What’s happening this weekend: Nov. 13-15

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Happy November, Austin! Take advantage of a nice cool fall weekend in Central Texas with these events.

Celebrate Austin’s Asian American history through film

This weekend marks the Asian American Film Festival in Austin. Make sure to catch a screening of a short film from KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Pioneers of the East Friday night with Dr. Mitchel Wong. Austin Revealed is an oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past and present to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. In this series of Austin Revealed, Pioneers From the East, we profile three of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in the Austin area. You can watch all four videos below, and click here for a behind-the-scenes interview with filmmaker Tim Tsai. The film festival runs Thursday through Sunday – a full schedule and ticketing information can be found here.

East Austin Studio Tour

Big Medium presents the 14th annual East Austin Studio Tour, a free self-guided event spanning across two weekends in November, launches this weekend, Nov. 14 and 15. It features 287 Artist Studios, 152 Exhibitions, 17 Happenings and a series of Select Events, and it’s always a great time! You can find a full catalog with an overview of tour stops and a schedule here.

Before you go, check out these clips from Arts In Context featuring a roundup of last year’s EAST. For coverage from this year’s tour, follow @artsincontext and @klru on Instagram!

Science Night 11/18


Oh, the humanity! This week’s Science Night explores humans as they developed, as they are now, and what they’ll look like in the future. Earth’s Natural Wonders launches the evening with glimpses at incredible battles of man versus nature, followed by an installment of NOVA‘s Making North America series about human evolution on the continent. The night wraps up with David Eagleman’s speculation about where humanity is headed in the future.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Living Wonders at 7 p.m.

Witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique – life itself. In the Amazon, boys face fierce animals in a rite of passage and a Bangladeshi father and son brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey.

NOVA Making North America: Human at 8 p.m.

From Ice Age to oil boom, discover the challenges faced and the wealth uncovered as humans take over the continent. How did we turn rocks into riches? And what catastrophic natural disasters could threaten the civilization we’ve built?

Brain With David Eagleman Who Will We Be? at 9 p.m.

Join Dr. Eagleman as he journeys into the future and asks what’s next for the human brain and for our species. He speculates that our descendants may be so different from us that we’ll be strangers to them.

Highlights November 15 to November 21

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Masterpiece Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 1 finds the Crawley family and the staff struggling with responsibilities and choices as they adjust to life in the Roaring Twenties. A working-class prime minister is elected and old attitudes start to change. Robert is snubbed by the village. Baxter tells all, and Edith plays with fire.

While Simla citizens look on, Ramu is tried for Jaya’s murder on Indian Summers on Masterpiece Part 8, Sunday at 8 p.m. Leena and Ian come to his defense. Sarah is humiliated.

When young women are found murdered amid the chaos of the London Blitz of World War II on Murder On The Home Front, brilliant Home Office Pathologist Dr. Lennox Collins, on his first murder case, and his newly recruited assistant Molly Cooper clash with the police over just who the main suspect is. Sunday at 9 p.m.

In Antiques Roadshow Eugene, Or, Hour One, Monday at 7 p.m., host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Ken Farmer head to the banks of the scenic McKenzie River for a bit of fishing and a look into the antique fly fishing gear market.

Monday at 8 p.m., discover more previously unseen appraisals from this season’s eight-city tour in Antiques Roadshow Junk In The Trunk 5, Part 2, such as Fantasia drawings and sketches from 1940, Alvin & the Chipmunks puppets, ca. 1958, and Israel Regardie’s manuscripts and book.

Learn how the harrowing rape and murder of a promising 23-year-old female medical student in Delhi sparked an international movement for change Monday at 9 p.m. in Independent Lens India’s Daughter – a film that was banned in India.

POV Up Heartbreak Hill is Monday at 10 p.m. Like many teenagers, Thomas and Tamara are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations.

Fidel Castro Tapes, Tuesday at 7 p.m., takes viewers on a journey like none other. There is no narration in this film and no interviews. Instead, The Fidel Castro Tapes relies solely on the words of journalists who covered the major events in Castro’s life to tell the story.

Meet William Morgan, the larger-than-life American who rose to power in Cuba during the revolution Tuesday at 8 p.m. on American Comandante American Experience. His life had it all – adventure and romance, mobsters and spies, and a cast of characters including J. Edgar Hoover, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

Frontline Gunned Down, Tuesday at 9 p.m., goes inside the politics of America’s gun debate. Veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk investigates the NRA, its political evolution and influence, and how it has consistently succeeded in defeating new gun control legislation.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., On Story Tommy Lee Jones: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada reflects on the making of the film, accompanied by some of his cast and crew.

Then Tuesday at 10:30, On Story Scott Frank: A Screenwriter’s Design reflects on Frank’s diverse career writing thrillers and pulp films, and his approach to developing complex characters in search of their identity.

Witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique-life itself on Earth’s Natural Wonders Living Wonders, Wednesday at 7 p.m. In the Amazon, boys face fierce animals in a rite of passage and a Bangladeshi father and son brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey.

From Ice Age to oil boom, discover the challenges faced and the wealth uncovered as humans take over the continent on NOVA Making North America: Human, Wednesday at 8 p.m. How did we turn rocks into riches? And what catastrophic natural disasters could threaten the civilization we’ve built?

Wednesday at 9 p.m., Join Dr. Eagleman on Brain With David Eagleman Who Will We Be? as he journeys into the future and asks what’s next for the human brain and for our species. He speculates that our descendants may be so different from us that we’ll be strangers to them.

Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor performs beloved classics and selections from his chart-topping new album Before This World, his first collection of original music in 13 years on Austin City Limits James Taylor, Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Overheard with Evan Smith Andy Roddick, Former Professional Tennis Player is Thursday at 7 p.m. A dozen years ago, Roddick was the number one men’s tennis player in the world — the last American male to hold that title, and the last to win a Grand Slam singles event.

For years, Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. An Eastside Education - which airs Thursday at 7:30 p.m. - spends one semester at one of Austin’s lowest-income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fight to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed.

In The Daytripper Granbury, Tx, Chet finds heaps of history, including the alleged grave of Jesse James and the story of John Wilkes Booth hiding out here after his assassination of the president. Thursday at 8 p.m.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet visits “The Big Bend” of Texas with stops to learn its history and climb to a mountaintop classroom on The Daytripper Alpine, Tx. He eats at a steakhouse inspired by the movie “Giant” and devours hot dogs from a truck that takes wienies to a whole other universe.

As Geordie’s life hangs in the balance on Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester Part 6, Sidney has to defy police to stop a killing spree. Sidney’s romantic life falls apart. Thursday at 9 p.m.

Grab a front row seat for First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb, Friday at 8 p.m. An all-star cast performs “New York New York,” “Cabaret” and other classic songs by the Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy-winning Broadway songwriting team of Kander & Ebb.

Friday at 9 p.m., focus on the makers of finely crafted handmade instruments – guitar, ukulele, trumpet, banjo and timpani – and the renowned musicians who play them, including Joan Baez, Jake Shimabukuro, Rhiannon Giddens, Scotty Barnhart, Tony Ellis and Joseph Pereira on Craft In America Music.

Then catch another showing of Austin City Limits James Taylor Friday at 10 p.m.

Revel in the best performances from the 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony on Austin City Limits Presents: Americana Music Festival, Saturday at 7 p.m. Featured artists include Don Henley, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph, Buffy Sainte-Marie and the Mavericks.

Father Brown and his friends find themselves stranded with a group of hedonists in Father Brown The Lair Of The Libertines, Saturday at 8 p.m. They soon become desperate to escape, for at Hotel Cuba, the dish of the day is death.

Then Saturday at 9 p.m., catch another showing of Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Part 1.

American Graduate Champion: Gregory Boyd


KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s champion is Gregory Boyd! Gregory Boyd is an ESL teacher in Austin, Texas. He helps support students in the process of learning English. “He has been helping me since I came to the U.S. I did not know if I wanted to continue in school, but the way he teaches and treat the students made me realize that education is important. Now I want to be a teacher,” Oscar Martinez, his nominator, said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

An Eastside Education 11/19 on KLRU

Follow students, teachers and staff at an Austin high school under threat of closure by the state. For years, Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. An Eastside Education spends one semester at one of Austin’s lowest-income schools, as the community around Eastside – teachers, parents, administrators, and students – fight to meet state accountability standards by 2015 or 2016 or watch their school be closed. Watch the 30 minute documentary on KLRU November 19th at 7:30 pm.

A KLRU-TV, Austin PBS production, An Eastside Education was created as part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. American Graduate seeks to establish a clearer understanding about why students drop out of high school and how dropout rates impact our economy and society. Find extended coverage, interactive features and and related news at http://www.klru.org/eastside.

In the Studio: Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley


RSVP to be in our studio audience when KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith interviews Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley. RSVP now

Thursday, November 12 at 10:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:45am.

O'MalleyMartin O’Malley is a Democratic candidate for president running against Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is a lifelong Democrat and the frontman of an Irish rockband. He served as Mayor of Baltimore for 7 years. As Governor, O’Malley tackled many of the hottest issues in the Democratic party. He signed one of the nation’s toughest gun bills, legislation repealing Maryland’s death penalty, a bill expanding pre-K, one that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, and one that increased the state’s minimum wage.

This taping is a co-production with The Texas Tribune.

Be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard!

The event is free but an RSVP is required. Admission is based upon capacity.

KLRU Kids Holiday Programming 2015


The weather outside is frightful, the fire is pretty delightful, and it can only mean one thing –  the holidays are almost here! To get ready for the holiday season, KLRU has a full slate of specials for your favorite kids shows.

(For a list of family-friendly of holiday programming, go here.)

Thanksgiving weekend:

wild kratts christmas

Wild Kratts A Creature Christmas premieres Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 a.m. and repeats at 2 p.m. In this one-hour special, it’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays? Find out on Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas.

via PBSKids

via PBSKids

Immediately following A Creature Christmas on Nov. 25, Nature Cat premieres! It also repeats at 2 p.m.

December 7:

Curious George

Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas airs at 7:30 a.m. and repeats at 1 p.m. George and The Man with The Yellow Hat are having a very merry time counting down the days until Christmas. There’s only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Daniel Tigers Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Daniel’s Winter Adventure/Winter Nutcracker airs at 8:30 a.m. Daniel, Dad, Prince Wednesday and Prince Tuesday are all going sledding! But once they get to the hill and see how tall it is, Daniel and Prince Wednesday get scared. Dad assures them that if they try it a little bit at a time, they might surprise themselves and have a great time. Later, Daniel goes ice skating for the first time. When he tries it a little bit at a time, he realizes it is not so hard. Then, in Winter Nutcracker, Daniel is going to see a show called The Nutcracker Ballet! Once he arrives at the performance, he finds out that Prince Wednesday is sick and needs Daniel to fill in for him and dance on stage. Daniel is reluctant at first but realizes that if he learns the steps a little bit at a time, he can dance the Nutcracker and the show will go on!


Peg + Cat + Holidays airs at 9:00 am and repeats at 12 noon. This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring “The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem,” and “The Penguin Problem. ” This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.

Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Train Trains, Submarines and Zeppelins airs at 10 a.mLook for the premiere of a new Dinosaur Train holiday special, “Trains, Submarines and Zeppelins.”  When Mr. Pteranodon and Larry go out to the Big Pond to find some red platanoids for the Winter Solstice Celebration, they accidentally miss the last train home. Will Larry and Mr. Pteranodon stop bickering long enough to figure out a way home, or will they get stranded in the middle of nowhere and miss the family Winter Solstice Celebration? Educational Objective: The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year.

Super Why

Super Why! Judith’s Happy Chanukah airs at 11 a.m. Super Why! also gets into the holiday spirit that day with the premiere episode “Judith’s Happy Chanukah.”

Thomas And Friends

Thomas & Friends Winder Delights/Merry Winter Wish airs at 11:30 a.m. Merry Misty Island – It’s the Winter Holidays on the Island of Sodor. Dash, Bash and Ferdinand decide to throw a party. This is their first party and they’re not really sure what to do and they won’t ask Thomas to help them. Soon the Logging Locos have caused chaos on Misty Island with party decorations scattered all over the place. They need help fast before their party is ruined. Thomas turns up just in time and the Winter Holiday Party is a big success.   Merry Winter Wish – It’s the Winter Holidays and Thomas is given the special job of delivering the Star of Knapford to Knapford Station. Instead of going directly to Knapford, Thomas decides to give all of his friends a wish upon the star. The friends wish upon the star but soon there is an accident and the star falls off the back of Thomas’ flatbed. With the help of his friends Thomas gets the star to Knapford just in time.

KLRU Odd Squad event

Odd Squad Reindeer Games airs 3:30 p.mReindeer Games – In this Christmas-themed episode, Olive and Otto help Santa track down his missing reindeer. Also, Oscar helps Ms. O get off Santa’s naughty list. Curriculum: Coordinate graphing; greater than and less than.

Wild Kratts A Creature Christmas also airs Monday, December 7 at 4 p.m.

Martha Speaks

Martha Speaks Martha’s Holiday Surprise/We’re Powerless airs Monday, December 7 at 5 p.m.  Martha’s Holiday Surprise: A blizzard is headed towards Wagstaff City and Mittens the cat is trapped in an alley. Fears rise when the story unfolds: Mittens has kittens. Abandoning animal prejudices, Martha and Skits trample into the snow-capped city to rescue the endangered cat and her young. Vocabulary: (E) attack, comfort, nourish, secure, snuggle.   We’re Powerless!: A blackout in Wagstaff City renders Helen, T.D. and Truman incapable of playing their favorite videogame, Multi-Dimensional Intergalactic Kleine Nachtgopher Attack Four. But with a little imagination, a basket of laundry and some salad tongs, these nachtgophers might not be so powerless after all. Vocabulary: (E) blackout, chill, discomfort, shiver, starve.

December 12:


Arthur’s Perfect Christmas airs at 9 a.m. Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even “Baxter Day” (Buster and his mom’s special celebration). The only problem is, just like in real life, perfection is hard to attain, and things start to fall apart.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

Peg + Cat + Holidays airs again Thursday, December 24 at 9:30 a.m. and repeats at 11:30 a.m.

Dinosaur Train Trains, Submarines and Zeppelins airs again Friday, December 25 at 10 a.m.

Super Why! ’Twas The Night Before Christmas airs Thursday, December 24 at 11 a.m. and Friday, December 25 at 11 a.m.  Super Why ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and all through Storybrook Village, not a creature was stirring…except for Whyatt, who has an important question for Santa! So the Super Readers catch up with Santa and his reindeer as they gallop from rooftop to rooftop and unravel the mystery of Santa’s childhood, discovering along the way how to help spread the magic of the holiday.

Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas airs Thursday, December 24 at 12:30 pm and repeats Saturday, December 26 at 7:00 am.  This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals — from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs — and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

Odd Squad Reindeer Games airs again Thursday, December 24 at 3 p.m.

Wild Kratts A Creature Christmas airs again Thursday, December 24 at 4 p.m. and repeats Friday, December 25 at 4 p.m.

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas airs again Friday, December 25 at 2 p.m.

Holiday Programming for the Entire Family 2015


December marks the arrival of a whole host of holidays. To celebrate, KLRU coordinated enough holiday programming to go with all the month’s merriments. This month on KLRU:

Nature Pets: Wild At Heart: Playful Creatures (Part one of two) airs Wednesday, December 2 at 7 p.m.

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.

Nature Pets: Wild At Heart: Secretive Creatures (Part two of two) airs Wednesday, December 9 at 7 p.m.

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, cats and dogs.

Xmas Without China airs Tuesday, December 15 at 10 p.m.

Tom Xia emigrated from mainland China to California at age eight. A series of Chinese toy recalls forces Xia’s neighbors, the Joneses, to have their son tested for lead poisoning. With China’s assent to world superpower status heating up American fears, Xia challenges the Joneses to make it through the Christmas season without any Chinese products, beginning a journey to find American identity amongst all the American media hype, Chinese nationalist propaganda and cultural misunderstandings.

Nature Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem airs Wednesday, December 16 at 7 p.m.

The honey badger is a relentless, fearless, little creature renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo, and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. This film follows three badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

NOVA Roman Catacomb Mystery airs Wednesday, December 16 at 8 p.m.

Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs — a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs. Now, NOVA goes inside a previously-unknown complex within the tunnel system: a mysterious mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. NOVA’s forensic investigation opens up fascinating new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens at the heyday of its mighty empire.

Craft in America Celebration airs Wednesday, December 16 at 9 p.m.

This new episode explores craft artists, objects and traditions of various holidays, featuring Lion Dancers and float builders of San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, ceramic artists in Detroit making festive pieces, Kwanzaa celebrations in Chicago and Oakland, and woodblock Christmas cards made by Yoshiko Yamamoto in Washington state.

Daytripper Grapevine, Tx airs Thursday, December 17 at 8:30 p.m.

Chet heads to Grapevine, the “Christmas Capital of Texas” to catch the spirit of the season. He visits Main Street to eat at a French bakery, tours a winery, sees amazing sculptures of ice at the Gaylord Texan, and finishes it off on the historic railroad bound for the North Pole.

Lidia Celebrates America Home For The Holidays airs Saturday, December 19 at 4:30 p.m.

It’s the premiere of “Home for the Holidays.” This new program is the fifth in the Lidia Celebrates America series with beloved PBS host Lidia Bastianich. The program celebrates holiday traditions told through the voices of six celebrity guests: Rita Moreno, Christopher Walken, Ann Curry, Padma Lakshmi, Marcus Samuelsson and Carlo Ponti Jr. The deeply personal stories of each individual’s journey to and in America are all set against a backdrop in which they share a deliciously diverse Christmas dinner at Lidia’s home.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Santino Fontana and the Sesame Street Muppets airs Monday, December 21 at 8 p.m. and repeats Thursday, December 24 at 8 p.m.

Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and veteran movie and television star Peter Graves join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square in the premiere of an annual holiday concert that this year includes African-American spirituals and a medley of contemporary favorites. Celebrate the holidays with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from Salt Lake City with guests Santino Fontana, the voice of Hans from the Disney movie “Frozen” and the Muppets from Sesame Street.

Christmas at Belmont airs Monday, December 21 at 9 p.m. and repeats Thursday, December 24 at 9 p.m.

It’s the premiere of Christmas at Belmont 2015, an annual Belmont University tradition celebrating the holiday season and the musical diversity and rich talent of the university’s School of Music. The concert features Kathy Mattea and more than 400 student voices joining with School of Music faculty to present the annual holiday production.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2015 airs Monday, December 21 at 10 p.m.

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Christmas Shows airs Tuesday, December 22 at 7 p.m.

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows features classic clips from beloved singer and television personality Andy Williams’ Christmas specials. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters. Quintessential moments include Williams’ solos on “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria,” as well as ensemles with his brothers on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and with the Osmonds on “Silver Bells.” Interviews with Williams, his son Bobby and Donny Osmond are interwoven with the clips.

Nature Magic of the Snowy Owl airs Wednesday, December 23 at 7 p.m.

Nature explores the world of the snowy owl, a bird recently made popular by Hedwig, Harry Potter’s faithful companion. Turning fantasy into reality, “Magic of the Snowy Owl” takes an intimate look at how these majestic birds survive in one of the most isolated and inhospitable places on the planet. Noted wildlife filmmaker Fergus Beeley (“Jungle Eagle”) takes viewers deep into the “snowy’s” tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless chicks until they are able to fly. Viewers will discover that these strikingly beautiful Arctic owls – essentially eagles, falcons and owls rolled into one – have a magic of their own.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special airs Friday, December 25 at 8 p.m.

Haul out the holly and celebrate a new Call the Midwife Holiday Special, premiering on Christmas night. Join the revels as Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960. An unexpected surprise for a grieving mother brings the holiday magic home, while Nonnatus is rocked when one of its own disappears. A film crew promises to make this a memorable Christmas. This is the same date that the BBC1 will premiere the special in the UK!

Vicious Holiday Special airs Friday, December 25 at 9:30 p.m.

Vicious encores “Holiday Special.” Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat. Ash (Iwan Rheon), their young upstairs neighbor, has volunteered to cook the meal, their feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) is up to her old tricks, and a wicked game of “Truth or Dare” brings up hidden truths – and surprises as well.

Nature Animal Misfits airs Wednesday, December 30 at 7 p.m.

Life on earth is incredibly diverse, but it’s not always what you might expect. Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits. These odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they still manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. “Animal Misfits” reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

KLRU Receives $1 Million Capital Grant from The Moody Foundation

Grant Supports Infrastructure for Local Production and Programming

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, has received a capital grant of $1 million from The Moody Foundation. The funding will allow KLRU to modernize the technology and equipment used to produce and broadcast original content.

“This grant is an investment in the basic building blocks of KLRU’s identity as a local community resource and a national ambassador for Austin,” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager.

KLRU has long been a leader in locally-produced content: while best known for growing Austin City Limits into the longest-running music series in television history, KLRU is also home to award-winning programs like Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Overheard with Evan Smith, and BBQ with Franklin.  These series are all produced by KLRU and distributed nationally to PBS stations across the country.

But as KLRU leadership worked to develop a new strategic plan last year, it became clear that existing infrastructure was limiting the station’s ability to produce such content and program a localized broadcast schedule—in other words, the core activities at the very heart of KLRU’s mission and service.

Now, with this significant gift from The Moody Foundation, KLRU will begin replacing outdated editing technology and field production equipment, and will also implement modern systems for archiving and broadcast automation.

In addition to boosting efficiency at the station, the gift ensures that thousands of hours of content will be properly preserved, and presents exciting possibilities for additional field-based projects out in the community.

About the Moody Foundation
The Moody Foundation was established in 1942 and is a charitable organization that makes grants primarily in Austin, Galveston and Dallas, with an emphasis on education, social services, children’s needs and community development.  The Moody Foundation was created by Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Moody Jr. to benefit, in perpetuity, present and future generations of Texans. and, today, is governed by three trustees: Robert Moody, Ross R. Moody and Frances Moody-Dahlberg.

About KLRU
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique—whether music, arts or public issues —by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at KLRU.org.

KLRU takes home 6 Lone Star Emmys


KLRU-produced programs took home seven Lone Star Emmy Awards Saturday night, including four awards for the Arts In Context team! Thanks to your support, Austin’s public television station is able to create top quality programs, and we’re proud that the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized this work.

The winners were:

SXSW Flashback 2014
Special Event Coverage (other than News or Sports)
JJ Weber, Galia Farber, Taylor Kondelis, Colleen Nelson

SXSW Flashback Emmy winners JJ Weber, Galia Farber, Taylor Kondelis, Colleen Nelson

SXSW Flashback Emmy winners JJ Weber, Galia Farber, Taylor Kondelis and Colleen Nelson

Arts In Context In Their Words
Public/Current/Community Affairs B.
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Editor & Associate Producer
Juan A. Izaguirre, Camera Operator
Christopher Kim, Camera Operator

Arts In Context El Taller
Documentary A. Category
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Associate Producer

Arts In Context In Face
Documentary B. Category
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Director & Producer

Arts In Context The Best Little Art House In Texas
Arts/Entertainment B Category
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Editor & Associate Producer

Arts In Context winners Chris Kim, Chelsea Hernandez and Mario Troncoso

Arts In Context winners Chris Kim, Chelsea Hernandez and Mario Troncoso

Overheard with Evan Smith
Interview/Discussion Program / Special / Feature / Segment / Series
Allie Sandza, Paul Sweeney, Evan Smith

KLRU-produced programs also received four additional nominations:

Arts In Context Shorts Wilderness Lake
Arts Segment Category
Eve Tarlo, Galia Farber, Chris Kim

Arts In Context Shorts Beautiful Fences
Human Spirit Category
Eve Tarlo, Galia Farber, Jeff Buras

Arts in Context Shorts Bridging the Gap
Public/Comm Affairs Category
Eve Tarlo, Galia Farber, Jeff Buras

Evan Smith
On-Camera Talent Program Host/Moderator/Reporter – Programming

Also nominated were shows that KLRU presents to other PBS stations across the nation:

The Daytripper
Texas Heritage-Program/Special/Feature/Segment
Magazine Program: Series
Chet Garner in the host category

Texas Parks & Wildlife
Magazine Program: Program/Special/Series