Boomers focus of 2nd Half of Life

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives and we’re pleased to announce a new project that will begin later this month.

This fall, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life, a six-part series airing weekly on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. beginning October 8 and running til November 12. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. Additional resources at KLRU’s 2nd Half of Life Web site at

Thursday, October 8
Hit the streets to find out what annoys babyboomers about 20-year-olds on Intergenerational and learn how to bridge generation gaps with social experts. Then, find out how to make smart financial decisions within your family on Money is Love.

Highlights 9/27 to 10/3 … Ken Burns' National Parks

The astonishing beauty of Yosemite Valley and the geyser wonderland of Yellowstone give birth to the idea of creating national parks for the enjoyment of everyone on National Parks: America’s Best Idea Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Find out how Theodore Roosevelt became one of the national parks’ greatest champions on National Parks: America’s Best Idea Monday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Many agree that the vast beauty of Arizona’s Grand Canyon is unrivaled by any other natural wonder on earth, others could take it or leave it. See what happens when these opposing parties meet and duke it out over the fate of the grandest canyon on earth Tuesday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., trek with National Parks: America’s Best Idea, from park to park with a Nebraska housewife as she searches for peace and inspiration.

Travel back in time on National Parks: America’s Best Idea Thursday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to see how the National Parks provided much-needed jobs and a placid escape for people overtime from the Depression to a world war.

America’s “Last Frontier” becomes a testing ground for the future of the park idea Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

Catch the Dave Matthews Band in an unforgettable Austin City Limits performance 7 p.m. Saturday.

ACL Q&A in honor of Rock Hall designation

RSVP for 11 a.m. panel discussion here

RSVP for 1 p.m. panel discussion here

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will officially designate the Austin City Limits studio as a rock and roll landmark with an historic marker unveiling and educational programs at the KLRU-TV’s Studio 6A on Thursday, October 1. In honor of this distinction, on Friday, Oct. 2, KLRU, ACL and the Rock Hall will host two 75 minute educational discussion panels moderated by Dr. Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, to spotlight the impact that ACL has on American culture. Both panels will take place in KLRU’s Austin City Limits studio 6A.

The first panel will feature seasoned members of ACL’s staff who will talk about the history and evolution of America’s best known music television series. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and the discussion will start at 11 a.m. RSVP here for this panel

The 11 a.m. discussion will lay the groundwork for the second panel beginning at 1 p.m. which will feature artists Alejandro Escovedo, Patty Griffin and Martie Maguire talking about ACL’s impact on music in general. Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will also join the panel to provide a historical perspective. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and the discussion will start at 1 p.m. RSVP here for this panel

KLRU shows receive Emmy nominations

KLRU-produced programs and shows airing on KLRU received 19 Lone Star Emmy nominations.

KLRU-produced shows received six nominations:
Austin Lyric Opera’s Cinderella
Dutch Rall, Producer, Director, Editor

Texas Monthly Talks #722: Billy Bob Thornton
Lynn Boswell, Producer

Children’s Art Bus
Dutch Rall, Producer, Director, Editor
Elena Ramirez, Producer

Gifted/Talented Awareness Spot
Elena Ramirez, Producer

Deja Donne: Deja View
Dutch Rall, Editor

Texas Monthly Talks #711: The Obama Administration
Lynn Boswell, Producer

DOWNTOWN, which is a co-production of KLRU and the Downtown Austin Alliance,  had a banner year, receiving 5 nominations:

MAGAZINE PROGRAM – PROGRAM / SPECIAL:  Show #406: Austin’s Independent Businesses / Recycling / The New Music Model



· MAGAZINE PROGRAM – PROGRAM / SPECIAL:  Show #406: Austin’s Independent Businesses / Recycling / The New Music Model


Texas Park and Wildlife, which airs weekly on KLRU,  received eight nominations.

Highlights 9/20 to 9/26

See how Hawaii’s breathtaking beauty was sculpted by earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes on land and sea at 7 p.m. Sunday on Nature.

Lewis and Hathaway track down the prime suspect in the assault of a teenage girl on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday revealing a web of intrigue and sordid secrets that expose the Oxford elite.

History Detectives research the truth behind Thomas Edison’s PsychoPhone, a device believed to have the ability to record messages from the afterlife, Monday at 8 p.m. more

KLRU Community Screenings: Latin Music USA

Created with flickr slideshow.

Thank you to all who attended KLRU’s Community Screenings of the first episode of Latin Music USA. Special thanks to our panelists David Garza, Rich Garza and Michael Crockett. Remember to tune in to KLRU to watch the entire Latin Music USA series on Mondays, October 12 and 19.

Monday, October 12 at 8 p.m.
Episode One: Traces the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and
the cha cha chá as they sweep the US from east to West. Latin music infiltrates
R&B and rock and roll through the 1960s.

Monday, October 12 at 9 p.m.
Episode Two: Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvent the Cuban son and the Puerto Rican plena, adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa,
which becomes a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.

Monday, October 19 at 8 p.m.
Episode Three: Mexican Americans in CA, TX and across the Southwest create their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. Their music would play an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights.

Monday, October 19 at 9 p.m.
Episode Four: Focuses on the Latin pop explosion in the English-language market. As studios concentrate on star-driven pop, Latino youth gravitate toward urban fusions – Spanish rap and reggaetón, as well as rock en español.

Cyberchase comes to Austin

Join forces with the CyberSquad, Matt, Inez, Jackie and Digit, in their quest to save Cyberspace as they zoom into Cyberchase – The Chase Is On!, an out-of-this-world, educational exhibit coming to Austin Children’s Museum starting September 19.

Based on the award-winning PBS KIDS GO! math mystery cartoon Cyberchase (airing Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m.), the exhibit presents math in a fun, kid-friendly environment, allowing children to make use of their critical thinking skills and approach math with an investigative, positive attitude.

In Cyberchase, children will enter Cyberspace through a special portal to explore favorite cybersites, including the Control Central, the Grim Wreaker and Poddleville. They will help the CyberSquad protect the virtual universe from the villainous Hacker while exploring math concepts such as place value, algebra, geometry, fractions and probability. Get more details about the exhibit

The exhibit will be in Austin until January 2010. Find more information about the Austin Children’s Museum web site at