Stories of Service

KLRU Highlights

In honor of Memorial Day on May 25, KLRU presents programing throughout the month of May celebrating veterans and their families.

Operation Appreciation - May 21 at 9 pm, May 24 at 6 pm
Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood as well as those injured in combat. This documentary follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base. The retirees travel more than 50 miles with cars filled to the brim with treats to hand the treats to hundreds of soldiers getting processed at Fort Hood every Thursday. Not only do these volunteers walk the lines giving treats and saying thanks to the incoming troops, but they also bring food to the Wounded Warriors buildings, where severely injured soldiers are recovering, and to the Fisher House, which gives a home to military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. Many of the volunteers are veterans themselves, and have incredible stories of their own survival in war.

Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & The Military Family - May 22 at 8 pm
Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families.

Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House – May 22 at 9 pm
President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama welcome Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and also active duty military members U.S. Army SGT. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer will offer a musical tribute to the service and sacrifice of our troops and the often overlooked contribution of their families back home.

We Served Too: The Story of Women’s Air Force Service Pilots – May 24 at 1:30 pm
This is a story of a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes…the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).

Dick Winters: “Hang Tough” – May 24 at 3 pm
Hang Tough honors one of World War II’s most respected combat leaders – Major Richard D. Winters. Emmy-winning British actor Damian Lewis (Homeland), narrates the documentary and shares his thoughts on Winters, who he portrayed in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. “Hang Tough” traces Winters’ formative years growing up in Pennsylvania, his development as a leader in the U.S. Army, the famed attack on Brecourt Manor on D-Day, and the dedication on June 6, 2012 of the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Normandy, France. In addition to Winters’ own recollections, original members of Winters’ unit, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne, speak of his commitment to his men, his heroism and his legacy.

Day of Days: June 6, 1944 – May 24 at 4 pm
On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied servicemen landed on the shores of northern France, tasked with liberating western Europe from Nazi tyranny. Over the ensuing hours and days, the men faced decimating machine-gun fire, mortars and artillery, eventually fighting their way inland, but not before suffering a staggering number of casualties. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing, four D-Day veterans gather at the famed Museum of World War II outside of Boston, Mass. to share their experiences from that fateful “Day of Days.” Cameras eavesdrop on their conversations as they vividly recall details from their ordeal – from the perils of the amphibious assault to the invasion’s gruesome aftermath. Their interactions with one another yield long-buried, and often painful, memories. They recount their transformations from boys to men, reveal their uneasiness with the term “hero,” and grapple with why they survived when so many others did not.

National Memorial Day Concert – May 24 at 7 pm and 8:30 pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The concert airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.

Homefront – May 25 at 8 pm
View intimate portraits of America’s military families, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military. The revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.

Arts In Context: In Their Own Words – May 28 at 7:30 pm
Darden Smith had never had a real conversation with a U.S. military service member until he met Lt. Col. Fred Cale. He quickly realized that they had much in common – both were music lovers. Through this meeting, Smith realized that the divide between soldier and civilian was not what he thought it was. He saw the potential for music and songwriting to help soldiers transition back into civilian life. Songwriting With Soldiers offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters. Equal parts cathartic release and creative endeavor, SongwritingWith: Soldiers offers a chance at healing to the people who need it most.

Stories of Service November 9

KLRU joins Stories of Service once again to honor our men and women of war. On Sunday, November 9, from 1 pm to 4 pm, two programs will highlight the heroes of America. It’s part of the national initiative called Stories of Service designed to increase dialogue and solutions as our nations veterans transition to civilian life.

Craft in America: Service at 1 pm:
From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, Service documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal.

Warriors Return at 4 pm:
Navajo veterans of beautiful Canyon de Chelly, AZ have served as Code Talkers in WWII, Army Rangers in Viet Nam and most recently in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, their dedication and courage in battle has not protected them from the formidable challenges facing them when they return home. Viewers will see how strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy are helping these warriors return.

These PBS programs are part of a national, multi-platform initiative called Stories of Service and a community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Stories of Service collection on PBS’ website includes rotating films and videos, encompassing both new and archival programs, resources for educators and students courtesy of PBS LearningMedia and resources for veterans.  The conversation will continue across social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.

Stories of Service presents Makers: Women in War on Oct. 21

On Tuesday, October 21, from 8 pm to 9 pm, KLRU will be honoring American women and their increasing participation in war—from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies.

Makers: Women in War is a program that’s part of a national initiative called Stories of Service designed to increase dialogue and solutions as our nations veterans transition to civilian life.

Among those featured on Makers: Women in War are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was “outed” as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents Molly Moore, Clarissa Ward and Christiane Amanpour about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.

The PBS programs are part of a national, multi-platform initiative called Stories of Service and a community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Stories of Service collection on PBS’ website includes rotating films and videos, encompassing both new and archival programs, resources for educators and students courtesy of PBS LearningMedia and resources for veterans.  More programming is planned for later this year including Craft In America “Service” (November 2014). The conversation will continue across social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.

Makers is a program that depicts history of the modern women’s movement, featuring first-person accounts from movement leaders; opponents; celebrities; political figures; business leaders; and ordinary women.

Stories of Service begin this month

In recognition of Memorial Day on May 26th, KLRU and KLRU Q are offering several programs this month on veterans issues. These programs are part of a national initiative called Stories of Service designed to increase dialogue and solutions as our nation’s veterans transition to civilian life.

Coming Back with Wes Moore
Tuesdays, May 13, 20 & 27 at 7 pm
This series, produced by best-selling author and US Army veteran Wes Moore, tells the story of his search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing vets returning from war. Moore’s journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and — for many — find a new mission.

Operation Appreciation
Thursday, May 22, at 8 pm; Sunday, May 25, at 1:30 pm and 4 pm
This documentary follows the efforts of volunteers from Sun City Texas that come together on a mission to show appreciation to the soldiers at Fort Hood.

Tattooed Under Fire
Thursday, May 22, at 9 pm; Tuesday, May 27, at 10 pm
A unique, intimate, character-driven portrait of Iraq-bound and returning US soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle: openly professing their pride, sharing their secrets and confessing their fears

National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 25, at 7 pm and 8:30 pm; Monday, May 26, at 10 pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.

Death and The Civil War: American Experience
Monday, May 26, at 8 pm
From filmmaker Ric Burns, “Death and the Civil War” explores an essential but largely overlooked aspect of the most pivotal event in American history. With the coming of the Civil War and the staggering casualties it ushered in, death entered the experience of the American people as it never had before — permanently altering the character of the republic, and the psyche of the American people.

D-Day 360
Tuesday, May 27, at 8 pm
D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On the day itself, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 7,000 ships delivered around 20,000 military vehicles and 130,000 soldiers onto the beaches.

Nova D-Day’s Sunken Secrets
Wednesday, May 28, at 8 pm
A vivid blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous events of D-Day and how the Allies’ intricate planning and advanced technology was vital to assure the success of the most ambitious and risky military operation ever launched.

The PBS programs are part of a national, multi-platform initiative called Stories of Service and a community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) called Veterans Coming Home. The Stories of Service collection on PBS’ website includes rotating films and videos, encompassing both new and archival programs, resources for educators and students courtesy of PBS LearningMedia and resources for veterans as part of Veterans Coming Home.  More programming is planned for later this year including Makers “Women & War” (September 2014) and Craft In America “Service” (November 2014). The conversation will continue across social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.

 

KLRU Q presents a Memorial Day marathon of programs on Sunday, May 25th

1:05pm  We Served Too: The Story of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots - A look at how the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots broke through barriers during World War II.
 
2:00pm  Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania’s Tuskegee Airmen - The triumphant story of the African-American airmen who served their country during World War II.
 
3:00pm  Nickels From Heaven - Recounts the experiences of the “Triple Nickles,” the first African- American soldiers to be designated as U.S. paratroopers.
 
 
4:00pm  Gathering of Heroes World War II veterans from Indiana embark on trek to visit the memorial that honors their sacrifice.
 
4:30pm  Charles Murray, Defining A Hero The heroic World War II experience of Congressional Medal of Honor Charles Murray are detailed.
 
5:00pm  Maggie’s War: A True Story of Courage, Leadership and Valor in World War II - James Megellas, a fearless World War II platoon leader, returns to Europe to visit battlefields.
 
6:00pm  T. Moffatt Burris and the Crossing - Moffatt Burriss’ heroic actions in Operation Market Garden during World War II are detailed. (Portrayed by Robert Redford in 1977 Richard Attenborough film “A Bridge Too Far.”)
 
6:30pm  Ted Bell and the Ridge - Col. Ted Bell became The Citadel’s most decorated World War II veteran for his valor in Okinawa.
 
7:00pm  Last Ridge - National Public Radio’s Scott Simon narrates the remarkable story of the 10th Mountain Division.
 
8:00pm  Unforgettable: The Korean War - A diverse group of Korean War veterans recall their memories and emotions of the war.
 
9:00pm  Vietnam War Stories Personal memories of service and sacrifice are shared, giving an insight into the experience of war.
 
10:00pm  As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos Examines the steep personal toll and enduring legacy of the Vietnam War on artists from south Texas.