The 27 Club: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios


There’s a lot of things to be thankful for, but one thing we can all be grateful for is great music. Sadly, some of the most profound musicians of the 20th Century died at the age of 27 which has encouraged mythologizing on what actually happened. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at the age of 27 between 1969 and 1971. At that time, the deaths of these talented musicians did give rise to some speculation, but it wasn’t until  Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994 that the idea of a ’27 Club’ hit the mainstream.

This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’Blank on Blank,’ will take you into lost interviews with Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison and Cobain.

Jimi Hendrix on The Experience – Blank on Blank

Today’s rockers will probably tell you Jimi Hendrix was huge influence on their music and we can’t blame them. Hendrix, American rock guitarist, singer-songwriter, is regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists of all time and is still celebrated by music-goers today. On this episode of Blank on Blank, you will listen to Hendrix’s last interview, one week before his on September 18, 1970.

Janis Joplin on Rejection – Blank on Blank

Up until Janis Joplin rose to fame in 1967, the music industry was predominantly owned by men. Joplin is now considered the premier female blues musician of the 1960s, with a powerful, raw and emotional stage presence it’s easy to see why she still holds this title. However, the negative opinions from others deeply affected Joplin in a way we had no idea about. In this Blank on Blank video, you will see a different side of Joplin in her last interview before her death on October 4, 1970.

Jim Morrison on Why Fat is BeautifulBlank on Blank

Today’s society has engraved in us that being overweight is looked down upon by the public. Everywhere you turn celebrities and models show off their beach-ready bodies, but Jim Morrison has something to say about that. Frontman of the American rock band, The Doors, opens up in this interview about his personal experience with weight gain and his view on it.

Kurt Cobain on Identity – Blank on Blank

When you think of the 1990s one face comes to mind: Kurt Cobain. Lead singer of American punk band, Nirvana, Cobain was – and is- the spokesperson for every teenager that doesn’t feel accepted by society. Often, he was the outcast at school and found a way to release himself through punk music – which portrayed how he felt socially and politically. In this interview, you will learn how Cobain felt towards his own identity and how he dealt with it.


ATX Together: Why local public television matters


One week ago, KLRU hosted the ATX Together civic summit where hundreds of community members gathered to take part in a discussion over civil rights issues in Austin. According to a column in the Austin American-Statesman by James Barragan “this was a conversation that needed to happen.” It took place four days after the killings of five law enforcement officers in Dallas, which happened just days after the shootings of two black men at the hands of police. Yesterday, less than a week after the forum, another shooting happened in Baton Rouge, La.

While those things may appear to be relatively distant, they also happen on our streets.

In his column, Barragan points out the case of David Joseph, a 17-year-old black male, who was killed by an Austin police officer in February. He followed this by saying that “what we haven’t had are the difficult conversations about why this continues to happen in our country and, closer to home, our city.”

Monday night’s forum in KLRU’s Studio 6A was the first step to bring these conversations to the surface in our community, that many community members clearly “want to have.”

“While not perfect, it was the most honest and raw discussion on the topic of race that I’ve seen in the two years I’ve been in Austin,” Barragan said in his column.

The forum opened up a place for community members to voice their concerns and a platform to make a commitment to bring ATX Together.

Barragan continued on to say that, “that’s the power of local public television (and public radio for that matter — KUT carried the conversation live on its station): bringing concerned people together to tackle an issue.”

You can find the full column on the Statesman website.

If you want to participate in this discussion, KLRU has created an Facebook group for community members to keep the conversation going. You can also use the hashtag #ATXTogether on Twitter.

The Great British Baking Show Recipes


Not everyone is an expert baker, but to soften the craving for the next episode of The Great British Baking Show we compiled a list of the technical recipes featured in this season for you to try and recreate while you wait.

Frosted Walnut Layer Cake
marys_frosted_walnut_15679_16x9This walnut cake recipe from judge Mary Berry was the technical challenge for the first episode of this season. As Mary says, “follow the directions and it’ll be fine.” And it’s great for special occasions, like sitting down and watching The Great British Baking Show.

arlettes_17164_16x9For the biscuits episode of The Great British Baking Show, judge Paul Hollywood created this technical recipe for these delicious puff pastries, or “high-end light delicate cinnamon-flavoured biscuits.” Perfect to eat with a nice cup of tea.

paul_hollywoods_55351_16x9Baguettes are a staple to every French meal. While you can buy this French classic at the grocery store, it won’t compare to this technical recipe from Paul Hollywood you can make at home. This recipe was featured on Bread week of The Great British Baking Show.

Spanish Windtorte
spanische_windtorte_64745_16x9This Spanish Windtorte recipe from judge Mary Berry, is the one that requires the most time. It was featured in the “Desserts” episode of The Great British Baking Show and takes approximately four hours (preparation & baking time), but is sure to impress all those who taste.

You can find more recipes from The Great British Baking Show on the PBS website.

The next episode of The Great British Episode “Alternative Ingredients” premieres on July 22 at 8:00 p.m. followed by another episode “Pastry” at 9:00 p.m.

KLRU Summer STEM Resources


KLRU is a proud partner of many summer STEM camp providers in Central Texas. We have built this collection of PBS and other amazing and fun resources for participants in these camps and for anyone to use!

Audiovisual and interactive resources available through PBS MediaLearning site:

Web platforms and interactive games outside PBS that can be used in learning activities:

Software resources outside PBS that can be downloaded and installed on local computers:


When Scary Things Happen: Resources for parents


When scary things happen in the world around us, like the attacks in Nice, France or in our backyard like the Dallas shootings, children can feel afraid and anxious. It can be difficult for parents to address these issues with kids, so we’ve gathered a list of resources to help you navigate these difficult situations with your children.

Helping Children Cope After a Crisis or Emergency (PDF)

This sheet gives you a list of ways to support children after an unexpected event happens. Be patient, comforting, and understanding as they ask and you answer their questions. Remember that as an adult you also need to take care of yourself.

Draw Your Feelings Worksheet (PDF)

Sometimes children can express their feelings better creatively. Here’s a worksheet where kids can draw how they’re feeling.

Comforting Children Through Stressful Times

From Sesame Workshop, this link gives you a series of tips on how to help your kids get through scary situations.

Encourage Pretend Play

Sometimes children don’t understand their feelings and through pretend play they find out how they feel about something. This link helps you understand what role pretending can have in your child.

Here’s a video from Sesame Workshop that tells children who they can turn to in a scary situation:

For more videos and resources on how to help your kids in an emergency or crisis, you can visit

Summer Learning Day with KLRU Kids!

28314200065_ccf1e7b6ab_zKLRU Educational Services visited three partner sites yesterday to deliver summer learning fun to kids. All received an armful of fun summer learning materials, including PBS Kids activity books, picture/chapter books, puzzle cubes pointing to free KLRU/PBS Kids apps and websites, and Pete the Cat headbands!

Summer Learning Day is a national event led by the National Summer Learning Association designed to highlight the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer.

#keepkidslearning #klrukids

Nova’s The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers: Chris Hadfield


Astronaut Chris Hadfield was sitting in a tin can far above the world when he filmed his cover to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on board the International Space Station. He came back a viral sensation. Hadfield is known as the first Canadian to walk in space and spent 166 days in space before retiring in 2013.

In this series of Nova’s The Secret Life of Scientists, learn secrets from the man himself on living in space and becoming the world’s most internet viral astronaut.

The Universe Surrounds You

Hadfield talks about the putting on a space suit and how it feels to push yourself out into the universe.

Deep Questions for a Star Man

How do you feel about your mustache?  Hadfield answers a series of silly questions.

Space Oddity

Described by David Bowie as the most “poignant version ever made,” Hadfield filmed the cover in space while everyone else was sleeping.

PBS NewsHour Weekend Special: America in Black & Blue

America in Black & Blue

Today marks a week after the tragic Dallas shooting that left five officers dead and nine others wounded, following the deaths of two black men at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota that erupted in widespread protests. As tensions and grievances are on the rise on all sides, what is next for America? Tune in tonight at 8:00 p.m. as PBS NewsHour goes in-depth in their weekend special, America in Black & Blue.

The Great British Baking Show: Desserts 7/15


After eating the bread, it’s time for dessert. With nine bakers left, it’s time to tackle the final piece to a perfect meal. In this episode of The Great British Baking Show, contestants must make 12 crème brûlées in two and a half hours. They are instructed that the custard must be set and are not allowed to use a blowtorch to caramelize the top. Next, they have four hours to make a Spanische Windorte as part of the technical challenge. And finally, as the showstopper, contestants must create a three-tiered cheesecake. Who will be eliminated?

This episode premieres Friday, July 15 at 10:00 p.m.