Tapings for new series Overheard with Evan Smith

Overheard with Evan Smith updates the successful formula of our award-winning series Texas Monthly Talks – great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The new show will bring you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and will be offered to PBS stations nationwide.  We hope you’ll be there as we launch this exciting new program.

We have several tapings taking place during the Texas Book Festival this weekend.

PJ O’Rourke, political satirist, tapes 10/15 at 10:15 am
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Jonathan Alter, Newsweek columnist, tapes on 10/16 at 2:45 pm
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Amanda Hesser, food writer, tapes on 10/16 at 3:45 pm
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Ian “Sandy” Frazier,  writer, tapes 10/17 at 10:15 am
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Highlights 10/10 to 10/16

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday examines the confrontation between Ernest Thompson Seton and a sought-after wolf that captured the essence of the vanishing wilderness as well as the establishment of the National Parks system and Boy Scouts of America movement.

Swedish detective Kurt Wallander investigates questionable events preceding an old friend informing him of his father’s possible death on Masterpiece Mystery! 8 p.m. Sunday.

KLRU presents the three-part series God In American on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. each night. Part one at 8 p.m. Monday titled “A New Adam/A New Eden” spotlights the establishment of America’s distinctive religious landscape in the midst of European migration as well as the derivation of newly founded religious freedoms. Part two at 8 p.m. Tuesday presents “A Nation Reborn/A New Light”, which explores the infusion of slavery and religion during the Civil War era as well as a split occurring between liberal and conservative religious attitudes in the 19th century. Part three at 8 p.m. Wednesday, “Soul of a Nation/Of God and Caesar”, takes a closer look at the post-World War II infusion of religion and democratic ideals endorsed by prominent individuals such as Billy Graham and Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as present-day religious conflicts regarding relevant political and social issues.

Go behind the scenes of one of the world’s best-known buildings to explore the restoration and conservation programs of Greece’s Parthenon as well as the mystery behind the creation of such an architectural masterpiece on Nova: Secrets of the Parthenon at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Celtic Pilgrimage with John O’Donohue, at 10 p.m. Tuesday presents the distinct characteristics of western Irish landscapes through an enlightening tour of ancient monuments and personal histories infused with insight, humor, and great imagery of the sacred European landscape.

Michael Feinstein examines the influence of popular music on boosting patriotic spirits during the era the World War II on Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Austin locals Spoon rock the Austin City Limits stage as they perform tracks off their newest album “Transference” at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Clips of memorable episodes and behind the scenes stories of each are recollected on the Best of Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Appropriately named the “Live Music Capital of the World”, the essence of Austin’s thriving local music scene is captured through exploring venues such as Vulcan Gas Co., the Armadillo World Headquarters, and more on the Best of “Downtown” Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The timeline of a Pennsylvania homicide is revisited in the help in the fight to end domestic violence on Telling Amy’s Story at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Explore the rich culture of southern Spain through its diverse cuisine, history, and natural wonders on Rick Steves’ Europe at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Singer/songwriter Patty Griffin is joined by friends Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin and Mike Farris to perform popular gospel numbers as well as original songs on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

"Telling Amy's Story" event

On September 29th more than 200 people gathered at the Bob Bullock Spirit Theater to watch the documentary “Telling Amy’s Story” and participate in a community conversation about domestic violence. Today we’re posting a video overview of the event, soon to follow will be the discussion from the evening.

Curious George Featured in Time For Kids Special Issues

Curious George and the Man in the Yellow HatThe PBS Kids series Curious George (www.pbskids.org/curiousgeorge) partners with Time For Kids magazine to bring content from the educational magazine to kindergarten and first grade classrooms nationwide. Each month, beginning October 2010, Curious George will be featured on the cover of a special theme issue of Time For Kids Edition K-1 magazine. The issues, hosted by Curious George, include activity pages based on the month’s educational theme. For example, the October issue features George’s exploration of transportation and maps. The remaining six issues for the 2010-2011 school year will cover sorting (math), shadows (physical science), ramps and rolling (physics), wind (earth/space science), cooking (math), and games around the world (social studies). Additionally, the teachers guide for each issue will include a reproducible worksheet featuring Curious George! Teachers can download resources at www.timeforkids.com/tfk/teachers/bp.

TIME FOR KIDS discount for PBS Station’s Educational Partners

KLRU loses Dragon Tales

Dear PBS Kids, I miss Dragon Tales.  Can you put Drangon Tales on PBS Kids?  LoveAdam.  [PBS Kids, University of Texas, CMB

Since KLRU did not have a return address on this sweet letter, we thought to post our response here.

KLRU and PBS had no choice but to discontinue the Dragon Tales series due to the loss of broadcast rights.

Contact the producers for more information.

Sesame Workshop
One Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023.

You can also check You Tube for videos.

The Cat in the Hat comes to Austin!

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About ThatTexas Book Festival - celebrating 15 years

Join KLRU for some Dr. Seuss silliness with Cat in the Hat at the Texas Book Festival.

On October 16th & 17th, kids and families are invited to play and learn with the infamous Cat in the Hat at this year’s Texas Book Festival. KLRU will help children create their own iconic hats and take pictures with the infamous Cat himself.

Learn more about the Texas Book Festival schedule, maps, and activities for all ages at texasbookfestival.org.

  • Date:     Saturday, October 16th & Sunday, October 17th
  • Times:   11:30am & 3:30pm
  • Location: State Capitol Building, 1400 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Community Cinema: Reel Injun dvd, book list

Thanks to everyone who attended the Community Cinema screening of Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian on Oct. 5 at the Windsor Park Branch Library. The film will air on KLRU on November 2 at 9 p.m.

Our partners with the Austin Public Library have put together a list of DVDs, books and sound recordings that go along with this film. All items are available at the library.

Flags of Our Fathers
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Once Were Warriors
The Fast Runner
Ten Canoes
Smoke Signals
Whale Fider
Little Big Man
Dances with Wolves
The Last of the Mohicans
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Edge of America
We Shall Remain
Black Cloud
Edge of America
A Thief of Time

Sound Recordings and books:
Johnny Damas and Me [sound recording] / John Trudell
AKA Graffiti Man [sound recording] / John Trudell
Bone Days / John Trudell
Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival / Velma Wallis
Where White Men Fear To Trend / Russell Means

Community Cinema discussion panelist announced

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. This month’s film is Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian. Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes a look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema.

After the screening, there will be a panel discussion about the issues brought up in the film and how they relate to the Austin community. Panelists include:

Kirby Brown, Native American Ph.D. candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation is titled “Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Early Twentieth Century Cherokee Writing.”

Randolph Lewis, Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. As a scholar and filmmaker working at the intersection of American Studies and Cinema Studies, he explores in particular the documentary tradition, indigenous media, and the relationship of art and politics in the US. 

Orvie Longhorn, a media buff, whose Oklahoma family was relocated to California’s bay area in the 50s. A gourd dancing Vietnam veteran, he has been active with the Austin Powwow & Texas State University’s Native American Student Assoc. since moving here with his wife Glenda.

Ken McKenzie-Grant, local KOOP radio host on NDN Heartbeat and Shades of Green, Ken has a KOOP radio show that covers contemporary & traditional Native American music as well as national Native news and local events, including area Powwows.

Curious George comes to Austin

Curious George, the irrepressible little monkey who has captured children’s hearts for generations, jumps into action when he takes the stage in the inaugural tour of Curious George Live! Curious George swings onto the stage at The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center from Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10. Tickets for all five performances are on sale now. Showtimes: Friday, October 8 7PM; Saturday, October 9 11AM & 3PM; Sunday, October 10 1PM & 5P

The Frank Erwin Center gave KLRU several tickets to the Sunday show. Congratulations to our winners Virginia M., Edna D., Zara D. and Joni R.