In the Studio: Overheard taping with Ron Kirk 10/14


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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ambassador Ron Kirk on October 14 at 3pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:30pm.

The event is free but an RSVP is required. Entrance is based upon capacity.

Ambassador Ron Kirk served as the 16th U.S. Trade Representative and served inPresident Obama’s Cabinet. He negotiated trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, and Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization. Kirk was also the first African-American Mayor of Dallas from 1995-2001, and was appointed Texas Secretary of State by Governor Ann Richards. Ambassador Kirk is in Austin to receive the 2015 Texas Legacy Award from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

This Overheard taping is co-presented with The Texas Tribune and will be livestreamed as part of its Conversation Series. Tune in to watch or find more event information at

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a 6th 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 at this taping with Ambassador Ron Kirk. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at

KLRU is proud to partner with the Texas Tribune Festival 2015! Registration is now open for the fifth annual event at UT Austin October 16-18. Get more information at

Green School Carnival $500 Scholarship – Apply Now!

In Spring 2015, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS worked with Campbell Elementary of Austin ISD, the Austin ISD Sustainability Program and Keep Austin Beautiful to create a “Green” school carnival. Funds to support these efforts came from a PBS Kids Explore the Outdoors grant. Using remaining funds from the grant, we would like to help three schools interested in putting on their own “green” carnival this fall with three $500 grant opportunities. Watch the video for a glimpse of what Campbell did, then think about what you can do to “green up” your carnival. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Whether you receive a grant or not, consider contacting Keep Austin Beautiful for free resources and activities.

Go to the application here

Saturday Cooking Show Lineup Shakeup

Martha Stewart's Cooking School

Pease romaine calm – KLRU is shaking up the cooking lineup on Saturday. Some shows are airing new episodes of old favorites, others will be encores of previously aired shows in new timeslots. Maybe it’s cheesy, but these new timeslots feel grate.

At 12:30 p.m., an encore showing of Mexico – One Plate At A Time With Rick Bayless replaces Pati’s Mexican Table. In this series, chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless seamlessly weaves together techniques, recipes, cultural musings and off-the-wall surprises.

At 1 p.m., Simply Ming is new with an episode all about local cooking. On the road in Australia, viewers visit Hentley Farms in Barossa to connect with executive chef Lachlan Colwill. Lachlan sources most of his ingredients from the farm’s herb garden, chicken coup, hatchery and even the nearby creek.

At 2 p.m., learn everything you need to know about making caramel on a new episode of Martha BakesMartha demystifies the secret to this one-ingredient wonder with four irresistible recipes, including a decadent six-layer chocolate cake filled with salted caramel and covered with swirls of chocolate frosting. 

Then at 2:30 p.m., Lidia’s Kitchen is back at the same time with a new episode. In this episode, she shares four delicious recipes that celebrate the bounty of the summertime garden: Tuna Salad with Boiled Zucchini, String Bean Salad with Capers and Basil, Whole What Cous Cous with Cucumbers, and finally Shells with Chicken and Zucchini.

Cook’s Country continues its new season with a new episode at 3 p.m. Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make barbecued burnt ends. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for grill spatulas. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of lemonade. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to making smoky potato salad.

Forget the contest on the gridiron. Tailgating gets a lot more interesting when you fire up your smoker, according to Steven Raichlen. At 5 p.m., Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke continues the new season with a tailgating episode.

Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking continues its new season at 5:30 p.m. On this episode of Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking, host Pete Evans joins three award-winning chefs, Germano Minin, Bruno Difabio and Tim Reardon at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York for an Italian feast.

At 6 p.m., Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook continues its new season with an episode about Italian Inspiration. Langbein visits actor Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks vineyard to harvest saffron and pick heritage pears, then invites him and his team to her cabin to try her modern take on classic Italian osso bucco and saffron risotto. Her pear and prune custard cream dessert has everyone swooning.

Highlights October 4 to October 10

KLRU Highlights

Join eight bakers on the Great British Baking Show Biscuits and Traybakes as they produce favorite traybakes, offering twists on everything from bakewells to banoffees and brownies Sunday at 6 p.m.

Then Sunday at 7 p.m., with World War II imminent, the local Women’s Institute dissolves after Joyce resigns as president and Frances tries to revive the group with a jam-making project on Home Fires on Masterpiece Episode 1.

This week on Indian Summers on Masterpiece Part Two, while Aafrin fights for his life, Ralph confronts the gunman in jail. Sarah is suspicious of Alice’s past. Adam goes missing. Sunday at 8 p.m.

When Claire confronts her husband, Malcolm Webster, over his wild spending on Widower Part One Sunday at 9 p.m., he tries to control her with sedatives. Afraid he’ll soon be caught, he silences her forever. Three years on, he has a new bride…and history appears to be repeating itself.

Then on Father Brown The Bride of Christ, Father Brown investigates a convent with the help of a young nun after two nuns are murdered. Sunday at 10 p.m.

On Doctor Blake Mysteries Hearts & Flowers, Sunday at 11 p.m., many years have passed since Dr Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be.

Antiques Roadshow Seattle, Hour One rocks out at Seattle’s EMP Museum and discusses Jimi Hendrix’ trend-setting fashion style Monday at 7 p.m. Then, Antiques Roadshow Albuquerque, Hour Two journeys to Albuquerque for finds such as a 1969 Jasper Johns flag print, a 1939 inscribed “Pinocchio” book, and an Imperial jade snuff bottle at 8 p.m.

Join Phil in I’ll Have What Phil’s Having Italy Monday at 9 p.m. as he revisits this food mecca. Sit down with him as he feasts on a home-cooked meal at chef Nancy Silverton’s Umbrian home and indulges his inner caveman, roasting gargantuan steaks over hot flames and serving them up “barbarian style.”

In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, Voces Children of Giant explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice Monday at 10 p.m.

On Gorongosa Park Battle Lines/Roaring Back Tuesday at 7 p.m., a new lion sparks conflict, Joyce has questions about the mysterious behavior of the Gorongosa’s elephants, and Bob tastes the danger of crop-raiding elephants. Then, when Bob Poole returns to Gorongosa, he discovers a huge nesting colony of water birds. He resumes his search for the lion cubs that went missing.

Track Ken Dornstein’s continued search for the terrorists who blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie on Frontline My Brother’s Bomber, Part 2 Tuesday at 9 p.m. In this second episode, the filmmaker follows the evidence to Zurich and Malta in search of the truth.

Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner, dissects the culture, identity, and status quo of the show, and the psychology behind its beloved antihero, Don Draper on On Story Mad Men: A Conversation Tuesday at 10 p.m. Then, True Detective director Cary Fukunaga and Fargo creator Noah Hawley discuss the rise of the television anthology series and how to execute a compelling balance of plot, character, and structure within the bounds of one season in On Story Fargo & True Detective at 10:30 p.m.

Nature Big Birds Can’t Fly is the unique story of flightless birds, which include ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries and kiwis. Research has shown that some of these big birds at one time could fly, but once the dinosaurs were wiped out, these same birds no longer needed to take flight from their enemies. Wednesday at 7 p.m.

A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical flood story, complete with how-to instructions for assembling an ark. Following the directions, expert boat builders assemble and launch a massive reed boat on NOVA Secrets of Noah’s Ark Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Learn how  early engineers carved tombs into rock cliffs and funneled water to the desert city of Petra on NOVA Petra: Lost City of Stone Wednesday at 9 p.m. 

Enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Wednesday at 10 p.m., as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more on Austin City Limits 2015 Hall of Fame Special.

On Overheard with Evan Smith Thomas Mallon Thursday at 7 p.m., Smith talks to Thomas Mallon, a novelist and critic who has written 9 novels and 7 works of non-fiction. His 2012 novel Watergate was a finalist for the PEN / Faulkner Award.

God & Governing  Thursday at 7:30 p.m. touches on the topics of guns, education, abortion, the death penalty and marriage, with dozens of intimate interviews which unlock the spiritual motivations behind some of Texas’ most powerful lawmakers.

Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird” on The Daytripper East Austin, Tx Thursday at 8 p.m. He visit the Texas State Cemetery with the graves of past Texans including “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin, and then pushes his lack of athleticism to the extreme on an obstacle course.

Then, more Chet, with The Daytripper Granbury, Tx. Chet finds heaps of history, including the alleged grave of Jesse James and the story of John Wilkes Booth hiding out here after his assassination of the president.

Civic Summit Austin’s Asian-American Identity, Thursday at 9 p.m., focuses on the people who make up a diverse segment of our changing city - Austin is home to more than 50,000 Asian-Americans, a higher percentage than any other Texas city. n Civic Summit: Austin’s Asian-American Identity KLRU explores the challenges they face and common misconceptions about this growing minority.

Hear Latin-infused arrangements of iconic songs such as “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back” and “Billie Jean” in this concert special hosted by Sheila E, featuring award-winning Latin artists on Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson Friday at 8 p.m.

Join host Rita Moreno for a celebration of the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos on the Hispanic Heritage Awards Friday at 9 p.m. The program includes performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.

Then, watch the Austin City Limits 2015 Hall of Fame Special again Friday at 10 p.m.

The week wraps up with Austin City Limits Cassandra Wilson Saturday at 7 p.m. Celebrate Billie Holiday with acclaimed jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, as she performs “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Explain, “Good Morning Heartache” and other Holiday classics from the tribute album Coming Forth by Day.

Q Night at the Movies 10/3

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week, Q Night at the Movies tries to beat the heat – law enforcement, that is – with a night of crime. Learn how crime influenced Lemon Andersen’s poetry in an episode of Voces before diving into the world of director Jonathon Demme. Demme and Paul Thomas Anderson discuss creativity in On Story before a showing of Demme’s 1988 crime comedy “Married to the Mob.” The night wraps up with “Beat the Devil,” John Huston’s 1953 spoof of “The Maltese Falcon.”

Voces on PBS Lemon at 6:30 p.m. This documentary profiles three-time felon, one-time Tony Award-winner Lemon Andersen, an acclaimed Puerto Rican American poet who broke out on Broadway in Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam. Lemon’s life personalizes the anguish of men, clinging to the margins of society, but fighting for something more.

On Story A Conversation with Jonathan Demme & Paul Thomas Anderson Part 2 at 7:30 p.m. In this second On Story installation featuring Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Demme, the duo look back on the vision, style, influences, and creative passion for Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Stop Making Sense,” “Rachel Getting Married” and “Something Wild.”

Married to the Mob at 8 p.m. An FBI agent (Matthew Modine) gets close to a gangster’s widow (Michelle Pfeiffer) in order to nab a crime boss (Dean Stockwell).

Beat the Devil at 9:35 p.m. On their way to Africa are a group of rogues (including Humphrey Bogart) who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen…

KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Teacher Tools in PBS LearningMedia!


PBS LearningMedia teacher tools also known as “Productivity Tools” are helping educators integrate digital media into learning by creating personalized learning experiences for students. Included in these teacher tools are the Lesson Builder, Quiz Maker, Storyboard, and Puzzle Builder.  Use these tools to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom.

How Teachers Use Tools to Engage with Students

  1. Lesson Builder- A fast way to create and assign interactive lesson plans for students.
  2. Quiz Maker-  Create quizzes and quick assessments.
  3. Storyboards-  Illustrate a concept or topic through a collection of PBS videos, your own uploaded videos,  text and images. Also create a class storyboard or assign students the task of creating a storyboard.
  4. Puzzle Builder- Create puzzles including both crossword puzzles and word searches.

Share Content You Have Created

With PBS LearningMedia, share content on the site in just a few easy steps. The lessons and storyboards that educators create and make public are now searchable and can be found by performing a keyword search and using the search bar.  Click the “Include Teacher-Built Resources” checkbox at the top of the search results in order to display all shared lessons and storyboards.

Storyboard and Lesson Examples

  1.  Hummingbird Super Powers! A storyboard about hummingbirds, featuring videos and fun facts for students.
  2. Shaking Things Up: A storyboard about earthquakes with videos and room for facts!
  3. Cubes: A storyboard with videos and examples of cubes.
  4. Ocean Life: A storyboard filled with marine life fun facts and videos.
  5. Digital and Mobile Art: A storyboard filled with videos from a KQED curated collection that provides background information about digital artists and highlights art made using apps, computer graphics and other digital tools.

Register for a free PBS LearningMedia account to quickly create your own media rich lessons and storyboards with PBS LearningMedia tools for teachers. 

(with permission from KQED)

October 2015 Family Choice


KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In September 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, October 7 at 7 pm: NATURE: Big Birds Can’t Fly
This is the unique story of flightless birds. They say a bird is three things — feathers, flight and song. But what happens when you’re a bird who can’t fly, who can’t sing and whose feathers are closer to fluff? Is this an evolutionary joke?

Pets - Wild at Heart.  Episode 1 - Playful Creatures.

Wednesday, October 21 at 7 pm: NATURE: Pets: Wild at Heart
(part one of a two-part miniseries)
Episode 1: Playful Creatures
In this astonishing program filled with innovative photography and scientific revelation, we investigate how our favorite pets get in touch with their wild side through play. From talkative budgies, marathon-running hamsters, wall-climbing cats and diving dogs, as well as an island where rabbits rule and a city where dogs live a secret double life – discover how our pets’ playful games are just a whisker away from the wild.

Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm: NATURE: Pets: Wild at Heart
(part two of a two-part miniseries)
Episode 2: Secretive Creatures
In a program packed with incredible filming techniques, from Schlieren photography that makes smells visible, to moving X-rays, ultra slow-motion, and ultraviolet vision as well as HD horsecams and doggycams, discover how our pets experience the world through their astonishing senses and hidden channels of communication. This episode includes the sensory secrets of budgies, horses, guinea pigs and goldfish as well as the remarkable abilities of hamsters…

Pathways to success lead to high school graduation


The road to success is paved differently for everyone – but an avenue to success is still an avenue to success. KLRU supports all pathways to educational success, one of the fundamental pillars of American Graduate initiative.

Our partners at Changing Expectations provides K-12 and higher education STEM learning opportunities. Get information on how to volunteer to help.

Here are videos showcasing pathways to success throughout the Austin community:

At Graduation Goodwill Students Set Example for Others

Ann Richards Students Learn Science in the Garden

ACC Graduates First Class from Early College Program

College Bound Seniors Celebrate College Signing Day

Academia Cuauhtli Works to Bridge History with Language

Social and Emotional Learning By the Brush Stroke

McCallum Music Progam Gets Grammy Nod

UT Working to Help Low-Income Students Graduate

High Schoolers to Earn Associates Degree from ACC

Goodwill Charter Schools Offer Second Chance

AISD Awards Belated Diplomas to War Veterans

TX Veterans Commision Encourages Veterans to go to College

Special Ed Career School Provides Pathway After Graduation

Minors playing in E minor: Juvenile Justice Center Residents Learn the Art of Classical Guitar

See the full story here.

Arts In Contexts Shorts: Barrio Writers

See the full story here.

An Eastside Education

See the full piece here.

Learn about combating the dropout rate with this video from KLRU’s American Graduate Day 2014:

Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director of E3 Alliance, Dr. Phillip Eaglin, Founder and CEO of Changing Expectations, and Rocky Zepeda, Del Valle District Coordinator For At Risk Student Services, District Homeless Liaison and Foster Care Liaison discuss ways to make the extra effort to engage students and helping kids out early on in order to reduce the growing dropout rate in America.


Caring, consistent adults key to child success


Adults make a world of difference to a child’s educational achievement, and the greatest difference comes from adults who are both caring and consistent in their learners’ lives. KLRU supports their #AmGradTX champions, part of the American Graduate Day initiative.

Our partner organizations Breakthrough Austin and CARY (Council on At-Risk Youth) can provide information on how you can sign up to be a mentor.

Find the full list of KLRU’s American Graduate champions here. Below, look through personal stories of several champions:

Alison Rich is a University of Texas Student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is a Robotics Mentor The Lady Cans, an all girls robotics team located in the greater Austin area.

A’lexus Robinson is a Junior at Eastside Memorial High School. Her American Graduate Champion is Gabriel Estrada. Mr. Gabriel, as she calls him, is Youth and Community Facilitator for Austin Voices for Education and Youth.

Christian Palacios is a Senior at McCallum Fine Arts Academy. His American Graduate Champion is Joshua Moreno. Mr. Moreno was his 7th grade math teacher.

Learn about mentorship and the importance of caring adults with videos from KLRU’s American Graduate Day 2014:

Kevin Brackmeyer, Superintendent of Manor ISD, Mary Libby, former president of the Texas Counseling Association and currently a counselor at John Jay HS in San Antonio, and Alfonso Longoria, Football Coach at McNeil HS in Round Rock ISD and formerly an assistant principal in Leander ISD talk about the importance of relationship building between students and the community of adults around them.

Brackmeyer, Libby and Longoria talk about how anyone in the community can become a mentor to a student and how these relationships can help students succeed academically.

Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director of E3 Alliance, Dr. Phillip Eaglin, Founder and CEO of Changing Expectations, and Rocky Zepeda, Del Valle District Coordinator For At Risk Student Services, District Homeless Liaison and Foster Care Liaison discuss ways peers can become mentors to students at risk for dropping out and why everyone is a stakeholder in these kids’ lives.

Key Richardson, Program Director of CASA of Travis County, Tanya Brown, Executive Director of Special Education for AISD, and Angie Tyler, Supervisor of Family & Juvenile Transition Services for The Arc of the Capital Area discuss what each of their individual organizations do to promote education for special needs children and finding out what their needs are.