Q Night at the Movies 5/26

KLRU Q Night at the Movies presents the second season of On Story: Presented by the Austin Film Festival. This locally-made series takes a look at the creative process of filmmaking through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors and producers. You can watch season one online at klru.org and catch the new season each Saturday at 7:30 pm on KLRU Q.

6:30pm Hispanic Lifestyle, “Food and Media”
Hispanic Lifestyle profiles the San Francisco restaurant La Mar Cebichería Peruana with cooking demonstrations by Chef Dennis Arvizu. Also we speak with actress Zoë Saldana, actor Danny Trejo, actress Michelle Rodriguez and director Robert Rodriguez at the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

7 pm Overheard with Evan Smith featuring Richard Linklater
Director Richard Linklater’s newest feature, Bernie, features Shirley MacLaine, Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey in a dark comedy about a small-town mortician and a shocking true crime. Linklater talks about why he chooses to make one film rather than another, and he talks about the changes in the industry since he made Slacker.

7:30pm On Story: The Austin Film Festival Presents “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 Q Night at the Movies Bullitt
A San Francisco police detective (Steve McQueen) gets hold of a mob-witness/corruption case and won’t let go.

9:55pm Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge
A fatherless reform school kid, Steve McQueen joined the Marines, but was never far from trouble – until he found acting and the woman who would always love him. He was one of Hollywood’s highest paid stars, and one of its most difficult. His rise to icon and the inevitable descent are told by those who watched it happen. Clips include: The Magnificent Seven, Love With the Proper Stranger, The Cincinnati Kid, The Reivers, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair and Bullitt. His life story is told with home movies and the recollections of his first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel; children Terri and Chad; actors Chuck Norris, Karl Malden and Don Gordon; and the directors, producers, agents and racing buddies who knew and understood him. Narrated by James Coburn.

11 pm Lindsey Buckingham Songs from the Small Machine
Filmed at an exclusive show at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills in April 2011, SONGS FROM THE SMALL MACHINE captures famed rocker Lindsey Buckingham showcasing tracks from his album “Seeds We Sow” as well as classic songs from his solo career and Fleetwood Mac. His distinctive guitar picking style and instantly recognizable voice combine with his dynamic on-stage presence to deliver a show that brings the audience to their feet and leaves them calling for more. Following a solo acoustic performance, Lindsey is then joined by his band – including Neale Haywood on guitar, Walfredo Reyas on drums and Brett Tuggle on bass and keyboards – to rock their way through the rest of the set.

2012 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE

National Geographic Bee LogoSaturday, May 26, 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Friday, June 1, Noon-1 p.m.

The annual National Geographic Bee returns for the 24th consecutive year with host and moderator Alex Trebek. The 2012 National Geographic Bee will feature fourth- to eighth-graders vying for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second and third prizes are college scholarships of $15,000 and $10,000. The finalists, all winners of their state-level geographic bees, have triumphed over a field of nearly 5 million students to earn a place in the national championships. They represent the 50 states, District of Columbia, Atlantic Territories, Pacific Territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools.

Website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographybee

Volunteer during the KLRU June pledge drive

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Volunteering during our pledge drives is a great way to show your support and we’d love to have you in studio as we fundraise for what you love best about KLRU, our local and core programming. As a volunteer, you connect with the people who work at KLRU as well as the viewers who call in to show their support – you also get a taste of being on live TV!

We have the following opportunities available for you to volunteer during our June pledge drive – feel free to bring a family member or a friend, too!

Nature: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
Wednesday, June 6 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
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Austin City Limits: Lyle Lovett/Bob Schneider
Saturday, June 9 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
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Masterpiece Sherlock
Sunday, June 10 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm
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Discover the Arts with KLRU on 5/18

Discover even more unique art from the nation’s emerging artists as your PBS station celebrates the arts. Tune in on Fridays for full-length performances (both new and old), artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and more.

May 18th at 9 pm, John Portman: A Life of Building examines the work and legacy of one of the world’s most daring and influential architects. Over the last 45 years, John Portman’s iconic urban structures and eye-popping interiors steadily rose in 60 cities across four continents, helping redefine cityscapes in the United States and skylines in Asia. Once considered a maverick because he eschewed long-accepted industry standards, critics and leading architecture schools now fully embrace Portman’s design approach, which emphasizes function, purpose and sensory experience. John Portman: A Life of Building showcases Portman’s buildings using dramatic time-lapse footage. The film also features interviews with Portman, architecture critic Paul Goldberg (The New Yorker), Harvard professors Mack Scogin and Michael Hays, business associates Mickey Steinberg and A.J. Robinson, architect Jacque Robertson, art critic Robert Craig and Portman’s children.

Following at 10PM, The Decemberists and Gillian Welch showcase the best in contemporary songwriting on Austin City Limits. The Decemberists highlight songs from their release The King Is Dead. Welch and her partner David Rawlings follow up with songs from her album The Harrow & the Harvest.

Highlights: May 20-26

Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Sunday crisscrosses Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and the Southwest to reveal stories of ancestral Conquistadors and Indian rebels.

Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock, Series II at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday.

“The World, the War, and Texas” at 9 pm Monday tells the story of World War II through the eyes of Texans. Accounts from a variety of veterans and civilians (including a Holocaust survivor) are interwoven with a deep historical perspective of the global conflict, illustrating the war’s dramatic impact on life in Central Texas.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday investigates the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers engage in audacious experiments to shore up their numbers.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday joins an exclusive dive beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor to trace new clues to the historic sinking of the USS Arizona in “Killer Subs In Pearl Harbor.”

Nova at 9 pm Wednesday combines forensic detective work with an in-depth look at why the Sabre and the MiG acquired their reputations as legendary fighting machines during the Russian and American clash over Korea in “Missing in MiG Alley”.

Rising roots rock kings the Avett Brothers and Ohio-to-Austin transplants Heartless Bastards take over the Austin City Limits stage at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, talks about the state of journalism today on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday documents the University of Texas Visual Arts Center’s Artist-in-Residence Diana Al-Hadid’s collaboration with students, faculty and staff to construct her large-scale sculptural installation “Suspended After Image.”

Independent Lens at 9 pm Thursday presents “Left By The Ship,” a documentary that explores the lives of the many children born to U.S. servicemen who were stationed in military bases in the Philippines until 1992.

Recorded at Boston’s House of Blues, “Goat Rodeo Live”  at 9 pm Friday captures the artistry of four string virtuosos: renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin wizard Chris Thile.

Meet some waterwise plants for sustainable gardens with Lauren and Scott Ogden on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a makeover where native plants and wildlife replaced lawn.

At 6 pm Saturday, the annual National Geographic Bee returns for the 24th consecutive year and will feature fourth- to eighth-graders vying for the national championship.

Contemporary folk rock takes the stage with Mumford & Sons and Flogging Molly on Austin City Limits at 7 pm

Science Night 5/23

Nature “Salmon: Running The Gauntlet” at 7 pm
This film investigates the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers engage in audacious experiments to shore up their numbers. Each of our efforts to save salmon has involved replacing their natural cycle of reproduction and death with a radically manipulated life history. Our once great runs of salmon are now conceived in laboratories, raised in tanks, driven in trucks and farmed in pens. The program goes beyond the ongoing debate over how to save an endangered species. In its exposure of a wildly creative, hopelessly complex and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon, the film explores possible paths to salmon recovery.

NOVA “Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor” at 8 pm
NOVA joins an exclusive dive beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor to trace new clues to the historic sinking of the USS Arizona. 1,177 crew members perished in the dramatic 1941 sinking of the storied battleship-the greatest loss of life in United States naval history. For decades, it has been thought that the Arizona was brought down by fire from Japanese aircraft. But the discovery of a Japanese “midget sub” displaced from the scene of the battle raises new questions about the Arizona’s final hours. Severed into three pieces and dropped in 1,200-foot deep water outside of the harbor, the sub matches four other experimental vessels discovered in shallower water closer to the harbor entrance. All were equipped with a pair of torpedoes-but only the torpedoes of the fifth sub are still missing, apparently fired at an unknown target. What was the submarine’s mission? Why was it laid to rest so far from the harbor? What was the fate of its two-man crew? With unprecedented access to the Arizona wreckage, NOVA teams up with the Hawaii Undersea Research Lab to use manned deep submersibles in an attempt to resurrect the fifth midget submarine.

NOVA “Missing in MiG Alley” at 9 pm
Russian and American fighters clashed over Korea in one of the fastest dogfights ever seen. This was the world’s first jet war, pitting the two most advanced planes of their day, the American F-86 Sabre and the Soviet MiG-15, in furious air battles that pushed their pilots’ skills to the limit. The epicenter of the air campaign was MiG Alley, a strip of airspace between the Korean-Chinese border. Flying higher and faster than ever before, American and British pilots had little idea of the hidden dangers that awaited them if they were shot down. Thirty-one Sabre pilots are believed to have survived crash landings, and the evidence suggests that a few of the pilots were captured and secretly imprisoned in Russia. In “Missing in MiG Alley,” NOVA follows the poignant and sometimes harrowing efforts of family members to trace what happened to pilots who went missing over half a century ago. The program combines forensic detective work with an in-depth look at why the Sabre and the MiG acquired their reputations as legendary fighting machines. With the help of dramatic reconstructions, rare archival footage and interviews with veteran aces, NOVA puts viewers in the cockpit to experience the lethal split-second duels in the skies over MiG Alley.

In the Studio: Robert Caro tapes Overheard 5/23

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Robert Caro
DATE: May 23
TIME: 10:30 am (Doors open at 10)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Robert Caro won a Pulitzer for his first biography, an in-depth and well-received look at Robert Moses and his impact on 20th century New York. Caro began researching that book when he was a newspaper reporter fascinated by the idea of political power and the unexpected places where it could be found. That project led to more questions about political power, more volumes of biography, and more awards. Caro is now four volumes into his biography of President Lyndon Johnson, and has earned another Pulitzer, a National Book Award and a National Humanities Medal. The latest book in his series about LBJ, The Passage of Power, examines Johnson’s life from 1958 to 1964 – an extraordinary time in our nation’s history and in Johnson’s career.

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. You can watch this and other interviews and q&a segments at klru.org/overheard

Growing Bolder May episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives.  Our newest effort is a national collaboration called Next Avenue that features resources and an online discussion of issues facing those 50+. As part of that project we are also airing, Growing Bolder Sundays at 10:30 am on KLRU. Growing Bolder delivers empowering stories that inspire audiences of all ages to believe that it’s never too late to achieve their dreams. It features stories of masters athletes, cancer survivors, musicians, health experts, entrepreneurs and more.

Upcoming episodes:

May 6 – “A Beautiful View”
Finding His Purpose Late in Life – Artist Robert Sutz is a messenger for beautiful people filled with horrific memories. Sutz, 82, is creating what he calls irrefutable evidence of one of the darkest chapters in human history — the Holocaust. He calls it proof for those who don’t believe and a painful reminder to those who might forget. Life From the View of a Canoe – Rod Price was a successful businessman, but he wasn’t happy. Then he discovered his passion in the grueling endurance sport of Adventure Canoeing. Now, more than 200 wins later, he has rediscovered his zest for life, and at 51, he has never been happier. King of the Road – An unlikely corporate icon, Bruce Rossmeyer parlayed street smarts and a willingness to gamble into a major business empire. In a GB exclusive, we visited Rossmeyer shortly before his tragic death and found a man motivated not by money, but by fun.

May 13 – “Little Miracles”
Three Promises – One moment Carolyn and Chad Moor were celebrating their love. The next, he lay dying, the victim of a hit-and-run car accident. During their final moments, Carolyn made three promises that she’s spent many years and tears trying to keep. Hers is a story of Growing Bolder in the face of heartbreaking loss. See how she learned to live and even laugh again and how her story even caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey. Enjoying Life’s Little Miracles – She’s not really an athlete. She’s a retired biologist who loves adventure. That’s why 96-year-old Mary Anne Cooper traveled from British Columbia to Arizona to compete in the U.S. Masters Swimming National Championships. Mary Anne isn’t trying to be a role model or set an example, but with every stroke, she’s doing just that. She even inspired her 70-year-old daughter to also compete at Nationals. Free Throw King – Andy McGuffin is the best there is. Mr. Automatic. The Free Throw King once made 400 in a row. Bill Shafer goes one-on-one with Andy to learn the secrets to his success.

May 27 – “Find Your Fans”
Why Red Green is White Hot – “The Red Green Show” was one of the longest running series on television. But, years after ending production, the world’s most inventive handyman is still in demand! We caught up with Steve Smith as he embarks on the Wit and Wisdom Tour to find out what makes Red one of TV’s most endearing characters. Ann’s Fans – With all due respect to the dozen former Olympians and more than 1,000 other competitors, the swimmer with the largest and loudest fan support at the U.S. Masters Swimming national championships was a 71-year-old woman from Minnesota named Ann. What’s her story? Find out how she’s inspiring everyone who meets her to keep chasing dreams and to never, ever give up. The Story of Ruth: An Amazing Life – It’s hard to say that a 109-year-old died too soon. But Ruth Hamilton led a full and amazing life. She was simply amazing. Just some of the highlights, she was married to a Major League Baseball player, she was one of the first women to host a radio show, in 1937 she came face to face with Hitler and tried to warn the world, she was the first woman elected to the Legislature from New Hampshire, and those are just a few of the things that made Ruth a national treasure.

Next Avenue: Where Grown-Ups Keep Growing

John Stark was 60 years old when he went back to college for a master’s degree in journalism after 40 years as a writer and editor at newspapers and magazines. John knew he would need an advanced degree in order to join a college faculty, if he chose to further his career by becoming a teacher.

In a photography class, John’s professor was presenting a series of iconic images; one was a famous photograph that John recognized right away. The professor asked the students how the photographer had managed to get the lighting just right.

John raised his hand. “If you sit someplace long enough, you’ll eventually get what you want,” he said.

“And what’s that supposed to mean?” the professor asked.

“I’m just saying what Ansel Adams told me when I asked him that question,” John replied.

John is just one of the writers and contributors with full life experiences who is creating content for Next Avenue a new public television website focused on America’s booming over-50 population. Like many people his age, John has a wealth of experience and, at the same time, is exploring new chapters every day.

Next Avenue is an inclusive, vibrant, and congenial gathering room for curious learners to come together, discover, and explore a constellation of trustworthy, inspirational, entertaining, and actionable content specifically tailored to the concerns and interests of the 50+ generation.

The website publishes articles and blog posts from top experts and leading journalists on the topics most important to baby boomers, such as: Money & Security, Living & Learning, Caregiving, Work & Purpose and Health & Well-Being.  The website features videos, e-newsletters, and opportunities to connect with others on these and other important issues.

It aims to make sense of the impact of developing news and points to critical information and concrete actions in a way that mirrors the intelligence, thoughtfulness, curiosity, and vitality of our audience. Next Avenue is devoted to helping all adults live the lives they aspire to.

What does the future look like to you? Log on to klru.org/nextavenue to contribute your voice to the discussion. We can’t wait to hear from you.