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.


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.
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

2017 Writers Contest winners announced

Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2017 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Over 300 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention recognition:

1st Place: Kindergarten—Addison Rogers, homeschooled in Paige, TX; First Grade—Harry Flynn, Pond Springs Elementary (Round Rock ISD); Second Grade—Surya Arunkumar, Patsy Sommer Elementary (Round Rock ISD); Third Grade—Anna James, Riojas Elementary (Pflugerville ISD)

2nd Place: Kindergarten—Maxwell Hausken, Reilly Elementary (Austin ISD); First Grade—Avanish Ram Vetsa, Laurel Mountain Elementary (Round Rock ISD); Second Grade—Genevieve Hernandez, Santa Cruz Catholic School (Buda, TX); Third Grade—Kinsley Cronin-West, Laurel Mountain Elementary (Round Rock ISD)

3rd Place: Kindergarten—Sunny Paulsen, TH Johnson Elementary (Taylor ISD); First Grade—Atlie May, homeschooled in Kyle, TX and Colin D’Eimon, Neidig Elementary (Elgin ISD); Second Grade—Tanya Ram, St. Francis School (Austin, TX); Third Grade—Julia Tese, Chaparral Star Academy (Austin, TX).

Honorable Mention: Elijah Moore, Pflugerville, TX

“Every year KLRU is a proud participant in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest because it underscores our commitment to the success of Central Texas children,” said Ben Kramer, KLRU VP of Education. “The process of creative writing has been proven to not only support the building of key academic skills but to help improve a child’s self confidence, creativity and imagination. KLRU wishes the winners congratulations, and celebrates all of the talented Central Texas children who entered this year’s contest. While KLRU celebrates the success of the most winning entries at each grade level, we also wish to celebrate the creation of a community of writers, and extend the publication to all children who submit an entry by publishing them on our website at klru.org/writerscontest.”

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a local initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations. The 2018 KLRU Writers Contest will also include 4th and 5th grades!

To learn more about the contest, visit klru.org/writerscontest.

Highlights May 14-20

KLRU Highlights

Call the Midwife, Sunday at 7:00 pm: Dr. Turner helps the Mullucks cope with the stresses of caring for a disabled child as the terrible legacy of thalidomide becomes apparent.

King Charles III On Masterpiece, Sunday at 8:00 pm: The hit Broadway show “King Charles III” is adapted for television. A 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play, the drama imagines Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death.

Father Brown, Sunday at 10:00 pm & Saturday at 8:00 pm: Father Brown (Mark Williams) drops into Chedworth Boxing Club and sees London gangster Dennis Nelson (Martin Kemp) set Jeb (Chris Gordon) up for a crack at the Southern Area Belt at Cheltenham Town Hall.

Independent Lens, Monday at 9:00 pm: The story of famed Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem F.C. after it acquired two Muslim players, which led to a racist backlash and a lot of soul-searching from their new teammates.

Beyond The Wall: A Texas Tribune Investigation, Monday at 10:30 pm: Go past the rhetoric to investigate the reality of the Texas border with The Texas Tribune. Step into the shoes of undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents and a borderland rancher, and explore Texas’ thirst for illegal drugs and cheap labor.

Victorian Slum House, Tuesday at 7:00 pm: Despite high unemployment and intolerable conditions, people flock to London, desperate for work. When curious upper-class visitors are permitted to visit the slum as tourists, the participants realize how precarious their situation truly is.

American Epic, Tuesday at 8:00 pm: Travel to 1920s Tennessee as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and the Memphis Jug Band make their first records with producer Ralph Peer on a revolutionary portable electronic recording system, creating the first R&B songs and modern country music.

Frontline, Tuesday at 9:00 pm: How one family’s fight against the government invigorated armed militias and “Patriot” groups. Inside the Bundy family’s standoffs over land in the West, and the groups aligned with them that have grown to levels not seen in decades.

Stories of the Mind, Tuesday at 10:00 pm: Ups and downs are part of being human. But when they’re extreme, that’s bipolar disorder. Three inspiring characters show us how they manage and succeed.

On Story, Tuesday at 10:30 pm: John Patrick Shanley on Writing For The Stage and Screen

Nature, Wednesday at 7:00 pm: “Animal Misfits” reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

NOVA, Wednesday at 8:00 pm: For over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China’s battlefields-dominating warfare longer than anywhere else on earth. Now, a series of amazing archaeological findings enable a team of experts to reconstruct and test China’s first super-weapon.

Food – Delicious Science, Wednesday at 9:00 pm: 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.

Austin City Limits, Wednesday at 10:00 pm & Friday at 10:00 pm: Experience the contemporary R&B of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. as he plays songs from his album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Rocking Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett performs tunes from her LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

Overheard with Evan Smith, Thursday at 7:00 pm: Timothy Simons is an actor, comedian and writer who is best known for his work on HBO’s television series Veep. His role in the series has gained him both an EWwy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

Portrait Of A Landscape: The Flint Hills, Thursday at 7:30 pm: A visually-stunning portrait of the Flint Hills of Kansas during one of their most striking times of the year, Spring. Long ago, 170 million acres of tallgrass prairie extended its reach across Canada to Texas. Join us for a unique experience of intense and unforgettable emotion seen through the camera lens.

The Daytripper, Thursday at 8:00 pm: Chet explores this East Texas town’s history at the old high school and searches for a hidden waterfall at the local park. He then learns about giant balloons at a NASA facility and hunts for hogs in the dark woods.

The Daytripper, Thursday at 8:30 pm:  Chet heads to a Northeast Texas town where he dines on sushi and samples the legendary “Pittsburg Hot Links.”

Midsomer Murders, Thursday at 9:00 pm & Saturday at 10:40 pm: Part 1 – A man’s apparent suicide in an armored car shocks the village of Morton Fendle, but things take a more sinister turn upon the discovery he was not alone when he died.

Midsomer Murders, Thursday at 9:50 pm & Saturday at 11:30 pm: Part 2.

Living Springs, Thursday at 10:40 pm: Barton 4 Springs; Barbara Mahler, Science Detective; Salamander Captive Breedings; Waterworks.

James Beard: American Masters, Friday at 8:00 pm: Experience a century of food through the life of iconic chef James Beard. The quintessential American cook, he hosted the first cooking show on television in 1946, was a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, and introduced Julia Child to New York

Julia Child: American Masters, Friday at 9:00 pm: The life and legacy of Julia Child is remembered and celebrated in this special AMERICAN MASTERS program. Child is fondly remembered for introducing French cuisine to American home cooks through her television series – beginning with WGBH’s “The French Chef” in 1963 – and books.

Austin City Limits, Saturday at 7:00 pm: The Grammy Award-winning group featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians showcases their latest record, Let Me Get By.

Doctor Blake Mysteries, Sunday at 8:50 pm: Another episode of Doctor Blake Mysteries.

Place to Call Home, Saturday at 9:50 pm: Elizabeth is rushed to the hospital where Jack confirms she has suffered a heart attack.

Science Night May 17

This science night, don’t miss out on dolphins, boats, and food!

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. “Animal Misfits” reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life. Nature begins Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

For over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China’s battlefields-dominating warfare longer than anywhere else on earth. Now, a series of amazing archaeological findings enable a team of experts to reconstruct and test China’s first super-weapon, on this episode of NOVA, beginning Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

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, all on Food – Delicious Science, beginning Wednesday at 9:00 pm.