KLRU Community Screenings: Fixing The Future 11/18

Join KLRU and the Austin Film Society on Thursday, Nov. 18, for a special Community Screening with David Brancaccio in attendance. Director Ellen Spiro will also be on hand to talk about her involvement in this documentary. The event begins at 7:30 pm and doors open at 7. The event is free but an rsvp is required. RSVP here

In Fixing the Future: NOW on PBS, David Brancaccio visits communities across America,  including Austin, using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity. After the economic meltdown of 2008, the nation stands in urgent need of economic growth that’s not based on risky financial bets placed by Wall Street. Brancaccio talks to working Americans who are re-engineering the future, built on American values of commonwealth, shared prosperity, fairness, wellness, sustainability and creativity.

Special thanks to our sponsors Austin Community College and Live Oak Brewing.

Reading Heroes Day at Hernandez Elementary

October 29th was Reading Heroes Day at Maria Hernandez Elementary in San Marcos. KLRU has donated over 500 books to the school and was honored to be included in the day’s activities. Along with a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog, reading heroes from the community including staff from the Texas House of Representatives, police, EMS and fire department staff, members of the Texas State University baseball team, and personnel of the San Marcos Public Library read aloud to classes throughout the day. Adding to the fun were all the great literary and PBS themed costumes.

Click here to view the photographs taken during KLRU’s visit.

Community Cinema: The Calling 12/7

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. December’s film is The Calling on Tuesday, December 7.

The Calling takes a  behind-the-scenes look at young Americans — Christian, Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim — preparing to become the nation’s next generation of religious leaders. This documentary follows their transformation from idealistic students into ordained religious professionals. This four-hour special event explores the forces that are drawing a new generation of young people to serve their communities and their faith.

Highlights 11/7 to 11/13

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday takes a look at the cataclysmic destruction and gradual restoration of the Mesopotamian Marshes in the midst of political troubles and danger in the Middle East.

London’s beloved detective Sherlock Holmes must solve perplexing and dangerous puzzles specifically laid out for him before innocent people are harmed on Masterpiece Mystery! Presents Sherlock: The Great Game at 8 p.m. Sunday.

An update to the 1994 series Baseball, part one of Ken Burns’ two-part series The Tenth Inning at 8 p.m. Monday focuses on the beginning of a new era of America’s favorite pastime in the last decade of the 20th century with the infusion of new players, dominating stadiums, and an innovative mindset to shatter historic records and rebuild the sport after crisis.

Jim Thorpe: World’s Greatest Athlete at 10 p.m. Monday chronicles the sports superstar’s versatile and remarkable life from his boyhood in Oklahoma and his gold-medal wins at the 1912 Summer Olympics to his subsequent fall from grace and later, his advocacy of American Indian rights and self-sufficiency.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs and spurs new questions about what this could mean for our relationships with other animal species.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday investigates and raises questions about the conviction of four sailors for the rape and murder of a Norfolk, Virginia, woman in 1997.

Independent Lens presents the launching of Lyndon B. Johnson’s political career and the Mexican American civil rights movement resulting from the death of a Mexican American GI in “The Longoria Affair” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Price of Freedom at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday tells the tale of a small group of WWII veterans whose bonds as POWs go far beyond surviving combat.

Secrets of the Dead: Slave Ship Mutiny at 7 p.m. Wednesday unveils the mystery behind the Meermin, a Dutch slave ship that set sail from Madagascar for South Africa in 1766 but took a turn towards a dramatic climax resulting in shipwreck.

Go behind the scenes and meet the fascinating, wildly diverse Big Apple Circus family as they make their first performance stop in Virginia and experience the harsh winter weather in New York on Circus at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Comedian Steve Martin trades his stand-up routine for a banjo as he performs with the Steep Canyon Rangers on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday, followed by Texan Sarah Jarosz’s unique bluegrass stylings.

National Endowment for the Humanities James Leach talks with Evan Smith on Overheard at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Learn how you can make a big difference through recycling, discover Austin’s largest and longest running outdoor art fair, and find the best places to park downtown on this week’s episode of Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

A Gathering of Heroes at 8 p.m. Thursday recounts the touching and inspirational story of World War II veterans from Indiana who embarked on a cross-country trek to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial which honors their sacrifice.

Texas Burning: A Lone Star Salute to Our Troops at 9 p.m. Thursday celebrates our troops with a concert in San Antonio featuring several remarkable performances in a variety of genres that reveals Texas music in a whole new light.

Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Roseanne Cash presents a collection of favorites from her Country tribute album The List on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by Brandi Carlile’s genre-spanning tunes from her album Give Up the Ghost.

Community Cinema: Deep Down dvd, book list

Thanks to everyone who attended the Community Cinema screening of Deep Down on Nov. 2 at the Windsor Park Branch Library. The film will air on KLRU on November 23 at 9 p.m.

Special thanks to our guest University of Texas Senior Lecturer for the RTF department Anne Lewis for providing insight on Appalachia and additional resources including:
Documentaries available at Appalshop Films
And a website that allows you to find your connection to Appalachian coal mining … ilovemountains.org

Our partners with the Austin Public Library have put together a list of DVDs, books and sound recordings that go along with this film. All items are available at the library.

Non-Fiction Books
The Coal Era in the United States: a study of our Viable Alternatives by C.B.Reed
Environmental Geology by Ronald W. Tank
Coal: A Human History by Barbara Freese
The Solution Is You! by Laurie Daivd
Kentucky by Brad Asher
Lost Mountain: A Year In The Vanishing Wilderness by Erik Reece
The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story Of America’s Largest Labor Uprising by Robert Shogan
Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal by Silas House and Jason Howard
The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David and Cambrian Gordon
A Kentucky Album: Farm Security Administration Photographs1935-1943 by Beverly W Brannan

Fiction Books
Coal Run by Tawni O’Dell
Hazard by Gardiner Harris
Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh

Coal Country
Burning the Future: Coal in America

Deep Down screening and discussion 11/2

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. November’s film is Deep Down on Tuesday, November 2.

Our guest for the discussion will be University of Texas Senior Lecturer for the RTF department Anne Lewis. Lewis is an independent documentary-maker associated with Appalshop Films, a media arts and cultural center located in Whitesburg, Kentucky, in the heart of the Central Appalachian Coalfields. Her work reveals working class people fighting for social change.

Documentaries she produced, directed, and edited include: TO SAVE THE LAND AND PEOPLE (SXSW, Texas Documentary Tour) a history of a militant grassroots environmental movement; JUSTICE IN THE COALFIELDS about the community impact of the Pittston strike; ON OUR OWN LAND about the citizens’ movement to stop broad form deed strip mining; and CHEMICAL VALLEY co-directed with Mimi Pickering (aired on P.O.V.) about environmental racism and most recently, SHELTER which tells the stories of 5 West Virginia women as they try to find freedom, justice and safety. Her documentary, FAST FOOD WOMEN, about women struggling to raise families in minimum wage jobs with no benefits, received national airing on P.O.V. and was part of a Learning Channel series of films about women by women.