June 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In June 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “White Lions”
This is the story of two remarkable and extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood. Both are female, sisters born as white as snow in May 2009, in South Africa’s Kruger Park. Growing up on the savanna, they must not only overcome the same survival challenges that all young lion cubs must face, they must also overcome the threats their high visibility brings.

Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Funkiest Monkeys”
Twenty-five years ago, filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson traveled to Sulawesi in Indonesia and fell in love with crested black macaques. These feisty monkeys are beach bums with punk hairstyles, expressive faces, copper colored eyes and some very unusual habits, making them some of the most charismatic of all monkeys. Learning that their numbers have dropped dramatically, he makes a return visit to find out why and to see if he can help.

Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 pm: Mount Rushmore: American Experience
High on a granite cliff in South Dakota’s Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents. Together they constitute the world’s largest sculpture. The massive tableau inspires awe and bemusement. How, and when, was it carved? Who possessed the audacity to create such a gargantuan work? The story of Mount Rushmore’s creation is as bizarre and wonderful as the monument itself.

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Nature White Lions at 7 pm Wednesday tells the story of two remarkable and extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood.

The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 was recorded at magnitude 9.0 the worst ever to strike Japan. It generated an unprecedented tsunami. Surviving the Tsunami: A Nova Special at 8 pm Wednesday retold after-the-fact by the survivors who reveal what they were thinking as they made their life-saving decisions.

Ghost Army at 9 pm Wednesday tells the true story of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and visual illusions during the World War II.

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Secrets of the Manor House at 7 pm Sunday looks beyond the fiction to the truth of how life was in these ancient British houses, and how mounting financial, political and social pressures were about to bring momentous changes to both the wealthy and their servants.

KLRU presents an encore of season two of Last Tango in Halifax before season three starts on June 28th Sunday at 8 pm, as Alan and Celia seize the day, Gillian spirals into a dark place as skeletons surface. Sunday at 9 pm, Alan and Celia’s first day as husband and wife is filled with tension.

Forgotten Ellis Island at 8 pm Monday focuses on the abandoned immigrant hospital on Ellis Island.

Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, Independent Lens The New Black at 9 pm Monday takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

10 Buildings That Changed America at 10 pm Monday tells the stories of 10 American architectural marvels, including a state capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson, the original indoor shopping mall, the first airport of the Jet Age and a futuristic concert hall.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on 1933-1939 as FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed.

D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. D-Day 360 at 9 pm Tuesday takes advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape and explore the battle.

Nature White Lions at 7 pm Wednesday tells the story of two remarkable and extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood.

The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 was recorded at magnitude 9.0 the worst ever to strike Japan. It generated an unprecedented tsunami. Surviving the Tsunami: A Nova Special at 8 pm Wednesday retold after-the-fact by the survivors who reveal what they were thinking as they made their life-saving decisions.

Ghost Army at 9 pm Wednesday tells the true story of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and visual illusions during the World War II.

Alex Gibney, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, talks about his latest documentary Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles Lauren Bruno who spreads a message of hope through her band Les Rav.

Learn the steps that go into a whole hog cook from beginning to end on BBQ with Franklin at 8 pm Thursday. Aaron walks us through the process of building a cinder block pit, learns about pig breeds and throws a party in his backyard.

Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad. The Daytripper heads to Tomball at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Roadtrip Nation’s Why Not Us at 9 pm Thursday documents a five-week national road trip, dubbed the “First-Gen Roadtrip” in which four first generation college students from around the country interviewed diverse leaders, many of whom were also the first in their families to receive a college degree.

From Cleveland: Women Who Rock at 8 pm Friday  tells the story of the earliest women musicians from the 1920s to the mega stars of today.

In Performance at the White House at 9 pm Friday features Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and others to perform the songs made famous by  Etta James to Diana Ross to Aretha herself.

Get the latest Texas A&M’s Superstar plants. Tour a native pond from an old swimming pool on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents an hour with jazz/soul singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding in support of her LP Radio Music Society.

 

 

 

 

KLRU celebrates LGBT Pride Month 2015

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 LGBT Pride Month, KLRU is broadcasting a lineup of special programs exploring the culture of the gay, lesbian, and transgendered community.

Independent Lens “The New Black”
Monday, June 1 at 9 pm
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this film takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.


Independent Lens “God Loves Uganda”
Monday, June 8 at 9 pm
This film explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.


Arts in Context “In Face”
Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 pm
Behind the makeup and false eyelashes of drag queens are the eccentric lives of brilliant performers. In Face follows the complex lives of three performance artists in three cities: Austin, Los Angeles, Atlanta. Each queen, with a unique life offstage, sheds a bit of light on the hectic and determined lifestyle of pursuing a drag career. With daring costumes and lavish handmade hair pieces, Gia Sunflowers always surprises the crowd with his gothic style as waiter and performer of the drag queen dining establishment LIPS Atlanta. Obtaining success in Hollywood as contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, television star Willam Belli tours the country as a performer while also gaining a career as a recording artist.


Independent Lens “Limited Partnership”
Monday, June 15 at 9 pm
In 1975, decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan became one of the first same-sex couples in the world to be legally married. Mere months later, however, the Immigration and Naturalization Service declared their marriage invalid and began proceedings to deport Tony. With a uniquely personal perspective in a larger political battle, “Limited Partnership” follows the couple’s forty-year fight seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage, all while living undocumented in the United States.

POV “Out in the Night”
Monday, June 22 at 9 pm
In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The tabloids quickly dubbed them a gang of “Killer Lesbians” and a “Wolf Pack.” Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four — Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain — maintained their innocence. This film examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.

Arts in Context “Somos Krudas”
Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 28 at 1 pm
Having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit fiery lines about politics and sexuality with a frankness and openness that is seldom seen. With a persistent Afro-Cuban rhythm, Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes use their art as a weapon “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.” Now based out of Austin, Texas, Krudas Cubensi continues their fight for social justice through their incendiary, original hip-hop.

Frontline “Growing Up Trans”
Tuesday, June 30, at 9 pm
Explore the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their parents. Through moving, personal stories of children, parents and doctors, the film examines new medical interventions increasingly being offered at younger ages.

Here For Each Other: Floods Family Guide

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In response to the flooding in the Central Texas area over the Memorial Day weekend, KLRU would like to let the community know about the Sesame Street resource Here For Each Other: Floods Family Guide that is available in both English and Spanish.  All of the Here For Each Other materials can be found at sesamestreet.org/emergencies.

American Graduate Champion: Mai Theingi Tun Than

FEATURED_Champion2KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s Champion is Mai Theingi Tun Than. Mai is a Parent Support Specialist for the Burmese families in the Austin Independent School District. She helps the Burmese refugee community navigate the admittedly complex school system, and related public and private agencies. Mai’s efforts include helping refugee families facilitate school enrollment and teaching the Burmese community about services available through the District and on their individual campuses. She provides Burmese interpretation in many school settings but is most invaluable during student/parent/teacher conferences. Mai provides both direct interpretation and coordination with other interpreters. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Mai works beyond the scope of her duties with AISD and does home visits after working hours to ensure access to information. She is tireless and eagerly works with other agencies to help develop materials in Burmese for her community. She truly is an inspiration and a joy to work with.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Screening Austin Revealed Pioneers from the East 5/27

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Join us for a screening of
Austin Revealed: Pioneers from the East

Join KLRU and the Asian American Resource Center as we premiere the latest videos from our ongoing Austin Revealed series. The new videos explore the first Chinese families to settle in Austin. Produced in partnership with the Austin History Center, these videos tell the stories of four generations of prominent Chinese American families still living in Central Texas through first person interviews and archival material.

Wednesday, May 27th
Doors 6:30pm | Screening & discussion 7-8pm

Asian American Resource Center
8401 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78754

Asian Americans are the fastest growing ethnic group in Texas and nationwide, outpacing Hispanics. While most of this growth is due to recent immigration, the first wave of Asianmigration goes back to the mid 1800’s, when Chinese workers were brought in to work in gold mines and on the railroad. Some of these workers settled in Texas, but in a state that is fanatic about preserving and celebrating its history, very little is known about these pioneering AsianAmericans.

Austin Revealed is an ongoing video project that highlights stories of Austin’s past and present to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.

This event is part of our work to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Austin Revealed screening sponsors

KLRU News Briefs: Austin Roller Derby Exhibit at Bob Bullock Museum

At the Bob Bullock Texas State History museum there’s plenty of artifacts from Texas’ legendary beginning, but go up to the third floor, and you’ll find a different kind of history exhibit. Curated by Jenny Cobb and Erin McClelland, the Bob Bullock’s Roller Derby Exhibit is a unique addition to the museum.

“It [The Roller Derby Exhibit] basically follows the evolution of roller derby from its inception in 1935 to the current evolution of the sport that we’re seeing in Austin today,” said Cobb.

Roller Derby was re-invented in Austin in the early 2000s, beginning a roller derby revival across the world. While many may not know how much Texas is at the heart of the roller derby story, today skaters everywhere view it as the epicenter for the sport.

“I had been skating in the Texas Roller Girls recreational league and what I saw was that the experience that I was having and that a lot of other women were having in the league didn’t match up with the story people were telling about roller derby and I really thought that it was a story that needed to be told more broadly,” said McClelland.

She approached the Bob Bullock Museum with the concept of a roller derby exhibit that would put forth a more well-rounded view of the sport. With contributions from the skating community, the exhibit features everything from dramatic skater ’boutfits’ to a roller derby name generator. It runs through August 8, 2015.

This story airs Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 during PBS NewsHour Weekend at 6:30pm. 

Science Night May 27

Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm Wednesday explores how technology can save injured animals. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive.

He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong? Find out on NOVA First Man On The Moon, Wednesday at 8 pm.

John Glenn: A Life of Service, Wednesday at 9 pm, chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend. The documentary surveys Glenn’s distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians and NASA colleagues

American Graduate Champion: Brady Roberts

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

twinsToday’s Champion is Brady Roberts! Brady is a student at Cedar Ridge High School. “I would always go to him for help, and a lot of times he would be really patient with me.”

Check out the recommendation video from Cedar Ridge High School for more!

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.