Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby and Jane Eyre: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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With this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ you don’t have to worry about that English exam you have next week. Learn all about three classics from Crash Course.

Don’t Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1 and Part 2: Crash Course Literature 205 and 206

If you didn’t already know, Frankenstein is the name of the creator not the monster. Come to think of it, Mary Shelley didn’t give the monster a name – weird. Besides the numerous cultural adaptations of Shelley’s novel, how much do you really know about the novel that started it all? In these episodes, John will review the plot and take you through a couple of different critical readings of the novel.

 

Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part I and Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #4 and #5

You’re all familiar with the American Dream, right? It’s what they teach you in U.S. history class right after you learn about the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But wait, you’ll also hear it again in English class when your teacher assigns The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgeralds 1925 novel that explores the themes of decadence, idealism, social upheaval and much more. In this episode of Crash Course, John will cover the rich symbolism of the novel, from the distant green light to the pale gold of wealth and decay. Also, Paris Hilton drops by.

 

Reader, it’s Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

The 1847 novel, Jane Eyre, may just be the the first coming of age novel that coins the term ‘stared from the bottom now we’re here.’ Sorry Drake. In this episode of Crash Course Literature, you’ll learn a little about the story, learn about Jane as a feminist heroine and even get some critical analysis on how Bertha might just be a dark mirror that acts out Jane’s emotional reactions.

Look at the Filthy Cities of the past on KLRU Q 7/28

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Do you have to dodge the contents of bedpans or step over rotting corpses on your way to work? Well, you may have had to if you’d lived in London, New York or Paris when they were filthy cities…

Dan Snow’s series brings to life the murky histories of these great cities, taking the travelogue in a new direction as he excavates their dirty pasts in gruesome detail during defining periods in history.

Using state-of -the- art CGI, he goes back in time to medieval London, revolutionary Paris and 19th-century New York. What he reveals is that the story of our epic battle against filth through the ages is also the story of the birth of the modern metropolis.

Filthy CitiesMedieval London‘ – airs at 8 pm
Historian Dan Snow gets down and dirty in medieval grime to discover the hard way how the London we know today was forged in the filth of the 14th century. State of the art CGI reveals London’s streets as they were 700 years ago and Dan steps into the shoes of a medieval Londoner – wooden platforms designed to help him rise above the disgusting mess underfoot.

Filthy Cities ‘Revolutionary Paris’ – airs at 8:55 pm
Just 200 years ago Paris was famously one of the foulest and smelliest cities in Europe. In this program historian Dan Snow sniffs out the rotten story of the French revolution. Stunning CGI reveals the stinking streets where ordinary people slaved in toxic industries and suffered grotesque poverty and disease. Dan immerses himself in their world, visiting a perfumer to recreate the stench of the 18th century city – Pong de Paris.

Filthy Cities ‘Industrial New York’ – airs at 9:50 pm
With ground breaking CGI historian Dan Snow travels back to a seething Manhattan in the throws of the industrial revolution. Millions fled persecution, poverty and famine in Europe in the 19th century in search of the Promised Land. When they arrived what they found was even worse than what they’d left behind.

August 2016 Family Choice: Watch with the Whole Family!

KLRU chooses programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together.
For August 2016, we have the following lined up:

Tuesday, August 2 at 8:00 pm: The Boys of ’36: American Experience
In 1936, nine working-class boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and the nation by storm, when their eight-oar crew team captured the gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. These sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers overcame tremendous hardships — psychological, physical, economic — to beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast, but Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers.

Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00 pm: Koko—The Gorilla That Talks
This film tells the story of Koko, the only “talking” gorilla in the world, and her lifelong relationship with Penny Patterson. The experiment started as a PhD project to teach sign language to a baby gorilla, but as Koko began to communicate, an intense bond developed between her and Patterson. The film explores what we can really learn from this extraordinary science experiment turned love affair. Does it tell us more about animals’ emotions or our own?

Monday, August 22 at 8:00 pm: Mister Rogers & Me 
While at his Nantucket home after his retirement from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers had a chance meeting with Benjamin Wagner, his next-door neighbor and an up-and-coming producer for MTV. The encounter, especially Rogers’ advice to spread the message that “deep and simple is far more essential than complex,” stuck with Wagner. After Rogers’ death in 2003, Wagner and his brother traveled around the country to discover more about the television icon and what he meant by “deep and simple.”

Here’s some things to keep you busy as you’re waiting for Sherlock, Season 4

Sherlock Season 3
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Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a third season of the hit modern version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse) as the go-to consulting detective in 21st-century London and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson.

Shown from left to right: Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

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Something’s coming…

according to this brand-new trailer of Sherlock, Season 4.

While we’re all wishing that 2017 could come a little quicker, we’re still trying to decipher what this trailer means. Did Moriarty never die and his death was all a ruse? Or if he is dead, how is he managing to execute his evil plan in the afterlife? Who is this ominous-laughing new guy? There are so many questions! But whatever it is, we’ve gathered a few Sherlock-related things that will help as we impatiently wait for the new season of 2017 to hit the screens.

Sherlock Personality Quiz

Which Sherlock character are you? This personality quiz will tell you what character you would be if you lived in the Sherlock world. Are you Sherlock, Mycroft, Watson, or Mary? And if you need a little refresher of all the characters between now and the release of season 4, there is a Season 3 Character Hub.

Speaking of a refresher, it’s been so long since Season 3 came out, so do you need to rewatch it before Season 4 begins?

To test your Season 3 knowledge, there are some quizzes on all three episodes.
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

With questions like, “When Moriarty’s dead body is used to impersonate Sherlock’s for the Reichenbach Fall, contact lenses are inserted to make his manic eyes blue instead of,” are you actually Sherlocked?

Cast Comic-Con Skit

Many Sherlock cast members had the chance to attend this year’s comic-con, but with budget cuts they couldn’t afford to sent everyone. Watch this video on how they picked who made the cut to go.

Hopefully, that satisfies your need for more Sherlock even if it’s just for a few minutes. So until season four begins, we’ll leave you with this question…

Did you miss me?

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Travel the Ganges on KLRU Q 7/27

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Embark on an epic journey through India as the very best photography captures the majestic scenery of the Ganges and its beautiful, surprising and often dramatic wildlife.

Tune into KLRU Q for three back-to-back episodes of Ganges!

GangesDaughter Of The Mountains‘ – airs at 8 pm
We discover how the Ganges brings life from the cold peaks of the Himalayas to their lush foothills, and how the river has shaped Indian culture and religion. Our first journey begins high in the Himalayas, where the Ganges has its source. This is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes on Earth.

GangesRiver Of Life‘ – airs at 8:52 pm
We descend from the foothills of the Himalayas to join the Ganges on it’s journey across the vast Indian plains. On the way, we pass some of the greatest and most ancient cities, and witness how the Ganges has influenced Indian civilisation and wildlife for thousands of years. This episode takes us on a journey right across the vast central Indian plain.

GangesWaterlands‘ – airs at 9:45 pm
On the final leg of its journey to the sea, the Ganges is joined by its mightiest tributary – the Brahmaputra. As the waters of the two mighty rivers merge, they overspill their banks to fan out into hundreds of rivulets and create the largest delta in the world. This is one of the wildest places on Earth, and perhaps the last place in the world where the tiger is still king. We discover how people and wildlife live in this inhospitable habitat and how they cope with the extremes in weather brought by the annual monsoons and hurricanes.

CTG to receive Association of Garden Communicators Award

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This September, Central Texas Gardener’s very own Linda Lehmusvirta will be receiving an award from The Association of Garden Communicators’ (GWA) 68th Annual Conference and Expo.

The GWA will honor Lehmusvirta and other awardees for their excellence and service in the green communicators industry. All honorees will receive an award at the 2016 Awards & Honors Dinner.

Lehmusvirta will be receiving a 2016 Media Awards Silver Medal winner for broadcast media, a special designation awarded to the top 10 percent of each competition category. These winners will now be entered for judging in the Gold Medal Round, where awards will be given for the best of each award class. Gold Medal winners will be announced during the dinner as well.

 

Wild West Sunday on KLRU Q 7/24

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Join us this week on KLRU Q for three back-to-back features on America.

Wild West with Ray MearsDeserts‘ – airs at 6:05 pm
Ray Mears looks at how the landscapes of America’s five great deserts challenged the westward push of the early pioneers. As Ray travels through the cold high mountain Great Basin desert, and the hot Sonora desert of Southern Arizona, he discovers how their hostile geography and rich geology shaped the stories of fortune-hunting and lawlessness in the Wild West, and were the setting for the last wars between the US Army and the Apache warrior tribes. His journey ends with the story of Geronimo’s surrender which marked the end of the Indian Wars, and of the Old West.

Klondike Gold Rushairs at 7 pm
The Klondike Gold Rush is renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history. Hailing from 1896 to 1899 set off a “stampede” of more than 100,000 people on a colossal journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the event. Excerpts from Tappan Adney’s celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900) bring the Harper’s Weekly correspondent to life. Present-day characters reveal that the Klondike still resonates with the frontier spirit.

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience airs at 8 pm
Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits robbing banks and trains in the West — and then seemingly vanishing into thin air — became national news and the basis of rumors and myth. But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force? Separating fact from fiction, this program explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.

Q Night At The Movies 7/23

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Some of your favorite actors and actresses such as Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson will be featured on this week’s Q Night At The Movies. Later, don’t miss another episode of Hollywood Idols featuring Robert Mitchum and a showing of 1954 movie Beat the Devil.

Variety Studio: Actors On ActorsEpisode #301‘ – airs at 6 pm 

Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Cate Blanchett (Carol/Truth) with Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) and Michael Keaton (Spotlight).

Hollywood IdolsRobert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star‘ – airs at 7 pm 

This film looks at the life and career of one of Hollywood’s consummate leading men. His father was half Blackfoot Indian and was killed when Mitchum was only two. Raised by a hardworking mother, he hit the rails at twelve and learned the harsh realities of loneliness, insecurity, danger – and declares he enjoyed them. Though he went on to the success, acclaim and wealth that are the rewards of stardom, he always remained true to himself, unwilling to play the Hollywood game. The special includes interviews with family members and colleagues like Polly Bergen, Edward Dmytryk, Jane Greer, Deborah Kerr, Ali MacGraw, Sarah Miles, Chris and John Mitchum, Sydney Pollack and Jane Russell.

Corinth Films CollectionBeat the Devil‘ – airs at 8 pm

On their way to Africa are a group of rogues (including Humphrey Bogart) who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen…

 

Highlights July 24-30

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Tune in Sunday at 7 pm for a brand new episode of Dancing On The Edge. Find out why Masterson wants to buy Stanley’s magazine and Lady Cremone decides to be less reclusive. Louis’ calmness is shaken when he sees Julian’s friends at an exclusive dinner at which he entertains. He learns there’s a warrant for his arrest.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series at 8 pm. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life, until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Watch Tunnel at 9:30 pm, as youths are burnt alive, police suspect the hand of the Truth Terrorist once more. They finally make a key arrest. Will this be the end of the killings?

Tune in for gavel-to-gavel primetime coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff co-anchor for PBS NewsHour in partnership with NPR. Coverage will also be available via live streaming. Watch Monday through Thursday at 7 pm.

On Friday, watch Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 pm. For more than 40 years, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week featuring a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events.

Next at 8 pm on Great British Baking Show, watch a full episode devoted to the Victorian age, which gave birth to modern baking. The Signature test is game pie, a stalwart of the era. The Technical recipe, fruitcake, dates to the late 1800s. And much-loved charlotte russe is the Showstopper.

Stay tuned for another episode of Great British Baking Show at 9 pm. Watch the five remaining bakers work their way through patisserie. In the Signature, they’re challenged to make cream horns. Then Mary sets a fiddly Technical task: mokatines. The Showstopper is a test of time and gravity: religieuse a l’ancienne.

At 10 pm, Austin City Limits presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP Southeastern, while Case sings songs from her latest album.

On Saturday, pump up the wildlife with drought-tough plants and a front yard design for family fun and food on Central Texas Gardener at noon.

Later at 7 pm, celebrate Billie Holiday with acclaimed jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, as she performs “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Explain, “Good Morning Heartache” and other Holiday classics from the tribute album Coming Forth by Day. Watch on Austin City Limits.

At 8 pm, Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.

At 9 pm, Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life, until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again.

Foyle’s War, Series VII.” Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks return in three episodes of this detective series. Set in post-war 1946-47, Foyle (Kitchen) and his loyal friend Sam (Weeks) find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security as their worlds shift into those of MI5. Watch at 10: 30 pm.

Full list of PBS’ News & Documentary Emmy nominations

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The list of News & Documentary Emmy nominations has been released and PBS received a total of 54 nominations. We created a complete list of all these nominations with links for you to watch them. Most of the episodes are available to watch online for free with a few exceptions, which are noted.

*not available to watch online through KLRU
**only available to watch for members with KLRU Passport

Frontline

18 Nominations

Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News Magazine and Best Report in a New Magazine
ISIS in Afghanistan

Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story: Long Form
Inside Assad’s Syria
Secrets, Politics, and Torture

Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story: Long Form, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Research, and Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form
OUTBREAK

Outstanding Investigative Journalism: Long Form and Outstanding Research
Rape on the Night Shift
My Brother’s Bomber
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

Outstanding Investigative Journalism: Long Form
Terror in Little Saigon

Outstanding Informational Programming: Long Form
Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA
Being Mortal

Best Documentary
Growing Up Trans

New Approaches: Current News Coverage
Ebola Outbreak: A Virtual Journey (360 Video)

New Approaches: Documentary
Inheritance (interactive piece)

Independent Lens

8 Nominations

Outstanding Investigative Journalism: Long Form
The Kill Team*

Outstanding Historical Programming: Long Form
1971*

Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting: Long Form
Rich Hill*
The Homestretch*

Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming
Born to Fly*
Through a Lens Darkly*

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
American Denial*

New Approaches: Documentary
After the Storm (interactive piece)

Nova

4 Nominations

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
The Great Math Mystery
Dawn of Humanity

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming and Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction
Inside Einstein’s Mind

POV

4 Nominations

Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming
Art and Craft*

Best Documentary
Cutie and the Boxer*

New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, and Culture
StoryCorps Shorts: Traffic Stop

Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction
Point and Shoot*

Nature

8 Nominations

Outstanding Nature Programming and Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form
Animal Homes
The Nest**
Location, Location, Location**
Cities**

Outstanding Nature Programming
Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La
Owl Power*
Soul of the Elephant

Outstanding Music and Sound
The Last Orangutan of Eden**
Wild France*

Outstanding Promotional Announcement
What’s coming up Next on NATURE?*

PBS NewsHour

6 Nominations

Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
Will a robotic arm ever have the full functionality of a human limb?

Outstanding Hard News Report in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Diagnosis Reconsidered
Under the Radar

Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a Regularly Scheduled Broadcast
Deadly Oil Fields
G.I. BILL$
Get ready for another round of foreclosures

American Experience

1 Nomination

Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form
Last Days in Vietnam**

TWICE BORN

1 Nomination

Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
Episode 1**
Episode 2**
Episode 3**

Life on the Reef

1 Nomination

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form
Episode 1**
Episode 2**
Episode 3**

In Defense of Food

1 Nomination

Outstanding Informational Programming: Long Form
In Defense of Food**

EO. Wilson: Of Ants and Men

1 Nomination

Outstanding Music and Sound
EO. Wilson: Of Ants and Men

The Mystery of Matter: Search for the elements

1 Nomination

Outstanding Lighting, Direction, and Scenic Design
Episode 1: Out of Thin Air
Episode 2: Unruly Elements
Episode 3: Into the Atom