Q Night at the Movies 10/3

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week, Q Night at the Movies tries to beat the heat – law enforcement, that is – with a night of crime. Learn how crime influenced Lemon Andersen’s poetry in an episode of Voces before diving into the world of director Jonathon Demme. Demme and Paul Thomas Anderson discuss creativity in On Story before a showing of Demme’s 1988 crime comedy “Married to the Mob.” The night wraps up with “Beat the Devil,” John Huston’s 1953 spoof of “The Maltese Falcon.”

Voces on PBS Lemon at 6:30 p.m. This documentary profiles three-time felon, one-time Tony Award-winner Lemon Andersen, an acclaimed Puerto Rican American poet who broke out on Broadway in Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam. Lemon’s life personalizes the anguish of men, clinging to the margins of society, but fighting for something more.

On Story A Conversation with Jonathan Demme & Paul Thomas Anderson Part 2 at 7:30 p.m. In this second On Story installation featuring Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Demme, the duo look back on the vision, style, influences, and creative passion for Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Stop Making Sense,” “Rachel Getting Married” and “Something Wild.”

Married to the Mob at 8 p.m. An FBI agent (Matthew Modine) gets close to a gangster’s widow (Michelle Pfeiffer) in order to nab a crime boss (Dean Stockwell).

Beat the Devil at 9:35 p.m. On their way to Africa are a group of rogues (including Humphrey Bogart) who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen…

KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Teacher Tools in PBS LearningMedia!


PBS LearningMedia teacher tools also known as “Productivity Tools” are helping educators integrate digital media into learning by creating personalized learning experiences for students. Included in these teacher tools are the Lesson Builder, Quiz Maker, Storyboard, and Puzzle Builder.  Use these tools to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom.

How Teachers Use Tools to Engage with Students

  1. Lesson Builder- A fast way to create and assign interactive lesson plans for students.
  2. Quiz Maker-  Create quizzes and quick assessments.
  3. Storyboards-  Illustrate a concept or topic through a collection of PBS videos, your own uploaded videos,  text and images. Also create a class storyboard or assign students the task of creating a storyboard.
  4. Puzzle Builder- Create puzzles including both crossword puzzles and word searches.

Share Content You Have Created

With PBS LearningMedia, share content on the site in just a few easy steps. The lessons and storyboards that educators create and make public are now searchable and can be found by performing a keyword search and using the search bar.  Click the “Include Teacher-Built Resources” checkbox at the top of the search results in order to display all shared lessons and storyboards.

Storyboard and Lesson Examples

  1.  Hummingbird Super Powers! A storyboard about hummingbirds, featuring videos and fun facts for students.
  2. Shaking Things Up: A storyboard about earthquakes with videos and room for facts!
  3. Cubes: A storyboard with videos and examples of cubes.
  4. Ocean Life: A storyboard filled with marine life fun facts and videos.
  5. Digital and Mobile Art: A storyboard filled with videos from a KQED curated collection that provides background information about digital artists and highlights art made using apps, computer graphics and other digital tools.

Register for a free PBS LearningMedia account to quickly create your own media rich lessons and storyboards with PBS LearningMedia tools for teachers. 

(with permission from KQED)

October 2015 Family Choice


KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In September 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, October 7 at 7 pm: NATURE: Big Birds Can’t Fly
This is the unique story of flightless birds. They say a bird is three things — feathers, flight and song. But what happens when you’re a bird who can’t fly, who can’t sing and whose feathers are closer to fluff? Is this an evolutionary joke?

Pets - Wild at Heart.  Episode 1 - Playful Creatures.

Wednesday, October 21 at 7 pm: NATURE: Pets: Wild at Heart
(part one of a two-part miniseries)
Episode 1: Playful Creatures
In this astonishing program filled with innovative photography and scientific revelation, we investigate how our favorite pets get in touch with their wild side through play. From talkative budgies, marathon-running hamsters, wall-climbing cats and diving dogs, as well as an island where rabbits rule and a city where dogs live a secret double life – discover how our pets’ playful games are just a whisker away from the wild.

Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm: NATURE: Pets: Wild at Heart
(part two of a two-part miniseries)
Episode 2: Secretive Creatures
In a program packed with incredible filming techniques, from Schlieren photography that makes smells visible, to moving X-rays, ultra slow-motion, and ultraviolet vision as well as HD horsecams and doggycams, discover how our pets experience the world through their astonishing senses and hidden channels of communication. This episode includes the sensory secrets of budgies, horses, guinea pigs and goldfish as well as the remarkable abilities of hamsters…

Pathways to success lead to high school graduation


The road to success is paved differently for everyone – but an avenue to success is still an avenue to success. KLRU supports all pathways to educational success, one of the fundamental pillars of American Graduate initiative.

Our partners at Changing Expectations provides K-12 and higher education STEM learning opportunities. Get information on how to volunteer to help.

Here are videos showcasing pathways to success throughout the Austin community:

At Graduation Goodwill Students Set Example for Others

Ann Richards Students Learn Science in the Garden

ACC Graduates First Class from Early College Program

College Bound Seniors Celebrate College Signing Day

Academia Cuauhtli Works to Bridge History with Language

Social and Emotional Learning By the Brush Stroke

McCallum Music Progam Gets Grammy Nod

UT Working to Help Low-Income Students Graduate

High Schoolers to Earn Associates Degree from ACC

Goodwill Charter Schools Offer Second Chance

AISD Awards Belated Diplomas to War Veterans

TX Veterans Commision Encourages Veterans to go to College

Special Ed Career School Provides Pathway After Graduation

Minors playing in E minor: Juvenile Justice Center Residents Learn the Art of Classical Guitar

See the full story here.

Arts In Contexts Shorts: Barrio Writers

See the full story here.

An Eastside Education

See the full piece here.

Learn about combating the dropout rate with this video from KLRU’s American Graduate Day 2014:

Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director of E3 Alliance, Dr. Phillip Eaglin, Founder and CEO of Changing Expectations, and Rocky Zepeda, Del Valle District Coordinator For At Risk Student Services, District Homeless Liaison and Foster Care Liaison discuss ways to make the extra effort to engage students and helping kids out early on in order to reduce the growing dropout rate in America.


Caring, consistent adults key to child success


Adults make a world of difference to a child’s educational achievement, and the greatest difference comes from adults who are both caring and consistent in their learners’ lives. KLRU supports their #AmGradTX champions, part of the American Graduate Day initiative.

Our partner organizations Breakthrough Austin and CARY (Council on At-Risk Youth) can provide information on how you can sign up to be a mentor.

Find the full list of KLRU’s American Graduate champions here. Below, look through personal stories of several champions:

Alison Rich is a University of Texas Student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is a Robotics Mentor The Lady Cans, an all girls robotics team located in the greater Austin area.

A’lexus Robinson is a Junior at Eastside Memorial High School. Her American Graduate Champion is Gabriel Estrada. Mr. Gabriel, as she calls him, is Youth and Community Facilitator for Austin Voices for Education and Youth.

Christian Palacios is a Senior at McCallum Fine Arts Academy. His American Graduate Champion is Joshua Moreno. Mr. Moreno was his 7th grade math teacher.

Learn about mentorship and the importance of caring adults with videos from KLRU’s American Graduate Day 2014:

Kevin Brackmeyer, Superintendent of Manor ISD, Mary Libby, former president of the Texas Counseling Association and currently a counselor at John Jay HS in San Antonio, and Alfonso Longoria, Football Coach at McNeil HS in Round Rock ISD and formerly an assistant principal in Leander ISD talk about the importance of relationship building between students and the community of adults around them.

Brackmeyer, Libby and Longoria talk about how anyone in the community can become a mentor to a student and how these relationships can help students succeed academically.

Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director of E3 Alliance, Dr. Phillip Eaglin, Founder and CEO of Changing Expectations, and Rocky Zepeda, Del Valle District Coordinator For At Risk Student Services, District Homeless Liaison and Foster Care Liaison discuss ways peers can become mentors to students at risk for dropping out and why everyone is a stakeholder in these kids’ lives.

Key Richardson, Program Director of CASA of Travis County, Tanya Brown, Executive Director of Special Education for AISD, and Angie Tyler, Supervisor of Family & Juvenile Transition Services for The Arc of the Capital Area discuss what each of their individual organizations do to promote education for special needs children and finding out what their needs are.


Early education sets standard for success


Early education is a key to creating a lifelong dedication to knowledge. KLRU supports community efforts to encourage early childhood education, one of the tenets of American Graduate Day.

Here are videos showcasing Austin’s efforts to provide early education for all:

AISD & COA Promote Free Pre-K for Qualified Families

Children’s Museum Offers Bilingual Education Storytime

Summer Lunch Programs Help Refugee Children Learn

Combating “Summer Brain Drain” in Low Income Students

After School Program Teaches English Through Dance

St. Elmo Program Helps Students from Pre K to College

Additional resources to help address early education needs:


Play To Learn

Smart Screen Time (English)

Smart Screen Time (Spanish)

Communities in Schools 

United Way 

American Graduate Day is Saturday, Oct. 3.

Short film highlighting Bruce Jackson’s prison farm photography coming to KLRU

A new short film from director Deborah S. Esquenazi highlights Bruce Jackson’s visits to 1960s “prison farms” in Texas. Jackson, a renowned folklorist, documentarian and photographer, was one of few documentarians to have received unprecedented access to the southern prison farms, which were modeled after the American slave plantation and occupied lands that plantations stood on before the Civil War. Jackson studied black convict work songs and folk culture, highlighting the parallels between slave plantations and these now-vanished prison farms.

WAKE*UP, DEAD MEN: A Retrospective of Bruce Jackson’s Prison Farm Photography, 1965-1975, coming to KLRU on Oct. 1, showcases Jackson’s photography tracing the roots of the prison farm into today’s massive prison system and industrial prison complexes. The film will be available online through March 2016.

Photo courtesy Deb Esquenazi

Photo courtesy Deb Esquenazi

Deborah S. Esquenazi is an Austin-based documentary film and radio producer, instructor, and video artist. She was a Sundance Documentary Film Fellow at the Sundance Festival in 2014, and Sundance Creative Producing Fellow in 2015. She is currently working on a documentary about the San Antonio Four, four women who were convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls but were later released from prison and are still fighting for full exoneration today. Visit  Esquenazi’s website for details on this upcoming project and her other work.

Indie Lens Pop-Up Stray Dog 10/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Stray Dog. This free event takes place Tuesday, Oct. 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.


From the director of the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran. There’s much more to Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall than meets the eye; behind the tattoos and leather vest is a man dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family as he also comes to terms with his combat experience.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

And the ACL All Access winner is…


Nancy G. of Austin, Texas!

Congratulations to Nancy, who will kick-off this week with a month filled with everything Austin City Limits. Thank you to everyone who entered the raffle for your support of KLRU. We hope to bring it back again to you next August.

If you just can’t wait, keep an eye out for our Big Deal raffle in November. At only $25 per ticket, his lucky raffle winner gains access to all the biggest and best events in Austin throughout the year!