Women’s History Month kicks off with Makers & Women and Girls Lead

Makers: Women Who Make America

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 Women’s History Month, KLRU and KLRU-Q will broadcast a lineup of programs with a focus on women in music. The month begins with KLRU’s local Women and Girls Lead project, the premier of Makers: Women Who Make America, and a preview screening of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.

As part of KLRU’s Women’s History Month coverage, the station presents eight stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally.These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of KLRU’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. Watch KLRU’s Women and Girls Lead videos 

Makers: Women Who Make America
Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 pm.
This comprehensive and innovative series, built on an extraordinary archive of interviews, tells the story of one of the most sweeping social revolutions in America’s history, as women asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. It is a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress, and humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. No individual, nor any aspect of American life, has been unchanged. The series features the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it and those — both famous and unknown — caught up in its wake.

Friday, March 1st at 9:00 pm.
Recorded on the grounds of the spectacular John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, this special marks the solo concert debut of the 10-year-old girl with the extraordinary soprano voice. Already familiar to national audiences from her debut appearances on America’s Got Talent, this astonishing vocal sensation is the youngest star in GREAT PERFORMANCES’s recent Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends concert, performing virtuoso interpretations of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” and Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro.” Foster returns as co-host of the concert, also serving as music director. Among the performance highlights are “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Nella Fantasia,” “Nessun Dorma,” “Angel,” “Somewhere,” “All I Ask Of You,” “Ombra Mai Fu,” “Imaginer,” “To Believe,” and “Dream With Me.”

Who Does She Think She Is?
On KLRU-Q – Sunday, March 3rd at 9:00 pm.
From Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll comes an examination of some of today’s most pressing issues: parenting and work, partnering and independence, and economics and art. The film follows four diverse female artists as they navigate
the economic, psychological and spiritual challenges of making work outside the elite art world. From Hawaii’s Big Island to the suburbs of Ohio, from New York City to the deserts of New Mexico, these women – representing a variety of ages – fight to honor both their vision and their families every day. In seeking this balance, the women find that their art often inspires their parenting and, conversely, their families often inspire their art. Who Does She Think She Is? also documents the stark gender disparities that exist within the larger arts community, including women’s under-representation in art galleries, as well as in the worlds of theater, fiction and feature films.

POV: “Patti Smith: Dream of LifeMonday, March 18th at 9:00 pm.
Shot over 11 years by renowned fashion photographer Steven Sebring, this documentary is an intimate portrait of the legendary rocker, poet and artist Patti Smith. Following Smith’s personal reflections over a decade, the film explores her many art forms and the friends and poets who inspired her — William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe and Michael Stipe. She emerges as a crucial, contemporary link between the Beats, punks and today’s music. Shot in lush, dark tones, featuring rare performance clips and narrated by the artist herself, “Patti Smith: Dream of Life” is an impressionistic journal of a multi-faceted artist that underscores her unique place in American culture.

American Masters: “Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound
Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00 pm.
In the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the private life and public career of Joan Baez, this film examines her history as a recording artist and performer as well as her unwavering journey as the conscience of a generation. Following her 2008/2009 world tour, the filmmakers captured Baez in performance and in conversations with individuals whose lives parallel hers. From a reunion with Vaclav Havel in Slovakia to a stop in Sarajevo, Bosnia, to revisit the scene of her trip to the war-torn city, to Nashville, Tennessee, where she joined Steve Earle (collaborator on her 2008 Grammy-nominated album Day After Tomorrow), the film allows viewers an unprecedented level of access to Baez, who is joined in the film by Bob Dylan, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Reverend Jesse Jackson, among others. Archival footage is woven
into the story, allowing viewers to experience scenes from her life, including Baez as a teenager performing at the historic Club 47, Martin Luther King Jr. outside a California prison where he offered his support after she was jailed for staging a protest and her controversial visit to North Vietnam during the war. The film shows Baez’ power as a musician, from her tentative teenage years in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, coffee houses to the remarkable 50-year career that followed.

PBS Arts From Cleveland: Women Who Rock
Friday, March 22nd at 9:00 pm.
Women are the 21st century’s top-grossing recording artists. This film tells the story of how we got here tracing the earliest women musicians from the 1920′s to the mega stars of today. Performances and interviews with Bonnie Raitt, Cyndi Lauper and more women musicians are showcased.

POV: “Girl Model
Monday, March 25th at 10:00 pm.
This film strips away the facade of the modeling industry by following two people whose lives intersect because of it. Ashley is a deeply conflicted American model scout, and 13-year-old Nadya, plucked from a remote Siberian village and promised a lucrative career in Japan, is her latest discovery. As the young girl searches for glamour and an escape from poverty, she confronts the harsh realities of a culture that worships youth — and an industry that makes perpetual childhood a globally traded commodity.

Call the Midwife
Season 2 begins on Sunday, March 31st at 7:00 pm.
This moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work
in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.

It’s 1958. Returning from a long day of duties, Nurse Jenny Lee finds the Nonnatus House community gathered to wish her a happy birthday, before she, Chummy, Trixie and Cynthia head off to the cinema – a joyous celebration. However, the midwife’s good cheer is short-lived when the next day she’s assigned a new patient, Molly Brignall. Molly’s due date is imminent and Jenny worries about the harm that could come to Molly and
her children. Meanwhile, Trixie and Sister Evangelina find themselves aboard a Swedish cargo ship looking after the captain’s daughter, who is about to have her first baby.