Highlights Oct. 30 – Nov 5

KLRU Highlights

Gerry’s new soulmate has a surprising background on Durrells On Masterpiece at  7pm Sunday.

George maneuvers Poldark toward checkmate and the law hunts down free traders. Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Three rivals vie for Sooni and the Maharajah tests Ralph and Madeline on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Go inside the very first girls’ school in a small Afghan village on POV  What Tomorrow Brings at 9 pm Monday.

The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Examine the campaign strategies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, candidates at opposite ends of the political spectrum on Contenders – 16 For ’16 at 7 pm Tuesday.

Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through the eyewitness accounts of participants on Battle Of Chosin: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa on Nature The Story Of Cats: Asia To Africa at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s Embedded and co-host of All Things Considered.

Chet visits Conroe and Boerne on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Join Lincoln Center at the Movies at 8 pm Friday as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre showcases its spectacular range, diversity and artistry in this special presentation, which includes the company’s signature work, Revelations, along with three other pieces.

Plant a permanent tree to celebrate your garden all year long on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

New Halloween specials air this week on KLRU

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on KLRU Kids. On October 28, PBS KIDS will premiere The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween! on television and streaming devices. The new movie follows Nick and Sally as the Cat in the Hat takes them on an exciting Halloween ride. Additionally, PBS KIDS will premiere new Halloween-themed episodes from Dinosaur Train, Nature Cat, Ready Jet Go!

KLRU airs The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween special at 7 am and noon on the 28th; 7 am on Oct. 29th; 7 am on Oct. 30th; 8 am, noon and 2 pm on Oct. 31st!

Dinosaur Train Spooky Tree / Spinosaurus Super Model airs at 10 am on Oct. 28 and Haunted Roundhouse / Big Pond Pumpkin Patch airs at 10 am on Oct. 31st.

Nature Cat Runaway Pumpkin / Lady Bug Tough airs Oct. 27 at 7 am and 2:30 pm and Oct. 28 at 2:30 pm.

Ready Jet Go! Jet’s First Halloween airs on KLRU Oct. 28 at 6:30 am and 3 pm; Oct. 30 at 8 am and Oct. 21 at 6:30 am and 3 pm.

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the free PBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, Nature Cat Park Builder and Peg + Cat Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents.

This fall, PBS will also offer PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games. Teachers can use these resources to enhance homework assignments or kick-start classroom discussions. These free resources are available to teachers nationwide on pbslearningmedia.org. Examples include Peg + Cat’s Tiger Trick or Treat, PBS LearningMedia’s All About the Holidays: Halloween, PBS Digital Studios’ Frankenstein, M.D. and more.

Five pumpkin recipes to make this fall


When fall comes around, the temperature starts to cool a bit, the sweaters start coming out, and you start seeing pumpkins everywhere. And, let’s face it, if you’ve gone out of your way to read this, you know you can never go wrong with pumpkins when it’s fall.

Here are a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes from PBS Food that you should try!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes for Breakfast


The smell of fresh pancakes will make it easier to get out of bed in the morning! Whip up this batch of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast and you’ll be the star of the house.

Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Alfredo for Lunch or Dinner

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If you thought you couldn’t add pumpkin to your main dish, think again. These ricotta stuffed shells with pumpkin alfredo are perfect for the season and will make a lovely centerpiece at the dinner table.

Pumpkin Apple Baked Beans for a Standout Side Dish


Add pumpkin AND apples to your baked beans and you’ll be the master of fall with this side dish. These pumpkin apple baked beans will surely stand out at Thanksgiving dinner or at your next potluck.


Pumpkin Maple Crème Caramel for a Creamy Dessert

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No meal is complete without a dessert! But don’t stick to the same-ol’ pumpkin pie you’ve always made. Branch out and give this pumpkin maple crème caramel recipe a try. If you love flan and pumpkins, you’ll definitely keep on coming back to this dessert.

Salted Pumpkin Caramels as a Seasonal Snack


If you’re in need of a sweet kick to fuel your day, why not try making these salted pumpkin caramels as a snack. The balance of sweetness from the caramel and pumpkin with a dash of salt make for a great treat.

KLRU NEXT Nights: Innovation in Austin 11/9


Get a hands-on look at Innovation in Austin by joining us for our fourth and final KLRU NEXT Night of 2016!

Starting at 6:30 pm at Google Fiber (map) on November 9, you’ll get to see the latest advances from innovators right here in Austin, and how they’re working on the cutting edge to make us a more connected community. Tickets are $10. Make sure to get them today!

Enjoy bites from The Capital Grille, locally brewed beer from Austin Specialty Distributors and drinks from Austin Cocktails!

Our featured innovators are:

And a big thank you to our sponsor, Thrivent!

Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary: Call for Home Videos!

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In 2019, PBS will air Country Music, a major documentary film series on the history of country music, produced and directed by Ken Burns.

To help them tell this story, they would like to collect home movies from fans and musicians for possible use in the film: families enjoying country music parks; crowds at fan fairs and concerts; behind the scenes and on the road with musicians. They are specifically looking for home movies from the time period of the 1950s through the mid 1990s.

If your home movies are used in Country Music, you will receive a DVD of the series, a poster signed by Ken Burns, and will be thanked in the film’s credits.

Please send home movies from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and/or 1990s. Do not send original footage: DVD or digital copies only. THE MATERIAL WILL NOT BE RETURNED. If your home movie gets selected for use, Florentine Films will contact you about getting access to the original footage. Clearly mark the disc with your name, address, phone number and e-mail (if available), so they can contact you if your footage is selected. Include a brief description, e.g., Sunset Park, Pennsylvania, July 1962; Fan Fair, Nashville,1996.

Send your movie(s) by December 31, 2016 to:
CM Home Movies
c/o Florentine Films, PO Box 613
Walpole, NH 03608

In the Studio: 5 Overheard tapings during Texas Book Festival


Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for several tapings November 5 and 6, 2016 in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). The events are free but an RSVP is required for each taping. Please RSVP here.

             3 Tapings on Saturday, November 5             

T.C. Boyle, Author
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:15am (doors at 9:45am)

T.C. Boyle has published fifteen novels and ten volumes of short stories. His works include the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning World’s End: The Tortilla Curtain, which was awarded France’s prestigious Prix Médici étranger, and The New York Times bestseller The Harder They Come. His new novel The Terranauts was released this October.

Nick Offerman, Actor 
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 3:45pm (doors at 3pm)

Nick Offerman is an actor, comedian, author and carpenter best known for his role in the TV show Parks and Recreation. He has just released his third book titled Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop. The book takes readers behind the scenes of his woodshop and gives step-by-step instructions to many of his favorite projects.

Marcus Samuelsson, Chef 
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 6:15pm (doors at 5:45pm)

Marcus Samuelsson is a chef and restaurateur who has written numerous cookbooks. In 2013, he won the James Beard Foundation award for Writing and Literature related to food. He was the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times. His restaurant, Red Rooster, is located in Harlem, NY. His latest effort, The Red Rooster Cookbook, was released this October.

  2 Back-to-Back Tapings on Sunday, November 6  

Diane Guerrero, Actor followed by R.L. Stine, Author
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 10:45am (doors at 10:15am) 

Diane Guerrero is an actor on the hit shows Orange is the New Blackand Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has also been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. Her first book In the Country We Love recently hit the shelves.

R.L. Stine is a novelist, short story writer and TV producer. He is best known for his children’s horror fiction novels including Goosebumps,Rotten School and The Nightmare Room series. His works have sold over 400 million copies worldwide and have been on countless bestseller lists. His latest book Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story has just been released.

KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Entrance is based upon capacity

The Texas Book Festival brings more than 290 authors to Downtown Austin and the State Capitol grounds November 5th and 6th. One of the premier literary events in the country, the Texas Book Festival includes author readings, panel discussions, book signings, themed tents with cooking and children’s entertainment and much more. You can find more information, including the festival schedule and list of attendees, by visitingtexasbookfestival.org

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues its seventh season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Screening: Willie Velásquez: Your Voice Is Your Vote 11/2


Join KLRU, the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), and UT LULAC on November 28 at 5:30 p.m. in GWB 2.206 on the UT Campus for a screening of “Willie Velásquez: Your Voice is Your Vote.”

Today there are over 27 million eligible Latino voters registered to vote in the United States. One man – Willie Velásquez helped pave the way for the continually increasing power of Latinos at the polls when he founded the Southwest Voters Registrations and education project in the 1970s.

With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velásquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote in America. This is the story of how a young boy growing up in the poor barrio of San Antonio Texas, questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city government, grew up to be a student activist leader in the center of the Civil Rights Movement for Latinos, and then became a young Latino statesman, leading one of the most important efforts in the history of Latino empowerment in America. The film looks at Latino millennials and how their future vote will affect the American political landscape and at contemporary issues facing Latinos today and how that translates to the ballot box.

Highlights 23-29

KLRU Highlights

At wits’ end, Louisa orders her children to put food on the table Durrells On Masterpiece on Sunday at 7 pm.

George maneuvers Poldark toward checkmate on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece on Sunday at 8 pm.

Naresh executes a diabolical plan and Aafrin tries desperately to stop it on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm.

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife document their emotional journey with a video game on POV  Thank You For Playing at 9 pm Monday.

Passing It Forward features Tapestry Dance Company laying the foundation for the future of tap dance in America on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Trace Geraldine Ferraro’s entrance onto the world stage and Sarah Palin’s added energy and excitement to John McCain’s campaign on Contenders – 16 For ’16 Ferraro / Palin – The Trailblazers on Tuesday at 7 pm.

Discover how the prolific creator of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms on Norman Lear: American Masters at 8 pm Tuesday.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.

Overheard with Evan Smith features Steve Kornacki, host and political correspondent for MSNBC, at 7 pm Thursday.

The Daytripper goes to Taylor and Conroe in back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances at 9 pm Thursday follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton.

Bill Murray: The Mark Twain Prize at 8 pm Friday celebrates beloved actor and comedian Bill Murray the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

See how to pick, plant, and care for your trees and visit an easy-care outdoor living room on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

A thrilling hour with rock & roll legend Iggy Pop on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.The Detroit native blasts through classics and cuts from his latest album, Post Pop Depression, accompanied by members of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys.

Shots Fired: Ongoing Repercussions of the Texas Tower Shooting 11/2


On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman shot and killed 14 people on campus and wounded 32 others. In the five decades since the shooting – an event that seemed to come from out of the blue – history has shaped that morning into the start of a new chapter in American life. And after every such atrocity, the debate over guns begins again.

Please join us on November 2 at 7 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map) for “Shots Fired: Ongoing Repercussions of the Texas Tower Shooting,” an interactive discussion hosted by veteran journalist Judy Maggio with panelists including Laura Rice, producer of the Texas Standard documentary, “Out of the Blue”, historian Jeremi Suri, the Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at The University of Texas at Austin and Megan Gilbride, producer of the award-winning documentary film, TOWER.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

KLRU wins four 2016 Lone Star Emmys


KLRU programs brought home four Lone Star Emmys for productions including Arts In Context and SXSW Flashback 2015. They were awarded by the Lone Star Emmy chapter at the 14th annual awards show in Fort Worth.

And the winners are…


SXSW Flashback 2015
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer/Videographer
Taylor Kondelis, Producer/Editor/Videographer
Colleen Nelson, Associate Producer/Videographer
Galia Farber, Producer


Arts In Context: Somos Krudas
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer/Editor
Chelsea Hernandez, Associate Producer


El Despertar
Joe Rocha, Producer
Eve Tarlo, Producer


Arts In Context SHORTS: Body Shift
Eve Tarlo, Director/Producer/Editor
Anna Ramirez, Assistant Editor
Christopher Kim, Cinematography