Highlights Feb. 14-20

KLRU Highlights

The hospital war reaches a climax and Violet goes on the warpath on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 6 at 7 pm Sunday. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith.

At 8 pm on Sunday, a car race gives Mary flashbacks and Mrs. Patmore opens for business on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 7. Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson. Things get serious for Edith. Robert gets a surprise gift.

This week on Mercy Street, the unexpected visit of a hospital inspector throws the staff into disarray on Sunday and Thursday at 9 pm. Meanwhile, Mary feels empathy for a deserter, while Silas makes Samuel pay for his arrogance. A family tragedy forces James Sr. to take a risky step to earn his family’s respect.

On Independent Lens, the documentary Watch The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil highlights the journey of a civil rights leader who was both celebrated and controversial at 9 pm on Monday.

At 10 pm on Monday, Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams tells the story of a now-91 year-old woman and how she challenged the status quo in her lifetime as an African-American woman.

Sean Combs and LL Cool J, two hip hop legends, discover their family roots via DNA technology on Family Reunion Finding Your Roots at 7 pm on Tuesday.

On Tuesday at 8 pm, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution will take you back to the 60s when the Black Panther Movement made a monumental splash in the realm of identity politics.

In 1973, Tom Bradley broke racial boundaries as the first African-American mayor in a majority white, major U.S. city. On Tuesday at 10 pm, Bridging The Divide: Tom Bradley And The Politics, will discuss his successes and failures during his time as mayor of Los Angeles.

Paleontologists have discovered a giant femur – the largest dinosaur bone that has ever been unearthed. Wednesday at 7 pm, Nature Raising The Dinosaur Giant will walk you through what this and other discoveries about this species means, and by the end reveal what the giant looked like.

Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. On Wednesday at 8 pm, NOVA Iceman Reborn will shed light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.

Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm, Austin City Limits presents the Grammy Award-winning group, Tedeschi Trucks Band. Featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians, the band will showcase their latest record, Let Me Get By.

On Thursday at 7 pm, Overheard with Evan Smith will feature award-winning author, Margaret Atwood. She’s best known for her novels, including The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published in September.

At 7:30 pm on Thursday, Admissions On Trial: Seven Decades Of Race In Higher Ed.  discusses three court cases from this year that argue race should not be a factor in higher education admissions. The updated KLRU documentary examines the history of race in higher education, presents the new arguments being made, and speculates what will come next.

The Daytripper San Angelo, Tx explores the history of this west Texas town as well as its present day attractions on Thursday at 8:30 pm. Chet visits a brothel museum and Fort Concho, mountain bikes and searches for fresh water pearls. He fuels up by trying stuffed avocados and donut sandwiches.

On Friday at 8 pm, Carole King: American Masters delves into the hit singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of ’70s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry.

This Bluegrass Underground Special guest artists include Vince Gill, Widespread Panic, Lucinda Williams, Johnnyswim, Lee Ann Womack, Andrew Bird, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, Davina & The Vagabonds and more at 10 pm on Friday.

On Saturday at 7 pm, enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.

ELECTION CENTRAL outlines the political process

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As part of the overarching PBS Election 2016 initiative, today PBS LearningMedia announced details about ELECTION CENTRAL, an online destination for educators to teach students about the political process.

The new site, created in collaboration between PBS LearningMedia and PBS NewsHour, will help teachers engage students in the political process, provide virtual field trip ideas and share a collection of election-themed resources to support history, civics and English curricula throughout the election year.

Among the main features of ELECTION CENTRAL will be an interactive map of the United States, providing educators with opportunities to engage students in various aspects of the political process. The map will also display important historical facts about the candidates, laws and process.

Content in ELECTION CENTRAL will be refreshed on a weekly basis and when timely events occur — for example, after debates or after primary elections. Features include:

  • Tracking the campaign trail of candidates, including current and previous candidates
  • Fun facts – general and state-specific
  • The history behind the vote
  • An explanation of the nominating process
  • Candidate views on key issues
  • Election-specific news stories curated from PBS NewsHour
  • Build your ideal presidential candidate interactive
  • Access to hundreds of related resources through PBS LearningMedia

Additional student-focused projects will be announced throughout the election year, including the Meet Me in DC contest, for which K-12 students design an election poster focusing on issues that are important in their local communities. Two grand prize winners (one K-5 and one K-6) will win a trip for two to Washington, DC, to tour the White House, explore the National Archives, watch Congress in session and visit the set of PBS NewsHour. Another contest, 50 for 50 , encourages students to write open letters to the 2016 presidential candidates with ideas on what needs to change in government. PBS will provide Social Studies teachers in grades 6-12 with a toolkit with resources to host in-class debates and give students the opportunity to discuss important issues with their peers.

For more information and educational resources, visit PBS LearningMedia’s website.

Student Reporting Labs Gets New Focus On STEM

KLRU and PBS NewsHour are working together in community schools to build the next generation of journalists.

Students at Pflugerville High School produced stories about local farms, studying abroad and immigration as part of the Student Reporting Labs program. They learned journalism ethics, how to personalize big national issues and why balanced, in-depth reporting is important.

These budding young journalists participated in webcasts with professional public media journalists, learned to use professional equipment, interviewed experts and change makers in the community and written scripts and produced stories for NewsHour’s website – and even the national broadcast. Since the program began, 28 stories by middle school and high school students across the country have been broadcast on the NewsHour.

This year, the Student Reporting Labs program will add a new STEM reporting focus with funding from the National Science Foundation. STEM – which stands for science, technology, engineering and math – helps students understand the world around us, tackle huge problems like water scarcity and climate change and develop the skills that are becoming more and more important to the global economy.

As part of the project, NewsHour’s research partner is conducting a study of attitudes toward science journalism. Please take this five-minute survey and let @reportinglabs know what you think!

You can help bring more journalism education programs to our community by taking a quick survey. Your time will help the NewsHour and KLRU build the next generation of public media producers and STEM-savvy citizens.

American Graduate: Goodwill School Puts Adult Drop-outs Back on Track

The Goodwill Excel Center, which opened its doors in August, is a regular charter high school – except its students are adults, aged 19-50, who dropped out of high school. They teach all of the traditional high school courses, with students picking up where they left off.

Many people who drop out of high school eventually earn their GED, but Head of School Dr. Billy Harden says there is a big difference in earning potential between a GED and a regular high school diploma.

“We’re looking at possibly anywhere in the range of a $2,000 to $9,000 difference if a student gets their high school diploma,” Dr. Harden said. “I’m already seeing it changing their lives. I’m seeing more of our students coming each day and the learning is becoming more intrinsic. It’s starting to look and feel like a way to empower themselves. So, they not only have the ability to say ‘I have my high school diploma, but I’m a little smarter than I was when I got here,’ and I think that’s very important.”

We spoke to Matilda Zamarripa, who dropped out her senior year of high school. Matilda has worked successfully in the beauty industry for almost 20 years but has always wanted to earn her high school diploma.

“You kind of carry that little secret around. Like oh, I’ve never finished,” Matilda said. “My daughter definitely inspired me when she was graduating high school. Going to her graduation two years ago reminded me like ‘wow, I never got to experience this’ but I got to experience it through her. She’s now on her second year at Texas State University and that really inspired me you know, I really want[ed] to go back to school.”

You can hear more about Matilda and the Goodwill Excel Center in the video above.

A shortened version of this story will air locally as a KLRU News Briefs during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Sunday, November 23 at 6:30pm. 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. 

 

KLRU NewsBriefs: Education Advocates Focus on Attendance, UT Program Supports Financially Independent Students

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The school year is now in full swing, and we have two education stories during PBS NewsHour this weekend to help ease you into things.

On Saturday, we hear from AISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz about why attendance is one of the district’s top priorities.

“We can tell from early on, as early as 5th grade, we can look at if a student is meeting promotion standards, if the student has a good attendance record and if a student is passing all of his or her classes,” Dr. Cruz said. “If that’s not happening, there’s a student who is at risk of not graduating on time with his or her class. [Our first step is] an immediate conversation with the parents to see what we can do to help out the student and the family.”

On Sunday, we hear about Horns Helping Horns, a group from New Student Services on the UT campus which offers emotional and financial support to students who are not receiving any financial help from family.

“I think students have challenges no matter what their background is and I think our students and our community a lot of times because they don’t have that emotional and financial support are dealing with a lot more stuff,” Esmer Bedia, the Horns Helping Horns Coordinator said. “But, the majority of our students are succeeding and graduating and I think that’s because we’re telling them, ya’ll can do it, you will do it and they do succeed.”

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

 

 

 

KLRU NewsBriefs: Austin’s First Public Montessori School & Huston-Tillotson Receives Largest Donation Ever

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This weekend during PBS NewsHour we have two East Austin education stories.

On Saturday, we’ll introduce you to one of Austin’s newest charter schools and the city’s only public Montessori school: Magnolia Montessori for All. Founder and Principal Sara Cotner told KLRU about why she chose to locate the school in East Austin.

“In Austin there are more than 20 Montessori schools and they’re all private and they’re all west of I-35. East Austin is this beautiful opportunity where there’s a lot of diversity, a lot of different kinds of families, a rich history of commitment to the community,” Ms. Cotner said. “We feel really honored that we were able to find land that was available here and connect with families who were really interested in this vision.”

The school opens August 4th with 3-year-olds through 3rd graders in portable classrooms. They plan to add a grade level every year through 8th grade. Construction is still underway at the site.

On Sunday, we’ll air our conversation with Ada Anderson, an Austin Civil Rights pioneer who donated $3 million this week to Huston-Tillotson University – the largest gift the school has ever received. The funds will be used to build the Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center (pictured above), a facility which will serve students and surrounding residents. It is named for Mrs. Anderson’s daughter.

“We all know more and more the need for mental health and the plans for the building just fit so perfectly to what [my daughter and her husband] did,” Mrs. Anderson told us. “There are a lot of people [in East Austin] who don’t have a lot of money who I think will be served there so that’s one of the really exciting things to me.”

HT tells us work will begin on the new building very soon.

These stories air on KLRU at 6:30 on Saturday and Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

 

KLRU News Briefs: Hole in the Wall Turns 40, Artists Beautify North Austin Fence

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KLRU News Briefs are back this weekend during PBS NewsHour after two weeks off. This weekend we’ll hear from a group of local artists who decided to use art to beautify their North Austin neighborhood and about a birthday celebration kicking off this week for the Hole in the Wall’s 40th anniversary.

On Saturday night tune in for an excerpt from the Arts in Context Short Beautiful Fences, the story behind a mural on a fence along Lamar Boulevard between Payton Gin and Rundberg.

“I started out just [painting] “Beauty Will Save the World” in black and white, just the lettering, knowing it would be tagged,” Artist Rigel Thurston tells us. “The people who tagged it…it was too perfect. So, the idea is to include the first round of taggers because they’re part of this neighborhood too.”

On Sunday, the owner of The Hole in the Wall, Will Tanner, tells us about the 40th anniversary party that kicks off on June 19. Plus, he talks about how the bar has evolved over the past four decades.

“The Hole in the Wall is this great place that’s been here a long time and it’s had to change a lot to survive, but I think what has been kept from the past is what makes us great,” Tanner says. Ultimately [this] is a place for like minded, and maybe even not like minded, people to come and enjoy themselves and enjoy live art…eat good food and drink great local beer and just spend some of your life.”

You can find out more about the lineup of bands performing during the celebration here.

KLRU News Briefs air this Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

 

KLRU News Brief: ACL Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Class

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On Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend, our News Brief is a glimpse inside last week’s Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Darrell Royal and Bill Arhos were inducted in a ceremony in KLRU’s Studio 6A, the original home of Austin City Limits.

All have a storied history with the program. Nelson appeared on the pilot in 1974 and Vaughan & Double Trouble performed in 1984 and 1990. Bill Arhos is credited with creating Austin City Limits. Coach Darrell Royal was known for hosting “pickin parties” at his home with Austin musicians, and was an early supporter and fan of the show. Seats were always reserved for Coach Royal and his wife Edith. She accepted the induction on his behalf.

The ceremony featured performances by the inductees as well as Doyle Bramhall II, Mike Farris, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Lukas Nelson, Robert Randolph and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

The Hall of Fame induction is part of KLRU’s recognition of Austin City Limit’s 40th Anniversary Season. Portions of the induction ceremony will air in a primetime PBS special in the fall.

KLRU News Briefs air every Saturday and Sunday during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

 

 

 

 

Antiques Roadshow coming to Austin 6/28

Post updated 4/8: Deadline for ticket entry was April 8th, 2014. Antiques Roadshow will notify those receiving tickets.

Antiques Roadshow, PBS’s most-watched primetime series, has announced its Summer 2014 Tour destinations including Austin! The show will film in Austin on June 28th, 2014.

Admission to the Antiques Roadshow Austin event is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance from the show’s producers. Ticket applications and complete ticketing rules will be available on pbs.org/antiques or by dialing toll-free 1-888-762-3749. Ticket applications must be received by Monday, April 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Tickets will be awarded by random drawing.

Other Summer 2014 Tour destinations include: Bismarck, North Dakota; Santa Clara, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; and Charleston, West Virginia. Programs recorded in those locations will make up the 11-time Emmy® Award nominated production’s 19th broadcast season on PBS, airing in 2015.

Antiques Roadshow couldn’t be happier to embark on our second summer of a beefed up, eight-city tour,” said Antiques Roadshow executive producer Marsha Bemko. “From a first-time visit to West Virginia to a long-awaited return to New York’s thriving antiques scene, we are thrilled about each and every city we are traveling to.”

Additional information about the Summer 2014 Tour is available at pbs.org/antiques.

 

KLRU and PBS Kids at the Texas Book Festival!

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KLRU Educational Services will be on hand for two events connected to the Texas Book Festival. The first, a joint presentation by the Texas Book Festival, KLRU, and the AISD Department of Communications and Community Engagement is a book reading and signing by the bilingual children’s author Yuyi Morales, who was profiled by PBS and regularly has a spot airing during the PBS Kids block (which you can see here). The book signing will take place at Mathews Elementary, 906 West Lynn, on Friday, October 25, from 4-5 pm.

The second event will be our three-hour appearance at the Texas Book Festival itself, on Sunday, October 27, from 12 noon – 3 pm. We will be at the Children’s Activity Tent (on Colorado St. between 12th & 13th) with our iPads loaded with learning apps and with none other than Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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