Science Night May 17

This science night, don’t miss out on dolphins, boats, and food!

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. “Animal Misfits” reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life. Nature begins Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

For over 1000 years, chariots thundered across China’s battlefields-dominating warfare longer than anywhere else on earth. Now, a series of amazing archaeological findings enable a team of experts to reconstruct and test China’s first super-weapon, on this episode of NOVA, beginning Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Travel the world with Michael Mosley and James Wong to learn how the hidden chemistry in every mouthful of food keeps our bodies fit and healthy, all on Food – Delicious Science, beginning Wednesday at 9:00 pm.

The Talk on 5/12 and 5/14

Generations of black parents have had The Talk with their children about how to survive interactions with police. Earlier this year, The Austin American Statesman and KLRU-TV hosted a community discussion on the issue and on how our community can work toward positive solutions for change. The taped version of this discussion, ATX Together: The Talk, will be broadcast on KLRU Friday, May 12th, at 9:30 pm. Moderated by KLRU’s Judy Maggio and the Statesman’s Alberta Phillips the discussion features police officers, Austin city officials, and members of the community sharing their perspectives and potential solutions. Immediately before the local conversation, take a look at the national perspective on The Talk: Race in America starting at 7 pm Friday, May 12th. The two shows will also air on Sunday, May 14th, starting at 3 pm.

The Tarnished Violet Crown

The kaleidoscope of colors at sunset across the hills west of Austin is why our city is sometimes called “The Violet Crown”.  On a clear day, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. It’s one of many things I treasure about this wonderful place we call home. I’ve had a lifelong love affair with Austin, but just as we must face tough conversations with the people we hold dear, it’s high time to talk about racism. Austin prides itself on being progressive and welcoming, but people of color often don’t feel welcomed here, at all.

“It’s not truly a violet crown if everyone doesn’t have a chance to prosper”, Huston Tillotson University President, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette told the packed audience attending a Leadership Austin Engage Breakfast, I moderated recently. She and AISD Superintendent, Dr. Paul Cruz took the stage as the Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities. It’s a long name. But some say the city has a long history of marginalizing  African Americans and Latinos.

Leaders on the task force tackled five main areas where inequities often bubble to the top: education, real estate and housing, health, finance and criminal justice. Task force members proposed ideas and solutions to at least begin addressing institutional racism and inequities in Austin. There are no magic bullets. These are just the first steps in a marathon that still needs thousands more runners heading for the finish line. The only thing you’ll need to train for that marathon is a big dose of self-reflection. Dr Cruz told the group, “Typically we  look out the window and say that’s what needs to change. But take a look in the mirror and say, what am I going to do to change that?”  

I see a middle-aged white woman when I look in the mirror. I consider myself lucky because I had  parents who fought for civil rights and educated me about deep-seated issues of race and inequity. Yet, I don’t know really know how oppression and discrimination feel. I’ve never been marginalized because of the color of my skin. 

Here’s what I DO know. We can’t start solving racism unless we each do our part. We must listen intently with open hearts and minds and do some serious soul searching. Small steps can make a big difference. Perhaps it’s as simple as hiring someone who doesn’t look like you or attending a service at an African American church.      

Dr. Burnette told the Leadership Austin audience, “ We all need to be agents of change. As long as you stay in your comfort zone, you won’t experience the magic.”

Let’s face it, wouldn’t it be magical if all the colors in the violet crown burned brightly and prospered?      

Get the the 70 page final report from the task force now

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Julián Castro 5/24 & David Brown 6/10

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith in co-presentation with The Texas Tribune for two exciting interviews in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). The events are free but an RSVP for each taping is required. Please complete the RSVPs below. Entrance is based upon capacity.

Julián CastroWednesday, May 24 at 2:15 p.m.
Doors at 1:30 p.m.
RSVP here
Julián Castro served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017. Before moving to Washington, Castro served as Mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014. He currently lives in San Antonio with his family.




Chief David Brown 2Saturday, June 10 at 10:15 a.m.
Doors at 9:45 a.m.
RSVP here 

David Brown is a thirty-three-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, from which he retired as chief in October 2016. Now a correspondent for ABC News, he is also an adviser for Texas organizations focused on positively influencing early childhood education efforts, mental health awareness and treatment and assistance for formerly incarcerated persons. His first book titled Called to Rise hits shelves this June.

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

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps up 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 for tapings with Julián Castro and David Brown. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at

These Overheard tapings are co-presented with The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Learn more at

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Science in movies, Grace & Frankie, Show Boat, Roberta Flack and More on Q Night at the Movies 5/6

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

7 pm: Science Goes To The Movies
Movie Producer, Lynda Obst, talks about the importance of using real science in her movies, which include “Contact” and “Interstellar.” Not only has science influenced cinema but movies have reciprocated its influence on science as well.

7:30 pm: On Story A Conversation With Marta Kauffman
Marta Kauffman and Season 3 of Grace & Frankie (Netflix May 2017).

8 pm: Show Boat
The captain’s daughter (Kathryn Grayson) marries a gambler (Howard Keel) who turns performer on a Mississippi riverboat.

9:50 pm: Variety Studio: Actors On Actors
Viola Davis (Fences) and Tom Hanks (Sully); Emma Stone (La La Land) and Molly Shannon (Other People); Nicole Kidman (Lion) and Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea); Matthew McConaughey (Gold) and Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water).

10:50 pm: Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly
In the 1970s Roberta Flack became a global sensation with hits such as The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Feel Like Making Love and Killing Me Softly. Her style of soulful pop transcended the US East Coast jazz clubs to become the dinner party sound track for Middle America. But behind this seemingly effortless career rise lies a much deeper, more substantial journey.

Cine Las Americas Film Festival 5/3-5/7

KLRU is proud to be a media sponsor of the 20th Cine Las Americas Film Festival (CLAIFF)!  This year’s fest takes place May 3rd – 7th with featured films from across the world. 17 countries will be represented, each with unique films and twists on traditional cinema. Opening night will feature Me estás matando Susana (You’re Killing Me Susana), from Mexican director Roberto Sneider and featuring Gael Garcia Bernal and Veronica Echegui. A complete list of all the films can be found here.

To attend the Cine Las Americas Film Festival, head over to the website where you can secure your badge. Locations of screenings include The Blanton Museum, The Santa Cruz Theatre and The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. All free shows will be screened and open to the public at the MACC. To find out which location is offering each screening, click here!

Austin is internationally known as a film town. In addition to this, the unique character of the City, along with its geographic location contribute to a rich cultural atmosphere. In a town with many cultural and entertainment options, Cine Las Americas programs offer a truly international character by representing the fastest growing demographic in the United States, while integrating these cultures to the wider multicultural landscape of Austin. Cine Las Americas audiences not only have the opportunity to watch films that otherwise would not be available for public exhibition, on the big screen and with English subtitles, but they are also privy to learning the importance and relevance of these works through the unique experience that only these specially curated Latino and indigenous film exhibition programs can offer.

Cine Las Americas works directly with filmmakers, distributors, industry representatives, and government agencies in order to acquire temporary rights for the exhibition of the films it offers to the public, whether these screenings are offered for a ticket price or free of charge. By doing this, Cine Las Americas functions as a cultural agency representing Latino and indigenous cultures, and also as an international film institution that engages artists and industry professionals in business and supports the production and exhibition of quality cinema.





What do 902 minutes mean to you?

You’ve told us how important #YourKLRU is to you. And supporting public television is now more important than ever.

Take it from Chase Erwin, KLRU NEXT Member.

“I first donated to KLRU when I was in grade school. It was never very much. $5 whenever I had the chance… because I knew from an early age how important KLRU and PBS were to me. They helped me learn math, grammar and social studies. As I matured, my programming choices on KLRU did too. I’ve grown up with PBS every step of the way and I intend to continue watching and supporting my local public television station for many years to come.”

Stories like Chase’s validate what we already know — that public television is vital to the Central Texas community and worthy of your support.

So this June, we’re giving back 902 minutes of uninterrupted high-quality educational programming! But in exchange, we need your help to raise $100,000 in just five days during our online fund drive. Want to know more?

WHEN: Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9. Circle the calendar!

WHAT: For the past two years, viewer response to KLRU’s online fund drives has been overwhelmingly positive. But what does an online fund drive mean? It means we’re NOT interrupting your regular schedule and we’re NOT breaking into your favorite shows to ask for support. 

WHY: By eliminating an on-air pledge drive, we’re giving back 902 minutes of uninterrupted programming to you. That’s over 15 hours of your favorite shows! But we are relying on YOU to help us reach our goal so that fundraising drives can continue with zero program interruption.

HOW: Save the date to make a donation at June 5th through 9th and help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by answering “What’s #YourKLRU?”. Or share your story with us here today!

You have the power to keep #YourKLRU thriving for years to come. Can we count on you to make a difference this June?

Highlights May 7-13

KLRU Highlights

Valerie Dyer oversees the care of an expectant Somali woman and is shocked when she uncovers a troubling aspect of this unfamiliar culture. Call The Midwife begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday.

There’s cause for joy in the village as everyone prepares for a wedding. Even as the allies cheer for victory in the Battle of Britain, there’s one more twist of fate in store for the citizens of Great Paxford. Home Fires Season 2 On Masterpiece begins Sunday at 8:00 pm.

Henry’s love for Anne Boleyn has given way to anger and distrust. Henry instructs Cromwell to rid him of his second queen. Follow Wolf Hall on Masterpiece, beginning Sunday at 9:00 pm.

Months later at the Kembleford parish council meeting Anglican Reverend Allsworthy and Methodist Minister, Reverend Gillespie report that the clergy have been tasked to form a committee to report about the moral threat of a coven in the village. Father Brown discovers atrocities in the village in this episode, beginning at 10:05 pm Sunday and again the following Saturday at 8:00 pm.

More people are imprisoned in the United States at this present moment than in any other time or place in history, yet prisons themselves have never felt further away or more out of sight. A meditation on the prison’s disappearance in the era of mass incarceration, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of ordinary places across the USA where prisons affect lives. Independent Lens begins Monday at 9:00 pm.

Mele Murals is a documentary about the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture, and through Estria Miyashiro and John Hina’s stories, Mele Murals shows how public art and Native Hawaiian traditions transforms the artists, students and community. Pacific Heartbeat begins Monday at 10:00 pm.

Witness a dire economic depression heightened by the arrival of Irish migrants seeking work. Victorian Slum House begins Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history. Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as robberies and kidnappings. Watch Bonnie & Clyde: American Experience, beginning Tuesday at 8:00 pm.

Investigate the billions spent on housing the poor and why so few get the help they need. With NPR, the film examines the politics, profits and problems of an affordable housing system in crisis, all on Frontline, beginning Tuesday at 9:00 pm.

Comedians know a thing or two about mental health and they’re not afraid to talk about it, as they compete in the Cracking Up Comedy Competition on Stories of the Mind, beginning Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

Marta Kauffman and Season 3 of Grace & Frankie are part of the conversation on this On Story, beginning Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

The Spy Creatures continue to reveal the world of dolphins as never before, their mysteries of communication and strategies. Go undercover to meet the Orca, the largest dolphins, and race the Dall’s porpoises, the fastest dolphins in the world, on Nature, beginning Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Unravel the greatest mystery in Arctic exploration: 160 years ago, the Franklin Expedition to chart the Northwest Passage vanished. Now, a Canadian team discovers one of Franklin’s lost ships-a vital clue to the fate of the ill-starred expedition, on NOVA, beginning Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Revel in the ethereal beauty of orchids and examine their exotic flowers, which are shaped for one purpose – to attract pollinators. Many use sex as a lure, impersonating a female bee or wasp. Plants Behaving Badly begins Wednesday at 9:00 pm.

Enjoy new classics and fan favorites from music icon Robert Plant. The British superstar sings classics from the catalogs of Led Zeppelin, the blues canon and his solo Americana albums, on Austin City Limits, beginning Wednesday at 10:00 pm and again on Friday at 10:00 pm.

Another episode of Overheard With Evan Smith begins Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Another episode of Living Springs begins, with Barton 4 Springs, Barbara Mahler, Science Detective, Salamander Captive Breedings and Waterworks, Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet travels to a town that’s full of fossils where he walks in the shadows of fake dinosaurs at an amusement park and stands in their real footprints at a state park, on The Daytripper, beginning Thursday at 8:00 pm.

Another episode of The Daytripper begins Thursday at 8:30 pm.

When accused murderer Annie Woodrow comes to court charged with Frances Trevelyan’s death, DCI Barnaby begins to doubt the evidence for her conviction. DC Jones is promoted to DS. Midsomer Murders Part 1 begins at 9:00 pm and Part 2 begins at 9:48 pm on Thursday. Both episodes air again Saturday night at 10:30 pm and 11:15 pm.

A visually-stunning portrait of the Flint Hills of Kansas during one of their most striking times of the year, Spring. Watch the Portrait of a Landscape: The Flint Hills, beginning Thursday at 10:41 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 begins Friday at 7:30 pm.

A special begins Friday at 9:30 pm.

Experience the contemporary R&B of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. as he plays songs from his album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Rocking Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett performs tunes from her LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Austin City Limits begins Saturday at 7:00 pm.

Another Doctor Blake Mysteries begins Saturday at 8:45 pm.

Receiving word that her mother is gravely ill, Sarah gets a lift to Sydney with George and Anna. Find out what happens on this episode of Place To Call Home, beginning at 9:45 pm Saturday night.

Science Night May 10

Join science night for an adventure with the dolphins, and go deeper into the ocean with NOVA to discover sunken ships. End the night with a closer look at the way plants exist in their natural habitats!

The Spy Creatures continue to reveal the world of dolphins as never before, their mysteries of communication and strategies. Go undercover to meet the Orca, the largest dolphins, and race the Dall’s porpoises, the fastest dolphins in the world, on Nature, beginning Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Unravel the greatest mystery in Arctic exploration: 160 years ago, the Franklin Expedition to chart the Northwest Passage vanished. Now, a Canadian team discovers one of Franklin’s lost ships-a vital clue to the fate of the ill-starred expedition, on NOVA, beginning Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Revel in the ethereal beauty of orchids and examine their exotic flowers, which are shaped for one purpose – to attract pollinators. Many use sex as a lure, impersonating a female bee or wasp. Plants Behaving Badly begins Wednesday at 9:00 pm.


KLRU and Alamo Drafthouse present Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood 5/20 & 5/21

KLRU and the Alamo are heading to DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD as part of the ongoing PBS KIDS at the Alamo series. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-5, with all ticket sales benefiting education programs at KLRU. This is an all-ages show with Alamo for All rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark. Screenings take place at Mueller, Lakeline and Slaughter Lane theaters. Reserve your spot today

This endearing show was inspired by the beloved “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and its relationship to this iconic kids’ series gives parents good reason to tune in with their tots. Children have taken an immediate shine to new neighbors Daniel Tiger, Katerina Kittycat, O the Owl, Miss Elaina, and Prince Wednesday. Offering a kid’s eye view of his world, Daniel invites families into his neighborhood where life’s little lessons await. With its catchy, musical strategies and engaging stories, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” provides a special experience that preschoolers and parents alike can share!