Science Night 6/27

Nature Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions at 7 pm
The returning saga of Cloud, the wild, white stallion finds us back in the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana. Cloud is now a confident band stallion in his prime. As he rules the mountains, gathering mares and expanding his reign, the story turns to his two sons. Bolder is his by birth — beautiful and golden, the success of his father and grandfather flowing in his veins. Flint, sired by another stallion, is the colt Cloud raised. Now, Bolder has gathered some mares of his own while Flint has joined a group of bachelor stallions, young guns roaming the mountains. Who will rise to challenge the mighty Cloud? Will nature or nurture produce the next great stallion of the Arrowheads?

Nova Hunting the Edge of Space: The Ever Expanding Universe at 8 pm
In this miniseries, Nova examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe. What began as a curiosity — two spectacle lenses held a foot apart — ultimately revolutionized human thought across science, philosophy and religion. The series takes viewers on a global adventure of discovery, dramatizing the innovations in technology and the achievements in science that have marked the history of the telescope. This tale of human ingenuity involves some of the most colorful figures of the scientific world — Galileo, Kepler, Newton, William Herschel, George Hale and Edwin Hubble — leading up to today’s colossal telescopes, housed in space-age cathedrals or orbiting high above the Earth. Now at the center of an international space race, a new generation of ever-larger telescopes is poised to reveal answers to longstanding questions about our universe and, in turn, to raise new questions. The conclusion.

Inside Nature’s Giants Camel at 9 pm
Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg brave the baking desert to dissect a camel. They uncover the secret of the camel’s hump and investigate how its elastic legs, stretchy lips and pedestal (a strange bump on its chest) are among the many surprising adaptations that enable the camel to thrive in such a dry and hostile environment.

Women and Girls Lead: Sarah Herburger

Sarah was introduced to roller derby by a veteran skater whom she met while working at a restaurant on Sixth Street. At that time, she was also struggling with drug addiction. With the support of her derby teammates, Sarah overcame her addiction and has become one of the most popular skaters in the league (with some of the most die-hard fans). She spoke with us about her life as a mother and wife for our Women and Girls Lead: Austin project.

Women and Girls Lead: Austin showcases extraordinary women and girls in Austin who are changing our community. Combining independent documentary film, television, new media, and global outreach partnerships, Women and Girls Lead amplifies the voices of women and girls acting as leaders, expands understanding of gender equity, and engages an international network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally.

Do you know a woman or girl who is making a difference in your world? Someone who embodies the characteritics of leadership or empowerment? She could be a teacher, doctor, student or mother. Nominate a Leader today!

Highlights: June 17-23

In Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Sunday, we unearth missing links in the family histories of media legend Barbara Walters and educational superstar Geoffrey Canada. Walters did not know her father’s real last name. Canada did not know the name of his grandfather. Both of them had been unable to access their history… until now.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Presents: Zen at 8 pm Sunday, Detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell) brings justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not. In this episode, a disgraced aristocrat jumps off a bridge. Or was he pushed? As usual, Zen gets mixed signals from his scheming bosses: the Ministry of Justice wants a ruling of suicide, while a powerful — and beautiful — prosecutor hints that Zen had better start looking for the murderer.

Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work at 9 pm Monday goes beyond the gates for a rare glimpse inside the palace where the queen directs the business of the royal family, entertains heads of state and conducts her private life.

The third of Michael Wood’s historical journeys takes viewers on a thrilling trek through India, Nepal and Tibet in search of Shangri-La on In Search Of Myths And Heroes at 10 pm Monday.

On Queen Victoria’s Empire at 7 pm Tuesday, we begin with the birth of Queen Victoria and explore the changes brought to Britain by the Industrial Revolution. This episode also reveals the devastating effects of the Crimean War, the first major war of Victoria’s reign.

On Story: The Austin Film Festival Presents at 10 pm Tuesday features a discussion on developing and understanding heroes and villains with the creative minds behind Rambo, Lethal Weapon, and Braveheart.

On Nature at 7 pm Wednesday, Emmy award-winning filmmaker and biologist Rick Rosenthal brings incredible sea creatures to the screen as he observes tiny billfish nurseries in the wild, dives deep into secret undersea canyons and films incredible color-changing behavior in “Superfish”.

In the miniseries “Hunting The Edge of Space”, NOVA at 8 pm Tuesday examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe.

Inside Nature’s Giants at 9 pm Tuesday travels to New Zealand to examine one of the biggest yet most mysterious animals on Earth – the giant squid.

Great voices and songs combine with Rosanne Cash and Brandi Carlile on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Fridayn. Cash presents tunes from her C&W tribute album The List. Brandi Carlile follows with genre-spanning tunes from Give Up the Ghost.

Actress & comedian Molly Shannon talks about her children’s book Tilly the Trickster 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.”

At 8 pm Thursday, Austin Deco takes Arts In Context on a journey through time as we tour some of the city’s most iconic Art Deco buildings. While many of Austin’s Art Deco buildings have been torn down, Austin Deco shows us that the city still boasts an impressive collection of this unique style.

POV at 9 pm Thursday presents “My Reincarnation”. Filmed over 20 years by documentarian Jennifer Fox, the film chronicles the story of exiled Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and his Western-born son, Yeshi.

American Masters at 9 pm Friday presents “Judy Garland: All By Myself”, a film wrapped in Judy’s voice featuring vaulted screen tests and rehearsal footage, through which she is actually telling her story in her own words.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday brings it home with Texan songwriters Lyle Lovett and Bob Schneider. ACL veteran Lovett plays tracks from his latest LP Natural Forces, as well as classics. Schneider surveys his decade-long eclectic solo career.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Presents: Poirot X at 8 pm Saturday, David Suchet (Henry VIII, The Way We Live Now) stars as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in this mystery based on the novels by Agatha Christie. In this episode, Poirot finds he cannot ignore the pleas of a young heiress when she approaches him with the bizarre claim that she may be a murderer.

Science Night 6/20

Nature Superfish at 7 pm
They slice through the water’s surface with explosive power, sail, spear and a half ton of muscle flashing in the sun. Their journeys through the open ocean are epic, their life cycle, bizarre. They are the billfish — marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish — the largest and most highly prized of all gamefish. Emmy award-winning filmmaker and biologist Rick Rosenthal brings these incredible sea creatures to the screen as he observes tiny billfish nurseries in the wild, dives deep into secret undersea canyons, films incredible color-changing behavior and embarks on a quest for an elusive thousand-pound “grander.”

Nova Hunting the Edge of Space: They Mystery of the Milky Way at 8 pm
In this miniseries, NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe. What began as a curiosity — two spectacle lenses held a foot apart — ultimately revolutionized human thought across science, philosophy and religion. The series takes viewers on a global adventure of discovery, dramatizing the innovations in technology and the achievements in science that have marked the history of the telescope. This tale of human ingenuity involves some of the most colorful figures of the scientific world — Galileo, Kepler, Newton, William Herschel, George Hale and Edwin Hubble — leading up to today’s colossal telescopes, housed in space-age cathedrals or orbiting high above the Earth. Now at the center of an international space race, a new generation of ever-larger telescopes is poised to reveal answers to longstanding questions about our universe and, in turn, to raise new questions.

Inside Nature’s Giants Giant Squid at 9 pm
The team travels to New Zealand to examine one of the biggest yet most mysterious animals on Earth – the giant squid. Delving into its three hearts, razor sharp beak, tooth-covered tentacles and bizarre reproductive system, the team explores the anatomy of a deep-sea alien that’s never been observed in the wild.

In the Studio: Leonard Pitts on Overheard 6/26

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith  for an interview with Leonard Pitts

DATE: June 26
TIME: 2 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Readers know writer Leonard Pitts as a novelist and Pulitzer-winning newspaper columnist. His column, written for The Miami Herald, appears twice weekly and addresses a wide range of political and social issues. His column “We’ll Go Forward From This Moment,” written in response to the September 11 attacks, generated more than 30,000 emails. More recently, he has written widely about the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the push to limit the size of sugary drinks sold in New York, the Internet’s effect on our behavior and the issue of voter suppression. Pitts’ new novel, Freeman, was published last month.

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.

Juneteenth Parade on KLRU-Q 6/19

KLRU has partnered with channelAustin to give teens experience in producing live television. Tune in to KLRU-Q on Tuesday, June 19th at 10:30 am for the Juneteenth Historical Parade produced by teens participating in the Juneteenth Camp.

Juneteenth Camp, now in its fourth year, puts the production power in the hands of youth who experience three days of hands-on training with fully digital, HD equipment that allows them to run the live broadcast of the Juneteenth Historical Parade. The teens work as Directors’ Assistants, Technical Directors and handheld camera operators to bring viewers the entire live production. A few of the kids will Co-Host with Hosts Gregory Harrington, Natomi Austin and Pastor Emanuel Limuel, Jr.

ARTHUR “Baby Kate Adventure Week”

Arthur and D.W. look at baby Kate sleeping in her cribThis summer, PBS KIDS’ summer learning initiative helps kids continue building key literacy skills throughout summer vacation with themed weeks.

Starting June 18 at 3 p.m. on KLRU

ARTHUR
Baby Kate Adventure Week

Fifteen – Parts 1 & 2 – June 18
How much can Arthur and his friends do in 15 minutes? Arthur tries to race home to find his report and get back to school before class starts. George gets his shot to win big bucks for his school on the radio show “15 minutes of Fame.” Kate and Pal try to defeat the “Red Claw” and their mission of getting kids to play with cats by eliminating all imaginary friends. Can they all accomplish these missions impossible before the clock counts all the way down? Only time will tell!

Around the World in 11-Minutes/Muffy and the Big Bad Blog – June 19
Pal, Baby Kate, Amigo, and Mei Lin enthusiastically accept Nemo’s dare to travel around the world and make it back in 11 minutes. After all, there’s a prized pork chop and a lot of pride on the line! Adventuring by plane, hot-air balloon and motor scooters, the gang encounters many obstacles along the way – mostly because of Nemo’s meddling! – but giddily experience the joys of global expedition.

Muffy discovers that web blogging is a great way to keep her readers up to date with her every move…whether they’re interested or not! But then she goes too far and publicizes a disagreement with Francine. Can Muffy learn that some things really are better left private?

Paradise Lost/The Pride of Lakewood – June 20
Baby Kate is growing up! She’s started saying her first words. But strangely enough, the more words she learns, the less she seems to understand their dog, Pal. The two head off to the Children’s Zoo in search of the Dolly Llama for an explanation, and to see if they can reverse the process. Along the way, they learn that growing up is inevitable and maybe it isn’t so bad.

To boost school pride, Arthur and his classmates form the Lakewood Pride Committee, which immediately and fervently adds members, distributes buttons and creates special chants. But Brain and Sue Ellen, feeling pressured, decide they don’t want to join – and are accused of not loving their school. Can they prove that they’re proud of Lakewood Elementary even if they’re not part of this new group?

The Blackout/Mei Lin Takes a Stand – June 21
It’s the hottest day in Elwood City, when a total blackout leaves its residents without any electricity. Will Arthur and DW survive without AC and TV? Luckily, the Molina family steps in to teach the Reads a lesson on how to keep cool and have fun as a community even under the toughest of weather conditions!

Binky’s baby sister Mei-Lin isn’t keen on learning to walk and would rather stick to crawling. But then Baby Kate and Pal’s flea friends, brothers Sale and Pepe, return to Elwood City and share a tale of a little princess in the land of “Hanzan-Niis” who learns to walk in order to save her beloved court jester. Will Mei Lin be inspired to take a stand or continue to stumble?

Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery/Strangers on a Train – June 22
Nadine, D.W.’s imaginary friend is missing! Baby Kate, Pal, Amigo, and Nemo are all on the case and won’t give up until this mystery is solved – even if some fur gets ruffled along the way! Could the Tibbles be hiding Nadine? Or is the solution to the mystery closer to home?

Sue Ellen can’t wait to travel on an old-fashioned train with her mom. It will be just like those black and white movies! But once onboard, Sue Ellen discovers that the train is not as spectacular as she had hoped – until she finds a mysterious diary on board. Could it belong to the ghost of the “Crown City Star”??

In the Studio: Michael Morton tapes Overheard 6/26

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Michael Morton
DATE: June 26
TIME: 10:30 a.m. (Doors open at 10:00 a.m.)
LOCATION: in KLRU’s Studio 6A.
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Michael Morton spent nearly 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit: the 1986 murder
of his wife, Christine Morton. Morton fought the conviction for years, with the help of the Innocence
Project. Then last fall, DNA testing pointed to a different suspect, and Morton was released. Now
another man has been charged in the killing of Morton’s wife, defense lawyers allege that prosecutors
withheld evidence, the public wonders whether a second murder could have been prevented, and
Morton is sharing his story.

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.

Women and Girls Lead: Beverly Kearney

Beverly Kearney, affectionately known as “Bev,” is one of the most successful coaches in the history of track and field. Coach Bev talked about her commitment to coaching in our Women and Girls Lead: Austin project.

Women and Girls Lead: Austin showcases extraordinary women and girls in Austin who are changing our community. Combining independent documentary film, television, new media, and global outreach partnerships, Women and Girls Lead amplifies the voices of women and girls acting as leaders, expands understanding of gender equity, and engages an international network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally.

Do you know a woman or girl who is making a difference in your world? Someone who embodies the characteristics of leadership or empowerment? She could be a teacher, doctor, student or mother. Nominate a Leader today!

SUPER WHY! Around the World Adventure

Map of Africa and North & South AmericaThis summer, SUPER WHY! headlines PBS KIDS’ summer learning initiative with a special on-air event — the SUPER WHY! Around the World Adventure — and a week of themed programming starting July 2 at 9 a.m.

SUPER WHY! Around the World Adventure
Friday, June 15 at 9 & 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 16 at 9 a.m.

Two new episodes  –  take the Super Readers around the world in back-to-back adventures.

Super Why and the Around the World AdventureWith the help of their teacher, Wyatt and his friends have contacted a girl from another school over the computer and are wondering where she lives. The Super Readers take a trip around the world with a wacky explorer named Wobblebottom, who is on the hunt for his friend Sophie. Will they be able to help Wobblebottom find his friend?

Super Why and Naila and the Magic MapPig and his friends are playing when they find what looks like an Egyptian treasure map, but they can’t make out the symbols! To search for some answers, the Super Readers soar into the book “Naila and the Magic Map” and explore the world of ancient Egypt. Will they be able to help Naila unravel the mysterious code that will unlock where the treasure lies?