Next Generation Radio

Austin has a reputation as a young and hip city, but the senior population is growing rapidly. NPR’s Next Generation Radio project explores the lives of some Austin seniors who are proof that there’s no age limit to the city’s legendary weirdness.

Stories on the wall

Local artist shines a light on immigrant stories through his work.

America’s Tattoo Godmother defies expectations with her 47-Year Career

Kate Hellenbrand of Austin, Texas is one of the first female tattoo artists in America, gaining the title of America’s Godmother of Tattooing.

This veteran sound engineer keeps Austin bands amplified

After a long career in live sound, 65-year-old Jack Donahue helps keep high quality analog audio alive through his repair shop and mentorship of younger musicians.

Tracing roots: Local history buff is tracking down her Tejano roots while helping others do the same

From cemeteries to census records, 61-year-old Maria Solis is tracking down her Tejano ancestors using DNA testing, census records, and history books, while helping others do the same.

Retiree finds a family through dance, one step at a time

Nine hundred miles away from her family, retiree Linda Fugate found an Austin senior community as a line dancer.

Meet the retiree saving Austin’s injured and orphaned bats

Dianne Odegard, 66, runs the Austin Bat Refuge with her husband. “We’re going to keep doing it until we can’t anymore.”