We listen to our viewers: Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley

We know public affairs are important to you and that’s why we’ve decided to keep Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley on at their regular times during the March pledge drive. You can watch Charlie Rose each week night on KLRU (18-1) at 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.  These episodes repeat a day later on KLRU-Q (18-3) at noon. You can pledge your support for these public affairs shows at klru.org.

In other Charlie Rose news, Charlie Rose has gathered together some of the foremost experts and scientists in brain research.  For those of you who have been following the Charlie Rose “Brain” series, I wanted to let you know that more programs are scheduled in the coming weeks. Here are some of the airdates planned.  (Please note that this tentative schedule can be changed.)

More information about the CHARLIE ROSE “Brain” series is available through the program’s Web site at charlierose.com. According to the Web site, the upcoming shows are as follows:

  • March 23: The Aging Brain
  • April 20: The Emotional and Vulnerable Brain
  • May 25: The Anxious Brain
  • June 22: The Mentally Ill Brain
  • July 20: The Disordered Brain
  • September 28: The Deciding Brain
  • October: The Artistic Brain
  • November: The New Science of the Mind

Highlights 3/7 to 3/13

The Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert Sunday at 7 p.m. is a gala featuring the best and brightest stars from the Rounder roster including Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Madeleine Peyroux, “Soul Queen of New Orleans” Irma Thomas, Bela Fleck, and Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas.

Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time whose songs have set a virtually unmatched standard in their seriousness and range. Leonard Cohen Live in London at 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Tuesday features the songwriter’s most recent tour.

Join travel expert Rick Steves as he shares his extensive knowledge of European history and culture as he winds his way through southern Greece, Turkey and Croatia on Rick Steves’ Mediterranean Mosaic at Sunday at 10 p.m. more

KLRU.org's new look

The new version of klru.org launches today. This redesign has taken several years and many members of the community have participated by testing the site. The redesign was sparked by a need to make klru.org more flexible so  the user experience would be a great one.

Here are some highlights of the changes:

  • The new site reorganizes all the content on klru.org so that you can reach any page from the top navigation bar.
  • We have a new drop down schedule that shows the next three hours of programming on all three channels.
  • Content is constantly being fed to the footer section from all our blogs so you can get the latest news at a glance.
  • We have a new video site with new and old KLRU programs as well as your other favorite PBS shows. New content to appear weekly, so keep checking back.

KLRU will be redesigning the schedule section of the site shortly. If you would like to be included in the beta group for this project, either in person or over the internet, contact Libby Peterek, Director of Web Services, at lpeterek@klru.org

KLRU Hopes to End March Drive Early

The March Fundraiser is our most important on-air drive each year. This year we’re trying to raise $340,000 by March 28th, and we’ve committed to ending the drive as soon as we reach our goal. Putting on the drive involves every department at KLRU. It’s a busy month, but everyone at the station pitches in to make everything run smoothly.

Up to 30% of the donations we receive during the drive will come via the KLRU’s website. That’s much higher than the national average of 10%. We’re excited this year, because the March Drive coincides with the launch of KLRU’s brand new website. You don’t need to wait to support a program, and get a thank you gift. While you’re here, watch episodes of your favorite PBS programs using our new video player.

In the studio: Texas Music Extravaganza event 3/13

On March 13th, a cast of celebrated Texas musicians including Raul Malo, Augie Myers, Shawn Sahm and more will join together for the broadcast of Texas Music Extravaganza. Against the backdrop of the famous the Austin City Limits studio, these musicians will play for the studio and broadcast audiences. RSVP here

Our studio audience will be featured as part of this live broadcast to all KLRU viewers. Those in the studio will also have the opportunity to get signed copies of the CDs and books available as membership thank you gifts. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the live broadcast event begins at 7 p.m. We ask that all studio audience members be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. RSVP here

About Texas Music Extravaganza:
The extraordinary impact of some of South Texas’ most celebrated musicians is the focus of this documentary musical journey. Filmed in High Definition, the Texas Music Extravaganza includes performances from a pivotal concert on Aug. 27, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas that featured alumni of the Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados with Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez, Shawn Sahm, Jack Barber, Ernie Durawa and others.

KLRU discussion with local filmmakers/Eyes of Me screening

Thanks to everyone who attended the KLRU Community Screening on Texas independent film and the broadcast premier of Independent Lens “Eyes of Me.” Get web exclusive video from the film and find out more about the students at the Independent Lens web site pbs.org/independentlens

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In the Studio: Halperin and Heilemann on Texas Monthly Talks

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin on Friday, March 5, at 10:15 a.m.  RSVP now

Halperin and Heilemann know as much about American politics as anyone. And they share their insights and inside knowledge with a wide audience through Heilemann’s work for New York magazine and Halperin’s with Time and the political blog, The Page. They’ve co-authored the bestselling book, Game Change, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 presidential election.

RSVP now Taping starts promptly at 10:15 a.m. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.