Right to Assemble, Civil Liberties, and Expressing Dissent – in Austin and Around the World

With protests dominating the news, we wanted to add some historical and educational background on the right to assemble and how protesters have impacted policy in the past.

The Snapshot: Right to Assemble gives a brief overview of protests in Austin that helped propel big social changes, from desegregation to recognition of LGBTQ groups.

Austin Revealed has presented the stories of people who decided to personally take a stand against prejudice, from people who pushed back against segregation at Austin’s public pools to an in-depth look at the Chicano Civil Rights Movement here in Austin.

KLRU’s PBS Learning Media portal has educational resources on protesting around the world for teachers to use in the classroom or for parents to use at home. Get the resources now. Learning Media also offers resources on peaceful protests. Plus learn what is a right, and where does it come from?

Learn about the rise of student protests in the 60s.

Get a Crash Course on civil liberties.

 

Judy Maggio joins KLRU to help expand station’s news and public affairs reporting

KLRU is pleased to announce that veteran journalist Judy Maggio is joining the station to expand news and public affairs reporting. She will lead efforts to extend our current reporting, looking for innovative new ways to tell stories and to broaden conversations around issues that matter most to the Central Texas community.

HiRes-Judy_Maggio-0018“Now more than ever we know our audiences want to see more local news and public affairs programming on KLRU,” said Sara Robertson, VP for Production and Technology at KLRU. “And as a locally-owned and operated media organization we are uniquely positioned to do this.  Having Judy on our team will help us do more to serve our community and tell more stories that matter.”

KLRU has a longstanding commitment to present stories about important issues facing our community and our world by providing news and public affairs programming such as PBS NewsHour, Frontline and more.  The station is also committed to providing distinctive media experiences that matter and does this by providing a space for diverse voices to come together to talk about difficult or challenging issues that our community faces.

“This is watershed time in journalism,” said Maggio. “Finding and exploring new ways to engage people in news and issues that truly matter in this community is incredibly exciting, especially at a respected PBS station like KLRU!”

Maggio has more than three decades of experience as a lead news anchor in Austin.  She served as Managing Editor at both KVUE-TV (1981-2003) and KEYE-TV (2003-2014).  Most recently she has been consulting on communications, video production as well as heading up the Engage Breakfast Series for Leadership Austin group, moderating its monthly panel discussions with high profile Austinites talking about key issues facing the city.

The expansion of KLRU’s news and public affairs reporting is made possible through the early support of the Still Water Foundation and a generous gift from Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS:
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique – whether music, arts or public issues – by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at KLRU.org.

 

Literacy Links provides PBS resources to Oak Springs Elementary students

The Austin Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Literacy Links Program was a huge hit with the 1st – 3rd graders at Oak Springs Elementary School of Austin ISD. On December 19th, members of the organization shared Electric Company magazines and resources from klrukids.org with 120 students in 7 classrooms. The materials were IMG_27811STEAM-focused and intended to equip students with resources for continued educational development over the Winter Break.  Students who brought their completed magazines when they returned to school in January received special recognition for the accomplishment. 

The Austin (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.  They serve the Travis, Williamson, Hays, Blanco, Caldwell, and Bastrop counties. The Literacy Links Program’s goal is to emphasize closing the elementary achievement gap by promoting effective literacy practices.

Vote for KLRU NEXT in CultureMap’s Charity Challenge!

CultureMap’s Charity Challenge is back, and the power is in your hands to help KLRU NEXT win big!

For the Charity Challenge, the group with the most votes wins: an advertising package valued at $10,000 as CultureMap’s 2017 charity partner — and we need YOUR HELP to win!

You can vote here once a day, every day, starting RIGHT NOW through January 18 at 11:59 pm. And spread the word to friends, colleagues, donors, board members, parents, and your cool grandma who loves posting on your “wall.”

Ready, set, vote!

About KLRU Next
Knowledge is power! And KLRU Next gives members the knowledge to make our community a better place. The KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, young professionals group takes an experiential look at art, music, culture and more in the Greater Austin area. With KLRU Next Nights events like “All About Bob Ross” and “Hands-on Innovation,” civic-minded professionals learn while helping support KLRU’s educational work in Central Texas.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes DeRay Mckesson 1/13

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with DeRay Mckesson on January 13 at 4:15 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 3:15 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist and educator. He is a predominant member of the Black Lives Matter movement and was named one of Fortune Magazine’s top 50 World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015.

Mckesson is a co-founder of Campaign Zero, a platform to end police violence.

unnamed (5)Friday, January 13 at 4:15 p.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 3:15 p.m.
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Entrance is based upon capacity.

If you can’t make it to the taping, you can tune-in live on our Facebook page to see a stream of the interview.

Mckesson will also be joining The Texas Tribune at their Symposium on Race & Public Policy. He will deliver the opening keynote on race in the age of Donald Trump, which you can watch online at texastribune.org on Friday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues its seventh season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thought-makers 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 DeRay Mckesson. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Highlights Jan 8-14

KLRU Highlights

Watch the newest episode of Sherlock Season 4, titled “The Lying Detective”, airing at 8 pm Sunday, 8:59 pm Thursday, and 8:50 pm Saturday.

Father Brown finds himself embroiled with MI5, which puts Lady Felicia in a compromising position on this episode of Father Brown, airing at 11:12 pm on Sunday and 8 pm Saturday.

Explore our attempts to plan for our radioactive future and the startling failure to manage waste in the present. Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering a vast amount of land. Watch this episode of Independent Lens this Monday at 9 pm.

Watch SongwritingWith:Soldiers, which offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters on Arts In Context, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Investigate Hitler’s mountain power house. Home to a Nazi elite, it became a labyrinth of underground tunnels, bunkers and secret escape routes, crowned by the awe-inspiring Eagle’s Nest on Nazi Mega Weapon, airing at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Discover the terrifying truth behind one of America’s most dangerous nuclear accidents-the deadly 1980 incident at an Arkansas Titan II missile complex-in this chilling, minute-by-minute account of the long-hidden story titled Command And Control: American Experience airing Tuesday at 8 pm.

Writer/director Jason Reitman, whose credits include Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air Juno, and most recently, the TV series Casual, discusses his journey from novice filmmaker to indie stalwart. Watch the discussion on On Story, at 10 pm on Tuesday.

John Singleton, the youngest and first African American filmmaker to win an Academy Award® for his work on Boyz in the Hood, discusses his process, influences, and inspirations, from the work of acclaimed playwright August Wilson to pioneering directors Spike Lee and Federico Fellini. Watch John Singleton’s Classic Influences on Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Travel across the snow globe with wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan to meet animal survivors of winter, from the penguins of Antarctica to the Arctic fox and the bison of Yellowstone on Nature, airing at 7 pm on Wednesday.

Five years after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the unprecedented trio of meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, scientists and engineers are struggling to control an ongoing crisis at the wrecked plant. What’s next for Fukushima? What’s next for Japan? Tune in to NOVA to find out, Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

On The Boys of ’36: American Experience watch the story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and America by storm when they captured gold at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, airing at 8 pm Wednesday.

The Texas Promise is a gripping story of equity, politics, money and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy, airing at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

The Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon on Doctor Who, airing Thursday at 10:30 pm and Saturday at 11:01 pm.

Experience composer Jimmy Lopez and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’ operatic adaptation of Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel inspired by a true-life hostage crisis in the 1990s in Lima, Peru, with soprano Danielle de Niese on this episode of Great Performances, on air at 8 pm Friday.

Enjoy the ACL debut of pop legend Cyndi Lauper with a a program of classics and country covers. Songs include “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, ” “True Colors” and “End of the World.” on Austin City Limits, airing at 7 pm on Saturday.

In 2011, Wanda Montemayor and a team including teachers, art therapists and students from all over Austin completed a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy pool. Watch Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project this Saturday airing at 10:33 pm.

 

Building the American Dream wins funding from Latino Public Broadcasting

Building the American Dream, a documentary that tells the stories of the virtually invisible undocumented construction workers in Texas, has been chosen as one of the recipients for funding from Latino Public Broadcasting as part of their 2016 Public Media Content Fund. The documentary is directed and produced by Chelsea Hernandez. KLRU is the presenting station and plans to distribute the film nationally to PBS stations.

Construction is a $72 billion industry in Texas, but beneath the so-called recession proof “Texas Miracle” lies an uncomfortable truth. 1 in 2 workers in Texas are undocumented and face horrendous exploitations. Building the American Dream tells the stories of the virtually invisible undocumented construction workers upon whose hard labor the boom is built and introduces Cristina Tzintzún, an uncompromising young female voice in the labor movement leading the fight for basic rights and safety conditions.

For more information on the documentary visit their website.

 

Q Night At The Movies Jan. 7

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Q Night at the Movies brings you science, love, and comedy with classic primetime soaps. Watch exclusive interviews and classic movies this week with Q Night.

On Science Goes To The Movies, Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin bring you commentary on Real Dragons, airing at 7 pm on Saturday.

When writer and war veteran Charles Wills (Van Johnson) meets the lovely and restless Helen Ellswirth (Elizabeth Taylor) in Paris after WWII, the two strangers instantly fall in love. This week’s Corinth Film Collection brings you The Last Time I Saw Paris, airing at 8 pm Saturday.

Dallas and Dynasty kicked off the nighttime soap frenzy in the late 1970s, a phenomenon that continued through the last season of Knots Landing in 1993. The episode offers new details about the famous “Who Shot JR” episode of Dallas. Watch interviews on Pioneers of Television‘s Primetime Soaps special this Saturday at 9 pm.

Hosted by the still handsome and now legendary artist Glen Campbell, viewers will love revisiting the performances, the outfits and the hairstyles of some of the hottest talent of the period only on Glen Campbell: Good Times Again airing at 10:59 pm Saturday night.

The Everlasting Mind

EVERLASTINGMIND 1By attending Creative Action’s Continuing Creativity classes, Austin Seniors are able stay involved in the arts, maintain cognitive health and meet new people in the community. The group, mostly comprised of Senior African-Americans of the Chestnut neighborhood, is encouraged to learn new skills and explore a passion they have always wanted to try. Through writing and other creativity stimulating activities, the Seniors of the Continuing Creativity class continue to invigorate their everlasting minds.

 

Highlights Jan 1-7

KLRU Highlights

On this episode of Great Performances,Julie Andrews hosts the traditional ringing in of the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel, featuring Strauss Family waltzes and more, and a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. See From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration, airing Sunday at 6:30 pm.

The mercurial Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife, Mary (Amanda Abbington), prepare for their biggest challenge yet: becoming parents. Join for the season premiere of Sherlock, airing back to back at 8 pm, 9:30 pm and 11 pm Sunday night. This episode also airs at 8:59 pm Thursday, January 5, and 10:21 pm Saturday, January 7.

Best and Most Beautiful Things is a celebration of outcasts everywhere, following a precocious young blind woman who disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation, on this episode of Independent Lens airing 9 pm on Monday.

Follow a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors on the special titled Cyber-Seniors airing Monday at 10 pm.

Journey through the life’s work of the socially conscious director of Serpico, 12 Angry Men and Network in a never-before-seen interview on Sidney Lumet: American Masters airing at 7 pm on Tuesday.

The first-person stories of refugees and migrants fleeing war and persecution for Europe. Told through camera-phone footage filmed by the families themselves as they leave their homes on dangerous journeys seeking safety and refuge, on this special episode of Frontline: President Trump airing at 9 pm on Tuesday.

Writer/Director/Producer Charles Burnett shares his career development process in narrative and documentary filmmaking on this episode of On Story airing at 10 pm on Tuesday.

On this episode of On Story, Director John Lee Hancock and writer Kelly Marcel discuss how the script for Saving Mr. Banks was successfully transformed onto the screen using heavily stylized elements, and musical cues from the classic film Mary Poppins to depict the life of author PL Travers during the 1960’s. This episode airs at 10:30 pm on Tuesday.

Kays tracks and photographs coywolves with remote motion sensor cameras, collects road kill and scat, and obtains tissue and bone samples from fur trappers, hunters, and others to unravel the mysteries that define this new species on Nature, airing at 7 pm on Wednesday.

A team of scientists and explorers probe high altitude caves in the Tibetan Himalayas looking for clues to how humans found their way into this forbidding landscape and adapted their bodies to survive. Join NOVA in the exploration of Vampire Sky Tombs, airing at 8 pm Wednesday.

Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves on Secrets of the Dead airing at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve as Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and Kris Kristofferson are inducted into the Hall of Fame on ACL Hall Of Fame New Years Eve, airing at 10 pm on Wednesday.

Join Evan Smith as he interviews Marcus Samuelson, a chef and restaurateur who has written numerous cookbooks on this episode of Overheard With Evan Smith airing Thursday at 7 pm.

Passing It Forward features Tapestry Dance Company laying the foundation for the future of tap dance in America, this week’s Arts In Context feature, which airs on Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to West Texas to explore one of the most beautiful and most remote national parks in the U.S. on the National Parks episode of The Daytripper airing at 8 pm on Thursday.

After a night backpacking to the South Rim, Chet wakes up to head back to the basin and visits Terlingua, on this episode of The Daytripper, at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

From the late 1940s until his death in 1959, he spearheaded an innovative ad campaign that made Springmaid sheets a household word and changed the approach of the country’s advertising industry. The “Colonel” was already a WWI hero and author of War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator, when he inherited his father’s South Carolina textile company in the 1930s. Watch Miss Springmaid this Thursday at 10:30 pm.

Examine the daily life of residents in an ethnically and culturally diverse community in Queens, New York on In Jackson Heights, Friday at 8 pm.

Enjoy a career-spanning performance by R&B/hip-hop icon Ms. Lauryn Hill in a rare television appearance on her screening of Austin City Limits, Saturday at 7 pm.

Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, Father Brown follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community. Watch alongside Father Brown in the episode titled Law Of Motion, airing Saturday at 8 pm.

Rejoin Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson — in 1890s London on Sherlock On Masterpiece, Saturday at 8:47 pm.