In the Studio: Deepak Chopra tapes Overheard 2/21

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Deepak Chopra

Date: February 21
Time: 11:30 a.m.  Doors open at 11
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Deepak Chopra travels the world to share his message about mind-body connections, exploring the relationships between physical, emotional, social, spiritual and mental wellness. He has earned enormous popularity working as a physician, a bestselling author of more than 64 books, a columnist, a radio host and a sought-after lecturer who routinely makes lists of the world’s most engaging public speakers. His books have addressed an astonishing range of topics, including stress, aging, relationships, yoga, sexuality, DaVinci, pregnancy, joy and the relationship between science and religion. We thank the Long Center for bringing Chopra to Austin.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a second season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS stations from California to Florida. We hope you’ll be there for the second season of this exciting program. Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at

Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project programs Sundays @ 1 on KLRU

Light  / The Holocaust & Humanity Project is a full-length contemporary ballet being put on by Ballet Austin and a Holocaust education partnership that promotes the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education, and public dialogue. Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project returns to Austin in 2012 from Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15) through Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 19), with events/initiatives led by more than 30 community partners.  The Austin American Statesman published an editorial about the project by Karen E. Gross,  community director of the Austin Anti-Defamation League, Cookie Ruiz, executive director of Ballet Austin, and Bill Stotesbery, chief executive and general manager of KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.

KLRU will produce television and web content related to Light  / The Holocaust & Humanity Project and will host Gerda Weissmann Klein as part of Spark on March 20th. During February, KLRU will have special programming each Sunday at 1 pm. The programs will be:

2/5 Irena Sendler: In The Name Of Their Mothers
During WWII, a group of young Polish women, some barely out of their teens, outfoxed the Nazis and rescued thousands of Jewish children from certain death. Over half a century later, 95-year-old Irena Sendler tells the true story, long suppressed in Communist Poland, of this daring conspiracy of women who risked their lives in the name of Warsaw’s Jewish mothers.

2/12 Not In Our Town: Light In The Darkness
In 2008 in Patchogue, NY, a series of attacks against Latino residents ended with the killing of 37-year-old Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived there for 13 years. Seven local high school students arrested for the crime admitted they were “looking for a Mexican” to beat up. Over a two-year period, the film followed Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri as he led a diverse group of residents to confront the anti-immigrant bias in their town and repair the fabric of their community life. The victim’s brother, Joselo Lucero, and other Latino residents became leading voices for immigrants while working within the community to address local divisions. Faith leaders mobilized their congregations, and educators and school administrators developed anti-bias programs.

2/19 Not In Our Town: Class Actions
This program tells the stories of a suburban California school district, a mid-western college town and a college campus in the heart of the South where people are working together to stop hate and intolerance, and activitating their communities to create safer, more accepting environments for everyone. “Not In Our Town: Class Actions” profiles local innovators — a teacher who starts an anti-bullying program at her school, then spreads it to five districts; diverse leaders in a college town who bring students, local officials and community members together after a wave of bias attacks; and a coalition of students who take positive action when their core values are threatened. Also airs Feb. 13 at 9 pm

2/26 Teenage Witness: The Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Story
In 1941, the Nazis asserted their power by overrunning tiny villages throughout Eastern Europe. In the middle of the horror and chaos stood 15-year-old Fanya Gottesfeld (Heller). Only through the kindness of a Polish peasant did Fanya survive – hidden beneath a chicken coop with her parents and brother for two-and-a-half years. Based on her acclaimed memoir, Love In A World of Sorrow, this documentary presents a raw and emotional look at survival and the tenacity of the human spirit. Richard Gere narrates. Fanya’s story differs from other Holocaust narratives because of her relationship with a Ukrainian soldier – a Nazi collaborator who helped save her family from certain death. However, this relationship left Fanya with questions she continues to struggle with today. Since the book’s publication in 1993, the Holocaust survivor has dedicated her life to spreading a message of hope to audiences young and old. Today, Fanya shares the details of her ordeal with inner-city teens in the hopes of making them understand, and even relate to, the difficult choices she made. The atrocities of the Holocaust occurred more than 60 years ago, but its lessons of courage and tolerance and the dangers of prejudice and baseless hatred remain relevant today. At the age of 83, Fanya contemplates a return to her hometown of Skala, in present-day Ukraine, accompanied by Father Patrick Desbois, the French-Catholic priest responsible for identifying more than 600 previously unknown graves of Jews. The film follows Fanya as she wrestles with the past and focuses on the importance of her work today.

KLRU Q Science Night each Tuesday

KLRU-Q offers fascinating science programs each Tuesday on 18.3 in February.

February 7th:
8:50 PM Blood & Guts: A History of Surgery – “Into The Brain”

Throughout its history, surgery has been brutal, bloody and very dangerous – and in no area of the body has it been more frightening than the brain. Just over 100 years ago, cutting into the brain was a terrifying prospect for both patient and surgeon; they could expect the result to be the surgeon bloodied and defeated, the patient dead. From freak accidents involving crowbars through the skull to notorious lobotomies with ice-picks, this programme reveals how, through mishap and misadventure, brain surgery has become the life-saving discipline it is today.

February 14th:
8:00 PM Human Senses – “Smell/Taste”

This sensory romp around the globe goes in search of the biological roots of our senses to uncover the reasons why particular sights, sounds, smells and tastes have such powerful effects on us. How do we manage to block out intense pain? How does our sense of balance keep working under the most extreme conditions? Live action combined with special effects creates incredible imagery to convey the ‘feeling’ of how our senses work. As an alarm bell goes off, we ‘see’ the noise, slowed down thousands of times. Ripples of sound roll towards us; we spin around and follow a sound wave as it travels into the dark outer ear canal. This epiosde goes in search of the most disgusting and the most attractive smells, and examines why humans eat such a range of diverse tasting dishes.

8:50 PM Blood & Guts: A History of Surgery – “Bleeding Hearts”
The development of heart surgery produced some of the most reckless, experiments in the whole history of surgery. With a family history of heart problems, Michael Mosley takes a personal interest in these surgical pioneers who teetered on the scalpel-edge between saviour and executioner. Michael has a go at heart surgery, meets a man with no heartbeat and witnesses the latest breathtaking operation – where the patient is cooled until their brain stops and has all of their blood sucked out.

February 21st:
8:00 PM Human Senses – “Hearing/Balance”

8:50 PM Blood & Guts: A History of Surgery – “Spare Parts”
These days transplant surgery saves thousands of lives every year and almost everything can be replaced: your heart, your lungs, your liver, your eyes, even your hands and face. But in the beginning transplants didn’t cure, they killed, because surgeons didn’t understand that they were taking on one of the most efficient killing systems we know of – the human immune system. This episode traces the story of transplant surgery from a 19th-century neo-Nazi to the latest miraculous life- and limb-saving operations.

February 28th:
8:00 PM Human Senses – “Touch/Vision”

8:50 PM Blood & Guts: A History of Surgery – “Fixing Faces”
Plastic surgery is not a modern phenomenon. It started over 400 years ago with a spate of botched nose jobs, so badly engineered that the nose would fall off if the wind blew too hard. Since then, surgeons have been entranced with the idea that not only could they fix the body, but now they could even fix our sense of self-esteem. From DIY face-lifts to heroic wartime reconstructive surgery, Michael Mosely undergoes 16th-century bondage and 21st-century botox in his journey to trace the bizarre history of plastic surgery.

Science Night 2/1

Wednesday Science Night for February 1st presents:

7:00 PM Nature – “Wolverine: Chasing The Phantom”
Its name stirs images of the savage, the untameable. Legend paints it as a solitary, bloodthirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. But there is another image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge, one that is far more complex than its reputation suggests. This film takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is. Hard-wired to endure en environment of scarcity, the wolverine is one of the most efficient and resourceful carnivores on Earth.

8:00 PM NOVA – “Ice Age Death Trap”
In a race against developers in the Rockies, archaeologists uncover a unique site packed with astonishingly preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons and other giant extinct beasts, opening a vivid window on the vanished world of the Ice Age.

9:00 PM Inside Nature’s Giants – “Great White Shark”
The experts travel to South Africa to dissect a 15-foot-long great white shark. Comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg uncovers the amazing array of senses the shark possesses, including the ability to detect the electro-magnetic field given off by other creatures. Veterinary scientist Mark Evans investigates the origins of the shark’s infamous killing bite, and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explains how sharks’ teeth and jaws evolved from their outer skin and gill arches. Finally, the experts ask whether the shark deserves its reputation as a man killer.

KLRU, the PBS Video Game Challenge, and East Austin College Prep

This week, KLRU hosted the first of two workshops to explain to middle school students how to create games for the PBS portion of the National Video Game Challenge. We met in a game design class at East Austin College Prep Academy with students, their teachers, Laura Minnigerode of World Wide Workshops, Anne Fertitta of AMD (a fellow national sponsor), Michael Mayrath of GYLO, a local startup in educational gaming, and two guest speakers: Prof. Susan Empson of UT-Austin and Vicki Smith, a national finalist in last year’s Video Game Challenge.

For the competition, students are creating math games that help elementary-age students solidify essential math concepts. We had Prof. Empson, our elementary math expert, and Ms. Smith, our award-winning game designer, help connect mathematical thinking to solid game construction. As part of the workshop, we had students present games in progress and all of our experts then chimed in commentary on how to beef them up for submission.

Our next stop: Travis HS on Tuesday, Jan. 31! If you’d like to help mentor students in their submission, either in person or via distance, contact Ben Kramer at 475-9050 or

Highlights: January 29 – February 4

Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday presents part four of Downton Abbey, Series II. In the climactic battle of the war, Matthew and William go over the top to an uncertain fate. Vera plays a cruel endgame with Bates and Anna, and Daisy faces the severest test of her life.

Sherlock must solve perplexing and dangerous puzzles specifically laid out for him on Masterpiece Mystery! at 9 pm Sunday. Can he and Watson catch up to the villain before innocent people are harmed?

Legends of the 1960s unite in this live performance special, 60s Pop, Rock & Soul at 9 pm Monday. Co-hosts Peter Noone and Davy Jones sing their biggest hits focusing on the years 1965 – 1969.

Annie Oakley: American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday tells the story of the five-foot-tall sharpshooter who pulled herself out of the depths of poverty to become known the world over as a symbol of the Wild West.

Jesse James: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday tells explores the myth behind the American outlaw whose expansive ambition, unbending politics and surprising cunning helped invent his own valiant legend.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday reveals that a crisis in death investigation in America is also becoming a threat to public health on “Post Mortem.”

Wednesday Science Night features Nature “Wolverine” at 7 pm, Nova “Ice Age Death Trap” at 8 pm and Inside Nature’ Giants “Great White Shark” at 9 pm.

Experimental modern rock rules with Florence + the Machine and Lykke Li on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Friday.

Singer-Songwriter Nick Lowe discusses his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts in Context looks at what made the Trans-Pecos town of Marfa nestled near Big Bend National Park the desert destination it is today in “The Light and The Land” at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to “cowtown” to visit the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, take a horseback ride, visit their art museums, and attend the Stockyards Rodeo on The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Independent Lens at 9 pm Thursday presents “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock”. The documentary tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis — pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself.

Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook at 9 pm Friday explores how technology has preserved – and altered – the way we think about the great songs and singers of the past.

Designer Adams Kirkpatrick illustrates designs and plants for waterwise shade gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Modern rock band Wilco returns to the ACL stage with tunes from their LP The Whole Love on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

In the Studio: Arts In Context The Relatives 2/11

Arts In Context
The Relatives with The Isaac Sisters
Date: Saturday, February 11
Time: Taping starts at 8 pm. Doors will open at 7 pm
Free but RSVP required. RSVP now

Formed in the early 1970s by the Rev. Gean and Tommy West, The Relatives’ cut three genre-bending singles during their decade-long run that were too freaky for the church and too righteous for R&B radio. Though pioneers of an utterly singular sound, the Relatives never made a splash outside of Dallas and have remained virtually unknown even among serious record collectors. But all of that is changing with recent performances at ACL Music Festival in 2010 and backing Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on the PBS television series Austin City Limits last year. Joining them will be The Isaac Sisters in their very first television appearance.

KLRU Celebrates Black History Month

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS Celebrates Black History Month

KLRU announces an expansive slate of events and programs profiling the rich history, culture and contributions of African-Americans in honor of Black History Month. The programs air as part of KLRU’s celebration of Black History Month, February 2012.  With new programs that delve into the archives of history, this year’s schedule provides an in-depth look at a variety of historical events from the post-Emancipation era to the rise of the black power movement.  Additionally KLRU will host two free community events. Information is listed below.


KLRU Community Cinema
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Location: Windsor Park Library, 5833 Westminster Drive
KLRU and the Windsor Park Library present monthly film screenings and discussions afterwards. The February event is in conjunction with Black History Month. Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.  Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, More than a Month, investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.  Join us for a free screening and discussion afterwards.

Arts In Context: The Relatives with The Isaac Sisters
Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m.
Location: KLRU Studio 6A, 26th and Guadalupe
Free, but RSVP required. RSVP now
Join us for this very special taping of Arts In Context.  Formed in the early 1970s by the Rev. Gean and Tommy West, the Relatives’ cut three genre-bending singles during their decade-long run that were too freaky for the church and too righteous for R&B radio. Though pioneers of an utterly singular sound, the Relatives never made a splash outside of Dallas and have remained virtually unknown even among serious record collectors. But all of that is changing with recent performances at ACL Music Festival in 2010 and backing Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on the PBS television series Austin City Limits last year.  Joining them will be The Isaac Sisters in their very first television appearance.

On Air:

Below is a list of programs on KLRU (18.1) during February to commemorate Black History Month.  All programs are broadcast on KLRU 18-1 unless otherwise noted.


Highlights: January 22-28

Masterpiece Classic  at 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Saturday presents part three of “Downton Abbey, Series II”. Isobel and Cora lock horns over control of Downtown’s medical role, Mrs. Bird starts a soup kitchen, and Matthew and William embark on a perilous patrol behind German lines.

On Masterpiece Mystery! at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a thrilling contemporary version of the Victorian-era whodunits. When a banker is found dead inside his locked apartment, Sherlock and Watson must follow the clues that lead to an underground crime gang. But who is the leader pulling the strings? Find out on “Sherlock: The Blind Banker”.

American Masters at 9 p.m. Monday presents “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune”. From civil rights to the anti-war movement to the struggles of workers, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote topical songs that engaged his audiences in the issues of the 1960s and 70s. This biographical documentary shows how Phil’s music and his fascinating life story and eventual decline into depression and suicide were intertwined with the history-making events that defined a generation.

A central figure in the narrative of how the west was won, Wyatt Earp and his story of how he became an American legend are presented on American Experience at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday visits Tongass National Forest, Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska, where the largest concentration of bears anywhere in the world are experiencing a lack of salmon and get a bitter taste of what the future may hold in “Fortress of the Bears”.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday meets a new breed of experts who are approaching “cold case” art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover “who committed the art,” and follows art sleuths as they deploy new techniques to combat the multi-billion dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art on “Mystery of a Masterpiece”.

Folk meets indie rock with Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom as they both make their debut performances on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

Inside Nature’s Giants at 9 pm Thursday travels to the Florida Everglades to meet “python hunters” who are attempting to control the python population (approximately 100,000) through a cull on “Monster Python”.

Actress & comedian Molly Shannon is best known for her six-year run as a Saturday Night Live cast member, creating many recurring characters. She joins us to talk about SNL, becoming an author and women in comedy on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context Trouble Puppet Theater on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. profiles the Austin group that creates outstanding works of puppet theater for grownups.

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.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Thursday presents the next episode of “Have You Heard From Johannesburg?”, a mini-series that chronicles the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring down the brutal, racist system of apartheid in South Africa when their governments would not.

Tony Bennett’s second duets album was released this fall to great acclaim, pairing the crooner with Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, among others, and featuring the final Amy Winehouse performance before her untimely death. The album is featured on Great Performances: Bennett Duets 2 at 9 pm Friday.

Experimental modern rock rules with Florence + the Machine and Lykke Li as they both debut the ACL stage on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 1/25

Wednesday Science Night for January 25th presents:

7:00 PM Nature – “Fortress of the Bears”
Part of the massive Tongass National Forest, Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska supports the largest concentration of bears anywhere in the world. Sustained by a wealth of salmon streams, isolated and protected by their environment, some 1,700 Alaskan brown bears are part of a unique circle of life that has played out here for centuries. Beginning in August, millions of salmon — pink and chum, coho and sockeye — return to the island to spawn, providing a feast for the bears, eagles, orcas, sea lions and even the trees themselves. As long as the salmon continue to arrive, all is well. But this year, for the first time, the salmon fail to arrive and the bears get a bitter taste of what the future may hold.

8:00 PM NOVA – “Mystery of a Masterpiece”
In October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. Originally sold two years before for around $20,000, the portrait is now thought to be an undiscovered masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci worth more than $100 million. How did cutting edge imaging analysis help tie the portrait to Leonardo? NOVA meets a new breed of experts who are approaching “cold case” art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover “who committed the art,” and follows art sleuths as they deploy new techniques to combat the multi-billion dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art.

9:00 PM Inside Nature’s Giants – “Monster Python”
In Florida’s Everglades, Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg meet “python hunters” who are attempting to control the python population (approximately 100,000) through a cull. They join reptile expert Jeanette Wyneken to dissect two pythons: a nine-foot male and a 14-foot female. The program explores the science of slithering, as well as the development of “infra-red goggles” that let the snakes hunt warm-blooded prey in the dark and a flexible jaw that allows them to stretch their mouths around huge prey, including alligators. The scientists make an amazing discovery in the female: ovaries bulging with 40 egg follicles ready to be fertilized. Richard Dawkins describes how snakes evolved from four-legged lizard-like ancestors, and biologist Simon Watt finds out what it feels like to be crushed by a real-life python.