C-SPAN Motor Coach Arrives In Austin For Texas Book Festival

AUSTIN, TX — C-SPAN’s new, state-of-the-art customized motor coach arrived in Austin Wednesday as part of the station’s "50 Capitals Tour" and its live coverage of the Texas Book Festival.

Partnering with Spectrum to engage teachers, students, community members and elected officials through interactive demonstrations of C-SPAN’s multi-platform public service resources, the 45-foot, customized C-SPAN Bus will welcome visitors at events over five days.

The C-SPAN Bus embarked on a "50 Capitals Tour" in September 2017 and is heading to every U.S. state capital, culminating in November 2018 for the 25th anniversary of the Bus program, officials said. Throughout this 14-month tour, the C-SPAN Bus will open its doors at each state capitol to welcome visitors. C-SPAN officials also will gather video responses from visitors as part of its "Voices from the States" – an opportunity for visitors to share viewpoints on state issues and what they think Washington leaders should do to address local concerns, officials said.

C-SPAN2’s Book TV will provide live coverage of the Texas Book Festival Nov. 4-5. Since 1998, Book TV has brought the festival to a national audience of non-fiction book lovers. During the festival, the Bus will be open for tours to attendees. Each weekend Book TV features 48 hours of nonfiction books from Saturday 8 a.m. ET to Monday 8 a.m. ET. For a full schedule of events while at the Texas Book Festival, visit www.booktv.org.

The new, high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus includes:

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Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and myriad of political and educational resources A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming A D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their Bus experience through social media

Since 1993, a C-SPAN Bus has traveled across the nation in partnership with C-SPAN’s cable and satellite providers for local interactions through visits to schools and community events, officials said. Bus visitors will learn about C-SPAN’s unique non-commercial, editorially-balanced, non-biased coverage of public affairs and political events and the cable industry’s commitment to funding its operations, officials added.

"Charter is excited to partner with C-SPAN on the ’50 Capitals Tour’ and bring the all-new interactive bus to Texas," Adam Falk, SVP of State Government Affairs for Charter Communications, said in a prepared statement. "We are proud to serve Austin by helping provide the public with access to C-SPAN networks and their robust educational and political resources."

The first stop for the bus was Vista Ridge High School, 200 S. Vista Ridge Boulevard, in Cedar Park from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Thursday, the bus will be parked on West 11th and Colorado streets, where it will remain from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Friday, the C-SPAN bus will travel to LBJ Early College High School, 7309 Lazy Creek Drive.

On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, the bus will be at the Texas Book Festival, parking along 11th Street directly across from the Texas State Capitol.

As part of its "50 Capitals Tour" the C-SPAN Bus will visit local schools in each state, officials said. Students and teachers will learn about C-SPAN’s national documentary competition, StudentCam. Awarding $100,000 in prize-money, the competition challenges students to produce a 5-7 minute documentary using C-SPAN video to explore a local or national issue of importance, according to a news release. This year’s theme is "The Constitution and You," with students tasked to pick any provision of the U.S. Constitution and illustrate why it’s important to them.

In Austin, C-SPAN programming is provided by Spectrum as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 18 & 225; C-SPAN2 on channel 226; and C-SPAN3 on channel 227 and on the web at C-SPAN.org. All funding for C-SPAN operations, including Bus visits, is provided by cable and satellite providers.

Fans can follow the adventures of the C-SPAN Bus’s "50 Capitals Tour" on Twitter and Instagram @cspancommunity and online at C-SPAN.org/community.

About C‐SPAN (provided text):

Created by the cable TV industry in 1979 and now in nearly 100 million TV households, C‐SPAN programs three public affairs television networks; C‐ SPAN Radio, heard in Washington D.C., at 90.1 FM and available as an App; and C-SPAN.org, a video‐rich website offering live coverage of government events and access to the vast archive of C‐SPAN programming. C-SPAN established the C-SPAN Bus community outreach program on Nov. 2, 1993.

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