Live United Film series looks at health and the Hispanic community

Join KLRU, United Way Capital Area and the Alamo Drafthouse for a special film screening and discussion on Thursday, March 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South, 1120 South Lamar. RSVP here

Meet Hector Cardenas. He worked his whole life. Then he lost his job, his health insurance … and his infected foot to diabetes. Now he lives in a hotel and struggles to pay the medical bills. Critical Condition “Hector’s Story” captures the harrowing struggles of critically ill Americans who discover that an illness can cost them their jobs, health, home, savings, even their lives.

Hector’s battle with diabetes is one that many Latinos know very well. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Mexican Americans are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanics to be diagnosed with diabetes by a physician. Stay after the screening to hear panelists discuss the film and the issues Hispanics other Americans without health insurance live with every day. Jacqueline L. Angel, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at the LBJ School of Public Affairs – University of Texas, will serve as moderator for the discussion. RSVP here's new look

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In the studio: Texas Music Extravaganza event 3/13

On March 13th, a cast of celebrated Texas musicians including Raul Malo, Augie Myers, Shawn Sahm and more will join together for the broadcast of Texas Music Extravaganza. Against the backdrop of the famous the Austin City Limits studio, these musicians will play for the studio and broadcast audiences. RSVP here

Our studio audience will be featured as part of this live broadcast to all KLRU viewers. Those in the studio will also have the opportunity to get signed copies of the CDs and books available as membership thank you gifts. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the live broadcast event begins at 7 p.m. We ask that all studio audience members be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. RSVP here

About Texas Music Extravaganza:
The extraordinary impact of some of South Texas’ most celebrated musicians is the focus of this documentary musical journey. Filmed in High Definition, the Texas Music Extravaganza includes performances from a pivotal concert on Aug. 27, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas that featured alumni of the Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados with Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez, Shawn Sahm, Jack Barber, Ernie Durawa and others.

KLRU discussion with local filmmakers/Eyes of Me screening

Thanks to everyone who attended the KLRU Community Screening on Texas independent film and the broadcast premier of Independent Lens “Eyes of Me.” Get web exclusive video from the film and find out more about the students at the Independent Lens web site

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In the Studio: Halperin and Heilemann on Texas Monthly Talks

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin on Friday, March 5, at 10:15 a.m.  RSVP now

Halperin and Heilemann know as much about American politics as anyone. And they share their insights and inside knowledge with a wide audience through Heilemann’s work for New York magazine and Halperin’s with Time and the political blog, The Page. They’ve co-authored the bestselling book, Game Change, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 presidential election.

RSVP now Taping starts promptly at 10:15 a.m. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.

Live United Film Series: Financial Stability

Photos from the Feb. 25 Live United Film Series featuring a community discussion moderated by Suzi Sosa and featuring Ann Baddour and Margo Weisz.

Suzi Sosa
As Chief of Staff of MPOWER Labs, Ms. Sosa is responsible for special projects and policy development for the MPOWER Group. She acts as one of the primary advisors to the CEO and is involved in a number of strategic initiatives, including creation and deployment of the group’s social impact measures and global advocacy for expanding financial access to the underserved. She leads the group’s key policy partnerships, including those with the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum.

Ann Baddour
Ann Baddour is the director of Texas Appleseed’s projects aimed at bringing low-income and immigrant consumers into the financial mainstream. She oversees financial education initiatives, efforts to build transparency and consumer protections into remittance markets, and reform of regulations governing small dollar loans. Ann has a Master of Public Affairs Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Masters Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Baddour is a Fulbright Scholar and a nationally recognized expert in financial policy affecting immigrant and low-income communities.

Margo Weisz
Margo has served as the Executive Director of PeopleFund since its infancy in 1995. Margo also serves as a consultant on a variety of projects, including organizational assessments, trainings, and research on small and minority business development. Margo has received wide recognition for her work. In 2006, she was chosen as a Profiles in Power winner from the Austin Business Journal. In 2004, she received the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in 2003 she was chosen as Austinite of the Year at the Austin Under 40 Awards. She was also chosen as a 2003 Marshall Fellow and, in that role, traveled to Europe to discuss transatlantic relations.

Economic resources

Thanks to everyone who attended the February 25th, Live United Film Series on the economy. We’ll be posting photos and video of the event soon.

For those who missed the screening or who would like to see the film again, you can watch Frontline “Inside the Meltdown” here. You can also get time lines and other resources featured in the film here

We’ve gathered together a few other resources on the economy and personal finance from various Public Broadcasting sources to help both people who attended the Live United Screening and those who were unable to be at the event.

Nightly Business Report How the Economy Works blog posts by Terri Cullen

Nightly Business Report blog posts on personal finance by Jeff Brown

An economic lesson from former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, hiding inside a whimsical animation by TPT’s David Gillette

NewsHour business correspondent Paul Solmon takes questions about business and economic news


KLRU Open House

We’re opening up our studios to give Central Texas an inside look at KLRU. On Saturday, March 6th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., KLRU invites families and kids of all ages to explore the world of television and music. Kids will sing, dance and read along with their favorite PBS KIDS characters, including the PBS KIDS preschool host Miss Rosa and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Miss Rosa will read books at 11 to 11:40 a.m. and 2 to 2:40 p.m. Families also have the opportunity to take a tour of the legendary Austin City Limits Studio 6A. Bring your cameras!

How can we make Austin schools better?

On January 28,  KLRU and United Way Capital Area screened the documentary “It All Adds Up” at the Austin City Limits studio as part of the Live United Film Series. We asked some attendees how we can make Austin schools better, here’s what they think:

Video and some of the discussion from the evening:

The next Live United Film Series screening is Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South. The evening will focus on financial stability and feature Frontline: Inside the Meltdown. For more details and to RSVP visit