Matthew Dowd tapes Overheard 2/4

Please join KLRU as Evan Smith and political strategist Matthew Dowd tape an episode of Overheard with Evan Smith on Friday, Feb. 4, at 9:30 am in KLRU Studio 6A (map). The taping is free. Please RSVP here TIME CHANGE the taping is now at 9:30 am instead of 10 am. Doors open at 9 am

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.

Overheard tapings 1/12

KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith will have two tapings on January 12. First up is Author Lawrence Wright followed by Historian Douglas Brinkley. Tapings take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).

Lawrence Wright RSVP here
taping starts at about 1:15 p.m. doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Please join Evan Smith and Pulitzer-winning author Lawrence Wright for a taping of our new series, Overheard with Evan Smith. Wright has built successful careers as an author, playwright, screenwriter and journalist, tackling an astonishing range of subjects for a huge range of media. He’s probably best known for giving us a window into Al-Qaeda through The Looming Tower, followed by his one-man play based on his research for that book and an HBO documentary about that journey. Learn about his work and his next project, an in-depth look at Scientology through a former high-level member.

Douglas Brinkly RSVP here
taping starts at about 2:15 p.m. doors open after the Lawrence interview is complete

Please join Evan Smith and award-winning historian and author Douglas Brinkley for a taping of our new series, Overheard with Evan Smith. Brinkley’s books have explored American history from old times to new, and from one end of the country to the other, with topics that include Roosevelt and the national parks, President Jimmy Carter, Hurricane Katrina, Rosa Parks, President Ronald Reagan and the UN, among others. His latest book – The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, will be out on January 18. Join us to hear more about what readers will find there, and to learn Brinkley’s take on the latest news.

Tapings for new series Overheard with Evan Smith

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 will bring you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and will be offered to PBS stations nationwide.  We hope you’ll be there as we launch this exciting new program.

We have several tapings taking place during the Texas Book Festival this weekend.

PJ O’Rourke, political satirist, tapes 10/15 at 10:15 am
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Jonathan Alter, Newsweek columnist, tapes on 10/16 at 2:45 pm
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Amanda Hesser, food writer, tapes on 10/16 at 3:45 pm
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Ian “Sandy” Frazier,  writer, tapes 10/17 at 10:15 am
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State Board of Education Candidates Forum 9/28


KLRU and the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area Education Fund and  will co-sponsor a public forum for the State Board of Education candidates for District 5.  The forum will be taped on Tuesday, September 28, and the public is invited to be present for the live taping in KLRU’s Studio 6A.

The taping will being at 7 pm and doors will open at 6:30 pm.
Please RSVP here

This episode of KLRU’s Civic Summit will air on Thursday, October 7, on KLRU. The audience question and answer will be online at klru.org. Civic Summit is KLRU’s program for discourse on public affairs issues and includes candidate debates and forums such as this one.

New web music series tapes Quiet Company, announces release schedule

** Update: RSVPs are at capacity. We’ll have information about future tapings on the blog as they occur. *

ACL Presents Satellite Sets is a new web music series produced by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, the station responsible for the iconic PBS series Austin City Limits. Like its forerunner, ACL Presents Satellite Sets features intimate performances by bands from all genres. The web series also features interviews by the performers about their songs and creative inspiration.

Austin’s Quiet Company will tape a performance for Satellite Sets on Friday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m. The taping is free but an RSVP is required to ensure admission. RSVP at klru.org/satellitesets Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the taping will take place in KLRU’s studio 6A.

The show’s website will soon feature song and interview clips of Sarah Jaffe on 8/13 and Brazos on 8/20. Other bands coming up on the site include Lost in the Trees, David Garza and Leatherbag. The Quiet Company performance will also be available this fall.

In the studio: Sally Ride 5/25

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with astronaut and science advocate Sally Ride on Tuesday, May 25. Taping starts promptly at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. RSVP here

Ride was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978, the same year she received a doctorate in physics from Stanford University.  Five years later, she joined a mission on the shuttle Challenger, becoming the first American woman to fly in space.  After a long career with NASA, Ride joined the University of California at San Diego as a professor and the director of the University of California’s Space Institute.  But Ride’s most enduring passion involves passing along her love of science to young people – especially young women and girls. She has written six science books for children and founded Sally Ride Science to motivate young women to pursue careers in science, math and technology.

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In the studio: Gwen Ifill 5/18

Join  KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for an interview with Gwen Ifill who is in Texas to participate in the national PBS conference.  The taping will take place on May 18 at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. This event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

Ifill fills two major roles at PBS: moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and as senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.  That puts her at the center of political journalism in the US, with a close-up view of what’s happening in Washington.  Ifill has gained her political knowledge covering six presidential campaigns for both television and print media.  She has also moderated two vice presidential debates, including the 2008 between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden. Ifill’s best-selling book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, was published last year.

In the Studio: Texas Monthly Talks with Jake Silverstein 3/26

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks on Friday, March 26, at 10 a.m. for a conversation with Jake Silverstein, Editor of TEXAS MONTHLY and author of a new book, Nothing Happened and Then it Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction. RSVP here. Silverstein was previously a reporter at the Big Bend Sentinel in Marfa and a 2002 Fulbright Scholar in Zacatecas, Mexico. He is a Contributing Editor to Harper‘s magazine and an essay for that magazine earned him the 2007 PEN/USA Journalism Award. He joined TEXAS MONTHLY as a Senior Editor in 2006 and was named Editor in 2008.

Taping starts promptly at 10a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
RSVP here.

In the Studio: Halperin and Heilemann on Texas Monthly Talks

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin on Friday, March 5, at 10:15 a.m.  RSVP now

Halperin and Heilemann know as much about American politics as anyone. And they share their insights and inside knowledge with a wide audience through Heilemann’s work for New York magazine and Halperin’s with Time and the political blog, The Page. They’ve co-authored the bestselling book, Game Change, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 presidential election.

RSVP now Taping starts promptly at 10:15 a.m. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.

In the studio: Two of Austin's "Busiest Virtuosos" perform for In Context

As part of KLRU’s commitment to presenting local art to Central Texas, In Context will tape a performance by two notable musicians and we’d like for you to join us as part of the studio audience on Feb 22. RSVP here

The Austin American-Statesman calls cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Anton Nel “two of Austin’s busiest virtuosos,” and their newest live CD, featuring Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Four Hungarian Dances, is the latest chapter in their two-decade musical kinship.

To celebrate this new CD, available on Feb. 23 from Artek Recordings, Bion and Anton will be taping a performance for KLRU’s In Context on Monday, Feb 22, at KLRU’s Austin City Limits studio. The duo has selected some of their favorite pieces for cello/piano from Brahms, Boccherini, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

Taping Details:
RSVP here

Monday, February 22
KLRU Studio 6A
(Austin City Limits Studio)
Taping starts promptly at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
The audience is invited to a reception immediately following the performance.