Next Avenue Growing Bolder: September 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.  Our newest effort is a national collaboration called Next Avenue that features resources and an online discussion of issues facing those 50+. As part of that project we are also airing, Growing Bolder Sundays at 10:30 am on KLRU. Growing Bolder delivers empowering stories that inspire audiences of all ages to believe that it’s never too late to achieve their dreams. It features stories of masters athletes, cancer survivors, musicians, health experts, entrepreneurs and more.

Upcoming episodes:

9/9: “No Strings Attached”
No Strings Attached? – Musicians strive for perfection. That means their instruments must be flawless. But good luthiers are very hard to find. See what makes Saul Cornell the most important member of any string section, even though he doesn’t play a note. International Celebrity: Rachel Veitch – “How’s Rachel? Is Chariot Still Running?” We get the questions daily. Rachel, of course, is Rachel Veitch, the hard-driving, gun-toting, America-loving nonagenarian who became an international celebrity after we told her story. How’s she doing? For starters, she’s a little nervous to have Marc behind the wheel of her beloved Chariot. But she’s also getting ready for a little body work of her own. She shares her busy plans for the coming months (you could say she’s on a bit of a media blitz) and she answers the question everyone wants to know: how many miles are on Chariot now? Skydivers Over Sixty Smash World Record – Growing Bolder is something anyone can do. Knitters. Dancers. Writers. Painters. Entrepreneurs. This is how skydivers do it. It’s one of the most inspiring, empowering and unforgettable world records ever, and only Growing Bolder was there to document it.

9/16: “Don’t Stop Believing”
Food and Family – Isabella Morgia di Vicari has two passions — food and family. They’ve always been her recipe for happiness. When Isabella had a midlife crisis, she didn’t come out swinging — she came out cooking. *Miss Matchmaker – Driven by a fear of failure, Michelle Valentine learned to light the spark of passion, not just in herself, but in others as well. Her success in creating a world-class dating service helped her to a clear understanding of how to help others build powerful relationships of all kinds. Don’t Stop Believin’ – The recession has led to difficult times for a lot of people, including 48-year-old Don Cupo. A year ago, he had lost his job and his optimism. But then he decided to take action and a leap of faith. He enrolled at the nation’s second largest university to pursue his passion — film and music. And since he was already being bold, he decided to chase another dream. He tried out for and made the marching band. Now he’s pushing himself in ways he never thought possible, and he’s got a message for anyone who’s lost hope — don’t stop believing. Taking the Plunge – More times than not, the one thing that gets in the way of trying something new is fear! What if there was a way to eliminate it? Would you be willing to try something like scuba diving? Find out how taking risks in life can bring you more rewards than you imagined.

9/23: “Making Memories”
The Faces That Made Norman Rockwell Famous – Norman Rockwell was our nation’s most beloved artist. He had always used professional models until he moved next door to the Edgerton family. Their faces are immortalized in some of the artist’s most beloved works. Inside the Folk Den – Since 1995, Byrds founder Roger McGuinn has worked to keep the legacy of American folk music alive. Every month, he records a song for his Grammy-nominated Folk Den project. This is an exclusive inside look. Clothes That Never Go Out of Fashion – They say if you hold onto clothes long enough, they’ll be back in fashion. But some of the really trendy stuff is hot for one season and never heard from again. And then there are the classics. As a young woman 40 years ago, Joan DesCombes bought clothes from one of the hottest designers in the world, and those outfits still hang in her closet today. She recently shared her stunning collection of vintage Yves Saint Laurent fashions to prove that some pieces — and looks — are made to stand the test of time.

9/30: “Pursuit of Passion”
The Purpose and Beauty of Birds of Prey – They are two of the most under-appreciated groups around — birds of prey and the people who dedicate their lives to helping them. Find out what made Carol McCorkle and her husband change careers to educate us on the plight of raptors, and see how their Avian Reconditioning Center has become a big part of their outreach. The Power of Persistence – It’s the definitive American success story. See a need, fill it and make millions. Of course, it’s never that easy. But it can be done. Patrick Gottsch is living proof. Eight years of having doors slammed in his face didn’t keep this former farmer from building a global media network. The Sky’s the Limit – What would you do if you had all the money in the world and a whole lifetime to spend it? Kermit Weeks realized early on that for him, the sky’s the limit. Literally. He now owns the largest private airplane collection in the world. But it wasn’t until recently that he realized the planes were just a vehicle to help him reach his true destiny.

Highlights for Sept. 2-8

Natalie Dessay and Matthew Polenzani star in “La Traviata” on Great Performances at the Met at 2 pm Sunday.

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic under the stars in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace on Great Performances at 4:30 pm Sunday.

Prince Charles leads this touching tribute to his mother, adding insight and commentary and sharing never-before-seen home movies, including those of a young Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne on a family holiday filmed by Queen Elizabeth herself on Royal Memories at 7 pm Sunday and 10 pm Monday.

Murder extends its reach even beyond the medieval walls of Oxford two back-to-back episodes of Inspector Lewis on Masterpiece Mystery at 8 pm and 9:30 pm Sunday.

Nightly gavel to gavel coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention from Charlotte, NC at 7 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

History Detectives on Tuesday at 10 pm steps into a family dispute: Was this picture frame crafted from the staircase banister of the Titanic, the Lusitania or neither?

Rock superstars Dave Matthews and his band perform their hits on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Friday.

Part documentary, part performance, this episode features Texas music legend Bill Carter on Arts in Context at 10 pm Thursday.

Harvest homegrown vegetables all winter with tips for planting now on Central Texas Gardener at noon and 4 pm Saturday. On tour, visit a charming potager in Brenham.

Classic alternative rockers Pearl Jam take the ACL stage with tunes from their album, Backspacer, as well as catalogue favorites on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Last Chance

Today is the day you can help KLRU reach our goal and raise $25,000 by August 31. Some of you have made a gift this drive already – some of you support us throughout the year – but for those who haven’t or for those who could give something more, please act now.

We promise to turn your dollars into action: producing quality programming foreveryone; providing invaluable educational training and tools for our students, teachers and parents; and creating the space for community dialogue around the most relevant and important issues today.

Together we can end this month with a bang!

New British series Land Girls starts 9/1

Many of our viewers think that all the best British programming comes from PBS. Yes, our well known series like Masterpiece Mystery and Masterpiece Classics like Downton Abbey comes from PBS. Yet, our station will look for additional British programming to add to the KLRU-TV schedule. For instance, Doc Martin is a special acquisition from American Public Television (APT) and it has become a hit with our viewers. And now, KLRU has acquired another series from APT titled Land Girls. This new series will air on KLRU on Saturdays at 8 pm starting September 1st.

Commissioned by BBC1 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II, Land Girls follows the lives, loves, highs and lows of four young English women who left their homes and families to join the Woman’s Land Army (WLA). A civilian organization, the WLA sent city women to rural farms to replace the male workers who are off in the military. The young girls arrive at the Hoxley Estate to begin their new lives at the farm owned by Frederick Finch and to work at the manor house occupied by Lord and Lady Hoxley. The young girls, Nancy Morrell, Joyce Fisher, Bea Holloway and Annie Barratt, have joined the WLA for very different reasons. But they want to serve their country and to help win the war.

In the first episode, Nancy joins the WLA and hates every minute of it. But when she finds herself in a life or death situation with Annie, will her priorities change? Fun-loving Bea finds herself the center of attention at a dance – which has life changing consequences for the naive 16-year-old.

So if you are interested in trying out a new British series, join KLRU on Saturdays nights at 8 pm starting September 1st.

In the Studio: Overheard with Gloria Steinem 9/5

UPDATE: We have reached our capacity for this event.

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Gloria Steinem
Date: September 5
Time: 8:15 p.m. (Doors open at 7:45) Doors will close when the taping begins so please arrive on time
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: we have reached capacity for this event.

Author and activist Gloria Steinem co-founded Ms. magazine in 1972, serving as its editor for twelve years. Her work on behalf of women is well-known. But Steinem has also become involved in many other issues, including the death penalty, child abuse, family violence, caste systems, political issues, and other social issues related to peace and justice. Steinem is in Austin for the statewide Texas Council on Family Violence conference. We thank the TCFV for bringing Steinem to Austin, and we’re honored to have her join us for an interview.

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 viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview. Watch past episodes at

We asked, you answered – Only $30,000 more to go!

When we announced yesterday that we were $45,000 short of our August pledge drive goal, over 125 of you quickly reacted with your support together raising $15,000 is less than 24 hours!

We are now just $30,000 short of what we need to raise this month and now is the time for you to join this final push towards our $240,000 goal. If you made a gift yesterday, THANK YOU! If you haven’t made a donation during this August drive, or if you think you could give a little more, please do so right now.

We can get to that goal with YOUR help. Your support – and the support of your neighbors, friends, and family – is what makes everything we do possible. Together we can continue to make a difference in Austin – please take a minute and make your gift today. Thank you!

KLRU Programming for Hispanic Heritage Month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring Latin American culture.

airs Sunday, September 16th at 1 pm
This KLRU-TV production discovers the personal history and unique art of Dia de los Muertos through the stories of San Antonio artists who capture this rich cultural heritage. To understand our present, Arts In Context explores the fabric of our past. Although the philosophy behind Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) began in the Mexican culture, now it crosses all cultures as a ceremony to remember and value the ones who led us to where we are today.

MARIACHI HIGH airs Sunday, September 16th at 2 pm; Thursday, September 20th
at 9 pm; Friday, September 21 at 9 pm
This documentary presents a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas. As they compete and perform with astonishing musical virtuosity, these teens, and the music they make, will inspire, surprise, and bring you to your feet.

MEXICO: ROYAL TOUR airs Sunday, September 16th at 3 pm
A tour of the extraordinary locations and landmarks of Mexico is led by President Felipe Calderon. Explore the legendary ruins of lost civilizations, seek out their descendants and find the ancient mysteries these sites have hidden for generations. From soaring across the skies in a hot air balloon for a bird’s-eye view of Teotihuacon, to whale watching in Baja California, to rappelling stories into a seemingly bottomless pit, the program uncovers the essence of this captivating and complex nation. This is not the Mexico of media headlines or the pristine Mexico of travel brochures – this is the real Mexico of The Royal Tour.

POV “El Velador (The Night Watchman)” airs Thursday, September 27th at 9 pm
From dusk to dawn, “El Velador (The Night Watchman)” accompanies Martin, a guard who watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords. In the labyrinth of the cemetery, this film about violence without violence reminds us that, amid the turmoil of a drug war that has claimed more than 50,000 lives, ordinary existence persists in Mexico and quietly defies the dead. Directed by Natalia Almada.

VOCES ON PBS “Tales of Masked Men” airs Friday, September 28th at 9 pm
Explore “lucha libre” and its role in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico. Part circus and part athletic contest, the sport, famous for its masked wrestlers, provides a sense of “home” for new immigrants in the United States. It also continues to expand and build on its unique cultural tradition in countries where it enjoys enduring popularity. Simultaneously, lucha libre is contributing a lasting cultural idiom to America’s pop culture landscape.

POV “Biblioburro, The Donkey Library” airs Thursday, October 4th at 9 pm
This is the story of a librarian — and a library — like no other. A decade ago, Colombian teacher Luis Soriano was inspired to spend his weekends bringing a modest collection of precious books, via two hard-working donkeys, to the children of a poor and violence-ridden province. As Soriano braves armed bands, drug traffickers, snakes and heat, his library on hooves carries an inspirational message about education and a better future for Colombia.

VOCES ON PBS “Escaramuza: Riding the Heart” airs Friday, October 5th at 9 pm
In this documentary, a team of first-generation Mexican American girls construct their identities through a romanticized equestrian tradition, while facing challenges at home, and escalating violence in Mexico. Confronting obstacles both known and unforeseen on their path from California to Mexico, their sometimes difficult choices demonstrate the values of goal-setting, teamwork, personal responsibility and strong family ties. This makes them inspiring role models in a world where Latina female athletes are few and far between.

VOCES ON PBS “Unfinished Spaces” airs Friday, October 12th at 9 pm
Fifty years after the Cuban Revolution, three architects resume their first project — Cuba’s National Art Schools — left unfinished in 1965 when their creative visions came head to head with the political realities of the Revolution.

VOCES ON PBSn “Lemon” airs Friday, October 19th at 9:30 pm
This documentary profiles three-time felon, one-time Tony Award-winner Lemon Anderson, an acclaimed Puerto Rican-American poet who broke out on Broadway in Russell Simmons’ “Def Poetry Jam.” Lemon’s life personalizes the anguish of men, clinging to the margins of society, but fighting for something more.

Watch 2010 interview with the new Commissioner for Texas Education Agency

This week brings a new school year for millions of Texas students, and a new commissioner for the Texas Education Agency.  This afternoon, Governor Rick Perry announced the appointment of Michael Williams to the TEA, effective September 1.  Williams served as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights under President George W. Bush and later led the Texas Railroad Commission.  He has been involved in Republican politics in Texas for many years, serving as general counsel to the Republican Party of Texas and seeking Republican nominations for a U.S. Senate seat and a spot in the U.S. House.  During that time, he’s earned a reputation as a reliable conservative and a name to watch in many circles.

Watch Williams’ 2010 interview with Evan. They discuss Williams’ politics, his interest in Kay Bailey Hutchison’s U.S. Senate seat, healthcare reform, climate change, being both African American and a conservative Republican, and growing up in Midland with parents who taught school and coached high school football.

Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams from Texas Monthly Talks on Vimeo.

For more about Williams and his new role, you can read a press release from
the Governor’s office
, an article from The Texas Tribune and an article from the Austin American-Statesman

Community Cinema beings with Half the Sky

Independent Television Service and KLRU announce this year’s Community Cinema films. For the 2012-13 season screenings will be held in Austin at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) and in Round Rock Public Library (216 E. Main Street). All screenings will start at 7 pm, are free and open to the public.

Community Cinema screens films monthly from September through June, and can be found in over 100 communities at a range of venues — from libraries to arts centers — in both major cities and small towns. After the screenings, Community Cinema hosts panel discussions with leading community-based organizations, special guest speakers, interactive workshops, local resources, and other programming designed to help people learn more and get more involved.

September 4 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
September 27 at Round Rock Public Library

Inspired by his best-selling Pulitzer Prize-winning book, author Nicholas Kristof and celebrity activists travel to nine countries. They witness courageous individuals who are confronting oppression and creating meaningful solutions through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.

October 2 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
October 25 at Round Rock Public Library
by Brad Lichtenstein
As Goes Janesville records two years in the lives of laid-off workers, business leaders, and elected officials trying to reinvent their lives and their Midwestern town amid the closure of their GM plant and America’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

November 6 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
November 29 at Round Rock Public Library
by Jehane Noujaim
Rafea, who lives in a small Jordanian village, is 30 years old with four children and a husband eager to take a third wife. With the encouragement from her country’s Ministry of Environment, she attends the Barefoot College in India to train to become a solar-energy engineer. The Barefoot College provides
training to the rural poor to empower them to make their communities sustainable. Students include rural women from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Columbia, and Guatemala.

December 4 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
by Neil Berkeley
Artist Wayne White found early success as one of the creators of Pee-wee’s Playhouse and now his “word” paintings, which feature pithy and often sarcastic text statements crafted onto vintage landscape paintings, have made him a darling of the fine art world. This is a funny, irreverent story of the highs and lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art.

January 15 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
January 31 at Round Rock Public Library

Soul Food Junkies delves into the historical and controversial relationship between the African American community and soul food. How does our affinity for soul food and its dietary traditions affect the health of the African American community?

February 5 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
February 14 at Round Rock Public Library
by Bonnie Boswell
During the 1950’s and 60’s, civil rights leader Whitney Young navigated a divided society. He challenged America’s white business and political leaders directly, but his efforts to open the doors for equal opportunity were often attacked by Black Americans who felt his methods were in contrast with the Black Power Movement of the time.

March 5 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
March 28 at Round Rock Public Library
by Kristy
Guevara-Flanagan From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s, to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! Looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

April 2 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
April 25 at Round Rock Public Library
by Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen, and Richard Berge
After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohaned Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.

May 7 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
May 30 at Round Rock Public Library
by Maren Grainger-Monsen and Nicole Newnham
In the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta, a lawyer turned social entrepreneur is empowering young girls and boys to take an active role in transforming their own lives. Through arts programs and hands-on activities like mapping their communities, these young girls and boys have brought clean drinking water to and improved sanitation in their slums.

June 4 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
June 27 at Round Rock Public Library
by Macky Alston
Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality, and the Episcopal Church collide in the first openly gay Bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

Soar with Reading Book Grant

Soar with Reading, KLRU Explorers, PBS KIDS and Jet Blue logos

This summer, just by visiting, thousands of Americans are placing age-appropriate books in the hands of children who need them, through one simple yet powerful action: sharing the name of their favorite children’s book. Soar with Reading, now in its second year, is a partnership between JetBlue Airways’ (Nasdaq: JBLU) and PBS KIDS. The program is setting the stage for back-to-school reading success through book donations, and free resources for families including an interactive reading list, reading tips and expert advice for keeping kids engaged in literature.

For every title shared on the website, JetBlue is donating an age-appropriate book to a deserving child through partner Barefoot Books. Book donations in the Austinarea have been awarded to Escuelita del Alma in partnership with KLRU-TV. Similar donations are being made to local literacy-focused organizations identified in partnership with PBS member stations in the 71 cities that JetBlue currently serves.

Do your part and help KLRU get books to the kids at Escuelita del Alma by sharing your favorite children’s book! To help, visit: