Science Night May 11

Wednesday at 7 p.m., earn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but perfect as hippo and fish on Nature Nature’s Perfect Partners. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.

Wednesday at 8 p.m., join NOVA Bombing Hitler’s Supergun as engineers, archaeologists, and WWII historians investigate Hitler’s supergun. And discover the two audacious missions designed to destroy the seemingly impregnable supergun complex, one of which is led by none other than Joseph Kennedy, Jr.

In the first two years of the war, Hitler’s Germany crushes its enemies in a series of lightning offensives. A new word is coined to describe this incredible string of successes; ‘Blitzkrieg’ or ‘Lightning War’. Learn about Hitler’s technical prowess on Nazi Mega Weapons Blitzkrieg Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Indie Lens Pop-Up T-Rex 6/7

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary T-Rex. This free event takes place Tuesday, June 7th, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

T-Rex17-year-old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields came from the streets of Flint to reach the Gold Medal podium in London in 2012, the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympics, but as we see in this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.

Boxers from the Austin Boxing Babes group will be in attendance at the screening to talk about their experiences. Austin Boxing Babes mission is to create a safe, fun and encouraging environment for women – students, moms, and working professionals alike who want to achieve mental and physical fitness, confidence, power, and skill through Olympic-style boxing instruction and training.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

KLRU Next at the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce’s 7th annual Nonprofit Fair 5/5

KLRU Next

Join KLRU Next at the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce’s 7th annual Nonprofit Fair on Thursday, May 5th from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Texas State Capitol outside the Legislative Conference Center. This event will showcase 35 local nonprofits that offer rewarding opportunities for young professionals to serve in the Austin community. There will be ample food, drinks, and networking opportunities. RSVP now

Come celebrate the good work of these nonprofits and find a way to give back to your community!

Parking: Texas Capital Visitors Parking Garage located at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

The event will be in the Legislative Conference Center. Find AYC volunteers in the rotunda to help guide you!

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month 2016

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and we’re celebrating with KLRU, KLRU Q and online programming!

On KLRU, look out for these shows this month:

Monday, May 2 at 10:30 p.m., don’t miss Our American Family: The Furutas. Through hard work, the Furutas, a Japanese American family of Wintersburg, CA established a successful goldfish farm, only to have their business devastated and family separated in the wake of WWII. Following years in an Arizona relocation camp, their indomitable spirit prevails as they return home and band together to pursue the American dream a second time.

Review a transitional year in the life of farmer, slow food advocate and sansei David “Mas” Masumoto, and his relationship with his daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30 p.m. on Changing Season: On The Matsumoto Family Farm.

 POV The World Before Her tells the tale of two Indias on Monday, May 16 at 10 p.m. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant — a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. 

In 1975, Giap, a pregnant Vietnamese refugee, escapes Saigon in a boat and within weeks is working on an assembly line in Indiana. Decades later, her aspiring filmmaker son documents her final day of work at America’s last ironing board factory Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory. Tune in Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 p.m.

Chinese Couplets is a riveting, personal story with many layers that takes us from California to Cuba, Hawaii and China.  Part memoir, part history, part investigation, filmmaker Felicia Lowe searches for answers about her mother’s emigration to America during the Chinese Exclusion era. The film airs Tuesday, May 24 at 10:30 p.m.

Asia Society Texas Center:  Building Bridges of Understanding explores how famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s landmark building came to fruition in Houston’s Museum District Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 p.m. It examines the history of the organization, the design and construction of this one-of-a-kind cultural center in Houston, Texas.

On KLRU Q, Lucky Chow will air on the following Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.:

Lucky Chow Koreatown U.S.A. visits New York and Los Angeles – home to the two largest Korean populations in the United States – to explore what distinguishes each. Both are 24-hour hubs of food and drinking culture on May 7. However, New York City’s Koreatown covers just one block, whereas Los Angeles’ Koreatown seems like a city unto itself.

On Lucky Chow Northern Thai Cuisine on May 14, see how Andy Ricker, a carpenter-turned-chef from Portland, Oreg., brings “authentic” Thai food to America. At a food festival in Las Vegas, Ricker prepares a welcome dinner for the participating chefs at the much-loved Lotus of Siam, with chef/owner Saipin Chutima at the helm. At the table, Jet Tila rhapsodizes about the days when his family opened America’s first Thai grocery store in Hollywood.

Filipinos comprise the second-largest Asian-American population nationwide, yet their cuisine is relatively unknown. On Lucky Chow Filipino Entrepreneurs, PJ Quesada, founder of the Filipino Food Movement, explains Filipino cuisine on May 21. Meet restaurateur Nicole Ponseca, who left her life as a advertising executive in New York to give voice to her culture through food. And finally, the two friends behind Bling Bling Dumplings manufacture thousands of dumplings – from scratch, at home – to serve at Coachella and other festivals.

Lucky Chow Bay Area’s Pacific Rim Cuisine introduces Olivia Wu, designer of the original Asian restaurant concepts on Google’s “campus” on May 28. After a career in Silicon Valley, two retired Japanese executives returned to their ancestral farming roots and constructed an indoor vertical farm which services some of the top restaurants in the Bay Area. The episode ends at a now-mainstream tofu factory.

Lucky Chow Chinatown, Reimagined tracks the evolution of Chinese food in America through the lens of two third-generation Chinese-American restaurateurs on June 4.

Additionally, Q will air the following episodes of Pacific Heartbeat Season 5  Saturdays at 6 p.m.:

In New Zealand, the government is about to sell off a third of its publicly owned state houses. With a growing housing crisis and a lack of affordable homes, what will the future of housing look like and where will the thousands of state house tenants end up living? Pacific Heartbeat A Place To Call Home attempts to shed light on this timely issue on May 7.

Pilipo Solatorio lives on the island of Molokai. He is the last to hold the cultural traditions, music, and stories of a sacred Hawaiian valley that has been home to his family for hundreds of years. Pacific Heartbeat Sons Of Halawa is an intimate portrait of his search for a successor to keep the cultural traditions alive. Don’t miss it on May 14.

If you had never heard of an airplane or a refrigerator, would you think it was a miracle when one arrived? When the American military landed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War II, the islanders were amazed by America’s fantastic cargo. The John Frum Movement was born: a unique religion now considered the last surviving “Cargo Cult”.  On May 21, Pacific Heartbeat Waiting For John explores the history and last vestiges of this extraordinary religion, and in the process asks, where do our prophets come from? And what makes people believe?

On May 28, Pacific Heartbeat Dream Big: Nankuli At The Fringe follows the students of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center (NPAC) who were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel halfway across the globe to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Surfing is not only a pillar of village life, but it’s also a means to prestige in Papua New Guinea. On June 4, Pacific Heartbeat Splinters tell the story the months leading up to the first National Surf Championships and explores the hopes and dreams of the surfers, and how surfing has led to societal changes in a male dominated culture.

Want to experience this rich culture with us online? Celebrate with student films! Watch these @FilmSchoolShorts mini-movies on YOUR time. Our Film School Shorts Asian Pacific American Heritage Month YouTube playlist featuring student films is live!

 

Highlights May 1-7

KLRU Highlights

On Call the Midwife Episode #505, learn why professionals like the Turners are reassessing their lifestyles as they fight for respiratory health for patients. See the unforeseen consequences of Fred’s oversight of Violet’s shop and how a new mother’s past wreaks havoc on her family Sunday at 7 p.m.

Sidney seeks oblivion on Grantchester Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 6. His friend Sam seeks forgiveness. A dead girl’s parents seek revenge. Amanda seeks Sidney. Leonard finally takes a stand Sunday at 8 p.m.

A former employee is laid to rest Sunday at 9 p.m. on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 6. Kitty and Frank reach an understanding. Grove confronts Tilly. Jimmy thinks he’s a hunted man, even as he makes the deal of his life.

Monday at 9 p.m., meet the sons of two Nazi war criminals who jointly were responsible for thousands of deaths on Independent Lens My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did. Through frank interviews, the men reflect on their fathers’ character and crimes and on the price of forgiveness.

Our American Family: The Furutas Monday at 10:30 p.m.

On American Masters Janis Joplin, observe Janis Joplin’s life through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth celebration of the iconic rock singer Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Follow journalist Feras Kilani on the ground in war-torn Benghazi, birthplace of Libya’s uprising and now besieged by ISIS and warring militias on Frontline Benghazi in Crisis. Also this hour, Safa Al-Ahmad makes a dangerous trip to report on the fighting in Yemen Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., Point Taken Episode #104 debates current, controversial issues in America’s political sphere.

Tune in for Through The Eye Of The Needle: The Art Of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. In this award-winning 28-minute documentary film, a Holocaust survivor’s remembrances, told in uniquely beautiful stitched images, bring an uplifting life story to the screen.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., ecologist Chris Morgan (Bears of the Last Frontier) travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation on Nature Orangutan Eden.

The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, is soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosion of the island’s cliffs. Join engineers Wednesday at 8 p.m. as they race to rescue this national treasure on NOVA Lighthouse Rescue.

On NOVA Pera: Lost City of Stone, learn how early engineers carved tombs into rock cliffs and funneled water to this desert city Wednesday at 9 p.m.

On Austin City Limits Sarah Jarosz/The Milk Carton Kids, multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album Build Me Up From Bones and the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP The Ash & Clay Wednesday and Friday at 10 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features historian Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Diverse Americans share personal stories of mental health and wellness, to enlighten and inspire on Stories of the Mind at 7:30 and 8 pm Thursday. On Overcoming Depression at 7:30 pm, a writer, a musician and a video blogger find three surprising paths to recovery. On Veterans at 8 pm, three veterans use different tactics to manage their anxiety, the most common type of mental health disorder for Americans.

Explore the struggle of the Chicano movement of the 60s and 70s as the Mexican-American community in Austin unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture on Austin Revealed  El Despertar at 9 pm Thursday.

A stellar lineup of Mexican-American musicians take the stage in front of a live audience on Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To The Dance) at 10 pm Thursday.

Pop it up all summer with beat-the-heat showoffs and garden design recycling pizzazz on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

 

KLRU Kids Cake

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We aIMG_7854-KLRUre amazed at this three-tier “chocoflan” from the kitchen of Anacleta and her daughter Adriana. They made it to help celebrate their graduation from KLRU’s Play to Learn program at Padrón Elementary in Austin.

IMG_7854-KLRUThis school year, we have had over 200 participants in Play to Learn, a ten-week program for adults and their children ages 2-4 in which they explore a variety of ways to have fun together in activities that are great preparation for future school life. Along the way, they pick up lots of resources to continue the fun at home and on the go, including books, paints and markers, and a Samsung Galaxy Tab loaded with educational apps.

We love Play to Learn, we love Anacleta and Ana, and we love cake!

Science Night May 4th

Nature The Last Orangutan Eden at 7 pm
Ecologist Chris Morgan (Bears of the Last Frontier) travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation.

NOVA  Operation Lighthouse Rescue at 8 pm
The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, is soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosion of the island’s cliffs. Join engineers as they race to rescue this national treasure.

NOVA Petra: Lost City of Stone at 9 pm
How did early engineers carve tombs into rock cliffs and funnel water to this desert city?

Q Night At The Movies 4/30: Charade & More

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Q Night at the Movies celebrates two iconic movie stars this week: Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. First on back-to-back episodes of Hollywood Idols the legacies of the two actors are told, respectively. Then On Story hears from two female writers, Nicole Perlman and Angela Kang, who discuss how they handle working in a realm of male-dominated comic book adaptations. We end the night back with Grant and Hepburn who star in Charade, a film about a woman (Hepburn) who several men (including Grant) pursue to get to her murdered husband’s fortune.

Hollywood Idols Cary Grant: The Leading Man at 6:30 p.m.
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. This profile includes the story of his discovery by Mae West.

Hollywood Idols Audrey Hepburn Remembered at 7 p.m.
Audrey Hepburn was one of movies’ best-loved stars. She was blessed with beauty, talent, an elegant sophistication, and an enduring aura of youthful innocence. As Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF she spoke for the world’s suffering children and families, earning affection and admiration from around the globe. Clips capture her commenting on her career, and the family and friendships that were her priority.

On Story Zombies & Groot – Bringing Comics To Life at 7:30 p.m.
Nicole Perlman (Guardian of the Galaxy) and Angela Kang (The Walking Dead) explore navigating a male-dominated industry as female genre writers. The women discuss tackling comic book adaptations, the importance of character development, and the fine line between staying true to the spirit of the source material while also breathing new life into preexisting storylines.

Corinth Films Collection Charade at 8 p.m.
Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman (Audrey Hepburn) is pursued by several men (including Cary Grant) who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?