KLRU responds to Citizen Koch documentary controversy

Many of you know about the controversy surrounding the “Citizen Koch” documentary. (If not, please read the included links to news articles on the subject.) We have read the emails, petitions and comments from our community with interest and appreciate the opportunity to clarify a few matters regarding “Citizen Koch.”

The public television system includes a wide array of organizations, from producers and local stations to distributors like PBS.  Each entity is independently owned and operated.

The Independent Television Service (ITVS), which funds, presents and promotes documentaries and dramas for public television and cable networks, was the organization that was in discussion with the makers of the film “Citizen Koch.” ITVS did not submit the film to PBS, or any public television station, for consideration.

To the best of our knowledge, the filmmakers have not yet made “Citizen Koch” available for broadcast. Right now, it seems that the filmmakers are presenting the film at festivals and screenings.   If the film does become available to PBS stations, we will review it and consider airing it just as we would any similar submission.

If you would like more information on this subject, the PBS Ombudsman, Michael Getler, has written a column on this which you might find informative.

You might also be interested in a film presented earlier by PBS through ITVS and  INDEPENDENT LENS series entitled “Park Avenue.” This examination of the widening gap between America’s wealthy and rest of the nation by Alex Gibney (Academy Award-winning filmmaker of Taxi to the Dark Side and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) was aired by public television stations across the nation, including KLRU,  and can be seen via free streaming on klru.tv

We appreciate your feelings on this matter, and we share your concern for open and honest information.  KLRU appreciates and seeks out input from our community.  We will watch for a program offer that will allow us to consider “Citizen Koch.”

 

Recent articles about the film and PBS:

The New Yorker, May 27, 2013
A Word From Our Sponsor – Public television’s attempts to placate David Koch
By Jane Mayer

Beyondthebox.org, May 28, 2013
ITVS Responds to The New Yorker article on Park Avenue and Citizen Koch

The PBS Ombudsmen, May 25, 2013
David Koch and PBS: The Odd Couple
By Michael Getler

Current.org, May 20, 2013
Was resignation of billionaire Koch from WNET Board related to controversial doc?
By Dru Sefton

Indiewire.com, May 23, 2013
Why ITVS should be held accountable and “Citizen Koch” should be called “Citizen Corp”
By Anthony Kaufman

 

KLRU nominated for 17 Emmy Awards!

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The Lone Star Emmy Award nominees were announced this week. KLRU programs and projects received 17 nominations! Thanks to your support Austin’s public television station is able to create top quality programming and we’re proud that the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized this work with nominations.

The Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the standard-bearer for excellence in the television industry and the gatekeeper of the prestigious regional Emmy Awards in Texas. The Lone Star Emmy Chapter represents the best and brightest television and media professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from all of Texas’ 19 television markets.

Below is the list of KLRU nominees. Winners will be announced Nov. 9th.

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT – PROGRAM/SPECIAL
Arts In Context: Bill Carter & The Blame
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer
Pat Kondelis, Executive Producer/Director/Editor/Videographer
Kevin Cochran, Song Mixer

Arts In Context: Mother Falcon
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer

Arts In Context: The Intergalactic Nemesis
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer

Hardly Sound: Royal Forest
STUCK Productions
Christopher Kim, Director
Randy Reynolds, Producer

CHILDREN/YOUTH/TEEN – PROGRAM/SPECIAL
Arts In Context: Young Composers
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer

RELIGION – NEWS SINGLE STORY/SERIES/FEATURE
KLRU Collective/Healing Sands: The Sand Mandala Project
Eve Tarlo, Producer/Editor

TEXAS HERITAGE – PROGRAM/SPECIAL
Arts In Context: La Junta
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer

DOCUMENTARY – CULTURAL
Arts In Context: Sky Candy
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer

DOCUMENTARY – TOPICAL
Arts In Context: Hold My Hand
Mario Troncoso, Producer
Chithra Jeyaram, Producer

INTERVIEW/DISCUSSION – PROGRAM/SPECIAL/SERIES
Overheard With Evan Smith: Fred Armisen
Allison Sandza, Producer
Paul Sweeney, Editor

MAGAZINE PROGRAM – PROGRAM/SPECIAL
SXSW Flashback 2012
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer/Sound
Pat Kondelis, Producer/Editor/Videographer
Galia Farber, Associate Producer

SPECIAL EVENT COVERAGE (OTHER THAN NEWS OR SPORTS)
Arts In Context: All My Friends Are Vampires
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer
J.J. Weber, Producer

SXSW Flashback 2013
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer/Sound/Videographer
Pat Kondelis, Producer/Editor/Videographer
Galia Farber, Producer

EDITOR – PROGRAM (NON-NEWS)
Arts In Context
Mario Troncoso, Editor
Christopher Kim, Editor

PHOTOGRAPHER – PROGRAM (NON-NEWS)/ SHORT FORM (PROMOS, PSAS, COMMERCIAL, OPENS, ETC.)
Arts In Context
Mario Troncoso, Photographer
Juan Izaguirre, Photographer
Christopher Kim, Photographer

ON-CAMERA TALENT – PROGRAM HOST / MODERATOR / REPORTER – PROGRAMMING
Chet Garner, Host Of The Daytripper
Hogaboom Road, Inc.
Chet Garner, Program Host

 

 

 

Schedule Change: Charlie Rose interviews Syrian President 9/9

KLRU Highlights

Charlie Rose has recorded an interview in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which will run in its entirety in a special presentation on PBS Monday, September 9, at 8 pm.

In the interview, Charlie Rose asks Assad about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The Charlie Rose interview with Assad will broadcast one night before President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on his plans to respond to the situation in Syria. PBS NEWSHOUR will also air an interview with President Obama on Monday’s program, when he speaks with Gwen Ifill.

Latino Americans explores 500 years of culture

KLRU Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with special programming including six-hour PBS documentary LATINO AMERICANS and locally-produced VAMOS AL BAILE and ARTS IN CONTEXT: TARDEADAS

KLRU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Latino experience. Year round, KLRU provides content and events that give a diverse perspective on our community. This September, Austin’s PBS station focuses on local programs and events to coincide with the broadcast of the PBS landmark series Latino Americans.

Latino Americans chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos over the course of 500 years. KLRU will host three screenings and a multi-media project in support of the film. The screenings will happen on Tuesday, September 10th and Wednesday, September 11th and are free and open to the public.  John Valadez, producer of episodes 3 and 5 of the series, will be in attendance at all three screenings. Screening details:

  • Tuesday, September 10 at noon at KLRU Studio 6A – screening with the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas.  Dr. Domino Perez will join John Valadez in discussion after the film.
  • Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 pm at the Mexican American Cultural Center.  Dr. Cinthia Salinas will moderate a discussion with John Valadez, Dr. Emilio Zamora and Martha Cotera after the screening. RSVP required because of limited space. RSVP at klru.org/latinoamericans
  • Wednesday, September 11 at 6 pm at the Wittliff Galleries at Texas State University in San Marcos.  Texas State History professor John McKiernan-Gonzalez, Texas State Political Science professor Emily Hanks and Texas State Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest Jesus F. de la Teja will join John Valadez in discussion after the film.

KLRU will also present short stories about the Latino experience in Austin on klru.org and on the Latino Americans website.  KLRU has partnered with Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas School of Journalism, to capture five stories of Latino World World II veterans.  Additionally, KLRU will highlight several distinct Austin voices as part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. KLRU will be featuring 20 Austinites including Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Victor Saenz, Celeste Quesada, Enrique Romo, Claudia Alarcon and more telling their stories on the KLRU blog and on the PBS Latino Americans website. The community at large can become part of this unique and empowering video series by creating their own short videos describing what it means to be Latino. Videos could be describing family traditions, talking about how you and your family celebrate your heritage and culture or describing the role models who have inspired you. Watch and submit videos at klru.org/mihistoria

KLRU has several other programs to coincide with the Latino Americans broadcast. The complete list includes:

Storm That Swept Mexico airs
Sunday, September 15 at 1:30 pm
The Mexican Revolution, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century, not only changed the course of Mexican history, but also profoundly impacted its relationships with the rest of the world. This program looks at the complex historical, social, political, economic and cultural forces that shaped the Mexican Revolution, influenced its course, and determined its consequences and legacy.

Voces: “Escaramuza:  Riding from the Heart”
Monday, September 16 at 10 pm
A team of first-generation Mexican American girls construct their identities through a romanticized equestrian tradition, while facing challenges at home, and escalating violence in Mexico.

Latino Americans
Part 1 and 2: Tuesday, September 17, starting at 7 pm
“Strangers in Their Own Land” spans the period from 1500-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America, the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies, and as the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848. “The Pull and the Push” documents how the American population begins to be reshaped by the influx of people that began in 1880 and continues into the 1940s, as Cubans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans begin arriving in the U.S. and start to build strong Latino-American communities in South Florida, Los Angeles and New York.

Latino Americans
Part 3 and 4: Tuesday, September 24, starting at 7 pm
“War and Peace” moves into the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights. “The New Latinos” highlights the swelling immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic that stretches from the post-World War II years into the early 1960s as the new arrivals seek economic opportunities.

Latino Americans
Part 5 and 6: Tuesday, October 1, starting at 7 pm
“Pride and Prejudice” details the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity, as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process. “Peril and Promise” takes viewers through the past 30 years, with a second wave of Cubans arriving in Miami during the Mariel exodus and with hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans fleeing civil wars, death squads and unrest to go north into a new land — transforming the United States along the way. The debate over undocumented immigrants flares up, with a backlash that eventually includes calls for tightened borders, English-only laws and efforts to brand undocumented immigrants as felons.

NOTE:  Latino Americans will be broadcast in Spanish on KLRU’s Vme channel (18.4), over six consecutive Fridays beginning on September 20 at 9 pm.

Arts in Context: Tardeadas
Thursday, September 26, at 7:30pm
Follow a week in the life of Tejano band Los Pinkys as Arts In Context explores the importance of keeping the Tejano musical tradition alive in East Austin. The band’s story shows how music can help bridge differences and bring a community together despite demographic changes.

Vamos al Baile (Let’s go to the Dance)
Thursday, September 26, at 8 pm
A one-hour special featuring some of Austin’s most renowned musicians and their special guests, including Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sara Fox. This program captures the different styles of Mexican-American music and the family atmosphere of the dance halls in which they are performed.

Arts in Context: Peligrosa
Thursday, September 26 at 9 pm
Often excluded from the mainstream arts scene, DJing is a complex art form that combines music, dance, and visual art. Established in 2007,Peligrosa is a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America. Panamanian born creator and founder DJ Orión, grew up immersed in music from his Puerto Rican and Colombian parents, and now pumps it into clubs across the globe.

Pedro E. Guerrero, Portrait of an Image Maker
Thursday, September 26 at 9:30 pm
Pedro E. Guerrero was the photographer for three of America’s most famous artists:  architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder.  Guerrero’s six-decade career included long-term relationships with each of these individuals.  Guerrero’s collection of photographs on this web site also includes scenes of New York in the 1940′s, Mid-Century Modern homes and interiors from the 1950′s, and Nudes from the 1930′s.

Mexico:  The Royal Tour
Sunday, September 29 at 3:30 pm
A tour of the extraordinary locations and landmarks of Mexico is led by President Felipe Calderon. Explore the legendary ruins of lost civilizations, seek out their descendants and find the ancient mysteries these sites have hidden for generations. From soaring across the skies in a hot air balloon for a bird’s-eye view of Teotihuacon, to whale watching in Baja California, to rappelling stories into a seemingly bottomless pit, the program uncovers the essence of this captivating and complex nation. This is not the Mexico of media headlines or the pristine Mexico of travel brochures – this is the real Mexico of The Royal Tour.

Quest for the Lost Maya
Wednesday, October 2 at 9 pm
This program explores archaeological evidence of a previously unknown Mayan society based in the Yucatan Peninsula of southern Mexico. The film surveys their dramatic rise to prominence in the “pre-classic era” of the Maya (800-700BC) as well as new evidence of the collapse of their civilization in the 800-900s AD.

Austin City Limits featuring Juanes followed by Jesse & Joy
Saturday, October 5, at 7 pm; Wednesday, October 9 at 10 pm, and Friday, October 11, at 11:30 pm
Austin City Limits presents Juanes and Jesse & Joy. Columbian superstar Juanes performs a high-energy set of his best, while Mexico City’s sibling duo Jesse & Joy sing a selection of their greatest hits.

In Performance at the White House Musica Latina
Tuesday, October 8, at 7 pm
Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama, Musica Latina is an all-star celebration of Latin music. Latin Music in the United States is extraordinarily diverse, reflecting the influence of different waves of immigration in different regions of the country, from South Florida to California. Musica Latina will honor and celebrate that beauty and diversity. Artists to be announced.

The Graduates/Los Graduados
KLRU will also host a Community Cinema screening of The Graduates/Los Graduados on Tuesday, October 1, at 7 pm at the Windsor Park Branch Library.  The struggles and triumphs of Latino and Latina high school students from across the USA are explored through their own eyes in this eye-opening and uplifting documentary.

latino americans partners

KLRU’s presentation of Hispanic Heritage Month programs and activities is made possible in part by Ranch 616 Restaurant and Cantina and Seton Healthcare Family

Time Warner Cable changes

Time Warner Cable has made a few changes that are affecting some customers and may depend on your digital television. If you have Time Warner and KLRU is no longer appearing, please have your TV rescan for channels. Once that is completed KLRU will be on 18-1, KLRU Create on 18-2, KLRU Q on 18-3 and Vme on 18-4. This change may not impact all Time Warner customers.

The Texas Rundown: Now Online

Last week was an historic week in Texas: an 11-hour filibuster by State Sen. Wendy Davis drew national attention, and two Supreme Court cases with deep ties to Texas were decided. In light of the recent news, KLRU aired a special thirty minute news and analysis program Friday evening called The Texas Rundown. The program was aired statewide, in cooperation with Texas PBS.

Joining us for analysis was Alana Rocha, multimedia reporter, The Texas Tribune. She moderated a discussion with Ben Philpott, host KUT’s Agenda Texas, Dave Mann, editor The Texas Observer, Becca Aaronson, health reporter The Texas Tribune, and Erica Greider, senior editor Texas Monthly.

You can watch the show in the video above.

KLRU news special: The Texas Rundown

The Texas Rundown

Between the end of the Legislative special session and two Supreme Court rulings with major Texas ties, this has been a busy news week.  As your public television station we feel it is our duty to be a source of trust worthy information so we are putting together a special news program called The Texas Rundown that will air Friday 6/28 at 7:30p recapping the news of the week.

Joining us for this analysis will be Alana Rocha, multimedia reporter, The Texas Tribune. She will moderate a discussion with Ben Philpott, host KUT’s Agenda Texas, Dave Mann, the editor The Texas Observer, Becca Aaronson, health reporter The Texas Tribune, and Erica Greider, senior editor Texas Monthly.

This special will preempt Need to Know.

KLRU Launches Smart Screen Time Initiative For Summer

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KLRU announced a Smart Screen Time / La Pantalla Inteligente Initiative to connect Central Texas families and kids to PBS content, videos, games and apps and to use them to explore the world beyond the screen.  “We know that as school ends more and more kids are going to be watching television, playing games on tablets and using their parents’ phones to play apps,” said Ben Kramer, VP Educational Services at KLRU,“ and we want to encourage families to be smart about their choices.”

Smart Screen Time is about finding good content, using it in smart ways, and knowing when to turn off devices. KLRU has developed five guidelines for parents and caregivers to follow when watching a television show or playing online with their kids.  They are:

  • Knowing the difference between “smart time” and “silly time.”
  • When the brain slows down, turn the screen off.
  • Talk throughout the day with your children.
  • Watch and play on screens together.
  • Read at home every day.
    Get more details about each of these guidelines

To combat the summer learning loss KLRU will be offering 11 hours of uninterrupted non-commercial children’s programs each weekday as well as launching klrukrids.org.  www.klrukids.org connects learners of all ages 2 and up to a plethora of curriculum-based video, games and apps that teach math, literacy, and more.   These resources in both English and Spanish, will allow kids to have Smart Screen Time while also having fun.  All of the activities featured on klrukids.org embody the PBS Kids spirit that “anytime is learning time” and “learning can be fun.”

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KLRU Selected to Support Early Learning with New Digital Content

KLRU and four other public television stations will train teachers and families to use educational content developed through the Ready To Learn Initiative

KLRU is one of five stations partnering with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS KIDS to provide educational multimedia content to low-income communities.  The station will receive $109,318 from CPB to test the effectiveness of digital content developed through Ready To Learn (RTL), a cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, to test the effectiveness of digital content developed through the program in supporting the development of early math and literacy skills for children ages 2-8 in low-income families.

Over the next year, KLRU will provide RTL content and resources at two sites in the community: SafePlace, which provides residential services to victims of family violence, and Foundation Communities, which offers housing and family-centered educational services to low-income families. The station will train highly qualified educators/education service providers to use RTL content so they can support the children and families who use the facilities at SafePlace and Foundation Communities. Through family-focused community events, KLRU will also demonstrate RTL to other community educators/education service providers, children, and parents/caregivers in the Austin area.

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has set the standard for investment in the future of our young learners,” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager. “Through initiatives such as this CPB is continuing its leadership into the digital world, and KLRU is proud to be at the forefront of this technology. We’re excited to get to partner with SafePlace and Foundation Communities but also to provide these tools for learning to our entire community.”

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