Austin Revealed: Joanie Shapiro

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Joanie Shapiro
After selling her medical billing business and moving to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas, Joanie and other Jews living in her area came together to form Haverah Shalom. This congregation started by in the late 1990s by meeting for Shabbat services at each other’s homes. Now, Haverah Shalom has grown exponentially in size and resources, including a portable Ark and Torah. These congregation members have come to form bonds religiously, socially, and philanthropically to create a Jewish
community.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

In the Studio: Russell Gold tapes Overheard 3/25

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Russell Gold!

DATE:  March 25
TIME: 9:15am (Doors open at 8:45am)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).  
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Russell Gold

Russell Gold is the Senior Energy Reporter at The Wall Street Journal and author of the new book The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Gold was part of the Journal’s reporting team on the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. That reporting earned the Gerald Loeb Award for best business story and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting. Gold lives in Austin.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of 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 past episodes and online exclusives at klru.org/overheard

Austin Revealed: Jennifer Grennberg Seth

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Jennifer Greenberg Seth
Growing up the granddaughter of a famous Jewish athlete, Jennifer has always identified as being Jewish. Now, she has finally found her own place in the Jewish community – singing with the Temple Beth Shalom choir. Whether at choir practice or High Holiday services, Jennifer’s bond to the Jewish community in Austin continues to strengthen through their melodic arrangements.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Story of the Jews on KLRU

In March and April, KLRU will broadcast The Story of the Jews, which explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day later this month. In conjunction with the series, KLRU is planning a significant outreach effort highlight our local Jewish community including on event on May 19th details coming soon.

Based on British historian Simon Schama’s epic book The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, the five-part series features interviews with noted academics, writers, politicians and artists. KLRU will broadcast part 1-2 on March 25 from 7-9 pm and part 3-5 on April 1st from 7-10 pm.

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things.  To some, attending regular service and participating in traditional religious ceremonies makes a person Jewish, while others see being Jewish as a cultural group or something they were born into.  KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.  Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

KLRU, along with assistance from the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin (JFGA), will interview five Central Texans about what being Jewish means to them.  These short videos will shed light on the differences and similarities between people who identify as Jewish. Watch the videos

As part of The Story of the Jews National Education and Outreach Initiative, there is a national essay contest to encourage high school aged students across America to examine how stories shape our identities. To enter the contest, high school students must watch a short video and answer specific questions. Get more details about the contest

Adults can share their family’s journey on the Story of the Jews website

Screening: Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle 3/27

KLRU featured event

KLRU’s partners at The University of Texas Moody College of Communications School of Journalism present a preview screening of the PBS documentary Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle. Director Phillip Rodriguez will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

DATE: March 27th
TIME: 4-7 pm
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: Free and open to the public

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, establishment reporter to primary chronicler and supporter of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed under mysterious circumstances by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became an instant martyr to Latinos — many of whom had criticized his reporting during his lifetime. Adding to the Salazar mystique is that the details of how he was killed have been obscured in the ensuing four decades since his death.

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle will air on KLRU Tuesday, April 29th at 8 pm.

Arts In Context Shorts: Clothes Stories

Clothing can inspire memories of the past or can be symbols of plans for the future. This week Arts In Context Shorts features artist Johnny Walker as he explores the relationship between people and their clothing in his public art installation Clothes Stories.  KLRU commissioned Walker to create this public art project and brought on Goodwill Industries of Central Texas as a community-partner to help create this unique installation.

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Attendees at the Arts In Context party at the 2013 East Austin Studio Tour were asked to participate in selecting from thousands of garments donated by Goodwill, writing their stories, and hanging them for display at Big Medium’s Canopy studios. Some attendees even brought their own special pieces to donate. Whether fact or fiction, these personal stories range from family histories and poems to revealing hopes and dreams. The installation was temporary, but the clothes’ stories didn’t end at the event. Walker has cataloged and tagged the clothes for online reference. The tagged garments were then returned to Goodwill to find new owners. As the pieces of clothing are purchased, the tag will lead the new owners to details about the item’s real or imagined past life at clothestories.com

 

In the Studio: Brian Stelter tapes Overheard 3/10

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Brian Stelter!

DATE: March 10
TIME: 1:15pm (Doors open at 12:45pm.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

stelter.brianBrian Stelter is CNN’s Senior Media Correspondent and host of Reliable Sources. Stelter joined CNN in November after six years at The New York Times, where he covered the television and digital media industries. Stelter founded the TV news blog TVNewser while a freshman in college, selling it six months later to MediaBistro.com. Stelter also wrote the New York Times best-seller Top of the Morning, which uncovers the darker side of morning television. Stelter is in Austin for a panel about multi-platform media at SXSW Interactive.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of 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 past episode and get online exculives at klru.org/overheard

In the Studio: Jeffrey Tambor tapes Overheard 3/7

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jeffrey Tambor!

DATE: March 7
TIME: 2pm (doors open at 1:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

tamborJeffrey Tambor is a six-time Emmy nominated actor well known for playing off-beat characters. He became a household name when he played Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show in the mid-1990s and for playing George Bluth Sr. on Arrested Development. His newest role is starring in the Amazon pilot Transparent. Jeffrey Tambor is also one of the most-respected acting coaches in the industry, touring the country as a “Master Teacher.” Tambor is in Austin to keynote SXSWEdu and for his annual acting workshop for SXSW Film. The workshop is a convergence event, open to all Film and Interactive badge holders.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of 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 past episodes and get online exclusives at klru.org/overheard

 

In the Studio: Jason Schwartzman tapes Overheard 3/7

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jason Schwartzman!

DATE: March 7
TIME: at 5:15pm (doors open at 4:45 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A
(map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

SchwartzmanJason Schwartzman is an actor who has appeared in numerous Wes Anderson movies including Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom. He also starred in I Heart Huckabees and Slackers, among many other films. Schwartzman is also a musician. He was drummer and songwriter for the band Phantom Planet before he started acting and has composed musical scores for the HBO show Bored to Death, Smallville and Slackers.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of 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. Get past interviews and more at klru.org/overheard

New Austin documentary All of Me airs 3/24

All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss and Last Resorts will air nationally on Independent Lens March 24th at 8 pm. KLRU is the presenting PBS station for this documentary, which explores the relationships between a group of women from Austin who have been friends — and morbidly obese — for years. But now, having weight-loss surgery is about to upset everything they thought they knew about health, happiness, friendship and love.

KLRU produced, and is distributing to PBS stations nation-wide, a townhall-style show called Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss and Body Acceptance. The Civic Summit explores the complex issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss. This panel discussion will raise questions and provide information and insights related to the physical and emotional challenges confronting those in our society who are obese. Experts in the field of weight loss surgery, mental health, wellness and body acceptance discuss the struggles, stigma and prejudices faced by members of the obese community and the many options available to them.

All Of Me focuses on the journeys of three of these Austin women: Judy, who is determined to succeed while her husband is conflicted; Dawn, who had an early career as a fat model and calendar girl, and struggles with both her weight and identity; and the heaviest of the Girls, Zsalynn, who, at over 500 pounds, desperately tries to save enough money for surgery, for her young daughter’s sake.

Through their stories, All of Me shines light on our attitudes and prejudices about obesity — its causes, challenges, and the intense psychological struggle so many have with food that no surgery or diet can cure. The Girls take us through their food addiction and emotional eating with a searing honesty. For a group so often vilified, joked about, or ignored, All of Me provides a platform for their stories and encourages viewers to take a fresh look at our own prejudices and complicated relationships with food, fat, and our bodies.

KLRU worked with filmmaker Alexandra Lescaze on both the documentary and the Civic Summit. Lescaze is a NY-based documentary filmmaker and the Executive Director of the Sidney Hillman Foundation, home of the annual Hillman Prizes in Journalism and monthly Sidney Awards, honoring excellence in journalism in service of the common good. Her first film, Where Do You Stand? stories from an American mill, documented the 25-year effort of North Carolina textile workers to organize a union in the face of modernization and globalization.