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

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


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


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.

Funny Ladies on Q Night at the Movies 8/20

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Tune in this week for another amazing lineup of special programming on Q Night at the Movies!

Science Goes to the MoviesStar Trek, Star Wars, and Fantastic Four‘ – airs at 7 pm
Dr. Heather Berlin and Faith Salie are joined by City College physics professor Vinod Menon to discuss how light is used and portrayed in Star Wars, Star Trek, and Fantastic Four.

On StoryCarl Reiner: A Conversation with a TV Legend‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Carl Reiner discusses working with comedy giants Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the influential sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches airs at 8 pm
Join Carol Burnett for her personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series, including sketches from the first five years of the show not seen in decades.

Pioneers of TelevisionFunny Ladies‘ – airs at 9:30 pm
This episode includes the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and the late Phyllis Diller. Funny Ladies also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on I Love Lucy and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Also, television’s most beloved variety star, Carol Burnett.

Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration – airs at 10:30 pm
View dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman.


It’s time for the Season 3 finale of The Great British Baking Show 8/12


Tensions are running high as The Great British Baking Show is about to crown a winner for Season 3. With only three contestants remaining, it’s finals time.

For the final signature challenge, bakers must make 16 iced buns, in two varieties in just three hours.

As part of the technical challenge, bakers are going to be facing Paul Hollywood’s raspberry-flavored mille-feuille to test their skills in pastry making, something they have all struggled with. Paul Hollywood explains:

For the final Showstopper, the bakers will have four hours to make classic British cakes in a multi-layered presentation.

Who do you think will be honored as this season’s winner?

Watch the preview:

The Final airs Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

Here are some of our online favorites from Mercy Street, Season 2


Mercy Street has started to tease us with new content from the upcoming season, that will grace our screens in 2017. We’ve gathered a few of our online favorites from Mercy Street for you to check out.

First Look

In case you missed it, Mercy Street released this first look of Season 2 and it contains a lot of great details from your favorite cast members. Watch it:

Make Your Own Civil War Era Tintype Portrait

This awesome online app has been around since the first season, but it’s still as fun to do by yourself or with friends. It’s a good way to prepare for the new season and it makes for a great profile picture.

Secrets From The Mercy Street Set

If you didn’t know, Mercy Street has a blog called Mercy Street Revealed. They post great behind-the-scenes content so you can learn more about the production process.

Here are some posts they’ve uploaded on Season 2.
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of Season 2
Season 2′ Last Day of Filming
Prepping for Season 2: A Production Designer’s Notes From the Field

Tweets from TCA16

PBS was at this year’s Television Critics Press Tour to talk about the upcoming season of Mercy Street. Here are some of the highlights from Twitter on what you can expect:

It was also Josh Radnor’s birthday that day!

Photos from Behind-the-Scenes

We’ll leave you with some behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Mercy Street.

Learn about Everyday Miracles on KLRUQ 8/9 & 8/16

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Demonstrating that the everyday and mundane are often anything but, the engrossing documentary Everyday Miracles reveals how raw materials are transformed into the objects that make modern life more comfortable.

Over the course of this two-part program, host Mark Miodownik reveals the scientific discoveries and fascinating industrial processes behind everything from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear to the furniture we sit on.

Homeairs Aug. 9 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik shows us what is so great about “stuff.” So many of the goods around us, which we likely take for granted, are revealed to be little pieces of domestic magic: everyday miracles. On the road and in the lab with explosive experiments, Mark reveals why the everyday and even the mundane is anything but.

Awayairs Aug. 16 at 8 pm
Professor Mark Miodownik looks at how materials allow us to indulge our curiosity about the world, enabling us to go further and travel faster. He looks at how the bicycle suddenly stirred a national gene pool, why we should all be grateful for exploding glass and what levitation has to do with discovering your inner self.


Swindles & Schemes on Q Night at the Movies 8/6

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Don’t miss a night of special programming on Q Night at the Movies!

Science Goes to the MoviesForce Majeure And Rosewater‘ – airs at 7 pm
Science Goes to the Movies looks at the Swedish film, Force Majeure and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater for a discussion on visceral fear. What does fear do to the brain, to the body and how does fear affect decision making? With guest journalist Ira Flatow, we consider the effects of fear on our political process.

On StoryBetter Call Saul: A Conversation with Peter Gould‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Peter Gould, writer, producer, and director of Breaking Bad and co-creator of its spinoff Better Call Saul discusses shifting gears, schemes, and swindles within the world of Saul Goodman pre-Walter White.

Corinth Films CollectionKansas City Confidential‘ – airs at 8 pm
A down-on-his-luck ex-GI (John Payne) finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he’s finally released for lack of evidence–after having been beaten up by the police–he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired killers and corrupt cops.

Corinth Films CollectionScarlet Street‘ – airs at 9:45 pm
When a man in mid-life crisis (Edward G. Robinson) befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has.