Highlights May 28-June 3

KLRU Highlights

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 28th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country on National Memorial Day Concert at  7 pm and 9 pm Sunday.

PBS Previews: The Vietnam War at 8:30 pm Sunday takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR.

Canine Soldiers at 10:30 pm Sunday and 10 pm Monday explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols.

A combat veteran starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army on Independent Lens Farmer / Veteran at 9 pm Monday. While the sense of duty he once felt as a soldier returns, his crippling PTSD remains as he and his wife nervously anticipate the birth of their first child.

Observe the social changes the slum dwellers face as they move into the 20th century on Victoria Slum House Tuesday at 7 pm.

Discover how America’s diverse cultures contribute to its musical styles: from the Hopi tribe to Hawaii’s Joseph Kekuku to Mexican-American Lydia Mendoza and the Cajun Breaux Family on American Epic at 8 pm Tuesday.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life.

Joe Hutto has dedicated seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. Ordinarily, the deer herd would run from any human, but these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own on Nature Touching the Wild at 7 pm Wednesday.

The water contamination crisis in Flint, MI, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure on Nova at 8 pm Wednesday.

Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to learn how the hidden chemistry in every mouthful of food keeps our bodies fit and healthy on Food – Delicious Science at 9 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times.

In 2011, Wanda Montemayor and a team including teachers, art therapists and students from all over Austin completed a hand made 1200 square foot mosaic mural at historic Deep Eddy pool. Learn about this community project on Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet visits Glen Rose and San Saba on The Daytripper at 8 and 8:30 pm.

When a family glassware business collapses following the death of one of its partners, Barnaby investigates allegations of financial irregularities, love triangles and a string of murders on Midsomer Murders at 9 pm Thursday.

Join host Rashida Jones to honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media on the 76th Annual Peabody Awards at 8 pm Friday.

On its 50th anniversary, Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution at 7 pm Saturday takes a look back at the creation and ongoing influence of the classic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released by The Beatles in 1967.

British drama night on features Father Brown, Doctor Blake, Place to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm

Science Night 5/31

This week Science Night focuses the lives of mule deer, drinking water and how our bodies process food.

Joe Hutto has dedicated seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. Ordinarily, the deer herd would run from any human, but these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own on Nature Touching the Wild at 7 pm Wednesday.

The water contamination crisis in Flint, MI, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure on Nova at 8 pm Wednesday.

Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to learn how the hidden chemistry in every mouthful of food keeps our bodies fit and healthy on Food – Delicious Science at 9 pm Wednesday.

KLRU NEXT Night: The Great British Baking Show! 6/15

A new season of The Great British Baking Show returns this summer to PBS and, to celebrate, we’re hosting a night where dessert comes first on the menu!  Our KLRU Next Night will take place clock Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Mercury Hall, Get your tickets now!

Sample treats from some of our favorite pastry chefs and dessert spots in town:
Juliann Stoddart, Pastry Chef for Parkside Projects
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
SRSLY Chocolate
Soraiya Nagree, Owner of La Pâtisserie

Decorate your own dessert with Kellie’s Baking Co. while you sip rosé and drink beverages by local favorite Live Oak Brewing Company.

Cost for this event is $20 and all proceeds benefit KLRU. Get your tickets today

This NEXT Night is made possible by ABC Home & Commercial Services

What does #YourKLRU mean to you?

You’ve told us how important #YourKLRU is to you. And supporting public television is now more important than ever.

Take it from first time donor Jeni Williams.

I have enjoyed PBS for most of my life and the programming on KLRU since moving to Austin a decade ago. While I have considered supporting KLRU for most of that time, I never actually pulled the trigger. The current political climate has been the perfect encouragement to do so. Thank you for bringing diverse voices into the living rooms of thousands, encouraging conversations between family and friends and teaching our little ones not only their ABC’s, but also how to live with compassion and understanding.”

Stories like Jeni’s validate what we already know — that public television is vital to the Central Texas community and worthy of your support.

So this June, we’re asking for your help to raise $100,000 in just five days during our online fund drive. But what does an online fund drive mean? It means we’re NOT interrupting your regular schedule and we’re NOT breaking into your favorite shows to ask for support. We’re giving you back 902 minutes of uninterrupted high-quality educational programming – that’s over 15 hours of your favorite shows! 

Schedule your donation today or save the date to give June 5th through 9th! And help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by answering “What’s #YourKLRU?”. Or share your story with us here.

You have the power to keep #YourKLRU thriving for years to come. Can we count on you to make a difference this June?

Highlights May 21-27

KLRU Highlights

An unexpected turn of events leads to a hastily arranged wedding on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

Joanne Froggatt, who stole the hearts of millions of viewers as Anna on “Downton Abbey,” stars in a totally different role in this spine-tingling drama – the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, Britain’s first female serial killer on Dark Angel on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

They Call Us Monsters on Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm takes viewers behind the walls of the Compound, the facility where Los Angeles houses its most violent juvenile criminals. To their advocates, they’re kids. To the system, they’re adults. To their victims, they’re monsters.

Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson at 10:30 pm Monday is a Hawaiian story of pain and promise, of challenge and triumph and a story of leadership.

Enter the 1890s, when mass manufacturing and social reform offer a bit of hope for some of the residents, while others are plagued by a water shortage that dashes hopes for a promising laundry business Victorian Slum House at 7 pm Tuesday.

Travel to the rural South as Elder Burch, Charley Patton and others record early Delta blues, gospel and protest songs on American Epic Blood And Soil at 8 pm Tuesday.

The power struggles and competing visions of President Trump’s inner circle on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

When your physical health suffers your mental state may too on Stories of the Mind at 10 pm Tuesday.

Nature The Gathering Swarms at 7 pm Wednesday looks at some of the most extraordinary swarms on the planet, including a view from inside a locust swarm, mayflies along the Mississippi, 17-year cicadas, and brine fly hatches over Lake Victoria.

A meteor burst into a fireball over Siberia. Can scientists spot the next deadly asteroid in time on Nova Meteor Strike at 8 pm Wednesday.

Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to learn about the science that makes our food taste delicious and the powerful effect it has on our tongue and nose on Food A Matter Of Taste at 9 pm Wednesday.

Matt Lewis is a senior columnist at The Daily Beast and a CNN political commentator on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday. Lewis has written for GQ, The Washington Post, Politico and many more. Previously, Lewis worked as a senior contributor for The Daily Caller and a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily. He has been named one of the “50 Best Conservative Columnists” by RightWingNews for the past four years.

Canine Soldiers at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols.

Chet heads to the Texas border to sample the Tex Mex culture in Laredo on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

A mischievous trickster finally gets his comeuppance when his body is found floating below the weir in Midsomers Deverell on Midsummer Murders at 9 pm Thursday.

Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pepin, a young immigrant with movie-star looks and a charming Gallic accent, who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form to become one of America’s most beloved food icons on American Masters at 8 pm Friday.

Alice Waters, once a Berkeley hippie, rocked the international world o f food in the late 1970s by preparing a simple lunch for an elite culinary gathering accustomed to complicated dishes on American Masters at 9 pm Friday.

 

Science Night 5/24

Nature The Gathering Swarms at 7 pm Wednesday looks at some of the most extraordinary swarms on the planet, including a view from inside a locust swarm, mayflies along the Mississippi, 17-year cicadas, and brine fly hatches over Lake Victoria.

A meteor burst into a fireball over Siberia. Can scientists spot the next deadly asteroid in time on Nova Meteor Strike at 8 pm Wednesday.

Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to learn about the science that makes our food taste delicious and the powerful effect it has on our tongue and nose on Food A Matter Of Taste at 9 pm Wednesday.

Indie Lens Pop-Up Preview Screening of Real Boy 6/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Real Boy by Shaleece Haas. This free event takes place Tuesday, June 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — traveling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett. Filmed over the course of four years, Real Boy is a love story about a mother and son who rediscover connection with each other and find support from their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. Real Boy premieres on KLRU Monday, June 19, at 9 pm.

“All I want is to be loved by my family, but for my family, it’s not as simple as that,” says Bennett. “It’s complicated for them.” Through interviews with Suzy and old home movies, we meet Bennett as a joyful, happy child, but that changed as he grew older. Adolescence brought anger, substance abuse, and self-destructive behaviors. When Bennett began to share his true identity as male, he felt happier inside but faced resistance from his family. Finding solace online with other teens facing the same issues, the aspiring musician is also taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons.

Through observational storytelling that is alternately heartbreaking and humorous, Real Boy offers a clear-eyed look at a family tested by a change they never imagined, the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the unbreakable bond between mother and child.

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.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Gary Kelly 5/19

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Gary Kelly on May 19 at 1:15 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 12:15 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Gary Kelly

Gary Kelly serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines. In Kelly’s 30 years at Southwest he has worked as a controller, Chief Financial Officer, VP of Finance, Executive VP and CFO before being promoted to CEO in 2004. In 2017 Kelly was recognized as one of the top five underrated CEOs by Fortune magazine.

Friday, May 19 at 1:15 p.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 12:15 p.m.
RSVP
Entrance is based upon capacity.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith concludes 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 at this taping with Gary Kelly. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Please note, The University of Texas will be holding graduation ceremonies on 5/19, so traffic and parking may be more difficult than usual. Please plan to arrive early or use an alternate form of transportation. Thanks for your cooperation!

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Cedar park student headed to PBS Newshour Student Reporting Lab Academy

Twenty talented youth storytellers from 13 states will convene in the nation’s capital this summer with the common objective to advance the future of journalism and public media. KLRU’s PBS Newshour Student Reporting Lab participant Isaac Hernandez of Cedar Ridge High School was named one of the fellows for the Student Reporting Labs Academy.

The middle and high school fellows are participants in the third annual Student Reporting Labs Academy. They will work alongside public media mentors to produce original digital content and sharpen their journalism and production skills. The fellows will also help program leaders develop strategies to engage young people with the news and current affairs, and ensure that diverse youth voices are active in the conversations about critical issues facing the nation.

During the 2016-17 school year, these young journalists contributed to the NewsHour’s broadcast and digital platforms with Letters to the Next President, stories of New Americans, 13 Reasons Why and two upcoming series on overcoming disabilities and America’s National Parks.

To learn more about the other students, please visit the official 2017 SRL Academy Tumblr.

Student Reporting Labs is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s make it happen initiative, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.

On social media, visit PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs on Facebook or follow @reportinglabs on Twitter.

Explore the arts at the West Austin Studio Tour 5/13-14 & 5/20-21

KLRU is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s West Austin Studio Tour! The event is free and open on May 13-14 & 20-21 from 11am-6pm. Big Medium’s WEST is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. WEST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

The 2017 tour includes 331 participants: 172 Artist Studios, 45 Galleries, 92 Temporary Exhibitions, 11 Happenings, 6 Libraries, and 5 Schools. There are several special events including a community breakfast, group exhibition themed tours for families and more! Get more details at west.bigmedium.org