Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

KLRU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Hispanic experience. Year round, KLRU provides content and events that give a diverse perspective on our community.

New programs for this September & October include the documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam.This program, airing on Tuesday, September 22 at 9 pm, examines the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working class youth. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other protesting at home.

Other programs airing on KLRU for Hispanic Heritage Month:

American Masters Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey
Friday, September 18 at 8 pm
This film captures the life and work of Pedro Guerrero, a Mexican American photographer born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who goes on to an international career as photographer of master American artists of the 20th century. Using Guerrero’s words, the film gives the viewer an insider’s look into three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson, as well as important images of modernist architecture.

Arts In Context Shorts Barrio Writers
By empowering teens through creative writing, higher education and creative arts, the Barrio Writers are reinstating the term “Barrio” to its original meaning – community, and embracing it.  This writing community began with small workshops atEl Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana, California and have now evolved into week long, intensive programs on university campuses. At the end of the week, the Barrio Writers transform their stereotypes into a place of positivity and become empowered in their own words. Watch more Barrio Writers videos from Arts In Context Shorts

POV Don’t Tell Anyone
Monday, September 21 at 9 pm
In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she’s ever known — the United States. Hers is the quintessential America​n success​ story: Rivera is the author of the country’s first and only advice column for undocumented youth, and her YouTube channel boasts over 27,000 views as she comes out of the shadows to inspire her peers.

Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words
Monday, September 21 at 10:30 pm
Rudolfo Anaya was the first Hispanic American writer to achieve major publishing success with his landmark novel, Bless Me, Ultima, in print since 1972. Recipient of the National Medal for the Arts, Anaya has demonstrated a lifelong determination to persevere – through poverty, catastrophic injury and an almost insurmountable artistic struggle to publish – and in the end, succeed. Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic Of Words is a vital reference to the authentic culture of Hispanic New Mexico. And while the wellspring of Anaya’s stories is New Mexico, his insight is invaluable to understand the quest by all Hispanic Americans for cultural identity, recognition and respect.

Arts in Context “Tardeadas”
Thursday,October 1 at 7:30 pm
Through music and community, the band Los Pinkys is keeping the Conjunto musical tradition alive. Los Pinkys are a traditional-style conjunto formed in 1993 and have been performing around the United States ever since. The band is one of the few who continues the long tradition of the Sunday afternoon performance (Tardeadas). Elderly Mexican-American couples share the dance floor with a new crowd of revelers often experiencing their first sounds of conjunto music.

El Taller
Thursday,October 1 at 9 pm and repeats on Sunday, October 4 at 1 pm.
Proyecto Teatro aims to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, and to reduce social and cultural differences of society. For actor and director Luis Ordaz maintaining a space that leads to human development through the arts is his main reason to keep Talleres Infantiles alive. Talleres Infantiles is a year round Spanish language art program for mostly low income students. We follow Luis Ordaz and a group of theater students and volunteers as they work together to improve their community while keeping their culture alive.

Annual Imagen Awards
Friday, October 2 at 8 pm and repeats on Sunday, October 4 at 2 pm
The 30th  Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourages and recognizes the achievements of Latino celebrities and Latino-focused projects, including programs that have aired on PBS.  This year’s nominees include America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, the Children of Giant documentary by Hector Galan, Voces, Palmetto Scene: East coast Migrant Head Start, from South Carolina Educational Television and an on-air spot, Jessica Suarez PSA, out of Vegas PBS.

Voces on PBS “Children of Giant”
Monday, October 5 at 10:00 pm
In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice.  Film by Hector Galan.

Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson
Friday, October 9 at 8 pm
The PBS Arts Fall Festival is hosted by international superstar and Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan. The Festival begins October 9 and showcases such titles as Unity, which features 16 songs that inspired musicians from all over Latin America to come together to celebrate and re-imagine hits such as “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back” and “Billie Jean.”

The Hispanic Heritage Awards
Friday, October 9 at 9 pm
Join host Rita Moreno for a celebration of the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program includes performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.

Central Texas Gardener
Saturday, October 17 at noon
Meet effervescent Velia Sanchez who designed and maintains a front yard garden complete with colorful meditative nicho. Every month of the year, neighbors stroll through to gather serenity and wonder, along with handfuls of fresh herbs and flowers. Not only only does Velia teach young and old about the wildlife that visit, she also passes along knowledge of Mexican herbal remedies for health and good taste.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Thomas Mallon (9/15)

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RSVP NOW to join us in studio when Thomas Mallon appears on KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith, September 15 at 5:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4:45pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity.

Photo Credit: William Bodenschatz

Photo Credit: William Bodenschatz

Thomas Mallon is a novelist and critic who has written 9 novels and 7 works of nonfiction. His 2012 novel Watergate was a finalist for the PEN /​ Faulkner Award. He frequently contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic. His newest novel, Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years will be published September 15. After our taping Mr. Mallon will read and sign copies of Finale at BookPeople at 7pm.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth 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 Thomas Mallon. 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.

Arts In Context Shorts: Sweet Art

AICS SWEET ART ANNIE DECORATINGEach time Annie Varghese starts a new cake, she feels like it’s her first one, and she won’t stop until she reaches perfection. She found her passion for cake sculpting from baking cakes for her children’s birthdays, and now she uses traditional flavors and ingredients to transform her cakes into a limitless, fictional world. She believes that every cake is a chance to explore her imagination, and she uses clean lines and balanced color tones to add details and create larger, more extravagant cakes. Her passion shows that cake isn’t just a sweet treat but an exciting art medium.


In the Studio: Robert Reich tapes Overheard 9/8

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RSVP NOW for a taping of KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith with Robert Reich

Tuesday, September 8 at 3:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A
Doors open at 2:45pm
Tapings are free to attend but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity. 

Reich_Robert_small (1)Robert Reich is a leading expert on work and the economy. He served in 3 U.S. administrations, including as Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton and on President Obama’s economic transition advisory board. In 2008 TIME magazine named him one of the 10 most successful cabinet secretaries of the past century. Reich has written 14 books and stars in the 2013 documentary Inequality for All. Reich is in Austin to deliver the The 2015 Liz Carpenter Distinguished Lecture in Plan II. The lecture is free and open to the public at 7pm on September 8th in the LBJ Library’s Lady Bird Auditorium.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a sixth 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 Robert Reich. 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.

News Briefs: Texas Tribune Report on New Laws Hitting the Books Sept. 1

Many of the laws passed during the recent legislative session go into effect September 1st. This weekend during PBS NewsHour, our partners at The Texas Tribune look at two of those new laws. The stories, reported by Multimedia Reporter Alana Rocha, are part of the Tribune’s 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

You may not have known that up until the passage of House Bill 104 it was illegal for professional hair stylists to do their work “on location,” outside of a traditional salon. The clients who usually ask for that type of service are brides on their wedding day.

“Some [wedding venues] have gone to the extreme, they’ve got great lit mirrors and multi-plugs every so many feet. That makes it easier for me to come and service their brides,” Lecia Harkins of Beauty on the Go says.

But even with all of those accommodations, Harkins and other beauticians and cosmetologists were actually breaking the law. House Bill 104, a bill by state Rep. James White, spells out in statute the ability for those professionals to beautify bridal parties wherever is convenient for them and work other special events.

Another new law is meant to prevent patients with health insurance from suffering sticker shock when the bill comes from a hospital visit. Senate Bill 481 minimizes the impact of so-called “balance billing” on policyholders.

Currently, if the balance bill patients get stuck with is below $1,000, they have to cover the cost. In most cases if a bill is over that amount doctors and insurers will negotiate a deal, if patients request mediation. Starting September 1st, that threshold will be lowered to $500.

The Texas Association of Business supported the new law, and the group hopes to eliminate balance billing all together next session.

“We think that for those who have insurance, the insurance company should be able to go to bat and negotiate a rate for the entire difference between the contracted rate and what the doctors are billing them for,” says Bill Hammond, President and CEO of the Texas Association of Business.

Doctors’ groups worry that eliminating balance billing will force them to spend more time in mediation with insurers and less time with patients.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, every Saturday and Sunday evening at 6:30pm. 

Bubble hurricanes, bug eating and Pokemon: This week on PBS Digital Studios

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Big news in the PBS Digital Studios world this week! The Physics Girl, an MIT graduate and YouTuber who posts physics videos, is now a member of the Digital Studios team. To celebrate, let’s check out her latest video.

Make a hurricane on a bubble – The Physics Girl

…What? Yeah, you read that right. Scientists actually use bubbles to mimic the physics of a hurricane. Crazy, right? As they heated up the soap film from the bubble, convection from the bubble shell caused vortices to form, which mimic hurricanes and cyclones. Researchers actually use bubbles for other research, too — but before we get into that, let’s all go try to make a hurricane in the kitchen. (But be careful, it gets hot…potholders and oven mitts are your friends!)

Why you should eat bugs – The Good Stuff

Yeah, you read that one right, too. Bugs are one of the most plentiful sources of protein on our planet, and they could make up a significant portion of our diet. Should you be eating bugs? Is eating bugs better for the environment? Are bugs good for us? Watch Craig with The Good Stuff taste test some bug dishes and learns about the benefits of eating our six-legged friends.

Why are there so many Pokemon? PBS Game/Show

The question that every 90s kid has been asking themselves for years: There are now more than 700 critters in the Pokemon universe – WHY SO MANY?! Actually, there are more than 1.7 million species of animals on Earth — and that’s only the ones we know about. So why shouldn’t there be that many Pokemon? On this week’s episode of Game/Show, Jamin, joined by special host Joe Hanson from It’s Okay To Be Smart gives us a pretty good answer as to WHY EXACTLY there are so many Pokemon.

End our August fund drive early – give to YOUR KLRU today for a chance to win weekend passes to ACL Fest!

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KLRU is offering our viewers a special incentive this August! GIVE any amount via the form below and you will be entered in to the giveaway for a pair of passes to an ACL weekend! That’s ALL 3 days! Choice of weekend one or two winners are selected at random.

You can also enter to win on social media! Post your favorite ACL Fest photo to Instagram or Twitter, and be sure to tag @klru and use the hashtag #yourklru.

YOUR SUPPORT this August allows YOUR KLRU to provide viewers like you with more and more offers and experiences such as this! What’s more, during this fundraising drive, we’re keeping your regularly scheduled primetime shows on every night. And best of all, if we raise $220,000 before August 20th, we’ll end our drive 3 days early! And donating isn’t the only way to enter this giveaway – stay tuned to KLRU’s social media to share, tweet and post across your social media platforms for entry as well! Be sure to tag @klru and/or use #yourklru. ACL Fest

What’s happening this weekend: Aug. 14-16

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Stay cool (in more ways than one) with these Austin weekend events.

Get crafty at the Austin Music Hall

UB&B Productions presents the 4th Annual Summer Show in Austin, featuring Austin Craft Riot™ on Saturday at the Austin Music Hall. Check out talented artists, DIY, fun activities for the whole family, swag bags, food trucks, a cash bar and more! Before you go, check out PBS Parents’ Crafts For Kids for inspiration — learn how to make binoculars, a bird feeder and more with your kids! In the episode below, learn how to make a rocket.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Free. Details here.

Mindful biking

Join Practice Yoga Austin for a “guided cycling yogi adventure” through downtown Sunday morning. The donation-based East Austin yoga studio is hosting a gathering of yogi cyclists, starting off with some morning sun salutations, followed by a bike ride, snacks and some stretching to end the two-hour event. Before you hop on your bike, check out this clip from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly featuring an exhibit outlining the history and culture of yoga. Namaste!

Hours: 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Admission: Free. Details here.

Be a tourist in your own city!

How long has it been since you’ve taken in the sights and sounds of Austin? Check out Chet’s Austin episode of The Daytripper and be a tourist in your own city!

Hours: Whenever you want. Admission: Depends! Details here.

Support YOUR KLRU this August and WIN a private tour of The Moody Theater

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YOUR SUPPORT today enters you in for a chance to win an exclusive tour of the Austin City Limits Television show. See the legendary music photography of Scott Newton & Jim Marshall. Experience Music’s Best Address. This offer is for 5 guests total (including yourself) and lunch!*

Home of the KLRU-TV produced PBS program, Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history. Experience an insider’s tour of the most famous address in music history!

Give a gift via the form below and you will be entered in the giveaway for a chance to tour the home of Austin City Limits! And donating isn’t the only way to enter this giveaway – stay tuned to KLRU’s social media to share, tweet and post across your social media platforms for entry as well! Be sure to tag @klru and/or use #yourklru.

*One winner and 4 guests, tour scheduled Monday-Friday 11am-noon, lunch provided on site at the end of the tour.

Yes, we’re still talking about Pluto — and more from PBS Digital Studios

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Pluto. Are you over it? ‘Cause we’re not, and neither is PBS Digital Studios. Earthlings’ first mission to Pluto provided us with beautiful and fascinating images of the dwarf planet, and we’re still learning more and more about it. Since New Horizons flew by Pluto on July 14, 2015, it’s completely redefined what we know about the dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon. New Horizons’ mission will continue to be full of surprises, but here’s a roundup of what we’ve learned so far, from It’s Okay To Be Smart:

Our other recommendation from PBS Digital Studios this week isn’t one video — it’s a bunch of them. A whole channel, really. First Person is a digital series from WNET, New York Public Media, addressing gender identity, sexuality and queer community. In this week’s episode, host Kristin Russo talks with Kara Kratcha, a student of English literature and writer who identifies as grey ace (asexual) and genderqueer.

We recommend watching all of First Person’s videos — they address a range of topics like gender binary, coming out in sports and more issues and topics that members of the LGBTQ community deal with every day. Click here to subscribe.