Community Cinema: Makers Women in Comedy 10/7

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of Makers Women in Comedy on Tuesday, October 7th, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Makers is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years.

After the screening. we will have a discussion about comedy and improv with  Lashonda Lester and Topping Haggerty.

Lashonda Lester
Lashonda Lester has been working in entertainment in some capacity for over 20 years. As a stand up comedian, Lashonda began her comedy career in Austin in 2008 and within 2 years of starting, she was featured on the cover of the Austin Chronicle. Lashonda recently made her national television debut for Nickelodeon’s NickMom Night Out comedy showcase hosted by The View’s Sherri Shepherd. . She was second runner up out of 200+ comedians in the 2014 Funniest In Person Austin competition and in August 2014, she was nominated by Austin Monthly Magazine’s Best of the City as Best Comedian. In addition to Weird True Hollywood Tales, she’s also the creator and executive producer of As Seen On TV, a top ten countdown show of television programs from the 80s and 90s.

Topping Haggerty
Topping Haggerty has performed and directed improv and sketch comedy for many years in Austin, New York City, and San Francisco. Recently you may have seen her puppet/human sketch comedy extravaganza BatShyt Crazy: Life Rude Puppets in August at The Institution Theater. She received her BA in Drama from San Francisco State University.

Halloween with KLRU Q Featuring Strange Town

Get into the Halloween “spirit” with KLRU Q beginning at 8:55 pm on Friday, October 31. KLRU Q will be airing three episodes of Strange Town, where Mark and Billy will take you on a voyage through the history of unsettled stories that are left behind at haunted locations in Texas. Do spirits exist with the living? If so, are these lingering energies willing to communicate from beyond?

The first episode of Strange Town takes a trip to Galveston Island to investigate the majestic Hotel Galvez. Are the stories of a lost soul searching for her lover true? Are orphans that were killed in a hurricane still wandering the halls?

Following at 9:25 pm, a two-part episode begins at the Austin Pizza Garden. A building with over 130 years of history where multiple entities have made themselves known to the employees and guests. Then, they investigate Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street, a once abandoned home turned modern-day Bed & Breakfast. Guests report shadows, apparitions, and other unexplained activity.

The last episode of Strange Town at 9:55 pm investigates the most haunted building in Seguin, Texas, the Magnolia Hotel. This 170-year-old establishment first opened its doors to weary travelers in 1844 and since then has experienced many tragedies and deaths within its walls and is said to be inhabited by 13 unsettled spirits. Which ones will Mark and Billy encounter?

We hope you join us for this haunting adventure 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.

October 2014 Family Choice

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

Monday, October 13 at 9pm: Independent Lens “Bully” highlights the challenges faced by bullied kids, “Bully” shows teachers and parents addressing aggressive behaviors that defy dismissal with “kids will be kids” cliches, and captures a growing movement to change the ways to address bullying in schools.

Wednesday, October 15 at 7pm:  NATURE “Animal Misfits” shows that alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival but demonstrate that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

Wednesday, October  29 at 8pm: NOVA “First Air War” joins a team of aviation buffs as they uncover the secrets of some of aviation’s most colorful and deadly early flying machines and explores how their impact played a key role in the nightmare slaughter of the Western Front.

KLRU Q’s Wild West Sunday, October 5

Join KLRU Q Sunday evening for a marathon that explores the Wild West of North America.

Beginning at 7 pm, three episodes of the Wild West with Ray Mears explore how the awe-inspiring landscape of North America shaped the story of the Wild West. It’s another series in which American viewers get to see their history – and themselves – through the eyes of a visitor from another country. In the first episode, Ray explores how timbered slopes fueled the lumber industry in the Appalachian Mountains. Following at 7:50 pm, the Blackfeet Indian Nation demonstrate bare-back riding skills and Dodge City is explored. And at 8:35, Ray explores the hostile geography of the Great Basin desert and the Sonoran desert.

Even more Wild West history is uncovered with highlights from American Experience’s films, America’s Wild West, at 9:30 pm. It features Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Custer’s Last Stand, Jesse James, Kit Carson and Wyatt Earp. The finale at 10:30 pm features iconic images and artifacts of the American West, and the story of Buffalo Bill Cody is explored in Buffalo Bill’s American West.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20

Lt. Gov. Debate Livestream 9/29

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We’re livestreaming the only lieutenant governor debate of the 2014 general election between state Sens. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio. Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey will moderate. Livestream takes place starting at 7 pm on Sept. 29.

Special thanks to Texas Association of Broadcasters and Univision Austin.

KLRU News Brief: Lt. Governor Debate Preview

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On Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend we’ll preview the only scheduled debate in the race for Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

Republican nominee State Senator Dan Patrick and Democratic nominee State Senator Leticia Van de Putte will face off in KLRU’s Studio 6A Monday, September 29, at 7pm. Texas Lieutenant Governor Debate 2014 will be broadcast statewide on PBS stations, on radio and on some commercial TV stations.

You can also join the conversation on social media with the hashtag: #LtGovDebate.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend at 6:30pm. 

Science Night October 1

A team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots on Nova | Building Pharoah’s Chariot Wednesday at 8 pm. They discover astonishingly advanced features, including spoked wheels, springs, shock absorbers, anti-roll bars and even a convex shaped rear mirror, leading one of them to compare the level of design to the engineering standards of 1930′s-era Buicks! By driving our pair of replicas to their limits in the desert outside Cairo, NOVA’s experts test the claim that the chariot marks a crucial turning point in ancient military history.

On Penguins: Spy in the Huddle Wednesday at 7 pm, newborn emperor penguins in Antarctica are caught walking on their mothers’ feet and taking their own first unsteady steps. In the Falklands, rockhopper chicks meet their unruly and predatory neighbors while eggcams provide unique views of the colony. In Peru, Humboldt chicks take on fur seals and take aim at gulls.

Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. Find out more about this unlikely chapter of history that has been buried by the Egyptians and belittled by early archaeologists on Rise of the Black Pharoahs Wednesday at 9 pm. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’.

Highlights September 28 – October 4

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Every fairy tale has its sequel. So, Masterpiece | The Paradise Season 2, Part 1 Sunday at 7 pm continues the saga, and time has not stood still since last season’s wedding disaster.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday at 8 pm, once again, Miss Marple begins to sort out the clues to solve the mystery, but can she solve the mystery before she finds herself in danger?

David Suchet has spent more of his life acting out the plots and dramas created by Agatha Christie than anyone else in the world. He now wants to embark on a journey to learn more about the woman who created him on Mystery of Agatha Christie with David Suchet Sunday at 9:30 pm.

Senator Dan Patrick and Senator Leticia Van de Putte square off in The Texas Debates: Race for Lieutenant Governor on Monday at 7 pm.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards will be airing on Monday at 9 pm.

On Independent Lens Monday at 10 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.

This week on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm, three of America’s greatest athletes, whose determination and love of sports were deeply shaped by their families, were all cut off from their true origins.

Don’t miss Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis as they square off in The Texas Debates: The Race for Governor Tuesday at 8 pm.

Laugh with Makers | Women in Comedy Tuesday and Thursday at 9 pm as they track the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like “Maude” to today’s multifaceted landscape.

Frontline Tuesday at 10 pm investigates the explosive growth of Macau as the gambling capital of the world and how major American casinos conduct business there.

Watched by spycams, penguins in Antarctica are caught taking their own first unsteady steps on Penguins: Spy in the Huddle Wednesday at 7 pm.

On Nova Wednesday at 8 pm, a team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots.

Rise of The Black Pharaohs Wednesday at 9 goes into the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’.

Watch Coldplay’s live performance on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm!

Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm meets with Lawrence Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker.

A stellar lineup of Mexican-American musicians take the stage in front of a live audience on Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go to the Dance) Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Go to the State Fair of Texas with Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Austin City Limits Celebrates Forty Years of showcasing the best music on television with Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Foo Fighters and more Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.

Beck performs live on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.