In the Studio: Civic Summit Austin’s Asian-American Identity 9/16

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Join us in studio for a taping of Civic Summit, where we’ll explore the challenges Asian-Americans face and common misconceptions about this diverse community.

DATE: Wednesday, September 16
TIME: 6:30pm Doors | 7pm Start
LOCATION: KLRU Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Civic Summit: Austin’s Asian-American Identity will air on KLRU on October 8, 2015 at 9 pm, moderated by Esther Chung Martin, Executive Director of the Asian American Resource Center Nonprofit. Have a question you’d like to ask our panelists on this subject? Email us at: civicsummit@klru.org

Want to learn more about Austin’s Asian-American heritage? KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Pioneers from the East profiles three of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in the Austin area – the Sing family, the Wong family and the Lung family. Watch and learn more about the project

Arts In Context Shorts: Sweet Art

AICS SWEET ART ANNIE DECORATINGEach time Annie Varghese starts a new cake, she feels like it’s her first one, and she won’t stop until she reaches perfection. She found her passion for cake sculpting from baking cakes for her children’s birthdays, and now she uses traditional flavors and ingredients to transform her cakes into a limitless, fictional world. She believes that every cake is a chance to explore her imagination, and she uses clean lines and balanced color tones to add details and create larger, more extravagant cakes. Her passion shows that cake isn’t just a sweet treat but an exciting art medium.

 

Attend the 2015 Texas Tribune Fest – GIVE today!

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Support KLRU now and you’re entered into a giveaway for two (2) passes to the Texas Tribune Fest on October 16-18! And donating isn’t the only way to enter this giveaway – stay tuned to KLRU’s social media to share, tweet and post across your social media platforms for entry as well! Be sure to tag @klru and/or use #yourklru.

With big names, award-winning barbecue and a near-quorum of the Texas House and Senate involved, The Texas Tribune’s fifth annual Texas Tribune Festival is on track to be the biggest and best yet.

Join more than 3,000 attendees Oct. 16-18 on the UT-Austin campus for more than 50 discussions on 11 topics ranging from public education to immigration, water to transportation, health care to energy as well as a special focus on the 2016 elections. Registration for The Texas Tribune Festival — or, as it’s sometimes known, “Woodstock for Wonks,” — is now open at texastribune.org/festival.

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Watch An Eastside Education

An Eastside Education – a six-part digital news project that follows one semester at the most talked about school in one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed.

Prologue: All In
The Texas Education Agency gave Eastside Memorial three years to meet state accountability standards or watch their school by shuttered. Principal Bryan Miller calls this year “make or break.” In the prologue we explain how the school got to this point and why the staff is all in on making the grade this school year.

Chapter 1: East Side
Johnston High School opened in East Austin in 1960, when mostly African Americans and Latinos lived east of I-35. In recent years parents, students, and community members have rallied to keep the doors open.

Chapter 2: Family Lives Here
Students at Eastside see struggles most teens don’t have to deal with. But many of them agree with the school’s unofficial motto: Family Lives Here. We follow two seniors through their final semester as they overcome statistics and graduate.

Chapter 3: At Risk
It’s Graduation Coach Harry Brooks’ job to keep dropout rates low and graduation rates high. We follow him through the halls, to Truancy Court, as he conducts home visits, and watches his students walk across the stage at graduation.

Chapter 4: High Stakes
Eastside’s survival depends on how well the students perform on end-of-course STAAR exams. We follow as students, teachers, and administrators brace for test day.

Chapter 5: Waiting Game
If Eastside fails to meet standards again this school year they will only have one more school year to make it happen, or be shuttered for a year. Preliminary test results are back and some students will be forced to return to Eastside during the summer. We check in with teachers as they pack up their classrooms and watch the Class of 2015 graduate. Everyone at Eastside will have to wait until August to find out if they finally made accountability.

Epilogue: Test results released (Updated reporting to come in August)
School ratings go public in August – stay tuned to find out how Eastside Memorial fared.

This project is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The American Graduate initiative seeks to establish a clearer understanding about why students drop out of high school and how drop out impacts our economy and society. An Eastside Education examines these issues up close by exploring how one school, in an at-risk community, is overcoming years of poor performance and trending toward success.

Austin films featured in PBS Online Film Festival 2015

PBS has announced the 25 films that will be part of the fourth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on June 15 – July 17, 2015. Austin filmmakers Ivete Lucas, John Spotswood Moore, and Sai Selvarajan are among those featured in this year’s Festival for their films “ExVotos”, “Once Again”, and “Sugarless Tea”.

Starting June 8th, Roku customers will have exclusive early access to the PBS Online Film Festival for one-week via the PBS channel on Roku players and Roku TV models. Beginning June 15th, the Festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite film  to win the “People’s Choice” award. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.

The three films submitted by KLRU from Austin filmmakers are:

ExVotos
After experiencing a shootout in her neighborhood, Anayansi, a pregnant teenager, fears that  she will lose her child. Hoping for a miracle, her mother takes her on a pilgrimage to the festival of Saint Francis. As their journey merges with thousands of travelers from across Mexico, they  must face the reality of her condition and escape the confines of tradition if she is to survive.

Once Again
In the early nineties, OCD was thought to be a behavioral, almost psychotic disorder. Weaving together animation, home movies, and animation, filmmaker John Spotswood Moore tells the story of years lost to this horrible condition. Through mental torture, hospitalization, and humiliation, “Once Again” shows how Moore eventually won the fight against this disorder to become a champion of his own mind and body.

Sugarless Tea
Sugarless Tea takes viewers on a journey to India and Queens, NY, in a tale of separated brothers, chance meetings and identity. The film features watercolors filmed using a stop motion technique that evokes travelogues and bedtime stories, and highlights the process of painting itself. The short film is narrated by political comic Hari Kondabolu (Conan, Late Night and John Oliver’s New York Stand Up show).

The PBS Online Film Festival showcases powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. The Festival has become a popular annual online event; last year it attracted more than 350,000 streams and 50,000 votes cast for the winner, as well as a nomination in the 2015 Webby Awards category for Online Film & Video: Variety (Channel).  This year’s line up features films from the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), POV, StoryCorps and Vision Maker Media, as well as PBS local member stations including Alaska Public Media, CET/ThinkTV (Cincinnati/Dayton), KLRU-TV Austin PBS, KQED (San Francisco), Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Twin Cities Public Television, UNC-TV and Vermont PBS. Promotional partners for the PBS Online Film Festival include Independent Lens and World Channel.

 

Highlights June 7-13

KLRU Highlights

KLRU presents an encore of season two of Last Tango in Halifax before season three starts on June 28th. On Sunday at 8 pm, Gillian is devastated when Celia inadvertently reveals a secret. At 9 pm, sad news inspires Alan and Celia to have another wedding ceremony.

Independent Lens God Loves Uganda at 9 pm Monday explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on 1933-1939 as FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed.

Frontline Prison State at 9 pm Tuesday follows the lives of four individuals in Kentucky’s criminal justice system, as the state tries to interrupt the cycle of mass incarceration.

Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States, home to numerous unique and endangered plants and wildlife. But pet pythons released into the wild are wrecking the delicate eco system. Find out more on Nature Invasion of the Giant Python at 7 pm Wednesday.

Dive teams, submersibles, and robots explore a massive underwater WWII archeological site on Nova Secrets of Sunken Treasure at 8 pm Wednesday.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Nicholas Kristof on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context In Face at 7:30 pm Thursday follows the complex lives of three performance artists to shed light on the hectic and determined lifestyle of pursuing a drag career.

Aaron takes a deep-dive into the realm of BBQ pits, as personal as they are functional on BBQ with Franklin at 8 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to the Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Keep your plants and spare the water. Tour artistic lifestyle outdoor living with succulents on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Graduate Champion: Samuel Hernandez

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.

Screen shot 2015-06-04 at 10.37.12 AMToday’s Champion is Samuel Hernandez! This video shows students at Cedar Ridge High School, telling why Hernandez, a football coach, is their American Graduate Champion. The letter from student Kahli McQuitty says “Coach Hernandez has been there for me since I joined the school. As the ‘new kid’ I had to overcome many obstacles and he was there every step of the way, always with a smile on his face. Coach Hernandez is not only constantly encouraging me during football, but also to raise my grades and improve my academic life. He is easy to talk to and get advice from.”

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: Cori Mullins

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.

cori-mullinsToday’s Champion is Cori Mullins! This video shows students at Cedar Ridge High School, telling why Mullins, a Tennis coach, is their American Graduate Champion. From the letter from the students “Coach Mullins always encourages us and supports us in tennis and in school. She has taught all of her tennis players to work hard and to really go after what they want. Coach Mullins shows just how much adults in a community can support students.”

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: Jose Jimenez

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 Jose Jimenez! This video shows students at Cedar Ridge High School, telling why Jimenez is their American Graduate Champion. “Sr. Jimenez is a great example of a teacher who is truly making a different in his student’s lives. Sr. Jimenez pushes us to do better in his class and in other classes. He makes learning so entertaining and he inspires us to do our very best. He is so friendly and open, and he makes his classroom so engaging, exciting, and comfortable. He has always helped us through high school.” Watch the video to find out more!

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: Ashley Moran

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.

ashley-moranToday’s Champion is Ashley Moran! This video shows students at Cedar Ridge High School, telling why Moran is their American Graduate Champion. “Ms. Moran is a great example of a teacher who is really making a difference in the lives of her students. She was encouraging, a real cheer leader. She would always push us in history and in our other classes.” Watch the video to find out more!

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.