November 7th marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act. The law created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and later led to the creation of both PBS and NPR. Austin City Limits honors the milestone signing in the non-performer category this year. The landmark act was signed into law in November 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson who remarked at the time, “We want most of all to enrich man’s spirit. That is the purpose of this act.” The Act stipulates that “it is in the public interest to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.”

The act was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in October. The award accepted by Catherine Robb, Attorney, Former KLRU Board President and founder of the LBJ Future Forum and Amy Barbee, Executive Director of the LBJ Foundation.

The Library of Congress celebrates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act 11/3

This Friday, November 3, The Library of Congress will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with a series of panels featuring pioneers and experts in public broadcasting. Signed by President Lyndon Johnson, the act established public broadcasting as it is organized today and also authorized the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish and maintain a library and archives of non-commercial educational television and radio programs.

The symposium—“Preserving Public Broadcasting at 50 Years”—will be held in D.C. at the Library and livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress

Here is the lineup:

1PM  –  Introductions and Welcoming Remarks
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Jon Abbott, President and CEO, WGBH
Patricia Harrison, President and CEO, CPB
Sen. Ed Markey, AAPB adviser

1:15 PM  – Origins
Nicholas Johnson, FCC commissioner, 1966-73
Bill Siemering, NPR co-founder, creator of “All Things Considered”
Newton Minow, FCC chairman, 1961-63, via video
Cokie Roberts, NPR and MacNeil/Lehrer contributor; AAPB adviser (moderator)

2:10 PM –  News and Public Affairs Talk Shows
Jim Lehrer, co-anchor, “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour”
Dick Cavett, host of “The Dick Cavett Show,” 1977-1982
Cokie Roberts, NPR and MacNeil/Lehrer contributor; AAPB adviser
Hugo Morales, co-founder, Radio Bilingüe
Sharon Percy Rockefeller, CEO, WETA-TV
Judy Woodruff, “PBS NewsHour” (moderator)

3:10 PM – Documentaries: Style and the Use of Archives
David Fanning, creator, “FRONTLINE” Clayborne Carson, founder and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Research and Education Institute; senior adviser, “Eyes on the Prize”
Stephen Gong, director, Center for Asian American Media
Margaret Drain, former executive producer of “American Experience”
Patricia Aufderheide, university professor of Communication Studies at American University (moderator)

4:10 PM –   Educational Uses of Public Broadcasting
Lloyd Morrisett, co-creator, “Sesame Street”
Paula Apsell, executive producer of “NOVA”
Kathryn Ostrofsky, instructor, Angelo State University, Department of History
Jennifer Lawson, founding chief programming executive, PBS (moderator)

Strange Town and more this Halloween on KLRU Q

KLRU Q has an evening of scary fun planned to help you celebrate Halloween. As the trick or treaters knock on your door you can be watching …

Birth Of The Living Dead at 7:59 pm
In 1968 George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day. Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot a revolutionary guerrilla-style film that went on to become a cinematic landmark, offering a profound insight into how our society worked in a singular time in American history.

Secrets of the Dead Vampire Legend at 8:55 pm
Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves. Predating Eastern European legend, these discoveries force a re-examination of modern vampire lore.

Frankenstein & The Vampyre at 9:55 pm
A fascinating exploration of one of the most significant moments in gothic history – the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together at Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories and the night when Frankenstein and the modern vampire were born.

Haunted Texas: Peyton Colony at 10:50 pm
A half hour visual exploration into the history of Peyton Colony, Texas in the Texas Hill Country. Going back in time the program introduces you to the people and places that existed in Peyton Colony also known as Freedman’s Colony, a settlement established by former slaves after the Civil war.

Strange Town  Bridge To The Other Side at 11:20 pm
Legend goes that a man was hung from the Moore’s Crossing bridge in Austin, TX. It is said that at Midnight you can see him hanging from the highest crossbeam, with the woman he loved watching from below. Strange Town visited the bridge and stayed late into the night to see for themselves whether or not this long standing tale holds any truth.

Strange Town Old Yoakum Hospital at 11:29 pm
Once a thriving hospital to the city of Yoakum, it now sits abandoned for the last two decades. Stories have surfaced of a mysterious blue nun and dark shadows appearing down hallways along with children spirits running within the walls of this building. Wait until you see what energies Mark and Billy of Strange Town encounter!

Online Documentary series explores the dynamics of America’s relationship with Mexico

Timely web series, Facing North, explores the dynamics of America’s relationship with Mexico through the lens of the San Diego/Tijuana Border.

Composed of fourteen short, 2-3 minute videos, the series examines the unique relationship between the neighboring cities of San Diego and Tijuana through interviews with academics, activists, migrants, border patrol agents, entrepreneurs and historians on both sides of the border. Through this kaleidoscope of voices and perspectives, Facing North challenges our assumptions about the long-standing, complex and often tense relationship between the United States and Mexico. Watch now

In many ways, San Diego and Tijuana comprise a single region, encompassing one of the largest border areas in the world; in other ways, they are harshly divided and worlds apart.  By putting human faces on issues such as immigration, border security, global economics and history, Facing North offers a timely look at a region that copes daily with the ramifications of the increasingly strained relationship between both nations.

 

About the Filmmaker
Andrew Bracken is a documentary mediamaker working with audio, video, and interactive media. He is the creator, producer, and host of the KPBS podcast “My First Day.” A recipient of the San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst fellowship, he has received support for his work from Latino Public Broadcasting, KPBS, and the Berlinale Talent Campus.  Facing North, about the multi-dimensional relationship between San Diego and Tijuana, won a San Diego Film Award in 2017. Other works include To The Other Side and The Two Eyes, the Nose, and the Mouth. His work has been shown locally at such institutions as the San Diego Latino Film Festival, the San Diego Art Institute, America’s Finest Film Fest, and the Digital Gym Cinema. A graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, he now lives in San Diego with his wife and two mischievous kids. To learn more, visit www.andrewbracken.com.

About Latino Public Broadcasting
Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) is the leader in the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to public broadcasting stations and other public telecommunication entities. Latino Public Broadcasting provides a voice to the diverse Latino community throughout the United States and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Latino Public Broadcasting produces the series VOCES, PBS’s signature Latino arts and culture documentary showcase and the only ongoing national television series devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience.  Between 2009 and 2016, LPB programs won over 85 awards, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award as well as two Emmys, two Imagen Awards and the Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Director, Documentary. In addition, LPB has been the recipient of the Norman Lear Legacy Award and the NCLR Alma Award for Special Achievement – Year in Documentaries.  For more information, visit www.lpbp.org.

Vietnam War documentary screening 10/4 at VFW Post #10427 in Leander

VFW Post #10427 and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS invite you to a screening of clips from the PBS documentary series THE VIETNAM WAR on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 pm.

VFW Post #10427 is in Leander at  8760 Ranch Road 2243, Leander TX 78641.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR,tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, andcontroversial events in American history as it has never before been told onfilm. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of thewar through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from allsides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well ascombatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Go to Strange Town for Halloween on KLRUQ

While documenting their paranormal adventures, Mark and Billy take you on a voyage through the history and unsettled stories that are left behind at haunted locations. With their cameras and investigative tools in hand, they’ve set out to explore the paranormal world and take you on a journey, to Strange Town. Watch episodes all month on KLRUQ!

Clay Pit
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
For years, paranormal stories have surfaced of a child and woman dwelling within the historic Bertram Building — now a popular Indian restaurant. Mark and Billy become the first investigative team to see if these claims are true.

Slice Of The Past / The Living Inn
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
This two-part episode begins at the Austin Pizza Garden. A building with over 130 years of history where multiple entities have made themselves known to the employees and guests. STRANGE TOWN then investigates Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street. A once abandoned home turned modern day Bed & Breakfast, guests report mists, shadows, apparitions, and other unexplained activity.

Tremont House
Oct 10 at 9 pm; Oct 11 at 1 am
Now a luxury hotel in downtown Galveston, TX, the Tremont House once acted as a makeshift morgue during The Great Storm of 1900. Guests and staff have reported paranormal encounters for decades. Are the lingering spirits a result of this tragedy or are there other explanations to be uncovered?

The Lovelorn Lady
Oct 10 at 9:30; Oct 11 at 1:30 am
STRANGE TOWN takes a trip to Galveston Island to investigate the majestic Hotel Galvez. Are the stories of a lost soul searching for her lover true? Are orphans that were killed in a hurricane still wandering the halls?

Ghosts of Hotel Past
Oct 17 at 9:01 pm; Oct 18 at 1:01 am
STRANGE TOWN investigates the most haunted building in Seguin, TX, the Magnolia Hotel. This 170-year-old establishment first opened its doors to weary travelers in 1844 and since then has experienced many tragedies and deaths within its walls. It is said to now be inhabited by 13 unsettled spirits. Which ones will Mark and Billy encounter?

Hay Legal Group
Oct 24 at 9 pm; Oct 25 at 1 am
A Victorian home in the Bremond Block of downtown Austin, TX has been plagued by the paranormal. A local law firm located in what was Pierre Bremond’s former home contact Mark and Billy to investigate and find answers as to who haunts their building. They capture some of their best evidence to date.

The Ward Home
Oct 24 at 9:30 pm; Oct 25 at 1:30 am
Mark and Billy travel to Gatesville, the “Spur Capital of Texas,” to investigate a home built in the late 1800’s. Who keeps terrorizing the current residents? Are the original owners to blame?

Old Yoakum Hospital
Oct 31 at 11:29 pm; Nov 1 at 3:29 am
Once a thriving hospital to the city of Yoakum, it now sits abandoned for the last two decades. Stories have surfaced of a mysterious blue nun and dark shadows appearing down hallways along with children spirits running within the walls of this building. Wait until you see what energies Mark and Billy of Strange Town encounter!

American Graduate: Angela De Hoyos Hart

Produced by the Pflugerville High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab students, Angela De Hoyos Hart talks about the lasting impact her work as a mentor has had on both her students and her own life.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.

American Graduate: Karen Yokum

Produced by the Lanier Early College High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab students, Karen Yokum talks about  her experience as a mentor.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.

American Graduate: Andy Roddick

Produced by Lanier High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab Students, Andy Roddick talks about how mentors helped him on the path to success.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.

Highlights Sept. 17-23

KLRU Highlights

In an immersive narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film. The Vietnam War airing Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 pm features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Watch an encore on KLRU Q each evening after the episode finishes airing on KLRU.

Aidan Turner stars as Ross Poldark at 8:30 pm Sunday, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after battle to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined and his true love is engaged to another.  KLRU presents an encore of season 2 of Poldark before season 3 begins on Oct. 1st.

KLRU’s Decibel team talks with filmmaker Ken Burns about the making the epic Vietnam War documentary and profiles local veterans who served at 8:30 pm Monday.

Central Texans share their experiences during the Vietnam War on Austin Revealed Stories From Vietnam at 9 pm Tuesday.

Using the experiences and issues of the Vietnam War, teens and boomers discuss the role of citizenship and service both then and now on ATX Together: Lessons From Vietnam at 9 pm Wednesday and 9:30 pm Friday.

Chet heads to the Texas border to sample the Tex Mex culture in Laredo on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class on On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam at 8 pm Friday.

Warm up winter recipes with easy-growing herbs and see how specialty, tasty mushrooms grow on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.