In the Studio: Mary Lynn Rajskub tapes Overheard 8/28

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Mary Lynn Rajskub on August 28 at 3:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 3:15pm.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW.

Mary Lynn Rajskub (1)Mary Lynn Rajskub is a comedian and actress, best known for playing Chloe on Fox’s super-popular series 24. She has also appeared on 2 Broke Girls, Californication, Arrested Development, Mr. Show, and as a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately. Rajskub has also been seen in movies, including Safety Not Guaranteed and The Kings of Summer. She’s currently on tour and is in Austin to perform stand-up for 3 nights at Cap City Comedy.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a sixth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Mary Lynn Rajskub. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at


In the Studio: Overheard taping with Margaret Hoover 9/2

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Margaret Hoover.
Date: Friday, September 2
Time: Taping starts at 10:30 am. Doors open at 10 am.
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form to the left to RSVP.

Margaret Hoover works as a political commentator for Fox News, and proudly wears the label of a champion of conservative causes. But she also expresses deep concern for the future of the Republican Party. Her new book, American Individualism, invites young Americans to embrace the Republicans, and offers a guide for the party to win the support of young voters. The key, she says, lies in politics that focus on individual freedoms and that end the outsize influence of social and religious conservatives in Republican politics and policy.

With this taping, Overheard with Evan Smith launches a second season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS stations from California to Florida. We hope you’ll be there for the second season of this exciting program. Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at

In the studio: Sally Ride 5/25

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with astronaut and science advocate Sally Ride on Tuesday, May 25. Taping starts promptly at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. RSVP here

Ride was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978, the same year she received a doctorate in physics from Stanford University.  Five years later, she joined a mission on the shuttle Challenger, becoming the first American woman to fly in space.  After a long career with NASA, Ride joined the University of California at San Diego as a professor and the director of the University of California’s Space Institute.  But Ride’s most enduring passion involves passing along her love of science to young people – especially young women and girls. She has written six science books for children and founded Sally Ride Science to motivate young women to pursue careers in science, math and technology.

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In the studio: TMT tapings with Meacham, Castro & Brancaccio

KLRU will be taping several episodes of Texas Monthly Talks in February. Come be part of the live studio audience for this award winning statewide series. Each taping features an interview with the guest and then a short audience q&a. Please RSVP for each taping you’d like to attend. All tapings take place in KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio 6A.

Newsweek editor Jon Meacham 2/8 at 2:45 p.m. RSVP Here
Meacham’s interests and expertise reach across a broad range of American culture: political history, foreign affairs, the Civil Rights movement and the role of religion in American history and contemporary society. Meacham is in Austin as part of The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs Center for Politics and Governance Perspectives Series. Taping starts promptly at 2:45 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. RSVP Here

David Brancaccio 2/16 at 10:30 a.m. RSVP Here
Brancaccio is host and senior editor of NOW on PBS, public television’s award-winning newsmagazine of investigative reporting and in-depth interviews. Among his beats: politics, human rights, national security, the environment, health care, and science policy. Taping starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. RSVP Here

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro 2/17 at 10:15 a.m. RSVP here
Castro took office just eight months ago after taking 56 percent of the vote in a nine-way race. At 35 years old, he’s the youngest mayor in any of the 50 largest U.S. cities but he’s already nine years into a political career that to many seemed almost inevitable. Taping starts promptly at 10:15 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. RSVP here

In the Studio: TMT taping with UT's Augie Garrido 1/25

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with Augie Garrido, head baseball coach for The University of Texas at Austin on Monday, January 25. RSVP here

The Longhorns start their season on February 19 with a number one pre-season ranking and high hopes for the year. Garrido’s record gives fans good reason for big expectations. He has more wins than any other baseball coach in NCAA history, taking teams to the College World Series twelve times and leading five national championship teams.

Taping starts promptly at 11:15 a.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

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Attend the TMT taping with Michael Williams 12/17

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Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with Michael Williams, who holds a seat on the Railroad Commission of Texas, on December 17 at 12:15 p.m. One year ago, Williams announced his plan to run for a seat in the United States Senate. His hope is to take Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s place in a special election if she leaves Washington but he’s also widely considered to be a likely appointee to fill a vacancy until an election can be held. Williams is a staunch conservative who would become the lone African-American Republican in the Senate, and he’s gained attention nationwide. Join us to learn more about the candidate and his views.

Attend the In Context taping with James Polk

Taping date: Monday, November 2
Taping time: starts at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Taping location: KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio 6A
RSVP ONLINE for you and your guests by noon, Monday, November 2nd

Join KLRU’s In Context for a special performance by Austin musician James Polk. RSVP here

James Polk has been a part of Austin’s jazz scene since the ’60s when he attended Huston-Tillotson College. In the late ’70s, Polk was an organist for the Ray Charles Orchestra and was arranger for two of Charles’ Grammy-nominated songs “Ain’t It So” and “I Wish You Were Here Tonight.” He returned to Austin in the ’80s to pursue his education and to teach others. He retired from teaching in 2006 and he received his Professor Emeritus status of Jazz Studies in the School of Music at Texas State University in San Marcos. Polk has been inducted into the Austin Chronicle Music Poll Hall of Fame.

In Context reflects the arts culture in Austin’s community and explores the creative people and unique things which make our lives more interesting. It provides a glimpse into the lives of people who follow their dreams, the poets of form and function, the obscure, the inspiring, the strange and the beautiful

TMT Texas Book Festival Tapings with Smiley, Aldrin & Branch

Please join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks as we interview three authors from this year’s Texas Book Festival: novelist Jane Smiley, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and historian Taylor Branch. You’re invited to these special tapings at the Texas State Capitol on Saturday, October 31. Each taping will last approximately 45 minutes, including audience Q&A if the guest’s schedule permits. Once taping begins, no entry or exit will be allowed.

Jane Smiley
Taping room doors close at 9:10 a.m.

*PLEASE NOTE: The Capitol does not open to the public until 9 a.m. To reach the room in time for the taping, you will need to be at the Capitol door by 9 a.m.

Pulitzer-winning author Jane Smiley is known for her novels and essays about relationships, animals, politics and modern life.
RSVP for the Smiley taping here

Buzz Aldrin
Taping room doors close at 10:00 a.m.

Just over forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to set foot on the moon – a fact known to virtually anyone who hears his name.
RSVP for the Aldrin taping here

Taylor Branch
Taping room doors close at 11:30 a.m.

Historian and author Taylor Branch earned a Pulitzer Prize for Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63.
RSVP for the Branch taping here


Capitol Annex, Room LCC-E2.002 on Level E2.

Take any Capitol elevator to level E2 and proceed down the hallway. Keep walking, and Room LCC-E2.002 will be on your right (LCC stands for Legislative Conference Center).