Blackademics 2016 tapings 2/9 & 2/10

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Blackademics Television is a presentation of The Institute for Community, University & School Partnerships (ICUSP) in combination with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. This project uses television & social media to share top Black Studies scholarship with broad popular audiences.

We invite you to join us live in KLRU’s Studio 6A on Feb. 9th & 10th to watch this year’s presenters tape their talks. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the taping starts promptly at 7 pm.

Presenters include:
Joshua & Jeremiah West
Dr. Tifani Jones Blakes
Jordan & Mia Smith
Ben Gilbarg
Shaan Shah
Dr. Kevin Michael Foster
Leander Brieon Thompson
Artist Tyson
Mikaila Ulmer
Kelley Glover

Watch Blackademics talks from pervious years now

PBS LearningMedia launches ELECTION CENTRAL

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As part of the overarching PBS Election 2016 initiative, today PBS LearningMedia announced additional 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.

In the Studio: KLRU & Texas Tribune host GOP Railroad Commission Candidate Forum

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Join us in studio to hear from six of the Republicans running for an open seat on the Texas Railroad Commission. The Texas Railroad Commission is the primary regulator of oil and gas production and drilling in the state. These candidates are seeking their party’s nomination in the March primary for the open seat on the three-member commission.

During this hourlong forum, the candidates and moderator Evan Smith of the The Texas Tribune will discuss their ideas about the industry, regulation, the state economy, and other issues that will confront the commission in the years ahead. This forum will air on KLRU Feb. 15th at 7 pm.

Monday, February 8th
6PM-7PM, doors at 5:30PM
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Please RSVP

Lance Christian has worked as a geoscientist for the Texas Railroad Commission since 2013. Previously, he served as a geoscientist for the Texas Water Development Board.

Wayne Christian served in the Texas House, representing District 9, from 1997 to 2013. During his time in the Legislature, he served as vice chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee and president of the Texas Conservative Coalition. Christian is also a member of the SunAmerica President’s Club and owns his own financial consulting business, Wayne Christian Financial.

Gary Gates serves as CEO and owner of Gatesco, Inc., a real estate investment company in the Texas Gulf Coast region. He has also served as a delegate for the State Party Convention since 2002 and is a lifetime member of the Fort Bend County Fair Association. Previously, Gates served as board member for the Fort Bend Pregnancy Resource Center.

John Greytok is an attorney based in Austin and has worked as a briefing attorney to the chief justice of the Austin Court of Appeals. Previously, Greytok served as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Texas, and he has worked as a precinct chair, election judge, campaign treasurer, convention delegate and member of the county resolutions committee.

Ron Hale serves as CEO for Duboise Industries LLC and as director of operations for the private security company NZ Control Specialists, which specializes in anti-terrorism consulting for the oil and gas industry. Hale previously ran for the District 15 seat in the Texas Senate.

Doug Jeffrey manages his family’s cattle farm and ranch business in Vernon, Texas. He is also an investor in the oil and gas industry. Jeffrey was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Weston Martinez is an oil and gas business development and government affairs strategist and works as a political commentator. He was appointed in 2011 by then-Gov. Rick Perry to serve as a public member of the Texas Real Estate Commission. Previously, Martinez worked in the regulated telecommunications industry.

This production is a partnership with The Texas Tribune and will be livestreamed on TexasTribune.orgSupport for the livestream is provided in part by the Texas Oil & Gas Association, CenterPoint Energy, and Texas Pipeline Association. Photo copyright Jerod Foster. 

 

February 2016 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. For February 2016, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Mysterious Monkeys of Shangri-La”
The true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. This is a unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas.

Monday, February 8 at 9:00 pm (repeats on Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 pm): Independent Lens “A Ballerina’s Tale”
Few dancers make it to the highest levels of classical ballet; of that already small number only a fraction of them are black women. Misty Copeland pulled herself up the ladder at American Ballet Theater from studio company to principal dancer, becoming arguably the biggest star in dance today.

Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Raising the Dinosaur Giant”
Have scientists discovered the biggest animal to have ever walked the planet? Deep in a South American desert, a giant is being awakened after 101 million years of sleep. Sir David Attenborough guides us through the journey of waking the giant as it happens.

News Briefs: AISD Looks at Affordable Housing Options for Teachers, Texas Tribune on Planned Parenthood Video Indictments

Austin ISD Looks for Housing Solutions to Stop Teacher Flight

Austin ISD is losing about 800 teachers each year. Many of those teachers are pushed out of Austin by rising housing costs, and opt to teach in the districts in which they live. The district is working collaborating with the City of Austin and Travis County to find ways to use the large amount of public land each taxing entity owns to create affordable housing options for those teachers and for AISD students and families.

“There’s a lot of land there, but I think that’s part of the task,” Vice President of the Austin School Board Paul Saldaña says. “We’ve all shared a list of inventory that we own and it’s just a matter of prioritizing. The longer we sit around and don’t have a plan of action we’re going to continue to be ranked as the most economically segregated city, and we’re going to continue to lose students and teachers as a result.”

Melissa Adams has been teaching in Austin ISD for 6 years. A few years ago she was tempted to leave the district because of rising rent. She decided to stay out of loyalty, but worries she’ll continue getting priced out.

“It’s kind of sad when you go to apartment hunters and tell them your price range and they laugh,” Adams says.

She calls the Austin ISD Board “very pro-teacher” and appreciates their efforts on this issue. But, she thinks the district-owned land could be better utilized by selling it, making a profit, and using that money to pay Austin teachers more.

“Let’s let teachers choose where they want to live,” she says. “I think all of us have the right to safe affordable places to live when we’re providing a service to our city.”

According to Saldaña, some Austin teachers are now able to qualify for subsidized housing. Adams says she finds that fact insulting.

“I’m college educated, I got my Masters so I could be a better teacher, I love what I do,” she says. “I don’t want to say ‘Oh , I’m totally opposed,’ or ‘It’s totally nice,’ it’s just, isn’t there a better solution than this? That professionalizes and humanizes teachers more?”

Texas Tribune Political Roundup: Harris County grand jury indicts the people behind undercover videos of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

In this week’s Texas Political Roundup from Alana Rocha of The Texas Tribune, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleidan, who secretly recorded video of the Houston clinic last summer, is accused of “unlawfully, intentionally and knowingly” offering to buy fetal tissue via email. Daleidan faces a class A misdemeanor charge.

Rocha also reports on Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s final push in Iowa before Monday’s Caucuses and a UT Austin professor who says it’s within his rights to ban guns in his classroom.

Highlights Jan. 31 – Feb. 6

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 7 p.m., Miss Baxter faces a dilemma on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air.

Thomas makes Andy a generous offer on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 5 at 8 p.m. Sunday. Spratt rescues Denker. A powerful politician comes to dinner. Robert upsets the family. Mary gets suspicious.

Dr. Foster confronts his family’s divided loyalties when his mother and wounded Confederate brother arrive on Mercy Street at 9 pm Sunday and 9 pm Thursday.

No More Babies investigates the history of Mexican-American women who were coercively sterilized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and 1970s on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday.

A wrap-up of the first state to cast votes in the 2016 presidential primary season on PBS Newshour at 10 pm Monday.

Discover how the ancestors of business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry took audacious risks to create opportunities, and how their luck, ingenuity and chutzpah was passed on to these three visionaries on Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Tuesday.

Based on the best-seller Destiny of the Republic, explore James Garfield’s unprecedented rise to power, his shooting by a madman and its bizarre and tragic aftermath on American Experience Death of a President at 8 pm Tuesday.

American Masters: Mike Nichols at 9 pm Tuesday showcases one of America’s great directors (The Graduate, Angels in America) with new interviews with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday takes a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Mary Lynn Rajskub, a comedian and actress, talks about her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX British Invasion at 7:30 pm Thursday. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, and more.

Chet heads to the desert of Balmorhea to go swimming and SCUBA diving in a spring-fed pool on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Andrea Bocelli joins Renee Fleming, 2015 Richard Tucker Award-winner Jamie Barton and a formidable array of opera superstars for this perennial high point of the opera season on Live from Lincoln Center at 8 pm Friday.

Grow gorgeous gardens with a lot less water and visit an urban contemporary makeover on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Savor the old-fashioned soul of Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 2/3

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This week, Science Night kicks off with an episode of Nature that highlights a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys and their story of survival. Then, NOVA answers the question of why ocean creatures produce light. We end the night with Rise Of The Black Pharaohs, which tells the little known narrative of how Kush, a former subject state of Egypt around 800 BC, dethroned and conquered the powerful empire for roughly 100 years.

Nature Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-la at 7 p.m.
This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. The survival of this unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, depends on strong defensive strategies and the cooperation and interdependence of them all.


NOVA Creatures Of Light at 8 p.m.
NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Rise Of The Black Pharaohs  at 9 p.m.
Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. This unlikely chapter of history has been buried by the Egyptians and was belittled by early archaeologists, who refused to believe that dark-skinned Africans could have risen so high. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society to rival the Egyptians’.

News Briefs: Final Days to Enroll in Obamacare, Supreme Court to Hear Immigration Case

Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace closes January 31st. A number of Austin-area nonprofit groups are busy signing up as many people as possible before the deadline, especially people who are not native English speakers or who are low income.

The Center for Healthy Communities is one of those groups. Isabel Lopez spends her days crisscrossing Austin, dropping off information at elementary schools and doing Spanish-language presentations and TV interviews. Her goal is to reach an often under-served, and therefore often misinformed, community.

“Misconceptions are that everybody will be fined if they don’t have health insurance,” Lopez says. “The other thing is that it’s really expensive and I don’t think they understand how big the subsidy can be.”

She says there is also a lot of fear, especially from documented immigrants who may have family members who are undocumented.

“There is a lot of fear of deportation and because of the immigration status, but a lot of these families do qualify,” Lopez explains. “I think we need to do way more outreach to the hard to reach populations. Not only Spanish speaking, but we have a big population of Arab-speaking, Vietnamese, Burmese.”

To qualify for Obamacare you must be a U.S. citizen, or have legal status, such as legal residents or registered aliens.

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In Washington this week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge from Texas, and 25 other states, to President Obama’s 2014 executive order on immigration. The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, has been on hold for nearly a year after a Texas-based federal judge blocked the measure.

DAPA would allow more than four million undocumented immigrants to apply for a renewable work permit and avoid deportation. The case is expected to go before the court in April, with its decision issued in June. Our weekly Texas Political Roundup comes from Alana Rocha with our reporting partner The Texas Tribune.

Highlights January 24 to January 30

KLRU Highlights

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 3, Sunday at 7 p.m., a wedding dress drama takes a disastrous turn. The breakfast battle is settled. A handsome volunteer helps Edith meet a deadline. The hospital debate gets nasty.

Sunday at 8 p.m., Miss Baxter faces a dilemma on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air.

Confederate belle Emma nurses her wounded friend on Mercy Street The Haversack, Sunday at 9 p.m. Dr. Foster wrestles with his marriage and career as Mary tries to improve her patients’ lives with Samuel’s help. Aurelia submits to Silas’ advances in exchange for his help.

Sunday at 10 p.m., a famous rock ‘n’ roll singer comes to Ballarat to perform, and the town goes wild for him on Doctor Blake Mysteries The Food Of Love. But when the star dies in an alleyway outside the venue, it falls to Dr. Blake to investigate the mystifying circumstances, see past the murky intrigue of the singer’s life and find the truth. (via BBC One)

Travel to Antiques Roadshow Little Rock, Hour One and discover finds like an Olin Travis Ozark hilltop painting, a 1936 Lou Gehrig autograph and an English giltwood cabinet-on-stand, ca. 1730. Which one is appraised for $80,000 to $ 120,000? Monday at 7 p.m.

In Antiques Roadshow El Paso, Tx – Hour Two, Monday at 8 p.m., host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Chris Mitchell explore how the innovative “Mississippi” rifle dramatically changed the odds in the Mexican-American War, as well as the current market for this weapon.

Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men-Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader-as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life on Finding Your Roots Tragedy + Time = Comedy, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., go inside the bitter battle to unionize coal miners at the dawn of the 20th century on Mine Wars: American Experience. The struggle over the power that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War, and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.

The final episode of the three-part Nature: Natural Born Hustlers: Sex, Lies & Dirty Tricks concludes Wednesday at 7 p.m. which explores sneaky mating techniques. It’s a tough world out there, so it’s not surprising that crafty animals turn to disguise, illusion, duplicity and mimicry to beat the odds and live another day. (via Thirteen)

Join scientists on NOVA Nepal Earthquake, Wednesday at 8 p.m., as they examine why this earthquake was so devastating, how the victims are rebuilding and whether another earthquake looms on the horizon.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique-life itself on Earth’s Natural Wonders Living Wonders. In the Amazon, boys face fierce animals in a rite of passage and a Bangladeshi father and son brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey.

Revel in the high-energy performance of the African singer/songwriter on Austin City Limits Angelique Kidjo, Wednesday at 10 p.m. The Grammy-winning Benin native and her four-piece band raise the roof with songs from her recent LP, Eve.

Overheard with Evan Smith Kim Gordon airs Thursday at 7 p.m. Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band. In addition to being a musician and author, Gordon is a fashion designer, actress and artist.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet joins the “snowbirds” and heads to the Texas coast in the winter time to see some of the only remaining wild whooping cranes on The Daytripper Rockport-Fulton.

Mercy Street The Haversack airs again Thursday at 9 p.m.

When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London on Doctor Who Deep Breath, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combusions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? Thursday at 10 p.m.

Meet one of America’s great directors (The Graduate, Angels in America) Friday at 8 p.m. on Mike Nichols: American Masters. Nichols discusses his life and 50-year artistic career, from comedy duo Nichols and May to Charlie Wilson’s War. See new interviews with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more.

On Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration, Friday at 9 p.m., view dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman.

Austin City Limits Angelique Kidjo airs again Friday at 10 p.m.

Relish the best in smart indie rock on Austin City Limits Sleater-Kinney/Heartless Bastards, Saturday at 7 p.m. Seattle veterans Sleater-Kinney rock tracks from their acclaimed LP No Cities to Love. Austin rockers Heartless Bastards showcase their latest LP, Restless Ones.

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 4 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

On Father Brown The Judgement Of Man, Father Brown becomes embroiled in an audacious art heist masterminded by his adversary Flambeau, who intends to use the priest and his friends to help him settle an old score. Saturday at 9 p.m.

Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together – though neither of them was expecting that they would be given homework on Doc Martin Education, Education, Education, Saturday at 10 p.m. Peter Cronk, now 15, approaches Louisa to ask if Martin will allow him to do work experience at the Surgery.

Outside the Box

Outside the Box, a collection of stories that profiles teens challenging gender stereotypes, is available to watch online now! The stories were made by the NewsHour Student Reporting Lab. This series introduces viewers to Shantell, the 16-year-old commanding officer of her high school’s JROTC program. We discover Zack’s passion for designing clothes, which ultimately lands the teen a spot on “Project Runway Junior.” And we get to know youth like Semra and D.J., who by exploring their identities challenge those around them to think #outsidethebox. Watch all the Outside the Box videos now

Two videos were produced by area schools as part of KLRU’s work with the Newshour Student Reporting Lab.

Fix all of it from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Luisa Garcia and Karen Lopez, students at Manor High School in Manor, Texas.

What’s it like to be a female mechanic? Sofia Rodriguez is an 18-year-old Texas native who currently works at both Jiffy Lube and Dynamic Motor Repair. Working in a male-dominated field can be challenging however, Sofia says “bring it on.”

Gamemaker from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Patrick Cadet, Isaiah Cavanaugh, Andrew Duncan, Alyssa San Miguel, Ashley Tamez, students at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas.

Despite what many people assume because of her gender, Jazsmin Burton enjoys coding and wants to study game design in college so she can develop games herself.