Bringing diverse, vital voices together to seek solutions on issues that matter to our community.
ATX Together: The Engage Series — What Does It Mean to Be Native American in Contemporary American Society?
Original livestream: 11/10/21
This question was posed during a conversation between Leadership Austin’s program director and a member of the Native American community, who is intertribal (existing between tribes) and mixed race (Native American and white). What is most striking about this question is that it moves us beyond past images, stereotypes and tropes of Native American and Indigenous communities. It forces us to rethink what we have been taught and acknowledge what we don’t know.
ATX Together: Vaccinating Central Texas
Original airdate: 04/01/21
What’s working and what’s not in the effort to vaccinate Central Texas.
ATX Together: Mental Health During a Year of Crisis
Original airdate: 03/18/21
What can each of us do to cope and support others during this long season of crisis?
Help the Helpers
The devastating winter storm that paralyzed Texas revealed, once again, these kinds of crises hit vulnerable communities the hardest. It left many of us wondering how to help our neighbors. There are many local organizations that have stepped up to aid in the recovery.
ATX Together: The Future of I-35
Original airdate: 02/18/21
Austin’s most famous dividing line is at a crossroads. I-35 stands as a reminder of our city’s segregated past. Close to a century ago, city leaders passed a plan to ensure people of color lived east of the highway. Now, Austin is facing a once in a generation opportunity to repair that legacy of racism and rebuild I-35, making it a community resource rather than a barrier.
ATX Together: Roots of Racism in Austin
Original airdate: 02/04/21
Austin’s 1928 Master Plan is the heart of institutionalized racism that forced all Black people to move east of East Avenue, where I-35 stands today. Judy Maggio talks with UT’s Dr. Kevin Foster, former Austin City Council Member Ora Houston and community mobility advocate and attorney Yasmine Smith about how the plan continues to shape our city’s racial divide almost 100 years later.
ATX Together: Finding Common Ground
Original airdate: 01/21/21
Our country and our community are deeply divided from politics to race. Finding common ground and understanding takes effort. Here are practical ways we can all step outside our own world views and listen to one another with open hearts and minds.
ATX Together: Homeless in Austin
Original airdate: 1/07/21
Homeless camps seem to be moving and multiplying in Austin creating challenges and changes as the city addresses its growing problem. Austin City Council Member Greg Casar, Chris Baker of The Other Ones Foundation, Susan McDowell of LifeWorks and business owner Craig Staley from Royal Blue Grocery explore causes of homelessness, its impact and possible lasting solutions.
ATX Together: Food Insecurity
Original airdate: 11/19/20
Central Texans are facing food insecurity, some for the first time in their lives.
ATX Together: The Female Recession
Original airdate: 11/05/20
Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Cathy McHorse of United Way and Dr. Jereka Thomas-Hockaday of Central Texas Allied Health Institute look at the challenges facing women and real solutions that could help turn around this "she-cession."
ATX Together: Police Defunding
Original airdate: 10/22/20
The term "police defunding" is the issue sparking the deepest political divides in Texas and across the country. What does it really mean? Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo discuss the politics of public safety and if there is common ground to re-imagine policing. *Contributor essay and resource links inside
ATX Together: Education Inequities
Original airdate: 10/08/20
How can we ensure every child has equal access to educational opportunities and support so they can succeed, especially as the coronavirus pandemic has amplified educational inequities? ATX Together explores the challenges and barriers many students face and ways to embrace and enrich the unique talents and interests of all students. *Contributor essay and resource links inside
ATX Together: Community Resilience
Original Air Date: 9/10/20
Local leaders, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette and Ruben Cantu, join host Judy Maggio to discuss ways we can all make Greater Austin a more equitable, resilient community. *Contributor essay and resource links inside
ATX Together: Confronting Racism
Original airdate: 6/11/20
What practical actions you can take in your everyday life to fight racism? Chas Moore, founder of the Austin Justice Coalition, Meme Styles, founder and president of MEASURE, and Simone Talma Flowers, executive director of Interfaith Action of Central Texas discuss the issue. *Resource links inside
ATX Together: Disability and Employment
Original airdate: 10/3/19
In dialogue with the audience, this special ATX Together focuses on the employment challenges and successes of people in Austin who have disabilities. *Resource links inside
ATX Together: Austin Mayoral Forum 2018
Original airdate: 10/19/18
Judy Maggio and veteran journalist Alberta Phillips moderate the debate among candidates running for Austin's mayor in the 2018 election.
ATX Together: Choosing Our Next Chief
Original airdate: 5/21/18
Austin residents pose questions to Brian Manley who is being considered for the role of Chief of the Austin Police Department. Moderated by Judy Maggio and taped in front of a studio audience.
ATX Together: Lessons from Vietnam
Original airdate: 9/20/17
Using the experiences and issues of the Vietnam War, teens and Boomers discuss the role of citizenship and service both then and now.
ATX Together: The Talk
Original airdate: 5/5/2017
Generations of black parents have had "The Talk" with their children about how to survive interactions with police but shouldn’t that conversation about race and police relations be happening throughout our community?
ATX Together: Civic Summit
Original airdate: 7/11/16
Are you concerned about civil rights issues facing our nation and our community? Are you asking yourself “what can I do?” KLRU issued a challenge for citizens and leaders to come together to identify positive ideas and offer commitments to make an impact on our community.