Highlights Nov 6-12

KLRU Highlights

Leslie gets thrown out of the house and ends up in court with Theo and Spiros as his attorneys on Durrells In Corfu On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

xamine the ways the USO has lifted the spirits of American service personnel for more than 75 years on USO – For The Troops at 7 pm Monday.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in modern history. Frontline The Choice at 8 pm Monday goes beyond the headlines to investigate what has shaped these two candidates, where they came from, how they lead and why they want one of the most difficult jobs imaginable.

Under the starlit, intimate setting of Rain Lily Farm, En Route Productions presents Shakespeare on the Farm. By bringing theatre off of the stage and farming into the city, the two groups take their respective passions to the masses on Arts In Context Shakespeare On The Farm at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Watch live coverage of election results with co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff and Mark Shields, David Brooks, Amy Walter and Andra Gillespie on PBS Newshour starting at 7 pm.

Track the story of cats into the Americas, from battles with the rival Canids, to the rise of domestic cats Nature The Story Of Cats: Into The Americas at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Shawn Colvin, a multi-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas.

Chet heads to Big Bend in back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances at 8 pm Friday presents Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Momma Rose in London’s hit revival of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Gypsy, about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee’s rise to fame.

Squirrels, raccoons and mice like our comfy quarters, too. See how to keep them out of your house on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Dig the best in modern rock with artists My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

It’s E3 Alliance’s 10th Anniversary!


We want to highlight our community partner E3 Alliance, a regional, data-driven education collaborative based in Austin, Texas, and are happy to shine a spotlight on their work. E3 Alliance has helped build the strongest education pipeline in the country to drive regional economic prosperity by breaking down barriers and building better alignment across the education continuum. Their name E3 stands for: Education Equals Economics, which captures their mission that only through greater educational achievement can Central Texas realize sustained economic prosperity and a higher quality of life.

This year, E3 Alliance is celebrating their 10th anniversary after being founded in 2006 by Susan Dawson, their President and Executive Director. In the decade they have been operating, they have led successful campaigns including a cross-sector effort with over two dozen industry, higher education, and district partners to increase the STEM student pipeline by over 634 percent. They also successfully launched the expansion of RAISEup Texas to transform middle school teaching and learning for 28,000 students and 1,100 teachers in 16 schools across our region.

In celebration of their 10-year anniversary, E3 Alliance is hosting “Geeks In Boots,” a fundraising party to raise awareness about their mission, celebrate and honor educational leaders and the region’s achievements, and build support for the innovation required to fuel success for students over the next decade. Ticket proceeds will be matched to support their RAISEup Texas Initiative. The event will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Brazos Hall. For more information and to buy tickets click here.

PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs: Cedar Ridge High School


With the election right around the corner, students from Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, TX have created videos for PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs with support from KLRU, talking about the issues that matter to them.

This election season, the Student Reporting Labs network of more than 100 schools across the country asked middle and high school students to talk to the next president about the issues they feel need to be addressed.

KLRU is also working with Austin, Eastside, Lanier, Pflugerville, and Manor High School.

In this video, students want the next president to make the American dream more accessible to people of color.

Michael Lobsenz wants the next president to enforce gun-free zones in schools.

Highlights Oct. 30 – Nov 5

KLRU Highlights

Gerry’s new soulmate has a surprising background on Durrells On Masterpiece at  7pm Sunday.

George maneuvers Poldark toward checkmate and the law hunts down free traders. Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Three rivals vie for Sooni and the Maharajah tests Ralph and Madeline on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Go inside the very first girls’ school in a small Afghan village on POV  What Tomorrow Brings at 9 pm Monday.

The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Examine the campaign strategies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, candidates at opposite ends of the political spectrum on Contenders – 16 For ’16 at 7 pm Tuesday.

Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through the eyewitness accounts of participants on Battle Of Chosin: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa on Nature The Story Of Cats: Asia To Africa at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s Embedded and co-host of All Things Considered.

Chet visits Conroe and Boerne on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Join Lincoln Center at the Movies at 8 pm Friday as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre showcases its spectacular range, diversity and artistry in this special presentation, which includes the company’s signature work, Revelations, along with three other pieces.

Plant a permanent tree to celebrate your garden all year long on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

New Halloween specials air this week on KLRU

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on KLRU Kids. On October 28, PBS KIDS will premiere The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween! on television and streaming devices. The new movie follows Nick and Sally as the Cat in the Hat takes them on an exciting Halloween ride. Additionally, PBS KIDS will premiere new Halloween-themed episodes from Dinosaur Train, Nature Cat, Ready Jet Go!

KLRU airs The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween special at 7 am and noon on the 28th; 7 am on Oct. 29th; 7 am on Oct. 30th; 8 am, noon and 2 pm on Oct. 31st!

Dinosaur Train Spooky Tree / Spinosaurus Super Model airs at 10 am on Oct. 28 and Haunted Roundhouse / Big Pond Pumpkin Patch airs at 10 am on Oct. 31st.

Nature Cat Runaway Pumpkin / Lady Bug Tough airs Oct. 27 at 7 am and 2:30 pm and Oct. 28 at 2:30 pm.

Ready Jet Go! Jet’s First Halloween airs on KLRU Oct. 28 at 6:30 am and 3 pm; Oct. 30 at 8 am and Oct. 21 at 6:30 am and 3 pm.

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the free PBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, Nature Cat Park Builder and Peg + Cat Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents.

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 pbslearningmedia.org. 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.

Five pumpkin recipes to make this fall


When fall comes around, the temperature starts to cool a bit, the sweaters start coming out, and you start seeing pumpkins everywhere. And, let’s face it, if you’ve gone out of your way to read this, you know you can never go wrong with pumpkins when it’s fall.

Here are a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes from PBS Food that you should try!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes for Breakfast


The smell of fresh pancakes will make it easier to get out of bed in the morning! Whip up this batch of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast and you’ll be the star of the house.

Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Alfredo for Lunch or Dinner

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If you thought you couldn’t add pumpkin to your main dish, think again. These ricotta stuffed shells with pumpkin alfredo are perfect for the season and will make a lovely centerpiece at the dinner table.

Pumpkin Apple Baked Beans for a Standout Side Dish


Add pumpkin AND apples to your baked beans and you’ll be the master of fall with this side dish. These pumpkin apple baked beans will surely stand out at Thanksgiving dinner or at your next potluck.


Pumpkin Maple Crème Caramel for a Creamy Dessert

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No meal is complete without a dessert! But don’t stick to the same-ol’ pumpkin pie you’ve always made. Branch out and give this pumpkin maple crème caramel recipe a try. If you love flan and pumpkins, you’ll definitely keep on coming back to this dessert.

Salted Pumpkin Caramels as a Seasonal Snack


If you’re in need of a sweet kick to fuel your day, why not try making these salted pumpkin caramels as a snack. The balance of sweetness from the caramel and pumpkin with a dash of salt make for a great treat.

KLRU NEXT Nights: Innovation in Austin 11/9


Get a hands-on look at Innovation in Austin by joining us for our fourth and final KLRU NEXT Night of 2016!

Starting at 6:30 pm at Google Fiber (map) on November 9, you’ll get to see the latest advances from innovators right here in Austin, and how they’re working on the cutting edge to make us a more connected community. Tickets are $10. Make sure to get them today!

Enjoy bites from The Capital Grille, locally brewed beer from Austin Specialty Distributors and drinks from Austin Cocktails!

Our featured innovators are:

And a big thank you to our sponsor, Thrivent!

Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary: Call for Home Videos!

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In 2019, PBS will air Country Music, a major documentary film series on the history of country music, produced and directed by Ken Burns.

To help them tell this story, they would like to collect home movies from fans and musicians for possible use in the film: families enjoying country music parks; crowds at fan fairs and concerts; behind the scenes and on the road with musicians. They are specifically looking for home movies from the time period of the 1950s through the mid 1990s.

If your home movies are used in Country Music, you will receive a DVD of the series, a poster signed by Ken Burns, and will be thanked in the film’s credits.

Please send home movies from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and/or 1990s. Do not send original footage: DVD or digital copies only. THE MATERIAL WILL NOT BE RETURNED. If your home movie gets selected for use, Florentine Films will contact you about getting access to the original footage. Clearly mark the disc with your name, address, phone number and e-mail (if available), so they can contact you if your footage is selected. Include a brief description, e.g., Sunset Park, Pennsylvania, July 1962; Fan Fair, Nashville,1996.

Send your movie(s) by December 31, 2016 to:
CM Home Movies
c/o Florentine Films, PO Box 613
Walpole, NH 03608

In the Studio: 5 Overheard tapings during Texas Book Festival


UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Overheard taping with Nick Offerman at 3pm has been cancelled. There are no plans at this time to reschedule.


Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for several tapings November 5 and 6, 2016 in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). The events are free but an RSVP is required for each taping. Please RSVP here.

             3 Tapings on Saturday, November 5             

T.C. Boyle, Author
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:15am (doors at 9:45am)

T.C. Boyle has published fifteen novels and ten volumes of short stories. His works include the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning World’s End: The Tortilla Curtain, which was awarded France’s prestigious Prix Médici étranger, and The New York Times bestseller The Harder They Come. His new novel The Terranauts was released this October.

Nick Offerman, Actor 
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 3:45pm (doors at 3pm)

Nick Offerman is an actor, comedian, author and carpenter best known for his role in the TV show Parks and Recreation. He has just released his third book titled Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop. The book takes readers behind the scenes of his woodshop and gives step-by-step instructions to many of his favorite projects.

Marcus Samuelsson, Chef 
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 6:15pm (doors at 5:45pm)

Marcus Samuelsson is a chef and restaurateur who has written numerous cookbooks. In 2013, he won the James Beard Foundation award for Writing and Literature related to food. He was the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times. His restaurant, Red Rooster, is located in Harlem, NY. His latest effort, The Red Rooster Cookbook, was released this October.

  2 Back-to-Back Tapings on Sunday, November 6  

Diane Guerrero, Actor followed by R.L. Stine, Author
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 10:45am (doors at 10:15am) 

Diane Guerrero is an actor on the hit shows Orange is the New Blackand Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has also been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. Her first book In the Country We Love recently hit the shelves.

R.L. Stine is a novelist, short story writer and TV producer. He is best known for his children’s horror fiction novels including Goosebumps,Rotten School and The Nightmare Room series. His works have sold over 400 million copies worldwide and have been on countless bestseller lists. His latest book Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story has just been released.

KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Entrance is based upon capacity

The Texas Book Festival brings more than 290 authors to Downtown Austin and the State Capitol grounds November 5th and 6th. One of the premier literary events in the country, the Texas Book Festival includes author readings, panel discussions, book signings, themed tents with cooking and children’s entertainment and much more. You can find more information, including the festival schedule and list of attendees, by visitingtexasbookfestival.org

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. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.