American Graduate Champion: Les Brown

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

les-brownToday’s Champion is Les Brown. Brown is a renowned public speaker, author and television personality. He has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. He is motivating and training today’s generation to be achievers and leaders. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “I discovered Les Brown just by searching motivational videos online. As I watched his videos, they were so touching that I decided to order one of his books, LIVE YOUR DREAMS. As I read through the book, the stories touched my life. I felt he had walked through many experiences I could relate with. I felt he wrote that book for me. I developed a stronger vision for my life. Now, I embrace a personal philosophy that goes hand-in-hand to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

KLRU News Briefs: Teaching Language Through Dance, Lawmakers Dive into Shark Fin Debate

This weekend during PBS NewsHour, we talk to the Austin native behind Dance Another World, an English immersion non-profit taught through dance. Plus, The Texas Tribune highlights what happened at the State Capitol this week.

Dance Another World works with non-native English speaking girls from primarily low socio-economic areas. They currently teach dance after school at T.A. Brown Elementary in North Austin, but they recently received their vendor license from AISD, which will allow them to offer the program in more schools next school year.

The program is a mixture of dance, reading, and writing in English. 

“There’s so much research that shows the benefits of growing up bilingual. Language is such a mental thing,” says Dawn Mann, Founder of Dance Another World. “We know a dance is a story, so we will read and write our own stories, and then we’ll portray them in a dance. It lets the girls work on their English but put their energy towards the art and dance.”

You can watch that story in the video above.

This week’s Texas Political Roundup from The Texas Tribune centers around end of life care for pregnant women, the Senate budget, and the debate surrounding the sale of shark fins.

A House bill by Rep. Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin) would remove a line in state law that requires pregnant women remain on life support, regardless of their last wishes. “Marlise’s Law” is in memory of Marlise Muñoz who was declared brain dead at a Fort Worth hospital and kept alive for 62 days despite her family’s wishes.

Also debated in the House this week was a bill by Rep. Eddie Lucio III which would make the practice of purchasing and selling shark fins in Texas illegal. The House passed the measure, which now goes to Senate. You can see the Roundup in the video below.

KLRU News Briefs air locally every Saturday and Sunday evening at 6:30 during PBS NewsHour Weekend. Saturday’s story is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. 

Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 

Community Cinema: Limited Partnership 5/5

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of Limited Partnership on Tuesday, May 5th, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr. Austin, TX 78723). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm

May 5: Limited Partnership
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

American Graduate Champion: Megan Sheffield

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

megan-sheffieldToday’s Champion is Megan Sheffield. Megan Sheffield is an immigration lawyer that has been advocating for undocumented students and families. Megan volunteers regularly to organize DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) educational forums and clinics. She often takes pro-bono cases and defends families. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Her kindness and advocacy for immigrant families is an inspiration. Megan is a tireless advocate and makes a point to getting to know and build strong relationships with the families and students she helps.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

Q Night At The Movies April 18

This week on Q Night At The Movies: Go inside the mind of Mad Men’s anti-hero Don Draper with the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner on an all-new On Story. Plus, Harry Knowles chats with horror director Wes Craven, and our feature film follows a convent of nuns to a desolate valley in the Himalayas in the psychological drama Black Narcissus.

On Story Mad Men: A Conversation with Matthew Weiner at 7:30
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner dissects the culture, identity and status quo of the show, and the psychology behind its beloved anti-hero Don Draper. Followed by Faraday Okoro’s short film, Full Windsor, about a young boy’s quest to preserve a meaningful piece of his past.

Feature Film Black Narcissus at 8 pm
Anglican nuns face a variety of pressures as they attempt to maintain a convent school and hospital in the Himalayas.

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles Wes Craven at 9:30 pm
Horror guru Wes Craven, Director A Nightmare on Elm St/Scream franchises, and Harry explore the world of horror and discuss early battles with censors to the current trend on television with shows like The Walking Dead, which seem to have no limits with graphic content. Viewers will enjoy rare behind the scenes anecdotes into the making of The Swamp Thing and his lesser known art film The Fireworks Woman.

Film School Shorts When We Were Young at 10:15 pm
Blue Boy (UCLA) — Credited with saving a kid’s life, a teenage lifeguard decides to act on his romantic obsession with a gorgeous country club wife. Directed by Alex Jablonski. Bombshell (NYU) — All Daisy wants to do is be one of the boys, but when she tags along with her brother and his troublesome friends, she realizes where her heart really lies. Written and directed by Erin Sanger.

Highlights April 19-25

KLRU Highlights

Sister Winifred’s eyes are opened to Poplar’s seedy underworld when she cares for an expectant prostitute on Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

On Season 3, Episode 4 of Mr. Selfridge: Divided public opinion keeps tensions high, with many pointing fingers at Selfridge’s. As the executives shield Kitty from anonymous hate mail, Connie whispers in the wrong ear. Sunday at 8 pm.

With the cardinal dead, it falls to Cromwell to orchestrate a marriage between the king and Anne Boleyn. The king rewards Cromwell for his loyalty, but he is being closely watched by his enemies on episode 3 of Wolf Hall, Sunday at 9 pm.

At 9 pm on Monday, The Great Invisible explores the stories behind the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from fallout to aftermath, and its continuing effects on a region dependent on nature.

The United States National Mall, set in the heart of Washington, DC, is a place unlike any other on earth, and its history is equally fascinating. National Mall: America’s Front Yard, Tuesday at 7 pm, reveals the surprising and inspiring story of the Mall’s evolution.

What drove a company of American soldiers –ordinary young men from around the country deployed to liberate a small foreign nation from an oppressive neighbor — to dehumanize and murder more than 300 unarmed civilians? My Lai: American Experience investigates the the 1968 massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities. Airs Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline American Terrorist investigates American-born terrorist David Coleman Headley, who helped plan the deadly 2008 siege on Mumbai on Tuesday at 9 pm.

For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Nature’s Animal Cities at 7 pm on Wednesday takes a look at the communities animals form to keep themselves safe, or to have a predatory edge.

NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8 pm Wednesday tells the remarkable story of the Hubble Telescope, a groundbreaking achievement that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it.

Five times the length of Hadrian’s Wall, Hitler’s Siegfried Line was one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare. Nazi Mega Weapons: The Siegfried Line airs at 9 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits presents alternative rock with the Shins and Dr. Dog Wednesday at 10 pm, and again on Friday at 10 pm.

Overheard With Evan Smith features Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit providing online instruction to people all over the world. Airs Thursday at 7 pm.

With the simple notion that music should be for everyone, Golden Hornet Project seeks to bring excitement and energy back to the world of classical music. Arts In Context, Thursday at 7:30 pm, profiles this group’s fresh take on classical music.

Chet journeys to Orange at 8 pm Thursday on The Daytripper. Then at 8:30, he heads to Baytown to visit the San Jacinto Battlefield and more.

Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial provides the rich history and remarkable determination that made the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel a reality 100 years ago, and how it is now a huge economic driver for the region and the United States. Airs Thursday at 9 pm.

At 8 pm Friday on America’s Ballroom Challenge, the six finalists in the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions compete as a group, performing the five standard dances in their respective categories, with judges scoring their performances.

Now En Español at 9 pm on Friday chronicles the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood and addresses issues of Latino identity and presentation through the lives of 5 dynamic women who dubbed “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences.

Austin City Limits presents Jack White as he performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss, Saturday at 7 pm.

 

Science Night April 22

Science Night this week celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of NASA’s most beloved projects – the Hubble Space Telescope – on NOVA. Plus: the final installment of Nature’s Animal Homes, and the story of Hitler’s Seigfried Line.

Nature Animal Homes: Animal Cities at 7 pm
For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, providing shared information about food sources and reducing the odds of attacks on individual birds. But colonies are useful for predators, too. Social spiders in Ecuador work together to capture prey 20 times the size an individual might subdue on its own.

NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8 pm
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. From its inception through its early days, when a one-millimeter engineering blunder turned the telescope into an object of ridicule, to the five heroic astronaut missions that returned Hubble to the cutting edge of science, NOVA hears from the scientists and engineers on the front line who tell the amazing Hubble story as never before.

Nazi Mega Weapons: The Siegfried Line at 9 pm
Five times the length of Hadrian’s Wall, Hitler’s Siegfried Line was one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare. The campaign to breach it took six months and cost the American forces close to 140,000 casualties. This is the story of the men who built it and those who gave their lives fighting to defend it and destroy it.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Marc Maron (4/24)

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Marc Maron on April 24 at 4:30pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4pm.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. Entrance is based upon capacity. RSVP NOW

MarcMaronMarc Maron is a stand-up comedian, writer, and podcast host. He’s appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, and two Comedy Central Presents specials. His podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” is regularly one of the most popular on iTunes. Maron also stars in the IFC show Maron which returns to the network for a third season in May.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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.

You can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

American Graduate Champion: Stephanie Bonnet-Kramer

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

stephanie-bonnet-kramerToday’s Champion is Stephanie Bonnet-Kramer. Stephanie is the Early Childhood Program Administrator for Hays CISD. She manages the eight campus based Early Learning Centers for the children of district employees. She also provides leadership and support for the district’s Pre-K and Kinder programs. In addition to that, she serves as the liaison between the district and outside agencies such as E3 Alliance, Head Start, United Way, Agri-Life, Region XIII, and other community childcare programs. She gives guidance and support to all early childhood students, teachers, and staff. Stephanie also assists in the collaboration between home, school, and the community. Using programs such as Love and Logic for Parents and Teachers, as well as many other resources, she also provides training to teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, as well as parents in the community. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “I feel as if Stephanie should serve as an inspiration for everyone to not only do a job, but do it well and with genuine pleasure. Her love for young children motivates her to seek out the most innovative and most effective information to teach and serve our communities youngest members. Her passion for what she does ignites in others to work as hard for betterment of the education of young children.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Bianca Neal

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

bianca_nealToday’s Champion is Bianca Neal. Neal is a Restorative Justice Coordinator with KIPP Connections Charter School. And she is the liaison between students, teachers, and parents. She is the glue that keeps things together and the sandpaper that smooths out the rough spot. She is an advocate for the student. Neal is a Champion because she tirelessly serves youth in her community. She has done it for a decade. She facilities conversations between students as well as students and their parents. In doing so she is able to deliver justice where it is deserved. Students appreciate this method of interaction and benefit from the conversations. Bianca went above and beyond her job responsibilities and created a speakers series at her school where she leverages her community connections and brings in distinguished and esteemed speakers and community leaders that educate and inspire the students. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “She is such a light at her school. The students and staff love her! None of this is her responsibility…it’s her passion. She’s awesome!”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.