In The Studio: Lethem, Alter, Aslan, Leibovich tape Overheard 10/26

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for interviews during the Texas Book Festival. Tapings for Sunday, October 27th, have been cancelled. 

DATE: October 26th
TIME: Doors open at 11:45 pm. Tapings take place at 12:05 pm, 1:15 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).  Please see note about construction.
RSVP: RSVP Now … One RSVP gets you access to all three tapings. You are welcome to come to only one, but please wait for the taping to finish before leaving the studio. RSVP now

JJonathan Lethem at noon
Jonathan Lethem is an American novelist and former MacArthur Fellow. In 1994 he published his first novel Gun, with Occasional Music.  He has also been published in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and The New York Times. Lethem’s most recent novel, released in September, is Dissident Gardens.




AlterJonathan_credit Kristopher LongJonathan Alter starts at 1:15 pm
Jonathan Alter is an author and journalist. He began his career as a media critic for Newsweek before becoming columnist and editor. He has written three New York Times best-sellers about American presidents. Alter has appeared as a correspondent on several NBC news networks and has written for The New York Times and Vanity Fair. Alter’s most recent book is The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies. He is the current executive producer for the political comedy Alpha House.



REZA ASLAN author photo (Credit Malin Fezehai)Immediately following at 2pm Evan will sit down with Reza Aslan. 
Reza Aslan is a religious scholar and author of the New York Times best-seller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of California, Riverside. Aslan established, an online journal for news in the Middle East and the world. His first book No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam was named one of the most important books of our decade and was translated into thirteen languages.


Mark Leibovich_credit Ralph Alswang PhotographyImmediately following at 3pm Evan will sit down with Mark Leibovich. 
Mark Leibovich is a political correspondent for The New York Times. He previously wrote for The Washington Post. He has won several journalism awards including the 2011 National Magazine Award for a profile of Politico’s Mike Allen. Leibovich’s most recent book is This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital.



The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form to the left to RSVP. The audience is welcome to stay in their seats between breaks, but will also be permitted to come and go between interviews.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fourth 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 and audience Q&As at

PLEASE NOTE: The KLRU lobby on the 3rd floor of the University of Texas CMB building will be closed due to construction. Please enter the building through the ground level alley and take elevator to 6th floor. Those with accessibility needs — including people with difficulty walking down steep inclines — should call 512-471-4811 for additional information. Please leave a message if no one answers so KLRU can call you back.