In the Studio: Lizz Winstead tapes Overheard 9/16

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Lizz Winstead on September 16 at 11am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:30am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

lizz winsteadLizz Winstead is co-creator, a former writer and a former correspondent for The Daily Show. She also co-founded Air America Radio. Winstead is now well known as one of the country’s top political satirists. Her writing can be found in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post and in her 2012 book, Lizz Free or Die. Winstead is in Austin to keynote Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ 2014 Austin Annual Dinner.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth 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 at this taping with Lizz Winstead. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Basetrack discount

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Our friends at Texas Performing Arts are pleased to present the world premiere engagement of BASETRACK, a gripping theatrical production that confronts the complex truths and ambiguities of the modern military experience. The event takes place September 11-13 at 8 pm at the McCullough Theatre. Live music, film and a cascade of images from independent photojournalists in Afghanistan punctuate a performance drawn from genuine social media exchanges and interviews, immersing audiences in the experiences of contemporary military service personnel and their families. KLRU Members receive 15% OFF on Friday and Saturday night tickets! Visit bit.ly/BASETRACK and enter the code MARINES for the discount.

In the Studio: Mark Bittman & Lawrence Wright tape Overheard 9/12

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for interviews with Mark Bittman & Lawrence Wright on September 12 in KLRU’s Studio 6A. One RSVP will grant you admission to both tapings. RSVP now

4:45 pm Mark Bittman (doors at 4:15pm)
5:45 pm Lawrence Wright (doors as soon as Bittman interview is complete)
Audience members are welcome to stay in their seats after the Bittman taping if they plan to attend the taping with Lawrence Wright. 

BittmanCreditSallySteinMark Bittman is an opinion columnist and lead food writer for The New York Times. His “Minimalist” column ran in the Times’ Dining section for more than 13 years. He’s written two books, the best-selling How to Cook Everything and the groundbreaking VB6: Eat Vegan Before6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good, which introduced Americans to the Flexitarian diet. His newest book, How to Cook Everything Fast, is out October 7. Bittman is in Austin to speak at the Food + Health 2014 conference.

LW credit Kenny BraunLawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker. His newest book, out September 16, is Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, a day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David Accords. Wright won the Pulitzer in 2007 for his book Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. He last taped Overheard in January 2013 to discuss his best-seller, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth 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 at theses tapings with Mark Bittman and Lawrence Wright. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

In the Studio: Ian McEwan tapes Overheard 9/9

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ian McEwan on September 9 at 2 pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 1:30pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed, highly distinguished author, whose thirteenth book, The Children Act, is out this month. McEwan has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites. He has been a contender for the Man Booker Prize many times, winning it in 1998 for his novel Amsterdam. He wrote Atonement, which received the WH Smith Literary Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award, and was later made into an Oscar-winning film. The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas recently acquired McEwan’s archive. He is in Austin for the first American reading of The Children Act on September 10 at the Ransom Center, and part of his archive will be on view in the Ransom Center’s lobby from September 9 to September 25.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth 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 at this taping with Ian McEwan. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

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KLRU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Latino experience. Year round, KLRU provides content and events that give a diverse perspective on our community. This September & October, Austin’s PBS station focuses on local programs and events including a screening of El Taller: An Arts In Context Special.

KLRU and The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center will host a preview screening of El Taller on Sept. 4th at 7 pm. Arts In Context director Mario Troncoso will be in attendance to answer questions about the film. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

This documentary follows a group of students and volunteers at Talleres Infantiles for a year as they work together to improve their community while maintaining their culture.Talleres Infantiles is a year round Spanish language art program for mostly low income students.  El Taller will air on Thursday, September 25 at 9:00 pm.

Other programs airing on KLRU for Hispanic Heritage Month:

Be sure to go to klru.org/artsincontext to watch Arts In Context Shorts documentaries on Esquina Tango on 9/26 and Gina Chavez on 10/10.

Central Texas Gardener  “Spanish Melting Pot Garden Design
Saturday, September 13 at 12 noon and repeats at 4:00 pm.
It is also presented on Sunday, September 14 at 9:00 am.
Who influenced your garden design? See how our Spanish and Mexican melting pot impacts us today. Visit an historic home where a walled Mission-style garden features a central aqueduct.

Independent Lens “The Graduates”
Part 1 of 2 airs on Monday, September 22 at 10:30 pm
Part 2 of 2 airs on Tuesday, September 23 at 10:30 pm
This mini-series is a journey 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.This is a story about how Latino students are faring in our nation’s public education system, but it is also a story about the American future.

Latino Americans on the South Plains
Tuesday, September 23 at 10:00 pm and Thursday, September 25 at 8:00 pm. A celebration of culture, music, and artistic expression by Latinos in West Texas through specific stories of larger significance.

Annual Imagen Awards 2014
Saturday, September 27 at 5:00 pm.
The 29th Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media.

Independent Lens “Las Marthas”
Monday, September 29 at 10:00 pm
The annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other in the country — its 94 percent Latino debutantes and their attendants all dress as Martha Washington or other patriotic figures from America’s colonial period.

Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To The Dance)
Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 pm
Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guest take the stage.

Arts In Context “Tardeadas”
Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 pm
A profile of Conjunto Los Pinkys, which also tells the story of Austin’s changing East side.

Arts in Context “Peligrosa”
Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 pm
Established in 2007,Peligrosa is a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America.

Ruben Salazar:  Man in the Middle:  A Voces Special Presentation
Thursday, October 9 at 9:00 pm
This documentary provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century. Part political expose, part narrative deconstruction, part poetic meditation, the film is an independent and thorough investigation of the life and death of Ruben Salazar, a prominent Civil Rights era journalist.

V-me  (broadcast channel 18.4)
Latinos Americanos
Fridays starting September 20th at 9:00 pm
Latino Americanos, is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.

V-me presenta Latino Americanos

Latino Americanos, el primer gran documental televisivo que presenta una crónica de las ricas y variadas historias y experiencias de los latinos de Estados Unidos que han ayudado a darle forma a América del Norte durante más de 500 años y que se han convertido, al ser más de 50 millones de personas, en el grupo minoritario más grande de Estados Unidos El contexto cambiante e incluso repetitivo de la historia americana ofrece un telón de fondo para el drama de la vida de los individuos. Es una historia acerca de la inmigración y de la redención, de la angustia y de la celebración, de la formación gradual de una nueva identidad americana que enlaza y empodera a millones de personas hoy en día.

Screening: Black Folk Don’t …

Our friends at Austin Film Society are hosting a Moviemaker Dialogue with Angela Tucker, director and producer of the popular PBS web series Black Folk Don’t… 

The screening takes place on August 25th from 7:30 pm – 9 pm at AFS at the Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. Purchase tickets now

Featured in TIME Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life,” Black Folk Don’t has been praised for challenging stereotypes in both poignant and hilarious detail. In this Moviemaker Dialogue, Angela Tucker will discuss using her documentary background to develop the series, which has been featured in The Huffington Post, IndieWire and Ebony Magazine, among others, and is aired on the online channels of PBS and Black Public Media. This discussion will feature some of Angela’s favorite episodes from the series’ three seasons.

Austin Revealed Screening and Discussion 8/9

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Join KLRU and The Austin History Center (AHC) for a special screening and discussion of the documentary Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories. The 30-minute film was made by Alpheus Media for KLRU and explores the issues of racial segregation and the civil rights movement in Austin. The screening will take place at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St., Saturday, August 9 at 2 PM. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7480 or visit library.austintexas.gov.

In the Studio: Richard Linklater tapes Overheard 7/14

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Richard Linklater!
DATE: July 14
TIME: 1:30pm  (Doors open at 1pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).  
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now 

linklaterWe are excited to welcome Richard Linklater back to Overheard. Linklater is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker. His newest film, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years with the same cast and is already generating Oscar buzz. A.O. Scott of the New York Times wrote that Boyhood is “one of the most extraordinary movies of 2014, or for that matter the 21st century so far.” The film earned Linklater the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Louis Black Lone Star Award at SXSW. Linklater’s other credits include Bernie, Before Sunset, Slacker and Dazed and Confused. He last taped Overheard in 2012. Boyhood opens in Austin on July 18.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps up a fourth season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida.  We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

Screening: Getting Back to Abnormal 7/14

Join KLRU for a special screening of the PBS documentary Getting Back to Abnormal directed by Austin filmmaker Paul Stekler co-directed by Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker & Peter Odabashian

DATE: Monday, July 14
TIME: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Austin filmmaker Paul Stekler’s newest PBS documentary, co-directed by Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker and Peter Odabashian, presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? Stekler will be in attendance to discuss the film and answer audience questions. Film screening will begin at 7 pm. Light food and beverages will be served starting at 6:30 pm.

The film airs as part of the PBS series POV at 9 pm July 14th and at 10 pm on July 29th.

Getting Back to Abnormal is a look at the state of New Orleans politics and culture more than five years after Hurricane Katrina. Set against the 2009-2010 local political season, the election of the first white mayor in a generation, and the triumph of the Saints football team, the film is structured around the city’s complicated and ever-present race issue. Mixing fly-on-the-wall verité footage with interviews, the film charts the next chapter of life in New Orleans, including politics (a divisive city council race); housing (the destruction of the city’s housing projects and the rise of new neighborhoods like Brad Pitt’s eco-friendly Make It Right experiment in the flood-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward); cultural self-awareness (the HBO series Treme); and the stories of individual New Orleanians both maintaining and reinventing their lives.

This event is in collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV. View the site at pbs.org/pov