Watch 2010 interview with the new Commissioner for Texas Education Agency

This week brings a new school year for millions of Texas students, and a new commissioner for the Texas Education Agency.  This afternoon, Governor Rick Perry announced the appointment of Michael Williams to the TEA, effective September 1.  Williams served as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights under President George W. Bush and later led the Texas Railroad Commission.  He has been involved in Republican politics in Texas for many years, serving as general counsel to the Republican Party of Texas and seeking Republican nominations for a U.S. Senate seat and a spot in the U.S. House.  During that time, he’s earned a reputation as a reliable conservative and a name to watch in many circles.

Watch Williams’ 2010 interview with Evan. They discuss Williams’ politics, his interest in Kay Bailey Hutchison’s U.S. Senate seat, healthcare reform, climate change, being both African American and a conservative Republican, and growing up in Midland with parents who taught school and coached high school football.

Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams from Texas Monthly Talks on Vimeo.

For more about Williams and his new role, you can read a press release from
the Governor’s office
, an article from The Texas Tribune and an article from the Austin American-Statesman

A Capitol Fourth Celebration!

America’s biggest and brightest birthday party, A Capitol Fourth, features unrivaled musical performances by some of the country’s best known and award-winning musicians. Jimmy Smith hosts with performances by Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Matthew Morrison, Jordin Sparks, Little Richard with the Broadway Cast of Million Dollar Quartet, Kelli O’Hara and the National Symphony Orchestra.

The celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands of people with millions more at home, and around the world to our troops on the American Forces Network.

Bringing viewers the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere in the nation, the annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth captures the pyrotechnics from every vantage point with 20 television cameras stationed around the city — including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument and across the Potomac River. In tribute to America’s birthday, the show is capped off with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery.

A Capitol Fourth airs on Independence Day – July 4 – at 1 p.m.

Redford, Woodward, Berstein in KLRU's studio

Watch the full episode. See more KLRU Specials.

Robert Redford, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein gathered at The University of Texas at Austin with a group of College of Communications students in KLRU-TV’s Studio 6A on April 21, 2011 to answer questions about All The President’s Men and the Watergate cover-ups that formed the real-life basis for the film.  The question and answer session was moderated by Glenn Frankel, director of the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and by Paul Stekler, Department of Radio-Television-Film Chair.

We listen to our viewers: Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley

We know public affairs are important to you and that’s why we’ve decided to keep Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley on at their regular times during the March pledge drive. You can watch Charlie Rose each week night on KLRU (18-1) at 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.  These episodes repeat a day later on KLRU-Q (18-3) at noon. You can pledge your support for these public affairs shows at

In other Charlie Rose news, Charlie Rose has gathered together some of the foremost experts and scientists in brain research.  For those of you who have been following the Charlie Rose “Brain” series, I wanted to let you know that more programs are scheduled in the coming weeks. Here are some of the airdates planned.  (Please note that this tentative schedule can be changed.)

More information about the CHARLIE ROSE “Brain” series is available through the program’s Web site at According to the Web site, the upcoming shows are as follows:

  • March 23: The Aging Brain
  • April 20: The Emotional and Vulnerable Brain
  • May 25: The Anxious Brain
  • June 22: The Mentally Ill Brain
  • July 20: The Disordered Brain
  • September 28: The Deciding Brain
  • October: The Artistic Brain
  • November: The New Science of the Mind

Economic resources

Thanks to everyone who attended the February 25th, Live United Film Series on the economy. We’ll be posting photos and video of the event soon.

For those who missed the screening or who would like to see the film again, you can watch Frontline “Inside the Meltdown” here. You can also get time lines and other resources featured in the film here

We’ve gathered together a few other resources on the economy and personal finance from various Public Broadcasting sources to help both people who attended the Live United Screening and those who were unable to be at the event.

Nightly Business Report How the Economy Works blog posts by Terri Cullen

Nightly Business Report blog posts on personal finance by Jeff Brown

An economic lesson from former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, hiding inside a whimsical animation by TPT’s David Gillette

NewsHour business correspondent Paul Solmon takes questions about business and economic news


Program on Identity Theft and Cyber Security to Air

2010 Great Debate Series “Our Growing Lives Online: Safe or Not?” will air February 18 at 8 p.m. The program was taped live Friday, February 5th at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater in San Antonio and moderated by San Antonio Express News Editor-in-Chief, Bob Rivard. The one hour forum features noted Cyber Security experts including CEO of SecTheory Robert Hansen, a leading expert on web application, browser and e-commerce security; Dr. Nicole Beebe, Assistant Professor of Information Systems at UTSA; Ari Schwartz, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Democracy and Technology; and Bill Morrow, CEO of CSIdentity.

KLRU, KUT, Austin American Statesman collaborate to explore Austin’s energy issues

KLRU, KUT-FM and The Austin American Statesman are partnering to present Austin @ Issue: Energy For the Future on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. This 30-minute special features a discussion of Austin’s proposed long-range Austin Energy’s Generation Plan with Austin Energy General Manager Roger Duncan and other experts and stakeholders.

Austin Energy has proposed that the City of Austin increase its portfolio of renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar, increase the City’s investment in energy efficiency and conservation, and phase down Austin’s reliance on coal. Duncan talks in-depth about the plan followed by a discussion, moderated by Alberta Phillips from The Austin American Statesman, featuring:

• Carol Biedrzycki, Executive Director Texas Ratepayers Organization to Save Energy

• Matt Johnson, Policy Analyst, Energy Efficiency Renewable

• Phillip Schmandt, partner with the law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore
and Chair, City of Austin Electric Utility Commission; also Chair, Mayor’s Task Force on   Generation Resource Planning

• John Sutton, corporate services assistant vice president TG; past president of the
Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) and member and past president of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA)., KLRU’s online television resource, will also feature a media roundtable discussion about the issue featuring Mose Buchele from KUT-FM and Marty Toohey and Asher Price from The Austin American Statesman about the issues surrounding the plan. The full interview with Austin Energy’s Roger Duncan will also be available online.

There will be a Mayor’s Energy Generation Town Hall meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center to allow public input on the plan and a more detailed analysis.

Ifill in the news

Gwen Ifill talks about her job moderating the upcoming Vice Presidential debates in a recent Washington Post article. Read the article here.

Be sure to watch Ifill tonight at 7 p.m. on KLRU as she kicks off the general election season with a special Campaign ’08 edition of Washington Week from The George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in front of a live audience.