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9:53 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Jefferson Bank Hoilday Charity Drive Benefits ChildSafe Kids

Many children around San Antonio will be served special meals this holiday season or may be on one of Santa’s special lists to receive toys. But there are some kids in the area who are just glad to be safe.               

ChildSafe provides specialized services to children that have been abused, neglected or sexually assaulted. This year those children will receive new toys, thanks to Jefferson Bank’s Boots Up for Charity toy drive. 

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Christmas Shopping
9:26 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Toy Safety Report Warns Against Magnets And Very Loud Toys That Could Hurt Children

Sizzlers product advertisement image.

This year’s survey of the most dangerous toys has turned up new hazards that are not always sold as toys. Magnets and watch batteries are causing concern among physicians in hospital emergency rooms.

The Trouble in Toyland report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group comes out just in time for the holiday shopping season each year, and commonly includes cautions about choking and strangulation hazards.

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Texas History
12:32 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Texas Matters: Remembering The Dust Bowl

Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, 1935.
George E. Marsh Album NOAA

Remembering the lessons of the Dust Bowl. We listen back to an interview with Timothy Egan, author of the book, “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl.”

Egan's book won the 2006 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2006 Washington State Book Award in History/Biography. 

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Fronteras Desk
12:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

More Latino Families In The U.S. Breaking The Bank For Quiceañeras

Professional photographs of Julissa Canal greet guests as they enter the hall for her quiceañera.
Kate Sheehy Fronteras

Fronteras: Tijuana has long been a magnet for migrants from across Mexico, but the city’s rapid growth means urban planning is often a second thought. Bishops along the border collaborate on a call for immigration reform. A quinceañera is an important milestone for many young Latinas, and it's become good business in the U.S. Border fence construction continues in Texas  near a historical site. And we look at an experiment designed to re launch destroyed rural border economies on both sides of the Rio Grande.

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The Source - November 28, 2013
11:25 am
Thu November 28, 2013

The Source: Murdoch's World | Beatles vs Stones

In the first segment:

The most powerful man in the media is News Corp Owner, Rupert Murdoch.  His rise to power buying up media properties from Australia to the UK and his entrance into the US markets on the streets of San Antonio are all documented in the new book "Murdoch's World." 

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World Festivals
9:08 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Beat The Devil To Prepare For St. Nick

Klausjagen, 2011. Men wearing Iffelen or Infuln, which are enormous, incredibly ornate paper / wood hats which resemble a cross between a bishop's mitre and a stained glass window.
Matthias Zepper Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, we'll learn about how folks prepare for the holidays by ridding their towns of evil. 

LA QUEMA DEL DIABLO

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KPAC Blog
5:03 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Black Violin Shakes Up Classical And Hip-Hop Worlds At The Carver

Black Violin
Courtesy photo

Black Violin is coming to San Antonio, and they’re probably unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Their sound could be described as two parts hip hop and two parts classical.

"We’re a product of both worlds," said Wilner Baptiste, or Wil B as he’s known.

"The classical/hip hop thing is always something we did to keep our interest in the classics," Baptiste said.

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KPAC Blog
2:43 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Presents Baroque In The Historic San Fernando

The San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio was founded in 1731 and is the oldest continually functioning religious community in Texas.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Fernando Cathedral is one of San Antonio’s most iconic and most storied buildings and when the San Antonio Symphony matched a special event to the building, a hit was created.

"It was so popular last year, especially in the San Fernando Cathedral, where the music matches the building," said San Antonio Symphony Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto.

"The cathedral was built during the Baroque period in the mid 18th century," she said.

The music the pared-down symphony of about 22 players will be playing is all baroque, as Fujimoto details.

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KPAC Blog
1:33 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Symphony And Ballet Present Christmas Staple, "The Nutcracker"

The Nutcracker
Still Life Photography

"The Nutcracker" is now an American Christmas tradition, but when Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky debuted the work in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, it wasn't a success. San Antonio Symphony’s Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto explains.

"You have to understand, until Tchaikovsky came along, ballet music was just ballet music," Fujimoto said. "It wasn’t appreciated for its own good, and Tchaikovsky single-handedly did that."

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The Source - November 27, 2013
1:12 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

The Source: America's Worst Charities | Energy Utilities Want Changes That Could Cost

Top five worst charities in America via www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities.
Tampa Bay Times/CIR

In the first segment:

As you sit down and give thanks tomorrow, you might feel compelled to share the wealth of your good fortune by donating to one of the more than 1.6 million registered tax-exempt charity organizations.  

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