Highlights: March 18-24

Dr. Wayne Dyer offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to them on “Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled” at 10 pm Sunday.

Candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination will meet for a live televised debate in Oregon on “PBS Election: Republican Presidential Candida” at 8 pm Monday.

In the aftermath of the death of one of the most inspirational computer designers and innovators of the 21st century, “Steve Jobs – One Last Thing” at 9:30 pm Monday and 9 pm Wednesday takes an in-depth look at the life and work of Apple boss, Steve Jobs to examine how and why he revolutionized our world.

From director Ric Burns, “Into the Deep: Whaling & America” at 7 pm Tuesday explores America’s first global whaling industry. And as Americans now see fortunes rise and fall on the global energy and consumer markets, the rapid commoditization of whales and the sharp decline of the whaling industry serve as a stark reminder of the volatility of the global marketplace.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday documents the bush fires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 in “Survivors of the Firestorm”.

In collaboration with National Geographic, Nova at 8 pm Wednesday follows the exploits of acclaimed photojournalist James Balog and a scientific team as they deploy time-lapse cameras in risky, remote locations in the Arctic, Alaska, and the Alps in “Extreme Ice”.

Georgian jam band Widespread Panic celebrates its 25th anniversary with songs from across its career on “Austin City Limits” at 10 pm Wednesday.

Actor/Singer Meat Loaf talks about his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Discover the personal history and unique art of Dia de los Muertos through the stories of San Antonio artists who capture this rich cultural heritage on Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Women are the 21st century’s top-grossing recording artists. “PBS Arts From Cleveland: Women Who Rock” at 9 pm Friday tells the story of how they got here, tracing the earliest women musicians from the 1920′s to the mega stars of today.

Grammy-winners Coldplay, the modern-rock giants who have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, perform hits and selections from their newest album, Mylo Xyloto, on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Word Girl

WordGirl News: Word of the Month -- InventiveWill WordGirl defeat the Learner or get beat by her own moves? Find out in a NEW episode on Friday, March 23rd at 3:30 pm

(repeating, Thursday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m.)

Episode: #410
THE LEARNER – Using his talent to see things once and learn them immediately, The Learner is able to steal the giant Santa Tortuga diamond from Ms. Von Hoosinghaus. When WordGirl arrives to save the day, all of her moves are thwarted by The Learner, who has been studying her every move. Will she come up with a new move or will The Learner get away with the diamond? Vocabulary Words: Suffix, Misjudge.

MR. BIG’S DINNER AND A SCAM
– Mr. Big uses a mind control machine to convince an audience that his dinner theater show is a masterpiece worthy of big bucks, when in reality, it’s the farthest thing from that. WordGirl must destroy the mind control machine and expose Mr. Big before he is able to empty the audiences’ pocketbooks. Vocabulary Words: Embellish, Leery.

Science Night 3/21

Nature “Survivors of the Firestorm” at 7 pm
The bush fires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 incinerated over a million acres of land, including key mountain ash forest ecosystems. Fires are a natural force of nature which spur regeneration, but the immediate aftermath of this giant firestorm was devastation. Kangaroos and koalas, wombats and wallabies, endangered possums and gliders, lizards, echidnas, birds of all kinds, and even fish that lived among these eucalypts were overcome by the flames. Millions died. But burned and traumatized survivors tenderly nursed back to health at wildlife hospitals showed a remarkable ability to bounce back, and the environment an extraordinary capacity for healing.

Nova “Extreme Ice” at 8 pm
In collaboration with National Geographic, Nova follows the exploits of acclaimed photojournalist James Balog and a scientific team as they deploy time-lapse cameras in risky, remote locations in the Arctic, Alaska, and the Alps. Grappling with blizzards, fickle technology, and climbs up craggy precipices, the team must anchor cameras capable of withstanding sub-zero temperatures and winds up to 170 mph. The goal of Balog’s team’s perilous expedition: to create a unique photo archive of melting glaciers that could provide a key to understanding their runaway behavior and their potential to drive rising sea levels. Some models now project a one-meter sea level rise over the next century, which could displace millions of people everywhere from Florida to Bangladesh and require trillions of dollars in new coastal infrastructure investments. But, alarmingly, these models don’t reflect recent findings that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at an ever-faster rate. What explains this alarming acceleration, and just how do you figure out what’s happening inside a gigantic wall of ice? In this high-action scientific adventure, Nova investigates the mystery of the mighty ice sheets that will affect the fate of coastlines around the world.

Congratulations to Quiet Company

Congrats to Quiet Company who racked up a slew of awards, including Band of the Year, at last night’s Austin Music Awards. We were fortunate enough to have Quiet Company tape an episode of Satellite Sets in 2010.

Here they are performing “A Nation of Two.”

Watch Quiet Company: A Nation Of Two on PBS. See more from ACL presents Satellite Sets.

In the Studio: Elie Wiesel tapes Overheard 3/22

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Elie Wiesel
DATE: March 22
TIME: 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m.
LOCATION: in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
This taping is part of the Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project

Elie Wiesel, renowned author and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is a well-known voice for tolerance and justice worldwide. Wiesel spent part of his childhood in the Auschwitz concentration camp. He survived his time at Auschwitz, but lost both of his parents and his younger sister. Wiesel wrote about his memories from the Holocaust and eventually published them in “Night,” his critically acclaimed memoir. Since its publication in 1960, “Night” has become an international bestseller translated into 30 languages. Wiesel has written more than 50 fiction and non-fiction books and established the Elie Wiesel Foundation, which combats intolerance and promotes understanding in countries around the world. He also teaches at Boston University.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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 viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

Wild Kratts "Predator Week"

Both Mark and Chris find themselves on either side of a wild boarWILD KRATTS “Predator Week”
Monday-Friday, March 19 – March 23
4-4:30 p.m.

Wild Kratts: Predator Power DVD
will be available on March 20

#137: Stuck on Sharks
Martin and Chris are on a mission to uncover the secret life of the mysterious Great White Shark. They use Aviva’s incredible Remora Rocketsub to “stick with” a female shark and soon learn that the giant predator of the sea actually has lots of challenges to contend with and that she could help them discover something that no one has ever seen before – the birth of Great White shark pups. But when Gourmand sniffs around looking for ingredients for his Shark Fin Soup recipe, the Wild Kratts team must help rescue their new friend.
Animals Featured: Great White shark, Orca, Sea lion, Wrasse fish
Never Before or Rarely Seen Wildlife Moments: Orca attacking a Great White shark; Great White at a “cleaning station”

#125: Mimic
While exploring why some animals mimic the looks of others, Martin and Chris encounter a cheetah cub and its mom.  But before they know it, evil fashion designer, Donita Donata, ‘cat-naps’ the startled mom right in front of their eyes.  The Wild Kratts team springs into action on a rescue mission before Donita adds the momma cheetah to her new fall line. Martin discovers that the cheetah cub  has unexpected powers of mimicry,  and it’s ability to mimic the ferocious honey badger  – is the key to foiling Donita and protecting the cheetah.
Animals Featured: Cheetah, Honey badger, Black mamba
Never Before or Rarely Seen Wildlife Moments: Cheetah cub mimicking a Honey badger and discouraging predators from coming too close.

#134: Little Howler
Chris and Martin are unpacking from an adventure and are surprised when a Wolf pup pops out of their bags. They have no idea where the little guy came from and must retrace their steps in order to return him back to his pack.  They experience that  wolves are a very social animal with a close pack structure and frequent visual and audio communication among individual members.  With this knowledge and wolf-powered Creature Power Suits the bros are able to fend off a hungry cougar and finally return the pup to his wolf pack.
Animals Featured: Wolf, Cougar, Raven
Never Before or Rarely Seen Wildlife Moments: Wolf and Cougar face off

#140: Raptor Roundup
Martin and Chris  challenge themselves to ID as many hawks, eagles, owls, falcons and vultures as they can.    But the evil endangered species chef, Gaston Gourmand has his own plan for the raptors and has been capturing them all in his quest to find the tastiest bird wing.  Will the Wild Kratts team succeed in rescuing the raptors before they become Gourmand’s next gourmet delicacy?  They’ll have to use everything they know about classification and birds of prey  – to round up the raptors and return them to where they belong – living free and in the wild!
Animals Featured: Owl, Hawk, Falcon, Eagle, Vulture
Never Before or Rarely Seen Wildlife Moments: A secretary bird hunting the venomous black mamba snake.

#101: Mom of a Croc
Chris and Martin are determined to prove to Aviva that there’s more to crocodiles than their reputation as scary brutes. They use an egg disguise, created by the young inventor, to infiltrate a crocodile nest for an insider’s look at the challenging journey of the infant crocs.  They also discover the importance of heat in the life cycle of the croc and that heat can even move from one object to another by a process called conduction.
Animals Featured: Nile crocodile, Hippopotamus, Monitor lizard, Soft-shelled turtle
Never Before or Rarely Seen Wildlife Moments: A glimpse inside a developing crocodile nest; the maternal care of a mother croc for her babies; an amazing crocodile and hippo encounter

Electric Company Prankster Planet Week

Hey You Guys!
Jessica and Marcus need your help!

Electric Company’s Prankster Planet is a world that spans online, broadcast and print, each enriching the others. Here, the show’s live-action characters embark on learning adventures in a series of 12, two-minute, cartoon mini-episodes.
Beginning Monday, March 19, 4:30-5 p.m on KLRU

The adventures don’t end onscreen — 12 multi-game online “missions” continue episode storylines. Kids can create cartoon avatars of themselves and work with the characters to solve problems just hinted at during the show.
Play the game.

Finally, a workbook reinforces the curriculum of the online and broadcast experience, helping to make the learning last.
Click here for the educator’s guide.

Highlights: March 11-17

Dr. Wayne Dyer offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to them on “Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled” at 7 pm Sunday and 9 pm Wednesday.

Rock and pop legends Jon (Sha Na Na) “Bowzer” Bauman and Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) bring back the best songs from the late 1950s and early 1960′s rock, pop and doo wop era in an all new My Music concert event, “Rock, Pop and Doo Wop” at 10 pm Sunday and 9 pm Tuesday.

“Big Band Vocalists” at 7 pm Monday looks back at the greatest “crooners” and “canaries” of the 1940s, featuring the greatest vocalists of the period when they started their careers performing with orchestras and dance bands, with the most popular singers ultimately becoming stars on their own.

“Great Performances: Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me in Concert” at 9 pm Monday marks the solo concert debut of the 10-year-old girl with the extraordinary soprano voice.

“3 Steps To Incredible Health! With Joel Fuhrman, MD” at 7 pm Tuesday directly addresses the crisis of obesity and chronic disease plaguing America.

“Great Performances: Tony Bennett: Duets II” at 7 pm Wednesday and 8:30 pm Saturday teams Bennett with a diverse roster of contemporary stars including Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli, and Michael Buble, performing more classics from the Great American Songbook.

In celebration of its blockbuster 25th anniversary year, Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh present The Phantom of the Opera in a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of London’s Royal Albert Hall on “Great Performances” at 7 pm Thursday.

“Carol King & James Taylor: Live at the Troubador” at 9 pm Friday is an entire concert from the extraordinary 2007 Troubadour Reunion that brought them all together again.

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth Saturday at 10 am discusses how the concept of the hero has infiltrated all cultures and has been a consistent theme for centuries in this classic documentary.

Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park Saturday at 6 pm showcases Bocelli’s amazing voice as he sings classical favorites as well as his signature songs.

In the Studio: Meat Loaf tapes Overheard 3/9

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with actor and musician Meat Loaf

DATE: March 9
TIME: Noon. Doors open at 11:30 am.
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Four decades after making his big screen debut, Dallas-born rocker Meat Loaf returns to Texas as one of this year’s Texas Film Hall of Fame honorees. Meat Loaf has appeared in dozens of movies and television program, ranging from cult classics like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to “Fight Club.” The Austin Film Society is recognizing Meat Loaf for his contributions to the movie industry, but the Grammy- Award winning artist is also a rock icon. His bestselling album “Bat Out of Hell” sold more than 43 million copies worldwide and spent nine years on the charts. His newest album, “Hell in a Handbasket,” will be released in the U.S. on March 13.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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 viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview. Watch past Overheard interviews at klru.org/overheard.

Community Cinema: Hell and Back Again 4/3

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 the Academy-Award-nominated documentary Hell and Back Again on April 3rd.

Hell and Back Again
What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home – injured physically and psychologically – and build a new life? HELL AND BACK AGAIN asks and answers these questions with the conflict in Afghanistan as the backdrop. Two overlapping narratives intercut: the life of a Marine on the war front, and the life of the same Marine in recovery at home – creating a realistic depiction of how Marines experience this war.