Review: Tattooed Under Fire

Program: Tattooed Under Fire
Date: Thursday, October 30
Time: 9 p.m.

This documentary takes you on a journey to Killeen, TX, to Fort Hood — the largest Army post in the country.  Due to the heavy military presence in the town, all of the shops in the area cater to the needs of the soldiers.  In particular River City Tattoo is home, and in some cases family, to many soldiers about to leave to go to Iraq, or returning for 2nd or 3rd tours of duty.

The film features a handful of eager soldiers from the first time they are deployed to Iraq and follows them after they return home and, of course, to the tattoo shop again to add to their “storyboards”.  The stories told by these soldiers while they are being inked are heartbreaking and eye-opening.  They talk about their friends and fellow soldiers dying in front of them, killing innocent people who interfere with their mission, their struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the fear of going back for another tour of duty, only this time not returning.

KLRU Behind-the-Scenes

Meet the people who make some of KLRU’s most popular local shows happen during the Texas Book Festival this weekend. KLRU producers will be at the KLRU booth in the exhibitor’s area of the Texas Book Festival at the Capitol all day Saturday, Nov. 1. Here’s your chance to chat with the people who make KLRU’s award winning TV.

Here’s the schedule for the day:
9 a.m. :: Linda Lehmusvirta producer of Central Texas Gardener
10 a.m. :: Dutch Rall producer of In Context
11 a.m. :: Elena Ramirez KLRU producer
noon :: Lynn Boswell producer of Texas Monthly Talks
1 p.m. :: JJ Weber Broadcast Operations Manager
2 p.m. :: Domenique Bellavia producer of Docubloggers
3 p.m. :: Sean Cunningham producer of Docubloggers

KLRU2 channel change

Time Warner Cable has decided to remove KLRU2 from channel 20. Beginning November 4th, KLRU2 will only be offered to customers with the Digital Tier package on channel 255. If you are among the Time Warner Cable customers this impacts, please tune to channel 9 to watch KLRU’s main channel.

If you have comments or questions contact Time Warner Cable customer service at 512-485-5555.

UPDATE: Please read the Austin American-Statesman story about the KLRU2 move at

Highlights 10/26 to 11/1

KLRU is giving Austin viewers a sneak peak at Tattooed Under Fire at 9 p.m. Thursday. This program will soon air nationally. Tattooed Under Fire is a grippingly intimate, character-driven portrait of war-bound and returning soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle — openly professing their patriotism, sharing their secrets and confessing their fears. Each soldier’s story is an evocative, poignant and highly personal look at the human and cultural cost of war.

Writers@Work, airing at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, is a new local series features an interview with an author as well as dramatic readings of their work. This Writers’ League of Texas produced show also features reading suggestions for viewers. This month the first episode of the series features Austin author Sarah Bird. Bird is the author of The Yokota Officers Club, The Mommy Club and more.

Other highlights

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday looks at the enormous falcons and Arctic wolves that raise their families on Canada’s remote Ellesmere Island.

Stephen investigates a contaminated hepatitis B vaccine and ends up stripped of his identity in the part four showing of “Last Enemy” in Masterpiece Contemporary at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Frontline at 9 p.m. Sunday examines the personal and political biographies of candidates John McCain and Barack Obama in “The Choice: 2008.”

American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday traces Lyndon Johnson’s pursuit of social programs, escalation in Vietnam and retirement years.

Cruiser Houston: Pride and Purpose at 10 p.m. Monday pays tribute to the men who fought following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday tells the dramatic story of a group of pioneering mathematicians who developed the study of fractals.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday gives an inside look at the real foreign policy choices the next president of the United States will face.

Ghosts on the Underground at 9 p.m. Tuesday takes a journey through London’s public transport system from a chillingly unfamiliar perspective.

Secret Life of Ghosts and Werewolves at 10 p.m. Tuesday provides scientific explanations behind the myths that have arisen around seemingly supernatural activity.

Ride along the Lincoln Highway at 7 p.m. Wednesday chronicles the history and wonderful landmarks found along the first coast-to-coast highway.

The San Francisco Symphony celebrates Bernstein’s amazing music at “Carnegie Hall Opening 2008” in Great Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Wallflowers band leader Jakob Dylan plays tunes from his debut solo album followed by songwriter/violinist Carrie Rodriguez in Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 11p.m. Friday.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn discusses his career on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Docubloggers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday takes a sneak peek into Austin City Limits and Round Rock’s Ballet Folklorico.

The Austin History Center, downtown on less than $25 a day, ROT Rally and more on Downtown at 8 p.m. Thursday.

In Context at 8:30 p.m. Thursday features hatmaker Julia Mogwitz, musician Amy Cook and Michener’s Japanese prints at the Blanton.

Tattooed Under Fire at 9 p.m. Thursday features an intimate portrait of war-bound and returning soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle.

Claudia and Gwyneth drive through Barcelona at night and Mario and Gwyneth grill a Catalan feast in Spain… On the Road Again at 9 p.m. Friday.

Ride along the Highway at 10 p.m. Friday chronicles the history and wonderful landmarks found along the first coast-to-coast highway.

The Kentucky indie rock heroes My Morning Jacket return to the stage to showcase their acclaimed album “Evil Urges” in Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In Context's New Season

Program: In Context
Date: Thursdays

Time: 8:30 p.m.

In Context’s new season begins on Oct. 23 at 8:30 p.m. The series reaches beyond the U.S. borders to explore the creative process throughout the globe. The Oct. 23 episode features Berlin painter Edward B. Gordon, Austin singer Chrysta Bell and Mazatlan’s Delfos contemporary dance company.