KLRU Kids @ The Thinkery on El Día de los Niños

KLRU Kids

On the evening of April 30, KLRU unveiled several new playground games, one of our design and two from the fertile minds of the Connally HS (Pflugerville ISD) Advanced Game Design Class. “Order Up!/A La Orden” asked kids to work with each other and adults to build menu choices that met requirements for price, food groups, caloric content, protein, and distance from farm to table. “Story Safari” had kids scaling The Thinkery’s Backyard to find and recreate story elements nabbed by a pesky monkey. And “Last Animal Standing” had kids play the role of animals who had to both cooperate and compete to obtain a limited food supply. The game designers were hoping to spark complex thinking and real-world connections; these games will be sent to PBS Kids national for use in promoting the new PBS Kids Virtual World this fall, where similar themes will be explored.
Thanks to The Thinkery and the Texas Book Festival for their collaborative efforts! ¡Que vivan los niños!

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Pflugerville student received national recognition from PBS NewsHour

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Congratulations to Pflugerville High School junior Kennedy Huff! Kennedy was chosen for the inaugural class of KLRU and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars and was honored by the staff of Congressman Michael T. McCaul (TX-10) for her accomplishment on May 1st.

Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees member Vernagene Mott (R) congratulates PHS student Kennedy Huff (L) on being named a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees member Vernagene Mott (R) congratulates PHS student Kennedy Huff (L) on being named a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Kennedy, along with 10 other students chosen from participating Reporting Labs schools across the country, will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to help teachers from around the country develop curricula and instruction strategies to engage young people in news and current affairs and ensure that the youth voice is a part of the conversation around critical issues facing the nation.

PBS NewsHour Executive Producer Linda Winslow says it’s important for public media to help build the next generation of reporters. “I want them to deliver the kind of quality that we encourage today journalism that makes people better informed citizens of the world,” she said.

Students participating in the Reporting Labs program work with public media mentors from their local stations to produce original news reports. Their work is featured on the national Student Reporting Labs website, the NewsHour’s Rundown and broadcast as well as americangraduate.org. The Reporting Labs after-school club at Pflugerville High School has worked with KLRU.

“PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is just one of the many innovative ways that KLRU leverages content to provide students with real-life learning experiences and help them connect their education to future aspirations for long-term success,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO, KLRU. “We are delighted and proud that a student from our Reporting Lab is an All-Star.”

Student mentor and KLRU producer Lynn Boswell said, “It’s been exciting to see the number of schools and students participating in the program grow so quickly. These students are gaining strong skills that will be very valuable if they choose to pursue careers in journalism. But they’re also gaining tools to help them become informed citizens and thoughtful voters, no matter what careers they eventually choose.”

Mentor Lynn Boswell (L) and Teacher David Robb (R) congratulate Pflugerville High School student Kennedy Huff who was a chosen as a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Mentor Lynn Boswell (L) and Teacher David Robb (R) congratulate Pflugerville High School student Kennedy Huff who was a chosen as a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

In addition to participating in the Reporting Labs club at Pflugerville High School, Kennedy is an editor for the school newspaper and a member of the student broadcast staff. She models herself after Lisa Ling and Oprah Winfrey and aspires to one day host her own network show.

“Kennedy Huff is a shining example of what the Student Reporting Labs program represents: curiosity, civic engagement and hard work,” said Reporting Labs Producer/Program Coordinator Thaisi Da Silva.

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

The Reporting Labs club at PHS is co-sponsored by Tamika Fagan, David Robb and James Ruiz.

 

Día de los Niños at Community Night 4/30

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KLRU joins the Thinkery to celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).

DATE: Wednesday, April 30,
TIME: 5-8 p.m.
LOCATION: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Austin, Texas 78723
COST: Admission is by donation ($1 suggested donation)

KLRU and the Thinkery in partnership with the Texas Book Festival and H-E-B, host an evening of fun and learning. Various activities including book readings, games and a cooking demonstration will all be part of this special evening.

KLRU will present the PBS Kids Virtual World. Explore new and original games that encourage collaboration while interacting with the museum and exploring topics, such as nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

Book readings
5:30 pm – Carolyn Dee Flores, Canta, Rana, Canta / Sing, Froggie, Sing
6:15 pm – Gwendolyn Zepeda, Paso de nivel / Level Up and Pateo el Balón / I Kick the Ball
7 pm – Adriana Pacheco, El Pan Perfecto/The Perfect Bread and Un Globo Café Chocolate/A Chocolate Brown Balloon

Healthy Cooking
Join H-E-B Mueller’s Chef Thomas for a Latin themed cooking demonstration to celebrate El Día de Los Niños.

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Community Cinema: The New Black 5/6

KLRU featured event

KLRU and the Austin Public Library present Community Cinema. The free public screenings take place at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) from 7 pm to 9 pm.

On May 6th, watch a preview and discuss of The New Black. Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Joining us for the discussion will be Stephen Rice, host of OutCast Austin on KOOP. Rice is a busy member of Austin’s political, arts and social scenes. He volunteers regularly with such worthy organizations as the Octopus Club, AIDS Services of Austin, the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, Equality Texas and ZACH Theater. Stephen also works with the Austin Film Society on their annual star-studded Texas Film Hall of Fame Gala. Professionally, he works as a consultant to Austin’s legal community.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Special thanks to

Austin American-Statesman

Screening: Russia’s Open Book 4/23

KLRU and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at The University of Texas present a discussion of the documentary Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin.

DATE: April 23, 2014
TIME: 7 – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: Avaya Auditorium (ACE 2.302/POB 2.302),  The Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Building (POB) for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences (ACE), 201 E 24th St, Austin, TX 78712
RSVP: The event is free but RSVP is required. RSVP now
Russian-themed refreshments being provided after the screening/discussion.

Join KLRU and our special guest, author Andrei Gelasimov, for a sneak peek of the PBS documentary Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin. Gelasimov, as well as Dr.Michael Pesenson, professor of Russian literature at UT, and award-winning translator Marian Schwartz, who translated Gelasimov’s book Thirst (Zhazhda), will discuss the topics and authors covered in the documentary to open up the conversation of contemporary Russian writing. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will also be served in the lobby after the screening/panel discussion.

Andrei Gelasimov studied foreign languages at Yakutsk State University and directing at the Moscow Theater Institute. He became an overnight literary sensation in Russia in 2001 when his story “A Tender Age,” which he published online, won critical acclaim as best debut and went on to garner the Apollon-Grigoriev and the Booker Student Prizes, as well as a nomination for the Belkin Prize. Thirst is Gelasimov’s first book published in English. His novel The Gods of the Steppes, forthcoming from AmazonCrossing in 2012, won the 2009 Russian National Bestseller literary award.

Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin airs on KLRU May 8th at 9 pm.

Parking:
Handicap parking is available near the ACE building on Speedway and 24th Attendees who need to be dropped off can do so at the ACE entrance on 24th All other drivers can find street parking along Dean Keeton (note: metered parking is free after 6:00 p.m.) Parking is also available in the San Jacinto Garage.

Special thanks to our partners:
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KLRU and Intergalactic Nemesis create new project

KLRU is partnering with Austin theater group The Intergalactic Nemesis on a unique crowdfunding campaign. We’re raising funds to record “Book One: Target Earth” in front of a live studio audience and create a web series totally unlike anything else.

If you’ve seen any of The Intergalactic Nemesis performances, you know how engaging and special they are, and you can imagine how excited we are to be working with them.

As part of this campaign, KLRU is offering unique thank you gifts such as posters and tickets to the taping of the live performance in KLRU’s Studio 6A on April 19th.

Supporting this campaign means you’re supporting the partnership of two great, local non-profit arts organizations. The best part: your donation will be matched by PBS! In support of this project PBS is matching up to $20,000 of what we raise in this campaign. Your donation will go twice as far!

For more information about this project, please visit the indiegogo campaign site at www.indiegogo.com/projects/whatsthatbuzz

Even if you can’t contribute monetarily, you can still help our campaign. Tell your friends, tell your enemies! Share the word via Twitter, Facebook, email, sky writing. The more people talk about what we’re trying to do, the closer we get to our goal.

KLRU at Pflugerville Spring Pfling

Join KLRU and Clifford the Red Dog on Saturday, March 29th, for the Pflugerville Spring Pfling! The Pfling takes place from noon to 4 pm in Heritage Park (901 Old Austin Hutto Road Pflugerville, TX 78660).

Annual spring event for children and families featuring “Dinosaur George” with an exhibit of dinosaur bones! Marionette puppet shows, “Imagine Music” demonstration, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, live music, dancers from the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, information about the Spring/Summer classes. Home Depot returns with its popular flower planting project — decorate a flower pot, then plant spring flowers to take home. Six different food vendors will have lunch for sale. Get more details

Thank You for Amplifying KLRU!

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We did it! Because of YOU, we were able to surpass our goal and raise $20,627 from over 280 people in our community during the Amplify Austin campaign last week. Not only did we surpass our goal, but you helped Amplify Austin surpass their goal and raise over $5.7 million for the Austin area community. It is your generosity that gives us the ability to continue building a stronger Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. Thank you!

In fact, your gift will help KLRU provide over 35,000 hours of free, high quality programming in the areas of education, arts and culture and public issues to everyone in Central Texas this year. And we go beyond broadcast: last year, over 50,000 people attended KLRU tapings, screenings, workshops and other events and educational activities. With on-air and online content serving 18 counties, KLRU is one of the only nonprofits in Central Texas with the potential to touch nearly every household, every day.

Your gift is an investment in this community. Thank you for your incredible support.

Love our programs about Austin? Show it by helping us Amplify Austin!

Now is the time! If you value the work we do every day to tell stories about issues that matter to you, join us TODAY for the second annual Amplify Austin community-wide giving day. You have until 6pm to show your support for the shows we create that share what is special about Austin. And if you’re one of over 16,000 who has already joined the Amplify Austin campaign, thank you!

The Central Texas community is well on its way to helping Amplify Austin meet their goal of raising $4 million and with your help, we’re well on our way to meeting our goal of raising $18,500. As of 9am this morning, we’ve raised $11,500. Won’t you join the more than 130 people that have helped KLRU Amplify Austin already?

Join the fun today to show your support for Amplify Austin and KLRU. Here’s how YOU can help:

We have until 6pm tonight to make a huge difference in our community, so let’s Amplify Austin together!

 

Community Cinema: Medora 4/1

KLRU featured event

KLRU and the Austin Public Library present Community Cinema. The free public screenings take place at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) from 7 pm to 9 pm.

On April 1st, watch a preview and discuss of Medora. Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the town’s down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season, capturing the players’ stories on and off the court – as the team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s fight for survival.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Special thanks to

Austin American-Statesman