Arts In Context Shorts: The Neon Jungle

Evan Voyles builds signs to last generations. Voyles is the sovereign sign-maker of South Congress – he hand-created and repurposed vintage signs for Magnolia Cafe, Homeslice, Soul, Stag, Creatures, Turquoise Door, Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Perla’s, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Yard Dog and Uncommon Objects, the last two going on 20 years of age. Voyles started on his craft as a vintage neon sign collector and began to build signs when clients asked for specialized styles. Most recently, Voyles faced one of his biggest challenges yet: a 50-foot-tall replica of a 1952 Fender Telecaster for Austin Vintage Guitars. His personal artistry is on full display as he creates a new iconic masterpiece.

“I get to change the way my hometown looks,” Voyles said. “Who really gets to say that?”

Science Night 10/14


This week, start Science Night by taking a look at the elephant in the room – elephant poaching. An episode of Nature explores the lives of two bull elephants before NOVA examines the threat of cyberwar. Finally, question your perceptions with neuroscientist David Eagleman as he explores the concept of reality.

Nature Soul of the Elephant at 7 p.m.

Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd. Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas.

NOVA Cyberwar Threat at 8 p.m.

Through startling, previously unreported detail, delve into the chilling new reality of cyberwar, in which cyber weapons can inflict physical damage on our factories, power plants and pipelines… leaving us vulnerable to crippling attacks.

Brain with David Eagleman What is Reality? at 9 p.m.

Dr. David Eagleman takes viewers on an extraordinary journey, exploring how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world, conjures the rich and beautiful world we all take for granted.

After Memorial Day Flood, BMX Park Almost Totally Rebuilt

The 9th Street BMX Park has been a community project since it was first built over 20 years ago.  What started as a single dirt jump constructed by local riders has grown into a whole series of jumps maintained entirely by volunteers.

“This was all flat, and there was one jump in the middle, that’s what we started with,” recalls Steven Tyler, one of the BMX riders to help construct the first jumps.  ”You think, what happened, did these sprout out of the ground? No. That’s a lot of time spent digging out here, and a lot of credit needs to be given to a lot of people to have a place like this. People put a lot of work into a place like this.”

That group effort mentality is something Ty Bement instills in his students.  Bement teaches BMX lessons to those interested in taking up the sport.

“We talk about safety gear, how to push through jumps,” Bement says.  ”Before we start any of that, we talk about how to use a broom and a water hose.”

The dirt jumps are constantly being torn down and reconstructed, but on Memorial Day, every jump was destroyed in a wall of water.

BMX Park Flooding

After Memorial Day, the 9th Street BMX Park was completely underwater. Photo courtesy Darren Drewitz.

“Everything was underwater. You could swim down here,” Bement recalls.  ”That was a trail apocalypse for Austin.”

“It was racing through my mind, are they gonna rebuild it?” says Dakin Drewitz, a student of Bement’s. “Is it going to be the same as it used to be?”


After nearly four months and a lot of work by volunteers and community members, the answer is yes.  Most of the jumps have been reconstructed in the wake of May’s devastating flood, but this labor of love never quite wraps up.

“The dirt jumps are really never done,” Bement says. “They’re ongoing work.”





Highlights October 11 to October 17

KLRU Highlights

Watch the bakers work with sweet dough, making tea loaves that are connected to home, and 36 sweet European buns, from Swedish cinnamon buns to German schnecken and French brioches on Great British Baking Show Sweet Dough, Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

The Women’s Institute is back on Home Fires Episode Two Sunday at 7 p.m., and the RAF arrives in town. Pat endures abuse and Alison’s dog has a close call. The local doctor faces up to his fate.

On Indian Summers on Masterpiece Part Three, Sooni gets into trouble and witness-tampering runs riot. Ramu confronts Armitage at the annual fair. Sunday at 8 p.m.

After two failed attempts on Felicity’s life, Malcolm returns to Scotland and reinvents himself – this time as the perfect boyfriend to Simone. However, DS Henry is hot on his heels and will stop at nothing to prevent the next murder on Widower Part Two Sunday at 9 p.m.

On Father Brown The Devil’s Dust, Sunday at 10 p.m., a girl alleged to have radiation sickness goes missing, and only Father Brown can find her.

Doctor Blake tends to another death at the shoe factory this week on Doctor Blake Mysteries If The Shoe Fits, Sunday at 11 p.m. Though the death is initially ruled an accident, something more nefarious is at play.

host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowry visit the tower to talk about World’s Fair posters on Antiques Roadshow Seattle, Hour Two, Monday at 7 p.m. The trip to Seattle is followed by Antiques Roadshow Albuquerque, Hour Three, at 8 p.m. - Albuquerque reveals classic items from the past, including a 1962 sonic blue Fender Stratocaster, a 1965 Beatles-signed photo and letter, and French filigree earrings, ca. 1775.

Join Phil in the place he calls the “City of Sweets” as he indulges in some of the finest hot chocolate, football-sized croissants and vanilla bombes and searches for the best roast chicken and vegetable-centric dishes in the City of Lights on I’ll Have What Phil’s Having Paris, Monday at 9 p.m.

In the aftermath of the death of probably the most inspirational computer designers and innovators of the 21st century, Steve Jobs – One Last Thing takes an in-depth look at the life and work of Apple boss, Steve Jobs to examine how and why he revolutionized our world. Monday at 10 p.m.

View dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Mary Tyler Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman.

On Secrets of the Dead The Real Trojan Horse, discover new archeological evidence that suggests Troy and the Trojan War may be more than myth. If the legendary siege did happen, was there really a wooden horse that brought enemy soldiers inside the fortified city? Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Follow Dornstein’s continued search for his brother’s killers, the terrorists who blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie on Frontline My Brother’s Bomber, Part 3 Tuesday at 9 p.m. The filmmaker uncovers new information about a suspected Lockerbie bomb-maker and attempts to make contact.

John Ridley reflects on his beginnings and the inspirations that have shaped his approach to screenwriting, with a special look into his journey adapting the Academy Award-winning script for 12 Years a Slave in On Story A Conversation With John Ridley, Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Then, Mick Garris (Masters of Horror) and Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete) deconstruct the shock, suspense, and subtleties of David Cronenberg’s The Fly and how his execution has contributed to the legitimacy and intellect of the horror genre in On Story Deconstructing The Fly, Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.

Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas on Nature Soul of the Elephant, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Wednesday at 8 p.m., delve into the chilling new reality of cyberwar on NOVA Cyberwar Threat, in which cyber weapons can inflict physical damage on our factories, power plants and pipelines … leaving us vulnerable to crippling attacks.

Dr. David Eagleman takes viewers on an extraordinary journey, exploring how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world, conjures the rich and beautiful world we all take for granted Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Brain With David Eagleman What Is Reality?

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 Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. on Austin City Limits Cassandra Wilson.

Evan Smith speaks with comedian and actress Mary Lynn Rajskub this week on Overheard With Evan Smith, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Rajskub is best known for playing Chloe on Fox’s super-popular series 24.

Explore the first Live-Action Graphic Novel with Arts In Context The Intergalactic Nemesis, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Created by an original comic-book story projected panel-by-panel on a video screen while three actors voiced the characters, one performer created sound-effects, and a keyboardist performed the score.

Chet heads to Dallas to explore its history, excitement, and food on The Daytripper The State Fair of Texas Thursday at 8 p.m. He hangs out with Big Tex (the fair’s 55-foot tall mascot), see some prize-winning steers and ostrich races in the Livestock Exhibit, and explores the park’s diverse fried food, including fried butter, fried thanksgiving dinner, and the original “Corny Dog.”

Then on The Daytripper Alpine, Tx, Chet visits “The Big Bend” of Texas with stops to learn its history and climb to a mountaintop classroom. He eats at a steakhouse inspired by the movie “Giant” and devours hot dogs from a truck that takes wienies to a whole other universe. Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

James Norton (Belle) stars as Sidney Chambers, a young and charismatic vicar who turns amateur investigator when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances on Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester, Part 1 Thursday at 9 p.m. Chambers turns to gruff, down-to-earth police inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green, “Reckless”) for help, and the two become crime-solving partners and friends in the hamlet of Grantchester.

Friday at 8 p.m., relish a groundbreaking musical about love and heartbreak on Live from Lincoln Center Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat, performed by the New York Philharmonic and featuring Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden, Fred Willard, Norm Lewis, Jane Alexander and Lauren Worsham.

Beat the drought from trees to groundcovers. A front yard dazzles neighbors and wildlife all year on Central Texas Gardener at noon 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 on Austin City Limits Sturgill Simpson/Asleep at the Wheel Saturday at 7 p.m.

Central Texas Gardener episodes you just can’t miss this fall

Central Texas Gardener

The fall season of Central Texas Gardener is here! We sat down with Linda Lehmusvirta, the producer of Central Texas’ best gardening show, who told us which episodes you can’t afford to miss this season.

On Oct. 10, ahead of Texas Native Plant Week from Oct. 18-24, Linda visits with a young couple in Weir who restored eight acres to contain thousands of native wildflowers. “It’s the most gorgeous thing,” Linda said, and it subverts stereotypes that native plants tend to be messy or ugly.

Kasie and Andrew Brazell's wildflower fields.

Kasie and Andrew Brazell’s wildflower fields.

On Oct. 17 for Hispanic Heritage Month, Linda visited Velia Sanchez-Ruiz’s front yard garden with plants for fragrance, pollinators and traditional Mexican recipes and talk to Austin Resource Recovery about tips for composting. Sanchez-Ruiz lives in a small place in South Austin, and she has a beautiful front-yard garden that people love to walk through and stop and talk. She grows traditional Mexican herbs and uses them for recipes and healing.

Velia Sanchez-Ruiz's garden in South Austin. Photo courtesy Linda Lehmusvirta.

Velia Sanchez-Ruiz’s garden in South Austin.

Linda says you also can’t miss our drought-defiant plants episode, which airs on Halloween. Fall means it’s time to plant trees, and Linda spoke to Mary Irish, who she calls “one of the most knowledgable horticulturists around.” Mary has picked out some native trees that adapt well to both drought and flooding, and they also attract wildlife!

Then, on Nov. 7, we have a special Veteran’s Day episode. We visit the Warrior and Family Support center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, a premiere medical facility for burn patients. A private individual in San Antonio raised the money to create a beautiful activity center and gorgeous garden designed to help the soldiers heal, since some of them are there for years recovering. Linda said it’s a beautiful space for spiritual comfort, but it’s also designed to help soldiers learn to walk again on different surfaces. The garden is fully funded by donations, including volunteer gardeners. Linda talked to the mother of a burn patient who cannot come in the sunlight and cannot regulate his body heat, so the garden has porches and pathways with misters on them so soldiers can be outside but stay cool in the shade. “It’s just the most emotional thing we ever have done,” Linda said. The same episode addresses the mistakes people make when planting trees. “Fall is the time to plant trees,” Linda said, “And if you do something wrong off the bat, five years later, it’s dead and takes forever to get your tree back.” So she sought tips from an arborist who attended Stephen F. Austin’s forestry program and now works at a tree company.

The Warrior and Family Support Center's volunteers with the CTG crew.

The Warrior and Family Support Center’s volunteers with the CTG crew.

The Warrior and Family Support Center's butterfly garden.

The Warrior and Family Support Center’s butterfly garden.

On Nov. 21, Linda addresses the trend of moving food out to the front yard instead of hiding in the back. “Edibles in the garden have become a big deal, so you don’t have to just have this dedicated vegetable space. You can have your native perennials with pollinators, and then you have your lettuce and broccoli interspersed.” Linda talks with Cheryl Beesley from Adelante Landscape, who incorporates edible gardens into beautiful designs. “My philosophy in my garden years ago when we were first facing water restrictions, was that I decided if I had something in my yard, it had to have some kind of benefit. It couldn’t just be pretty. It had to feed wildlife, it had to feed me, it had to provide cover for toads — it had to do something,” Linda said.

Linda is also preparing for future seasons of Central Texas Gardener by taping various locations across Central Texas. One is a normal-sized lot that uses wicking beds instead of traditional watering practice, which Linda said is an old concept, but has become really popular again recently. The man Linda spoke to collects water for the wicking beds from gutter rainwater collection systems, so he almost never has to water. It automatically feeds through the wicking beds. Then, Linda said, she’s talking to a garden designer she found on Instagram who lives in a small condo, so she’s going to show us how to create a beautiful design in a tiny space. You can also look forward to visiting a food forest in South Austin, the Family Support Community Gardens at Fort Hood and Killeen, and an artist inspired by wildflowers.

If you follow KLRU and Central Texas Gardener on social media, you may remember our “summer faves” contest in August. Our winner got to hang out with the CTG hosts and guests, and for episodes airing on Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, Linda will be sharing some of the photos our viewers sent in on social media depicting their favorite summer plants!

“All our viewers are out there with their phones all the time — beautiful flowers, or projects, or whatever — send them on!” Linda said.

Our winner, Eva Marie, with the CTG crew!

Our winner, Eva Marie, with the CTG crew!

Central Texas Gardener is more than a how-to-garden show, Linda says. There are endless resources for new or experienced gardeners on the website: plant lists and garden videos, and the CTG YouTube channel gives you the ability to binge-watch gardens for ideas on what to do for your own!

“We represent so many different styles, because Austin is very eclectic,” Linda said. “We have contemporary, minimalistic garden styles, we have cottage garden styles, we have vegetable gardens, we have the rose people, we have the succulent people, the pond people…we’re trying to represent all the diverse ways that gardeners express themselves.
CTG is not just this little how-to-garden show. It’s an art show. We’re illustrating how people express themselves visually. With plants, with artwork in the garden, by painting the fence a certain way — it’s all a creative experience.

It’s also an environmental awareness show. We can all read the serious stories about the drought, but many people still don’t get it until you see it, but they need to go in their own backyard, and that’s where it hits home. If I spray a certain chemical, I’m going to kill all my bees, and it’s proven that gardeners do most of the environmental damage. Also, with the water issue, just because it’s dry it doesn’t have to be ugly. You just have to plant for the right soil, you have to plant native or adapted plants, and mulch and compost.”

Central Texas Gardener airs Saturdays at noon on KLRU. Visit the CTG website here, and be sure to follow Linda on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Click here to see a schedule of all upcoming Central Texas Gardener episodes. Happy gardening!

In the Studio: Overheard tapings during the Texas Book Festival


Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for four tapings during the Texas Book Festival! All tapings happen in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:30pm. They are free to attend but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity.

KKristin Hersh, Musician and Author
Thursday, October 15, 2015
3:15pm (doors at 2:45pm)

Kristin Hersh is a founding member of the bands Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave. Rolling Stone called her memoir Rat Girl one of the top 10 best rock memoirs ever written. Her new memoir, Don’t Die, Don’t Suck, is a haunting, personal story about the loss of her friend, musician Vic Chesnutt.


MargaretAtwoodMargaret Atwood, Award-Winning Author
Friday, October 16, 2015
3pm (doors at 2:30pm)

Margaret Atwood is an award-winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. She’s best known for her novels The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published in September.


WendellPierceWendell Pierce, Actor and Author
Sunday, October 18, 2015
12:15pm (doors at 11:45am)

Wendell Pierce is an actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire.” He also starred as Antoine Batiste in Treme, the HBO series about post-Katrina New Orleans, which is Pierce’s hometown. His memoir The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken was recently published.


SununuFormer Governor John Sununu, New Hampshire
Sunday, October 18, 2015
1pm (doors at 12:45pm)

John H. Sununu is the former Governor of New Hampshire. He was also White House Chief of Staff for President George H.W. Bush. Most recently he was Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. His memoir, The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush, was published in June.


The Texas Book Festival brings more than 300 authors to Downtown Austin and the State Capitol grounds October 17-18th. One of the premier literary events in the country, the Texas Book Festival includes author readings, panel discussions, book signings, themed tents with cooking and children’s entertainment, and much more. You can find more information, including the festival schedule, by visiting

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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! And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at

Photo of Wendell Pierce is courtesy Sean Hagwell Photography. Photo of Margaret Atwood is by Jean Malek. 

What is the FCC’s Spectrum Incentive Auction and why you should care

When you tune your radio or TV to a channel, communication signals travel over the air via radio frequency, also known as spectrum. The TV broadcast you watch, the radio program you listen to, the GPS device that helps get you where you’re going, and the wireless phone service you use to make phone calls and check Facebook from your smartphone — all use invisible airwaves — spectrum — to transmit bits of data through the air.

Spectrum Auction Overview – What, When and Why it Matters

Anything that requires wireless transmission such as radio, television, wireless, satellite, even microphones have different frequencies upon which they operate, generally licensed to them by the Federal government. The UHF spectrum where most television can be found is ideal for the growing demands of smartphones and tablets, and the demand is increasing dramatically.

In a process that will begin this fall, the FCC will ask broadcasters to relinquish their space in the spectrum in exchange for money. The spectrum obtained in this auction will then be sold to wireless providers, increasing their capacity to provide wireless and broadband services that are increasingly demanded by consumers and businesses.

Because this slice of the spectrum is in such high demand, broadcasters are facing a potential windfall. And while it might sound tempting to “take the money and run” this decision can’t be undone. Once a station relinquishes their broadcast license, that’s it.

There are several scenarios in the auction other than selling. A broadcaster could “channel share” with someone else (split the signal with another station in the same market), they could shift to a new location on the VHF sector of the spectrum, or they could do nothing.  There are arguments for and against each of these options, and KLRU has established a task force of its Board to look at the options.

So where does this leave the viewer? The biggest impact would be felt by those who watch television over-the-air. They could potentially lose reception from stations they once received or stations could disappear entirely. Broadcasters may continue to produce content and serve online and cable/satellite audiences, but they could choose to discontinue “broadcasting” over the air.

Later this Fall stations will start the auction process and indicate to the FCC their interest in participation. The auction is slated to begin in late March 2016 and could take weeks or months to complete.

At the heart of KLRU’s deliberations is a simple question: What is the best option to support public media in Central Texas, and especially our viewers, members, and others who have a stake in independent, high quality, educational programs?

KLRU is interested to hear your reaction and/or questions in this process. Please contact us at

Q Night at the Movies 10/10

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Q Night at the Movies presents another night of crime, this week in the style of film noir and neo-noir. The evening begins with an exploration of the masked men of lucha libre in an episode of Voces focused on the Latino wrestling sport. Then the night explores noir in earnest, starting with On Story’s conversation with L.A. Confidential creative Brian Helgeland. Mob movie “Bullitt” follows, and the night concludes with a discussion about crime dramas in Pioneers of Television.

Voces on PBS Tales of Masked Men at 6:30 p.m.

Explore “lucha libre” and its role in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico. Part circus and part athletic contest, the sport, famous for its masked wrestlers, provides a sense of “home” for new immigrants in the United States. It also continues to expand and build on its unique cultural tradition in countries where it enjoys enduring popularity.

On Story A Conversation with Brian Helgeland at 7:30 p.m.

Brian Helgeland, the creative force behind “42,” “L.A. Confidential,” “Mystic River,” and “A Knight’s Tale,” shares his experience as a screenwriter, director and producer, along with the ups, downs and left turns of the filmmaking industry. Accompanied by the short film “Hector Is Gonna Kill Nate,” from Ari Issler about a basketball student that rolls into his High School gym looking for revenge.

All-Star Film Collection Bullitt at 8 p.m.

A San Francisco police detective (Steve McQueen) gets hold of a mob-witness/corruption case and won’t let go.

Pioneers of Television Crime Dramas at 9:55 p.m.

As viewers reveled in being transported to shadowy underworlds, creative geniuses emerged in the forms of Jack Webb (“Dragnet”), Desi Arnaz (“The Untouchables”) and Bruce Geller (“Mannix” and “Mission: Impossible”). Groundbreaking actors Bill Cosby (“I Spy”) and Angie Dickinson (“Police Woman”) reveal the methods behind their successes as the first African-American and breakthrough female lead characters in a television series. Barbara Bain and Martin Landau share the secrets behind the success of the innovative hit “Mission: Impossible, ” while the evolution of Peter Falk’s amazing characterization in his role as “Columbo” is recalled. And James Garner, in his only recent interview, along with series creator Stephen J. Cannell, recounts the success of the “The Rockford Files’” reluctant crime solver.

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

Indie Lens Pop-Up Mimi and Dona 11/3

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Mimi and Dona. This free event takes place Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.


For 64 years, 92-year-old Mimi has cared for her daughter Dona, who has an intellectual disability, and now faces the inevitable: to find Dona a home. This alternately heartbreaking and heartwarming film by Mimi’s granddaughter tells the story of a quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo, and their effect on three generations of a Texas family.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

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.

The Overheard taping is co-presented with The Texas Tribune and will be livestreamed 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