Freedom Riders event q&a with Julian Bond

For those of you who could not make it to the KLRU/LBJ Library preview screening and discussion of Freedom Riders on May 4, here’s the entire question and answer session with Julian Bond. Please watch the full documentary of Freedom Riders on Monday, May 16 at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

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View photos from the night here.
Go to the LBJ Library to see an interactive exhibit on the Freedom Rides as well as an exhibit on the Radical Movements of the 1960s. The library is located at 2313 Red River is open daily from 9 – 5. Admission is free.

May 2011: Secrets of the Dead "Silver Pharaoh"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is:
Secrets of the Dead “Silver Pharaoh”
Wednesday, May 18, 7 p.m.

The royal tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes I is one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Egyptian treasures – even more remarkable than that of Tutankhamen. So why hasn’t the world heard about it? What mysteries does it contain? And what does it reveal about ancient Egypt? The tomb was discovered filled with lavish jewels and treasure almost by accident in 1939 by the French archaeologist Pierre Montet while he was excavating in northern Egypt..The royal burial chamber came as a complete surprise no Egyptologist had anticipated a tomb of such grandeur in this area. Unfortunately, the tomb was found on the eve of World War II in Europe and attracted little attention. One of the most startling discoveries inside the tomb was the sarcophagus in which the body was held: It was made of silver with exquisite detail and craftsmanship. No other silver sarcophagus has ever been found and it is now recognized by many Egyptologists as one of the most exquisite artifacts of ancient Egypt ever to be found. The elaborate tribute within the tomb suggested it was the burial site of someone very important but as archaeologists, using the hieroglyphs inside the tomb, pieced together the identity of the pharaoh, they were left to wonder who Psuesennes I was and why he received such grand treatment. The investigation reveals political intrigue, a lost city and a leader who united a country in turmoil and became the Silver Pharaoh.

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Highlights May 8 to May 14

On Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday, Bear biologist Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of Alaskan wilderness and tracks the progress of grizzly bears as they feast on the riches of the season and re-establish the complex hierarchal social dynamics of bear society on “Bears of the Last Frontier: City of Bears”.

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

Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter at 9 p.m. Sunday follows the creation of the San Francisco Opera’s production of “The Bonesetter’s Daughter,” an ambitious cross-cultural tour de force that brings together artists from China and the United States to tell the deeply moving story of author Amy Tan’s family history.

Through a blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images and contemporary performances by top artists, Soundtrack for a Revolution: American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music.

Evening With Smokey Robinson at 9:30 p.m. Monday features an insider’s look at the life and career of the Motown legend.

On this week’s episode of Black In Latin America at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people in Mexico and Peru.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents “Bhutto”, the story of the first Muslim woman to lead an Islamic nation who evolved from a pampered princess to a polarizing politician in one of the most dangerous countries on Earth.

Secrets of the Dead: Sinking Atlantis at 7 p.m. Wednesday explores the fascinating history of the Minoans, Europe’s first great civilization, and the mystery behind their downfall.

Go behind the scenes of arguably the best-known and most mysterious relic of prehistory and explore important clues in the landscape surrounding the unexplained circle of stones in southern England’s Salisbury Plain on Nova: Secrets of Stonehenge at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

On Saving The Bay at 9 p.m. Wednesday, the very survival of the Bay is threatened by the postwar boom and the issue becomes how best to balance the competing demands of a major urban center set amidst an environmentally significant landscape.

Hip hop conquers the Austin City Limits stage at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday 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.

Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America, talks about education on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Austin’s spoken word performers take center stage as part of KLRU’s focus on the arts on In Context Presents: Spoken 4 All at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Join Chet Garner as he travels to Brenham, Texas to experience the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream, a 100 dollar hamburger, and a bike ride around Lake Sommerville on The Daytripper at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Join Chet Garner as he travels to Canyon Lake, Texas to explore the Natural Bridge Caverns, ride through the Wildlife Ranch, and take a dip in the lake on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Find out how to turn high-end garden projects into ones you can do yourself on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Grammy-winning soul singer John Legend performs a set of 70s soul covers and originals backed by innovative hip-hop collective The Roots on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Community Cinema: Two Spirits 6/7

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. The next screening will be Two Spirits on June 7.

Two Spirits
Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind the tragic and senseless murder of Fred Martinez, a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16. Two Spirits explores the life and death of a boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender.

Redford, Woodward, Berstein in KLRU's studio

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Robert Redford, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein gathered at The University of Texas at Austin with a group of College of Communications students in KLRU-TV’s Studio 6A on April 21, 2011 to answer questions about All The President’s Men and the Watergate cover-ups that formed the real-life basis for the film.  The question and answer session was moderated by Glenn Frankel, director of the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and by Paul Stekler, Department of Radio-Television-Film Chair.

Create special days with KLRU Create

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

May 7 Celebrate Mom
Prepare for Mother’s Day with the Create pros. Chefs Eric Ripert and Daisy Martinez recreate their mom’s favorite recipes. Katie Brown shows us how to create a personalized Mother’s Day gift.  Tune in and celebrate Mom with lots of love.

May 14 East Coast Swing
Tour the east coast with leisure specialists including Burt Wolf, P. Allen Smith and chef John Shields. From Maine to Pennsylvania and all points in between, we’ll see the sites and taste the foods of this popular region. Explore the beauty and charm of the east coast with a clambake in Maine, a taste of salt water taffy in Atlantic City and a tour of the rich history in Boston.

May 21  Street Fare
Follow some of your favorite chefs, such as, Daisy Martinez and Tommy Tang to popular street markets around the U.S. and beyond. They’ll teach you how to choose the freshest ingredients possible, including vegetables, seafood and spices. Then go home and whip up delicious recipes for your family’s table.

May 28 Red, White and Barbecue
If you grill it, they will come, with forks, knives and a big appetite. Fear not as expert grill master, Steven Raichlen, will show you how to cook the perfect steak and prepare ribs so succulent that it will make your mouth water. Just make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand to wipe up all the barbecue sauce.  Fire up the grill and enjoy the first cookout of the season!

Frontline: "Fighting for Al Qaeda"

From Frontline:
In the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, FRONTLINE presents two inside views of the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban.

First, Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi — who reported last year’s award-winning FRONTLINE film Behind Taliban Lines — once again journeys deep inside enemy territory. This time, he gains extraordinary access to a band of militants and foreign fighters in Afghanistan who say they’re loyal to bin Laden and are readying a Spring offensive against the U.S.

Then, FRONTLINE crosses the border into Pakistan, where correspondents Stephen Grey and Martin Smith go inside The Secret War against the militants. They uncover new details of a CIA “private army” of militiamen launching kill raids against al Qaeda and the Taliban inside Pakistan. They also find new evidence of covert support for elements of the Taliban by the Pakistani military and its intelligence service, the ISI. At a safe-house not far from where bin Laden was killed, they make contact with one mid-level Taliban commander who tells FRONTLINE, “If they really wanted to, [the Pakistanis] could arrest us all in an hour.”

“Fighting for Al Qaeda” airs tonight at 8pm on KLRU.

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Q Night at the Movies feature schedule for May

KLRU Q Night at the Movies now spotlights a classic film each Saturday night at 8 p.m. This month our feature films will be:

May 7: Special double feature
When Harry Met Sally

Two Manhattan careerists (Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan) first hate, then like and eventually love each other over the course of 12 years.

Crossing Delancey
A Manhattan single (Amy Irving) meets a man (Peter Riegert) through her Jewish grandmother’s (Reizl Bozyk) matchmaker.

May 14 Mrs. Doubtfire
Estranged from his wife (Sally Field), an out-of-work actor (Robin Williams) masquerades as a nanny to be with his children.

May 21 Unforgiven
An old gunslinger (Clint Eastwood), his ex-partner (Morgan Freeman) and a quick-draw kid go bounty hunting in a town called Big Whiskey.

May 28 Bonnie & Clyde
Acclaimed account of the gun-toting bank robbers (Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway) and the trail of terror they blazed through the Southwest in the ’30s.