Preview Screening: Downton Abbey 1/5

Join KLRU and other Downton Abbey fans as we preview the first hour of the second season of this beloved Masterpiece Classic series.

The screening will be January 5th in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 6:30 and the screening will start promptly at 7. The event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Downton Abbey season two starts airing on January 8th on PBS, but we’re giving our fans a chance to see the first hour before anyone else. We’ll have Downton Abbey items to give away and light refreshments will be served. RSVP now

Screening: Flower Mound Library shows Wildflowers 8/29

A free screening of the KLRU documentary Wildflowers: Seeds of History will take place on Monday, August 29, at 6:45 pm at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound, TX 75022. Space is limited so please RSVP by visiting the Library’s Information Desk or by calling 972.874.6165

Wildflowers: Seeds of History
A trip through the legends, facts, and ecological impact behind Texas Wildflowers. Discover what wildflowers are really doing, their historical use for food and medicine, and how they grow. Produced definition video in the stellar wildflower season of spring 2010. DVDs of this documentary are available for sale at

Hosted by volunteers representing:
The Mound Foundation
Keep Flower Mound Beautiful
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

POV "Better This World" Screening 8/24

Monkey Wrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, will host a screening of the POV documentary “Better This World” on Wednesday, 8/24, at 8 pm. This film will air on KLRU Tuesday, 9/6, at 9 pm

Watch the full episode. See more POV.

The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. Better This World follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under the tutelage of revolutionary activist Brandon Darby. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high-stakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant. Better This World goes to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.

Freedom Riders event q&a with Julian Bond

For those of you who could not make it to the KLRU/LBJ Library preview screening and discussion of Freedom Riders on May 4, here’s the entire question and answer session with Julian Bond. Please watch the full documentary of Freedom Riders on Monday, May 16 at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

You can also:
View photos from the night here.
Go to the LBJ Library to see an interactive exhibit on the Freedom Rides as well as an exhibit on the Radical Movements of the 1960s. The library is located at 2313 Red River is open daily from 9 – 5. Admission is free.

KLRU & LBJ Library host Freedom Riders preview

Please join us for an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. On Wednesday, May 4, at 6 pm KLRU and the LBJ Library will host a preview of the powerful documentary Freedom Riders followed by a conversation with civil rights leader Julian Bond. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

On May 4, 1961, the first Freedom Riders left Washington, D. C., bound for New Orleans. These courageous men and women rode buses through the South to challenge local laws or customs that enforced segregation. They demanded unrestricted access to terminal restaurants and waiting rooms. Along their journey, some were arrested, some were beaten, and buses were burned. Their bravery in the face of bitter racism awakened the nation’s conscience.

Bond, who is featured in the documentary, was the Communications Director for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the time of the Freedom Rides. Later, Bond served in the Georgia House and Senate and as Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

On May 9, the LBJ Library will open an exhibit Freedom Riders which details the sacrifices of the Freedom Riders during six months in 1961. On May 16, KLRU will air the entire 2-hour documentary Freedom Riders.

When I Rise screening 2/3

A  film screening and performance/panel siscussion of the locally-produced film When I Rise will take place Thursday, Feb 3, 6:30 pm at LBJ Auditorium, 2313 Red River, Austin, Texas (map)

“When I Rise” profiles Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student, who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.

The Feb. 3 screening will be followed by a performance by Barbara Smith Conrad, mezzo-soprano, and Icy Simpson. Simpson, soprano, is currently completing an Artist Diploma in Opera Performance at UT Austin and she is also featured in the film. They will be accompanied by pianist, Richard Masters.

There will also be a panel discussion moderated by Don Carleton featuring
Mat Hames, Director, When I Rise
Barbara Smith Conrad, mezzo-soprano
Icy Simpson, soprano

When I Rise will air on KLRU Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 9 pm,  Thursday, Feb. 10, at 8 pm and Sunday, Feb. 13 at 3 pm.

Screening: President's Photographer 12/9

Please join KLRU and the LBJ Library on December 9 as award-winning producer John Bredar screens his new documentary The President’s Photographer. The screening starts at 6 pm at the LBJ Auditorium (2313 Red River). The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

The documentary follows Pete Souza, President Obama’s chief White House photographer, inside the White House – aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union, and into the heart of the West Wing.  It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency.

Following the screening, Mark Updegrove, LBJ Library Director, will moderate a discussion with Bredar and David Valdez, who served as chief White House photographer for George H.W. Bush.

The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River Street.  Access to the Auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  Free parking is available in the Library visitors’ lot (#38), lot #37, and lot #39  after 5:00 p.m.

Special Screening: 10/15

The Power of the Social Entrepreneur will be examined at a screening and panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Yarborough Branch Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr. Film clips from Frontline/World on worldwide social entrepreneurial activities will be shown followed by a panel and audience discussion. The panel will be moderated by professor Thomas Darwin from the University of Texas at Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The event is free and open to the public but because of space limitations attendees will need to sign up at Hands on Central Texas’ Web site at

This is a Frontline/World & American Library Association funded program and is co-sponsored by the United Way Capital Area and KLRU.