Native American Heritage Month programs

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring Native American culture.

Our celebration begins with a screening of LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 on November 5th. Find out more here

Warriors Return
Sunday, November 9 at 4 pm
Navajo veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly, AZ have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and most recently in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them from the formidable challenges facing them when they return home. Viewers will see how strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy are helping these warriors return.

Across The Creek
Thursday, November 13 at 9:30 pm
This program is a half-hour conversation among members of the Lakota, who are seeking ways to restore their culture after a legacy of colonialism. Offering a fresh perspective into the lives of the Sioux on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations, the film looks at how these Sioux communities struggle to maintain tradition, while confronting the challenges of broken families, abuse, and poverty. By sharing their stories across generations, they hope to build a vision for the future. Across the Creek was produced by independent filmmaker John Cournoyer.

LaDonna Harris:  Indian 101
Monday, November 17 at 10 pm
Sunday, November 23 at 2 pm
This documentary profiles Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of political and social activism. Her national work began when President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian Tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course was called “Indian 101″ and was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. In addition to her work in civil rights, world peace, the environment and women’s rights, Harris is best known for introducing landmark legislation, such as land return claims to the Taos Pueblo Tribe and Native tribes of Alaska, as well as returning federal recognition for the Menominee Tribe. LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 was produced by independent filmmaker Julieanna Brannum.

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience
Sunday, November 23 at 1 pm
This compelling documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the United States Midwest.  It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive and make great contributions to society.


POV “Up Heartbreak Hill”
Sunday, November 23 at 3 pm
Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s “Up Heartbreak Hill” is a look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.

Spirit in the Glass:  Plateau Native Beadwork
Sunday, November 23 at 4 pm
Celebrate the spectacular beadwork and culture of the Columbia River Plateau People through the eyes and hearts of the artists. Together, they share their history, motivation, and the beadwork that plays an important role in binding their culture together.

 

3M visits Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program

Camy Young, Angelo San Segundo, Russell Bridges, Kim Price, Bernardo Martinez and Lynn Cipriano

Russell Bridges, Manager, Community Affairs of 3M Austin and Kim Price, VP of 3Mgives from St. Paul visited Wooten Elementary on October 9th, 2014. KLRU’s Martha Speaks Reading Buddies program was in session so Russell and Kim got a chance to see Wooten’s 5th grade “Big” buddies reading, writing, and working with their Kindergarten “Little” buddies to improve their vocabulary and literacy skills. Thank you 3M!! (Photo: Camy Young, Angelo San Segundo, Russell Bridges, Kim Price, Bernardo Martinez and Lynn Cipriano)

Below is a short video we produced to celebrate the completion of a prior Martha Speaks Reading Buddies program at Wooten, and to thank 3M for their support.

KLRU News Briefs: Inside Esquina Tango and Thinkery Offers Bilingual Storytime

BILINGUAL STORYTIME for web

On Saturday evening KLRU’s local news story during PBS NewsHour is an excerpt from Arts in Context Shorts’ With Panache, a look inside Esquina Tango in East Austin. Teachers Mickey Jacobs and Orazzio Loayza say tango is great for all people, regardless of fitness level.

“I think it’s important of people of all ages to be able to enjoy dance. We believe in health and well-being and dance offers that,” Jacobs said.

“We have people in their 40s, 50s, 60s. It’s good for their health because you’re not running, you’re walking and what is a better exercise than just walking,” Loayza said.

Some classes at the non-profit dance studio are free, some are donation only, and some cost between $12-$15 per class.

On Sunday our story is about The Thinkery’s Bilingual Storytime program. Storytime happens on Community Nights, twice per week, when the museum stays open late and the entrance fee is based upon a donation of any size.

Every Wednesday evening, children’s books are read in English and Spanish by volunteer bilingual students from the University of Texas. Museum staff say the premise came from a desire to bring different cultures together while fostering early literacy.

“The majority of the families are Spanish speaking, or just monolingual and just want their kid to learn Spanish. And to bring those two different communities together in one bilingual storytime is very important,” Sasha Ellington, The Thinkery’s Floor Supervisor said.

On Sunday evenings they offer bilingual storytime with English and American Sign Language.

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

 

 

Highlights October 19-25

KLRU Highlights

As usual, three of your favorite television series, The Paradise, Inspector Lewis and DCI Banks are airing Sunday evening starting at 7 pm.

Enjoy two hours of Antiques Roadshow beginning at 7 pm on Monday.

On Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm, two twin sisters, who were separated at birth, are still unmistakably and inextricably connected to each other.

Follow Tom Xia’s journey to find American identity amongst all the American media hype, Chinese nationalist propaganda and cultural misunderstandings on Xmas Without China Monday at 10 pm.

This week’s episode of Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm: three celebrity chefs who cook the food of their ancestors discover family members who have shaped their lives – and America’s cuisine. Featuring Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Aaron Sanchez.

Makers  Women in War Tuesday at 8 pm looks at American women’s increasing participation in war–from Vietnam to present–as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies.

Frontline  Losing Iraq Tuesday at 9 pm examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and how the U.S. is being pulled back into the conflict.

On Nature  A Murder of Crows Wednesday at 7 pm, crow experts from around the world sing their praises and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before.

NOVA  Ben Franklin’s Balloons Wednesday at 8 pm evokes the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time.

The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass on How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm.

Nine Inch Nails makes a rare television appearance, taking the Austin City Limits stage Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm in an hour-long performance of tracks from the latest album, Hesitation Marks.

Evan Smith interviews Ian McEwan, a critically acclaimed, highly distinguished author, Thursday at 7 pm on Overheard.

On Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm, the Austin Film Society has set out to create the best little art house in Texas to help foster the next generation of film lovers.

Chet heads to Kemah and Port Lavaca, Texas on Daytripper Thursday at 8 pm and 8:30 pm.

Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions Thursday at 9 pm leads viewers on an exploration of how and why people spend, save (or don’t), and think about money

Catchup on your news for the week Friday at 7 pm on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and again at 7:30 pm on Moyers and Company.

Watch Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek Live! Friday at 8 pm from the stage of Rose Theater at New York City’s Time Warner Center.

Can acts of engagement and exploration be works of art in themselves? Find out on Art in the Twenty-First Century Friday at 9 pm.

Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs live on Austin City Limits airing Saturday at 7 pm.

The television series Inspector Lewis and Father Brown begin at 8 pm on Saturday.

 

Science Night October 22

Crows do not have the best of reputations, but their image is about to take a real turn in Nature | A Murder of Crows Wednesday at 7 pm. New research has shown they are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other’s voices and 250 distinct calls. They are very social, mate for life and raise their young for up to five years. And they are able to recognize individual humans and pick them out of a crowd up to two years later.

The first stage in the adventure of human flight began with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th-century Paris, where a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers developed all the essential features of today’s hot air and gas balloons. Their exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin, who was serving in Paris as the American ambassador. To explore this burst of innovation, NOVA | Ben Franklin’s Balloons Wednesday at 8 pm recreates the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time.

On How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Wednesday at 9 pm, Johnson considers how the invention of the mirror gave rise to the Renaissance, how glass lenses allow us to reveal worlds within worlds and how, deep beneath the ocean, glass is essential to communication. The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass.

Q Night at the Movies October 18

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Join KLRU Q for Movie Night every Saturday at 7 pm. Hours of entertainment are guaranteed! Here’s what this Saturday looks like:

First at 7 pm, Arts In Context takes a look at the annual Fantastic Fest. Every year, the festival presents horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from around the world.

In On Story | Alien: Deconstructing a Sci-Fi Classic, an iconic example of its genre, Alien’s tension, pacing, and craftsmanship are deconstructed by veteran screenwriters John August and Ashley Miller. It’s accompanied by Jason Mann and Frieda Luk’s mystical short film, Delicacy, following a culinary connoisseur and his loyal chef as they dangerously navigate into the unknown with hopes to obtain a rare treat

That’s not all! KLRU Q is airing the feature film Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at 8! When an Oregon trapper (Howard Keel) decides to marry, his six rowdy brothers aim to follow suit, though not one has a sweetheart yet.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Arts In Context Premiere Party 10/28

Arts In Context is celebrating its fifth season, and we’re throwing a party! The premiere episode, Rebirth, features Austin’s experimental indie folk band Les RAV. Please join us for a screening followed by a Q&A with director Mario Troncoso and a special live performance by Les RAV. Enjoy beverages from Live Oak and sweet & savory treats from Cornucopia Popcorn Creations, too!

DATE: Tuesday, October 28th
TIME: 7 pm event starts (doors open at 6:30pm)
LOCATION: KLRU Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free, but an RSVP is required to attend. RSVP HERE

About the Episode: Rebirth
Born out of intense personal hardship, Les RAV – the classically-influenced experimental indie folk band – is the musical brainchild of Lauren Bruno, an ethereal, infinitely positive songwriter. Beyond the music, Bruno uses Les RAV to spread and foster a message of peace, connection, and understanding to anyone who will listen. Though diagnosed with ulcerative colitis early on in life, Bruno uses this often debilitating disease as motivation to spread her message of hope with even more fervor and intensity. Her haunting vocals and melodies reel listeners in but it’s her overwhelming sense of hopefulness and goodness that keeps them in.

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