It’s Okay To Be Smart: Our Pick from PBS Digital Studios

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Animals, animals and more animals! This week from PBS Digital Studios‘ ‘It’s Okay To Be Smart‘ we’re showing you the cute lives of otters, squirrels and even Bigfoot!

A Sea Otter’s Adorable Adoption Story 

Otters are more than just cute, adorable little fuzzballs, they are one of the greatest conservation success stories of all time. Sea otters are a keystone species, meaning that an entire ecosystem depends on their presence. After they were nearly hunted to extinction for their dense fur, sea urchins (the otters’ favorite food) nearly destroyed the Pacific kelp forests, a habitat that hundreds of species rely on for food and shelter.

Thanks to the hard work of conservation scientists at places like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, sea otter populations are on their way back. Here’s the story of one orphaned sea otter pup’s journey back to the wild

Could Bigfoot REALLY Exist?

You’ve seen the acclaimed ‘real life’ footage of Bigfoot. You’ve probably even seen scientist dig up the footprints of the beast too. But, so far, scientists haven’t been able to prove or disprove the existence of Bigfoot.

The world is a pretty big place and a lot has already been discovered, but as recent as 2013 scientists discovered a new species. Actually, a lot of of species have been discovered due to folklore – so who’s to say Bigfoot doesn’t exist?

How Do Squirrels Find Their Nuts?

How do squirrels remember where they hid their nuts? Some said it was a combination of a squirrels intuition and a tad bit of luck. However, when scientists took a closer look they realized squirrels return to their own hole despite other squirrels having hid their nuts in the same area. Squirrels even create decoy holes when it comes to food this is scarce! Find out more on this episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart.

Does My Dog Know What I’m Thinking? 

 

Do you ever talk to your dog? Do they ever talk back? Humans and dogs have a truly amazing relationship, developed along an evolutionary journey that goes back nearly 10,000 years. Do they really understand what we say, think, and feel? Recent research suggests dogs know more about our language and emotions than you might think.

 

 

Here’s your chance to see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

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Engage with KLRU to enter to win a pair of tickets to see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! at the Long Center on October 16, 2016!

The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on KLRU. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! is sure to create a lasting memory for your family so make your contribution below to enter or engage with your community-supported PBS station the following ways to enter in for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

Here is how it works:
Post a video or photo across Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of you and/or your kiddos watching or interacting with Daniel Tiger. It can be a photo with favorite Daniel Tiger toy, book or even a screenshot of your favorite character and WHY Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is so special to you and your family!

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru. And on email, be sure to Cc membership@klru.org.

We’ll contact the winner on September 6th! 

Announcing the $50,000 KLRU Board Challenge Match

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Tyson Tuttle, Chair of the KLRU Board of Directors, announces a $50,000 Challenge Match to the Central Texas community from the KLRU Board of Directors. 

PBS has been a part of our household for years. Before our kids were born, Austin City Limits helped give us an introduction to Austin. As parents, PBS was the only channel on our TV with quality, educational television that entertained and stimulated our kids. And as people involved in the community, we’ve benefitted from news and public affairs, local and beyond.

KLRU brings quality, inspirational programming into your home and mine. KLRU tells stories about Austin that resonate here and elsewhere. And KLRU looks for ways to use stories and information to positively impact the region and this growing city we call “home”.

Your support allows KLRU to be an essential voice in Central Texas, and a lifeline for the entire community. And considering that the vast majority of KLRU’s support comes from Central Texas, it’s up to you, and me, to make sure KLRU can continue to provide the quality and diversity of programs and experiences we’ve come to expect.

This is why as the Chair of KLRU’s Board of Directors, I’m pleased to announce a $50,000 Board Challenge Match in support of this fundraising drive. If KLRU can raise $50,000, the Board of Directors will match it by making a generous $50,000 contribution, potentially bringing in $100,000 for the station. I encourage you to make your gift right now so we can meet this match by the end of this drive.

KLRU provides access to thoughtful and wide ranging programs that bring new ideas and experiences to our homes, and especially to our kids. Won’t you join me in supporting this organization that is dedicated to actively pursuing a better community?

Sincerely,

Tyson Tuttle
Chair, KLRU Board of Directors
President and CEO, Silicon Labs

Highlights August 21-27

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Kicking off Sunday at 7 pm is Secrets Of Westminster. From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London scene, the emblems of British democracy and history. Today, this building stands as a monument to a fair and open political system, but was it always so? This film goes inside its gothic walls and reveals the hidden world of the Houses of Commons and Lords; a world of back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions.

Next at 8 pm on Inspector Lewis, follow Lewis and Hathaway as they investigate a bomb attack that killed an eminent mathematician-a notorious philanderer with many enemies. When a bomb is discovered at his brother’s home, the case moves in another direction.

On this episode of Tunnel, Karl falls apart as the Truth Terrorist’s change of direction becomes unbearable. What will be the cost of catching their man? A hair-raising showdown begins. Watch at 9:30 pm.

Monday, tune into Antiques Roadshow at 7 pm. In 1998, Dr. Ferid Murad of the UT-Houston Medical School won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on the cardio-vascular system, while Antiques Roadshow made hearts palpitate with its first visit to H-Town. Fourteen years later, a 19th-century Chinese jade scepter, originally appraised for $1,500 to $2,500, has spiked to a radiantly healthy $50,000 to $80,000, while a 1912 Titanic menu went from a heart-stopping $75,000 to $100,000 to a less pulse-quickening $50,000 to $75,000.

In this documentary, Benjamin Wagner and his brother travel around the country to discover more about the television icon and what he meant by “deep and simple.” Featuring interviews with the late Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press; Susan Stamberg, correspondent for NPR; Marc Brown, author of the children’s book series Arthur; and Linda Ellerbee, host of Nickelodeon’s Nick News, the charming and philosophical documentary Mister Rogers & Me chronicles the brothers’ inspiring journey. Watch at 8 pm Monday.

Next at 9:30 pm on Highwaymen Live At Nassau, join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.” See it again on Friday at 10 pm.

Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve. Watch on Tuesday at 7 pm on Jackie Robinson.

At 9:40 pm on Bonnie & Clyde: American Experience, discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history. Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as robberies and kidnappings.

Wednesday at 7 pm, feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time. Watch on Nature.

At 8:30 pm on Particle Fever, follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

Thursday, Bryan Cranston sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm. Cranston is a highly acclaimed actor best known for playing Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad. He won back-to-back Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for that role. Recent film credits include Trumbo, Argo, and the new HBO film All the Way, in which he plays President Lyndon Johnson. Cranston won a Tony for that role on Broadway.

Offering free, intensive music education to low-income youth, Austin Soundwaves believes firmly in the principle that all students deserve a world-class education in the fine arts. Inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuelan form of music education created to strengthen communities and culture throughout Latin America, the Hispanic Alliance of Performing Arts launched Austin Soundwaves. Watch at 7:30 pm on Arts In Context.

Following at 8 pm on The Daytripper, join Chet as he explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird.” He visit the Texas State Cemetery with the graves of past Texans including “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin, and then pushes his lack of athleticism to the extreme on an obstacle course.

Join Carol Burnett at 8:30 pm for her personally selected favorite moments from her long-running comedy series, including sketches from the first five years of the show not seen in decades. Watch on Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches.

Later at 10 pm on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years And Circlin’ Back, celebrate the groundbreaking band’s musical milestones and hits along with special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Ibbotson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Byron House.

From the internationally famous Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy- winning producer David Foster , the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather , Scent of a Woman , Dr. Zhivago , Once Upon a Time in America , Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more. Tune in on Friday at 8 pm on Andrea Bocelli: Cinema.

Later at 10 pm on Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum, join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Always on My Mind.”

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

Celebrate the music of award-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross in this star-packed special Christopher Cross & Friends at 7pm Saturday.. Joined by Michael McDonald and Mike Love, the Texas native performs his greatest hits.

Revisit treasured moments from Downton Abbey, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage. Celebrate the stellar cast, the superb writing and the spectacular locations on Miss Downton Abbey! at 8:30 pm Saturday.

 

How you can help Louisiana flood victims

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Louisiana is facing the worst flooding in its history that is being reported as unprecedented. The floods have caused catastrophic destruction in Southern Louisiana, affecting thousands of people. It is estimated that 40,000 homes have been damaged and that at least 13 people have died as a result of the floods, according to the Associated Press.

If you want to help, our colleagues at Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) have reached out with a list of items needed at shelters. This includes pillows, blankets, towels, clothes, zip lock bags, diapers, books, coloring books, crayons, stuffed animals, and more.

If you can send any of these supplies to help the families and children in Louisiana, please mail them to LPB’s address:

Louisiana Public Broadcasting
7733 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

They will make sure the items reach the shelters as soon as possible.

Science Night 8/24

This week on Science Night, join KLRU for a lineup of programs featuring the relationship between animals and one of the most historic experiments of the planet.

NatureAnimal Reunions‘ – airs at 7 pm
Feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time.

Particle Fever – airs at 8:30 pm
Follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

KLRU NEXT Nights: All About Bob Ross! 8/24

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Get ready for a night all about Bob Ross!

bobrossKLRU will be hosting NEXT Nights focusing on the work of Ross on August 24 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at 800 Congress Avenue.

Enjoy live painting, themed cocktails from Banner Distilling, bites from The Capital Grille, locally brewed beers from Austin Speciality and treats from Skull & Cakebones. Also, let’s not forget our ‘Fro’to booth (happy little trees photobooth) and much more!

Make sure and purchase your tickets today!

 

Capital City Black Film Festival 8/25-28

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The fourth annual Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) will feature films, acting seminars, weekend parties and so much more! KLRU will present our Juneteenth Jamboree 2016 documentary and our Coach Robinson short documentary at the event, which takes place August 25-28. Tickets are now on sale.

CCBFF is an Austin-based festival with a goal to bring African-Americans in the media and film industry together. In 2013, CCBFF kicked off its inaugural year with a two-day screening of independent films expressing the African American experience. In 2015, CCBFF expanded its  reach with year-round events and opportunities to experience the brilliant works of black artists and filmmakers across the globe.

This year’s festival will have appearances by actor, writer and producer Miguel A. Núñez Jr, #OscarSoWhite Creator April Reign and much more. The event will be taking place at the Austin Convention Center from August 25 – 28. Tickets are now on sale.

 

El Mundo Newspaper’s Back to School Fest 8/20

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With up to 6,000  attendees and over 2,000 students helped in previous years, the El Mundo Newspaper will once again be hosting their Back to School Fest on August 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. KLRU will be in attendance to provide educational resources from PBS Kids programs.

The fest which will offer a variety of health services including: immunizations, nutrition education and health screenings. After completing a minimum of three screening, parents or children will be eligible for a backpack packed with school supplies, while supplies last. All parents or guardians must bring child’s shot records for immunization services.

The event is free and open to the entire community. While there, attendees will have the chance to participate in raffles, music, food and family fun.

Location: Delco Center 4601 Pecan Brook Dr., Austin, TX 78724

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Kelly McEvers 8/28

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Kelly McEvers on August 28 at 2:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 1:45 pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Kelly McEvers is the host of NPR’s Embedded and co-host of All Things Considered from NPR West in Culver City, California.

McEvers won many awards for her work during the Syrian conflict including a Peabody,Gracie and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Slate and The Washington Monthly.

Sunday, August 28 at 2:15pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 1:45pm
RSVP
Entrance is based upon capacity

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith kicks off its seventh season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Kelly McEvers. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.