Decibel: Capitol Coffee Talk feat. Girls Girls Girls!

Get a preview of the Texas Legislature’s upcoming Special Sessions with hits like “One More Day of Summer Vacation,” “Kleenex: One Box Per Child,” “That Sounds Like A Song,” and more!

Musical improv troupe Girls, Girls, Girls joined KLRU’s Judy Maggio and KUT’s Ben Philpott for this special (session) coffee talk. Watch the video below:

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Katharine Hayhoe’s PBS Digital series Global Weirding

Katharine Hayhoe will be visiting Austin on February 4th to tape Overheard with Evan Smith and discuss her PBS Digital show titled Global Weirding. Global Weirding is tailored to those who are skeptical about global warming as well as those who genuinely want to learn more about the scientific concept.

In her episode, “Texans Don’t Care About Climate Change, Right?”, she talks about living in Lubbock, also known as one of the most conservative cities in the country, and what that means for the fate of climate change. Yet, Texas is one of the most vulnerable states in the country, as it gets hit with all types of weather imaginable, like tornadoes, droughts, flooding, hurricanes, and storms. However, she also discusses the progression and initiatives made by cities like Georgetown.

In another episode, “The Bible Doesn’t Talk About Climate Change, Right?”, she discusses White Evangelicals, of which she aligns herself with. She notes that the Bible isn’t even the thing that makes a lot of Catholics and Evangelicals (a major portion of people who do not believe in climate change) question climate change. She points out that one of the most important reasons that Catholics and Evangelicals deny climate change is because of the economy.



Texas lawmakers gear up for the 85th legislative session

The gavel is down and the debates have begun. As lawmakers are gearing up for the debates in the 85th Texas legislative session, we are too!

We will be bringing you stories from the Texas State Capitol as the session is in full swing. With issues ranging from the controversial bathroom bill to education and the economy, check out the stories impacting Central Texas.

Let us know in the comments the topics you want to learn more about and tell us what you’d like to see covered.

PBS NewsHour Special: America in Black & Blue

Today marks a week after the tragic Dallas shooting that left five officers dead and nine others wounded, following the deaths of two black men at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota that erupted in widespread protests. As tensions and grievances are on the rise on all sides, what is next for America? Tune in tonight at 8:00 p.m. as PBS NewsHour goes in-depth in their weekend special, America in Black & Blue.

Our Frontline picks


It’s hard to watch the news nowadays and not hear the word ‘ISIS’ fall out of the mouth of the commentator. With each new terrorist attack ISIS seems to be at the top of the suspect list.

But how much do we know about the terrorist group? Why is it taking so long to defeat them? These Frontline documentaries go in-depth to show you what and who ISIS is and how they operate.

PBS’ premier public affairs series, Frontline’s stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human, social and political experience.

Frontline has built a reputation for powerful reporting that tackles the tough, controversial, and complex stories that shape our times. The show remains committed to providing a primetime venue for engaging reports that fully explore and illuminate the critical issues of our times.

Who Was the Founder of ISIS? 

A video-store clerk turned radical jihadist, Abu Musab al-Zarqaqi,  was the mastermind behind the sectarian warfare that tore Iraq apart after the U.S. invasion, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths.



How U.S. Prisons in Iraq Became “Jihadi Universities” for ISIS


The Secret History of ISIS 

This documentary examines the role that America’s invasion of Iraq have played in the terror group’s brutal rise.

ISIS in Afghanistan

ISIS is making a name for themselves in Afghanistan and their focus is on creating new generation of jihadists.

A Conversation With Teens in Training as ISIS Suicide Bombers 

Watch this firsthand look exploring the state of a nation and how terrorist group is expanding its rule over the Islamic State.

Texas Tribune wins Murrow Award for God and Governing

The Texas Tribune has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for the video news series God and Governing from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Read more about the award and project from Tribune editor-in-chief Emily Ramshow on the the tribune’s website.

You can watch the program on KLRU Thursday, June 23rd at 7:30 pm or Tuesday, June 28th at 10:30 pm. You can also watch online anytime!

Austin Revealed: The rise of Mexican Americans in politics

Beginning in a time when Austin’s Mexican American community had little to no representation, hear how the Chicano movement of the 60’s and 70’s empowered these individuals to fight for equal representation and change the face of politics in Texas in the second installment of Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights, which takes a look at Mexican Americans in politics.

Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights debuts on Thursdays in March on Stay tuned for future installments addressing Chicano identity through the arts, organizing and activism and the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin continues to fight for their rights.

KLRU has also partnered with The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to present a screening and discussion of the documentary on March 31 as part of their César Chávez celebrations. Find more information about the screening here.

What is the Texas Railroad Commission?

The Texas Railroad Commission has nothing to do with the railroad. It’s actually a state agency in charge of regulating oil and gas production, natural gas utilities, pipeline safety, and surface coal and uranium mining. Since this agency has a lot of power but is often misunderstood, we hit the streets of Austin to see what people knew about the commission – and asked The Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey to clear up the confusion.

One of three seats on the commission is open, and 7 Republicans are running in the primary. The Texas Tribune produced a forum between the Republican candidates, which will air on KLRU tonight at 7pm. On the Democratic side three candidates are running, Lon Burnam, Cody Garrett, and Grady Yarbrough. Libertarian Mark Miller is also running and isn’t facing a primary challenger.

You can watch The 2016 GOP Race for Railroad Commissioner Forum in the video clip below.


Photo copyright Jerod Foster.