Austin Film Festival and KLRU present POV preview screenings this summer


KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Festival to present preview screenings of three upcoming episodes of the documentary series POV. All screenings are free with an RSVP. Each one will take place at the SANTA CRUZ CENTER FOR CULTURE at 1805 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702.

Memories of a Penitent Heart
June 13th – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – July 31st

Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo suspected that there was something ugly in her family’s past. Memories of a Penitent Heart excavates a buried conflict around her uncle Miguel, who died at a time when AIDS was synonymous with sin. As she searches for Miguel’s partner decades later, the film — both a love story and a tribute — offers a cautionary tale of how faith can be used and abused in times of crisis. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).


Raising Bertie
July 10th – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – August 28th
Filmmaker – Margaret Byrne

Raising Bertie is an intimate portrait of three African American boys as they face a precarious coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Like many rural areas, Bertie County struggles with a dwindling economy, a declining population, and a high school graduation rate below the state average. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men’s narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).


Swim Team
August 21st – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – October 2nd
Filmmaker – Lara Stolman

Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

Presented in partnership with the Austin Film Festival.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month programs and events

The month of June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Here at KLRU, we are celebrating LGBT Pride Month 2017 with a lineup of special programs and events honoring the personal stories of LGBT individuals.

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Real Boy by Shaleece Haas. This free event takes place Tuesday, June 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723. GLSEN Austin Board members will be in attendance to discuss the work the organization is doing in our community. Get more details

KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Festival to present preview screenings of Memories of a Penitent Heart from the documentary series POV.Memories of a Penitent Heart excavates a buried conflict around her uncle Miguel, who died at a time when AIDS was synonymous with sin. The screening is free with an RSVP and takes place June 13th at 7 pm. Get more details

Independent Lens “The New Black”
Monday, June 5 at 9:00 pm
Independent Lens reprises “The New Black.” Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this film takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Independent Lens “Limited Partnership”
Monday, June 12 at 9:00 pm
Independent Lens premieres “Limited Partnership.” In 1975, decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan became one of the first same-sex couples in the world to be legally married. Mere months later, however, the Immigration and Naturalization Service declared their marriage invalid and began proceedings to deport Tony. With a uniquely personal perspective in a larger political battle, “Limited Partnership” follows the couple’s forty-year fight seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage, all while living undocumented in the United States.

Independent Lens “Real Boy”
Monday, June 19 at 9:00 pm
Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens. Along the way, Bennett’s mother makes a transformation of her own, finally accepting her irrepressible son as the man he wants to be.

KLRU features documentaries for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Join KLRU for the annual celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Special documentaries will air throughout the month, featuring the ancient science behind Chinese chariots, and historical Asian Pacific heroes like Pinky Thompson.

Mele Murals airs Monday, May 8 at 10 pm.  A documentary about the transformation of power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture.  At the center of the story are two renowned street artists – Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) – a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.  Through their stories, Mele Murals shows how public art and native Hawaiian traditions transforms the artists, students and community.

Mele Murals Trailer from Tadashi Nakamura on Vimeo.

Nova “Chinese Chariot Revealed” airs Wednesday, May 17 at 8 pm.  NOVA premieres “Chinese Chariot Revealed.” For over a thousand years, chariots thundered across China’s battlefields — dominating warfare far longer than anywhere else on earth. Now a series of archaeological discoveries, including whole chariots buried with their horses, enable a team of experts to discover the genius of China’s first super-weapon. The program investigates design secrets which made chariots such a long lived war-machine, exploring hands-on how they were used, what set them apart from the rest of the world and how they helped unify China.

Visions in the Dark:  The Life of Pinky Thompson airs Monday, May 22 at 10:30 pmVisions in the Dark:  The Life of Pinky Thompson is a Hawaiian story of challenge, triumph and leadership of Myron “Pinky” Thompson.  Sustaining a serious eye wound during World War II that left him in the dark for two years, Myron “Pinky” Thompson emerged with a clear vision.  He would become a social worker, mentor and revered leader in his community.  He left a legacy of positive social change, pride in Pacific heritage and a strong sense of native Hawaiian identity.

PBS wants to see the Asian American & Pacific Islander experience through your lens. Share a picture or video — of your family, friends and the experiences that are important to you! Use the hashtag #MyAPALife and watch the conversation unfold. See what others have shared


Celebrate Memorial Day with KLRU on 5/28

Join KLRU on Sunday, May 28th, as we celebrate our national heroes and veterans in honor of Memorial Day.

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 28th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. National Memorial Day Concert airs at 7 pm and encores at 9 pm and 11:30 pm.

This program takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at this Fall’s most anticipated film. PBS Previews: The Vietnam War begins at 8:30 pm.

Canine Soldiers explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols. In wars where the rules of engagement have shifted from traditional combat to the unforeseen and the invisible, these highly trained dogs are saving soldiers’ lives and giving them comfort, hope and protection. Canine Soldiers: The Militarization of Love begins at 10:30 pm.

Leti Garza combines her natural gift of musical talent and personal life experiences

Leti Garza combines her natural gift of musical talent and personal life experiences to weave together a recurring theme of authenticity in her music. She has the ability to draw from a vast resource of cultures and transform the music into her own while paying homage to the roots from which they were born.

KLRU presents special programs for Holocaust Remembrance Month

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance, KLRU will be airing programs throughout the month of April highlighting Jewish achievements and remembering the victims of the Holocaust.

Nova “Holocaust Escape Tunnel” encores on Thursday, April 20 at 8:00 pm. In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi death camp to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners and their daring escape. 

Escape from a Nazi Death Camp encores on Thursday, April 20 at 9:00 pm.
October 14th 2013 was the 70th anniversary of an event that shook the Nazi party to its core. In east Poland, at the remote Nazi death camp of Sobibor, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. To mark the anniversary, this film travels back Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The film uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story. 

For Sunday, April 23 — Holocaust Remembrance Programming includes:

Violins of Hope premieres on Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 pm
For Jews during the Holocaust, there wasn’t much reprieve from the despair and horror surrounding them, but music-particularly that of violins, which hold an important role in Jewish culture-offered temporary solace and a glimmer of humanity. Violinists in concentration camps were sometimes treated better and even spared their lives because of their ability to play this important instrument. VIOLINS OF HOPE: STRINGS OF THE HOLOCAUST follows the journey of Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein in his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust, and captures the lessons and highlights the music the instruments now bring to others. 

Escape from a Nazi Death Camp repeats on Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm.  

Nova  “Holocaust Escape Tunnel” repeats on Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 pm. 

Through The Eye of the Needle:  The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz airs on Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 pm.  
As a Holocaust survivor, Esther Nisenthal was 15 years old in October of 1942 when the Jews of her village in Poland were ordered by the Nazis to report to a nearby train station. Esther refused to go. Instead, saying goodbye to their family, she and her 13-year old sister Mania invented new identities for themselves as Polish Catholic farm girls, hiding in plain sight from the Nazis. Esther’s story of survival is remarkable on its own. 

Independent Lens “Last Laugh” premieres on Monday, April 24 at 9:00 pm.
For Holocaust Remembrance
, INDEPENDENT LENS premieres “The Last Laugh.” The Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy, but history shows that even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps themselves used humor as a means of survival and resistance. To explore this question, “The Last Laugh” weaves together an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone alongside interviews with influential comedians and thinkers ranging from Mel Brooks to Chris Rock, and meshes in powerful, rare footage of cabarets inside the concentration camps themselves.


New British drama plus new seasons of Death in Paradise, Miss Fisher & more starting 4/17 on KLRU Q

KLRU Q gets dramatic with shows from around the world! It all starts at 8 pm! NEW episodes of Death in Paradise from the sunny Caribbean. Miss Fisher is on the case in 1920s Australia in all new episodes of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries.  Charles Dickens faces his most iconic characters in 19th century London on the NEW SERIES Dickensian. And DCI Tom Mathias is on the case in all-new episodes of Hinterland from Wales.

Starting on April 17th, the new KLRUQ Monday night line up will be:
8:00 pm Death in Paradise Season 6
8:55 pm Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Season 2
9:55 pm Dickensian
10:55 pm Hinterland Season 2

The new series Dickensian
Drama set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens critically acclaimed novels, bringing together some of his most iconic characters as their lives intertwine in 19th century London.

Death in Paradise Season 6
Hit BBC crime drama Death in Paradise is back to warm us all up with a sixth series of murders, mystery and Caribbean sunshine. Kris Marshall’s DI Humphrey and his love interest Martha Lloyd (Sally Bretton) are back at the centre of the drama on the fictional island of Saint Marie. The upcoming series features a London-based two-part special, some very special guest stars and some of the island’s most complex cases ever.

Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Season 2
The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) is a thoroughly modern woman of the late 1920s operating in a mostly male world. The glamorous “lady detective” goes about her work with a pistol close at hand-and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer. The second season of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries continues to follow the personal and professional life of glamorous, sharp-witted Phryne Fisher: a socialite, aristocrat and private detective. Her cases include ghostly soldiers; pirates and buried treasure; murder on the airwaves; and a deadly Christmas in July. She continues to work with Detective Inspector John “Jack” Robinson (Nathan Page), who was reluctant to work with Miss Fisher at first but has begun to rely on her abilities, and Dorothy “Dot” Williams (Ashleigh Cummings) remains Phryne’s faithful companion. While she lives in the lap of luxury now, Phryne will never forget her humble beginnings, nor will she rest until she solves her sister Janey’s disappearance.

Hinterland S.2
A noir crime drama set in the scenic, centuries-old town of Aberystwyth, Wales. The area is a natural crucible of colliding worlds – a place where history, myth and tradition come face-to-face with modern life – but its panoramic vistas and quaint facade hide a multitude of sins. Into this realm steps the enigmatic DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington), a brilliant but troubled man on the run from his past. Together with his equally intelligent and complex partner DI Mared Rhys (Mali Harries), Mathias tackles mystifying murder cases that take viewers from the windswept sand dunes of the Welsh coastline to the badlands and beyond.

Throughout the second season of Hinterland, Mathias is drawn into a world of killers and their victims. Atmospheric and disturbing, this is a detective drama of poetry and scale, a story of blood, soil and belonging. This is Hinterland.

Q Night at the Movies: Judgement at Nuremberg on April 1st

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Q Night at the Movies brings you action packed features this week, including the Vikings, Nazi War criminals and Hitler’s soldiers.

Professor Anders Winroth from Yale University talks about real life Vikings and how they compare to The History Channel’s interpretation on the show “Vikings.” Turns out real Vikings were great poets with extraordinary hygiene! Science Goes To The Movies begins at 7:00 pm.

Writer/Director/Producer Charles Burnett shares his career development process in narrative and documentary filmmaking with Killer of Sheep (1978), his seminal film, which was definitive in highlighting African American cultural experience, all on On Story, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Stanley Kramer’s Oscar-winning account of the postwar courtroom proceedings against Nazi war criminals in 1948 Germany, Judgement At Nuremberg, this this week’s All-star Film Collection feature beginning at 8:00 pm.

Acted by German actors, speaking both German and English, they will quote directly from the highlights of over 100,000 hours of secretly recorded and therefore unguarded conversations between German POWs held in Britain. These long lost voices of the past are being brought back to life, bringing with them unique and exclusive insights into What the Nazis Really Thought. Secrets Of The Dead begins at 9:55 pm.


Just the BEAR necessities on KLRU Q 3/31

March 31st, join KLRU Q for a special night for one of mother nature’s fluffiest, cutest and scariest animals in the forest.

The emotionally engaging documentary BEARY TALES chronicles the gradual maturation of the bear twins as they flourish under Vaclav’s care: their first steps, early forest outings, and development from defenseless babies to cheeky, 135-pound teenagers. Using a well-balanced mix of factual information and charming scenes of the playful duo, the film deftly illustrates the specific complexities that arise when bear cubs are influenced by humans. Beary Tales airs at 8:00 pm.

Detailing the latest research, Chris Packham explores the specialised adaptations that have enabled bears to thrive, including how a polar bear’s hollow fur allows it to feed throughout the gruelling Arctic winter, whilst a state of ‘walking hibernation’ sees it through the summer months, on Wonder Of Animals, airing at 8:55 pm.

The Great Polar Bear Feast is the astonishing story of an annual natural phenomenon that occurs in early September on the north slope of the Arctic. Every year, up to eighty polar bears gather on the frozen shores, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast on the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. The film has extraordinary access to the work of scientist Todd Atwood, the lead polar bear scientist for the US Geological Survey. He has estimated that there has been a 40% decline in the polar bears around the South Beaufort Sea since 2006. It is an extraordinary decline, and he is determined to find out why. Watch the Great Polar Bear Feast, airing at 9:29 pm.