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The Austin Common Radio Hour
The Austin Common Radio Hour
Each week, The Austin Common Radio Hour helps Austinites be informed and make a difference... right in their own local community :)
Sep 7, 2023
Light Rail In Austin: We Have A Route
Earlier this summer, a route was chosen for Austin's first-ever light rail system. It will start at 38th Street, run down Guadalupe Street, cross Lady Bird Lake at Trinity Street and then split, running south along South Congress (ending at Oltorf) and running east along Riverside Drive (ending at Yellow Jacket Lane). But why was this route chosen? To answer that question, Austin Common Radio Hour host Amy Stansbury sits down with Lindsay Wood (Austin Transit Partnership) and Awais Azhar (chair of the Project Connect Community Advisory Committee).
Jul 5, 2023
What Is City Council Doing About Housing Affordability?
Austin City Council has taken a lot of votes lately, aimed at changing our city's land development code. The idea? To allow more housing to be built in Austin... and at a quicker pace. To explain exactly what City Council is working on, host Amy Stansbury sat down with two Austin City Council members - Ryan Alter & José “Chito” Vela.
1 hr 11 min
Jun 22, 2023
Talking Taxes & Schools With Rep. Talarico
The regular Texas legislative session officially ended on May 29th... but that's not the end of the story. One "special session" has already been called (and more are expected to come) as a debate stretches on over property taxes and public schools. To fill us in on the latest, host Amy Stansbury sat down with Rep. James Talarico, who represents parts of the Austin area in the Texas House.
Jun 8, 2023
How Many People In Austin Are Experiencing Homelessness?
How many people in Austin are experiencing homelessness? In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, we dive a bit deeper into the numbers. To guide us through it, host Amy Stansbury interviews Akram Al-Turk, Research & Evaluation Director of ECHO, who shares data from the latest Point In Time Count.
Apr 27, 2023
Austin's Climate Ambassadors
Concerned about climate change? Hear from people who are taking action... right here at the local level. In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with several of the city's Community Climate Ambassadors -Dylan Kazanova, Kecia Prince, Sahabel Porto, & Andres Pedraza. Show Notes: You can RSVP for the city's coop housing event here - bit.ly/3Lbpmri You can learn more about the Community Climate Ambassador showcase here - bit.ly/3HkpxQ9
Mar 23, 2023
Mental Health & Our Criminal Justice System
On, March 21st, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted to take the first steps toward creating a mental health diversion center right here in Travis County. And what is a mental health diversion center? We discuss it all with Travis County Judge Andy Brown.
Mar 8, 2023
Police Contracts: Why They Matter & What's Happening In Austin
There's been a lot of news lately over Austin's police contract. In this episode, we break it all down for you & explain what police contracts even are, the ways they impact accountability and staffing, and how an upcoming election could impact the future of public safety in Austin. Our guests include Chris Harris (Equity Action) & Austin City Council Member Alison Alter.
Feb 23, 2023
The Future of I-35
By now, you've probably heard that there are plans to expand I-35 through downtown Austin... but what does that mean exactly? And what will the impact be for our community? And the climate? We cover it all in this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour. Guests include Brad Wheelis (spokesperson for TxDOT), Adam Greenfield (executive director of Rethink 35), & Austin City Council Member José “Chito” Vela.
1 hr 8 min
Jan 26, 2023
What This Legislative Session Means For Austin
The 88th Texas Legislative session officially began on January 10th... So what does that mean for all of us here in Austin? In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with two Austin area representatives to find out! Guests include state Senator Sarah Eckhardt & state Representative Vikki Goodwin. Not sure who represents you in the Texas Legislature? You can find out here - https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home
Jan 19, 2023
What's Going On With Our Electricity Rates? A 2022 Recap
In 2022, Austin City Council approved several changes that will increase what we all pay for electricity... in 2023 and beyond. But what exactly were all those changes again? And why did Council vote the way they did? In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury breaks it all down for ya! Guests include Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool & Kaiba White (Energy and Policy Outreach Specialist with Public Citizen Texas).
Dec 22, 2022
What's Going On With Zilker Park?
In November, the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department released a draft of the Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan. The plan has received mixed reviews, with community orgs coming out both for and against the plan. But what's actually in the plan? In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury breaks it all down for ya! Guests include Robin Rather (Zilker Neighborhood Association), Karen Blizzard (Zilker Collective Impact Working Group), Jonathan Ogren (Siglo Group), Joy Casnovsky (Austin Parks Foundation), & Michael Cannatti (Barton Springs Conservancy).
Dec 7, 2022
Elections 101 Runoff Edition: City Council Districts 5 & 9
Several local races are headed to a runoff! To make it easier for you to do your ballot research, we're re-publishing some of our election episodes to feature only the candidates who made it to the runoff. In this episode, you'll hear interviews with District 5 City Council runoff candidates Ryan Alter & Stephanie Bazan, as well as District 9 City Council runoff candidates Zohaib “Zo” Qadri & Linda Guerrero.
Dec 5, 2022
Elections 101 Runoff Edition: Mayor + District 3
Several local races are headed to a runoff! To make it easier for you to do your ballot research, we're re-publishing some of our election episodes to feature only the candidates who made it to the runoff. In this episode, you'll hear interviews with mayoral runoff candidates Celia Israel and Kirk Watson, as well as District 3 City Council runoff candidates José Velásquez and Daniela Silva.
1 hr 7 min
Oct 25, 2022
Elections 101: Austin City Council District 1
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with the candidates running for City Council in District 1 (east Austin). You'll hear interviews with Misael D. Ramos, Clinton Rarey, Melonie House-Dixon, and Natasha Harper-Madison.
Oct 24, 2022
Elections 101: Austin City Council District 8
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with the candidates running for City Council in District 8 (southwest Austin). You'll hear interviews with Paige Ellis, Antonio D. Ross, and Kimberly P. Hawkins. (Richard Smith did not respond to our interview request.)
Oct 24, 2022
Elections 101: Austin City Council District 9
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with the candidates running for City Council in District 9 (downtown/central Austin). You'll hear interviews with Zena Mitchell, Zohaib "Zo" Qadri, Greg Smith, Joah Spearman, Ben Leffler, Linda Guerrero, Tom Wald. (Kym Olson did not respond to our interview request.)
1 hr 27 min
Oct 24, 2022
Elections 101: Who Should Be The Next Mayor Of Austin?
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with the candidates running to be the next mayor of Austin. You'll hear interviews with Celia Israel, Kirk Watson, Jennifer Virden, and Phil Campero Brual.
1 hr 13 min
Oct 17, 2022
Elections 101: Austin City Council District 3
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with the candidates running for City Council in District 3 (south/east Austin). You'll hear interviews with José M.A. Velásquez, Daniela Silva, Gavino Fernandez Jr, José Noé Elías, and Esala Wueschner. (Yvonne Weldon did not respond to our interview request.)
1 hr 7 min
Oct 13, 2022
Elections 101: Austin City Council District 5
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with the candidates running for City Council in District 5 (south Austin). You'll hear interviews with Ryan Alter, Bill Welch, Ken Craig, Stephanie Bazan, Aaron Velazquez Webman, and Brian Anderson II.
1 hr 23 min
Jun 29, 2022
Pushing For Energy Democracy In Texas
Our multi-part series on local climate action continues with an episode dedicated to energy & energy democracy. Guests include Luke Metzger (Environment Texas), Hanna Mitchell and Yesenia Rivera (Solar United Neighbors). Links mentioned in this episode include: **Shining Cities 2022 -https://environmentamericacenter.org/sites/environment/files/Shining_Cities-2022.pdf **Cleaner Cheaper Power For Texas Communities -https://environmenttexas.org/reports/txe/cleaner-cheaper-power-texas-communities ** People's Utility Justice Playbook -https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/download-our-peoples-utility-justice-playbook/ ** Solar Co-ops in Texas -https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/texas/ ** Going solar in Austin -https://austinenergy.com/ae/green-power/solar-solutions/solar-solutions
1 hr 4 min
Jun 10, 2022
Climate Equity & Food Justice
Our multi-part series on local climate action continues with an episode dedicated to climate equity & food justice. Guests include Larry Franklin (The Austin Common's first-ever Food Justice Fellow), Tane Ward (equity consultant who worked on Austin's Climate Equity Plan), and Celine Rendon (former community engagement specialist for the City of Austin Office of Sustainability).
1 hr 4 min
May 26, 2022
Getting To Zero: Climate Activists And Public Electric Utilities
Our multi-part series on local climate action continues with an episode dedicated to one of our country's major sources of greenhouse gas emissions - electricity. In particular, we discuss the decades of work by local activists to get Austin's publicly-owned electric utility on a path to zero emissions. There's just one problem... the Fayette Power Project, Austin's last remaining coal plant. Guests include Kaiba White (Public Citizen Texas), Amber Mills (MOVE Texas), Annie Fierro (Sunrise Movement), and Makenna Jonker (City of Austin Electric Utility Commission). Want to learn more about what we discussed in this episode? Check out our list of links below... ** Public Citizen's Stop Burning Coal Petition -https://publiccitizen.salsalabs.org/keep-your-promise-atx-stop-burning-coal/index.html ** The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign - https://coal.sierraclub.org/ ** MOVE Texas - https://movetexas.org/ ** Sunrise ATX - https://www.instagram.com/sunriseatx/ ** City of Austin Electric U…
1 hr 6 min
May 11, 2022
How To Take Action On Climate... In Your City
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, we kick off our multi-part series on local climate action. Guests include Laura Jay (C40 Cities), Shane Johnson (Sierra Club), and Luis Miranda (Ground Game Texas and Sunrise El Paso). Want to learn more about what we discussed in this episode? Check out our list of links below: * Austin Climate Equity Plan - https://www.austintexas.gov/page/austin-climate-equity-plan * C40 Cities Climate Action Planning Guide - https://bit.ly/3PhBvfo * C40 Cities List of Cities With Climate Action Plans - https://bit.ly/3FCwlGw * Zero Energy Project List of Cities With Climate Action Plans - https://zeroenergyproject.org/all-cities-with-climate-action-plans/ * Ground Game Texas El Paso Climate Charter - https://www.groundgametexas.org/en/campaign-el-paso * Sunrise El Paso Podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/2RHL40BRHdWXYhhIa6siCb?si=9205a1e915bd4a28
1 hr 13 min
Apr 21, 2022
Should Austin Decriminalize Marijuana? Voters Get To Decide.
We're back with another election episode! In this week's episode, Austin Common Radio Hour host Amy Stansbury talks with Julie Oliver (of Ground Game Texas) about Prop A, which if passed, would effectively decriminalize marijuana in Austin and ban no-knock warrants by police. Don't forget to vote! Election Day is May 7th and early voting lasts from April 25th to May 3rd.
Feb 17, 2022
Your Guide To The Texas Primaries: Texas Legislature Edition
Our series on the March 2022 Texas primaries continues with an episode focused on several Texas Legislature races impacting the Central Texas community. In particular, this episode features candidates running in Texas House District 51 Democratic primary, including Claire Campos-O’Neal, Cody Arn, Maria Luisa “Lulu” Flores, Matt Worthington, and Cynthia Valadez-Mata.
1 hr 52 min
Feb 10, 2022
Your Guide To The Texas Primaries: Travis County Edition
Early voting for the Texas primaries starts on February 14th & Election Day is March 1st. The ballot is pretty long, but if you care about climate change, health care, and criminal justice reform, there are two really important local races on your ballot - the Travis County Commissioners Democratic primary(Precincts 2 & 4). To explain it all, Austin Common Radio Hour host Amy Stansbury sat down with all the candidates running (Brigid Shea, Bob Libal, Margaret Gómez, Susanna Ledesma-Woody). Not sure which precinct you live in? You can look that up here -https://www.traviscountytx.gov/maps/gis-comm-pct. PS - In case you want to skip ahead in the episode to listen to the candidates running in your precinct, here are some useful time stamps... Start to 10 minutes - an intro civics lesson on the primaries & what a county commissioner even does 10 to 1:02 - Precinct 2 election 1:02 to the end - Precinct 4 election
1 hr 49 min
Jan 10, 2022
It's Time For Another Election! The District 4 City Council Race
On January 25th, Austinites living in District 4 (north/east Austin)will have the chance to elect a new City Council member. (Greg Casar, the current District 4 Council member, is leaving his seat early to run for Congress.)Austin Common Radio Hour host Amy Stansbury sat down with 5 of the candidates running to replace Greg - Isa Boonto, Monica Guzmán, Jade Lovera, Melinda Schiera, and José "Chito" Vela. Give it a listen and get all your election questions answered!
1 hr 43 min
Nov 15, 2021
Austin Goes To Scotland: Our Role In Global Climate Action
Earlier this month, global leaders met in Scotland for the COP26 summit to discuss the biggest problem facing our planet - climate change. The two-week long event just wrapped up, but before it ended, Austin Common Radio Hour host Amy Stansbury sat down with two Austinites who made the trip to participate in this historic event. Topics of discussion include the role of cities in fighting climate change, overcoming climate dread, and polices at the local level that are helping to reduce emissions. Guests include Roshan "Rosie" Khan from the Rainforest Partnership and Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea.
1 hr 11 min
Oct 21, 2021
Elections 101: Your Guide To November 2021
On November 2nd, Austinites will have to vote on two very important ballot initiatives - Prop A & B. Prop A is about the size of Austin's police force & Prop B is about a potential park swap. Both of them could have a profound impact on the future of our city (and are also kind of confusing). Host Amy Stansbury breaks it all down in our latest episode. Guests include Cleo Petricek, Chas Moore, Bill Spelman, and Mark Littlefield. PS - There's a lot that can be said about Props A & B. To learn even more, check out our complete election guides here -https://theaustincommon.com/election-guides-november-2021/
1 hr 34 min
Sep 16, 2021
A History Of Housing Discrimination In Austin
Austin is in a bit of a housing affordability crisis. But, it's a crisis that's impacting parts of the city in very different ways. In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury continues with our multi-part series on housing affordability by taking a look back in time at Austin's long history of housing discrimination. Guests include Dr. Kevin Foster (acting chair of the Black Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin) and Eliot Tretter (author of “Austin Restricted: Progressivism, Zoning, Private Racial Covenants And The Making of a Segregated City").
1 hr 5 min
Aug 19, 2021
Why Is Housing So Expensive In Austin?
In the first six months of 2021, the median home sale price in Austin rose by $100,000. So what's behind the crazy increase? And what is being done to try and make housing in Austin more affordable? In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury kicks off a multi-part series on housing affordability in Austin by focusing on the numbers. What does affordable housing even mean? How much affordable housing stock does Austin have? We answer it all with this episode. Guests include Linwood “Woody” Rogers of HousingWorks Austin and Jennifer Carey of Open House Austin.
Aug 5, 2021
Meet Your City Council Member: Vanessa Fuentes
Austin has 10 City Council members who are elected to represent you. But who are these people? What do they do all day? In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury gets to know one of them, City Council Member Vanessa Fuentes from District 2. Topics of discussion include health inequities in southeast Austin, the city's budget, and a behind-the-scenes looks at how City Council meetings work.
Jul 22, 2021
Meet Travis County's First Chief Public Defender
Did you know? Up until last year, Austin was the largest jurisdiction in the country without a Public Defender's Office. In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury gets to know Travis County's first-ever Chief Public Defender, Adeola Ogunkeyede. Topics of discussion include criminal justice reform & what it's like to provide high-quality legal defense services in the middle of a pandemic.
1 hr 3 min
Jun 2, 2021
Solutions To Homelessness
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury dives deep into Austin's homelessness policies. Topics of discussion include life after the passage of Prop B, designated campsites, & the city's new Summit Plan. Guests include Bill Brice of the Downtown Austin Alliance and João Paulo Connolly of the Austin Justice Coalition.
Apr 23, 2021
Should Austin Switch To A Strong Mayor System Of Government?
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury dives deep into the upcoming City of Austin elections, sharing everything you need to know about Propositions F, G, and H. Topics include the possibility of switching to a strong mayor system of government, adding an additional Council district, and starting a Democracy Dollars program. Guests include Jesús Garza of Austin For All People, Joah Spearman of Austinites For Progressive Reform, and Jessica Palvino of Democracy Dollars ATX.
1 hr 28 min
Apr 15, 2021
Should Austin Implement Ranked Choice Voting?
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury dives deep into the upcoming City of Austin elections, sharing everything you need to know about Propositions C, D, and E. Topics include police oversight, Austin's mayoral elections, and ranked choice voting. Guests include Nathan Ryan & Liz Coufal of Good Politics, Council Member Greg Casar, and Amanda López Askin of Doña Ana County.
1 hr 3 min
Apr 8, 2021
Should Austin Reinstate Its Homeless Camping Ban?
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury dives deep into the upcoming City of Austin elections, sharing everything you need to know about Propositions A & B. Topics include the Austin Firefighters Association & the city's homelessness ordinances. Guests include Matthew Mollica of ECHO, Cleo Petricek of Save Austin Now, and Marina Roberts and Seneca Savoie of Homes Not Handcuffs.
1 hr 37 min
Mar 23, 2021
Mental Health & Policing
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury looks into the ways that the Austin Police Department responds to mental health emergencies and speaks with local activists and experts who are working to develop a non-police response for Austinites experiencing mental health crises. Guests include Marisa Aguilar of Integral Care and Karen Ranus of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Central Texas.
1 hr 25 min
Mar 4, 2021
The Texas Legislature & The Electric Grid
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with state Representative Vikki Goodwin to discuss what the Texas Legislature is doing in the wake of the recent winter storm & how you can get involved in the process.
Feb 20, 2021
How Does Texas' Electric Grid Work?
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with producer John Hoffner to answer all your questions about ERCOT, the winter storm in Texas, and what the heck happened to our electric grid. John Hoffner has worked in the energy industry for his entire career (specializing in renewables), including 14 years at Austin Energy.
Feb 11, 2021
Let's Look At The Numbers: Crime Data & Public Safety
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury continues our series on policing with a look at local crime data & statistics. Guests include UT Professor (and former Austin City Council Member Bill Spelman), as well as Chris Harris of Texas Appleseed.
Feb 3, 2021
History of Policing In Austin
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury continues our series on policing with a look back at the history of policing and police reforms in Austin, Texas. Guests include Chris Harris of Texas Appleseed, former Austin City Council Member Bill Spelman, Chas Moore of the Austin Justice Coalition, and Kathy Mitchell of Just Liberty.
1 hr 8 min
Jan 27, 2021
What Does Reimagining Public Safety Really Mean?
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury kicks off a series about policing in Austin, explaining exactly what changes were made to APD's budget this past summer and sharing an update on what work has been done since. Guests include Chas Moore of the Austin Justice Coalition, Kathy Mitchell of Just Liberty, and City Council Member Leslie Pool.
Jan 12, 2021
How To Get Involved In Our Local Democracy
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury shares the importance of city boards & commissions and explains how you can apply to serve on one. Guests include current board/commission members Rocky Lane & Pooja Sethi, as well as Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool.
Dec 10, 2020
Your Guide To The AISD Runoff Election: Episode 7
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury sits down with public education advocate Laura Yeager to give you a little civics lesson on the importance of local school boards. After that, we interview several of the candidates running in Austin's school board runoff election on December 15th.
1 hr 18 min
Oct 29, 2020
Everything You Want To Know About Voting In Texas: Episode 6
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury answers all your voting-related questions and sits down with guest Marissa Rivera for some helpful tips on how you can encourage your friends and family to vote as well!
Oct 15, 2020
Your Guide To The District 6 City Council Race : Episode 5
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, comedian Laura de la Fuente (of Queerantine) joins Amy Stansbury to cohost our conversation with the candidates running for Austin City Council in District 6 (northwest Austin). Topics of discussion include homelessness & the future of transportation in Austin.
Oct 8, 2020
Your Guide To The District 10 City Council Race : Episode 4
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, comedian Meghan Ross (of No One Asked For This) joins Amy Stansbury to cohost our conversation with the candidates running for Austin City Council in District 10 (west Austin). Topics of discussion include homelessness, police reform, CodeNEXT, and climate change in Austin.
Oct 1, 2020
Your Guide To The District 2 City Council Race: Episode 3
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, Diana Gomez (of La Politica) joins Amy Stansbury to cohost our conversation with the candidates running for Austin City Council in District 2 (southeast Austin). Topics of discussion include gentrification/ displacement, police reform, and advancing racial equity in Austin.
1 hr 1 min
Sep 29, 2020
Rail For Austin? You Decide : Episode 2
In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury goes over the basics of Prop A, which, if approved by voters in November, could bring a $7.1 billion transit system to Austin. We also take a deep dive into Austin's transportation history (including 2 failed transit elections & century-old streetcars) & explore how equity is addressed in Prop A. Guests include - Jackie Nirenberg, Jeffrey Wood, Rusty Heckaman, Yasmine Smith.
1 hr 12 min
Sep 22, 2020
Why Local Elections Matter: Episode 1
In the first-ever episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, host Amy Stansbury talks about why voting in local elections is so important, kicking off a series of election-themed episodes to get you prepped for November! Guests include - Austin City Council Member Greg Casar, community activist Carmen Llanes Pulido, and League of Women Voters Community Relations DirectorJennifer Delk.