Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary: Call for Home Videos!

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In 2019, PBS will air Country Music, a major documentary film series on the history of country music, produced and directed by Ken Burns.

To help them tell this story, they would like to collect home movies from fans and musicians for possible use in the film: families enjoying country music parks; crowds at fan fairs and concerts; behind the scenes and on the road with musicians. They are specifically looking for home movies from the time period of the 1950s through the mid 1990s.

If your home movies are used in Country Music, you will receive a DVD of the series, a poster signed by Ken Burns, and will be thanked in the film’s credits.

Please send home movies from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and/or 1990s. Do not send original footage: DVD or digital copies only. THE MATERIAL WILL NOT BE RETURNED. If your home movie gets selected for use, Florentine Films will contact you about getting access to the original footage. Clearly mark the disc with your name, address, phone number and e-mail (if available), so they can contact you if your footage is selected. Include a brief description, e.g., Sunset Park, Pennsylvania, July 1962; Fan Fair, Nashville,1996.

Send your movie(s) by December 31, 2016 to:
CM Home Movies
c/o Florentine Films, PO Box 613
Walpole, NH 03608

In the Studio: 5 Overheard tapings during Texas book Festival


Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for several tapings November 5 and 6, 2016 in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). The events are free but an RSVP is required for each taping. Please RSVP here.

             3 Tapings on Saturday, November 5             

T.C. Boyle, Author
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:15am (doors at 9:45am)

T.C. Boyle has published fifteen novels and ten volumes of short stories. His works include the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning World’s End: The Tortilla Curtain, which was awarded France’s prestigious Prix Médici étranger, and The New York Times bestseller The Harder They Come. His new novel The Terranauts was released this October.

Nick Offerman, Actor 
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 3:45pm (doors at 3pm)

Nick Offerman is an actor, comedian, author and carpenter best known for his role in the TV show Parks and Recreation. He has just released his third book titled Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop. The book takes readers behind the scenes of his woodshop and gives step-by-step instructions to many of his favorite projects.

Marcus Samuelsson, Chef 
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 6:15pm (doors at 5:45pm)

Marcus Samuelsson is a chef and restaurateur who has written numerous cookbooks. In 2013, he won the James Beard Foundation award for Writing and Literature related to food. He was the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times. His restaurant, Red Rooster, is located in Harlem, NY. His latest effort, The Red Rooster Cookbook, was released this October.

  2 Back-to-Back Tapings on Sunday, November 6  

Diane Guerrero, Actor followed by R.L. Stine, Author
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 10:45am (doors at 10:15am) 

Diane Guerrero is an actor on the hit shows Orange is the New Blackand Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has also been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. Her first book In the Country We Love recently hit the shelves.

R.L. Stine is a novelist, short story writer and TV producer. He is best known for his children’s horror fiction novels including Goosebumps,Rotten School and The Nightmare Room series. His works have sold over 400 million copies worldwide and have been on countless bestseller lists. His latest book Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story has just been released.

KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Entrance is based upon capacity

The Texas Book Festival brings more than 290 authors to Downtown Austin and the State Capitol grounds November 5th and 6th. 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 and list of attendees, by

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 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

Screening: Willie Velásquez: Your Voice Is Your Vote 11/2


Join KLRU, the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), and UT LULAC on November 28 at 5:30 p.m. in GWB 2.206 on the UT Campus for a screening of “Willie Velásquez: Your Voice is Your Vote.”

Today there are over 27 million eligible Latino voters registered to vote in the United States. One man – Willie Velásquez helped pave the way for the continually increasing power of Latinos at the polls when he founded the Southwest Voters Registrations and education project in the 1970s.

With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velásquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote in America. This is the story of how a young boy growing up in the poor barrio of San Antonio Texas, questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city government, grew up to be a student activist leader in the center of the Civil Rights Movement for Latinos, and then became a young Latino statesman, leading one of the most important efforts in the history of Latino empowerment in America. The film looks at Latino millennials and how their future vote will affect the American political landscape and at contemporary issues facing Latinos today and how that translates to the ballot box.

Highlights 23-29

KLRU Highlights

At wits’ end, Louisa orders her children to put food on the table Durrells On Masterpiece on Sunday at 7 pm.

George maneuvers Poldark toward checkmate on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece on Sunday at 8 pm.

Naresh executes a diabolical plan and Aafrin tries desperately to stop it on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm.

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife document their emotional journey with a video game on POV  Thank You For Playing at 9 pm Monday.

Passing It Forward features Tapestry Dance Company laying the foundation for the future of tap dance in America on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Trace Geraldine Ferraro’s entrance onto the world stage and Sarah Palin’s added energy and excitement to John McCain’s campaign on Contenders – 16 For ’16 Ferraro / Palin – The Trailblazers on Tuesday at 7 pm.

Discover how the prolific creator of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms on Norman Lear: American Masters at 8 pm Tuesday.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.

Overheard with Evan Smith features Steve Kornacki, host and political correspondent for MSNBC, at 7 pm Thursday.

The Daytripper goes to Taylor and Conroe in back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances at 9 pm Thursday follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton.

Bill Murray: The Mark Twain Prize at 8 pm Friday celebrates beloved actor and comedian Bill Murray the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

See how to pick, plant, and care for your trees and visit an easy-care outdoor living room on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

A thrilling hour with rock & roll legend Iggy Pop on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.The Detroit native blasts through classics and cuts from his latest album, Post Pop Depression, accompanied by members of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys.

Shots Fired: Ongoing Repercussions of the Texas Tower Shooting 11/2


On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman shot and killed 14 people on campus and wounded 32 others. In the five decades since the shooting – an event that seemed to come from out of the blue – history has shaped that morning into the start of a new chapter in American life. And after every such atrocity, the debate over guns begins again.

Please join us on November 2 at 7 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map) for “Shots Fired: Ongoing Repercussions of the Texas Tower Shooting,” an interactive discussion hosted by veteran journalist Judy Maggio with panelists including Laura Rice, producer of the Texas Standard documentary, “Out of the Blue”, historian Jeremi Suri, the Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at The University of Texas at Austin and Megan Gilbride, producer of the award-winning documentary film, TOWER.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

KLRU wins four 2016 Lone Star Emmys


KLRU programs brought home four Lone Star Emmys for productions including Arts In Context and SXSW Flashback 2015. They were awarded by the Lone Star Emmy chapter at the 14th annual awards show in Fort Worth.

And the winners are…


SXSW Flashback 2015
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer/Videographer
Taylor Kondelis, Producer/Editor/Videographer
Colleen Nelson, Associate Producer/Videographer
Galia Farber, Producer


Arts In Context: Somos Krudas
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer/Editor
Chelsea Hernandez, Associate Producer


El Despertar
Joe Rocha, Producer
Eve Tarlo, Producer


Arts In Context SHORTS: Body Shift
Eve Tarlo, Director/Producer/Editor
Anna Ramirez, Assistant Editor
Christopher Kim, Cinematography

Highlights 16-22

KLRU Highlights

On Durrells On Masterpiece at 7pm Sunday, Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) stars as an intrepid widow who decamps from dreary England to a sun-dappled Greek island with her four recalcitrant children on this six-part adaptation of Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals and its two sequels.

Ross and George engage in a frank discussion and Demelza risks her neck before a blessed event on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece Sunday at 8 pm.

Lord Hawthorne wants Adam arrested for setting him afire on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Follow Hooligan Sparrow and other activists across southern China seeking justice for schoolgirls allegedly sexually abused by their principal on POV at 9 pm Monday.

In Considering Matthew Shepard, Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare bring depth and emotion to a harrowing story of loss on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Meet Nikola Tesla, the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century on American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top counter-terror officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Watch live coverage followed by analysis of the Presidential Debate at 8 pm Tuesday co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, with David Brooks, Mark Shields, and Amy Walter in studio and Newshour correspondent John Yang on location.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday featuresEvan McMullin, a former CIA operative who is currently running as the Independent candidate for President of the United States.

Chet heads to Big Bend and Tyler on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Road to Austin at 9 pm Thursday is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton.

Great Performances at 8 pm Friday follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.

Discover the healing powers of cultivated and wild plants and why a family grows their own food on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy dazzling modern rock and soul from Florence + The Machine followed by Andra Day on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.


Highlights Oct. 9-15

KLRU Highlights

With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velasquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape. Austin filmmaker Hector Galán profiles Velasquez and shows his lasting impact on Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice at 7 pm Sunday.

The PBS Newshour presents live coverage of the presidential candidates debates followed by analysis co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff on Sunday at 8 pm.

Meet an American family coping with one of life’s most intimate transformations on POV From This Day Forward at 9 pm Monday. Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender, living as Trisha. Her mother stayed with him. Now Sharon wants to understand how the family survived intact.

Photographers Hakeem Adewumi and Moyo Oyelola take a global tale and make it feel like home on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the U.S.-led efforts to degrade and destroy ISIS. Reporting from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey, the film examines the successes, failures, and challenges of the fight, as ISIS loses ground in the region but strikes out abroad.

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before on Nature at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Maureen Dowd, best-selling author and a columnist for The New York Times.

Chet heads to Big Bend in two back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances presents Grammy Salute To Music Legends Friday at 8 pm. This all-star concert salutes The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement, Trustee and Music Educator award winners. Honorees include Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, John Cage and more.

Grow gorgeous with outdoor living and water thrifty plant designs that spark attention on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy new classics and fan favorites from music icon Robert Plant on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The British superstar sings classics from the catalogs of Led Zeppelin, the blues canon and his solo Americana albums.

Central Texas Gardener receives 2016 GWA Media Awards Gold Medal of Achievement


Congrats to CTG’s Linda Lehmusvirta for receiving the 2016 Media Awards Gold Medal of Achievement!

KLRU’s Linda Lehmusvirta has received the 2016 Media Awards Gold Medal of Achievement for Best Overall Broadcast Media, from the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators for her work as producer on Central Texas Gardener.

A total of 11 Gold Medals were awarded at the 2016 GWA Awards & Honors Dinner, held on Monday, September 19.

This national award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications. The 2016 competition had more than 250 entries in 56 categories, and Silver Awards of Achievement were given to 59 pieces of work making them semi-finalists for Gold Awards. Lehmusvirta was one of those awarded a silver medal for her work on Central Texas Gardener.

“The GWA Media Awards showcase the writers, photographers, editors, publishers and trade companies that have pursued excellence in gardening communication in print or electronic communications,” says Kirk Brown, president of GWA. “The Media Award winners have been judged by industry experts and show significant distinction and merits that exemplify exceptional work.”

You can watch Central Texas Gardener on Saturdays at noon or by visiting the website where you can also read all of the blogs.


Highlights Oct. 2-8

KLRU Highlights

The romantic saga based on the novels by Winston Graham continues on Poldark on Masterpiece season 2 episode 2 at 8 pm Sunday.

Sooni confronts Aafrin and receives a shock and Madeline tries to line up a key ally for Ralph on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9pm Sunday.

Legendary nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, defined a new era of public discourse in the media, the moment TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle on Independent Lens Best Of Enemies at 8 pm Monday.

With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velasquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape. Austin filmmaker Hector Galán profiles Velasquez and shows his lasting impact on Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice at 9:30 pm Monday.

In Sacred Hearts, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez’s latest work carries the weight of generations on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Live coverage of the 2016 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates Tuesday at 8 pm.

Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer, talks about the new feminism on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to Alpine and Big Bend on back to back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm.

Getting Ahead at 8 pm Friday follows Tavis Smiley as he travels to Northern California, where the increases have been in place for at least a year, and offers a look at the real impact of higher wages on communities, businesses and employees.

Political comedian John Fugelsang hits the road to find out if the American Dream is alive or dead on Dream On at 9 pm Friday.

From shade trees to understory companions, grow a home-style forest for pollinators and birds on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy performances by acclaimed singer/songwriters Bay and Giddens on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. Englishman Bay plays songs from his chart-topping debut Chaos and the Calm. North Carolina native Giddens performs tunes from her Grammy-nominated solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn.