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

KLRU celebrates Black History Month

KLRU celebrates black history month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Black History Month, KLRU and KLRU-Q will broadcast a lineup of programs and events honoring and exploring African American culture. We also offer a special online-only series – Austin Revealed – this month focused on local stories on civil rights, desegregation and more. Find out more about Austin Revealed

Blackademics TV airs Sundays at 1:30 pm starting February 2.  Each weekly program features top Black Studies scholars engaging with projects and research focused on education, performance and youth empowerment.

2/3 POV American Promise at 9 pm
This film spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

2/7 American Masters Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth at 8 pm
Most famous for her seminal novel “The Color Purple,” writer / activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, her life unfolded during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th century America. Her mother, poverty and participation in the Civil Rights Movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire, and Walker herself.

2/10 Independent Lens Spies of Mississippi at 9 pm
This film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and ’60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in attempts to derail the civil rights movement

2/6 The March at 9 pm
Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. The film reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters and other testimonials of the March include Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Roger Mudd, Peter Yarrow and Oprah Winfrey, in addition to historians, journalists, authors and ordinary citizens who joined some 250,000 Americans who thronged to the capital on that momentous day to peacefully demand an end to two centuries of discrimination and injustice. Other notable figures featured in the film include Clayborn Carson, Edith Lee Payne, Joyce Ladner and Rachell Horowitz. Denzel Washington narrates. Also repeats on February 10 at 10 pm.

2/13 Independent Lens More Than A Month at 9 pm
An African-American filmmaker is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.  Through this tongue-in-cheek and thought-provoking journey, the film investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.

2/20 Independent Lens Soul Food Junkies at 9 pm
Baffled by his dad’s reluctance to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this culinary tradition and it’s relevance to black cultural identity. The African American love affair with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. This film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences. Hurt looks at the socioeconomics of predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options and wonders if soul food has become an addiction in his community.

2/27 A Reason To Dance at 9 pm … An Arts In Context Special
As a mother, teacher and dancer, China Smith is on a quest to spread awareness about the mixed nature and diversity of the African diaspora through contemporary dance.  Her company, Ballet Afrique, employs a synthesis of ballet and modern blended with Afrocentric undertones to articulate the human condition and spirit through the unbounded art form of dance.  As Smith wrestles with the business aspect of sharing her art as well as the uphill battle against cultural expectations and the cultural stereotypes of ballet, she continues to cement herself as an indelible and essential part of the dance scene.
KLRU Q will also be offering special programs for Black History Month. KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 255.

Saturday 2/16
Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories at 6 pm
Author and Louisiana native Ernest J. Gaines gave an immortal voice to the people of his early life through his tales of the old South. Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories is a memory-filled journey from the land of dirt roads, magnolias and majestic oak trees to San Francisco and back again. Gaines’ reminisces about growing up on a plantation and reflects on a successful career which has spanned more than 40 years.

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story at 7 pm
This program tells the story of William Still, one of the most important yet unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. The film details the accounts of black abolitionists, who had everything at stake as they helped fugitives follow the North Star to Canada.

Whispers Of Angels: A Story Of The Underground Railroad at 7:59 pm
This documentary recounts the story of the critical Eastern Line of The Underground Railroad and its role in the 19th century anti- slavery movement in America.

Long Shadows: The Legacy Of The American Civil War at 9 pm
Long Shadows explores the ways in which the echoes of the Civil War can still be felt in American society: from politics to economics, from civil rights to foreign policy, from individual to collective memory, from South to North to West. It is a film about the nature of History in our national and personal lives–the past as prologue.

Education Of Harvey Gantt at 10:30 pm
On January 28, 1963, a young black man from Charleston named Harvey Gantt enrolled at Clemson College, making him the first African American accepted to a white school in South Carolina. The Education Of Harvey Gantt  tells this pivotal, yet largely forgotten, story of desegregation.

Sunday 2/23
Colored Frames
at 6 pm
Colored Frames reflects on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists.

Highwaymen: Legends Of The Road at 7 pm
This new documentary tells the story of a unique art world phenomenon that took root in the mid-20th century in the Jim Crow South. They were an unlikely group of black landscape painters that emerged from the American South in the 1950s and 60s. Segregation locked them out of selling their works in white owned art galleries. So, the artists took to the road to sell their paintings.

Black Kungfu Experience at 8 pm
The Black Kungfu Experience  introduces kungfu’s African-American pioneers, men who challenged convention and overturned preconceived notions while mastering the ancient art.

Music And Message Of Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions at 9 pm
The Music And Message Of Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions tells the incredible story of a great artist and one of the most important R&B groups of all time. One of the few musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than once, Curtis Mayfield remains a music icon.

Hines Farm Blues Club at 10 pm
During the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Hines Farm – in a rural community outside of Toledo, Ohio – was the location of one of the premier blues clubs in the United States, featuring musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Bobby “Blue” Bland and B.B. King. The club featured a “who’s who” of blues and jazz entertainers, and served as a cultural nexus for local African-Americans. The Hines Farm Blues Club is a tribute to this legendary blues mecca and a ” sentimental journey” through the African-American music scene of the era.

Community Cinema: Las Marthas 2/4

The KLRU Community Cinema screening and discussion of the documentary Las Marthas with director Cristina Ibarra and other special guests in attendance will take place Feb. 4th at 7 pm at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The screening is free and open to the public.

las_marthas-05-thumb-largeIn the lingering aftermath of the U.S.-Mexican War, the border town of Laredo, Texas created an annual debutante ball unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.

Producer/Director Cristana Ibarra will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. For the past seven years, Cristina Ibarra has been making short fiction and non-fiction films that have been seen on public television, in galleries, museums, schools and film festivals across the United States including: the Guggenheim, Exit Art Gallery, the Queens Museum, Stanford and Brown Universities. Her award-winning directorial debut, Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela aired on the PBS series ColorVision. Her other films include: Grandma’s Hip-HopLupe from the Block and Amnezac. She is currently developing her first feature film, Love & Monster Trucks.

Arts In Context Shorts: Installation

ASFILINS2This week Arts In Context Shorts is bringing museums and gallery spaces to life! Jeremy Birks and Kirk Anders of Austin Art Services give a behind-the-scenes look into the world of art installation. They display each work of art with a thoughtfulness to help improve the viewing experience. Working to create an extension of the piece itself into the physical space with each installation, Austin Art Services helps artists and museums to express their ideas.