KLRU Kids @ The Thinkery on El Día de los Niños


On the evening of April 30, KLRU unveiled several new playground games, one of our design and two from the fertile minds of the Connally HS (Pflugerville ISD) Advanced Game Design Class. “Order Up!/A La Orden” asked kids to work with each other and adults to build menu choices that met requirements for price, food groups, caloric content, protein, and distance from farm to table. “Story Safari” had kids scaling The Thinkery’s Backyard to find and recreate story elements nabbed by a pesky monkey. And “Last Animal Standing” had kids play the role of animals who had to both cooperate and compete to obtain a limited food supply. The game designers were hoping to spark complex thinking and real-world connections; these games will be sent to PBS Kids national for use in promoting the new PBS Kids Virtual World this fall, where similar themes will be explored.
Thanks to The Thinkery and the Texas Book Festival for their collaborative efforts! ¡Que vivan los niños!


KLRU News Brief: ACL Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Class


On Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend, our News Brief is a glimpse inside last week’s Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Darrell Royal and Bill Arhos were inducted in a ceremony in KLRU’s Studio 6A, the original home of Austin City Limits.

All have a storied history with the program. Nelson appeared on the pilot in 1974 and Vaughan & Double Trouble performed in 1984 and 1990. Bill Arhos is credited with creating Austin City Limits. Coach Darrell Royal was known for hosting “pickin parties” at his home with Austin musicians, and was an early supporter and fan of the show. Seats were always reserved for Coach Royal and his wife Edith. She accepted the induction on his behalf.

The ceremony featured performances by the inductees as well as Doyle Bramhall II, Mike Farris, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Lukas Nelson, Robert Randolph and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

The Hall of Fame induction is part of KLRU’s recognition of Austin City Limit’s 40th Anniversary Season. Portions of the induction ceremony will air in a primetime PBS special in the fall.

KLRU News Briefs air every Saturday and Sunday during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 





May 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In April 2014, we will have some thought provoking family viewing opportunities beginning with Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To the Dance) highlighting stellar Mexican-American musicians. In the middle of the month is Nature “Leave It To Beavers” where the viewer will see this rodent in a new role, and honoring our men and women in uniform through the National Memorial Day Concert.

Vamos Al Baile
Sunday, May 4th at 3pm
A stellar lineup of Mexican-American musicians take the stage in front of a live audience. Enjoy performances by award winning artists Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guests. Interspersed with interviews, Vamos al Baile (Let’s go to the Dance) captures the different styles of Mexican-American music and the family atmosphere of the dance halls in which they are performed.

Nature “Leave It To Beavers”
Wednesday, May 14th at 7pm
A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 25th at 7pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. They are joined by an all-star line-up in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Featuring a unique blend of uplifting musical performances and dramatic readings, the program airs from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. Mantegna and Sinise, two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting the troops in active service, are co-hosting for the ninth consecutive year.


Science Night 5/7

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature Shark Mountain at 7 pm
Underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall have spent 25 years diving and documenting the most remote and beautiful underwater locations, always learning something new about the fantastic creatures that live there. Yet even these remote places and creatures are at risk in today’s world, and being able to share their experiences with the rest of us is increasingly important to the Halls, and to us. They take us along on the dive of a lifetime, to a tiny outpost 300 miles off the coast of Central American – Shark Mountain.

NOVA Why Sharks Attack at 8 pm
In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in 10 months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed the ultimate shark fright film, Jaws. What’s behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where they’ve rarely been seen for hundreds of years? Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams up with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to discover the science behind the great white’s hunting instincts. Do sharks ever target humans or is each attack a tragic case of mistaken identity? Can a deeper understanding of shark senses lead scientists to design effective deterrents and help prevent future attacks? With shark populations around the world plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people — and sharks.

Nazi Mega Weapons Jet Fighter Me262 at 9 pm
Explore the most technologically advanced plane of World War II, the Messerschmitt Me262, a fighter jet that inspired a revolution in aerial warfare. Learn the remarkable story of an awe-inspiring aircraft, the subterranean bat-cave where it was built and the battle for air supremacy that decided the fate of the war.

Science Night 4/30

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature Love In The Animal Kingdom at 7 pm
Animals dance, sing, flirt and compete with everything they’ve got to find and secure a mate. For many, the all-important bonds they share as a couple are what enable the next generation to survive. But can we call these bonds love? In this look at the love life of animals, we see the feminine wiles of a young gorilla, the search for Mr. Right among a thousand flamingos, the open “marriages” of blue-footed boobies, the soap opera arrangements of gibbons, and all the subtle, outrageous, romantic antics that go into finding a partner. These are love stories all right, as various and intriguing as the lovers themselves.

NOVA The Incredible Journey Of The Butterflies at 8 pm
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision. NOVA flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. As this program reveals, the monarch is a scientific marvel locked in an inspiring struggle for survival.

Nazi Mega Weapons Super Tanks at 9 pm
In the quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. With brilliant, dark minds and a legion of slave labor at their disposal, the Nazis believed the path to ultimate victory was to out-build and out-engineer their enemies. To them, bigger definitely meant better, and better meant more lethal. As Hitler’s grip on Europe tightened, he ordered men like Wernher von Braun, Ferdinand Porsche and Alfried Krupp to build increasingly outlandish machines and structures to realize his master plan. Creating huge terror machines, hi-tech superguns and some of the original weapons of mass destruction to control a nation, conquer a continent and win the war. This is World War II told from a new perspective. The series uncovers the engineering secrets of six iconic mega-structures, tells the stories of the evil geniuses that designed them and reveals how these structures sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever.

KLRU News Briefs: East Austin Revealed

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This week during PBS NewsHour Weekend we preview part of Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed. On Saturday, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and former State Representative Wilhelmina Delco discuss why many African Americans are leaving East Austin, an area where they were once required to live by law. Today, many African Americans are moving to Austin’s suburbs.

Delco, who has lived in East Austin for more than 50 years, says the city can do more to highlight the region’s rich history.

“We as a city ought to be more conscious of the preservation and the need for saving what was good and important to our people,” Delco said. “We don’t have nearly enough historical markers to mark all of the things that made black East Austin a unique community that thrived in spite of all the obstacles that were put in our way.”

On Sunday, our story delves into rising property values and tax rates in East Austin. Again, we’ll hear from Delco, Mayor Leffingwell and current State Representative Dawnna Dukes.

The entire Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed airs Thursday, April 24 at 8:30pm, immediately following a documentary about East Austin’s Civil Rights history.

In the Studio: Ira Kaplan & Georgia Hubley tape Overheard 4/16

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo. 

DATE: April 16
TIME: 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).  
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

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Husband/wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley formed the band Yo La Tengo in 1984 in Hoboken, New Jersey. James McNew joined the band in 1992. Yo La Tengo has been called “the quintessential critics band,” known for creativity, independence and an eclectic approach to indie rock. Rolling Stone calls them “one of the most restless and most consistently good bands of the past 25 years.” The group has recorded 13 albums. Their most recent is Fade, released in 2013. They are in town for “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller.” Yo La Tengo will provide live music accompaniment to Sam Green’s latest “live documentary” on April 17 at the Stateside at the Paramount.

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.

KLRU News Briefs: Austin’s Bitcoin ATM & Civil Rights Summit Preview

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This weekend during PBS NewsHour Weekend our local news stories look back in history, and look forward at what some call the “currency of the future.”

On Saturday it’s one of Austin’s newest gadgets: a Bitcoin ATM. The machine, designed by a company called Robocoin, was the first of its kind in the U.S. It’s located at HandleBar downtown.

The machine allows people to walk up and either enroll in Bitcoin on the spot or buy and sell from a pre-existing account. You can also withdraw cash.

“The one in Canada, it’s brought a lot of business. Ideally we get some foot traffic, get some booze sold and merchandise and stuff like that,” HandleBar Co-Owner Willie Stark told us.

But, Bitcoin has had some setbacks recently. We asked LBJ School economics professor Dr. Yanis Varoufakis about the risks involved.

“There is no telephone number you can dial if suddenly your Bitcoins have disappeared. All you need is a clever hacker who hacks into your wallet and suddenly your fortune in bitcoins has disappeared,” Varoufakis said.

On Sunday, we preview the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit, which runs from April 8-10. Three of the four former living presidents will be on the University of Texas campus for the event, as will President Obama. The summit marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act.

“We thought what better way to [mark the anniversary] than with a summit that really celebrates the advances that were made in ’64 but also looks hard at some of the open issues in 2014,” LBJ Foundation President Elizabeth Christian told us.

NHW.SUMMIT PVW.WEBPanel discussions will be held each afternoon with activists and civil rights leaders before the evening keynotes with Presidents Carter, Clinton and George W. Bush. President Obama will speak Thursday morning at 11:30.

Tickets are no longer available but the entire summit will be streamed online on the summit’s website: www.civilrightssummit.org and will be televised on The Longhorn Network. You can see the entire Summit schedule here.



December 2013 Family Choice

Normally, KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. In December 2013, we will have incredible family viewing opportunities for the holidays — be sure to check in for holiday programming without the holiday commercials!

Sunday 12/1
Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah airs at 8 pm.

Monday 12/2:
Daniel Tiger NeighborhoodA Snowy Day” airs at 10 am.

Sid the Science Kid “Sid’s Holiday Adventure” airs at 11:00 am.

Daniel Tiger Neighborhood ”A Snowy Day” airs at 1 pm.

Thursday 12/5:
Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah airs at 12:30 pm.

Saturday 12/7:
Trans-siberian Orchestra: Ghosts Of Christmas Eve airs at 8:10 pm.

Monday 12/9:
Curious George: ”A Very Monkey Christmas” airs at 8 am.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Tinsel & Trains“ airs at 11:30 am.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 1:30 pm.

Tuesday 12/10:
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! ”Reindeer Games“ airs at 8:30 am.

Dinosaur Train ”Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers“ airs at 9:30 am.

Super Why! ”’Twas the Night Before Christmas“ airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & FriendsSnow Stops Play” airs at 11:30 am.

Arthur’s “Perfect Christmas” airs at 3:30 pm

Wednesday 12/11:
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ”Snowflake Day“ airs at 10:00 am.

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 2:00 pm.

WordGirl ”Oh, Holiday Cheese!“ airs at 4:00 pm.

Thursday 12/12:
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 7:00 am

Super Why!The Nutcracker” airs at 10:30 am.

Sid the Science Kid “Sid’s Holiday Adventure” airs at 11:00 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Fun in the Snow” airs at 11:30 am.

Super Why! ”The Nutcracker” airs at 1:30 pm.

Wild Kratts “Snow Runners” airs at 4:30 pm.

Friday 12/13:
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas airs at 8:00 am.

Super Why! ’twas The Night Before Christmas airs at 10:30 pm.

Thomas & Friends ”Tinsel & Trains” airs at 11:30 am.

Super Why! ’twas The Night Before Christmas airs at 1:30 pm.

Saturday 12/14:
Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps Angelina’s Holiday Treats/Angelina and the Front Row Ticket” airs at 5:30 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Fun in the Snow” airs at 8 am.

Biscuit Brothers Holiday Specials airs at 9:30 am.

Rick Steves’ European Christmas airs at 10 am.

Sunday, 12/15:
Angelina Ballerina: The Next StepsAngelina’s Holiday Treats/Angelina and the Front Row Ticket” airs at 6:30 am.

Tuesday, 12/17:
Thomas & FriendsWinter Surprise” airs at 11:30 am.

Wednesday, 12/18:
Super Why! 
’twas The Night Before Christmas” airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & FriendsLet It Snow” airs at 11:30 am.

Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps ”Angelina’s Holiday Treats/Angelina and the Front Row Ticket” airs at 12:30 pm.

Super Why!  ”’twas The Night Before Christmas” airs at 1:30 pm.

Thursday 12/19:
Dinosaur Train ”Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers“ airs at 9:30 am.

Thomas & Friends Winter Delights airs at 11:30 am.

Christmas At Luther: Tidings Of Comfort And Joy airs at 8 pm.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013 airs at 9 pm.

Southern Celtic Christmas Concert airs at 10 pm.

Friday 12/20:
Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! 
Reindeer Games / Along Came A Spider” airs at 8:30 am.

Dinosaur Train ”Don’s Winter Wish / Festival Of Lights“ airs at 9:30 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Snow Stops Play” airs at 11:30 am.

Christmas At Belmont airs at 9 pm.

For Christmas Week 
Saturday 12/21:
The Christmas Star / A Christmas Present For Dog” airs at 6 am.

Thomas & Friends Winter Delights” airs at 8 am.

Dinosaur Train ”Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers“ airs at 8:30 am.

Biscuit Brothers Holiday Specials ”Merry Musical Christmas“ airs at 9:30 am.

Thomas & Friends Winter Delights airs at 11:30 am.

Craft In America ”Holiday“ airs at 4:30 pm.

Monday 12/23:
Dinosaur Train ”Don’s Winter Wish / Festival Of Lights” airs at 9:30 am.

Wordworld ”The Christmas Star / A Christmas Present For Dog“ airs at 12:30 pm.

Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir airs at 8 pm.

St. Thomas Christmas: All Is Well 2013

Tuesday 12/24:
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 7:00 am.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas airs at 8:00 am.

Super Why! ”’twas The Night Before Christmas“ airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Let It Snow” at 11:30 am.

Super Why! ”’twas The Night Before Christmas“ airs at 1:30 pm.

Wednesday 12/25:
Curious George: ”A Very Monkey Christmas“ airs at 8:00 am.

Dinosaur Train ”Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers“ airs at 9:30 am.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ”Snowflake Day airs at 10:00 am.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 10:30 am.

Sid the Science Kid “Sid’s Holiday Adventure” airs at 11:00 am.

Thomas & Friends ”Tinsel & Trains“airs at 11:30 am.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ”Snowflake Day airs at 1:00 pm.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 1:30 pm.

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 2:00 pm.

Curious George: ”A Very Monkey Christmas“ airs at 3:00 pm.

WordGirl ”Oh, Holiday Cheese!“ airs at 4:00 pm.

KLRU Presents ALL ATX 11/28

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KLRU presents the All ATX: A Celebration Of Austin Musicians on Thursday, November 28th, at 8 pm.

all atx 2The best of Austin musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. The show features Christopher Cross, Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton, Eric Johnson, Charlie and Will Sexton, Marcia Ball, Van Wilks and Malford Milligan, Carolyn Wonderland and Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shake Russell, Quiet Company, Suzanna Choffel and the All ATX band.

This concert was held on HAAM Benefit Day on September 24, 2013 at ACL Live. KLRU taped the live concert to be made available to other PBS stations nationally. The show will be available online on 11/29.

Additional air dates in Austin include:

11/28 at 8 pm
11/30 at 2 am
12/17 at 10 pm
12/25 at 10 pm

1/1/14 at 8 pm
1/6/14 at 11 pm

ALL ATX is an annual concert that celebrates and supports Austin music presented by HAAM. HAAM provides access to affordable health care to Austin’s low-income, uninsured working musicians with a focus on prevention and wellness.