KLRU Partners With ACA For A Creative Sector Summit 4/19


Since January 2015, the Austin Creative Alliance has convened a series of Creative Sector Summits to progressively address the affordability challenges facing the arts, culture and creative industries in Austin, and KLRU is a proud partner!

On Tuesday, April 19, Austin Creative Alliance’s CEO, John Riedle, will speak at the upcoming Creative Sector Summit. Joining him are Shea Little (Big Medium, ACA Board Chair), Jenny Larson (Salvage Vanguard Theater), Debbie Kizer (Imagine Art), Brad Carlin (thinkEAST) and Clara Brill & Matt Puckett (Mother Falcon). The event is free, but you must register to attend. Register now

With over one hundred organizations and leaders from music, performing arts, film, visual arts, design and media participating in the process, the summits identified the most urgent shared issue as a crisis in creative infrastructure. Amid skyrocketing property costs and rapid population growth we confront a looming loss of music venues, theaters, galleries, studios and work space.

The Summit will take place in KLRU Studio 6A and the schedule is as follows:

6PM: performance by Mother Falcon and complimentary Tito’s cocktails.
6:30PM: briefing
7:30PM: Q&A and member discussion

Join KLRU NEXT for NEXT Nights: Brews & BBQ 4/20


Be a part of KLRU NEXT’s newest event series – NEXT Nights.

On April 20th, we’re geeking out about Brews & BBQ! Enjoy fare from Austin’s own microbreweries and local BBQ icons. Brew masters and pit masters alike will be there to share their goods, as well as personally share with guests the art and science behind their crafts

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
WHERE: Waller Ballroom – 700 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
Tickets are $15 ($20 on the week of the event).  PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

We’ll have tastings from:
Strange Land Brewery
New Braunfels Brewing Co.
Oasis Texas Brewing Co
Argus Cidery

Micklethwait Craft Meats
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

And learn a little about brews & BBQ from:
Evan LeRoy (Freeman’s)
Tom Micklethwait (Micklethwait Craft Meat)
Lance Kirkpatrick (Stiles Switch)
Strange Land Brewery
New Braunfels Brewing Co.

NEXT is KLRU’s young professionals group, comprised of a diverse, well-connected, civic-minded membership (ranging in age from 25 – 45). NEXT members support KLRU and its focus on arts and music, public issues and education in the Austin community. Members are KLRU’s next generation of leaders and philanthropic supporters. Find out more at klru.org/next

In the Studio: Tom Hayden tapes Overheard 4/26


TomHayden_400Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Tom Hayden on April 26 at 4:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4:15pm.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Tom Hayden is an anti-war activist and author. Best known for speaking out against the Vietnam War, Hayden has been an activist for more than 50 years. He served 18 years in the California legislature. Today he is  a member of the editorial board and a columnist at The Nation and is Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, California. He’s written more than 20 books and was once married to Jane Fonda. Hayden is in Austin to speak at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Vietnam War Summit.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a sixth 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 and don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

In the Studio: Steve Case tapes Overheard 4/25


SteveCasePlease join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Steve Case on April 25 at 11:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:45am.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Steve Case is Co-Founder of AOL and a venture capitalist. As CEO of Revolution he has backed companies like Zipcar, Sweetgreen and Living Social. He’s known as one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs and executives, focused on supporting startups. Case is also a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and was a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He is author of a new book entitled The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future. Case is in Austin to speak about his book at the Long Center.

Science Night 4/20

This week, Science Night celebrates what various animals offer the Earth. At 7 p.m., we’ll see how beavers can reverse the effects of global warming and water shortages. Then at 8 p.m., learn how elephant highways in Southern Africa are helping these endangered species survive. To end the night, join experts as they observe how a once endangered ecosystem is now thriving.

Nature Leave it to Beavers at 7 p.m.
In this episode of Nature, see why a growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages.

NOVA Wild Ways at 8 p.m.
From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to some of our planet’s most cherished – but endangered – species.

Best Of Big Blue Live at 9 p.m.
Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in Monterey Bay, California, to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food.

Highlights April 17-23

KLRU Highlights

Learn why the pressure is on at Nonnatus House to find the source of a dangerous case of typhoid on Call the Midwife Episode #503. Witness the reactions to an unwed schoolteacher’s pregnancy Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 8 p.m., an apparent suicide leads Sidney to perform an exorcism on Grantchester Season 2 on Masterpiece Episode 4. Gary goes on trial. Leonard bets on a longshot. Margaret makes her move. Amanda confronts her lost love.

On Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 4, Grove and Josie make a new start. Frank is in the doghouse. Movie mogul Harry courts trouble with a mob boss and a press lord Sunday at 9 p.m.

Watch history being made on Independent Lens Democrats/Soft Vengeance as Zimbabwe attempts to draft its first-ever democratic constitution. Filmed over three years, see how this riveting account of a country’s challenging first steps towards democracy plays like a true-life political thriller Monday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m., visit influential towns across the country on 10 Towns That Changed America. From Greenbelt, Maryland, and Seaside, Florida, to Riverside, Illinois, and Levittown, New York, learn about the places that had a lasting impact on the way our cities and suburbs are designed.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., join the first-ever scientific investigation of Shakespeare’s grave, Shakespeare’s Tomb, which reveals fascinating new evidence about what lies beneath the infamous “curse stone” – a warning against any man who “moves [my] bones.”

Tuesday at 9 p.m., follow four children surviving in war-torn Aleppo and their escape to a new life in Germany with Frontline Children of Syria. The program films the family over three years, from the siege of their city to the kidnapping of their father to the struggle of becoming refugees.

Point Taken #102 debates hot-button issues in a passionate, but respectful manner Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Dropping Back In Building A Better Life sheds light on the fact that there are two million jobs available today that are going unfilled because there are no skilled workers available. Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., this new program in the series looks at successful apprentice and training-based programs preparing under-educated and unemployed people for available jobs by teaching valuable skills.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., learn about how a growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages on Nature Leave it to Beavers.

From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to some of our planet’s most cherished – but endangered – species Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NOVA Wild Ways.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in Monterey Bay, California, to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food on Best Of Big Blue Live.

Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. on Austin City Limits Tweedy, songwriter Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae.

Overheard with Evan Smith President Barack Obama features the 44th President of the United States Thursday at 7 p.m.

Arts In Context Thirst explores an art installation that takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Grove, Texas is a microcosm of Texas history–a scene of pioneers and cotton gins, gristmills and gunfights, and even a bank robbery. Over the next 37 years, this dedicated historian proceeded to create a living museum using The Grove as a backdrop. Learn all about it Thursday at 8 p.m.

On The Daytripper San Angelo, Tx, Chet dives into town’s wild west history with stops at Fort Concho and a brothel museum. Watch him eat donut sandwiches and stuffed avocados, mountain bike the scrubby landscape and look for fresh water pearls dug from a local river Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Friday at 8 p.m., Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for “turning the other cheek” on Jackie Robinson Part Two. After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

On Austin City Limits Eric Church, the country superstar performs hits and tunes from his bestselling album The Outsiders Saturday at 7 p.m.

Q Night At The Movies 4/16: New Episode of On Story & More

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

JohnSingletonQuoteCardStandardQ Night At The Movies kicks off with back-to-back episodes of Variety. After that, On Story brings on John Singleton to discuss his influences and process. Finishing off the night is The Remains of the Day, a movie about a butler’s struggle between his devotion to work and his love for a housekeeper.

Variety Episode #301 at 5:30 p.m.
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Cate Blanchett (Carol/Truth) with Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes), Will Smith (Concussion) with Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Brie Larson (Room) with Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight) with Michael Keaton (Spotlight).

Variety Episode #302 at 6:29 p.m.
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) with Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Carey Mulligan (Suffragette) with Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Steve Carell (The Big Short) with Rooney Mara (Carol), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) with Jason Segel (The End of the Tour).

On Story John Singleton’s Classic Influences at 7:30 p.m.
John Singleton, the youngest and first African American filmmaker to win an Academy Award for his work on Boyz in the Hood, discusses his process, influences, and inspirations, from the work of acclaimed playwright August Wilson to pioneering directors Spike Lee and Federico Fellini.

All-star Film Collection The Remains Of The Day at 8 p.m.
An English butler’s (Anthony Hopkins) devotion to service keeps him from the housekeeper (Emma Thompson) he loves in 1930s England.

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:


Austin Teacher Receives National PBS Recognition!


2013 ADE North America InstitutePBS LearningMedia has just announced its 2016 National Digital Innovators, and for the second consecutive year, an outstanding faculty member from Westlake High School is on the list. Lisa Johnson is Westlake HS’s Educational Technologist, helping teachers fold cutting-edge digital media into instruction and student creations. Her passion for teaching + technology has resulted in her alter ego “TechChef.” As TechChef, Lisa maintains a TechChef4u blog, Co-hosts “Appy Hours 4 U” and “iVengers Radio”, and has co-authored the professional development ebook “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” with close to 20,000 international downloads.

As a LEAD Innovator, Johnson will travel to Denver to meet with Digital Innovators from across the country in order to share practices and advise PBS LearningMedia on effective uses.

Johnson’s own boys have grown up with Dinosaur Train, WordWorld, and Curious George. Her latest LearningMedia favorite is the Masterpiece Collection, both the original version and the Pinterest variation.

PBS-LearningMedia-Vertical-High-ResView the complete list of 2016 Digital Innovators here.

PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Currently, the site has over 100,000 resources from the PBS Archives and other important sources such as the National Archives. Learn more about this program at klru.pbslearningmedia.org


Update (April 13, 2016): An additional five local educators have been named Digital Innovators as well for 2016-2017. They are:

  • Mitch Fairchild – Sci-Tech Preparatory, Austin
  • Claire Grant – Lanier High School, Austin ISD
  • Diane Hance – Grisham Middle School, Round Rock ISD
  • Angela Tackett – Harmony School of Political Science and Communication, Austin
  • Ryan Torbey – Harmony School of Science, Austin

This group will receive one free year of online professional development options from PBS LearningMedia.

Arts In Context Shorts: Austin Community Steelpan Band

More than an after-school program, the Austin Community Steelband has created an expressive place to uplift local youth through learning steelpan music.  Originating in Trinidad, steelbands served as a way for poor and oppressed people to come together and express themselves through music. Executive Director Paula Beaird and Musical Director Cecil Francis continue manifest the soul of Trinidad by providing a free musical instruction where underprivileged children learn skills like memorization, focus and listening that they can take home and apply to their lives at home and in school.  With an emphasis on collaborative and enriching learning, the students have turned it into more than an after-school program.  They are now a part of a vibrant, historically-rich musical community that extends beyond the city limits of Austin, Texas.