Indie Lens Pop-Up The Armor Of Light 5/3

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary The Armor Of Light. This free event takes place Tuesday, May 3rd, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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Two people of faith come together to explore the contradictions of a nation rife with gun violence: a famously anti-abortion evangelical minister risks losing followers when he questions the morality of gun ownership, while a grieving mother dedicates herself to creating change after the shooting of her unarmed teenage son.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of Peace Officer 4/5

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Peace Officer. This free event takes place Tuesday, April 5th, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

Peace_OfficerThe increasingly tense relationship between law enforcement and the public is seen through the eyes of someone who’s been on both sides: a former sheriff who established Utah’s first SWAT team, only to see the same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Now a private investigator, Dub seeks the truth in this case and other officer-involved shootings.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

Highlights Mar. 6-12

KLRU Highlights

BAFTA Celebrates Downton Abbey  Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 8 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., after six passionate and poignant seasons, the curtain comes down on “Downton Abbey.” How will fate resolve the stories of Edith, Mary, Thomas, Anna, Robert, Cora, Daisy, Carson, Violet, Isobel and all the other occupants of this unforgettable house on Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 9?

On Inside Mercy Street, go behind the scenes of the new Civil War-era drama about Americans on the home front during this turbulent time. Sunday at 10 p.m., the special features interviews with the creative team, video clips and footage showcasing the compelling themes of this powerful drama.

Sunday at 11 p.m. on John Denver: Country Boy, discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

Monday at 8 p.m., toast the culinary legend with chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai as they prepare a celebratory feast for Pepin on Jacques Pepin’s 80th Birthday Celebration. During preparations, the chefs and friends share memories, anecdotes from their kitchen experiences and lots of laughs.

On This Land Is Your Land (my Music), take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village. The Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins host Monday at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., learn how Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow, who last shared the screen together in 1969, also share a history of tragic deaths in their families that played major roles in shaping future generations on Finding Your Roots Maps Of Stars.

Coffee: The Drink That Changed America explores America’s love affair with the red bean and the amazing story of its origins. Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., coffee roaster Dean Cycon and food lover Judith Jones trace the drink’s path from Ethiopia to Europe to the Caribbean to today’s 21st-century coffee palaces.

Rick Steves Special European Easter brings a new light to the timeless holiday of Easter. The special highlights villagers blessing olive branches and coming together in age-old processions. Viewers will feel the emotion of this special time as Andalusians carry towering parade floats, and Greek priests toss showers of flower petals. Tuesday at 10 p.m., explore a rich and fascinating mix of traditions — from its pagan roots to its glorious finale.

On Nature Soul Of The Elephant, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. On In Defense Of Food, Pollan cuts through today’s barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.

my Music Presents The Carpenters: Close To You is a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters’ career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business, featuring their their top recording hits. Don’t miss it Thursday at 7 p.m and Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Hosted by singer Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra: The Voice Of Our Time chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. Airing Friday at 8 p.m., the program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, touching briefly on his personal life, and chronicles his rise in the music world, his acting career, and his involvement in politics and fundraising.

Brit Floyd – Space & Time – Live in Amsterdam 2015 celebrates fifty years of Pink Floyd in front of a sell-out audience in Amsterdam Friday at 9:30 p.m.

On Austin City Limits Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, country legends return to the ACL stage, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon Saturday at 7 p.m.

Highlights Feb. 21-27

KLRU Highlights

A car race gives Mary flashbacks and Mrs. Patmore opens for business on Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 7. On Sunday at 7 pm, Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson, things get serious for Edith and Robert gets a surprise gift.

On Downton Abbey Season 6 On Masterpiece Episode 8, two romances get complicated, Molesley and Spratt try out new jobs and Thomas takes a fateful step. Watch  Mrs. Patmore provoke and scandal and Isobel put her foot down on Sunday and Saturday at 8 pm.

Sunday at 9:15 pm and Thursday at 9 pm on Mercy Street Diabolical Plot, President Lincoln’s visit sparks a plan amongst the rebels and offers an opportunity to free James Sr.

On Independent Lens (t)error, a longtime counterterrorism informant invites filmmakers on what he says is his last job. Tune in on Monday at 9 pm as he befriends a suspected jihadist without telling his superiors.

On Arts In Context Masters of Ceremony, husband and wife duo, Riders Against The Storm, build a community centered around healing and the love of hip-hop. At 10:30 pm on Monday, join them as they seek to enlighten their audience.

At 7 pm on Tuesday, see how Neil Patrick Harris, Gloria Steinem and Sandra Cisneros are connected to pioneers on Finding Your Roots The Pioneers.

Frontline Chasing Heroin follows four heroin addicts in Seattle. Tune in Tuesday at 8 to see what happens when this powerful addiction is treated as a public health crisis rather than a crime.

At 10 pm on Tuesday, Admissions On Trial: Seven Decades Of Race In Higher Ed. discusses three court cases from this year that argue race should not be a factor in higher education admissions. The updated KLRU documentary examines the history of race in higher education, presents the new arguments being made, and speculates what will come next.

Nature Snow Chick tells the story of an Emperor penguin from the time it hatches to when it leaves its parents in adolescence. Tune in Wednesday at 7 pm to witness the chick’s journey to independence.

On Wednesday at 8 pm, NOVA Rise Of The Robots introduces the most human-like robots around and shows how they interact outside of the lab.

Catch Human Face of Big Data  on Wednesday at 9 pm as it explores the promises and perils of the technology revolution.

On Wednesday at 10 pm and Saturday at 11 pm, enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.

At 7 pm on Thursday, author of Finale: A Novel Of The Reagan Years, Thomas Mallon appears on Overheard with Evan Smith. Mallon frequently contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic.

Texas Promise on Thursday at 7:30 pm focuses on education in Texas. This documentary is the gripping story of equity, politics, money, and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy.

Aired from the East Room, Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles artists pay tribute to the music of Ray Charles with their own interpretations of it on Friday at 8 pm.

On Fats Domino: American Masters, see how Fats Domino shifted rhythm and blues into rock ‘n’ roll and how that aided integration in a pre-civil rights America. Don’t miss it Friday at 9 pm!

On Friday at 10 pm, Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears tells the story about Johnny Cash’s little known Native-American concept album.

Find out how to grow olive trees and visit a low-lawn updated design and backyard kids’ zipline on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

On Austin City Limits, Ed Sheehan and Valerie June perform their hits. Catch these dynamic performances Saturday at 7 pm.

Indie Lens Pop-Up screening The Graduates on 3/1

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary The Graduates. This free event takes place Tuesday, March 1st, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing both the students and their families, as well as educators and community leaders.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

Highlights Feb. 14-20

KLRU Highlights

The hospital war reaches a climax and Violet goes on the warpath on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 6 at 7 pm Sunday. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith.

At 8 pm on Sunday, a car race gives Mary flashbacks and Mrs. Patmore opens for business on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 7. Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson. Things get serious for Edith. Robert gets a surprise gift.

This week on Mercy Street, the unexpected visit of a hospital inspector throws the staff into disarray on Sunday and Thursday at 9 pm. Meanwhile, Mary feels empathy for a deserter, while Silas makes Samuel pay for his arrogance. A family tragedy forces James Sr. to take a risky step to earn his family’s respect.

On Independent Lens, the documentary Watch The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil highlights the journey of a civil rights leader who was both celebrated and controversial at 9 pm on Monday.

At 10 pm on Monday, Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams tells the story of a now-91 year-old woman and how she challenged the status quo in her lifetime as an African-American woman.

Sean Combs and LL Cool J, two hip hop legends, discover their family roots via DNA technology on Family Reunion Finding Your Roots at 7 pm on Tuesday.

On Tuesday at 8 pm, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution will take you back to the 60s when the Black Panther Movement made a monumental splash in the realm of identity politics.

In 1973, Tom Bradley broke racial boundaries as the first African-American mayor in a majority white, major U.S. city. On Tuesday at 10 pm, Bridging The Divide: Tom Bradley And The Politics, will discuss his successes and failures during his time as mayor of Los Angeles.

Paleontologists have discovered a giant femur – the largest dinosaur bone that has ever been unearthed. Wednesday at 7 pm, Nature Raising The Dinosaur Giant will walk you through what this and other discoveries about this species means, and by the end reveal what the giant looked like.

Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. On Wednesday at 8 pm, NOVA Iceman Reborn will shed light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.

Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm, Austin City Limits presents the Grammy Award-winning group, Tedeschi Trucks Band. Featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians, the band will showcase their latest record, Let Me Get By.

On Thursday at 7 pm, Overheard with Evan Smith will feature award-winning author, Margaret Atwood. She’s best known for her novels, including The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her newest novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published in September.

At 7:30 pm on Thursday, Admissions On Trial: Seven Decades Of Race In Higher Ed.  discusses three court cases from this year that argue race should not be a factor in higher education admissions. The updated KLRU documentary examines the history of race in higher education, presents the new arguments being made, and speculates what will come next.

The Daytripper San Angelo, Tx explores the history of this west Texas town as well as its present day attractions on Thursday at 8:30 pm. Chet visits a brothel museum and Fort Concho, mountain bikes and searches for fresh water pearls. He fuels up by trying stuffed avocados and donut sandwiches.

On Friday at 8 pm, Carole King: American Masters delves into the hit singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of ’70s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry.

This Bluegrass Underground Special guest artists include Vince Gill, Widespread Panic, Lucinda Williams, Johnnyswim, Lee Ann Womack, Andrew Bird, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters, Davina & The Vagabonds and more at 10 pm on Friday.

On Saturday at 7 pm, enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Special, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.

Indie Lens Pop-Up The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 2/2

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. This free event takes place Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

Indie Lens Pop-Up In Football We Trust 1/5

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary In Football We Trust. This free event takes place Tuesday, Jan. 5th, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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In Football We Trust intimately follows four Polynesian high school football players in Utah struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures, and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports. The odds may be stacked against them, but they’ll never stop fighting for a better future.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

Indie Lens Pop-Up Autism In Love 12/1

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Autism In Love. This free event takes place Tuesday, Dec. 1st, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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Four adults at different places on the autism spectrum open up their personal lives as they navigate dating and romantic relationships. Eye-opening, first-person portrayals show that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way.

Suzanne Potts, executive director for the Autism Society of Central Texas, will be our guest to talk about resources available for those on the autism spectrum in Austin. Learn more about the Autism Society.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

Map Your World Project and Tablet Grants

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Inspired by the PBS Independent Lens documentary The Revolutionary OptimistsMap Your World is an online and on-the-ground platform that empowers youth to make positive changes in their own communities. Young people everywhere can collect data, map the issues, share powerful stories, and become change agents, for free.

To help support young change agents and their projects, Map Your World is offering grants for Nexus 7 tablets, provided by Google, for teachers and facilitators. Applications for tablet grants must be submitted by December 1, 2014.

It’s inspiring! In Kolkata, India, youth tracked water points in their slum and convinced the local government to build the first clean drinking water line in over 30 years. In Oakland, California, middle school students are tracking cigarette litter and are lobbying the city to protect their urban wildlife refuge’s ecosystem. In Seattle, youth are mapping incidents of violence and bullying. The application deadline is December 1, 2014.   http://mapyourworld.org/#/teachers