KLRU at Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros

Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros
(Day of the Child / Festival of Books)
When: Saturday, April 24, 10am -2 pm
Where: J.J. Pickle Elementary School, St. John Community Center, 7500 Blessing Avenue

Join Clifford and Maya & Miguel in enjoying stories, dancers, music, free snacks, free books and much more! KLRU will have a fun activity for children to do along with a free book to take home.

Highlights 4/18 to 4/24

Large-scale die-offs of frogs around the world have prompted scientists to take desperate measures to try to save those they can on Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Masterpiece Classic tells the moving saga of two couples whose lives intertwine in both friendship and tragic misunderstanding in post-World-War-II Britain at 8 p.m. Sunday. Part 1 of 2.

Can you remember when everyone in America was not “Going Green?” Earth Days: American Experience looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement at 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

NOVA takes viewers on a sweeping journey from 1609, when Galileo revealed mankind’s place in the galaxy, to today’s quests to discover new worlds in the infinite universe at 10 p.m. Monday.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., NOVA will look at everything California is doing, from energy conservation to the development of new sources of carbon-free power, to find out how the rest of the country can join their aggressive pursuit of a sustainable energy future.

In Afghanistan, many hundreds of boys are being lured off the streets on the promise of a new life, many unaware that their real fate is to be used for entertainment and sex on Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Independent Lens: Dirt! The Movie finds out how industrial farming, mining, and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Through A Dog’s Eyes is about dog trainer Jennifer Arnold and also presents the science that explains the amazing dog/human bond  at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies on POV: Food, Inc. at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Kentucky’s indie rock heroes My Morning Jacket return to the Austin City Limits stage to showcase their latest acclaimed album Evil Urges at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Actor Tim Matheson discusses his eclectic career from “Animal House” to “West Wing” and beyond on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Downtown takes a look at Austin’s independent fashion scene and then leads you all through Downtown’s unique comedy scene at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Austin City Limits veterans and country music legends Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel join forces onstage in celebration of their collaborative LP, Willie and the Wheel, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

April 2010: When Families Grieve

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Sesame Street’s When Families Grieve

Wednesday, April 14th at 7 pm

When Families Grieve features the personal stories of several families with children who have experienced the death of a parent. This powerful and heartwarming 60-minute show, featuring the Sesame Street Muppets, will provide families in the military and in the general public a valuable service by making the courageous struggles of parents and children visible, while sharing strategies that have helped them cope with grief.

Most recent data state that one in 20 American children under the age of 15 experiences the death of a parent whether it be from illness, suicide, accident or war-related. The death of a parent is one of the most difficult things a child can face; but children are not the only ones that feel overwhelmed and experience change in their behavior. Grieving is a family experience and, thus, the entire family needs support during this most difficult time. This is why When Families Grieve will harness the unique approach that Sesame takes in addressing children’s needs: using the Sesame Street Muppets to aid the communication between adults and children with language and strategies that are child appropriate and useful for the whole family.

Katie Couric flanked by Muppets Jessie and Elmo

Hospice Austin’s Camp Brave Heart is now accepting applications for a  free three-day camp, to be held Aug. 2-4. It combines grief support with the fun of a recreational camp and is open to any child in the community age six through 17 who has lost someone due to death in the past year. A majority of the losses involve parents or siblings. We have openings for 100 kids, and unfortunately the need is such that it tends to fill up fast. Parents and guardians can receive more information and an application by calling 342-4784 or by visiting www.hospiceaustin.org <http://www.hospiceaustin.org/> .

When Families Grieve bilingual resource kits will be distributed nationwide.
KLRU will have 100 kits available.
To reserve a kit for pick-up, please email maappleman@klru.org.

Highlights 4/11 to 4/17

Nature airs the conclusion of Moment of Impact and takes us inside the animal to present an innovative and revolutionary look at the bio-engineering of how animals work at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Masterpiece Classic presents a new, authentic adaptation of Anne Frank’s feisty, poignant, and timeless account of her life in a cramped hidden annex during World War II at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Based in part on David Oshinsky’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, this film, Polio Crusade: American Experience, chronicles a crusade fueled by the bold leadership of a single philanthropy and its innovative public relations campaign, along with a bitter battle between two scientists at 8 p.m. Monday.

Seeking a hopeful response to the plague of Holocaust denial in the Arab world, Rob Satloff, head of a Washington policy center, set out on an eight-year journey to North Africa at 9 p.m. Monday on Among the Righteous: Lost Stories From the Holocaust.

In this miniseries, NOVA at 7 p.m. Tuesday examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe.

Health care reform was the first big policy deal taken on by the Obama administration. In a new investigation, Frontline goes behind closed doors to provide a sobering exposé of the realities of American politics, the power of special interest groups and the role of money in policy making at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Independent Lens showcases Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter, and modern-day Joan of Arc at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Starring Katie Couric and the Sesame Street Muppets, this special, When Families Grieve, performs a valuable service to families everywhere–in both the military and the public at large–by creating awareness of the courageous struggles, and sharing the strategies that have helped them to move forward at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Worse Than War is the first documentary to step back and focus on the general phenomenon of genocide — offering insights about its patterns and causes, and its tragic role in politics and human affairs at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Nashville band of brothers, Kings of Leon, rocks the Austin City Limits studio in support of its latest record Because of the Times and psychedelic innovator Roky Erickson demonstrates why he’s a Texas rock & roll legend with songs from the length and breadth of his 40-year career at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Texas-born actor Thomas Haden Church talks about his career on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Architect Larry Speck discusses the long-standing relationship between the natural and built environment in Austin on Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Mississippi’s grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three of them are murdered. See it on American Experience: Eyes on the Prize at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Kentucky’s indie rock heroes My Morning Jacket return to the Austin City Limits stage to showcase their latest acclaimed album Evil Urges at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Review: Masterpiece Classic Anne Frank

Masterpiece Classic “The Diary of Anne Frank”
Sunday, April 11, at 8 p.m.
Note: This program airs on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Anne Frank’s story is one that has been recounted in many forms. Her writing is a unique slice of existence during the Nazi occupation and persecution of the Jewish people in Europe during World War 2. Masterpiece‘s authentic adaptation brings Anne’s writings to life with the help of an excellent performance by actress Ellie Kendrick (An Education). Kendrick aptly coveys the passion and longing of a girl coming of age in such a restrictive environment.

Stashed away in a hidden annex behind a bookcase, Anne’s family and a handful of their fellow Jewish neighbors struggle for two years to remain resourceful, quiet and hopeful, aided by a dwindling but dedicated group of supporters on the outside. As Amsterdam’s streets fill with Nazi soldiers, word of Jews disappearing from their homes makes it back to the hidden
group. The shock of which causes Anne’s mother to nearly break down with anxiety. Anne is in many ways too preoccupied with adolescence and what she may be missing outside to allow herself to be affected the same. She is an intelligent girl and understands the consequences of war, but her youthful spirit, perhaps an unconscious element of self-preservation, cannot be
darkened by her confinement.

The last entry in her diary perhaps best illustrates her spirit:
“I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart”

A spirit that will surely live on forever. This is a Masterpiece not to be missed.

About the reviewer: Mark Pedini is KLRU’s Graphic Designer. He also enjoys illustrating and screen printing show posters with his wife Farley. Mark is the father of a two-year-old daughter who loves Elmo and Clifford. Mark’s favorite Masterpiece programs are Sense and Sensibility, Forsyte Saga and Bleak House.

Host a Food, Inc. Potluck Party

On Wednesday, April 21, KLRU and PBS will broadcast “Food, Inc” as part of the documentary series P.O.V. This Oscar-nominated film discuss what we eat, how it’s produced and where we should go from here.

Invite your friends and family to have a pot luck dinner, watch the film together and discuss the issues. P.O.V. Has put together a Potluck Party Kit and checklist to help you plan your event. The site also features recipes for appetizers, entrees, salads, sides and desserts

P.O.V. will be giving away some prizes to people who sign up on their web site and commit to hosting a party. Enter here

Even if you don’t plan a Potluck Party, be sure to watch this enlightening documentary on April 21 at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

Review: The Buddha

Program: The Buddha
Air date: Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m.

This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors who, across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity.

This is a beautiful film, visually, musically and theologically. It blends the Buddhist traditions and practices with the life story of the struggles and learning of Siddhartha. His experiences and insights are as relevant today as in his own time. A wonderful 2-hour respite from the world. A time to hear the story, but also to reflect on the world we live in and what our response to it will be. I encourage you to set aside the time to watch this beautiful film.

— Betsy Gerdeman

About the reviewer: Betsy Gerdeman is Sr. VP of Development at KLRU. She returned to Central Texas and to public broadcasting in 2008. Being a news hound, her favorite PBS shows are Frontline and PBS NewsHour. She formerly worked in interfaith initiatives in Washington DC and Houston, Texas and was the Boniuk Center Fellow to the International Summer School on Religion and Public Life in Birmingham, UK in 2009.

Show blends history, technology to shed light on paranormal

Program: Haunted Texas
Premier: Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Encores: Tuesday, April 20, at 10:30 p.m. and Monday, April 26, at 9:30 p.m.

Haunted Texas examines unexplained phenomena by blending the past with the present, the contemporary with the historical.  The show uses both modern technology and historical research to shed light on the paranormal.  This combination is on display in the pilot episode, which investigates ghost sightings around Peyton Colony, an old freedman’s settlement near Blanco.  The tech side is highlighted by a digital tape recorder with shielded cable and directional microphone that’s employed to capture EVPs (electronic voice phenomena).  However, prior to attempting to physically document any paranormal activity, the history of the area is reviewed.

It’s this emphasis on the past that makes Haunted Texas unique from other similar shows. The producers have partnered with the General Land Office’s Save Texas History project, allowing access to original documents and rare photos.   The pilot also includes interview segments with Lawrence Coffee, an area-resident for 69 years, who provides a first-hand perspective on life in Peyton Colony.  Haunted Texas offers an authentic historical context to their investigation.

The show was created by Jeanine Plumer, owner of Austin Ghost Tours, and Rebel Rebel, a local production company.  They are currently seeking the funding to expand the Haunted Texas pilot into a series for public television.

— David Lauderman

About the reviewer: David Lauderman is KLRU’s Director of Programming Services. A retired hoopster/gym rat, he and his wife Joie now enjoy competing in dog agility with their two border collies. Two of his personal favorite KLRU series are American Experience and Secrets of the Dead.

Highlights 4/4 to 4/10

Using the latest technologies, this two-part Nature series will take us inside the animal to present an innovative and revolutionary look at the bioengineering of “how animals work,” at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Sean Bean returns to Masterpiece Classic as British soldier-hero Richard Sharpe, a rough diamond who has risen through the ranks of the army. “Sharpe’s Challenge” and “Sharpe’s Peril” air back-to-back starting at 6 p.m. Sunday/

Mormons, a four-hour exploration into the richness, the complexities and the controversies of the Mormons’ story as told through interviews with members of the church, leading writers and historians, and supporters and critics of the Mormon faith. See part one on Monday at 8 p.m. and part two on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man, Buddha. Award-winning filmmaker David Grubin tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Beginning at a small, off-Broadway theater, a group of talented young artists produced an original musical that some have called a modern day West Side Story. Great Performances follows the cast and creative team as they embark on the greatest adventure of their young careers at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The ever-evolving Wilco returns to Austin City Limits, performing classics and cuts from Sky Blue Sky at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Host Evan Smith talks with Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The pilot episode of Haunted Texas at 7:30 p.m. Thrusday is a half-hour real life adventure that uses in-depth historical research along with technology to explore the unexplained from the past to the present.

American Experience: Eyes on the Prize features black college students who took a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South 8 p.m. Thursday.

Nashville band of brothers, Kings of Leon, rocks the Austin City Limits studio in support and psychedelic innovator Roky Erickson demonstrates why he’s a Texas rock & roll legend with songs from the length and breadth of his 40-year career at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Review: Eyes on the Prize

Program: American Experience Eyes on the Prize
Air dates: Part 1 April 1 at 8 p.m.; Part 2 April 8 at 8 p.m.; Part 3 April 15 at 8 p.m.

Program Web site:  pbs.org/eyesontheprize/

Eyes on the Prize premiered on PBS and on KLRU in 1987.  This groundbreaking first season of Eyes on the Prize will return in April 2010.  Six one-hour episodes will air on Thursday nights: April 1, 8 & 15 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on KLRU-TV.

Eyes on the Prize remains the definitive documentary series exploring the civil rights movement.  It portrays the story of ordinary people who took extraordinary measures to create a social movement.  The television series is one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries on civil rights in America.  Eyes on the Prize has won six Emmy Awards and numerous other awards including the top DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, Eyes on the Prize traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage to the mass demonstrations.  Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist narrates the series.

Many of us are familiar with civil rights leaders such as Rose Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Many of us are familiar with “Freedom Riders” and the March on Washington, D. C.  Yet there are many other events and individuals that have been captured in the Eyes on the Prize series.  And here is an exceptional way to become familiar with many more of the participants and events that defined the civil rights movement.

Please be sure to join KLRU for the presentation of Eyes on the Prize beginning Thursday, April 1st.

— Maria Rodriguez

About the reviewer: Maria Rodriguez is KLRU’s Sr. VP of Broadcasting.