Castle Builders on KLRU Q 7/21

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How were machines and men organized to create such colossal fortifications? Using CGI and dramatic reconstructions, Castle Builders is the story of the architectural vision behind the building of the great Medieval Castles of Europe, and unearths the human story of those who labored to build them.

Join KLRU Q for three back-to-back episodes of Castle Builders on July 21st!

Castle BuildersMasters & Masons: Meet The Castle Builders‘ – airs at 8 pm 

The masons and laborers who did the hard work; the geniuses of design and structural engineering who imagined these medieval mega-structures; and the kings and barons who commissioned them. This episode outlines how the history of the Middle Ages – Wars in France and England, the Inquisition and the Reformation, required and shaped these monuments in stone, and how the castles changed the course of that history.

Castle BuildersSiege & Storm‘ – airs at 8:50 pm

This is the story of castles under attack. The Medieval journey from bows and arrows to gunpowder, with developments like trebuchet and cannon, meant engineers were always making advancements in defense construction. By the late Middle Ages, the military importance of castles was decreasing, as artillery power became unstoppable. The castle builders had created structures that were amazingly effective even in this new age of shock and awe.

Castle BuildersDreams & Decorations‘ – airs at 9:40 pm

Increasingly the role of castles changed from being military fortresses to becoming places of symbolism and fantasy. This episode visits the elegant 15th-century apartment block that is Burg Eltz, the Disney-esque chateaux of the Loire in France, and concludes with the 19th Century Gothic Revival reconstruction of Cardiff Castle.

Watch now: Munich ’72 and Beyond

As the nations prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, KLRU is taking the time to recognize the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics with a new documentary, Munich ’72 and Beyond.

Forty-three years ago on Sept. 5, terrorists took 11 Olympic athletes hostage at the Munich Olympics, also know as Germany’s “Happy Games,” which resulted in the massacre of all 11 Israeli athletes and one German policeman. The “Munich Massacre” quickly became a historical turning point for the Olympics, terrorism and an international audience tuned into the first international broadcast of the games.

Munich ’72 and Beyond covers chilling detail of the tragedy, its aftermath and its relevance. New evidence and never-before-seen photographs will be presented and the continuous struggle for public remembrance will be explained.

Before the release of the film, Munich ’72 and Beyond had caught the attention of The New York Times, NPR and individuals from around the world.




Now available: Updated PBS Video Roku channel


Missed your favorite PBS show? Don’t fuss. You can now catch PBS videos on an updated version of our Roku channel.

Along with an improved user interface, the latest Roku release includes Passport. Passport, a members-only streaming service, aims to deliver station donors with an upgraded viewing experience. The new PBS Video Roku channel contains about 1,000 PBS programs including the entire Downton Abbey series.

All Passport videos are available in lists and search when localized to supported stations. Non-Passport members are shown an upsell when attempting to play Passport videos.unnamed-2

In addition, the update includes improved navigation that allows for a fluid movement across the screen. A simplified UI is in place to make finding content and station info easier.


Five documentaries to watch before they expire


With all the great content out there, it can be hard to pick and choose what to watch. But these five documentaries set to expire soon, you have to watch them before they’re gone.

Avant | Expires 7/27/2016

From Global Voices, this documentary focuses on a forgotten national ballet company that is performing in a half-finished theater. The company is shaken into life by the arrival of Julio Bocca, a retired ballet dancer considered one of the best of all time.

Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) | Expires 7/27/2010

In this documentary from POV, follow Angy Rivera who has lived in the United States since she was four with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views.

Welcome to Leith | Expires 8/01/2016

What would you do if an extreme white supremacist moved into your neighborhood and wanted to take over?  Independent Lens’ “Welcome to Leith” chronicles the attempted takeover of a small North Dakota town by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor.

City of Trees | Expires 8/02/2016

From America Reframed, this is a personal story about the struggle to achieve social, economic and environmental change during the worst recession in a generation capturing the tension-filled last six months of a two-year grant cycle for Washington D.C.’s nonprofit organization Washington Parks & People, and the close-out of a $2.7 million stimulus grant.

Dog town Redemption | Expires 8/15/2016

This documentary from Independent Lens explores the complex dynamics of race, class, and systemic poverty as it tells the story of four recyclers in Oakland who struggle to survive by digging in the trash to see if they can find material to sell.

This documentary from Independent Lens explores the complex dynamics of race, class, and systemic poverty as it tells the story of four recyclers in Oakland who struggle to survive by digging in the trash to see if they can find material to sell.

Science Wednesday: Bumblebees buzzing is ‘the key to a lock’


Walk past a garden and you might hear a bumblebee buzzing nearby from flower to flower. This helps pollinate flowers, but did you know bumblebees are part of an exclusive club that gives them access to pollen from certain types of flowers?

Most flowers have easy access to pollen, with a sugary nectar that attracts bees. Bees get covered in pollen and transfer it to other flowers, which helps them reproduce. However, there are types of flowers that don’t offer nectar. The only way for bumblebees to get pollen from these flowers is by vibrating their wings. This shakes the bumblebees entire bodies and causes the pollen to fall out.

While this might be more work intensive for bumblebees, when they go to one of these flowers the chances of finding food are higher than with the flowers that don’t require buzz pollination because the other bees don’t know what to do.

“Buzz pollination is more like a private club. By only permitting pollinators that know the secret knock, the flower ups the chances that its pollen will end up on flowers from the same club, the same species.”

This video from PBS Digital Studios and KQED’s “Deep Look” explores the beauty of buzz pollination in bumblebees.

You can find an in-depth article on this phenomenon on the PBS Newshour website.

KLRU Summer Garage Sale 8/1


Everyone loves garages sales, right? T-shirts, books and many more surprises will be up for grabs on August 1 at KLRU’s Summer Garage Sale.

Join KLRU from 6-8 pm in our legendary Studio 6A. There will be CDs, DVDs and some vinyl and VHS of classic Austin City Limits performances and other KLRU productions starting at $2!

This special event will feature a silent auction of classic 80s and 90s amplifiers from our KLRU backline. Take a piece of Austin music history home with you or to play in your own garage band.

It wouldn’t be Studio 6A without music- Austin’s very own Stovetop Rangers will be “playing the old time tunes of old time America” throughout the evening.


Arts In Context Shorts Puro Chingón

AICS PURO CHINGON GROUP-2Three Austin, Latino artists: Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi, James Huizar and Claudia Zapata are changing the tradition of art through experience and happenings, not just art.

In 2012, The Puro Chingón Collective was born, which set off to break the traditional art space and aimed it towards the exterior of the art space, resulting in connectivity among the art and bystanders. The collective is a Latino art trifecta specializing in happenings, the activation of nontraditional spaces, designer toys and art zines. Ultimately, the art work goes untouched from the artist to the public and illustrates that people are not alone in their thoughts.




The 27 Club: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios


There’s a lot of things to be thankful for, but one thing we can all be grateful for is great music. Sadly, some of the most profound musicians of the 20th Century died at the age of 27 which has encouraged mythologizing on what actually happened. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at the age of 27 between 1969 and 1971. At that time, the deaths of these talented musicians did give rise to some speculation, but it wasn’t until  Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994 that the idea of a ’27 Club’ hit the mainstream.

This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’Blank on Blank,’ will take you into lost interviews with Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison and Cobain.

Jimi Hendrix on The Experience – Blank on Blank

Today’s rockers will probably tell you Jimi Hendrix was huge influence on their music and we can’t blame them. Hendrix, American rock guitarist, singer-songwriter, is regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists of all time and is still celebrated by music-goers today. On this episode of Blank on Blank, you will listen to Hendrix’s last interview, one week before his on September 18, 1970.

Janis Joplin on Rejection – Blank on Blank

Up until Janis Joplin rose to fame in 1967, the music industry was predominantly owned by men. Joplin is now considered the premier female blues musician of the 1960s, with a powerful, raw and emotional stage presence it’s easy to see why she still holds this title. However, the negative opinions from others deeply affected Joplin in a way we had no idea about. In this Blank on Blank video, you will see a different side of Joplin in her last interview before her death on October 4, 1970.

Jim Morrison on Why Fat is BeautifulBlank on Blank

Today’s society has engraved in us that being overweight is looked down upon by the public. Everywhere you turn celebrities and models show off their beach-ready bodies, but Jim Morrison has something to say about that. Frontman of the American rock band, The Doors, opens up in this interview about his personal experience with weight gain and his view on it.

Kurt Cobain on Identity – Blank on Blank

When you think of the 1990s one face comes to mind: Kurt Cobain. Lead singer of American punk band, Nirvana, Cobain was – and is- the spokesperson for every teenager that doesn’t feel accepted by society. Often, he was the outcast at school and found a way to release himself through punk music – which portrayed how he felt socially and politically. In this interview, you will learn how Cobain felt towards his own identity and how he dealt with it.


ATX Together: Why local public television matters


One week ago, KLRU hosted the ATX Together civic summit where hundreds of community members gathered to take part in a discussion over civil rights issues in Austin. According to a column in the Austin American-Statesman by James Barragan “this was a conversation that needed to happen.” It took place four days after the killings of five law enforcement officers in Dallas, which happened just days after the shootings of two black men at the hands of police. Yesterday, less than a week after the forum, another shooting happened in Baton Rouge, La.

While those things may appear to be relatively distant, they also happen on our streets.

In his column, Barragan points out the case of David Joseph, a 17-year-old black male, who was killed by an Austin police officer in February. He followed this by saying that “what we haven’t had are the difficult conversations about why this continues to happen in our country and, closer to home, our city.”

Monday night’s forum in KLRU’s Studio 6A was the first step to bring these conversations to the surface in our community, that many community members clearly “want to have.”

“While not perfect, it was the most honest and raw discussion on the topic of race that I’ve seen in the two years I’ve been in Austin,” Barragan said in his column.

The forum opened up a place for community members to voice their concerns and a platform to make a commitment to bring ATX Together.

Barragan continued on to say that, “that’s the power of local public television (and public radio for that matter — KUT carried the conversation live on its station): bringing concerned people together to tackle an issue.”

You can find the full column on the Statesman website.

If you want to participate in this discussion, KLRU has created an Facebook group for community members to keep the conversation going. You can also use the hashtag #ATXTogether on Twitter.