Austin Revealed: Gary Bledsoe on Police Violence

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Gary Bledsoe recounts stories of police violence against African Americans and why he think the issue still exists today.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Hoover Alexander & Entrepreneurship

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Hoover Alexander has a long history in the restaurant business. He talks about the historical necessity for African Americans to start their own businesses and why an unintended consequence of integration is less entrepreneurs.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Linda Conner on Gentrification

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Linda Conner has witnessed decades of change in east Austin. Now, gentrification is creating a rift in this once predominantly African-American community.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: A Tale of Two Cities

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

African Americans in Austin have historically formed communities east of I-35, originally by law. Today gentrification threatens to dissolve the close-knit relationships and communities built over time.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Larry Jackson on Activism

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

One of Larry Jackson’s first acts of protest was his draft to the Vietnam War. His early political involvement led to a life of change and activism in Austin.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Tommy Wyatt & the Start of The Villager

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Tommy Wyatt, founder and publisher of The Villager, talks about why he founded a newspaper for Austin’s black community.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Ada Anderson & John F. Kennedy’s Visit

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

John F. Kennedy was scheduled to speak in Austin on November 22, 1963.  Ada Anderson recounts her role in his planned visit and how she found the President had been killed.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

In the Studio: Blackademics tapings 2/4 and 2/5

KLRU featured event

Join KLRU for the 2014 Blackademics: Youth and Social Media, Black Expression in the Arts, and Rethinking the Concept of Race. These free talks will be recorded to air in upcoming episodes of Blackademics Television.

Date: Tuesday, February 4th and Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Time: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: KLRU Studio 6A (map)

blackademics tvNationally and internationally renowned black studies scholars offer dynamic talks on education, performance and youth empowerment. The evening is hosted by KLRU and the Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships (ICUSP).

Presenters include:
Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University)
Denise J. Hart (Howard University)
Dawn-Elissa Fischer (San Francisco State University)
Joao Vargas (University of Texas at Austin)
Yasmiyn Irizarry (Mississippi State University)
Eric Tang ((University of Texas at Austin)
Lisa Thompson (University of Texas at Austin)
Autumn Caviness (University of Texas at Austin)
Kevin Foster (University of Texas at Austin)

Blackademics Television is an ongoing project to bring engaging Black Studies scholarship to broad popular audiences via Public Television and New Media. This year’s tapings feature five 12-minute presentations each night by scholars and artists from around the country. Watch other Blackademics talks now

Architecture Month on KLRU

KLRU presents a month of architecture-themed programming made possible by AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture. These programs celebrate the art and artistry of architecture through ancient times to today. Here’s what’s coming up:

2/5 Super Skyscrapers One World Trade Center at 9 pm
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the western hemisphere and a famous modern landmark, is engineered to be the safest and strongest skyscraper ever built. This episode follows the final year of exterior construction, culminating with the milestone of reaching the symbolic height of 1,776 feet. For head of construction Steve Plate, as well as scientists, engineers, ironworkers and curtain wall installers, this is a construction job suffused with the history of the site and a sense of duty to rebuild from the ashes of Ground Zero.

2/12 NOVA Great Cathedral Mystery at 8 pm
The Duomo in Florence is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. A team of U.S. master bricklayers help build a unique experimental “mini-Duomo” using period tools and techniques. Will it stay intact during the final precarious stages of closing over the top of the dome?

2/12 Super Skyscrapers Building The Future at 9 pm
Commonly known as “the cheese grater,” the Leadenhall Building is the pinnacle of London’s avant-garde architecture. Designed as a tapered tower with a steel exoskeleton, it’s the tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the most innovative. The teams behind the Leadenhall project had to radically rethink every aspect of the traditional building model. This program follows the monumental challenges that come with erecting this super skyscraper: it will be constructed off-site, delivered to location, and stacked and bolted together like a giant Lego set.

2/18 American Experience Grand Coulee Dam at 7 pm
Grand Coulee was more than a dam; it was a proclamation. In the wake of the Great Depression, America turned from private enterprise to public works – not simply to provide jobs, but to restore faith. The ultimate expression of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, Grand Coulee played a central role in transforming the Northwest.

2/18 American Experience Rise And Fall Of Penn Station at 8 pm
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City’s Hudson and East Rivers, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United States. The tunnels terminated in what was one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station.

2/19 NOVA  Mystery of Easter Island at 8 pm
A team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.

2/19 Super Skyscrapers The Vertical City at 9 pm
Shanghai Tower isn’t just a skyscraper — it’s a vertical city, a collection of businesses, services and hotels all in one place, fitting a population the size of Monaco into a footprint the size of a football field. Within its walls, residents can literally work, rest, play and relax in public parks, looking up through 12 stories of clear space; not just one, however, but eight of them, stacked on top of each other, all the way to the 120th floor. When complete, the structure will dominate Shanghai’s skyline, towering over its neighbors as a testament to China’s economic success and the ambitions of the city’s wealthy elite.

02/24 10 Buildings That Changed America at 10 pm
This program tells the stories of 10 American architectural marvels, including a state capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson, the original indoor shopping mall, the first airport of the Jet Age and a futuristic concert hall. You may not be familiar with all of these buildings, but they probably shaped the way you live, work, shop and play. Host Geoffrey Baer takes a journey across America and inside these 10 groundbreaking works of art and engineering.

2/26 NOVA  Ground Zero Supertower at 8 pm
Engineers race to complete 1 World Trade Center as they grapple with the final challenges.

2/26 Super Skyscrapers The Billionaire Building at 9 pm
Upon completion, One57, on Manhattan’s 57th Street, will rise more than 1,000 feet, making it the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere and boasting spectacular views of Central Park. “One57″ follows the teams tasked with creating New York’s most luxurious residential skyscraper and their ambition to redefine luxury living the big city. Condominiums at One57 showcase state-of-the- art interiors: double-height ceilings, full-floor apartments, bathrooms clad in the finest Italian marble and the finest material finishes.

 

 

Austin Revealed: Civil Right Stories

Austin Revealed is an oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews. We’ll have new videos from each week throughout February. Watch more Austin Revealed