American Graduate Champion: Dr. Eva Garza-Nyer

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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.

eva-garza-nyerToday’s Champion is Dr. Eva Garza-Nyer! Eva is a college counselor in the Austin Independent School District. She has served over 6,500 seniors since 2002. And although she has worked in large comprehensive high schools, she makes every effort to meet each student individually before they cross the graduation stage.

One of Eva’s former students, Adrian Zamora, says, “During high school, Dr. Garza was insistent on having me apply to universities and scholarships that I would never have applied to on my own. She challenged me to think outside the box and was not afraid to tell me if she thought I was taking the easy way out—something that I am appreciative of to this day. Without her direction and invested interest in my future, I would not be where I am today.”

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: Juneteenth at the Bullock Museum, and Ann Richards Students Take Science Outside

Today, June 19, is Juneteenth or Texas Emancipation Day. On this day in 1865, the Texas State Historical Association writes, “Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, which read in part, ‘The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.’”  To mark Juneteenth, KLRU is airing Juneteenth Jamboree 2015. The hour-long documentary special is available online here and re-airs Sunday, June 21 at 1pm. We’ll air a short piece from the program during PBS NewsHour Weekend on Saturday.

Our segment looks at two art exhibits at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, which focus on African-American storytelling through artwork. “And Still We Rise” and “Reflections” are both traveling exhibits on display through mid-August.

The Bullock’s Deputy Director and Director of Exhibits Margaret Koch explained to us that these exhibits allow all Texans the opportunity to discover African-American history in a richer way.

“There are the stories of resilience, of suffering, of self-determination that you don’t necessarily see unless you’re encountering the artifacts right in the museum itself,” Koch says.

This June, Koch says, marks the 150th anniversary of Texans knowing about the Emancipation Proclamation.

Our Sunday story comes from KLRU’s Central Texas Gardener and looks at how students at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders worked together to build a new teachers’ lounge and garden.

The students refurbished a gutted 1977 Airstream trailer. They created all of the furniture, designing it using 3D modeling software, and building the pieces. Then they planted a garden for the teachers, using knowledge they learned in biology class. The experiential learning project brought together students from the 7th and 10th grades.

“And it was just a contribution that everybody did and it was really cool like the 10th graders built the trailer all the classes would work on separate parts and we were all just working as a good community,” student Marlene Mora says.

 You can see an extended version of that story on the CTG website here.

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

American Graduate Champion: Project MALES

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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.

project-malesToday’s Champion is Project MALES! Project MALES is a research-based mentoring program housed in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement over at The University of Texas at Austin that works specifically with males of color directly through Austin ISD.

Their nominator, Jorge Segovia, says, “Project MALES is a champion due to the awareness they’re trying to raise on the issue of male educational attainment. Based on the research conducted, males are more likely than females to drop out of high school. Males are also less likely than females to continue on with their education. This year, Project MALES has partnered directly through Austin ISD, also becoming a part of the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative through Austin ISD.”

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.

Highlights June 21 to June 27

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Tales from the Royal Wardrobe on Sunday at 7 pm invites you to examine the significance of the royal wardrobes of English monarchs over the last 400 years. Learn why most kings and queens have carefully choreographed every aspect of their apparel and why, for those who haven’t, the consequences have sometimes been calamitous.

Sunday at 8 pm on Poldark on Masterpiece Part One, after fighting for England in the American Revolution, Poldark returns home to Cornwall and finds wrenching change. He loses one close friend and gains another.

Follow Kitty, Flora and Rosalie, volunteer nurses who work in a tented field hospital on Crimson Field Episode One at 9 pm on Sunday. As they settle into their first day, it soon becomes clear that no training could ever have prepared them for the reality of working near the front line.

POV Out in the Night at 9 pm on Monday examines the uphill battle of a group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted murder when they fought back after being threatened. The case reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in the criminal justice system.

It was ten years in the making, but well worth the wait. February 1, 1913 began a new chapter in American passenger railroading when Grand Central Terminal opened the doors to its first century of service. On Grand Central: An American Treasure at 10 pm on Monday, former New York mayor Ed Koch and others give an in-depth look and behind-the-scenes tour of Grand Central’s Beaux-Arts splendor.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) on Tuesday at 7 pm shows that though frail and failing, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world, but a cerebral hemorrhage kills him at 63. After her husband’s death, Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator in her own right, as well as a champion of civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations.

Investigate the sexual abuse of undocumented women in the service industry on Frontline Rape on the Night shift at 9 pm on Tuesday. This film examines allegations of abuse across the janitorial industry, and how the government, law enforcement and companies fall short in dealing with the problem.

NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius at 7 pm on Wednesday tries to answer the question, “What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal?” The science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and their emotions. We’ll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow.

On First Peoples Americas/Africa at 8 pm on Wednesday, we ask, “How closely related were the First Americans and today’s Native Americans?” And in Africa – 200,000 years ago, a new species appeared on the African landscape — Homo sapiens. Scientists imagined eastern Africa was a Garden of Eden, but the latest research suggests we evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. DNA from a 19th Century African-American slave is forcing geneticists to re-think the origins of our species.

Austin City Limits presents Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm. Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview, while folk rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP We the Common. And on Saturday at 7 pm, Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs. Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae.

On Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm, Evan interviews Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band. The memoir chronicles her childhood in California, her time in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the rise of Sonic Youth.

Having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit lines about politics and sexuality with an openness that is seldom seen on Arts in Context Somos Krudas on Thursday at 7:30 pm. With an Afro-Cuban rhythm, Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes use their art “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.”

On BBQ with Franklin Poultry & Sauce at 8 pm on Thursday, Aaron takes us to a Texas BBQ joint where they cook their chicken in a unique way and then teaches us how to make sauce from scratch. Meanwhile, John Markus takes us on a whirlwind tour of the regional sauces of America.

Host Chet Garner takes us to Port Lavaca, Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 on Thursday. He goes fishing in the bay waters, bikes to a historic cast-iron lighthouse, and explores the lost port city of Indianola where French explorer La Salle first set foot in Texas.

Infinity Hall Live Tedeschi Trucks Band at 9 pm on Thursday brings you the rock and soul sounds of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Listen to Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks talk about the experience of combining their musical talents and interests into a unique opportunity to bring their family on the road to deliver their blend of southern soul, American roots, authentic rock ‘n’ roll, and a touch of Florida swamp magic.

On Friday at 8 pm, join President and Mrs. Obama for a celebration of gospel music and its profound influence on American music during In Performance at the White House The Gospel Tradition. The concert showcases music that cuts across the boundaries of race and class to provide comfort and inspiration to its listeners.

In Performance at the White House Country Music on Friday at 9 pm celebrates a uniquely American musical idiom — country music — music of the heart and of the heartland. The evening’s performance is headlined by superstars from the world of country, performing the songs that have proven themselves eternal.

What’s a Master Naturalist and how you do it at home? On Central Texas Gardener Master Naturalists on Saturday at 12 pm, tour pond outdoor living that replaces lawn.

Science Night June 24

On this week’s Science Night, we explore the minds of animals and the history of people. NOVA brings you inside the brains of birds to discover if their talents are evidence of high intelligence or the result of training and instinct. And First Peoples explains how diversity was created in humans.

NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius at 7 pm
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? The revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography.

First Peoples Americas/Africa at 8 pm
How closely related were the First Americans and today’s Native Americans? It’s a matter of huge controversy. There are very few other skeletons in the world that engender such strong feelings. Africa – 200,000 years ago, a new species appeared on the African landscape — Homo sapiens. Scientists imagined eastern Africa was a Garden of Eden, but the latest research suggests we evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. DNA from a 19th Century African-American slave is forcing geneticists to re-think the origins of our species.

American Graduate Champion: Doni Whitlow

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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.

doni-whitlowToday’s Champion is Doni Whitlow! Doni is a mother in Richmond, Texas. She has helped her son develop into the player that he has become, on and off the field.

Her son, Markail Caron, says, “Single mothers are some of the strongest people in the world and can even be heroes.”

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: Glenell Bankhead

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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.

glenell-bankheadToday’s Champion is Glenell Bankhead! Glenell is the principal of Neidig Elementary School in Elgin. She motivates the kids to be leaders and to strive for greatness, and she cares for every student in the school, showing love and support for each and every one of them.

Her nominator, Sara Perez, says, “You can see the energy she brings into each project she gives, transferring it to the students. She gives many opportunities for the kids to learn and engage in new ideas and skills.”

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 6/20

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On this week’s Q Night at the Movies, we take a look at monumental moments in 1940s American history. After an all-new On Story, Fat Man & Little Boy and Enola Gay’s Navigator tell different angles to the story of the Hiroshima bombing in 1945. Later, Music Makes a City tells the story of how one Louisville mayor struggled to save his civic orchestra.

On Story Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed at 7:30 pm
Tom Schulman, writer of Dead Poet’s Society, deconstructs the story’s journey from script to screen, along with his unique working relationships on set with Robin Williams and director Peter Weir.

Fat Man & Little Boy at 8 pm
The 1989 film dramatizes the events leading up to the American bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August 1945. In the desert of New Mexico, America’s secret effort to build the first nuclear bombs with the potential to end WW II is materializing. Paul Newman stars as General Leslie Groves, the man in charge of the project that will produce two weapons: “Fat Man” and “Little Boy.” Dwight Schultz plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist attempting to bring themission to fruition. Co-starring Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack, Laura Dern and Natasha Richardson, this film recreates one of history’s most compelling moments.

Enola Gay’s Navigator: Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk at 9:59 pm
On Aug. 6, 1945, Van Kirk was the navigator on the first atomic bombing mission during WWII. At 2:30 a.m., the Enola Gay lifted off North Field en route to Hiroshima, Japan. “I knew when we hit the coast of Japan we were well on the way to completing a successful mission and the new bomb we carried would be a great help in shortening the war,” Van Kirk said. At exactly 09:15:15, the world’s first atomic bomb exploded.

Music Makes a City at 11 pm
In the late 1940s, Charles Farnsley, a visionary mayor in Louisville, Kentucky, embarked on an unusual scheme to save the struggling civic orchestra. His ambitious plan to commission and record new music from composers all over the world succeeded beyond all expectations — sparking a torrent of original offerings from both famous and emerging composers of the time. The commissioning project propelled the Louisville Orchestra to Carnegie Hall and international acclaim, and made a lasting contribution to musical history.

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

American Graduate Champion: JP Rodriguez

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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.

jp-rodriguezToday’s Champion is JP Rodriguez! JP has been a volunteer for Communities in Schools in Austin for 19 years. He dedicates one hour a week to meet one-on-one with students to help them succeed in school, graduate from high school and go on to achieve in life.

His nominator, Debra Joiner, says, ”JP’s service exemplifies the Communities In School’s model of bringing the community into the school to surround students with support. As a mentor, JP doesn’t preach to the kids because, he believes, ‘it doesn’t take many words’ to impart his core message: ‘I want to be your friend, and I’m here because I want you to understand that education is important.’”

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.

PBS Online Film Festival 2015: Once Again

PBS has announced the 25 films that will be part of the fourth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on June 15 – July 17, 2015. Austin filmmakers Ivete Lucas, John Spotswood Moore and Sai Selvarajan are among those featured in this year’s Festival for their films “Ex-Votos,” “Once Again” and “Sugarless Tea.”

Once Again
In the early nineties, OCD was thought to be a behavioral, almost psychotic disorder. 20 years after his diagnosis, filmmaker John Moore weaves together home movies, animation and live action footage to recall and recreate his childhood struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in his documentary, “Once Again.”

This personal documentary offers a subjective view of torture and triumph and gives viewers Moore’s individualized look at his youth coping with OCD through cognitive behavioral therapy.

About John Spottswood Moore
Moore is a multi-award winning writer and director. While studying for a BA in Film from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, his debut film, ”Lemonade Stand,” won multiple awards. Since then, he has worked in both radio and television in various creative positions.  In 2012, Moore received an MFA in Film Directing from the University of Texas at Austin. His four graduate films have continued to play in festivals and win various accolades.

“Once Again” made its debut at the Austin International Film Festival and has been awarded a Barbara Jones Media Award and Excellence Award from the Superfest Film Festival.  Moore currently works as a contract film and video editor and is in production on his first feature documentary, “When We Were Live.”

Don’t forget to vote until July 17th for “Once Again” or any of the three Austin films as the “People’s Choice Award” winner! You can vote for each film every 24 hours.