Miss Fisher joins KLRUQ lineup

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries joins the KLRUQ lineup on Mondays at 8:55 pm! The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis, Girl with a Pearl Earring) is a thoroughly modern woman of the late 1920s operating in a mostly male world. The glamorous “lady detective” goes about her work with a pistol close at hand-and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer. To the dismay of Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page, The Secret Life of Us), Phryne’s investigations take her through the back alleys, jazz clubs, and shady markets of Melbourne. Ignoring the dangers all around her, she seems to glide through life determined to enjoy every moment. But beneath her devil-may-care attitude, Phryne hides ghosts from the past that continue to haunt her.

Find out what Phryne is up to this week

New PBS Kids streaming service launches 1/16

KLRU and PBS will launch new, free localized 24/7 children’s programming live stream services on Jan. 16th!  The effort is KLRU’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community. We will also be adding a 24/7 Kids broadcast channel in April (stay tuned for more details on that!)

This streaming services will make it easy for Central Texas children to watch their favorite series during primetime and other after-school hours when viewing among families is high. Viewers will be able to watch the KLRU-branded live stream through pbskids.org and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices, and tablets. Soon after launch, the live stream will be available on over-the-top platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. The live stream complements on-demand clips and full episodes, which will continue to be available for free on the PBS KIDS Video App and streaming via pbskids.org.

Following its initial launch, the localized live stream experience will expand to offer an integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS KIDS show and an activity that extends learning – all in one seamless digital experience. The live stream and games feature is grounded in research demonstrating that measurable gains in learning are achieved when children engage with PBS KIDS content on multiple platforms. The games will align with the learning goals of each TV series, deepening children’s involvement and supporting learning.

PBS stations reach more kids aged 2-5, more moms with children under 6 years old and more children from low-income families than any other kids TV network. With its new 24/7  digital offerings, KLRU will build on this reach and impact.

Through this effort, KLRU will extend its commitment to early learning by offering more families high-quality PBS KIDS content that is trusted by parents and proven to help kids learn. In a recent survey, PBS KIDS led all networks in improving kids’ behavior, with 74% of parents saying their child exhibits more positive behavior after engaging with PBS KIDS. And years of research confirm that PBS KIDS media content helps children build critical skills that enable them to find success in school and life, while also helping parents increase their own engagement. A recent study conducted by WestEd found that PBS KIDS resources can help narrow the math achievement gap for children from low-income families and better prepare them for kindergarten. Additionally, parents’ awareness of their children’s math learning increased significantly – as did their use of strategies to support their children’s learning.

Command and Control screening 1/12 with Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser

American Experience will present the powerful documentary Command and Control on KLRU Jan. 10th at 8 pm. They are also giving Austin a special opportunity to see the film with the author of the book the film is based on in attendance.

On Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm at the Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Museum (1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX), there will be a special screening followed by a conversation between Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser about the film and book. Tickets are available for purchase now.

A chilling nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980. A worker accidentally drops a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead in our arsenal, an incident which ignites a series of feverish efforts to avoid a deadly disaster. Directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and based on the critically acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Command and Control is a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story. Putting a camera where there was no camera that night, Kenner brings this nonfiction thriller to life with stunning original footage shot in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo. Eyewitness accounts — from the man who dropped the socket, to the man who designed the warhead, to the Secretary of Defense— chronicle nine hours of terror that prevented an explosion 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima.

In the studio: David Fahrenthold tapes Overheard 12/12

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with David Fahrenthold on December 12 at 9:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:15am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.
David Fahrenthold is a reporter at The Washington Post and most recently covered the 2016 presidential campaign.

Since his time at The Post, Fahrenthold has covered Congress, the environment and D.C. police. Before graduating Harvard in 2000, Fahrenthold wrote for The Harvard Crimson.

Monday, December 12 at 9:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 8:15am
Entrance is based upon capacity

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 David Fahrenthold. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

KLRU Q Holiday Programming

KLRUQ offers a month of holiday themed programming
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Taped in part at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans, the special spotlights a concert celebrating the city’s vast and unique musical influences.
Sunday, Dec. 11
10:30 pm  European Christmas Markets
Join us on our discovery of Europe’s Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
11:00 pm  Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
n celebration of the release of his 2013 album, Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert.
Saturday, Dec. 17
6:00 pm   Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience – The Spirit Of The Season
Emmy-winning tenor Shaun Johnson – a founding member of the popular a cappella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa – goes solo in a spirited holiday special.
Monday, Dec. 19
Austin’s own Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis perform a unique blend of country and Christmas tunes at The Paramount Theater.
Tuesday, Dec. 20
10:00 am   European Christmas Markets
10:30 am   Christmas on the Danube
A companion to European Christmas Market documentary.It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well.
1:00 pm    European Christmas Markets
1:30 pm    Christmas on the Danube
Saturday, Dec. 24
5:00 am   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program.
6:00 pm   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
Sunday, Dec. 25
5:00 pm   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
5:55 pm   Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine marathon, episodes #101-106 — ends at 11:40 pm
Charts Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world, with more than two billion followers

2016 Austin City Limits / KLRU Holiday Gift Fair 12/6

Get yourself or your loved ones a special Austin City Limits holiday ornament, 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!

Free beverages from Shiner, Texas Coffee Traders and more! Enjoy live music from Ama and a solo performance by Lauren Burton of Lola Tried.

This special event will feature a silent auction of one of the retired audio boards from legendary Studio 6A. This Yamaha PM3500M was used as the monitor board for most Austin City Limits tapings from 2006-2010 and for all other music events in the studio from 2006-2016. We will also auction a few more classic 80s and 90s amplifiers from our backline. Take a piece of Austin music history home with you!

5:30pm doors open
5:40pm Lauren Burton
6:35pm Ama (solo)
7:10pm Ama (full band)

Lauren Burton:
Lauren Burton currently leads four-piece rock n’ roll band Lola Tried, who will soon release a new EP.  Their song, “Blue and Green,” was a KUTX Song of the Day earlier this year. You may have seen this singer/songwriter perform solo or in her former project, Wicker.

Ama is a rock ‘n’ roll band from Austin that Blair Robbins started with the help of her friends as a vehicle for her songwriting. With a live lineup featuring Ray Garza on bass, Evan Kaspar on drums, and Alex Peterson on guitar, Ama achieves new nuance and dynamic, moving between doubt/certainty, tension/release, and melody/ambience.

In the studio: Thomas Haden Church tapes Overheard 11/17

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Thomas Haden Church on November 17 at 1:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 12:45pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Thomas Haden Church is an actor who first gained attention for six seasons on NBC’s sitcom Wings, followed by two seasons starring opposite Debra Messing on Fox’s Ned & Stacey.

Other film and television rolls have included parts in Spider-Man 3, Easy A and most recently the HBO TV series Divorce.

Church won an Academy Award for his role in Alexander Payne’s 2004 film Sideways.

Thursday, November 17 at 1:45pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 12:45pm
Entrance is based upon capacity

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 Thomas HadenChurch. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Highlights Nov. 13-19

KLRU Highlights

Louisa’s aunt arrives from England to a string of mishaps on Durrells In Corfu On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

George is on the brink of success and the copper mine yields a glimpse of hope on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

With treason charges pending, Aafrin faces a dire fate and Alice’s prospects are no less grim on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Explore the role of the music producer tasked with turning an artist’s vision into a hit and view the contrasting styles of some of the most accomplished producers on the multi-part series Soundbreaking. Monday at 9 pm showcases The Recording Artists with George Martin, Sam Phillips, Tom Petty, Dr. Dre and more.  Tuesday at 9 pm learn how the recording studio itself became an instrument on Painting With Sound. Wednesday at 9 pm celebrate the most essential part of a song and the most challenging to capture–the vocal track on The Human Instrument. Thursday at 9 pm, from the electric guitar to synthesized music, learn how innovators used electricity to unleash new sounds Going Electric. Friday at 9 pm, chart the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beat box and beyond on Four On The Floor.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history, charting the incredible progress made – as well as the obstacles that remain on Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise – Out Of The Shadows / Move On Up at 7 pm Tuesday. Features conversations with Jesse Jackson, Nas and Donna Brazile.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Mike Love, singer/songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boy.

Olivia and Isaí Chacón were trained by the masters of flamenco in Spain. With a deep knowledge and appreciation for the art form, they formed A’lante Flamenco back in America. Learn about them on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet goes to Taylor and Boerne on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Experience what The New York Times called “an emotional firestorm” as the award-winning television and Broadway star brings down the house with his acclaimed cabaret show on Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs at 8 pm Friday.

Brighten up winter indoors with fragrant and deliciously diverse orchids on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy the best performances from the 2016 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony. Featured artists include Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, Billy Bragg and more.