KLRU NewsBriefs: Two very different Austin museums mark milestones

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This weekend during PBS NewsHour we have two different indoor activities you can check out: the Harry Ransom Center’s WWI exhibit and the South Austin Pop Culture Center.

On Saturday we peak inside SouthPop, a non-profit museum dedicated to preserving Austin’s music history and the art surrounding that industry. SouthPop’s director Leea Mechling told us this history is more important for residents to know than ever.

“This place is important to give context of Austin’s culture to people who have lived here for a long time and for people who have just moved here. The era of the ’60s and ’70s and ’80s was really a building time of Austin’s unique culture,” Mechling said.

SouthPop is celebrating 10 years this Summer. It is located on South Lamar and is open Thursday through Sunday 1 – 6pm.

Our Sunday story takes you inside the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus. To commemorate the centennial of the start of World War I, the museum is presenting The World at War: 1914-1918. Some might be surprised to hear about an historical exhibit at the Ransom Center, and curator Jean Cannon said that’s what makes their exhibit unique.

“We have great holdings for literature so a lot of the items that you’ll see in the gallery are diaries or letters and items that give a very personal moment of living between 1914 and 1918,” Cannon told us.

The exhibit runs through August 3. The Harry Ransom Center is free and open to the public.

KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm. 

In the Studio: Richard Linklater tapes Overheard 7/14

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Richard Linklater!
DATE: July 14
TIME: 1:30pm  (Doors open at 1pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).  
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now 

linklaterWe are excited to welcome Richard Linklater back to Overheard. Linklater is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker. His newest film, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years with the same cast and is already generating Oscar buzz. A.O. Scott of the New York Times wrote that Boyhood is “one of the most extraordinary movies of 2014, or for that matter the 21st century so far.” The film earned Linklater the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Louis Black Lone Star Award at SXSW. Linklater’s other credits include Bernie, Before Sunset, Slacker and Dazed and Confused. He last taped Overheard in 2012. Boyhood opens in Austin on July 18.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps up a fourth season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida.  We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

Imagine One Austin Information Series Starts Monday

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You may have heard Austin’s city government is undergoing a makeover, and in November voters will elect a completely new City Council from 10 new districts, and a new mayor. KLRU is committed to educating Austin voters about their city government so they can make informed decisions about who to support and be fully engaged in their communities.

With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with Leadership AustinThe Annette Strauss Institute for Civic LifeCommunity Impact Newspaper, the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area to organize the Imagine One Austin Information Series, a free, seven week crash-course about Austin and the region’s most pressing issues.

The ImagineAustin Comprehensive Plan will be used as the framework for this series with participation from both city staff and community leaders. The first session on Monday, June 30 is focused on Demographics and Existing Plans.

More Information:

Consecutive Monday evenings (June 30 – August 11) from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
LCRA Dalchau Service Center (3505 Montopolis Dr)
Admission: FREE

  • Session I (June 30) – Demographics and Existing Plans
  • Session II (July 7) – City Utilities, Budget, and Capital Planning
  • Session III (July 14) – Economy
  • Session IV (July 21) – Conservation, Environment, and Recreation
  • Session V (July 28) – Land Use and Transportation
  • Session VI (August 4) – Housing, Neighborhoods, and Public Safety
  • Session VII (August 11) – Health and Human Services

You can register to attend here.

New KLRU Kids schedule starts 6/2

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On June 2, KLRU will have a new lineup during our children’s programming block from 6:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. The new schedule features back-to-back episodes of some of our viewers favorite shows plus the brand new series Space Racers. The weekend lineup will stay the same. Download a printable version of the new schedule
Here’s the new schedule:
Monday to Friday
6:30 am   Wild Kratts
7:00 am   Sesame Street
8:00 am   Curious George (two back-to-back episodes)
9:00 am   Peg + Cat
9:30 am   Super Why
10:00 am Daniel Tiger (two back-to-back episodes)
11:00 am Dinosaur Train (two back-to-back episodes)
12:00 pm Signing Time!
12:30 pm Thomas & Friends (M-Tu-W) / Peep (Th) / Space Racers (Fri.)
1:00 pm  Peg + Cat
2:00 pm  Curious George (two back-to-back episodes)
3:00 pm  Arthur  (two back-to-back episodes)
4:00 pm Wild Kratts  (two back-to-back episodes)
5:00 pm  Martha Speaks

KLRU announces local PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners

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Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 235 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:

1ST PLACE WINNERS:

2ND PLACE WINNERS:

3RD PLACE WINNERS:

“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”

You can read all stories submitted in the KLRU area

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Winners will receive a prize package that will include LeapFrog’s award-winning LeapReader Reading and Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.

Event explores Past, Present and Future of Jewish Austin

KLRU and the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin in association with the PBS series The Story of the Jews presents The Past, Present and Future of Jewish Austin

DATE: Monday, May 19th
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

The PBS series The Story of the Jews explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. In conjunction with the series, KLRU has created five videos for the Austin Revealed series focusing on the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin. All five videos will be showcased at this event followed by a community discussion.  KLRU has partnered with the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin for this event.

Panel discussion moderated by Rabbi David Komerofsky, Associate Vice President for Advancement at Hillel International.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Randi Shade, entrepreneur, mother and former City Council member
  • Cathy Schechter, co-author of Deep in the Heart: The Lives and Legends of Texas Jews, and wrote the first article about Austin for the Encyclopedia Judaic
  • Jay Rubin, CEO, The Jewish Federation of Greater Austin

This event was funded in part by a WNET Education grant in conjunction with the PBS series The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama. Watch the complete series plus web-only extras at pbs.org/wnet/story-jews

Stories of Service begin this month

In recognition of Memorial Day on May 26th, KLRU and KLRU Q are offering several programs this month on veterans issues. These programs are part of a national initiative called Stories of Service designed to increase dialogue and solutions as our nation’s veterans transition to civilian life.

Coming Back with Wes Moore
Tuesdays, May 13, 20 & 27 at 7 pm
This series, produced by best-selling author and US Army veteran Wes Moore, tells the story of his search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing vets returning from war. Moore’s journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and — for many — find a new mission.

Operation Appreciation
Thursday, May 22, at 8 pm; Sunday, May 25, at 1:30 pm and 4 pm
This documentary follows the efforts of volunteers from Sun City Texas that come together on a mission to show appreciation to the soldiers at Fort Hood.

Tattooed Under Fire
Thursday, May 22, at 9 pm; Tuesday, May 27, at 10 pm
A unique, intimate, character-driven portrait of Iraq-bound and returning US soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle: openly professing their pride, sharing their secrets and confessing their fears

National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 25, at 7 pm and 8:30 pm; Monday, May 26, at 10 pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.

Death and The Civil War: American Experience
Monday, May 26, at 8 pm
From filmmaker Ric Burns, “Death and the Civil War” explores an essential but largely overlooked aspect of the most pivotal event in American history. With the coming of the Civil War and the staggering casualties it ushered in, death entered the experience of the American people as it never had before — permanently altering the character of the republic, and the psyche of the American people.

D-Day 360
Tuesday, May 27, at 8 pm
D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On the day itself, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 7,000 ships delivered around 20,000 military vehicles and 130,000 soldiers onto the beaches.

Nova D-Day’s Sunken Secrets
Wednesday, May 28, at 8 pm
A vivid blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous events of D-Day and how the Allies’ intricate planning and advanced technology was vital to assure the success of the most ambitious and risky military operation ever launched.

The 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) called Veterans Coming Home. 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 as part of Veterans Coming Home.  More programming is planned for later this year including Makers “Women & War” (September 2014) and Craft In America “Service” (November 2014). The conversation will continue across social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.

 

KLRU Q presents a Memorial Day marathon of programs on Sunday, May 25th

1:05pm  We Served Too: The Story of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots - A look at how the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots broke through barriers during World War II.
 
2:00pm  Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania’s Tuskegee Airmen - The triumphant story of the African-American airmen who served their country during World War II.
 
3:00pm  Nickels From Heaven - Recounts the experiences of the “Triple Nickles,” the first African- American soldiers to be designated as U.S. paratroopers.
 
 
4:00pm  Gathering of Heroes World War II veterans from Indiana embark on trek to visit the memorial that honors their sacrifice.
 
4:30pm  Charles Murray, Defining A Hero The heroic World War II experience of Congressional Medal of Honor Charles Murray are detailed.
 
5:00pm  Maggie’s War: A True Story of Courage, Leadership and Valor in World War II - James Megellas, a fearless World War II platoon leader, returns to Europe to visit battlefields.
 
6:00pm  T. Moffatt Burris and the Crossing - Moffatt Burriss’ heroic actions in Operation Market Garden during World War II are detailed. (Portrayed by Robert Redford in 1977 Richard Attenborough film “A Bridge Too Far.”)
 
6:30pm  Ted Bell and the Ridge - Col. Ted Bell became The Citadel’s most decorated World War II veteran for his valor in Okinawa.
 
7:00pm  Last Ridge - National Public Radio’s Scott Simon narrates the remarkable story of the 10th Mountain Division.
 
8:00pm  Unforgettable: The Korean War - A diverse group of Korean War veterans recall their memories and emotions of the war.
 
9:00pm  Vietnam War Stories Personal memories of service and sacrifice are shared, giving an insight into the experience of war.
 
10:00pm  As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos Examines the steep personal toll and enduring legacy of the Vietnam War on artists from south Texas.

Arts In Context Shorts: More Awkward Than Heavy

ASFILMT2This week, Arts In Context Shorts presents the fun side of art. In the sequel of “More Awkward Than Heavy,” Ink Tank Lab‘s artists focus on collaborating, having fun and letting their imaginations go wild. “MATH2″ is an installation that explores going to art shows as a social event and pokes fun at museum and gallery stereotypes. Ink Tank’s artists want the attendees to participate, touch and help create the “awkward” experience. While some work in academic or museum settings and all have different aesthetics, working together as Ink Tank Lab allows these artists to lose the restraints put on when creating ‘serious’ artwork.

Arts In Context Shorts: ATX Free Art Friday

Arts In Context Shorts presents an all new episode with ATX Free Art Friday.

ATX Free Art Friday

Every Friday in Austin, Texas anyone can join in an Instagram art treasure hunt as part of #ATXFreeArtFriday. “Finders Keepers” is the way it works, but you must share a photo of your art find back on Instagram. Started by members of SprATX, a local street art collective, #ATXFreeArtFriday has grown exponentially with artists joining from all over Austin to hide free art for the community to take home. It’s like artwork hunger games out there, so follow @SprATX on Instagram if you want to join the hunt.

Austin Revealed: Neil Blumofe

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Rabbi Neil Blumofe
Rabbi Neil Blumofe inspires more than his growing Congregation Agudas Achim. As a classically-trained pianist and schooled in jazz saxophone, Rabbi Blumofe’s talents are more than meets the eye, and being in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” he engages with more than the Jewish community in KUT’s live music series Views and Brews.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.