Schedule change: 8/31

President Obama plans to deliver a prime time Oval Office address marking the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq at 7 pm tonight. PBS NewsHour will provide coverage and analysis.

KLRU will being our Tuesday night lineup starting immediately after the speech (approximately 7:30 pm).
Nova “Becoming Human”
Frontline “Law & Disorder”
POV “Wo Ai Ni (I Love you) Mommy”
In Context Presents: Bion Tsang and Anton Nel
Charlie Rose
Tavis Smiley
BBC World News joined in progress
regularly scheduled late night lineup starts at 1 am

You can also watch the speech here:

KLRU Community Screenings: When I Rise

KLRU and The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History invite you to preview When I Rise, an inspirational story about finding forgiveness, on Thursday, September 9. RSVP to this free event now.
A gifted black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. Conrad goes on to become an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world. A behind-the-scenes discussion will follow the screening with special guests including director Mat Hames.

KLRU Community Screenings: When I Rise
Thursday, September 9
Screening begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.
KLRU’s Austin City Limits studio 6A (map)
RSVP here

Discounted parking for this event will be available in the San Antonio parking garage. You must bring your garage ticket to the event to receive the discount.

KLRU Community Screenings made possible with support from
Austin Community College,
The Austin Chronicle, KUT 90.5 FM, Frank, Texas Coffee Traders and Live Oak Brewing Company.

Special thanks to Alpheus Media, Allentown Productions and Screen Door Films

September 2nd 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.

September 5
Often overlooked by tourists, Michigan is a treasure trove of quaint communities and colorful festivals, and it touches four of the five Great Lakes. In the season premiere, host George Bauer introduces viewers to attractions including the Tulip Time Festival in the aptly named town of Holland; lovely Mackinac Island, where glorious old hotels take visitors back in time; the Bavarian-style town of Frankenmuth; and the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, America’s largest indoor/outdoor museum.

September 12
New York State is much more than just The Big Apple and Niagara Falls. George Bauer’s visit includes the eastern end of Long Island, home of the Hamptons but less known for its beautiful, bucolic countryside and quaint villages; the spectacular Finger Lakes district, with its picturesque communities and numerous wineries; the majestic Adirondacks; and Lake Placid.

September 19
In Canada’s largest province, George Bauer explores Montreal, whose many attractions include the Vieux Montreal historical district and Mont Royal, an extinct volcano that offers an unparalleled view of the city. In the regal capital, Quebec City, George’s stops include the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, a grand hotel on a bluff overlooking Old Quebec, and the Grande Allee, a charming promenade lined with restaurants and clubs. Capping off the tour: breathtaking Montmorency Falls, Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area and #le d’Orleans, a tiny agrarian paradise in the St. Lawrence River.

September 26
In this Eastern European country, George Bauer stops in two enchanting alpine resort areas: Bled, with its perfect lake and stately 16th-century castle, and Bohinj, located in Slovenia’s only national park. Other highlights include Skofja Loka, which boasts a charming town square and centuries-old inn; the capital city of Ljubljana, whose ancient roots are evident in the ruins and relics found in its Old Town district; the amazing rock formations of 4 million-year-old Postojna Caves; Predjama Castle, carved into the mouth of a rock cliff; and Lipica, birthplace of the famous Lipizzaner Stallion tradition.

Highlights 8/29 to 9/4

While on a routine disturbance call, Lewis is shocked to encounter a rock star he once idolized, who was believed to have died years ago on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The History Detective at 8 p.m. Monday doesn’t recognize many of the characters in a box of cartoon drawings and cels, but together they tell an unexpected story about the early days of animation and the people behind the art.

Winged Migration at 9 p.m. Monday documents the flight of dozens of different birds as they follow their navigational instincts and make the taxing journey to more temperate climates in the fall.

Nova presents a comprehensive three-part, three-hour special – investigating explosive new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. The first program, “First Steps” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, explores fresh clues about our earliest ancestors in Africa, including the stunningly complete fossil nicknamed “Lucy’s Child.”

Frontline at 7 p.m. Tuesday takes a fresh look at how the New Orleans Police Department performed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

POV at 9 p.m. Tuesday features “Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy” which tells the story of Fang Sui Yong, an 8-year-old orphan, and the Sadowskys, the Long Island Jewish family that travels to China to adopt her.

Internationally renowned cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Anton Nels perform selections from their CD collaboration Brahms Cello Sonatas and Four Hungarian Dances on InContext Presents at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

American soprano Renee Fleming travels to Russia for a special visit to St. Petersburg with her friend and frequent co-star, Russianbaritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky on Great Performances at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday follows 20 year-old Nobuyuki Tsujii who is blind from birth, through the three weeks of grueling practice, rehearsal and performance during the competition, and is an inspiration to all people who face disabilities, hurdles or obstacles in life.

Singer/composer/bass prodigy Esperanza Spalding debuts on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday with a mix of jazz, soul and Brazilian pop. Contemporary torch singer Madeleine Peyroux follows in support of her album Bare Bones.

Historian Douglas Brinkley discusses his career at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday on Texas Monthly Talks.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings burn up the stage with their modern take on classic soul and funk on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday. Texas treasure Carolyn Wonderland follows with her incendiary blend of rock, blues and soul.

New KLRU Kids Lineup Starts Sept. 1

Starting on Wednesday, September 1, KLRU Kids daily lineup will change. In addition to some shows changing time slots, we’re adding an extra show on Saturday mornings making kids shows go from 5 to 10 a.m. And we’re very excited to be bringing you a brand new series from PBS called The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That.

Voiced by award-winning actor Martin Short, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat guides friends Sally and Nick – with a little help from the Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2 – on fun-filled adventures where they make natural-science discoveries, from how bees make honey to why owls sleep during the day. The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That will join the line up on Labor Day, Sept. 6.

Unfortunately we are also loosing one KLRU Kid favorite from the lineup. Since its premiere in 1999, Dragon Tales has helped build children’s social emotional skills, as well as supporting a music and cultural diversity curriculum. Production of new episodes concluded in the third season, in 2005. As broadcast and web rights are set to expire, PBS will no longer be able to show episodes of Dragon Tales or serve web video and game content after August 2010.

Here is the new KLRU Kids Lineup:

  • 5 Sesame Street (Sun) Mister Rogers (Sat)
  • 5:30 Bob the Builder (Sat)
  • 6 Curious George (Sun) Thomas and Friends (Sat)
  • 6:30 Cat in the Hat (Sun and Sat starts 9/4) Word World (Mon to Fri)
  • 7 Sesame Street
  • 8 Curious George
  • 8:30 Cat in the Hat (starts 9/6)
  • 9 Super Why (Mon to Sat)
  • 9:30 Dinosaur Train (Mon to Fri) Biscuit Brothers (Sat)
  • 10 Sid the Science Kid (Mon to Fri)
  • 10:30 Word World (Mon to Fri)
  • 11 Clifford (Mon to Fri), Mama Mirabella (Mon ending 8/30)
  • 11:30 Barney & Friends (Mon to Fri) Dragon Tales (Mon to Fri ending 8/27 see note above for more details)
  • noon Thomas and Friends (Mon) Bob the Builder (Tue) Angelina Ballerina (Wed) Franny’s Feet (Thur) Mister Rogers (Fri)
  • 12:30 Between the Lions (Mon to Fri)
  • 1 A Place of Our Own (Mon to Fri)
  • 1:30 Los Niños En Su Casa (Mon to Fri)
  • 2 Maya & Miguel (Mon to Fri)
  • 2:30 Martha Speaks (Mon to Fri)
  • 3 Arthur (Mon to Fri)
  • 3:30 Word Girl (Mon to Fri) Saddle Club (Fri until 9/17)
  • 4 Electric Company (Mon to Fri)
  • 4:30 Fetch (Mon to Fri) SciGirls (Tue, Thur ending 8/31)
  • 5 Dragonfly TV (Mon) Cyberchase (Tue to Thur) Biz Kid$ (Fri)

KLRU receives Dell Foundation grant for early education initiatives

KLRU is the proud recipient of a Dell Foundation Equipping Youth Literate Communities grant. This two-year, $50,000 contribution will serve to empower youth to learn and excel in a digitally-driven economy — specifically, through support of Sesame Street and our Ready to Learn literacy program. We are grateful for the Dell Foundation’s generous and ongoing support of early education in Central Texas.

KLRU and The Texas Tribune host live event

Support KLRU and get two tickets to a special event with The Texas Tribune. Food is provided by FRANK and drinks by Live Oak Brewery.

With your $100 donation, you can be in the studio for the recording of The Texas Tribune’s weekly state politics podcast called the TribCast. The event takes place on September 14 from 6 to 8 pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Donate now to attend this event.

Timely talk with distinctly Texas flavor, the weekly political podcast features Tribune CEO Evan Smith, Managing Editor Ross Ramsey and political reporter Elise Hu as well as KUT-FM’s Ben Philpott. It’s a provocative weekly skirmish over the latest in Texas politics, policy and pop culture.

The event will feature light refreshments, followed by the recording of the TribCast and then 30 minutes for the audience to ask the panelists questions. Reserve your spot at this event now.

The Texas Tribune is a non-profit, nonpartisan public media organization. The mission is to promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide concern, and do this in two principal ways: through original journalism,, and through on-the-record, open-to-the-public events.

KLRU Highlights 8/22 to 8/28

The murder of a small-time criminal leads Lewis and Hathaway to a prominent Oxford don-turned-celebrity atheist, who years earlier had been the intended target of a botched murder attempt on Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis: The Point of Vanishing at 8 p.m. Sunday.

History Detectives at 8 p.m. Monday tallies the facts on a 1940s Jackie Robinson All-Stars scorecard.

Guided by never-before-seen interviews with architect Samuel Mockbee, Citizen Architect at 8 p.m. Monday shows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft homes for people in impoverished rural communities. This film is by Austin filmmaker Sam Douglas.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday investigates the mysterious feathered dinosaurs that are challenging old ideas about the origin of bird flight.

For years it has been believed that the Black Death, which swept through Europe in the Middle Ages, was Bubonic Plague. Timewatch at 8 p.m. Tuesday examines powerful new research which suggests otherwise.

Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie has built a career making science documentaries that reflect her rational temperament. When her dreams started coming true, she took her search for answers to neuroscience experts and others. POV’s The Edge of Dreaming at 9 p.m. Tuesday is an evocative, intimate chronicle of that fascinating investigation into the human subconscious.

Conductor Franz Welser-Most leads the Vienna Philharmonic in an atmospheric selection of audience favorites on Great Performances at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Wednesday takes a fresh look at how the New Orleans Police Department performed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Five years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Louisiana’s recovery is far from over. Washing Away at 9 p.m. Wednesday reveals the causes and consequences of coastal land lost through the eyes of six individuals living through it.

Astronaut and science advocate Sally Ride talks about her career and  the future of science education on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Internationally renowned cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Anton Nels perform selections from their CD collaboration Brahms Cello Sonatas and Four Hungarian Dances on InContext Presents at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Singer/composer/bass prodigy Esperanza Spalding debuts on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday with a mix of jazz, soul and Brazilian pop. Contemporary torch singer Madeleine Peyroux follows in support of her album Bare Bones.

POV "Off And Running" screening 9/7

KLRU’s community partner CASA of Travis County presents a special screening of POV “Off And Running” on Tuesday, September 7, at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theater. This film deals with the themes of family, personal identity, cultural awareness and adoption while telling the moving story of one girl’s journey into adulthood. The event is free but please RSVP to

Off and Running tells the story of Brooklyn teenager Avery, a track star with a bright future. She is the adopted African-American child of white Jewish lesbians. Her older brother is black and Puerto Rican and her younger brother is Korean. Though it may not look typical, Avery’s household is like most American homes — until Avery writes to her birth mother and the response throws her into crisis. She struggles over her “true” identity, the circumstances of her adoption and her estrangement from black culture. Just when it seems as if her life is unraveling, Avery decides to pick up the pieces and make sense of her identity, with inspiring results.

POV “Off And Running” airs on KLRU at 9 p.m. Tuesday, September 7.