Giveaway: Rick Steves at The Paramount 12/3

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Rick Steves is coming to Austin! and our friends at The Paramount have given KLRU a few passes to his talk to give to our fans. Email giveaways@klru.org by Wednesday, November 19th, with your request. We will randomly choose winners from those who email by the deadline. Winners will be notified by email.

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Wednesday, December 3rd
Doors @ 7:00pm | Show @ 8:00pm
The Paramount Theatre
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Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel. Producer of more than 50 guidebooks, host of America’s most popular travel series on public television as well as a weekly hour-long national public radio show and a weekly syndicated column, Rick is an enthusiastic and prolific speaker that will both inform and entertain.

Natural adventure with KLRU Q 11/14

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Go on a nature adventure with KLRU-Q Friday evening. Follow a penguin and explore deserts!

8 pm: Wild! | Penguins Under Siege is one penguin’s dramatic story of life and death, set against the backdrop of one of the harshest coastlines in the world, the Skeleton Coast of South Western Africa.

9 pm: At 130 million years old, the Namib Desert stretches 1200 miles in length along the coastline with the highest dunes in the world. Explore the desert on The Namib Desert: The World’s Oldest Desert.

10 pm: Southwestern Gems: Our Desert National Parks showcases the top national parks, monuments, preserves and historic sites within the four major North American deserts.

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

Q Night at the Movies November 15

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Grab some popcorn and join KLRU Q for Movie Night this Saturday! The feature film this week is The Big Sleep starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers. In the movie, Raymond Chandler’s private eye Philip Marlowe follows two wealthy sisters through a maze of murders.

The movie starts at 8 pm, but KLRU Q provides additional film-related entertainment beforehand that you won’t want to miss. Beginning at 7 pm on Arts in Context, the late artist, writer, cowboy sage, and visionary A Kelly Pruitt is honored in Presidio County, Texas. Pruitt was a highly acclaimed West Texas artist, listed as one of Texas Monthly’s “People We’ll Miss–2009,” second only to Walter Cronkite. SInce Pruitt’s death, influential artists, architects and entrepreneurs has traveled to the City of Presidio in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas to honor Pruitt’s vision of La Junta Heritage Center through conservation, agriculture and cultural preservation.

At 7:30 pm in On Story, the Clint Eastwood/David Peoples classic Unforgiven is deconstructed by Into the West’s Kirk Ellis and Apaloosa’s Robert Knott as they explore its gritty action, ambiguous morality, and the tried-and-true tropes of its genre. Christian Baker’s short film, The Well, follows suit, trailing a young Civil War soldier stationed alone on the US/Mexico faced with nothing but his own demons.

Watch movies every Saturday starting at 7:30 pm only on KLRU Q!

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

KLRU-Q is all about food 11/12

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Don’t miss KLRU-Q’s programs on Wednesday (11/12) evening! Here’s the line-up:

8 pm: On Globe Trekker Food Hour, Bobby samples oysters in Galway, fishes for salmon in Connemara, plays a tune or two with The Chieftains in Westport, visits the Nenagh Agricultural Show, judges a baking competition in Tipperary and learns the history of Guinness in Dublin.

9 pm: Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience shows why supper clubs are such a big part of Wisconsin’s food culture and the full experience of supper club dining: a brandy old fashioned sweet at the bar, relish trays at the table, huge portions of steaks, seafood and game, and the friendly, loyal customers who have been dining at their favorite places for so many years.

10 pm: The Maryland Harvest is a delicious documentary about farms, farmers, and the chefs who love them!

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

Screening: America By The Numbers 11/21

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KLRU-TV, Austin PBS & The Futuro Media Group invite you to a screening and discussion of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS a new documentary series hosted by Maria Hinojosa that focuses on the dramatic demographic shifts currently taking place in this country.

Friday, November 21 
Doors at 6:30pm | Film at 7pm 
KLRU Studio 6A (map)
The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Please join KLRU for a special screening of the episode America By the Numbers: The New Mad Men which was shot in Austin. Executive Producer and host Maria Hinojosa will lead a panel discussion with Sergio Alcocer, President/Chief Creative of LatinWorks, Juan Camilo Agudelo, a third-year Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin, Rachael Neal, Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Edward’s University in the Department of Social Work, Sociology, and Criminology, and Candace Queen, MA student in the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Texas.

A DJ will be spinning music after the panel discussion.

Special thanks to La Condesa, Deep Eddy Vodka, Montejo and Texas Coffee Traders for donating food and beverages.

The New Mad Men: Episode Description
It is estimated that consumers of color represent a $3 trillion market, and advertisers are taking particular notice of the rapidly growing purchasing power of Latinos. AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS goes to the Austin, Texas headquarters of LatinWorks, an award-winning ad agency at the forefront of efforts to win the attention of the growing multicultural market, to examine how advertisers of today are reframing their messaging to appeal to Latino consumers, and how these consumers are responding.

Follow America By The Numbers on Facebook and Twitter.

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Bring on the beef ribs!

Season 1 of BBQ with Franklin sparked something big, reaching over 2 million views on YouTube. KLRU and Aaron Franklin have walked you through the steps to make your own brisket, smoke a turkey and more. And now it’s time for season 2! For the last six months we’ve been cooking up new instructional videos but we need your help in finishing them.

We’re looking for community support to fund this project. Response from the first web season of BBQ with Franklin was smoking and we’ve been getting messages everyday asking for new videos. We want to deliver them as soon as we can, so money raised during this campaign will go directly to the finishing costs and post-production of the second series.

We’re just shy of raising half of our $20,000 goal. And when we hit the $10,000 mark, we’ll release the much anticipated beef ribs video. But we can’t do it without you! And when you support, we have some wonderful ways to thank you including koozies, bumper stickers, t-shirts and of course MEAT!

So help us throw another rack of ribs (beef ribs to be exact) on the smoker and share even more of Aaron’s vast expertise and knowledge of Texas barbecue with you. For more information about this project and to give, please visit the indiegogo campaign site at www.indiegogo.com/projects/bbqwithfranklin/

KLRU News Brief: Austin Transportation Bond Fails…Now What?

On Election Day Austin voters rejected a $600M transportation bond by a wide margin. For our Saturday News Brief we spoke to Capital Metro to find out if they have a plan B.

“We’re chipping away where we can,” Capital Metro President and CEO Linda Watson told us. “We have recently received federal funds and TXDOT funds to increase capacity on the current red line commuter rail line [and] within three years we will be able to offer 15 minute service. We’re also looking at operating express buses on express lanes on MoPac. You want to get the most bang for your buck, especially when you’re using taxpayer’s money.”

The City of Austin Demographer published a map this week showing how the vote broke down by precinct. It was supported by many in the urban core, but got very little support in the outlying areas.

Watson told us she does not blame the people who didn’t support paying property taxes for a system they wouldn’t use.

We also spoke to Dr. Kara Kockelman, Professor of Transportation Engineering at the University of Texas. Watch the video above to hear her thoughts on why rail might not be the best solution for Austin.

KLRU News Briefs air locally every Saturday and Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

 

 

American Graduate: TX Veterans Commission Kicks Off ‘Drop Your Rucksack, Grab a Backpack’ Campaign

Sunday during PBS NewsHour, KLRU’s News Brief is part of American Graduate, a focus on the Central Texas dropout crisis. This week we spoke to the Texas Veterans Commission about their new campaign “Drop Your Rucksack, Grab a Backpack,” which launches on Veteran’s Day. It is aimed at encouraging Texas veterans to use the education benefits available to them.

“Sometimes veterans coming out of the service feel like they don’t have time to go back to school and get an education but fortunately the military has set up the post 9/11 G.I. Bill that pays for their college education and gives them a stipend on top of that,” Bonnie Fletcher, Education Specialist at the Texas Veterans Commission said. “The State of Texas also has a state benefit, the Hazelwood Act. We offer up to a 150 credit hours of tuition paid at any public school in Texas. These are benefits that you’ve earned and they’re there for you to utilize.”

We spoke to Dan Hamilton, a Junior at the University of Texas, who served in the Marine Corps after high school and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. You can hear more about his story, and about the program, in the video above.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 

Highlights November 9-15

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Paradise, Season 2-Part 7 airs Sunday evening at 7!

On Worricker Sunday at 8 pm, Johnny Worricker escapes to the distant islands of Turks & Caicos, where an order from the CIA unexpectedly puts him back to work.

The Yorkshire countryside provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to these four chilling murder stories based on the Inspector Banks novels by Peter Robinson on DCI Banks Monday at 10 pm.

Antiques Roadshow takes us to Miami Beach, Florida and Madison, Wisconsin Monday at 7 pm for two hours.

Watch a portrait of the U.S. sled hockey team as they prepare for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia on Ice Warriors – USA Sled Hockey Monday at 9 pm.

On this week’s episode of Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm, they research the descendants and ancestors of the English who invaded America.

Navy Seals-Their Untold Story Tuesday at 8 pm recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandoes of the Deep” through firsthand accounts – including that of a D-Day demolition team member – and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementoes.

A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages on Nature Wednesday at 7 pm.

On NOVA: Emperor’s Ghost Army Wednesday at 8 pm, in central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, acrobats, and musicians, all built to serve China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife.

Steve Johnson discovers the unsung heroes of sound Wednesday at 9 pm on How We Got to Now.

Explore contemporary California rock with Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on Austin City Limits Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm.

Katha Pollitt, an award-winning author and columnist for The Nation, sits down with Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

The Daytripper travels to El Paso and Lubbock Thursday starting at 8 pm.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company Friday at 7 pm.

Hitmakers Friday at 8 pm is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers.

What makes a compelling story? Art in the Twenty-first Century Friday at 9 pm discerns not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning.

What story does your garden tell you? Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday takes a soulful look at your garden. Visit a garden where a family’s muse led to front yard food and backyard playground for them and the wildlife.

Watch country superstar Eric Church perform tunes from his hit album The Outsiders on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

On Agatha Christie’s – Poirot Saturday at 8 pm, while Poirot investigates a famed psychiatrist’s murder, crime novelist Ariadne Oliver looks into a couple’s mysterious death.

Father Brown Saturday at 9:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

Science Night November 12

Wednesday begging at 7 pm on Nature, the beaver, more than any other animal, is responsible for creating fertile landscapes across North America, but it hasn’t gotten much recognition for that accomplishment until now. A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages.

In central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, acrobats, and musicians, all built to serve China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. NOVA at 8 pm reveals the secrets of one of archaeology’s greatest discoveries and brings to life the startlingly sophisticated world of Qin’s legendary empire.

Imagine a world without the power to capture or transmit sound. Journey with Steve Johnson on How We Got to Now at 9 pm to the Arcy sur Cure caves in northern France, where he finds the first traces of the desire to record sound – 10, 000 years ago. He also learns about the difference that radio made in the civil rights movement and discovers that telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell thought that the best use for his invention was long-distance jam sessions. During an ultrasound on a pregnant dolphin, he realizes just how big a role sound has played in medicine. The unsung heroes of sound have had an impact on our working lives, race relations, saving lives and the radical alteration of cities.