American Graduate Champion: Mary Brinkman

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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.

mary-brinkmanToday’s Champion is Mary Brinkman. Brinkman, Principal at Sci-Tech Preparatory, works with students, parents, teachers and the community for success and to provide a safe-haven for students. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Mrs. Brinkman is always professional and strives for excellence in our school. It is a joy to follow in her example everyday and our student body rises to greatness because of her positive example.”

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.

 

Catch the SXSW Flashback Marathon March 15

It’s that time of year again: South By Southwest is upon us! Whether you’ve got your badge and are ready to brave the crowds, or are planning on staying as far from downtown as possible, get in the festival spirit with our SXSW Flashback Marathon.

Beginning at 7 pm Sunday, March 15, relive the best moments from past SXSW’s without the parking woes or pricey admission. Top picks from each year since 2010 are highlighted in these specials, with intimate interviews and live performances that give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the iconic festival. With appearances by Channing Tatum, Willem Dafoe, Rosario Dawson, Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Grumpy Cat and more, our SXSW Flashback marathon is not to be missed — and cheaper than a platinum badge, to boot.

7 pm SXSW Flashback 2010
7:59 pm SXSW Flashback 2011
8:55 pm SXSW Flashback 2012  including Channing Tatum, Willem Dafoe, Kimbra, Matthew McConaughey, Lance Gross, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, and many more.
9:55 pm SXSW Flashback 2013 featuring 50 Cent, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aisha Tyler, Bruce Campbell, Fred Armisen and more.
10:25 pm SXSW Flashback 2014 ncluding Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more! Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear!

 

American Graduate Champion: Aisha Wahab

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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.

aisha-wahabToday’s Champion is Aisha Wahab. Wahab is a community organizer and champion of many social issues including work as Executive Director of the United Democratic Campaign, Board member of the Afghan Coalition and Communications Chair of New Leaders Council-Oakland. She has mentored many young women in local high schools, she has educated many service providers on the issues of cultural sensitivity, refugees, immigrants, and on topics such as domestic violence, human trafficking, and civic engagement. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Aisha has always includes others to be a part of a conversation to make a difference. She is a true champion.  She is relentless and always has a positive attitude.”

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: Grant Thomas

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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.

grant-thomasToday’s Champion is Grant Thomas. Thomas is founder of the Peer Assistance and Leadership Program, a life-long educator and an innovator. After years of teaching high school, Thomas established the original PAL program (Peer Assistance and Leadership) in AISD in 1980. The PAL program was a unique model at the time, sharing many aspects of the current Social-Emotional Learning curriculum with a focus on peer modeling, mentoring, service, social understanding and problem-solving. PAL became a widely implemented national model. In 1994 Grant created the nonprofit YouthLaunch, and served there as Executive Director for nine years. He also continues to be active in KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Austin, and is currently involved in a collaboration between KIPP and UT Austin Plan II to develop mentoring partnerships. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Grant Thomas’s passion for empowering young people is life-long and contagious, as is his high-energy, charismatic personality. This passion, combined with expertise gleaned from years of graduate study in education, experiences as a teacher, community activist, and program innovator, makes Grant an inspired and inspiring difference-maker. His work in the field has helped countless young people build both academic and social success.”

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.

 

March is Women’s History Month!

We’re celebrating Women’s History Month with programs that feature great women who have made their mark on the world. Join us throughout March to learn more about these leading ladies and how they shaped history.

Below is a list of programs airing on KLRU, but we also have a wealth of documentaries online. You can find out more from PBS. We highly recommend watching all 9 episodes of Makers: Women Who Make America online

American Masters Margaret Mitchell – Monday, March 16 at 9 pm
No ordinary writer and no ordinary woman — “Gone with the Wind” created two of the world’s greatest lovers, Scarlett and Rhett, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and has sold more than 30 million copies. Born into Atlanta’s upper crust in 1900, Margaret Mitchell challenged stifling social restrictions at every turn. A charismatic force to be reckoned with, she had a great sense of humor, was one of Georgia’s first newspaper women and was extremely generous with the money she made from “Gone with the Wind.” She struggled with the changing role of women and the liberation of African Americans but also suffered from lifelong bouts of depression, until a tragic accident lead to her death in 1949. This film 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.

Independent Lens Wonder Women! –Monday, March 16 at 10 pm
This program traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, this film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

We Served Too — Tuesday, March 17, at 10 pm
This is a story of a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes … the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).

American Masters Judy Garland: By Myself — Friday, March 20 at 8 pm
Judy Garland had one of the most photographed faces ever to come out of Hollywood – it is stamped as a virtual imprint on our imaginations,a celluloid image frozen in time. She also had one of the most frequently recorded voices of the last century. She was magic, almost mythical. She is as iconic as she is misunderstood. There were her problems, to be sure, but the proof is in the performances, from The Wizard of Oz to the Palladium, from the Oscars to the Grammies. With singular entree to the MGM library, including vaulted screen tests and rehearsal footage, the film is wrapped in Judy’s voice, actually telling her story in her own words. So many outsiders have tried to tell this story and so many friends and family have weighed in – now Judy gets center stage, all to herself. This is her ultimate comeback.

American Masters Harper Lee:  Hey Boo — Monday, March 23 at 10 pm
Reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been a national pastime for five decades — it is still selling nearly a million copies a year, its classic popularity and power are a common reference. And the courtroom image of Gregory Peck, as the passionate Atticus Finch, gave us an enduring picture for the novel’s message. Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said she wanted to be Alabama’s Jane Austen. This program explores her life and unravels its mysteries, particularly why she never published again. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, Alice Finch Lee (100 years old), the film is steeped in the texture of the novel’s Deep South and the social changes it inspired. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and Andrew Young reflect on how “Mockingbird” shaped their lives.

American Graduate Champion: Alexus Robinson

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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.

alexus-robinsonToday’s Champion is Alexus Robinson. Robinson, a Student at Eastside Memorial High School, is an active member of her school’s Student Ambassadors program, Choir, Student Council, Velocity Prep Program and Panther Passion Club. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Her commitment to see positive change at her school is infectious to her peers and others. One cannot stand idly by Alexus and not feel the desire to want to make a difference in the world. Champions are defined by their legacy, what they leave behind for others. It is safe to say that she will leave a legacy for all to live and learn by. Our society can only be filled with hope for the future with young champions like Alexus leading the way. Age is irrelevant when the passion to make a difference trumps the status quo.”

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: Maura Masters

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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.

maura-mastersToday’s Champion is Maura Masters. Masters, a teacher of ESL and Ballet Folklórico at Austin High School,  both instills hope and sets high expectations for those who receive her instruction and guidance. Masters’ work with her students extends far beyond the school day, whether she is advocating for the rights of immigrant youth, seeking opportunities for current and former students, or prepping her troupe for their next performance. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Maura expresses an authentic joy and appreciation for the Latino cultural elements in her kids’ and their families’ lives. She is a great example of an educator who brings the home culture into the classroom for the benefit of all.”

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: Jodi Granado

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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.

jodi-granadoToday’s Champion is Jodi Granado. Granado, a teacher of GED prep at SW Key Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program, works tirelessly to get youth back on their feet after setbacks. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “As an educator, she knows that some educational success will help breed further success for individuals, and that will have ripple effects in their lives. As a caring, wonderful person, she knows that often times, the kids she serves are longing for stable, long-term support from adults in their 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.

 

Your Investment helped Amplify KLRU and Austin

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We did it! Because of YOU, we were able to surpass our goal and raise almost $38,000 from 380 people in our community during the Amplify Austin campaign. Not only did we surpass our goal, but you helped Amplify Austin surpass their goal and raise over $7.7 million for the Austin area community. It is your generosity that gives us the ability to continue building a stronger Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. Thank you!

In fact, your gift will help KLRU convene conversations, bringing people together around issues that matter. Your gift helps KLRU support children, families and teachers, offering trustworthy educational media and face-to-face outreach where it is most needed. Your gift helps KLRU produce original content created for, about, and with the people who live here. Your gift helps KLRU tell local stories, connecting your community around different histories and a shared future.

KLRU is community-supported:  over 85% of our annual funding comes from individual donors, foundations and corporations.  Your donation creates a stronger community, one story at a time.

Thank you for investing in KLRU during Amplify Austin!

 

 

Q Night at the Movies March 7

This week on Q Night at the Movies, take a behind-the-scenes peek at five legendary musicals. Plus, learn about the lives of stuntmen on Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles.

Classic Hollywood Musicals at 6:30 pm
Featuring some of the most iconic images ever recorded on film, these five classic Hollywood musicals – The Wizard of Oz, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Singin’ in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Viva Las Vegas – will take you on a journey across the Golden Age of movie musicals

Feature Film: Julie & Julia at 8 pm
A woman (Amy Adams) in Queens, N.Y., sets a deadline of one year to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) famous cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles at 10:05 pm
Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill and Harry explore the backbreaking world of stuntmen. Special focus is given to the late Hal Needham, an incredible Stunt Coordinator as well as Director of Smokey and the Bandit, which leads to a rare guest appearance from Hal’s great friend and legendary actor, Burt Reynolds.

Film School Shorts at 10:35 pm
Crazy Glue (NYU): A story about love, glue and its extraordinary bonding properties for a husband and wife. Directed by Elizabeth Orne.
Bicycle (Biola): Mamoru Amagaya is humiliated by a co-worker and leaves his job. Now alone and without work, parts of Mamoru’s bicycle begin to disappear. When the only remaining piece is a lonely bell, Mamoru receives an envelope revealing where the missing bike parts might be retrieved. Directed by Dean Yamada.