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Blackademics: Education, Performance and Youth Empowerment 2/13

KLRU featured event

Join KLRU for the next round of Blackademics: Education, Performance and Youth Empowerment

Date: Wednesday February 13, 2013
Time: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: KLRU Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: Event is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP now

Join us for a live recording of nationally and internationally renowned black studies scholars as they offer dynamic talks on education, performance and youth empowerment. The event will include the following talks hosted by Kevin Michael Foster and the Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships (ICUSP).

  • Aimee Cox dancer-turned professor Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Empowerment
  • Fred Ho Jazz Baritone Saxophonist The Genius and Revolutionary Nature of Black Vanguard Music
  • Leonard Moore Historian and student services administrator Football as Intellectual Enterprise
  • Amy Brown teacher-turned-educational anthropologist Buried Treasure: Urban Fiction as a Teaching Tool
  • Keffrelyn Brown & Anthony Brown husband & wife educational researchers The Tree of Race and Knowledge
  • Kevin Michael Foster Education Activist and Scholar Filling the gaps: Culturally relevant programs for kids of color
  • Heather Pleasants & Dana Salter Community Engaged Scholars Writing their own Stories: Kids & Digital Literacy
  • Julian Heilig Education Policy Expert Community-Based Accountability: A New Approach
  • Gloria Quinlan Soprano vocalist and music professor Music, Performance and Instruction in the Historically Black College context

Community Cinema: The Powerbroker 2/5

The February 2013 Community Cinema film is The Powerbroker with screenings and discussions in both Austin and Round Rock. All screenings will start at 7 pm, are free and open to the public.

Screenings take place February 5 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) and February 14  at Round Rock Public Library (216 E. Main Street).

The Powerbroker
During the 1950s and 60s, civil rights leader Whitney Young navigated a divided society. He challenged America’s white business and political leaders directly, but his efforts to open the doors for equal opportunity were often attacked by Black Americans who felt his methods were in contrast with the Black Power Movement of the time.

Special thanks to
Austin American-Statesman

Inspiring Women Leaders 2/12

KLRU featured event

KLRU, the University of Texas Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders invite you to a discussion about cultivating leadership. The evening will also feature short video features on local women and girls making a difference in the Austin community and a preview of the PBS series MAKERS: Women Who Make America.

Date: February 12
Time: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: KLRU Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Inspiring Women Leaders, a discussion about cultivating leadership, will focus on inspiring future generations through mentorship and other means. Speakers will include:

  • Christine Adame
    Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, participant in INSPIRE: Empowering Texas Women Leaders program, and former staff member of NEW Leadership Texas.
  • Monica Martinez
    Project Specialist, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
  • Alma Jackie Salcedo
    Graduate Coordinator at Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, UT-Austin

As part of the event, KLRU will present eight short videos featuring local women and girls who are inspiring others through their actions. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of KLRU’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. A preview from the upcoming PBS documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America – a film that shares the stories of exceptional women whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live – will also be shown. This documentary airs February 26th at 7 pm on KLRU.

Women featured in the Women and Girls Lead project videos will be:

  • Katherine Craft is the founder of Conspire Theater, a program that provides incarcerated women a healing and empowering experience through the arts.
  • Julieta Garibay co-founded the Undergraduate Leadership Initiative, an advocacy group comprised of fellow undocumented college students, supporters, and family.
  • Rina Hartline is director of Texas State Relations for Centerpoint Energy and mentors other women as the founder of the Association of Women in Energy.
  • Peggy Kelsey created The Afghan Women’s Project to share stories of Afghan women to help change stereotypes.
  • Amy Koch is a graduate of Project SEARCH at Seton Healthcare Family, a best practice for hiring individuals with developmental disabilities created at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.
  • Esther Reyes is Executive Director of the Austin Immigrant Right’s Coalition and has helped lead a statewide effort to protect the human rights of Texas’ undocumented immigrants.
  • Ndeye Boury Silla is one of our community’s outstanding teenagers. The daughter of Senegalese immigrants, she raised more than $900 to purchase school supplies for children in her parent’s native country.
  • Marissa Vogel started the non-profit organization Little Helping Hands, which creates and manages volunteer opportunities for younger children and their parents.

The Inspiring Women Leaders event and local MAKERS initiative is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
MAKERS: Women Who Make America is produced by Kunhardt McGee Productions, Storyville Films and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Ark Media. Major funding is provided by Unilever and its Simple® skincare brand.  Additional funding is provided by The Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Science Night 1/30

NatureAttenborough’s Life Stories: Understanding the Natural World.” at 7 pm
In honor of Sir David Attenborough’s 60th anniversary on television, this three-part miniseries focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Richly illustrated with the sequences (re-mastered in HD) that Attenborough has spent 60 years capturing, new interviews in which he revisits the content, stories and locations that were featured in his landmark series, and packed with the personal anecdotes of the BBC’s most accomplished raconteur, “Attenborough’s Life Stories” is a singular synopsis of a unique half-century plus. In “Understanding the Natural World,” Sir David Attenborough shares his memories of the scientists and the breakthroughs that helped shape his own career. He also recalls some of his more hair-raising attempts to bring new science to a television audience: standing in the shadow of an erupting volcano as lumps of hot lava crashed around him or being charged by a group of armed New Guinean tribesmen.

NOVA Who Killed Lindbergh’s Baby?” at 8 pm
In the aftermath of his 1927 solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh became the most famous human being on earth. When he and his wife, Anne, had a son, Charlie, the press dubbed him Little Lindy. On March 1, 1932, kidnappers snatched Little Lindy from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey. Negotiations stretched out for weeks, but Charlie never returned. His body was discovered not five miles from Hopewell. Now, NOVA is reopening one of the most confounding crime mysteries of all time as a team of expert investigators employs state-of-the-art forensic and behavioral science techniques in an effort to determine what really happened to Lindbergh’s baby – and why.

Life On FireAsh Runners” at 9 pm
Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. Underground, vampire and other bat species have colonized the miles of tunnels created by hot flowing magma. In the crater, parakeets and vultures have made nests on cliffs exposed to toxic gases. On the flanks of this still active mountain, the vegetation has been burnt away by lava flows leaving barren stretches that are recolonized over hundreds of years. At the foot of the volcano, fields, pastures and towns have grown over the oldest lava flows. In this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts … and the phoenix must rise again.

Highlights: January 27 – February 2

KLRU Highlights

Nature at 6 pm Sunday presents part one of a three-part miniseries focusing on three fields that Sir David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment, in “Attenborough’s Life Stories”.

Masterpiece Classic at 7 pm Sunday presents the part three of Downton Abbey, Series III. Two social revolutions arrive at Downton Abbey: the Irish civil war and the fight for women’s suffrage. Meanwhile, a mysterious conspiracy keeps Anna and Bates apart.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday presents the part four of Downton Abbey, Series III. The Crawley family faces its severest test yet. Meanwhile, new faces try to fit into the tight-knit circle of servants.

On DCI Banks at 9 pm Sunday and 9 pm Thursday, a case terrifyingly close to home is asked of Banks by his boss, Chief Superintendent Gerry Rydell, to find his missing teenage daughter.

Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday presents “The Revisionaries”, a film examining the highly politicized Texas State Board of Education whose revisions every decade determine the teaching and textbook standards for its nearly 5 million schoolchildren.

On Nature at 7 pm Thursday, Sir David Attenborough shares his memories of the scientists and the breakthroughs that helped shape his own career in “Understanding The Natural World”.

NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday NOVA is reopening one of the most confounding crime mysteries of all time as a team of expert investigators employs state-of-the-art forensic and behavioral science techniques in an effort to determine what really happened to Lindbergh’s baby – and why – in “Who Killed Lindbergh’s Baby?

Life on Fire at 9 pm Wednesday travels to the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, where life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes in “Ash Runners”.

Writer and historian Joe Nick Patoski talks about his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Explore the beauty and athleticism of the aerial arts with Sky Candy, a group of experienced aerialists sharing their love for ethereal beauty with other Austinites, on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope at 8 pm Thursday tells a unique story that interweaves the heights of scientific achievement and the public mourning of many nations in the aftermath of the Columbia Shuttle disaster.

How do we handle drought without actually making things worse? New Mexico landscape architect David Cristiani explores the sensitive, ecological response on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a gardener’s balanced design spares the water and keeps the wildlife.

Country superstar Tim McGraw blazes through a set of his distinctive brand of rockin’ country music on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

KLRU Q Saturday at the Movies – 1/26

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

8:00pm – Platoon
Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. Cast: Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen.

10:00pm – Vietnam War Stories
Three million Americans served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Most veterans are reluctant to speak of war experiences, but Vietnam veterans have been even more reluctant because of the controversy surrounding their war and the often hostile reception on their return. They put away their uniforms and tried to put away their memories, but these are memories that cannot be put away. “Vietnam War Stories” shares these personal memories of service and sacrifice, and gives us insight into the experience of war.

In the Studio: Sonia Sotomayor on Overheard 1/23

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Date: January 23
Time: 4:15pm (doors open at 3:45 pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP nowJustice Sonia Sotomayor was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in 2009. She is the first Latino to serve on the country’s highest court, and the third woman. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Sotomayor was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit since 1998. Her book, My Beloved World, chronicles her ascent from a South Bronx housing complex to Princeton University and Yale Law School. It was recently published.We hope you’ll be there for the third season of Overheard with Evan Smith, as we continue to bring you great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview. Watch previous episodes and web-only Q&A segments at

In the Studio: Your State Legislature, Your Voice 1/29

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Join KLRU for a Civic Summit taping on how best to voice your opinion to elected officials.

Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time:  taping begins promptly at 7:30pm (doors open at 7 pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A 2504-B Whitis
RSVP Now: Civic Summit: Your State Legislature, Your Voice

When was the last time you reached out to your elected lawmaker? Are you even sure how?

On January 29th, KLRU continues the civic engagement series “Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today” with a Civic Summit taping in KLRU studio 6A. The conversation will revolve around the challenges and obstacles (for both the public and lawmakers) with putting an issue in front of the people that need to hear. Do we have a suitable system for public engagement? What could we do better?

We’ll hear from elected lawmakers along with folks involved in grassroots lobbying organizations about their experiences. Audience members are encouraged to tell their stories of success, or failures. Confirmed panelists include Senator Wendy Davis and State Representative Larry Gonzales. RSVP now to be part of the studio audience.

Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today is a news and public dialogue series intended to provoke a conversation among regular people – the skeptics and the true believers – about why they participate and why they don’t. Developed jointly by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, KLRU, and KUT.