Austin Revealed: Gary Bledsoe on Police Violence

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

Gary Bledsoe recounts stories of police violence against African Americans and why he think the issue still exists today.

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

Highlights February 16 – February 22

KLRU Highlights

Masterpiece presents Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 7 Sunday at 8 pm. Robert and Thomas return from America, Bates makes a surprise trip to York, Edith prepares to go abroad, and suitors flock to Mary. Branson helps someone move on, and Rose makes her move.

Murder On The Home Front premieres Sunday at 9:15 pm. When young women are found murdered amid the chaos of the London Blitz of World War II, brilliant Home Office Pathologist Dr. Lennox Collins (Patrick Kennedy), on his first murder case, and his newly recruited assistant Molly Cooper (Tamzin Merchant) clash with the police over just who the main suspect is. Employing groundbreaking forensic techniques, can Lennox and Molly save a seemingly innocent man from the gallows and prove there may be more to these murders than meets the eye?

Antiques Roadshow visits Magnolia Mound Plantation to learn about Campeche Chairs in Baton Rouge Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to the Andy Warhol Museum to check out some early works of the Pittsburgh native from his pre-Factory days in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens presents Las Marthas Monday at 9 pm. The annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other in the country — its 94 percent Latino debutantes and their attendants all dress as Martha Washington or other patriotic figures from America’s colonial period.

Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To The Dance) Monday at 10 pm captures the different styles of Mexican-American music and the family atmosphere of the dance halls in which they are performed.

American Experience‘s Grand Coulee Dam Tuesday at 7 pm explores the significant and central role the Grand Coulee played in transforming the Northwest.

American Experience Rise And Fall Of Penn Station Tuesday at 8 pm tells the story of the tunnels that was one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station.

Frontline presents Generation Like Tuesday at 9 pm and explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media.

It was a school night to remember when Phoenix performed a spectacular show in the gym at Anderson High School in Austin on Live from the Artists Den Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature Honey Badgers: Masters Of Mayhem Wednesday at 7 pm follows three badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

A team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica in NOVA’s Mystery of Easter Island, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Super Skyscrapers The Vertical City Wednesday at 9 pm explores the Shanghai Tower and how this structure will dominate Shanghai’s skyline.

Overheard with Evan Smith sits down with award-winning, best-selling novelist, essayist and short story writer Jonathan Lethem Thursday at 7 pm.

Explore an art installation that takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action as Arts In Context presents Thirst Thursday at 7:30 pm.

One Square Mile: Texas presents Port Isabel Thursday at 8 pm. Discover the island community located between the culture of South Texas and the vacation destination of South Padre Island.

The Daytripper visits Kingsland, Texas Thursday at 8:30 pm. Join Chet as he heads to the Hill Country to pick grapes at a winery and swims on a scenic lake.

Independent Lens presents Soul Food Junkies Thursday at 9 pm. This film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences.

Great Performances presents Sting: The Last Ship Friday at 8 pm. “The Last Ship” tells the story of the demise of the ship building industry in 1980s Newcastle, which for so long had shaped and overshadowed the city’s development and community.

Yes, You Can Grow Roses with Central Texas Gardener Saturday at noon & 4 pm introduces you to hardy, trouble free roses that perform even in drought.

The Mind of a Chef Louisiana focuses on the heavy influence of Louisiana cuisine on Sean, on Saturday at 5 pm.

Radiohead takes the Austin City Limits stage Saturday at 7 pm.

When the leader of the Church of Apollo’s wife is murdered, Father Brown must break his spell over Susie or risk losing her forever, in The Eye of Apollo on Father Brown Saturday at 8 pm.

 

Austin Revealed: Hoover Alexander & Entrepreneurship

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

Hoover Alexander has a long history in the restaurant business. He talks about the historical necessity for African Americans to start their own businesses and why an unintended consequence of integration is less entrepreneurs.

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

Science Night 2/19

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature Honey Badgers: Masters Of Mayhem at 7 pm
“Honey badger is bad ass.” Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation with 51 million hits. This relentless little creature is one the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo, and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. This film follows three badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 8 pm
This program is part of Architecture Month
A team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.

Super Skyscrapers The Vertical City at 9 pm
This program is part of Architecture Month
Shanghai Tower isn’t just a skyscraper — it’s a vertical city, a collection of businesses, services and hotels all in one place, fitting a population the size of Monaco into a footprint the size of a football field. Within its walls, residents can literally work, rest, play and relax in public parks, looking up through 12 stories of clear space; not just one, however, but eight of them, stacked on top of each other, all the way to the 120th floor. When complete, the structure will dominate Shanghai’s skyline, towering over its neighbors as a testament to China’s economic success and the ambitions of the city’s wealthy elite.

 

Q Night At The Movies 2/15

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

Just Seen It Episode #505 at 7 pm
JUST SEEN IT is the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story A Conversation With Brian Helgeland at 7:30 pm
Brian Helgeland, the creative force behind 42, LA CONFIDENTIAL, MYSTIC RIVER, and A KNIGHT’S TALE, shares his experience as a screenwriter, director and producer, along with the ups, downs and left turns of the filmmaking industry. Accompanied by the short film HECTOR IS GONNA KILL NATE, from Ari Issler about a basketball student that rolls into his High School gym looking for revenge.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Rocky at 8 pm
A small time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Boxing Gym at 10:00 pm
This film explores an Austin, Texas institution, Lord’s Gym, which was founded by Richard Lord, a former professional boxer. A wide variety of people of all ages, races, ethnicities and social classes train at the gym: men, women, children, doctors, lawyers, judges, business men and women, immigrants, professional boxers and people who want to become professional boxers alongside amateurs who love the sport and teenagers who are trying to develop strength and assertiveness. The gym is an example of the American “melting pot” where people meet, talk, and train.

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

Q Night At The Movies 2/8

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

Just Seen It Episode #504 at 7 pm
On the next episode of Just Seen It, we review the animated comedy, THE LEGO MOVIE, and then head back to TV for a review of the new NBC dramedy, ABOUT A BOY. Next, we discuss TIM’S VERMEER, the fascinating documentary about the “photo-realistic” paintings of Johannes Vermeer, and finish up with the war drama, THE MONUMENTS MEN, featuring an all-star cast led by George Clooney.

On Story Presented by the Austin Film Festival War at 7:30 pm
War in film is discussed by the creative minds behind RED DAWN, BORN ON THE 4th OF JULY, and APOCALYPSE NOW. Featuring Oliver Stone and John Milius. Film: Veterans by Miguel Alvarez.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Run Silent, Run Deep at 8 pm
A U.S. sub commander (Clark Gable) obsessed with sinking a Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer (Burt Lancaster) and crew.

Frozen North: Sir Hubert’s Forgotten Submarine Expedition at 9:35 pm
Sir Hubert Wilkins was a fascinating character with many diverse interests. He was a war correspondent and photographer, polar explorer, naturalist, geographer, climatologist and aviator. After completing the world’s first trans-arctic flight in 1928, Wilkins’ dreams of exploration grew. He renovated a WWI submarine, enlisted a crew of 20, and planned to make headlines with a daring expedition. The ship was christened “Nautilus,” made famous by Jules Verne’s novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In the riveting documentary FROZEN NORTH: SIR HUBERT’S FORGOTTEN SUBMARINE MISSION oceanographer Hans Fricke searches for the wreck of Nautilus. With a wealth of historical footage, modern re-enactments, and the help of a 1:1 steel model of the sub, one of the last polar adventures of our time is brought back to life.

Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint at 10:30 pm
The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint chronicles the 45-year history of a Washington, D.C., landmark and takes viewers on a journey from Dixieland to Dave Matthews, from strippers and bikers to hippies and punks. The kind of neighborhood club that’s all but vanished from the American scene, The Bayou featured jazz legends Coleman Hawkins, Woody Herman and Count Basie in the 1950s; rock ‘n roll and student riots in the ’60s; the debuts of Kiss, the Runaways, Dire Straits, Foreigner and U2 in the ’70s and ’80s; and the last-ever performance by international sensation Eva Cassidy in the ’90s. Told by Bayou performers, employees and patrons, this film celebrates the club’s music, mischief and enduring legacy.

 

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