Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson: Preview Screening 3/6

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center are teaming up to present a preview of Ken Burns’ new documentary, Jackie Robinson.

This two-part, four-hour documentary tells the story of the first African American player in Major League Baseball, his struggle for respect in a league dominated by white men and his battle to make all African Americans first class citizens through his athleticism.

The screening will include a 40-minute preview of the documentary and a reception will precede the screening. The event will be held at George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center Theater at 1161 Angelina St. in Austin. On Feb. 23, the reception will start at 6:30 pm and the screening will start at 7 p.m. On March 6, the reception will start at 3 p.m. and the screening will be at 3:30 p.m.You do not need to RSVP. Admission is based on when capacity is reached.

The documentary will premiere on KLRU in April.

In the Studio: Ethan Hawke tapes Overheard February 18!

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Join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ethan Hawke on February 18 at 11:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:45am.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. 


Ethan Hawke is an Academy Award-nominated actor and screenwriter. He’s also an author of three novels, including his most recent Rules for a Knight, which The New Yorker called “a hybrid parenting guide and self-help book.” Hawke was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role last year for his performance in Boyhood. In his newest film, Born to be Blue, he plays legendary jazz musician Chet Baker. That film will be released March 25th.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th 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 Ethan Hawke. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at


Blackademics 2016 tapings 2/9 & 2/10

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Blackademics Television is a presentation of The Institute for Community, University & School Partnerships (ICUSP) in combination with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. This project uses television & social media to share top Black Studies scholarship with broad popular audiences.

We invite you to join us live in KLRU’s Studio 6A on Feb. 9th & 10th to watch this year’s presenters tape their talks. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the taping starts promptly at 7 pm.

Presenters include:
Joshua & Jeremiah West
Dr. Tifani Jones Blakes
Jordan & Mia Smith
Ben Gilbarg
Shaan Shah
Dr. Kevin Michael Foster
Leander Brieon Thompson
Artist Tyson
Mikaila Ulmer
Kelley Glover

Watch Blackademics talks from pervious years now

In the Studio: Civic Summit Examines First Year of Austin’s Single-Member District Council

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

January marks one year since Austin’s first 10-1 City Council was sworn into office. For the first time Austin voters elected a council member to represent each of the 10 new geographic districts, and elected new Mayor Steve Adler to represent the city as a whole. 

Many hoped the historic election would be a watershed moment, inspiring more people to get involved in city politics. More than 70 people ran for office and 8 of the 10 new council members have never held public office before. But, Austin’s voter turnout is still dismally low and very few residents engage regularly in city issues.

CIVIC SUMMIT, in partnership with Leadership Austin, will convene a community conversation to discuss this transformative time in Austin’s city government, and look ahead to Austin’s future.

Join host Judy Maggio and panelists Mayor Steve Adler, Council Member Ora Houston, EngageATX’s Annie Dlugokecki, and AISD Trustee Paul Saldaña

Wednesday, January 13
6:30pm Doors | 7pm Start
KLRU Studio 6A
This event is free but an RSVP is required.

CIVIC SUMMIT airs on KLRU January 22 at 8:30pm, immediately following 10-WON, a documentary following the seismic shift in Austin’s political landscape, from the time the 78 candidates signed up to the swearing-in ceremony. The film will be screened prior to taping the Civic Summit.

In the Studio 12/10: Civic Summit taping focuses on increasing graduation rates

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

This week, KLRU’s Civic Summit tapes Stop the Drop: Engaging Students in Their Futures. This interactive discussion about why students in Central Texas drop out of high school will air on Dec. 17th. Youth, educators and advocates will come together to offer multiple perspectives about the issues that lead to drop out. Local area high school students will be in attendance to share their challenges, opinions and be active participants in this very special taping.

Stop the DropDATE: Thursday, December 10
TIME: 5:30pm Doors | 6pm Start
LOCATION: KLRU Studio 6A | Map/Directions
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Using real-time polling, youth-produced videos, and frank discussion, KLRU aims to discover the real reason behind our community’s dropout crisis – and find out how we can keep more students on the path to high school graduation and successful futures.

Stop the Drop: Engaging Students in Their Futures will air on KLRU on December 17 at 9pm. This Civic Summit is part of KLRU’s American Graduate Initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

ACL & KLRU Holiday Sale

Holiday season creeping up on you? Not sure what to get loved ones? Never fear – head to KLRU’s Studio 6A for the Austin City Limits and KLRU holiday sale, Dec. 8 from 5-8 p.m.

Get yourself or your loved ones a special Austin City Limits holiday ornament, limited edition poster, t-shirt or one of the many other items available for purchase. Ready Betty and The Bluebonnets provide music.

5:30 pm: Ready Betty
The six-member squad consists of Vangie Gardner on lead vocals, Beth Lee on guitar and vocals, Rachel Allred on bass and vocals, Alice Evans on keys and vocals, Tara Rix hitting the alto sax and Melody Douglas on drums. The band, which formed in 2014, regularly plays their characteristic “retro chic” rock’n’roll – a mix of swing, rockabilly, funk and a special something – at noted venues across town, including the Sahara Lounge, The Blackheart and Scholz Garden.

6:30 pm: The Bluebonnets
The Bluebonnets play glam/garage/blues/rock complimented with layered girl-group harmonies. Tight and tough, their songs are energetic and genre defying—arrangements held together byguitar interplay and hooks you rememberlong after the show. Featuring guitarists Eve Monsees and Kathy Valentine, Singer/bassist Dominique Davalos and drummer Christina Comley, the band puts a feminine slant onblues injected rock n’ roll, yet don’t fall into any musical category easily; traces of pop, roots, country and punk artfully interweave into the music.

Mercy Street screening and discussion 12/5

The Bullock Texas State History Museum, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, and the James A. Michener Center for Writers come together for a special screening and discussion of Mercy Street, PBS’ newest dramatic series about the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the Civil War.

This event takes place Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum. Respond to the required RSVP and get more information about the event here.

The event opens with a discussion of the Civil War in popular culture, the evolution of the subject through the years, and its continued relevance today. Panelists include Mercy Street producer David Zucker, also the executive producer of Peabody Award-winning drama The Good Wife; Steven Deyle, associate professor from the University of Houston who served as historical consult and on the creative team for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave; and moderator James Magnuson, director of the James A. Michener Center for Writers.

Mercy Street, which premieres nationwide January 2016, is PBS’ first scripted series in more than a decade. Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, Mercy Street is not about battles and glory – it’s about the drama and unexpected humor of everyday life behind the front lines. It’s a fresh twist on an iconic story, one that resonates with larger themes we still struggle with today. View the trailer below:

In the Studio: Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley

RSVP to be in our studio audience when KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith interviews Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley. RSVP now

Thursday, November 12 at 10:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:45am.

O'MalleyMartin O’Malley is a Democratic candidate for president running against Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is a lifelong Democrat and the frontman of an Irish rockband. He served as Mayor of Baltimore for 7 years. As Governor, O’Malley tackled many of the hottest issues in the Democratic party. He signed one of the nation’s toughest gun bills, legislation repealing Maryland’s death penalty, a bill expanding pre-K, one that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, and one that increased the state’s minimum wage.

This taping is a co-production with The Texas Tribune.

Be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at!

The event is free but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity.

VOCES/On Two Fronts – Richard Brito, Fred Castañeda and Juan Carlos Gonzales

KLRU presents a special screening of the documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam on Nov. 10th at the The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (RSVP now to attend).

Prepare for the screening with personal stories from the Vietnam War from the VOCES Oral History Project.

In Fred Castañeda’s Vietnam War photo album, there exists a striking juxtaposition of photographs. In one, Castañeda wears a suit and tie, looking into the distance at a hopeful future. In another, taken after his second mission in Vietnam, he wears his military uniform and looks almost directly at the camera with a blank gaze – what’s called the “thousand-yard stare.” Despite suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and exposure to Agent Orange, Castañeda returned and worked as an army recruiter as the war was dying down. Read his story here.

Richard Brito saw the Vietnam War as a call for him to protect the nation in a time of immense turmoil. Among other sacrifices, Brito missed the birth of his two daughters to fight in the war. Brito eventually made it to the rank of colonel in the Texas Army National Guard. Read his story here.

Juan Carlos Gonzales described himself as a soldier from the start. He and his friends would patrol a local rancher’s fence dressed in camo and armed with BB guns, and try to avoid the rancher’s warning shots fired above their head. A paratrooper to start, Gonzales tricked his way into the Pathfinder unit. He was discharged in 1968 with decorations including the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge, Master Parachutist wings, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge and the Pathfinder Badge. Read his story here.

VOCES/On Two Fronts – Alex J. Hernandez, Hernan E. Jaso, Neftali Luna Zendejas

KLRU presents a special screening of the documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam on Nov. 10th at the The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (RSVP now to attend).

Prepare for the screening with personal stories from the Vietnam War from the VOCES Oral History Project.

Hernan E. Jaso served in Vietnam, but the focus of his life since the war has been on public policy and improving the area he lives in. He tried to get married to avoid the draft, but his girlfriend refused – until he was drafted, anyway. The two married before Jaso left for service. He returned to the United States in 1972 and embarked on a life in the public sphere, and was elected mayor of Goliad, Texas three times, among other accomplishments. Read his story here. 

Alex J. Hernandez grew up with exactly what he needed – nothing more, nothing less. From a family of soldiers, Hernandez followed in the footsteps of his uncles and father and enlisted in the army at the age 18. During Vietnam, Hernandez worked on helicopters all day and some nights, and was caught in the middle of the Easter Offensive. Hernandez earned the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf, and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Read his story here.

Neftali L. Zendejas always knew he wanted to work with aircraft. A veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War, Zendejas enlisted in the Air Force after finishing high school. He remembers incredible American loss in the Korean War, though he never saw combat on his base. In the Vietnam War, Zendejas repaired aircraft as fast as he could in the midst of chaos and death. He remembers experiencing discrimination as a Mexican and flying home in civilian clothing so the public wouldn’t recognize him as a Vietnam veteran. Read his story here.