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.

East Austin Studio Tour 11/12-13 & 11/19-20

Big Medium’s East Austin Studio Tour (East) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning across two weekends in November. East provides opportunities for the public to meet the local artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

This year, we celebrate the 15th edition of East! With 534 participants the 2016 East Austin Studio Tour is the most robust in our history. The majority of East events takes place November 12-13 & 19-20, 2016 from 11am-6pm.

Get a complete list of artists and locations participating in this year’s events at eastaustinstudiotour.org

KLRU is a media sponsor for the 2016 East Austin Studio Tour.

Due East 11/10

Due East is the official kick-off party and fundraiser for the East Austin Studio Tour and takes place Nov. 11th. Guests of this event receive a 2016 East catalog and are first to experience the opening of the East Group Exhibition, presenting the work of nearly 300 East artists. This year’s event takes place at 916 Springdale Rd. You can purchase tickets now

Entertainment is provided by performance artist Katelena Hernandez Cowles, Austin Phonograph Company, and Austin Maker Faire.

On the menu for Due East 2016 are some of Austin’s best restaurants, including La Condesa, Sway, Salt & Time, Hillside Farmacy, Weather Up, and Gelateria Gemelli. Drinks from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Austin Beerworks, The Austin Shaker, Austin Eastciders, Topo Chico, JuiceLand, Wunder-Pilz Kombucha, and Chameleon Cold-Brew are also featured.

KLRU is a media sponsor of the East Austin Studio Tour.

Highlights Nov 6-12

KLRU Highlights

Leslie gets thrown out of the house and ends up in court with Theo and Spiros as his attorneys on Durrells In Corfu On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

xamine the ways the USO has lifted the spirits of American service personnel for more than 75 years on USO – For The Troops at 7 pm Monday.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in modern history. Frontline The Choice at 8 pm Monday goes beyond the headlines to investigate what has shaped these two candidates, where they came from, how they lead and why they want one of the most difficult jobs imaginable.

Under the starlit, intimate setting of Rain Lily Farm, En Route Productions presents Shakespeare on the Farm. By bringing theatre off of the stage and farming into the city, the two groups take their respective passions to the masses on Arts In Context Shakespeare On The Farm at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Watch live coverage of election results with co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff and Mark Shields, David Brooks, Amy Walter and Andra Gillespie on PBS Newshour starting at 7 pm.

Track the story of cats into the Americas, from battles with the rival Canids, to the rise of domestic cats Nature The Story Of Cats: Into The Americas at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Shawn Colvin, a multi-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas.

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

Great Performances at 8 pm Friday presents Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Momma Rose in London’s hit revival of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Gypsy, about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee’s rise to fame.

Squirrels, raccoons and mice like our comfy quarters, too. See how to keep them out of your house on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Dig the best in modern rock with artists My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights Oct. 30 – Nov 5

KLRU Highlights

Gerry’s new soulmate has a surprising background on Durrells On Masterpiece at  7pm Sunday.

George maneuvers Poldark toward checkmate and the law hunts down free traders. Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Three rivals vie for Sooni and the Maharajah tests Ralph and Madeline on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Go inside the very first girls’ school in a small Afghan village on POV  What Tomorrow Brings at 9 pm Monday.

The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Examine the campaign strategies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, candidates at opposite ends of the political spectrum on Contenders – 16 For ’16 at 7 pm Tuesday.

Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through the eyewitness accounts of participants on Battle Of Chosin: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa on Nature The Story Of Cats: Asia To Africa at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s Embedded and co-host of All Things Considered.

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

Join Lincoln Center at the Movies at 8 pm Friday as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre showcases its spectacular range, diversity and artistry in this special presentation, which includes the company’s signature work, Revelations, along with three other pieces.

Plant a permanent tree to celebrate your garden all year long on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

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 pbskids.org, 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 pbslearningmedia.org. 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 visitingtexasbookfestival.org

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 klru.org/overheard.

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.