Grant from Lowe Foundation

Ready to Learn (RTL) at KLRU recently gained the generous support of the Lowe Foundation, whose multi-year grant of $20,000 is helping to ensure that educational PBS children’s television programming is incorporated into RTL workshops in academic years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.  Our board and staff thanks the Foundation for partnering with us to help close the achievement gap in Central Texas.  Together, we are making a difference!

Highlights 6/20 to 6/26

Nature at  7 p.m. Sunday follows a group of individuals working to provide proper care and freedom for captive chimpanzees.

Miss Marple accompanies Lady Virginia Revel to a weekend party at her family home of Chimneys and uncovers a decades-old murder on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

History Detectives at 8 p.m. Monday season premiere launches into space for an exhilarating hour exploring the excitement, promise and ingenuity that fueled America’s foray into space exploration.

Korean War veterans recount their memories of America in the late 1940s and early 1950s on Unforgettable: The Korean War at 9 p.m. Monday.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday gets up close and personal with Cuttlefish, one of the strangest animals on our planet.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday goes behind the scenes at Dignitas, the Swiss non-profit that has helped over one thousand people die since 1998, to explore the question of do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable.

POV’s new season begins with William Kunster: Disturbing the Universe at 9 p.m. Tuesday. William Kunstler’s two daughters seek to recover the real story of what made their late father one of the most beloved, and hated, lawyers in America.

Craig Ferguson hosts this star-studded 125th anniversary celebration of the Boston Pops, telling the story of the orchestra’s transformation from summertime entertainment for Bostonians to the national icon it is today at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Thursday.

Every three years the world’s best young harpists face-off in the USA International Harp Competition. Harp Dreams at 8 p.m. Wednesday follows several contestants from Russia, France, Switzerland Japan and the United States, as they hone their skills to compete for the grand prize.

British songwriting legend Nick Lowe surveys his 30-plus year catalog with classics and new tunes on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday. Also, Oscar-winning Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, aka the Swell Season, perform cuts from the soundtrack of their movie Once.

Montrose, Texas tells the story of one of the most colorful and legendary neighborhoods in Texas at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Texas-born actor Thomas Haden Church discusses his career on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Musician Billy McLaughlin astounded audiences with his innovative guitar technique and composing style. This documentary at 9 p.m. Thursday chronicles his unlikely attempt to re-claim his career by re-training himself to become a left-handed guitarist after loosing use of his right hand to an incurable neuro-muscular disorder.

Sarah McLachlan graces the Austin City Limits stage at 7 p.m. Saturday in support of her greatest hits set, Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan. Also, British rising star Duffy follows with grooving pop soul.

Juneteenth Parade airs 6/19 on Q

KLRU is proudly partnering with channelAustin to bring you live coverage of the Austin Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on KLRU-Q. In years past, only Time Warner subscribers were able to view the parade but now we are excited to bring it to viewers in the entire KLRU broadcast radius. The parade will be hosted by Natomi Austin and Gregory Harrington.

One point of interest about the parade you are about to see is that the video production is staffed mostly with local youths who are practicing as you read this! Teenagers from the African-American Men and Boys Harvest Foundation and Skillpoint Alliance are participating in a week-long media training camp in preparation. The live production of the parade is the culmination of the educational camp for the students.

Channel Austin promotes the creative power and First Amendment right to free speech for all members of the Austin community who wish to access the television and multi media forums. Channel Austin believes that freedom of expression should be available to all members of the Austin community regardless of disability or ability, on a fair and equitable basis that is non-discriminatory, non-commercial, non-exclusive, and content neutral. Find out more at channelaustin.org

Watch the President's address on KLRU

President Barack Obama traveled to the Gulf Coast on Monday to visit three states affected by the oil spill disaster. Tonight, the president will return to Washington to make his first national address on the disaster, which will also be the first time he will speak to the nation from the Oval Office. The PBS NewsHour will have live coverage anchored by Judy Woodruff starting at 7 p.m.

You can watch the President’s speech live on KLRU, 18.1 or streaming right here on KLRU.org (live stream will switch to President’s address at 7pm.)

Live Videos by Ustream

After the speech KLRU will join Nova: Alien from Earth in progress, followed by Frontline at 8p.m. This Nova episode will re-air Sunday 6/20 at 6 p.m.

Friday night in the studio

The weeklong “no pledge pledge” wrapped up Friday evening during public affairs on KLRU and members of the Texas Tribune joined us in the studio to answer phones.

Throughout the evening assistant managing editor Emily Ramshaw shared some insights on the mission of the non-profit media organization. Along with original reporting the Tribune shares open records information and databases in innovative ways on their website. In fact two of the Tribune’s most popular pages are the government employee salary database and the red light camera database. Texans like to know what others are earning and how to avoid a ticket.

Another multimedia feature of the Tribune’s is the weekly TribCast. This informal conversation amoung the Tribune staff offers an interesting wrapup and viewpoints on the week’s events. KLRU is excited to be partnering with the Texas Tribune for a TribCast Live Texas Politics Roundup event. A contribution of $100 gets you 2 tickets to this event taking place this September in the Austin City Limits studio. Find more information on our website.

Thanks to the Texas Tribune for their help tonight. We also want to thank all the community groups and individuals who made this week such a success, we’ve been overwhelmed with the response. This week you proved this really is your station. Thank you.

Survey Says

KLRU Viewer Council

KLRU is undergoing a planning process that will result in a strategic plan for the station to take us to 2013. Please help us understand how to make the station more responsive to the needs and desires of our Central Texas community. Below is a short 28-question survey, which should only take you a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. Your insights will help us guide public television over the next several years.

Thanks for your participation! The survey is now closed.

Highlights 6/13 to 6/19

Nature explains how every relationship between horse and rider relies on a few fundamental principles: understanding the animal, building trust, communication and working in unison at 7 p.m. Sunday.

During a chance encounter with a fellow passenger on a train, Miss Marple hears about a string of murders in a peaceful village town and decides to investigate further to track down the killer on Masterpiece Mystery at 8 p.m. Sunday.

A biography of America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil And The Presidency explores whether Americans should celebrate Jackson or apologize for him at 8 p.m. Monday.

American Masters uncovers how John James Audubon, the man synonymous with the American wilderness and conservation, is the man who probably killed more birds than anyone else in history at 10 p.m. Monday.

NOVA investigates the furious scientific debate currently raging on what the newly discovered tiny and bizarre human fossil “Hobbit” bones represent at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In a new investigation, Frontline goes behind closed doors at the White House, in Congress and the boardrooms of the giant health-care lobby to examine the political battles and costly compromises that defined Barack Obama’s endeavor at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The New Recruits is a documentary about a battalion of jet-setting business students armed with a radical plan to end global poverty: charge poor people for goods and services at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Chichago Island, Southeast Alaska, is Jurassic Park in real time. Bear Island explores its dense rainforests that hide more grizzlies per square mile than any other place on Earth, and its surrounding waters that erupt with herring and salmon who lure predatory humpback whales on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

For his 38th film, master documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman turns his unblinking eye on one of the world’s leading ballet companies, the Paris Opera Ballet on Great Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Astronaut Sally Ride discusses science education on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Casual, cosmopolitan, techie, hippie, artistic are all words used to describe Downtown Austin are as diverse as the people, who live, work, play and develop here. Catch Best of Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Juneteenth Jamboree is an annual glimpse at the notion of freedom and how African American emancipation manifests both in the past and today at 8 p.m. Thursday.

In a 60-minute program, Great Debate: Beyond Health Care Reform, will examine the changing landscape of health care in Texas and the opportunities to blend public, private, and community-based solutions to keep Texans healthier at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Canadian indie rock marvel Arcade Fire brings its powerful artistic melodrama to the Austin City Limits stage in celebration of its acclaimed second album, The Neon Bible at 9 p.m. Friday.

British songwriting legend, Nick Lowe, surveys his 30-plus year catalog with classics and new tunes for his Austin City Limits performance. Oscar-winning Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, aka the Swell Season, perform cuts from the soundtrack of their movie Once at 7 p.m. Saturday.

POV's summer season begins June 22

POV’s regular season of Tuesday broadcasts begins June 22, 2010 with Emily and Sarah Kunstler’s William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, which examines the life of this radical attorney from a surprising angle. Kunstler’s two daughters from his second marriage grew up lionizing a man already famous for his historic civil rights and anti-war cases. Then, in their teens, they began to be disillusioned by a stubborn man who continued representing some of the most reviled defendants in America — this time accused rapists and terrorists. In this intimate biography, the filmmakers seek to recover the real story of what made their late father one of the most beloved, and hated, lawyers in America.

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Thursday night in the studio

The feature programming Thursday night was the premier of Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio and the people of Central Texas spoke loud and clear in support of the Austin film scene and their local PBS station.

KLRU staff were joined in the studio with volunteers from the Austin Film Society as well as the film’s producer and director, Sam Wainwright Douglas. Throughout the evening Sam shared stories about the production of the film, how he got interested in the Rural Studio and why community support is crucial for local filmmakers.

Special thanks to our volunteers from the Austin Film Society, tireless champions of Austin’s film scene.

Citizen Architect broadcasts nationally on PBS August 23rd. KLRU is proud to be the presenting station of this film.

Last of Summer Wine on hiatus

KLRU’s contract for Last of Summer Wine has expired.  We are negotiating with the distributor for new episodes for this series.  Once that deal has been finalized, KLRU will work the series back into the line-up.