Schedule change: 12/1 Presidential Address

PBS NewsHour coverage of 12/1 Primetime Obama Address
The NewsHour will be providing live coverage of President Obama’s speech on Tuesday night, December 1, beginning at 7 p.m.  The presidential address on the subject of Afghanistan will originate from West Point and full analysis of the speech will follow.

KLRU will present our prime time lineup in its entirety after Obama’s speech. Here’s the lineup:

Nova “Saved by the Sun”
Nova presents the latest thinking from solar enthusiasts and skeptics as it investigates these cutting-edge research developments. The film introduces viewers to the scientists and business people who are racing to make solar power practical — for lighting and heating, and for running power plants.

Leonard Cohen Live in London
For over four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. His songs have set a virtually unmatched standard in their seriousness and range.

Dr. Wayne Dyer: Excuses BeGone
Dr. Wayne Dyer presents a new program, based on his newest book Excuses BeGone! In Excuses BeGone!, his goal is simple but not easy: to help viewers learn how to overcome lifetime thinking habits that keep us from maximizing our human potential.

Jim Lehrer talks about the new PBS Newshour

On December 7, 2009 The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer will re-launch with a new look, a new correspondent and a new program title: PBS NewsHour.

Jim Lehrer, recently shared his thoughts about the upcoming changes in a short question and answer session.

How does the new PBS NewsHour fit into what you and Robert MacNeil originally envisioned?
The goal of “MacNeil Lehrer journalism” has always been to give our audience the news beyond the headlines – more in-depth reporting, thought-provoking analysis, engaging newsmaker interviews and more international news.

We plan to continue that mission, only expand it.  Originally, the program was created to supplement the evening network news programs.  Now, each week night we will be a key on air and online destination for a deeper dive into the most important news of the day presented in a thoughtful and objective way. Our goal is to be THE source for the best journalism available anywhere, anytime – on line, on air, morning, noon or night.

Highlights 11/29 to 12/5

Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics –The 60’s presents classic full-length music performances – no plate spinners or dancing elephants – that evoke the spirit of that decade’s youth movement at 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Shot in the breathtaking Ireland gardens (based on the gardens at the Palace of Versailles), the five women who comprise Celtic Woman provide an equally breathtaking performance on Celtic Woman: Songs From the Heart 8 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, and 7 p.m. Saturday.

See what happens when London cab drivers begin to learn “the Knowledge,” the ability of the brain to interface with mechanical and electronic instruments on Brain Fitness Frontiers 10 p.m. Sunday and 10:30 p.m. Friday.

KLRU & PBS supports White House Educate to Innovate Campaign

Today, President Obama and the White House continued to publicly encourage students to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the ‘Educate to Innovate‘ campaign. This mission is a core principal of the PBS mission and KLRU wants to ensure our community is aware of how we support this initiative with innovative, free resources for teachers, kids and parents.

KLRU and PBS offer opportunities to explore new ideas related to STEM learning through television and online content. On-line broadband access and digital media are dramatically changing the opportunities available to the nation’s educators improving STEM education. Through many of our award-winning STEM-related television programs – Nova, Nature, Cyberchase, Curious George and, most recently, Sid the Science Kid – public media continues to play its role as an innovator in digital content and professional development.

Teachers can learn more about how you can access STEM content for your teachers and students by visiting the PBS Teachers STEM Resource Center and use Science-related streaming video on PBS. Additional high-quality, resources for teachers in Austin and across Texas include:

PBS TeacherLine of Texas, a premier provider of online professional development.

– Sesame Street’s Early STEM Literacy Initiative, “Math is Everywhere” programs.

KLRU Community Screenings

Thanks to everyone who attended the KLRU Community Screening for Native American Heritage Month. We featured a screening of Independent Lens “Power Paths” and a panel discussion on energy and Native American issues. Special thanks to our panelists Gerald Torres, Dr. Shannon Speed and Michael Holland. As always, KLRU Community Screenings are made possible with support from Austin Community College and Live Oak Brewery. With additional support from our media sponsors The Austin Chronicle and KUT.

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Highlights 11/23 to 11/28

Veteran filmmaker Simon King takes on the role of mother to two cheetah cubs, Toki and Sambu, orphaned when a lion killed their mother. See this two-year emotional rollercoaster on Nature, Sunday at 7 p.m.

Masterpiece Contemporary tells the story of a major road accident and the 10 seemingly disconnected people involved. Beyond the chaotic landscape of corpses and crumpled cars, a series of invisible dramas unfold 8 p.m. Sunday.

In telling the story of Seabiscuit’s unlikely career Monday at 8 p.m., Seabiscuit: American Experience illuminates the precarious economic conditions that defined America in the 1930s and explores the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of thoroughbred racing.

Highlights 11/15 to 11/21

Nature showcases the first year of a humpback whale’s life as she learns the lessons of humpback life from her mother 7 p.m. Sunday.

Masterpiece Contemporary’s “Collision – Part 1″ tells the story of a major road accident and the 10 seemingly disconnected people involved 8 p.m. Sunday.

They were called “Black Blizzards,” dark clouds reaching miles into the sky, churning millions of tons of dirt into torrents of destruction. Learn more on Surviving the Dust Bowl: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday.

Family Choice: Nature "Fellowship of the Whales"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together.  This month’s Family Choice program is Nature “Fellowship of the Whales” on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. The story of the first year of a humpback whale’s life as she learns the lessons of humpback life from her mother. Together, they make the long journey from her birthplace in the suptropical waters in Hawaii to summer feeding grounds in the cold seas off Alaska’s southeast coast. he youngster will meet dangerous orcas and sharks, and playful dolphins and seals.

Panelists announced for 11/17 screening

November’s KLRU Community Screening is Nov. 17 at 7 p.m at KLRU. We’ll be showing the film “Power Paths” and have a panel discussion on energy issues. RSVP here

Confirmed speakers include:

Michael Holland is General Counsel at PowerFin Partners — a provider of financing for cost-competitive and reliable turnkey solar systems. Prior to joining PowerFin, Holland worked with the UT Humanities Institute and UT Law School’s Rapoport Center for Human Rights.  Holland has extensive experience in Indian law (having worked with tribes and tribal corporations on various legal matters), chairing the Yale NALSA (Native American Law Students’ group), organizing and leading a course on Federal Indian law and co-founding the Longhorn American Indian Council at UT.

Dr. Shannon Speed is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Texas.  She was recently named assistant vice president for community engagement in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at The University of Texas at Austin where she is responsible for community partnerships through the Community Engagement Incubator, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center, the Regional Foundation Library, the Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships, the DDCE Faculty Fellows Program, the African American Men and Boys Harvest Foundation, and Art and Social Engagement. Additionally she remains coordinator of the Indigenous Studies Initiative.

Gerald Torres is the Bryant Smith Chair in Law at The University of Texas School of Law and a former president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). A leading figure in critical race theory, Torres is also an expert in agricultural and environmental law. Previously, Torres served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as counsel to then U.S. attorney general Janet Reno. Torres has served on the board of the Environmental Law Institute, the National Petroleum Council and on EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

KLRU Community Screenings made possible with support from Austin Community College

2nd Half of Life talks ethnicity and aging

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. 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

2nd Half of Life is made possible thanks to our sponsor Seton Family of Hospitals and in cooperation with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

This week:
Life (Part 2) – “Ethnicity, Race & Aging”
How do different communities treat their older populations? Dr. Jerry C. Johnson, senior fellow at Penn’s Institute on Aging, Melvin Delgado, professor of social work at Boston University and Giang T. Nguyen, assistant professor of medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania enlighten us about the many ways we age in a diverse society.

Life (Part 2) – “Survive and Thrive”
While some crumble in the face of adversity, others survive and even thrive — what makes them different? Mayo Clinic physician and cancer survivor Stephen Kopecky, Kate Braestrup (Here If You Need Me, the story of surviving Widowhood,) and clinical psychologist Cheryl Gore-Felton explain how survivors bounce back from crisis.