Sesame Street “Here For Each Other” kits go to APD’s Blue Santa

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, KLRU asked for and received 300 Sesame Street “Here For Each Other” kits, which use video, a picture book, and a discussion guide to help families guide young children through their thoughts and feelings after a natural disaster. KLRU in turned passed along the kits to the Austin Police Department’s Blue Santa to be distributed among families in Austin and in neighboring regions.

 

Lanier HS NewsHour Reporting Lab shoots a spot with tennis legend Andy Roddick

On Tuesday, September 12, members of the Lanier High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab, led by newly named Texas Teacher of the Year Tara Bourdeaux, met Andy Roddick to film his take on mentoring and his involvement with Austin youth through the Andy Roddick Foundation. The result of the interview will become a 90 second spot to promote the October 14 American Graduate Day broadcast and to support mentoring as a vital community activity. Andy now gets to call himself an American Graduate Champion alongside his many other victories!

 

Highlights Sept. 17-23

KLRU Highlights

In an immersive narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film. The Vietnam War airing Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 pm features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Watch an encore on KLRU Q each evening after the episode finishes airing on KLRU.

Aidan Turner stars as Ross Poldark at 8:30 pm Sunday, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after battle to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined and his true love is engaged to another.  KLRU presents an encore of season 2 of Poldark before season 3 begins on Oct. 1st.

KLRU’s Decibel team talks with filmmaker Ken Burns about the making the epic Vietnam War documentary and profiles local veterans who served at 8:30 pm Monday.

Central Texans share their experiences during the Vietnam War on Austin Revealed Stories From Vietnam at 9 pm Tuesday.

Using the experiences and issues of the Vietnam War, teens and boomers discuss the role of citizenship and service both then and now on ATX Together: Lessons From Vietnam at 9 pm Wednesday and 9:30 pm Friday.

Chet heads to the Texas border to sample the Tex Mex culture in Laredo on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class on On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam at 8 pm Friday.

Warm up winter recipes with easy-growing herbs and see how specialty, tasty mushrooms grow on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

New episode of Living Springs debuts 9/14

On Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 pm the newest episode  of the Living Springs series will debut on KLRU. The program includes our “fresh off the editing bay,” Wildlands, a 22-minute piece that showcases Austin’s water quality protection lands.

Did you know that Austin manages 26,000 acres that have been purchased by voters
through open space bonds to protect the aquifer? Learn about the myriad benefits of preserving our aquifer lands. This piece features amazing drone footage by Jared Tennant and Nelson Guda, and original music by composer Graham Reynolds.

In addition, the show features the debut of the short “More a State Than a Place,” a nostalgic look at Barton Springs through the eyes of Beverly Sheffield, who was Austin Parks and Recreation Director from 1934 to 1974. The video features a 1992 interview with Sheffield conducted by Dean Rindy of Rindy Miller Media as well as film footage from the Austin History Center and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.

Additional air dates for episode include Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10:38 pm; Sunday, Sept 17
at 5:00 pm; Monday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 am; Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 pm; Monday, Sept. 25 at 1:30 am

About Living Springs
Many stories emanate from the spring-fed water of Barton Springs. Using the power of a multi-linear, user-driven format, viewers navigate through a virtual underwater environment, meeting artists and scientists, historic figures, poets and preachers who share their perspectives and their passions about Austin’s most beloved natural resource.

Celebrate the new season of KLRU’s Arts In Context 9/16

The multi-award-winning documentary series Arts In Context will begin airing new episodes on KLRU on October 5th! We’re giving you a sneak peek as we explore the process of creation through collaboration and examine what it’s like to be an artist.

When:
Saturday, September 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Where:
AFS Cinema (Austin Film Society theater)
6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 (map)
RSVP: Event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Enjoy a preview of episodes appearing in the new season of Arts in Context, including genre-defying musicians Magna Carda; Vietnamese-American playwright Christine Hoang; artist Calder Kamin who makes animal sculptures out of plastic bags; the band Migrant Kids; poet, theater artist and educator Zell Miller III; Anuradha Naimpally founder of Austin Dance India; and Shen Jun whose dance translates the emotions and conflicts he felt as he adjusted from his old life in China to his new life in the United States.

Then stay to enjoy featured episode “Let All the Children Boogie.” Led by Gavin Tabone, the Barton Hills Choir – comprised of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students – has performed on the biggest stages in the world.

Thanks to our show sponsors!

 

 

Film School Shorts new season starts Sept. 11

Film School Shorts is a national public television series showcasing short film from emerging filmmakers from around the country.  The new season will air on Mondays after POV or Independent Lens. In Sept. the start time will be 10 pm each week

First Gen 101 Sept. 11
Three stories of misadventure as first generation Americans navigate identity, love and acceptance amid converging cultures. Films include Fanny Pack – Uttera Singh, Prom – Imran J. Khan, and Groomed – Wyatt Rockefeller.

Blood & Water Sept. 18
Traverse the North American West with three stories that explore the struggle between man and nature. Films include La Graduacion – Rafael Gomez, Rituals – Isabelle Aspin, and Bloodlines – Christopher Nataanii.

Coming Home Sept. 25
Three young women confront difficult homecomings. Films include AWOL – Deb Shoval, When We Were Young – Gabrielle Capili, and Bookends – Dominic Villarrubia.

Pet Problems Oct. 2
Three wayward pets wreak havoc on the lives of their owners, neighbors and even distant acquaintances. Films include Rosie, Oh – Andy Kroeger, The Execution – Elise Ahrens, and Cupcake Bob – Olivia Accardo.

Stranger Desires Oct. 9
Tom and Myrna are looking for love in all the wrong places in two stories of
misplaced affections. Films include Tom – Michael Smigel and Mr. Lamb – Jean Pesce

Uncharted Waters Oct. 16
Whether in rural Japan or Oregon – fitting in isn’t easy for two young men struggling to define their manhood without fathers. Films include Stage Two – Lara Gallagher and Born With It – Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour.

Hidden Passions
Vulnerability is embraced as three people learn to let go and reveal their secret passions to the world. Films include Festus – Shawn Snyder, Yeah Kowalski – Evan Roberts, and Clean – Gabriel Wilson

Border Crossings
Two short films follow families as they travel great distances, both physically and emotionally, to find a new home. Films include Sweet, Sweet Country – Dehanza Rogers and We are the Immigrants – Catalina Matamoros Puerto

Magical Beasts
From the coast of Ireland to Norway’s dense forest to a young girl’s imagination – magical beasts lurk in the shadows. Films include Theodora – Mike Makowsky, Vilt Gutt – Dawson Taylor, and Salt – Ugla Hauksdóttir.

Bewitched
A church-going woman in South Africa attempts to befriend her hairdresser neighbor, a rumored murderer. uNomalanga and the Witch – Palesa Shongwe.

KLRU NEXT Night: Strange Town on 10/3

Join us for the final NEXT Night of 2017! Strange Town is KLRU’s very own local production that investigates paranormal activity in and around Austin.

The Clay Pit is the haunted site of Episode 8, and where we’ll spend a spooky night with KLRU NEXT! Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Learn about the equipment used in the paranormal investigations, and see it used live in the room with Strange Town hosts Billy Driver and Mark Morrow. Tour underneath the restaurant to the basement wineroom, if you dare – this is where many of the paranormal encounters have taken place over the years! Taste bites from our favorite Indian food spot – that also happens to be our venue for the night – The Clay Pit.

Tickets available now!
$15 per person | Free for KLRU Next members

Thanks so much to our sponsor for the evening,
ABC Home & Commercial Services

Science Night 9/13

Witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique-life itself on Earth’s Natural Wonders  Living Wonders at 7 pm Wednesday.

For over a decade, the Cassini space probe has been sending dazzling images of Saturn’s breathtaking rings and mysterious moons. Join NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday on a suspenseful ride during Cassini’s final hours as it dives into Saturn’s atmosphere.

Launched in 1977, NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. Find out more on Farthest – Voyager In Space at 9 pm Wednesday.

Highlights Sept. 10-16

KLRU Highlights

Learn why the extraordinary discovery of a 2,000-year-old body reveals a new lead in a missing-person case on Endeavour Season 4 On Masterpiece Harvest at 8 pm Sunday.

Spouses 89-year-old Kang Gye-yeol and 98-year-old Jo Byeong-man have shared a home for 76 years. While they spend every day together like a newlywed couple, they now must face the reality of their aging romance on POV My Love, Don’t Cross That River at 9 pm Monday.

Three stories of misadventures as first generation Americans navigating identity, love and acceptance on Film School Shorts  First Gen 101 at 10 pm Monday.

In the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed The World at 7 pm Tuesday examines the life of Martin Luther and the profound impact his ideas had on the course of Western history.

Hear the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted after the financial crisis on Frontline Abacus: Small Enough To Jail at 9 pm Tuesday.

Witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique-life itself on Earth’s Natural Wonders  Living Wonders at 7 pm Wednesday.

For over a decade, the Cassini space probe has been sending dazzling images of Saturn’s breathtaking rings and mysterious moons. Join NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday on a suspenseful ride during Cassini’s final hours as it dives into Saturn’s atmosphere.

Launched in 1977, NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. Find out more on Farthest – Voyager In Space at 9 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Shawn Colvin, a singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas.

Living Springs at 7:30 pm Thursday examines the history, science and culture of Austin’s iconic Barton Springs.

Chet visits San Antonio and Mount Pleasant on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Enjoy two iconic works from the country’s premier Latino dance company on Ballet Hispanico at 8 pm Friday.

Get made-in-the-shade tips to keep trees healthy and how curbside castaways reclaim artful purpose on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 7 pm Saturday, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.

Hispanic Heritage Month programming 2017

KLRU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Hispanic experience. Year round, KLRU provides content and events that give a diverse perspective on our community. You can watch our award-winning Austin Revealed El Despertar program on the Austin Chicano Civil Rights movement online now

Ballet Hispanico
Friday, September 15 at 8:00 pm
Enjoy two iconic works from the country’s premier Latino dance company: CARMEN.maquia, a modern take on Bizet’s passionate opera, and Club Havana, a virtuosic reimagining of a sizzling nightclub by Cuban-born choreographer Pedro Ruiz.

Overheard with Evan Smith “Diane Guerrero, Actor”
Sunday, September 24 at 12:30 pm.
Diane Guerrero is an actress on the hit shows Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. Her first In the Country We Love recently hit the shelves.

Beyond La Bamba
Monday, September 25 at 9:30 pm
Through the compelling story of a young musician who leaves home to follow his dreams, Mexico’s 300-year-old son jarocho tradition comes vividly to life in Beyond La Bamba. From the rural roots of Veracruz to the urban rhythms of the Midwest, a family of iconic musicians forges a new life but remains true to their music.

Craft in America “Borders”
Friday, September 29 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 1 at 1:00 pm
Craft in America returns this September with two stellar episodes that reach across our southern border into Mexico to focus on shared histories, explore the synergy between our cultural identities, and look at how objects carry heritage, memories, and sacred meanings. Craft in America # 901 “Borders” takes us back and forth across the border to visit iconic artists in both Mexico and the United States and explores the relationships and influences that Mexican and American craft artists have on each other.

Craft in America “Neighbors”
Friday, September 29 at 9:00 pm
Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm
“Neighbors” explores the people, history, traditions and crafts in both countries, noting how aesthetics cross over and back again in a living and on-going cultural exchange.

Annual Imagen Awards 2017
Sunday, October 1 at 3:00 pm
The 32nd Annual Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourages and recognizes the achievements of Latino celebrities and Latino-focused projects, including programs that have aired on PBS. Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Family receive the President’s Award for their contributions to the Latino community and the arts.

Great Performances “Havana Time Machine”
Friday, October 6 at 8:00 pm
Nowhere else on the planet does the past inform the present and the future embrace the past with the energy and emotional power of today’s Cuba. This program takes viewers on a musical journey where past, present and future collide in a joyful celebration.

Hispanic Heritage Awards
Friday, October 6 at 9:00 pm
This program honors recipients of the 30th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, the country’s highest award paying tribute to Latinos by Latinos.

Arts In Context Shorts Barrio Writers
By empowering teens through creative writing, higher education and creative arts, the Barrio Writers are reinstating the term “Barrio” to its original meaning – community, and embracing it. This writing community began with small workshops atEl Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana, California and have now evolved into week long, intensive programs on university campuses. At the end of the week, the Barrio Writers transform their stereotypes into a place of positivity and become empowered in their own words. Watch now