In the Studio: Overheard tapes Susan Orlean 10/22

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Susan Orlean on October 22,
2011 at 9:30 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:15 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now .

Susan Orlean works as an author and staff writer for The New Yorker, exploring topics you never knew you were interested in with the depth of a journalist, the detail of a keen observer and the compassion of an insider. Her book The Orchid Thief became the basis for the movie Adaptation – a story she discussed with Evan when she was a guest on our previous show in 2008. And her other work ranges from the culture of Saturday night to the everyday life of a 10-year-old boy. Her latest book, about orphaned puppy turned canine movie star Rin Tin Tin, marries Orlean’s storytelling with her personal passion for dogs. We thank the Texas Book Festival for bringing Orlean to town.

Join us as Overheard with Evan Smith launches a second 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 stations from California to Florida. We hope you’ll be there for the second season of this exciting program.Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at klru.org/overheard

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Molly Shannon 10/22

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Molly Shannon on October 22, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:15. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Shannon, a comic actress, is best known for her six-year run as a Saturday Night Live cast member. She has acted in films including Superstar, Night at the Roxbury and Year of the Dog and has appeared on Broadway. Shannon also continues to work in television, with starting roles in Kath & Kim on NBC and the animated TBS series Neighbors from Hell, as well as a recurring role on the series Glee and a guest- host spot on The Talk. Shannon’s latest project is a children’s book called Tilly the Trickster. We thank the Texas Book Festival for bringing Shannon to town.

Join us as Overheard with Evan Smith launches a second 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 stations from California to Florida. We hope you’ll be there for the second season of this exciting program.Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at klru.org/overheard

In the Studio: Overheard taping with Joe Klein 9/14

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Joe Klein on September 14 at 2:00 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 1:30.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

Joe Klein covers national and international politics in his award-winning column for TIME, called “In the Arena.”  He’s also the author of six books.  The most recent of those books is Politics Lost, which makes the argument that American politics has become more about keeping power than about serving the best interest of the country.  Klein’s most famous book is Primary Colors, a novel that took heavy inspiration from the Clinton administration – written by Klein under the pen name Anonymous.

Join us as Overheard with Evan Smith launches a second 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 stations from California to Florida.  We hope you’ll be there for the second season of this exciting program.

Civic Summit: U.S. Senate Forum taping 6/8


Join KLRU as an audience member for Civic Summit: U.S. Senate Forum on Wednesday, June 8th in KLRU’s Studio 6A. The forum begins at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). The taping will take approximately one hour and will be followed by an audience question and answer with the participants. Attendance is free. Please RSVP here

Civic Summit: U.S. Senate Forum is a moderated conversation with the five leading G.O.P. politicians on the issues facing the 2012 U.S. Senate Race: Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Ames Jones, Tom Leppert, Michael Williams and Roger Williams. Discussions will include the failed Texas budget, foreign policy, health care reform and other issues.  As the campaign starts to heat up find out how do these potential candidates distinguish themselves from each other and how they view Texas versus the Feds. Moderated by Evan Smith, this is a co-production between KLRU and Texas Tribune.

Civic Summit is KLRU’s program for discourse on public affairs issues.

In the Studio: Julian Bond & Wendy Kopp tape Overheard with Evan Smith on 5/4

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for two interviews on Wednesday, May 4. First is Julian Bond. Taping starts at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30. RSVP here Next is Wendy Kopp. Taping starts at 4:15 p.m.; Doors open at 4. RSVP here

Julian Bond’s history as an activist stretches back to 1960, when he led sit-ins in Atlanta, and reaches across movements including civil rights, peace and advocacy for economic justice.  Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, becoming its communications director and solidifying his future as a prominent civil rights activist and advocate.  Bond went on to serve a total of ten terms in the Georgia General Assembly, and also became chair of the NAACP, a major leader of the Southern Poverty Law Center and a powerful force behind many other groups.  In addition to his advocacy, Bond writes and teaches extensively. RSVP for the Bond taping here

Wendy Kopp founded Teach For America after developing the idea for her senior thesis at Princeton.  The concept: give high-achieving college grads a crash course in teaching, then place them in low-income schools for two-year commitments.  The program launched with 500 teachers in 1990, and now has more than 8,000 teachers.  It’s a hot employer for new undergrads.  Last year, more than 46,000 applied, including 12% of all Ivy League seniors.  Kopp is also author of the recent bestseller A Chance to Make History, which explores ideas for ending inequality in education. RSVP for the Kopp taping here

Overheard with Evan Smith updates the successful formula of our award-winning series Texas Monthly Talks – great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The new show brings you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and is available to PBS stations nationwide.Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at klru.org/overheard

In the Studio: Holland Taylor tapes Overheard 4/5

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with actress Holland Taylor. RSVP now

DATE: Tuesday, April 5
TIME: taping at 11:45 am; doors open at 11:15 am
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
The event is free but an RSVP is required.

Emmy-winning actress Holland Taylor has enjoyed a long and varied career, with respected roles on stage, in movies and on television.  Fans will recognize her work from The Practice, The Truman Show, Romancing the Stone, Two and a Half Men and The L Word.  Texans will recognize another famous figure in her latest work, a solo show about Texas governor Ann Richards.  Taylor spent three years researching and writing the show, and has been performing it for audiences across the US.  Maybe she’ll perform a bit of it for us, too.

Overheard with Evan Smith updates the successful formula of our award-winning series Texas Monthly Talks – great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The new show brings you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and is available to PBS stations nationwide.Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at klru.org/overheard

In the Studio: Diane Wood tapes Overheard 3/25

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with federal judge Diane Wood on Friday, March 25 at 3:00 pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 2:30 pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please RSVP here.

Wood joined the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1995, at a time when that court had few other liberals and no other women. She’s a Clinton appointee praised for her ability to build consensus with conservative colleagues but also known for taking persuasive stands on issues before the court. And for years, her name has shown up again and again on the short list of likely Supreme Court nominees. Wood was described at her induction ceremony as “a judge with a broader horizon than any who has ever sat in this or in most American courts” – a reputation earned after time as a State Department lawyer, a University of Chicago professor and an accomplished student of the oboe and three foreign languages.

Overheard tapings with Paxton, Lessig, Keillor

We have several tapings next week for KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith. Please RSVP to each taping you would like to attend.

Monday, Feb. 28, with Actor Bill Paxton
Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with
actor Bill Paxton on Monday, February 28 at  10:30 am in KLRU’s Studio
6A (map).  Doors open at 10 a.m. RSVP here

Tuesday, March 1, with Lawrence Lessig
Director of the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with
Lawrence Lessig, Director of Harvard University’s Safra Center for
Ethics, on Tuesday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
Doors open at 10 a.m. RSVP here

Wednesday, March 2, with Garrison Keillor
Host & writer of A Prairie Home Companion & The Writer’s Almanac

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Garrison Keillor, host of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac, on Wednesday, March 2, at about 11:15 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:30 a.m. RSVP here

Overheard: Matthew Dowd rescheduled for 2/10

Please join KLRU as Evan Smith and political strategist Matthew Dowd tape an episode of Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 9:30 am in KLRU Studio 6A (map ). The taping is free. Please RSVP here This taping had to be rescheduled because of weather conditions last week.

Dowd has worked behind the scenes and at the heart of American politics for more than twenty-five years, shaping strategies for both Democrats and Republicans.  After helping George W. Bush win the Presidency twice, Dowd broke publicly with that administration over many of its policies. He’s remained involved in the public debate as an author, consultant and commentator.  And now, it’s widely reported that Dowd has been called to advise President Barack Obama, offering guidance after the mid-term elections.

Overheard with Evan Smith updates the successful formula of our award-winning series Texas Monthly Talks — great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The new show brings you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and is being offered to PBS stations nationwide.  Thanks for helping us launch this exciting new program.

John Mackey tapes Overheard 2/11

Please join KLRU as Evan Smith and John Mackey tape an episode of Overheard with Evan Smith on Friday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 1 pm. The taping is free. Please RSVP here to ensure admission.

Meet John Mackey, version 1.0: a meat-eating former philosophy major in his early 20s who moves into a vegetarian cooperative to meet women. Fast forward to 2011, and you’ll meet an updated version: co-founder and CEO of a huge natural and organic grocery company with stores in three countries, advocate for a “company with a conscience” and a major force behind the growth of the local and organic food movement in the US.

Overheard with Evan Smith updates the successful formula of our award-winning series Texas Monthly Talks — great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The new show brings you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and is being offered to PBS stations nationwide.  Thanks for helping us launch this exciting new program.