Science Night 4/30

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature Love In The Animal Kingdom at 7 pm
Animals dance, sing, flirt and compete with everything they’ve got to find and secure a mate. For many, the all-important bonds they share as a couple are what enable the next generation to survive. But can we call these bonds love? In this look at the love life of animals, we see the feminine wiles of a young gorilla, the search for Mr. Right among a thousand flamingos, the open “marriages” of blue-footed boobies, the soap opera arrangements of gibbons, and all the subtle, outrageous, romantic antics that go into finding a partner. These are love stories all right, as various and intriguing as the lovers themselves.

NOVA The Incredible Journey Of The Butterflies at 8 pm
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision. NOVA flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. As this program reveals, the monarch is a scientific marvel locked in an inspiring struggle for survival.

Nazi Mega Weapons Super Tanks at 9 pm
In the quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. With brilliant, dark minds and a legion of slave labor at their disposal, the Nazis believed the path to ultimate victory was to out-build and out-engineer their enemies. To them, bigger definitely meant better, and better meant more lethal. As Hitler’s grip on Europe tightened, he ordered men like Wernher von Braun, Ferdinand Porsche and Alfried Krupp to build increasingly outlandish machines and structures to realize his master plan. Creating huge terror machines, hi-tech superguns and some of the original weapons of mass destruction to control a nation, conquer a continent and win the war. This is World War II told from a new perspective. The series uncovers the engineering secrets of six iconic mega-structures, tells the stories of the evil geniuses that designed them and reveals how these structures sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever.

Makarios: A Rising Tide

KLRU Highlights

Documentary_MakariosKLRU presents a new documentary by an Austin filmmaker focusing on an Austin humanitarian effort. Makarios: A Rising Tide is a documentary that examines a pre-school tucked away in a remote village in the Dominican Republic and its efforts to end the cycle of extreme poverty through education. The school’s founder, Sharla Megilligan and Dr. Pam Schiller describe their efforts to develop young children for lifelong learning and for problem solving. Makarios: A Rising Tide is a story of gritty humanitarianism that grips the heart. Premiering April 24 at 9:30 pm, and again on April 28 at 10:30 pm.

Winner of the Chairman’s Special Award for Social Consciousness in Filmmaking at the Macau China International Digital Cinema Festival, Makarios: A Rising Tide allows viewers an inside look at this remarkable school and the ways in which it’s fostering harmony and raising the next generation out of the grips of hunger and disease. It also explores a coffee shop called Dominican Joe in Austin, Texas that helps fund the effort and allows a city to show its support.

The documentary provides candid insight from the school’s founder, Sharla Megilligan about the triumphs and trials associated with the school and Child Development Specialist, Dr. Pam Schiller describes in detail how education literally wires a developing brain for lifelong learning and problem solving. The teachers who have given up the luxury of life in the USA to live among bitterly impoverished villagers are truly inspirational and viewers will be hard pressed not to fall in love with the students. Makarios: A Rising Tide is a story of gritty humanitarianism that grips the heart.

 

Q Night At The Movies 4/26

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

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 #602 at 7 pm
On this episode of Just Seen It, we review the revenge thriller straight from Sundance, BLUE RUIN, and the new ABC medical drama, BLACK BOX. Next, we salute the late Mickey Rooney and check out the unnerving Argentinean drama, THE GERMAN DOCTOR. Finally, we weigh in on Johnny Depp’s latest foray into sci-fi with TRANSCENDENCE.

On Story Frank Darabont: Filmmaker’s Journey at 7:30 pm
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.

Hollywood Stars Film Package The Picture Of Dorian Gray at 8 pm
HOLLYWOOD STARS FILM PACKAGE is a significant new collection of movies showcasing the work of a number of major stars.

Drive-In Movie Memories at 9:55 pm
DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES is a film celebration of drive in movie theaters, one of America’s greatest symbols of youth, freedom and the automobile. What started as the business venture an auto parts dealer to make some easy money accidentally became a magical place where romance, fun and a sense of community flourished. The centerpiece of DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES is a vast collection of historical photos and footage from the mid ’30s until today, including clips from classic drive-in movies of all genres: westerns, romance, horror, and the teenage beach party movies of the ’60s. Interviews with film critic Leonard Maltin and other film historians add context while stories from B-movie actors, including Beverly Garland, the “queen” of B-movies, provide entertaining “insider” views of the era in its heyday.

Elvis: Return To Tupelo at 10:55 pm
In the 1950s and ’60s, Elvis Presley became an icon of rock n’ roll around the world. But understanding the Elvis story requires going back to his origins in rural Tupelo, Miss. ELVIS: RETURN TO TUPELO documents the period from his birth in 1935 during the depths of the Great Depression, to his breakout year 1956, when Elvis made a triumphant return to his hometown.

 

 

Día de los Niños at Community Night 4/30

Thinkery Featured!

KLRU joins the Thinkery to celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).

DATE: Wednesday, April 30,
TIME: 5-8 p.m.
LOCATION: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Austin, Texas 78723
COST: Admission is by donation ($1 suggested donation)

KLRU and the Thinkery in partnership with the Texas Book Festival and H-E-B, host an evening of fun and learning. Various activities including book readings, games and a cooking demonstration will all be part of this special evening.

KLRU will present the PBS Kids Virtual World. Explore new and original games that encourage collaboration while interacting with the museum and exploring topics, such as nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

Book readings
5:30 pm – Carolyn Dee Flores, Canta, Rana, Canta / Sing, Froggie, Sing
6:15 pm – Gwendolyn Zepeda, Paso de nivel / Level Up and Pateo el Balón / I Kick the Ball
7 pm – Adriana Pacheco, El Pan Perfecto/The Perfect Bread and Un Globo Café Chocolate/A Chocolate Brown Balloon

Healthy Cooking
Join H-E-B Mueller’s Chef Thomas for a Latin themed cooking demonstration to celebrate El Día de Los Niños.

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Highlights April 20 – April 26

KLRU Highlights

Arts In Context spends a month with Ballet Austin, as Artistic Director Stephen Mills and company produce a re-staging of the acclaimed Light/Holocaust and Humanity Project in Producing Light, Sunday at 1 pm.

Peter Pan From The Milwaukee Ballet features Michael Pink’s adaption of J.M. Barrier’s most famous work performed by the Milwaukee Ballet Sunday at 2 pm.

Jenny’s patient Leah is struggling to cope with her mother’s agoraphobia in Call the Midwife, Episode #304, Sunday at 7 pm.

Thackeray spies on LeClair and Harry has a showdown at cards with Loxley on Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 4, Sunday at 8 pm.

Jean, believing Alice is covering for someone, begins to reunite the circle to help establish the innocence of one of their own in Bletchley Circle Blood On Their Hands, Part 2, Sunday at 9 pm.

When his priceless Blue Cross is targeted by the infamous criminal Flambeau, Father Brown takes the initiative to try and save his soul, in The Blue Cross on Sunday at 10 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Anaheim, California and travels to the Queen Mary to talk about ocean liner memorabilia, Monday at 7 pm.

John Gleen: A Life Of Service chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend, Monday at 8 pm.

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

Pioneers Of Television presents Doctors And Nurses and explores television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up, Tuesday at 7.

Experience the battle for a living planet in the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement as American Masters A Fierce Green Fire, Tuesday at 8 pm.

Using extraordinary access to the segregation unit at the maximum security Maine State Prison, Frontline examines America’s use of solitary confinement with Solitary Nation, Tuesday at 9 pm.

Water Blues Green Solution tells the stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-flooding, pollution, and scarcity, Tuesday at 10 pm.

Discover how a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society in the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands as Nature presents Snow Monkeys, Wednesday at 7 pm.

NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet as it presents Inside Minds: Who’s The Smartest?, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Executive Editor of The Washington Post Martin Baron visits Overheard with Evan Smith, Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday focuses on groundbreaking experimental dancer Deborah Hay, who challenges the dance world’s expectations while creating pieces that still enthrall and entertain.

Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories at 8 pm Thursday 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 Thursday features a community discussion examining Austin’s race issues, past and present.

Makarios: A Rising Tide at 9 pm Thursday examines a pre-school tucked away in a remote village in the Dominican Republic and its efforts to end the cycle of extreme poverty through education.

Pull native plants together with designs and artwork on a preview of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center garden tour on Central Texas Gardener at noon and 4 pm Saturday.

 

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

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

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!

On Story

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
at 7:30
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.

5/17
A Conversation about Cheating with my Time Traveling Future Self
Rian Johnson (Looper), Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), and Roberto Orci (Star Trek), masters of weaving time travel into the fabric of film, dissect the elements that make for a believable “operating system” when writing a comprehensible timeline for a screenplay. A Conversation About Cheating with my Time Traveling Future Self accompanies this episode, trailing one man’s attempt to better his life by traveling back in time to offer himself weathered advice, written and directed by Pornsak Pichetshote.

5/24
Thelma & Louise: A Conversation with Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri reflects upon her experience working with Ridley Scott and writing the classic female-driven-buddy film, Thelma and Louise. Followed by a comedic, yet honest glimpse into a recent immigrant’s first time visiting an American shopping “mecca”, Reza Hassani Goes to the Mall, a short film by Sara Zandieh.

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

 

New Doctor Who Episodes Air Next Summer!

doctor who

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.