Remembering David Bowie

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Get social and answer the following questions as well as make a gift to YOUR KLRU to win!

This evening at 9:30 p.m., KLRU celebrates the life of David Bowie. Tune into KLRU-Q and watch DAVID BOWIE: FIVE YEARS. Survey five pivotal years in Bowie’s extensive career, each illustrating his inspiration and where his innovative ideas led him. The program features unseen footage and interviews with close collaborators, and charts Bowie’s continual evolution. Before then we wanted to extend a special incentive to engage with your community supported PBS station during our spring fund drive.

KLRU wants to give you* a gift in celebration of this iconic artist when you engage with us socially this Spring Fund Drive. Enter via social media by being 1 of the first 5 to answer the following questions correctly. Even better, you can up your chances of winning by becoming a member or making an additional gift this March.


  1. Sesame Street’s Big Bird was created by Jim Henson — what movie did David Bowie appear alongside other puppets created by the master puppeteer?
    1. The Muppets Take Manhattan
    2. Labyrinth
    3. The Dark Crystal
  1. In May of 2014, David Bowie was featured in an animated short film discussing Stardust in which he said, “I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star. I always felt a little bit out of my element.” What PBS Digital Initiative was this?
    1. Blank on Blank
    2. PBS NewsHour
    3. Hardly Sound

We know you rely on KLRU for the best in arts programming.  And we rely on the more than 16,000 individuals and families who give to KLRU every year in order to keep bringing you your favorite shows.  Showing your support with a gift of any amount ensures we continue to broadcast these programs for free, so thank you for your contribution!

*Must live in the Central Texas area to win. Winner will be contacted on or around March 18.

Arts In Context Shorts: Beto Martinez balances family and art

Arts In Context Shorts: Studio Life tells the story of how Beto Martinez balances his career as a working musician and his family life.

“There’s always been a struggle to find that balance,” Martinez said. He went on to say it’s easier to handle now because he has a studio at home.

Martinez still works with Grupo Fantasma, a Grammy Award-winning funk orchestra from Austin, but he is also venturing into letting fellow local musicians use his studio to record their music.

The flexibility of being able to record from home and play local shows has allowed Martinez to lead a more balanced life.

“It could have been three hours before that I was out there, and I felt like a rockstar,” Martinez said. “But then I gotta come home and wake up and see what the kids want for breakfast.”

Celebrating Frank Sinatra’s legacy!

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If you’re a Sinatra fan, this event is not to be missed, DONATE TODAY!

KLRU is certain you are enjoying FRANK SINATRA: THE VOICE OF OUR TIME. Sinatra was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. This Spring YOUR COMMUNITY supported PBS station has an amazing offer to all fans of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Experience an evening of sensational musical fun celebrating Frank Sinatra’s legacy. THE SINATRA CENTURY features internationally-acclaimed performers Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso in a nonstop musical show business bonanza. Enjoy the hits — Come Fly With Me, Witchcraft, and many more! With a contribution of $150 you’ll receive two tickets to the show, playing May 6, 7 and 8 at The Long Center.

We know you rely on KLRU for the best in arts programming. And we rely on the more than 16,000 individuals and families who give to KLRU every year in order to keep bringing you your favorite shows. Showing your support with a gift of any amount ensures we continue to broadcast these programs for free, so thank you for your contribution!

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.

Austin Revealed: Chicano desegregation and education

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In the aftermath of desegregation, Mexican-American students and teachers in Austin realized the lack of equality in the school system and higher education. In the first installment of KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights series, students and teachers who lived it share their stories about the disparate conditions and the fight for reform.

Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights debuts on Thursdays in March on Stay tuned for future installments addressing 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.

KLRU has also partnered with The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to present a screening and discussion of the documentary on March 31 as part of their César Chávez celebrations. Find more information about the screening here.

Stunning space photos that prove why you should watch #YearInSpace


For the last year, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has been on the International Space Station as part of an investigation into how spending a year in space can affect astronauts’ bodies and minds. It’s part of NASA’s long-term goal of finally embarking on a mission to Mars.

It may get pretty lonely on the ISS, but Kelly’s been talking with millions of people across the world who look forward to the stellar (pun intended) photos he takes from space. Here are five of his best snaps to get you amped up for part one of A Year In Space, which will air Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. A Year In Space is a project between PBS and TIME.

Hurricane Patricia — October 2015:


A partly cloudy day:

#EarthArt Everyone seems to like cloud nine. What’s wrong with the other clouds? They all look pretty amazing from here aboard the International Space Station. #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Friday, August 7, 2015


The colors of Africa:

Earth Art: I’m going to miss the colors of Africa! #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Monday, February 22, 2016


Bahamas blues:

The depths of Bahamas blues. #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Kelly’s last sunrise from space:

Rise and shine! My last sunrise from space then I gotta go! 1 of 5. Good morning from the International Space Station! #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight on part one of A Year In Space on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. on KLRU. Join the conversation on social media using #YearInSpace and visit the A Year In Space website for exclusive videos, more photos and other information about Kelly’s mission. 

Q Night At The Movies 3/5: The Stranger & More

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This week, Q Night At The Movies has not just one, but two feature films! But first, prominent actors like Amy Schumer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will discuss their recent projects. Then, Tommy Lee Jones will walk through his experience when making The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Our first feature film of the night will be The Stranger which tells the story of a Nazi fugitive who assumed a new identity post WWII. The Third Man, a film about a pulp novelist who winds up investigating an old friend’s death while in Vienna, will conclude the night.

Variety Episode #303 at 7 p.m.
The actors responsible for the most exciting performances of the year talk about their work-and more. Featuring Seth Rogen (Jobs) with Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) with Lily Tomlin (Grandma), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Walk) with Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), Isabella Rossellini (Joy) with Charlotte Rampling (45 Years).

On Story Tommy Lee Jones: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada at 8 p.m.
Tommy Lee Jones, writer, director, and protagonist of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, reflects on the making of the film, accompanied by some of his cast and crew. Followed by Roy Rutngamlug’s short film, Formosa, TX, about a first generation Asian-American’s fleeting encounter with an out-of-towner who stumbles upon his family’s diner.

Corinth Films Collection The Stranger at 8 p.m.
In 1946, Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) of the United Nations War Crimes Commission is hunting for a Nazi fugitive Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a war criminal. Kindler has assumed a new identity, Charles Rankin, and has become a prep school teacher in a small town in Connecticut.

Corinth Films Collection The Third Man at 10:10 p.m.
Pulp novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime (Orson Welles).

Q Night At The Movies 2/27: Glory & much more

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This week, Night At The Movies will explore works that highlight the struggle for equality in America. On Variety, we will hear from actors about their newest projects, including actresses from Suffragette and Carol. Then, the writer of Philadelphiaa story about a man with AIDS who was fired for his condition, discusses the impact of his screenplay. After that, Glory will tell the story of an all-black regiment during the Civil War. To end the night, we’ll take a broader look at the black experience before, during, and after the Civil War.

Variety Episode #302 at 6:30 p.m.
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Kate Winslet (Jobs) with Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Carey Mulligan (Suffragette) with Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Steve Carell (The Big Short) with Rooney Mara (Carol), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) with Jason Segel (The End of the Tour).

On Story Watch Philadelphia: A Look Back at 7:30 p.m.
Ron Nyswaner recounts the social impact of his screenplay Philadelphia, a bold film released during a delicate time in history. Followed by Oliver Kember’s Puzzled, about a young boy whose only chance at survival on the playground is to outsmart the other children.

All-star Film Collection Glory at 8:00 p.m.
Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) trains and leads an all-black regiment of the U.S. Civil War.

Looking Over Jordan: African Americans And The War  at 10:05 p.m.
This documentary chronicles the black experience in the South before, during and after the war. It features interviews with Civil War scholars, historical re-enactments, and primary readings. Among many topics, the documentary covers the marked rise of slavery between 1790 and 1860, the role of religion and music in the slave narrative, the influx of freed black slaves into the Union army, heroics at the Battle of Nashville in December 1864, both Confiscation Acts, and the creation of the Bureau of Freedman, Refugees and Abandoned Land to aid freed slaves in the early Reconstruction era.

Luther and The Detectorists join KLRU-Q British Drama night starting 2/29


KLRU-Q is adding new British drama to the lineup starting Feb. 29. The popular shows The Detectorists and Luther will join the Monday night lineup, which currently includes Death in Paradise and Whitechapel.

Death In Paradise at 8:05 p.m.
Detective Inspector Richard Poole is transplanted from London to the Caribbean to solve a murder mystery, and he is not a huge fan of his seemingly temporary new home. Unfortunately for him, he does such a great job on the case that he is assigned to the island of Saint-Marie permanently.

The Detectorists  at 9 p.m.
This British comedy-drama revolves around the lives, loves and detecting ambitions of Andy and Lance, members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club.

Luther at 9:30 p.m.
Starring Screen Actor’s Guild Award winner, Idris Elba, Luther is a gripping, smart and entertaining psychological thriller driven by an intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive cop. For Luther, his profession is a vocation rather than a job. He serves his own idea of a moral order as much as rules and codes of criminal law.

Whitechapel at 10:25 p.m.
Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton return as detectives Chandler and Miles and historical researcher Ed Buchan in these atmospheric thrillers set in London’s East End. This series sees the team confronted by twisted, gothic murders that reach right into their fears and superstitions… Someone is killing suspected witches; flayed bodies suggest someone is more interested in the victims’ skin than in their death; and the sewers of Whitechapel threaten the team with an additional layer of horror. While Chandler and team try to solve these crimes, the station itself seems to pulse with unexplained phenomena. Mysterious footsteps in corridors, creeping mould and silty water. Could the station be haunted? And who or what is really behind the evil that surfaces in Whitechapel?


Night At The Movies 2/20: The Right Stuff & more

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The 60s are coming alive again with this week’s Night At The Movies! The creator of Mad Men will analyze various aspects of the show and its protagonist, Don Draper. Then, The Right Stuff will put you alongside the first U.S. astronauts during the height of the space race. But first, we’ll start the night with conversations with artists involved in making some of 2015’s best movies.

Variety Studio Episode #301 at 6:30 p.m.

Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Cate Blanchett (Carol/Truth) with Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes), Will Smith (Concussion) with Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Brie Larson (Room) with Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight) with Michael Keaton (Spotlight).

On Story Watch Mad Men: A Conversation With Matthew Weiner at 7:30 p.m.

Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner, dissects the culture, identity, and status quo of the show, and the psychology behind its beloved antihero, Don Draper. Followed by Faraday Okoro’s short film, Full Windsor, about a young boy’s quest to preserve a meaningful piece of his past.

All-star Film Collection The Right Stuff at 8:00 p.m.

The selection and training of the first U.S. astronauts take place amid political maneuvering and media hype.