Science Night 11/21

Nature “My Life As A Turkey” at 7 pm
Based on a true story. Deep in the wilds of Florida, writer and naturalist Joe Hutto was given the rare opportunity to raise wild turkeys from chicks. Hutto spent each day out and about as a “wild turkey” with his family of chicks until the day came when he had to let his children grow up and go off on their own. As it turned out, this was harder than he ever imagined. Hutto’s story eventually became a book, Illuminations in the Flatlands.

NOVA “Ancient Computer” at 8 pm
In 1900, a storm blew a boatload of sponge divers off course and forced them to take shelter by the tiny Mediterranean island of Antikythera. Diving the next day, they discovered a 2,000 year-old Greek shipwreck. Among the ship’s cargo they hauled up was an unimpressive green lump of corroded bronze. Rusted remnants of gear wheels could be seen on its surface, suggesting some kind of intricate mechanism. The first X-ray studies confirmed that idea, but how it worked and what it was for puzzled scientists for decades. Recently, hi-tech imaging has revealed the extraordinary truth: this unique clockwork machine was the world’s first computer. An array of 30 intricate bronze gear wheels, originally housed in a shoebox-size wooden case, was designed to predict the dates of lunar and solar eclipses, track the Moon’s subtle motions through the sky, and calculate the dates of significant events such as the Olympic Games. No device of comparable technological sophistication is known from anywhere in the world for at least another 1,000 years. So who was the genius inventor behind it? And what happened to the advanced astronomical and engineering knowledge of its makers? NOVA follows the ingenious sleuthing that finally decoded the truth behind the amazing ancient Greek computer.

NOVA ScienceNow “Can I Eat That?” at 9 pm
What are the secrets behind your favorite foods? Why are some treats – like chocolate chip cookies – delectable, while others – like cookies made with mealworms – disgusting? You may think you understand what makes something sweet, salty or bitter, but David Pogue gets a taste of a much more complicated truth as he ventures into labs and kitchens where everything from apple pie to Thanksgiving turkey to juicy grasshoppers is diced, sliced, dissected and put under the microscope. If scientists can uncover exactly what’s behind the mouth-watering flavors and textures we take for granted every day, could they help us enjoy our food more – without packing on the pounds?

Highlights: November 18-24

Nature at 6 pm Sunday follows a wood duck family and discovers how they bond, migrate together, nurture and protect a brood of chicks and come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds in “An Original Duckumentary.”

In the first episode of Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl at 7 pm and 9 pm Sunday, feel the full force of the worst manmade environmental disaster in America’s history as survivors recall the terror of the dust storms, the desperation of hungry families and how they managed to find hope even as the earth and heavens seemed to turn against them.

In the second episode of Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl at 7 pm and 9 pm Monday, experience the gradual relief as the families of the plains seek new lives in California and government conservation efforts – and a break in the drought in 1939 – eventually stabilize the soil and bring the farms back to life, but with dangers of another Dust Bowl facing future generations.

David Geffen: American Masters at 7 pm Tuesday and 9 pm Thursday reveals an exclusive portrait of the record industry mogul who helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday presents and unflinching and revealing exploration of what poverty means to children, and to the country’s future, in “Poor Kids.”

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday documents writer and naturalist Joe Hutto’s journey in raising wild turkeys from chicks until the day came when he had to let his children grow up and go off on their own in “My Life As A Turkey.”

NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday follows the ingenious sleuthing that finally decoded the truth behind an amazing ancient Greek computer in “Ancient Computer.”

NOVA scienceNOW at 9 pm Wednesday follows New York Times tech reporter David Pogue as he uncovers the secrets behind our favorite foods in “Can I Eat That?”

Pioneering activist and best-selling author Gloria Steinem discusses her life and career on Overheard With Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday documents the inspiring story of one of Austin’s beloved bands, Mother Falcon.

Join executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean-American chef and restaurateur David Chang in The Mind of a Chef at 8 pm Thursday.

The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday follows Chet to Bay Area Houston to visit NASA, eat a hoagie and fried shrimp, go birding on Armand Bayou, and visit the Kemah Boardwalk.

Superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli takes on one of the biggest stages of his career for a concert in New York City’s famed Central Park with the New York Philharmonic on Great Performances at 9 pm Friday.

Having recorded hundreds of doo wop era performers for public television in the past 20 years, My Music opens the archives to present many never-before broadcast doo wop classics artist and songs from the vocal group era in Doo Wop Discoveries at 6 pm Saturday.

The CTG team swaps perspectives, discoveries, and flops from 2012 and makes their resolutions for a new gardening year on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents great American music with the Steve Miller Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Featuring performances from various legendary clubs and hot performance spots, My Music travels on location to London and around the UK to the place where the British Rock Era was born in British Beat: My Music at 9 pm Saturday.

In the Studio: Newt Gingrich tapes Overheard 11/15

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Newt Gingrich
DATE: November 15
TIME: 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Newt Gingrich talks about how the recent election results will shape the country — and how things may have been different if he’d been the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. The former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has been called “the indispensable leader” by The Washington Times and Time magazine named him Man of the Year in 1995, saying, “Leaders make things possible. Exceptional leaders make them inevitable. Newt Gingrich belongs in the category of exceptional.” Gingrich is the author of 23 books, including thirteen New York Times bestsellers. His newest historical fiction novel, Victory at Yorktown, was released earlier this month and is the third novel in his George Washington series.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a third 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 episodes and audience Q&A segments of Overheard with Evan Smith at klru.org/overheard

In the Studio: Martin O’Malley tapes Overheard 11/15

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley

DATE: November 15
TIME: 9:45 a.m. (doors open at 9:15 a.m.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Governor O’Malley was elected to a second term two years ago, with 56% of the vote. He’s a Democrat who served as mayor of Baltimore before running for Governor. And his administration claims a broad mix of successes: job creation, a top-ranked public school system, moves to keep tuition affordable at public colleges and universities, lower crime, environmental protections for the Chesapeake Bay and affordable taxes. It’s a record that has many people asking if O’Malley will run for President in 2016. Join us to learn more about what O’Malley is doing in Maryland, and what the future might bring.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a third 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 episodes and audience Q&A segments of Overheard with Evan Smith at klru.org/overheard

KLRU honored with three Lone Star Emmy awards

KLRU was well represented at the 10th Annual Lone Star EMMY Awards November 10th and was honored to come home with three gold statues. The awards ceremony was held at Cowboy’s stadium in Arlington and was attended by television professionals from all over the state. KLRU programs and associated shows were up for a total of 12 nominations. We were pleased when one of these associated shows, Daytripper, received the award for best Magazine Program- Series.

KLRU’s winners include:
Arts/Entertainment – Program Feature/Segment
KLRU Collective: Asian Occasion, Eve Tarlo, Producer/Editor.

Arts/Entertainment – Program/Special
Arts In Context: Trouble Puppet, Lauren Burton, Producer & Mario Troncoso, Producer/Editor/Videographer.

Community Service- KLRU: Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project 2012
Sara Robertson, Producer
Betsy Gerdeman, Executive Producer
Maury Sullivan, Community Engagement
Karen Bernstein , Producer
Cookie Ruiz, Project Supervisor

The Light/ The Holocaust & Humanity Project was an education partnership that promoted the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education, and public dialogue. The culmination of KLRU’s contribution to Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project 2012 however, was a series of original programs including
Arts In Context : Producing Light; Overheard with Evan Smith “Elie Wiesel“; Civic Summit: Creating a Community of Respect; and SPARK at The Moody “Gerda Weissmann Klein.”

Congratulations to all nominees, winners and KLRU staff who make this work possible.

Martha’s Thanksgiving + others

Martha's ThanksgivingOn Monday, November 19, 2012, Martha Speaks premieres a brand-new, two-part episode “Martha’s Thanksgiving.” The special Thanksgiving episode will air all week long at 5 p.m. on KLRU!

Martha learns that Helen’s extended family will be coming for Thanksgiving and decides to search for her own long-lost canine siblings. Tails begin to wag as the family reunites, but where is Martha’s mother? In search for her mom, Martha digs into her past to uncover the reason they were separated. Can Martha and her friends solve the mystery and find her mom in time for the family reunion? Tune-in all Thanksgiving as this special episode will be airing all week long.

Additional Thanksgiving programming:

DANIEL TIGER NEIGHBORHOOD #114
Thank you, Grandpere Tiger!/Neighborhood Thank You
Daniel Tiger takes a day to thank those around him.
Monday, November 2o, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 22, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 24, 5:30 a.m.

WILD KRATTS #205
Happy Turkey Day
Monday, November 19, 4 p.m.
Thursday, November 22, 4 p.m.

SID the Science Kid "Living Things Week"

This week, November 12-16th,  SID THE SCIENCE KID series focuses on “Living Things.”

sid the science kidSID’S PET PROJECT
Monday & Friday, November 12 & 16, 10:30-11 a.m.
Sid is very excited because he’s going to babysit Grandma’s dog Philbert for the weekend. This is a great way for Sid to show his parents that he’s ready to take care of his own puppy. But there’s only one problem…how exactly do you take care of a pet? Sid heads to school to investigate more, and is delighted to see the special guest. It’s Gabriela’s Mom, Dr. Rosalinda Cordova! She brought the class their very own pet…a praying mantis! And now the kids have to learn how to take care of it. That means investigating what the praying mantis needs to eat, drink, and what kind of home it needs. As Sid quickly discovers, taking care of a pet is a big responsibility!

SLEEP? WHO NEEDS IT?!
Tuesday, November 13, 10:30-11 a.m.

Sid is ready to stay up all night so he and his stuffed animals can pretend to fly into space on a rocket ship! When his Mom insists that he can’t stay up, Sid ventures to school to investigate more. He and friends explore how the body needs sleep to properly function, and most important, we need sleep to grow and stay healthy! Understanding that sometimes we feel too excited to sleep (like before an adventure into space), Susie presents a special Super Fab Lab where the kids practice calming down, and preparing their bodies for sleep. Susie lowers the lights, turns off all the sounds in the room, and teaches the kids how to breathe slowly to relax…and sleep!

SEED, THE SCIENCE KID
Wednesday, November 14, 10:30-11 a.m.

At breakfast, Sid discovers seeds in his apple, and decides that seeds really get in the way when you’re trying to eat the apple! This leads Sid to investigate seeds with his friends at the Science Center, where they learn that many living things grow in life cycles. And while many fruits start out as seeds, many animals start out as eggs. The kids investigate frog eggs, butterfly eggs, and chicken eggs, and then see the fully-grown animals they grow into. The kids are elated and empowered with their newfound knowledge about life cycles, and can’t wait to get back to school so they can plant Sid’s apple seed and watch it slowly grow into an apple tree.

THE REASON SID’S SNEEZIN’
Thursday, November 15, 10:30-11 a.m.

Sid wakes up and can’t stop sneezing. He makes his way into the kitchen where he finds his Dad in the middle of a similar sneeze attack. Sid soon discovers that just like his Dad, he might be allergic to pollen! This leads Sid on a mission to learn more about allergies. Mom can think of someone who knows a lot about allergies… Grandma-she’s a nurse! At school, Grandma helps the kids discover that sometimes our bodies can react strongly to something we touch, smell, or eat, so our bodies try to fight it off-and that’s an allergy. Gerald tells everyone that he has a food allergy–he can’t eat strawberries. Wanting to help their friend, Sid, May, and Gabriela decide to make their class a Strawberry-Free-Zone! Gerald is touched, and Susie suggests a special Super Fab Lab survey to discover if other people they know also have allergies.

Sesame Street Gets Through a Storm

Sesame Street Gets Through a Storm
Sunday, November 11, 7-8 a.m.

A Hurricane has swept through Sesame Street and everyone is working together to clean up the neighborhood. When Big Bird checks on his home, he is heartbroken to find that the storm has destroyed his nest. Big Bird’s friends and neighbors gather to show their support and let him know they can fix his home, but it will take time. While everyone on Sesame Street spends the next few days cleaning up and making repairs, Big Bird still has moments where he is sad, angry, and confused. His friends help him cope with his emotions by talking about what happened, drawing pictures together, and giving him lots of hugs. They also comfort Big Bird by offering him temporary places he can eat, sleep, and play. Big Bird remembers all the good times he had at his nest and realizes that once it is rebuilt, there are more good times and memories to come. Finally the day has come where most of the repairs to Big Bird’s home are done and his nest is complete. As he is about to try it out, though, the city nest inspector says it not safe, yet, because the mud isn’t dry. Big Bird is sad that he has to wait another day, but Snuffy comes to the rescue and blows the nest dry and he passes the test! Big Bird thanks everyone for being his friend and helping to rebuild his nest and his home.

Additional Resources can be found at www.sesamestreet.org/hurricane.

Science Night 11/14

Nature “An Original Duckumentary” at 7 pm
Working with “Hummingbirds” producer Ann Prum, NATURE features another popular, beautiful and fascinating bird – the duck. The story follows a wood duck family and discovers how a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks and come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds. But our stars are just one of some 150 species of ducks. They come in all shapes and sizes and abilities – some are dabblers popping in and out of the surface of a glass lake and others swim with powerful webbed feet underwater. They fly through the air on short, stubby wings, traveling in large, energy-efficient formations over thousands of miles. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive.

NOVA “Ultimate Mars Challenge” at 8 pm
It could be NASA’s last chance to set wheels down on Mars until the end of the decade: in August 2012, a rover named Curiosity will touch down inside Mars’ Gale Crater, carrying 10 new instruments that will advance the quest for signs that Mars might have once been suitable for life. But Curiosity’s mission is risky. After parachuting through the Martian atmosphere at twice the speed of sound, Curiosity will be gently lowered to the planet’s surface by a “sky crane.” This first-of-its-kind system has been tested on Earth, but will it work on Mars? With inside access to the massive team of scientists and engineers responsible for Curiosity’s on-the-ground experiments, NOVA is there for the exhilarating moments after Curiosity’s landing — and for the spectacular discoveries to come. But no rover does it alone: Curiosity will be joining a team that includes the Mars Odyssey, Express and Reconnaissance orbiters, along with the tireless Opportunity rover. As we reveal the dynamic new picture of Mars that these explorers are painting, we discover the questions raised by 40 years of roving Mars: How do we define life? How does life begin and what does it need to survive? Are we alone in the universe?

NOVA ScienceNow “What Will The Future Be Like?” at 9 pm
Mobile phones that read your mind? Video games that can cure cancer? Wearable robots that give you the strength of Ironman? David Pogue investigates which technologies are likely to transform daily life for you — and your grandkids. They’re already taking shape in laboratories around the world — and gadgets that once were purely science fiction are on the verge of becoming as common as the iPhones and Androids Pogue reviews every day. What technological hurdles must engineers and computer scientists overcome before robots, mind-readers and holograms are all around us? And what will it mean to us as humans if we become even more entrenched in a 24/7 digital world?

Highlights: November 11-17

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host the inaugural broadcast of the National Salute To Veterans at 7 pm Sunday, celebrating all the heroes who have served throughout America’s history.

On Masterpiece Classic Presents: Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2 at 8 pm Sunday, Beryl and Harry face a race against time to get married on the eve of the war. Meanwhile, Mr. Pritchard makes a decision that throws the running of 165 into chaos, until an old friend lends a helping hand.

Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday presents Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in “Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream.”

American Masters at 7 pm Tuesday tells the complex story of the nation’s signature folk singer/song-writer in “Woody Guthrie: Ain’t Got No Home”.

Frontline at 8:30 pm Tuesday explores the shadow world of assisted suicide, where the lines between legality and criminality are blurred as never before, in “The Suicide Plan”.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday follows a wood duck family and discovers how they bond, migrate together, nurture and protect a brood of chicks and come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds in “An Original Duckumentary”.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday follows NASA’s Curiosity rover in its quest to touch down inside Mars’ Gale Crater, carrying 10 new instruments that will advance the quest for signs that Mars might have once been suitable for life in “Ultimate Mars Challenge”.

Nova ScienceNow at 9 pm Wednesday follows New York Times tech reporter David Pogue as he investigates which technologies are likely to transform daily life for you — and your grandkids – in “What Will The Future Be Like?”

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the making of Generous Art, an online gallery dedicated to raising money for nonprofits and artists, while going behind-the-scenes with the group’s founder and some of the showcased artists.

Join executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean-American chef and restaurateur David Chang in The Mind of a Chef at 8 pm Thursday.

The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday follows Chet as he travels to Van Horn, TX to visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park and climb Guadalupe Peak, the tallest peak in Texas. He also explores the history and Mexican food of this west Texas town.

Independent Lens at 9 pm Thursday presents “Reel Injun,”  a look at the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today.

Craft in America at 9 pm Friday explores America as a crossroads: a land where craft evolves from global influences, a place of exciting intersections between modern technology and the handmade.

Replace lawn or cover the ground under trees with water-wise plants on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a gardener created sculptural art in a healing garden to soothe cancer traumas.

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

Masterpiece Contemporary at 9 pm Saturday presents a funny, bittersweet drama adapted from Christopher Reid’s captivating poem in “The Song of Lunch”.