In the studio: Sally Ride 5/25

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with astronaut and science advocate Sally Ride on Tuesday, May 25. Taping starts promptly at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. RSVP here

Ride was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978, the same year she received a doctorate in physics from Stanford University.  Five years later, she joined a mission on the shuttle Challenger, becoming the first American woman to fly in space.  After a long career with NASA, Ride joined the University of California at San Diego as a professor and the director of the University of California’s Space Institute.  But Ride’s most enduring passion involves passing along her love of science to young people – especially young women and girls. She has written six science books for children and founded Sally Ride Science to motivate young women to pursue careers in science, math and technology.

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May 2010: National Geographic Bee

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Thursday, May 27, 10-11am

The annual National Geographic Bee returns for the 22nd consecutive year with host and moderator Alex Trebek. The 2010 National Geographic Bee will feature 54 fourth- to eighth-graders vying for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second and third prizes are college scholarships of $15,000 and $10,000. The finalists, all winners of their state-level geographic bees, have triumphed over a field of nearly 5 million students to earn a place in the national championships. They represent the 50 states, District of Columbia, Atlantic Territories, Pacific Territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools.

Highlights 5/16 to 5/22

Scientific and medical communities have discovered that the horseshoe crab provides an indispensable testing agent for drugs and vaccines, as well as resources for human optics and burn treatment. But horseshoe crab numbers are plummeting, as told by Nature on Sunday at 7 p.m.

In a case that will shatter his personal world to the core on Masterpiece Mystery, the newly retired Foyle battles to save a young man accused of high treason from the executioner’s noose at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the war on The Civil War at 8 p.m. Monday.

Nova presents a minute-by-minute eyewitness account of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, exploring why the flood defenses and disaster relief planning failed to match Katrina’s fury at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Frontline tells the dark tale of the men of Third Platoon and how the war followed them home. It is a powerful portrait of what multiple tours and post-traumatic stress are doing to a generation of young American soldiers at 8 p.m. Tuesday

Two young American women, one Muslim, the other Hindu, sneak their cameras into Kashmir, where conflicting faiths mean war on Independent Lens at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Their mission: to find out what makes their peers choose homeland over preserving their own lives.

Secrets of the Dead: Deadliest Battle tells the true story of the battle that turned World War II, and established the Soviet Union as a world superpower for the looming Cold War at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Rockers Pearl Jam take the Austin City Limits stage with tunes from their latest album, Backspacer, as well as catalogue favorites at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Episcopal Bishop of Texas Andrew Doyle talks about new media and the church on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Through behind-the-scenes archival and rare footage, photographs and first-person accounts, Cinema’s Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood traces the experiences of the exiles who took refuge in Hollywood and examines their impact on both German and American cinema at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Rock superstars the Dave Matthews Band lights up Austin City Limits with hits and songs from their latest album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King at 7 p.m. Saturday.

PBS Annual Meeting Coming to Austin!

More than 800 attendees from PBS stations across the country will be in Austin from May 16-20 for the PBS Annual Meeting. This is a fantastic opportunity for many KLRU employees to meet colleagues, share new fundraising, production and outreach projects, and view upcoming PBS content and programming.

It’s also a wonderful chance for the spotlight to be on KLRU and Austin, and we look forward to highlighting some of our recent initiatives, like:

We are excited to be a part of the PBS Annual Meeting, to share KLRU’s vision and mission, and to learn from our fellow stations and colleagues. As always, our focus will be on how to provide central Texas with the best programming and services possible – to educate, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages!

Be sure to check back in with us next week if you’re interested in what’s happening with PBS – nationally and locally!

KLRU participates in Children's Mental Health Awareness Fair

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Fair took place on May 6th at Lucy Read Pre-K Demonstration School. This is the fifth year for such an event which focuses on decreasing stigma and increasing awareness of mental health issues in children ages 0 – 8. This year’s theme was “My Feelings are a Work of Art.” An area for a book reading activity was planned which promotes attachment between parents and children along with many booths manned by non-profits with helpful information for parents. KLRU donated over 325 bilingual books that focused on feelings and mental health along with several door prizes for the 250 families that attended the event. Clifford and Maya & Miguel made an appearance to the delight of all the children.

In the studio: Gwen Ifill 5/18

Join  KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for an interview with Gwen Ifill who is in Texas to participate in the national PBS conference.  The taping will take place on May 18 at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. This event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

Ifill fills two major roles at PBS: moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and as senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.  That puts her at the center of political journalism in the US, with a close-up view of what’s happening in Washington.  Ifill has gained her political knowledge covering six presidential campaigns for both television and print media.  She has also moderated two vice presidential debates, including the 2008 between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden. Ifill’s best-selling book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, was published last year.

Family Choice: National Geographic Bee 5/27

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together.  This month’s Family Choice program is National Geographic Bee on Thursday, May 27, at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The annual National Geographic Bee returns for the 22nd consecutive year with host and moderator Alex Trebek. The 2010 National Geographic Bee will feature 54 fourth- to eighth-graders vying for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

Producers Circle Reception with Anna Deavere Smith

Members of the KLRU Producers Circle attended a reception featuring actress, educator and activist Anna Deavere Smith, May 10, in Studio 6B. The reception immediately followed Smith’s taping of Texas Monthly Talks.

Smith’s work as an actress includes roles in theater, film and television. She is also well known as the author of critically acclaimed plays and books. It’s a career that has won wide respect, as well as a number of awards, including two Obies, two Tony nominations and a spot as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.

To see her Texas Monthly Talks appearance, tune into KLRU on May 27th. To find out more information on KLRU’s Producer Circle and future Producer Circle events, contact Sharon Guess at

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For Love of Liberty screening 5/26

In honor of Memorial Day,  the LBJ Library and KLRU will host an extraordinary event honoring the achievements of African-American servicemen and women and their contributions to the freedoms we cherish on Wednesday, May 26, starting at 6 p.m. RSVP here

The event will feature a screening of the documentary For Love of Liberty:  The Story of America’s Black Patriots and a panel discussion. It is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Panelists are scheduled to include Clarence Sasser, one of two living African American Medal of Honor recipients; Rich Hull, Producer, Love of Liberty; Frank Martin, Director, Love of Liberty; Dr. Betty Moseley Brown, Center for Women Veterans.

Ten years in the making, For Love of Liberty:  The Story of America’s Black Patriots,  uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text, and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American servicemen and women since the earliest days of our country. The story, introduced by Colin Powell and hosted by Halle Berry, spans the Revolution to the inauguration of President Obama and examines why these heroic men and women fought so valiantly for freedoms they themselves often did not enjoy.  It portrays an honest account, stirring in the telling and leaving an indelible mark on mind and heart.