Civic Summit 2/28: Austin’s Future

KLRU-TV and Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell invite you to a community forum on Austin’s future. Join us in KLRU’s Studio 6A as an audience member for Civic Summit: Planning the Future on Monday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 pm (doors open at 5:30).RSVP here.

Former mayors from across Texas reflect on their years in office as guidance for Austin’s transition into a major city. Topics will include governance, major infrastructure and what the city of Austin can learn from their experience. Guests include Bill White, former Mayor of Houston, Henry Cisneros, former Mayor of San Antonio, Laura Miller, former Mayor of Dallas and Kirk Watson, former Mayor of Austin.

Civic Summit is KLRU’s program for discourse on public affairs issues.

Originally published Feb 15, 2011 @ 17:55

Create special days with KLRU Create

Starting at 10 am each Saturday in March, KLRU Create offers viewers themed programming to get you started on various projects. KLRU Create is on channel 18.2 over the air.

March 5                Let the Good Times Roll
In honor of the biggest party on the bayou, “Laissez Les Bons Temps Roule” – Let the Good Times Roll!  We’re celebrating Mardi Gras, with chefs Steve Raichlen, John Folse, Paul Prudhomme and John Shields.  They will be preparing the finest seafood and Cajun dishes just in time for Fat Tuesday!

March 12                Top O’ the Morning
Today everyone is Irish and we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  Rick Steves, Rudy Maxa and Burt Wolf are your Emerald Isle tour guides.  Even Irish folksinger, Tommy Makem, gets in on the exploration; visiting churches, pubs and castles in Ireland.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 19               Spring is in the Air
The weather is getting warmer and everything is emerging from winter’s deep freeze.  Whether you celebrate Passover or Easter, Burt Wolf will be in the mix of the festivities.  P. Allen Smith has flowers, flowers and more flowers to usher in spring.  Join Katie Brown as she prepares an unforgettable spring brunch.  Spring has sprung!

March 26               California Dreamin’
This trip to the West Coast, is a dream come true!  Hop a trolley in San Francisco and sip wine in Napa with Burt Wolf.  Joseph Rosendo takes us far from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, to other parts of Los Angeles for an unexpected good time.  Venture off to the beautiful island of Catalina with Doug McConnell.  Eureka, it’s California!

Continued Support from the 3M Foundation

The 3M Foundation has renewed its commitment to KLRU’s Ready to Learn program through a $5,000 grant. Their ongoing partnership will continue to promote early childhood literacy skills to underserved families in Wooten Elementary School. Ready to Learn workshops and events promote significant gains in letter knowledge, vocabulary, and the ability to blend sounds to make words. The 3M Foundation is preparing our youngest learners for success in school and in life, and KLRU is both grateful and excited at what the outcomes of this year will bring. Thank you!

Highlights 2/27 to 3/5

Two great predators come face to face to test their strengths in Yellowstone National Park as Nature at 7 p.m. presents “Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves”.

Based on William Boyd’s bestselling novel, Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents part three of “Any Human Heart”, a three-part series depicting the eventful life of a footloose writer in the tumultuous 20th century.

Triangle Fire: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday examines the 1911 factory fire that sparked an industry-wide strike to protest dismal wages and dangerous conditions for workers, eventually implementing the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the country.

Senator Alan Simpson describes his controversial career in the U.S. Senate and his post-Senate life with the help of several prolific commentators ranging from former Vice President Dick Cheney to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy on “Alan K. Simpson: Nothing Else Matters” at 9 p.m. Monday.

The President and First Lady host this installment of In Performance at the White House at 7 p.m. Tuesday, which features selections from 50 years of Motown hits.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday follows the money to uncover how Wall Street and a new breed of for-profit universities are transforming the way we think about college in America.

Independent Lens presents the story of a 16 year-old teenager whose series of bad decisions challenges our assumptions about violence and explores how factors such as biology and family history can doom some young people from the start in “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia‘s Story” at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

American Masters at 7 p.m. Wednesday chronicles the rise of a new breed of musicians in the 1960s Los Angeles whose raw emotions and simple instrumentation bridged the gap between singers and the songs they wrote in “Troubadors: Carole King/James Taylor & The Rise”.

Twenty years after dazzling audiences in his first solo Broadway concert early in his career, three-time Grammy Award-winner Harry Connick, Jr. returned to the Main Stem in a roster of favorites, performed in his trademark New Orleans style on Great Performances at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Legendary New Orleans songwriter Allen Toussaint hits the Austin City Limits stage at 10 p.m. Wednesday with songs from his latest LP, The Bright Mississippi, and classic hits like “Southern Nights.”

Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review, talks with Evan Smith on Overheard at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Former mayors from across Texas reflect on their years in office as guidance for Austin’s transition into a major city through topics of governance, major infrastructure and what the city of Austin can learn from their experience on KLRU Civic Summit: Planning The Future at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Join Chet Garner as he travels to Wimberley, Texas to experience glass blowing, homemade tamales, a hike up Mt. Baldy and a dip in Blue Hole on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

SXSW Flashback 2010 at 9 p.m. Thursday features a wide variety of interviews ranging from the already-made-its to the up-and-comers of the entertainment world as the past is relived for one hour of SXSW excitement.

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan in Session at 9 p.m. Friday presents the legendary live jam session by two of the arguably greatest musicians ever to have played the blues on electric guitar.

Lawrence Welk and his great orchestra plays the music of the Big Band Era and salutes legendary friends whose infectious rhythms defined the genre on “Lawrence Welk’s Big Band Splash” at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Join hosts Moira Brooker and Philip Bretherton from acclaimed television show As Time Goes By as they take you inside the hearts and minds of the writers, producers and actors that have brought you many of your favorite British comedies on “Behind The Britcom: From Script To Screen” at 8 p.m. Saturday.

“Best of Laugh-In” at 10 p.m. Saturday presents archival clips and memorable moments from the 1960’s NBC comedy-variety program that changed television and became an important training ground for a generation of young writers and comic talent.

Award winning psychiatrist and bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen gives viewers 10 steps to have a better brain and a better body on Change Your Brain, Change Your Body at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Overheard tapings with Paxton, Lessig, Keillor

We have several tapings next week for KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith. Please RSVP to each taping you would like to attend.

Monday, Feb. 28, with Actor Bill Paxton
Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with
actor Bill Paxton on Monday, February 28 at  10:30 am in KLRU’s Studio
6A (map).  Doors open at 10 a.m. RSVP here

Tuesday, March 1, with Lawrence Lessig
Director of the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with
Lawrence Lessig, Director of Harvard University’s Safra Center for
Ethics, on Tuesday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
Doors open at 10 a.m. RSVP here

Wednesday, March 2, with Garrison Keillor
Host & writer of A Prairie Home Companion & The Writer’s Almanac

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Garrison Keillor, host of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac, on Wednesday, March 2, at about 11:15 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:30 a.m. RSVP here

In Context Presents: Spoken 4 All 2/24

Austin’s spoken word performers take center stage as part of KLRU’s focus on the arts on In Context Presents: Spoken 4 All airing at 7:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 24. Also known as “slam poetry,” spoken word is an oral performance of extemporaneous or composed pieces of free poetry. Austin has a number of venues that present spoken word, this program highlights the ranging styles of poets at an all-age program hosted monthly at Mitchie’s Gallery. This event features several artists who were involved with the Austin Neo Soul Team that placed 4th in the 2010 National Poetry Slam.

Watch additional clips from the spoken word performers at klru.org/incontext

KLRU Appraisal Fair- Part 2

This is part two of our video from the KLRU Appraisal Fair, next week we’ll post some pictures. We also want to thank everyone who donated to participate in the event and all of the appraisers who volunteered their time.

Visit www.klrusupport.org/appraisalfair for a complete listing of the appraisers who made the day possible.

The KLRU Appraisal Fair will return for its second year in 2012, so stay tuned to KLRU for your chance to attend!

KLRU Kids at Explore UT 3/5

KLRU is opening up our studios on Saturday, March 5, from 11 am to 4 pm for children and their parents to explore their public television station. As part of Explore UT, KLRU will let the community see television equipment at work throughout the day and feature storytime with PBS KIDS host Miss Rosa at 11 am and 2 pm.

Highlights 2/20 to 2/26

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday tracks the incredible journey of Broken Tail, the most charismatic tiger cub ever seen in India’s best protected tiger reserves, as Irish cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson retraces the tiger’s path and reveals the fate of the few surviving tigers in India.

Based on William Boyd’s bestselling novel, Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents part two of “Any Human Heart”, a three-part series depicting the eventful life of a footloose writer in the tumultuous 20th century.

Through interviews with close family and friends, Jimmy Carter: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday traces the ascent of an ambitious country boy from a peanut farm in Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office.

Pioneers of Television at 7 p.m. Tuesday presents “Sitcoms”, an exploration through the history of television that focuses on five key sitcoms: “I Love Lucy,” “The Honeymooners,” “Make Room for Daddy,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show;” all of which shaped how American viewers would spend their evenings.

On Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday, correspondent Martin Smith investigates how many for-profit schools are aggressively recruiting huge numbers of new veterans with educational promises that many now question whether they can keep.

Independent Lens investigates the life of the legendary beat author and American icon William S. Burroughs in “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within” at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

From his studio in Seattle to installation sites throughout San Francisco, “Chihuly Fire & Light” at 10 p.m. Tuesday observes glass artist Dale Chihuly at work with his team as he conceives and creates his most ambitious exhibition to date, Chihuly at the de Young.

Nova ScienceNow at 7 p.m. Wednesday explores the possibilities affiliated with the question: What are the technologies most likely to revolutionize life in the future?

Nova at 8 p.m. Wednesday investigates the destructive capabilities behind nature’s most extreme poison and follows scientists on their expeditions to track down and capture the planet’s most deadly creatures, risking life and limb just to tease out milligrams of venom and get it back to the lab on “Venom: Nature’s Killer”.

“Marty Robbins – Seems Like Yesterday” at 9 p.m. Wednesday takes public television audiences back to a time of familiar music and nostalgic memories with full performances of Robbins’ most memorable and recognizable hits.

Austin City Limits veterans and country music legends Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel join forces onstage in celebration of their collaborative LP, Willie and the Wheel at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

On “In Context Presents: Spoken 4 All” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Austin’s spoken word performers take center stage as part of KLRU’s focus on the arts and features several artists who were involved with the Austin Neo Soul Team that placed in the 2010 National Poetry Slam.

Legends and Lyrics presents exclusive performance from Shawn Colvin, John Hiatt, and Jessi Colter- three performers blending the genres of folk and pop music at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Legendary New Orleans songwriter Allen Toussaint hits the Austin City Limits stage at 7 p.m. Saturday with songs from his LP, The Bright Mississippi, and classic hits like “Southern Nights.”

Engineer in the House!

Engineer in the House!
Sid the Science Kid celebrates National Engineers Week February 20-26 with a special rebroadcast of programs focusing on Simple Machines with highlighted website content, and a downloadable activity page.

Visit www.pbskids.org/sid for more information on how to facilitate Sid the Science Kid activities at your EWEEK celebrations!

The Sid the Science Kid parenting blog “Science Kids on the Loose: Observations from the Family Room” and the teacher blog “The Learning Lab: Explorations in Learning for the Curious Teacher” will both focus on engineering during the special week and The Jim Henson Company will also produce a special podcast panel discussion on encouraging girls in the field of engineering. You can access the blog and the podcast from the Sid Parents and Teachers site at pbs.org/parents/sid/blogs.