For the last six years, the Last Casas Foundation has been busy doling out college money in talent contests. This year it's taken one step further.
“We’ve given out $500,000 in college scholarship money to graduating seniors in San Antonio and the surrounding area," said Kevin Parman, the president of Las Casas. It all started with a 135 applications.
“And we get that number down to 24 finalists,” said Parman.
And those finalists really have to perform to earn their scholarship money, as Parman explained.
49 percent of surveyed veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan described re-entering their civilian lives as somewhat or very difficult. From physical and emotional issues to maintaining relationships to getting a civilian job, there are many challenges that face the returning soldier.
Ken Burns’ new film "The Address" debuts Tuesday, April 15, on KLRN. I caught up with Burns to find out what the film was about. While his focus is often on huge subjects, "The Address" is, in a way, about a very small one. Across the Connecticut River from Burns’ New Hampshire home is the tiny Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont.
“It’s a boarding school for kids very young, 11 to 17, who suffer from learning differences like dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, a whole alphabet soup of learning issues,” explained Burns.
Tuberculosis (TB) is not commonly thought of in Texas or the US., but it killed 1.3 million people in the world last year and ranks second only to HIV/AIDS in death by a single infectious disease.
The TB death rate declined 45 percent from 1990 to 2012, according to the World Health Organization, but in later years that decline has slowed. A single cough can infect and drug-resistant strains have been found in every country on the planet.
Local PBS station KLRN is putting on a screening that has an interesting twist.
"We are one of 95 communities around the United States that are holding film screenings throughout the year," said Marketing VP Katrina Kehoe. "They are Independent Lens films...(Independent Lens is a recurring PBS documentary series)…and we are encouraging the community to come out with us, screen these programs, before they broadcast on 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."
Bill Moll, who today is KLRN’s president and CEO, was the first person to speak on the carrier wave half a century ago. He has a lot to think about since that first broadcast, and reflects on the past and future of KLRN – including what would happen to public broadcasting if the CPB federal funds are cut off.