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.

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.

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.)

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Arts In Context Season 7 Premiere Party 9/20


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


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.

Highlights 11-17

Michael Gambon stars as Winston Churchill in this dramatization of Churchill’s  life-threatening stroke in 1953 on Churchill’s Secret On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

Three years have passed since last season. Aafrin is secretly fighting for Indian independence from inside the civil service on Season 2 of Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Accompany two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to achieve their dream of graduating from college on POV All The Difference at 9 pm Monday.

Contenders: 16 for ’16 at 7 pm Tuesday reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. In part one, see how being a straight talker in a presidential race had damaging consequences for Chisholm and McCain.

Examine reports of predatory behavior and fraud in the troubled for-profit college industry on Frontline Subprime Education at 8 pm Tuesday.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks about race and cultural identity on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Follow students, teachers and staff at an Austin high school under threat of closure by the state on An Eastside Education at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Craft in America at 9:30 pm Thursday visits America’s premier craft artists in their studios to witness the creation of handmade objects and into homes, businesses and public spaces where functional art is employed and celebrated.

Time For School: 2003-2016 at 8 pm Thursday visits seven classrooms in seven countries and offers a glimpse of seven children struggling to get a basic education.

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.

Spruce up spring with fall-planted bulbs and meet a young family’s first garden with Asian tastes on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

American Graduate Day 2016 starting at 1 pm Saturday is alive broadcast dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves. After the national American Graduate Day programing, KLRU features AISD Champions at 5 pm. Student filmmakers from 11 AISD high schools tell the stories of the champions who have supported, challenged and encouraged them in their academic and personal journeys.

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American Graduate Day 2016 returns this fall for its fifth consecutive year! Soledad O’Brien will host the national broadcast which premieres Saturday, September 17 starting at 1 pm. Featuring news segments, mini-documentaries, performances, and interviews, American Graduate Day 2016 is the culminating event of Spotlight Education Week – a special week of primetime education-themed programming on PBS beginning September 12, 2016.

American Graduate Day 2016 will focus on the importance of mentorship as a solution to one of the nation’s largest education challenges, and will celebrate the exceptional work of individuals and groups across the country who are mentors in their communities, by helping local youth stay on track to college and career successes. This year’s broadcast will be anchored by “Stories of Champions,” a series of short documentary-style profile pieces, which will spotlight individuals and influential figures in local communities around the country who are successfully keeping students on the path to graduation through engaging mentorship and ongoing support. The day will feature one of KLRU’s local champions. You can watch them all below.

After the national broadcast, KLRU will feature local American Graduate Day programming.

AISD Champions at 4:30 pm Sept. 17
Student filmmakers from 11 AISD high schools tell the stories of the champions who have supported, challenged and encouraged them in their academic and personal journeys. The film captures the richness and diversity of life in AISD high schools and the dedication of the teachers, coaches, families and community members who inspire students every day.

Eastside Education at 5:30 pm Sept. 17
Follow students, teachers and staff at an Austin high school under threat of closure by the state. For years, Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. An Eastside Education spends one semester at one of Austin’s lowest-income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed. An Eastside Education is a production of KLRU­-TV, Austin PBS. It is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. American Graduate seeks to establish a clearer understanding about why students drop out of high school and how dropout rates impact our economy and society.


Highlights Sept 4-10

KLRU Highlights

With permission from Queen Elizabeth, Queen’s Garden at 7 pm Sunday covers a year in Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and the natural history of this remarkable hidden royal treasure in the heart of London.

Secrets of the Manor House at 8 pm Sunday looks beyond the fiction to the truth of how life was in these ancient British houses, and how mounting financial, political and social pressures were about to bring momentous changes to both the wealthy and their servants.

Go behind the scenes at Japan’s Yoshida Brewery, where a brotherhood of artisans, spends  months in nearly monastic isolation as they follow an age-old process to create sake on POV The Birth of Sake at 9 pm Monday.

Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday showcases Songwriting With Soldiers, which offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters.

On September 11, 2001, Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people. What happened behind the walls of the Pentagon is a largely untold chapter in history. Fifteen years later, survivors and first responders shed light on that tragic day on 9/11 Inside the Pentagon at 7 pm Tuesday and 9 pm Wednesday.

Frontline The Man Who Knew at 8 pm Tuesday tells the story of John O’Neill, an FBI expert on Al Qaeda who warned it was a threat. He was forced out of the FBI and worked in security at the World Trade Center, where he died during September 11th, 2001 attack.

Learn how Asian-American, black millennial, Arab-American and Latino evangelical voters are exerting their growing strength on America By The Numbers at 9 pm Tuesday.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday investigates the psychology of a terrorist and examines how radical organizations have grown to make use of modern propaganda and social media tools in order to cultivate an army of self-radicalized killers.

Ken Burns talks about creating documentary films on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday. Former US Representative for California’s 36th district Jane Harman discusses politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to the “Lavender Capital” in Blanco at 8 pm and Richmond at 8:30 pm to explore a living history park full of reenactors and a local swamp full of alligators.

From the early settlers to shopping mecca and urban oasis, Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy at 9 pm Thursday examines the transformation of Houston’s most glamorous address.

Enjoy an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, on Friday at 8 pm.

High school students taste the future of sustainability with hands-on growing and aquaponics on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

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



In the Studio: Gloria Steinem tapes Overheard 9/14


UPDATE:This taping has reached capacity. We are no longer accepting RSVPs. Thank you for your understanding and your interest in Overheard with Evan Smith.

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Gloria Steinem on September 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. 

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence. She now lives in New York City and has just finished a book detailing her more than thirty years on the road as a feminist organizer. Steinem is in Austin for the Liz Carpenter Lectureship.

Wednesday, September 14 at 3pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 2:30pm

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 at this taping with Gloria Steinem. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime atklru.org/overheard.