Create special days with KLRU Create

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

April 2                       April in Paris
Spend a day discovering Paris.  As soon as you touchdown in Paris take a stroll with world travelers Burt Wolf and Rick Steves seeing the sites.  If sampling the cuisine is your preference, Jacques Pépin, Hubert Keller and Chris Kimball have put together some amazing recipes that will turn your kitchen into a Parisian bistro.

April 9                 Sugar and Spice
Sugar and spice, that’s what good food is made of.  Tune in to watch chefs Daisy Martinez, Ming Tsai, Rick Bayless and Maryanne Esposito as they create dishes that are sweet, fiery or both!  There will be a flavor for every taste bud to enjoy.

April 16                The Joys of Spring
Let Burt Wolf, P. Allen Smith, Joanne Weir and Katie Brown show you the joys of spring.  We will celebrate this season of rebirth with beautiful blooms and tasty spring time meals.  Continue to experience the joys of spring as you gather with loved ones to enjoy Easter and Passover festivities.

April 23               It’s Not Easy Being Green
In recognition of Earth Day, this eco-friendly marathon will show us how trees beautify our surroundings.  Prepare green leafy vegetables and build garden structures that are beneficial to the earth.  Premiere gardener P. Allen Smith, chef Christina Pirello and others will show you how to go green.

April 30                Wonders of the World
Adventure is the order of the day!  Go globe trekking with Darley Newman, Rick Steves, Joseph Rosendo and Rudy Maxa in search of the amazing wonders of the world.  You will be mesmerized by Victoria Falls in Zambia, climbing the Great Wall of China, and  observing the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  You will certainly be wowed by these natural and man made wonders of the world.

New episodes of Lark Rise to Candleford start 4/9

New Episodes of Lark Rise to Candleford start airing Saturdays at 8 pm beginning April 9. The residents of Lark Rise and Candleford continue to delight and entertain with their comic adventures and emotional struggles in new episodes of this warm-hearted drama.

KLRU’s popular British drama Lark Rise To Candleford returns for a fourth series, teeming with its usual wit, intrigue and romance. Its vividly drawn, much-loved characters continue to delight and entertain. The series opens with the arrival of Gabriel Cochrane, played by Richard Harrington, and sees the return of Dawn French’s character, Caroline Arless, later in the run.

These are the last six episodes of the series. The BBC has ended production on the show.

KLRU & Foundation Communities partner for literacy project

KLRU is participating in the national PBS Kids Raising Reader Library Corner literacy project. The first of the station’s KLRU Library Corners opened March 30 at the Sierra Ridge Learning Center at Foundation Communities.

PBS Kids Raising Readers Library Corner project takes resources and activities that are research-based to give children and parents the opportunity to strengthen literacy skills through fun, engaging multi-media platforms. Parents, caregivers, teachers, and kids can all use these resources. The corner is a small, colorful space where kids can feel free to play games on a computer, read a book, or watch an educational and interactive literacy skill-building DVD. The Library Corners also feature characters from favorite books and PBS KIDS programs. All activities – including self-directed worksheets, online videos, parent-led activities, and more – are based on an existing literacy framework that has its foundation in the National Reading Panel recommendations, encompassing skills such as letter recognition, print awareness, and vocabulary instruction.

Founded in 1989, Foundation Communities is a  nationally-recognized organization that empowers low-to-moderate-income families and individuals to succeed.  Their programs include quality, affordable housing, tools to increase educational and economic standing and supportive services for homeless families and individuals. Find out more at

In addition to the Sierra Ridge Learning Center at Foundation Communities, KLRU will host two more Library Corners scheduled to open later this year.

In the Studio: Holland Taylor tapes Overheard 4/5

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with actress Holland Taylor. RSVP now

DATE: Tuesday, April 5
TIME: taping at 11:45 am; doors open at 11:15 am
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
The event is free but an RSVP is required.

Emmy-winning actress Holland Taylor has enjoyed a long and varied career, with respected roles on stage, in movies and on television.  Fans will recognize her work from The Practice, The Truman Show, Romancing the Stone, Two and a Half Men and The L Word.  Texans will recognize another famous figure in her latest work, a solo show about Texas governor Ann Richards.  Taylor spent three years researching and writing the show, and has been performing it for audiences across the US.  Maybe she’ll perform a bit of it for us, too.

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 brings you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and is available to PBS stations nationwide.Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at

Ticket giveaway: Jeff Beck 4/5

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KLRU has a commitment to presenting the arts to Austin. As part of this commitment we team up with local arts organizations to bring you television programs like In Context and online arts features on KLRU Collective. We also bring you the best of performance art from PBS with Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center.

Today, we’re teaming up with ACL Live to bring you tickets to a live performance of Jeff Beck’s Rock and Roll Party with Imelda May and her Band on Tuesday, April 5th, at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Post a comment below by noon Thursday, March 31, and we will randomly choose winners to attend. You can purchase tickets online at

Schedule change: Obama's speech

The PBS NewsHour’s coverage President Obama’s address to the nation on the subject of Libya will air tonight at 6:30 p.m.

If the speech goes past 7 p.m. Antiques Roadshow will begin immediately following the speech. American Experience “Dolley Madison” will begin immediately following Antiques Roadshow. Morrisotown or Lafayette will be joined in progress so that Charlie Rose can begin promptly at 11 p.m.

Watch the live stream of President Obama’s speech tonight at 6:30 p.m. here

Highlights March 27 to April 2

Take a peek into driest inhabited continent on the planet as Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday explores the Australian outback as a amalgamation of pelicans migrate once every ten years in the midst of flooding to feed on washed up crustaceans and raise as many families as possible before the water and the food disappear once more.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents “The 39 Steps“, an adaptation of the popular John Buchan adventure novel filled with romance and humor.

American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday tells the story of First Lady Dolley Madison whose political acumen helped legitimize the nation’s new capital and set her apart in a time when women held no overt political power.

Morristown: Where American Survived at 9 p.m. Monday revisits the “hard winter” of 1779-80, when General Washington’s troops arrived to build a log hut city for their winter camp, and reveals an eye-opening look at how the camp saved the army – and the American Revolution – from the brink of disaster.

Lafayette: The Lost Hero at 10 p.m. Monday traces the life and legend of the Marquis de Lafayette and tells the story of his quest to bring democracy to America and France, through the eyes of Sabine Renault Sabloniere, a 21st century descendant.

Experience North America’s highest peak from your cozy cabin and enjoy the magnificent view at the foot of Grand Teton as Great Lodges of the National Parks at 7 p.m. Tuesday takes you on a journey from Alaska to the Rocky Mountains in search of the national treasures that showcase the awe-inspiring beauty of America’s national parks.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday continues its monthly magazine format with the lead story “Money and March Madness,” an inside look at the multi-billion dollar business of the NCAA and its brand of amateur college sports.

Independent Lens presents the extraordinary story of a mother and daughter reunited after a decade separated by violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo civil war in “Pushing The Elephant” at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Images of Tony Gleaton at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday showcases Gleaton’s award-winning photography of black and American Indian cowboys, the African diaspora in Latin America, and the assimilation of Asians, Africans and Europeans with indigenous Americans while emphasizing the connections he makes with his subjects to achieve a one-of-a-kind image.

Nature at 7 p.m. Wednesday introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film the Birds of Paradise, the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers, on “Birds Of The Gods”.

The tsunami slammed Japan’s coast with 30 feet-high waves that traveled 6 miles inland, obliterating entire towns in a matter of minutes. Nova on Wednesday at 8 p.m. combines authoritative on-the-spot reporting, personal stories of tragedy and survival, compelling eyewitness videos, explanatory graphics and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.

Shot on location around the world and featuring some of the world’s most original and influential thinkers, Journey To Planet Earth at 9 p.m. Wednesday provides a glimpse into a new and emerging economy based upon renewable sources of energy as well as case studies documenting realistic strategies to avoid the growing threat of global warming in “Plan B: Mobilizing To Save Civilization”.

Grammy Award-winning Foo Fighters perform songs from their latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, on Austin City Limits at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Performances and interviews from the Guitar Foundation of America’s annual convention and competition, the largest gathering of the classical guitar industry in the world on In Context at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

In the premiere of The Austin Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Chet Garner travels to Waco, Texas; home of Baylor University, Dr. Pepper, and exceptional mountain biking right in the middle of the city.

The Legacy of Jim Croce at 9 p.m. Thursday presents a retrospective of Croce’s impressive and enduring musical work with a moving acoustic performance by the late great singer-songwriter.

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff performs his greatest hits and songs from his LP Existence on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In the Studio: Diane Wood tapes Overheard 3/25

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with federal judge Diane Wood on Friday, March 25 at 3:00 pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 2:30 pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please RSVP here.

Wood joined the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1995, at a time when that court had few other liberals and no other women. She’s a Clinton appointee praised for her ability to build consensus with conservative colleagues but also known for taking persuasive stands on issues before the court. And for years, her name has shown up again and again on the short list of likely Supreme Court nominees. Wood was described at her induction ceremony as “a judge with a broader horizon than any who has ever sat in this or in most American courts” – a reputation earned after time as a State Department lawyer, a University of Chicago professor and an accomplished student of the oboe and three foreign languages.

2nd Half of Life: Spring 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 Growing Bolder on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Upcoming episodes:

March 27
Pursuing Your Passions – Men and women from all over America prove that when you do what you love, you find health and happiness. Stories include: musician Roger McGuinn, beauty expert Oleda Baker, artist Harold Garde, environmentalist Dr. Peter Pritchard, skydiver Bill Booth. Overcoming Obstacles – When you are dealt setbacks in life — physical, emotional, financial — how do you recover? Stories include: singer Jacqueline Jones, survivor Larry Pontius, triathlete Tony Handler, businessman Tom Ross. Staying Active – Get moving! Whether you join a team or go solo, keeping up an active lifestyle is a key to Growing Bolder.


Highlights 3/20 to 3/26

Class Apart: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday tells the little-known story of a band of underdog Mexican-American lawyers who took their case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans

Through intimate first-person storytelling, rare film and photos, and exuberant music, Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles at 9 p.m. Monday tells the story of generations of young Mexican-Americans who proudly expressed their identity through music.

Voces: Celia The Queen at 10 p.m. Monday explores the life and legacy of Cuban singer Celia Cruz, whose voice symbolized the soul of a nation and captured the hearts of fans worldwide.

From the edge of a volcano in Hawaii to the Alaskan wilderness to the rugged mountain peaks and pristine lakes of the Rockies, Great Lodges of the National Parks at 7 p.m. Tuesday tells the stories behind these national treasures and showcases the many ways to enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of America’s national parks.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday examines the controversy behind physician-assisted suicide and ponders a question that has been debated for centuries: Do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable, or when we enter the late stages of painful, terminal illness?

Independent Lens presents the story of how the simple act of planting trees lead one woman to winning the Nobel Peace Prize in “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai” at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

With a diverse line-up of seven talented artists, Texas Burning: A Lone Star Salute to Our Troops at 10 p.m. Tuesday and 9 p.m. Thursday features remarkable performances in a variety of genres originating from deep in the heart of San Antonio.

Narrated by Nova’s Neil deGrasse Tyson, 400 Years of the Telescope at 7 p.m. Wednesday takes viewers on a sweeping journey from 1609, when Galileo revealed mankind’s place in the galaxy, to today’s quests to discover new worlds in the infinite universe.

Nova miniseries “Hunting The Edge of Space” at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday examines how the telescope has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the world and a new generation of ever-larger instruments is poised to reveal answers to longstanding questions about our universe.

Singer/songwriter Patty Griffin and her musical friends take the Austin City Limits stage at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday to sing an assortment of original and classic gospel numbers.

Comedian, actor and writer Wyatt Cenac discusses his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

KLRU presents the three part Wine Roads of Texas documentary back-to-back starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Episode one at 7:30 p.m. takes viewers through the wildflowers and back roads of the famous Texas Hill Country with stops at Becker Vineyards, Flat Creek Estates, Alamosa Vineyards, and Fall Creek Vineyards. Episode two at 8 p.m. takes viewers on a trip through West Texas where the modern Texas wine industry was born. Episode three at 8:30 p.m.  leads viewers from the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast to the busy “Metroplex” of Dallas-Fort Worth visiting Messina Hof Winery, Haak Vineyards, Homestead Winery, and Crossroads Winery.

Grammy Award-winners the Foo Fighters perform songs from their latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.