Native American Heritage Month Programming 2015

Native American Heritage Month has been recognized in many states for almost a hundred years, and has been nationally recognized with proclamations every year since 1994. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with special programming and online shows with KLRU.

Ladonna Harris: Indian 101 profiles Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of political and social activism. Her national work began when President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian Tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course was called “Indian 101″ and was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. In addition to her work in civil rights, world peace, the environment and women’s rights, Harris is best known for introducing landmark legislation, such as land return claims to the Taos Pueblo Tribe and Native tribes of Alaska, as well as returning federal recognition for the Menominee Tribe. LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 was produced by independent filmmaker Julieanna Brannum. It airs Monday, Nov. 2 at 10 p.m.

Then, Monday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 p.m., Warriors Return follows the story of Navajo veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly, AZ who have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and most recently in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them from the formidable challenges facing them when they return home. Viewers will see how strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy are helping these warriors return.

In POV Up Heartbreak Hill, Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s “Up Heartbreak Hill” is a look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern. This POV airs Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. and repeats Monday, Nov. 16 at 10 p.m.

The hope and determination of American Indian life is revealed in Independent Lens Indian Relay, about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and dangerous forms of horseracing in the world today. This film follows teams from three different communities as they prepare for and compete across a grueling Indian Relay season — all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning this year’s National Championships.

In False Traditions, False Idols, artist Charlene Teeters shines a light on the stereotypical images of Native Americans used in mainstream America. Using the “media of popular culture” as her medium, she works with installation art. Teeters hopes to bring a voice to the silence” and “visibility to invisible” people. She uses art as a forum to raise the level of debate about stereotyping and racism in modern America.

PBS Newshour reports on Native American communities preparing for climate change. Native Americans from Maine to Washington state convened for a conference in 2012 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Their goal: To discuss the effects of climate change on tribal communities.

Independent Lens Are You An Indian? is a companion piece to the documentary We Still Live Here. As Nutayunean, Wampanoag tribal members discuss how their multicultural heritage both complicates and enriches their identities as Native American people.

In Between the Lines: Native American Poetry blurs the lines between tradition & culture, through the art of poetry. Their words are rich with a youthful spirit and without hesitation they honestly pour out their fears, humor and realizations. Each poem is an answer to a problem and an act of self-discovery. Perhaps most importantly through poetry they find their soul.

Then, watch With Each Turn of the Wheel: The Santa Fe Trail 1821-1996. Consumed with Manifest Destiny, a young United States rolled westward into foreign lands, changing lives and fortunes forever. Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, this program reexamines the history of this great American event from the point of view of the Hispanic and Native Americans residents of the New Mexican territory.

Finally, brush up on the history of Native Americans and the U.S. with some Crash Course lessons with John Green.


Ann Richards School Student Productions 2013

An alien named Uchi has the most unfortunate speech impediment. When he falls in love with a girl named Layla, he works to overcome his inability to tell her how he feels.

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was founded in 2007 and serves grades 6-12. It is a unique public all-girls school in Austin, Texas dedicated to educating young women to become leaders and to provide them with the skills needed to be successful in college and beyond. Ann Richards is a college preparatory school that focuses on challenging its students through rigorous pre-AP and AP courses.

When students at Ann Richards reach ninth grade, they choose one of three pathways to learn about in their four years of high school: Media Technology, Engineering, or Biomedical. Students in the Media Technology pathway create many short films and animations, among other things, over the course of their high school years. KLRU has partnered with juniors from the Media Technology pathway to share a selection of these shorts.

The animations were completed by the sophomores over the course of a semester. Before beginning these projects, students had to develop new skills and learn software programs such as Adobe After Effects and Papagayo. The sophomores had to create original story lines and characters that they would hand draw and paint in Photoshop before beginning to animate. They also dedicated time before and after school as well as on the weekends to complete their animations.

These short films and animations are available at

Three baby chicks are playing in a field when an owl swoops down and takes one of them. The other two go to great lengths to save their fellow brother chick.

Get in the game Sundays on KLRU-Q

KLRU-Q takes you out to the ballgame with documentaries focusing on America’s past time from Jan. 15th to March 25th. Ken Burns’ Baseball airs at 8 pm each Sunday and other documentaries air as noted following Ken Burns’ Baseball airings.

January 15th – Ken Burns’ Baseball “Our Game”
The first inning tells the story of baseball’s rise, in only one generation, from a gentleman’s hobby to a national sport played and watched by millions. Viewers meet the first baseball magnate, Albert Goodwill Spalding; explore the game’s first gambling scandal; see the first attempts by women to play the game in the 1860′s; witness the first attempt by ball players to unionize; and learn how the first black professionals were hounded out of the game in the “Jim Crow” 1880′s.

January 22nd – Ken Burns’ Baseball “Something Like A War”
The second inning introduces some of the most extraordinary individuals ever to play the game: Ty Cobb, the volatile, brilliant outfielder who may have been the greatest ball player of all time, but who was “possessed by the furies”; Walter Johnson, the modest farm boy with a fast ball so intimidating batters sometimes left the batter’s box after only two strikes; Christy Mathewson, a college-educated pitcher so virtuous he was worshipped by schoolchildren as “the Christian gentleman”; and John McGraw, the brawling, unstoppable manager of the New York Giants who “took kids out of the coal mines and the wheat fields and made them walk and talk and chatter and play ball with the look of eagles.”

January 29th – Ken Burns’ Baseball “The Faith of 50 Million People”
The Black Sox scandal, which is at the center of the third inning, reveals how eight members of the Chicago White Sox including the incomparable shoeless Joe Jackson, “Played with the faith of 50 million people,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald later wrote, by taking money from gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series.

February 5th – Ken Burns’ Baseball “A National Heirloom”
Babe Ruth, the Baltimore saloon-keeper’s son who became the best-known and best-loved athlete in American history, and who was described by sportswriter Jimmy Cannon as a “National Heirloom,” is the focus of the fourth inning. This inning details how Ruth’s phenomenal performance thrilled the nation throughout the 1920s and rescued the game from the scandal that threatened to destroy it.

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story Feb. 5th at 10 pm
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Jews and Baseball: An American Love Storyexplores the connection between Jewish Americans and America’s national pastime. The feature- length documentary tells a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions and the shattering of stereotypes. Interviews feature fans, writers, executives and players, including Al Rosen, Kevin Youkilis, Shawn Green, Norm Sherry, Ron Blomberg, Bob Feller, Yogi Berra and legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. Jews and Baseball: An American Love StoryL interweaves powerful personal and historical stories with an extraordinary collection of rare archival footage and photos, and a musical score ranging from Benny Goodman to Yo-Yo Ma to Rush.

February 12th – Ken Burns’ Baseball “Shadow Ball”
The fifth “inning” of Ken Burns’s film BASEBALL looks at baseball’s desperate attempts to survive the Great Depression and Babe Ruth’s fading career, while a new generation of stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, is on the rise. It also presents the parallel world of the Negro Leagues, which thrived in the shadow of the Major Leagues. The inning culminates with the greatest showdown in the history of the Negro Leagues: Satchel Paige, arguably the best pitcher ever, against Josh Gibson, “the black Babe Ruth,” in the Negro League World Series.

February 19th – Ken Burns’ Baseball “The National Pastime”
The sixth “inning” leads off with the baseball season of 1941, one of the most exciting of all time. Joe DiMaggio hits in 56 straight games, the longest hitting streak in history. Ted Williams becomes the last man to hit .400. The Brooklyn Dodgers win their first pennant in 20 years. Then the war intervenes and baseball’s best players become soldiers. On their return, the game – and the entire country — are changed forever: Branch Rickey integrates baseball on April 15, 1947, when Jackie Robinson takes the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Baseball finally becomes what it had always claimed to be: America’s national pastime.

February 26th – Ken Burns’ Baseball “The Capital of Baseball”
In the seventh “inning” rare newsreel film and interviews celebrate the glorious heyday of New York City baseball with some of its most memorable moments: the “shot heard round the world,” Bobby Thomson’s home run off Ralph Branca in 1951; Willie Mays’ incredible catch in the 1954 World Series; and Don Larsen’s perfect game. The highlight of the episode is 1955, when the Brooklyn Dodgers, sparked by Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, finally win their first World Series, only to be moved by their owner to a new city 3,000 miles away: Los Angeles.

1955 World Series: 7 Days of Fall, Feb. 26th at 10:15 pm
The 1955 World Series – Seven Days of Fall’ about the 1955 Brooklyn Dodger/New York Yankee World Series is based upon the poem, entitled “1955″, by James T. Crawford. In unprecedented style, the presentation uniquely blends the normal documentary elements of archival film footage, still images, narration, player and fan interviews, period music, and recital of the poem to recount this timeless story 50 years later. It’s a program about dedication, teamwork, belief in one self and commitment to achievement against all odds; the story of the Brooklyn Dodger’s only World Championship after 65 years of futility, and of the team’s unique connection with the community that so closely identified with it. ’1955′ is more then a sports story, but a time capsule of a period in American history like no other. Or as, the documentary’s epilogue states: To believe was to achieve … back in 1955″.

KLRU.TV solution to missed programs

Last Friday, the weather along with some lightning caused an interruption to our broadcast schedule that night. I received an e-mail from a viewer about re-broadcasting the Friday programs. It is difficult trying to find another time to re-broadcast programs interrupted by weather or technical problems on KLRU. So a solution to this is going to There you can go online to view many of your KLRU favorities like Newshour, Washington Week to Frontline. With time, we are adding more PBS programs to this site. It also features many of our local programs as well. So when you have a chance, check out I think you will like it.

— Maria Rodriguez, KLRU’s Senior Vice President of Programming

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ACL Stage Left taping

KLRU is starting production for a new Web-only music series called ACL Stage Left. This show will premier on the Web this summer. KLRU be announcing more details in the coming months.

We’ll be taping a performance by David Garza on April 8 at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) in the KLRU’s Studio 6A. RSVP here

ACL Stage Left is a new web music series brought to you by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, the station responsible for the iconic PBS series Austin City Limits. Like its forerunner, ACL Stage Left features intimate performances of both bands you know and bands you’ll want know. ACL Stage Left will delve into the experience of music and the stories of the people who create it by featuring both performances and interviews with the artists. It will be presented this summer as part of – a new online video resource.

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Watch KLRU and PBS shows at is your destination to watch your favorite KLRU programs whenever you want. Subscribe via rss or iTunes to make sure you are notified when something new is available, and embed or share videos with your friends. If you’d like to watch on your iPhone, subscribe to our iTunes podcasts.

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