Explore space on KLRU Q 11/25

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A guide to Tuesday evening’s programming on KLRU-Q:

8 pm: Apollo 8 and the First Lunar Voyage recounts the flight many consider to be NASA’s most daring and important.

9 pm: Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto the Ice takes a behind-the-scenes look at the first successful landing on the Mars polar region and the ongoing search for signs of life on Earth’s neighboring planets.

10 pm: In Comet Encounter, scientists all over the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event and shoot breath-taking images of the sun-grazer comet, spewing its essence into the void.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Brains & Gangsters on KLRU Q 11/24

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Here’s a quick look at what’s happening Monday, November 24, on KLRU-Q:

8 pm:

Jimmy Moran is found guilty of badly injuring a woman during a robbery. In the sentencing phase of the trial, Judge Rakoff hears arguments from the court-appointed psychiatrist, the attorneys, the victim’s husband and Jimmy himself. Meanwhile, Alan Alda discovers how neuroscience is already influencing the sentencing of defendants – especially young defendants – by revealing how the immature teenage brain is vulnerable to foolish and impulsive acts. Before Judge Rakoff pronounces Jimmy’s sentence, Alda meets a judge who has volunteered to have his own brain probed as he makes sentencing decisions. This episode of Brains on Trial with Alan Alda focuses on the sentence phase of Moran’s trial. We investigate Moran’s brain and look into what factors could have played into pulling the trigger.

9 pm:

The mention of Al Capone’s name sparks images of pinstripe suits and ruthless murders. More than 80 years after the height of his power, Al Capone: Icon explores Capone’s enduring impact on American culture and learn why people are still so fascinated by this celebrity gangster.

10 pm:

The prison island of Alcatraz is one of the country’s most complicated, terrifying and mysterious landmarks. “The Rock” was the notorious spot where the government put “the worst of the worst” prisoners, infamous criminals such as Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone. Although it was closed in 1963, the island still holds the public’s imagination, becoming the destination site for thousands of tourists and the setting for feature films (The Rock, Escape from Alcatraz) and television series (Alcatraz). Return to Alcatraz is a wide-ranging documentary that traces the roots of the “Battle of Alcatraz” in 1946 – when the military was called in to crush a prison riot – as well as portraits of those who served time there. The program reveals the compelling story of convicted atomic spy Morton Sobell; the true, frightening tale of Robert Stroud – the “Birdman of Alcatraz”; and the real-life account of the 1962 “Escape from Alcatraz.”

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Spend Sunday learning with KLRU Q 11/23

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Every Sunday KLRU-Q packs the day with educational programs that will entertain the whole family. Here’s what the schedule looks like:

2 pm: On Assassination: Idaho’s Trial of the Century, in 1907, the long-simmering tensions between trade unionists and capitalists finally played out in an Idaho courtroom when “Big Bill” Haywood, the secretary-treasurer of the Western Federation of Miners, stood charged with orchestrating the murder of former governor Frank Steunenberg.

3 pm: Narrated by George Clooney, JFK: One PM Central Standard Time recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the CBS Newsroom in New York from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1 p.m. CST.

4 pm: Stressing how closely the medium and television audiences are joined in times of crisis, JFK: Breaking the News offers one of the first broadcast examinations of how local journalists in 1963 delivered rapidly breaking news to a nation in despair.

5 pm: Making Mao is a documentary that details the impact of half a century of Mao Zedong-centered propaganda.

5:55 pm: Escape From Iran: The Hollywood Option documents an extraordinary rescue operation.

6:45 pm: Spies Beneath Berlin tells the extraordinary true story of the top-secret mission to build a spy tunnel into the Soviet sector of one of the most heavily guarded cities in history.

7:40 pm: Lost Nuke recreates the enigmatic events surrounding the first disappearance of a nuclear weapon.

8:30 pm: Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust.

9:30 pm: Based on Larry Sabato’s new book, The Kennedy Half-Century chronicles the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy’s life, administration and tragic death on the general public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president.

10:30 pm: Serving America: Memories of Peace Corps highlights the experiences of some of the nearly 3,000 volunteers who served during the early years of the Peace Corps.

11 pm:  ACL Presents highlights the 2014 Americana Music Festival recorded in Nashville.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

American Graduate: Goodwill School Puts Adult Drop-outs Back on Track

The Goodwill Excel Center, which opened its doors in August, is a regular charter high school – except its students are adults, aged 19-50, who dropped out of high school. They teach all of the traditional high school courses, with students picking up where they left off.

Many people who drop out of high school eventually earn their GED, but Head of School Dr. Billy Harden says there is a big difference in earning potential between a GED and a regular high school diploma.

“We’re looking at possibly anywhere in the range of a $2,000 to $9,000 difference if a student gets their high school diploma,” Dr. Harden said. “I’m already seeing it changing their lives. I’m seeing more of our students coming each day and the learning is becoming more intrinsic. It’s starting to look and feel like a way to empower themselves. So, they not only have the ability to say ‘I have my high school diploma, but I’m a little smarter than I was when I got here,’ and I think that’s very important.”

We spoke to Matilda Zamarripa, who dropped out her senior year of high school. Matilda has worked successfully in the beauty industry for almost 20 years but has always wanted to earn her high school diploma.

“You kind of carry that little secret around. Like oh, I’ve never finished,” Matilda said. “My daughter definitely inspired me when she was graduating high school. Going to her graduation two years ago reminded me like ‘wow, I never got to experience this’ but I got to experience it through her. She’s now on her second year at Texas State University and that really inspired me you know, I really want[ed] to go back to school.”

You can hear more about Matilda and the Goodwill Excel Center in the video above.

A shortened version of this story will air locally as a KLRU News Briefs during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Sunday, November 23 at 6:30pm. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 

 

Q Night at the Movies November 22

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Join KLRU Q for Movie Night every Saturday at 7:30 pm. Hours of entertainment are guaranteed! Here’s what this Saturday looks like:

First at 7 pm on Arts in Context, the Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth was an instant sensation. Created by an original comic-book story projected panel-by-panel on a video screen while three actors voiced the characters, one performer created sound-effects, and a keyboardist performed the score.

Then at 7:30 pm in On Story, Men in Black writer, Ed Solomon, explores the genesis of the movie and its journey from pre-production through post. Solomon documents his experiences getting fired and re-hired on the project, the evolution of the story, and working with the cast and crew.

Like the previous week, this week’s feature film stars Humphrey Bogart. In The Maltese Falcon, private eye Sam Spade encounters sundry characters (Mary Astor, Peter Lorre), all seeking a coveted statuette. The movie begins at 8 pm.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Highlights November 23-29

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The special, Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize Sunday at 7, celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Richard Pryor: Icon Sunday at 9 pm surveys the profound and enduring influence of one of the greatest American comics of all time.

Father Brown Sunday at 10 pm and the following Saturday at 8:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

In a new special, Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm shines a spotlight on items whose discovery was a happy accident. Following, Roadshow travels to Madison, Wisconsin.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music on Independent Lens Monday at 9 pm.

On Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm, cutting-edge DNA analysis reveals that the family trees contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races.

Narrated by the late Ossie Davis, Trans-siberian Orchestra: Ghosts Of Christmas Eve Tuesday at 8 pm and Thursday at 9:30 pm takes on a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas.

Legends of the 1960s unite in this all-new live performance “My Music” special on 60s Pop, Rock and Soul Tuesday at 9 pm.

After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed on Nature | My Life as a Turkey Wednesday at 7 pm.

Take a fascinating look at one of our most familiar birds on Nature: An Original DUCKumentary Wednesday at 8 pm.

Working with scientists, special camera equipment, and deer experts and devotees of every kind, Nature Wednesday at 9 pm reveals the hidden world of white-tailed deer in a whole new light.

Husband and wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley who formed the band Yo La Tengo join Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

Behind the makeup and false eyelashes of drag queens are the eccentric lives of brilliant performers on Arts In Context Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, Home For Christmas Thursday at 8 pm reveals for Celtic Woman what will be their newest chapter of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family.

Don’t miss Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company starting at 7 pm on Friday.

On Kristin Chenoweth – Coming Home Friday at 8 pm, Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth brings it home – to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, that is – to perform music from her career.

Carole King – James Taylor Live at the Troubadour Friday at 9 pm being presented by PBS is an entire concert from the extraordinary 2007 Troubadour Reunion that brought them all together again.

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, explores how nature-deficit disorder impacts our children on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

After returning to Styles with Hastings, Agatha Christie’s – Poirot Sunday at 9:30 pm confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders.

Nominate a Champion!

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KLRU wants to share the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re asking for your help to find these stories.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Nominate 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.

Do you know an American Graduate Champion? Fill out our short nomination form to give us details about their contributions to our community. KLRU will feature all nominated Champions on our American Graduate website. We will select a few Champions to be featured as part of our next American Graduate Day celebration in the Fall of 2015.

Spread the word by using #AMGRADTX

 

You can be the BIG DEAL 2015

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One lucky Texan gets access to the best music and entertainment events in Austin in 2015. For only $25 you can purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win. 100% of the proceeds benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Support your public television station for a chance to be the BIG DEAL today! Buy tickets and get complete rules and regulations

What’s the BIG DEAL?
It’s a year full of prizes, all awarded to one winner, including:

  • 2 3-Day VIP Passes to the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • 2 Music Badges to the 2015 SXSW Conference
  • 4 Passes to 1 (one) Austin City Limits taping – Season 41
  • 2 Producers Badges to the 2015 Austin Film Festival
  • 2 3-Day Ultimate Smooth Passes to Fun Fun Fun Fest 10
  • 2 Tickets to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Benefit Concert
  • 2 Fan Passes to the 2015 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival
  • 2 Tickets to KUTX Birthday Party Concert
  • 2 VIP Passes to TMBBQ Fest
  • 1 Night Stay at the W Austin
  • 2 Tickets to an ACL Live at The Moody Theater show

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Science Night November 26

Don’t miss three Nature specials for this week’s Science Night on KLRU.

First at 8 pm, Nature brings you My Life As A Turkey. After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother.

Masters of the water and air, they have conquered the globe. From deft dabblers to great divers, these are one of the Animal Kingdom’s ultimate athletes. Take a fascinating look at one of our most familiar birds on An Original DUCKumentary at 8 pm.

From our kitchen windows we spot them, nibbling away at our gardens and shrubs. They wander along our highways, reminders of the wilderness we have paved our way through. From coast to coast some 30 million white-tailed deer make their home in the United States. But once they retreat from our view, where do they go? What secrets do they carry back into the forest, away from our prying eyes? Working with scientists, special camera equipment, and deer experts and devotees of every kind, The Private Life of Dear at 9 pm reveals the hidden world of white-tailed deer in a whole new light.

Dive into the sea on KLRU Q 11/21

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Join KLRU-Q for an aquatic exploration on Friday evening.

8 pm: Porpoises are the smallest members of the whale family. By following the struggles of two babies on opposite sides of the world, we see their dramatic lives on Wild! | Porpoises in Peril.

9 pm: Silver King: The Birth of Big Game Fishing offers a compelling look at the fish that fascinated and frustrated anglers for more than century – the massive, yet elusive, silver-scaled tarpon.

10 pm: Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship travels to four seaports and watersheds to observe new, long-term approaches to ocean management- from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta.

KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.