New Halloween specials air this week on KLRU

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on KLRU Kids. On October 28, PBS KIDS will premiere The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween! on television and streaming devices. The new movie follows Nick and Sally as the Cat in the Hat takes them on an exciting Halloween ride. Additionally, PBS KIDS will premiere new Halloween-themed episodes from Dinosaur Train, Nature Cat, Ready Jet Go!

KLRU airs The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween special at 7 am and noon on the 28th; 7 am on Oct. 29th; 7 am on Oct. 30th; 8 am, noon and 2 pm on Oct. 31st!

Dinosaur Train Spooky Tree / Spinosaurus Super Model airs at 10 am on Oct. 28 and Haunted Roundhouse / Big Pond Pumpkin Patch airs at 10 am on Oct. 31st.

Nature Cat Runaway Pumpkin / Lady Bug Tough airs Oct. 27 at 7 am and 2:30 pm and Oct. 28 at 2:30 pm.

Ready Jet Go! Jet’s First Halloween airs on KLRU Oct. 28 at 6:30 am and 3 pm; Oct. 30 at 8 am and Oct. 21 at 6:30 am and 3 pm.

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the free PBS KIDS Games App and, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, Nature Cat Park Builder and Peg + Cat Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents.

This fall, PBS will also offer PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games. Teachers can use these resources to enhance homework assignments or kick-start classroom discussions. These free resources are available to teachers nationwide on Examples include Peg + Cat’s Tiger Trick or Treat, PBS LearningMedia’s All About the Holidays: Halloween, PBS Digital Studios’ Frankenstein, M.D. and more.

Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary: Call for Home Videos!

In 2019, PBS will air Country Music, a major documentary film series on the history of country music, produced and directed by Ken Burns.

To help them tell this story, they would like to collect home movies from fans and musicians for possible use in the film: families enjoying country music parks; crowds at fan fairs and concerts; behind the scenes and on the road with musicians. They are specifically looking for home movies from the time period of the 1950s through the mid 1990s.

If your home movies are used in Country Music, you will receive a DVD of the series, a poster signed by Ken Burns, and will be thanked in the film’s credits.

Please send home movies from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and/or 1990s. Do not send original footage: DVD or digital copies only. THE MATERIAL WILL NOT BE RETURNED. If your home movie gets selected for use, Florentine Films will contact you about getting access to the original footage. Clearly mark the disc with your name, address, phone number and e-mail (if available), so they can contact you if your footage is selected. Include a brief description, e.g., Sunset Park, Pennsylvania, July 1962; Fan Fair, Nashville,1996.

Send your movie(s) by December 31, 2016 to:
CM Home Movies
c/o Florentine Films, PO Box 613
Walpole, NH 03608

In the Studio: 5 Overheard tapings during Texas Book Festival

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Overheard taping with Nick Offerman at 3pm has been cancelled. There are no plans at this time to reschedule.


Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for several tapings November 5 and 6, 2016 in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). The events are free but an RSVP is required for each taping. Please RSVP here.

             3 Tapings on Saturday, November 5             

T.C. Boyle, Author
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:15am (doors at 9:45am)

T.C. Boyle has published fifteen novels and ten volumes of short stories. His works include the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning World’s End: The Tortilla Curtain, which was awarded France’s prestigious Prix Médici étranger, and The New York Times bestseller The Harder They Come. His new novel The Terranauts was released this October.

Nick Offerman, Actor 
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 3:45pm (doors at 3pm)

Nick Offerman is an actor, comedian, author and carpenter best known for his role in the TV show Parks and Recreation. He has just released his third book titled Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop. The book takes readers behind the scenes of his woodshop and gives step-by-step instructions to many of his favorite projects.

Marcus Samuelsson, Chef 
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 6:15pm (doors at 5:45pm)

Marcus Samuelsson is a chef and restaurateur who has written numerous cookbooks. In 2013, he won the James Beard Foundation award for Writing and Literature related to food. He was the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times. His restaurant, Red Rooster, is located in Harlem, NY. His latest effort, The Red Rooster Cookbook, was released this October.

  2 Back-to-Back Tapings on Sunday, November 6  

Diane Guerrero, Actor followed by R.L. Stine, Author
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 10:45am (doors at 10:15am) 

Diane Guerrero is an actor on the hit shows Orange is the New Blackand Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has also been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. Her first book In the Country We Love recently hit the shelves.

R.L. Stine is a novelist, short story writer and TV producer. He is best known for his children’s horror fiction novels including Goosebumps,Rotten School and The Nightmare Room series. His works have sold over 400 million copies worldwide and have been on countless bestseller lists. His latest book Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story has just been released.

KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Entrance is based upon capacity

The Texas Book Festival brings more than 290 authors to Downtown Austin and the State Capitol grounds November 5th and 6th. One of the premier literary events in the country, the Texas Book Festival includes author readings, panel discussions, book signings, themed tents with cooking and children’s entertainment and much more. You can find more information, including the festival schedule and list of attendees, by

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. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at

Highlights 23-29

KLRU Highlights

At wits’ end, Louisa orders her children to put food on the table Durrells On Masterpiece on Sunday at 7 pm.

George maneuvers Poldark toward checkmate on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece on Sunday at 8 pm.

Naresh executes a diabolical plan and Aafrin tries desperately to stop it on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm.

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife document their emotional journey with a video game on POV  Thank You For Playing at 9 pm Monday.

Passing It Forward features Tapestry Dance Company laying the foundation for the future of tap dance in America on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Trace Geraldine Ferraro’s entrance onto the world stage and Sarah Palin’s added energy and excitement to John McCain’s campaign on Contenders – 16 For ’16 Ferraro / Palin – The Trailblazers on Tuesday at 7 pm.

Discover how the prolific creator of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms on Norman Lear: American Masters at 8 pm Tuesday.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.

Overheard with Evan Smith features Steve Kornacki, host and political correspondent for MSNBC, at 7 pm Thursday.

The Daytripper goes to Taylor and Conroe in back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances at 9 pm Thursday follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton.

Bill Murray: The Mark Twain Prize at 8 pm Friday celebrates beloved actor and comedian Bill Murray the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

See how to pick, plant, and care for your trees and visit an easy-care outdoor living room on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

A thrilling hour with rock & roll legend Iggy Pop on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.The Detroit native blasts through classics and cuts from his latest album, Post Pop Depression, accompanied by members of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys.

Highlights 16-22

KLRU Highlights

On Durrells On Masterpiece at 7pm Sunday, Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) stars as an intrepid widow who decamps from dreary England to a sun-dappled Greek island with her four recalcitrant children on this six-part adaptation of Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals and its two sequels.

Ross and George engage in a frank discussion and Demelza risks her neck before a blessed event on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece Sunday at 8 pm.

Lord Hawthorne wants Adam arrested for setting him afire on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Follow Hooligan Sparrow and other activists across southern China seeking justice for schoolgirls allegedly sexually abused by their principal on POV at 9 pm Monday.

In Considering Matthew Shepard, Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare bring depth and emotion to a harrowing story of loss on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Meet Nikola Tesla, the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century on American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top counter-terror officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Watch live coverage followed by analysis of the Presidential Debate at 8 pm Tuesday co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, with David Brooks, Mark Shields, and Amy Walter in studio and Newshour correspondent John Yang on location.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday featuresEvan McMullin, a former CIA operative who is currently running as the Independent candidate for President of the United States.

Chet heads to Big Bend and Tyler on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Road to Austin at 9 pm Thursday is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton.

Great Performances at 8 pm Friday follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.

Discover the healing powers of cultivated and wild plants and why a family grows their own food on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy dazzling modern rock and soul from Florence + The Machine followed by Andra Day on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.


Highlights Oct. 9-15

KLRU Highlights

With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velasquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape. Austin filmmaker Hector Galán profiles Velasquez and shows his lasting impact on Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice at 7 pm Sunday.

The PBS Newshour presents live coverage of the presidential candidates debates followed by analysis co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff on Sunday at 8 pm.

Meet an American family coping with one of life’s most intimate transformations on POV From This Day Forward at 9 pm Monday. Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender, living as Trisha. Her mother stayed with him. Now Sharon wants to understand how the family survived intact.

Photographers Hakeem Adewumi and Moyo Oyelola take a global tale and make it feel like home on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the U.S.-led efforts to degrade and destroy ISIS. Reporting from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey, the film examines the successes, failures, and challenges of the fight, as ISIS loses ground in the region but strikes out abroad.

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before on Nature at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Maureen Dowd, best-selling author and a columnist for The New York Times.

Chet heads to Big Bend in two back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances presents Grammy Salute To Music Legends Friday at 8 pm. This all-star concert salutes The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement, Trustee and Music Educator award winners. Honorees include Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, John Cage and more.

Grow gorgeous with outdoor living and water thrifty plant designs that spark attention on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy new classics and fan favorites from music icon Robert Plant on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The British superstar sings classics from the catalogs of Led Zeppelin, the blues canon and his solo Americana albums.

Highlights Oct. 2-8

KLRU Highlights

The romantic saga based on the novels by Winston Graham continues on Poldark on Masterpiece season 2 episode 2 at 8 pm Sunday.

Sooni confronts Aafrin and receives a shock and Madeline tries to line up a key ally for Ralph on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9pm Sunday.

Legendary nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, defined a new era of public discourse in the media, the moment TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle on Independent Lens Best Of Enemies at 8 pm Monday.

With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velasquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape. Austin filmmaker Hector Galán profiles Velasquez and shows his lasting impact on Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice at 9:30 pm Monday.

In Sacred Hearts, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez’s latest work carries the weight of generations on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Live coverage of the 2016 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates Tuesday at 8 pm.

Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer, talks about the new feminism on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to Alpine and Big Bend on back to back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm.

Getting Ahead at 8 pm Friday follows Tavis Smiley as he travels to Northern California, where the increases have been in place for at least a year, and offers a look at the real impact of higher wages on communities, businesses and employees.

Political comedian John Fugelsang hits the road to find out if the American Dream is alive or dead on Dream On at 9 pm Friday.

From shade trees to understory companions, grow a home-style forest for pollinators and birds on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy performances by acclaimed singer/songwriters Bay and Giddens on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. Englishman Bay plays songs from his chart-topping debut Chaos and the Calm. North Carolina native Giddens performs tunes from her Grammy-nominated solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn.

KLRU collaborates with other non-profits to implement early learning programs

KLRU has chosen three Austin-based partners to implement early-learning programs to support low-income families. KLRU will work with The Thinkery, Communities in Schools, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas 
to develop and distribute science and literacy content funded with a Ready-to-Learn Grant from CPB, PBS and from the U.S. Department of Education.

“KLRU is excited to collaborate with these three Austin-based organizations as part of the multi-year CPB and PBS’ Ready To Learn-funded project,” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager. “Each organization knows that KLRU has the ability to provide quality, trusted, educational resources, and we believe we will be helping to extend their work, by serving more at-risk people in our area using high-quality early learning content and services to set them on the path for a successful future.”

The national grant will provide resources to 11 PBS stations, including KLRU, to implement local partnerships in underserved communities. The grant will allow stations to establish community-based networks of strategic local and national partnerships devoted to early learning, focused on disadvantaged children and families. Other communities participating include: Boston, MA (WGBH); Cleveland, OH (WVIZ/PBS ideastream); Cookeville, TN (WCTE); Detroit, MI (Detroit Public Television); Jackson, MS (Mississippi Public Broadcasting); Lexington, KY (Kentucky Educational Television); Los Angeles, CA (PBS SoCaL); Pittsburgh, PA (WQED); Tacoma, WA (KBTC); and Tallahassee, FL (WFSU). Station partnerships will include schools, public libraries, science centers, health clinics and housing agencies that serve high-need populations.

In their recent “Kids Count” survey, the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that 54% of America’s 3 and 4-year-olds do not have the opportunity to attend preschool. Through the grant-funded project, CPB and PBS will build on decades of success in developing and distributing content and resources that have been proven to meet the critical school readiness needs of America’s children. Nielsen confirms that PBS stations reach more children ages 2-8 and more children in low-income homes than any other children’s TV network, which makes PBS local stations powerful partners in ensuring access to educational resources.

CPB and PBS will build on previously funded work that research has proven to help narrow the achievement gap for children ages 2-8. Third-party studies of content developed through the previous grants show that children exposed to PBS KIDS resources – including Ready To Learn-funded series PEG + CAT and ODD SQUAD – improve in math skills such as counting, recognizing shapes, predicting patterns and problem-solving. Research also shows that usage of this content across media platforms significantly supports children’s early math learning, while increasing family engagement and enhancing educator effectiveness.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique—whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at

About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting 
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of nearly 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About PBS
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

About The Ready To Learn Initiative
The Ready To Learn Initiative is a cooperative agreement funded and managed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. It supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted to preschool and early elementary school children and their families. Its general goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with a particular interest in reaching low-income children. In addition to creating television and other media products, the program supports activities intended to promote national distribution of the programming, effective educational uses of the programming, community-based outreach and research on educational effectiveness.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Mike Love 10/07

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Mike Love on October 7 at 11:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:15am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Mike Love is a singer/songwriter who co-founded The Beach Boys in 1961. His credits include such pop classics as Good Vibrations, California Girls,I Get Around, Fun Fun Fun, Surfin’ USA and Kokomo.  As part of The Beach Boys, he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and has received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Love‘s new memoir Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy has just been released.

Friday, October 7 at 11:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:15am
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 Mike Love. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at

KLRU at ACL Cares

Be sure to visit the KLRU booth in the ACL Cares section of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. We will be handing out KLRU/ACL fans and sunscreen, as well as raffling a pair of passes to an Austin City Limits taping. We’ll be there Sept. 30-Oct. 2 & Oct. 7-9 in Zilker Park. See you there!