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.

American Graduate Champion: Courtney Jones

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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.

courtney-jonesToday’s Champion is Courtney Jones. Jones is the Founder and Executive Director of Change 1. This volunteer program brings together community organizations, non-profits, churches, and schools to increase volunteerism, mentoring, and fostering to those that are transitioning out of the foster care system. She is a social worker and  dynamic motivational speaker. Over the past 10 years she has advocated for youth and alumni in the foster care system and she is also a former foster youth. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Courtney Jones is an inspirational leader who has overcome tremendous adversity in her life. Statistics show that youth that age out of the foster care system are less likely to graduate high school or pursue a college degree. Courtney has beat the odds by pursuing a masters degree. Her story is one of hope, strength and courage.”

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.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Alex Gibney (3/11)

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Alex Gibney on March 11 at 10 am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:30 am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW

Alex GibneyAlex Gibney is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. He won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2008 for his film Taxi to the Dark Side. He received another Academy Award nomination in 2006 for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which also won the Independent Spirit Award and the WGA Award. Alex’s film Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief will air on HBO on March 29th. Based on Lawrence Wright’s book by the same name, the film was one of the most talked about at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Alex’s other new film, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, is premiering at SXSW.

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. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Alex Gibney. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Highlights March 8-14

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Relive the most magical moments from The Emerald Isle with the amazing artists of Celtic Woman who have touched your heart and lifted your spirit for the last ten years, on Celtic Woman Fan Favorites, Sunday at 7 pm, and again on Wednesday at 7 pm.

From the late 1940s through early 1950s, The Ed Sullivan Show presented special performances with original cast members from the most beloved stage musicals of Broadway’s golden age. Experience rare performances from The Ed Sullivan Show on Great Broadway Musical Moments, Sunday at 8:30 pm.

On John Denver: Country Boy, Sunday at 10 pm, Wednesday at 8:30 pm and Saturday at 7 pm, discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter.

Howdy, Texans! Learn about fraudulent and authentic Texas Declaration of Independence documents on Antiques Roadshow Austin Hour 2 Monday at 7 pm and Saturday at 10:30 pm.

Personal finance guru Suze Orman provides advice on how to make sound financial decisions while keeping “the goal of money” in mind on Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions For You, Monday at 8:30 pm.

Rick Steves’ Europe: Remote, Sacred, Wild celebrates the wonder of the great outdoors and religious sites in Europe and beyond, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Learn how to seek foods, recipes and menus that optimize health on Dr. Fuhrman’s End Dieting Forever, Tuesday at 7 pm.

In BrainChange with David Perlmutter, MD, neurologist Perlmutter gives his tips for eliminating carbs from your diet to improve brain function on Tuesday at 9 pm.

Laugh along with legendary comedian Victor Borge’s greatest moments on Victor Borge’s Timeless Comedy, Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

In Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour, powerhouse duo and rock ‘n’ roll legends Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo showcase their undeniable chemistry and unprecedented sound to the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, Long Island. Airs at 10 pm on Wednesday.

Four stars of the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys perform hits of the Sixties in their first public television special, The Midtown Men Live in Concert, Thursday at 7 pm.

The Bee Gees: One Night Only, airing Thursday at 8:30 pm, features the group’s 1997 concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and includes hits “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Massachusetts,” “To Love Somebody” and more.

Experience the natural beauty of the Lone Star State on Texas: Above and Below, Thursday night at 10. This special features aerial footage of the state’s wilderness shot by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Self-help author Wayne Dyer gives viewers his take on how to “manifest that which is most important to them” on Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled at 8 pm on Friday.

Fend off disaster with Trisha Shirey’s top tips from her book, Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southwest on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

After returning to Styles with Hastings, Poirot confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders on Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, Saturday at 8:30 pm.