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Raise your hand if you’re sick and tired of feeling like there’s nothing you can do to make a difference in this crazy and chaotic world. 

 

We’ve been there. And it’s exactly why we created this podcast. Hosted by local journalist Amy Stansbury and broadcast out of Austin’s cooperatively-run radio station, KOOP 91.7 FM, The Austin Common Radio Hour actually explains the news and then gives you clear steps for getting involved where it really counts… in your local community. 

Latest Episodes

Episode 16
Amy Stansbury

Should Austin Implement Ranked Choice Voting? (Episode 16)

“…. Turnout is just inherently higher when there’s a presidential race happening… In Austin that means that more than 100,000 additional voters participate in presidential years. And not only is it a larger electorate. It’s also more diverse in terms of income, age, and race…

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Episode 14
Amy Stansbury

Mental Health & Policing (Episode 14)

Did you know that earlier this year, Austin became the first city in the country to add a mental health option to its 911 call center script? Did you also know that in 2018, a city audit found that amongst the 15 most populous US

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Episode 13
Amy Stansbury

The Texas Legislature & The Electric Grid (Episode 13)

Last month’s winter storm left millions of Texans without electricity. So what is the Legislature doing about it?    In the latest episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, we sit down with state Representative Vikki Goodwin to find out. Vikki Goodwin represents Texas House

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Episode 12
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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Episode 10
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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Episode 7
Amy Stansbury

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

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The Team

Amy Stansbury

Amy Stansbury – Host 

Amy Stansbury is the host of The Austin Common Radio Hour and Editor-In-Chief of The Austin Common. She is a local journalist dedicated to the ideas that learning about local government should be fun, that our local community matters, and that each and every one of us can make a positive difference in this world. 

John Hoffner – Producer 

 

John Hoffner has been part of KOOP radio since 2007 as a producer and programmer.  He has been active in Austin issues and a strong advocate for a balanced approach to solving our energy, social justice, and environmental issues. He served on the City of Austin’s Resource Management Commission from 2003 to 2006.   John has worked professionally in the renewable energy field for over 25 years. His first position was with Austin Energy as the Manager for Renewable Programs from 1983 through 1996. He is now the Solar Global Practice Leader at Jacobs Engineering in Austin.  

John Hoffner

About KOOP

KOOP Radio

KOOP (pronounced koh-op as in “co-op”) is a community radio station in Austin, TX, owned and operated by its members in a cooperative structure depending primarily upon its volunteers and supporters for all operations of the station. KOOP provides a diverse array of programming, emphasizing programs that deal with local issues and/or serve communities which are under-served by the mainstream media.

 

You can listen to The Austin Common Radio Hour on air on KOOP 91.7FM Tuesdays at 2pm.