Austin Revealed: Linda Conner on Gentrification

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Linda Conner has witnessed decades of change in east Austin. Now, gentrification is creating a rift in this once predominantly African-American community.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: A Tale of Two Cities

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

African Americans in Austin have historically formed communities east of I-35, originally by law. Today gentrification threatens to dissolve the close-knit relationships and communities built over time.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Larry Jackson on Activism

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

One of Larry Jackson’s first acts of protest was his draft to the Vietnam War. His early political involvement led to a life of change and activism in Austin.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

In the Studio: Kevin Nealon tapes Overheard 2/15

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Kevin Nealon!

Date: February 15
Time: 12:15pm (doors open at 11:45 am. Please, do not arrive before this time.)
Location: in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

knealonKevin Nealon is a comedian and actor. He’s perhaps best known for playing Doug Wilson on the Showtime series “Weeds.” He was also one of the longest serving cast-members on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995. Nealon has starred in many cult comedies, including Grandma’s Boy and Joe Dirt. Nealon is in Austin for a two-night event at Cap City Comedy.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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. Watch past episodes at klru.org/overheard

Austin Revealed: Tommy Wyatt & the Start of The Villager

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Tommy Wyatt, founder and publisher of The Villager, talks about why he founded a newspaper for Austin’s black community.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Ada Anderson & John F. Kennedy’s Visit

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

John F. Kennedy was scheduled to speak in Austin on November 22, 1963.  Ada Anderson recounts her role in his planned visit and how she found the President had been killed.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Civil Right Stories

Austin Revealed is an oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews. We’ll have new videos from each week throughout February. Watch more Austin Revealed

Big news for BBQ with Franklin

We’ve reached a million views on our YouTube channel!

We’d also like to share some news on a project we’ve been working on for a while. Based on the success of the web series and the positive feedback we’ve gotten, we’ll be developing BBQ with Franklin into a TV series. It will air on KLRU and be distributed nationally to PBS stations early next year.  RetailMeNot www.retailmenot.com, the leading marketplace for digital coupons and deals, signed on to be the first sponsor of the TV series.

The TV show will be developed concurrently with the YouTube channel, which was launched in October 2012. The television program will explore the history and culture of BBQ while the online videos continue to focus on instruction. KLRU will work with Austin-based Rocket Science Video to help produce and direct the series.

All current videos can be viewed at youtube.com/BBQwithfranklin

One Square Mile: Texas starts 1/16

One Square Mile: Texas is a documentary series that portrays Texas culture from the perspective of distinct square miles across the Lone Star state. The series begins airing on KLRU January 16th and episodes will air Thursdays at 8 pm. As a whole, the series is a microcosm of Texas life and a collective portrait of the state. The series represents the many faces and facets of Texas from the perspective of the individual while spanning the emotional, demographic and physical landscapes. This is a series about shared challenges and aspirations. The square miles include urban, suburban and rural communities and neighborhoods from every corner of the state. Each episode has a theme by which the series examines the square miles and provides a cohesive thread that allows us to explore, compare and shed light on universal issues. Looking beyond the preconceived notions or stereotypes that typically define the state, OSMTX’s objective viewpoint provides a platform and outlet for discussion of the collective and varied identity of the state and the regions and towns that comprise it.

El Paso January 16
The Segundo Barrio square mile near downtown El Paso is the birthplace of El Paso culture. Located on the border with Ciudad Juarez, this square mile is an example of the interdependency of two neighboring cities.

Nacogdoches January 23
This square mile in Nacogdoches includes some of the oldest neighborhoods and historic sights. This episode looks at contemporary life in Nacogdoches to see where the lines of history fade into modern life.

San Antonio January 30
This square mile in Southtown, San Antonio includes the historic King William District and the up-and-coming neighborhood of Lavaca. The residents of each community have built a culture and sense of place that permeates across the city.

Silverton February 6
The small Panhandle town of Silverton is home to 731 people. The town has no grocery store, no traffic lights and is exactly one square mile in size. As the town’s population slowly dwindles, the community that remains is strong and self-sufficient.

Austin February 13
This square mile in downtown Austin runs from Ladybird Lake northward to the State Capitol an includes areas that have seen massive changes over the past decade as Austin continues to grow. This episode explores Austin through the lives of Austinites navigating an ever-changing landscape. 

Port Isabel February 20
The square mile of Port Isabel is an island community located between the culture of South Texas and the vacation destination of South Padre Island. As the once vibrant shrimping industry fades, the community that has emerged is forging a new identity.

Midland February 27
Midland is the fastest growing town in the United States. This square mile on the northwestern edge of town is where the suburbs meet the plains. As Midland’s economy booms, the lives of the people that live here are shaped by the economy and the influx of job-seekers.

Houston TBD
The square mile Montrose is one of Houstons most progressive neighborhoods. In a city that is known for being diverse, Montrose pushes the boundaries of what modern and future Texas will look like.

Dallas TBD

In the Studio: Neil deGrasse Tyson tapes Overheard 12/17

Overheard taping announcement

*This event has now reached capacity and we are no longer accepting RSVPs.

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Date: Tuesday, December 17
Time: 5:30pm (Doors open at 5:00pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. Sorry this event is now at capacity.

neilByDavidGamble-800Neil deGrasse Tyson holds the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Harvard University and his PhD from Columbia University in Astrophysics. He hosted NOVA ScienceNow on PBS for 5 seasons.  In 2001, Tyson was appointed to serve on a commission to study the US Aerospace Industry by President George W. Bush and again in 2004 on a commission referred to as the “Moon, Mars, and Beyond” commission.  He has been awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and received eighteen honorary doctorates. Currently Tyson is working to reboot Carl Sagan’s series COSMOS to air in spring of 2014. He is in town for an event at the Paramount Theatre.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins 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. Watch interviews and Q&A segments at klru.org/overheard