Thank you Puppet Improv Project!

We had a BLAST in the studio last night and watched Being Elmo with the most perfect guests: Puppets and puppeteers from the Puppet Improv Project (photos from their Facebook page). Thanks to Sara Farr and Topping Haggerty for bringing Ratio, Diva, Dottie, FrankenFlower, Pink, and all the rest into the studio – our phone volunteers had their hands full all night!

In case you missed last night’s presentation, you can still donate and receive the Being Elmo DVD as a thank you gift – or even your very own Elmo puppet! The story of Kevin Clash, Elmo’s creator, is an incredible tale of perserverance, passion and exploration – it’s inspiring for everyone and a great addition to the Independent Lens film collection.

Thanks again to our volunteers, to Puppet Improv Project, and to all of you who called in or went online with your support lastnight! You helped raise over $3,000 for your Thursday night programming on KLRU!

Highlights: June 10-16

Nature at 6 pm Sunday captures footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities to help us understand their world as we never have before.

In Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Sunday, two African American politicians from different generations and opposite backgrounds are introduced to their ancestors whom neither of them know much about.

In what may be the climatic case of his career, 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! at 8 pm Sunday.

How do American hosts entertain a monarch who has visited nearly every country on earth and dined with 10 U.S. presidents over the course of her 55-year reign? Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work presents part one of “The State Visit” at 8 pm Monday and part two at 9pm, which gives a behind the scenes look at what it takes to plan and execute an official visit from the queen.

The War of 1812 at 7 pm Tuesday explores this significant event from divergent points of view. Leading historians, battle re-enactors and historic images help bring this defining conflict to life.

On Story: The Austin Film Festival Presents at 10 pm Tuesday features a discussion on suspenseful storytelling with the creative minds behind The Usual Suspects, The Silence of The Lambs, The Big Easy and Lethal Weapon. Following at 10:30 pm, reflecting the real world in film is discussed by the creative minds behind Jarhead, The Company Men, Cast Away and Falling Down.

Eight families with transgender and gender non-conforming children ranging in ages from 5 to 25 share their stories on In the Life “Becoming Me” at 10:30 pm Tuesday. Part of KLRU’s LGBT Pride Month programming

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday presents the conclusion of “Moment of Impact”. Using the latest technologies, HD camera lenses and computer graphics, this two-part series takes us inside the animal to present an innovative and revolutionary look at the bio-engineering of “how animals work.”

NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday provides a forensic view of crucial events seen from all angles to reveal what really happened on Flight 447 before it disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean in 2009.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday presents great American music with the Steve Miller Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Miller performs classic blues tunes as well as his hits. The PHJB presents classic New Orleans jazz with special guests the Del McCoury Band and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

Deepak Chopra shares his message about  the relationships between physical, emotional, social, spiritual and mental wellness on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Juneteenth Jamboree at 7:30 pm Thursday celebrates African-American culture in Central Texas. Visit the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center and its director/curator Bernadette Phifer. Meet Janel Jefferson, an artist who gets some of her old-school ideas from eBay. Enjoy a performance of the Black National Anthem that blends the voices of both the young (The Isaac Sisters) and the old (The Relatives). Funmi Ogunro hosts.

Singer/songwriter Elle Kings performs on Arts In Context at 8 pm Thursday.

Independent Lens at 9 pm Thursday presents “We Were Here”. The program reflects upon the San Francisco community — hippies, drag queens, lesbians, moms and dads, doctors and nurses – that came together in the early 1980s when the nation’s leaders looked the other way and built an unprecedented system of love, care, and compassion in the wake of AIDS.

Operatic pop group Il Divo perform their hits and new material at an intimate concert in the beautiful surroundings of the London Coliseum at 9 pm Friday on Il Divo: Live in London.

Dramatize the drought-tough garden with structural texture paired with soft, flowering plants on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a garden that combines both.

Great voices and songs combine with Rosanne Cash and Brandi Carlile on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. Cash presents tunes from her C&W tribute album The List. Brandi Carlile follows with genre-spanning tunes from Give Up the Ghost.

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, the famous Belgian detective is called upon to investigate a crime on the Orient Express and find the culprit.

Screening: The Daytripper 6/18

Community Screening of The Daytripper
KLRU Studio 6A, 6:45 – 9 pm
Free. RSVP Required. RSVP now

Join us for screening of the The Daytripper’s season three finale and return episode to Bastrop in studio!

The Atomic Duo will kick off the evening with live music on stage while Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ whips up tasty sandwiches and Live Oak pours their finest brews. Host Chet Garner will be in attendance with special guests from the episode: Former Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald, Bastrop Fire Chief Perry and Asst. Chief Stradling.

Science Night 6/13

Nature Moment of Impact: Jungle at 7 pm
When animals of astounding ability connect with each other and the world around them there is a “moment of impact.” The world is filled with these unique moments created by animals whose abilities and behaviors are incredible to behold, like the violent collision of cheetah with gazelle, the blink-of-an-eye strike of a deadly cobra and the amazing dexterity of an elephant’s trunk as it feeds, fights or reaches out with affection. But how do these creatures accomplish such extraordinary feats? Live action footage only reveals part of the answer. Using the latest technologies, HD camera lenses and computer graphics, this two-part series will take us inside the animal to present an innovative and revolutionary look at the bio-engineering of “how animals work.” The jungle’s layers are peeled back to dissect more amazing moments of impact. Stealth and ambush reign in the jungle and survival depends on highly tuned senses and ingenious defenses. From ninja ants to flying snakes, cameras dive underwater, sail through trees and penetrate fur, feathers, skin and bone to reveal the science of some amazing animal engineering hidden deep in the jungle.

Nova Crash of Flight 447 at 8 pm
On June 1, 2009, Flight AF447, an Air France Airbus A330 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all 228 lives. How could a state-of-the-art airliner with elaborate electronic safety and navigation features and a faultless safety record simply vanish without a trace? NOVA assembles a team of seasoned pilots, engineers and safety experts to examine the evidence that emerged in the weeks following this horrific disaster. What led Flight 447′s crew to fly straight into a towering thunderstorm? Using expert testimony, messages transmitted by the doomed plane’s computer system and multi-layered CGI weather reconstructions, NOVA pieces together the events leading up to the disaster. With a veteran pilot at the controls of an Airbus simulator, NOVA reconstructs the final moments in the cockpit as the crisis overwhelmed Flight 447′s crew. This program provides a forensic view of crucial events seen from all angles to reveal what really happened on Flight 447.

Grove at 9 pm
More Americans have been lost to AIDS than in all the U.S. wars since 1900. And the pandemic has killed 22 million people worldwide. But few know about the existence of the National AIDS Memorial, a seven-acre grove hidden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The Grove chronicles this garden’s transformation from a neglected eyesore to landscaped sanctuary to national memorial. The film shows how a community in crisis found healing and remembrance, and how the seeds of a few visionary environmentalists blossomed into something larger than they could have imagined. But as the Grove’s stakeholders seek broader public recognition through an international design competition, a battle erupts over what constitutes an appropriate memorial for the AIDS pandemic. What does it mean to be a national memorial? And how do we mark a time of unimaginable loss?

June 2012: Mariachi High

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, MARIACHI HIGH, will give you a glimpse into the lives of a teen mariachi ensemble.

MARIACHI HIGH
Friday, June 29, 9-10 p.m.
Sunday, July 1, 3-4 p.m.

Mariachi High presents a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas. As they compete and perform with astonishing musical virtuosity, these teens, and the music they make, will inspire, surprise, and bring you to your feet.

Show your support for Being Elmo (and more puppets!) tonight on KLRU

Tonight is MUST WATCH TV on KLRU – An encore presentation of Independent Lens: Being Elmo, the incredibly moving story of muppeteer Kevin Clash, Elmo’s creator. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin dreamed of working with Jim Henson and by following his dream with passion and perseverance, ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and featuring interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others Being Elmo offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.

If you’re a fan of Sesame Street, Jim Henson, puppets, Independent Lens, documentaries or all of the above, we want to hear from you – We have great thank you gifts for your donation this evening, including an Elmo Puppet of your very own!

And because it’s a puppet-kind-of-night, we’ve invited Sara Farr, founder and producing artistic director of the Puppet Improv Project to join us LIVE in the studio. We’ll hear all about puppetry, puppet-building, and performance in Austin and if you call in with a donation, you might even talk to a puppet volunteer on the phone!

Sara Farr | Producing Artistic Director Patrick Knisley | Production Manager Topping Haggerty | Artistic Director

Join us tonight starting at 7pm for Being Elmo and support great documentaries on KLRU tonight.

ROBOTS TAKE OVER PBSKIDS GO!

WORDGIRL battles robots all week long, starting June 11th at 3:30 p.m. on KLRU, as the beloved, Emmy Award-winning series from Scholastic Media features “Tobey’s Robot Summer” week on PBS KIDS Go!, including the series premiere “Road Rage, Anger, and Fury/By Jove, You’ve Wrecked My Robots!”

June 11Road Rage, Anger, and Fury/By Jove, You’ve Wrecked My Robots!
** Premiere **
“ROAD RAGE, ANGER, AND FURY”
At the end of her rope and fed up with city traffic, Lady Redundant Woman creates an army of copies to block other cars and allow her own to sail smoothly. Can Becky distract her family long enough to the copying criminal?
Vocabulary Words: Obstacle, Rant
“BY JOVE, YOU’VE WRECKED MY ROBOTS!”
With the hope of exposing WordGirl’s true identity, Tobey takes a game about evil robots to Becky’s house. When the game turns into a real battle between real robots, Becky must struggle to save the city while keeping her identity a secret.
Vocabulary Words: Savvy, Realize

June 12Bummertime/The Homerun King
“BUMMERTIME”
On the last day of summer Becky just wants to read her favorite book in the hammock and play outside with her friends. But Tobey and his latest robot creation, Chronos, are getting in the way. She must figure out how to stop crime and still enjoy her final vacation day.
Vocabulary Words: Prolong, Aggravated
“THE HOMERUN KING”
When TJ hits a home run that also foils a crime he becomes Home Run King, the city’s latest superhero. When he starts to fight real crimes and gets in over his head, WordGirl has to step in and save the day.
Vocabulary Words: Extraordinary, Fortunate(ly)

June 13Bampy Battles Bots/Truth, Revision, and the Lexicon Way
“BAMPY BATTLES BOTS”
The Botsfords couldn’t be more excited about Grandpa Bampy’s, visit! While there, Bampy tells a surprised Becky that he used to fight villains better than WordGirl. When Tobey invents the ultimate robot, will Bampy help WordGirl save the day?
Vocabulary Words: Invincible, Fiction/Fictional
“TRUTH, REVISION, AND THE LEXICON WAY”
Mr. Big tries a new form of mind control by taking over the school’s newspaper. With misleading articles and city-wide contests, Mr. Big threatens to reveal WordGirl’s secret identity.
Vocabulary Words: Revise/Revision, Misleading

June 14Have Snob, Will Travel/Tobey’s Playground Calamity
“HAVE SNOB, WILL TRAVEL”
Unable to choose which valuable items to steal, The Butcher kidnaps Reginald the jeweler and uses him to find fine artifacts. Amidst a painting contest, Becky must put down her paint brush so WordGirl can rescue Reginald and stop the Butcher’s stealing spree.
Vocabulary Words: Formal, Fret
“TOBEY’S PLAYGROUND CALAMITY”Ms. Davis holds a recycling fundraiser to raise money for a new playground, which was destroyed by villains… Will Becky finally be recognized for her merits over WordGirl or will Tobey’s evil robots destroy the city in a quest to win?
Vocabulary Words: Dedicate, Calamity

June 15WordBot/Mt. Rushhere
“WORDBOT”
Tobey builds a robot replica of WordGirl named WordBot. When WordBot gets jealous and turns on him, WordGirl and Tobey are forced to team-up to defeat the metal monster.
Vocabulary Words: Devoted, Backfire
“MOUNT RUSHHERE”
When the grown-ups suddenly go missing, the kids take advantage of an adult-free world. When WordGirl discovers Mr. Big is using a mind-control device to force the adults to build a tribute in his honor she must destroy the machine and rescue the adults.
Vocabulary Words: Advantage, Tribute

Next Avenue Growing Bolder June 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.

6/3: Baby Boomers
What do you want to do with your life? It’s never too late to chart a new course — and as you’ll see in this episode, it can be by bike, by stroke or from stage to stage! We profile a prolific endurance swimmer, a musical community activist, and female bikers. Plus, travel expert Gary McKechnie shares his tips for getting the most out of your trips in Growing Bolder With… and we feature the incredible Aunt Doris and her love for the piano in our How Are You Growing Bolder? segment!

6/10: On a Mission
In this episode of Growing Bolder, we take a look at people who are making a difference in the world, by inspiring others, serving as role models and proving it’s never too late to impact others’ lives. We profile former Juiceman Jay Kordich, hockey coach and Growing Bolder Vice President Bill Shafer, and Mr. Bill of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando. Plus, Dr. Dot Richardson shares some of her secrets to a long, happy life in Growing Bolder With…, and we introduce you to The Midlife Gals in How Are You Growing Bolder?

6/17: True Grit
What makes you unique? How will you be remembered? This week’s episode shines the spotlight on unsung heroes of positive attitude — men and women who refuse to let obstacles overcome them. We profile a family helping others discover a new FUN way of exercising, collector Audrey Lentz, and attorney Tom Ross. Plus, Rowdy Gaines shares his insights from his (late) start in swimming in Growing Bolder With… and we feature the young Josh King, harmonica prodigy extraordinaire, in our How Are You Growing Bolder? segment.

6/24: Gospel of God
How are you making a difference? Following your dreams, or taking a stand against aging stereotypes? Donating money or proving that it’s never too late? In this week’s episode, meet the Gospels of Good. We profile writer and star Lawrence Holofcener, philanthropist Joe R. Lee, and model Oleda Baker. Plus, NBA Executive Pat Williams shares what he’s learned from some of the biggest and most inspirational people in the world in Growing Bolder With… and we feature one of the coolest collaborations of all time, between a 91-year-old drummer on an oxygen tank and a 62-year-old eccentric songwriter/filmmaker, in How Are You Growing Bolder?

LGBT Pride Month special programming

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring LGBT history.

In the Life  “Becoming Me”
screening Tuesday, June 5th, Windsor Park Branch Library 7 pm. Get more details
airs Tuesday, June 12th at 10:30 pm

Is it a boy or a girl? Many parents learn the answer before their baby is born, and most expect their children to develop a gender identity that mirrors biological sex within their first few years. But for transgender and gender nonconforming children, gender identity unfolds throughout childhood, adolescence and into early adulthood. Eight families with transgender and gender non-conforming children ranging in ages from 5 to 25 share their stories. With the healthy development of their children at stake, parents must confront binary perceptions of gender, widespread transphobia and controversial parenting decisions.

The Grove
airs Wednesday, June 13th at 9 pm

More Americans have been lost to AIDS than in all the U.S. wars since 1900. And the pandemic has killed 22 million people worldwide. But few know about the existence of the National AIDS Memorial, a seven-acre grove hidden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. THE GROVE chronicles this garden’s transformation from a neglected eyesore to landscaped sanctuary to national memorial. The film shows how a community in crisis found healing and remembrance, and how the seeds of a few visionary environmentalists blossomed into something larger than they could have imagined. But as the Grove’s stakeholders seek broader public recognition through an international design competition, a battle erupts over what constitutes an appropriate memorial for the AIDS pandemic. What does it mean to be a national memorial? And how do we mark a time of unimaginable loss?

Independent Lens “We Were Here”
airs Thursday, June 14th at 9 pm

Independent Lens premieres “We Were Here.” When AIDS came to San Francisco in the early 1980s, the city became a war zone.  But the community came together when the nation’s leaders looked the other way and built an unprecedented system of love, care and compassion, becoming an inspiration around the country. “We Were Here” focuses on five individuals — all of whom lived in San Francisco prior to the epidemic and who include caregivers, activists, researchers, friends and lovers of the afflicted and people with AIDS themselves.  The film reveals their tireless fight and is a testament to the capacity of people working together to rise to an unthinkable occasion.

Stonewall Uprising: American Experience
airs Tuesday, June 26th at 10 pm

“Stonewall Uprising” explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness. Hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns, gays from around the U.S. began fleeing to New York in search of a sanctuary. Hounded there still by an aggressive police force, they found refuge in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.

Special Q Night at the Movies 6/2

This week’s Q Night at the Movies features a new episode of On Story Presented by the Austin Film Festival, the premiere of Energy at the Movies and encores of several KLRU movie related programs.

Overheard with Evan Smith featuring Wyatt Cenac at 7 pm
Wyatt Cenac’s reports for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart have introduced his work to a wide audience. But his work reaches far beyond his role as a fake news writer and correspondent. His performance in the 2008 indie film Medicine for Melancholy, a drama, was well-reviewed. And fans can also find him doing standup on tour and in a soon-to-be released hour-long special.

On Story: Comedy that Resonates at 7:30
Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld writer/producer Alec Berg and BRIDESMAIDS director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig pull back the curtain to show how they create comedy that resonates with us all. Followed by the hilarious short film SPIT by writer/director Benjamin Hayes. Paul will never have his first kiss until he overcomes his fear of saliva.

Energy at the Movies at 8
From the gushing geysers of Giant, to the plutonium-powered time machine of Back to the Future, Energy at the Movies illustrates how Hollywood has captured the history of energy. Join energy expert and University of Texas at Austin professor Dr. Michael E. Webber as he explores 70 years of energy on the big screen.

2012 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards at 9
Angie Dickinson, Meat Loaf, Barry Corbin, Danny Trejo and Douglas McGrath are honored at the 2012 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards presented by the Austin Film Society. The awards honor Texans who’ve made a significant contribution to film or filmmaking, as well as non-Texans who’ve made significant strides in the advancement of the Texas film industry.

Overheard with Evan Smith featuring Meat Loaf at 10
Singer and actor Meat Loaf enjoys successful careers and icon status in both fields. His 1977 record Bat Out of Hell is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with more than 43 million copies sold worldwide. His acting career, which includes time at the Public Theater in New York, includes roles in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight Club. He’s back in the spotlight this month with a brand-new album, Hell in a Handbasket.

Overheard with Evan Smith featuring Chris Isaak at 10:30
Chris Isaak has built successful careers as both a musician and an actor, performing for more than 25 years. His most recent album, Beyond the Sun, pays tribute to a lifelong obsession: the artists and music of Sun Studios in Memphis. In this conversation with Evan, Isaak talks – and sings – about acting, music and more.