More than an after-school program, the Austin Community Steelband has created an expressive place to uplift local youth through learning steelpan music. Originating in Trinidad, steelbands served as a way for poor and oppressed people to come together and express themselves through music. Executive Director Paula Beaird and Musical Director Cecil Francis continue manifest the soul of Trinidad by providing a free musical instruction where underprivileged children learn skills like memorization, focus and listening that they can take home and apply to their lives at home and in school. With an emphasis on collaborative and enriching learning, the students have turned it into more than an after-school program. They are now a part of a vibrant, historically-rich musical community that extends beyond the city limits of Austin, Texas.
Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Kara Swisher on April 16 at 3:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 3:15pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.
Kara Swisher is the Executive Editor of Re/code, Host of the Re/code Decode podcast and Executive Producer of the Code Conference, which brings together technology influencers and CEOs. Swisher has been covering technology and digital issues since 1997 when she was a reporter in the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. She’s been called Silicon Valley’s “most feared and well-liked” journalist and the region’s “most powerful snoop.” Swisher is in Austin to keynote the International Symposium on Online Journalism at UT.
Saturday, April 16 at 3:45pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 3:15pm
We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th 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 Kara Swisher. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard
Join KLRU and Huston-Tillotson University for a preview screening and discussion of Ken Burns’ new film Jackie Robinson. Examine the life and times of this baseball legend and how his life-long battle for first class citizenship for all African Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.
Tuesday, April 12
Film begins at 6 pm
King-Seabrook Chapel on the Huston-Tillotson University Campus
900 Chicon St. Austin, TX 78702 (map)
This community event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
The Austin Samba School has created a new twist on the classic western “horse opera.” Fusing Brazilian Carnaval rhythms and dancing with Texas’ musical history, the performers of Austin Samba School are truly a community who come from all walks of life and in all sizes, shapes, colors, races and nationalities. This diversity allows them to take on creative challenges with full force and to create a performance unlike any other – cattle and cowboys, blues and rock, spangles and feathers, glitter and gold, samba and country.
Adults make a world of difference to a child’s educational achievement, and the greatest difference comes from adults who are both caring and consistent in their learners’ lives. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions making a difference for kids of all ages. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….
Watch videos about the difference adult participation can make.
KLRU partners that have mentorship programs and other ways adults can get involved:
African American Youth Harvest Foundation
American Corps Austin
Ann Richards School Foundation
Austin Partners in Education
Austin Voices for Education & Youth
AVANCE – Austin
Bastrop Education Foundation
Big Brother, Big Sister
Boys & Girls Club
Boys to Men Mentoring
Claim Your Destiny
Communities in Schools of Central Texas
Con Mi Madre
Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA
FIRST LEGO League
Kids’ HOPE USA
Media Awareness Project
Partnerships for Children
Southwest Key Programs
The Settlement Home
Upward Bound at Texas State University
Early education is a key to creating a lifelong dedication to knowledge. KLRU supports community efforts to encourage early childhood education, one of the tenets of American Graduate Initiative. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions making a difference in early childhood education in our area. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….
KLRU Kids has games, videos and much more to help kids find a love for learning.
Watch videos about work being done locally in early childhood education.
KLRU Partners offering early childhood resources:
ACC Children’s Lab School
AISD Pre K
Any Baby Can
Extend a Care for Kids
JCC – Jewish Family planning
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
KLRU Smart Screen Time
KLRU Smart Screen Time (Spanish version)
SSP Early Childhood Education
The road to success is paved differently for everyone – but an avenue to success is still an avenue to success. KLRU supports all pathways to educational success, one of the fundamental pillars of American Graduate initiative. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions helping students on the pathway to success. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….
Watch videos about students on the path to success.
KLRU partners helping build pathways to success:
Austin Achieve Public Schools
Austin Asian Chamber
Austin Can Academy
Austin Community College
Austin Council PTA
Austin Partners in Education
Better Make Room
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber
Hispanic Scholarship Consortium
Ready by 21
Skill Point Alliance
The Goodwill Excel Center
University of Texas at Austin
On March 24, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Entertainment Awards. PBS and PBS KIDS programs received 44 Daytime Emmy® Award nominations. In addition, APT received a total of 12 nominations, while THIRTEEN and Sesame Workshop each earned one each for a combined total of 58 nominations for public media. Among the PBS programs with multiple nominations are SESAME STREET (10), ODD SQUAD (9), PEG + CAT (5), THE MIND OF A CHEF (5) and A CHEF’S LIFE with two nominations. Get the complete list of nominations
New season of Masterpiece Mystery Grantchester begins Sunday at 8 pm. Sidney is suspected of murder. But then, so are a fellow priest, a photographer and a classmate of the victim.
Season four of Mr. Selfridge begins on Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday. Wheeler-dealer Jimmy Dillon makes his cocky entrance. The Groves are at loose ends. Harry has a run-in with the Queen of Time. The Dolly sisters mar Mae’s fashion show.
Meet James “The Amazing” Randi, the famed magician and self-proclaimed “honest liar” who dedicated his life to exposing frauds on Independent Lens Honest Liar at 9 pm Monday.
Texas Promise at 10 pm Tuesday is a gripping story of equity, politics, money and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy.
Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe on Nova The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm Wednesday.
Journey through space, the human body, disappearing landscapes and the world of Pixar animation as speakers look at the future of nanotechnology, the search for life beyond earth and the science of light on Ted Talks at 9 pm Wednesday.
Wendell Pierce, actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire,” talks with Evan Smith on Overheard at 7 pm Thursday.
Austin Revealed Chicano Civil Rights at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the city’s civil rights movement and the people who worked to make change.
Glen Campbell: Good Times Again at 8 pm Friday presents the biggest stars and the best musical performances from the Glen Campbell Good Time Hour from the 70s.
Dump invasive plants for beautifully beneficial options and visit a shady, compact, low-care garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.