Mercy Street screening and discussion 12/5

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, and the James A. Michener Center for Writers come together for a special screening and discussion of Mercy Street, PBS’ newest dramatic series about the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the Civil War.

This event takes place Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum. Respond to the required RSVP and get more information about the event here.

The event opens with a discussion of the Civil War in popular culture, the evolution of the subject through the years, and its continued relevance today. Panelists include Mercy Street producer David Zucker, also the executive producer of Peabody Award-winning drama The Good Wife; Steven Deyle, associate professor from the University of Houston who served as historical consult and on the creative team for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave; and moderator James Magnuson, director of the James A. Michener Center for Writers.

Mercy Street, which premieres nationwide January 2016, is PBS’ first scripted series in more than a decade. Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, Mercy Street is not about battles and glory – it’s about the drama and unexpected humor of everyday life behind the front lines. It’s a fresh twist on an iconic story, one that resonates with larger themes we still struggle with today. View the trailer below:

In the Studio: Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley

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RSVP to be in our studio audience when KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith interviews Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley. RSVP now

Thursday, November 12 at 10:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:45am.

O'MalleyMartin O’Malley is a Democratic candidate for president running against Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is a lifelong Democrat and the frontman of an Irish rockband. He served as Mayor of Baltimore for 7 years. As Governor, O’Malley tackled many of the hottest issues in the Democratic party. He signed one of the nation’s toughest gun bills, legislation repealing Maryland’s death penalty, a bill expanding pre-K, one that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, and one that increased the state’s minimum wage.

This taping is a co-production with The Texas Tribune.

Be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard!

The event is free but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity.

VOCES/On Two Fronts – Richard Brito, Fred Castañeda and Juan Carlos Gonzales

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KLRU presents a special screening of the documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam on Nov. 10th at the The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (RSVP now to attend).

Prepare for the screening with personal stories from the Vietnam War from the VOCES Oral History Project.

In Fred Castañeda’s Vietnam War photo album, there exists a striking juxtaposition of photographs. In one, Castañeda wears a suit and tie, looking into the distance at a hopeful future. In another, taken after his second mission in Vietnam, he wears his military uniform and looks almost directly at the camera with a blank gaze – what’s called the “thousand-yard stare.” Despite suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and exposure to Agent Orange, Castañeda returned and worked as an army recruiter as the war was dying down. Read his story here.

Richard Brito saw the Vietnam War as a call for him to protect the nation in a time of immense turmoil. Among other sacrifices, Brito missed the birth of his two daughters to fight in the war. Brito eventually made it to the rank of colonel in the Texas Army National Guard. Read his story here.

Juan Carlos Gonzales described himself as a soldier from the start. He and his friends would patrol a local rancher’s fence dressed in camo and armed with BB guns, and try to avoid the rancher’s warning shots fired above their head. A paratrooper to start, Gonzales tricked his way into the Pathfinder unit. He was discharged in 1968 with decorations including the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge, Master Parachutist wings, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge and the Pathfinder Badge. Read his story here.

VOCES/On Two Fronts – Alex J. Hernandez, Hernan E. Jaso, Neftali Luna Zendejas

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KLRU presents a special screening of the documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam on Nov. 10th at the The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (RSVP now to attend).

Prepare for the screening with personal stories from the Vietnam War from the VOCES Oral History Project.

Hernan E. Jaso served in Vietnam, but the focus of his life since the war has been on public policy and improving the area he lives in. He tried to get married to avoid the draft, but his girlfriend refused – until he was drafted, anyway. The two married before Jaso left for service. He returned to the United States in 1972 and embarked on a life in the public sphere, and was elected mayor of Goliad, Texas three times, among other accomplishments. Read his story here. 

Alex J. Hernandez grew up with exactly what he needed – nothing more, nothing less. From a family of soldiers, Hernandez followed in the footsteps of his uncles and father and enlisted in the army at the age 18. During Vietnam, Hernandez worked on helicopters all day and some nights, and was caught in the middle of the Easter Offensive. Hernandez earned the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf, and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Read his story here.

Neftali L. Zendejas always knew he wanted to work with aircraft. A veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War, Zendejas enlisted in the Air Force after finishing high school. He remembers incredible American loss in the Korean War, though he never saw combat on his base. In the Vietnam War, Zendejas repaired aircraft as fast as he could in the midst of chaos and death. He remembers experiencing discrimination as a Mexican and flying home in civilian clothing so the public wouldn’t recognize him as a Vietnam veteran. Read his story here.

VOCES/On Two Fronts – Eugenia “Jennie” Aleman, Edward Daniel Morin

on two fronts

KLRU presents a special screening of the documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam on Nov. 10th at the The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (RSVP now to attend).

Prepare for the screening with personal stories from the Vietnam War from the VOCES Oral History Project.

Eugenia “Jennie” Aleman was a “trailing spouce” stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War. Stationed at Clark Air Base, Aleman volunteered to write letters for mortally wounded American servicemen as part of the Catholic Women of Clark Club. Growing up in the segregated town of Rosebud, Texas, Aleman was exposed to discrimination. She said Clark Air Base was an environment free from that type of discrimination. Read her story here.

Edward Daniel Morin was among the first group of soldiers to step foot in Vietnam, and among the first to witness the horrors that came with it. Following in his father’s footsteps, Morin worked as a sign painter before he was drafted in 1964 – before the Gulf of Tonkin incident. He was critically injured in a Viet Cong ambush and among the first group of soldiers to return stateside. Morin received a Purple Heart for his time in Vietnam. Read his story here. 

Screening: On Two Fronts: Latinos in Vietnam

Join KLRU and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center for a special free screening of the documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam Tuesday, Nov. 10. Filmmaker Mylène Moreno will be in attendance at this event in honor of Veterans Day.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. at the center. Doors open and light refreshments will be served at 6:30. The screening is free, but an RSVP is required – RSVP here.

The film examines the Latino experience during the Vietnam War, primarily through the eyes of siblings Everett and Delia Alvarez. Everett and Delia stood on two sides of the war: In Vietnam, Everett was a prisoner-of war, while Delia protested the war at home. In communities where there were few alternatives to service, war impacted every household – especially amongst Latinos. During Vietnam, Latinos began questioning the true cost of war and the appropriate price of citizenship.

In the Studio: Overheard tapings during the Texas Book Festival

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for four tapings during the Texas Book Festival! All tapings happen in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:30pm. They are free to attend but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity.

MargaretAtwoodMargaret Atwood, Award-Winning Author
Friday, October 16, 2015
3pm (doors at 2:30pm)

Margaret Atwood is an award-winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. She’s best known for her novels The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published in September.

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WendellPierceWendell Pierce, Actor and Author
Sunday, October 18, 2015
12:15pm (doors at 11:45am)

Wendell Pierce is an actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire.” He also starred as Antoine Batiste in Treme, the HBO series about post-Katrina New Orleans, which is Pierce’s hometown. His memoir The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken was recently published.

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SununuFormer Governor John Sununu, New Hampshire
Sunday, October 18, 2015
1pm (doors at 12:45pm)

John H. Sununu is the former Governor of New Hampshire. He was also White House Chief of Staff for President George H.W. Bush. Most recently he was Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. His memoir, The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush, was published in June.

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The Texas Book Festival brings more than 300 authors to Downtown Austin and the State Capitol grounds October 17-18th. One of the premier literary events in the country, the Texas Book Festival includes author readings, panel discussions, book signings, themed tents with cooking and children’s entertainment, and much more. You can find more information, including the festival schedule, by visiting texasbookfestival.org.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience! And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Photo of Wendell Pierce is courtesy Sean Hagwell Photography. Photo of Margaret Atwood is by Jean Malek. 

Indie Lens Pop-Up Mimi and Dona 11/3

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Mimi and Dona. This free event takes place Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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For 64 years, 92-year-old Mimi has cared for her daughter Dona, who has an intellectual disability, and now faces the inevitable: to find Dona a home. This alternately heartbreaking and heartwarming film by Mimi’s granddaughter tells the story of a quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo, and their effect on three generations of a Texas family.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

In the Studio: Overheard taping with Ron Kirk 10/14

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ambassador Ron Kirk on October 14 at 3pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:30pm.

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The event is free but an RSVP is required. Entrance is based upon capacity.

Ambassador Ron Kirk served as the 16th U.S. Trade Representative and served inPresident Obama’s Cabinet. He negotiated trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, and Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization. Kirk was also the first African-American Mayor of Dallas from 1995-2001, and was appointed Texas Secretary of State by Governor Ann Richards. Ambassador Kirk is in Austin to receive the 2015 Texas Legacy Award from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

The Overheard taping is co-presented with The Texas Tribune and will be livestreamed at texastribune.org/livestream

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a 6th season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Ambassador Ron Kirk. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

KLRU is proud to partner with the Texas Tribune Festival 2015! Registration is now open for the fifth annual event at UT Austin October 16-18. Get more information at texastribune.org/festival.

Indie Lens Pop-Up Stray Dog 10/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Stray Dog. This free event takes place Tuesday, Oct. 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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From the director of the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran. There’s much more to Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall than meets the eye; behind the tattoos and leather vest is a man dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family as he also comes to terms with his combat experience.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.