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Each year KLRU asks Central Texans to tell us what we’re getting right and how we can improve. These surveys allow us to both check in with individuals while also fine-tuning bigger picture ideas for the upcoming year. The more feedback we receive, the better we can serve the community.

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Oct. 1-7 Highlights

KLRU Highlights

George has everything going for him, Sam and Drake take up preaching, and Dwight vanishes after his elopement with Caroline on the Season 3 premiere of Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

Travel to the Boise Art Museum and marvel at a letter from Thomas Jefferson and a pricey ruby necklace on Antiques Roadshow Boise, Hour Three Monday at 7 pm.

Follow the rise of three swimmers on the autism spectrum as they reach for a life of independence and inclusion on POV Swim Team Monday at 9 pm.

Three wayward pets wreak havoc on the lives of their owners, neighbors, and distant acquaintances in Film School Shorts Pet Problems 10:30 pm Monday.

Join Larry David and Bernie Sanders as they trace their roots back to Eastern Europe Jewish communities on Finding Your Roots The Impression 7 pm Tuesday.

Ho Chi Minh leads revolutionaries to end French colonial rule, and Vietnam stands divided as the Cold War intensifies in Vietnam War Deja Vu Tuesday at 8 pm.

President Kennedy wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam, and a political crisis unfolds in the face of communist insurgency on Vietnam War Riding the Tiger 9:30 pm Tuesday.

See how caretakers and researchers help Naledi, an orphan elephant born in Botswana, find her place in the herd on Nature Naledi: One Little Elephant 7 pm Wednesday.

Master armorers re-engineer some of the greatest armor ever made and put it to the test 8 pm Wednesday on NOVA Secrets of the Shining Knight.

Frontline North Korea’s Deadly Dictator examines claims that Kim Jong-un ordered the assassination of his half brother and sheds light on his capabilities Wednesday at 9 pm.

Lyle Lovett, actor and four-time Grammy award winner, talks about his life and music on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Meet the Austin hip-hop group that defies genre and made their mark on the music scene with their signature live instrumentation on Arts in Context Magna Carda Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Rick travels across Europe to celebrate their top 10 festivities, including Carnival, Oktoberfest and the Scottish Highland Games on Rick Steves’ Specials European Festivals Thursday at 8 pm.

Take an intoxicating musical journey to Cuba where past, present and future collide in joyful celebration on Great Performances Havana Time Machine Friday at 8 pm.

Celebrate the recipients of the Hispanic Heritage Awards and watch performances by acclaimed Hispanic artists Friday at 9 pm.

Spend an hour with Ed Sheeran as he performs hit songs from his album ÷ on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

American Graduate: Angela De Hoyos Hart

Produced by the Pflugerville High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab students, Angela De Hoyos Hart talks about the lasting impact her work as a mentor has had on both her students and her own life.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.

American Graduate: Karen Yokum

Produced by the Lanier Early College High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab students, Karen Yokum talks about  her experience as a mentor.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.

American Graduate: Andy Roddick

Produced by Lanier High School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab Students, Andy Roddick talks about how mentors helped him on the path to success.

This video is part of KLRU’s American Graduate project. Be sure to tune in on October 14th starting at 1 pm for our American Graduate Day programming. American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.

At 5 pm on Oct. 14th will present I Am Here, which is also part of our American Graduate project. Produced by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective and Youth Rise Texas, “I Am Here” tells the story of Yesenia Martinez, an immigrant teen raised in the US whose family is undocumented. With a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the city, Yesenia has to grapple with the reality of living as an undocumented immigrant, and what that means for her future. Produced by young people in two of Austin’s most exciting youth programs, the film is an honest and emotional look into the real lived experiences of immigrant youth torn between the future they want for themselves and the future society will allow them to have.

Arts In Context Shorts: Guild of the Silent Sword

“When I was a youth …, I had no idea that there were any major empires, kingdoms or cities or cultures in Africa,” says Da’Mon Stith, founder of the Guild of the Silent Sword. With the goal of recovering and evolving the lost fighting arts of Africa, Stith created the Guild of the Silent Sword as a way to build community and awaken people’s understanding of African culture. He considers sword play “experimental archaeology” and uses it to feel like part of a larger, human story.

 

Highlights Sept. 24-30

KLRU Highlights

As the Tet Offensive unfolds, Americans begin to doubt LBJ in Vietnam War Things Fall Apart at 7 pm Sunday.

Ross does Elizabeth a favor, while George starts plan C against him in back-to-back episodes of Poldark starting at 8:30 Sunday.

Americans at home wrestle with the draft while soldiers in Vietnam face savagery with unflinching courage on Vietnam War The Veneer of Civilization at 7 pm Monday.

Hear veterans, Vietnamese immigrants, and protestors recount how their lives were affected by the Vietnam war on Austin Revealed Stories from Vietnam 9 pm Monday.

Follow a family’s musical journey from Veracruz to the American Midwest in Beyond La Bamba Monday at 9:30.

Three young women experience difficult homecomings as they confront the pain of growing up on Film School Shorts Coming Home 10 pm Monday.

Get an inside look at Oregon’s most talented animators in Oregon’s Animation Magic Monday at 10:30.

After the shocking massacre at My Lai, American soldiers and civilians begin to question the war’s rectitude in Vietnam War The History of the World 7 pm Tuesday.

Teens and boomers discuss the roles of citizenship and service in ATX Together: Lessons from Vietnam 9 pm Tuesday.

Ken Burns talks about the making of his Vietnam War documentary, and local veterans are profiled on Decibel Vietnam Special Tuesday at 9:30 pm.

Paula Pell talks about her background in theater and drawing from a funny family in On Story Queens of Comedy: A Conversation with Paula Pell Tuesday at 10 pm.

Jason Segel discusses his career in On Story Freaks & Muppets: A Conversation with Jason Segel 10:30 pm Tuesday.

South Vietnamese soldiers are defeated in Laos, and Nixon brings home American soldiers in Vietnam War A Disrespectful Loyalty Wednesday at 7 pm.

Follow one man’s growth from student activist to civil rights leader and see what issues face Latino millennials today on Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice 9 pm Wednesday.

Enjoy dazzling modern rock and soul performances on Austin City Limits Florence + The Machine/Andra Day Wednesday at 10 pm.

Nixon resigns and North Vietnamese troops overtake Saigon in Vietnam War The Weight of Memory 7 pm Thursday.

Barnaby and Jones are busy unraveling the deaths of a choir member and a bird watcher in Midsomer Murders Death in Chorus Wednesday at 9 pm.

Explore the influences Mexican and American craft artists have on each other in Craft in America Borders Friday at 8 pm.

Travel to and from the U.S. and Mexico to learn how aesthetics cross from country to country in Craft in America Neighbors Friday at 9 pm.

Enjoy dazzling modern rock and soul performances on Austin City Limits Florence + The Machine/Andra Day Friday at 10 pm.

“I am still a PBS Kid.”

As Jessica Michallick recently told KLRU, being visually impaired meant missing out on certain experiences, when she was in school.

“I didn’t get to participate in the science fair,” she recalls. “I didn’t get a chance to do experiments in school.”

It’s no surprise that this memory still stands out to her. One of Jessica’s favorite shows at the time was Bill Nye the Science Guy on her local PBS station.

“[It] just gave me such interest in science. I would do little experiments at home. My parents would always find weird things that I was freezing to see what would happen to them.”

At school, Jessica also experienced bullying from other students, but another PBS favorite, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, provided a sense of acceptance and belonging.

“[Mister Rogers] did a song called ‘It’s You I Like’ . . . I felt like he was really my friend. Like I would communicate with him through the TV.”

Like Jessica, many of us still remember exactly how it felt to be bullied as kids—even decades after the fact. Furthermore, as parents, many of us are now guiding our own children through struggles with bullying.

Jessica is a member of KLRU today because she knows firsthand that PBS provides space for all children to feel care and respect—and to learn how to deal with differences.

Parents can count on KLRU for children’s media that communicates empathy and builds self-esteem—all without advertising. In fact, parents continue to rate PBS KIDS as the most trusted and safe channel for children to watch. Read more about how PBS KIDS benefits children and parents. And PBS KIDS is now available 24/7!

Today, Jessica is all grown up, but she hasn’t forgotten what a difference these programs made in her life.

“I am still a ‘PBS Kid,’ ” she says.

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Watch Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War on air or online

THE VIETNAM WAR, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premiered Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 across all platforms, broadcast, and digital. All episodes will be available until 10/4 online at PBS.org and on station co-branded web and mobile platforms.

Watch Online:
Broadcast Version
Explicit Language Version
Spanish Version
Vietnamese Subtitles

Passport members have access to the entire film starting 9/17/2017 until 12/31/2017. Click here to learn more about our Passport member benefit.

Broadcast schedule:
18.1 airs Sept. 17-21 and Sept 24-28 starting at 7 p.m.
18.3 airs the nightly encore Sept. 24-28 and Sept. 24-28 at 8:30 p.m.

18.1 will air episodes weekly on Tuesdays in October and November.

Find episode details and the full schedule at this link.

To explore more about the film, get resources, share your story and watch additional videos go to klru.org/vietnam.You can also find out how to host your own screening of the film. Make sure to check out our local Vietnam War productions from KLRU’s Decibel, Austin Revealed, and ATX Together.