In the Studio: Lizz Winstead tapes Overheard 9/16

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Lizz Winstead on September 16 at 11am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:30am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

lizz winsteadLizz Winstead is co-creator, a former writer and a former correspondent for The Daily Show. She also co-founded Air America Radio. Winstead is now well known as one of the country’s top political satirists. Her writing can be found in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post and in her 2012 book, Lizz Free or Die. Winstead is in Austin to keynote Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ 2014 Austin Annual Dinner.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Lizz Winstead. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Basetrack discount

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Our friends at Texas Performing Arts are pleased to present the world premiere engagement of BASETRACK, a gripping theatrical production that confronts the complex truths and ambiguities of the modern military experience. The event takes place September 11-13 at 8 pm at the McCullough Theatre. Live music, film and a cascade of images from independent photojournalists in Afghanistan punctuate a performance drawn from genuine social media exchanges and interviews, immersing audiences in the experiences of contemporary military service personnel and their families. KLRU Members receive 15% OFF on Friday and Saturday night tickets! Visit bit.ly/BASETRACK and enter the code MARINES for the discount.

In the Studio: Mark Bittman & Lawrence Wright tape Overheard 9/12

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for interviews with Mark Bittman & Lawrence Wright on September 12 in KLRU’s Studio 6A. One RSVP will grant you admission to both tapings. RSVP now

4:45 pm Mark Bittman (doors at 4:15pm)
5:45 pm Lawrence Wright (doors as soon as Bittman interview is complete)
Audience members are welcome to stay in their seats after the Bittman taping if they plan to attend the taping with Lawrence Wright. 

BittmanCreditSallySteinMark Bittman is an opinion columnist and lead food writer for The New York Times. His “Minimalist” column ran in the Times’ Dining section for more than 13 years. He’s written two books, the best-selling How to Cook Everything and the groundbreaking VB6: Eat Vegan Before6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good, which introduced Americans to the Flexitarian diet. His newest book, How to Cook Everything Fast, is out October 7. Bittman is in Austin to speak at the Food + Health 2014 conference.

LW credit Kenny BraunLawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker. His newest book, out September 16, is Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, a day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David Accords. Wright won the Pulitzer in 2007 for his book Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. He last taped Overheard in January 2013 to discuss his best-seller, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at theses tapings with Mark Bittman and Lawrence Wright. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

KLRU NewsBriefs: Education Advocates Focus on Attendance, UT Program Supports Financially Independent Students

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The school year is now in full swing, and we have two education stories during PBS NewsHour this weekend to help ease you into things.

On Saturday, we hear from AISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz about why attendance is one of the district’s top priorities.

“We can tell from early on, as early as 5th grade, we can look at if a student is meeting promotion standards, if the student has a good attendance record and if a student is passing all of his or her classes,” Dr. Cruz said. “If that’s not happening, there’s a student who is at risk of not graduating on time with his or her class. [Our first step is] an immediate conversation with the parents to see what we can do to help out the student and the family.”

On Sunday, we hear about Horns Helping Horns, a group from New Student Services on the UT campus which offers emotional and financial support to students who are not receiving any financial help from family.

“I think students have challenges no matter what their background is and I think our students and our community a lot of times because they don’t have that emotional and financial support are dealing with a lot more stuff,” Esmer Bedia, the Horns Helping Horns Coordinator said. “But, the majority of our students are succeeding and graduating and I think that’s because we’re telling them, ya’ll can do it, you will do it and they do succeed.”

KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Saturday and Sunday evening at 6:30. 

 

 

 

Q Night at the Movies 9/6

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Stay in and snuggle up this Saturday with our weekly movie night only on KLRU Q!

First, the Hollywood review show Just Seen It airs at 7 p.m. Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story, Austin Film Festival’s original series, investigates the challenges of recreating a real story on film with the episode 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.

The action continues with our feature film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot at 8! A young drifter (Jeff Bridges) joins a Montana preacher (Clint Eastwood) in a repeat of another robbery.

Don’t miss our night at the movies only on KLRU Q!
KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Science Night 9/10

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation at 7 pm
Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.

Nova Vaccines: Calling The Shots at 8 pm
Diseases that were largely eradicated 40 years ago are returning. How do parents decide whether to vaccinate or not, and what are the risks to the child and to society? Featuring research scientists, pediatricians, psychologists, anthropologists, and parents, this program travels the globe to look at the science behind vaccinations, track epidemics, and investigate the serious human costs of opting out.

Operation Maneter Crocodile at 9 pm
Mark Evans travels to Namibia’s Chobe River, a place that’s known as the croc attack capital of the world. To find a way to keep both people and crocodiles safe, Mark joins leading croc experts Rom Whitaker and Dr Patrick Aust to carry out a radical new experiment.

 

Highlights Sept. 7-13

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From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London scene, the emblems of British democracy and history. Learn the stories behind these icons on Secrets of Westminster at 7 pm Sunday.

POV at 9 pm Monday presents an emotionally complex story about one family’s struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer’s disease on The Genius of Marian.

From the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday follows health officials tracking the deadly disease and trying to stop its rampant spread.

SXSW Flashback 2014 at 10:30 pm Tuesday presents highlights from SXSW including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more. Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear.

Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar on Earthflight, a Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.

Diseases that were largely eradicated 40 years ago are returning. Nova at 8 pm Wednesday travels the globe to look at the science behind vaccinations, track epidemics, and investigate the serious human costs of opting out.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann talks about her career in music on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles an Austin group that uses puppetry and physical theater to address the impact of climate change on traditional farming societies around the world on Tiny Puppets.

Chet heads to Orange to explore the swamps and waterways of this town on the Louisiana border on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty at 8 pm Friday examines the life and career of the man best known for the painting ”Whistler’s Mother.”

Who influenced your garden design? See how our Spanish and Mexican melting pot impacts us today on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit an historic home where a walled Mission-style garden features a central aqueduct.

Great Performances at 7pm Saturday presents a star-studded celebration of the 200th anniversary of the penning of the country’s national anthem.

 

 

In the Studio: Ian McEwan tapes Overheard 9/9

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ian McEwan on September 9 at 2 pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 1:30pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed, highly distinguished author, whose thirteenth book, The Children Act, is out this month. McEwan has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites. He has been a contender for the Man Booker Prize many times, winning it in 1998 for his novel Amsterdam. He wrote Atonement, which received the WH Smith Literary Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award, and was later made into an Oscar-winning film. The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas recently acquired McEwan’s archive. He is in Austin for the first American reading of The Children Act on September 10 at the Ransom Center, and part of his archive will be on view in the Ransom Center’s lobby from September 9 to September 25.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Ian McEwan. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

Civic Summit: Mayoral Candidate Forum is now online

Austin voters will elect 10 council members in November from 10 new geographic districts. They’ll also elect a new mayor who will be the only person on the dais tasked with governing the city as a whole. On Wednesday, August 27, KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute hosted the first televised mayoral debate of the election cycle.

Steve Adler, Sheryl Cole, Mike Martinez, Todd Phelps and Randall Stephens answered questions from moderator Jennifer Stayton, host of Morning Edition on KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station. Most of the conversation centered around transportation as well as how the mayoral candidates plan to manage a larger, more diverse City Council.

Watch the video above to hear each candidate’s plan to move Austin forward. Election Day is November 4.