KLRU receives CPB American Graduate community service grant

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, has been awarded a $200,000 American Graduate community service grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The grant’s purpose is to raise awareness in Central Texas about the true costs of our youth leaving school before graduation, as well as efforts conducted in our region to reduce dropout rates.

High school graduation rates are an important indicator of the community’s health, and high dropout rates have serious economic consequences. The E3 Alliance, one of KLRU’s partner organizations, has estimated that the cost of a single class year of dropouts in Central Texas is $435 million. “The time, energy, and resources we invest now to address this challenge will pay important dividends in the overall social and economic health of our community,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO and general manager of KLRU.

In a celebration and launch of the grant, KLRU is participating in CPB’s American Graduate Day on Saturday, September 27, and will host an all-day programming special from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. that will include national and local panels, content, and discussion regarding education and graduation topics and issues. Learn more about American Graduate Day.

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ACLTV 40 Guitar Auction benefits KLRU

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Own a Piece of Austin City Limits 40th Anniversary history with a signed Fender Stratocaster from the 40th Austin City Limits Anniversary Celebration taped this June.

The guitar is signed by the evening’s performers including Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Earl Keen, Joe Ely, Jimmie Vaughn, Brittany Howard, Doyle Bramhall II, Peter Stroud and more.

Visit the auction site now at acltv.com/auction

The guitar auction starts September 23 and runs through October 8 at Noon CST. Proceeds benefit KLRU, Austin PBS.

See the stars that signed the guitar in action during the  2-hour 40th Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years special on PBS Friday, October 3rd!

American Graduate Day 9/27

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American Graduate Day is a live national, multi-platform broadcast event focusing on the individuals and organizations working in communities across the country to keep students on the path to graduation. Watch KLRU for this special day of programming on Saturday, September 27 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The day will focus on several topics that impact dropout numbers. KLRU will feature local panel discussions during each segment (panelists subject to change). The day will be moderated by Ben Kramer, KLRU’s Director of Educational Services, Vanessa Santamaria Dainton, Early Childhood Education Specialist, and Kennedy Huff, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab All-Star and Pflugerville High School Student.

10:00am-11:00am Early Education
Sue Carpenter, Senior Director, United Way’s Success By 6
Muya Hayes, Manor ISD
James Butler, AISD 2014 Teacher of the Year, Gullett Elementary School

11:00am-12:00pm Caring, Consistent Adults
Kevin Brackmeyer, Manor ISD Superintendent
Mary Libby, Former President, Texas Counseling Association / High School Counselor
Alfonso Longoria, McNeil High School Football Coach

12:00pm-1:00pm More and Better Learning
Richard Tagle, CEO, Andy Roddick Foundation
Temp Keller, Founder, WonderLab
Felicia Adams, STEM Teacher, University of Texas Elementary School

1:00pm-2:00pm Special Needs Communities
Key Richardson, Program Director, CASA of Travis County
Angie Tyler, Family & Juvenile Transition Services, The Arc of the Capital Area
Tanya Brown, Executive Director of Special Education, Austin ISD

2:00pm-3:00pm STEAM
Karen LaShelle, Executive and Artistic Director, Creative Action
Melanie Moore, Executive Director, KDK-Harman Foundation
Amanda Longtain, Director of Programs, Skillpoint Alliance

3:00pm-4:00pm Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement
Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director, E3 Alliance
Phillip Eaglin, Founder and CEO, Changing Expectations
Rocky Zepeda, Del Valle District Coordinator For At Risk Student Services District Homeless Liaison and Foster Care Liaison

4:00pm-5:00pm College and Career Readiness
David Laude, Sr. Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management , University of Texas
Lynn Garcia, Board of Directors, Breakthrough Austin
Billy Harden, Head of School, Goodwill Excel Center

Pflugerville student participates in NewsHour reporting lab & American Graduate Day

Kennedy Huff is a participant in KLRU’s PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab project. She was selected as a Reporting Lab All-Star to attend the 2014 PBS Student Reporting Labs Workshop in Washington D.C. this summer. Huff will also be participating in American Graduate Day live on KLRU Sept. 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Kennedy huffKLRU asked Kennedy to tell us about her experience this summer at the NewsHour.

I didn’t expect that being named a member of the inaugural class of PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars would lead me to a White House Q&A with the executive director of the Joining Forces Initiative and a one-on-one conversation with presidential debate moderator and co-anchor of PBS NewsHour Gwen Ifill. But we’ll get to that later.

On August 7, I touched down in our nation’s capitol for the 2014 Student Reporting Labs Boot Camp, which included students and teachers from across the country. It was quite surreal to be in the same city as our Commander-in-Chief, and the city where journalistic greats Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein exposed one of the largest scandals politics has seen. I hoped some of the city’s magic would rub off on me over the next couple days.

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Arts In Context Shorts: At The Drive-in

This week, Arts In Context Shorts takes you to the drive-in movie theater. Located on the sprawling tarmac of the old Austin airport is the Blue Starlite Drive-in.  A few nights a week, up to fifty cars and a handful of walk-in moviegoers gradually fill the lot.  While some people drop tailgates and inflate air mattresses in truck beds, others arrange sofa cushions in hatchbacks or unfold lawn chairs around coolers.  As the sun sets behind the city skyline and the stars come out, people tune their radios into the theater’s own station attach one of many vintage speakers and settle in for the movie.  In this short, we see why the Blue Starlite has become a worthy member of Austin’s unique collection of independent cinemas.

ACLTV 40th Anniversary Pop-Up Concert 10/2

KLRU-TV & PBS Arts Fall Festival present ACLTV 40th Anniversary Pop-Up Concert featuring Dana Falconberry (solo) on Thursday, October 2,  from 11:30 am to 1 pm at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The event is free but RSVP is requested. RSVP now

  • Dana FalconberryBuy lunch from trailer favorites Dock & Roll, Tapas Bravas and Burro Cheese Kitchen
  • Enjoy free frozen banana halfsies from Bananarchy
  • Snap away in our #PBSArts #ACLTV40 Photobooth from On the Flipside
  • Win a pair of passes to the Sam Smith Austin City Limits taping later that evening

RSVP for the October 2nd PBS Arts Fall Festival ACLTV Pop-up concert now

Catch the PBS Arts Fall Festival all season long Fridays at 8 pm on KLRU! The 11-week series gives viewers a front-row seat to Broadway hits and performances by Nathan Lane, Emma Thompson, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga and more! The series kicks-off on Sept. 26 with Live from Lincoln Center “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” This production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece comes back to life in this bold new production from The New York Philharmonic, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel.

On October 3rd, PBS Arts Fall Festival features Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years. Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey host this all-star evening with performances by Alabama Shakes, Jeff Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Double Trouble, Foo Fighters,Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and more! Watch on Oct. 3rd at 8 pm and we’ll have a special encore on Oct. 4 at 8 pm.

 

Highlights September 21-27

KLRU Highlights

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: Caribbean Mystery Sunday at 7 pm follows Miss Marple and a curmudgeonly business tycoon while they unravel a web of deceit, murder and “dark magic” at a lavish tropical hotel.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: Greenshaw’s Folly Sunday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 9 pm, Miss Marple unveils secrets of Greenshaw’s Folly while researching the death of the house’s loyal butler.

As Neil Barsky’s film recounts in POV Koch Monday at 9 pm, Mayor Ed Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated during his three terms in office, 1978-1989.

The miniseries Independent Lens: The Graduates Monday at 10:30 pm (in Spanish Tuesday at 10 pm) depicts an honest exploration of how students, their families and teachers are faring in a stressed public education system, during a politically complex climate and during an unforgiving global economy.

In Finding Your Roots In Search of Our Fathers Tuesday at 7 pm Stephen King, Courtney Vance and Gloria Reuben solve the mystery of their paternal ancestry and meet relatives they never knew they had.

Boomer List American Masters Tuesday at 8 pm provides insight into the boomer generation through intimate interviews that focus on exceptional achievement, struggle and identity, telling the story of extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created.

Laugh along with Carol Burnett and The Funny Ladies on Pioneers of Television Tuesday at 10 pm as they paved the way for today’s TV comediennes.

Penguins cross treacherous, frozen seas and avoid dangerous predators to reach their breeding grounds in Penguins: A Nature Special Wednesday at 7 pm.

Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank and even date online. NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm investigates how a new global geek squad is harnessing cutting-edge science — all to stay one step ahead of the hackers and keep our data safe.

In Secrets of the Dead Wednesday at 9 pm scientists test the bones found in 2011 of hunchbacked King Richard III, a fearsome warrior and evil king of England, to discover more information about his history.

Steve Miller performs classic blues tunes as well as his hits, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band presents classic New Orleans jazz with special guests the Del McCoury Band and Jim James of My Morning Jacket all at Austin City Limits airing Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10:30 pm.

Jeffrey Tambor, a six-time Emmy-nominated actor best known for playing Hank Kingsley in The Larry Sanders Show and George Bluth Sr. in Arrested Development, joins Evan Smith for an interview on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context | The Best Little Art House in Texas Thursday at 7:30 pm follows a group of passionate fans, who work to preserve the love of film and art house movie theaters in Austin.

Latino Americans | On the South Plains Thursday at 8 pm depicts a celebration of culture, music, and artistic expression by Latinos in West Texas through specific stories of larger significance.

During Daytripper | El Paso Thursday at 8:30 pm, travel to the edge of Texas to discover the Wild West history of this frontier town and learn why it is known as the “Boot Capital of the World.”

In El Taller Thursday at 9 pm Proyecto Teatro and director Luis Ordaz aim to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, for the purpose of encouraging human development, improving society and maintaining culture.

Murder, mayhem, and the ultimate revenge are displayed on stage as Live from Lincoln Center Friday at 8 pm presents Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece.

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen takes place Saturday starting at 10 am. This national initiative features programs to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success.  This full-day event is dedicated to engaging Austin around the dropout crisis and features local resources as well as documentaries on various topics.

Grammy-winners Coldplay, the modern-rock giants who have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, perform on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Science Night September 24

Penguins cross treacherous, frozen seas and avoid dangerous predators to reach their breeding grounds. The hard work for all the penguins finally pays off when their tiny, vulnerable chicks begin to hatch. Follow their journey on Penguins: A Nature Special Wednesday at 7 pm.

Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank and even date online. NOVA | Rise of the Hackers Wednesday at 8 pm investigates how a new global geek squad is harnessing cutting-edge science — all to stay one step ahead of the hackers and keep our data safe.

In Secrets of the Dead Wednesday at 9 pm a group of amateur historians test the bones of King Richard III, hunchbacked, with an arrow through the spine. Richard is considered the most evil king to have ruled England – and a fearsome warrior as well, despite the extreme curvature of his spine. Now, scientists are examining the bones to find out more about the king.

In the Studio: Bob Woodward tapes Overheard 9/24

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Bob Woodward on September 24 at 2:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 2:15pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

 Bob Woodward is one of America’s most distinguished and prolific investigative reporters and non-fiction writers. He currently serves as Associate Editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. Woodward worked with Carl Bernstein to investigate and report the Watergate scandal, which lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. He has written 16 national best-selling non-fiction books.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Bob Woodward. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.