Highlights 5/30 to 6/5

National Memorial Day Concert honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for this country at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday.

Last Best Hope: A True Story Of Enscape, Evasion, And Remembrance tells a little-known, yet riveting story of the Belgian Resistance in World War II at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday and 9 p.m. on Monday.

American Experience: Civilian Conservation Corps at 8 p.m. Monday tells the story of one of the boldest and most popular New Deal experiments, positioning it as a pivotal moment in the emergence of modern environmentalism and federal unemployment relief.

Tattooed Under Fire is a unique, intimate, character-driven portrait of Iraq-bound and returning US soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle: openly professing their pride, sharing their secrets and confessing their fears at 10 p.m. Monday.

In a rare glimpse of what makes minds musical, Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday investigates the extraordinary impact music can have on the human brain, through the case studies from neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks’ latest book Musicophilia.

Star Wars in Concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday features an orchestra performing the music from the film series.

On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship. One man’s American dream is just beginning, while the other’s is quickly winding down. Independent Lens explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of America at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Chicano Rock! The Sounds Of East Los Angeles shows how Mexican Americans in East Los Angeles who are caught between two cultures—and not fully accepted in either—are finding their identity through this new musical genre at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Through interviews and never-before-seen film, Most Honorable Son recounts one man’s journey through World War II, providing context into two seemingly disparate histories—the U.S. air war and the Japanese-American experience at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Cities Of Light: The Rise And Fall Of Islamic Spain takes viewers on an epic journey back into a centuries-long period when Muslims, Christians and Jews inhabited the same far corner of Western Europe and thrived at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Grammy Award-winners the Foo Fighters rock the Austin City Limits stage with songs from their latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

PBS’ Gwen Ifill talks with Evan Smith on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Downtown is an incubator for High Tech start-ups, meet some of the “Pluckiest” members to hit the scene at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Nigerian bandleader/political activist Femi Kuti brings his multi-layered, socially conscious Afrobeat to the Austin City Limits stage for a groove-laden, celebratory performance at 7 p.m. Saturday.

For Love of Liberty

For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black PatriotsFOR LOVE OF LIBERTY: THE STORY OF AMERICA’S BLACK PATRIOTS 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, the four-hour 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.

FOR LOVE OF LIBERTY may be watched on KLRU.  Check schedule for dates and times.

Dream big. Love what you do

Engineer Your Life logoDiscover if engineering is a career you’d love!

  • Find out about cool jobs and different kinds of engineering
  • Meet inspiring women who love their careers
  • Learn from students about what engineering programs are like
  • Get info on how to get started toward an engineering career

Check out www. EngineerYourLife.org a guide to engineering for high school girls or www.EngineerGirl.org for middle school girls.

Can you see yourself doing any of these amazing jobs?

  • Protect the planet by developing state-of-the-art recycling systems
  • Design a high-tech running shoe for triathletes
  • Develop life-saving medical technology to detect early brain tumors
  • Create cutting-edge animation for Hollywood
  • Build a school that can withstand an earthquake

Engineers are changing the world all the time. They dream up creative, practical solutions and work with teams of smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter.

Live your life, love what you do!

Star Wars: In Concert live 6/6

UPDATE: Giveaway is over. Congratulations to our winners:
Amy G, Mary L. Christopher L. Amy J, Marc T, Shanan B., Chantel B, Craig B, Jennifer R, Jennifer H, Michael A, Dillon P, Mike V, Cathy L, Marie M, David M, Nnathan R, Leah S, Denise  R, Pat R, David S, Kristen S, Samantha H.

Winners will receive an email with details about picking up tickets. If you do not get an email, chances are it was someone else with a similar name to yours.

Star Wars: In Concert, the unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams’ epic Star Wars scores, will air on KLRU on Tuesday, June 1, at 8 p.m. You can also experience this performance live on Sunday, June 6, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center. Thanks to the Erwin Center, KLRU has tickets to both live performances to give to our fans.

Enter your name and email address and we will randomly choose the winners on Wednesday, June 2.  Each winner will get 2 tickets. You must be able to come to KLRU to pick up your tickets during business hours on June 3rd or 4th.
Enter here for the 2 p.m. concert
Enter here for the 7 p.m. concert

Accompanying the concert is an exclusive exhibit of Star Wars costumes, props, artifacts, production artwork and specially created behind-the-scenes videos from the Lucasfilm Archives. Many of these pieces are leaving Skywalker Ranch for the first time ever. The exhibit features many classic fan favorite artifacts, as well as several new and never-before-seen items, including:
– Full costumes for Jedi Masters Kit Fisto and Plo Koon will be on display.
– For the first time ever, pages from John Williams’ original hand-written sheet music for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace will be exhibited for the public.
– Also on display will be various never-before-seen props from the films, including blasters and helmets from Coruscant, Tatooine and other iconic Star Wars locations.

Tickets for the concert are available at all Texas Box Office outlets, by phone at 512-477-6060 and online at TexasBoxOffice.com.n

DINOSAUR TRAIN World Tour Week, May 24-27

DINOSAUR TRAIN World Tour Week This week on on DINOSAUR TRAIN, Buddy and the entire Pteranodon family embark on a roaring, exploring, World Tour adventure in four all-new summer vacation episodes! Airing May 24-27, the special week finds the family packing up and boarding the train to discover the wonderful variety of dinosaurs inhabiting the globe. Joining their trip is new character Gilbert, the conductor’s young nephew. In China, they discover the wise old Confuciusornis dinosaur, who resembles a bird. Then they travel to Europe to meet a large herbivore called Iguanodon. In the final leg of their journey, they visit Africa and encounter Kenny Kentrosaurus, a Stegasaur from the Jurassic period.

Welcome to Austin!

KLRU was proud to act as the host station for the recent PBS annual meeting and what better way to welcome our friends than with music.

Produced by KLRU staff with music written and performed by The Biscuit Brothers, we tried to highlight all the things we love about our city.
So what do you think? What else makes Austin a great town?

Highlights 5/23 to 5/29

Follow Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday on an in-depth investigation into the great divide between dogs and cats and just what draws us to these two polarizing pets.

Acclaimed British actress Julia McKenzie stars as the beloved spinster sleuth Miss Marple in three new episodes of the popular Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series beginning at 8 p.m. on Sunday on Masterpiece Mystery.

Through first-hand accounts, Riding the Rails: The American Experience recalls the stories of teens hopping freight trains in search of a better life elsewhere during tough times at 8 p.m. Monday.

Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School at 9 p.m. Monday examines black education in America across three centuries, presenting a nuanced, rarely seen portrait of a separate black space.

The Marines Of Montford Point: Fighting For Freedom Monday at 10 p.m. profiles the first African Americans recruits in the United States Marine Corps as they recount the racism they faced both inside and outside the military.

A remote lake in Southeast Asia conceals evidence of Earth’s greatest volcanic cataclysm of the last 100,000 years. NOVA pieces together the clues about this great catastrophe at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Frontline investigates the crash of the Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY, discovering a dramatically changed airline industry that has insiders worried the aviation system is being stretched beyond its capacity to deliver service that is both cheap and safe at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

On the eastern edge of New Orleans, there resides a thriving community of Vietnamese refugees. Independent Lens recounts the residents’ successful fight against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill after Hurricane Katrina struck at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

In the mid 1900s, The Poston Relocation Center in Arizona housed thousands of Japanese and Japanese-Americans working as laborers. Passing Poston: An American Story recounts the moving and haunting stories of four former detainees Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Secrets of the Dead investigates a fantastic WWII tale of jungle ambushes, extreme engineering, blow darts defenses, and enemy headhunting at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Ground War explores the key technological advances that have defined ground warfare through the ages at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday. Parts 3 and 4 back-to-back.

Rock superstars the Dave Matthews Band kick off the 35th season of Austin City Limits with hits and songs from their latest album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Actress, author & playwright Anna Deavere Smith discusses her career on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Have you ever been a tourist in your own town? Take a look at what it ‘s like through the eyes of first time visitors on Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The annual National Geographic Bee returns for the 22nd consecutive year with host and moderator Alex Trebek and featuring 54 fourth- to eighth-graders at 8 p.m. Thursday.

California Dreamin’ – The Songs Of The Mamas And The Papas, a one- hour special celebrating the harmonious pop-rock group, highlights a wealth of classic television performances that have not been seen for more than 35 years at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Grammy Award-winners the Foo Fighters rock the Austin City Limits stage at 7 p.m. Saturday with songs from their album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.

Design Squad Teacher's Guide

Design Squad castDesign Squad, PBS’ engineering reality competition series, goes to school with the Design Squad Teacher’s Guide. Written specifically for middle school science and technology teachers, the guide features 3 units that focus on topics found in physical science curricula—force, electricity, and sound. In each of the guide’s open-ended challenges, students use the engineering design process and apply core science concepts. In the process, they develop a working understanding of these concepts, increase their enthusiasm for engineering, and see engineers as creative problem solvers who make a difference in the world. The challenges use low cost, readily available materials and are linked to national science and technology standards.

Order your free copy of the Design Squad Teacher’s Guide at: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/engineers/newsletter.html

Assignment: The World Program Review Survey: Deadline June 30, 2010

Teachers can get free access to the Assignment: The World (ATW), a weekly 15-minute news and global issues program targeted at 3rd-8th grade classrooms and its web resources for the remainder of the school year in exchange for feedback on a national survey to provide directions on content, educational resources and interactive directions.

Classrooms respond weekly to important issue questions which are featured on the show.

  • 32 15-minute programs, one per week from September until May
  • Covering topics such as: Current Events, Civics, Geography, History, Science, Global Issues, and MORE!
  • On the Web (http://atwonline.org)

Take part in a national survey of teachers focusing on the usability, content and resources available from Assignment: The World. Preview the Series and Give Feedback at: http://atwonline.org/survey.html