African-American Girls in Central Texas Outperform the Boys

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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

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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.

Civic Summit: Student & Teacher Townhall 1/13

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Join KLRU on January 13, 2015 for a townhall with Dr. Paul Cruz, the sole finalist for AISD Superintendent.

DATE: January 13th
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Austin ISD Interim Superintendent, Dr. Paul Cruz, is set to become the permanent superintendent of our region’s largest school district. Before the school board votes to confirm him, Civic Summit invites students, teachers, and you to ask him questions in a discussion moderated by Judy Maggio and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star Kennedy Huff.

This townhall will be taped to air on January 22nd at 9 pm on KLRU.

This production is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. As an American Graduate Station, KLRU is seeking a clearer understanding of the nature and impact of the dropout problem in our region, and is partnering with organizations working to increase graduation rates. You can find more information about the initiative by visiting: www.klru.org/americangraduate.

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Science Night Jan. 7

Science Night for January 7th features a trip to France, a look at drones and a look at one of Hitler’s most dangerous weapons.

Nature Wild France at 7pm Wednesday
For most, a trip to France includes fine food, local wines, beautiful cities and celebrated culture of all kinds. This is a trip of a different sort altogether, featuring the unexpected flora and fauna of the country, both great and small. Journeying from the Pyrenees to the Alps, all around the mainland and farther on to Corsica, it is the story of the wild side of France. Breathtaking photography reveals wolves, wild boar and even bears living among France’s many mountains, valleys and forests.

Nova Rise of the Drones at 8 pm Wednesday
Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes.

Nazi Mega Weapons V1: Hitler’s Vengeance Missile  at 8 pm Wednesday
In retaliation for devastating Allied bombing raids on German cities, Hitler orders the development of a groundbreaking weapon. This is the story of one of the most ambitious projects of the Third Reich: Hitler’s Vengeance weapon, the V1. Though it was ready too late to make a difference to the outcome of the war, its legacy is the cruise missile – a weapon that changed the face of war forever.

You can be the BIG DEAL 2015

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One lucky Texan gets access to the best music and entertainment events in Austin in 2015. For only $25 you can purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win. 100% of the proceeds benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Support your public television station for a chance to be the BIG DEAL today! Buy tickets and get complete rules and regulations

What’s the BIG DEAL?
It’s a year full of prizes, all awarded to one winner, including:

  • 2 3-Day VIP Passes to the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • 2 Music Badges to the 2015 SXSW Conference
  • 4 Passes to 1 (one) Austin City Limits taping – Season 41
  • 2 Producers Badges to the 2015 Austin Film Festival
  • 2 3-Day Ultimate Smooth Passes to Fun Fun Fun Fest 10
  • 2 Tickets to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Benefit Concert
  • 2 Fan Passes to the 2015 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival
  • 2 Tickets to KUTX Birthday Party Concert
  • 2 VIP Passes to TMBBQ Fest
  • 1 Night Stay at the W Austin
  • 2 Tickets to an ACL Live at The Moody Theater show

Buy tickets and get complete rules and regulations

Screening: America By The Numbers 11/21

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KLRU-TV, Austin PBS & The Futuro Media Group invite you to a screening and discussion of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS a new documentary series hosted by Maria Hinojosa that focuses on the dramatic demographic shifts currently taking place in this country.

Friday, November 21 
Doors at 6:30pm | Film at 7pm 
KLRU Studio 6A (map)
The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Please join KLRU for a special screening of the episode America By the Numbers: The New Mad Men which was shot in Austin. Executive Producer and host Maria Hinojosa will lead a panel discussion with Sergio Alcocer, President/Chief Creative of LatinWorks, Juan Camilo Agudelo, a third-year Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin, Rachael Neal, Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Edward’s University in the Department of Social Work, Sociology, and Criminology, and Candace Queen, MA student in the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Texas.

A DJ will be spinning music after the panel discussion.

Special thanks to La Condesa, Deep Eddy Vodka, Montejo and Texas Coffee Traders for donating food and beverages.

The New Mad Men: Episode Description
It is estimated that consumers of color represent a $3 trillion market, and advertisers are taking particular notice of the rapidly growing purchasing power of Latinos. AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS goes to the Austin, Texas headquarters of LatinWorks, an award-winning ad agency at the forefront of efforts to win the attention of the growing multicultural market, to examine how advertisers of today are reframing their messaging to appeal to Latino consumers, and how these consumers are responding.

Follow America By The Numbers on Facebook and Twitter.

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In the Studio: Austin Runoff Election Candidate Conversations

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

KLRU, Leadership Austin, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and KUT will host three nights of discussions about leadership with runoff candidates for Austin’s 10 City Council districts and Austin Mayor.

The forums are free but an RSVP is required. One RSVP gets you access to all tapings on that night. Please RSVP separately for each night you plan to attend.

Tuesday, November 11
5:45 pm Doors open
District 1: 6:30-7pm
District 3: 7:15-7:45pm
District 4: 8:00-8:30pm
District 6: 8:45-9:15pm
RSVP

Wednesday, November 12
5:45 pm Doors open
District 7: 6:30-7pm
District 8: 7:15-7:45pm
District 10: 8:00-8:30pm
RSVP

Thursday, November 13
5:45 pm Doors open
District 2, 5 & 9 Council Member-Elect conversation: 6:30-7pm
Mayor Candidate Conversation: 7:30-8 pm (Reception with light refreshments to follow the Mayoral Candidate taping only)
RSVP

All run-off candidates will be invited to participate in discussions to be taped for broadcast in KLRU’s Civic Summit series. Invitations are also extended to newly-elected council members in Districts 2, 5 & 9 to speak on the same topics.

Only four of the 78 candidates who ran for Austin’s 10 new districts and for Mayor have ever served at City Hall. As our government shifts from an at-large council to one with geographic representation, each person on the dais will be tasked with leading their region, while keeping a focus on the needs of the city as a whole. Our conversations will focus on leadership values and qualities each candidate will bring to our rapidly changing city.

Civic Summit: Runoff Discussions will be focused on the theme of leadership. “By the time run-off elections begin, we will have heard candidates’ opinions on specific policies and projects. What we want to focus on is what leadership values and qualities will they bring to help lead our rapidly changing city,” said Christopher Kennedy, Leadership Austin CEO.

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Stories of Service November 9

KLRU joins Stories of Service once again to honor our men and women of war. On Sunday, November 9, from 1 pm to 4 pm, two programs will highlight the heroes of America. It’s part of the national initiative called Stories of Service designed to increase dialogue and solutions as our nations veterans transition to civilian life.

Craft in America: Service at 1 pm:
From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, Service documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal.

Warriors Return at 4 pm:
Navajo veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly, AZ have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and most recently in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them from the formidable challenges facing them when they return home. Viewers will see how strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy are helping these warriors return.

These PBS programs are part of a national, multi-platform initiative called Stories of Service and a community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Stories of Service collection on PBS’ website includes rotating films and videos, encompassing both new and archival programs, resources for educators and students courtesy of PBS LearningMedia and resources for veterans.  The conversation will continue across social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.