In the Studio: Ian McEwan tapes Overheard 9/9

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ian McEwan on September 9 at 2 pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 1:30pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed, highly distinguished author, whose thirteenth book, The Children Act, is out this month. McEwan has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites. He has been a contender for the Man Booker Prize many times, winning it in 1998 for his novel Amsterdam. He wrote Atonement, which received the WH Smith Literary Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award, and was later made into an Oscar-winning film. The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas recently acquired McEwan’s archive. He is in Austin for the first American reading of The Children Act on September 10 at the Ransom Center, and part of his archive will be on view in the Ransom Center’s lobby from September 9 to September 25.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Ian McEwan. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

Civic Summit: Mayoral Candidate Forum is now online

Austin voters will elect 10 council members in November from 10 new geographic districts. They’ll also elect a new mayor who will be the only person on the dais tasked with governing the city as a whole. On Wednesday, August 27, KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute hosted the first televised mayoral debate of the election cycle.

Steve Adler, Sheryl Cole, Mike Martinez, Todd Phelps and Randall Stephens answered questions from moderator Jennifer Stayton, host of Morning Edition on KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station. Most of the conversation centered around transportation as well as how the mayoral candidates plan to manage a larger, more diverse City Council.

Watch the video above to hear each candidate’s plan to move Austin forward. Election Day is November 4.

September 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In September 2014, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 pmNOVA encores “Ghosts of Machu Picchu.” Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. This program explores the extraordinary trail of clues that began on that fateful day in 1911 when Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham and continues to the present.

Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 pm: We have a special live event live from Baltimore’s harbor to mark the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem as GREAT PERFORMANCES presents “Star Spangled Spectacular: The Bicentennial of our National Anthem.”

Saturday, September 27 at 5:00 pm:  The 29th Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourages and recognizes the achievements of Latino celebrities in the entertainment and communications industries.

KLRU NewsBriefs: Drought impacts state’s freshwater supply

Matagorda Screenshot

This weekend during PBS NewsHour we have two stories that’ll make you appreciate your local swimming hole over the holiday weekend. Both stories come from our partners at The Texas Tribune.

Labor Day tubers heading for the Guadalupe River may want to watch our story from the Tribune’s Alana Rocha on Saturday. Riders are seeing slower currents and at some spots they have to get out and walk.

“With the reduced spring flow, the speed of the current is so slow that what normally a float trip would require a six-pack – now will require a case,” Bill West of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority quipped.

A longer version of this story is available on The Texas Tribune’s website.

On Sunday, our story travels further south from Austin, all the way to Matagorda Bay. The state’s second largest estuary is at the intersection of the inter-coastal waterway and the Colorado River. Less rain means less freshwater flowing into the area, which is harming seafood and the businesses that depend on it.

“For the Bay to recover we need several things: we need a lot of rain. Also we need to look for cooperative management of our freshwater inflows into the bay,” Leslie Hartman, Matagorda Bay Ecosystem Leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife said. “Certainly people in Austin need fresh water but our bays need fresh water as well.

You can see an extended version of that story here.

 KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend at 6:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

Science Night 9/3

Join us this Wednesday for KLRU’s Science Night!

Soaring with fish eagles, flamingoes, kelp gulls and vultures, Earthflight, A Nature Special PresentationAfrica shows us the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes. Fly with the most amazing winged creatures at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Next at 8, NOVA joins a new generation of archeologists as they probe areas of the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere, Machu Picchu. The team unearths burials of the 15th-century Incans and discovers land untouched since their time on Ghosts of Machu Picchu. Don’t miss the exploration on KLRU!

On Operation Maneater, veterinarian Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities. He joins the Polar Bear Alert team as they transport a captured bear by helicopter to a release site and more on Polar Bear, airing at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.

Check out the wonders of the world around us this week on KLRU!

Highlights 8/31 to 9/6

KLRU Highlights

POV “After Tiller” at 9 pm Monday presents a probing portrait of four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas.

Cuban Missile Crisis Tuesday at 7 pm  tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust.

Fidel Castro Tapes Tuesday at 8 pm uses only news and documentary footage — past and present — to detail the life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th Century.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well as interviews with defectors who are trying to chisel away at the regime’s influence.

Fly and arrow-dive with cape gannets among sharks, dolphins, whales and the great sardine run on Earthflight: A Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday. Soar with fish eagles, flamingoes, kelp gulls and vultures to see the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday looks inside Machu Picchu, the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca.

Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities on Operation Maneater at 9 pm Wednesday.

Texas country reigns on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features a conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The Octopus Project expresses the meaning of “multi” media by creating lively art through music, film and technology on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Sister Wendy and the Art of the Gospel Thursday at 8 pm uses great old master paintings and some modern paintings to tell us the gospel stories that were once universally familiar, but are now regularly disregarded.

David Suchet In the Footsteps of St. Paul part 1 at 9 pm Thursday begins on the path of St. Paul traveled throughout the Middle East/Asia Minor from Jerusalem to Turkey.

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace at 8 pm Friday offers a tantalizing look at the intersection of art and fashion.

American Masters “Sister Rosetta Tharpe” at 9 pm Friday tells the life story of the flamboyant African-American gospel superstar.

Since it’s the season to plant, fall into perennials with Nathan Uncleback from Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how dump claustrophic exotic shrubs for an updated native look. Out in the vegetable garden, John Dromgoole plants garlic.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

 

Q Night at the Movies! 8/30

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Stay in and snuggle up this Saturday with our weekly movie night only on KLRU Q!

First, the Hollywood review show Just Seen It airs at 7 p.m. Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story, Austin Film Festival’s original series, investigates the challenges of recreating a real story on film with the episode Based on a True Story. Discuss with Academy-award nominees like the screenwriter of The Fighter and scribe for Reversal of Fortune and At Close Range, and Ron Howard and the team behind Apollo 13. Watch the Austin original program Saturday night at 7:30 on KLRU Q!

Have your popcorn ready for the Hollywood Stars Film Package at 8! The classic action and crime drama Bonnie and Clyde (1967) starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway hits the screen telling the story of the notorious bank-robbing couple.

Don’t miss our night at the movies 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.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

el taller

KLRU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Latino experience. Year round, KLRU provides content and events that give a diverse perspective on our community. This September & October, Austin’s PBS station focuses on local programs and events including a screening of El Taller: An Arts In Context Special.

KLRU and The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center will host a preview screening of El Taller on Sept. 4th at 7 pm. Arts In Context director Mario Troncoso will be in attendance to answer questions about the film. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

This documentary follows a group of students and volunteers at Talleres Infantiles for a year as they work together to improve their community while maintaining their culture.Talleres Infantiles is a year round Spanish language art program for mostly low income students.  El Taller will air on Thursday, September 25 at 9:00 pm.

Other programs airing on KLRU for Hispanic Heritage Month:

Be sure to go to klru.org/artsincontext to watch Arts In Context Shorts documentaries on Esquina Tango on 9/26 and Gina Chavez on 10/10.

Central Texas Gardener  “Spanish Melting Pot Garden Design
Saturday, September 13 at 12 noon and repeats at 4:00 pm.
It is also presented on Sunday, September 14 at 9:00 am.
Who influenced your garden design? See how our Spanish and Mexican melting pot impacts us today. Visit an historic home where a walled Mission-style garden features a central aqueduct.

Independent Lens “The Graduates”
Part 1 of 2 airs on Monday, September 22 at 10:30 pm
Part 2 of 2 airs on Tuesday, September 23 at 10:30 pm
This mini-series is a journey into the heart of American education. More than a survey of contemporary policy challenges, it is an intimate and honest exploration of how students, their families and teachers are faring in a stressed public education system, during a politically complex climate, and during an unforgiving global economy.This is a story about how Latino students are faring in our nation’s public education system, but it is also a story about the American future.

Latino Americans on the South Plains
Tuesday, September 23 at 10:00 pm and Thursday, September 25 at 8:00 pm. A celebration of culture, music, and artistic expression by Latinos in West Texas through specific stories of larger significance.

Annual Imagen Awards 2014
Saturday, September 27 at 5:00 pm.
The 29th Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media.

Independent Lens “Las Marthas”
Monday, September 29 at 10:00 pm
The annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other in the country — its 94 percent Latino debutantes and their attendants all dress as Martha Washington or other patriotic figures from America’s colonial period.

Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To The Dance)
Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 pm
Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guest take the stage.

Arts In Context “Tardeadas”
Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 pm
A profile of Conjunto Los Pinkys, which also tells the story of Austin’s changing East side.

Arts in Context “Peligrosa”
Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 pm
Established in 2007,Peligrosa is a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America.

Ruben Salazar:  Man in the Middle:  A Voces Special Presentation
Thursday, October 9 at 9:00 pm
This documentary provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century. Part political expose, part narrative deconstruction, part poetic meditation, the film is an independent and thorough investigation of the life and death of Ruben Salazar, a prominent Civil Rights era journalist.

V-me  (broadcast channel 18.4)
Latinos Americanos
Fridays starting September 20th at 9:00 pm
Latino Americanos, is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.

V-me presenta Latino Americanos

Latino Americanos, el primer gran documental televisivo que presenta una crónica de las ricas y variadas historias y experiencias de los latinos de Estados Unidos que han ayudado a darle forma a América del Norte durante más de 500 años y que se han convertido, al ser más de 50 millones de personas, en el grupo minoritario más grande de Estados Unidos El contexto cambiante e incluso repetitivo de la historia americana ofrece un telón de fondo para el drama de la vida de los individuos. Es una historia acerca de la inmigración y de la redención, de la angustia y de la celebración, de la formación gradual de una nueva identidad americana que enlaza y empodera a millones de personas hoy en día.