KLRU NewsBriefs: Celebrating Juneteenth with Bell County History

761st Fix

This week during PBS NewsHour Weekend, we’ll air excerpts from Juneteenth Jamboree, a 30 minute special about Bell County’s African-American history.

On Saturday, we introduce you to some famous names who have called Bell County home, including “Mean Joe” Greene and Alvin Ailey. Stephanie Turnham of the Bell County Museum told us Ailey’s first creation of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958, “Blues Suite,” was inspired by his early childhood in Rogers, Texas.

“It starts out with the train whistle, way in the background and, of course, that tells us that work is over for the day. So, all of these characters come out to this juke joint, or whatever you want to call it, and light up the night,” Turnham said. “Alvin remembers beautiful women dressed up and men with their .38 Specials and that sort of thing.”

On Sunday, we hear why Killeen is known as one of the most diverse cities in Texas – thanks in large part to Fort Hood. When it was called Camp Hood during World War II, the all African-American 761st Tank Battalion was stationed on post. Also known as the Black Panther Battalion, the group included baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

Racial segregation policies of the times initially kept them out of the conflict overseas, but the 761st, nonetheless, achieved a superior combat rating and were deployed to the European theater, where they performed with precision and bravery. Today, a monument on post is dedicated to them.

Wilbert Byrd, President of the Central Texas Memorial Chapter of the 761st Tank Battalion & Allied Veterans Association tells us that before the memorial was built, the group was largely forgotten.

“They said the 761st? Who? Everybody knows about the Tuskegee Airmen, everybody knows about what they did, but nobody had ever heard of the 761st Tank Battalion even with all the things that they had done,” Byrd said. “We think we came up with something that was not only appropriate, not only was it elegant, but it was simple and it did what we wanted to do, it informed the public about the 761st Tank Battalion and their exploits during WWII.”

You can see both of these stories during PBS NewsHour weekend this Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm. You can see Juneteenth Jamboree tonight, June 19 at 7:30pm and Tuesday, June 24 at 10:30pm.

Q Night At The Movies – 6/21

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

KLRU Q hosts another Night At The Movies this Saturday. Starting at 7 p.m., you can sit back and watch a classic film and experience Hollywood from inside with special interviews and more. Check out what KLRU Q features this week:

Just Seen It - 7:00 p.m.
Wondering if you should watch that movie that just came out? Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story – 7:30 p.m.
Ron Nyswaner recounts the social impact of his screenplay Philadelphia, a bold film released during a delicate time in history. Followed by Oliver Kember’s Puzzled, about a young boy whose only chance at survival on the playground is to outsmart the other children.

The Big Country (1958) - 8:00 p.m.
Burl Ives earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of a family patriarch involved in a bitter land feud in this explosive western drama. Cast: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives.

America’s Wild West – 10:50 p.m.
Follow up the classic Western film with a closer look into the origins of the genre on the frontier.

Juneteenth Jamboree – 6/19

640-juneteenth

The historical holiday Juneteenth is coming up, and KLRU will honor the abolition of slavery’s anniversary with this year’s special premier of Juneteenth Jamboree: Texas’ African American.

Since U.S. General Gordon Granger’s June 19, 1865 arrival in Galveston to deliver General Order No. 3 freeing the slaves, Texans of all colors and generations have commemorated the day. The spirit of Juneteenth has even crossed state lines: another 40 states list Juneteenth as an official holiday or observance. Juneteenth Jamboree observes the people of Texas celebrating this close second to Fourth of July.

This year’s program premiers on the holiday (6/19) at 7:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday, June 24 at 10:30 p.m. only on KLRU.

KLRU News Briefs: Hole in the Wall Turns 40, Artists Beautify North Austin Fence

HITW Pic

KLRU News Briefs are back this weekend during PBS NewsHour after two weeks off. This weekend we’ll hear from a group of local artists who decided to use art to beautify their North Austin neighborhood and about a birthday celebration kicking off this week for the Hole in the Wall’s 40th anniversary.

On Saturday night tune in for an excerpt from the Arts in Context Short Beautiful Fences, the story behind a mural on a fence along Lamar Boulevard between Payton Gin and Rundberg.

“I started out just [painting] “Beauty Will Save the World” in black and white, just the lettering, knowing it would be tagged,” Artist Rigel Thurston tells us. “The people who tagged it…it was too perfect. So, the idea is to include the first round of taggers because they’re part of this neighborhood too.”

On Sunday, the owner of The Hole in the Wall, Will Tanner, tells us about the 40th anniversary party that kicks off on June 19. Plus, he talks about how the bar has evolved over the past four decades.

“The Hole in the Wall is this great place that’s been here a long time and it’s had to change a lot to survive, but I think what has been kept from the past is what makes us great,” Tanner says. Ultimately [this] is a place for like minded, and maybe even not like minded, people to come and enjoy themselves and enjoy live art…eat good food and drink great local beer and just spend some of your life.”

You can find out more about the lineup of bands performing during the celebration here.

KLRU News Briefs air this Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

 

Science Night 6/18

Nature zooms in on animals’ family lives in the surreal landscape of Africa, detailing the delicate processes of parenthood and young life starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space? Watch NOVA‘s At the Edge of Space at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Who really is the man behind the iconic image of Stephen Hawking? The film Hawking gives insight into the personal life of one of the most remarkable minds of the modern age, starting at 9 on Wednesday night.

Highlights 6/15-6/21

KLRU Highlights

What to watch this week? Check out our highlights and mark your calendars for your favorite programs on KLRU.

What does it take to become a modern-day Sherlock Holmes? Secrets of Scotland Yard goes in-depth into the legendary police force on Sunday at 7 pm.

The legal thriller The Escape Artist, Part One of Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday at 8 pm tells the story of a lawyer nicknamed “The Escape Artist” for his ability to beat cases against the obviously guilty. Watch his struggle with an unnerving defendant and courtroom enemies.

Solve even more mysteries with the classic Father Brown on the episode The Prize of Colonel Gerard on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

Antiques Roadshow has a flashback to their first trip to Providence, Rhode Island 15 years ago, and again a flashback to the first trip to Houston, Texas in 1998. Find out what’s still valuable and what’s not starting at 7 p.m. on Monday.

The special American Pharaoh shows American Bob Bradley coaches the Egyptian national soccer team as it attempts to qualify for the World Cup at 9 p.m. Monday.

The first openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson is viewed in historical and theological context on Independent Lens: Love Free or Die at 10 p.m. Monday.

Get the inside take on Ken Burns’ upcoming film The Roosevelts on PBS Previews at 7 p.m. on Tuesday to see what it takes to make a Ken Burns epic, and what’s special about this one.

Watch 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 on Austin Revealed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Depriving transportation was a key way to hinder African-Americans during the civil rights movement, but this group of oppressed Americans decided to stand their ground. The moving documentary Freedom Riders: American Experience airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

More insight into the African-American culture follows with The New Black, a documentary airing at 10 p.m. on Tuesday that focuses on the fight for marriage equality in Maryland among the black community.

Nature zooms in on animals’ family lives in the surreal landscape of Africa, detailing the delicate processes of parenthood and young life starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space? Watch NOVA‘s At the Edge of Space at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Who really is the man behind the iconic image of Stephen Hawking? The film Hawking gives insight into the personal life of one of the most remarkable minds of the modern age, starting at 9 on Wednesday night.

Watch performances by some of the best Americana bands, The Lumineers and Shovels & Rope on the ACL stage on Austin City Limits, Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Watch a Q&A with the power couple of musicians that started Yo La Tengo, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 p.m.

Observing the Juneteenth celebration in Bell County in Texas, Juneteenth Jamboree: Texas’ African American at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday takes a look into the past to see how far we’ve come as a state with the African-American community.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories at 8 p.m. Thursday features interviews with Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

The Daytripper heads to Abilene, Texas Thursday at 8:30 p.m. to examine the wild frontier, only to end up scuba diving in a 1960s nuclear missile silo.

The ladies of Bletchley Circle have to skirt their way around the Scotland Yard’s orders to stop a killer Thursday night at 9.

Doctor Who Series 5 continues with the episode Victory of the Daleks, Thursday night at 10.

Friday night, it’s time to catch up with the week’s events and current issues with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 p.m. followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Doc Watson & David Holt at 8 p.m. Friday spotlights the signature sound and indomitable spirit of the blind five-time Grammy winner Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson.

Art and tranquility resound in a stair-stepped garden once home to grass on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Plus, see how to whittle lawn for comfort zones in drought.

Groove to R&B with R&B on the ACL stage with Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. Austin City Limits showcases these greats at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The young detective Endeavour Morse was ready to turn in his resignation, until a murder came about that only he could solve. Watch Endeavour, Series 1: Rocket at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The drama Doc Martin set in Cornwall in the United Kingdom is centered around the Doc’s life at work and at home. Watch the episode Better the Devil at 10:15 on Saturday night.

Q Night At The Movies – 6/14

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Join us on KLRU Q this Saturday night for our Night At The Movies. Films, reviews, and behind-the-scenes inside information from Hollywood all start at 7 p.m. Check out the line up!

Just Seen It – 7:00 p.m.
Wondering if you should watch that movie that just came out? Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story – 7:30 p.m.
Austin Film Festival’s On Story features Ray McKinnon, creator of the Sundance Channel’s breakout hit, Rectify, detailing how to capture the personality of a culture through establishing strong characters, tone, and atmosphere. The short film Spanola Pepper Sauce Company follows, directed by McKinnon and written
by Graham Gordy, suggesting there’s more brewing in Spanola, AK than
just its fine pepper sauce cooking.

Hollywood Stars Film Package – 8:00 p.m.
Rocky II (1979)
Underdog Philadelphia fighter Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gets another shot at heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith.

Thank you for investing in YOUR community!

ThankYou1213

We wanted to offer a heartfelt thanks to all our members and viewers who supported KLRU’s June Pledge Drive. We are so humbled that over 900 people helped us raise over $130,000 in less than 10 days. It is your generosity that gives us the ability to continue building a stronger Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. Thank you!

Haven’t yet had the chance to give? With many of our thank you gifts still available, now is the perfect time to make a donation. Make your donation online here.

Your gift is an investment in YOUR community. Thank you for your incredible support.

Arts in Context Shorts: Beautiful Fences

On the busy Austin street stretching through the heart of the city, North Austinites decided to beautify their neighborhood by painting the unassuming fences that line the congestion of cars on Lamar Blvd. The artists and residents did not just have visual decorations in mind, but a message for Austin to receive: “Beauty will save the world.” They painted this phrase very creatively in several different languages along the fences, along with drawings in between. Watch the 5 minute Arts In Context short, Beautiful Fences online now!

Highlights – 6/8-6/14

KLRU Highlights

Check out what’s coming up this week on KLRU!

Sunday night, Lent At Ephesus explores life in a monastery with highly musical nuns performing full-length beautiful and traditional chants. Check out their routine of eight songs a day at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Masterpiece Mystery! follows Inspector Morse through crimes that put his position in the workforce in jeopardy on Endeavour, Series I: Girl on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Antiques Roadshow at 7 p.m. on Monday is in San Francisco to discover the treasures unsurfaced after the record-breaking 1998 rainfall.

Michael Palin meets native tribes, vaqueros, and eats Amazonian food as he traces history and culture on Brazil with Michael Palin. Watch back-to-back episodes Out of Africa and Into Amazonia starting at 8 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday, explore the remote areas and the massive capital city on back-to-back episodes with The Road to Rio at 8 and The Deep South at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Independent Lens reflects on the AIDS epidemic that set fire in San Francisco in the 1980s, and how it affected the community both positively and negatively on the special We Were Here starting at 10 p.m. on Monday.

What happened to famed adventurer Col. Percy Fawcett, who went looking for a city of gold – the Lost City of “Z” – in the Amazon in 1925 and disappeared in the jungles of Brazil forever? Lost in the Amazon from the Secrets of the Dead investigates the ancient cities buried in the jungle that Fawcett may have found at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The gay rights movement suffered a huge blow in the late 1970s when Miami-Dade County lawmakers debated an ordinance for anti-discrimination for any ”affectional or sexual preference.” Day it Snowed in Miami retraces the process of approval and then successful repeal of the progressive law on Tuesday at 10 pm.

Part of the massive Tongass National Forest, Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska supports the largest concentration of bears anywhere in the world on Nature: Fortress of the Bears Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday meets NASA on Earth from Space to produce dazzling visual sequences from satellite data. Hurricanes, dust fertilizing the Amazon, a waterfall that helps drive the world’s ocean currents and more.

Country superstar Tim McGraw takes the ACL stage with his greatest hits and new material on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith features author and Chief National Correspondent of The New York Times magazine, Mark Leibovich, to discuss the stir in Washington his latest book created at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Part documentary, part performance, the episode Bill Carter & The Blame of Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday features Texas music legend Bill Carter, a songwriter that produced a massive amount of material including some of the biggest hits by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Cowboys stadium, a Texas Rangers game, and the International Bowling Hall of Fame are all on Chet’s checklist in the epicenter of Dallas-Fort Worth event venues. Arlington, Texas is featured on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on The Daytripper.

A string of London murders in 1952 bring together women from the same town on the drama Bletchley Circle. Watch episode 1 to dive into the show on Thursday at 9 p.m.

Doctor Who Series 5 airs at 10 on Thursday night with the episode The Beast Below, with the Eleventh Doctor waking to a young girl he promises to take to the stars.

Catch up with what’s going on in Washington and beyond with Washington Week with Gwen Ifill on Friday night at 7 p.m., followed by Moyers & Company at 7:30 p.m.

Nashville 2.0 features the center of America’s music melting pot on Friday at 8 p.m. with styles like country, R&B, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk, and more.

What’s that plant in your favorite cocktail? Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, blends facts and fun behind the world’s great drinks on Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday.. On tour, toast author Lucinda Hutson’s Tequila Cantina and vibrant garden that’s always in party mode.

Saturday night, the best of Americana hits the ACL stage on Austin City Limits with performances by The Lumineers and Shovels & Rope. Tune in at 7 to jam only on KLRU!

Our favorite crime-solving priest, Father Brown, airs on Friday night at 8 with its episode The Three Tools of Death.