KLRU & Biscuit Brothers at Austin Family Music Festival

Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, web site
When: Saturday, April 10, 10am-4pm
Tickets: $10 for children and grandparents; $14 for adults

Come celebrate with The Biscuit Brothers, Sara Hickman and Invincible Czars as they headline nearly two dozen music acts at Austin’s premier music festival for children. Steel drums, bagpipes, maricahis, musical hayrides, food, crafts and much more. Clifford, the Big Red Dog will be there for the kid’s enjoyment.  Come stop by the KLRU booth and make a musical instrument that your child can decorate and take home, along with resources for the family.

Directions: Pioneer Farms is located at 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive in northeast Austin, just east of Interstate 35. Exit I-35 at Braker Lane, go east and follow the signs. From Parmer Lane, a mile north of Braker, go east to Dessau Road (third traffic light), turn right and go to Braker Lane East (first traffic light).

New Local Show: Haunted Texas

Haunted Texas will premier on KLRU, Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The pilot episode of Haunted Texas is a half-hour real life adventure that uses in-depth historical research along with technology to explore the unexplained from the past to the present.

Host Jeanine Plumer has been listening to ghost stories for over a decade as owner of Austin Ghost Tours, and plans to prove that there is no such thing as ghosts … as you believe them to be.

Each episode Haunted Texas will travel throughout Texas to investigate different stories and locations, rich in history and steeped in paranormal lore. The first episode investigates the ghost sightings in the old Freedman’s Colony, outside of Blanco, Texas.  In addition to the April 8th premier, this episode will also air on Tuesday, April 20, at 10:30 p.m. and Monday, April 26, at 9:30 p.m.

KLRU Salutes Central Texas Child Care Providers

KLRU Salutes Central Texas Child Care Providers

On Saturday, March 27, 2010, six child care providers, their friends and family gathered in the Austin City Limits Studio to be celebrated as outstanding caregivers in Central Texas. Melissa Huber, 2008 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, presented a short training on conflict resolution using A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en su Casa parenting series.  Kierstan Schwab, Executive Director, Texas Public Broadcasting Association, discussed the role TPBA has had in early child care.  After a catered lunch, the providers viewed a short KLRU-produced video on the 2010 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, Brandi & David Hitchcock of Austin TX.  To wrap up the celebration, Bill Stotesbery, KLRU’s CEO presented each caregiver with a certificate and a bag of gifts as our way of saying “Thank you!”

Congratulations to the following caregivers: Christine Baird, from Kyle, TX; Tony Bingham, from Austin, TX; Martha Carrillo, from San Marcos, TX; Margaret Coose, from Austin, TX; and Linda Woodard, from Pflugerville, TX for being selected as an outstanding caregiver in Central Texas!

Photos from the event:

Video profile of Brandi & David Hitchcock, the 2010 KLRU Caregivers of the Year winners.

Local filmmakers speak

KLRU Community Screenings featured a panel discussion with three Austin filmmakers who work is appearing in this season of Independent Lens.  Michel O. Scott’s “The Horse Boy” will air on May 11, Karen Skloss’ “Sunshine” will air on May 4 and Keith Maitland’s “The Eyes of Me” aired on March 2. Here is a short exert from the discussion, which was moderated by Filmmaker and University of Texas Professor Paul Stekler.

KLRU Salutes Central Texas Child Care Providers

KLRU Salutes Central Texas Child Care Providers

On Saturday, March 27, 2010, six child care providers, their friends and family gathered in the Austin City Limits Studio to be celebrated as outstanding caregivers in Central Texas. Melissa Huber, 2008 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, presented a short training on conflict resolution using A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en su Casa parenting series. Kierstan Schwab, Executive Director, Texas Public Broadcasting Association, discussed the role TPBA has had in early child care. After a catered lunch, the providers viewed a short KLRU-produced video on the 2010 Central Texas Child Care Provider of the Year, Brandi & David Hitchcock of Austin TX. To wrap up the celebration, Bill Stotesbery, KLRU’s CEO presented each caregiver with a certificate and a bag of gifts as our way of saying “Thank you!”

Congratulations to the following caregivers: Christine Baird, from Kyle, TX; Tony Bingham, from Austin, TX; Martha Carrillo, from San Marcos, TX; Margaret Coose, from Austin, TX; and Linda Woodard, from Pflugerville, TX for being selected as an outstanding caregiver in Central Texas!

Photos from the event:

Video profile of Brandi & David Hitchcock, the 2010 KLRU Caregivers of the Year winners.

Highlights 3/28 to 4/3

From the U.S. capture of the Mariana Islands, through the firebombing of Tokyo and the dropping of the atomic bomb, Victory in the Pacific: American Experience Monday at 8 p.m. chronicles the dreadful and unprecedented loss of life and the decisions made by leaders on both sides that finally ended the war.

The Cruiser Houston: Of Pride And Purpose, a historical account of the heavy cruiser USS Houston, focuses on events of the often overlooked early months of World War II in the Pacific, as well as the treatment of the prisoners of war at the hands of the Japanese in the following years at 10 p.m. Monday.

Every 48 years, an indigenous species of bamboo, blanketing 30 percent of Mizoram’s 8,100 square miles, blooms once every half-century, spurring an explosion in the rat population which feeds off the bamboo’s fruit. NOVA follows this gripping tale at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was leveled by one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history. Frontline arrived in Port-au-Prince within days, and in this powerful report, bears witness to the disaster at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

At the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, an innovative public high school in New York City’s South Bronx, Principal Edward Tom leads a dedicated group of teachers, students and parents to inspire new stories of achievement and excellence on Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Tavis Smiley examines the context of Dr. Martin Luther King’s words on liberty, responsibility and freedom and examine the implications of his words today on Tavis Smiley Reports at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Now a giant figure in his field, with such works as the John F. Kennedy Library, the east wing of the National Gallery, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Pyramid at the Louvre on his resume, I.M. Pei strives to bring nature to his work and join modern and tradition into a harmonious whole. Hear his story on American Masters at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Showcased on Great Performances at 9 p.m. Wednesday, the five movements of the Opus Jazz blend ballet, jazz, and ballroom with Latin, African, and American rhythms to create a style that remains expressive, sensual and contemporary.

Ben Harper debuts his new band, Relentless7, with a rocking set drawn from his album White Lies for Dark Times on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Actor Thomas Haden Church discusses his career on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Downtown takes a look at downtown living and the concept of urban density.

Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, part one and two of the American Experience: Eyes on the Prize series, traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954 to the Voting Rights Act in 1965 on Thursday at 8 p.m.

The ever-evolving Wilco returns to Austin City Limits, performing classics and cuts from its latest disk, Sky Blue Sky at 7 p.m. Saturday.

PBS Teachers Live! Webinar: "The Buddha: Teaching Mindfulness"

Join PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m. CT for “The Buddha: Teaching Mindfulness,” with PBS producers and curriculum experts.

During this event, filmmaker David Grubin will show clips from his new film, The Buddha, and talk about making the film and what he hopes audiences, particularly teachers and students, will take away from it.

Mirabai Bush, Associate Director and Senior Fellow at The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, will speak about using the film to teach about the Buddha’s life and teachings and present research related to the effects of mindfulness on learning. Educator Peter Brown will share his experiences teaching about the Buddha in a Comparative Religion course, and Dr. Amy Saltzman will discuss methods for teaching mindfulness.

Participants will also enjoy a tour of the companion website for the film, including an overview of educational resources

Note: At the close of every live Webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to request a Certificate of Participation.

To Join the Webinar, Click the Link: Online at Elluminate Live!

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Note: You will need to install the latest version of the Adobe Flash player to view video for this presentation.

Panelists announced for 3/25 Live United Film Series discussion

Join KLRU, United Way Capital Area and the Alamo Drafthouse for a special film screening and discussion focusing on health issues and the Hispanic community on Thursday, March 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South, 1120 South Lamar. RSVP here

We will be screening a portion of the powerful documentary Critical Condition. Following this short film there will be a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Jacqueline L. Angel, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology LBJ School of Public Affairs – University of Texas, featuring José E. Camacho, Executive Director/General Counsel Texas Association of Community Health Centers, and Lil Almonte, Director of Outreach El Buen Samaritano. Complete biography information below. RSVP today as space is going quickly.

Dr. Jacqueline L. Angel
LBJ School of Public Affairs – University of Texas Author, research and expertise in family, health, aging and Latinos She received her PhD from Rutgers University in 1989 and post-doctoral training at Rutgers in mental health services research and the Pennsylvania State University Program in Demography of Aging. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of family, health, and aging. She is particularly interested in evaluating the impact of policies on the health and well-being of Latinos, immigrants, and other vulnerable groups, and how cultural heterogeneity among the elderly affects the design of programs for the cost-effective delivery of health services.

José E. Camacho
Executive Director/General Counsel Texas Association of Community Health Centers José assisted in the development of TACHC as an organization in the early 1980′s, and served as General Counsel since the incorporation of the Association in 1983. He has served as Executive Director since 1984. José earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1973. Prior to working for TACHC, he obtained extensive legal and policy experience while working on migrant farm worker issues, and running a private law practice.

Lil Almonte
Director of Outreach El Buen Samaritano As the director of outreach, Lil brings a wealth of experience in community outreach and health, wellness and disease prevention in the Hispanic community. She oversees the Vida y Salud Program which includes the Promotores de Salud program.

In the Studio: Texas Monthly Talks with Jake Silverstein 3/26

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks on Friday, March 26, at 10 a.m. for a conversation with Jake Silverstein, Editor of TEXAS MONTHLY and author of a new book, Nothing Happened and Then it Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction. RSVP here. Silverstein was previously a reporter at the Big Bend Sentinel in Marfa and a 2002 Fulbright Scholar in Zacatecas, Mexico. He is a Contributing Editor to Harper‘s magazine and an essay for that magazine earned him the 2007 PEN/USA Journalism Award. He joined TEXAS MONTHLY as a Senior Editor in 2006 and was named Editor in 2008.

Taping starts promptly at 10a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
RSVP here.