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.

Austin Revealed: Sandra Thornhill

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 Sandra Thornhill.
A hairstylist. A history nerd. A Jew. Sandra now identifies as all of the above. Having converted to Judaism over 10 years ago, Sandra’s relationship with being Jewish continues to evolve.

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.

Austin Revealed: Aviad Fuchs

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 Aviad Fuchs
Aviad moved from Israel to Austin last summer, and diversity is the thing he noticed most about the Jewish community in Central Texas.  With welcoming synagogues and modern approaches, the variety of Jewish culture in Austin is intriguing for this tech engineer that identifies as a secular Jew.

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.

Austin Revealed: Joanie Shapiro

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 Joanie Shapiro
After selling her medical billing business and moving to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas, Joanie and other Jews living in her area came together to form Haverah Shalom. This congregation started by in the late 1990s by meeting for Shabbat services at each other’s homes. Now, Haverah Shalom has grown exponentially in size and resources, including a portable Ark and Torah. These congregation members have come to form bonds religiously, socially, and philanthropically to create a Jewish
community.

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.

In the Studio: Russell Gold tapes Overheard 3/25

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Russell Gold!

DATE:  March 25
TIME: 9:15am (Doors open at 8:45am)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).  
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Russell Gold

Russell Gold is the Senior Energy Reporter at The Wall Street Journal and author of the new book The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Gold was part of the Journal’s reporting team on the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. That reporting earned the Gerald Loeb Award for best business story and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting. Gold lives in Austin.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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. Watch past episodes and online exclusives at klru.org/overheard

Austin Revealed: Jennifer Greenberg Seth

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 Jennifer Greenberg Seth
Growing up the granddaughter of a famous Jewish athlete, Jennifer has always identified as being Jewish. Now, she has finally found her own place in the Jewish community – singing with the Temple Beth Shalom choir. Whether at choir practice or High Holiday services, Jennifer’s bond to the Jewish community in Austin continues to strengthen through their melodic arrangements.

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.

In the Studio: Brian Stelter tapes Overheard 3/10

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Brian Stelter!

DATE: March 10
TIME: 1:15pm (Doors open at 12:45pm.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

stelter.brianBrian Stelter is CNN’s Senior Media Correspondent and host of Reliable Sources. Stelter joined CNN in November after six years at The New York Times, where he covered the television and digital media industries. Stelter founded the TV news blog TVNewser while a freshman in college, selling it six months later to MediaBistro.com. Stelter also wrote the New York Times best-seller Top of the Morning, which uncovers the darker side of morning television. Stelter is in Austin for a panel about multi-platform media at SXSW Interactive.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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. Watch past episode and get online exculives at klru.org/overheard

In the Studio: Jeffrey Tambor tapes Overheard 3/7

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jeffrey Tambor!

DATE: March 7
TIME: 2pm (doors open at 1:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

tamborJeffrey Tambor is a six-time Emmy nominated actor well known for playing off-beat characters. He became a household name when he played Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show in the mid-1990s and for playing George Bluth Sr. on Arrested Development. His newest role is starring in the Amazon pilot Transparent. Jeffrey Tambor is also one of the most-respected acting coaches in the industry, touring the country as a “Master Teacher.” Tambor is in Austin to keynote SXSWEdu and for his annual acting workshop for SXSW Film. The workshop is a convergence event, open to all Film and Interactive badge holders.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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. Watch past episodes and get online exclusives at klru.org/overheard

 

In the Studio: Jason Schwartzman tapes Overheard 3/7

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jason Schwartzman!

DATE: March 7
TIME: at 5:15pm (doors open at 4:45 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A
(map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

SchwartzmanJason Schwartzman is an actor who has appeared in numerous Wes Anderson movies including Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom. He also starred in I Heart Huckabees and Slackers, among many other films. Schwartzman is also a musician. He was drummer and songwriter for the band Phantom Planet before he started acting and has composed musical scores for the HBO show Bored to Death, Smallville and Slackers.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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. Get past interviews and more at klru.org/overheard

New Austin documentary All of Me airs 3/24

All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss and Last Resorts will air nationally on Independent Lens March 24th at 8 pm. KLRU is the presenting PBS station for this documentary, which explores the relationships between a group of women from Austin who have been friends — and morbidly obese — for years. But now, having weight-loss surgery is about to upset everything they thought they knew about health, happiness, friendship and love.

KLRU produced, and is distributing to PBS stations nation-wide, a townhall-style show called Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss and Body Acceptance. The Civic Summit explores the complex issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss. This panel discussion will raise questions and provide information and insights related to the physical and emotional challenges confronting those in our society who are obese. Experts in the field of weight loss surgery, mental health, wellness and body acceptance discuss the struggles, stigma and prejudices faced by members of the obese community and the many options available to them.

All Of Me focuses on the journeys of three of these Austin women: Judy, who is determined to succeed while her husband is conflicted; Dawn, who had an early career as a fat model and calendar girl, and struggles with both her weight and identity; and the heaviest of the Girls, Zsalynn, who, at over 500 pounds, desperately tries to save enough money for surgery, for her young daughter’s sake.

Through their stories, All of Me shines light on our attitudes and prejudices about obesity — its causes, challenges, and the intense psychological struggle so many have with food that no surgery or diet can cure. The Girls take us through their food addiction and emotional eating with a searing honesty. For a group so often vilified, joked about, or ignored, All of Me provides a platform for their stories and encourages viewers to take a fresh look at our own prejudices and complicated relationships with food, fat, and our bodies.

KLRU worked with filmmaker Alexandra Lescaze on both the documentary and the Civic Summit. Lescaze is a NY-based documentary filmmaker and the Executive Director of the Sidney Hillman Foundation, home of the annual Hillman Prizes in Journalism and monthly Sidney Awards, honoring excellence in journalism in service of the common good. Her first film, Where Do You Stand? stories from an American mill, documented the 25-year effort of North Carolina textile workers to organize a union in the face of modernization and globalization.