Live United Film series looks at economic crisis

Join KLRU, United Way Capital Area and the Alamo Drafthouse for a special film screening and discussion on financial stability on Thursday, February 25, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South, 1120 South Lamar. RSVP here

How did a series of financial events create the most disruptive economic crisis of the century? Have we learned our lesson? More importantly, can we ever fully recover?

The event features a screening of FRONTLINE: Inside the Meltdown, the illuminating story of the events that would ultimately snowball into a global economic crisis. After the screening, local experts will discuss key questions related to the changing financial services landscape, including the appropriate role of government regulation and the future of consumer protection. Moderated by Suzi Sosa, Economist & Social Entrepreneur.

Know more – and share what you know. We can recover. RSVP now

Program on Identity Theft and Cyber Security to Air

2010 Great Debate Series “Our Growing Lives Online: Safe or Not?” will air February 18 at 8 p.m. The program was taped live Friday, February 5th at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater in San Antonio and moderated by San Antonio Express News Editor-in-Chief, Bob Rivard. The one hour forum features noted Cyber Security experts including CEO of SecTheory Robert Hansen, a leading expert on web application, browser and e-commerce security; Dr. Nicole Beebe, Assistant Professor of Information Systems at UTSA; Ari Schwartz, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Democracy and Technology; and Bill Morrow, CEO of CSIdentity.

KLRU, KUT, Austin American Statesman collaborate to explore Austin’s energy issues

KLRU, KUT-FM and The Austin American Statesman are partnering to present Austin @ Issue: Energy For the Future on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. This 30-minute special features a discussion of Austin’s proposed long-range Austin Energy’s Generation Plan with Austin Energy General Manager Roger Duncan and other experts and stakeholders.

Austin Energy has proposed that the City of Austin increase its portfolio of renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar, increase the City’s investment in energy efficiency and conservation, and phase down Austin’s reliance on coal. Duncan talks in-depth about the plan followed by a discussion, moderated by Alberta Phillips from The Austin American Statesman, featuring:

• Carol Biedrzycki, Executive Director Texas Ratepayers Organization to Save Energy

• Matt Johnson, Policy Analyst, Energy Efficiency Renewable

• Phillip Schmandt, partner with the law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore
and Chair, City of Austin Electric Utility Commission; also Chair, Mayor’s Task Force on   Generation Resource Planning

• John Sutton, corporate services assistant vice president TG; past president of the
Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) and member and past president of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

KLRU.org, KLRU’s online television resource, will also feature a media roundtable discussion about the issue featuring Mose Buchele from KUT-FM and Marty Toohey and Asher Price from The Austin American Statesman about the issues surrounding the plan. The full interview with Austin Energy’s Roger Duncan will also be available online.

There will be a Mayor’s Energy Generation Town Hall meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center to allow public input on the plan and a more detailed analysis.

Celebrate Texas Independence Day with Independent Films


On March 2, KLRU will commemorate Texas Independents’ Day by celebrating the work of three local filmmakers whose work has reached a national audience on PBS. For the first time ever, three Austin-based projects have been selected for PBS’s Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens.

Filmmaker and University of Texas Professor, Paul Stekler will moderate a panel discussion with Michel O. Scott (The Horse Boy), Karen Skloss (Sunshine), and Keith Maitland (The Eyes of Me) starting at 8 p.m. Following the discussion, KLRU will host a screening of the Independent Lens broadcast of The Eyes of Me at 9 p.m. RSVP here

Space is limited so RSVP today. For those who cannot attend the screening, you can watch the Independent Lens broadcast of The Eyes of Me at 9 p.m. on KLRU, broadcast 18-1, cable 9.

Discussion starts at 8 p.m. Screening at 9 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

RSVP here

KLRU Community Screenings made possible thanks to our partners
Austin Community College,
The Austin Chronicle, KUT 90.5 FM and Live Oak Brewing Company.

Highlights 2/14 to 2/20

The Druids are the most celebrated wolf pack in North America; new pioneers in the wilderness, they were at the heart of a massive scientific experiment to restore an entire ecosystem that began to break down without its wolves. See the intimate record of their lives on Nature at 7 p.m, Sunday.

In Jane Austen’s gentle parody of gothic fiction, romance addict Catherine Morland is invited to a medieval country house that appeals to her most lurid fantasies, and forms a budding romance with the younger son on the estate at 8 p.m. Sunday on Masterpiece Classic.

A saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy, see how the Kennedy story is unlike any other on Kennedys: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday.

Glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at an ever-faster rate. What explains this alarming acceleration? In this high-action scientific adventure, Nova investigates the mystery of the mighty ice sheets that will affect the fate of coastlines around the world on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

In the devastating aftermath of the economic meltdown, Frontline sifts the ashes for clues about why it happened and examines critical moments when it might have gone much differently at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Independent Lens tells the poignant and powerful story of animals left behind during Katrina, and of the struggles of hurricane victims to reunite with their beloved pets at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Episode Two of Faces of America explores the many journeys to becoming American that defined the “Century of Immigration” (1820s –1924) and transformed the United States into a booming industrial power at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

As America embraces the automobile, a Nebraska housewife searches for peace and inspiration in park after park, while a honeymoon couple seeks fame and adventure in the Grand Canyon on National Parks: America’s Best Idea at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin form “Them Crooked Vultures” and bust out high volume rock ‘n’ roll on Austin City Limits as at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Newsweek editor and Pulitzer prize-winning author Jon Meacham discusses the future of print journalism and more on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Austin @ Issue: Energy for the Future at 7:30 p.m. Thursday features a discussion of Austin’s proposed long-range Resource and Climate Protection Plan with Austin Energy General Manager Roger Duncan and other experts and stakeholders.

Taped before a live audience at the Texas Lyceum Conference, experts on Great Debate Series: Cyber Security discuss issues of personal privacy and security of on-line information in the age of Social Networking at 8 p.m. Thursday.

With a backbone of Southern rock and country, passionate VanZant vocals, and trademark layered guitars, Lynyrd Skynyrd deliver renditions of their iconic classics on Soundstage that will blow you away at 9 p.m. Thursday.

In their debut Austin City Limits appearance, influential superstars R.E.M. take the stage in support of their latest acclaimed record, Accelerate at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In the studio: Two of Austin's "Busiest Virtuosos" perform for In Context

As part of KLRU’s commitment to presenting local art to Central Texas, In Context will tape a performance by two notable musicians and we’d like for you to join us as part of the studio audience on Feb 22. RSVP here

The Austin American-Statesman calls cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Anton Nel “two of Austin’s busiest virtuosos,” and their newest live CD, featuring Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Four Hungarian Dances, is the latest chapter in their two-decade musical kinship.

To celebrate this new CD, available on Feb. 23 from Artek Recordings, Bion and Anton will be taping a performance for KLRU’s In Context on Monday, Feb 22, at KLRU’s Austin City Limits studio. The duo has selected some of their favorite pieces for cello/piano from Brahms, Boccherini, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

Taping Details:
RSVP here

Monday, February 22
KLRU Studio 6A
(Austin City Limits Studio)
Taping starts promptly at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
The audience is invited to a reception immediately following the performance.


All-new girl-powered science series starts 2/16

Watch two girls dive into a crystal-blue Catalina reef to uncover sunken secrets about biodiversity. Or four friends engineer a giant twelve-foot pig puppet for a May Day Parade. Or a group of tweens remake a wetland so endangered turtles have a place to call home.
Welcome to SciGirls, a new weekly series that airs on KLRU each Tuesday at 4:30 pm starting Feb. 16.

Each half-hour episode follows a different group of enthusiastic, real SciGirls, who collaborate, communicate, engineer and discover. They’re accompanied by two animated characters – a plucky SciGirl named Izzie and her best friend Jake, who tie the series together with their ongoing adventures.

New specials for Black History Month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Black History Month, KLRU will broadcast these new programs honoring and exploring African American culture.

IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE will air Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.
President and Mrs. Obama host a concert in the White House East Room in honor of Black History Month. Artists include Yolanda Adams, Joan Baez, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Howard University Choir and The Freedom Singers, featuring Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Rutha Harris, Charles Neblett and Toshi Reagon. Morgan Freeman is a guest speaker.

FACES OF AMERICA WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. airs Feb. 10, 17, 24 and March 3 at 7 p.m.
What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of FACES OF AMERICA WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. Building on the success of his series AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES (called by The New York Times “the most exciting and stirring documentary on any subject to appear on television in a long time”) and AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. again turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans.

FOR LOVE OF LIBERTY: THE STORY OF AMERICA’S BLACK PATRIOTS Sundays Feb. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.
This two-part series is an inspiring, definitive and unprecedented look at the largely untold history of African-American participation in America’s armed forces, from the earliest days of the Revolutionary War to the conflict in Afghanistan. Ten years in the making, this mini-series examines why, despite enormous injustice, these men and women fought so valiantly for freedoms they did not enjoy. Introduced by General Colin Powell and hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, the film uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the profound sacrifices and largely ignored of African-American service men and women. The films also include dramatic readings by an all-star roster of actors, including Morgan Freeman, Mel Gibson, Bill Cosby, Susan Sarandon, Lou Gossett Jr., John Travolta, Ossie Davis, Robert Duvall, Danny Glover, Sam Elliot, Delroy Lindo, Isaac Hayes, John Goodman, Ice-T and many others.

Family Choice: HISTORY DETECTIVES Sunday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m.
Host Wes Cowan visits a music historian in Los Angeles to explore the coded messages and the melodies that laid the foundation of modern blues, gospel and protest songs of future generations. He also meets with Washington, DC’s Howard University Choir for a special concert of selections from Slave Songs sung in the traditional style of mid-1800s spirituals. Josh White Guitar – A Michigan man owns a Guild brand acoustic guitar that he says once belonged to legendary African-American folksinger Josh White, who is credited with introducing black folk, gospel and blues music to a world audience in the 1940s. HISTORY DETECTIVES host Elyse Luray travels around New York City and New Jersey to explore the crossover appeal of Josh White’s music and his ability to win over a racially polarized music industry. Birthplace of Hip Hop – A hip hop enthusiast from New York City has always heard that 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx is the birthplace of hip-hop. The story goes that on August 11, 1973, DJ Kool Herc, a building resident, was entertaining at his sister’s back- to-school party and tried something new on the turntable: he extended an instrumental beat (breaking or scratching) to let people dance longer (breakdancing) and began MC’ing (rapping) during the extended breakdancing. This, the contributor believes, marked the birth of hip-hop. The music led to an entire cultural movement that’s altered generational thinking – from politics and race to art and language. HISTORY DETECTIVES host Tukufu Zuberi sets out to examine an inner-city environment that helped lay the foundation for a cultural revolution.

AMERICAN MASTERS presents “Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun” on
Monday, February 22 at 9 p.m.
Zora Neale Hurston was a writer, cultural anthropologist, chronicler of folk roots and ethnic traditions and daughter of former slaves. Hurston was one of the most celebrated — and most controversial — figures of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance. She attained unique success in all areas, but her words and her conclusions were often surrounded in contention. She ultimately died a pauper’s death in total obscurity. Now considered a lioness of African American literature, she was resurrected by Alice Walker and such works as her “Dust Tracks on a Road” and “Their Eyes Were Watching God” are now essential reading.