KLRU at Pflugerville Spring Pfling

Join KLRU and Clifford the Red Dog on Saturday, March 29th, for the Pflugerville Spring Pfling! The Pfling takes place from noon to 4 pm in Heritage Park (901 Old Austin Hutto Road Pflugerville, TX 78660).

Annual spring event for children and families featuring “Dinosaur George” with an exhibit of dinosaur bones! Marionette puppet shows, “Imagine Music” demonstration, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, live music, dancers from the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, information about the Spring/Summer classes. Home Depot returns with its popular flower planting project — decorate a flower pot, then plant spring flowers to take home. Six different food vendors will have lunch for sale. Get more details

Austin Revealed: Neil Blumofe

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Rabbi Neil Blumofe
Rabbi Neil Blumofe inspires more than his growing Congregation Agudas Achim. As a classically-trained pianist and schooled in jazz saxophone, Rabbi Blumofe’s talents are more than meets the eye, and being in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” he engages with more than the Jewish community in KUT’s live music series Views and Brews.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Thank You for Amplifying KLRU!

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We did it! Because of YOU, we were able to surpass our goal and raise $20,627 from over 280 people in our community during the Amplify Austin campaign last week. Not only did we surpass our goal, but you helped Amplify Austin surpass their goal and raise over $5.7 million for the Austin area community. 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!

In fact, your gift will help KLRU provide over 35,000 hours of free, high quality programming in the areas of education, arts and culture and public issues to everyone in Central Texas this year. And we go beyond broadcast: last year, over 50,000 people attended KLRU tapings, screenings, workshops and other events and educational activities. With on-air and online content serving 18 counties, KLRU is one of the only nonprofits in Central Texas with the potential to touch nearly every household, every day.

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

Austin Revealed: Sandra Thornhill

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Sandra Thornhill.
A hairstylist. A history nerd. A Jew. Sandra now identifies as all of the above. Having converted to Judaism over 10 years ago, Sandra’s relationship with being Jewish continues to evolve.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Love our programs about Austin? Show it by helping us Amplify Austin!

Now is the time! If you value the work we do every day to tell stories about issues that matter to you, join us TODAY for the second annual Amplify Austin community-wide giving day. You have until 6pm to show your support for the shows we create that share what is special about Austin. And if you’re one of over 16,000 who has already joined the Amplify Austin campaign, thank you!

The Central Texas community is well on its way to helping Amplify Austin meet their goal of raising $4 million and with your help, we’re well on our way to meeting our goal of raising $18,500. As of 9am this morning, we’ve raised $11,500. Won’t you join the more than 130 people that have helped KLRU Amplify Austin already?

Join the fun today to show your support for Amplify Austin and KLRU. Here’s how YOU can help:

We have until 6pm tonight to make a huge difference in our community, so let’s Amplify Austin together!

 

Science Night 3/26

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU! This week we have Nature, Nova and Secrets of the Dead. Here’s more about each show:

Nature What Plants Talk About at 7 pm
When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

NOVA Cold Case JFK at 8 pm
Can modern forensic science uncover fresh clues about the assassination of JFK?

Secrets of the Dead The Lost Diary Of Dr. Livingstone at 9 pm
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Dr. David Livingstone’s birth, new forensic techniques are being used to study the famed explorer’s lost diary. It reveals he was witness to the brutal massacre of slaves at the hands of their traders. And the writings in this diary suggest he was a far different man than the legend that surrounds him.

 

Austin Revealed: Aviad Fuchs

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Aviad Fuchs
Aviad moved from Israel to Austin last summer, and diversity is the thing he noticed most about the Jewish community in Central Texas.  With welcoming synagogues and modern approaches, the variety of Jewish culture in Austin is intriguing for this tech engineer that identifies as a secular Jew.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Highlights March 23 – March 29

KLRU Highlights

Dr. Leonard Moore discusses the surprising intellectual aspects of elite football; Baritone Sax musician Fred Ho performs and talks about jazz as black vanguard music in Blackademics TV, Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Great Performances At The Met presents Tosca with Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze as the villainous Scarpia, Sunday at 2 pm.

Unlock the doors to rooms you didn’t know existed, talk to the people who do the jobs no one sees and reveal some surprising facts about one of England’s most famous icons in Secrets Of The Tower Of London, Sunday at 7 pm.

Tragedy strikes on the day polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton comes to the store as Masterpiece presents Mr. Selfridge, Part 8 Sunday at 8 pm.

Antiques Roadshow is in the Red Stick city and head to Port Hudson to discuss a rare Civil War hand grenade in Baton Rouge, Monday at 7 pm.

Independent Lens premieres All Of Me: A Story Of Love, Loss, And Last Resorts, Monday at 8 pm.

Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss And Body Acceptance is a conversation about the complex issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss, Monday at 9 pm.

Set For Life follows three Baby Boomers – a third-generation steelworker from West Virginia, a community college staffer from South Carolina and an IT project manager from California – struggling to recover from the Great Recession, premiering Monday at 10 pm.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama presents The Beginning and tells the story of the Jewish experience begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama continues with the story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity under the rule of Christianity and Islam in Among Believers, Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline tells the heart-wrenching stories behind the spread of a deadly infection threatening people around the world in TB Silent Killer, Tuesday at 9 pm.

Natures‘ What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought, airing Wednesday at 7 pm.

Can modern forensic science uncover fresh clues about the assassination of JFK? Find out in NOVA‘s Cold Case JFK, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Secrets of the Dead‘s The Lost Diary Of Dr. Livingstone celebrate’s the 200th anniversary of Dr. David Livingstone’s birth, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Former Chancellor, Joel Klein, visits Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm.

Discover how Indie video game developers push games to new frontiers in storytelling, music, animation and design in The Art Of Playing, on Arts In Contexts Thursday at 7:30.

One Square Mile Texas: Dallas explores the condo scene of modern urban Texas and the cultural side of the city, Thursday at 8 pm.

Women In Chemistry: Life Lessons From The Laboratory profiles eight remarkable women who have made important contributions to the field of chemistry, Thursday at 9 pm.

Patina Miller presents her first concert special with music ranging from classic R&B to Broadway’s best in Live from Lincoln Center, Friday at 8 pm.

Whether escaping small town life or overcoming intense anxiety, The Villettes are finding new hope every day, see them perform in Hardly Sound, Friday at 10 pm.

 

Community Cinema: Medora 4/1

KLRU featured event

KLRU and the Austin Public Library present Community Cinema. The free public screenings take place at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) from 7 pm to 9 pm.

On April 1st, watch a preview and discuss of Medora. Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the town’s down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season, capturing the players’ stories on and off the court – as the team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s fight for survival.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Special thanks to

Austin American-Statesman

Something new during PBS NewsHour Weekend: KLRU News Briefs

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We’re rolling out something new this Saturday and Sunday during PBS NewsHour Weekend: local news from KLRU. KLRU News Briefs are short local news stories focused on the rich culture and community in Austin and Central Texas. The weekly pieces will air Saturday and Sunday near the end of the regular broadcast.

This Saturday (3/22), we look at why people who receive food assistance in Texas were not affected by the recent Farm Bill. We spoke to Kathy Green, Senior Director for Advocacy and Public Policy at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas about beneficiaries in Central Texas, and why only 56% of people in Travis County who could sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or what’s commonly called “food stamps,” are actually enrolled.

“People who are senior citizens, a lot of times they don’t realize their eligible for SNAP and that that’s an additional benefit that they can have. Also we have a lot of veterans, we have a lot of people who can enroll on behalf of their children,” Green told us.

On Sunday (3/23), our story focuses on Austin’s affordable housing bond, which was approved by voters in November. The bond was similar to one that passed in 2006. We spoke to Mandy DeMayo, Executive Director of the non-profit HousingWorks Austin about the 2013 bond and what advocates and officials hope will happen with the money.

“What we found with the 2006 housing bond and something that we really struggle with as a community is incorporating affordability throughout the city. It shouldn’t just be in one area. We don’t want to concentrate poverty, we don’t want to concentrate low income families, we want to provide them with opportunity. So, about half of the bond funds [in 2006] were invested west of I35, which I think is a success story. We can do better with 2013 and we’re planning on doing that,” DeMayo said.

We also spoke to Charles Cloutman of Meals on Wheels and More Home Repair Program. Cloutman chairs the Austin Housing Repair Coalition, a group of 12 organizations working together on home repair for low-income homeowners. Part of the bond funding goes toward repairs to existing homes and Meals on Wheels and More does some of that work in Austin and Travis County.