Host your own Fourth of July cookout with these recipes!

Fourth of July means fireworks, the outdoors, family, friends and FOOD. If you’re planning on hosting guests at a cookout, we’ve gathered some recipes and how-to videos to help you whip up something your family and friends will love this Fourth of July.


What’s a cookout without barbecue?  Our friend Aaron Franklin is here to help you make your grilled goods outstanding. Watch episode one of BBQ with Franklin for a step-by-step brisket cook experiment using three different methods and learn more about brisket in the process.

Not a brisket fan? Franklin can also show you tips on cooking ribs and pulled pork. Follow the links below to watch the videos or go here for all videos from BBQ with Franklin!


No Texas cookout is complete without guacamole. Try this easy Foodphiles recipe, and don’t forget to grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips so your friends and family can snack while the barbecue’s on the grill.

Another healthy, delicious snack your cookout attendees will love: Sweet potato fries. Fry ‘em up in the oven and whip up a homemade chipotle mayo as a dipping sauce. Try this recipe from Fresh Tastes (and don’t forget to double or triple the recipe, depending on how many people you’re entertaining).


Strawberry lemonade (Image courtesy Fresh Tastes)

Strawberry lemonade (Image courtesy Fresh Tastes)

For your adult friends, check out these garden cocktail recipes from Central Texas Gardener. Get tips from Trisha on whipping up a cool cucumber, tomato tonic or peach bourbon cocktail.

For a tasty non-alcoholic refresher, serve strawberry lemonade with fresh fruit. Go here for a recipe from Fresh Tastes featuring tips on how to tone down the sweetness if you don’t have a sweet tooth.

And, of course, it is Texas…so it’s always good to have a pitcher or two of sweet tea on hand.


What’s a good barbecue meal without coleslaw? Go here for a recipe for Fresh Tastes’ no-mayo coleslaw, a healthier alternative to store-bought slaw, with a touch of honey, olive oil and lemon juice.

Courtesy Fresh Tastes

Watermelon feta salad (Image courtesy Fresh Tastes)

For a refreshing summer salad, try Fresh Tastes’ savory-sweet watermelon feta salad recipe, courtesy of food blogger Alice Currah. Click here for the recipe, and you can find more of Alice’s recipes here.

Courtesy Fresh Tastes

Grilled asparagus raclette (Image courtesy Fresh Tastes)

For another healthy side, toss some asparagus on the grill. Asparagus is a superfood and contains folate, a B vitamin that serves as an excellent mood booster. This grilled asparagus recipe from Fresh Tastes incorporates an American twist on raclette, a cheese served melted in many parts of Switzerland, but feel free to use any cheese you want. You can’t go wrong with grilled veggies and melted cheese.


Courtesy Martha Bakes

Pecan tassies (Image courtesy Martha Bakes)

For easy-to-eat dessert bites, try Martha Stewart’s pecan tassies recipe. Martha takes you step-by-step through making your own dough and filling for these tiny pecan bites.

Does any food scream “Fourth of July” more than apple pie? Check out this simple recipe, or if apple’s not your game, try this raspberry pie recipe from Fresh Tastes.

Peach cobbler may not be “as American as apple pie,” but it’s pretty close. Try this recipe to make individual peach cobbler cups for your guests — and don’t forget to buy a gallon of vanilla ice cream for peach cobbler a la mode!

Courtesy Everyday Baking PBS

Individual peach cobbler (Image courtesy Everyday Baking)

What’s your favorite Fourth of July food? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

Arts in Context: Somos Krudas

Having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit fiery lines about politics and sexuality with a frankness and openness that is seldom seen. With a persistent Afro-Cuban rhythm, Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes use their art as a weapon “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.” Now based out of Austin, Texas, Krudas Cubensi continues their fight for social justice through their incendiary, original hip-hop.

What’s happening this weekend: June 27-28

Another drizzly weekend is in the forecast, but don’t let that get you down – in true Austin fashion, there’s no shortage of fun activities happening across the city this weekend.

Visit the Umlauf Sculpture Garden
Jump between raindrops and connect with all your senses at the Umlaut Sculpture Garden, where you can wander through the trails, view and even touch all of Charles Umlauf’s unique and passionate sculptures. Watch this clip from Central Texas Gardener then head on down to the garden’s two acres just above Zilker Park. The best part? You can visit the Umlauf free all summer long.

Admission: Free all summer. Weekend hours: Noon to 4 p.m.

Check out the Ransom Center’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” exhibit
If you don’t feel like braving the rain, the Harry Ransom Center is celebrating 150 years of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” through July 6. Featuring a rare copy of Carroll’s 1865 “suppressed” edition of the book, Carroll’s photograph of the three Lidell sisters who inspired the story, Salvador Dali’s 1969 illustrations and more, the exhibit celebrates the classic book, which has never been out of print since its initial publication in 1865. To prepare for your visit, watch this Antiques Roadshow clip in which one man’s Alice-themed doorstops are worth a surprising fortune.

Admission: Free. Weekend hours: Noon to 5 p.m.

Get down with Ray Benson and other local artists to benefit flood victims
Boogie back to Texas for a good cause with Austin’s own Ray Benson and other local artists such as Jack Ingram and Robert Earl Keen at Flood Aid TX at the Palmer Events Center. Organizers say the show will go on rain or shine, and proceeds will benefit The United Way of Hays County Flood Relief Fund and the Austin Disaster Relief Network. To get in the spirit, watch this feature on Ray and his band, Asleep at the Wheel, who were inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame last week.

Admission: $35 per person, $100 family four-pack, $150 per VIP ticket. Children 12 and under get in free. Hours: Noon to 10 p.m.

Q Night at the Movies 6/27

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On this week’s Q Night at the Movies, after an all-new On Story, the classic film The Barefoot Contessa takes viewers into Madrid. Later, La Dolce Vita explores the music of Italian cinema, and The Birth of a Rock Theater dives into the history and the future of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

On Story Tommy Lee Jones: Bringing the Three Burials of Mel at 7:30 pm
Tommy Lee Jones, writer, director, and protagonist of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, reflects on the making of the film, accompanied by some of his cast and crew. Followed by Roy Rutngamlug’s short film, Formosa, TX, about a first generation Asian-American’s fleeting encounter with an out-of-towner who stumbles upon his family’s diner.

All-Star Film Collection The Barefoot Contessa at 8 pm
Flashbacks at a funeral reveal how a Madrid nightclub dancer was propelled to instant stardom and eventual misfortune in this 1954 classic starring Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner and Edmond O’Brien.

Great Performances La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema at 10:12 pm
Conducted by Alan Gilbert, selections include music by Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov and other composers, performed by the New York Philharmonic and featuring Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming and Josh Groban. The concert includes video projection with animated graphics and film clips related to the films such as La Dolce Vita, Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Il Postino.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Birth of Rock Theater at 11:45 pm
Paul O’Neill shows the past, present and future of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) through live video and interview segments taken over the last couple of years during their annual Winter Tour and from their debut rock theater tour “Beethoven’s Last Night” which was filmed in Dallas, Texas, on May 2, 2010. Get a sneak peak at their plans for the future and a look at how TSO developed into one the of the top 10 live shows in the country with over 1 million people a year coming to see it.

KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Highlights June 28 to July 4

KLRU Highlights

KLRU presents Last Tango in Halifax on Sunday at 7 pm. See how an unexpected visitor forces Alan to think about his past, making Gillian and Caroline anxious – his decision to keep his secret from Celia is bound to backfire. Meanwhile, Caroline and pregnant Kate set a date for their wedding.

Sunday at 8 pm on Poldark on Masterpiece Part Two, determined to open his risky copper mine, Poldark seeks backers. Plus, Verity’s big chance leads to a showdown.

Crimson Field Episode Two on Sunday at 9 pm follows Kitty, Flora, and Rosalie, volunteer nurses who work in a tented field hospital. As they settle into their first day, it soon becomes clear that no training could ever have prepared them for the reality of working near the front line.

Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields on POV The Overnighters at 9 pm on Monday. A local pastor risks everything to help them. The Overnighters was the winner of the Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

On Mount Rushmore: American Experience at 7 pm on Tuesday, we learn that the story of Mount Rushmore’s creation is as bizarre and wonderful as the monument itself. It is the story of hucksterism and hyperbole, of a massive public works project in the midst of an economic depression. And it is the story of dozens of ordinary Americans who suddenly found themselves suspended high on a cliff face with drills and hammers.

The film 1913: Seeds of Conflict at 8 pm on Tuesday examines a pivotal yet largely overlooked moment in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the years just prior to World War I. While most scholars have focused on the later British Mandate period as a locus of the Middle East conflict, this film focuses on the period before World War I, when Arab and Jewish nationalism first made contact.

Explore the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their parents during Frontline Growing Up Trans at 9 pm on Tuesday. Through moving, personal stories of children, parents and doctors, the film examines new medical interventions increasingly being offered at younger ages.

On Story Breaking Bad: A Conversation with Vince Gilligan at 10:30 pm on Tuesday talks to Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, as he reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences.

Learn whether an ingenious idea could help save giant pandas, and if an operation deep in the jungle can transform the life of a young gorilla on Operation Wild at 7 pm on Wednesday. Watch as an elephant with a gunshot wound makes an extraordinary journey.

Find out the answer to, “What happened when we expanded out of Africa and into Asia — where did we go and whom did they meet along the way?” on First Peoples Asia / Australia at 8 pm on Wednesday. The latest evidence suggests we left far earlier than previously thought and interbred with a newly-discovered type of ancient human — the Denisovans.

Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs on Austin City Limits at 10 pm on Wednesday and Friday. Songwriter Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae. At 6 pm and 10 pm on Saturday, roots music rocks on ACL with Eric Church. Country superstar Church performs tunes from his hit album The Outsiders.

On Arts in Context The Influencers at 7:30 pm on Thursday, graphic designers are influencing the visual look of consumerism and shaping society’s experiences. Although ad agencies still loom large, the proliferation of technology has allowed a growing contingent of DIY graphic designers to make their mark on pop culture.

Aaron gets a lesson in cooking “cowboy style,” in a way that combines traditional BBQ skills with the grill on BBQ with Franklin Direct Heat & Mesquite at 8 pm on Thursday. Then, go behind the scenes at a big city BBQ joint in Dallas and learn their unique take on Texas traditions.

Chet heads to East Texas to the town that invented the hamburger – Athens, Texas – on The Daytripper at 8:30 on Thursday. He visits the Texas Freshwater Fishery Center holding multiple state record fish and placing over a million large mouth bass into Texas water every year.

The Hawaiian Islands are the most remote major island group on earth. On the second-largest island of Maui, the Haleakala volcano rises 10, 000 feet – nearly two miles – into the sky. The Quietest Place on Earth at 9 pm on Thursday explores Maui’s geological and spiritual birthplace.

The United States National Mall, set in the heart of Washington, DC, is a place unlike any other on earth, and its history is equally fascinating. National Mall – America’s Front Yard at 8 pm on Friday reveals the surprising and inspiring story of the Mall’s evolution.

Throughout her four-decade career, superstar Annie Lennox has defied categorization, diving into blues, soul, folk and pop to create songs that transcend boundaries. Although jazz is not the genre for which she is best known, she could no longer resist the pull of some of the most memorable melodies from the American Songbook on Great Performances Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert at 9 pm on Friday.

Mingle those structural succulents with floppy and flowering plants in drought defiant companionship on Central Texas Gardener Succulent Companions at 12 pm on Saturday. On tour, a front yard’s become the family’s new playground since they swapped grass for food, layers of perennial texture, and cozy hangouts.

At 7 pm on Saturday and re-airing at 8:30 pm, celebrate the country’s 239th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza and the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation on Capitol Fourth. America’s favorite Independence Day celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Science Night July 1

This week, Science Night explores wild animals and primitive humans. Operation Wild dives into the sea as a manta ray receives an ultrasound and First Peoples journeys to land as we learn how our ancestors’ DNA has helped us to survive.

Operation Wild at 7 pm
On Operation Wild, learn whether an ingenious idea could help save giant pandas, and if an operation deep in the jungle can transform the life of a young gorilla. Watch as an elephant with a gunshot wound makes an extraordinary journey.

First Peoples Asia at 8 pm
What happened when we expanded out of Africa and into Asia — where did we go and whom did they meet along the way? The latest evidence suggests we left far earlier than previously thought and interbred with a newly-discovered type of ancient human — the Denisovans.

Watch An Eastside Education

An Eastside Education – a six-part digital news project that follows one semester at the most talked about school in one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed.

Prologue: All In
The Texas Education Agency gave Eastside Memorial three years to meet state accountability standards or watch their school by shuttered. Principal Bryan Miller calls this year “make or break.” In the prologue we explain how the school got to this point and why the staff is all in on making the grade this school year.

Chapter 1: East Side
Johnston High School opened in East Austin in 1960, when mostly African Americans and Latinos lived east of I-35. In recent years parents, students, and community members have rallied to keep the doors open.

Chapter 2: Family Lives Here
Students at Eastside see struggles most teens don’t have to deal with. But many of them agree with the school’s unofficial motto: Family Lives Here. We follow two seniors through their final semester as they overcome statistics and graduate.

Chapter 3: At Risk
It’s Graduation Coach Harry Brooks’ job to keep dropout rates low and graduation rates high. We follow him through the halls, to Truancy Court, as he conducts home visits, and watches his students walk across the stage at graduation.

Chapter 4: High Stakes
Eastside’s survival depends on how well the students perform on end-of-course STAAR exams. We follow as students, teachers, and administrators brace for test day.

Chapter 5: Waiting Game
If Eastside fails to meet standards again this school year they will only have one more school year to make it happen, or be shuttered for a year. Preliminary test results are back and some students will be forced to return to Eastside during the summer. We check in with teachers as they pack up their classrooms and watch the Class of 2015 graduate. Everyone at Eastside will have to wait until August to find out if they finally made accountability.

Epilogue: Test results released (Updated reporting to come in August)
School ratings go public in August – stay tuned to find out how Eastside Memorial fared.

This project is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The American Graduate initiative seeks to establish a clearer understanding about why students drop out of high school and how drop out impacts our economy and society. An Eastside Education examines these issues up close by exploring how one school, in an at-risk community, is overcoming years of poor performance and trending toward success.

KLRU Summer STEM Resources


KLRU is a proud partner of many summer STEM camp providers in Central Texas. We have built this collection of PBS and other amazing and fun resources for participants in these camps and for anyone to use!

Audiovisual and interactive resources available through PBS MediaLearning site:

Web platforms and interactive games outside PBS that can be used in learning activities:

Software resources outside PBS that can be downloaded and installed on local computers:


Curious George Photo App

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To celebrate the release of the Curious George 3 movie where your favorite monkey explores space and Africa, there’s a new free photo app that lets you add George into your photos! Participate at and share the fun with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #CuriousGeorge.

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle premieres on Monday, August 17 on KLRU-TV at 9:30am and 3:30pm. An encore presentation of Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey will air right before the new movie at 8am and 2pm.

Super Photo Bomb. Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

In the Studio: Andy Roddick Tapes Overheard (6/29)

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Andy Roddick on June 29 at 5:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4:45pm.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP HERE.

AndyRoddickheadshotAndy Roddick is a former professional tennis player, former ATP World No. 1, and a philanthropist. He won his first Grand Slam singles title in 2003 and for the next decade was consistently ranked in the top 10. He was the youngest-ever ATP Player of the Year. Andy reached the Wimbledon finals three times in his career, and the Australian Open semi-finals four times. He retired from tennis in 2012. Andy is co-host of Fox Sports Live and of the Fox Sports Live podcast. The Andy Roddick Foundation provides out-of-school programs to underserved young people in Austin.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Andy Roddick. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at