Eight, Arizona PBS launches expanded news, public affairs lineup

January 26, 2015

Eight, Arizona PBS, part of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is debuting a dramatically expanded news and public affairs focus, featuring in-depth news and analysis covering Arizona, the nation and the world.

Starting Jan. 26 on Eight HD, the new lineup features a concentrated two-and-a-half-hour block of news and analysis with BBC World News America, Cronkite News, Arizona Horizon and PBS NewsHour. Cronkite News Download Full Image

4:30 p.m. – BBC World News America with anchor Katty Kay provides up-to-the-minute news that goes beyond the headlines with in-depth reports on the major international stories of the day.

5 p.m. – Cronkite News features breaking news and enterprise reports and investigations by Cronkite students across the state and from Cronkite’s Washington bureau, focusing on critical public policy stories impacting the region.

5:30 p.m. – Arizona Horizon with host Ted Simons digs deep into the key topics with in-depth interviews of Arizona newsmakers.

6 p.m. – PBS NewsHour with anchors Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill offers in-depth and nuanced national news coverage that has made it one of the most-trusted and respected news programs for nearly 40 years.

The new lineup marks the first major initiative at Eight, Arizona PBS since the Cronkite School assumed operations of the 53-year-old television station in July 2014. According to Christopher Callahan, Cronkite School dean and university vice provost, the new lineup provides an important alternative news source for Arizona viewers.

“Arizonans now can easily get a significant block of in-depth regional, national and international news and analysis on one station, uninterrupted and commercial-free,” Callahan said. “We hope the new lineup will provide an important resource to help keep Arizonans informed on the most important issues at home and around the globe.”

Arizona PBS and Cronkite also are reinventing the Cronkite News digital site to include Arizona Horizon and other public media offerings in addition to Cronkite News reports from Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles.

New scheduling on Eight, Arizona PBS also includes changes to Charlie Rose and the PBS Kids daytime programming lineup. For complete television listings, visit http://www.azpbs.org/schedule.

Arizona PBS reaches nearly 1.9 million households across 80 percent of the state. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit azpbs.org.

Reporter , ASU Now


United Farm Workers focus of ASU Barrett lecture

January 26, 2015

In September 1962, the National Farm Workers Association convened its first convention in Fresno, California, initiating a multiracial movement that would result in the creation of United Farm Workers and the first contracts for farm workers in the state of California.

Led by Cesar Chavez, the union contributed a number of innovations to the art of social protest, including the most successful consumer boycott in the history of the United States. Chavez often referred to the boycott as “capitalism in reverse,” for its power to turn ordinary shoppers into union allies. Matt Garcia Download Full Image

In a presentation titled “Capitalism in Reverse: The United Farm Worker’s Grape Boycott and the Power of Inter-racial Organizing,” Matt Garcia, director of the Center for Comparative Border Studies at Arizona State University, will discuss the accomplishments of the movement, including benefits gained through the formation of a diverse organization that welcomed contributions from numerous ethnic and racial groups, men and women, young and old.

The presentation, which is part of the Honors Lecture Series presented by Barrett, the Honors College at ASU is slated for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 27, in room 101/103 of the Cottonwood Building at Barrett, on ASU's Tempe campus. The lecture is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.

Garcia, author of the new book "From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement" (University of California Press, 2012), discusses the accomplishments of the movement, including the benefits gained through the formation of a diverse organization that welcomed contributions from numerous ethnic and racial groups, men and women, young and old.

For a time, the United Farm Workers was the realization of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s beloved community. Garcia demonstrates that the community became increasingly difficult to maintain for Chavez as the state of California became more involved in adjudicating labor disputes in the mid-1970s. Although Chavez and the United Farm Workers ultimately failed to establish a permanent union, the boycott offers important lessons to those wishing to build a new food justice movement today.

Garcia is the director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at ASU. He also directs the Comparative Border Studies Program. He previously taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the University of Oregon and Brown University. His book, "A World of Its Own: Race, Labor and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970," won the award for the best book in oral history from the Oral History Association in 2003. His most recent book, "From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement," won the Philip Taft Award for the Best Book in Labor History, 2013.

Garcia was also the outreach director and co-primary investigator for the Bracero Archive Project, which was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in 2008, and the recipient of the Best Public History Award by the National Council for Public History in 2009-2010. He completed his doctorate in history at the Claremont Graduate University in 1997.

Nicole Greason

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