In the Studio: Overheard tapes Molly Shannon 10/22

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Molly Shannon on October 22, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:15. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Shannon, a comic actress, is best known for her six-year run as a Saturday Night Live cast member. She has acted in films including Superstar, Night at the Roxbury and Year of the Dog and has appeared on Broadway. Shannon also continues to work in television, with starting roles in Kath & Kim on NBC and the animated TBS series Neighbors from Hell, as well as a recurring role on the series Glee and a guest- host spot on The Talk. Shannon’s latest project is a children’s book called Tilly the Trickster. We thank the Texas Book Festival for bringing Shannon to town.

Join us as 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 and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at klru.org/overheard

Introducing the Independent Lens Documentary Club on Twitter

From our friends at Independent Lens:

This week we’re debuting our brand new Independent Lens Documentary Club! Let’s get together to discuss this week’s film, Wham Bam Islam!, other documentary films, and whatever else you feel like talking about with us.

Here’s how it works: Wham Bam Islam! is premiering Thursday at 9 PM. While you watch, or after you’ve watched, fire up Twitter and start tweeting about the film using the hashtag #ILDocClub. (It helps to be following us, too: @IndependentLens).

More information at their blog: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/introducing-the-independent-lens-documentary-club-on-twitter

Science Night: 10/19

Nature: Radioactive Wolves
The historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl is now 25 years old. Filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the “dead zone” that still surrounds the remains of the reactor.

NOVA: Finding Life Beyond Earth – Part 1 & 2

Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone? Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling CGI, “Finding Life Beyond Earth” immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system. We used to think our neighboring planets and moons were fairly boring – mostly cold, dead rocks where life could never take hold. Today, however, the solar system looks wilder than we ever imagined. Powerful telescopes and unmanned space missions have revealed a wide range of dynamic environments – atmospheres thick with organic molecules, active volcanoes and vast saltwater oceans. This ongoing revolution is forcing scientists to expand their ideas about what kinds of worlds could support life. If we do find primitive life forms elsewhere in the solar system, it may well be that life is common in the universe – the rule, and not the exception.

Screening: When the Bough Breaks 10/17

Child abuse is the subject of a new national documentary debuting in Austin on Monday, October 17th. The documentary, When the Bough Breaks is an unprecedented vehicle that can change how society looks at child abuse. Shot at the Center for Child Protection here in Austin, this documentary takes viewers behind-the-scenes for a never-before-seen glimpse into a child abuse investigation utilizing the children’s advocacy center model. Last year almost 40,000 child victims received critical services at a children’s advocacy center in Texas.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, the Center for Child Protection, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas and Blue Cross Blue Shield invite the public to attend a special screening of the film before it airs nationally.

To reserve your seat, please email rsvp@cactx.org

Screening of When the Bough Breaks
AT&T Conference Center, 1900 University Ave.
Monday, October 17 – reception at 5:30 and screening at 6:30 p.m.

PBS Arts Festival: Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore 10/14

Attention art lovers of all ages, there is a new series that may strike your fancy coming to KLRU this October. In an effort to give you a weekly exclusive pass to eclectic art around the nation, PBS Arts Fall Festival will showcase full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in Miami, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, the Blue Ridge Mountains and more.

The festival debuts Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. with a spectacular new production of the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan classic from the Guthrie Theater. Directed by Joe Dowling, the theater’s Artistic Director, PBS Arts from Minnesota: Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore features renditions of Sullivan’s most memorable tunes, ranging from big band swing to classic pop.

After HMS Pinafore, stay tuned for a half-hour, mini documentary tour to discover other facets of Minnesota’s unique arts scene.

Then find out the unique history behind the cohesive collection of public art that truly enriches the University of Texas campus. Landmarks, a public art program affiliated with the University, has turned the 350-acre area into a campus-wide classroom for over 70,000 faculty, staff and students. Landmarks’ projects aim to beautify the main campus, engage visitors and the university community, and improve shared public spaces with art of the highest quality.

Cap off the evening with the R&B grooves of Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on Austin City Limits at 10:30 p.m. Saadiq highlights songs from his old-school soul LP Stone Rollin’. Lewis & his Honeybears rock their bluesy soul nuggets from Scandalous.

Giveaway: Austin Film Festival

KLRU has a commitment to presenting the arts to Austin. As part of this commitment we team up with local arts organizations to bring you television programs like Arts In Context and online arts features on KLRU Collective. We also bring you the best of performance art from PBS with Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center.

Today, we’re teaming up with the Austin Film Festival, who producers our KLRU-Q series On Story, to bring you a chance to attend the 2011 Festival. For your chance to get a pair of Film Pass level tickets, just leave a comment about your favorite film experience by noon, Thursday, Oct. 13th. Film Pass recipients will be chosen at random from those who leave comments.

You can buy tickets now at austinfilmfestival.com

The 2011 Film Pass provides access to eight days of film screenings in Austin during the 18th annual Austin Film Festival (October 20-27, 2011) – including world, U.S. and regional premiere films, both in and out of competition. Also access to the priority Film Pass line, admitted ahead of individual ticket-holders at all venues. Please read more about the Film Pass level on the Austin Film Festival’s website

Women, War & Peace: Pray the Devil Back to Hell 10/18

Women, War & Peace, a new five-hour series airing at 9pm Tuesdays through October and November, is a comprehensive global media initiative on women’s strategic role in global conflict.  A co-production of THIRTEEN and Fork Films, Women, War & Peace challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain and places women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security. Featuring narrators Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, the series reveals that the majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nations and their armies, but rather by gangs, insurgent groups, and warlords armed with small arms and improvised weapons.  Women have become primary targets in these conflicts and though they are suffering unprecedented casualties they are simultaneously emerging as critical partners in brokering peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.  With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan, and Colombia to Liberia.

October 18: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and the regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. As the rebel noose tightened around the capital city of Monrovia, thousands of women – ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim – formed a thin but unshakeable line between the opposing forces. Armed only with white t-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they literally faced down the killers who had turned Liberia into hell on earth. In one memorable scene, the women barricaded the site of stalled peace talks in Ghana and refused to move until a deal was done. Their demonstrations culminated in Taylor’s exile and the rise of Africa’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Inspiring and uplifting, Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a compelling example of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. Directed by Gini Reticker. Produced by Abigail E. Disney. Co-produced by Johanna Hamilton.

Community Cinema: We Still Live Here (Âs Nutayuneân) 11/1

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. The next screening will be We Still Live Here (Âs Nutayuneân) on November 1st.

We Still Live Here (Âs Nutayuneân)
The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts ensured the survival of the first English settlers in America, and lived to regret it. AS NUTAYUNEAN – We Still Live Here tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no Native speakers has been revived in this country. Spurred on by an indomitable linguist named Jessie Little Doe, the Wampanoag are bringing their language and their culture back.

In the Studio: Overheard with Andrew Card 10/10

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Andrew Card.
DATE: Monday, October 10
TIME: 2:15 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Andrew Card served for five years as chief of staff for President George W. Bush. Even people who aren’t political junkies will recognize him from a famous photograph from September 11, 2001, showing Card whispering in Bush’s ear, informing him about the terrorist attacks that had just taken place. Card’s political career began in 1975, when he joined the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He later served as a special advisor to Ronald Reagan, and as Transportation Secretary and deputy chief of staff to President George H. W. Bush. Card is currently the acting Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Join us as 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 and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at klru.org/overheard

Highlights 10/9 to 15

Through DNA analysis and other research, Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday chronicles the evolution of dogs and how they infiltrated human society on part two of “Dogs That Changed The World”.

On Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday, Kevin Whately returns as Inspector Lewis for the fourth season of the detective series “Inspector Lewis”.

“The War of 1812″ at 8 p.m. Monday explores this significant event from divergent points of view. Leading historians, battle re-enactors and historic images help bring this defining conflict to life.

Las Misiones the Missions of Texas at 10 p.m. Monday is a visual celebration of the structures as historic monuments, religious symbols, and important centers of community and fellowship.

On History Detectives at 7 p.m. Tuesday, a one-of-a-kind photograph poses a jarring question: Is the African American wearing a Confederate uniform slave or free? And, did Hollywood treat the Native Americans listed in this payment ledger fairly?

Women, War & Peace at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents “I Came to Testify”, the moving story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned and raped by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law.

Nova at 8 p.m. Wednesday investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs and revealing implications for the evolution of human culture on “Dogs Decoded”.

Ferrets: The Pursuit of Excellence at 9 p.m. Wednesday documents Ohio’s annual Ferret Buckeye Bash, the largest and most popular ferret show in the country.

R&B grooves the ACL stage with Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday features John Heilemann, a sharp observer of U.S .politics who always seems to have a piece of inside knowledge and a surprising new scoop.

Austin’s spoken word performers take center stage as part of KLRU’s focus on the arts on Arts In Context Spoken 4 All at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Live from Lincoln Center joins Jazz at Lincoln Center for Wynton Marsalis’ 50th birthday celebration at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Join Chet Garner as he travels to Canyon Lake, Texas to explore the Natural Bridge Caverns, ride through the Wildlife Ranch, and take a dip in the lake on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Thursday presents “Wham! Bam! Islam!”: When a Kuwaiti psychologist launches a comic series with 99 superheroes based on the 99 virtues of Allah, he runs up against suspicion from Muslims and the harsh realities of the global marketplace.

PBS Arts from Minnesota presents a new production of the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan classic from the Guthrie Theater at 8 p.m. Friday. Infused with fresh musical arrangements of Sullivan’s memorable melodies — ranging from big band swing to classic pop — H. M.S. Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone!

Georgian jam band Widespread Panic celebrates its 25th anniversary with songs spanning across their career on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.