KLRU News Briefs: Learning Cultural Heritage, and Texas Tribune highlights #txlege

“For the most part, children in our public schools are not getting a curriculum that responds to their culture, their identity, their communities that affirm who they are.  So children who come to Academia Cuauhtli have an opportunity to learn that they’re not marginal, and learn that they’re members of a community that has roots that go all the way back to the original inhabitants of this continent.”

That quote comes from Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Co-Founder of Academia Cuauhtli, which offers classes about Mexican-American and Tejano culture every Saturday at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. This weekend during PBS NewsHour we visit a recent class to learn more about how their program fills the gaps in common history courses.

“Children at this level are learning about Greek gods, and getting access to Texas history, and this is an opportunity to share from a grounded, rooted, historic standpoint what that culture, language, and arts are and have been for this community,” Dr. Valenzuela said. “A lot of children feel very alienated and distanced from school, particularly if they’re immigrants. [This] helps them to feel connected to the larger curriculum. It becomes a bridge.”

On Sunday, The Texas Tribune rounds up the past week at the Texas State Capitol. Lawmakers advanced further restrictions on abortions, including bills that would ban abortion coverage from health insurance plans, and require abortion facilities to post information about adoption. Also this week, Governor Greg Abbott reported for jury duty, a new survey from the University of Texas at Austin shows a majority of Americans support a cities’ ability to ban fracking, and a House committee voted to designate an official hashtag of the Texas Legislature. You can see the Tribune’s Political Roundup in the video below.

 

Q Night at the Movies May 2

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This week, KLRU Q features an ALL NEW On Story plus the feature film Victor Victoria.

On Story Conversation with John Ridley at 7:30 pm
John Ridley reflects on his beginnings and the inspirations that have shaped his approach to screenwriting, with a special look into his journey adapting the Academy Award-winning script for 12 Years a Slave. Accompanied by Alex Clark’s short film, Siren, about two ambulance paramedics faced with an emergency that’s out of this world.

Feature film Victor Victoria at 8 pm
A Chicago mobster (James Garner) falls for a female impersonator (Julie Andrews), actually a woman, in 1930s Paris.

Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles at 10:15 pm
Part 1 and 2 back-to-back of Harry’s interview with House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon.

Arts In Context Light in the Dark at 11:15 pm
This documentary film focuses on designer Gail Chovan who uses life experiences to inspire her artisanal couture of all things black

Independent Lens Brothers Hypnotic at 11:45 pm
The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Not always willing subjects of a utopian family experiment, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom on the horizon, they must test their father’s ideals against their own brotherly vision.

 

 

 

Highlights May 3-9

KLRU Highlights

A secret romance faces heartbreak when teenager Paulette becomes pregnant, a situation complicated by her diabetes and her boyfriend’s criminal past on Call the Midwife season 4 episode 6 Sunday at 7 pm.

Harry, Mardle, and Grove spiral deeper into despair. Victor faces an unfortunate reality on Masterpiece Mr. Selfridge season 3 part 6 Sunday at 8 pm.

With Anne pregnant again and away from court, Henry begins to take notice of Jane Seymour on episode 5 of Wolf Hall Sunday at 9 pm.

Over the course of a momentous year, Kumu Hina, a native Hawaiian mahu (transgender) teacher, inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of an all-male hula troupe on Independent Lens Kumu Hina at 9 pm Monday.

Enjoy performances by award winning artists Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guests on Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To The Dance) at 10 pm Monday.

Ken Burns’ Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on the period between 1858-1901 as Theodore Roosevelt transforms himself into a vigorous champion of the strenuous life.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday gives the inside story of how the Ebola outbreak began and why it wasn’t stopped before it was too late.

Learn about Proyecto Teatro which aims to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, and to reduce social and cultural differences of society on El Taller at 10 pm Tuesday.

From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a lovable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Nature at 7 pm Wednesday explores the difficulties of raising parrots.

Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean depths struck our shores, lasting three-and-a-half years and claiming 5,000 lives. Nova Nazi Attack on America at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the wreck of one of the attack craft, a German submarine that lies at the bottom of the gulf just a few miles off New Orleans.

Kim Gordon, a founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band, talks about music on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

From band posters to business logos, graphic designers are influencing the visual look of consumerism and shaping society’s experiences. Meet the designers on Arts In Context The Influencers at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet goes to Lufkin and Round Rock on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Salinas Project at 9 pm Thursday profiles several children of migrant farm workers living in a small community just east of Silicon Valley. Part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. Learn more at klru.org/americangraduate

The winning couples in the four divisions of ballroom compete across dance styles in the grand finale on America’s Ballroom Challenge at 8 pm Friday.

Best of the Boston Pops at 9 pm Friday features some of the greatest moments from the world-renowned orchestra’s 129-year history.

Spice up those edible gardens with the latest jam-packed healthy ethnic flavors on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a bicycling team spares the landfill with curbside collections of kitchen and household scraps that cycle into compos to nourish local farms.

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

May 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In May 2015, we have the following lined up along with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Asian American experience for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Parrot Confidential”
Meet Lou. Abandoned in a foreclosed home, Lou is one of thousands of parrots in need of rescue. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a loveable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans.

Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Animal Childhood”
In every animal’s life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. These are the trials and tribulations of young animals all over the world, as they prepare to leave home.

Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 pm: NOVA “First Man on the Moon”
When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he won instant fame. Yet this accomplished engineer and test pilot was so determined to stay out of the limelight that few know the personal story of how his rare combination of talent, luck and experience led to his successful command of Apollo 11.

New Thomas & Friends May 11-15

All-new episodes of Thomas & Friends being on May 11 with a one-hour special presentation showing how Thomas got to be the Number 1 engine.

Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins May 11 at 12:30 pm
All aboard for a special trip back to Thomas’ very first adventure!  A little tank engine discovers a big new world when he arrives on the Island of Sodor. Escapades abound as Thomas explores his new home and meets some Really Useful new friends. Finding the true blue meaning of hard work and friendship, Thomas transforms into the Number 1 engine!

Then, it’s all new regular episodes Tuesday through Friday!

Fast and Reliable May 12 at 12:30 pm
Old Reliable Edward – Gordon and the big engines tease Edward for being old.  Not So Slow Coaches – Annie and Clarabel are always complaining to Thomas about going too fast.

Special Friends May 13 at 12:30 pm
Toad’s Adventure – Oliver is always telling his Toad about his adventures. Duck and the Slip Coaches – Sir Topham Hatt is concerned about getting all the summer visitors to their destinations on time.

Please Be Patient May 14 at 12:30 pm
Thomas the Quarry Engine – When Thomas and Diesel are sent to collect trucks from the Ffarquhar Quarry, they argue about who should be the back engine. Duck in The Water – When Duck gets stuck on some flooded tracks, James is sent to fetch Rocky to rescue him.

Signals & Alarms May 15 at 12:30 pm
Signals Crossed – Toby is always nervous when he has to go through Knapford Junction with the big gantry signal over the track. Thomas and the Emergency Cable – Thomas is on his branch line when a passenger pulls the emergency cable and he has to stop quickly.

American Graduate Champion: Vanessa Flores

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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.

vanessa-floresToday’s Champion is Vanessa Flores. Flores is a counselor at KIPP Austin Collegiate. She finds ways to help students no matter what their circumstance.

The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “She is a great counselor and many students at our school benefit from talking to her. Sometimes one just needs a friend and she can be that. She has always been there for me and throughout school. She never stops helping people who need it. She is a great role model for our school and should be recognized all day every day. “

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: Thomas Martir

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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.

thomas-martirToday’s Champion is Thomas Martir. Thomas is an AmeriCorps College Forward division counselor at Crockett High School. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “He is a champion because he has always been there for me in the hardest times. Many times I’ve wanted to give up on going to college but he has always picked me up and helped me keep going. He motivates me and helps me with the struggles of figuring out my future. He’s always been there for me and I can never thank him enough.”

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: Social and Emotional Learning through Art, Pre-K Debate Mired in Politics

This weekend during PBS NewsHour, we talk to the members of Creative Action, a non-profit arts organization. Plus, The Texas Tribune Roundup highlights the week from the State Capitol.

Creative Action works to use art and creative expression to reinvigorate young people’s love of learning.

“We use the arts to spark and support student’s social and emotional learning,” Sophie Hopkins, Director of Teen Programs at Creative Action, said.

Social and Emotional Learning, often referred to as SEL, is a priority in AISD. In the district SEL teaches “recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.”

On Sunday we once again air the Texas Political Roundup from Alana Rocha at The Texas Tribune.  This week, tensions over breakfast between Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus regarding Pre-K and ‘school choice’ legislation advances. The bill, by state Senator Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood), would set up an initial $100 million in state tax credits for businesses that donate money to fund scholarships for special-needs and low-income students. The measure now goes to the House.

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

Q Night at the Movies April 25

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On Story Fargo & True Detective: Television Anthologies at 6:30 pm
True Detective director, Cary Fukunaga, and Fargo creator, Noah Hawley, discuss the rise of the television anthology series and how to execute a compelling balance of plot, character, and structure within the bounds of one season. Followed by Elaine Poon’s short film, Entrain about Laurent, a young man who absorbed in his own world, draws the attention of a fellow train passenger who shares his interest in rhythm, despite their obvious language barrier.

American Masters Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel at 7 pm
This documentary examines the amazing endurance of “Gone with the Wind” and reveals the seminal events of Mitchell’s life through dramatic re-enactments based on her letters, as scenes from the movie weave together her life and her work.

Feature Film: Gone with the Wind at 8 pm
A fiery Southern belle struggles to return her family’s estate to its original magnificence after the Civil War.

American Graduate Champion: Christel Sullivan

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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.

christel-sullivanToday’s Champion is Christel Sullivan. Christel is a teacher at Harmony School of Excellence. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Not only is she a wonderful teacher, she also takes the time to connect with the students and really give them a different way of education.”

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.