Arts In Context Shorts: Guild of the Silent Sword

“When I was a youth …, I had no idea that there were any major empires, kingdoms or cities or cultures in Africa,” says Da’Mon Stith, founder of the Guild of the Silent Sword. With the goal of recovering and evolving the lost fighting arts of Africa, Stith created the Guild of the Silent Sword as a way to build community and awaken people’s understanding of African culture. He considers sword play “experimental archaeology” and uses it to feel like part of a larger, human story.


Highlights Sept. 24-30

KLRU Highlights

As the Tet Offensive unfolds, Americans begin to doubt LBJ in Vietnam War Things Fall Apart at 7 pm Sunday.

Ross does Elizabeth a favor, while George starts plan C against him in back-to-back episodes of Poldark starting at 8:30 Sunday.

Americans at home wrestle with the draft while soldiers in Vietnam face savagery with unflinching courage on Vietnam War The Veneer of Civilization at 7 pm Monday.

Hear veterans, Vietnamese immigrants, and protestors recount how their lives were affected by the Vietnam war on Austin Revealed Stories from Vietnam 9 pm Monday.

Follow a family’s musical journey from Veracruz to the American Midwest in Beyond La Bamba Monday at 9:30.

Three young women experience difficult homecomings as they confront the pain of growing up on Film School Shorts Coming Home 10 pm Monday.

Get an inside look at Oregon’s most talented animators in Oregon’s Animation Magic Monday at 10:30.

After the shocking massacre at My Lai, American soldiers and civilians begin to question the war’s rectitude in Vietnam War The History of the World 7 pm Tuesday.

Teens and boomers discuss the roles of citizenship and service in ATX Together: Lessons from Vietnam 9 pm Tuesday.

Ken Burns talks about the making of his Vietnam War documentary, and local veterans are profiled on Decibel Vietnam Special Tuesday at 9:30 pm.

Paula Pell talks about her background in theater and drawing from a funny family in On Story Queens of Comedy: A Conversation with Paula Pell Tuesday at 10 pm.

Jason Segel discusses his career in On Story Freaks & Muppets: A Conversation with Jason Segel 10:30 pm Tuesday.

South Vietnamese soldiers are defeated in Laos, and Nixon brings home American soldiers in Vietnam War A Disrespectful Loyalty Wednesday at 7 pm.

Follow one man’s growth from student activist to civil rights leader and see what issues face Latino millennials today on Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice 9 pm Wednesday.

Enjoy dazzling modern rock and soul performances on Austin City Limits Florence + The Machine/Andra Day Wednesday at 10 pm.

Nixon resigns and North Vietnamese troops overtake Saigon in Vietnam War The Weight of Memory 7 pm Thursday.

Barnaby and Jones are busy unraveling the deaths of a choir member and a bird watcher in Midsomer Murders Death in Chorus Wednesday at 9 pm.

Explore the influences Mexican and American craft artists have on each other in Craft in America Borders Friday at 8 pm.

Travel to and from the U.S. and Mexico to learn how aesthetics cross from country to country in Craft in America Neighbors Friday at 9 pm.

Enjoy dazzling modern rock and soul performances on Austin City Limits Florence + The Machine/Andra Day Friday at 10 pm.

“I am still a PBS Kid.”

As Jessica Michallick recently told KLRU, being visually impaired meant missing out on certain experiences, when she was in school.

“I didn’t get to participate in the science fair,” she recalls. “I didn’t get a chance to do experiments in school.”

It’s no surprise that this memory still stands out to her. One of Jessica’s favorite shows at the time was Bill Nye the Science Guy on her local PBS station.

“[It] just gave me such interest in science. I would do little experiments at home. My parents would always find weird things that I was freezing to see what would happen to them.”

At school, Jessica also experienced bullying from other students, but another PBS favorite, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, provided a sense of acceptance and belonging.

“[Mister Rogers] did a song called ‘It’s You I Like’ . . . I felt like he was really my friend. Like I would communicate with him through the TV.”

Like Jessica, many of us still remember exactly how it felt to be bullied as kids—even decades after the fact. Furthermore, as parents, many of us are now guiding our own children through struggles with bullying.

Jessica is a member of KLRU today because she knows firsthand that PBS provides space for all children to feel care and respect—and to learn how to deal with differences.

Parents can count on KLRU for children’s media that communicates empathy and builds self-esteem—all without advertising. In fact, parents continue to rate PBS KIDS as the most trusted and safe channel for children to watch. Read more about how PBS KIDS benefits children and parents. And PBS KIDS is now available 24/7!

Today, Jessica is all grown up, but she hasn’t forgotten what a difference these programs made in her life.

“I am still a ‘PBS Kid,’ ” she says.


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Watch Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War on air or online

THE VIETNAM WAR, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premiered Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 across all platforms, broadcast, and digital. All episodes will be available until 10/4 online at and on station co-branded web and mobile platforms.

Watch Online:
Broadcast Version
Explicit Language Version
Spanish Version
Vietnamese Subtitles

Passport members have access to the entire film starting 9/17/2017 until 12/31/2017. Click here to learn more about our Passport member benefit.

Broadcast schedule:
18.1 airs Sept. 17-21 and Sept 24-28 starting at 7 p.m.
18.3 airs the nightly encore Sept. 24-28 and Sept. 24-28 at 8:30 p.m.

18.1 will air episodes weekly on Tuesdays in October and November.

Find episode details and the full schedule at this link.

To explore more about the film, get resources, share your story and watch additional videos go to can also find out how to host your own screening of the film. Make sure to check out our local Vietnam War productions from KLRU’s Decibel, Austin Revealed, and ATX Together.

Your feedback is essential. Take KLRU’s Annual Survey!

It’s time for KLRU’s Annual Viewer Survey and your feedback is essential!

Each year KLRU asks Central Texans to tell us what we’re getting right and how we can improve. These surveys allow us to both check in with individuals while also fine-tuning bigger picture ideas for the upcoming year. The more feedback we receive, the better we can serve the community.

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The survey should take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. Please note that all information collected for this survey is for internal use only and will not be shared or sold to anyone.

And be entered into a giveaway for a KLRU Fan Kit when you take the survey today!

Thank you so much for participating!


Sesame Street “Here For Each Other” kits go to APD’s Blue Santa

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, KLRU asked for and received 300 Sesame Street “Here For Each Other” kits, which use video, a picture book, and a discussion guide to help families guide young children through their thoughts and feelings after a natural disaster. KLRU in turned passed along the kits to the Austin Police Department’s Blue Santa to be distributed among families in Austin and in neighboring regions.


Lanier HS NewsHour Reporting Lab shoots a spot with tennis legend Andy Roddick

On Tuesday, September 12, members of the Lanier High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab, led by newly named Texas Teacher of the Year Tara Bourdeaux, met Andy Roddick to film his take on mentoring and his involvement with Austin youth through the Andy Roddick Foundation. The result of the interview will become a 90 second spot to promote the October 14 American Graduate Day broadcast and to support mentoring as a vital community activity. Andy now gets to call himself an American Graduate Champion alongside his many other victories!


Highlights Sept. 17-23

KLRU Highlights

In an immersive narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film. The Vietnam War airing Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 pm features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Watch an encore on KLRU Q each evening after the episode finishes airing on KLRU.

Aidan Turner stars as Ross Poldark at 8:30 pm Sunday, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after battle to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined and his true love is engaged to another.  KLRU presents an encore of season 2 of Poldark before season 3 begins on Oct. 1st.

KLRU’s Decibel team talks with filmmaker Ken Burns about the making the epic Vietnam War documentary and profiles local veterans who served at 8:30 pm Monday.

Central Texans share their experiences during the Vietnam War on Austin Revealed Stories From Vietnam at 9 pm Tuesday.

Using the experiences and issues of the Vietnam War, teens and boomers discuss the role of citizenship and service both then and now on ATX Together: Lessons From Vietnam at 9 pm Wednesday and 9:30 pm Friday.

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

Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class on On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam at 8 pm Friday.

Warm up winter recipes with easy-growing herbs and see how specialty, tasty mushrooms grow on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

New episode of Living Springs debuts 9/14

On Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 pm the newest episode  of the Living Springs series will debut on KLRU. The program includes our “fresh off the editing bay,” Wildlands, a 22-minute piece that showcases Austin’s water quality protection lands.

Did you know that Austin manages 26,000 acres that have been purchased by voters
through open space bonds to protect the aquifer? Learn about the myriad benefits of preserving our aquifer lands. This piece features amazing drone footage by Jared Tennant and Nelson Guda, and original music by composer Graham Reynolds.

In addition, the show features the debut of the short “More a State Than a Place,” a nostalgic look at Barton Springs through the eyes of Beverly Sheffield, who was Austin Parks and Recreation Director from 1934 to 1974. The video features a 1992 interview with Sheffield conducted by Dean Rindy of Rindy Miller Media as well as film footage from the Austin History Center and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.

Additional air dates for episode include Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10:38 pm; Sunday, Sept 17
at 5:00 pm; Monday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 am; Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 pm; Monday, Sept. 25 at 1:30 am

About Living Springs
Many stories emanate from the spring-fed water of Barton Springs. Using the power of a multi-linear, user-driven format, viewers navigate through a virtual underwater environment, meeting artists and scientists, historic figures, poets and preachers who share their perspectives and their passions about Austin’s most beloved natural resource.