Build Hope, Not Walls with Arts In Context

How do you turn a symbol of division into a symbol of love? Nick Ramos created Build Hope, Not Walls to answer that question. Instead of using bricks to build walls, he’s invited 150 artists from across the United States to use them as their canvas. All 150 bricks are unique works of art representing the diversity and unique voices that make up American society.


Hugh Bonneville presents Jesus: Countdown to Calvary

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, there is no denying the impact Jesus of Nazareth has had on world history, particularly the events surrounding his death. In Jesus: Countdown to Calvary, Hugh Bonneville,well-known actor and a Cambridge theology graduate, travels to Jerusalem in search of answers. Meeting with academic experts and spiritual leaders, Bonneville deconstructs the week leading up to Jesus‘s death and untangles the complex factors that resulted in his crucifixion. Exploring questions that have provided more than 2000 years of debate, the documentary offers fascinating insight from both religious and historical angles.

The show will air on KLRU Q Thursday, March 29, at 8 pm and Saturday, March 31, at 5  pm. Or watch now:

Jesus: Countdown to Calvary

Picnic & more on this week’s Q Night at the Movies 2/24

Our Q Night at the Movies feature film for Feb. 24th is Picnic! Here is the complete lineup:

7 pm Science Goes To The Movies – The Drama Of Space Travel
Science Goes to the Movies is a new monthly series, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, that looks at the science in contemporary motion pictures. Guests are drawn from different scientific disciplines, illuminating scientific truths or imaginings in films like Interstellar, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Into the Woods, and more.

7:30  pm On Story – John Patrick Shanley: Writing For The Stage And Screen

8 pm Picnic
A handsome drifter (William Holden) provokes explosive emotions in citizens (Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell) of a small Kansas town at a Labor Day festival. Based on William Inge’s play.

9:55  pm Hollywood Idols – William Holden: The Golden Boy
Academy Award winner William Holden was handsome, charming and unconventional, and never lost his power to enchant an audience. Included are scenes from: Golden Boys, The Country Girl, Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The World of Suzie Wong, and Network. Interviewees include actors Robert Wagner, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Stefanie Powers, Glenn Ford, Nancy Olson and Susan Strasberg; and directors, Sydney Lumet, Blake Edwards and Robert Wise.

10:25  pm Variety Studio: Actors On Actors

Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) with Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) with Hugh Jackman (Logan), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) with Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) with Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

Casablanca & more on this week’s Q Night at the Movies 2/17

The Feb. 17th Q Night at the Movies feature film is Casablanca! Here’s the complete lineup:

7 pm Science Goes To The Movies – Human Vocal Production
Guest: Dr. Edith Wiens. Movie and TV show: Sing! Glee! In the movies, everyone who wants to sing, can sing. Why isn’t that true in real life? Julliard professor, Dr. Edith Wiens give a lesson on human vocal production.

7:30  pm On Story – Creating Classic Characters
Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack (OUT OF AFRICA, TOOTSIE, THE WAY WE WERE) and NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch discuss the inspiration behind creating classic film and television characters. Followed by the suspenseful short film THE LAB by writer/director Ryan Scheer, about two young boys whose summer afternoon in the woods goes horribly awry.

8 pm Casablanca
Cafe owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) helps an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) escape from Nazis in Morocco.

9:45  pm Hollywood Idols – Ingrid Bergman Remembered
Ingrid Bergman possessed a natural and vulnerable persona, which was both genuine and alluring. Her cinematic contributions included such movie classics as Casablanca and Anastasia. Bergman’s life took many sharp turns and led her in directions she never expected. Appearing together for the first time, Ingrid’s daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini take a personal look back at their mother’s life beyond Bergman’s acting career. They tell the story of her life, from her childhood in Sweden to her death at age 67 from breast cancer.

10:15  pm Variety Studio: Actors On Actors
Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!) with Adam Sandler (The Meyerowitz Stories) , Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) with Kate Winslet (Wonder Wheel), Jake Gyllenhaal (Stronger) with Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) with Kristen Wiig (Downsizing and Mother!) and Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) with Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out).

Arts In Context: Frida Friday ATX

“I think that when women get together there is MAGIC, period,” says TK Tunchez, founder of Frida Friday ATX, an artisan market centered around women of color. With the goal of promoting and supporting WOC, Frida Friday ATX has created a sacred place that allows women to connect, celebrate themselves, and truly form community.

Local Austin-area independent filmmakers! Send us your short films!

Films submitted will be nominated for inclusion in the seventh annual PBS Online Film Festival, a showcase for powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. The festival has become a popular annual online event, attracting more than 8 million video views over the past six years, as well as nominations in the Webby Awards.

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations, Independent Lens and POV. Collaborations with public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Wisconsin Media Lab and Vision Maker Media have also been included.

Submissions should be 3-15 minutes in length and can be documentary or narrative. There are no requirements about the short films having premiered elsewhere, though they should be no older than 3 years old. PBS also needs to have non-exclusive rights to stream the films on all PBS platforms, including social platform.

Austin-area filmmakers, to have your short films considered, submit the following via email to JJ Weber with the subject line “2018 PBS Online Film Festival submissions” by February 14th:

  • Title
  • Brief description
  • Online screener link
  • Information about the filmmaker

Filmmakers from other areas should contact their local PBS affiliate.

Dates for the 2018 PBS Online Film Festival and the featured films will be announced at a later time. The festival will be available for streaming via PBS and KLRU, Austin PBS digital platforms, including, YouTube and PBS social media channels. The films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android and a wide range of OTT devices.

Black History Month 2018 special programs

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Black History Month, KLRU will feature additional programs and events exploring African American culture.

Independent Lens “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities”

Explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture, and national identity. February 15 at 6:30 pm (doors at 6 pm) at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

Independent Lens   Winnie
Monday, February 5 at 9 pm  
Pascale Lamche paints a complex portrait of Winnie Mandela: the woman, the paradox, both exalted and villainized in the eyes of history.

Black Women in Medicine
Monday, February 12 at 10 pm
This film honors black female doctors around the country who work diligently in all facets of medicine.

Maya Angelou:  American Masters
Friday, February 16 at 8 pm
Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations.

Karamu:  100 Years in the House
Friday, February 16 at 10 pm
Tour the oldest African-American theater in the United States, which serves as a community center for the arts and maintains a legacy of innovation and diversity.

Independent Lens “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities”
Monday, February 19 at 8  pm and repeats on Sunday, February 25 at 1 pm
Explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture, and national identity.

POV  “All The Difference”
Monday, February 19 at 9:30 pm
Accompany two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to achieve their dream of graduating from college.

Fighting on Both Fronts:  The Story of the 370th
Monday, February 19 at 11 pm
Tells the remarkable and little-known story of one of few African American WWI regiments to have fought in combat.

Rising from the Rails:  The Story of the Pullman Porter
Monday, February 26 at 10 pm
Explores the little-known history of the African American men hired to work on railroad sleeping cars beginning in the late 1860s.


Blackademics TV
Thursdays at 5 pm starting Feb. 8th
Top Black Studies scholars engage with projects and research focused on education, performance and youth empowerment.

Watch online anytime at or in the PBS app

Blackademics TV
Top Black Studies scholars engage with projects and research focused on education, performance and youth empowerment.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories
Presents interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

Juneteenth Jamboree
Learn how history can connect communities and families in a celebration of Texas’ African American heritage, explore the stories of several African American heroes in Texas history and much more.

Arts In Context: Scholar/Artist

“It’s really important to me that the people I know and love…are represented in the culture,” says playwright Lisa B. Thompson. She creates works from a wide range of genres that all have one thing in common: being unapologetically black. She balances her artistic life with her life as a professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas as well as her life as a mother – all of which feed into and inform one another.

New Season of Victoria

Watch All Eight Episodes January 14
When You Join KLRU Passport

Season 2 of Victoria premieres on KLRU January 14 at 8 p.m. And starting the night of the broadcast, all of Season 2 will be available on KLRU Passport. KLRU Passport members can lavish in the drama and beauty of this royal world through eight new episodes—without waiting for the broadcast each week!

Not sure what KLRU Passport is? It’s our member benefit that provides extended access to PBS programs on your computer, phone, tablet or OTT device. A sustaining gift of $5 or more a monthor a $60 one-time contribution qualifies you for KLRU Passport and unlocks thousands of episodes from our PBS library, with new programs added weekly.

Donate Button
Join now just in time to catch up on every episode of Victoria Season 1 before the new season begins! Plus enjoy other KLRU Passport member favorites like PoldarkSherlockFinding Your Roots and The Great British Baking Show.