Highlights Jan 14-20

KLRU Highlights

ALL NEW VICTORIA! Victoria Season 2 on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday. New mother Victoria is impatient to return to ruling, while Albert attempts to protect her from the news regarding British soldiers in Afghanistan.

Independent Lens I Am Not Your Negro at 8 pm Monday and 10 pm Friday watch a film that envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a revolutionary and personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux discover a tapestry of the unexpected in their ancestry, revealing slaves and free people of color, Civil War legacies and forgotten European origins on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm.

Secret Of Tuxedo Park: American Experience at 7 pm Wednesday explore the life of the unknown Wall Street tycoon, Alfred Lee Loomis, who led a double life as a scientist and whose secret lab in upstate New York helped develop the radar technology that would alter the course of history in World War II.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday investigates the sexual abuse of immigrant women — often undocumented — who clean the malls where you shop, the banks where you do business and the offices where you work.

Discover the white wolf, one of the most hardened predators on the planet, in Ellesmere Island’s unforgiving ice and snow at Nature Arctic Wolf Pack at 7 pm Wednesday.

How has this unique structure, built on a seismic fault, survived centuries of quakes on NOVA Hagia Sophia: Istanbul’s Ancient Mystery at 8 pm Wednesday.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic at 9 pm Wednesday will combine stories of people and communities impacted by this epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines of dealing with the epidemic.

Helen Thorpe, journalist and author, on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Many people dream of visiting Switzerland and experiencing the sheer beauty of the Alps, the gushing glacier river waters, and of course, the legendary cheeses and chocolates on Samantha Brown’s Places To Love at Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet explores a small town that’s known as the home of “Billy the Kid” on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Barnaby’s former CID colleague Jack Colby left the force in disgrace following a sex scandal at the Causton police station on Midsomer Murders at 9 pm Thursday.

Explore the life and work of the A Raisin in the Sun playwright and activist who played a significant role in the civil rights movement on Lorraine Hansberry: American Masters at 8 pm Friday.

Grab a bit of history for your rose garden and tour a romantic garden carved into flooding terrain on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Thrill to an hour with legendary keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock. The jazz innovator surveys his decades-long career in his Austin City Limits debut Saturday at 7 pm.

Highlights Jan 7-13

KLRU Highlights

Catch up on season one of Victoria before season 2 begins on Jan. 14th. Sunday starting at 7 pm watch the final three episodes of season one.

Follow filmmaker Jennifer Brea’s struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and meet others coping with this often-devastating and little-understood condition in this intimate documentary on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday.

In Elvis ’56 Monday at 10:30 pm filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond (An American Family) open a time capsule to reveal the legendary performer at the very beginning of his meteoric career.

Actors Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy trace their nonconformist ancestors on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm.

Discover the remarkable story of the perilous 1914 journey of Theodore Roosevelt and Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the dark and deadly heart of the Amazon rainforest on Into The Amazon: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

Join scientists as they trudge through mountains of snow, climb trees as tall as buildings, and soar high in the air to discover how global climate changes are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses on Nature Yosemite at 7 pm Wednesday.

Black holes are the most enigmatic and exotic objects in the universe. Find out more on Nova Black Hole Apocalypse at 8 pm Wednesday.

John Hodgman, author, comedian and actor, on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday and 7:30 pm Friday.

In this premiere episode, Samantha visits one of the most diverse and underrated cities in the United States: Houston on Samantha Brown’s Places To Love at 8 pm Thursday.

Chet goes to North Padre Island on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

When director Nick Cheyney is found beheaded by a guillotine on the set of his latest film, Barnaby and Jones are left with no shortage of suspects on Midsomer Murders at 9 pm Thursday.

Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at 8 pm Friday features an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Tony Bennett.

Enjoy an hour of unconventional rock with Father John Misty and the Black Angels on Austin City Limits at 9:30 pm Friday.

The Broad Street Ballroom, an architectural landmark in New York’s Wall Street district, provided the perfect backdrop for a riveting performance by musical visionary Sturgill Simpson on Live from the Artist Den at 10:30 pm Friday.

See how to avoid the most common tree problems and visit a family vegetable garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Savor the best in Americana with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Amanda Shires on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.





KLRU PBS KIDS Writers Contest 2018 is now open!

The KLRU PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to KLRU, which will then select winners and award prizes on May 19, 2018. All entries will be published on KLRU’s website.

The KLRU Writers Contest will begin January 1, 2018 and will end March 31, 2018. Find out how to enter

To help you and your child with the story entry, check out last year’s winners and use the judging rubric to learn how your child’s story is scored.

Indie Lens Pop Up screening I Am Not Your Negro 1/17

Don’t miss KLRU’s screening of one of the most acclaimed films of the year, I Am Not Your Negro. This free Indie Lens Pop Up screening takes place Jan. 17th at 7 pm at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.

This Oscar nominee for Best Documentary envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Screening starts at 7 pm.

Thanks to our partners:

KLRU & Austin City Limits Holiday Sale 12/12

Get yourself or your loved ones an Austin City Limits limited edition poster, T-shirt or one of the many other items available for purchase at our annual Holiday Sale, free and open to the public from 5:30-8pm on Tuesday, Dec. 12th in KLRU’s Studio 6A!

Free beverages from Shiner, Texas Coffee Traders and more! Enjoy live music from Cecilia + The Broken Hearts and a holiday-themed mix set from DJ Santa Smooth.

This special event will feature a silent auction of one of the retired audio boards from KLRU’s legendary Studio 6A. This Yamaha PM-1800 was used as the front of house board for most Austin City Limits tapings from 1990-2010 and for all other music events in the studio from 1990-2016. Also, we will auction a full set of Season 43 limited edition Austin City Limits taping posters. Take some incredible pieces of Austin music history home with you!

5:30pm doors open
5:40pm DJ Santa Smooth
6:25pm Cecilia + The Broken Hearts

Cecilia and the Broken Hearts
Cecilia + the Broken Hearts are an Afro-Chicano Futurism band formed in Austin, TX. They have been featured on NPR’s Alt-Latino and in 2016 performed at the Cactus Cafe as part of the NPR Tiny Desk Contest Tour. Their musical focus is based on traditional Latin rhythms that are layered underneath melodic three part vocal harmonies, and complemented by driving guitars, accordion, flute and synth. From Rumba to Cumbia to Conjunto, Cecilia + the Broken Hearts is working to push the boundaries of Latin music and create a perfect amalgamation. Members include Mincho Jacob (bass), Melanie Morgan (accordian, flute, vocals), Estrella De Leon (vocals), Jay Bernal (vocals, guitar, percussion), Fabian Rincon (drums), Joseph Loney (percussion), Joe Rocha (guitar, synth).

DJ Santa Smooth
DJ Santa Smooth is a former college radio DJ and current xmas enthusiast who will be introducing shoppers to the soulful side of the holiday season.

Free screening of The Chinese Exclusion Act 12/7 as part of the Austin Asian American Film Festival

Join us for opening night of the Austin Asian American Film Festival as we copresent the documentary film The Chinese Exclusion Act on 12/7 at 6:45 pm at AFS Cinema
6406 North Interstate 35. The event is free but an RSVP is required

In the late 1800s, anti-Chinese agitation led to federal laws targeting Chinese abroad and those already in the U.S. The Chinese Exclusion Act  looks far beyond the legislation of its title and weaves archival photos, historian interviews, and first-hand accounts into a sweeping chronicle of Chinese American life in an era that still informs American conceptions of national and ethnic identity. This film will air on PBS in 2018 as part of American Experience.

Join us for a reception before this special screening!

Arts In Context Plastic Planet screening 12/3

Don’t miss a special screening of KLRU’s Arts In Context documentary Plastic Planet at 4 pm, Sunday, December 3, at Central Library Special Event Center (1st floor), 710 W. César Chávez St. Artist Calder Kamin and AIC producer Christopher Hwisu Kim will be in attendance at this free event.

Artist Calder Kamin always loved sculpting animals but it wasn’t until she started using plastic bags that her medium matched her message. The Plastic Planet project is a series of animal sculptures made entirely out of plastic bags, highlighting the fraught relationship between nature and humanity – all while making a positive impact on the environment.

PBS KIDS Rings in the Holiday Season with a Full Slate of Programming for the Whole Family

Shorter days and colder nights offer a good reason to cozy up with family to enjoy holiday favorites on PBS KIDS. Beginning this month and running through the end of the year, kids and families can celebrate the joy of the season with holiday-themed specials every weekend as part of Family Night, a special viewing destination on the KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream. This includes the Primetime Emmy- and WGA Award-winning ONCE UPON A SESAME STREET CHRISTMAS, THE GRUFFALO and new holiday-themed episodes from READY JET GO!, SPLASH AND BUBBLES and CYBERCHASE. Holiday-themed episodes from PBS KIDS favorites will also air on PBS stations and stream on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video app throughout December. For additional programs airing, check out klru.org/holiday

Premieres and streams November 22, 23, 24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night); December 4, 11-15, 18
A bedtime story for Elmo recalls a gloomy time when Sesame Street was devoid of holiday spirit until a distant relative brought tidings of comfort and joy to its residents.

Airs December 1-3 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
A cunning mouse goes for a walk through the forest and has to outwit a succession of predators.

Airs December 8-10 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 12, 14, 16, 26
This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down, and they depend on a variety of animals – from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs – and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

SPLASH AND BUBBLES: Whitebeard/Coral Day – NEW
Airs December 11, 15-17 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
“Whitebeard” – Ripple is excited because, according to legend, tonight is the night that Whitebeard, a mysterious creature who lives at the North Pole, sails over Reeftown, singing his beautiful music. She tries to convince the other Reeftown friends to stay up and watch for him to appear.
“Coral Day” – It’s the holiday season in Reeftown as everyone gets ready for Coral Day, a celebration of the wonderful coral that makes up their home. Splash, new to Reeftown and its traditions, wonders what he can contribute to the festival.

Airs December 11, 15-17 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 26
“The Hanukkah Problem” – When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah.
“The Christmas Problem” – When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world and deliver them using 100 sleighs.
“The Penguin Problem” – Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under” and “in between.”

READY JET GO!: Holidays in Boxwood Terrace – NEW
Premieres and streams December 11, December 22-24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
“Holidays in Boxwood Terrace, Part 1” – Jet pitches an idea for the annual Boxwood Terrace Christmas Pageant, and not only is it accepted, he gets to direct it! He casts Sean, Sydney, Mindy and Sunspot as characters in the play and hires Mitchell Petersen to help him find this elusive thing called “Christmas Spirit.”
“Holidays in Boxwood Terrace, Part 2” – Jet is looking for the Spirit of Christmas, something intangible that Sean and Sydney can’t quite define. Mitchell wants to belong to the group, but doesn’t know how to do it. Both kids get their answer in a heartfelt conclusion.

Airs December 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 22-24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 25
In this one-hour special, it’s Christmastime and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. The Wild Kratts must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?

Premieres and streams December 29; 30-31 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
It’s almost Reboot Day – when all of Cyberspace celebrates a fresh start for the new year! It’s Delete’s favorite holiday, but Hacker is in a bad mood because he’s low on energy. Fortunately for Hacker, the blustery town of Bottawa has a powerful energy source he can steal. Unfortunately for Bottawa, this energy source raises the big ball at midnight on Reboot Eve, and the celebration is being broadcast live across Cyberspace! When Hacker goes through with his plan, Delete stays in Bottawa to join forces with the CyberSquad and save the holiday. Can they find a way to use Bottawa’s wind to raise the big ball by midnight? And will Hacker’s Reboot resolution bring Delete home?
Other new episodes include “Creech’s Creature Quandary” (December 26), “A Murky Mystery in Mermaidos” (Dec ember27) and “Plantasaurus!” (December 28).

Airs December 11, 15, 17, 25
Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There’s only one dilemma – neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Holiday programming on KLRU 2017

Great British Baking Show

KLRU presents special programing that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Rick Steves’ Special “European Christmas”
Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 am and repeats on Saturday, December 2 at 10:30 pm; It Sunday, December 3 at 1:00 pm.
In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

Great British Baking Show “Christmas Masterclass”
Friday, December 8 at 8:00 pm and repeats on Saturday, December 9 at 5:30 pm
Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holiday season.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 
Friday, December 15 at 8:00 pm
Celebrate the holidays with the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This season’s cross-cultural spectacular features the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazon, and seasonal favorites.

Great British Baking Show “Christmas Masterclass”
Saturday, December 16 at 5:30pm
Mary and Paul share favorite recipes for Christmas classics like stollen, mincemeat streusel and a gingerbread house, and some lesser-known bakes: Scottish black bun, Tunis cake and Boxing Day pie-the perfect way to use trimmings from the day before.

Great Performances “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn”
Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 pm and repeats on Friday, December 22 at 8:00 pm.
Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning “White Christmas” with big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter’s famous tunes.

Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Specials
Sunday, December 17 and Sunday, December 24 at 7:00 pm
Caroline’s new headship involves moving the family to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie.

Great British Baking Show
Saturday, December 23 at 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm
In the first program, Mary and Paul share favorite recipes for Christmas classics like stollen, mincemeat streusel and a gingerbread house, and some lesser-known bakes: Scottish black bun, Tunis cake and Boxing Day pie-the perfect way to use trimmings from the day before.  In the second program, watch Mary prepare a pavlova wreath, and Paul a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and a rosace a l’orange. Paul puts leftovers to use in turkey and ham pie and closes the show with a towering pandoro.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Monday, December 25 at 7:00 pm
Join the midwives as they battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family.

November 7th marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act. The law created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and later led to the creation of both PBS and NPR. Austin City Limits honors the milestone signing in the non-performer category this year. The landmark act was signed into law in November 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson who remarked at the time, “We want most of all to enrich man’s spirit. That is the purpose of this act.” The Act stipulates that “it is in the public interest to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.”

The act was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in October. The award accepted by Catherine Robb, Attorney, Former KLRU Board President and founder of the LBJ Future Forum and Amy Barbee, Executive Director of the LBJ Foundation.