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Inner Views is a weekly live radio show in Austin, Texas, featuring everyday people with extraordinary stories. These could be significant accomplishments, funky jobs or hobbies, personality quirks, mental or physical illness, unusual or extreme events in people's lives, and so on.

The goal is to find out who people really are and what makes them tick. Underlying it all is the belief that the more we know about each other, the more we become connected and compassionate. I seek to get underneath the "what" to understand the "why." The show is engaging, informative and fun.

Inner Views airs Wednesdays, 1:00–1:30 pm Central Time, on KOOP 91.7 FM. You can listen to the program live on the web by going to KOOP 91.7 FM and clicking on "stream koop."

Inner Views is always looking for show guests. If you think YOU or someone you know qualifies, I'd love to hear from you! You can browse past shows from the menu bar at left to see past guests and get some ideas. To reach me, go to the contact page.

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Andrew Tilin (9/21/11)
Andrew has written a memoir, The Doper Next Door, about his yearlong adventure with doping. As a journalist, he initially tried to interview everyday people who dope, but they wouldn't speak to him. So, out of curiosity and to become his own subject, he tried the drugs himself. During that year, he experienced the improved performance and body that come with doping but also the hormonal changes and mood swings, as well as exposure to the seedy underbelly of doping subculture. Andrew's work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Outside, and other publications.

Jonathan Burnette (9/14/11)
In 2010, Jonathan drove a '59 Renault Dauphine from Austin to Alaska and back. To help you understand the significance of this, Time magazine rated this car one of the worst 50 of all time. Yet, for Jonathan, an auto mechanic specializing in foreign vintage cars, this trip was simply an adventure and a challenge.

Ben Steinbauer (8/24/11)
Ben is the director of Winnebago Man, a hit 2010 documentary about Jack Rebney, known as "the angriest man in the world" after the profanity-riddled outtakes from his 80s Winnebago ad shoot went viral. ( Ben went in search of the hermit Jack Rebney and found him, and made a fascinating and funny film about the experience.


September 28: TBD

October 5: Casey Butterfield
Casey had been accepted to Cambridge University in England for a graduate studies program but was turned down for a scholarship. And, yet, her acceptance was contingent upon proving that she had 17,000 pounds to attend, money she did not, in fact, have. Then, a miracle occurred: she saw an ad in the paper for a game show called Word Slam that was offering the grand prize winner $35,000, pretty much exactly the amount she needed for Cambridge. Amazingly enough, Casey won that grand prize and got to attend Cambridge. We'll hear more about the game show and the whole process that led up to it.

October 19: Katherine Craft
Katherine is the Executive Director of Conspire Theatre, a non-profit organization offering theater programs for incarcerated women at the Travis County Correctional Complex. The goal is to address the specific needs of women, who have often been physically and sexually abused in their lives. Such programs exist in other parts of the United States and abroad and have been successful at bringing down recidivism and disciplinary actions.

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