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.
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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 Austin360.com.

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.

Independent Lens "Chicago 10"

Program: Independent Lens “Chicago 10″

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 22

Time: 8 p.m.

“Chicago 10” is a stylized, innovative approach that gives contemporary history a forced perspective. Writer and director Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture) boldly mixes original animation with extraordinary archival footage to explore the buildup to and unraveling of the infamous conspiracy trial of the Chicago Seven. Set to the music of revolution then and now, ”Chicago 10″ is a parable of hope, courage and challenge as it portrays the struggle of young Americans attempting to confront an oppressive and armed government — their own.

Highlights 10/19 to 10/25

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday takes a look at “Parrots in the Land of Oz,” the most exotic birds on the island continent.

Stephen and Yasim join forces with a rogue agent to get to the bottom of a bio-weapons conspiracy in the part three showing of “Last Enemy” Masterpiece Contemporary at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The mysterious death of a paparazzo leads Lynley and Havers to a 1995 massacre in Bosnia in Masterpiece Mystery at 9 p.m. Sunday.

American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday chronicles Lyndon Johnson’s poor childhood, rise to political power and 1964 election victory.

On Stay Rich Forever & Ever with Ed Slott at 10 p.m. Monday the IRA expert shares strategies viewers can implement to safeguard their retirement savings.

Mark Oliver Everett of the band Eels learns about his influential physicist father Hugh Everett in Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Martin Smith travels the globe to test what big business is doing to solve the climate problem in Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Secrets of the Dead at 7 p.m. Wednesday explores the 15th and 16th century “Battle for the Bible,” when men set out to bring the Scriptures to people in their own language.

Independence Lens at 8 p.m. Wednesday tells the story of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial with animation, archival footage and music.

Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 11 p.m. Friday features talented songwriter Lyle Lovett as he performs with acclaimed tunesmiths John Hiatt, Guy Clark and Joe Ely.

U.S. Senate candidate Rick Noreiga talks with Evan Smith on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

From dogs in prison to cats in shadows, Docubloggers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday uncovers the “Unconventional Rodeo.”

Downtown at 8 p.m. Thursday explores live in downtown Austin.

In Context at 8:30 p.m. Thursday features Berlin painter Edward B. Gordon, Austin singer Chrysta Bell and Mazatlan’s Delfos contemporary dance company.

Gwyneth and Mario visit the Marques de Riscal Hotel and take a behind-the-scenes vineyard tour in Spain… On the Road Again at 9 p.m. Friday.

Lords of the Gourd: Pursuit of Excellence at 10 p.m. Friday presents gardeners who attempt to grow a world record 1500lb pumpkin for the Cooperstown Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off.

Wallflowers band leader Jakob Dylan plays tunes from his debut solo album followed by songwriter/violinist Carrie Rodriguez in Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Special Screening: 10/15

The Power of the Social Entrepreneur will be examined at a screening and panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Yarborough Branch Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr. Film clips from Frontline/World on worldwide social entrepreneurial activities will be shown followed by a panel and audience discussion. The panel will be moderated by professor Thomas Darwin from the University of Texas at Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The event is free and open to the public but because of space limitations attendees will need to sign up at Hands on Central Texas’ Web site at www.handsoncentraltexas.org

This is a Frontline/World & American Library Association funded program and is co-sponsored by the United Way Capital Area and KLRU.

Highlights 10/12-10/18

From frogfish to hagfish, learn the “Beauty of Ugly” in “Nature” at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Yasim suspects her late husband may have known what killed the woman found in Stephen’s apartment in the part two showing of “Last Enemy” in “Masterpiece Contemporary” at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Lynley & Havers are catapulted into the world of internet vice when they investigate a brutal death in “Masterpiece Mystery” at 9 p.m. Sunday.

“American Experience” at 8 p.m. Monday reassesses the life and political career of President Richard Nixon in a three hour special.

“Nova” at 7 p.m. Tuesday interviews with investigators and family members who give a new look at NASA and the Columbia space shuttle tragedy.

“Frontline” at 8 p.m. Tuesday examines the personal and political biographies of candidates John McCain and Barack Obama in “The Choice: 2008.”

“Chasing Churchill” at 10 p.m. Tuesday explores Churchill’s love for the United States and his relationship with President Roosevelt.

“Secrets of the Dead” at 7 p.m. Wednesday reveals the secretive, Cold War world of East German athletes who were given dangerous steroids.

Bob Schieffer of CBS moderates this seated debate focusing on foreign policy at Hofstra University in “PBS Newshour Debates 2008: Presidential” at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“Austin City Limits” at 10p.m. Wednesday presents R&B veteran Bettye Lavette and classic blues pianist Pinetop Perkins.

U.S. Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks with Evan Smith on “Texas Monthly Talks” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Community Docublogger Natasha Chen explores the fluctuating politics of Williamson County and Texas as a whole in “Docubloggers” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Texas Senatorial Debates” at 8 p.m. Thursday.

“Austin City Limits” at 7 p.m. Saturday features talented songwriter Lyle Lovett as he performs with acclaimed tunesmiths John Hiatt, Guy Clark and Joe Ely.

KLRU to produce Conspirare In Concert for PBS broadcast

KLRU and Conspirare announce that together they will bring the exquisite sound of the Company of Voices to national television. In a one-hour concert to air nationally on PBS in March 2009, contemporary music will blend seamlessly with the classics, taking the audience on a journey of innovative sound, vibrant images and thought-provoking ideas.

The concert will be performed and taped on Sunday, October 12 at 7 p.m. at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts before an audience. Free tickets will be distributed to the public at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at KLRU-TV. Tickets will be distributed two-per-person on a first come, first served basis until they are gone. KLRU is located at 2504-B Whitis Ave. 76712 (at the corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe).

Under the leadership of founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare was born out of a love for singing and a belief in its power to enrich the lives of all who hear it. Now in its 17th performance season, Conspirare is well known for emotionally resonant performances and an extraordinary ability to connect with audiences, providing listeners with an evocative and often transformative cultural experience.

Conspirare in Concert is a production of KLRU-TV, Austin PBS,  with executive producers, Dick Peterson and Marion Lear Swaybill and director, Karen McLaughlin.

About Conspirare
Conspirare combines outstanding vocal artistry with innovative programming to create a unique and dynamic choral art. Under the artistic leadership of Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare is comprised of three performing ensembles. Conspirare has produced 3 CDs and received two Grammy® Award nominations (Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical). The newest recording, “Threshold of Night,” was released internationally on September 9, 2008. Conspirare has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and this past July represented the United States at the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen.