Log in

goodpods headphones icon

To access all our features

Open the Goodpods app
Close icon
Next City

Next City

Straw Hut Media

profile image

1 Creator

Star filled black icon



profile image

1 Creator

Join Lucas Grindley, executive director at Next City, where we believe journalists have the power to amplify solutions and spread workable ideas. Each week Lucas will sit down with trailblazers to discuss urban issues that get overlooked. At the end of the day, it's all about focusing the world's attention on the good ideas that we hope will grow. Grab a seat from the bus, subway, light-rail, or whatever your transit-love may be and listen on the go as we spread solutions from one city to the Next City .
profile image
profile image
profile image

4 Listeners

Star filled black icon



Share icon

All episodes

Best episodes

Top 10 Next City Episodes

Goodpods has curated a list of the 10 best Next City episodes, ranked by the number of listens and likes each episode have garnered from our listeners. If you are listening to Next City for the first time, there's no better place to start than with one of these standout episodes. If you are a fan of the show, vote for your favorite Next City episode by adding your comments to the episode page.

No results found...

Podcast Q&A

Why did you start this show?

Next City already serves thousands of city-builders with our reporting in articles, email newsletters, webinars and ebooks. (You can find us at nextcity.org, by the way.) We want to transform cities as more equitable and just places to live. That big ambition means it’s important to reach people anywhere they’re discovering information.

What do you hope listeners gain from listening to your show?

The truth is there are solutions to the problems oppressing people in cities. I say it at the beginning of every episode: If you’re listening, I hope it’s because you want to spread good ideas from one city to the next city.

Which episode should someone start with?

We are a nonprofit news organization, and if you’re not sure why that matters, then start by listening to “Taking the Corporate Profits Out of Your News.” https://goodpods.app.link/4WOqbDUrHwb

Which have been your favourite episodes so far?

My favorite episodes shine a light on proven solutions. Homelessness is not intractable. In fact, our very first episode was titled — and I wish I could shout this — “These Cities Have Ended Chronic Homelessness.” Every episode will share a solution that just works. Poverty is not intractable either. In fact, we’ve interviewed the founder of the longest-running pilot in the U.S. of a guaranteed income program. Check out, “Is Giving Away Cash the Best Way to Cut Poverty?”

Which episode are you most proud of?

Next City is a different kind of media outlet. We center marginalized voices in the subjects we choose to cover, the staff who do the reporting, and the sources we quote. And it’s our journalists who make us special. In 2022, 65% of our stories were authored by journalists of color. Listeners meet a Next City journalist at the start of each show. So I’m proud of all their work, and all the shows.

What is your vision for your show?

We’re successful whenever someone shares an episode on social media as proof that change is not merely possible, it’s already happening. So that’s our dream, that people share these episodes with their neighbors, colleagues and anyone who they think might join the movement for liberated cities.

What is your favourite other podcast that isn't yours?

Does “Only Murders in the Building Count?” Because I do love that show! For people like me who need to know how to keep your nonprofit newsroom thriving, The Pivot Fund Pod is full of valuable insight. If you just want to commiserate about the insanity of our cultural moment, I love overhearing the conversation with Zach Stafford and his friends on Vibe Check. Zach is a fellow alum of The Advocate magazine, where we were both editors-in-chief, once upon a time. So I have to give him a shout-out.

How did you come up with the name for your podcast?

Next City has been reporting on solutions for 20 years, if you can believe it. We’re a granddaddy of nonprofit news. We began as a print magazine called “The Next American City” and evolved into a website. Over a million people visit nextcity.org each year. Roughly 35,000 subscribe to our newsletters. So you know, we felt like the name holds up!

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m host of the podcast and executive director for Next City. So I spend lots of time finding supporters for our reporting on solutions. Before joining Next City, I was editor in chief of The Advocate, the longest running LGBTQ magazine. I led coverage through big highs like Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality, and lows like the Pulse tragedy in Orlando. I’m proud and honored to say that, in both 2016 and 2018, NLGJA named me as “LGBTQ Journalist of the Year."

Show more Q&A

Toggle view more icon


How many episodes does Next City have?

Next City currently has 123 episodes available.

What topics does Next City cover?

The podcast is about Non-Profit, Podcasts, Business and Government.

What is the most popular episode on Next City?

The episode title 'A Proven Way to Reduce Violence in Cities' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on Next City?

The average episode length on Next City is 28 minutes.

How often are episodes of Next City released?

Episodes of Next City are typically released every 7 days.

When was the first episode of Next City?

The first episode of Next City was released on Oct 8, 2021.

Show more FAQ

Toggle view more icon



out of 5

Star filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey Icon
Star filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey Icon
Star filled grey IconStar filled grey IconStar filled grey Icon
Star filled grey IconStar filled grey Icon
Star filled grey Icon

5 Ratings