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.
5/5: “Little Miracles“
See how Carolyn Moor learned to live and even laugh again after her partner, Chad Moor, was a victim of a hit-and-run car accident; 96-year-old Mary Anne Cooper traveled from British Columbia to Arizona to compete in the U.S. Masters Swimming National Championships. Mary Anne isn’t trying to be a role model or set an example, but with every stroke, she’s doing just that; Andy McGuffin is known as “The Free Throw King” and once made 400 in a row. Bill Shafer goes one-on-one with Andy to learn the secrets to his success.
5/12: “Head Of The Pack“
After many mission trips, Jane Hursh felt obligated to share the blessings of her life. So she turned to the lifelong love of baking cookies and is using something sweet to change bitter circumstances; Learn why a young Army captain’s good idea is responsible for saving countless lives with Dr. Norman Wall, who is one of the most compelling, relevant and fascinating 97-year-olds on the planet; The best glider pilots in North America over the age of 55 recently gathered to compete in the Senior Soaring National Championships. Growing Bolder stopped finds out how a 2,000 pound plane with no engine stay aloft for hours flying at 65 miles per hour.
5/19: “Find Your Fans“
“The Red Green Show” was one of the longest running series on television. But, years after ending production, the world’s most inventive handyman is still in demand; Find out how a 71-year-old swimmer from Minnesota named Ann inspires everyone who meets her to keep chasing dreams and to never, ever give up. Discover how Ruth Hamilton led a full and amazing life by being married to a Major League Baseball player, becoming one of the first women to host a radio show, and much more.
5/26: “Boomer Babes”
The world’s most prolific endurance swimmer is 53-year-old Martin Strel and his most famous swim is the entire length of the Amazon. Strel swam 3,278 miles in 66 days through waters that are home to bull sharks, piranha, stingrays, any many more dangerous sea creatures; Mickey Carroll was one half of the doo-wop duo Billy and Mickey, the first white duo to be played on black radio. Now 70, Mickey says he’s found a more rewarding role in being a musical community activist; They say the view is better when you’re the lead dog. That’s one reason why more and more women aren’t satisfied with just being a passenger on a motorcycle. They want control, and they’re getting it.