Arts In Context: Scholar/Artist

“It’s really important to me that the people I know and love…are represented in the culture,” says playwright Lisa B. Thompson. She creates works from a wide range of genres that all have one thing in common: being unapologetically black. She balances her artistic life with her life as a professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas as well as her life as a mother – all of which feed into and inform one another.

Highlights Jan. 21-27

KLRU Highlights

ATX Together Decoding Codenext at 6 pm Sunday features a community discussion to find common ground as Austin overhauls its development code.

Examine the significance of the royal wardrobes of English monarchs over the last 400 years on Tales From The Royal Wardrobe  at 7 pm Sunday.

Discontent is growing in the country and an unexpected grief finally forces Victoria to put childish things away on Victoria Season 2 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday.

Go deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform on Independent Lens “The Force” at 8 pm Monday.

Canine Soldiers at 9:30 pm Monday explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols.

Join Ann Curry for the dramatic reunions of people separated by WWII on We’ll Meet Again “Children Of WWII” at 7 pm Tuesday. A Japanese-American woman sent to an internment camp hopes to find a childhood friend, and a survivor from a Jewish ghetto searches for the child of the couple who befriended him.

Nature “Animal Misfits” at 7 pm Wednesday reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

How did early engineers carve tombs into rock cliffs and funnel water to this desert city on NOVA “Petra: Lost City of Stone” at 8 pm Wednesday.

Travel with the scientific team granted unprecedented access by the Egyptian government to solve a 4,500-year-old mystery: what lies within the Great Pyramid at Giza on Secrets of the Dead at 9 pm Wednesday.

Thrill to an hour with legendary keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

Khizr Khan is the Gold Star father, author, and a Constitutional Rights Advocate on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday and 7:30 pm Friday.

Chet heads to Lake Travis on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Barnaby is torn between work and family obligations when the maid of honor at a high-society wedding is murdered just days before his own daughter’s nuptials on Midsomer Murders at 9 pm Thursday.

Everly Brothers – Harmonies From Heaven at 8 pm Friday tells the story of Phil and Don Everly, two of the most important and influential early rock n’ roll stars of the 1950s and ’60s.

Discover how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock ‘n’ roll on Fats Domino: American Masters at 9 pm Friday.

Discover what your soil can tell you and visit a regular yard turned into a food and fruit orchard on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Groove to a full hour with hip-hop superstars Run The Jewels on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The duo showcases its latest album Run the Jewels 3, as well as its greatest hits.

Taste of Black Austin 2/20

KLRU is a proud supporter of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce and its mission to promote the development of African American businesses in Central Texas. Join us at a Taste of Black Austin for a culinary experience that traverses the journey of black economic prosperity through the historical context of food on February 20 at the Peaches Social House. Purchase your tickets now.

The theme “From Field to Table” traces the influence of food and farming in the preservation of black history and culture.The evening will commence with an intimate reception on February 20, 2018 at Peached Social House, featuring savory hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of Austin’s favorite Black chefs and a curated photo exhibition showcasing unique food history.

Event tickets are available for $85 and community sponsor tickets are available for $150, which includes a VIP cooking demonstration preceding the reception.

Highlights Jan 14-20

KLRU Highlights

ALL NEW VICTORIA! Victoria Season 2 on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday. New mother Victoria is impatient to return to ruling, while Albert attempts to protect her from the news regarding British soldiers in Afghanistan.

Independent Lens I Am Not Your Negro at 8 pm Monday and 10 pm Friday watch a film that envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a revolutionary and personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux discover a tapestry of the unexpected in their ancestry, revealing slaves and free people of color, Civil War legacies and forgotten European origins on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm.

Secret Of Tuxedo Park: American Experience at 7 pm Wednesday explore the life of the unknown Wall Street tycoon, Alfred Lee Loomis, who led a double life as a scientist and whose secret lab in upstate New York helped develop the radar technology that would alter the course of history in World War II.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday investigates the sexual abuse of immigrant women — often undocumented — who clean the malls where you shop, the banks where you do business and the offices where you work.

Discover the white wolf, one of the most hardened predators on the planet, in Ellesmere Island’s unforgiving ice and snow at Nature Arctic Wolf Pack at 7 pm Wednesday.

How has this unique structure, built on a seismic fault, survived centuries of quakes on NOVA Hagia Sophia: Istanbul’s Ancient Mystery at 8 pm Wednesday.

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic at 9 pm Wednesday will combine stories of people and communities impacted by this epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines of dealing with the epidemic.

Helen Thorpe, journalist and author, on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Many people dream of visiting Switzerland and experiencing the sheer beauty of the Alps, the gushing glacier river waters, and of course, the legendary cheeses and chocolates on Samantha Brown’s Places To Love at Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet explores a small town that’s known as the home of “Billy the Kid” on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Barnaby’s former CID colleague Jack Colby left the force in disgrace following a sex scandal at the Causton police station on Midsomer Murders at 9 pm Thursday.

Explore the life and work of the A Raisin in the Sun playwright and activist who played a significant role in the civil rights movement on Lorraine Hansberry: American Masters at 8 pm Friday.

Grab a bit of history for your rose garden and tour a romantic garden carved into flooding terrain on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Thrill to an hour with legendary keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock. The jazz innovator surveys his decades-long career in his Austin City Limits debut Saturday at 7 pm.

New Season of Victoria

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Season 2 of Victoria premieres on KLRU January 14 at 8 p.m. And starting the night of the broadcast, all of Season 2 will be available on KLRU Passport. KLRU Passport members can lavish in the drama and beauty of this royal world through eight new episodes—without waiting for the broadcast each week!

Not sure what KLRU Passport is? It’s our member benefit that provides extended access to PBS programs on your computer, phone, tablet or OTT device. A sustaining gift of $5 or more a monthor a $60 one-time contribution qualifies you for KLRU Passport and unlocks thousands of episodes from our PBS library, with new programs added weekly.

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Join now just in time to catch up on every episode of Victoria Season 1 before the new season begins! Plus enjoy other KLRU Passport member favorites like PoldarkSherlockFinding Your Roots and The Great British Baking Show.

Highlights Jan 7-13

KLRU Highlights

Catch up on season one of Victoria before season 2 begins on Jan. 14th. Sunday starting at 7 pm watch the final three episodes of season one.

Follow filmmaker Jennifer Brea’s struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and meet others coping with this often-devastating and little-understood condition in this intimate documentary on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday.

In Elvis ’56 Monday at 10:30 pm filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond (An American Family) open a time capsule to reveal the legendary performer at the very beginning of his meteoric career.

Actors Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy trace their nonconformist ancestors on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm.

Discover the remarkable story of the perilous 1914 journey of Theodore Roosevelt and Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the dark and deadly heart of the Amazon rainforest on Into The Amazon: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

Join scientists as they trudge through mountains of snow, climb trees as tall as buildings, and soar high in the air to discover how global climate changes are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses on Nature Yosemite at 7 pm Wednesday.

Black holes are the most enigmatic and exotic objects in the universe. Find out more on Nova Black Hole Apocalypse at 8 pm Wednesday.

John Hodgman, author, comedian and actor, on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday and 7:30 pm Friday.

In this premiere episode, Samantha visits one of the most diverse and underrated cities in the United States: Houston on Samantha Brown’s Places To Love at 8 pm Thursday.

Chet goes to North Padre Island on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

When director Nick Cheyney is found beheaded by a guillotine on the set of his latest film, Barnaby and Jones are left with no shortage of suspects on Midsomer Murders at 9 pm Thursday.

Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at 8 pm Friday features an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Tony Bennett.

Enjoy an hour of unconventional rock with Father John Misty and the Black Angels on Austin City Limits at 9:30 pm Friday.

The Broad Street Ballroom, an architectural landmark in New York’s Wall Street district, provided the perfect backdrop for a riveting performance by musical visionary Sturgill Simpson on Live from the Artist Den at 10:30 pm Friday.

See how to avoid the most common tree problems and visit a family vegetable garden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Savor the best in Americana with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Amanda Shires on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.





KLRU PBS KIDS Writers Contest 2018 is now open!

The KLRU PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to KLRU, which will then select winners and award prizes on May 19, 2018. All entries will be published on KLRU’s website.

The KLRU Writers Contest will begin January 1, 2018 and will end March 31, 2018. Find out how to enter

To help you and your child with the story entry, check out last year’s winners and use the judging rubric to learn how your child’s story is scored.

Indie Lens Pop Up screening I Am Not Your Negro 1/17

Don’t miss KLRU’s screening of one of the most acclaimed films of the year, I Am Not Your Negro. This free Indie Lens Pop Up screening takes place Jan. 17th at 7 pm at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.

This Oscar nominee for Best Documentary envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Screening starts at 7 pm.

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For an early New Year’s goal, make a resolution you can keep and become a KLRU Sustaining Member. You can be proud knowing your monthly donation does the most good, providing a revenue source that lets KLRU make long-term decisions for programming and community outreach. And if you give before January 1, your gift qualifies for a 2017 tax deduction!

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When you give to KLRU, you are not only supporting quality television, from Call the Midwife to NewsHour to Austin City Limits to Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodYOU are bringing joy to Central Texas households who rely on our trusted, inspiring, non-commercial content. Your Sustaining Gift protects local public media now and into the future.

P.S. Anyone who becomes a Sustainer at ANY amount or increases their monthly gift by December 31 gets a KLRU Fan Kit, with KLRU decals, a koozie and more!

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