Early education sets standard for future success


Early education is a key to creating a lifelong dedication to knowledge. KLRU supports community efforts to encourage early childhood education, one of the tenets of American Graduate Initiative. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions making a difference in early childhood education in our area. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….

KLRU Kids has games, videos and much more to help kids find a love for learning.

Watch videos about work being done locally in early childhood education.

KLRU Partners offering early childhood resources:
ACC Children’s Lab School
Any Baby Can
Child Inc
Extend a Care for Kids
JCC – Jewish Family planning
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
One Voice
Open Door
KLRU Smart Screen Time
KLRU Smart Screen Time (Spanish version)
SSP Early Childhood Education
United Way

Pathways to success lead to high school graduation


The road to success is paved differently for everyone – but an avenue to success is still an avenue to success. KLRU supports all pathways to educational success, one of the fundamental pillars of American Graduate initiative. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions helping students on the pathway to success. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….

Watch videos about students on the path to success.

KLRU partners helping build pathways to success:
Advise TX
American Youthworks
Austin Achieve Public Schools
Austin Asian Chamber
Austin Can Academy
Austin Community College
Austin Council PTA
Austin Partners in Education
Better Make Room
Changing Expectations
College Forward
E3 Alliance
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber
Hispanic Scholarship Consortium
One Voice
Phoenix House
Ready by 21
Skill Point Alliance
The Goodwill Excel Center
University of Texas at Austin

Uniting residents and new businesses with East4East

This February, the Hispanic Alliance kicked off its inaugural East4East day — a fundraising effort in which participating east side businesses contributed part of their earnings for the day to charities that work primarily in East Austin. But the event is also hoping to bridge the cultural gap between new businesses and the residents who feel that they are being pushed out.

PBS and PBS KIDS Receive 44 Daytime Emmy Nominations


On March 24, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Entertainment Awards. PBS and PBS KIDS programs received 44 Daytime Emmy® Award nominations. In addition, APT received a total of 12 nominations, while THIRTEEN and Sesame Workshop each earned one each for a combined total of 58 nominations for public media. Among the PBS programs with multiple nominations are SESAME STREET (10), ODD SQUAD (9), PEG + CAT (5), THE MIND OF A CHEF (5) and A CHEF’S LIFE with two nominations. Get the complete list of nominations

Highlights March 27-April 2

KLRU Highlights

New season of Masterpiece Mystery Grantchester begins Sunday at 8 pm. Sidney is suspected of murder. But then, so are a fellow priest, a photographer and a classmate of the victim.

Season four of Mr. Selfridge begins on Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday. Wheeler-dealer Jimmy Dillon makes his cocky entrance. The Groves are at loose ends. Harry has a run-in with the Queen of Time. The Dolly sisters mar Mae’s fashion show.

Meet James “The Amazing” Randi, the famed magician and self-proclaimed “honest liar” who dedicated his life to exposing frauds on Independent Lens Honest Liar at 9 pm Monday.

Texas Promise at 10 pm Tuesday is a gripping story of equity, politics, money and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy.

Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe on Nova The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm Wednesday.

Journey through space, the human body, disappearing landscapes and the world of Pixar animation as speakers look at the future of nanotechnology, the search for life beyond earth and the science of light on Ted Talks at 9 pm Wednesday.

Wendell Pierce, actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire,” talks with Evan Smith on Overheard at 7 pm Thursday.

Austin Revealed Chicano Civil Rights at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the city’s civil rights movement and the people who worked to make change.

Glen Campbell: Good Times Again at 8 pm Friday presents the biggest stars and the best musical performances from the Glen Campbell Good Time Hour from the 70s.

Dump invasive plants for beautifully beneficial options and visit a shady, compact, low-care garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.


In the Studio: Overheard tapes Jeffrey Goldberg 3/25


Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg on March 25 at 9:30am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9 am. The event is free but an RSVP is required.Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He won the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 2003 for his reporting on terrorism. Prior to joining The Atlantic he was a Middle East correspondent for The New Yorkerand has previously written for The New York Times Magazine, and New York magazine. His 2006 book Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide was hailed as one of the best books of that year. Goldberg’s most recent Atlantic article was a long-read on President Obama’s foreign policy legacy called “The Obama Doctrine.” It appears in the magazine’s April 2016 issue.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th 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 Jeffrey Goldberg. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

Austin Revealed: Chicano activism & organizing

Inspired by a push for labor reform, hear about how the Chicano movement gained momentum during the 60s and 70s in Austin.

Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights debuts on Thursdays in March on KLRU.org. Watch all episodes now Other installments address the rise of Mexican-Americans in politics, Chicano identity through the arts, organizing and activism and the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin continues to fight for their rights.

Highlights March 13-19

KLRU Highlights

Parts one and two of Grantchester on Masterpiece Mystery! air back-to-back starting at 8 pm Sunday. James Norton stars as Sidney Chambers, a young and charismatic vicar who turns amateur investigator when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances.

Ancient Roads From Christ To Constantine at 8pm Monday charts Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world. Parts one and two air back-to-back.

Follow Jim Henson’s career, from his early television work with the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work and network appearances on In Their Own Words at 7 pm Tuesday.

American Masters: Loretta Lynn Tuesday at 8:30 pm explores the country legend’s hard-fought road to stardom.

Go behind the scenes of the new Civil War-era drama about Americans on the home front during this turbulent time on Inside Mercy Street at 10:30 pm Tuesday.

Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, Nature My Bionic Pets at 7 pm Wednesday shows how humans can help animals through technology.

Dr. David Eagleman takes viewers on an extraordinary journey, exploring how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world on The Brian at 8 pm Wednesday.

Coffee roaster Dean Cycon and food lover Judith Jones tracee America’s love affair with the bean and the amazing story of its origins on Coffee: The Drink That Changed America at 9:30 pm Wednesday.

President Obama talks about civic engagement on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context Music for All at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Austin Soundwaves, a group offering free, intensive music education to low-income youth.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years And Circlin’ Back at 8:30 pm Thursday celebrates the groundbreaking band’s musical milestones and hits along with special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss and more.

Survey five pivotal years in David Bowie’s extensive career, each illustrating his inspiration and where his innovative ideas led him on David Bowie: Five Years at 8 pm Friday.

Eric Clapton: Slowhand At 70 at 9:10 pm Friday celebrates the legendary guitarist’s 70th birthday with this concert in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.
Grow the tastiest, top-performing tomatoes and visit a romantic garden and Chicksville hen house on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Brit Floyd – Space & Time at 7 pm Saturday celebrates fifty years of Pink Floyd in a truly spectacular fashion in front of a sell-out audience in Amsterdam.


In The Studio: Overheard tapes Ken Burns & Henry Louis Gates Jr. 3/12, Anthony Foxx 3/13, Rick Linklater 3/22


Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for multiple interviews this March in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). These events are free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP for one or multiple tapings.

Ken Burns
Saturday, March 12 at 10:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 9:45am

Ken Burns is an acclaimed historical documentary filmmaker. His films have won 13 Emmys, two Oscar nominations, and he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. His films and series, most of which appear on PBS, include The Civil War, The Dust Bowl, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, The War, Jazz, and Baseball. His next film, Jackie Robinson, will air on PBS on April 11 and 12. He is currently working on an 10 part film about the Vietnam War (released in 2017), as well as films about country music (2018), and Ernest Hemingway (2019).

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Saturday, March 12 at 11:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:45am

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. In addition to being an historian, Dr. Gates is also an author, cultural critic, and filmmaker. He has produced numerous series for PBS including Looking for Lincoln, Many Rivers to Cross: The History of the African American People, and Finding Your Roots, many of which he also hosts. His next documentary series, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise will air on PBS stations this fall.

Anthony Foxx
Sunday, March 13 at 11:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:45am

Anthony Foxx is the 17 U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx was Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina from 2009-2013. He also served as City Council Member At-Large for two terms. While he was mayor Charlotte extended the city’s light rail system, expanded the airport, highway improvements, and started a streetcar project.

Richard Linklater
Tuesday, March 22 at 12:00pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 11:30am

Overheard is thrilled to welcome Richard Linklater back to Studio 6A! Rick is a multiple Academy Award-nominated director whose credits include Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, A Scanner Darkly,  School of Rock, Bernie, and Boyhood. His most recent Oscar nominations were for Boyhood, which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Film Editing. That film  won him the Golden Globe for Best Director. Rick’s newest film is Everybody Wants Some, which is premiering at SXSW and will be released April 15th.


KLRU Celebrates Women’s History Month with Documentaries


We’re celebrating Women’s History Month with programs that feature great women who have made their mark on the world. Join us throughout March to learn more about these leading ladies and how they shaped history.

Below is a list of programs airing on KLRU, but we also have a wealth of documentaries online including Arts In Context Somos Krudas, Arts In Context Rebirth, Arts In Context A Moving Canvas and Arts In Context A Reason to Dance.

Loretta Lynn:  American Masters
Friday, March 4 starting at 8:00 pm and repeats on Tuesday, March 15 at 8:30 pm.
Explore the country legend’s hard-fought road to stardom. From her Appalachian roots to the Oscar-winning biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn struggled to balance family and her music career and is still going strong over 50 years later.

The Girls in the Band
Thursday, March 31 at 9:00 pm.
The documentary The Girls in the Band relays the poignant, inspiring, yet often unknown stories of female jazz artists and big band instrumentalists from the late 1930s to the present day. These highly skilled women endured decades of sexism, racism and diminished opportunities to succeed in a field that seldom welcomed them. Because of their hard work and perseverance, today a new breed of gifted young women are taking their rightful place in the world of jazz – a world which can no longer deny their talents.

Independent Lens “The Graduates”
Monday, March 21 at 9:00 pm.
This documentary journeys into the heart of American education. More than a survey of contemporary policy challenges, it is an intimate and honest exploration of how students, their families and teachers are faring in a stressed public education system, during a politically complex climate, and during an unforgiving global economy.

Independent Lens “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroes”
Monday, March 21 at 10:00 pm
This program traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, this film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

Genius of Marie Curie
Tuesday, March 22 at 10:00 pm
The first woman to be awarded a Nobel prize, Marie Curie was an extraordinary woman whose story is as remarkable in the modern day as it was last century. In her lifetime, she became a rare thing: a celebrity scientist, attracting the attention of the news cameras and tabloid gossip, fascinated by a woman winning prestigious awards and making groundbreaking discoveries. But how did Marie Curie achieve such great things in a time when a woman’s place was in the home, not the laboratory? This documentary takes a fresh look at one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, and discovers how she achieved both her professional accomplishments and raised a family – all in the face of prejudice, sexism and her own ill health.