Eyes On The Prize

Many of us are familiar with civil rights leaders such as Rose Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Many of us are familiar with “Freedom Riders” and the March on Washington.  Yet, there are many other events and individuals that have been captured in the Eyes on the Prize series. And here is an exceptional way to become familiar with many more of the participants and events that defined the civil rights movement.

KLRU will rebroadcast the Eyes on the Prize series starting on Juneteenth 2016. This landmark series will be presented to a new generation of viewers and encourage informed dialogue on today’s civil rights issues. KLRU will air the entire 14-part series along with the half-hour special Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now.

Eyes on the Prize premiered in 1987. This groundbreaking series will return in June 19, 2016. Series 1 and Series 2 will be presented over three Sundays starting at 1:00 pm on KLRU-Austin PBS.

Sunday, June 19
1 pm        Juneteenth Jamboree 2016
1:30 pm   Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now
2-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 101 102 103 104
6 pm        Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now

Sunday, June 26:
1-3 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 105 106
3-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 201 202 203

Sunday, July 3
1-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 204 205 206 207 208

The half-hour special, Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now, will re-examine this groundbreaking series from the filmmakers’ perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. The special explores how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality.

Paul Stekler, Chair of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin was the co-producer/director of two of the segments featured on Eyes on the Prize programs #204 and #207. He is also featured in Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now.

Originally produced by Backside, Eyes on the Prize remains the definitive documentary series exploring the civil rights movement. It portrays the story of ordinary people who took extraordinary measures to create a social movement. The television series is one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries on civil rights in America. Eyes on the Prize has won six Emmy Awards and numerous other awards including the top DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, Eyes on the Prize traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage to the mass demonstrations. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist narrates the series.

New PBS Kids “Measure Up” app

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School’s out for summer and that means endless days at the pool, but with the new PBS KIDS’ education phone application children won’t be falling behind anytime soon.

Thursday June 16, PBS KIDS debuted ‘Measure Up!,’ a free app that is designed to help children build math skills and encourage parents to support their learning. Primarily designed for 3 to 5-year-olds, the app builds on measurement skills that feature games, videos and activities from popular PBS KIDS’ series. In addition, parents and caregivers will be able to track progress and find activities through a companion app with tools.
“Given the overwhelming number of apps available, it’s often difficult for parents to find great educational content for their kids,” said Sara DeWitt, Vice President, PBS KIDS Digital. “’PBS KIDS Measure Up!’ not only helps build math skills in a fun learning environment, it also lets parents track the skills in which their kids excel, and the skills where they may need more practice.”

In PBS KIDS Measure Up!, children can visit a world with characters from PBS KIDS’ series DINOSAUR TRAIN, PEG + CAT and SID THE SCIENCE KID. There, they explore concepts of length, width, capacity and weight while collecting rewards through each game or activity. The app thoughtfully sequences different types of media to ensure kids will build math skills. According to PBS KIDS, each game, video and activity has be rigorously tested to ensure a positive learning experience for children.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s senior vice president for education and children’s content Debra Sanchez says, “This innovative new app demonstrates public media’s ability to engage children through free, high-quality educational programming across all platforms.”

Bringing parents into the learning adventure, ‘PBS KIDS Measure Up!’ connects with a free companion app for adults: the PBS KIDS Super Vision App for parents. PBS KIDS Super Vision provides parents and caregivers with updates on their kids’ progress throughout the Measure Up! app and shares information and recommendations, suggesting related activities that they can do with their children to build on the skills they are developing. Through these features, parents and caregivers can engage in, better understand and guide their children’s learning.

 

Science Night 6/22

Travel to the Arctic to witness a phenomenon and delve into the history of World War II with KLRU on Science Night!

Great Polar Bear Feastairs at 7 pm

Every year in early September, a natural phenomenon takes place on the south slope of the Arctic. Each year, about 80 polar bears gather on the frozen shores, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast upon the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. This film will center on the scientists and wildlife photographers that flock to this small village each year to understand the polar bears and their unusual behavior.

NOVANazi Attack on America‘ – airs at 8 pm 

A sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Orleans tells the story of Operation Drumbeat.

Hitler’s Killer SubsNazi Mega Weapons‘ – airs at 9 pm 

At the beginning of WWII, Germany took victory over many of its enemies in a series of offensives coined “Blitzkrieg” or “Lightning War.” Stuka bombers blast a path though enemy lines, then Panzer divisions cut through defenses. Together they’re unstoppable.

Here’s an Idea: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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Examine the connections between pop culture, technology and art on this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ Idea Channel.’

Why Are You Ignoring My iMessages?? – Idea Channel

Why are you ignoring my messages? Are read receipts amazing or infuriating? When you check iMessage on your iPhone, iWatch, iMac, iPad and you see a little note that says your friend saw your message, but they aren’t responding. Why are you ignoring my texts?  Also, what’s up with those people with green bubbles? Aren’t they the worst? Join Mike this week on Idea Channel as he takes a deep dive into read receipts and iMessage!

Can You Speak Emoji? – Idea Channel 

Since the popularity of emojis having risen in the past decade, many of these symbols have taken on lives of their own. Which is understandable since no one can get through a text message conversation without using at least one emoji. So does that mean these symbols qualify as a language?

The Vague Horror of Face Swap – Idea Channel 

Face Swapping isn’t new, but it sure is popular these days with things like the Face Swap Challenge, and apps like, FaceSwap Live, MSQRD, and of course, Snapchat. But have you ever noticed that there’s something…weird and horrific about the face swap? Perhaps it’s even an example of the Body Horror genre, especially when face swaps go wrong. Those glitchy face swaps you see on your friend’s story of them having a computer as a face may revealing something about the relationship between humans and computers. What does that say about the way computers see us?

Q Night At The Movies 6 /18

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Join KLRUQ for a night at the movies with Ingrid Bergman, On Story and Oklahoma!

Hollywood IdolsIngrid Bergman Remembered‘ – airs at 7 pm 

Ingrid Bergman possessed a natural and vulnerable persona, which was both genuine and alluring. Her cinematic contributions included such movie classics as Casablanca and Anastasia. Bergman’s life took many sharp turns and led her in directions she never expected.  Appearing together for the first time, Ingrid’s daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini take a personal look back at their mother’s life beyond Bergman’s acting career. They tell the story of her life, from her childhood in Sweden to her death at age 67 from breast cancer.

On Story Episode #610‘ – airs at 7: 30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

All-star Film CollectionOklahoma‘ – airs at 8 pm

In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

Veterans Coming Home

Isaiah Pasterski was injured while serving in the Army in Iraq in 2003. As a result of the IED Isaiah sustained TBI, loss of vision in his left eye, and PTS. Isaiah's mother Susan has assisted him through navigating the VA system over the years, which she says has been quite difficult. Susan has been the head of disabled American's Veterans auxiliary unit #3 for 5 years.  She says if more moms were involved in veterans’ issues, the system for them would work better.  Susan and her husband Kevin also help with the care for Isaiah's son Austin.  (Photo by Kathleen Flynn, NOLA.com l The Times-Picayune)

Today, many civilians don’t know how to approach veterans and what to say. Premiering Wednesdays and Saturdays through July 4, Veterans Coming Home is a web series exploring the lives of post-9/11 veterans, the divide between them and their communities, and the stereotypes that veterans and civilians hold about each other.Elizabeth Hash 03

Veterans Coming Home aims to help veterans and communities understand the opportunities and challenges faced during the transition to civilian life and bridge the military-civilian divide. Made possible with support from CPB, the project features videos released in partnership with PBS Stories of Service. All episodes are available to watch here.

Follow our team of veteran and civilian mediamakers using #VetsComingHome on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as they hit the road to reveal untold stories of veterans returning home, and what it means to serve your community and country.

 

Music Under the Star 7/8: The Midnight Stroll and Walker Lukens

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Want the concert experience but don’t want to break your wallet? Music Under the Star free concert series sounds like your cup of tea.

Each week this July Bullock Texas State History Museum will be hosting free concerts from 6 pm to 9 pm in the museum’s Lone Star Plaza.

Kicking off the series July 8 is Ghostland Observatory frontman Aaron Behrens, debuting his solo album this year. Writing, recording and rehearsing with a crack team of Austin musicians, Behrens blends elements of soulful rock and heartfelt blues into a refreshing sound with band, The Midnight Stroll, featuring Jonas Wilson (previously from Lomita and White White Lights) on guitar.

Opening the event is Walker Lukens, whose soulful, emotive tenor and alt-pop songwriting have been compared to Harry Nilsson to Tom Waits and Pavement. Lukens, Austin, Texas-based, has fronted various bands but later released his solo EP, Year of the Dog and later his Devoted in 2013. They received unanimous praise from outlets like NPR, American Songwriter, Austin-American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, and Billboard.

KLRU and Austin City Limits are presenting partners for this year’s Music Under the Stars series.

Before checking out the concert, make sure to explore the Austin City Limits Theater installation in the Museum’s third floor galleries features the music and musicians that made the innovative PBS series the longest-running music program in American television history.acl-theater-gall1

The ACL Theater’s large-screen concert experience takes audiences from the 1974 pilot broadcast of Willie Nelson’s ACL performance to the present day. The music series originally featured local Austin musicians, but now the show books regional, national and international performances. Austin City Limits was designated as an official Rock and Roll Landmark in 2010 by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Sit back and enjoy Lyle Lovett, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffet, Flaco Jiménez, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead, and film clips from other ACL broadcasts. Artifacts on display in the exhibition include the Austin City Limits neon sign, the 1974 letter to PBS explaining the ACL concept, tree branches from the iconic Studio 6A set, and the 2011 Peabody Award that recognized ACL’s excellence in “presenting and preserving eclectic American musical genres.”

KLRU Summer STEM Resources

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KLRU is a proud partner of many summer STEM camp providers in Central Texas. We have built this collection of PBS and other amazing and fun resources for participants in these camps and for anyone to use!

Audiovisual and interactive resources available through PBS MediaLearning site:

Web platforms and interactive games outside PBS that can be used in learning activities:

Software resources outside PBS that can be downloaded and installed on local computers:

 

Q Night at the Movies 6/11

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Join KLRUQ for K Night at the Movies with three back-to-back special programs.

Hollywood IdolsMichael Caine: Breaking The Mold‘ – airs at 7 pm 

Born into poverty in London, when he first decided to become an actor, Michael Caine was met with amazement – who did he think he was? Yet, he persevered, starting in repertory theater, then television, and, finally succeeding in becoming one of filmdom’s most versatile stars. This special features clips from such films as Educating Rita, The Man Who Would Be King, Alfie, California Suite, Hannah and Her Sisters, Mona Lisa, Sleuth, Zulu, and The Ipcress File.

On StoryChris Cooper: A Conversation On Acting‘ – airs at 7:30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

Corinth Films CollectionHenry Viii And His Six Wives‘ – airs at 8 pm 

On his deathbed Tudor-king Henry VIII (Keith Michell) remembers his long reign and especially the crucial part his six marriages played in it, without producing the male heir he desired.

We did it! Thanks to YOU!

ThankYou-Blog

People said it couldn’t be done…$100,000 in just 5 days. But we raised that and then some and it’s all thanks to YOU!

Your gifts rolled in online, over the phone and in the mail to support more programs and fewer interruptions this June. And now that all is said and done, KLRU was able to raise over $108,000 from 875 Central Texans!

We are humbled by your support and so very thankful to be a part of the generous Central Texas community. Thank you for Shaping the Future of #YourKLRU!