Decibel: Capitol Coffee Talk feat. Girls Girls Girls!

Get a preview of the Texas Legislature’s upcoming Special Sessions with hits like “One More Day of Summer Vacation,” “Kleenex: One Box Per Child,” “That Sounds Like A Song,” and more!

Musical improv troupe Girls, Girls, Girls joined KLRU’s Judy Maggio and KUT’s Ben Philpott for this special (session) coffee talk. Watch the video below:

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Decibel: Do cars get hot enough to bake cookies?

If you’ve ever gotten into your car after it’s been sitting out on a hot and sunny Central Texas day, you know it can feel like an oven in there. But, does it get hot enough for you to bake cookies in there? KLRU’s Decibel went out and put it to the test.

Watch the video below and let us know in the comments whether you’d give car cookies a try.

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Cedar park student headed to PBS Newshour Student Reporting Lab Academy

Twenty talented youth storytellers from 13 states will convene in the nation’s capital this summer with the common objective to advance the future of journalism and public media. KLRU’s PBS Newshour Student Reporting Lab participant Isaac Hernandez of Cedar Ridge High School was named one of the fellows for the Student Reporting Labs Academy.

The middle and high school fellows are participants in the third annual Student Reporting Labs Academy. They will work alongside public media mentors to produce original digital content and sharpen their journalism and production skills. The fellows will also help program leaders develop strategies to engage young people with the news and current affairs, and ensure that diverse youth voices are active in the conversations about critical issues facing the nation.

During the 2016-17 school year, these young journalists contributed to the NewsHour’s broadcast and digital platforms with Letters to the Next President, stories of New Americans, 13 Reasons Why and two upcoming series on overcoming disabilities and America’s National Parks.

To learn more about the other students, please visit the official 2017 SRL Academy Tumblr.

Student Reporting Labs is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s make it happen initiative, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.

On social media, visit PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs on Facebook or follow @reportinglabs on Twitter.

The Talk on 5/12 and 5/14

Generations of black parents have had The Talk with their children about how to survive interactions with police. Earlier this year, The Austin American Statesman and KLRU-TV hosted a community discussion on the issue and on how our community can work toward positive solutions for change. The taped version of this discussion, ATX Together: The Talk, will be broadcast on KLRU Friday, May 12th, at 9:30 pm. Moderated by KLRU’s Judy Maggio and the Statesman’s Alberta Phillips the discussion features police officers, Austin city officials, and members of the community sharing their perspectives and potential solutions. Immediately before the local conversation, take a look at the national perspective on The Talk: Race in America starting at 7 pm Friday, May 12th. The two shows will also air on Sunday, May 14th, starting at 3 pm.

The Tarnished Violet Crown

The kaleidoscope of colors at sunset across the hills west of Austin is why our city is sometimes called “The Violet Crown”.  On a clear day, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. It’s one of many things I treasure about this wonderful place we call home. I’ve had a lifelong love affair with Austin, but just as we must face tough conversations with the people we hold dear, it’s high time to talk about racism. Austin prides itself on being progressive and welcoming, but people of color often don’t feel welcomed here, at all.

“It’s not truly a violet crown if everyone doesn’t have a chance to prosper”, Huston Tillotson University President, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette told the packed audience attending a Leadership Austin Engage Breakfast, I moderated recently. She and AISD Superintendent, Dr. Paul Cruz took the stage as the Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities. It’s a long name. But some say the city has a long history of marginalizing  African Americans and Latinos.

Leaders on the task force tackled five main areas where inequities often bubble to the top: education, real estate and housing, health, finance and criminal justice. Task force members proposed ideas and solutions to at least begin addressing institutional racism and inequities in Austin. There are no magic bullets. These are just the first steps in a marathon that still needs thousands more runners heading for the finish line. The only thing you’ll need to train for that marathon is a big dose of self-reflection. Dr Cruz told the group, “Typically we  look out the window and say that’s what needs to change. But take a look in the mirror and say, what am I going to do to change that?”  

I see a middle-aged white woman when I look in the mirror. I consider myself lucky because I had  parents who fought for civil rights and educated me about deep-seated issues of race and inequity. Yet, I don’t know really know how oppression and discrimination feel. I’ve never been marginalized because of the color of my skin. 

Here’s what I DO know. We can’t start solving racism unless we each do our part. We must listen intently with open hearts and minds and do some serious soul searching. Small steps can make a big difference. Perhaps it’s as simple as hiring someone who doesn’t look like you or attending a service at an African American church.      

Dr. Burnette told the Leadership Austin audience, “ We all need to be agents of change. As long as you stay in your comfort zone, you won’t experience the magic.”

Let’s face it, wouldn’t it be magical if all the colors in the violet crown burned brightly and prospered?      

Get the the 70 page final report from the task force now

Meet Robert Costa, new Washington Week moderator

From Washington Week ….

Washington Post political reporter Robert Costa has been named the new moderator of Washington Week. Robert has been a frequent guest on Washington Week since 2014 and has been a guest moderator in recent weeks. Learn more about Robert’s life and reporting.

Plus, read the letter Robert Costa wrote to introduce himself to long-time Washington Week viewers.

Dead Reckoning: War & Justice starts 3/28 on KLRU

Dead Reckoning: War & Justice is a series which reveals how the model of justice conceived by the Allies in the wake of World War II has evolved into a standard by which all conflicts are judged. The series explores the origins of the Allied response to these unique situations, along with transformative conflicts and atrocities that have, for 70 years, shaped conceptions of war and peace.

See how laws and mechanisms for international justice are created in the wake of war crimes committed by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. General Yamashita’s conviction for crimes against civilians establishes a command responsibility doctrine. The General’s Ghost airs Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 PM.

Learn how the Cold War obstructs postwar justice and how atrocities in conflicts with large civilian tolls-such as Vietnam, Afghanistan and Guatemala-are concealed. Individuals make efforts to expose war crimes and identify the perpetrators. The Blind Eye airs Tuesday, March 28th at 8:00 PM.

See how postwar justice has been revitalized over the past two decades, but is limited in confronting the exponential rise in civilian tolls-sexual violence and genocide-occurring in the Balkans, Rwanda, Congo, Syria, Sri Lanka and other countries. In Our Time airs Tuesday, March 28th at 9:00 PM.