Austin City Government 101 forums 2/8 and 2/22

Join KLRU and our community partners for Why Bother? Austin City Government 101 forums.
DATE: Saturdays, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22
TIME: 10 am (doors will open at 9:30 am)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

Austin’s form of government just got a big overhaul, and it can be confusing knowing who does what inside City Hall. KLRU is teaming up with The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, The League of Women Voters of Austin Area and KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR Station, to host two forums to answer your questions and to teach you how to make your voice heard at City Hall.

Why Bother? Austin City Government 101 is a general overview and education on the functions of Austin’s city government in order to increase civic engagement, with an emphasis on the challenges and opportunities the new 10-1 form of governance will bring.

The forums will take place both Saturdays, February 8 & 22 in KLRU’s historic Studio 6A on the University of Texas-Austin campus at the corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton. The two hour forums start at 10am. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

Joining us for the discussion on February 8 will be a number of city officials, including City Attorney Karen Kennard, City Auditor Ken Mory, Deputy CFO Ed Van Eenoo,  former General Manager of Austin Energy Roger Duncan, former Assistant City Manager Terrell Blodgett and Assistant Director of Planning and Development Garner Stoll.

On February 22, Nelson Linder, President of Austin’s NAACP chapter, Gonzalo Barrientos, Chair of the Charter Revision Committee, Susan Morrison, League of Women Voters, as well as a number of city board and commission members. Reporters from KUT 90.5 will moderate the discussions. Audience members will be able to participate in a Q&A portion with panelists on both days.

Why Bother? Austin City Government 101 is part of our Why Bother? initiative, an effort with the Annette Strauss Institute and KUT 90.5. It is aimed at increasing civic engagement in Austin through voter education. Watch the other programs in the Why Bother? series on klru.org

KLRU Appraisal Fair 2014

KLRU held its 3rd Appraisal Fair in the historic Studio 6A on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Over 230 people visited us throughout the day to learn more about some of their most cherished items from a number of Central Texas area appraisers. Thank you to all of our donors from the June and December pledge drives for donating to attend the Appraisal Fair and share your stories with us.

A special thanks goes to our community volunteer appraisers who generously volunteered their time and expertise for this event. For more information on the appraisers in attendance that day, please visit our Appraisal Fair website.

 

Architecture Month on KLRU

KLRU presents a month of architecture-themed programming made possible by AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture. These programs celebrate the art and artistry of architecture through ancient times to today. Here’s what’s coming up:

2/5 Super Skyscrapers One World Trade Center at 9 pm
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the western hemisphere and a famous modern landmark, is engineered to be the safest and strongest skyscraper ever built. This episode follows the final year of exterior construction, culminating with the milestone of reaching the symbolic height of 1,776 feet. For head of construction Steve Plate, as well as scientists, engineers, ironworkers and curtain wall installers, this is a construction job suffused with the history of the site and a sense of duty to rebuild from the ashes of Ground Zero.

2/12 NOVA Great Cathedral Mystery at 8 pm
The Duomo in Florence is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. A team of U.S. master bricklayers help build a unique experimental “mini-Duomo” using period tools and techniques. Will it stay intact during the final precarious stages of closing over the top of the dome?

2/12 Super Skyscrapers Building The Future at 9 pm
Commonly known as “the cheese grater,” the Leadenhall Building is the pinnacle of London’s avant-garde architecture. Designed as a tapered tower with a steel exoskeleton, it’s the tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the most innovative. The teams behind the Leadenhall project had to radically rethink every aspect of the traditional building model. This program follows the monumental challenges that come with erecting this super skyscraper: it will be constructed off-site, delivered to location, and stacked and bolted together like a giant Lego set.

2/18 American Experience Grand Coulee Dam at 7 pm
Grand Coulee was more than a dam; it was a proclamation. In the wake of the Great Depression, America turned from private enterprise to public works – not simply to provide jobs, but to restore faith. The ultimate expression of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, Grand Coulee played a central role in transforming the Northwest.

2/18 American Experience Rise And Fall Of Penn Station at 8 pm
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City’s Hudson and East Rivers, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United States. The tunnels terminated in what was one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station.

2/19 NOVA  Mystery of Easter Island at 8 pm
A team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.

2/19 Super Skyscrapers The Vertical City at 9 pm
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.

02/24 10 Buildings That Changed America at 10 pm
This program tells the stories of 10 American architectural marvels, including a state capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson, the original indoor shopping mall, the first airport of the Jet Age and a futuristic concert hall. You may not be familiar with all of these buildings, but they probably shaped the way you live, work, shop and play. Host Geoffrey Baer takes a journey across America and inside these 10 groundbreaking works of art and engineering.

2/26 NOVA  Ground Zero Supertower at 8 pm
Engineers race to complete 1 World Trade Center as they grapple with the final challenges.

2/26 Super Skyscrapers The Billionaire Building at 9 pm
Upon completion, One57, on Manhattan’s 57th Street, will rise more than 1,000 feet, making it the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere and boasting spectacular views of Central Park. “One57” follows the teams tasked with creating New York’s most luxurious residential skyscraper and their ambition to redefine luxury living the big city. Condominiums at One57 showcase state-of-the- art interiors: double-height ceilings, full-floor apartments, bathrooms clad in the finest Italian marble and the finest material finishes.

 

 

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

Technical issues

We have experienced a technical issue and KLRU moved to channel 22 for some viewers. If you are currently receiving KLRU on channel 22, please rescan and the stations will return to 18! We’re sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for watching KLRU!

New Episodes of Doc Martin air in February!

Tune in for the new season and brand new episodes of Doc Martin on February 2nd! We’ve also got Doc Martin: Revealed on February 1st to help get you up-to-date on where the show left off.

2/1 Doc Martin: Revealed at 10:00 pm
Before you tune in for the new season, get an inside access to the actors and crew as they film sequences for Season 6.

2/2 Sickness And Health at 11:00 pm
Also airing Saturday 2/8 at 10 pm
Portwenn is buzzing with arrangements for the wedding of the Doc and Louisa. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again?

2/9 Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? at 11:00 pm
Also airing Saturday 2/15 at 10 pm
Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party, the new nanny walks out, and Morwenna advertises for a lodger.

2/16 The Tameness Of A Wolf at 11:00 pm
Also airing 2/22 at 10 pm
Ruth is invited on Radio Portwenn and attracts an unwanted mystery admirer. Doc and Louisa find a replacement nanny. And Louisa is Bert’s least favorite person when one of her pupils pens a damning review of his restaurant in the school magazine.

2/23 Nobody Likes Me at 11:00 pm
Also airing 3/1 at 10 pm
Martin is coerced into taking James to playgroup, while Ruth is having problems with her new neighbor.

3/8 The Practice Around The Corner at 10:00 pm
Also airing 3/9 at 11 pm
Mrs. Tishell returns to the village. Martin has to work out what is wrong with beachcomber Lorna. Al and Morwenna each have an internet dating disaster, and romance is blossoming for Bert.

Date and time to be announced  Hazardous Exposure  
Martin’s mother returns to Portwenn with some interesting news. Penhale spreads pandemonium throughout the village at the drop of the word “asbestos” and Bert has a question for Jennifer.

Date and time to be announced  Listen with Mother
Mrs Tishell finds herself falling in love with Martin all over again.

Date and time to be announced  Departure
Louisa decides to leave for Spain with baby James and says an awkward goodbye to Martin.

 

 

KLRU celebrates Black History Month

KLRU celebrates black history month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Black History Month, KLRU and KLRU-Q will broadcast a lineup of programs and events honoring and exploring African American culture. We also offer a special online-only series – Austin Revealed – this month focused on local stories on civil rights, desegregation and more. Find out more about Austin Revealed

Blackademics TV airs Sundays at 1:30 pm starting February 2.  Each weekly program features top Black Studies scholars engaging with projects and research focused on education, performance and youth empowerment.

2/3 POV American Promise at 9 pm
This film spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

2/7 American Masters Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth at 8 pm
Most famous for her seminal novel “The Color Purple,” writer / activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, her life unfolded during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th century America. Her mother, poverty and participation in the Civil Rights Movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire, and Walker herself.


2/10 Independent Lens Spies of Mississippi at 9 pm
This film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and ’60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in attempts to derail the civil rights movement


2/6 The March at 9 pm
Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. The film reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters and other testimonials of the March include Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Roger Mudd, Peter Yarrow and Oprah Winfrey, in addition to historians, journalists, authors and ordinary citizens who joined some 250,000 Americans who thronged to the capital on that momentous day to peacefully demand an end to two centuries of discrimination and injustice. Other notable figures featured in the film include Clayborn Carson, Edith Lee Payne, Joyce Ladner and Rachell Horowitz. Denzel Washington narrates. Also repeats on February 10 at 10 pm.


2/13 Independent Lens More Than A Month at 9 pm
An African-American filmmaker is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.  Through this tongue-in-cheek and thought-provoking journey, the film investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.


2/20 Independent Lens Soul Food Junkies at 9 pm
Baffled by his dad’s reluctance to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this culinary tradition and it’s relevance to black cultural identity. The African American love affair with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. This film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences. Hurt looks at the socioeconomics of predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options and wonders if soul food has become an addiction in his community.

2/27 A Reason To Dance at 9 pm … An Arts In Context Special
As a mother, teacher and dancer, China Smith is on a quest to spread awareness about the mixed nature and diversity of the African diaspora through contemporary dance.  Her company, Ballet Afrique, employs a synthesis of ballet and modern blended with Afrocentric undertones to articulate the human condition and spirit through the unbounded art form of dance.  As Smith wrestles with the business aspect of sharing her art as well as the uphill battle against cultural expectations and the cultural stereotypes of ballet, she continues to cement herself as an indelible and essential part of the dance scene.
KLRU Q will also be offering special programs for Black History Month. KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 255.

Saturday 2/16
Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories at 6 pm
Author and Louisiana native Ernest J. Gaines gave an immortal voice to the people of his early life through his tales of the old South. Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories is a memory-filled journey from the land of dirt roads, magnolias and majestic oak trees to San Francisco and back again. Gaines’ reminisces about growing up on a plantation and reflects on a successful career which has spanned more than 40 years.

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story at 7 pm
This program tells the story of William Still, one of the most important yet unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. The film details the accounts of black abolitionists, who had everything at stake as they helped fugitives follow the North Star to Canada.

Whispers Of Angels: A Story Of The Underground Railroad at 7:59 pm
This documentary recounts the story of the critical Eastern Line of The Underground Railroad and its role in the 19th century anti- slavery movement in America.

Long Shadows: The Legacy Of The American Civil War at 9 pm
Long Shadows explores the ways in which the echoes of the Civil War can still be felt in American society: from politics to economics, from civil rights to foreign policy, from individual to collective memory, from South to North to West. It is a film about the nature of History in our national and personal lives–the past as prologue.

Education Of Harvey Gantt at 10:30 pm
On January 28, 1963, a young black man from Charleston named Harvey Gantt enrolled at Clemson College, making him the first African American accepted to a white school in South Carolina. The Education Of Harvey Gantt  tells this pivotal, yet largely forgotten, story of desegregation.

Sunday 2/23
Colored Frames
at 6 pm
Colored Frames reflects on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists.

Highwaymen: Legends Of The Road at 7 pm
This new documentary tells the story of a unique art world phenomenon that took root in the mid-20th century in the Jim Crow South. They were an unlikely group of black landscape painters that emerged from the American South in the 1950s and 60s. Segregation locked them out of selling their works in white owned art galleries. So, the artists took to the road to sell their paintings.

Black Kungfu Experience at 8 pm
The Black Kungfu Experience  introduces kungfu’s African-American pioneers, men who challenged convention and overturned preconceived notions while mastering the ancient art.

Music And Message Of Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions at 9 pm
The Music And Message Of Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions tells the incredible story of a great artist and one of the most important R&B groups of all time. One of the few musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than once, Curtis Mayfield remains a music icon.

Hines Farm Blues Club at 10 pm
During the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Hines Farm – in a rural community outside of Toledo, Ohio – was the location of one of the premier blues clubs in the United States, featuring musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Bobby “Blue” Bland and B.B. King. The club featured a “who’s who” of blues and jazz entertainers, and served as a cultural nexus for local African-Americans. The Hines Farm Blues Club is a tribute to this legendary blues mecca and a ” sentimental journey” through the African-American music scene of the era.

Q Night at the Movies 1/25

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 #502 at 7:00 pm
We review the action comedy, RIDE ALONG, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Next, we shift gears and discuss the HBO dramedy about modern gay life in San Francisco, LOOKING. Then it is on to the animated comedy, THE NUT JOB. We end it on a bang with the action thriller, JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, starring Chris Pine. Four VERY different choices for your entertainment viewing..

On Story Westerns at 7:30 pm
Creating westerns with resonance is discussed by the creative minds behind UNFORGIVEN, A PERFECT WORLD, and 3:10 TO YUMA. Featuring John Lee Hancock, David Peoples, Michael Brandt, and Derek Haas. Film: Western by Lucas Millard.

Hollywood Stars Film Package The Unforgiven at 8:00 pm
A Texas woman (Lillian Gish) and her eldest son (Burt Lancaster) fight Kiowas over an adopted daughter (Audrey Hepburn).

Janson Movie Star Package Burt Lancaster: Daring To Reach at 10:05 pm
Burt Lancaster went from street-wise tough to art-collector liberal-activist, from circus-acrobat hunk to Academy Award winner.

Science Night 1/29

Nature The Funkiest Monkeys at 7 pm
Twenty-five years ago, filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson (recently the central character in NATURE’s Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey) travelled to Sulawesi in Indonesia and fell in love with crested black macaques. These feisty monkeys are beach bums with punk hairstyles, expressive faces, copper colored eyes and some very unusual habits, making them some of the most charismatic of all monkeys. They only exist on this one island. Learning that their numbers have dropped dramatically, he makes a return visit to find out why and to see if he can help. Teaming up with a local expert and making a film about them and their plight allows him to share their story with the local schools and communities in the hope that a new understanding of the wonderful creatures in their midst will make them want to help, as well.

NOVA Ghosts Of Murdered Kings at 8 pm
NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in Ireland’s County Tipperary in their methodical hunt for clues to the identity and the circumstances of various violent deaths of bog body victims. A new theory emerges that they are those of ritually murdered kings, gruesomely slain to assure the fertility of land and people.

Hawking at 9 pm
This is the intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking’s life. Told for the first time in Hawking’s own words and with unique access to his home and public life, this is a personal journey through Hawking’s world. The audience joins him at home, under the care of his nursing team; in San Jose as he “wows” a packed theatre audience; in Silicon Valley as he meets a team of technicians who hope to speed up his communication system; and as he throws a party for family and friends. HAWKING also carefully tells Hawking’s life journey, from boyhood under-achiever to PhD genius, and from a healthy cox on the Oxford rowing team to diagnosis of motor neuron disease, given just two years to live yet surviving several close brushes with death. The film also highlights his greatest scientific discoveries and plots his rise to fame and superstardom.

 

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