October 2nd Half of Life episodes

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.
October 3
George Bauer introduces viewers to the Croatian Riviera, which has just about everything the French Riviera has, at half the cost. Highlights include the windblown island of Krk and the town of Vrbnik, where visitors can sample distinctive locally-produced wines; the Istrian peninsula, a melting pot of Slavic, Germanic, Italian and Roman cultures; Dubrovnik, an enthralling town dating back to the seventh century; and Mostar, a small Bosnian city once devastated by fighting, where an unusual annual competition draws athletes from around the world.

October 10
George Bauer’s post-Katrina tour of the Gulf Coast takes him first to Florida, where his itinerary includes St. George Island, an inhabited but relatively unspoiled spit of land with beautiful beaches, marshlands and wooded areas, and Seaside, a picture-perfect beach town featured in the 1997 film The Truman Show. In Alabama, stops include Fairhope, a resort town with an unusual history, and the port city of Mobile, thought by many to be Alabama’s most beautiful community. In Mississippi, George visits Biloxi-a prime gambling destination-and Pass Christian, once a popular getaway for wealthy New Orleanians.

October 17
Fast becoming popular among seasoned travelers, heritage tours let people explore their own culture and history, or that of someone else. In this episode, Harlem Heritage Tours, started by lifelong Harlem resident Neal Shoemaker, affords George Bauer the opportunity to spend some time getting to know the famous New York City neighborhood. Also in this episode: George highlights 10 of the world’s best golf courses, as selected by Travel + Leisure Golf editor-in-chief John Atwood.

October 24
George Bauer visits some of England’s largest-and smallest-flower-filled spaces. Highlights include Grimsthorpe Castle Park and Gardens, a 3,000-acre estate in the rolling hills of Lincolnshire; Chatsworth House, a Baroque palace whose grounds were first landscaped in the 1760s by the famous Capability Brown; and Durham’s Crook Hall & Gardens, a small parcel that includes a Shakespeare Garden filled with plants and flowers from the Bard’s time.

October 31
George Bauer takes a trip back in time, beginning his castle trek on the River Tweed, at Traquair, the oldest continuously-inhabited house in Scotland. In central Scotland, he visits Stirling Castle-the must-see abode of Renaissance royalty including Mary, Queen of Scots-and Doune Castle, highlighted in the 1974 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In western Scotland, George stops at Culzean Castle, a cliff-top edifice with a commanding view of the sea.

State Board of Education Candidates Forum 9/28

KLRU and the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area Education Fund and  will co-sponsor a public forum for the State Board of Education candidates for District 5.  The forum will be taped on Tuesday, September 28, and the public is invited to be present for the live taping in KLRU’s Studio 6A.

The taping will being at 7 pm and doors will open at 6:30 pm.
Please RSVP here

This episode of KLRU’s Civic Summit will air on Thursday, October 7, on KLRU. The audience question and answer will be online at klru.org. Civic Summit is KLRU’s program for discourse on public affairs issues and includes candidate debates and forums such as this one.

Highlights 9/19 to 9/25

The trained skills of dogs are put to the test against their natural instincts as evolutionary traits and the relationships between human and canine are picked apart and deciphered through “Dogs By Design”, part two of Nature’s Dogs That Changed the World airing 7 p.m. Sunday.

Get captivated by the mysterious ways of Inspector Lewis and his young partner as they scrutinize the murder of an Oxford quiz competition contestant on the latest episode of Masterpiece Mystery at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Afro-cuban music is essentially defined in America by one of the late great bassists and composers of our time, Israel “Cachao” Lopez. His influential work and career based on the complex infusion of contemporary world genres are highlighted in the documentary Cachao: Uno Mas, airing 8 p.m. Monday.

As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos at 9:30 p.m. Monday introduces three Mexican-American artists who share personal insight and experiences as we are given a chronological journey through their respective memories of trauma and service in the Vietnam War.

Big Squeeze at 10:30 p.m. Monday takes you through the heartlands of Texas music and profiles 16 year-old John Ramirez, a young Hispanic musician influenced by his family and cultural surroundings in urban Houston as he prepares for a statewide accordion face-off.

Marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s famous On the Origin of Species, Nova “What Darwin Never Knew” at 7 p.m. Tuesday features a mysterious worldwide journey confirming Darwin’s insights and cracking the genetic mystery behind the development of an embryo.

POV at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents “The Oath”, an account of the lives of Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard and a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay throughout the controversial schematics leading up to 9/11.

Secrets of the Dead at 7 p.m. Wednesday presents “Irish Escape”, a remarkable investigation of six Irish political prisoners escaping British persecution aboard the audacious rescue voyage of the Catalpa.

Maestro Alan Gilbert premieres the latest work of Wynton Marsalis along with conducting several classics at the opening night concert of his second season on Live From Lincoln Center “New York Philharmonic: Opening Night” Wednesday 8 p.m.

Modern folk icons Avett Brothers introduce their trademark reverberation of rustic Americana intertwined with raw harmonic energy to the stage of Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m. Austin-based band Heartless Bastards follows with their unique revival of southern garage rock.

Classics are recreated and relived as iconic singer-songwriters Carole King and James Taylor reunite in 2007 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Los Angeles club The Troubador on Thursday 7 p.m.

Celtic Thunder: It’s Entertainment, airing Thursday 8:30 p.m., presents the stylish five-piece vocal ensemble as they recreate a variety of chart-topping hits of the past six decades with an eclectic Irish twist in this spectacular production.

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, discusses her career and views of the new health care legislation on Texas Monthly Talks at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Three prolific bands defy the boundaries of Classic Rock and pulsating modern grunge with the inception of progressive supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. The ensemble features their critically acclaimed self-titled debut as they take the Austin City Limits stage at 7 p.m. Saturday.

TribCast recorded live in KLRU studios

KLRU was pleased to host the first ever live taping of the Texas Tribune’s weekly Tribcast in our studios on Tuesday evening, September 14th. Over 125 friends and fans of public media and Texas politics participated in the event which included a pre taping reception and a Q&A session after the podcast. Evan Smith, Elise Hu, Ben Philpott, and Ross Ramsey entertained and enlightened the audience with their conversation about the upcoming elections, the gubernatorial debates, and the budget woes of the state. Although some points of discussion seemed fairly dismal – as politics can often seem – the audience and the panelists truly seemed to enjoy this new shared experience, bringing together KLRU and the Texas Tribune to educate and engage our community. You can check out the TribCast here – and show your support for KLRU’s public affairs programming, both on TV and in the community by donating today!

Giveaway: Texas Folklife event 9/30

KLRU will air Los Lonely Boys Cottonfields and Crossroads, an award-winning documentary on the Texas band, at 8 pm Thursday followed by Big Squeeze, on Texas accordion music, at 9:30 p.m. Both of these films are directed by Austin filmmaker Hector Galan.

In honor of this special night of Texas music, Texas Folklife has given KLRU two tickets to their Sept. 30th gala event to give out to a lucky viewer. This event features Hector Galan and Keyun Dickson, who is featured in Big Squeeze. Post a comment below or on our Facebook page about your favorite Texas music below and we will randomly choose a winner to receive tickets to this special event. Post your comment before 10 am on Friday, Sept. 17.

Texas Folklife, a statewide organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State, presents their 25th anniversary gala event: Texas Roots: 25th Anniversary Party & Star of Texas Folklife Awards celebrating a quarter century of folklife and honoring three Texas music icons. The first-ever Star of Texas Folklife honorees will be Santiago Jimenez, Jr. (Conjunto accordionist from San Antonio), Johnny Gimble (Western swing fiddle player from east Texas), and Barbara Lynn (R&B guitarist, “The Empress of Gulf Coast Soul” from Beaumont).

The gala takes place Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 10 pm at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. Tickets can be purchased at texasfolklife.org

This memorable and singular night of live music, dancing, food, drink, tall tales (and a few surprises) will be emceed by documentarian Hector Galán and proceedings will feature NPR correspondent John Burnett as auctioneer as well as acclaimed writer Sarah Bird, who will reflect on the pleasures and absurdities of being Texan. “Big squeeze” winner, 18 yr old zydeco accordion genius Keyun Dickson, will perform and The Guy Forsyth Band will headline. Civil servant Gus Garcia as well as musicians Ray Benson and Marcia Ball will present the awards at this unique, limited-capacity gala event. The evening will be dedicated to the artists, musicians, writers, and scholars who have contributed so much to Texas Folklife over the last 25 years—many in attendance as special guests.

Telling Amy's Story event focuses on domestic abuse

KLRU, The Texas Council on Family Violence and the Verizon Foundation present Telling Amy’s Story on September 29 at 6 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum Spirit Theater (1800 N. Congress Ave.). Space is limited, please RSVP today. RSVP here

Narrated by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, Telling Amy’s Story follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001.

The victim’s parents and co-workers, law enforcement officers, and court personnel share their perspectives on what happened to Amy in the weeks, months, and years leading up to her death. While we will never be able to change the ending to Amy’s story, this documentary attempts to change outcomes for the millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day.

Texas First Lady Anita Perry will make opening remarks before the film. After the screening Detective Deirdri Fishel, El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza, Texas Council on Family Violence President Gloria Terry and Verizon’s David Russell will take questions from the audience.
RSVP here

Highlights 9/12 to 9/18

When the Master of Gresham College, an amateur astronomer, is found dead at the foot of the University Observatory stairs, Lewis and Hathaway find that the finger of suspicion points at the staff on Masterpiece Mystery at 8 p.m. Sunday.

History Detectives at 8 p.m. Monday explores the truth behind several found objects including a clip of what could be the first talking movie and a section of the first transatlantic cable.

Lafayette: The Lost Hero at 9 p.m. Monday tells the story of the Marquis de Lafayette and his quest to bring democracy to America and France.

Nova presents a comprehensive three-part, three-hour special investigating explosive new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. Part three, “Becoming Human” unfolds with a forensic investigation into the life and death of hominid ancestors.

Secrets of Shangri-la at 8 p.m. Tuesday tracks remarkable new archaeological discoveries in the world’s highest kingdom.

Filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem (First Person Plural, POV 2000) returns to her native Korea to find her “double,” the mysterious girl whose place she took in America on POV “In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee” at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

A new archeological find outside of Mexico City is turning history on its head as it paints a new picture of the violent relations between the Aztecs and the Conquistadors on Secrets of the Dead at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Two episodes of the groundbreaking documentary Latin Music USA air back-to-back starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Episode Three: Mexican-Americans in CA, TX and across the Southwest create their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. Episode Four: Focuses on the Latin Pop explosion of the turn of the century.

Kentucky’s indie rock heroes My Morning Jacket return to the Austin City Limits stage at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday to showcase their acclaimed album Evil Urges.

Journalist Gwen Ifill disuses her career and politics on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Documentary filmmaker Hector Galan fuses live performances, imagery of West Texas and personal stories in this documentary on the band Los Lonely Boys at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Big Squeeze at 9:30 p.m. Thursday follows 16 year old John Ramirez and other young musicians as they do battle at the statewide accordion throw down.

Rising roots rock kings the Avett Brothers perform songs from their latest album, I and Love and You, on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday. Ohio-to-Austin transplants Heartless Bastards follow with their classic rock ‘n’ roll.