grab a baguette, a croissant, or sneakily my favorite thing there, a ham and cheese biscuit sandwich. Iced coffee too!

DC does this better than anywhere else:
Book stores. Each has its own character and they’re constantly hosting events with writers.

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann

Newsletter editor

DC personality you need to know:
Eliza Scidmore – She was the first woman on National Geographic’s board and was the one who proposed bringing cherry blossoms to Potomac Park.

Susannah Broun

Production assistant

A DC hidden gem:
The People's Archive at MLK library is an incredible resource to learn more about local history of D.C!

Something we do better in DC than anywhere else:

Social sports! I'm a big fan of the Ultimate Frisbee community here.