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Episode 12
Essays
Amy Stansbury

How Does Texas’ Electric Grid Work? (Episode 12)

Been reading a lot of headlines about what happened to our electric grid during winter storm Uri? Still confused? In the latest episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, we answer all your questions. Featuring special guest John Hoffner, who has spent nearly all his

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ERCOT 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

What The Heck Is ERCOT?

Summary More than 4 million Texans lost power during one of the worst winter storms in recent memory. How did that happen? We cover the basics in our latest guide. Action Box Donate to the Community Resilience Trust’s Emergency Relief Fund to support Austin’s unhoused

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Episode 10
Essays
Amy Stansbury

History of Policing In Austin (Episode 10)

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

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Lege Reps
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Who Represents You In The Texas Legislature?

Summary There are 181 members of the Texas Legislature. With our latest guide, we run through the members who represent the Austin area. Action Box Stay engaged with your state representatives during this legislative session. Follow them on social media and save their phone number

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Texas Legislature 101
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Texas Legislature 101

Summary The Texas Legislature only meets for 140 days every other year… but a lot of important stuff happens during that time. Learn all about it with our latest guide! Action Box Figure out who represents you in the Texas Legislature & follow them on

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Episode 8
Essays
Amy Stansbury

How To Get Involved In Our Local Democracy (Episode 8)

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 Pooja Sethi & Rocky Lane, as well as Austin City

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Haze Pollution
Community News + Partner Posts
NPCA

Here’s How You Can Help Clean The Air In Texas Parks

About The Organization This post is from the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonprofit organization that works to protect and preserve our country’s national parks for present & future generations. Action Box Submit your comments on the Regional Haze Plan to the Texas Commission on

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