Science Night 4/23

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature Snow Monkeys at 7 pm
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond with him that manages over time to warm his less than sunny disposition. It is a rare and remarkable gesture that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies to care for, a profusion of insects and blossoms to eat, family disagreements to squabble over and tragedies to overcome. Mating season brings competition for females as the days grow shorter and colder in a rush toward winter. But with their now confident leader to guide them and their families to shelter and care for them, this troop of snow monkeys is ready to face the world.

NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Who’s The Smartest?
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We’ll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We’ll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We’ll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we’ll uncover surprising similarities to — and differences from — the human mind. What makes an animal smart? Many scientists believe the secret lies in relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures – including humans – seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet.


Your Inner Fish Your Inner Monkey at 9 pm
Our primate progenitors had bodies a lot like those of modern monkeys and spent tens of millions of years living in trees. From them we inherited our versatile hands, amazing vision and capable brains – but also some less beneficial traits, including our bad backs and terrible sense of smell.

KLRU examines race and civil rights

KLRU explores the topics that matters most to our community. Tune in on April 24th for an evening of local public affairs programming focused on East Austin.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories at 8 pm
Interviews prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed at 8:30 pm
A community discussion examining Austin’s race issues, past and present. African Americans in Austin have historically formed communities east of I-35, originally by law. Today gentrification threatens to dissolve the close-knit relationships and communities built over time. As our city grows, how can we productively discuss these issues and foster a healthy dialog.

 

Q Night At The Movies 4/19

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KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

Just Seen It Episode #601 at 7 pm
JUST SEEN IT is the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story Breaking Bad: A Conversation With Vince Gilligan at 7:30 pm
Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences. Accompanied by Victor Nores’ short film, Euthanas Inc., about an old lady whose family wishes to no longer be burdened by her presence, and her plans to grant them an unexpected change of scene.

Hollywood Stars Film Package The Bad Seed at 8 pm
Odd fatal accidents lead a woman (Nancy Kelly) to realize that her 8-year-old daughter (Patty McCormack) was born to kill. Cast: Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Dressed To Kill at 10:15 pm
A psychiatrist (Michael Caine), a prostitute (Nancy Allen) and the son of a slain woman (Angie Dickinson) try to track down the dead woman’s killer. Cast: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen.

 

 

 

New On Story Episodes!

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KLRU Q features new episodes Austin Film Festival’s On Story as part of Q Night at the Movies each Saturday night. Q Night at the Movies starts at 7 pm and On Story airs at 7:30 pm.

On Story gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “On Story” is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

4/19
Breaking Bad: A Conversation With Vince Gilligan
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Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences. Accompanied by Victor Nores’ short film, Euthanas Inc., about an old lady whose family wishes to no longer be burdened by her presence, and her plans to grant them an unexpected change of scene.

4/26
Frank Darabont: Filmmaker’s Journey
at 7:30
Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, discusses adapting works by Stephen King and keeping his characters at the core of the story. Followed by Jeffrey DeChausse’s short film, Anniversario, trailing a woman’s visit to her two favorite hairdressers on the day of her 45th wedding anniversary for what becomes the most important makeover of their lives.

5/3
Alien: Deconstructing A Sci-Fi Classic
at 7:30
An iconic example of its genre, Alien’s tension, pacing, and craftsmanship are deconstructed by veteran screenwriters John August and Ashley Miller. Accompanied by Jason Mann and Frieda Luk’s mystical short film, Delicacy, following a culinary connoisseur and his loyal chef as they dangerously navigate into the unknown with hopes to obtain a rare treat.

5/10
House Of Cards: A Conversation With Beau Willimon 
at 7:30
House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon, discusses writing for Netflix, working with David Fincher, and delving into the psychology of narrative power struggles. Artiz Moreno’s short film, Colera, follows with an ominous glimpse of a town that decides to take the law into their own hands, without considering the consequences.

More episodes of the 4th season of On Story coming soon.

 

New Doctor Who Episodes Air Next Summer!

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Good news Whovians! KLRU-TV has bought the newest Doctor Who series! But the bad news is these episode will not be available for us to air until Summer 2015 from the BBC.

No worries! KLRU will repeat the David Tennant Specials, the final five episodes with David Tennant as The Doctor, and repeat the Matt Smith episodes, which will air until the newest set of BBC programs. Tune in for the Doctor Who Specials, beginning on Thursday, April 24th!

April 17 at 10 pm
The Name Of The Doctor
Clara is summoned to an impossible conference call, alerting her that the deadly Whisper Men are closing in on Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him toward the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. It’s a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future.

Doctor Who Specials

April 24 at 9:58 pm
Also on April 26 at 11 pm
The Next Doctor
When the Doctor meets another Doctor, the two must combine forces to stop the Cybermen and the colossal CyberKing.

May 1 at 10 pm
Also on May 3 at 11 pm
Planet Of The Dead
A London bus takes a detour to an alien world, but can the Doctor defeat the Swarm?

May 8 at 10 pm
Also on May 10 at 11 pm
The Water Of Mars
Mars, 2059. Bowie Base One. Last recorded message: ‘Don’t drink the water. Not one drop.’.

May 15 at 10 pm
Also on May 17 at 11 pm
End Of Time – Part 1 
It is Christmas Eve, and the Doctor is reunited with Wilf to face the return of an old enemy. Part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season.

May 22 at 10 pm
Also on at 11 pm
End Of Time – Part 2
The Doctor faces the end of his life, as the Master’s victory unleashes the greatest terror of all. Part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season.

ACL Soundwaves auction

KLRU and Austin City Limits have teamed up with UK artist and new Austinite Tim Wakefield to showcase his art collection Soundwaves celebrating 40 years of Austin City Limits. Each stunning piece of artwork in this exclusive collection captures the soundwave of a famous recording. Wakefield then customizes the soundwave image into finished piece that represent his interpretation of each song. On April 14th to April 26th, select art pieces will be auctioned online with net proceeds benefiting KLRU and Austin City Limits. The online auction features:

KLRU News Briefs: East Austin Revealed

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This week during PBS NewsHour Weekend we preview part of Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed. On Saturday, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and former State Representative Wilhelmina Delco discuss why many African Americans are leaving East Austin, an area where they were once required to live by law. Today, many African Americans are moving to Austin’s suburbs.

Delco, who has lived in East Austin for more than 50 years, says the city can do more to highlight the region’s rich history.

“We as a city ought to be more conscious of the preservation and the need for saving what was good and important to our people,” Delco said. “We don’t have nearly enough historical markers to mark all of the things that made black East Austin a unique community that thrived in spite of all the obstacles that were put in our way.”

On Sunday, our story delves into rising property values and tax rates in East Austin. Again, we’ll hear from Delco, Mayor Leffingwell and current State Representative Dawnna Dukes.

The entire Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed airs Thursday, April 24 at 8:30pm, immediately following a documentary about East Austin’s Civil Rights history.

In the Studio: Ira Kaplan & Georgia Hubley tape Overheard 4/16

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo. 

DATE: April 16
TIME: 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).  
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

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Husband/wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley formed the band Yo La Tengo in 1984 in Hoboken, New Jersey. James McNew joined the band in 1992. Yo La Tengo has been called “the quintessential critics band,” known for creativity, independence and an eclectic approach to indie rock. Rolling Stone calls them “one of the most restless and most consistently good bands of the past 25 years.” The group has recorded 13 albums. Their most recent is Fade, released in 2013. They are in town for “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller.” Yo La Tengo will provide live music accompaniment to Sam Green’s latest “live documentary” on April 17 at the Stateside at the Paramount.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth 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.

Q Night At The Movies 4/12

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KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

Just Seen It Episode #513 at 7 pm
JUST SEEN IT is the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story War at 7:30 pm
War in film is discussed by the creative minds behind RED DAWN, BORN ON THE 4th OF JULY, and APOCALYPSE NOW. Featuring Oliver Stone and John Milius. Film: Veterans by Miguel Alvarez.

Hollywood Stars Film Package Platoon at 8 pm
Two sergeants and a private join others lost in war along the 1967 Cambodian border. Cast: Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen.

20th Century Battlefields: Vietnam at 10 pm
Peter Snow is a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster. He was ITN’s Diplomatic and Defense Correspondent from 1966 to 1979, and presented Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme, from 1980 to 1997. His son and partner, Dan Snow, won a first-class degree in history at Balliol College, Oxford, where he developed a passion for military history, specializing in the First World War. Since graduation he has written articles on military history and sailing, and together with his father, he researched, wrote and hosted the BBC series Battlefield Britain. This program takes a look at the conduct of the war in Vietnam, covering the Tet Offensive of 1968, in particular the fighting at Saigon and Khe Sanh, but the main focus is on the Battle of Hue.

Highlights April 13 – April 19

KLRU Highlights

An undisputed master of Verdi’s final comic masterpiece, James Levine conducts Robert Carsen’s acclaimed production, the first new Met Falstaff since 1964, in Great Performances Sunday at 2 pm.

Sister Julienne and Trixie assist a pregnant prison inmate who’s worried that social services will deem her an unfit mother and take her baby on Call The Midwife Episode 3, Sunday at 7 pm.

The start of World War I spurs enlistment fever among the male staff. Ladies organize a benefit for refugees on Masterpiece’s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 3 Sunday at 8 pm.

The women reunite in order to establish the innocence of one of their own in Bletchley Circle‘s Blood On Their Hands, Part 1, Sunday at 9 pm.

The mayor drops dead during his speech at the Kembleford village fete and Father Brown deduces that he was deliberately electrocuted in The Mayor And The Magician, Sunday at 10 pm.

Doc Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?, Sunday at 11 pm.

Antiques Roadshow is in Kansas City, Missouri and visits the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to learn about the photography of Dorethea Lange, Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Minneapolis and visits the American Swedish Institute to discuss Mora clocks, beautiful tall case timekeepers cherished by many Swedish-Americans who immigrated to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Monday at 8.

Independent Lens  The Trials Of Muhammad Ali  covers Ali’s toughest bout: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service, Monday at 9 pm.

1910 Harris County Courthouse documents the courthouse in downton Houston, Monday at 10:30 pm.

Pioneers Of Television Standup To Sitcom reveals how America’s top standup comedians made the transition to the sitcom format, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Address showcases the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, where students grappling with an array of learning challenges use the Gettysburg Address as a tool for success, Tuesday at 8 pm.

Rebels With A Cause spotlights a group of dedicated conservationists who fought to preserve open space, protect agriculture and wildlife, and establish public parks near San Francisco, Tuesday at 9:30 pm.

Plainspirits features the first-hand paranormal experiences of dozens of Kansans, on Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Nature  Touching The Wild displays Joe Hutto different idea of research, Wednesday at 7 pm.

Discover it would be like to go inside the mind of an animal with NOVA‘s Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses Wednesday at 8 pm.

Your Inner Fish explores the key moment in our evolutionary saga occurred 200 million years ago, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor stops by Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context presents The Art Of Playing where indie video game developers push games to news frontiers in storytelling, music, animation and design, Thursday at 7:30.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents The Joy Of Song With Katherine Jenkins celebrates the centrality and universality of music in everyday life, Friday at 8 pm.

Hands-on gardeners reveal distinctive personalities as Central Texas Gardener presents Master Garden Tour, Saturday at noon & 4 pm.

Austin City Limits presents new American acoustic music with the Civil Wars and Punch Brothers, Saturday at 7 pm.