KLRU Educational Services will be at the Texas Book Festival this weekend! On Sunday, October 26th, from noon – 3 pm Clifford the Big Red Dog and KLRU’s Ed Services team will be at the Children’s Activity Tent (on Colorado St. between 12th & 13th). Children can use our iPads loaded with learning apps and parents can find out about educational resources available from PBS.
KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring Native American culture.
Our celebration begins with a screening of LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 on November 5th. Find out more here
Sunday, November 9 at 4 pm
Navajo veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly, AZ have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and most recently in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them from the formidable challenges facing them when they return home. Viewers will see how strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy are helping these warriors return.
Across The Creek
Thursday, November 13 at 9:30 pm
This program is a half-hour conversation among members of the Lakota, who are seeking ways to restore their culture after a legacy of colonialism. Offering a fresh perspective into the lives of the Sioux on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations, the film looks at how these Sioux communities struggle to maintain tradition, while confronting the challenges of broken families, abuse, and poverty. By sharing their stories across generations, they hope to build a vision for the future. Across the Creek was produced by independent filmmaker John Cournoyer.
LaDonna Harris: Indian 101
Monday, November 17 at 10 pm
Sunday, November 23 at 2 pm
This documentary profiles Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of political and social activism. Her national work began when President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian Tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course was called “Indian 101″ and was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. In addition to her work in civil rights, world peace, the environment and women’s rights, Harris is best known for introducing landmark legislation, such as land return claims to the Taos Pueblo Tribe and Native tribes of Alaska, as well as returning federal recognition for the Menominee Tribe. LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 was produced by independent filmmaker Julieanna Brannum.
Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience
Sunday, November 23 at 1 pm
This compelling documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the United States Midwest. It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive and make great contributions to society.
POV “Up Heartbreak Hill”
Sunday, November 23 at 3 pm
Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s “Up Heartbreak Hill” is a look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.
Spirit in the Glass: Plateau Native Beadwork
Sunday, November 23 at 4 pm
Celebrate the spectacular beadwork and culture of the Columbia River Plateau People through the eyes and hearts of the artists. Together, they share their history, motivation, and the beadwork that plays an important role in binding their culture together.
Episode 16: The Alabaster Enchantress
Having discovered the secret to the Ultra Hive, our heroes enter a dangerous labyrinth of shocking psychic energy. But to defeat the hive requires the ultimate sacrifice…
Episode 15 – Inner Demons
With the appearance of both Jean-Pierre and Timmy Mendez, Molly and Ben find themselves freed from certain doom, only to witness an old enemy’s doom, and then to face possible more doom! Good thing the Ultra Hive is organized by the Eigenvalue Protocol…
Arts In Context is celebrating its fifth season, and we’re throwing a party! The premiere episode, Rebirth, features Austin’s experimental indie folk band Les RAV. Please join us for a screening followed by a Q&A with director Mario Troncoso and a special live performance by Les RAV. Enjoy beverages from Live Oak and sweet & savory treats from Cornucopia Popcorn Creations, too!
About the Episode: Rebirth
Born out of intense personal hardship, Les RAV – the classically-influenced experimental indie folk band – is the musical brainchild of Lauren Bruno, an ethereal, infinitely positive songwriter. Beyond the music, Bruno uses Les RAV to spread and foster a message of peace, connection, and understanding to anyone who will listen. Though diagnosed with ulcerative colitis early on in life, Bruno uses this often debilitating disease as motivation to spread her message of hope with even more fervor and intensity. Her haunting vocals and melodies reel listeners in but it’s her overwhelming sense of hopefulness and goodness that keeps them in.
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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for two days of interviews during the Texas Book Festival. These events are free but an RSVP is required. One RSVP gets you access to all four tapings on October 25. You are welcome to come to only one, but please wait for the taping to finish before leaving or entering the studio. There is a separate RSVP for the taping on October 26. All tapings take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Saturday, October 25th – RSVP now
TIME: Tapings take place at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3:15 pm.
GUESTS: Katha Pollitt, James Ellroy, Nicholas Kristof and Martin Amis
Sunday, October 26 – RSVP now
TIME: Taping begins at 10 am. (Doors open at 9:30 am.)
GUEST: Joyce Carol Oates
Katha Pollitt starts things off at noon on October 25:
Katha Pollitt is an award-winning author and columnist for The Nation. Her previous work of essays surrounding feminism, women’s rights, and politics have been compiled into several books including Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism and Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time. Her most recent book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, discusses women’s reproductive rights. RSVP for this taping
James Ellroy immediately follows at 1 pm on October 25:
James Ellory is an author known for his noir-style crime fiction, primarily set in Los Angeles. Some of his past works have been adapted into Hollywood successes, including the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia. His latest novel, Perfidia, is set in Los Angeles during World War II, as Japanese internment camps begin forming. RSVP for this taping
Nicholas Kristof immediately follows at 2 pm on October 25:
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, Nicholas Kristof is a journalist, author and op-ed columnist forThe New York Times. His books, including the best-selling Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, have all been co-written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn and primarily focus on poverty, health, and human rights in the developing world. His most recent book, co-authored with his wife, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, will be adapted into a documentary coming to PBS in early 2015. RSVP for this taping
Martin Amis immediately follows at 3:15 pm on October 25:
Martin Amis is a British novelist and non-fiction author. His most famous works includeMoney, Experience, and London Fields. And in 2008, the UK newspaper The Times named him one of the top 50 greatest British writers since 1945. His latest book, The Zone of Interest, a satire set in World War II, has attracted attention and controversy, especially in Europe. RSVP for this taping
Joyce Carol Oates ends the Texas Book Festival interviews at 10 am on October 26:
Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most distinguished and critically-acclaimed fiction writers in America. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her works of fiction include We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde and The Accursed. Her latest collection of stories, Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories, was published in September. RSVP for this taping
Episode 14 – Zygon Gamma
The planet Zygon has seven city-states. Zygon Gamma is the largest. Its penal colony is located four miles beneath the surface. And that’s where we find Ben and Molly …
This week, Arts In Context Shorts gets you moving! More than a dance, tango is a connection between two people – and the teachers and students of Esquina Tango know that to dance it well, you must be tuned into the other person’s body and movement. More than a dance studio, Esquina Tango offers a variety of classes and is a cultural center that uses dance as a tool to bring people together, with tango at the heart of it. With patient instructors and classes for all ages and incomes, this non-profit dance studio has tuned in to the needs of its East Austin community and continues to grow with panache.
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, KLRU presents an online screening and discussion of Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle on Tuesday, Oct. 7th, at 9 pm. Participate in the online screening on the OVEE website
This documentary provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century. Part political expose, part narrative deconstruction, part poetic meditation, the film is an independent and thorough investigation of the life and death of Ruben Salazar, a prominent Civil Rights era journalist.
Be sure to watch KLRU on Thursday, October 9th, for the following programs:
Arts In Context “Tardeadas”
Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 pm
A profile of Conjunto Los Pinkys, which also tells the story of Austin’s changing East side.
Arts in Context “Peligrosa”
Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 pm
Established in 2007,Peligrosa is a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America.
Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle
A Voces Special Presentation
Thursday, October 9 at 9:00 pm
Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of Makers Women in Comedy on Tuesday, October 7th, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Makers is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years.
After the screening. we will have a discussion about comedy and improv with Lashonda Lester and Topping Haggerty.
Lashonda Lester has been working in entertainment in some capacity for over 20 years. As a stand up comedian, Lashonda began her comedy career in Austin in 2008 and within 2 years of starting, she was featured on the cover of the Austin Chronicle. Lashonda recently made her national television debut for Nickelodeon’s NickMom Night Out comedy showcase hosted by The View’s Sherri Shepherd. . She was second runner up out of 200+ comedians in the 2014 Funniest In Person Austin competition and in August 2014, she was nominated by Austin Monthly Magazine’s Best of the City as Best Comedian. In addition to Weird True Hollywood Tales, she’s also the creator and executive producer of As Seen On TV, a top ten countdown show of television programs from the 80s and 90s.
Topping Haggerty has performed and directed improv and sketch comedy for many years in Austin, New York City, and San Francisco. Recently you may have seen her puppet/human sketch comedy extravaganza BatShyt Crazy: Life Rude Puppets in August at The Institution Theater. She received her BA in Drama from San Francisco State University.