Q Night at the Movies features Bringing Up Baby 5/12

Q Night at the Movies presents the classic screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby. We’ll also chat with Bill Nye about cinematic weather events, along with Dan Gilroy about his portfolio of hit films. And following our feature, learn more about the man behind the legend of Cary Grant. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

Science Goes To The Movies Disaster Movies and You at 7 p.m.
Bill Nye stops by to talk about fictional disaster movies and the possibility of real life climate disasters.

On Story A Conversation with Dan Gilroy at 7:30 p.m.
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy discusses the evolution of the Academy Award-nominated Nightcrawler, working with actor Denzel Washington to create an unforgettable idealist in the critically acclaimed Roman J. Israel, Esq. and the challenges and benefits of being surrounded by a Hollywood-successful family.

Feature Film Bringing Up Baby at 8 p.m.
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist (Cary Grant) is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress (Katharine Hepburn) and her pet leopard “Baby.”

Hollywood Idols Cary Grant: The Leading Man at 9:45 p.m.
With a winning combination of comic style and leading-man charisma, Cary Grant was the essence of a star. But the suave exterior concealed a complex individual. Family photos, archival footage and film clips vividly convey Grant’s journey from his lonely, working-class beginnings to the peak of Hollywood royalty.

Arts In Context wrestles with the art of Thunder Rosa

“Lucha Libre is ingrained in our culture. Like you watch that on Sundays. It’s like going to church,” says Melissa Cervantes a.k.a. Thunder Rosa, wrestler and co-owner of Sabotage Wrestling, a wrestling promotion that prioritizes female wrestlers and supports them on their journey to wrestling stardom. Working within an industry that is predominantly male-focused, Sabotage Wrestling has become a powerful venue for women to explore the art of wrestling, disrupt stereotypes regarding female wrestlers, and showcase their immense talent to fans everywhere.


2018 KidsFest @ Allison Elementary

Kids writing down their favorite PBS KIDS show

KLRU participated in the annual KidsFest at Allison Elementary and five other local elementary schools: Brooke, Govalle, Ortega, Zavala and Metz. Cat in the Hat was the featured guest so that kids and families could get their picture taken with the iconic “cat.” Families were able to mark their favorite PBS KIDS show and complete a mapping activity from CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!

Free PBS KIDS app cards with the new Cat in the Hat Builds That app along with 12 other apps were distributed to parents for kids from 2-8 years old. Stickers, tattos and information on KLRU’s 24/7 PBS KIDS channel were available.

Check out the pictures to see all the fun we had!

KLRU Q Presents Jewel in The Crown

   14-Part Series Event
May 9-June 20


Jewel in The Crown, based on Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet novels, is a dramatic series first broadcast in 1984. This epic recounts the final days of the British Raj in India during World War II.

The uneasy years of English colonialism have led to rioting and violence, heralding new independence. People in both ruling and ruled classes are trying, amidst the turmoil, to come to terms with the drastic changes taking place around them. Their lives will never be the same again.

Jewel in The Crown has won 23 major awards including an Emmy and five BAFTAs.
Starring Tim Pigott-Smith, Charles Dance, Art Malik and Geraldine James.

Episode 1: Crossing the River
Wednesday, May 9 at 9 p.m.

Episode 2: The Bibighar Gardens
Wednesday, May 16 at 9 p.m.

Episode 3: Questions of Loyalty
Wednesday, May 16 at 9:55 p.m.

Episode 4: Incidents at a Wedding
Wednesday, May 23 at 9:20 p.m.

Episode 5: The Regimental Silver
Wednesday, May 23 at 10:14 p.m.

Episode 6: Ordeal by Fire
Wednesday, May 30 at 8:30 p.m.

Episode 7: Daughters of the Regiment
Wednesday, May 30 at 9:25 p.m.

Episode 8: The Day of the Scorpion
Wednesday, May 30 at 10:20 p.m.

Episode 9: The Towers of Silence
Wednesday, June 6 at 9 p.m.

Episode 10: An Evening at the Maharanee’s
Wednesday, June 6 at 9:55 p.m.

Episode 11: Traveling Companions
Wednesday, June 13 at 9 p.m.

Episode 12: The Moghul Room
Wednesday, June 13 at 9:55 p.m.

Episode 13: Pandora’s Box
Wednesday, June 20 at 9 p.m.

Episode 14: The Division of the Spoils
Wednesday, June 20 at 9:55 p.m.

Highlights May 6 to May 12

KLRU Highlights

The closing of a nearby maternity home brings an influx of expectant mothers to the Nonnatus midwives on Call the Midwife at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Sara’s scandalous past is revealed and Marion, a pediatric cancer nurse, joins the list of suspects on Unforgotten Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 2 at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Caroline is relieved to find that Greg is a natural with Flora and a positive influence on Lawrence on Last Tango In Halifax at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Travel back to 1914 when Chicago’s skyscrapers and poets were defining modernist reach. Can a building, as Carl Sandburg asserts, have a “soul”? on Poetry In America at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Go inside the 2016 standoff at Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge between anti-government protestors and federal authorities on Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Monday.

Wilma Mankiller, the first womon elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, was a woman who defied all odds to make a difference on Mankiller at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

See how advances in seafaring and a thirst for trade and exploration sent humans around the planet, starting a great interface on Civilizations at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Middle East, birthplace of civilization, is the site of the world’s first towns and inventions, from Turkey to Iraq on First Civilizations at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Secret footage going back years shows the effort to kill and expel Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar on Frontline at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Getting ahead in the mating game requires some astonishing behavior on Nature Natural Born Rebels: The Mating Game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Discover the next generation of telescopes, probes and robots that are getting us one step closer to answering: Are we alone? on NOVA at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigate how rocks and minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life on NOVA at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Relish an hour with best-selling pop sensation Ed Sheeran on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

Hear how Keenen Ivory Wayans created the groundbreaking, Emmy-winning In Living Color life on On Story at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday features Bill De Blasio, 109th Mayor of New York City.

SciTech Now captures the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation. Explore the state-of-the-art ocean simulation lab at San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Chet visits the “Cowboy Capital of the World” on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Andrew Rannells, known for his Grammy-winning turn in The Book of Mormon and as Elijah on Girls, shows off his talents on Live from Lincoln Center at 8 p.m. Friday.

Immerse yourself in this revolutionary performance that fuses classical music with classic rock on Rocktopia: Live in Budapest at 9 p.m. Friday.

Discover the best views in the state, as Branndon and Greg climb the tallest point in Texas on Highpointers with The Bargo Brothers at 11 p.m. Friday.

Discover easy, organic techniques to handle heat, pests, and plant care in the heat on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Rock out with British sensation Florence + The Machine and get inspired with Andra Day’s soulful set on on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Relax into your weekend with four hours of delightful British drama and mystery starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

KLRU’s 5 Day Online Drive Starts June 4!

Save the Date! June 4 – June 8

KLRU’s Online Only Drive is coming up and it’s extra wonderful for two important reasons:

1. No on-air interruption during programming: Online Only.
2. It’s zippy! You help us raise $100K in just FIVE days!

Innovative fundraising like this requires YOUR engagement. Keeping pledge drives short without cutting into programming is what viewers request from us and we like it better this way too! But it only works when Central Texans like YOU stand up for Austin’s unique, award-winning media space and make a gift to your only community-supported public television station.

KLRU is home to the highest quality educational content, trusted public affairs programming and inspiring art and culture. Mark your calendars for June 4-8, and together we’ll make sure that this important resource remains strong.Thanks neighbor!

City Manager Invites Community Input on Brian Manley as Lead Candidate for Permanent Chief of Police

KLRU featured event

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has named Brian Manley as the finalist for the role of permanent chief of the Austin Police Department.

Cronk announced plans for a robust engagement process to give Interim Chief Manley the opportunity to set out his vision for leading and transforming public safety in Austin. At the end of this period, Cronk will decide whether or not it will be necessary to widen the pool of candidates through a national search.

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with members of the community about the appointment of a permanent Police Chief, including meetings with a number of community leaders,” said Cronk. “Guided by those conversations, along with my own observations and feedback from Council, I feel that the best path forward is to provide Interim Chief Brian Manley with an opportunity to fully share his vision for the department and engage with the community as our candidate for permanent appointment.

“There are several key characteristics I’m looking for in my executive appointments – a focus on partnerships, a commitment to community involvement, and a positive and innovative view toward the future. I believe that Manley embodies these characteristics.”

Manley was appointed Interim Chief of Austin Police in December 2016 and has served his entire law enforcement career – spanning almost three decades – with the Austin Police Department. He was named APD’s Chief of Staff in January 2015 after serving as an Assistant Chief for three years.

Over the coming weeks Manley will take part in a number of community events, meetings and panel interviews, to give as many residents as possible the opportunity to listen to what he has to say, and to weigh in with their views. Community members can share their thoughts about the key characteristics and areas of focus a new Chief of Police should have using a number of options:
Online at speakupaustin.org/OurNextChief
Via text by sending the word “Chief” to 512-580-8850
By email at OurNextChief@austintexas.gov
Via phone by calling 3-1-1 (language services available)
The information gathered will be used to help inform the interview process, and to provide the City Manager with feedback about the community’s public safety priorities.

There will also be two open community forums with Interim Chief Manley, co-hosted by the City of Austin and KLRU:
Monday, May 7, 6-7:30 p.m. – Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr., 78724
Thursday, May 17, 7-8:30 p.m. – KLRU Studio, 2504 Whitis Ave. B, 78712

“I want this process to be open and transparent,” said Cronk. “I am confident that by taking some additional time, Austin will benefit in the long run and we will get the very best candidate for the job.”

KLRU Educational Services receives $15K from United Way for Greater Austin

KLRU is thrilled to announce a grant of $15,000 from the United Way for Greater Austin that will allow KLRU Educational Services to continue to play an on-the-ground role serving low-income families with young children in Travis County. Several projects will benefit from this infusion of funds, including implementation of the KLRU & UWATX-designed Play to Learn  curriculum for families and children ages 2-4. In this 10-week workshop series, adults learn to engage in fun, age-appropriate activities that contribute to school readiness, including smart uses of digital media. Each week, families take home materials and books for continuing the engagement at home and at the end of the series, each family takes home a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad loaded with educational apps. In addition, the funds will support promotion of Bright By Text, the free local messaging services (in English and Spanish) for parents of kids ages 0-8 that provides tips for raising kids, building school readiness, and accessing local resources.

In Travis County, 42 percent of all children under six years of age are living in low-income families. That’s almost 40,000 children who wake up each morning in homes where economic insecurity can force families to choose between paying their ever-rising rent or purchasing groceries. Outreach like Play to Learn and Bright By Text can provide families resources and opportunities that may be hard to acquire on their own.

The United Way for Greater Austin Community Investment Grants are made possible by the contributions of thousands of community investors through United Way employee giving campaigns each year. Many volunteer reviewers also gave through their company campaign.

For more information on the UWATX, click here.

Q Night at the Movies features Singin’ in the Rain 5/05

Q Night at the Movies presents the beloved musical and romantic comedy Singin’ in the Rain. We’ll also delve into the math and language hurdles addressed in the film Arrival, along with how such a “hard sci-fi” book was finally turned into a successful film. Plus catch Richard Glazier’s unique perspective on the music of stage and screen. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

Science Goes To The Movies Math and Language at 7 p.m.
What is the cornerstone of civilization? Math? Or Language? A linguist and an astrophysicist throw down with a look at the movie Arrival. With Emily Rice and William Haddican.

On Story Script to Screen: Arrival at 7:30 p.m.
Once considered “unfilmable,” the movie Arrival scored big at the box office. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer talks about his long road selling Hollywood on his adaptation of the short story by Ted Chiang, working with director Denis Villeneuve and the challenges of writing a cerebral sci-fi story about love and loss.

Feature Film Singin’ in the Rain at 8 p.m.
This legendary musical showcases Gene Kelly as a silent-film star. He’s in love with a chorus girl (Debbie Reynolds) who dubs his squeaky-voiced co-star in a 1927 Hollywood talkie.

From Broadway to Hollywood with Richard Glazier at 9:45 p.m.
Join pianist and historian Richard Glazier for his view of Broadway and Hollywood through music. Weaving together interviews, piano performances and commentary, Glazier explores the history of the great music that has been written for Broadway musicals and Hollywood film and television.

Arts In Context discovers why artists fell in love with art in the first place!

When did you first realize you were an artist? Were you born an artist, or did you discover it later in life? We asked a bunch of Arts in Context alumni these questions and compiled the best answers into this video. These inspiring stories will help any artist remember why they fell in love with art in the first place!