American Graduate Champion: Joshua Moreno

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Joshua Moreno, a teacher and coach at Paredes Middle School.  In this video, Christian Palacios, a student at McCallum High School, talks about why Moreno is his champion.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

In the Studio: Salman Khan tapes Overheard 3/12

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Salman Khan on March 12 at 10 am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:30am. This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW

unnamed (3)Salman Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit providing online instruction to people all over the world. Sal founded Khan Academy in 2008. He began by tutoring his cousins remotely by video. The videos attracted a large YouTube following. Today, Khan Academy is an online learning platform which includes practice exercises, instructional videos, analytics and teacher tools. It has over 15 million registered users in over 190 countries and is available in around 28 languages. Sal Khan is the closing speaker at SXSWedu 2015.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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 Salman Khan. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

In the Studio: Kim Gordon tapes Overheard 2/28

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Kim Gordon on Saturday, February 28 at 10:30am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10am. This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW

unnamed (1)Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the memoir Girl in a Band, which hits book sellers tomorrow. The memoir, which is already topping a number of must-read lists, chronicles her childhood in California, her time in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the rise of Sonic Youth. In addition to being a musician and author, Gordon is a fashion designer, actress and artist. She is in Austin to sign books and discuss Girl in a Band with Austin City Limits’ Terry Lickona at BookPeople on Friday, February 27. BookPeople will be selling any remaining autographed copies of the book at our taping.

American Graduate: Dual Language Students Celebrate Tet New Year

The Austin ISD school board voted to expand its Spanish dual language program to two middle schools starting next school year. But Spanish isn’t the only language in the district’s dual language classrooms – Summitt Elementary is the district’s only Vietnamese dual language program. On Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend our KLRU News Brief goes inside that program, as students celebrate Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, and the Year of the Goat.

Olivia Hernandez, AISD’s Director of Bilingual Education says learning a second language fosters “academic and cognitive development” and that the goal for these students is for them to graduate “bilingual, bicultural and biliterate.”

Two teachers are assigned to each classroom. One is ESL certified and will teach the children language arts and social sciences in English.  She’s paired with a teacher who is bilingually certified in Vietnamese and will teach math and science in Vietnamese.

“We’re adding a second language, and we’re not eradicating their native language,” said Hernandez. “Language is the most important item or piece in identity of a person. If you lose your native language, you’re losing part of your identity.”

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. This story is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 

Screening: Cancer The Emperor of All Maladies 3/25

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), Texas PBS and KLRU-TV Austin PBS, invite you to attend a special preview screening of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a forthcoming PBS documentary from executive producer Ken Burns.

DATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 
TIME: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Texas Capitol Extension Auditorium, 1100 Congress Avenue, Room E1.004, Austin, Texas 78711
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report. The event will feature a half-hour segment from the six-hour documentary, along with a panel discussion of leading cancer experts from Texas.

Moderator:
Dr. William Rice, Oversight Committee Chair, CPRIT, Senior Vice President for Clinical Innovation, St. David’s HealthCare

Panelists:

  • Dr. Greg Aune, Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Dr. Emil Freireich, Ruth Harriet Ainsworth Chair, Developmental Therapeutics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (featured in documentary)
  • Dr. Margaret Kripke, Chief Scientific Officer, CPRIT, former Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, served on President’s Cancer Panel
  • Dr. Debra Patt, Medical Hematologist-Oncologist and Director of Public Policy, Texas Oncology Cancer Center

The documentary will air on KLRU and PBS stations across the nation on March 30, 31 and April 1. Learn more about the film

Cancer screening sponsors

In the Studio: Hertzberg & Axelrod on Overheard

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Hendrik Hertzberg on February 17 and David Axelrod on February 25. The tapings will take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open 30 minutes prior to the taping time.

Hendrik Hertzberg at 1:45pm on 2/17 RSVP Now

Hendrik Hertzberg is Senior Editor and Staff Writer at The New Yorker. He served as speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and then as editor and political correspondent for The New Republic. He’s a six-time finalist for the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary. He won the award in 2006. Hertzberg is the author of Politics: Observations & Arguments¡Obamanos!: The Birth of a New Political Era, and One Million. Hendrik Hertzberg at 1:45pm on 2/17 RSVP Now

 

David Axelrod at 3:45pm on 2/25 RSVP Now

David Axelrod is a political strategist and former Senior Advisor to President Obama. He ran both of President Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012. In addition to his successful presidential campaigns with President Obama, he’s worked for a number of other big names in Democratic politics – Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Deval Patrick, and Rahm Emanuel, just to name a few. His memoir, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, has just been published. He is in Austin to speak and sign copies at the LBJ Presidential Library. David Axelrod at 3:45pm on 2/25 RSVP Now

 

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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 Hendrik Hertzberg and David Axelrod. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

 

African-American Girls in Central Texas Outperform the Boys

GIRLS GRAD RATES
Girl Grad Rates

Courtesy: E3 Alliance

Data from the E3 Alliance show non-low income African-American girls in Central Texas have the highest graduation rate of any group, around 98% for the Class of 2013. 87% of low income African-American girls graduated in the same year. We took a closer look at the data for this weekend’s News Briefs during PBS NewsHour Weekend.

“Our low income black women are not performing at the same level as the not-low income black women but they still are outperforming our boys across the board,” E3 Alliance Executive Director Susan Dawson said. “They’re wanting to become leaders, they’re wanting to demonstrate they have the capabilities to succeed.  In fact, up to three-fourths of young African-American women are enrolling directly into college, as opposed to some student bodies where just 35% or 40% enroll directly into college.”

We wondered why the boys are falling behind, so we look at that on Sunday.

“Enter any kindergarten and you’ll see just as many boys as girls. But, by the time they graduate it’s completely a different number,” Dawson said. “The boys at first are very academic, but by the third or fourth grade you have more of them placed in special ed, you have more that are suspended. Once you get referred to special ed, it’s very hard to get back out.”

 You can find more Central Texas education data on the E3 Alliance’s website.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. Both of these stories are part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 

In the Studio: Gwynne tapes Overheard 2/10

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with S. C. Gwynne! DATE: February 10
TIME: 10:30am (Doors open at 10 am) 

LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). 
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW 

S. C. Gwynne is a best-selling author and journalist, whose most recent book Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson is a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award. His 2010 book, Empire of the Summer Moon, was a New York Times best-seller and a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It won the Texas Book Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. His other titles are Selling Money andOutlaw Bank. For the last 14 years Gwynne has written for Texas Monthly magazine.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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 S.C. Gwynne. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Arts In Context Shorts: Roots & Rhythms

Arts In Context Shorts introduces us to a group working to change lives. Teaching students to embrace their own cultures, Roots & Rhythms is an after-school drumming program founded in 2008 by Sevylla del Mazo. With drums created from recycled buckets, the bilingual students of Roots & Rhythms collaborate, create, and have some fun while learning the basics of percussion.  Thanks to a grant from the City of Austin’s Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, this program continues to foster ties in surrounding communities and inspires hope for local children.

Overheard guests win big at Golden Globes

We’ve spoken to a number of impressive people in 5 seasons of Overheard with Evan Smith: winners of Oscars, Emmys, the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Peace Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, just to name a few. At Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, some recent Overheard guests added more accolades to that list.

Austin’s own Richard Linklater won in top categories for his 2014 film Boyhood. Linklater took home statues for Best Director of a Motion Picture and Best Motion Picture, Drama. Patricia Arquette, who stars in the film, won for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. We sat down with Rick in July to discuss the film. You can see that interview in the clip above.

Another Season 4 guest, Jeffrey Tambor, won for Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for his role in Transparent. Tambor taped Overheard during SXSW last year, when the show was only a pilot on Amazon. Now a series, it won for Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy. You can watch the episode with him here.

You can find the entire Overheard archive on our website: klru.org/overheard. While you’re there, sign up to be the first to hear about our free tapings. You can also listen to Overheard as a podcast on iTunes.