Hamilton: The Mixtape. (It’s so good.) Win a copy, join the revolution!

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How could KLRU not jump on the Hamilton bandwagon?!
This Broadway phenomenon has broken records and charmed America with its diverse casting and innovative style. If only high school history class had been so entertaining!

With Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda created a blend of Broadway bravado, rhythmic hip-hop and political intrigue that is massively entertaining, but why stop there? The Hamilton Mixtape is the newest effort from Miranda—an album of covers from the hit musical with a who’s who list of modern recording artists—and KLRU is giving away copies of the CD this December!

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win The Hamilton Mixtape.

Just comment about what you love about Hamilton—the musical or the man—and you’ll be entered.
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Bidi Bidi Banda

AICSBIDI 1Focusing on replicating the influential music of Selena, Bidi Bidi Banda discusses the Tejano star’s positive image for Latinas and Latinos, and her lasting impression on musicians and music fans. Bidi Bidi Banda’s live performances transport audiences, and give a new generation of Selena fans a glimpse into what her shows might have been like.

KLRU Holiday Programs

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KLRU Christmas Eve Programming:

In the countdown to Christmas on the Great British Baking Show “Christmas Master Class”, Paul bakes St. Lucia buns and mincemeat and marzipan couronne. Mary tackles French galette, Genoa cake, and white chocolate and ginger cheesecake, which airs Saturday, December 24 starting at 4:30 pm.

The one-hour music special HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH THE BOSTON POPS showcases the best of the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Featuring plenty of Christmas classics, Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops airs Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 pm

Tune in to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British screen actor Martin Jarvis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in the annual Christmas concert. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir repeats on Saturday, December 24 at 8:00 pm

Three Tenors Christmas encores on Saturday, December 24 at 9:00 pm. Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo sing traditional and classical Christmas songs, including “Let It Snow”, “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells”. 

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, JORDAN SMITH ‘TIS THE SEASON, which encores on Saturday, December 24 at 10:00 pm.

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. Rick Steves’ holiday episode, # 106 “European Christmas”, encores on Saturday, December 24 at 11:00 pm.

Christmas Day Programming:

On the Christmas Day special of Great British Baking Show “Christmas Master Class”, watch Mary prepare a pavlova wreath, and Paul a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and a rosace a l’orange. “Christmas Master Class” airs Sunday, December 25 starting at 1:00 pm

Austin Revealed: Food As Community

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Food brings people and communities together and as part of a new Austin Revealed series, we set out to bring you the stories behind some Austin immigrants and how they have built unconventional families and communities using cuisine from their homeland.

Taste of Ethiopia

Woinee always wanted to open up a restaurant, but she had no idea it would be in Texas, or that it would end up serving a host of local families who have adopted children from Ethiopia. Now Woinee’s dream is helping dozens of children discover—and taste—their heritage and culture.

In this explainer, learn about injera—a staple item of Ethiopian cuisine—and how to make it.

Peace Bakery & Deli

Nuha says that while she was never treated differently in her small east Texas town, she felt wearing her hijab set her apart, making her stand out. But after opening her first restaurant, her culture has only helped her connect with more and more people from a variety of backgrounds.

Tropicana Cuban Cafe

Enrique Reyes spent his childhood helping in his family’s bakeries and restaurants in Miami, so it’s little wonder he set up shop when he moved to Texas. What is surprising is what happens when the kitchen closes and the floor opens up. Tropicana transforms into a dance hall, where a particular Cuban style of salsa is taught—after some Cuban coffee, of course.

Get a little boost with this explainer on Cuban cafécitos, a caffeinated treat that’s different from your regular espresso shot.

Little Mama’s Authentic Filipino Cuisine

Nita and Joanna have always been close, but after opening up a restaurant featuring food from her mom’s home country, the two have become even tighter knit. It’s become a way to share a future together and reflect on a past that stretches back to Spanish colonization.

You’ve probably never had dessert like this before! In this explainer learn about some of the most popular Filipino desserts.

Mister Tramps Sports Pub and Cafe

With start times as early as 6 a.m., it’s hard to be a soccer fan living in central time zone. So what is it that pulls these fans out of bed and into the pub? A sense of community. Owner Alfredo Cedrone modeled the bar off locations in his native Scotland, where pubs aren’t just where you watch the match—it’s where the local community gathers.

Roland’s Soul Food & Fish

Austin Revealed went live on Facebook for lunch from Roland’s Soul Food & Fish. We tried different dishes from pork chops to fried catfish and bbq to oxtails. Experience it with us in the video below.

What restaurants make you feel like you’re home?

Five pumpkin recipes to make this fall

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When fall comes around, the temperature starts to cool a bit, the sweaters start coming out, and you start seeing pumpkins everywhere. And, let’s face it, if you’ve gone out of your way to read this, you know you can never go wrong with pumpkins when it’s fall.

Here are a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes from PBS Food that you should try!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes for Breakfast

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The smell of fresh pancakes will make it easier to get out of bed in the morning! Whip up this batch of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast and you’ll be the star of the house.

Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Alfredo for Lunch or Dinner

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If you thought you couldn’t add pumpkin to your main dish, think again. These ricotta stuffed shells with pumpkin alfredo are perfect for the season and will make a lovely centerpiece at the dinner table.

Pumpkin Apple Baked Beans for a Standout Side Dish

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Add pumpkin AND apples to your baked beans and you’ll be the master of fall with this side dish. These pumpkin apple baked beans will surely stand out at Thanksgiving dinner or at your next potluck.

 

Pumpkin Maple Crème Caramel for a Creamy Dessert

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No meal is complete without a dessert! But don’t stick to the same-ol’ pumpkin pie you’ve always made. Branch out and give this pumpkin maple crème caramel recipe a try. If you love flan and pumpkins, you’ll definitely keep on coming back to this dessert.

Salted Pumpkin Caramels as a Seasonal Snack

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If you’re in need of a sweet kick to fuel your day, why not try making these salted pumpkin caramels as a snack. The balance of sweetness from the caramel and pumpkin with a dash of salt make for a great treat.

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

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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
cmhomemovies@florentinefilms.com

Hispanic Heritage Month on KLRU-Q 10/9 & 10/16

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As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month line-up, there will be special KLRU-Q programming broadcast on Sundays, October 9 and October 16.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Latino Americans – War and Peace at 8:00 p.m.
Trace the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands – yet still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights in the United States.

Latino Americans – The New Latinos at 8:59 p.m.
Review the decades after World War II through the early 1960s, as swelling numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic seek economic opportunities.

Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice at 9:59 p.m.
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 and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote in America. This is the story of how a young boy growing up in the poor barrio of San Antonio Texas, questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city government, grew up to be a student activist leader in the center of the Civil Rights Movement for Latinos, and then became a young Latino statesman, leading one of the most important efforts in the history of Latino empowerment in America. The film looks at Latino millennials and how their future vote will affect the American political landscape and at contemporary issues facing Latinos today and how that translates to the ballot box.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Latino Americans – Pride and Prejudice at 8:00 p.m.
Witness the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process.

Latino Americans – Peril and Promise at 8:59 p.m.
Examine the past 30 years, as a second wave of Cubans and hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans flee to the U.S., creating a debate over undocumented immigrants that leads to calls for tightened borders, English-only laws and efforts to brand the undocumented as a drain on public resources. Simultaneously, the Latino influence is booming in business, sports, media, politics and entertainment. Latino Americans become the largest and youngest growing sector of the American population.

American Masters – Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey at 9:59 p.m.
Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. A co-presentation of VOCES and AMERICAN MASTERS.

Arts In Context Season 7 Premiere Party 9/20

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KLRU & the arts community invite you to join us for a night of music and art in East Austin as we premiere Arts In Context Season 7. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

The party takes place Tuesday, Sept. 20th, starting at 6 pm at Handsome (1000 East 6th Street). Enjoy tasty bites, cocktails, live music, a gallery inspired by the Season 7 featured arts groups and a video preview of the upcoming season.

We’ll have a musical performance by Carrie Rodriguez and Luke Jacobs plus sound selections by DJ Chorizo Funk.

Hispanic Heritage Month on KLRU 2016

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Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of our fellow neighbors in the United States with Hispanic heritage. To celebrate, KLRU will be broadcasting a variety of special programs starting September 22 through October 3.

The programming schedule for Hispanic Heritage Month is as follows:

Voces on PBS “Children of Giant”
Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice. “Children of Giant” is a film by Hector Galan from Austin, Texas.

American Masters’ “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey”
Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 p.m.
AMERICAN MASTERS premieres “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey.” This film captures the life and work of Pedro Guerrero, a Mexican American photographer born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who goes on to an international career as photographer of master American artists of the 20th century. Using Guerrero’s words, the film gives the viewer an insider’s look into three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson as well as important images of modernist architecture.

Austin Revealed “El Despertar”
Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Explore the struggle of the Chicano movement in the seventies as the Mexican-American community in Austin, TX unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture. Through first person interviews, hear how these individuals placed the goals of the community first and made a lasting impact through empowerment, sacrifices, accomplishments and failures.

 

Hispanic Heritage Awards 2016
Friday, September 30 at 9:00 p.m.
This special will celebrate the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program will include performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.

 

Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice
Monday, October 3 at 9:30 p.m.
Latino Public Broadcasting presents a film by Austinite Hector Galan on the life and efforts of Willie Velasquez. A Mexican-American butcher’s son, his political awakening came at a young age. Growing up in the Edgewood neighborhood in San Antonio’s Westside barrio, he wondered why the streets in his neighborhood always flooded and why the city did nothing about it. Why were there no Latinos in city government to represent them? Why didn’t Latinos have a voice? After years of street protests and marches as a Chicano activist, Willie Velasquez realized that the only true path to political empowerment was to register every eligible Latino in America to vote. This film documents his journey to accomplish this.


 

In addition, we will be featuring new episodes of Pati’s Mexican Table and Mexico—One Plate at a Time:

Pati’s Mexican Table
Saturdays at 1:00 pm starting September 10
This season, Pati sets out to explore the Maya world in the Yucatan Peninsula. Embarking on a road trip that will cross three stations, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, Pati meets with local producers, growers and chefs in restaurants and their homes to learn about the unique cuisine of the region. From there, Pati brings her new experiences back to her own kitchen, where she gives viewers a one-on-one lesson on how to make all of these dishes their very own.

Mexico—One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless
Saturdays at 1:00 pm starting September 17
Returning this September, Rick Bayless brings his brilliant combination of travel and cooking back to our screens for another season of exploring Mexican culture in order to bring home the finest flavors and recipes. Explore the many wondrous foods of the Yucatan Peninsula and jump on board the always fun and constant mouthwatering journey as Rick Bayless cooks up classic Yucatan dishes.

High school sports is the focus this week on Q Night at the Movies 8/27

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Former Giants linebacker Carl Banks and Tom Cruise make an appearance on this week’s Q Night at the Movies!

Science Goes to the MoviesBallers and Everest‘ – airs at 7 pm
Retired Giants linebacker Carl Banks comes by to talk about the HBO series Ballers, the neurological underpinnings of teamwork, and why humans like to watch other humans engage in risky or dangerous behaviors.

On Story Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed Classic‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Tom Schulman, writer of Dead Poet’s Society, deconstructs the story’s journey from script to screen, along with his unique working relationships on set with Robin Williams and director Peter Weir.

All-star Film CollectionAll The Right Moves‘ – airs at 8 pm
A Pennsylvania steel-town high-school coach (Craig T. Nelson) tries to spoil a football hero’s (Tom Cruise) scholarship dream.

Independent LensIn Football We Trust‘ – airs at 9:30 pm
Explore the story behind the Polynesian pipeline to the NFL through the lives of high school players in Utah. As they enter the high-stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports, they still struggle with gang violence and poverty.