American Graduate Champion: Terrany Johnson

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

terrany-johnsonToday’s Champion is Terrany Johnson. For more than 20 years, Johnson has been a hip hop artist, producer and activist. He is founder of the Urban Artist Alliance, which is dedicated to the continued education of musicians. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: Johnson is inspiring because he is “an African American man born and raised on the east side of Austin, Texas who hurdled past obstacles to grow a business and a legacy. {He is inspiring to} others who rarely see that image to know it is possible to be what they want to be not what the media or others say they should be. He focuses on youth seeing an image of themselves doing great things to be able to break through constant walls designed to keep them back.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Favi Parrilla

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

favi-parrillaToday’s Champion is Favi Parrilla. Parrilla, a Parent Educator at Any Baby Can, provides case management services to pregnant/parenting moms. She works with clients one-on-one, most often meeting with them at home or school. She teaches them about child development, parenting skills, and together they set educational/career goals. She has also implement online literacy classes in conjunction with Austin Free-Net to help teach Any Baby Can clients basic online literacy skills including how to conduct an online job search. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “It’s inspiring to know that one idea can turn into a program which can then lead to others having a better understanding of the importance of education. As a result of someone’s idea, some of Favi’s clients decided to go back to school and finish their GED’s and also land full time jobs. This story can inspire others to use their ideas and turn them into realities for the benefit of helping others.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Joshua Moreno

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Joshua Moreno, a teacher and coach at Paredes Middle School.  In this video, Christian Palacios, a student at McCallum High School, talks about why Moreno is his champion.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Your Favorites Week Returns!

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You spoke and we listened! We’re kicking off our Spring Fundraising Drive and once again we’re pledging to do things a little bit different this time around.

You’ve told us that during our fundraising drives you don’t get an opportunity to support the programs that you regularly tune into here each week. In response, during our Winter Fundraising Drive, we provided you with one full week of your regularly scheduled primetime programming. Your Favorites week was such a success, we’re pledging to do it again!

Today, you can support Antiques RoadshowNova and Masterpiece Theater. And we have some fun ways to thank you when you support some of your favorite shows right now, like a chance to win tickets to see Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at ACL Live at The Moody Theater on April 23rd or see an Austin City Limits taping of Sturgill Simpson on April 1st!

It’s a full week of YOUR FAVORITES and we’re counting on you to do your part to support the shows you rely on each week in order to help us transform the way we fundraise on-air.

Make a one-time gift or an ongoing, monthly gift online now – and keep the best in television, on television – for everyone in the Central Texas community!

KLRU News Brief: ‘Dreamers’ and Lawmakers Await Decision on Pres. Obama’s Immigration Action

On Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend, our KLRU News Brief looks at the recent court injunction of President Obama’s two immigration programs: an expansion of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and the implementation of DAPA, which allows parents of lawful resident children to be free of deportation and to obtain work permits. On Monday, the Obama Administration appealed the injunction.

Denise Gilman, UT Law Professor and Director of the school’s Immigration Clinic, told us the final decision about the legality of the program probably won’t be made for months or even years. For now it’s on hold, but Gilman believes we’ll know in the next few weeks if the DACA expansion and DAPA can be implemented in the meantime.

Governor Greg Abbott filed the lawsuit while he was Texas Attorney General. He accuses President Obama of ignoring the law.

“We have in the President’s executive order, an action in utter violation of the Constitution – of the President trying to circumvent around Congress and impose his own dictatorial mandates concerning immigration laws in this nation.” Governor Abbott said on February 18th. “The decision by Judge Hanen was far more than a victory for Texas and the other 25 states who joined us. This was a victory for America, and for the rule of law, and a victory for the Constitution. I am confident that as this case works its way up through the appellate process we will continue to win.”

Juan and Mizraim Belman are young immigration activists and members of the University Leadership Initiative. They crossed the border in 2003 from Mexico. Juan is a student at UT, Mizraim is a Junior at Crockett High School. They have two younger brothers who were born in the U.S., so if DAPA is implemented their parents will qualify to obtain legal status. In 2011, their father was detained and began deportation proceedings.

“We didn’t know what was going to happen, if he was going to get deported. In my mind I didn’t know if we were going to have to go back or if I was going to have to stay here by myself,” Juan said. “It was my first year at UT, my first semester, and all these things were going on and I didn’t know what to do.”

The family hired a lawyer and paid a $5,000 fine. In 2013 their father’s case was administratively closed because the court had too many other cases and he wasn’t seen as a priority for deportation. Both men are hopeful the courts will uphold President Obama’s action.

“I was crying out of happiness when Obama announced the expansion of DACA and DAPA because I knew all the hard work and organizing had paid off,” Juan said. “And I knew my parents would have the opportunity to receive a work permit and stay in the U.S. But now, with this injunction, it’s kind of heartbreaking.”

We followed the brothers at the State Capitol earlier this week where they lobbied lawmakers to continue providing in-state tuition for undocumented students who graduate from Texas high schools. Our partners at The Texas Tribune released a poll today showing Texans are split on that issue. You can find the poll results and analysis from the Tribune’s Ross Ramsey here.

You can see this story in the video above.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. We won’t have News Briefs for the next two weeks due to our pledge drive. But, you can find our previous local and state stories here and our American Graduate stories here

Science Night 3/4

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation “Flying High” at 7pm
A behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made, including the extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Microlights, paragliders, drones, and camera-carrying birds and much more helped along the way.

Nova The Incredible Journey Of The Butterflies at 8:30 pm
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision. NOVA flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. As this program reveals, the monarch is a scientific marvel locked in an inspiring struggle for survival.

 

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Just three challenges lie between the three finalists and the trophy on the finale of the Great British Baking Show at 6:30 pm Sunday.

The Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return to Downton Abbey for a joyful Christmas holiday on Masterpiece Theater Downton Abbey season 5 finale at 8 pm Sunday.

Mr. Selfridge: A Celebration at 10 pm Sunday recaps  the first two Seasons of Mr. Selfridge and presents a sneak peek at Season 3, which starts later this month.

Find out what treasures the Antiques Roadshow crew found in Austin last summer Monday at 7 pm.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. There, FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brought black and white together in a cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. Find out more on Independent Lens Monday at 8:30 pm.

Told by female business leaders, Makers Women in Business at 7 pm Tuesday takes a candid look at what it takes to make it and a celebrates the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be.

Nature Earthflight at 7 pm Wednesday goes behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made, including the extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Microlights, paragliders, drones, and camera-carrying birds and much more helped along the way.

Nova at 8:30 pm Wednesday flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.

Back-to-back Overheard with Evan Smith episodes feature two of Austin’s most creative citizens. First at 7 pm, Richard Linklater talks about Boyhood. Next, Lawrence Wright talks about his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

Discover the man behind the music on John Denver Country Boy at 8 pm Friday. This intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter features friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

Grow up with vines to screen, shade, and attract wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a bountiful front yard captivates neighbors and wildlife, where in back serenity rules in part shade.

Father Brown: Saving Souls, Solving Crimes at 7 pm Saturday  features clips from the season and interviews with the cast including: Mark Williams (Father Brown), Sorcha Cusack (Mrs. McCarthy), Nancy Carrol (Lady Felicia), Alex Price (Sid Carter), and Tom Chambers (Inspector Sullivan).

Q Night at the Movies 2/28

This week on Q Night at the Movies:

Variety Studio – Actors On Actors at 6:30 pm
Some of the busiest actors today discuss their recent work. Featuring Jennifer Aniston “Cake” and Emily Blunt “Into the Woods”, Christoph Waltz “Big Eyes” and Ralph Fiennes “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, Marion Cotillard “Two Days, One Night” and Timothy Spall “Mr. Turner”, Chadwick Boseman “Get on Up” and Logan Lerman “Fury”.

On Story at 7:30 pm
Brian Helgeland, the creative force behind 42, LA Confidential, Mystic River, and A Knight’s Tale, shares his experience as a screenwriter, director and producer, along with the ups, downs and left turns of the filmmaking industry. Accompanied by the short film Hector Is Gonna Kill Nate, from Ari Issler about a basketball student that rolls into his High School gym looking for revenge.

Feature Film: Casablanca at 8 pm
Cafe owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) helps an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) escape from Nazis in Morocco.

Aint It Cool with Harrry Knowles at 9:45 pm
Part 2 of our special with House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon, further explores the genius of one of Hollywood’s brightest new filmmakers. Beau offers Harry and viewers insight into the rest of the A-List Hollywood players behind the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning show like David Fincher, Joel Schumacher and Jodie Foster.

Film School Shorts at 10:15 pm
A Doctor’s Job (UCLA) and Teleglobal Dreamin’ (Tisch Asia): Dr. Ramon Moran is an ER physician and cab driver. Set in Peru, Ramon picks up a fare that will radically change his day. Written, directed by Julio O. Ramos. Rosa is a Filipina telemarketer with a crush on Dale, a corporate-trainer from Hollywood. After learning he’s an actor, Rosa presses to be his guide around town. Word about Dale’s ‘fame’ spreads quickly, until an unexpected turn of events changes things dramatically. Directed, written by Eric Flanagan.

March 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In March 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 pm: Earthflight, NATURE Presentation “Flying High”
A behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made features drones and camera-carrying birds.  To fly like a bird, Earthflight not only captures remarkable images of wild flocks but also relies on some extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Filmed over four years on 6 continents and in more than 40 countries, the Earthflight team uses many extraordinary techniques.
Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 pm: To Catch A Comet
On November 11, billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67, 000 km/hr. If successful, it could help peer into our past and unlock secrets of our origins.
Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Ireland’s Wild River”
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes; where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.

In the Studio: Salman Khan tapes Overheard 3/12

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Salman Khan on March 12 at 10 am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:30am. This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW

unnamed (3)Salman Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit providing online instruction to people all over the world. Sal founded Khan Academy in 2008. He began by tutoring his cousins remotely by video. The videos attracted a large YouTube following. Today, Khan Academy is an online learning platform which includes practice exercises, instructional videos, analytics and teacher tools. It has over 15 million registered users in over 190 countries and is available in around 28 languages. Sal Khan is the closing speaker at SXSWedu 2015.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Salman Khan. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.