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Programs like PBS NewsHour explore key issues from as many viewpoints as possible, so that you can see and understand the bigger picture. Programs like Frontline have challenged conventional thinking, investigating issues before reaching national attention. KLRU news and public affairs programming covers a full spectrum of local and national issues. These programs — that serve as a constant, reliable source of trustworthy news for all Central Texans — are more essential now than ever before.

Your support is also more essential than ever before! Your investment is our commitment to superior, balanced journalism that you can trust. Your gift today will keep local public television thriving and bring you more quality, straight-forward reporting for years to come.

Q Night At The Movies Feb. 11 features Laura and Scarlet Street

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week’s Q Night At The Movies brings you more science and classics. Go back in time – from discussing and dissecting old movies to watching and admiring them, the classics theme is one you won’t want to miss.

The conversation continues with movie producer, Lynda Obst, about the importance of using real science in movies, her relationship with Carl Sagan and her experience meeting Stephen Hawking in Science Goes To The Movies, airing at 7:00 pm.

In this week’s On Story, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) discuss the modern day Neo Noir – a genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s and 50s – and dissect the basic styles, impulses, themes, and tones that embrace this form of storytelling, which airs at 7:30 pm.

An arrogant New York columnist (Clifton Webb) taunts a detective (Dana Andrews) obsessed with a slain woman’s (Gene Tierney) portrait in Laura, provided by the All Star Film Collection, airing at 8:00 pm.

When a man in mid-life crisis (Edward G. Robinson) befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has. The Corinth Films Collection brings you Scarlet Street at 9:30 pm.

Independent Lens – Tower airs 2/17

On what seemed like a typical summer day, August 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Using a unique blend of historical archival footage, interviews and rotoscope animation, TOWER reveals the action-packed, untold stories of the witnesses, heroes, and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. TOWER steps out of the shadow of history to reveal the subjects as they are in the present day, exploring the legacy of the shooting through the eyes of the survivors of a story they’ll never forget, but in some cases had not talked about for decades. Watch this episode of Independent Lens Tuesday, February 14 at 9:00 pm, and again on Friday, February 17 at 8:00 pm.

Talk: Race In America airs 2/20

The Talk – Race in America is a two-hour documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The Talk airs Monday, February 20 at 8:00 pm.

In many homes, “the talk,” as it is called, usually contains phrases like this … If you are stopped by the police: Always answer “yes sir, no sir”; never talk back; don’t make any sudden movements; don’t put your hands in your pockets; obey all commands; if you think you are falsely accused, save it for the police station. I would rather pick you up at the station than the morgue …

The film will present six personal stories to illustrate the issue from multiple points of view: parent, child, the police and the community. Filmed across the country, in communities including Long Beach, California; Oakland, California; St. Louis, Missouri; Richland County, South Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; and Cleveland, Ohio, the stories will include interviews with academics, police force members, community activists and family members.

Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis Screening and Discussion 2/21

In honor of Black History Month our partners at The LBJ School of Public Affairs present a screening and discussion of the new PBS film Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis. The film airs on KLRU Feb. 10th at 10:30 pm; Feb. 12th at 1 pm; and Feb. 20th at 10 pm.

The screening takes place Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the LBJ Presidential Library (10th floor Atrium). The event is free but you mus register online. Register now

Get in the Way is the first documentary biography about Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights hero and respected legislator whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years. The film captures Lewis’ courageous struggle and hard-won achievements and reminds audiences that passion and persistence can make the ordinary, extraordinary.

A discussion will follow the screening. Our panelists include:

  • Kathleen Dowdey, Film Director
  • Nelson Linder, President of the NAACP’s Austin Chapter
  • Dr. Tasha Philpot, Associate Professor of Government at The University of Texas at Austin and a scholar of black congressional history

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please register online if you plan to attend.

Overheard tapes John Doe 2/14

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with John Doe on February 14 at 11:15 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:45 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP. 

John Doe John Doe is an actor and musician who co-founded the Los Angeles punk band X. He has appeared in over 50 films and television productions including Great Balls of Fire!, Roadside Prophets, Roswell and more. His latest book, Under the Big Black Sun, explores the LA punk rock movement and its evolution.

Tuesday, February 14 at 11:15 a.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:45 a.m.
RSVP
Entrance is based upon capacity.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues its seventh 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 John Doe. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

KLRU Amplifies Austin!

Invest in KLRU and your community during Amplify Austin, March 2nd & 3rd! Join KLRU and more than 600 Austin area non-profits for Amplify Austin, and help build a more informed, connected and educated community.

Your contribution ensures that KLRU can continue to be your trusted window to the world, tell stories that matter to you, enrich your life with experiences and events and and educate your community with workshops that reach 5,000 local children every year.

KLRU has a goal to raise $50,000 during Amplify Austin and there are few ways you can help us reach it:

Schedule Your Donation NOW! Get your contribution in ahead of time so you don’t forget. On March 2 those scheduled funds will boost our progress right away! Donate here.

Save the Date! Add Amplify to your google calendar or join KLRU’s Facebook Amplify event. Don’t miss this moment to make a difference in Central Texas.

Get the Word Out! Spread the message through email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or wherever you internet. You can even tell people in person!

Fundraise with Your OWN Amplify Campaign Page! Get involved by becoming a P2P fundraiser. You set the goal. Share your KLRU passion and inspire others to support your campaign. Learn more here.

An investment in KLRU is an investment in YOUR community! Your trust and engagement ensures KLRU’s continued community impact.

5 PBS videos you can watch online with your sweetheart

Who knew PBS could be so romantic? We gathered a list of five videos – long and short – that you can stream for free online with a special someone

LOVE – Spy In The Wild

Get an intimate look at the never-before seen emotions of the animal world through the eyes of Spy Creatures brought to you by Nature PBS. Love isn’t exclusive to humans and you’ll learn to love even more through animals experiences from a pack of wild dogs to mating penguins and a herd of elephants.

Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special

In this special, watch some of the best love stories gathered over 10 years of StoryCorps come to life through animation. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay says, “We can learn so much about the people all around us – even about the people we already know – just by taking the time to have a conversation.”

My Gal, Rosemarie

Somewhere on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Rosemarie and Ray pass time in an apartment packed and cluttered with the detritus of a half century of marriage. With their meager social security checks gone straight to covering rent every month and nothing in savings, Ray collects cans to get a little cash together so he can grant Rosemarie her one and only 90th birthday wish: a trip to In-N-Out.

Sweet Tips for Starting Beehives

Gardening is the perfect activity to pick up as a couple and this episode from Central Texas Gardener is sweeter than honey. Get tips on how to make a habitat that’s pollinator friendly and get tips on how to start a beehive.

The couple that gardens together, stays together.

**BONUS PASSPORT VIDEO – Animal Odd Couples

If you have KLRU Passport, Animal Odd Couples is available for you to watch.

Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable.

Science NightFeb. 8

This week’s Science Night spans across many levels of curiosity – from the intelligence fuzzy creatures in the wild, to how to build boats and airplanes, this Science Night is one you won’t want to miss.

Spy Creatures infiltrate the world of animal intelligence, ingenuity, and creativity. Watch our spies disguised as animals observe a gray squirrel stealing Spy Nut, a sea otter cracking open a meal, and an orangutan washing with soap! Watch the Intelligence installment of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Miniseries, airing Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Learn what it takes to get a million people off the ground-from building the world’s biggest passenger plane to controlling the flow of passengers through the busiest airport on the planet to the perils of takeoff in the coldest city on Earth on City In The Sky, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm Saturday Night.

Highlights Feb. 5-11

KLRU Highlights

As Pinkerton looks at the Greens more closely, they join forces to hide an ugly secret. McBurney, hoping to distance Foster from Mary, sends him to a nearby army camp on a house call, all on this week’s episode of Mercy Street, airing Sunday at 7:00 pm and again on Thursday at 9:00 pm.

Courtship at court leads to second thoughts and other complications. Will Victoria and Albert take the fateful step into matrimony? And will the queen promise “to obey” her foreign prince? Find out on this episode of Victoria, which airs at 8:00 pm on Sunday and again at 8:00 pm on Saturday.

In this week’s Secrets Of The Six Wives, Worsley presents the last three wives: Anne of Cleves, called “ugly”; young Catherine Howard, whose tragic childhood was abusive; and finally, the far from saintly nurse, Katherine Parr. Airs at 9:00 pm Sunday, and again at 9:00 pm on Saturday.

A murder at the local army barracks using a legendary broken sword leads Father Brown to investigate another death at Dunkirk some 13 years ago. Find out on Father Brown, airing Sunday at 10:00 pm.

D.W. Griffith’s 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. The film features Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and others. This episode of Independent Lens, “Birth of a Movement”, airs Monday, February 6 at 9:00 pm.

Interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city on Austin Revealed, airing at 10:00 pm on Monday.

In Sacred Hearts, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez’s latest work carries the weight of generations, airing at 10:30 pm Monday night.

Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men-Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader-as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life, in this episode of Finding Your Roots, airing at 7:00 pm Tuesday.

Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement, from Ruby Ridge to Waco, that led to the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history the 1995 bombing by Timothy McVeigh that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City: American Experience airs at 8:00 pm on Tuesday.

In this episode of On Story, Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, deconstructs the unconventional romantic comedy’s progression from script to screen and reminisces on his unique collaboration with the legendary Harold Ramis, which airs Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

Spy Creatures infiltrate the world of animal intelligence, ingenuity, and creativity. Watch our spies disguised as animals observe a gray squirrel stealing Spy Nut, a sea otter cracking open a meal, and an orangutan washing with soap! Watch the Intelligence installment of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Miniseries, airing Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Learn what it takes to get a million people off the ground-from building the world’s biggest passenger plane to controlling the flow of passengers through the busiest airport on the planet to the perils of takeoff in the coldest city on Earth on City In The Sky, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm Saturday Night.

On Austin City Limits, thrill to an hour of soul and gospel. Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise, which airs at 10:00 pm Wednesday.

Margaret Atwood is an award-­winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. She’s best known for her novels The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Listen to this week’s Overheard with Evan Smith, airing at 7:00 pm on Thursday.

This week’s segments of Living Springs include: Cleaning Day; Didgeman; Baptism; Eternal Vigilance, airing at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

For this episode of The Daytripper, Chet visits a town in the piney woods known for designing the famous “Lone Star” flag. He tours a wolf sanctuary, eats meatloaf in the historic district, and then goes “fly boarding” on beautiful Lake Conroe. This episode airs Thursday night at 8:00 pm.

Join Chet as he explores what makes San Antonio the #1 tourist town in Texas. From learning the real history of The Alamo, to floating The Riverwalk, to eating authentic Tex-Mex at the historic Market Square, join Chet on all his adventures on The Daytripper, this Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara comes up against an enemy that exists beyond human perception. Find out what happens on this episode of Doctor Who, airing at 10:00 pm on Thursday.

Join host Samuel L. Jackson for an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Gershwin Prize, with a special appearance by Berry Gordy, founder of Motown. Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song airs Friday, February 10 at 8:00 pm and repeats on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 pm.

This year’s Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was given to Carole King — the first lady of pop music songwriting — whose career has crossed six decades. Join for musical performances from many popular artists as well as The President of the United States Barack Obama, this Friday at 9:30 pm.

This one-hour documentary presents one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement, Rep. John Lewis. Lewis was one of the leaders of the SNCC, one of the original Freedom Riders, and the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. The program follows Lewis today and tells the stories of his role in the Civil Rights Movement and early political career. John Lewis – Get in the Way airs Friday, February 10 at 10:30 pm and repeats Monday, February 20 at 10:00 pm.

In this episode of Austin City Limits, revel in an hour of modern rock with UK superstars Foals and Texas legend Escovedo. Foals play tunes from the album What Went Down, while Texas bard Escovedo showcases Burn Something Beautiful, joined by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and alt-rock luminaries, airing at 7:00 pm Saturday night.