Earth Day on KLRU Q

KLRU Q has lots of programming in honor of Earth Day this month

Sunday, April 21
Redwood National Park: Preserving Ancient Forests at 2 pm
Redwood National Park is home to the tallest living things on earth – coast redwoods. Redwood National Park preserved nearly half the Earth’s remaining old growth redwoods (in the general age range of 700 to 2,000 years old.) Although ninety percent of California’s old growth redwoods had been harvested, the establishment of Redwood National Park in 1968, and the expansion in 1978 were controversial events in our local history. The program features interviews with local citizens who campaigned to save the redwoods.

Science Night 4/24

NatureJungle Eagle at 7 pm
Harpy eagles are the most powerful birds of prey in the world. Standing three feet tall, with a six-foot wingspan and razor-sharp talons the size of bear claws, these birds are the heavyweight hunters of the South American rainforest. Enter the secret world of the harpy.

NOVAAustralia’s First 4 Billion Years: Monsters at 8 pm
Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. NOVA’s mini-series takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With help from high-energy host and scientist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids.

NatureKangaroo Mob at 9 pm
Meet the mob of street smart kangaroos moving into Australia’s capital city and the ecologists following their every move. Over the course of one drought-stricken year we follow mob leader, Black Spot, and kangaroo mother, Madge, with her two young joeys — mischievous Sonny and tiny pouch-bound Alice. Here is a look at what happens when human development encroaches on wildlife habitat and two very different species are forced to co-exist.

KLRU Collective: Is Graffiti Art?

This week, KLRU Collective explores the art of graffiti.

Spray-can art started as an underground, street art movement. Today, graffiti is as relevant as any other art form, and Emerge ATX brings these artists into the gallery. With live graffiti painting and performances from DJs, MCs & B-boys, this annual art show uncovers the culture and process behind Austin’s street art.

Art Seen Alliance is a group of artists that come together to make art and produce events

Highlights: April 21 to April 27

KLRU Highlights

Jenny needs all her midwifery skill when she and Sister Evangelina assist at the birth of a baby born with spina bifida on Call The Midwife part 4 at 7 pm Sunday.

All is not well as Harry and Rose face a moment of truth, Ellen confronts Harry, and alcohol, pills and driving under the influence take their toll on Masterpiece presents Mr. Selfridge, Part 4 at 8 pm Sunday.

Susan, noticing a pattern in a string of London murders on Bletchley Circle part 1 at 9 pm Sunday.

Antiques Roadshow at 7 pm Monday finds notable items in Rapid City as they visit one of South Dakota’s greatest treasures, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, to look at presidential prints.

Market Warriors at 8 pm Monday go Antiquing In Liberty, North Carolina to the Liberty Antique Festival.

President Mohamed Nasheed must now ensure that his tiny country doesn’t disappear under rising sea levels on Independent Lens presents The Island President at 9 pm Monday.

The Dust Bowl at 7 pm Tuesday presents The Great Plow Up. Survivors recall the terror of the dust storms, the desperation of hungry families and how they managed to find hope even as the earth and heavens seemed to turn against them.

Frontline  The Retirement Gamble at 9 pm Tuesday raises troubling questions about how America’s financial institutions protect our savings and reveals how fees, self-dealing, and kickbacks bring great profits to Wall Street while imperiling the prospects of a secure future for individuals.

On Story presents Creating Complex Characters at 10 pm Tuesday. Writer/director Rodrigo Garcia discusses the influences of his father and the complexities and flaws that form the nuanced characters in The Godfather, Capote, and his own Mother And Child and In Treatment.

Arts In Context presents Old School at 10:30 pm Tuesday. When doing things the “old way,” attention to detail comes to mind; a concept quite familiar to artists.

Nature presents Jungle Eagle at 7 pm Wednesday. Nature explores the secret world of the harpy eagles, the most powerful birds of prey in the world.

NOVA explores Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Monsters at 8 pm Wednesday. Host Richard Smith comes face-to-face with the previously unknown reptilian rulers of prehistoric Australia.

Nature presents Kangaroo Mob at 9 pm Wednesday. Meet the mob of street smart kangaroos moving into Australia’s capital city and the ecologists following their every move.

Overheard with Evan Smith presents comedian and writer Fred Armisen at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context presents The Intergalactic Nemesis at 7:30 Thursday. This first Live-Action Graphic Novel was created by an original comic-book story and projected panel-by-panel on a video screen while three actors voiced the characters.

Live from Lincoln Center present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel With the New York Philharmonic at 9 pm Friday. Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe and more star in this production.

Central Texas Gardener tours Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at noon and 4 pm Saturday. Pick up design and native plant ideas while visiting an wildlife habitat.

Victory Garden presents Perennial Favorites at 4:30 pm Saturday. Host Jamie Durie celebrates the shows 34th season on PBS with an exploration of the Huntington Botanical Gardens in California.

Austin City Limits presents Coldplay at 7 pm Saturday as they perform hits and selections from their newest LP, Mylo Xyloto.



Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros 4/20

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Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros—Children’s Day, Book Day, a celebration of children, literacy and multiculturalism! All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd., (512) 974-8840

The Southeast Branch Library, KLRU, BookSpring, A Community for Education, and The Austin Project a collaborating for this annual celebration with children’s music, dance performances, bilingual storytime, fun literacy activities for the whole family and FREE children’s books!

Make sure to also check out the great educational resources at KLRU’s ipad station and enjoy getting your picture taken with Clifford and Maya & Miguel. (Be sure to bring your camera!)

New Season of On Story

Celebrate the new season of On Story with KLRU and the Austin Film Festival, airing Saturdays at 7:30 pm starting April 20th.

Austin Film Festival’s On Story is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director.

New episodes include:
4/20 – A Conversation With Chris Carter, Creator Of The X-Files

Legendary television writer Chris Carter reveals the secret behind the creation and success of The X-Files and how he stirred audiences using the power of mythology. Lost and Prometheus writer, Damon Lindelof, speaks with Carter on how his use of the paranormal and search for the truth have become staples of popular culture. Followed by Todd Somodevilla and Marysia Makowska’s surreal short film, Sea Pavilion, about a picnic outing by an abandoned seaside dwelling, that ends up encompassing more than just sand dunes and forgotten memories.

4/27 – Explosive Action!
The writers behind Wanted, The Bourne Ultimatum, Con Air, and Snitch discuss how they use action scenes to further the plot, convey tension, and build toward a satisfying climax. Followed by Lucas Martell’s animated short film, Pigeon: Impossible, about a trained CIA agent faced with an unexpected sudden threat to national security.

5/4 – Re-imagining the Classics
The writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as Ghost, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Twins and Snow White And The Huntsman deliberate how to keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version. Accompanied by Spencer and Lloyd Harvey’s short film Jack & Jill, a fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme that follows a young Australian girl who finds an inventive way to contact her father, a soldier stationed in New Guinea during WWII.


Energy at the Movies – 4/18

Discover the ways films influence how we think about energy, and in turn, how we influence energy policy with Energy At The Movies on April 18th at 9 pm. From the gushing geysers of Giant, to the plutonium-powered time machines of Back to the Future, Hollywood has entertained us with unforgettable, often iconic images of energy. Whether intentional or not, films frequently serve as a snapshot of society, capturing sentiments of each time period. Many films have themes that memorialize collective optimism, fears and observations about energy. Using film clips as a historical road map, Energy at the Movies is an entertaining lecture by energy expert and University of Texas at Austin professor Dr. Michael E. Webber.


In the Studio: Civic Summit Austin After 10-1

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Civic Summit: Why Bother? Austin After 10-1
Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: taping begins promptly at 7:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (2504-B Whitis Austin, TX 78712 map)
RSVP: Attendance is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Why Bother? an ongoing dialogue on civic engagement, takes an in-depth look at how the change to Austin City Council’s governing structure will impact voters. Experts and community members from across the city meet to discuss issues that are most important to them, to try to figure out how 10 separate districts will reconcile their differences once the new council is elected.

Sponsored by the Strauss Institute for Civic Life, KLRU, and KUT, this event is part of Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today, a news and public dialogue series intended to provoke a conversation among regular people about why Texas has one of the lowest rates of civic engagement in the world, and what we can do about it.

Why Bother?



In the Studio: Tony Kushner tapes Overheard 4/23

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Tony Kushner

Date: April 23
Time: 12:15 pm (Doors open at 11:45 am)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony Kushner is an award-winning American playwright and screenwriter. He was recently nominated for an Oscar for his work on the screenplay of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Kushner won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for the play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. He has also won an Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards. If you can’t make it to our Overheard taping, you can also see Kusher in conversation with Evan Smith at the Texas Performing Arts Center Monday, April 22, at 8 pm.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues its third 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.