2017 Veteran’s Day Programming on KLRU

Stories of Service

Decibel’s Stand Down Helping Homeless Vets watch now. As we honor those who’ve served our country, we salute the veterans and volunteers at VFW Post 856 who open their doors and their hearts to help homeless vets every year.

Take Me Home Huey airs Saturday, November 11 at 4:30 pm. Take Me Home Huey portrays the journey of a Medevac helicopter, shot down in 1969 during a medical rescue in Vietnam, as it is resurrected from a “boneyard” in Arizona and transformed into colorful sculpture by artist Steve Maloney. As the iconic Huey 174 morphs from wounded war bird into vivid sculpture, viewers witness the power of art to heal surviving soldiers and families of the fallen.

Texas Welcomes Them Home: The Making of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument by Pat Fries repeats on Saturday, November 11 at 5:30 pm. When the nation called them to Vietnam, the Lone Star State sent thousands of its young men and women to serve and fight in a long and controversial war that would leave the nation divided and its veterans unrecognized. Four decades later, a group of those veterans banded together for one last mission – to build a monument honoring Texas Vietnam Veterans on the state Capitol grounds. From the sculpting process to the creation of a sacred memorial that rests in the monument’s heart to the dedication, their journey would take nearly as long as the war itself, and result in a long overdue tribute to a generation.

On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam airs on Tuesday, November 14 at 10:00 pm.  Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one a POW and the other a protester at home.

ATX Together: Lesson from Vietnam airs Tuesday, November 21 at 10 pm. Using the experiences and issues of the Vietnam War, teens and boomers discuss the role of citizenship and service both then and now.
Austin Revealed airs Tuesday, November 21 at 10:30 pm. Central Texans share their experiences during the Vietnam War. Through firsthand accounts, hear from veterans, immigrants from South Vietnam, protestors and others as they recount their lives before, during and after the war. Their perspectives are as much alike as they are different.

Highlights Nov. 12-18

KLRU Highlights

Vasilia makes the least-romantic proposal in history, and Spiro and Hugh organize a cricket match between the Greeks and English on Durrells in Corfu Sunday at 7 pm.

Morwenna gives birth and plunges into despair and George and Elizabeth’s relationship collapses on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

While Dominique is in recovery, Charlotte courts Claude for her renegade fashion house, and Nina tells Claude the truth on Collection Sunday at 9 pm.

Father Brown finds himself in an impossible situation when he is told that Bishop Talbot will be assassinated on Father Brown The Deadly Seal Sunday at 10 pm.

Discover never-before-aired appraisals from all six Season 21 cities, including a 1927 Yankees signed baseball and a Vairocana Buddha, circa 1410 on Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow packed a trunkful of treasures to share from the six cities visited during the Season 17 tour, including a diamond and platinum ring and a valuable, old and mysterious book Monday at 8 pm.

In an attempt to put haunting memories of combat behind them, two friends and veterans embark on a cross-country trek on POV Almost Sunrise Monday at 9 pm.

Lupita Nyong’o, Carmelo Anthony and Ana Navarro investigate the political choices of their fathers, and discover unexpected heritage on Finding Your Roots Children of the Revolution Tuesday at 7 pm.

When troops begin withdrawing, soldiers left in Vietnam ask what they are fighting for, and the Cambodia invasion sparks large protests on Vietnam War The History of the World Tuesday at 8 pm.

Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class in On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam Tuesday at 10 pm.

Follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, on Year In Space Wednesday at 7 pm.

Picking up where the first film left off with Scott Kelly’s last day in space and return to Earth – the final installment introduces viewers to the next generation of astronauts training to travel into deep space on Beyond a Year in Space Wednesday at 8 pm.

He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong? NOVA First Man on the Moon answers that question Wednesday at 9 pm.

Spend an hour with Seattle-based folk rock band The Head and the Heart, and New Orleans’ Benjamin Booker on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Bob Schieffer is an eight-time Emmy award winner, CBS News political contributor and the former host of CBS’s Face the Nation. He is featured on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Learn how Anuradha Naimpally started Austin Dance India in her garage 25 years ago so she could share her love of traditional Indian dance with her community on Arts in Context Lift the Heart Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Savor a new adaption of the classic novel about the orphaned Anne, placed in the care of uptight Marilla and her brother Matthew on Anne of Green Gables (2016) Thursday at 8 pm.

Celebrate “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize Thursday at 9:30 pm.

Join journalists in a roundtable discussion about the week’s major news events on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

The iconic interviewer brings his unique style to prime time with the best stories and interviews of the past week on Charlie Rose: The Week Friday at 7:30 pm.

See Paula Vogel’s Tony Award winner inspired by the true story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance on Great Performances Indecent Friday at 8 pm.

Spend an hour with Seattle-based folk rock band The Head and the Heart, and New Orleans’ Benjamin Booker on Austin City Limits Friday at 10 pm.

Father Brown finds himself in an impossible situation when he is told that Bishop Talbot will be assassinated on Father Brown The Deadly Seal Saturday at 8 pm.

Morwenna gives birth and plunges into despair, and George triumphs as his relationship with Elizabeth collapses on Poldark Saturday at 8:50 pm.

Rene goes under the knife and Sarah worries he may never wake up, and Regina tries to persuade James to return to Ash Park on Place to Call Home Saturday at 9:50 pm.

Savor a new adaption of the classic novel about the orphaned Anne, placed in the care of uptight Marilla and her brother Matthew on Anne of Green Gables (2016) Saturday at 10:45 pm.

Save November 28 for #GivingTuesday!

Mark your calendars for #GivingTuesday on November 28! Join millions worldwide during this global day of philanthropy. Help KLRU raise $50,000 in 24 hours, and together we can continue providing programming that enriches your world.

It’s easy to give back on #GivingTuesday—just take a moment to schedule your donation right now. Get your good deed done early—and on November 28, your gift will immediately post toward KLRU’s goal!

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Your participation on #GivingTuesday will inspire others to join in and give back. Community-supported public media depends on you!

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November 7th marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act. The law created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and later led to the creation of both PBS and NPR. Austin City Limits honors the milestone signing in the non-performer category this year. The landmark act was signed into law in November 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson who remarked at the time, “We want most of all to enrich man’s spirit. That is the purpose of this act.” The Act stipulates that “it is in the public interest to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.”

The act was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in October. The award accepted by Catherine Robb, Attorney, Former KLRU Board President and founder of the LBJ Future Forum and Amy Barbee, Executive Director of the LBJ Foundation.

KLRU and Community Partners host Family Creative Learning workshops

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a robot chef that could make you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? You would have to program it by giving it very specific instructions.

That is how children and their parents start learning about coding in the Family Creative Learning (FCL) PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. workshops.  The families learn to animate their favorite PBS KIDS characters using the PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. app on Playtime Pads, a tablet that they get to keep at the end of the workshop.

KLRU and our local children’s museum, Thinkery, hosted a fun FCL PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. workshop in October. Nine young children and their parents learned concepts of coding by  reading books and participating in fun movement activities. They built paper airplanes to practice using the design engineering process (imagine, plan, build, test, repeat).

The children and their parents created animation projects together.  Parents learned from their kids as much as the kids learned from their parents. You could see a lot of smiles in the room.

One child was very excited when he shared: “Now my mom knows technology & can do it with me!”

We hope that all families feel just as empowered that they can now create their own animations.

KLRU also partners with Communities In Schools (CIS) to host workshops. This month, 8 families that are part of their ASPIRE family literacy program are currently participating in a Family Creative Learning PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. workshop.  Those families are just as excited and are having a blast learning how to code.

Click here if you would like to use the FCL Scratch Jr. workshop materials to help your own child learn how to code: https://klru.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-kids-family-creative-learning/

Also, this month 8 additional families are participating in the new Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Family Creative Learning workshop at Thinkery. The Ruff Ruffman FCL workshop will help children learn science by playing with mixtures, investigating material science, exploring force and motion, and creating structures.

They will also learn about those topics by watching short Ruff Ruffman videos and playing digital games on Playtime Pads (tablets that they will get to keep).

The Ruff Ruffman science activities, videos, and games can be found here:  https://klru.pbslearningmedia.


FCL workshops are part of the Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the Department of Education and administered by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and PBS.  Our Community Collaborative for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) project brings RTL science and literacy content to children ages 2 to 8 from low-income households as well as their families and educators.  KLRU partners with local community organizations to host workshops at their sites for the children that they serve.  Our partners are Thinkery, Communities In Schools of Central Texas, and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area.


The Library of Congress celebrates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act 11/3

This Friday, November 3, The Library of Congress will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with a series of panels featuring pioneers and experts in public broadcasting. Signed by President Lyndon Johnson, the act established public broadcasting as it is organized today and also authorized the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish and maintain a library and archives of non-commercial educational television and radio programs.

The symposium—“Preserving Public Broadcasting at 50 Years”—will be held in D.C. at the Library and livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress

Here is the lineup:

1PM  –  Introductions and Welcoming Remarks
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Jon Abbott, President and CEO, WGBH
Patricia Harrison, President and CEO, CPB
Sen. Ed Markey, AAPB adviser

1:15 PM  – Origins
Nicholas Johnson, FCC commissioner, 1966-73
Bill Siemering, NPR co-founder, creator of “All Things Considered”
Newton Minow, FCC chairman, 1961-63, via video
Cokie Roberts, NPR and MacNeil/Lehrer contributor; AAPB adviser (moderator)

2:10 PM –  News and Public Affairs Talk Shows
Jim Lehrer, co-anchor, “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour”
Dick Cavett, host of “The Dick Cavett Show,” 1977-1982
Cokie Roberts, NPR and MacNeil/Lehrer contributor; AAPB adviser
Hugo Morales, co-founder, Radio Bilingüe
Sharon Percy Rockefeller, CEO, WETA-TV
Judy Woodruff, “PBS NewsHour” (moderator)

3:10 PM – Documentaries: Style and the Use of Archives
David Fanning, creator, “FRONTLINE” Clayborne Carson, founder and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Research and Education Institute; senior adviser, “Eyes on the Prize”
Stephen Gong, director, Center for Asian American Media
Margaret Drain, former executive producer of “American Experience”
Patricia Aufderheide, university professor of Communication Studies at American University (moderator)

4:10 PM –   Educational Uses of Public Broadcasting
Lloyd Morrisett, co-creator, “Sesame Street”
Paula Apsell, executive producer of “NOVA”
Kathryn Ostrofsky, instructor, Angelo State University, Department of History
Jennifer Lawson, founding chief programming executive, PBS (moderator)

Highlights Nov. 5-11

KLRU Highlights

Larry is recovering from the mumps, and Aunt Hermione arrives with a spiritualist friend who tries to get in touch with Louisa’s dead husband on Durrells in Corfu Sunday at 7 pm.

Rev. Whitworth tortures Morwenna, Aunt Agatha and George cross swords in a deadly match, and Demelza’s lover owes his life to Ross on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

On a weekend at his partner’s chateau, Paul expels unwelcome guests, Charlotte makes her move, and Nina shames Billy on Collection on Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm.

When a dead man is found inside a locked bank vault, Father Brown must solve the mystery to save an innocent man on Father Brown The Paradise of Thieves Sunday at 10 pm.

Travel across America and back in time with appraisals of items from all 50 states in the part two of the Antiques Roadshow special Monday at 7 pm.

Explore the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, from its troubled beginnings of the 1920s to the modern VA system in VA: The Human Cost of War Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary is a portrait of a remarkable jazz artist, and reveals his critical events, passions, and challenges, Monday at 9 pm.

Faced with the unique challenge of having a name that occasionally sparks controversy, indie rock band Migrant Kids must reckon with a culture clash that most bands never have to think about on Arts in Context Monday at 10:30 pm.

Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee, and Suzanne Malveaux discover a tapestry of the unexpected in their ancestry on Finding Your Roots Black Like Me Tuesday at 7 pm.

Draft-age Americans face wrenching choices, Nixon wins the presidency, and soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery on Vietnam War The Veneer of Civilization Tuesday at 8 pm.

A group of Vietnam veterans from Texas fights for recognition on the Texas Capitol grounds in a journey would take nearly as long as the war itself, and result in a long overdue tribute to a generation on Texas Welcomes Them Home Tuesday at 10 pm.

Wildlife cameraman Kim Wolhuter reveals in intimate detail cheetah cubs’ remarkable journey to adulthood and their mother’s dedication in raising them on Nature The Cheetah Children Wednesday at 7 pm.

Uncover geologic fingerprints of colossal floods that violently reshaped the ancient world on NOVA Killer Floods Wednesday at 8 pm.

When disaster strikes, who profits? Follow an investigation of the agencies that were supposed to help and the companies that made millions after Superstorm Sandy on Frontline Business of Disaster Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy a show-stopping hour with country superstar Miranda Lambert in her third appearance on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has been called “the most interesting person you’ve never heard of” by the Washington Post; see him on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Seeking to make a positive impact on his community, spoken word artist, poet and educator empowers others to tell stories in their own ways on Arts in Context Oh Snap, My Alien Children are Trying to Kill Me Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet explores Austin’s swimming areas, goes wake surfing, and dines at the “Sunset Capital of Texas” on The Daytripper Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet wanders off the beaten path of Houston, going underground to an ancient cistern and finding authentic eats in the Indian district on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

When a doctor is killed in a hit and run, Barnaby and Jones discover the dead man had once been accused by his business partner of stealing from their medical practice on Midsomer Murders Death and Dust Thursday at 9 pm.

Journalists host a roundtable discussion of major news events on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

Iconic interviewer Charlie Rose brings his unique style to PBS prime time with the best stories and interviews of the past seven days on Charlie Rose: The Week Friday at 7:30 pm.


Bella Muerte, Dulce Vida: A Day of the Dead Tradition

“… it’s just part of learning from our ancestors and learning who we were and where we’re heading to,” says Nayeli Miranda, a sugar skull instructor for the ESB-MACC. With the intent of preserving and sharing her culture, Miranda teaches the art behind sugar skulls, along with its rich history within the Day of the Dead celebration.


“KLRU is a community in the virtual space.”

Amy Wong Mok of the Asian American Cultural Center believes that media doesn’t have to be divisive. As a KLRU board member, she’s proud to support programming that lives up to her values.

“I like to use [as an] acronym: the Chinese chi,” she says. “Throughout KLRU or PBS programming, they have these three characters, civility, humanity and integrity.”

In fact, the need for civil, trustworthy reporting led to the creation of KLRU’s Decibel earlier this year. In addition to national PBS news and public affairs programs, KLRU knows local audiences also want to watch local stories.

Hosted by Judy Maggio, Decibel produces television specials and short videos that help connect viewers to complex local issues while highlighting the real people whose lives are impacted by current events.

Amy says this kind of reporting can actually help strengthen rather than divide—because the community can’t grow until people really see, hear and feel the things that lead others to think differently.

“I think diversity can only enrich our life,” Amy says. “[KLRU] is a community in the virtual space, and I think it’s very important.”


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Strange Town and more this Halloween on KLRU Q

KLRU Q has an evening of scary fun planned to help you celebrate Halloween. As the trick or treaters knock on your door you can be watching …

Birth Of The Living Dead at 7:59 pm
In 1968 George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day. Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot a revolutionary guerrilla-style film that went on to become a cinematic landmark, offering a profound insight into how our society worked in a singular time in American history.

Secrets of the Dead Vampire Legend at 8:55 pm
Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves. Predating Eastern European legend, these discoveries force a re-examination of modern vampire lore.

Frankenstein & The Vampyre at 9:55 pm
A fascinating exploration of one of the most significant moments in gothic history – the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together at Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories and the night when Frankenstein and the modern vampire were born.

Haunted Texas: Peyton Colony at 10:50 pm
A half hour visual exploration into the history of Peyton Colony, Texas in the Texas Hill Country. Going back in time the program introduces you to the people and places that existed in Peyton Colony also known as Freedman’s Colony, a settlement established by former slaves after the Civil war.

Strange Town  Bridge To The Other Side at 11:20 pm
Legend goes that a man was hung from the Moore’s Crossing bridge in Austin, TX. It is said that at Midnight you can see him hanging from the highest crossbeam, with the woman he loved watching from below. Strange Town visited the bridge and stayed late into the night to see for themselves whether or not this long standing tale holds any truth.

Strange Town Old Yoakum Hospital at 11:29 pm
Once a thriving hospital to the city of Yoakum, it now sits abandoned for the last two decades. Stories have surfaced of a mysterious blue nun and dark shadows appearing down hallways along with children spirits running within the walls of this building. Wait until you see what energies Mark and Billy of Strange Town encounter!