Save the Date: POV Screening What Tomorrow Brings 8/2


Join us on August 2 as we close our POV Documentary Screenings with What Tomorrow Brings.

This film go deep into the very first WhatTomorrowBringsWeb-300x225girls’ school in a small Afghan village. Never before have fathers allowed their daughters to gain an education; now Taliban threats heighten their misgivings. From the school’s beginning is 2009 to its first graduating class in 2015, this film will take you through the stories of students, teachers, parents, village elders and the school’s founder Razia Jan. While the girlslearn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom as they discover the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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PBS Newshour: Science Wednesday explores study on what makes music pleasant


Music is subjective to those who are listening to it, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In today’s Science Wednesday, PBS Newshour looked at the study that could settle the dispute of whether music is pleasurable because of biology or culture.

Published in Nature, the study focused on the responses from members of the Tsimane tribe from Bolivia that had little to no exposure to Western music and compared them to that of Bolivian and American populations that did have that exposure. The results showed that those of the Tsimane tribe found both consonant and dissonant tones pleasurable, while Bolivian and American populations preferred consonant.

The study was authored by Josh McDermott, an MIT cognitive neuroscientist.

From PBS Newshour:

“Consonance seems like such a simple phenomenon, and in Western music there’s strong supposition that it’s biological,” McDermott said. “But this study suggests culture is more important than many people acknowledge.”

Delving deeper, McDermott took the Tsimane tribe’s own music, which evolved outside of Western influence, and tweaked it to include dissonant and consonant tones. Again, the tribe showed no preference.

“The Tsimane do prefer pleasant vocalizations, such as laughter, to unpleasant gasps,” Robert Zatorre, a neurologist who has also studied the Tsimane tribe, wrote in an accompanying op-ed. “They understood what was being asked of them.”

According to Newshour, this is the first study that has actively applied the theory that consonance is culturally socialized to a group ignorant to Western music theory.

It’s bread week on The Great British Baking Show 7/15


After a long day at work to put bread on the table, tune in to KLRU to watch the next episode of The Great British Baking Show where the ten remaining contestants will face the challenge of bread baking.

During bread week, bakers will have three different tasks including creating two quick free-form breads, four French baguettes, and a 3-D bread sculpture. Are they up for the challenge?

This week on The Great British Baking ShowIt’s Bread Week on The Great British Baking Show, and Paul is testing the bakers on the classic French baguette. Catch a new episode this Friday night. #PBSBakingShow

Posted by PBS on Wednesday, July 13, 2016


This episode premieres July 15 at 9:00 p.m. on KLRU.

Our Frontline picks


It’s hard to watch the news nowadays and not hear the word ‘ISIS’ fall out of the mouth of the commentator. With each new terrorist attack ISIS seems to be at the top of the suspect list.

But how much do we know about the terrorist group? Why is it taking so long to defeat them? These Frontline documentaries go in-depth to show you what and who ISIS is and how they operate.

PBS’ premier public affairs series, Frontline’s stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human, social and political experience.

Frontline has built a reputation for powerful reporting that tackles the tough, controversial, and complex stories that shape our times. The show remains committed to providing a primetime venue for engaging reports that fully explore and illuminate the critical issues of our times.

Who Was the Founder of ISIS? 

A video-store clerk turned radical jihadist, Abu Musab al-Zarqaqi,  was the mastermind behind the sectarian warfare that tore Iraq apart after the U.S. invasion, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths.



How U.S. Prisons in Iraq Became “Jihadi Universities” for ISIS


The Secret History of ISIS 

This documentary examines the role that America’s invasion of Iraq have played in the terror group’s brutal rise.

ISIS in Afghanistan

ISIS is making a name for themselves in Afghanistan and their focus is on creating new generation of jihadists.

A Conversation With Teens in Training as ISIS Suicide Bombers 

Watch this firsthand look exploring the state of a nation and how terrorist group is expanding its rule over the Islamic State.

Community Resources


100 Black Men of Austin
The mission of the 100 Black Men of Austin is to improve community life, strengthen educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.

Allgo praises vibrant queer individuals of color communities here in Texas and beyond through our cultural arts, wellness, and social justice programming. The organization is a supporter of art and artistic expression and the wellness of others. Their mission is to build a just and equitable society.

Austin Alpha Foundation
AAF is a leadership development institute for African American males 8th-12th grade on July 30th 9-5 on UT campus. Their mission is to develop initiatives that benefit the Austin residents.

Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals
Committed to making Austin a place where young professionals of color can empower their community, change lives, and thrive both socially and professionally.

Austin Black Health and Wellness Coalition
Addressing health and wellness inequities in Austin.

Austin Black Newcomers Association
Promotes engagement and community service among African-American newcomers to Austin.

Austin Black Wall Street
Austin Black Wall Street is a community of black-owned businesses in the Austin and Central Texas area. ABWS also serves as a resource for advocacy and education within the Black community.

Austin Justice Coalition
Grassroots, activist-led organization addressing criminal justice reform at the local level, teaching students true black history on Saturdays.

Austin While Black
Austin While Black is a webseries sharing the stories of Black Austinites.

Be the Bridge to Racial Unity
Develops a curriculum to start racial conversations within the church.

Black Leadership Academy
Provides students a broader and more inclusive understanding of American history.

Black Pflugerville
Black Pflugerville brings stability to the people displaced out of East Austin, redoing the black cemetery.

Blacks in Tech
Supporting black people in the technology field.

Cartoons and Cereal
Introduces children to black and brown superheroes.

Claim Your Destiny Foundation
Brings in executives and mentors to teach children to become successful leaders.

Conversation Corps
Brings Austinites together in civic dialogue focused on public issues.

Excellence and Advancement Foundation
Coordinating prevention and intervention programs to support children that may be at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper
Provides every newborn male of color a set of library books age 0-5.

Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
Promotes development of African-American businesses.

No Place For Hate
Promotes coming together and working together in all AISD schools.

One Human Race
Creates a safe, open, and productive environment for everyone to participate in discussions about race.

Red Bench
Conversations between people of different backgrounds on the last Tuesday of each month.

Texas Gun Sense
Works to reduce gun violence by promoting effective gun laws through research and public awareness.

Undoing Racism Austin
Undoing Racism Austin is an organization raising awareness of racism in Austin and what to do about it.

Mobile application that identifies black owned businesses in your area.

Young Urban Art Meisters
Youth art program hosted every Tuesday at the Carver.

10-year-old is TX Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner


In support of the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ fifty-six children from the ages of 8-12 will attend the Kids “State Dinner” at the White House to create an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty on July 14th. This group included one Texas 10-year-old who created a Tex-Mex veggie dish.HLC2016_Collage

‘Let’s Move!’ encourages kids and families to lead healthier lives, entrants were recommended to use to ensure recipes meet the USDA’s nutrition guidelines. In addition, in celebration of the My Plate, My State initiative, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime
Challenge put a spotlight on homegrown pride across the country and encouraged entries to include local ingredients grown in the entrant’s state, territory, or community.

TX_Texas_PriyaPatelOne winner from each of the 50 states, the District of Colombia and U.S. territories were chosen. Priya Patel, age 10, is the Texas winner of the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. She created a Tex-Mex Veg-Head Lasagna (see recipei below).

“I was first inspired to make this recipe by my mom. She always tells us to add vegetables to everything we make and to experiment,” says Priya. “I love Tex-Mex food and also lasagna so we thought this was a good way to combine both. My mom also tells us to be flexible so we use canned or frozen vegetables if we’re out of fresh. You can substitute any veggies and fruits you like. The possibilities are endless. My mom says not having or liking one ingredient is not an excuse to not try a recipe or to buy fast food!”

The winning chefs will serve as healthy food ambassadors for their state or territory and are being flown to Washington D.C. with a parent or guardian to attend the “State Dinner.” The dinner will be hosted by Mrs. Obama at the White House. The children will also have a chance to learn television personality and member of President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, Rachael Ray.

HLC2016_TX_Texas_PriyaTex-Mex Veg-Head Lasagna
Makes 4 Servings
342 calories 8g fat 56g carbohydrates 16g protein


For the Lasagna Filling:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1⁄4 red onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1⁄2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
Juice of 1⁄2 fresh lime
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon Mexican oregano or regular oregano 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1⁄2 cup vegetable stock or broth

For the Tortilla Lasagna:
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
6 corn tortillas
2 corn cobs, kernels removed or 1 cup frozen corn
1⁄2 cup low-fat cheddar or jack cheese
1 cup fresh spinach
1 large red or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped Cilantro, for garnish

To make the Lasagna Filling: Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large nonstick skillet, warm the oil over medium heat, and cook onions for 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a slow boil, about 4 minutes. Turn off heat and mash beans with back of wooden spoon or masher.
To make Tortilla Lasagna: In a round or square oven-safe dish, put 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, followed by a tortilla, 3 tablespoons black bean filling, 1 tablespoon cheese, 5 spinach leaves, 1/5 of the corn and bell pepper. Repeat with remaining tortillas and ingredients. (You will have a little tomato sauce, cheese, corn, and bell pepper remaining.)

On the 6th and last tortilla, top with remaining 3 tablespoons tomato sauce and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Add the remaining cheese on top and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Slice into wedges and garnish with any remaining peppers, corn, and cilantro.

ATX Together: Media coverage of civic summit


On Monday night, the Austin community gathered in KLRU’s Studio 6A to have a discussion on civil rights issues in this city. This forum took place less than a week after the Dallas police shooting and just a week after the deaths of two black men in our nation, incidents that have sparked racial tensions nationwide and in the community.

Coverage from KXAN from before the event addressed that the forum took place to “encourage discussion and solutions for civil rights issues.” The event garnered a lot of attention and quickly reached capacity, leading attendees to overflow rooms.

An article from the Austin American-Statesman, touched on the topics that were discussed and what can be done to overcome them. The nights discussion “peeled back some of the myth of Austin as a liberal oasis that’s ahead of the nation on racial tensions.”

The night ended with community members pledging to take action outside of that nights forum to help bring the city together.


Postcards From the Great Divide: A new short film series

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This week PBS Election 2016 initiative and The Washington Post released, Postcards from the Great Divide, a series of nine documentaries examining the deeply partisan split among the American electorate.

On July 11, the first five Postcards launched simultaneously on PBS’ Election 2016 website and on The Washington Post’s political vertical The Fix. Later this summer, the following four documentaries will launch and all nine Postcards will broadcast on PBS World Channel. Watch online now

Each Postcards takes place in a different American city to help provide a greater understanding of how changing demographics and political self-sorting will continue to have a profound effect on American politics for years to come.

According to the Political Postcards website, each documentary brings a specific political issue to life, and provides an in-depth look at a specific demographic or partisan environment. Black voters in Florida hesitating to vote; urban and rural Minnesota residents distancing themselves based on political views; Wisconsin ex-legislators ruing the intense ideological splits that have turned the once congenial state into a partisan battleground – stories like these come alive in the hands of a roster of talented documentary filmmakers.

Postcards from the Great Divide is brought to you by the award-winning team of Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, and Paul Stekler, who have been responsible for some of the most respected political documentaries of the past twenty years. They are two-time Peabody Award and three-time DuPont-Columbia Award winning creators of such films as Vote for Me: Politics in America, Getting Back to Abnormal, and People Like Us.

Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Latino Public Broadcasting. Midnight Films and the Center for New American Media will produce.

Memories, delusions and dreams: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios


There is so much we know about how our brain works, knowing these facts scientists and doctors can now figure out what’s wrong with our brains when something unusual happens. In this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios, watch three episodes of Brain Craft and explore how memories shape the criminal justice system, delusions and if dogs dream.

Can Your Memory Make a Murderer? – Brain Craft 

After watching Netflix’s Making a Muderer Vanessa Hill, Brain Craft host, had some interesting questions about the documentary. In this episode, Hill will explore false memories, incorrect eyewitness testimonies and false confessions along with their connection with the criminal justice system.

The Truman Show Delusion – Brain Craft

At one point in your life you’ve probably dreamt of being famous, right? Well, for some individuals being the center of attention has driven them to point of delusions. Scientists and doctors have named it the ‘Truman Show Delusion.’ Much like the 1998 film, The Truman Show, these individuals think everything and everyone around them is part of a television show; when in reality their mind can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not. In this episode of Brain Craft, Hill will explore this symptom of Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia.

Do Dogs Dream? – Brain Craft 

On average, dogs sleep for about 14 hours a day. Yeah, that’s a long time. Consuming so much sleep makes you wonder if dogs dream. Watch this episode of Brain Craft to find out!