Designing Healthy Communities starts 8/31

Designing Healthy Communities is a four-part documentary that explores how current urban design is making thousands of people sick by contributing to high rates of asthma, childhood obesity and chronic illness. It shows examples of healthy community design and looks at cities that are finding creative solutions to these complicated problems. The show will air Sundays, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 28, at 1 pm

Retrofitting Suburbia  Aug. 31 at 1 pm
Physician and public health expert Richard Jackson uncovers an unexpected cause for our nation’s epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Jackson demonstrates our nation is suffering from a “common source epidemic”: a widespread public health problem caused by a single environmental factor. We see how an auto-focused environment discourages walking and biking and leads us to spend more sedentary time in our cars. But communities around the country are learning to fight disease through better urban planning.

Rebuilding Places of the Heart Sept. 7 at 1 pm
Meet children and families suffering from asthma and other consequences of unhealthy communities. Host Richard Jackson leads us on a tour of three mid-size communities working to rebuild “places of the heart”: towns and cities where families, history and community interconnect.

Social Policy in Concrete Sept. 14 at 1 pm
Host Richard Jackson shows “where you live is a big predictor of how long you’re going to live.”  We examine a number of creative solutions, including clean diesel, urban farming and farmers markets.

Searching for Shangri-La Sept. 28 at 1 pm
Richard Jackson searches for America’s best communities – past and present. These healthy, sustainable communities range in size and type, but each is a model for healthy design. The episode also examines best practices for community design from leading thinkers.

Funding is provided by The Kresge Foundation, working to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit.

Kresge

Screening: Black Folk Don’t …

Our friends at Austin Film Society are hosting a Moviemaker Dialogue with Angela Tucker, director and producer of the popular PBS web series Black Folk Don’t… 

The screening takes place on August 25th from 7:30 pm – 9 pm at AFS at the Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. Purchase tickets now

Featured in TIME Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life,” Black Folk Don’t has been praised for challenging stereotypes in both poignant and hilarious detail. In this Moviemaker Dialogue, Angela Tucker will discuss using her documentary background to develop the series, which has been featured in The Huffington Post, IndieWire and Ebony Magazine, among others, and is aired on the online channels of PBS and Black Public Media. This discussion will feature some of Angela’s favorite episodes from the series’ three seasons.

Intergalactic Nemesis: Episode 1

KLRU brings the popular live-action graphic novel Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth to the web. This week we kick off the series, with ….

Episode 1: PROLOGUE
The year is 1933. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her intrepid research assistant Timmy Mendez are caught up in a terrible blizzard while looking to meet up with their contact for a story they’ve uncovered about an international pelt smuggling ring.

Intergalactic Nemesis goes digital

Intergalactic Nemesis creator Jason Neulander announced that Intergalactic Nemesis and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, are working together to bring the project to a larger audience by launching a new web series that anyone, anywhere can watch. The web series launches July 7th, and will be serialized with new episodes each Monday for 17 weeks.

“Up to this point, the only way to experience The Intergalactic Nemesis has been live,” says Neulander. “Now, we’re making the project available to everyone with a computer. I think it’s going to be a game-changer, in terms of public awareness, in terms of sustaining the business, and in terms of keeping the live-action graphic novels touring for many years to come.”

The series, which brings the comic book style to life, was funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign with funds raised by KLRU matched by PBS Digital Studios, PBS’ initiative to create high-quality original video content for online platforms.

“We are so excited to partner with The Intergalactic Nemesis on our newest digital series. This project is unique for both its production techniques and the way it’s presented as a weekly serial,” said Sara Robertson, VP Production and Technology at KLRU.

The first season of the web series version of The Intergalactic Nemesis will be available at no cost on klru.org, the PBS APP on AppleTV, Xbox and Roku, youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudios or at youtube.com/intergalacticnemesis.

Neulander will present the final installment of the series Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity, September 5 and 6 at the Long Center. The Intergalactic Nemesis team is currently reprising the first two installments, Target Earth and Robot Planet Rising at the Long Center through July 6.