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

In the Studio: Amy Tan tapes Overheard 12/17

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Amy Tan

Date: Tuesday, December 17
Time: 4:15pm (Doors open at 3:45pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
**The studio audience will be cleared immediately after the Tan taping to accomodate check-in for the Neil deGrasse taping at 5:30pm**

photo credit Rick Smolan

photo credit Rick Smolan

Amy Tan is the author of three best-selling novels including her 1989 novel The Joy Luck Club. Her newest novel, The Valley of Amazement, was published in November and is already on The New York Times best-seller list. The editors of The New York Times Book Review also named it a 2013 Notable Book. Tan co-produced and co-wrote the screenplay of The Joy Luck Club movie, released in 1993. Millions of copies of her books are in print and they have been translated into thirty languages. Tan is in Austin to speak and sign books at Book People following our taping. Book People will sell signed copies of The Valley of Amazement through the holidays.

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

Connecting Our Kids to Food and Nature

Why is it important to get our kids outside? Find out this week on Central Texas Gardener when Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, examines nature-deficit disorder and how it impacts our children.

See why this family made a resolution to dump the grass for organic vegetables when their daughter was born.

Visit CTG’s blog for stories of family garden traditions and to add your own!

KLRU wins 2013 Emmy Awards

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KLRU was well represented at the 2013 Annual Lone Star EMMY Awards November 9th and was honored to come home with four gold statues for Arts In Context, KLRU Collective and SXSW Flashback 2013. The awards ceremony was held at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio and was attended by television professionals from all over the state. KLRU programs and associated shows were up for 17 nominations.

We were pleased when two of these associated shows, Daytripper and Texas Parks and Wildlife received awards for Outstanding Magazine Program – Series and Outstanding On-Camera Talent – Program Host and Magazine Program – Feature/Segment and Magazine Program – Program/Special.

KLRU winners include:

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT – PROGRAM/SPECIAL
Arts In Context: Bill Carter & The Blame
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer
Pat Kondelis, Executive Producer/Director/Editor/Videographer
Kevin Cochran, Song Mixer

CHILDREN/YOUTH/TEEN – PROGRAM/SPECIAL
Arts In Context: Young Composers
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer

RELIGION – NEWS SINGLE STORY/SERIES/FEATURE
KLRU Collective/Healing Sands: The Sand Mandala Project
Eve Tarlo, Producer/Editor

SPECIAL EVENT COVERAGE (OTHER THAN NEWS OR SPORTS)
SXSW Flashback 2013
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer/Sound/Videographer
Pat Kondelis, Producer/Editor/Videographer
Galia Farber, Producer

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique – whether music, arts or public issues – by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at klru.org.

In the Studio: Halperin & Heilemann tape Overheard 11/18

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

DATE: November 18
TIME: at 3:45pm Doors open at 3:15pm.)
LOCATION:KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

MarkHalperin_(c) Danny Kim for TIME Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are the best-selling authors of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, which was later turned into a critically-acclaimed HBO film. The duo are back at it with their newest book Double Down: Game Change 2012 about the 2012 presidential campaign. Double Down is in stores today.

Mark Halperin is Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst for TIME magazine. John Heilemann is National Affairs Editor for New York magazine. They are in town for an event at the LBJ Library immediately following our taping. That event is co-sponsored by The Texas Tribune.

HeilemannWe 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 past episodes and Q&As at klru.org/overheard