Frontline/World reporter answers questions about Haiti

Post-disaster food aid saves lives, but it can also undercut local merchants critical to the supply chain. FRONTLINE/World and NPR’s Planet Money reporter Adam Davidson explores this predicament in “Haiti: The Aid Dilemma,” the latest in a series of economic reports from post-earthquake Haiti.

The story airs as the second of three magazine-length segments in this week’s episode of FRONTLINE/World. In advance of the broadcast, we are previewing the segment on the Web and inviting viewers to post questions and comments. Davidson will be responding to the postings the day of the broadcast: today, June 29,  from  11 a.m. to noon.

Preview the segment and post questions here

Highlights 6/27 to 7/3

Veteran filmmaker Simon King takes on the role of mother to two cheetah cubs, Toki and Sambu, orphaned when their mother was killed by a lion on Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday.

While visiting an old friend, Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie) discovers that there may be new evidence concerning the notorious Blue Geranium murder case on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

History Detectives at 8 p.m. Monday investigates the history of a hand-drawn map, taken from the body of a Japanese soldier during the World War II battle of Iwo Jima.

Wall: A World Divided at 8 p.m. Monday tells the history of the Berlin Wall with a focus on world leaders and every day people.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday exposes the hidden world of high-tech, 21st-century eavesdropping carried out by the National Security Agency.

Frontline/World at 8 p.m. Tuesday investigates “The Play Pump,” which promised to use a merry-go-round and the power of children to help meet the dire need for fresh water in southern Africa.

In “The Beaches of Agnes,” award-winning French filmmaker Agnes Varda uses film clips, old photos and reenactments to revisit her Belgian youth, association with the French New Wave, marriage to director Jacques Demy on P.O.V. at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The fifth “inning” of Ken Burns’s film Baseball at 8 p.m. Wednesday looks at baseball’s desperate attempts to survive the Great Depression and Babe Ruth’s fading career, while a new generation of stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, is on the rise.

Sarah McLachlan graces the Austin City Limits stage at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday in support of her greatest hits set, Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan. Plus, British rising star Duffy follows with grooving pop soul.

Augie Garrido has more wins than any other baseball coach in NCAA history, taking his players to the College World Series twelve times and leading five national championship teams. Garrido discusses his career on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Weaving fascinating commentary with entertaining piano performances, From Gershwin to Garland: A Musical Journey at 8 p.m. Thursday provides viewers with an opportunity to gain new understanding of – and renewed appreciation for – the great American composers and singers of the past.

Gnarls Barkley brings its eccentric hip-hop and R&B sounds to Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday. Thievery Corporation follows with psychedelic worldbeat electronica from its new album, Radio Retaliation.

Upcoming Second Half of Life shows

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of  The Seasoned Traveler.

June 27
Encompassing parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, the Four Corners region is the only place in America where four states meet. It is also the place where ancestors of today’s Native Amernicans lived and thrived. George Bauer visits this historically rich area, where he’ll focus on hiking through the multitude of national parks and monuments and reveal why the region is such a wonderful place to drive. Among the stops: Hovenweep National Monument, Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly.

July 4
Heading south of the border, George Bauer travels to Mexico for a train ride to massive Copper Canyon. While it resembles Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Copper Canyon is four times larger. George rides along with some visitors on the famous Chihuahua al Pacifico railroad and explores the canyon. The program also includes a look at safety issues that women-especially older women-should consider when traveling alone to distant places. Seasoned travelers share tips for enjoying a safe and secure vacation.

July 11
From Oaxaca to the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico is a culturally blessed land, and it has preserved its heritage so others can learn about its past. The Seasoned Traveler takes viewers to these regions, starting in Oaxaca and moving northward to San Cristobal, Palenque, Merida, Uxmal and Chichen Itza.

July 18
Each season, The Seasoned Traveler picks a world-class city to explore in depth. This season, that city is Toronto, one of the largest, safest and most dynamic cities in North America. In this episode, viewers will see what makes Toronto so memorable and why it’s Canada’s most important city.

July 25
All aboard! George Bauer takes viewers on the grandest train ride in Canada. VIA Rail Canada’s Canadian service takes passengers from Toronto to Vancouver, traveling through the breathtaking Canadian Rockies en route. The Canadian passes through the lakelands of northern Ontario, the western plains and the mountain town of Jasper, ending its three-day journey on the Pacific coast. It’s a trip that train-lovers and seasoned travelers alike will cherish.

Tell us your favorite art show and win TPA tickets

KLRU has a commitment to presenting the arts to Austin. As part of this commitment we team up with local arts organizations to bring you programs like In Context: Ballet Austin Hamlet and Conspirare: A Company of Voices. We also bring you the best of performance art from PBS with Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center.

Today, we’re teaming up with Texas Performing Arts to bring you tickets to a live event. Texas Performing Arts just announced their 2010-2011 season and you will get a pair of tickets to one event of your choice. All you have to do is post your favorite KLRU arts program between now and 5 p.m. and we will randomly choose a winner. Be sure to check out Texas Performing Arts full lineup online at You can purchase a series subscription to get tickets to all events.

KLRU and Clifford at the Dell Children's Hospital 6/26

Join KLRU and Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Dell Children’s Hospital 3rd Birthday on Saturday, June 26th. KLRU is one of many Central Texas organizations helping celebrate the big day with arts & crafts, games, a Starflight helicopter liftoff and, of course, birthday cake. The event begins at 10 a.m.n, with a special performance from Sarah Hickman at noon.

Dell Children’s 3rd Birthday
Saturday, June 26th
10am – 2pm
Dell Children’s Medical Center (directions)
4900 Mueller Boulevard
Healing Garden, west side of hospital

Cyberchase Summer Challenge

CYBERCHASE Summer Challenge 2010 Hacker's Challenge The Cyberchase Summer Challenge premieres on June 29, featuring eight straight weeks of new and encore episodes, new interactive content and new outreach initiatives to help kids overcome the summer slump in math and gear up for the new school year. Tune in every Tuesday at 4pm.

Summer is a time when children are at risk for losing gains in math learning if not offered educationally sustaining activities — and the risk is greater for losing math skills than reading skills.  The Summer Challenge will provide eight weeks of fun and free resources to strengthen kids’ involvement with math and problem solving all summer long.


  • An all-new gaming component will reveal new challenges every week to keep kids actively engaged at home.
  • Storytelling features will motivate kids to share their Summer Challenge experiences with others.
  • The PBS KIDS GO! video player will feature Summer Challenge video clips and full episodes.
  • Eight new printable activities for teachers, parents and kids will deliver fun, STEM-based challenges for real world application.
  • Teachers and parents can also access free, downloadable video clips and episodes to support their Summer Challenge activities.
  • Additional printable activities for kids will offer extra summer fun.

KLRU Wins Award for Fundraising Campaign

Last week, Betsy Gerdeman, Senior VP of Development, and Shane Guiter, Director of Development, attended the New England Direct Marketing Association (NEDMA) Annual Awards ceremony in Boston, MA where KLRU won the award for successful direct mail campaign in the non-profit fundraising category. The NEDMA Annual Awards event honors creative excellence and innovation in direct marketing and KLRU’s “Action Countdown” campaign went above and beyond expectations.

Thanks to strong support from donors like you, “Action Countdown” raised $128,000 during the summer of 2009 where KLRU and other non-profits were experiencing tough economic conditions.

KLRU shares this award with DMW|Direct, our fantastic partner in direct mail efforts, and most importantly, with our viewers who truly value our services and continue to support us year after year.