Highlights Sept. 25 – Oct. 1

KLRU Highlights

George rolls out Plan A to take care of Ross once and for all on Poldark on Masterpiece season 2 episode 1 at 7 pm Sunday.

Sooni and Ian compare notes to solve the mystery of Kaira’s murder on Indian Summer season 2 part 3 at 9 pm Sunday.

Live coverage of the 2016 Presidential debates at 7 pm Monday.

Explore the struggle of the 70s Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin, TX unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture on  El Despertar at 10 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Learn why successful governors of Massachusetts, Democrat Dukakis and Republican Romney, both competent contenders, were unprepared to combat the portraits their opponents painted of them on Contenders – 16 For ’16 at 7 pm Tuesday.

Investigate where the two presidential candidates came from, how they lead and why they want to take on one of the most difficult jobs imaginable on Frontline The Choice at 8 pm Tuesday.Examine formative moments in their lives through interviews with those who know them best.

Anthony Foxx, the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, talks about the future of transportation on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Chet dives into town’s wild west history with stops at Fort Concho and a brothel museum on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace on Great Performances at 8 pm Friday.

Hispanic Heritage Awards at 9 pm Friday are among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos.The 2016 awardees include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (Leadership Award), Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Díaz (Literature Award), Actress/Singer Angelica Maria (Legend Award), and Latin music’s breakout new superstar J Balvin (Vision Award).

Meet Hill Country flower farmers who brought the cut flower industry into “grow local” philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Savor a career-spanning set from Paul Simon on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The singer/songwriter legend performs his classics, songs from Graceland, Simon & Garfunkel tunes and tracks from his latest LP, Stranger to Stranger.

In the Studio: Maureen Dowd, Steve Kornacki, & Evan McMullin tapes Overheard! 9/25

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for three back-to-back tapings on September 25, 2016 starting at noon in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map) during the Texas Tribune Festival. Doors open at 11:30am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Entrance is based upon capacity. RSVP here.

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Author and Columnist
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at noon

Maureen Dowd is a best-selling author and a columnist for The New York Times. In 1999 Dowd won the Pulitzer Prize for her columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal during the Clinton administration. She has most recently written The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics.


 

Steve Kornacki
Political Correspondent, MSNBC
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1pm

Steve Kornacki is a host and political correspondent for MSNBC. He has written for Salon.com, The New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many other publications. Steve currently anchors the 4pm hour of MSNBC Live.


 

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Independent Presidential Candidate
Former CIA Operative
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 2:15pm

Evan McMullin is a former CIA operative who is currently running as the Independent candidate for President of the United States. McMullin joined the CIA in 2001, spearheading numerous counterterrorism and intelligence operations. After completing his CIA service in 2011, McMullin joined the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs.

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 thought-makers 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 Maureen Dowd, Steve Kornacki, and Evan McMullin during the Texas Film Festival. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

The Texas Tribune Festival is taking place September 23-25th. This three-day event is your chance to engage with some of the biggest names in politics and public policy as they explore today’s most pressing issues during interactive panels on race and law enforcement, Zika, campus carry and much, much more.

If you haven’t gotten your Texas Tribune Festival tickets, be sure to redeem your special rate of $250 here.

Vision + Voice 2016

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The Austin ISD Office of Academics, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Division at Austin Community College, received hundreds of poetry submissions from AISD students of all ages for their Vision + Voice poetry contest. One winning poem was selected per grade level. You can check out the winning poems and honorable mentions here. Find out more about Vision + Voice

Highlights Sept. 18-24

KLRU Highlights

Take a fresh look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through dramatized monologues by the two women at its heart, the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson on Royal Wives At War at 7 pm Sunday.

Follow the cast and crew of Poldark on location in beautiful Cornwall on Poldark Revealed at 8 pm Sunday.

Aafrin saves his friend’s life, but gets a gruesome payback on Indian Summer season 2 part 2 at 9 pm Sunday.

Take an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war on POV Kingdom Of Shadows at 9 pm Monday.

Learn about the outspoken doctor and five-term governor who became a force in Democratic politics and the equally outspoken conservative columnist and commentator who both ran for president hell-bent on restoring the America they thought was lost on Contenders – 16 For ’16 Dean / Buchanan – The Flamethrowers at 7 pm Tuesday.

Join an American couple’s courageous mission in 1939 to help refugees escape Nazi-occupied Europe on Defying The Nazis: The Sharps’ War at 8 pm Tuesday.

When disaster strikes, who profits? Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday investigates the Business of Disaster, focusing on the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy: the thousands still not home, the agencies that were supposed to help and the companies that made millions.

Mary Lynn Rajskub, comedian and actress,talks about her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

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, Children of Giant at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice.

Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson on American Masters at 9 pm Thursday.

Art In the 21st Century at 8 pm Friday focuses on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States. Featured artists speak directly to the audience in their own words, reflecting on their lives, sources of inspiration, and working processes.

Design your own mini-meadow habitat to invite winter-to-spring pollinators on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Thrill to the rocking R&B sounds of Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

American Graduate Champions celebrated at Austin Chamber of Commerce

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A packed house at the Austin Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 12th honored four Austin-area American Graduate Champions. In addition, KLRU was able to preview PBS Spotlight Education Week and point attendees to the local American Graduate resources to help educators, parents, and youth. The following Champions were recognized:

See the video shorts of all four Champions

See KLRU’s list of over 200 local Champions

The event coincided with PBS Spotlight Education Week, a series of programs that highlight the current challenges and promises of education in America. Our four local Champions will be featured throughout the week on-air; in addition, Saturday at 1 pm marks the fifth annual American Graduate Day, a four-hour block of national programming with a particular focus of recruiting mentors to assist students on the road to high school graduation and beyond.  Following the broadcast, KLRU will premiere AISD Champions, a one-hour showcase of student-created films celebrating peers, teachers, coaches, and counselors who are making a difference in student lives.

Local support for Spotlight Education Week comes from Austin Community College. The national multi-year American Graduate initiative is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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2016 Texas Tribune Festival

Texas Tribune Festival 2016

The Texas Tribune Festival, returns on Sept. 23-25! Students and educators will get the chance to engage with some of the biggest names and brains in politics and public policy at the University of Texas at Austin campus.

The registration desk for the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival is now open and are proud to announce the first 100+ confirmed speakers, with many more to come as we lead up to the Fest! Students and educators have a chance to register for the festival for $50.

Speakers at the 2016 Festival will include historian and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates, Jr., former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, energy magnate T. Boone Pickens, conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, along with more from around the state and across the nation. Join more than 150 exciting speakers at compelling panels, as discussions take on issues near and dear to Texas and the U.S. Check out the full list of speakers here.

And don’t miss out on the special Thursday night feast at Franklin Barbecue, featuring a conversation with Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post and one of the subjects of Spotlight, the 2016 Oscar winner for Best Picture. An extra $250 ticket is required for the event, which includes all-you-can-eat barbecue and beer.

After the festival, stick around for Texas Tribune’s first-ever TribFeast, an evening gala following the Texas Tribune Festival’s full day of panels and programming on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who will talk about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the state of the 2016 election in conversation with Tribune Co-Founder and CEO Evan Smith will also be in attendance. Taking place at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the evening will also include remarks by Larry R. Faulkner, former president of The University of Texas at Austin and Houston Endowment.

Screening: Willie Velásquez: Your Vote is Your Voice 09/28

Willie Velasquez, former head of the Southwest Voter Registration Project, at a San Antonio warehouse for voting machines.(Express-News file photo by Marianne Thomas)

Join KLRU and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on Sept. 28th for the Willie Velásquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice screening and discussion with filmmaker Hector Galán in attendance. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Meet the charismatic pioneering activist whose rallying cry of “su voto es su voz” (your vote is your voice) started a grassroots movement that transformed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote.

Wednesday, September 28
Screening starts at 7 pm
Doors at 6:30 pm
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.)
RSVP Here

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Arts In Context Season 7 Premiere Party 9/20

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KLRU & the arts community invite you to join us for a night of music and art in East Austin as we premiere Arts In Context Season 7. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

The party takes place Tuesday, Sept. 20th, starting at 6 pm at Handsome (1000 East 6th Street). Enjoy tasty bites, cocktails, live music, a gallery inspired by the Season 7 featured arts groups and a video preview of the upcoming season.

We’ll have a musical performance by Carrie Rodriguez and Luke Jacobs plus sound selections by DJ Chorizo Funk.

Screening: Postcards From The Great Divide 9/21

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Join us for a screening of Postcards From The Great Divide on Sept. 21st in KLRU’s Studio 6A. This online film series focuses on grassroots politics in America and is a digital partnership between the PBS Election 2016 initiative and The Washington Post. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Three Austin filmmakers created short documentaries for this project. Miguel Alvarez’s film explores the challenges of getting Latinos to vote in Texas. Heather Courtney’s film documents urban and rural Minnesota residents distancing themselves based on political views. Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker and Paul Stekler’s film looks at what happens when $1 million of outside money is dropped into a local school board race in Colorado.

Please join us for a screening of four of the series’ short films. Filmmakers Miguel Alvarez (Texas – The Giant Still Sleeps), Heather Courtney (Minnesota – The Big Sort) and series Executive Producers Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker and Paul Stekler will screen their films followed by a Q & A.

Wednesday, September 21
Doors at 6:30pm | Screening & Discussion at 7pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A
Snacks & Drinks Will Be Provided.
Entrance is based upon capacity.

Hispanic Heritage Month on KLRU 2016

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Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of our fellow neighbors in the United States with Hispanic heritage. To celebrate, KLRU will be broadcasting a variety of special programs starting September 22 through October 3.

The programming schedule for Hispanic Heritage Month is as follows:

Voces on PBS “Children of Giant”
Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
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, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice. “Children of Giant” is a film by Hector Galan from Austin, Texas.

American Masters’ “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey”
Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 p.m.
AMERICAN MASTERS premieres “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey.” This film captures the life and work of Pedro Guerrero, a Mexican American photographer born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who goes on to an international career as photographer of master American artists of the 20th century. Using Guerrero’s words, the film gives the viewer an insider’s look into three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson as well as important images of modernist architecture.

Austin Revealed “El Despertar”
Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Explore the struggle of the Chicano movement in the seventies as the Mexican-American community in Austin, TX unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture. Through first person interviews, hear how these individuals placed the goals of the community first and made a lasting impact through empowerment, sacrifices, accomplishments and failures.

 

Hispanic Heritage Awards 2016
Friday, September 30 at 9:00 p.m.
This special will celebrate the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program will include performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.

 

Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice
Tuesday, October 3 at 9:30 p.m.
Latino Public Broadcasting presents a film by Austinite Hector Galan on the life and efforts of Willie Velasquez. A Mexican-American butcher’s son, his political awakening came at a young age. Growing up in the Edgewood neighborhood in San Antonio’s Westside barrio, he wondered why the streets in his neighborhood always flooded and why the city did nothing about it. Why were there no Latinos in city government to represent them? Why didn’t Latinos have a voice? After years of street protests and marches as a Chicano activist, Willie Velasquez realized that the only true path to political empowerment was to register every eligible Latino in America to vote. This film documents his journey to accomplish this.


 

In addition, we will be featuring new episodes of Pati’s Mexican Table and Mexico—One Plate at a Time:

Pati’s Mexican Table
Saturdays at 1:00 pm starting September 10
This season, Pati sets out to explore the Maya world in the Yucatan Peninsula. Embarking on a road trip that will cross three stations, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, Pati meets with local producers, growers and chefs in restaurants and their homes to learn about the unique cuisine of the region. From there, Pati brings her new experiences back to her own kitchen, where she gives viewers a one-on-one lesson on how to make all of these dishes their very own.

Mexico—One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless
Saturdays at 1:00 pm starting September 17
Returning this September, Rick Bayless brings his brilliant combination of travel and cooking back to our screens for another season of exploring Mexican culture in order to bring home the finest flavors and recipes. Explore the many wondrous foods of the Yucatan Peninsula and jump on board the always fun and constant mouthwatering journey as Rick Bayless cooks up classic Yucatan dishes.