Musical week on KLRU

On Monday, October 12th, KLRU presents music programming that will make your heart sing. Latin Music USA and The Big Squeeze by Austin’s Hector Galan start it all off. And the week also includes a special visit to the White House for a spectacular performance from a star-studded line-up.

Latin Music USA airs Mondays at 8 pm October 12th & October 19th.
Latin Music USA is a film about American music. Fusions of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, rhythm and blues – music with deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize. It’s a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. The four-part series will be presented over two nights—Oct. 12 & 19.

Latin Music USA episodes:
Episode 1—Bridges: Traces the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the cha cha cha as they sweep the US from East to West. Featured on October 12th at 8 pm.

Episode 2—Salsa: Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York re-invent the Cuban son and the Puerto Rican plena, adding elements from soul and jazz to create Salsa. Featured on October 12th at 9 pm.

Episode 3—The Chicano Wave: Mexican-Americans in California, Texas and across the Southwest create their own musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. Featured on October 19th at 8 pm.

Episode 4—Divas and Superstars: Focuses on the Latin pop explosion of the turn of the century and the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. Featured on October 19th at 9 pm.

The Big Squeeze is a joyful leap into the heart of Texas music. And where there’s music there’s usually some grilling going on. That’s why Herminio Ramirez builds a stage right in the tiny kitchen of their Houston home for his son John. From the urban barrios of Houston to the colonials along the U.S.-Mexican border, legacies fueled by the passion-stirring combination of family, friends and food, is being passed along. In The Big Squeeze, we follow 16 year old John Ramirez and other young musicians as they do battle at the statewide accordion throw down. This film was produced by Hector Galan from Austin. Airs Monday, October 12th at 10:00 pm & Wednesday, October 14th at 8:30 pm.

Voces “Tito Puente:The King of Latin Music” airs Monday, October 19th at 10 pm.
Bill Cosby, Marc Anthony, Geraldo Rivera, Jimmy Smits, Paquito D’Rivera and other family, friends and colleagues pay homage to the late mambo and Latin jazz legend Tito Puente. Archival footage, interviews and excerpts from one of Puente’s last concerts piece together the life of the popular bandleader, percussionist and composer.

American Masters “Joan Baez” airs Wednesdays at 7 pm on October 14th.
Told from her perspective, and supported by a rich performance and historical archive, the centerpiece of this film is Baez’ many years as a musician, her power as an artist, those who influenced her and those she influenced. From her earliest recordings, Baez introduced ever wider audiences to the songs of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash and, of course, Bob Dylan — before she began writing her own music. Follow Baez through her story, to see her as she sees herself: human being — first, pacifist — second, and folk-singer — third.

In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina on Thursday, October 15th at 7 pm.
A star-studded talent roster will perform for President and Mrs. Obama. Performers include: Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Los Lobos, Jose Feliciano, Sheila E (leading the house band), Thalia, Tito “El Bambino” and Aventura. George Lopez and Jimmy Smits will be hosting this very special program.

— Maria Rodriguez, senior vice president of programming

Highlights 10/11 to 10/17

When a young actor is murdered during a student Shakespeare production, Lewis and Hathaway sift through the motives of several suspects on Masterpiece Mystery at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The first two episodes of the four-part Latin Music USA air back-to-back starting at 8 p.m. Monday. Followed by Hector Galan’s documentary about accordian music The Big Squeez at 10 p.m.

Tens of thousands of fresh American troops are now on the move in Afghanistan, led by a new commander and armed with a counter-insurgency plan that builds on the lessons of Iraq on Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

In “Herb & Dorothy” Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday looks at a couple whose passion and disciplines defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector.

Told from her perspective, and supported by a rich performance and historical archive, American Masters at 7 p.m. Wednesday presents Joan Baez’ many years as a musician, her power as an artist, those who influenced her and those she influenced.

Art in the 21st Century at 9 p.m. Wednesday explores how desires and taboos shape our ability to imagine through the work of the artists Jeff Koons, Mary Heilmann, Florian Maier-Aichen, and Cao Fei.

Ben Harper and Rlentless7 perform on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

“Fiesta Latina” showcases this White House celebration of Latino musical heritage at 7 p.m. Thursday.

2nd Half of Life continues with two episodes of Life (Part 2) starting at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tonight focuses on spirituality and aging followed by the science of happiness.

The winemaking competition continues on Winemakers at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Austin Daytripper at 9:30 p.m. Thursday travels to Bastrop.

Kenny Chesney performs his arena-style country in the intamate setting of Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

TMT features E.J. Dionne

Texas Monthly Talks with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne
7 p.m. Thursday, October 8
also airs at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, October 11

For more than 15 years, E. J. Dionne has shared his opinions about politics, the media and the role of religion in public life with the The Washington Post’s readers. He also serves as a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, writes popular books about politics and frequently shares commentary with NPR, This Week and Meet the Press. Join us to learn more about the latest news from Washington, and the latest opinions from Dionne.

Watch Now:

The Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne from Texas Monthly Talks on Vimeo.

Austin Daytripper takes on Waco

Austin Daytripper
Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. starting October 8

From the well-known landmarks to the completely obscure dives and hideaways, host Chet Garner takes viewers on an adventure throughout Central Texas on The Austin Daytripper. In the premiere episode, Chet travels to Waco; home of Baylor University, Dr. Pepper, and exceptional mountain biking right in the middle of the city. If you thought Waco wasn’t worth the trip, better think again.

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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

This week:
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.

Thanks to our sponsor Seton Family of Hospitals

In cooperation with Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

Lunchtime Art 21 screenings at AMOA

Refuel with contemporary art. Bring your brown bag lunch to the Austin Museum of Art for screenings of the PBS documentary Art in the Twenty-First Century.

Thursday, October 8, 12-1 pm, EPISODE 4: Systems
Artists invent new processes to convey the attitudes of today’s supercharged, information-based society, examining why we find comfort in some systems while rebelling against others. Systems features artists Julie Mehretu, John Baldessari, Kimsooja , and Allan McCollum who realize complex projects through acts of appropriation or accumulation. In some instances, they create projects vast in scope, which almost elude comprehension.

Friday, October 9, 12-1 pm, EPISODE 3: Transformation

Whether observing and satirizing society or reinventing icons of literature, art history, and popular culture, the artists Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cindy Sherman, and Paul McCarthy capture the sensibilities of our age while at times inhabiting the characters they have created.

All screenings at AMOA-Downtown, 823 Congress Ave. Free admission to screenings.
Co-presented by KLRU. Art 21 airs on KLRU on Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 9 pm CST.

Local favorites now on KLRU Create

KLRU will begin adding some local favorites to the KLRU Create (18-2) schedule starting this week. We will add the following shows to the Create lineup:

Saturdays (starting October 10th):
9:00 am Fons & Porter Love of Quilting
9:30 am Quilting Arts

Tuesdays (starting October 13th):
8:30 am Knitting Daily
9:00 am Fons & Porter Love of Quilting

Thursdays (starting October 15th):
8:30 am Beads, Baubles & Jewels
9:00 am America Sews

Sewing with Nancy is already part of the KLRU Create schedule and is featured Mondays & Fridays at 11 a.m.; 5 p.m.; and 11 p.m.

In other crafting news, Scrapbook Memories is now being featured on KLRU-Q (18-3) at 8 a.m. on Saturdays.

Austin winemaker on The Winemakers

The Winemakers
The six part series airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays on KLRU

Watch as Austin-area winemaker Ross Outon and others compete in a national competition to launch their own wine label nationwide. In each episode they will face challenges on every aspect of wine making from viticulture and enology to sales and marketing, but in the end only one contestant will win the title of Wine Maker.

Meet the cast: