Science Night Jan. 25

Follow this week’s Science Night as we discover more about the subdued creatures known as sloths, the digging of treasure beneath the waves of our oceans, and finally, the crisis of Alzheimer’s and the effects of the disease on the human race.

Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers. Filmed in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, this is a story of friendship between a journalist and the sloth she named Velcro and a network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them. This episode of Nature airs Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

A team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

This powerful documentary illuminates the impending social and economic crisis for America unless a cure for Alzheimer’s is found. Watch as the national public health threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease is revealed, on Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, Wednesday night at 9:00 pm.

Q Night At The Movies Jan. 21

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week’s Q Night At The Movies brings you on a journey through space and time – and the women who were a part of it. Start off with a look back on the making of Star Trek, then work your way through the night with commentary on old classics like Thelma and Louise. Follow through history to discover how women made their marks on classic hollywood films and defined entertainment as it is known today.

In Science Goes To The Movies, Princess Leia, Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson have all been made into holograms – How was it done? And how close are we to having real Marvel Universe labs like Tony Stark’s? Dr. Vinod Menon explains what exactly a hologram is, how they are created, and what the future might hold for this impressive technology – airs at 7:00 pm.

Callie Khouri reflects upon her experience working with Ridley Scott and writing the classic female-driven-buddy film, Thelma and Louise, followed by a short film by Avram Dodson titled Pistachio Milk, in this week’s On Story, airing at 7:30 pm.

Three fed-up secretaries (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton) kidnap their sexist boss and force him to authorize office improvements in Nine to Five, a member of the All-Star Film Collection, airing at 8:00 pm.

In Women’s List: American Masters, meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ new “List” film featuring Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Wendy Williams and more, starting at 9:55 pm.

The documentary THE GIRLS IN THE BAND relays the poignant, inspiring, yet often unknown stories of female jazz artists and big band instrumentalists from the late 1930s to the present day. These highly skilled women endured decades of sexism, racism and diminished opportunities to succeed in a field that seldom welcomed them. THE GIRLS IN THE BAND airs at 10:55 pm.

Highlights Jan. 22-28

KLRU Highlights

In Mercy Street, a former slave turned activist arrives in town, causing a rift between Foster and Mary while Emma and Frank’s romance ignites and Samuel plans for a reunion with Aurelia, this Sunday at 7 pm and Thursday at 9 pm.

Facing rioters and suitors, Victoria grows into her royal role. As she ponders marriage, her friendship with Lord Melbourne grows more complex on this episode of the new show, Victoria, this Sunday at 8:00 pm and again Saturday at 8:00 pm.

In The Secrets Of The Six Wives, Worsley examines the happy marriage of Henry VIII to first wife, Katherine of Aragon and despite her skill and devotion as his queen, she fails to give Henry the son he needs and he falls for Anne Boleyn, airing Sunday and the following Saturday at 9:00pm.

After Sir Raleigh’s new bride insists on seeing his Egyptian mummy, her dead body is found in a locked room, on this episode of Father Brown airing on Sunday at 10 pm.

On this Independent Lens, follow the story of the death of Kitty Genovese, who was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Queens, New York, in which the media asserted that 38 neighbors watched but did nothing to help, airing Monday at 9:00 pm.

In this episode of Arts In Context, Considering Matthew Shepard, Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare bring depth and emotion to a harrowing story of loss, which airs Monday night at 10:30 pm.

Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world in Rachel Carson: American Experience, airing at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Through interviews with key players, the film shows how Trump rallied millions of supporters, defeated adversaries, and who he’s bringing into the White House with him, this special episode of Frontline at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967), and opens new chapters in U.S. history-and provides vital clues to the way our nation does business today. Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill airs Tuesday night at 9:00 pm.

Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers. Filmed in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, this is a story of friendship between a journalist and the sloth she named Velcro and a network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them. This episode of Nature airs Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

A team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

This powerful documentary illuminates the impending social and economic crisis for America unless a cure for Alzheimer’s is found. Watch as the national public health threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease is revealed, on Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, Wednesday night at 9:00 pm.

On this episode of Austin City Limits, welcome up-and-coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to ACL. Price supports her debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, while Carll sings songs from his album Lovers and Leavers, which airs Wednesday at 10:00 pm and Friday at 11:00 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith, features R.L. Stine, known for his children’s horror fiction novels including Goosebumps, Rotten School, and The Nightmare Room series discusses his new book, Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Hosted by British actress Patricia Routledge, the charming documentary BEATRIX POTTER WITH PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE recounts the life story of internationally beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter, this Thursday at 7:30 pm.

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 in this episode of The Daytripper, airing 8:00 pm on Thursday.

Country music superstar Brad Paisley returns to his roots in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains for a special outdoor concert at West Virginia University on Brad Paisley – Landmarks Live In Concert: A Great, Friday at 8:00 pm.

Explore the country legend’s hard-fought road to stardom in American Masters: Loretta Lynn, this Friday at 9:00 pm.

Enjoy modern roots rock with Band of Horses and Parker Millsap, playing on Austin City Limits at 7:00 pm Saturday.

Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1000 years, this formidable fortress has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armoury and the Royal Mint. In this episode of Secrets Of The Tower Of London, we go behind the Tower’s ancient walls, opening it up to expose its secrets and stories, airing at 10:00 pm on Saturday.


Black History Month 2017

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Black History Month, KLRU and KLRU Q will broadcast a special lineup of programs exploring African American culture.

KLRU programs include:

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.

Austin Revealed “Civil Rights Stories” airs Monday, February 6 at 10:00 pm features 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.

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 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.

Meet African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has a peculiar passion – meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to change their minds and forge racial conciliation, one racist at a time. This Independent Lens, “Accidental Courtesy”, airs Monday, February 13 at 9:00 pm.

In the wake of recent tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police. Talk – Race in America airs Monday, February 20 at 8:00 pm.

Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought, with new interviews from Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others. Maya Angelou: American Masters airs Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 pm.  Online we have a short film from Maya Angelou talking about Con Men.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. invites viewers to discover the complexity, grandeur and diversity of the great civilizations that once flourished across the African continent. The three part series, Africa’s Great Civilizations, airs February 27, February 28 and March 1 at 8:00 pm.

Black Women in Medicine honors black female doctors around the country who work diligently in all facets of medicine. By combining historical context with a look at the current generation coming up through the ranks, Black Women in Medicine chronicles stories of excellence and perseverance that engage, encourage and motivate, planting seeds of aspiration in the minds of future doctors. Black Women in Medicine airs Monday, February 27 at 10:00 pm.

Finding Your Roots, Season 3 continues with the premiere of episode seven, “Family Reunions,” featuring Sean Combs and LL Cool J. Finding Your Roots “Family Reunions” airs Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 pm.

KLRUQ programming FEB. 19, 2017

On Sunday, February 19, join KLRUQ for a night reflecting and honoring lives of African Americans, past and present. Discover more information about race relations in the U.S. and how those have shaped politics today.

Colored Frames reflects on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists. Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it provides a truthful, unflinching look at often-ignored artists and their progeny. Colored Frames airs at 5:00 pm.

By interviewing local villagers, fishermen and truck drivers, and accessing their oral accounts, Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels aims to recover the lost history of the Amistad insurrection, told from a seldom-voiced perspective in the historical struggle against slavery. The documentary chronicles a trip made by academics and historians to Sierra Leone in May of 2013 as they retrace the path of the 53 Africans who rebelled against their captors and seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, leading to a watershed US Supreme Court decision. Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels airs at 7:00 pm

During the summer of 1964, the nation’s eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state. Freedom Summer: American Experience begins at 8:00 pm.

Bridging The Divide tells the story of how Bradley’s coalition of African Americans, Jews, white liberals, Latinos and Asian Americans united a divided city, brought inclusion and access, and set the foundation for inter-racial coalitions that encouraged the elections of minority candidates nationwide, including President Barack Obama. Bridging The Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race airs at 10:00 pm.

KLRU brings Conspirare’s Considering Matthew Shepard to TV

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, in collaboration with Conspirare, is bringing Considering Matthew Shepard to television. KLRU has assembled an award-winning team to help adapt the three-part oratorio into a unique theatrical experience for the small screen. The Considering Matthew Shepard television adaptation will be formatted for a 90-minute broadcast and distributed nationally to PBS stations in 2018 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Shepard’s death. The performance will be recorded live in front of an invitation-only audience February 1 at 7:30 pm at ACL LIve at The Moody Theater.  Watch a trailer here.

Considering Matthew Shepard is a Grammy-nominated three-part oratorio composed by Craig Hella Johnson. The work is an evocative and compassionate musical response to the murder of Matthew Shepard. On October 6, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and left to die, in what became an infamous act of brutality, and one of America’s most notorious anti-gay hate crimes. Shepard’s murder ultimately led to the creation of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and provided a catalyst for legislation that expanded the definition of a hate crime to include sexual orientation. In 2009, Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Composer Craig Hella Johnson had a profoundly personal reaction to both the murder and its resonance. The Shepard family and Foundation engaged with Johnson in the creation of the work, and allowed the use of fragments from Shepard’s personal diary.

“We are honored to be partnering with Conspirare to bring this important and meaningful work to a national audience,” said Sara Robertson, KLRU’s VP for Production and Technology. “Considering Matthew Shepard is a powerful piece that connects with you on different emotional levels. We feel public television is the perfect medium to share this message and encourage community conversations around the themes of acceptance and human rights.”

Considering Matthew Shepard isn’t strictly a biographical work but rather a reflection of our society and our collective experience told through the lens of one individual story. One of the most remarkable elements of Shepard’s continuing legacy is the powerful inspiration his life and death have provided to artists of every genre. Considering Matthew Shepard joins the ranks of many significant artistic responses to Matthew Shepard’s legacy. Most noteworthy is The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project, which has been seen by more than 30 million people. Jason Marsden, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation calls Considering Matthew Shepard “by far the most intricate, beautiful and unyielding artistic response to this notorious anti-gay hate crime.”

Watch KLRU’s Arts In Context documentary about Considering Matthew Shepard

Produced by KLRU and directed by Peabody Award winning Broadcaster and Producer Elliott Forrest, the music’s storytelling will be supported by visuals explicitly designed to appeal to the television viewing audience. The backdrop of the stage with be a large screen for projections and will augment the storyline and libretto through color, video and text.

The recording of Considering Matthew Shepard on the harmonia mundi / [PIAS] label debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart in mid-September, 2016.  The Chicago Tribune called it  “one of the best classical albums of 2016.”

“This exciting collaboration with KLRU, feels for us like the opportunity of a lifetime, said Craig Hella Johnson, Founder and Artistic Director Conspirare.  “The musicians and I are deeply committed to sharing the light and power in the story of Matthew Shepard.  We feel that this television production will bring both his story and Conspirare’s music to a much broader national audience. I am inspired by the level of talent, imagination, and dedication that I experience in our KLRU colleagues. Perhaps best of all, this has that great feeling of being an Austin-based creation and partnership.  I feel so grateful that KLRU is bringing their distinctive brand and love to this project.”

The film will be accompanied by outreach and engagement programs, providing opportunities – facilitated by public television stations- for communities to participate in a national conversation about acceptance, compassion and bullying.  Considering Matthew Shepard is a co-production of KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and Conspirare.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS:
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique – whether music, arts or public issues – by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at

About Conspirare:
Established in Austin, Texas in 1991, Conspirare is a Grammy-winning and internationally recognized choir with a reputation for “expanding the boundaries of choral performance” (Wall Street Journal). Conspirare, which translates from Latin as “to breathe together,” is led by founder and Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson, and is comprised of soloists from around the country. Conspirare’s extensive discography includes 11 releases on the harmonia mundi / [PIAS] label. The 2014 album The Sacred Spirit of Russia won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance. Conspirare’s ambitious mission is to engage the power of music to change lives. Through its artistic excellence, creative programming, commissioning, and educational endeavors, the organization has established itself as an agent of change and a bedrock of the Texas arts community and beyond.

Taste of Black Austin 1/31

KLRU is a proud supporter of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce and its mission to promote the development of African American businesses in Central Texas. Join KLRU and Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce for the Taste of Black Austin on Jan. 31st at the Peaches Social House. Purchase tickets now

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 10.52.22 AMTaste of Black Austin is a culinary event that explores the narrative of economic development through the historical context of food. The event will open with an intimate reception on January 31, 2017 at Peached Social House featuring savory hors d’oeuvres prepared by nine of Austin’s favorite Black chefs and a curated photo exhibition showcasing Austin’s unique food history dating back to 1870.

Event tickets are available for $65 and community sponsor tickets are available for $120 and include a VIP cooking demonstration preceding the reception. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Urban Roots. In 2008, Urban Roots began as a program of another youth development nonprofit to empower and develop Austin youth and promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Taste of Black Austin allows guests the opportunity to taste various hors d’oeuvres that have been recreated to chronicle Black food history in Central Texas from 1870 to present. The menu will feature bite sized portions of dishes found in archived recipe books and historic menu selections.

Highlights Jan. 15-21

KLRU Highlights

In this episode of Sherlock on Masterpiece at 6 pm and 9 pm on Sunday, 9 pm Thursday, 10 pm Saturday written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, long-buried secrets catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a long game indeed and Sherlock and Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over?

As a new queen, the young Victoria struggles to take charge amid plots to manipulate her. Her friendship with the prime minister leads to a crisis in Parliament. Watch the first episode of Victoria Sunday at 8 pm and Saturday at 8 pm.

Austin filmmaker Mat Hames newest documentary What Was Ours airs on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday. A tribal elder and Vietnam vet, who hasn’t left the Wind River Indian Reservation in over 40 years, visits the underground archives of Chicago’s Field Museum with two young Arapaho to explore ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years. Together they try to learn how these artifacts vanished from their tribe in the first place.

Ladonna Harris: Indian 101 at 10 pm Monday profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris.

Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill at  7 pm Tuesday and 7:30 pm Thursday reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967).

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday and 8 pm Wednesday examines the partisanship that gridlocked Washington and charged the 2016 presidential campaign, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle and the racial tensions that have erupted throughout the country.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features David Fahrenthold, a reporter at The Washington Post and most recently covered the 2016 presidential campaign.

Grammy-winner Alicia Keys performs in notable locations all around New York on Alicia Keys – Landmarks Live In Concert at 8 pm Friday.

From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, American Masters August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand at 9 pm Friday captures the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare.

Welcome up-and-coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. Price supports her debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, while Carll sings songs from his album Lovers and Leavers.


Q Night At The Movies Jan. 14

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week at Q Night, watch old classics with Cary Grant and Judy Holiday. Then, join us late for another screening of Miss Springmaid.

A scrap-metal tycoon (Broderick Crawford) pays a Washington newsman (William Holden) to make his girlfriend (Judy Holliday) couth, on Born Yesterday, airing at 8 pm on Saturday.

Spouses (Irene Dunne, Cary Grant) try to spoil each other’s chances for romance before their divorce becomes final in 90 days, on The Awful Truth, airing at 9:45 pm on Saturday.

From the late 1940s until his death in 1959, he spearheaded an innovative ad campaign that made Springmaid sheets a household word and changed the approach of the country’s advertising industry. The “Colonel” was already a WWI hero and author of War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator, when he inherited his father’s South Carolina textile company in the 1930s. Watch Miss Springmaid this Thursday at 10:30 pm.


Texas lawmakers gear up for the 85th legislative session

The gavel is down and the debates have begun. As lawmakers are gearing up for the debates in the 85th Texas legislative session, we are too!

We will be bringing you stories from the Texas State Capitol as the session is in full swing. With issues ranging from the controversial bathroom bill to education and the economy, check out the stories impacting Central Texas.

Let us know in the comments the topics you want to learn more about and tell us what you’d like to see covered.