Q Night At The Movies Mar. 4: SXSW Flashback Marathon

This week’s KLRUQ Night At The Movies has a special theme. Start off with a documentary about marijuana, then spend the rest of the night watching Lone Star Emmy Award-Winning SXSW Flashback of previous years in preparation for this year’s Annual South By Southwest celebration. Between episodes, we’ll feature new short videos from 2016’s SXSW.

Dr. Yasmin Hurd, the Director of the Center for Addictive Disorders at Mount Sinai, explains how addiction impacts the lives of many, movie portrayals accuracies and just how little we know about drugs like marijuana. Science Goes To The Movies airs at 7:00 pm.

2010 SXSW Flashback airs at 7:30 pm.
You’ll see a wide variety of interviews ranging from the already-made-its to the up-and-comers of the entertainment world, discussing their latest movies and music as well as their experiences here visiting Central Texas and SXSW. Highlights include Bill Murray, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Ed Norton, and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

2011 SXSW Flashback airs at 8:30 pm.
KLRU pulled out all the stops in covering SXSW 2011. Why you ask? So you can experience the Interactive, Film, and Music portions like never before, and hear from the biggest peeps at the festival. Where else can you see Mike Tyson, Moby, Danny DeVito, Bun B, Black Joe Lewis, Paul Giamatti, teenage film directors, Conan O’Brien, Rosario Dawson, and Ted Nugent in the same show? This one, friends.

2012 SXSW Flashback airs at 9:30 pm.
SXSW Flashback 2012 gives viewers one hour of SXSW excitement, once again featuring a wide variety of interviews. Highlights for 2012 include Channing Tatum, Willem Dafoe, Kimbra, Matthew McConaughey, Lance Gross, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, and many more, discussing their experiences during SXSW.

2013 SXSW Flashback airs at 10:30 pm.
We take viewers back to March for a half hour of highlights, including 50 Cent, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aisha Tyler, Bruce Campbell, Fred Armisen, and many, many more. Learn about their experiences here visiting Austin during SXSW.

2014 SXSW Flashback airs at 11:00 pm.
See the highlights of SXSW 2014, including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, and more! Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear!

2015 SXSW Flashback airs at 11:30 pm.
Presenting clips from and info about the films you loved or that slipped under your radar this past year, SXSW Flashback features interviews with the creative forces behind various SXSW hits.

Science Night Mar. 1

For this week’s science night, watch the last installment of the Spy In The Wild Series, and then take a look at the unknown, complex trade networks formed in Africa, on Africa’s Great Civilizations.

The final “making of” episode takes us through the evolution of Spy Creatures from the original BoulderCam to the PenguinCams that inspired the “spycams” in this series. Marvel and laugh at unexpected and funny moments from the Spy Creatures’ POV in this installment of Spy In The Wild, airing at 7:00 pm.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early north and west Africa from deserted lands into the continent’s wealthiest kingdoms and learning centers. Watch Africa’s Great Civilizations airing at 8:00 pm.

Decibel amplifies stories and issues important to Austin

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, is proud to announce our first television special from Decibel, our new News & Public Affairs initiative, premiering on-air and online on Feb. 25 at 6:30pm and re-airing on March 2 at 7:30pm.

Immigration reform is a top priority from the White House to the Texas Capitol. As a sanctuary city, Austin is at the center of the dispute. Decibel amplifies the human stories behind the heated immigration debate and brings you a close look at who might get caught in the red tape.

This 30-minute news magazine begins with an in-depth look at the experiences of an undocumented student at the University of Texas at Austin who is part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Decibel follows him through current events – from the Inauguration to recent protests and testifying at the Senate Bill 4 hearing.

Decibel also examines how the travel ban impacted people in Central Texas; those who were born here and those who immigrated. This segment includes how Austin’s Muslim community is reacting to the current policy changes and how future measures could affect them.

About Decibel:
Decibel amplifies stories and issues important to Austin by listening to the community and encouraging dynamic discussions. It is the new News & Public Affairs initiative from KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, taking an in-depth look at the stories that impact our community and welcoming engagement from everyone. Participate at facebook.com/decibelatx, where we’ll share our stories, our interviews and our diverse community conversations.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique—whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at KLRU.org.


Q Night At The Movies Feb. 25

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Q Night At The Movies brings you a plethora of genres this week. Start with Tarzan and move onto British Classics like Mary Poppins and Northanger Abbey. End the night with a look back on PEGOT Marvin Hamlish, and his incredibly journey to obtain those awards.

Humans are descended from apes! Professor William Harcourt-Smith explains how that idea is both true and false. Additionally – if apes raised Tarzan, would he truly act like the apes? If apes had the consciousness and brainpower of humans would they rise up like in Planet of the Apes? Our scientist breaks it all down on this episode of Science Goes to the Movies at 7:00 pm.

Director John Lee Hancock and writer Kelly Marcel discuss how the script for Saving Mr. Banks was successfully transformed onto the screen using heavily stylized elements, and musical cues from the classic film Mary Poppins to depict the life of author PL Travers during the 1960’s. Catch this On Story airing at 7:30 pm.

In ane Austen’s gentle parody of gothic fiction, Northanger Abbey airing at 8:00 pm, Felicity Jones plays romance addict Catherine Morland. At a medieval country house that fuels her lurid fantasies, she forms a friendship with Henry Tilney, but their budding romance is cut short.

Tailors, hatters and shoemakers to the British elite reveal the secrets behind a gentleman’s unique style; historians discuss the gentleman’s origins in the Middle Ages; and modern-day gentlemen and gentlewomen share what the label means in the modern world, all in THE ENGLISH GENTLEMAN – AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE, airing at 9:35 pm.

By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only 2 PEGOT’s ever. A rich archival legacy, interviews with his A-list collaborators, and cooperation from his family combine to tell this rich and engrossing story, on Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love, airing at 10:30 pm.


Immigrant families help shape Austin through the generations

Austin Revealed is an oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past and present to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. In this series Pioneers From the East, KLRU profiles three of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in the Austin area – the Lung family, the Sing family and the Wong family. Each family has been in Austin for multiple generations.

The Lung Family
As an employee at the Texas Capitol Gift Shop, Joe Michael Lung meets visitors from around the globe. But for him, none of those places compare to Texas. In this documentary, Joe and his sister Meiling Lung tell stories of their grandfather, Joe Lung, and their father, Sam P. Lung — beloved restaurateurs in the community and members of one of the first families of Chinese descent in Austin.


The Sing Family
Mary Frances Aguallo and her grandson Raul Aguallo Hernandez always knew they were of Chinese descent, but the fragments of their history finally began to come together with the discovery of a lost box in an attic. In this documentary, the two explore their dual identity as Mexican American and Chinese American as part of the Sing family, one of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in Austin.


The Wong Family
Growing up as part of one of the first families of Chinese descent in Austin, Dr. Mitchel Wong “wasn’t looking for prejudice, wasn’t looking for any animosity, and didn’t see any animosity.” In this documentary, Wong recounts his family’s immigrant history as a member of the “Pershing Chinese” and his personal journey from grocery boy to ophthalmologist.


Tim Tsai

We sat down with filmmaker Tim Tsai, who partnered with KLRU on the project, to talk about his passion for Asian American history, why it’s important to Austin and why he got involved with this project. Read the interview

Highlights Feb. 26-Mar. 4

KLRU Highlights

Courtship at court leads to second thoughts and other complications. Will Victoria and Albert take the fateful step into matrimony? Find out on Victoria, airing at 7:00 pm on Sunday.

At loose ends in a foreign land, Albert finds a noble cause. Victoria gets her way at court and resorts to a folk cure in the bedroom, on Victoria, airing at 8:00 pm Sunday.

With a child on the way, Victoria must choose a regent in case she dies during childbirth. The Tory party disputes her choice, but she and Albert turn the tables with the aid of the latest in 19th-century technology. This episode of Victoria airs at 9:00 pm on Sunday, and 8:00 pm the following Saturday.

As a new queen, the young Victoria struggles to take charge amid plots to manipulate her. Her friendship with the prime minister leads to a crisis in Parliament, all on this episode of Victoria airing at 10:00 pm on Sunday.

Journey with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent, on Africa’s Great Civilizations, airing at 8:00 pm Monday night.

Black Women In Medicine honors black female doctors around the country who work diligently in all facets of medicine. Through first-hand accounts from a cross-selection of black female pioneers in medicine and healthcare. Watch Black Women In Medicine Monday night at 10:00 pm.

Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations on Finding Your Roots, which airs at 7:00 pm Tuesday night.

PBS NewsHour coverage of President Trump’s State of the Union at 8 pm Tuesday.

John Singleton, the youngest and first African American filmmaker to win an Academy Award® for his work on Boyz in the Hood, discusses his process, influences, and inspirations, from the work of acclaimed playwright August Wilson to pioneering directors Spike Lee and Federico Fellini. This episode of On Story airs at 10:00 pm Tuesday.

This episode of Living Springs features segments including Salamander Survey, A Reflecting Pool, Plants and Polar Bear Plunge. Airs at 10:30 pm Tuesday.

The final “making of” episode takes us through the evolution of Spy Creatures from the original BoulderCam to the PenguinCams that inspired the “spycams” in this series. Marvel and laugh at unexpected and funny moments from the Spy Creatures’ POV in this installment of Spy In The Wild, airing at 7:00 pm Wednesday.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early north and west Africa from deserted lands into the continent’s wealthiest kingdoms and learning centers. Watch Africa’s Great Civilizations airing at 8:00 pm Wednesday.

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop of Grammy-nominated superstar Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP To Pimp a Butterfly alongside his hits on this episode of Austin City Limits, airing at 10:00 pm Wednesday.

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist and educator. He is a predominant member of the Black Lives Matter movement and was named one of Fortune Magazine’s top 50 World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015. Watch Mckesson on Overheard With Evan Smith, airing Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Gates explores the impact of the Atlantic trading world, giving rise to powerful new kingdoms, but also transatlantic slave trade. Learn of the revolutionary movements of the 18th-early 19th centuries, including the advent of the Sokoto Caliphate, all on Africa’s Great Civilizations, airing Thursday at 8:00 pm.

With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies, and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role. Can the mighty UNIT contain Missy? Find out this Thursday at 10:00 pm, on Doctor Who.

Delve into the hit singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of ’70s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry, on this episode of American Masters, airing at 8:00 pm Friday.

GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more, airing at 10:00 pm on Friday and 8:00 pm Saturday.

Brit Floyd celebrates the amazing musical legacy of Pink Floyd in truly spectacular fashion in front of sell out audiences in Liverpool, Red Rocks and Amsterdam. Combining the latest state-of-the-art technology and including the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle lighting design, Brit Floyd creates a performance that is as sonically perfect as it is visually awesome, with brand new behind the scenes footage and interviews, airing at 9:30 pm Saturday.

Indie Lens Pop-Up screening: The Bad Kids 3/7

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary The Bad Kids. This free event takes place Tuesday, March 7th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

Vintage TV

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative for at-risk students with little hope of graduating from a traditional high school. It’s their last chance. This coming of age story shows extraordinary educators and talented students combatting the crippling effects of poverty.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

Decibel: Under Construction

When I moved into my office at KLRU, I was greeted by the constant hum of construction noises in the courtyard outside.  Crews were pouring sidewalks, planting trees and giving the place a much-needed facelift. At first, I was annoyed. It was a distraction to write and edit with a bulldozer below my window.

Construction workers on the corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe.

I quickly considered my position here and smiled. I’m heading up a whole new journalism and public affairs initiative. We are “under construction”; building new ways to cover our community and engage our viewers. Reporting and investigating issues that truly matter is rarely quiet and calm. News is noisy, necessary work.

We are calling KLRU’s news and public affairs commitment, Decibel. Decibel will amplify stories and issues important to Austin by listening to the community and encouraging dynamic discussions.

Right now, the integrity and authenticity of journalism is under fire. As someone who has been part of this profession for 35 years, I’m incredibly troubled by the term “ fake news” and the attempts to de-legitimize the vital role a free press plays in a democracy. It’s not a perfect profession, but solid journalists search out the truth. That’s our job. That’s what we will continue to do, every single day.

At Decibel, we will not take your trust for granted. We have the honor of being part of PBS, an already trusted news institution. We hope you will follow our Facebook page, where we’ll share our stories, our interviews and our diverse community conversations. It’s where much of that interaction and engagement will take place.

As always, we welcome and invite your comments and thoughts. We want our work to reflect the issues in this community that you care about.

Thank you for starting this journey with us and stay tuned…

Judy Maggio   

Editorial Director, News & Public Affairs, KLRU-TV


$50k in 1 day to Amplify #YourKLRU!

Are you ready to #AmplifyATX and #YourKLRU? Amplify Austin is just 10 days away, and KLRU is joining more than 600 Austin area non-profits to help raise $9 million for Central Texas in just 24 hours.

KLRU has a goal to raise $50,000 during Amplify Austin, March 2nd through 3rd, and we can’t do it without YOU! Your gift during Amplify will help build a more informed, connected and educated community. Better yet, amplify your community-supported public television station before everyone else by scheduling your donation TODAY OR helping us #AmplifyATX and #YourKLRU in one of the following ways:

Give! Donate online starting at 6pm on Thursday, March 2nd through 6pm on Friday, March 3rd. Or schedule your gift ahead of time so you don’t forget!

Engage! Join KLRU’s Facebook Amplify event to keep up to date on our campaign progress. Get the word out and spread the #YourKLRU love through email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or wherever you internet. You can even tell people in person!

Inspire! Get involved and fundraise with your OWN KLRU Amplify Campaign Page! You set the goal then share your KLRU passion and inspire others to support your campaign. Learn more here.

Attend! KLRU and Domain NORTHSIDE are teaming up to celebrate philanthropy in Central Texas. Join us on the patio of Paul Martin’s Austin Grill on Thursday, March 2nd at 6pm as KLRU kicks off Amplify Austin and 24 hours of giving. Come to support your local PBS station, stay for the complimentary bites and drinks.

Will you help #YourKLRU #AmplifyATX by scheduling your gift today?

Highlights Feb. 19-25

KLRU Highlights

Lisette re-creates on paper the face of a disfigured, amnesiac soldier, leading to a family reunion. When Anne’s plans to be made head nurse fail, she rejoins Hale to undermine McBurney’s authority. Watch Mercy Street at 7:00 pm on Sunday and 9:00 pm on Thursday.

With a child on the way, Victoria must choose a regent in case she dies during childbirth. The Tory party disputes her choice, but she and Albert turn the tables with the aid of the latest in 19th-century technology. Watch Victoria at 8:00 pm Sunday and the following Saturday.

Lucy Worsley gets into bed with our past monarchs to reveal that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. In fact, the rise and fall of their magnificent beds reflects the changing fortunes of the monarchy itself, all on Tales From The Royal Bedchamber, airing at 9:00 pm Sunday and the following Saturday.

Airing at 10:00 pm Sunday night, Father Brown witnesses the apparent suicide of a troubled student at Upcott Seminary. Convinced a murderer is at work, he persuades Sid to go undercover to flush out the killer.

In the wake of recent tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police, on Talk – Race In America, airing Monday night at 8:00 pm.

Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis. At the Selma March, Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence. Now 76, he is considered the conscience of Congress. Watch John Lewis – Get In The Way at 10:00 pm Monday.

Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others. Watch Maya Angelou: American Masters airing at 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

On this Frontline special airing Tuesday night at 9:00 pm., watch the dramatic story of a Gitmo detainee released from the controversial U.S. prison after 14 years. With NPR, a report on the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists.

Beau Willimon (creator House of Cards) and Eli Attie (writer The West Wing) debate politically-driven narratives, power struggles, and dramatizing the truths and fictions that comprise ideologically-charged stories on this episode of On Story, airing Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

This episode of Living Springs features segments including Barton 4 Springs, Barbara Mahler, Science Detective, Salamander Captive Breedings and Waterworks, airing at 10:30 pm Tuesday.

Watch the Bad Behavior installment of Spy In The Wild as spy creatures infiltrate the underground world of animal mischief, crime and retribution. Spy Monkey is caught between crossfires as real monkeys fight over beach bar alcohol. Watch more Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.

Trains are essential for moving freight and people throughout the world, but they are far from accident-free. Follow investigators as they probe the wreckage of infamous accidents and watch safety experts test the latest crash prevention designs on this episode of NOVA, airing at 8:00 pm on Wednesday.

What goes up must come down-and getting passengers safely back to earth depends on complex global networks and some astonishing technology. Around the world, 100,000 flights a day make touchdown-almost every one safely. Learn what’s involved on City In The Sky, airing at 9:00 pm on Wednesday and 10:00 pm on Saturday.

Enjoy “Life of Sin” and other tunes from Sturgill Simpson’s acclaimed LP Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, as well as Western swing classics from Asleep at the Wheel’s album Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, all on this episode of Austin City Limits, airing at 10:00 pm Wednesday and Friday.

T.C. Boyle has published fifteen novels and ten volumes of short stories, including the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning World’s End; The Tortilla Curtain, which was awarded France’s prestigious Prix Médici étranger; and most recently, the New York Times bestseller The Harder They Come. Watch T.C. Boyle on Overheard With Evan Smith, this Thursday at 7:00 pm.

This episode of Living Springs includes segments like Salamander Survey, A Reflecting Pool, Plants and Polar Bear Plunge, airing Thursday at 7:30 pm.

From learning the real history of The Alamo, to floating The Riverwalk, to eating authentic Tex-Mex at the historic Market Square, The Daytripper shows folks why sometimes the path most traveled is the path best traveled, airing at 8:00 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to the Dinosaur Capital of Texas to see the world’s best dinosaur footprints in the Paluxy River bed. He explores a wildlife preserve to feed giraffes and see rhinos. And also visits a museum challenging the status quo of modern science. Follow Chet in Glen Rose, Tx. on this episode of The Daytripper, airing at 8:30 pm Thursday.

In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn. Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming… “Death is not an end” promises the sinister organization known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was. This episode of Doctor Who airs Thursday at 10:00 pm.

Through the magic of modern technology, Elvis Presley is reunited with his original TCB band and back-up singers 25 years after his death, for a unique concert special, featuring Elvis from selected concerts including the Aloha From Hawaii satellite special. This one-of-a-kind concert event has stirred audiences around the world and ignited a passion for the King in a whole new generation of music lovers. Watch Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert this Friday at 8:00 pm.

Road to Austin is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton. The concert features Bob Schneider, Carolyn Wonderland and Bonnie Raitt and more, all on Road To Austin, airing at 9:00 pm on Friday.

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop of Grammy-nominated superstar Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP To Pimp a Butterfly alongside his hits all on Austin City Limits, airing at 7:00 pm on Saturday.