Each week, The Austin Common Radio Hour helps Austinites be informed and make a difference... right in their own local community :)
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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Great Austin content
I’m a big fan of The Austin Common and glad that they’ve started this podcast. Very good content. Unfortunately, the audio quality is poor and it can been hard to hear sometimes. I don’t think they have transcripts available. Hope audio quality improves soon and transcripts become available!
I am so pumped that y’all have a podcast now!! I started following the Austin Common on IG, and they have provided wonderful content to help get our community informed on the issues that actually impact us most. Even though I’ve lived in Austin my whole life, I have never been as informed about what’s going on in our city as I have been lately, and I’m excited to follow this podcast to continue to stay informed.
Also I really appreciate how y’all make the information accessible. Regardless of if you’re an expert in local politics, or you’re just starting to pay attention, I think resources like this can empower any individual to take action. Thanks for all your work! 🤠