Arts In Context Shorts: Belonging

“Everything is here for a reason,” says Sally Jacques, artistic director of Blue Lapis Light. Using a combination of stunning aerial dancers swinging from stacks, ground dancers, and haunting projections, Blue Lapis Light’s latest piece “Belonging: Part One” explores the beauty of the earth and the interconnectedness of all life.


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Highlights October 15-21

KLRU Highlights

Louisa meets a handsome Brit named Hugh, turning her landlady hostile, and her effort to get Greeks to pay for English cooking falls flat on Durrells in Corfu Sunday at 7 pm.

A failed harvest incites food riots, which George handles harshly, and Demelza and Ross get an addition to their family on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

A terrible secret is unearthed when Claude flees to the country to escape his demons, and Paul attempts to force his mentor to retire on Collection on Masterpiece 9 pm Sunday.

Father Brown becomes embroiled in an audacious art heist masterminded by his adversary on Father Brown The Judgment of Man Sunday at 10 pm.

Host Mark L. Walberg joins an appraiser at Magnolia Mound Plantation to learn about Campeche chairs, then heads to LSU Museum of Art to delve into the work of a local Louisiana artist on Antiques Roadshow Baton Rouge Monday at 7 pm.

Take an absorbingly intimate, verite look at a maternity hospital in the Philippines, the busiest on the planet, on POV Motherland Monday at 9 pm.

Whether in rural Japan or upstate New York, fitting in isn’t easy for two young men struggling to define their manhood without fathers on Film School Shorts Uncharted Waters Monday at 10:30 pm.

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

North Vietnamese troops stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Saigon struggles to pacify the countryside, and GIs discover this war is nothing like their fathers’ war on Vietnam War Resolve Tuesday at 8 pm.

Decibel looks at homelessness in Austin and the unique ways the community is tackling the problem on Decibel Homelessness Tuesday at 10 pm.

Writer and director Nancy Meyers talks about her career path and shares stories of collaborations with Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson on On Story Complicated Relationships A Conversation with Nancy Meyers Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Watch as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care, and learn whether their bonds have stood the test of time on Nature Animal Reunions Wednesday at 7 pm.

Explore Beijing’s ancient palaces and temples as experts restore its fading grandeur on NOVA Secrets of the Forbidden City Wednesday at 8 pm.

Go inside the brutal battle to defeat ISIS in Iraq’s second largest city on Frontline Mosul Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy a career-spanning set from The Pretenders as they perform hits from their latest album Alone alongside beloved classics on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Katy Tur is an NBC correspondent and the recipient of the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, and joins Evan Smith on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Learn how artist Calder Kamin sculpts animals using plastic bags on Arts in Context Plastic Planet Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet visits Belton’s heritage museum, stops at Texas’ oldest department store, and does some mountain biking on The Daytripper Thursday at 8 pm.

Check out the Texas Surf Museum, kite surfing and the original Whataburger with Chet as he travels to North Padre in The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

The body of a mischievous trickster is found floating below the weir in town, and Barnaby and Jones must untangle his family’s relationships when they start claiming his fortune on Midsomer Murders The Animal Within Thursday at 9 pm.

Join a most interesting conversation featuring a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

Emmy Award-winner Carlos Watson moderates and electrifying debate with digital and studio audience contributions on Third Rail with Ozy Friday at 7:30 pm.

Enjoy Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s classic 1963 musical of two feuding clerks in a parfumerie who don’t realize they’re romantic pen pals on Great Performances She Loves Me Friday at 8 pm.

Enjoy a career-spanning set from The Pretenders as they perform hits from their latest album Alone alongside beloved classics on Austin City Limits Friday at 10:30 pm.

Savor an hour with Grammy-winning, multi-platinum Southern country rock act Zac Brown Band as they perform songs from their latest record on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown becomes embroiled in an audacious art heist masterminded by his adversary on Father Brown The Judgment of Man Saturday at 8 pm.

A failed harvest incites food riots, which George handles harshly, and Demelza and Ross get an addition to their family on Poldark Saturday at 8:50 pm.

Sarah decides not to go through with an abortion, and Sir Richard challenges Carolyn to write an art critique for one of his newspapers on Place to Call Home Too Old to Dream Saturday at 9:50 pm.

The body of a mischievous trickster is found floating below the weir in town, and Barnaby and Jones must untangle his family’s relationships when they start claiming his fortune on Midsomer Murders The Animal Within Saturday at 10:37 pm.

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“KLRU programming was essential in forming my art.”

Local artist Hakeem Adewumi has been a creator for a long time, but he started out as another viewer like you.

“I grew up on PBS KIDS,” Hakeem tells KLRU. “I think all my friends did.”

Hakeem also distinctly recalls watching a civil rights program on KLRU that hit him hard, capturing a long history of racism and resistance.

“I really used that moment and experience,” he says. “I carry that with me to curate my art, to start talking about the importance of inclusivity and diversity and race, Black history and Black culture.”

Hakeem’s work has taken him all over the world, tracing the roots and pathways of the African diaspora. Last year, a KLRU documentary team followed Hakeem and collaborating artists for an episode of the original KLRU series Arts In Context.

Almost exactly a year ago, the episode premiered on PBS stations all over the country.

It’s something of a full circle for Hakeem: once, KLRU programming inspired and influenced him as an artist. Now, in turn, his story has become part of KLRU’s mission: to share history, art, culture and community with audiences near and far.

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Things get Odd with our Oddtober Halloween Programs

There’s a ton of spooky fun coming to PBS KIDS this October! In addition to the October 23rd premiere of Arthur and the Haunted Tree House on television and streaming devices, there are new Halloween episodes from Odd Squad, Splash and Bubbles, Sesame Street, and Cyberchase. There will also be the return of the hit specials: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween! and Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest.
KLRU airs Arthur and the Haunted Tree House movie at 6:30 am and 2pm on the 23rd on KLRU; 7 am and 8pm Oct. 23rd on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 and KLRU Q.
Word World: A Kooky Spooky Halloween | Sheep’s Halloween Costume — Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 12:30 pm
Ready Jet Go! Jet’s First Halloween — Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 1 pm
Splash and Bubbles: Yuck or Treat — Monday, Oct. 16 at 9:30 am
Odd Squad: Haunt Squad — Monday, Oct. 16 at 3:30 pm
SuperWhy! The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween — Friday, Oct. 20 at 11:30 am
Cyberchase: The Halloween Howl — Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:30 pm
Peg + Cat: The Parade Problem | The Halloween Problem — Friday, Oct. 20 at 12 pm
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest — Monday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 am
Cyberchase: Watts of Halloween Trouble — Monday, Oct. 23 at 6am
Sesame Street Halloween — Monday, Oct 23 at 10:30 am
Clifford’s Puppy Days: The Halloween Bandit | An Honest Spin — Sunday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 am
Fun Activities!
  • Carve out some time with your little one and create a PBS KIDS jack o’ lantern. We’ve made it easy for you with these pumpkin carving templates.
  • Do you have your Halloween costumes yet? PBS KIDS for Parents has all kinds of DIY costume suggestions including some from your favorite PBS KIDS shows!
  • Arthur and the Haunted Tree House features a sleepover. If your kids are excited about the idea of having a sleepover, but aren’t quite ready, Arthur has a daytime activity you can use to practice before you try the real thing.
  • Grab a flashlight and your favorite monster stories! PBS KIDS for Parents has some monstrously good book suggestions you can use for your very own Halloween sleepover.

This fall, PBS will also offer PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games. Teachers can use these resources to enhance homework assignments or kick-start classroom discussions. These free resources are available to teachers nationwide on Examples include Peg + Cat’s Tiger Trick or Treat, PBS LearningMedia’s All About the Holidays: Halloween, PBS Digital Studios’ Frankenstein, M.D. and more.

Highlights Oct. 8-14

KLRU Highlights

Get a fresh look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through dramatized monologues by the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson on Royal Wives at War 7 pm Sunday.

Ross goes to revolutionary France to search for information about Dwight, and Drake falls in love with the governess Morwenna on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

In Paris, Paul Sabine’s success in couture relies on his brother’s brilliant dress designs, and American photographer Billy pursues mysterious Nina in Collection on Masterpiece 9 pm Sunday.

Father Brown searches for a murderer when a body is discovered in a vineyard in Father Brown The Truth in the Wine 10:30 pm Sunday.

Head to Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum with host Mark L. Walberg to explore model cars made by Hudson Car Company in Antiques Roadshow Detroit, Hour Two 7 pm Monday.

Mark L. Walberg travels to Saarinen House to discuss world-renowned designer Eliel Saarinen in Antiques Roadshow Detroit, Hour 3 Monday at 8 pm.

See how longtime whale hunting practices on the Faroe Islands are threatened on POV The Islands and the Whales Monday at 9 pm.

Tom and Myrna are looking for love in all the wrong places in two stories of ill-advised affection in Film School Shorts Stranger Desires 10 pm Monday.

Follow the story of Austin’s premiere rap group, Magna Carda, as they make a name for themselves in a city with a long history of rock and roll in Arts in Context Magna Carda Monday at 10:30.

Fred Armisen, Christopher Walken, and Carly Simon each learn about a mysterious grandparent on Finding Your Roots Unfamiliar Kin Tuesday at 7 pm.

South Vietnam is in chaos, and President Johnson authorizes sustained bombing of the North in Vietnam War The River Styx Tuesday at 8 pm.

Writer Aaron Covington discusses how he and Ryan Coogler developed their idea to put a personal spin on the Rocky Balboa story in On Story Creed: A New Legend Tuesday at 10 pm.

Billy Wilder’s classic films are dissected to find what makes his filmmaking style so unique and relevant to audiences today in On Story Deconstructing Billy Wilder Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

New scientific research offers a fascinating look into the lives of intelligent and resilient red foxes on Nature Fox Tales Wednesday at 7 pm.

Discover how the last decade of groundbreaking archaeological digs has revealed major new clues to the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge on NOVA Ghosts of Stonehenge Wednesday at 8 pm.

Investigate how Scott Pruitt’s takeover of the EPA was propelled by conservative political forces and climate change skepticism in Frontline War on the EPA 9 pm Wednesday.

Relish an hour with best-selling pop sensation Ed Sheeran on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Senator Al Franken talks about his life as a comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host on Overheard with Evan Smith Al Franken, U.S. Senator/Comedian/Author Thursday at 7 pm.

Playwright Christine Hoang pulls from personal experience to write A Girl Named Sue, a play about unexpected love in Arts in Context A Girl Named Sue Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine in The Daytripper Marble Falls, TX Thursday at 8 pm.

Take a trip to Belton with Chet as he visits their heritage museum and sees the oldest department store in Texas in The Daytripper Belton, TX Thursday at 8:30 pm.

A man’s apparent suicide shocks a small village, but becomes more sinister when it is discovered he was not alone when he died in Midsomer Murders Dance with the Dead Thursday at 9 pm.

Catch up on major news events with a roundtable discussion facilitated by journalists on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

Emmy Award-winner Carlos Watson moderates an electrifying debate with contributions from digital and studio audiences on Third Rail with Ozy Friday at 7:30 pm.

Salute Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Nina Simone, and more on Great Performances Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017 Friday at 8 pm.

Relish an hour with best-selling pop sensation Ed Sheeran on Austin City Limits Friday at 10 pm.

Enjoy a set from legendary rock and roll band The Pretenders as they perform songs from their latest album, Alone, alongside beloved classics on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown searches for a murderer when a body is discovered in a vineyard in Father Brown The Truth in the Wine 8 pm Saturday.

Ross goes to revolutionary France to search for information about Dwight, and Drake falls in love with the governess Morwenna on Poldark 8:50 pm Saturday.

Sarah goes to Sydney under the pretense of visiting her sick aunt, and a friend of Carolyn’s arrives to paint Olivia’s portrait on A Place to Call Home Somewhere Beyond the Sea Saturday at 9:50 pm.

A man’s apparent suicide shocks a small village, but becomes more sinister when it is discovered he was not alone when he died in Midsomer Murders Dance with the Dead Saturday at 10:39 pm.


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Vietnam War documentary screening 10/4 at VFW Post #10427 in Leander

VFW Post #10427 and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS invite you to a screening of clips from the PBS documentary series THE VIETNAM WAR on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 pm.

VFW Post #10427 is in Leander at  8760 Ranch Road 2243, Leander TX 78641.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR,tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, andcontroversial events in American history as it has never before been told onfilm. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of thewar through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from allsides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well ascombatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Go to Strange Town for Halloween on KLRUQ

While documenting their paranormal adventures, Mark and Billy take you on a voyage through the history and unsettled stories that are left behind at haunted locations. With their cameras and investigative tools in hand, they’ve set out to explore the paranormal world and take you on a journey, to Strange Town. Watch episodes all month on KLRUQ!

Clay Pit
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
For years, paranormal stories have surfaced of a child and woman dwelling within the historic Bertram Building — now a popular Indian restaurant. Mark and Billy become the first investigative team to see if these claims are true.

Slice Of The Past / The Living Inn
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
This two-part episode begins at the Austin Pizza Garden. A building with over 130 years of history where multiple entities have made themselves known to the employees and guests. STRANGE TOWN then investigates Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street. A once abandoned home turned modern day Bed & Breakfast, guests report mists, shadows, apparitions, and other unexplained activity.

Tremont House
Oct 10 at 9 pm; Oct 11 at 1 am
Now a luxury hotel in downtown Galveston, TX, the Tremont House once acted as a makeshift morgue during The Great Storm of 1900. Guests and staff have reported paranormal encounters for decades. Are the lingering spirits a result of this tragedy or are there other explanations to be uncovered?

The Lovelorn Lady
Oct 10 at 9:30; Oct 11 at 1:30 am
STRANGE TOWN takes a trip to Galveston Island to investigate the majestic Hotel Galvez. Are the stories of a lost soul searching for her lover true? Are orphans that were killed in a hurricane still wandering the halls?

Ghosts of Hotel Past
Oct 17 at 9:01 pm; Oct 18 at 1:01 am
STRANGE TOWN investigates the most haunted building in Seguin, TX, the Magnolia Hotel. This 170-year-old establishment first opened its doors to weary travelers in 1844 and since then has experienced many tragedies and deaths within its walls. It is said to now be inhabited by 13 unsettled spirits. Which ones will Mark and Billy encounter?

Hay Legal Group
Oct 24 at 9 pm; Oct 25 at 1 am
A Victorian home in the Bremond Block of downtown Austin, TX has been plagued by the paranormal. A local law firm located in what was Pierre Bremond’s former home contact Mark and Billy to investigate and find answers as to who haunts their building. They capture some of their best evidence to date.

The Ward Home
Oct 24 at 9:30 pm; Oct 25 at 1:30 am
Mark and Billy travel to Gatesville, the “Spur Capital of Texas,” to investigate a home built in the late 1800’s. Who keeps terrorizing the current residents? Are the original owners to blame?

Old Yoakum Hospital
Oct 31 at 11:29 pm; Nov 1 at 3:29 am
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!