Encore of In Context: Jazz in Austin

The Jazz genre is experiencing a revival in Austin and In Context goes behind-the-scenes to explore local talent. Performances include the stalwart of the Austin jazz scene – pianist James Polk, vocalists Pam Hart and Sarah Temple, the gypsy-jazz inspired Continental Graffiti and more in this one hour special from KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.

KLRU will repeat this special on Tuesday, March 2, at 10 p.m. and Thursday, March 4, at 8 p.m.

Help us return to uninterrupted programming sooner

We need your help ending the fundraising drive early this March. Each year, KLRU provides you with thousands of hours of uninterrupted programming, and this March we’ve committed to end our fundraising drive as soon as we reach our goal. Your financial support directly funds high-quality PBS programs and events and outreach activities that inform, educate and entertain everyone in our community.

Live United Film Series: Financial Stability

Photos from the Feb. 25 Live United Film Series featuring a community discussion moderated by Suzi Sosa and featuring Ann Baddour and Margo Weisz.

Suzi Sosa
As Chief of Staff of MPOWER Labs, Ms. Sosa is responsible for special projects and policy development for the MPOWER Group. She acts as one of the primary advisors to the CEO and is involved in a number of strategic initiatives, including creation and deployment of the group’s social impact measures and global advocacy for expanding financial access to the underserved. She leads the group’s key policy partnerships, including those with the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum.

Ann Baddour
Ann Baddour is the director of Texas Appleseed’s projects aimed at bringing low-income and immigrant consumers into the financial mainstream. She oversees financial education initiatives, efforts to build transparency and consumer protections into remittance markets, and reform of regulations governing small dollar loans. Ann has a Master of Public Affairs Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Masters Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Baddour is a Fulbright Scholar and a nationally recognized expert in financial policy affecting immigrant and low-income communities.

Margo Weisz
Margo has served as the Executive Director of PeopleFund since its infancy in 1995. Margo also serves as a consultant on a variety of projects, including organizational assessments, trainings, and research on small and minority business development. Margo has received wide recognition for her work. In 2006, she was chosen as a Profiles in Power winner from the Austin Business Journal. In 2004, she received the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in 2003 she was chosen as Austinite of the Year at the Austin Under 40 Awards. She was also chosen as a 2003 Marshall Fellow and, in that role, traveled to Europe to discuss transatlantic relations.

Highlights 2/28 to 3/6

Nature follows intrepid researchers and cameramen on Sunday at 7 p.m. as they track skunks day and night across California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Ohio to determine how they hunt, forage, mate and raise their young.

“The 39 Steps,” an adaptation of the popular John Buchan adventure novel originally popularized by Alfred Hitchcock, set on the eve of World War I. This 90-minute Masterpiece drama follows mining engineer Richard Hannay who gets caught up in a conspiracy following the death of a British spy found in his apartment at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Style icon, extravagant hostess, humanitarian, doting mother, trusted political advisor, and diplomat are all the roles we now expect in a First Lady, roles created by President James Madison’s wife, Dolley. Dolley Madison: American Experience, airing at 8 p.m. Monday, features Eve Best as Dolley and Jefferson Mays as James Madison.

Morristown: Where America Survived at 9:30 p.m. Monday revisits the “hard winter” of 1779-80, when General George Washington’s troops arrived at the densely wooded area south of Morristown to build a log hut city for their camp.


Economic resources

Thanks to everyone who attended the February 25th, Live United Film Series on the economy. We’ll be posting photos and video of the event soon.

For those who missed the screening or who would like to see the film again, you can watch Frontline “Inside the Meltdown” here. You can also get time lines and other resources featured in the film here

We’ve gathered together a few other resources on the economy and personal finance from various Public Broadcasting sources to help both people who attended the Live United Screening and those who were unable to be at the event.

Nightly Business Report How the Economy Works blog posts by Terri Cullen

Nightly Business Report blog posts on personal finance by Jeff Brown

An economic lesson from former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, hiding inside a whimsical animation by TPT’s David Gillette

NewsHour business correspondent Paul Solmon takes questions about business and economic news


KLRU Open House

We’re opening up our studios to give Central Texas an inside look at KLRU. On Saturday, March 6th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., KLRU invites families and kids of all ages to explore the world of television and music. Kids will sing, dance and read along with their favorite PBS KIDS characters, including the PBS KIDS preschool host Miss Rosa and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Miss Rosa will read books at 11 to 11:40 a.m. and 2 to 2:40 p.m. Families also have the opportunity to take a tour of the legendary Austin City Limits Studio 6A. Bring your cameras!

How can we make Austin schools better?

On January 28,  KLRU and United Way Capital Area screened the documentary “It All Adds Up” at the Austin City Limits studio as part of the Live United Film Series. We asked some attendees how we can make Austin schools better, here’s what they think:

Video and some of the discussion from the evening:

The next Live United Film Series screening is Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South. The evening will focus on financial stability and feature Frontline: Inside the Meltdown. For more details and to RSVP visit klru.org/liveunited/

March 2010: Dolly Madison, American Experience

Dolly MadisonDolly Madison, American Experience
8-9:30pm, Monday, March 1

Style icon, extravagant hostess, humanitarian, doting mother, trusted political advisor, and diplomat. These are the roles we now expect in a First Lady, roles created by President James Madison’s wife, Dolley.Born in relative obscurity before the American Revolution, Dolley’s beauty attracted attention, but it was her political acumen that set her apart in a time when women held no overt political power. As the “first First Lady,” she used her unelected position to legitimize the nation’s new capital, to create a political and social style for the new country and to give Americans a sense of their own national identity. As her successors have gone on to do ever since, Dolley Madison adopted social causes of her own, including advocating for children left orphaned by the War of 1812. This portrait features Tony Award-nominee Eve Best (Nurse Jackie) as Dolley Madison and Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays as James Madison.
For more information go to the American Experience website.

3-4:30am, Tuesday, March 2
2-3:30am, Wednesday, March 3
3-4:30am, Monday, March 8

Highlights 2/21 to 2/27

Nature explores Florida’s Everglades National Park, one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States. However, as tens of thousands of giant pythons invaded, the refuge has become less of a haven and more of a killing ground. See it 7 p.m. Sunday.

Sally Hawkins appears as Anne Elliot, destined for spinsterhood at age 27 after being persuaded eight years earlier to refuse the proposal of dashing Captain Wentworth. Then chance brings them together again on Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday. more