Highlights April 24-30

KLRU Highlights

See how Sister Julienne’s faith is tested by and how a teenage pregnancy poses a problem for a young man on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The case of a suspicious death takes a surprising turn on Grantchester at 8 pm Sunday.

Jimmy comes up with a plan to save Harry’s bacon on Mr. Selfridge at 9 pm Sunday.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea
 Monday to Saturday at 8 pm. works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters — some famous, most not, from every walk of life — who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some— but not all — of how these majestic places came to be national parks.

The National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty at 7 pm Tuesday shares how these parks were created and reveals the secrets they hold. Travel with us on a trip around the state and across time to experience the past, present and future of the national parks of Texas.

Anthony Foxx, 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, is the featured guest on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Songwriting With: Soldiers offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Celebrate Wildflower Week to spare water and nurture us and wildlife, even in a side yard meadow on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids.




In the Studio: Mental Health Matters 5/10

Mental Health Matters

To bring light to the fact that May is Mental Health Month, KLRU — along with The Texas Tribune and The Mental Health Channel — will conduct a discussion about statewide mental health policy.

This discussion will take place on May 10th in KLRU Studio 6A. While this event is free, RSVP is required and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the taping will start at 7 p.m. RSVP now

Moderated by The Texas Tribune’s Alana Rocha, a panel of mental health experts will discuss how Texas intends to help remedy the challenges that face those who struggle with their mental health. Topics include mental health in our school system, veterans and mental health, and mental health and the criminal justice system.

Production made possible in part by The Nancy Neavel Family. 

Humanities In The Spotlight: 4/24 & 5/1

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On this brand new KLRU program, distinguished alumni and professors from the University of Texas at Austin discuss the importance of humanities.

Kicking off the series on April 24 are Elizabeth Richmond-Garza and Miriam Schoenfield at 1 p.m. Richmond-Garza is a Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of English and Director of the Program in Cooperative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Her talk focuses on the development of comparative literature as a discipline. Schoefield is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and she speaks on the nature of good.

Joining us right after at 1:30 p.m. are Julius Glickman and Gordon Appleman. Professor Jeremi Suri interviews prominent attorneys and distinguished University of Texas alumni, Julius Glickman and Gordon Appleman about the importance of liberal arts education.

Finishing off the day are Douglas Bruster and Cherise Smith at 2 p.m. Douglas Bruster is the Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor in American and English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. His talk focuses on the enduring relevance of Shakespeare. Cherise Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and Director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She discusses the racial critique in artwork by Michael Ray Charles.

The next week on May 1, start the day off with Susan Grant Palumbo and R. Kent Mcgaughy at 1 p.m. Associate Professor Janet Davis interviews finance professionals and distinguished University of Texas alumni, R. Kent McGaughy and Susan Grant Palombo. They discuss how education in the humanities has influenced their careers.

After that at 1:30 p.m., Humanities in the Spotlight presents Domino R. Perez and L. Michael White. Domino R. Perez is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Director of the Center for Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She speaks about how popular fiction can unite diverse audiences. L. Michael White is the Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Religious Studies and Director of the Insitute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins at the University of Texas at Austin. He talks about the importance of studying ancient fictional letters as historical documents.

Kimberly E. Monday and G. Sealy Massingil finish off the series at 2 p.m. Janet Davis interviews them as they discuss how their education in the humanities impacts the life and death decisions they make as surgeons.

Science Night 4/27


This week’s Science Night is all about how nature can work in our favor. At 7 p.m., see how our observance of owls helps us create innovative technology. Then at 8 p.m., learn how America’s national parks formed and how they benefit the people.

Nature Owl Power at 7 p.m.
Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919) at 8 p.m.
In John Muir’s absence, a new leader steps forward on behalf of America’s remaining pristine places; a new federal agency is created to protect the parks; and in Arizona, a fight breaks out over the fate of the grandest canyon on earth.

Q Night At The Movies 4/23: Chariots Of Fire & More

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This week, Q Night at the Movies looks back and celebrates innovators and groundbreakers. First, Variety speaks with actors who had standout performances in film in 2015. Then, Pioneers of Television pays tribute to some of the first female television comediennes, including Joan Rivers, Lucille Ball, Betty White, Carol Burnett and more. After that, On Story talks with Norman Lear, a television writer and producer who helped pave the way for how Hollywood intertwines situational comedy and progressive ideals. We end the night with Chariots of Fire, which showcases the trials and victories of British runners Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell in the 1924 Olympics.

Variety Episode #303 at 5:30 p.m.
The actors responsible for the most exciting performances of the year talk about their work-and more. Featuring Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs) with Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) with Lily Tomlin (Grandma), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Walk) with Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), Isabella Rossellini (Joy) with Charlotte Rampling (45 Years).

Pioneers of Television Funny Ladies at 6:30 p.m.
This episode includes the first standup comediennes to appear on television, including Joan Rivers and the late Phyllis Diller. Funny Ladies also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on I Love Lucy and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. Also, television’s most beloved variety star, Carol Burnett.

On Story Norman Lear – A Retrospective at 7:30 p.m.
Perhaps one of the most influential contributors to the landscape of situational comedies and progressive writing in Hollywood, Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform for how Americans experience social issues. In this week’s On Story, Lear remembers a few of his favorite episodes and how he created some of the most beloved characters in the history of television.

All-star Film Collection Chariots Of Fire at 8 p.m.
Personal goals spur British runners Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) and Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) to compete in the 1924 Olympics.

KLRU wins regional Edward R. Murrow Award

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KLRU’s Austin’s Eastern Frontier reporting project created in partnership with KUT and Austin Monitor received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the news series category from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). RTNDA, the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism, has been honoring outstanding achievement in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. You can read, listen and watch entire project here

Here are KLRU’s news stories:

KLRU reschedules 4/17 shows interrupted by rain


Due to the heavy rains on Sunday evening, KLRU experienced some technical difficulties that interrupted programming. We will be rebroadcasting the Sunday night dramas so fans can have a chance to watch without interruption before the new episodes air on April 24th.

Saturday, April 23 starting at 8 pm
8 pm Grantchester Episode 4
9 pm Mr. Selfridge Episode 4

Sunday, April 24
10 pm Doctor Blake “My Brother’s Keeper”
11 pm Doctor Blake “This Time and This Place” will start at 11 pm

The Father Brown originally scheduled for Sunday will air later this year.

You can watch online now here:


In the Studio: Colin Jost tapes Overheard 4/22


Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Colin Jost on April 22 at 11:45am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 11:15am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Colin Jost is co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” alongside Michael Che. This is Colin’s third season in the anchor chair.  He was previously co-head writer and a staff writer at SNL. Colin has won three Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his SNL writing. He writes occasionally for The New Yorker. He also wrote and starred in “Staten Island Summer,” a film based on his days as a lifeguard growing up in New York. Colin is in Austin performing at the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival.

Friday, April 22 at 11:45am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 11:15am

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th 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 Colin Jost. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

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