Local students chosen for PBS NewsHour SRL Academy

Two Central Texas students are among 20 middle and high school students chosen to be part of the annual PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington D.C. this summer.

Mercedes Ezeji from Pflugerville High School and Cesar Haros from Cedar Ridge High School will work alongside public media mentors to produce original digital content and sharpen their journalism and production skills. They will also help program leaders develop strategies to engage young people with the news and current affairs and ensure that diverse youth voices are active in the conversations about critical issues facing the nation.

Mercedes Ezeji | Pflugerville High School from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

During the 2015-2016 school year, these young journalists have reported on how their peers view racial tensions in their own communities and how young people are breaking down gender stereotypes, contributing to the NewsHour’s broadcast and digital platforms.

Cesar Haros | Cedar Ridge High School from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Student Reporting Labs is a part of “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” a public media initiative helping communities improve education opportunities for all students and build the next generation of skilled graduates, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Student Reporting Labs STEM strand is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Austin Revealed: Chicano identity through the arts

The Chicano movement empowered Mexican Americans from all walks of life to celebrate their roots. In the fourth installment of Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights, hear how locals fought criticism and came together to embrace their heritage through the arts.

Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights debuts on Thursdays in March on KLRU.org. Past installments address the rise of Mexican Americans in politics, organizing and activism and the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin continues to fight for their rights.

KLRU has also partnered with The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to present a screening and discussion of the documentary on March 31 as part of their César Chávez celebrations. Find more information about the screening here.

Austin Revealed: The rise of Mexican Americans in politics

Beginning in a time when Austin’s Mexican American community had little to no representation, hear how the Chicano movement of the 60’s and 70’s empowered these individuals to fight for equal representation and change the face of politics in Texas in the second installment of Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights, which takes a look at Mexican Americans in politics.

Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights debuts on Thursdays in March on KLRU.org. Stay tuned for future installments addressing Chicano identity through the arts, organizing and activism and the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin continues to fight for their rights.

KLRU has also partnered with The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to present a screening and discussion of the documentary on March 31 as part of their César Chávez celebrations. Find more information about the screening here.

Austin Revealed: Chicano desegregation and education

In the aftermath of desegregation, Mexican-American students and teachers in Austin realized the lack of equality in the school system and higher education. In the first installment of KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights series, students and teachers who lived it share their stories about the disparate conditions and the fight for reform.

Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights debuts on Thursdays in March on KLRU.org. Stay tuned for future installments addressing the rise of Mexican Americans in politics, Chicano identity through the arts, organizing and activism and the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican American community in Austin continues to fight for their rights.

KLRU has also partnered with The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to present a screening and discussion of the documentary on March 31 as part of their César Chávez celebrations. Find more information about the screening here.

Stunning space photos that prove why you should watch #YearInSpace

For the last year, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has been on the International Space Station as part of an investigation into how spending a year in space can affect astronauts’ bodies and minds. It’s part of NASA’s long-term goal of finally embarking on a mission to Mars.

It may get pretty lonely on the ISS, but Kelly’s been talking with millions of people across the world who look forward to the stellar (pun intended) photos he takes from space. Here are five of his best snaps to get you amped up for part one of A Year In Space, which will air Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. A Year In Space is a project between PBS and TIME.

Hurricane Patricia — October 2015:

 

A partly cloudy day:

#EarthArt Everyone seems to like cloud nine. What’s wrong with the other clouds? They all look pretty amazing from here aboard the International Space Station. #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Friday, August 7, 2015

 

The colors of Africa:

Earth Art: I’m going to miss the colors of Africa! #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Monday, February 22, 2016

 

Bahamas blues:

The depths of Bahamas blues. #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

 

Kelly’s last sunrise from space:

Rise and shine! My last sunrise from space then I gotta go! 1 of 5. Good morning from the International Space Station! #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

 

Follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight on part one of A Year In Space on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. on KLRU. Join the conversation on social media using #YearInSpace and visit the A Year In Space website for exclusive videos, more photos and other information about Kelly’s mission. 

ELECTION CENTRAL outlines the political process

As part of the overarching PBS Election 2016 initiative, today PBS LearningMedia announced details about ELECTION CENTRAL, an online destination for educators to teach students about the political process.

The new site, created in collaboration between PBS LearningMedia and PBS NewsHour, will help teachers engage students in the political process, provide virtual field trip ideas and share a collection of election-themed resources to support history, civics and English curricula throughout the election year.

Among the main features of ELECTION CENTRAL will be an interactive map of the United States, providing educators with opportunities to engage students in various aspects of the political process. The map will also display important historical facts about the candidates, laws and process.

Content in ELECTION CENTRAL will be refreshed on a weekly basis and when timely events occur — for example, after debates or after primary elections. Features include:

  • Tracking the campaign trail of candidates, including current and previous candidates
  • Fun facts – general and state-specific
  • The history behind the vote
  • An explanation of the nominating process
  • Candidate views on key issues
  • Election-specific news stories curated from PBS NewsHour
  • Build your ideal presidential candidate interactive
  • Access to hundreds of related resources through PBS LearningMedia

Additional student-focused projects will be announced throughout the election year, including the Meet Me in DC contest, for which K-12 students design an election poster focusing on issues that are important in their local communities. Two grand prize winners (one K-5 and one K-6) will win a trip for two to Washington, DC, to tour the White House, explore the National Archives, watch Congress in session and visit the set of PBS NewsHour. Another contest, 50 for 50 , encourages students to write open letters to the 2016 presidential candidates with ideas on what needs to change in government. PBS will provide Social Studies teachers in grades 6-12 with a toolkit with resources to host in-class debates and give students the opportunity to discuss important issues with their peers.

For more information and educational resources, visit PBS LearningMedia’s website.

Thanksgiving recipes from PBS

Gobble gobble! Get your Thanksgiving recipes here, courtesy of KLRU, PBS Food and BBQ With Franklin!

The main course:

First, check out these turkey tips from BBQ With Franklin: Learn how to brine and smoke a turkey, make smoked garlic mashed potatoes, a grilled green bean shishito pepper side dish and gravy with smoked butter. Aaron Franklin will also teach you how to tell when your turkey’s done and what to do in the last hour of smoking. (Disclaimer: Don’t watch while hungry.) You can also go here for tips on turkey-cooking from PBS Food!

Here’s another suggestion from BBQ With Franklin: “Cowboy style” barbecuing and other Texas traditions!

If your family isn’t crazy about turkey, make this apple cranberry and cornbread stuffed pork tenderloin with an apple cider glaze, this roasted beef with caramelized shallots, or this cranberry chicken.

Delicious sides:

Twice-baked streusel sweet potatoes 

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Creamy brussels sprouts and bacon gratin with shallots and gruyère (from KQED)

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Wild rice arugula salad with maple glazed acorn squash

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Soft and buttery sweet potato dinner rolls (from KQED)

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Rich, moist cornbread

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The best part…dessert (the unpredictable ones! Because everyone eats pumpkin pie):

Pecan pie bars

1313028688.942002_large-288x162Blueberry cornbread cobbler

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You can search or browse more recipes here on PBS Food or search the hashtag #ThanksgivingPBS on social media. You can also click here to watch how-to videos! If you try any of these recipes, make sure to tweet them at us @klru. Happy Thanksgiving!

What’s happening this weekend: Nov. 13-15

Happy November, Austin! Take advantage of a nice cool fall weekend in Central Texas with these events.

Celebrate Austin’s Asian American history through film

This weekend marks the Asian American Film Festival in Austin. Make sure to catch a screening of a short film from KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Pioneers of the East Friday night with Dr. Mitchel Wong. Austin Revealed is an oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past and present to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. In this series of Austin Revealed, Pioneers From the East, we profile three of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in the Austin area. You can watch all four videos below, and click here for a behind-the-scenes interview with filmmaker Tim Tsai. The film festival runs Thursday through Sunday – a full schedule and ticketing information can be found here.




East Austin Studio Tour

Big Medium presents the 14th annual East Austin Studio Tour, a free self-guided event spanning across two weekends in November, launches this weekend, Nov. 14 and 15. It features 287 Artist Studios, 152 Exhibitions, 17 Happenings and a series of Select Events, and it’s always a great time! You can find a full catalog with an overview of tour stops and a schedule here.

Before you go, check out these clips from Arts In Context featuring a roundup of last year’s EAST. For coverage from this year’s tour, follow @artsincontext and @klru on Instagram!


KLRU takes home 6 Lone Star Emmys

KLRU-produced programs took home seven Lone Star Emmy Awards Saturday night, including four awards for the Arts In Context team! Thanks to your support, Austin’s public television station is able to create top quality programs, and we’re proud that the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized this work.

The winners were:

SXSW Flashback 2014
Special Event Coverage (other than News or Sports)
JJ Weber, Galia Farber, Taylor Kondelis, Colleen Nelson

SXSW Flashback Emmy winners JJ Weber, Galia Farber, Taylor Kondelis, Colleen Nelson

SXSW Flashback Emmy winners JJ Weber, Galia Farber, Taylor Kondelis and Colleen Nelson

Arts In Context In Their Words
Public/Current/Community Affairs B.
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Editor & Associate Producer
Juan A. Izaguirre, Camera Operator
Christopher Kim, Camera Operator

Arts In Context El Taller
Documentary A. Category
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Associate Producer

Arts In Context In Face
Documentary B. Category
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Director & Producer

Arts In Context The Best Little Art House In Texas
Arts/Entertainment B Category
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Editor & Associate Producer

Arts In Context winners Chris Kim, Chelsea Hernandez and Mario Troncoso

Arts In Context winners Chris Kim, Chelsea Hernandez and Mario Troncoso

Overheard with Evan Smith
Interview/Discussion Program / Special / Feature / Segment / Series
Allie Sandza, Paul Sweeney, Evan Smith

KLRU-produced programs also received four additional nominations:

Arts In Context Shorts Wilderness Lake
Arts Segment Category
Eve Tarlo, Galia Farber, Chris Kim

Arts In Context Shorts Beautiful Fences
Human Spirit Category
Eve Tarlo, Galia Farber, Jeff Buras

Arts in Context Shorts Bridging the Gap
Public/Comm Affairs Category
Eve Tarlo, Galia Farber, Jeff Buras

Evan Smith
On-Camera Talent Program Host/Moderator/Reporter – Programming

Also nominated were shows that KLRU presents to other PBS stations across the nation:

The Daytripper
Texas Heritage-Program/Special/Feature/Segment
Magazine Program: Series
Chet Garner in the host category

Texas Parks & Wildlife
Magazine Program: Program/Special/Series