In the Studio: Wendy Davis tapes Overheard 5/31

Overheard_Announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Senator Wendy Davis.

Date: Tuesday, May 31
Time: 10:15am (Doors at 9:45am)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now
Entrance is based upon capacity.

photo3662Wendy Davis is a former Democratic State Senator from Fort Worth, Texas. Davis stepped into the national spotlight during her 11-hour filibuster in the summer of 2013. She spoke out in an effort to defeat a controversial abortion bill. In 2014, Davis ran for the Governor of Texas. Today, she still fights for gender equality. Davis’ new non-profit organization Deeds Not Words launches this month. The organization is an online network that connects millennial women to resources that help fight gender inequality.

West Austin Studio Tour May 14-15 & 21-22

Big Medium’s West Austin Studio Tour (West) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning across two weekends in May. West provides opportunities for the public to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who drive Austin’s vibrant creative culture. Get more details

In its 5th edition, West features 205 Artist Studios, 53 Galleries, 62 Temporary Exhibitions, 4 Happenings, and 12 Partner Programs. This website serves as an overview of tour stops and a schedule of events. It is intended to help tour-goers hand-pick their West experiences, particularly while using mobile devices. The West mobile website is a free online companion to the West catalog.

KLRU is proud to be a media partner for the West Austin Studio Tour 2016.

Highlights May 22-28

KLRU Highlights

Nonnatus House tries to cope with a tragedy and there’s joy all around at a wedding reception on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

With his memory failing, Wallander draws on primal instincts to crack a decades-old submarine mystery on Wallander on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

POV The Return at 9 pm Monday explores the ramifications when California amended its “Three Strikes” law, shortening the sentences of thousands of “lifers.”

Allison Orr finds the poetry of motion in unusual places and uses non-traditional choreography to celebrate everyday life. For nearly two years Orr has been shadowing and observing technicians, linemen and machines at a power company on Arts In Context Power Up at 10:30 pm Monday.

Follow genealogists as they trace stories about Pocahontas, a Cuban grandfather’s secret past, the impact of WWII on a Filipino family on Genealogy Roadshow at 7 pm Tuesday.

Join Stephen Hawking on Genius at 8 pm Wednesday as he sets three ordinary people a truly mind-bending challenge: Can they work out why they exist at all?

Margaret Atwood, award-­winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, talks about storytelling on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Sleep deprivation affects everything, from memory to mood to decision making.

In our 36hour No Sleep Challenge, researchers track 4 participants to see just how vital sleep is to your mental health on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to the panhandle where he finds Caprock Canyon State Park which is full of beautiful views, horseback riding, and the Official State Bison Herd of Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson on The Highwaymen: American Masters at 8 pm Friday.

Enjoy an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Friday at 9 pm.

Style up with indoor succulents as living decor and meet Army base families uniting around gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Revel in the best performances from the 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony at 7pm Saturday.

Science Night 5/25

ScienceNight

Learn about how humans triggered adaptation and evolution in the Coywolf and watch Stephen Hawking challenge ordinary people to think deeply about our universe and existence.

Nature Meet The Coywolf at 7 p.m.
The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a hauntingly beautiful carnivore found increasingly on the streets of North American cities. Its appearance is very recent — within the last 90 years — in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. The story of how it came to be begins in Canada but by no means ends there. It is a tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere.

Genius By Stephen Hawking Why Are We Here? at 8 p.m.
Join Stephen Hawking as he sets three ordinary people a truly mind-bending challenge: Can they work out why they exist at all? Hawking takes them down a rabbit hole of profound realizations, helping them think like philosophers as much as scientists.

Genius By Stephen Hawking Where Did The Universe Come From? at 9 p.m.
Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out where the universe came from. Hawking leads the trio on an extraordinary journey of discovery featuring racing cars, ice-skaters, balloons and running tracks.

Q Night At The Movies 5/21: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington & More!

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week is all about sorting through morality on the screen. First, learn about Jack Lemmon’s journey from Harvard grad to leading man. Then, Christos and Ruth Fletcher Gage talk about the moral complexity of the characters in Daredevil. End the night with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington — a story about a naive, good-hearted man who must navigate his way through corruption in the U.S. Senate.

Hollywood Idols Jack Lemmon: America’s Everyman tells the story of how this great actor rose to fame at 7 p.m. Lemmon was born in Boston, graduated from Harvard and then headed for New York City to become a professional actor. It was his appearance in a Broadway revival of Room Service that led to a co-starring role with Judy Holliday in his first movie, It Should Happen to You. His unmistakable intellect and boyish, average looks played against him becoming a romantic leading man.

On Story Daredevil: Behind The Screen features Christos and Ruth Fletcher Gage discussing the process of adapting the Marvel comic Daredevil for television. The duo break down the juxtaposition of brute realism and the moral complexity of Daredevil’s characters, along with how they navigated the show’s unconventional story structure in the writers room at 7:30 p.m.

In All-star Film Collection Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, a country bumpkin faces ridicule and corruption when he takes his idealistic views to the nation’s capital. Don’t miss it at 8 p.m.!

Q Night At The Movies 5/14: Holiday & The Philadelphia Story

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

If you’re a Cary Grant fan, you need to catch Q Night At The Movies this week! We start off the night learning about his acting career. Following an intimate conversation with writer/director Gary Ross, we’ve got back-to-back films starring Cary Grant. In Holiday, he plays a man with a questionable relationship with his fiancé’s sister. In The Philadelphia Story, Grant plays the ex-husband of a snooty socialite who flirts with a reporter. You won’t want to miss all of the fun!

At 7 p.m., Hollywood Idols Cary Grant: The Leading Man highlights the acting career of a man who is to this day a household name. With a winning combination of comic style and leading-man charisma, Cary Grant was the essence of a star. But the suave exterior concealed a complex individual. Family photos, archival footage and film clips vividly convey Grant’s journey from lonely, working-class beginnings to the peak of Hollywood royalty.

On Story The Path Of An Action Writer features writer/director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, Free State of Jones) at 7:30 p.m. He explores lessons learned and wisdom gained over the course of his career as a storyteller, including the significance of mythology, imagination, and inventiveness throughout all parts of creation, from conception through completion of each project.

At 8 p.m., a tomboy New York socialite (Katharine Hepburn) flirts with her stuffy sister’s (Doris Nolan) down-to-earth fiance (Cary Grant) on All-star Film Collection Holiday.

In All-star Film Collection The Philadelphia Story, Katharine Hepburn plays a snooty socialite who fights with her ex-husband (Cary Grant) and flirts with a reporter (James Stewart). Don’t miss it at 9:37 p.m.!

Science Night 5/18

ScienceNight

This week on Science Night, go from seeing wild animal hospitals on Nature to being encouraged to think like a genius on Genius By Stephen Hawking.

Nature Jungle Animal Hospital at 7 p.m.
Witness the day-to-day drama at one of the world’s wildest hospitals deep in the Guatemalan jungle. A vet and his team take on dangerous challenges as they care for endangered animals – from stitching up a rare baby bird to wresting a crocodile.

Genius By Stephen Hawking Can We Time Travel? at 8 p.m and Are We Alone at 9 p.m.
Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Can they measure the earth, the solar system and even the universe — and find our true place in the cosmos?

Highlights May 15-21

KLRU Highlights

Witness Dr. Turner’s excitement about the contraceptive pill, Patsy’s struggles to help a transient woman determined to avoid the maternity home on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

A knife-slashed corpse takes Wallander on a chase for the victim’s missing daughter. Increasingly forgetful, he breaks a cardinal rule of policing on Wallander at 8 pm Sunday.

Josie takes on a new role and Whiteleys’ troubles lead Jimmy and Mr. Crabb to take a big risk on Mr Selfridge at 9:30 pm Sunday.

Meet street recyclers who fight to survive in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Oakland, California on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday.

‘The World Before Her’ is a tale of two Indias: In one, a small-town girl competes in the Miss India pageant. In the other, a militant woman leads a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls. Watch on POV Monday at 10 pm.

Trace a woman’s connection to a Native-American code talker and more on Genealogy Roadshow in Albuquerque Tuesday at 7 pm.

Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Back-to-back episodes of Genius By Stephen Hawking air at 7 pm and 8 pm Wednesday.

Kara Swisher, Executive Editor of Re/code, Host of the Re/code Decode podcast, talks about technology on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Highly personal stories exploring suicide, from a family recovering from a son’s suicide, to five women who choose to live on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 pm Thursday. Then at 8 pm, three people in different times of their lives use different tactics to manage their anxiety, the most common type of mental health disorder for Americans.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX: British Invasion at 8 pm Friday. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Shinyribs, Van Wilks, Malford Milligan, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shawn Sahm, Erin Ivey, Hector Ward, and the All ATX band.

The best of Austin and Texas musicians perform classic psychedelic songs on All ATX: Austin Gets Psychedelic at 9 pm Friday. Featuring Bubble Puppy, The Black Angels, Hayes Carll, Patrice Pike, Ian Moore, David Grissom, Gina Chavez, Max Frost, Israel Nash, The Bright Light Social Hour and more.

Refresh yourself and wildlife with water designs from ponds and fountains, even in small spaces on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

 

KLRU Kids Writers Contest winners named

PBS Kids Writers Contest 2016 Logo

Congratulations to our Writers Contest winners! We received more than 200 entries this year from schools across Central Texas. You can read all the stories on our Writers Contest page!

KINDERGARTEN: [23 entries]
1st place – Colin D’Eimon
Neidig Elementary
Elgin ISD
Pets Go To School

2nd place – MaryElizabeth Robson
Homeschooled: Robson Primary School
Pflugerville, TX
A Friendship Story

3rd place – Amadeus Kwan
First Foundations Pre-School
Austin, TX
The Missing Sun

1st GRADE: [73 entries]
1st place – Kayla Rogers
Homeschooled
Paige, TX (Bastrop County)
I Love Dreaming

2nd place – Chloe Clark
Blanco Elementary
Blanco ISD
Sugar So Sweet

3rd place – Emma Glynn
Neidig Elementary
Elgin ISD
The Awesome Robot

2nd GRADE: [64 entries]
1st place – Nicole Williams
Naumann Elementary
Leander ISD
The Case of the Poetic Letter

2nd place – Shone Abhay Sarode
Patton Elementary
Austin ISD
The Mystery of the Museum

3rd place – Soha Dalal
Elm Grove Elementary
Hays Consolidated ISD
The Baseball Game That Saved Earth

3rd GRADE: [51 entries]
1st place – Branna May
Homeschooled
Kyle, TX
Sam and the Burglar

2nd place – Carson Collins
Homeschooled
Austin, TX
A Brave Little Ant Who Found His Way Home

3rd place – Michelle Huang
Laural Mountain Elementary
Round Rock ISD
Innocent or Guilty?

 

 

Arts In Context Shorts: Cinematic Symphony

trumpets, trombone and tubas during Cinematic Symphony rehearsalFor over eleven years, Cinematic Symphony has shared its love for the music of film, television and video games with the Austin community. With two concerts per year, this ensemble comprised of local musicians is dedicated to promoting musical education in the form of entertainment. Visual displays and popular music of our time provide an enriching opportunity and introduction to classical music.

Cinematic Symphony has a concert on May 14th. Get more details