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4:44 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Bombasta: A Band As Big As The Barrio It Comes From

Bombasta, Barrio Big Band
Veronica Lourdes Luna

A local music group celebrating its tenth anniversary is impressive, but not necessarily newsworthy. This, however, makes it newsworthy:

“I congratulate Bombasta on ten years; it’s a tremendous achievement. I wave the Bombasta flag...”

That’s city councilman Diego Bernal in a video congratulating San Antonio band, Bombasta. He and other local luminaries were part of a video produced marking the band’s milestone.

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Holiday Programming
3:27 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

"Peabo's Christmas Holiday" Airs Christmas Eve

Peabo at the mic.
Carin Lamontagne

KSTX's most unusual holiday tradition continues this year with "Peabo's Christmas Holiday," hosted by Nathan Cone, David Furst, and Peabo, the unofficial Texas Public Radio mascot.

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Classical Music
3:06 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

SA Symphony Introduces Dvorak To San Antonio On KLRN

Sebastian Lang-Lessing at KLRN
KLRN

The San Antonio Symphony doesn’t do a lot of television specials, but once a year they collaborate with public television station KLRN to produce an hour-long program.

"[This year's show will] launch nicely our next festival, which will be a Dvorak Festival," said conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing by phone from Belgrade. "[We'll be] introducing Dvorak to the public. We’ve chosen this year the 'Carnival Overture' and a set of Slavonic dances, which really shows Dvorak from his folky side."

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Government
12:09 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Lawmakers Chastise UT Regent For Failing To Testify

Marsha Miller University of Texas

Texas lawmakers in charge of investigating the actions of University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall say they’re deeply offended by the embattled Regent not showing up to testify. Hall’s attorney is demanding his client be subpoenaed and given legal protections.

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The Source - December 19, 2013
11:59 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The Source: Refugees in San Antonio | 2014 Economic Forecasts

As Hisham Batar, a former refugee himself, points out--the new arrivals never stop coming.
Eileen Pace

In the first  segment:

This week our reporter Eileen Pace has brought you several stories on the refugee community here in San Antonio.  From their resettlement to building new lives, to their children going to school, she has mapped what the experience is for people who leave war-torn countries for the promise of something better.  Pace joins us along with District 8 council member Ron Nirenberg and Northside Independent School District officials to talk about the institutions helping them.

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Government
11:54 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Former Head Of TxDOT Named LCRA’s General Manager

Lake Buchanan.
©Aaron Bates Photography. Twitter @AaronBatesPhoto

Texas Department of Public Transportation CEO Phil Wilson has been called a "problem solver" by current members of the Lower Colorado River Authority Board. As LCRA’s new General Manager, he’ll need to be just that as the Board has recently voted to stop the flow of water headed downstream from Lakes Travis and Buchanan to Texas’ rice farming region for the third year in a row. 

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

This May Be San Antonio's Most Unusual Holiday Celebration

Tubameisters at the Arneson River Theater
Hans Grim

It’s a San Antonio holiday event truly like no other.  We asked Tubameister Ray Grim, who coordinates the group of tuba and euphonium players, just what a Tubameister is.

"A tubameister is someone who has mastered the tuba, in our case it’s a name for our group, calling ourselves the Tubameisters."

He explained how Tubas are known primarily for its background function in music.

"These are instruments that don’t often be at the forefront, but in this concert we get to play all the parts, including the melody."

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Community
2:27 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

The Refugee Story, Part 2: Finding Opportunity

As Hisham Batar, a former refugee himself, points out--the new arrivals never stop coming.
Eileen Pace

Almost 10,000 refugees have arrived in San Antonio over the past decade, many of whom might otherwise have died in their home countries or in refugee camps.

Although many come without a command of English, or job skills, there are stories of hope among the new arrivals.

The civilian death toll from the Sudanese Civil War was one of the highest since World War II.  The government forced boys into battle, so Hisham Batar fled his home country in 1992.

“I was about 16 years [old] at the time. I escaped from my country. I went to Egypt and from Egypt, I went to India.”

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The Source - December 18, 2013
1:12 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

The Source: Multivitamins A 'Waste' In Reports| SAISD's Adult Education Programs

Flickr user @doug88888 cc

In the first segment:

Several recent studies have shown that the 32 percent of American adults that use a daily multivitamin are wasting their time and money.  

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KPAC Programming
11:47 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Celebrate "A Baroque Holiday" On KPAC With The San Antonio Symphony

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

On Christmas Eve, tune to KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM for a special program, “A Baroque Holiday,” featuring the San Antonio Symphony, led by Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. Recorded live at San Fernando Cathedral, Akiko Fujimoto says the venue was beautiful, artistically and historically. “San Fernando Cathedral was built during the baroque period,” she points out, “so there could not be more perfect venue for this music to be performed by the San Antonio Symphony.”

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