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Program: In Context
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 19

Presented as part of African American History Month, this week’s In Context features a short roundtable discussion about what it means to be black in 2009. Eli Reed,  Magnum photojournalist and UT professor; Roxanne Evans, Communications Specialist with the Austin Independent School District; Michael Hurd, co-editor-in-chief for the Texas Black History Preservation Project; and Adam Semien, student at St. Edward’s University discuss the issue using Eli Reed’s work as a launching pad.

This episode also features a performance by jazz singer Pamela Hart with James Polk on the piano.

Texas Monthly Talks with Roy Spence

Program: Texas Monthly Talks
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 19
Also airs: Sunday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 p.m.
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He is one of the great salesmen — a natural storyteller and pitchman, someone who instinctively understands what motivates buyers and sellers alike, and, thankfully, someone who understands that there’s more to life than commerce. Maybe it’s because he didn’t start out expecting to become the leading Texas adman of his day and has never thought of himself in the quote-unquote advertising business. Born and raised 60 years ago in the tiny town of Brownwood, Roy Spence enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin intending to be a lawyer. One pre-law class cured him of that particular affliction, and he switched his major to government. more

Frontline "Inside the Meltdown"

Frontline “Inside the Meltdown”
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 17

Here’s what reviewers are saying about  “Inside the Meltdown”:

“Inside the Meltdown is a post-traumatic-stress flashback: a searing
look at how the treasury secretary at the time, Henry M. Paulson Jr.,
and others acted–and failed to act–in those fraught days in September
when the world’s entire economic system seemed on the brink of
evaporating.” -Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times

“… illuminating and sobering… like being a fly on the wall.” –
Michelle Archer, USA Today

Austin Opera on KLRU

Program: In Context Special Austin Lyric Opera’s Cinderella
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 27
Additional air dates: Sunday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m.

KLRU’sIn Context at 8 p.m. Tuesday brings the opera to viewers with amazing high definition camera work. In this production of the classic fairy tale by Austin Lyric Opera, Cinderella is transported to the magical land of 1930’s Hollywood musicals. One thing hasn’t changed, though – and that’s the timeless beauty of Gioachino Rossini’s transcendent score. Read the Austin Chronicle’s Review

Texas Monthly Talks with Joe Straus

Program: Texas Monthly Talks
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 22
Also airs: Sunday, Jan. 25, at 12:30 p.m.

We all said it couldn’t be done — and by we, I mean the unwashed, unapologetic know-it-alls who make up the Capitol community: the collection of ink-stained wretches, amateur pundits, professional kibbitzers, and other self-anointed insiders who profess to understand the various moves on the chess board well before they occur. Well, my friends, what we have here is a new king, and the conventional wisdom has been checkmated. On January 13, the opening day of the 81st session, two-term Republican state representative Joe Straus of San Antonio emerged from near-obscurity to become  the 75th Speaker of the Texas House. In doing so, he toppled the man who everyone said — was certain — would continue in that leadership post for as long as he desired: Tom Craddick of Midland, an immensely powerful, relentlessly partisan, impressively strategic and tactical pol whose eternal reign was assured, even many Democrats admitted, by legendary survival instincts. Feared more than loved, Craddick ruled his roost these last three sessions in ways that both enhanced and diminished his standing, along with that of his party, which saw its majority dwindle to only one seat following last November’s elections. His opponents — the so-called ABCS, for Anybody but Craddick — tried and failed to oust him in 2007, and they might have missed their change again if not for the remarkably synchronized efforts of elevent Republican insurgents, who improbably settled on 49-year-old Straus as their standard-bearer, and the overwhelming majority of Democrats, who got in line behind him. Who is Straus? What most people know is that he hails from a storied clan with deep ties to the business wing of the Republican party, that he himself is thought to be an ideological moderate, that he’s less opposed to abortion and more supportive of gambling — a family business interest — than most of his conservative brethren, and that he’s a consensus-builder and with a genial disposition that stands as a stark comparison to Craddick’s grim affect. More we’re sure to learn in the weeks and months ahead.
A conversation with the man of the hour, Joe Straus, on this edition of Texas Monthly Talks.

— Evan Smith, host of Texas Monthly Talks

Docubloggers features inspiring artist & more

Program: Docubloggers
Date: Thursday, Nov. 13
Time: 7:30 p.m.

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Meet artist Jared Dunten who sets an inspirational example of hope as he shares his dream of overcoming paralysis through painting.  Super Pal Universe and Make Productions share their community docublog about the pizzazz it takes to put together a rock ‘n’ roll band consisting of a group of talented kids plus mentor Sara Hickman.  Witness some of the mind-boggling inventions from this fall’s maker faire, and hear from some of the inventors. Author Alison Moore and musician Phil Lancaster present Riders on the Orphan Train throughout Texas communities, and they share how their personal lives resemble this historic event.