Candidates forum 4/29

Austin’s leading environmental organizations, in partnership with channelAustin will host the only City Council candidates forum on April 29. The forum will air on KLRU-Q at 8 pm and can be streamed live here from 5-7 pm. Watch the live stream from channelAustin here.

Participating environmental organizations include Austin EcoNetwork, Austin Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Environment Texas, PODER, Save Barton Creek Association, Solar Austin, Texas Campaign for the Environment, and Texas Green Network.

channelAustin is Austin’s community television studio and digital media center. The forum will air live on channelAustin from 5-7 pm. Find out more at

Highlights May 1 to 7

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday investigates the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish’s life cycle in “Salmon: Running The Gauntlet”.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents part one of South Riding, the story of a lively heroine in Depression-era Yorkshire who attempts to shake up education at a school for girls.

Irena Sendler tells her story of the daring conspiracy of women in WWII Communist Poland who risked their lives in the name of Warsaw’s Jewish mothers in “Irena Sendler: In The Name of Their Mothers” at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Roads to Memphis: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday tells the wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of an assassin, James Earl Ray, and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., against the backdrop of the seething and turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis, Tennessee.

Emerging artists take the spotlight as part of Austin Museum of Art’s exhibition “New Art In Austin: 15 to Watch” on Arts In Context at 9:30 p.m. Monday.

On Black In Latin America at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Professor Gates arrives in Brazil and delves behind the facade of Carnival to discover how this ‘rainbow nation’ is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents “A Film Unfinished”, a documentary examining a classic Nazi propaganda film used by historians for decades to provide insight into the realities of life in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.

Secrets of the Dead: China’s Terracotta Warriors at 7 p.m. Wednesday investigates extraordinary story behind China’s 8,000 terracotta warriors guarding the First Emperor of China’s extravagant tomb.

Nova at 8 p.m. Wednesday joins a new generation of archeologists as they probe areas of Machu Picchu that haven’t been touched since the time of the Incas and unearth burials of the people who built the sacred site.

Saving The Bay at 9 p.m. Wednesday explores the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the rise of California’s water re-distribution projects and the Bay’s transformation into the world’s greatest shipbuilding center by the close of World War II.

Austin rocker Alejandro Escovedo delivers tracks from his most recent LP Street Songs of Love on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday, followed by Trombone Shorty’s unique fusion of New Orleans-based jazz and funk rock.

Actress Holland Taylor discusses her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Wagner, “Thoroughbred” captures the beauty of the horse breed, the thrilling nature of the horse racing and the history and tradition worldwide at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Take a tour of hands-on Master Gardeners who created gardens, one weekend at a time on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Hip hop conquers the Austin City Limits stage at 7 p.m. Saturday with sets from alternative rapper/actor Mos Def, supporting his latest record, The Ecstatic, and Somalian native K’naan, performing songs from his acclaimed LP, Troubadour.

In the Studio: Julian Bond & Wendy Kopp tape Overheard with Evan Smith on 5/4

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for two interviews on Wednesday, May 4. First is Julian Bond. Taping starts at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30. RSVP here Next is Wendy Kopp. Taping starts at 4:15 p.m.; Doors open at 4. RSVP here

Julian Bond’s history as an activist stretches back to 1960, when he led sit-ins in Atlanta, and reaches across movements including civil rights, peace and advocacy for economic justice.  Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, becoming its communications director and solidifying his future as a prominent civil rights activist and advocate.  Bond went on to serve a total of ten terms in the Georgia General Assembly, and also became chair of the NAACP, a major leader of the Southern Poverty Law Center and a powerful force behind many other groups.  In addition to his advocacy, Bond writes and teaches extensively. RSVP for the Bond taping here

Wendy Kopp founded Teach For America after developing the idea for her senior thesis at Princeton.  The concept: give high-achieving college grads a crash course in teaching, then place them in low-income schools for two-year commitments.  The program launched with 500 teachers in 1990, and now has more than 8,000 teachers.  It’s a hot employer for new undergrads.  Last year, more than 46,000 applied, including 12% of all Ivy League seniors.  Kopp is also author of the recent bestseller A Chance to Make History, which explores ideas for ending inequality in education. RSVP for the Kopp taping here

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

KLRU & LBJ Library host Freedom Riders preview

Please join us for an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. On Wednesday, May 4, at 6 pm KLRU and the LBJ Library will host a preview of the powerful documentary Freedom Riders followed by a conversation with civil rights leader Julian Bond. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

On May 4, 1961, the first Freedom Riders left Washington, D. C., bound for New Orleans. These courageous men and women rode buses through the South to challenge local laws or customs that enforced segregation. They demanded unrestricted access to terminal restaurants and waiting rooms. Along their journey, some were arrested, some were beaten, and buses were burned. Their bravery in the face of bitter racism awakened the nation’s conscience.

Bond, who is featured in the documentary, was the Communications Director for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the time of the Freedom Rides. Later, Bond served in the Georgia House and Senate and as Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

On May 9, the LBJ Library will open an exhibit Freedom Riders which details the sacrifices of the Freedom Riders during six months in 1961. On May 16, KLRU will air the entire 2-hour documentary Freedom Riders.

Highlights April 24 to 30

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday presents the returning saga of Cloud, the wild, white stallion that finds us back in the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana in “Cloud: Challenge Of The Stallions”.

The saga continues at 165 Eaton Place with new characters in a three-part sequel to the much-loved Masterpiece Classic series “Upstairs Downstairs” from the 1970s at 8 p.m. Sunday. Did you miss part one or two? Watch it now at before part three airs on Sunday.

An exploration of the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement, American Experience: Stonewall Uprising at 8 p.m. Monday revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness.

Often called the “Greenwich Village of Houston”, Montrose, Texas at 9:30 p.m. Monday tells the story of one of the most colorful and legendary neighborhoods in Texas.

Narrated by Richard Gere, Teenage Witness: The Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Story at 10 p.m. Monday presents a raw and emotional look at survival and the tenacity of the human spirit through the eyes of a 15 year-old Holocaust survivor.

Black In Latin America at 7 p.m. Tuesday explores how the culture, religion, politics and music of Cuba are inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported to produce its enormously profitable 19th century sugar industry, and how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution in 1959.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday investigates the severe shortage of competent forensic pathologists to do autopsies, resulting in a crisis in death investigation in America.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. presents the story of a left brain-damaged and traumatized man who devises his own brand of therapy to embark on a long journey back into the real world, both physically and emotionally, in “Marwelcol”.

Secrets Of The Dead: Escape From Auschwitz at 7 p.m. Wednesday tells the story of two young Slovak Jews who managed to escape by hiding in a woodpile for three days, then fleeing across enemy territory, determined to tell the world about the atrocities being committed by the Nazis at the camp.

Nova at 8 p.m. Wednesday documents the dramatic return of plant and animal life to the barren landscape of Mount St. Helens and pioneering a new understanding of the interaction between geologic forces and the life surrounding the mountain after its eruption in 1980.

Saving The Bay at 9 p.m. Wednesday follows San Francisco’s “rapid monstrous maturity” into a major metropolis following the California Gold Rush.

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 latest acclaimed album “Evil Urges“.

Gail Collins talks about her column for The New York Times on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Emerging artists take the spotlight as part of AMOA’s exhibition “New Art In  Austin: 15 to Watch.” Arts In Context at 7:30 p.m. Thrusday features the artist in this exhibit that are stretching the bonundaries of contemporary art.

Chet Garner Chet travels to Fredericksburg,  the land of German food, wineries, boutique shopping, and rock climbing, on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday,

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne and his band, the Pariah Dogs, perform hits from their latest album, God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise, at the historic Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas on Live From The Artist’s Den at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Preview the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s garden tour, including a visit to a rocky hillside makeover on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin rocker Alejandro Escovedo delivers tracks from his most recent LP Street Songs of Love on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by Trombone Shorty’s unique fusion of New Orleans-based jazz and funk rock.

Arts In Context features AMOA’s 15 to Watch

KLRU continues the station’s commitment to showcasing the arts in Central Texas with a new episode of Arts In Context focusing on visual arts. The show airs on Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m.; Monday, May 2, at 9:30 p.m. on KLRU.

Emerging artists take the spotlight as part of AMOA’s exhibition “New Art In Austin: 15 to Watch.” Arts In Context features the artist in this exhibit that are stretching the boundaries of contemporary art. New Art in Austin artists include: Miguel Aragon (printmaking), Jesus Benavente/Jennifer Remenchik (performance), Ben Brandt (sculpture), Debra Broz (sculpture), Elizabeth Chiles (photography), Santiago Forero (photography), Nathan Green (installation), Ian Ingram (drawing), Anna Krachey (photography), Robert Melton (video), Leslie Mutchler (mixed media), Ben Ruggiero (photography), Adam Schreiber (photography), Barry Stone (photography), J. Parker Valentine (mixed media).

Celebrate Earth Day by Going Green with KLRU!

KLRU is proud to present our new Green Membership program. This sustaining membership allows you to split your donation into monthly installments so you can support your public television station in an environmentally friendly way.  By supporting KLRU as a Green Member, we spend less money on postage and more on the programming you depend on!

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PBS KIDS "Share the Earth" celebration

PBS KIDS will host its sixth annual PBS KIDS “Share the Earth” celebration in honor of Earth Day by featuring new and favorite episodes encouraging children to care for and respect the environment. From April 18 – 22, families can view brand new eco-friendly episodes on-air from SID THE SCIENCE KID, CURIOUS GEORGE, MARTHA SPEAKS, WILD KRATTS, and ARTHUR, while learning about recycling, habitats, alternative energy and more. In addition, favorite Earth-focused episodes from SUPER WHY!, WORDGIRL, and more will also be airing throughout the week.

The “Share the Earth” celebration continues online for both kids and parents. will feature a special “Simple Ways to Protect the Earth” page with new ideas for activities parents can do with their kids in celebration of Earth Day, such as gardening and craft ideas. An Earth Day channel on both and will feature Earth-themed episodes from favorite shows such as THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! and WORDGIRL from April 15 through 22. In addition, a new web exclusive episode of DESIGN SQUAD NATION, “Sustainable South Bronx,” will run on, along with accompanying eco activity ideas for kids.

Following is a listing of the episodes airing the week of April 18 -22:

Highlights April 17 to 23

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday presents “Survivors of the Firestorm”, an investigation of the bush fires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 and incinerated over a million acres of land but managed to maintain an extraordinary capacity for healing.

The saga continues at 165 Eaton Place with new characters in a three-part sequel to the much-loved Masterpiece Classic series “Upstairs Downstairs” from the 1970s at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Forgiveness: A Time To Love and A Time To Hate, the two-part series from award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney, examines the complexities and contradictions of forgiveness as well as the public and private aspects of the concept of forgiveness as it relates to religious belief, personal conduct and society through case studies at 9 p.m. Sunday.

American Masters at 8 p.m. Monday presents the story and legacy of the man who almost single-handedly saved the Yosemite Valley of California from destruction and was the force behind the creation of the National Parks Service in “John Muir In The New World”.

Black In Latin America at 7 p.m. Tuesday explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country’s troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification.

In this week’s episode of Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday, correspondent Martin Smith investigates how the for-profit schools are aggressively recruiting huge numbers of new veterans with educational promises that many now question whether they can keep. Also in this hour, producer Tom Curran and reporter Mark Trahant examine a little-known chapter of the Catholic Church sex abuse story: decades of abuse of Native Americans by priests and church workers in Alaska.

Secrets of the Dead: Lost In The Amazon at 7 p.m. Wednesday presents a modern day quest to find the truth behind one of exploration’s greatest mysteries: what happened to famed adventurer Col. Percy Fawcett, who went looking for a city of gold — the Lost City of “Z” — in the Amazon in 1925 and disappeared in the jungles of Brazil forever?

Nova at 8 p.m. Wednesday travels the globe to reveal the surprising technologies that just might turn back the clock on climate change with a focus on the latest and greatest innovations in “Power Surge”.

Calvin Trillin, who has written for The New Yorker, The Nation, Time and others, talks about his writings on Texas on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Based on her new book, Suze Orman’s Money Class at 8 p.m. Thrusday reveals Suze’s expert take on what actions people need to take in light of the new economy.

What do changing climate zones mean for our garden? on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a makeover that updated its look with new plants and old garden art.

Kentucky’s indie rock heroes My Morning Jacket return to the Austin City Limits stage at 7 p.m. Saturday to showcase their latest acclaimed album “Evil Urges“.