Juneteenth Jamboree

Program: Juneteenth Jamboree 2008 and 2009 back-to-back
Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: starting at 8 p.m.

The first African slave arrived in Texas in 1528, but it took until June 19, 1865 to end slavery in Texas and the United States. The anniversary of that day is celebrated as a holiday– Juneteenth. And in celebration, 2008′s Juneteenth  Jamboree at 8 p.m. explains the history of blacks in Texas, and commemorates the namesake of the annual Alvin Patterson Battle of the Bands.

2009′s Juneteenth  Jamboree at 8:30 p.m. takes a moment to consider a song that is heard every year at this occasion, “The Negro National Anthem.” Also several young essay winners tell why Juneteenth is relevant today.

Big Bird and Elmo talk about A Capitol Fourth

Program: A Capitol Fourth
Date: July 4th
Time: 7 p.m.
Additional airdates: July 4 at 9:30 p.m.; July 5 at 10:30 p.m.

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits returns to host the biggest and brightest birthday party in the country. As a special treat for the entire family, Elmo, Big Bird, Coookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and more of the Sesame Street gang will be on hand to celebrate America’s 233rd birthday. The Muppets will perform a medley of patriotic favorites, as well as iconic songs that everyone knows and loves from 40 years of the breakthrough children’s television series, celebrating 40 years of fun and learning.

A reporter recently interviewed Elmo and Big Bird about celebrating America’s 233rd birthday listen here.

Ike: A Documentary screening

What: Ike: A Documentary The Story of A Torn City Rebuilt By Everyday Heroes
When: Friday, June 12; doors open at 6 p.m., screening starts promptly at 7 p.m.
Where: KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio 6A
Free, but limited seating. RSVP required by June 11 to rsvp@ikedocumentary.com

Seven months after Hurricane Ike devastates Galveston, Mr. Robert Weiss’s Ball High Advanced Media Technology Class dedicates a story of hope to the Island and continues to give back to the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation.

Since the students return, following the wake of Hurricane Ike, the BHS Advanced Media Technology Class has spent numerous hours, on foot and in cars, having conversations with members of the community. The students, who call themselves the “Hurricane Story Tellers”, have conducted interviews with people who have lost everything, citizens who resided in the government-provided “Tent City”, top Galveston and Houston officials, numerous volunteer recovery workers, and individuals who rode out the storm.

“We started out the project with the intention of giving back to the community, but I was surprised to see how the students were healing their own pain through making this film,” says Mr. Weiss “The students have certainly found a stronger connection to the community of Galveston.”

Crafts in America documentary series

Program: Crafts in America back-to-back
Date: Wednesday, June 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Additional airdates: Sunday, June 7, starting at 2 p.m.

KLRU presents back-to-back episodes of the documentary Craft in America on Wednesday.

The first episode takes a personal tour through craft’s history in America. The intimate stories of some of the country’s most prominent craft artisans are set against the larger historical context of craft itself. The episode includes visits to woodworker Sam Maloof, furniture maker Garry Knox Bennett, basket makers Mary Jackson and Pat Courtney Gold and metalsmith Tom Joyce.

The second episode examines the relationship of craft artists with their physical environment, which serves as a source of materials and inspiration. The program spotlights Timberline Lodge, woodworker George Nakashima and his daughter Mira, jewelers Kit Carson and Jan Yager and ceramicists David Gurney and Richard Notkin.

The final episode focuses on the spiritual connection between artisans and their communities. The personal stories of gifted artisans reveal the deeply held belief that craft is about more than just the making of an object. The episode profiles Pilchuck School of Glass, Penland School of Craft, Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, potter Sarah Jaeger, jewelry maker Denise Wallace and the team of basket maker Dona Look and master jeweler Ken Loeber.

New Wayne Dyer Special

Program: Dr. Wayne Dyer: Excuses Begone!
Date: Monday, June 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Additional air times: Friday, June 5, at 9 p.m.; Sunday, June 7, at 5 p.m.

PBS has given us a sneak peek at Dr. Wayne Dyer’s new PBS special Dr. Wayne Dyer: Excuses Begone! On the 10th anniversary of his first public television special, Dyer presents a program based on his newest book, “Excuses Begone!” After identifying the 18 most commonly used, self-defeating excuses, Dr. Dyer teaches viewers a method they can immediately use to change damaging habits and move into new realms of possibility.

Here’s the 8 minute preview of the new program:

09.13.08 Hurricane Ike

Program: 09.13.08 Hurricane Ike
Date:  Thursday, April 23
Time: 8 p.m.

KLRU features an hour-long documentary on Hurricane Ike, one of this country’s most destructive storms. 09.13.08, Hurricane Ike begins with the storm’s formation.  The program features more than two dozen city, county and state officials as well as home and business owners, engineers and meteorologists who examined the destruction and question what it will take to recover.

Hurricane Ike struck Galveston in the early hours of Saturday, September 13, 2008.  The  storm had winds gusting to 110 miles per hour, but it produced a storm surge that sent 15 to 20 foot waves over areas in Galveston and Chambers Counties.  The result was total devastation for  thousands of home and business owners. This documentary shows the magnitude of the storm and how a city and its coastal communities have tried to rebuild their homes and lives.

Community Cinema Screening Crips & Bloods: Made in America

What: Community Cinema Screening
When: Tuesday, April 28; doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m.
Where: KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio; map

KLRU presents a special advance screening of Independent Lens‘ Crips & Bloods: Made in America on Tuesday, April 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 7 p.m. We will be showing one hour of this documentary, followed by a short discussion. The screening is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP here

Crips & Bloods: Made in America
It’s a civil war that’s lasted 40 years. Passed down from son to son. Fought eye for an eye. Over 15,000 dead and counting, while the world stands by. Welcome to South Central Los Angeles. But what’s at the root of this long-standing battle? Filmmaker Stacy Peralta hits the streets of LA to find out, and speaks with former and current members of the Bloods and the Crips, two of the most notorious and violent street gangs in America.

Special episode of Now

Program: Now on PBS
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, April 17

Seventy-five percent of the world’s fresh water is stored in glaciers, but scientists predict climate change will cause some of the world’s largest glaciers to completely melt by 2030. What effect will this have on our daily lives? With global warming falling low on a national list of American concerns, it’s time to take a deeper look at what could be a global calamity in the making.

Watch the entire episode online: